Kids Bookshelf: Reading Recommendations

There are many things out of our control in this COVID-19 world. One thing we can control is promoting reading at home for children, even 20 minutes per day. Reading has a tremendous effect on children's performance, both in and out of the classroom, that will continue throughout life.

Reading for pleasure extends learning, more important when school reading may have declined in the current educational setting. Students can explore new people, places, and events beyond their community and cultivate imagination and empathy for others. Escaping between the pages of an enjoyable book may also help to relax the body, calm the mind, and ease feelings of anxiety fueled by the pandemic.

Read-alike booklists curated by MCFL children's librarians

If You Liked...The Babysitter's Club Graphic Novels

If You Liked...Land of Stories

If You Liked...Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library

If You Liked...The 13th Story Treehouse

If You Liked...Smile

If You Liked...Diary of a Wimpy Kid

If You Liked...Wings of Fire

If You Liked...Wonder

Rick Riordan Presents

Grades K-3

Also, check out Hoopla, opens a new window, the streaming service to instantly borrow eBooks, eAudio, and Music: Easy Readers for grades K-2, opens a new window and eBooks for 3rd graders, opens a new window.

Looking for more suggestions? BookConnections, opens a new window is a fantastic student resource available to libraries from the California K-12 Online Content Project, opens a new window. One of the many features offered by BookConnections, opens a new window is video book trailers. As an example, watch the entertaining trailer for Jerry Craft's newest graphic novel Class Act, opens a new window.

If you're interested in personalized children's reading suggestions, please call one of our branches to speak to a Children's Librarian.


Kamleiter, Kaitlyn. (2020, May 13). How to help your kids keep reading during stay-at-home order and distance learning, opens a new window. Children's Minnesota [website blog]

Photo from Pikwizard