two boys Book Reviews For Category: Ages 5-8

Generally best enjoyed by children between five and eight years old; but every child is unique, so only you know best.

Book Uncle and Me

Children's book - Book Uncle and Me

Published: 2016
Theme: Community Activism
Best for: 7 to 9

“I know, I know. I’m giving away the ending. But here’s the thing. The point of a story is not the ending. The point is, What does it mean?” It’s time to educate the young people about the power of community activism, in a gentle way. This book does that…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Stick Cats – Cats in the City

Children's book - Stick Cats: Cats in the City

Published: 2017
Theme: Cats and Kindness
Best for: 7 and up

“Edith sat back on her hind legs and licked her front left paw as she continued to speak. She stopped to examine the placement of each strand of fur every now and then.” A hilarious and profound look at cats, personalities, patience, and courage.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Abel’s Island

Children's book - Abel's Island

Published: 1977
Theme: Creating Home
Best for: 6 and up

“The cave was full of chattering animals who’d been lucky enough to find this haven. There were several mice that Abel and Amanda knew, and a family of toads they had once met at a carnival.” In this classic Steig children’s book, we meet a mouse who learns the value of home while being stranded on an island, and surviving very well.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Jasmine Toguchi – Mochi Queen

Children's Book - Jasmine Toguchi

Published: 2107
Theme: Japanese Culture
Best for: 5 to 10

“I just had to be able to help make mochi! I need to think of a way to convince my parents. Good think I had the perfect thinking spot…” Breaking the gender barrier- again, and this time, against the cultural grain.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game

Children's book - Smarty Marty Steps up her game

Published: 2017
Theme: Baseball and Gender-equality
Best for: 9 to 12

“If she didn’t try announcing the game, she knew she’d regret it… Everyone wanted to be the announcer. It was one of the most important jobs in baseball.” Gender equality knows no bounds, and Amy G calls on her real-life experience to prove it.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

The Serpent Slayer

Children's book - Serpent Slayer

Published: 2000
Theme: Women Heroines
Best for: 5 to 10

“In the dark time of the year, when the days are short and a cold wind blows from the north, a serpent came to live in an old cave on the mountain of Yung Ling…” From time to time, it’s great to read about a young girl who takes on the challenge of slaying the perennial serpent. This children’s book is a lovely collection of such stories.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Mudshark

Children's book - mudshark

Published: 2009
Theme: Humor
Best for: 8 to 10

“I think,” Clyde said to his friends, “that bird is special. He has powers. Maybe…he’s psychic.” By the end of the day the word was all over school. Need some humor to lighten the day? Here’s a quick and lighthearted read…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary

Ban This Book

Children's book - Ban This Book

Published: 2017
Theme: Speaking up
Best for: 8 and up

“All through math I sucked on my braids and imagined all the awful things that would happen if I was caught with all those books in my locker. Every parent…would like up to sue me.” This is a not-to-be-missed book about helping children understand how to speak up against injustices, small and large.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

Just Dance

Just Dance - Children's Book

Published: 2017
Theme: Content with Life
Best for: 7 to 9

“I remembered a large, fancy poster with a picture of my mother and James, looking happy and famous. How could she leave that behind to live on a farm in the middle of the prairie?” The magic of Patricia MacLachlan comes through again, this time with a young girl wondering how one can give up fame and still be happy!

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Waldorf-Aligned

My Mother’s Tattoo

Children's book - My Mother's Tattoo

Published: 2017
Theme: Imagination
Best for: 5 to 7

“Roxy prides herself on making the best grape jelly sandwiches of anyone in the family, and for this reason, she’s in charge of the sandwich assembly line…” A delightful short collection of three imaginative stories, perfect for reading aloud…

Posted in Ages 5-8, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

Children's book - Vanderbeekers

Published: 2017
Theme: Kindness
Best for: 8 and up

“The five kids started exchanging ideas for winning over the man on the third floor. Operation Beiderman had officially begun.” Each of the five siblings in this story have to dig deep to find out how to be kind to someone they don’t know…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

The Sign on Rosie’s Door

Children's Book - Sign on Rosie's Door

Published: 1960
Theme: Imaginative Play
Best for: 5 to 7

“There was a sign on Rosie’s door. It read, ‘If you want to know a secret, knock three times.'” Pure delight is the best description for this classic, and not-well-known children’s book by beloved writer and illustrator, Maurice Sendak.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Classics, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Oddfellow’s Orphanage

Children's Book - Oddfellow's Orphanage

Published: 2012
Theme: Kindness and Friendship
Best for: 7 to 9

“The little girl peered out of the carriage and saw two bears lumbering quickly ahead, pulling the carriage through patches of twisting trees and over hills dotted with early blooms.” This book weaves the magical and unreality together in a way that you begin to feel you are reading an old-fashioned fairy tale, which in some ways it is.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Little Bookroom

Children's Book - Little Bookroom

Published: 1955, republished 1960
Theme: Fairy and Other Tales
Best for: 7 to 12

“The Goldfish stopped jumping, because his joy had been damped by doubt. “How can the world be more than I can see?’ he asked the Ship. ‘If I am really in the world, I ought to be able to see it all…'” Each tale in this children’s book is a literary work, complete with sometimes difficult language, almost always a moral, and something to think about…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Classics, Waldorf-Aligned

Backyard Witch: Jess’s Story

Children's Book: Backyard Witch: Jess's story

Published: 2016
Theme: Self-acceptance
Best for: Girls 7 – 9

“Did Mom know she hired a witch as a babysitter?” In this second children’s book in the Backyard Witch series, we watch a young girl grow into her own qualities, which are different from her mother’s expectations.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Inspiring for Girls

The Bat-Poet

Children's Book - Bat-Poet

Published: 1996
Theme: Curiosity
Best for: 5 to 8

“Once upon a time there was a bat–a little light brown bat, the color of coffee with cream in it. He looked like a furry mouse with wings.” This poetic little fable about animals, and one bat in particular, will be a sweet bedtime story.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Hug Time

Children's Book - Hug Time

Published: 2007
Theme: Love the World
Best for : 5 to 8

“The boat docked in Africa, and Jules kissed the ground; the earth so precious, so fragile, so round” A simple, beautifully illustrated children’s book, that gently reminds us that all the creatures on earth need our protection and love.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Good Night, Good Knight

Easy Reader Children's Book - Good night, Good Knight

Published: 2000
Theme: Easy Reader Bedtime
Best for: 5 to 8

“Once there were three little dragons. They lived in a dark cave. The cave was in a dense forest. The forest was in a faraway kingdom. The poor little dragons were very lonely in their deep dark cave.” A must-have, read-aloud bedtime story that’s perfect for every child…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Strictly No Elephants

Children's Book

Published: 2015
Theme: Welcoming Diversity
Best for: 5 to 7

“The trouble with having a tiny elephant for a pet is that you never quite fit in.” A simple children’s book like this begins the process of opening hearts and minds to the beauty of diversity at an early age.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Thor’s Wedding Day

Children's Book - Thor's Wedding Day

Published: 2005
Theme: Norse Myth
Best for: 8 to 11

“I had never been in the Great Hall of Asgard before. Even from outside, it was the most amazing building I had ever seen, vaster and grander than I could have imagined possible…” This children’s book is very easy to get through, and would make a nice complement to the third graders after they work with the original Norse myth…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

The BFG

Children's Book BFG

Published: 1982
Theme: Overcoming Bullies
Best for: 8 to 10

“Dreams,” he said, “is very mysterious things. They is floating around in the air like little wispy bubbles. And all the time they is searching for sleeping people.” If you are in need of a cheerful happy ending story, as a children’s book BFG is perfect…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Classics, Contemporary, Read-Aloud

Ben and Me

Ben and Me- Historical Fiction Children's Book

Published: 1939
Theme: Historical Fiction Biography
Best for: 8 – 11

“All of these ill-informed scribblers seemed astonished at Ben’s great fund of information, at his brilliant decisions, at his seeming knowledge of all that went on about him. I could have told them, It was ME.” A biography like this is perhaps the best way to bring history to children without bringing tears of boredom..

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Biography, Classics, Historical Fiction, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Juana and Lucas

Juana and Lucas - A Multi-cultural Children's Book

Published: 2016
Theme: Learning Something New
Best for: 6 to 9

“My name is Juana. It is spelled J-u-a-n-a, and it is pronounced Who-Ah-Nah…Bogota is where I am. And where school is and where Mami and my abuelos and Lucas are…” This perfect multi-cultural children’s book introduces us to Juana, who needs to learn English for her trip to the USA, and resists it.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Preaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis

Illustrated Children's book

Published: 2016
Theme: Biography
Best for: 5 to 8

“John loved to tell the chicks the Good News. When he fed and watered them, he spoke about the value of hard work and patience…” The illustrations alone could make this an important book, but the subject matter is what we really want to read…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Biography, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud

Akimbo and the Baboons

Children's Book - Akimbo and the Baboons

Published: 2008
Theme: Wildlife in Africa
Best for: 6 to 9

“They came to a halt beside the hut… It had been made out of tree branches and the trunks of saplings, all tied together with twine and then poked firmly into the ground.” The small first chapter book is set in the bush in Africa, and gives wonderful images of African children, wildlife, and insights into baboon behavior.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Stick Cat

Stick Cat - Children's book

Published: 2016
Theme: Cat Adventure
Best for: 7 to 11

“Goose pats Stick Cat on the head. Then he scratches him behind the left ear. Stick Cat allows Goose to do all this. It’s how Stick Cat rewards Goose for working all day and buying him food.” If there are second and third grade children who need encouragement to read, this series of books is a great addition to your home or school library.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary

I Dissent – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Illustrated Children's Book - I Dissent

Published: 2016
Theme: Biography, Equality
Best for: 6 and up

“Boys were expected to grow up, go out in the world, and do big things. Girls? Girls were expected to find husbands.” This very appealing illustrated children’s book is perfect because it can spark important family conversations about justice…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Biography, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Poet’s Dog

Children's Book - Poet's Dog

Published: 2016
Theme: Children, Poets, and Dogs
Best for: 7 to 10

“I’m a dog. I should tell you that right away. But I grew up with words. A poet named Sylvan found me at the shelter and took me home. He laid down a red rug for me by the fire…” Prepare to have your heart strings plucked by master storyteller MacLachlan, as a dog and two children comfort each other.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, First Chapter Book, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Ming Lo Moves the Mountain

Illustrated Children's Book

Re-Published: 1993
Theme: Dealing with Obstacles
Best for: 5 to 8

“Ming Lo and his wife lived in a house at the bottom of a large mountain. They loved their house, but they did not love the mountain.” This story reads like a classic Chinese folktale. It’s filled with lovely Asian artwork, and it offers a simple life lesson…

Posted in Ages 5-8, Biography, Classics, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

The Iridescence of Birds – Henri Matisse

Children's Book Iridescence of Birds

Published: 2014
Theme: Biography Henri Matisse
Best for: 4 to 6

“If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France where the skies were gray, and you wanted color and light and sun, what might you become?” The images and wonder of Matisse’s imagination come to life in a beautifully crafted children’s book.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned
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