March is a month full of reading celebrations, from National Reading Month to Read Across America day which coincides with Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2. Macomb County is full of really great libraries that inspire reading in both children and adults. Here at Make Macomb Your Home, we wanted to find out what some of our local librarians recommend to help keep children of all ages – from preschool to high school – engaged in reading.
The following are recommendations from Lisa Mulvenna, head of Youth/Young Adult Services at Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township. This post is part of a series that will run through the month of March on the Make Macomb Your Home blog.
Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed by Eileen Christelow
The mischievous five little monkeys are back in this story where they are caught reading in bed. The catchy rhyme and the fun story show that reading is fun.
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Not only is this story about the popular preschool topic of trains, but each car in the train is a different color. This is a great story for talking about colors.
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
This is my favorite picture book. George goes to the vet because he just can’t make the right dog sounds. The vet soon gets to the bottom of the problem.
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
While this is a cute story with animals, all of the illustrations are made out of hearts. This promotes shape knowledge for the PreK set. As a fun extension activity, cut out a bunch of hearts and create your own animals!
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
The popular Pete the Cat has a yellow coat with four groovy buttons. What happens as they fall off one by one?
We Are in A Book! By Mo Willems
Gerald the Elephant and Piggie have a great time making the reader say silly words.
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
A boy and a fly become friends in this story with silly drawings that is perfect for kids just beginning to read.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
While you can read this story to younger kids, the early elementary kids are the ones who will really get the humor. Each color crayon in the crayon box has quit and writes a letter complaining about how Duncan uses them.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides he must find her a better life.
El Deafo by Cece Bell
The author tells her story in this graphic novel. Cece experienced hearing loss at a young age, and the reader follows as she accepts her disability.
Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library with other students but finds that he must work with his friends to solve puzzles in order to escape in the morning.
Pax by Sara Pennypacker
After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan
In the newest series by the author of the Percy Jackson series, Magnus Chase is the son of a Norse god and the Viking myths are true. Magnus must go on a quest to search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson and Chris Tebbets
When Rafe Khatchadorian enters middle school, he teams up with his friend, “Leo the Silent,” to make school more fun by trying to break every rule in the school’s code of conduct.
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever.
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape.
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Having been recently dumped for the nineteenth time by a girl named Katherine, recent high school graduate and former child prodigy Colin sets off on a road trip with his best friend to try to find some new direction in life while also trying to create a mathematical formula to explain his relationships.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A story of first love, family, loss and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by Jude and her twin brother Noah.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
A humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.
Lisa Mulvenna is head of Youth/Young Adult Services at Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township.