good books for kids

Mary Downing Hahn

girl in cemetery

Mary Downing Hahn's books have been very popular with the 4th-7th grade crowd, especially for those readers who like a bit of a haunting chll in their stories. Ms. Hahn is a former school librarian who has written dozens of novels for young readers. Her popular title from 1986, Wait Till Helen Comes, is being made into a movie with shooting set to begin at the end of September. 

If you like a spooky or adventuresome read, check out one of Mary Downing Hahn's books today!

Meet the Sloths

Baby sloth hugging a stuffed bunny

They've been called lazy, but are they really just "chill?" Kids will find out a lot about these unusual creatures in the new book, A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke. Lucy founded the Sloth Appreciation Society, and her book captures slothful activities at a sanctuary in Costa Rica for orphaned and injured sloths. Written in a conversational tone, this book features interesting information about sloth behavior (did you know they are the best huggers?) and many great pictures that will make you go "awwww!" Whether you are feeling slothful or not, be sure to check out this super fun book that all ages will enjoy. This may be my favorite non-fiction title of the year!

Funny New Detective Book

Timmy Failure

Steven Pastis, creator of the Pearls Before Swine comic strip, has just published a funny new chapter book for kids called Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made.

Check out the trailer and reserve your copy on InfoSoup today! It looks like it will be perfect for Diary of a Wimpy Kid book fans or anyone who likes a good laugh!

2013 Newbery Award

book jacket of One and Only Ivan

The 2013 Newbery Medal was awarded to The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. Inspired by a true story, this wonderful work of fiction celebrates friendship and hope and resonates with animal lovers everywhere. Click here to view a book trailer and to learn more about the real Ivan.

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Check out The One and Only Ivan and let us know what you think of the book. You can also read and post reviews about what children's books you are reading on the Books to Hoot About book blog.

It's a great day for a good read! Our shelves are packed with delightful new chapter books, so stop by soon and check some out!