The Family Reading List {January 2017}


Welcome to the first Family Reading List of 2017!

Winter weather has us staying indoors, so we’ve had more time to explore the bookshelf. Each month I’ll share with you some of the books that the kids have been enjoying.

Anaya’s Reading List (3.5 years old)

Little Big Girl

Claire Keane

Anaya desperately wants a little brother or sister. Since this isn’t going to happen (sorry little lady!), she self-medicates with reading about having younger siblings. Little Big Girl is about a girl who is little, but loves to have BIG adventures. When a younger brother comes along, Matisse discovers that maybe she’s actually.. big!

This book is super sweet, and is perfect for a little sibling with an even littler sibling on the way :).


Others to try out:

I am too absolutely small for school
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color


Ada’s Reading List (6 years old)

I am Martin Luther King, Jr.

Brad Meltzer

I am Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the books in the Ordinary People Change the World series. In each of the books, we’re introduced to the life of a person who has exhibited courage, curiosity, or cleverness. We’ve learned that people who have done great things often have had long stretches of very ordinary lives…. and always times of great difficulty!

In this particular book, we learn about MLK Jr (how appropriate for this month!) and how he ended up leading the civil rights movement (hint: the seed of inspiration started when he was an elementary school student!). I highly recommend this book for families who are interested in talking to their young children about the civil rights movement, or about the tension that we’re feeling in our country surrounding race and ethnicity. The book is sure to spark some great conversation!

Others to try out:

Abigail: the Belle of Bravery
This is My Dollhouse
Little People, Big Dreams: Coco Chanel
Magic Tree House #2: Mummies in the Morning

Aly’s Reading List (7.5 years old)

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell

Chris Colfer 

Aly has hit a bit of a reading dry spell.. Many books have grabbed her attention, but very few has kept her interest to the end. While she hasn’t been reading this book, she’s been listening to it (and loving it) as a wind-down before bed.

Twins Alex and Connor find themselves sucked into a world filled with some of their favorite fairy tale characters…. and they find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime. I must admit I’m not a huge fan of the woman who narrates the book, but it doesn’t seem to bother the kids. If you decide to listen instead of read, be warned- she reads a bit too fast!

Others to try out:

Paris: City Trails (Lonely Planet Kids)
Made By Me
The Book of Heroines (National Geographic Kids)
Greek Myths! with 25 great projects


Asante’s Reading List (9 years old)

I Survived Collection: Books #1-4

Lauren Tarshis

The I Survived series is a collection of stories of young people who survived both exciting and terrifying events over the course of history. Asante isn’t a huge history geek, but he’s enjoyed learning about important historical events through the eyes of a kid his age. While these books are below a typical 9 year old’s reading level, they are a good way to learn about historical events for the kids who aren’t interested in the nitty gritty details.


Others to try out:

The Mighty Dynamo
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
The Batboy


What books are you reading as a family?

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5 thoughts on “The Family Reading List {January 2017}

  1. Claire Keane, author of Little Big Girl is my second cousin. She’s a brilliant artist.. love her stuff. Glad your little one likes her book!

  2. No way! That’s so fun :). Claire is indeed very talented! I checked out her website, and wow- incredible!

  3. Thanks for the recommendations. Noah is currently into the Judy Moody & Stink books – they’re a touch easier than the Judy Moody series and the little brother is a riot. A great idea list for Asante is put out by the Geneva Public School and Geneva Public librarians called the Young Viking list. Check it out here: Grady really enjoyed Wake Up Missing, Soar, and Pax. He’s about to read A Handful of Stars.

  4. I love this list, Jessie! I haven’t heard of very many of them- which means I have a lot of requesting to do :).
    I’m gonna try out Wake Up Missing and Soar first (Asante is a sucker for any kind of sports books).

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