Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for October

Have you ever felt frustrated? Have you ever been the new kid in town?

This month’s picks are filled with relatable themes like these. You’ll also find books the celebrate a fun tradition between family members, demonstrate the power of belief and explore themes of friendship. For older readers, you’ll find a witty story full of pop culture references that also highlights some heavier topics.

For Pre-K – K (ages 3-6)

bernice_carried_awayBernice Gets Carried Away Written and illustrated by Hannah E. Harrison

Alison’s pick:

“This picture book is a true gem! Superb illustrations and small, relatable moments make it one you’ll pick up again and again. Every kid will connect Bernice’s feelings of frustration and adults will love its themes of feelings, sharing, and friendship.”




For Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8)

im_new_hereI’m New Here Written and Illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Matthew’s pick:

“A fantastic book about immigration and assimilation! Anyone who has ever been ‘the new kid’ will identify with the three kids in this story, as they learn to adapt to new languages, new customs, and new friends. I love it!”





For Grades 3-4 (ages 8-10)

sunday_shoppingSunday Shopping Written by Sally Derby & Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

Jenn’s pick:

“This sweet story about a Sunday tradition between a loving grandmother and her granddaughter is also a great opportunity for imaginative play! You can hand kids a newspaper or magazine and join them on your own pretend “shopping spree” after you share this wonderful book.”




For Grades 5-6 (ages 10-12)

circus_mirandusCircus Mirandus Written by Cassie Beasley

Alison’s pick:

“I didn’t want this story to end! Enchanting, suspenseful, and deeply moving, it’s a rich story about friendship, family, and the power of belief. Pure magic!”




For 7th Grade & up (Ages 13+)

simon_vs_the_homo_sapiens_agendaSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda Written by Becky Albertalli

Matthew’s pick:

“I loved this book, and teens will too! A lighthearted, witty coming out story, it’s filled with humor and pop culture references that keep the tone upbeat, even as it deals with heavier topics like bullying, race, class, sexuality, and gender.”