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National Children’s Book Week: Reading Recommendations from Brimhall Elementary

Published: May 13, 2014

Read-It is loving the new mini-library the MDE state library staff put together

In case you did not know, May 12-18 is National Children’s Book week. We here at blogg[ED] thought there was no better way to celebrate than to reach out to students at Brimhall Elementary in Roseville for some book recommendations. Here are what the students, ranging from kindergarten to second grade, had to suggest:

Rachel: The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter.

"Because it had the name of my country Kenya in it and I like the monkeys in the book."

Matias: It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle.

"It was really funny. I liked how there were monkeys hanging on vines and then there was a tiger."

Sophie: Amelia Bedelia Means Business by Herman Parish.

"I like that she shared in the book. It was funny!"

Oliver: Magic Tree House Series by by Mary Pope Osborne and Sal Murdocca.

"It's good for early readers. It's easy to read for us, but not so easy that it’s not fun."

Bella: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes.

"It is funny and the characters have a good personality. I like the teacher too; she was very caring towards Billy. She was funny! I like that Ned reminded me of my brother."

Grace: The World According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney.

"Humphrey went on adventures like I do. I like the way he is talking to us, in hamster language, but the characters don't always understand. It’s funny!"

The students at Brimhall also participated in the Minnesota Kids “Star of the North” Picture Book Awards this year. The award seeks to promote engaging picture books and reading among school-aged children. For more information on the award, visit the Star of the North website. The 2014 winner was: The Astonishing Secrets of Awesome Man by Michael Chabon.

Take some time this week to check out any, or all, of these recommendations. Maybe you’ll have a new favorite title added to your collection by the end of the week.

Note: A big thank you to Brimhall Elementary library media specialist, Anna Zbacnik, for her help gathering recommendations from the kids for this post!