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Sarah's Kids Book Recommendations

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore Cover Image
By William Joyce, William Joyce (Illustrator), Joe Bluhm (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442457027
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 19th, 2012

Accompanied by wondrous illustrations, Joyce tells a tale of a man and his relationship with books, reminding us all of the power stories hold. A great way to inspire young readers to lose themselves in many more books! There is also an accompanying animated short produced by Joyce’s Moonbot Studios. 

Grandpa Green Cover Image
By Lane Smith, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596436077
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 30th, 2011

In this story we follow a young boy learning of the life and times of his grandfather. But instead of sitting on a knee and listening to Grandpa tell it, our narrator gets to discover it for himself through the whimsically illustrative topiaries in his garden. A lovely reminder of the joy we can find when learning about a loved one. 

Mary Blair's Unique Flair: The Girl Who Became One of the Disney Legends Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Brittney Lee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484757208
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Disney Press - August 13th, 2019

This is a mesmerizing look into the life of the incredible Mary Blair, Disney artist extraordinaire. Brought to life by the breathtaking illustrations of current Disney artist Brittany Lee, Mary’s story serves as a terrific inspiration for the young artists in our lives. 

What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781938298073
Availability: NOT IN STOCK - Usually arrives in 7 - 14 business days
Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 1st, 2014

In this simple yet abstract story, our young protagonist wrestles with how to go about handling an idea. Do you ignore it? Do you play around with it? The story encourages readers to pursue their ideas both big and small. This book is a must have for all dreamers. 

Wonder Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375869020
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - February 14th, 2012

I have found this book has by far had the most impact on students and children I have worked with. Regardless of background, readers young and old can connect to the idea of coming across someone different than them and navigating that experience. Palacio creates a natural lesson in empathy by alternating narrators and perspectives throughout the book. A story with incredible warmth and humor that will benefit all who come across it.