Elese and Johanna's Favorite Picture Books and Early Chapter Books from 2016 (for Slightly Older Kids)

You don't have to stop shared reading once your little one starts to read for themselves! Sharing a longer picture book with detailed illustrations or a more complex plot is a great way to engage with an emerging reader.  And our early chapter book suggestions will never bore an adult reader either!


Home at Last Cover Image
By Vera B. Williams, Chris Raschka (Illustrator), Vera B. Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061349737
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 13th, 2016

(picture book / Pre-K-2nd) This is the final book from children's author legend Vera B. Williams - she died before its publication. A story about the complexities of adoption and how a new family - 6-year-old Lester, Daddy Albert, Daddy Rich and dog Wincka — settles in and adjusts to one another. A warm hug of a book.

Bloom Cover Image
By Doreen Cronin, David Small (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442406209
Availability: Backordered
Published: Atheneum Books - February 9th, 2016

(picture book / Pre-K-2nd) A modern fairy tale about the power of hard work, confidence, and MUD!

The Sound of Silence Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316203371
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 2nd, 2016

(picture book / Pre-K-2nd) Follow a young boy as he journeys through busy Tokyo searching for the elusive "ma" - the sound of silence.

Giant Squid Cover Image
By Eric Rohmann (Illustrator), Candace Fleming
ISBN: 9781596435995
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 27th, 2016

(nonfiction - science / Pre-K-2nd) Giant squid are bizarre and incredible and this book will tell you why with an delightfully imaginative format ... my two boys - 4 & 8 - love this one.

The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419721304
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

(folklore/mythology / K-2nd) A retelling of an Aztec legend integrating Nahuatl words throughout with gorgeous illustrations

I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark Cover Image
By Debbie Levy, Elizabeth Baddeley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481465595
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

(nonfiction - biography / K-3rd) This look back at the Notorious RBG's life offers a timely example of how dissent, disagreeing, disapproving and fighting for what you believe in can lead to true, positive change. Read this to your girls. Read this to your boys. Read this yourself to be reminded of the extraordinary (and dissenting!) friendship between Justice Scalia and Justice Ginsburg.

The Storyteller Cover Image
By Evan Turk, Evan Turk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481435185
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 28th, 2016

(folklore/mythology / K-3rd) A story within a story within a story - older kids will enjoy untangling this folktale rooted in the 1,000-year-old Moroccan storytelling tradition.

Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone . . . Wh Cover Image
ISBN: 9780553522464
Availability: Backordered
Published: Schwartz & Wade Books - June 7th, 2016

(picture book / K-3rd) Based on the true story of Europe's first touring rhinoceros - historical facts, geography, whimsy, and beautifully detailed illustrations!

Mischief Season (Witches of Benevento #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451471819
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - April 12th, 2016

(chapter book series / K-3rd) A charmingly delightful series by the grandson of the beloved author of the Madeline books with illustrations by Caldecott-winning Sophie Blackall, perfect for reading aloud!  Books 2 (The All-Powerful Ring) and 3 (Beware the Clopper!) are also available. 

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig (Book One) Cover Image
By Polly Faber, Clara Vulliamy (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763682262
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - June 28th, 2016

(chapter book / K-3rd) An unlikely duo of the imaginative Mango and nervous tapir Bambang plus a graphic text-style make this an excellent modern choice for young readers.

Teddy & Co. Cover Image
By Cynthia Voigt, Paola Zakimi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780553511604
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - November 1st, 2016

(chapter book / 1st-4th) Lovable and unique characters will charm parents and children alike in this refreshing early chapter book. Perfect for readers making their way into longer chapter books or as a family read aloud.