Macomb County libraries provide bookmarks in childhood reading (Part 2)

ReadingToday we continue with our series about book recommendations from Macomb County’s librarians. The following are recommendations from Lisa Martin, branch librarian at the Warren Public Library

Some of the most popular choices for children are books with a graphic format, such as graphic novels like Big Nate or chapter books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  Elementary-aged children love for their chapter books to have graphics that add to the story’s appeal and enjoyment. New movies or television series also influence the choices for children and teens. Before I Fall is currently showing at the theater, so teens who have never read the book are now interested. Netflix has a Series of Unfortunate Events series, so the book series by Lemony Snicket has become in demand again. Classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Curious George never go out of style for the preschool set. Dr. Seuss books are always popular, but are especially popular during the month of March when we celebrate Reading Month. Sometimes there are only a few Dr. Seuss books left on the shelves during March! Older children also enjoy biographies and true stories, such as those found in the I Survived and Who Was?/Who Is? chapter books.


  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson

Early elementary:

  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Pete the Cat (series) by James Dean
  • Junie B. Jones (series) by Barbara Park
  • Magic Tree House (series) by Mary Pope Osborne
  • The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
  • Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Willems
  • Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin
  • Mouse and Mole (series) by Wong Herbert Yee
  • Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds

 Late elementary:

  • Wonder by R. J. Palacio
  • Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
  • I Survived (series) by Lauren Tarshis
  • Double Down by Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid series)
  • Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein
  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
  • Big Nate (series) by Lincoln Peirce

Middle school:

  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Trials of Apollo series)
  • Who Was Anne Frank? by Ann Abramson (“Who Was?” and “Who is?” series)
  • Middle School: Escape to Australia by James Patterson
  • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
  • Artemis Fowl (series) by Eoin Colfer

High school: 

  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen series)
  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series)
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

This post is part of a series that will run through the month of March on the Make Macomb Your Home blog. Lisa Martin is branch librarian at the Warren Public Library

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