When I was trying to get my boys hooked on reading, I spent hours scouring for the best new kids books of the year… but you don’t have to!
Bring home these absolute gems – your kids will want to read these wonderful books again and again.
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Best New Kids Books for Ages 6-8
The Day You Begin: Jacqueline Woodson is the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature! Jacqueline Woodson’s lyrical text and Rafael López’s dazzling art reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #5): When a new bunch of baddies bust up the town, Dog Man is called into action — and this time he isn’t alone. With a cute kitten and a remarkable robot by his side, our heroes must save the day by joining forces with an unlikely ally: Petey, the World’s Most Evil Cat. But can the villainous Petey avoid vengeance and venture into virtue?
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo: HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children’s picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming children’s book explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy.
The Wild Robot Escapes:From bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Peter Brown comes a heartwarming and action-packed sequel to his New York Times bestselling The Wild Robot, about what happens when nature and technology collide.
Baby Monkey, Private Eye: A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year * Parents Magazine Best Early Reader of the Year. Baby Monkey’s adventures come to life in an exciting blend of picture book, beginning reader, and graphic novel. With pithy text and over 120 black and white drawings accented with red, it is ideal for sharing aloud and for emerging readers.
Good Rosie!: Beloved storyteller Kate DiCamillo and cartoonist Harry Bliss introduce some delightfully doggy dogs in a warm, funny tale of a timid pup who needs a friend.
Prince & Knight: In this modern fairy tale, a noble prince and a brave knight come together to defeat a terrible monster and in the process find true love in a most unexpected place.
Meet Yasmin!: Yasmin is a spirited second-grader who’s always on the lookout for those “aha” moments to help her solve life’s little problems. Taking inspiration from her surroundings and her big imagination, she boldly faces any situation, assuming her imagination doesn’t get too big, of course!
Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Nothing can scare Lord Vader! Not monsters or witches or ghosts, and especially not the dark. So what is Darth Vader scared of? Read on in Adam Rex’s hilarious and spooky Star Wars tale to find out!
Peanut Butter and Jelly (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #3) In this third book, Narwhal and Jelly star in three new stories about trying new things, favorite foods and accepting who we are. Always funny and never didactic, this underwater duo charms again through their powerful combination of positive thinking, imagination and joyfulness.
Dragons in a Bag: An NPR Best Book of the Year * A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year * A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year. The dragon’s out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author. When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she’s not his grandmother–but she is a witch.
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters: The Questioneers Book #1: You loved the bestselling picture books starring Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, and Iggy Peck. Now you can follow The Questioneers’ further adventures in brand-new chapter books! The first installment, Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, is a spirited story about the power of teamwork and the true meaning of home.
I Lost My Tooth! (Unlimited Squirrels) Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, is back with another breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza.
Mac Undercover (Mac B., Kid Spy #1): From secret identities to Karate hijinks, this fast-paced, witty and historically inspired chapter book will keep readers guessing until the very last page. With full-color illustrations and fascinating historical facts masterfully sprinkled throughout, this series offers adventure, intrigue, absurdity, history and humor.
Inkling: A New York Times Notable Book * A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year. A brilliantly funny story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle and sure to be a hit with kids everywhere!
The Race to Chimney Rock (The Oregon Trail): Go west, young pioneer—your journey begins here! In this first leg of your trek on the Oregon Trail, you need to find your way to Chimney Rock—but not without unpredictable challenges ahead. This is the first installment of four books that will take you all the way to Oregon Territory—if you make the right choices.
Astrid the Unstoppable: Pippi Longstocking meets Heidi meets Anne Shirley in this tale of an irrepressible girl in a mountain village who navigates unexpected changes with warmth and humor.
Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship: Based on a real-life partnership, the heartening story of the love and teamwork between a girl and her service dog will illuminate and inspire.
Megabat: A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.
It’s Not Easy Being Mimi (Mimi’s World): Mimi and her cat Marvin must adjust to life with an unexpected new neighbor in this hilarious, quirky, and heartwarming start to a brand-new illustrated chapter book series.
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