By Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee
Bink and Gollie look very different and think differently, too, but they are the best of friends. In this book, they rollerskate into a colorful sock adventure, set off on an expedition, and find a home for an aquatic friend. I highly recommend this series for any K-3rd grader who enjoyed Elephant and Piggie or Frog and Toad books.
By Jacqueline Woodson
Chloe will not talk to or include the new girl, Maya. Maya doesn’t wear new clothes or look like Chloe’s friends. One day, the teacher talks to the class about how important each act of kindness is and how it has a ripple effect into people’s lives. Chloe wants to make things right, but she never has her chance. This is a beautiful story that reminds us all that each action we take or don’t take affects those around us.
Our first introduction to this author was The Doghouse, and it was just the right amount of scary and then silly to be engaging for my early readers. Rhyming Dust Bunnies and Can You Make a Scary Face? are a just a couple of our other favorites. We also love how the story continues all the way to the back cover.
If you have a preschooler through 3rd grader, you should check out Mo Willems. His books vary from engaging easy readers to humorous read aloud books. A favorite in my family is The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog. You can play games or look at books on his website. The games are geared toward a younger audience. His published books have a wider age range appeal.