Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for August

Our favorite books this month will get kids exploring the outdoors, show them the importance of kindness and illustrate the bond between parents and children, no matter the distance. You’ll also find a beautiful coming-of-age story for older readers and a tale about life during wartime.

Pre-K – K (ages 3-6)

outdoor_oppositesOutdoor Opposites by Brenda Williams

Jenn’s pick:

This colorful book featuring a diverse group of friends is perfect for young children! Use it to get kids up and moving, learning about opposites, and exploring the great outdoors.”




Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8)

the_invisible_boyThe Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Kelsey’s pick:

“I love this book! It will speak to any child who has ever gone unnoticed and help all kids understand how kindness can fill others and bring color to the world.”






Grades 3-4 (ages 8-10)

knock_knock_sfapKnock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty

Miriam’s pick:

“So moving and so beautiful! This compassionate story of a son’s love for his father despite their separation will touch readers of all ages.”






Grades 5-6 (ages 10-12):

war_that_saved_my_lifeThe War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Alison’s pick:

“I can’t stop talking about this book! It’s one of the most honest and accessible books I’ve read about the long-term impacts of neglect and abuse, and an empowering look at life with a disability. On top of all that? It’s an engrossing novel about life in war-time, finding family, and allowing yourself to feel and show love – to yourself, and to others.”




7th & up (Ages 13+):

aristotle_dante_discover_1Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Matthew’s pick:

“This is one of the most honest and beautiful coming-of-age stories about personal identity, relationships, and love (both platonic and romantic) that I have ever read. Aristotle and Dante’s poetic journey will stay with you.”