Totally Joe

children's book- Totally Joe

Published: 2005
Theme: Gay Teens
Best for: 9 and up

“I took one of the pins Aunt Pam had given me and put it on my shirt. It said Celebrate Diversity. Then I took it off, thinking I’d give it to Addie, because it’s one she’d really like, and I put on another one: Being Who You Are Isn’t A Choice.” A superbly written, sensitive and humorous children’s book dealing with being gay as a teen.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary

Dragons in a Bag

Children's book - Dragons in a bag

Published: 2018
Theme: Magical Fantasy
Best for: 8 to 12

“Something must have hatched inside that box! And the mysterious creatures must be strong enough to have rocked the box as they were being born. Yet they’re small enough to fit inside the empty mint tin.” A delightful and lightweight fantasy with witches, time travel, and baby dragons, set in Brooklyn.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary

Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment

max einstein

Published: 2018
Theme: Saving the World
Best for: 8 to 11

“Max didn’t have a mother or father to tell her when it was time to wake up, go to bed, do her homework, eat her vegetables, turn off the TV, or hurry because she’d miss the subway. Max was completely on her own.” An odd and quirky book that tries to have children solve the mess of the world, with a bit of adventure thrown in.

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

Finding Langston

Children's book - Finding Langston

Published: 2018
Theme: Healing through books
Best for: 9 and up

“It’s better to read in the library. Sitting at my favorite table… reading and listening to the sound of other folks turning pages makes me feel I’m in a house full of company I don’t have to talk to.” A beautiful and lyrical small book set in 1946, exploring the loneliness that comes from being uprooted from South to North.

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

Gandhi – My Life is My Message

Gandhi - Graphic Novel

Published: 2013
Theme: Biography
Best for: 10 and up

“We must melt the hearts of the Government with love… Remember, we can only win the opponent over by love, never by hate. Hate is the subtlest form of violence. Hatred injures the hater, never the hated.” This very thorough biography of Gandhi in graphic novel form is a pleasure to read.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Biography, Contemporary, Graphic Novel, Historical Fiction, Waldorf-Aligned

The Eleventh Trade

Children's book - Eleventh Trade

Published: 2018
Theme: Refugees, Compassion
Best for: 9 and up

“The middle school cafeteria always makes me wish for the school in Istanbul. We often shared meals there, seated on the ground, with little to give. But most important, it was quiet.” It is time, past time, to bring our children into the conversation about religious tolerance, and immigration. This book is a start.

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

Nowhere Boy

nowhere boy

Published: 2018
Theme: Moral Courage; Refugees
Best for: 10 and up

“Ahmed–he had a name, Max reminded himself–was just a boy, a boy who liked soccer and comic book heroes. He had lost his parents, he was alone, and he seemed far more frightened than dangerous.” All I can say is – read this to crack open your heart with compassion for the plight of refugees.

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

A Whale in Paris

Children's Book- Whale in Paris

Published: 2018
Theme: Optimism
Best for: 10 and up

“No one knew where the Mona Lisa was hiding. Chantal made a fist. How she hated the war. It had scared all the art way from the city.” A truly uplifting story about hope even during the direst of times, this will make your heart smile.

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

The Lost Books

The Lost Books - Children's BOok

Published: 2018
Theme: Fantasy Adventure with Books
Best for: 10 and up

He’d been trained as a solider, after all. He knew how to fight. The same rules applied, if you thought about it, to books and to swords. For one thing, you didn’t run away from a challenge. You met it head-on. This is a non-stop, action packed books about libraries and librarians, and if you thing that’s an oxymoron, you’ll need to read this yourself…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, 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

The Wild Book

Children's Book - The wild book

Published 2017
Theme: Books and Readers
Best for: 9 and up

“Books are the external memory of mankind–a warehouse of memories.” Translated from Spanish, this excellent children’s book leads us into the investigation of the value and power of books and how to befriend them.

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

My Family Divided

Children's Book - My family divided

Published: 2018
Theme: Immigration and Survival
Best for: 14 and up

“Behind every one of the headlines on deportation there is a family. Innocent children. True stories that are rarely told. At last, I found the courage to tell you mine.” This is best for parents and children to discuss how to deal with the current inhumane immigration policies, and realize the impact on children.

Posted in Ages 12-14, Contemporary

A Calf Named Brian Higgins

Calf Named Brian Higgins - Children's book

Published: 2019
Theme: Adventure in Rural Kenya
Best for: 12 to 14

“Yeah, no one here has food allergies.” Hannah’s eyes shifted and narrowed. How is that possible? We’re worried about what food to let in our schools and here they’re worried about having food at all.” In this semi-fictional children’s book, we are inspired to extend ourselves to other cultures, to learn more about them, and to help when we can

Posted in Ages 12-14, Appeals to Boys, Contemporary

The Griffin’s Feather

Children's book - The Griffin's Feather

Published: 2018
Theme: Protection of Endangered Species
Best for: 9 to 12

“This story is for all who have the courage to protect instead of dominate, to save instead of plunder, and to preserve instead of destroy.” A sequel to Dragon Rider, this action-packed adventure with fantasy animals, is all about protecting all living beings.

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

The Boy Who Saved Baseball

Children's book: Boy who saved Baseball

Published: 2003
Theme: Valuing Community
Best for: 9 and up

“Tee ball is killing baseball… They’re killing the ability of kids to learn the most important part of the game- to follow a ball with their eyes. And to swing and hit a moving target..” This is a lovely children’s book for kids who love their hometown baseball, played on their own local field, worth more than money can buy…

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary, 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

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis - Children's book

Published: 2014
Theme: Resilience and family
Best for: ages 10 and up

“We don’t look much like brother and sister. Sometimes I reckon that might even be part of the problem. Maybe if we looked a little bit like each other, it might help” This book is transformative; we start out in despair, and end up in acceptance and love.

Posted in Ages 9-12, Contemporary

Have Sword, Will Travel

Children's Book - Have Sword, Will travel

Published: 2017
Theme: Knights
Best for: 9 and up

“They may be young, but Sir Odo found me and awoke me. The mighty quest is his,” said Biter the sword. “By the same token, your daughter is small but seems valiant and my knight must have a squire.” A great fantasy adventure about two young children and their enchanted sword on a quest…

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

Heartseeker

Children's book - Heartseeker

Published: 2018
Theme: Truth and Lies
Best for: 11 and up

A lie is just a wall round the truth. Could be that it’s built strong like a wall, or it could be built out of something that’ll collapse. But no matter what it’s made of, the truth is always going to want to get out. A compelling and dramatic children’s book about truth and lies. Who do you trust?

Posted in Ages 12-14, Ages 9-12

How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe

Children's Book - How Oscar Indigo Broke the Universe

Published: 2017
Theme: Integrity, Time-travel
Best for: 8 and up

“Try keeping your eyes on the ball when you swing,” suggested Miss Ellington. She had a habit of sneaking up on him and giving him batting tips.” This children’s book has a little bit of everything, including profound lessons and lightheartedness.

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

The Parker Inheritance

Parker Inheritance - Children's Book

Published: 2018
Theme: Overcoming Discrimination
Best for: 9 and up

“It wasn’t surprising that Siobhan Washington became a librarian. She grew up surrounded by books, spending just as much time in her school library as she did on the tennis courts. ” This authentic peek back in time to the struggles of African-Americans to be accepted is well-done, written in the form of a puzzle-solving adventure.

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

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

Sisters of Glass

Children's Book: Sisters of Glass

Published: 2017
Theme: Courage, Fantasy
Best for: girls 11 and up

“We will rise. We will not, cannot, be controlled through fear or hatred, for we have hope. Those who greedily hoard their power will find it slips through their fingers like sand. We are free.” This is a very dramatic fantasy, with two fabulous heroines leading us to right some wrongs…

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

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

Children's Book - Percy Jackson

Published: 2005
Themes: Mythology, Courage, Loyalty
Best for: 10 and up

“The next few days I settled into a routine that felt almost normal, if you don’t count the fact that I was getting lessons from satyrs, nymphs, and a centaur.” This wildly popular children’s book series, based on Greek mythology is non-stop action, not for the faint of heart…

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

Aru Shah and The End of Time

Children's Book: Aru Shah

Published: 2018
Theme: Indian Mythology, Courage
Best for: 9 to 11

People are a lot like magical pockets. They’re far bigger on the inside than they appear on the outside. And it was like that with Aru. She found a place deep within her that had been hidden until now… The first in a series on Indian mythology, similar to Percy Jackson, but much funnier and much lighter, and much more girl-friendly…

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

Naming Maya

Children's Book - Naming Maya

Published: 2004
Theme: Indian culture, Dealing with Divorce
Best for: Girls 10 and up

“Lakshmi Auntie drops Sumai off with us a couple of days later, and scurries a protesting Ashwin away for a haircut…The day promises to turn from plain hot to furnace hot.” In this multicultural children’s book set in India, a young girl grapples with the divorce of her parents, and memory loss of a family friend.

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

Sky Dancer

Children's book - Sky Dancer

Published: 2017
Theme: Wildlife
Best for: 10 and up

“I’m a coward. There, I’ve said said it now. I’m a coward. It’s true. Dad never actually said it out loud but it was always in his eyes.” This is a wonderful children’s book, that combines growing up with standing up for your own values.

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

The Orphan Band of Springdale

Children's book - orphan band

Published: 2018
Theme: Courage, Overcoming Differences
Best for: 11 and up

“Her father had a phrase for the way the sun catches things out against the darkness of a coming storm: the clear light of trouble, he called it.” This excellent historical fiction is a timely addition to educating children about the dangers of xenophobism…

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