September 22, 2023
Written by Flint Hill Admission Team

8 Book Recommendations for Your Young Reader

Running out of books for your young reader? Lower School Librarian Michelle Plaut shares eight book recommendations for children in Grades JK-3 (ages 4-8).

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Hi! I'm Michelle Plaut, Lower School Librarian. I thought I might share with you some of my favorite nonfiction choices for small readers.

One of my new favorites is this book called Humongous Fungus, which is all about the amazing world of mushrooms and spores.

Another new favorite is Listen to the Language of the Trees because trees are out there talking to each other and sharing information. And I think that's something that we don't really think about very often.

If you're interested in what's happening in a forest, you might be interested in Moonlight Animals. This book is fun because you can put a spotlight on the night and see what's really happening in the dark when you're going to bed.

And then also, what about you as a person? How about where did your food come from? How Did That Get In My Lunchbox is a good one that talks to you all about all the fun things in your lunchbox and where they came from. I think nonfiction is a great way to explore your world!

Hi. I'm Michelle Plaut. I'm the Lower School Librarian at Flint Hill. I thought I'd share a couple of books that I love for JK-3 readers.

I have to say that my very favorite author of all time is Mac Barnett, and any book where Jon Klassen is the illustrator is a winner for me, such as Extra Yarn.

My very favorite by that duo is The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse, which is super unexpected. But in all of their stories, you have to get engaged with the characters. They make interesting choices that aren't what you would always expect as a reader.

Another book that I really love right now is called Have You Ever Seen A Flower by Shawn Harris. This book asks you to take a close look at some really interesting things and go deep, deep, deep into the inside of a flower. So there's a little bit of science and a little bit of mindfulness, and it's a really pretty book.

And then my last super favorite to read to people is this story called Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. And the question is, what language is this book written in? And I think it might surprise you when you start reading it to try to find out — can you understand a foreign language that you don't even know? You can when you read this book!

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