Do you have a child who is having a hard time reading? Do you want to transition them away from comic books to slightly more challenging material? Here’s a good starting place. These books (many are series) have many simply-drawn illustrations – some several per page.
Angleberger, Tom- Origami Yoda (series)
Bolling, Ruben- EMU club (series)
Brallier, Max- Galactic Hot Dogs (series)
Cronin, Doreen- Into the Wild
Fry, Michael- The Odd Squad (series)
Kinney, Jeff- Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series)
McMullan, Kate- School! Adventures at the Harvey N. Trouble elementary school
Patterson, James- Middle School (series)
Peirce, Lincoln- Big Nate (series)
Pilkey, Dav- Captain Underpants (series)
Pinchon, Liz- The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
Russell, Rachel Renee- The Dork Diaries (series)
Skye, Obert – Creature from my closet (series)
Smith, James- Barry Loser (series) includes “I am still not a loser” and “I am so over being a loser”
Stilton, Geronimo- Geronimo Stilton (series)
Watson, Tom- Stick Dog (series) and Stick Cat
Sometimes I read children’s books for the art more than for the story. This is my current list of all the artists I love. This list will be added to as I find more.
John S. Goodall
Chris Van Allsburg
Perhaps there are too many kids growing up with books that are digital. They don’t know how to appreciate a book that doesn’t move or make noise.
Here is a list of books that think they are apps. They don’t beep or wiggle, but they are interactive, nonetheless. They are all picture books.
“Mix it Up!” by Herve Tullet
“Press Here” by Herve Tullet
“Tap the Magic Tree” by Christie Matheson
“Touch the Brightest Star” by Christie Matheson
“Shake to Assemble” by Calliope Glass
“Look” by Edouard Manceau
These are very good picture books for children that are about Chanukah. I will add to this list as I find more.
Simon and the bear: a Hanukkah story by Eric A Kimmel
The menorah story by Mark H. Podwal
Hanukkah Bear by Eric Kimmel
The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown (from Shalom Sesame) by Tilda Balsley and Ellen Fischer
These are all very good picture books for children that are about Christmas. I will add to this list as I find more.
Babushka by Sandra Ann Horn
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
A song in Bethlehem by Marni McGee
Why Christmas trees aren’t perfect by Richard H. Schneider
Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson
Specifically featuring the Magi –
The Stone: a Persian Legend of the Magi by Dianne Hofmeyr
The Fourth King: The story of the other wise man by Ted Sieger
The Fourth Wise Man (retold by Susan Summers, based on the story by Henry Van Dyke)
Small Camel Follows the Star by Rachel W.N. Brown
These are all very good picture books for children that feature bears. I will add to this list as I find more.
Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker
The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud
Otto the Book Bear By Katie Cleminson
Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley
The Winter Visitors by Karel Hayes
Mr. Brown’s Fantastic Hat by Ayano Imai
Hugless Dougless by David Melling
Wonder Bear by Tao Nyeu
Three Bears in a Boat by David Soman
These are all very good picture books for children that feature monsters. I will add to this list as I find more.
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Monsters Eat Whiny Children by Bruce Kaplan
The Monster’s Monster by Patrick McDonnell
Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
Some Monsters are Different by David Milgrim
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich by Adam Rex
Wanda’s Monster by Eileen Spinelli