Giant from the Fire Sea

children's book - Giant from the Fire Sea

Published: 2019
Theme: Value of Knowledge
Best for: 9 to 11

“This giant’s understanding came slowly, seasons upon seasons. I looked and looked at the markings-letters, you mans call them… The letters held open my head, like a stick propping open an oaken door on a day of snapping winds.” This is a thoughtful adventure story that makes some essential points about the need for questioning our societal beliefs, no matter what the cost.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Illustrated Children's Book - Nothing Stopped Sophie

Published: 2018
Theme: Women in Math
Best for: 7 and up

“Sophie discovered that mathematicians use numbers as poets use letters-as a language to question, explore, and solve the secrets of the universe.” Wonderful and inspiring illustrated biography of a woman mathematician from the 18th century.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Biography, Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Math Curse

Published: 1995
Theme: Math for Kids
Best for: 2nd and 3rd grade

“Mrs. Fibonacci has obviously put a math curse on me. Everything I look at or think about has become a math problem.” A lighthearted look at how math is found in everyday life.

Posted in Ages 5-8, Contemporary, Illustrated Books

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies

Children's book - Girl who drew butterfles

Published: 2018
Theme: Biography; Science
Best for: 9 and up

“At the age of thirteen, Maria had watched, waited, and witnessed with her own eyes. And she had created a record of study, just as scholars did at universities.” This is a visually beautifully and factually rich children’s book about an important young woman who pursued art and science on her own.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Biography, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

A is for Elizabeth

Children's book: A is for Elizabeth

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

“Even if there is no trophy involved, I love winning. I am not a sore winner, no matter what Anna the Annoying says. I am the opposite of sore. I am a feel-great winner.” A fun second-grade excursion into alphabetic order, fairness, envy, and creativity.

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

Spark

Children's Book - Spark

Published: 2019
Theme: Speaking Up
Best for: 9 to 12

“Different isn’t wrong,” Pixit said with such utter certainty that Mina couldn’t help but believe him…Mina said, “I just need to find a different way, a way that works for me.” To get to the point, this is a must-read, about the power of children to change the world, finding their own voice along the way. Very inspiring fantasy that’s not so fantastical in the end!

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

Little Angel’s Journey

children's book Little Angel's Journey

Published: 2006
Theme: A Children’s Birth
Best for: 4 to 6

“Little Angel said to Great Angel, “Oh I want to go to Bountiful Earth.” “And so you shall, Little Angel, so you shall.” A Waldorf birthday story, beautifully illustrated and retold.

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

One Day and One Amazing Morning on Orange Street

Children's Book - Amazing Morning on Orange Street

Published: 2011
Theme: Friends
Best for: 8 to 11

“Ms. Snoops’s memory, whispered the angel, was like the lacy antimacassars on the organ and green striped sofa’s arms. Ms. Snoops’s memory had little holes in it, here and there…” A simple and easy to read story about friendships, generations, and healing the past.

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

Knights vs. Dinosaurs

children's book: Knights and Dinosaurs

Published: 2018
Theme: Knights
Best for: ages 9 and up

“Mel wavered. She was feeling beaten. The flying lizards were too large. Too fast. Too attentive. It was hopeless. But I mustn’t give up, she thought.” A very fun and entertaining book great for all genders and middle-school age kids.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit

Children's Book

Published 1972
Theme: WWII refugee
Best for: 9 and up

“Next morning before school Anna ran into Papa’s room to see him. The desk was tidy. The bed was neatly made. Papa had gone.” Neither overly melodramatic nor depressing, this is an excellent look at the life of a WWII Jewish refugee family…

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

Searching for Lottie

Search for Lottie - Children's book

Published: 2019
Theme: Holocaust and Family Memories
Best for: 9 and up

“When Charlie asked how many of the people in the photo album had survived the Holocaust, Mom simply looked away.” A down-to-earth children’s book about the importance of sharing and remembering the past.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

The Wind in the Willows – A Fine Welcome

Wind in the Willows Easy Reader

Published: 2013
Theme: Easy Reader
Best for: 5 to 8

Mole took up the oars. “Just this once, I’ll try,” he said, and he began to row. An easy reader version of the classic Wind in the Willows, done with care and beauty. What a great idea.

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

Say Something!

Children's Book - Say Something

Published: 2019
Theme: Making a Difference
Best for: 5 to 8

“If you see someone lonely, say something by just being there for them.” In another wonderful children’s book from Peter Reynolds, children learn they too can be a positive change in the world, very simply.

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

Daughters of Steel

Children's book - Daughters of Steel

Published: 2018
Theme: Fantasy; Courage
Best for: Girls age 11 and up

“I’ve been looking for a way to find out more about my powers, about my destiny. This is the sign I’ve been waiting for, I’m sure of it. This is where I need to go.” She pointed at her rough drawing of the shrine…” A sequel to Sisters of Glass, and every bit as dramatic and compelling. Fantasy genre.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Inspiring for Girls

Skellig

Children's Book - Skellig

Published: 2000
Theme: Power of Love
Best for: 9 to 12

“I put my hand beneath his should to steady him. I felt something there, something held in my his jacket. I reached across his back and felt something beneath his other shoulder as well. Like thin arms, folded up.” Children have the ability to see the miraculous, and to hope… and this book brings it home in a well-told story.

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

My Name is Mina

Children's book - My name is Mina

Published: 2011
Theme: Children’s Creativity
Best for: 9 to 12

“My name is Mina and I love the night. Anything seems possible at night when the rest of the world has gone to sleep.” The best thing to say about this children’s book is …read it. It will uplift your spirit and inspire creative teaching.

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

Kibble

illustrated Children's book

Published: 2017
Theme: Courage; Monarch Butterflies
Best for: 6 and up

“It took Kibble a few moments before he was ready to let go of that trunk again, but soon enough, he carefully walked over to me….” In this informative illustrated children’s book, Kibble overcomes his fear with the support of good friends…

Posted in Contemporary, Illustrated Books, Read-Aloud, Waldorf-Aligned

Pay Attention, Carter Jones

Pay Attention Carter Jones - Children's book

Published: 2019
Theme: Fathers and Sons
Best for: 9 and up

“I decided to revolt. I mean, wiping up dog vomit, nearly drowning in an Australian tropical thunderstorm, drinking tea with mild and sugar, and I haven’t even told you about the forty-five minutes of Mr. Barkus’s word problems.” A great coming- of-age book, as well as dealing with family drama, with lots of humor.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

Finding Orion

Children's book - Finding Orion

Published: 2019
Theme: Father and Son reconciliation
Best for: 9 to 12

“It’s hard, sometimes, reconciling the difference between what you really feel about something and what you think you’re supposed to feel.” A slow-starter with a very unconventional ending worth staying with.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary

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

Tree Castle Island

Children's book- Tree Castle Island

Published: 2002
Theme: Nature Adventure and Adoption
Best for: 9 to 12

“I felt unbound. I was free as the wind. And I wasn’t in just any old canoe, but one I had made myself. She floated, she sped, she was unreal.” A great book by a classic children’s book author, about adoption, and self-sufficiency in nature.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary, Waldorf-Aligned

The Sun is Also a Star

Young Adult Book - The Sun is also a Star

Published: 2018
Best for: mature 12 and up
Theme: Mixed-race Love

“My mother, the pacifist, would kill me dead if she knew what I’d just done. I rescheduled my interview. For a girl. Not even a Korean girl, a black girl. A black girl I don’t really know., …who might not even like me.” Get ready for a ride on the hormones of a couple of teens who fall in love…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Contemporary

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

The Lacemaker and the Princess

Children's Book - Lacemaker and the Princess

Published: 2007
Theme: Historical Fiction; French Revolution
Best for: 11 and up

“I know how to make needle lace and sew and hem and build a fire and tend it and clean the ashes out. I can make tea and toast and cook a chicken if I have to. I can empty chamber post and scrub floors…” This very well-written historical fiction about the French Revolution is based on a true incident…

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Inspiring for Girls, Waldorf-Aligned

The Night Diary

Children's Book - Night Diary

Published: 2018
Theme: Historical Fiction, India’s Partition
Best for: 11 and up

“We would go somewhere fresh and new where people were happy. All kinds of people practicing all kinds of religions..[where] nobody would mind that you were Muslim and Papa was Hindu….” This is a no-holds-barred experience of the tragedy that ensued from the Partition in 1947 into India and Pakistan. For 11 and up.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12, Contemporary, Historical Fiction

Be a Perfect Person In Just Three Days

Children's book - Be a Perfect Person

Published: 1982
Theme: Self-acceptance
Best for: 8 to 11

“Milo wondered how in the world wearing a stalk of broccoli around his neck could possibly help make him perfect…” This children’s book is perfect medicine for any young person thinking they need to be perfect! Silly but convincing…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary

The Jamie Drake Equation

Children's Book: Jamie Drake Equation

Published: 2017
Theme: Light-weight Science Fiction
Best for: 9 and up

“I’ve got a doctorate in astrophysics and a black belt in karate,” the woman replies, poking me hard in the chest with her telescope. “So sit down before I knock your block off.” This book does a great job of making both space and science fiction, very readable and enjoyable.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary
Share this
Free Subscription to Book Reviews
Your email address will not be shared with anyone else. New book reviews are sent once a month.
Click Here to Subscribe

Click to view our newsletter archives.
Support Your Local Bookstores
Support Independent Bookstores - Visit IndieBound.org
Social Media Sites
Follow Me on Pinterest
Literature for Kids
Advertisement