Hi, Harry!

I’m always on the lookout for strong stories for the younger children, and Hi, Harry! is one of those books. Super large print and beautiful illustrations tell the story of Harry, a turtle who is so slow that no other animal will play with him. He eventually meets a snail who is the perfect friend and just as slow as he is. Great for new students and friendship talks. 

Houndsley and Catina

Houndsley and Catina by James Howe, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Cute, cute, cute! This new series of books by the author of Pinky and Rex is just so inviting and fun to read. Houndsley and Catina are two friends, a cat and a dog, who are different from each other but very sweet together. One of the things I love most about this book is that it is deep and thoughtful but is at a reading level that is accessible for many kids. Here’s an example…

“Houndsley and Catina built a fire and talked about what they saw in the flames. And then they grew still and didn’t talk at all.”

That’s just a taste of the magic. Couple his words with Marie-Louise Gay’s gorgeous illustrations, and it’s a winner.

Enemy Pie

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

An absolutely fantastic read-aloud, Enemy Pie is chocked full of lifelong lessons about how to get along with others, even an enemy. I read it aloud to 2nd graders, and they loved every minute of it. Suspenseful and funny, you can easily turn an enemy into a “frenemy” by reading this book.