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.

The Lost Words

The Lost Words - Illustrated Children's book

Published: 2018
Theme: Nature’s Wonders
Best for: 5 to 8

“Once upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children…You hold in your hands a spellbook for conjuring back these lost words. To read it you will need to seek, find, and speak.” A gorgeous, oversized illustrated children’s book that weaves magic of language, art, and nature.

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

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Illustrated Children's Book - Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Published: 2000
Theme: Thoreau’s Simplicity
Best for: 5 to 7

“I’ll walk,” said Henry. “It’s the fastest way to travel.” “I’ll work,” Henry’s friend said, “until I have the monty to buy a ticket to ride the train to Fitchburg. We’ll see who gets there first!” A very simple, sweet illustration of a passage from Walden about the benefits of walking rather than high-speed travel.

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

Beavers – Superpower Field Guide

Beavers - Children's book

Published: 2018
Theme: Beavers (Natural History)
Best for: 6 and up

“This is a beaver. Just an ordinary beaver. But even ordinary beavers are extraordinary. In fact, even ordinary beavers are superheroes.” A great way to present facts of natural history to young readers; enjoyable yet fact-filled.

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

Gooney Bird Greene

Children's Book - Gooney Bird Greene

Published: 2002
Theme: Storytelling
Best for: 6 to 9

“The class stared at the new girl with admiration. They had never met anyone like Gooney Bird Greene…Her clothes were unusual. Her hairstyles were unusual. Even her lunches were very unusual.” This fun first-chapter book explores how easy it is to tell a good story, with imagination.

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

Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

Illustrated Children's Book: Edison

Published: 2018
Theme: Thomas Edison
Best for: 5 to 8

“Behind the shelves lay the University of Mice. Here any inquisitive mouse could learn everything there was to know about the history of mice: mice who had traveled the world, mice who had made great discoveries…” A beautifully illustrated, large-size children’s book with a fanciful story about Edison’s invention.

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

Fox Walked Alone

Illustrated children's book

Published: 2009
Theme: Community
Best for: 4 to 7

“Night after night/Fox walked alone,/came home to a bed made of feathers and stone/” A very sweet and simple illustrated children’s book, blending independence with sharing with others. Nicely told in rhyme.

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

Ellie Engineer: The Next Level

Children's book - Ellie Engineer

Published: 2018
Theme: Breaking Stereotypes
Best for: 8 to 11

“Ellie hated it when her friends got in trouble in front of her, especially when she had something to do with it. She thought about what her dad said – that engineering was supposed to help people- and her stomach went squiggly.” . Let’s hear it for books that let girls be engineers, boys like dolls, and old people doing more than just drinking tea…

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

The Moomins and the Great Flood

Children's book: Moomins and the Great Floos

Published: English: 2018 (original: 1945)
Theme: Imaginative Tale
Best for: 6 to 9

“At first Moominmamma was frightened too, but then she said soothingly: “It’s really a very little creature. Wait, and I’ll shine a light on it. Everything looks worse in the dark, you know.” This is wonderful way to be introduced to the family of Moomintrolls, since it is the story where they first came to life…

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

Stories for Being – A Mindful Children’s Book Series

Children's Book - Mindful Series

Published: 2019
Theme: Mindfulness
Best for: 5 to 8

Laying down before I sleep / I visit every part /Of my soft animal body… What a wonderful way to go to sleep – thanking every part of our body. This is the beginning of a mindful practice of gratitude…

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

Mio, My Son

Children's Book - Mio, My Son

Published in English: 2003
Theme: Courage and Loyalty
Best for: 8 to 10

“Do the stars care if you play for them?” I wondered. I asked Nonno and he said he believed they did. So we sat around the fire, took out our flutes and played a little song for the stars.” This is a classic fantasy children’s book, one that easily transcends time and place.

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

Little Cat’s Luck

Little Cat's Luck - Children's book

Published: 2018
Theme: Animal Kindness
Best for: 7 to 9

“When you are expecting the moon, it can be hard to know what to say to a small red squirrel. But still, the little cat gathered herself quickly. She was a polite cat.” In this poetic prose children’s book, we see the world through the eyes of a little cat looking for its own nesting place.

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

Stick Dog Crashes A Party

Stick Dog- Children's book

Published: 2018
Theme: Humor
Best for: 6 and up

“Now, under normal circumstances, Poo-Poo’s request to lick Karen’s nose would be quite bizarre. But these were not normal circumstances…” Humor is humor, silliness is silliness, and Tom Watson delivers both, regardless of whether it’s about dogs or cats…

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

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
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