4 Kids’ Book Recommendations

The One and Only Ivan by  Katherine Applegate

Ivan, a lonely Silverback Gorilla narrates the story of his life and interacts with many different interesting characters, some human and some animal. Ivan is presented with a major life  decision when tasked with caring for a young elephant named Ruby. This book is based on the true story of a Silverback Gorilla who lived for many years alone in a cage in a small show in a mall. You’ll fall in love with all the animal characters who take part in Ivan’s journey when you read this beautiful book of love, courage, friendship and family.

Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by  Kate DiCamillo

A flying superhero squirrel?
A young girl who loves comics?
A family struggling through separation?
A quest to save the squirrel from an unfortunate end?
In this tale told by Kate DiCamillo, readers will be transported to a world part graphic novel and part family story full of wonderful new vocabulary terms worth learning!

Because of Winn Dixie by  Kate DiCamillo

Join India Opal Buloni, The Preacher, Winn Dixie and a wonderful assortment of characters as they learn how to respect each other, how not to judge before getting to know someone, and how to be kind to each other. Winn Dixie helps to bring the assortment of wonderfully written characters together through a tale of headache, love, friendship and kindness.

Wonder by  R.J. Palacio

Wonder shares the heartwarming tale of Auggie Pullman, a ten-year-old born with a severe genetic condition that changes his facial appearance. Auggie struggles to fit in as he enters public school for the first time in his life. This beautifully written book follows the ups and downs of Auggie’s adventure as he, friends, family and school staff try to find the true meaning of “choosing kind.” This story will make you smile, laugh, cry and consider life as we learn why Auggie is a “Wonder.”

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