Our five favorite books for April will help kids celebrate each other’s unique differences, process with the emotions of moving, learn about the culture of Haiti — even teach them a few magic tricks!
For Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6):
“Bad Bye, Good Bye”by Deborah Underwood
In very few words, this warm and reassuring picture book captures the emotions kids experience in the process of moving. Over the course of the story, a boy goes from sadness to joy as his family moves from the country to the city, saying goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones.
For 1st & 2nd grade (Ages 6-8):
Kids will laugh out loud at this funny, lovable story about a young dragon who can breathe everything but fire. A terrific lesson in recognizing and appreciating everyone’s unique talents!
For 3rd & 4th grade (Ages 8-10):
“Magic Shop Series #1: The Vanishing Coin” by Kate Egan
This engaging chapter book series hooks kids with a fun plot and a great bonus – lessons for performing magic tricks! Kids with attention issues or those struggling with bullies will especially relate.
5th & 6th grade (Ages 10-12):
“Stella by Starlight” by Sharon Draper
Through the eyes of a quirky, relatable 12-year-old, readers are transported to 1932 when the Klu Klux Klan resurfaces and unsettles a close-knit community. Kids will root for Stella as they witness her inspiring determination to face her biggest fears head on.
7th & up (Ages 13+):
“Hold Tight, Don’t Let Go” by Laura Rose Wagner
This deeply affecting novel provides a rich exploration of Haiti’s culture through the experiences of Magdalie, a teenage survivor of the 2010 earthquake. Magdalie’s resolve to make a better life for herself makes this an empowering story for anyone who is suffering a loss or coping with tragedy.