July Little Library: What Our Kids are Reading This Month

The 8 children's books on repeat in our house. From classics to picture books to banned books. There is something for every child this month!

Much like last month’s Little Library, we wanted to share the books that have been at the top of our kid’s reading lists.    This month we discuss a banned book, a classic series narrated by a celebrity, a few picture books and the chapter books our kids are most enjoying.

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Alphabet by Matthew Van Pelt is a must have for all library shelves. Interactive flaps, texture panels, scratch and sniff stickers PLUS animals and plants names make learning the alphabet fun!

Alphabet by Matthew Van Peet

This board book has been around for almost 10 years. Readers can explore plants and animals beginning with each letter of the alphabet, as well as, the action words and synonyms used to describe each scene. Add on pull-tabs, textured areas, flaps, and scratch-and-sniff stickers and it’s no wonder kids want to read this story over and over.

Geronimo Stilton – Shipwreck on the Pirate Islands by Geronimo Stilton

This has been our evening chapter book for the past week or so. We read two chapters a night at bedtime. While the text is wordier than the Magic Treehouse books normally in rotation, the cool typography through out and the little illustrations peppered around the borders keep the kids engaged. The series is funnier too (though less factual as well.)

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak is a fan favorite in our house! Crazy to think that this is one of the top banned books in the country!

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

I adored this book as a child and sharing it with my kids makes me equally as happy. If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I whipped this book out to read to my kids while baking banana bread last week. They think it is hysterical to see the little boy running around naked. That same naked little boy is actually the reason it’s one of the most banned books across the country!

The  Alchymyst: the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

I sent this book with my son to camp.  I must have subconsciously been thinking about our unofficial Harry Potter month because I included a bunch of books for him that are on our upcoming list of books to read if you liked Harry Potter. He is currently reading and loving this book that is about Nicholas Flamel.  Most people know that he was in Harry Potter but, they do not know that he really existed.  He is believed to have discovered the secret to immortality.  

Dog Man Unleashed.

Dog Man Unleashed by Dav Pilkey

My sons loved Dog Man so we could not resist the second book in this series.  It makes my kids laugh, it is interactive with flip pages and it gets them reading.  So, while I don’t really get the humor, as long as my kids are reading (and enjoying- huge bonus), I am happy.  The third book in the series is being released on August 29th and we already pre-ordered it (Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kittens)

Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party by Victoria Kann

My daughter loves pink and loves these Pinkalicious books.  At first, I wasn’t sure what to think of these books but, after having read a few, I like them a lot.  They are funny, cute and sweet.  In this book, Pinkalicious makes up sweet stories for her friend who is a bit nervous at the sleepover party.  My daughter loves the pictures and the overabundance of pink pictures.  It helps that the story is cute so I don’t mind reading it.  

Bear refuses bath. Bear gets a scratch. No animals will go near. What will he do?
Big Smelly Bear by Britta Teckentrup

A very stinky bear has an itch that he just can’t scratch. He’s too smelly for anyone to come close enough to help in and finally a fluffy bear tells him the truth. He SMELLS! She convinces him to bath, scratches his back and they become fast friends. This story is quite helpful as a lesson for the reluctant bather as well. 

Ramona and Her Father by Beverly Cleary

Who didn’t read Ramona as a kid? I certainly did and I think her antics stand the test of time. We’ve been listening to the audible version on our drives to the shore. Narrated by Stockard Channing, Ramona comes to life through her voices. My boys quite happily request it each time they get in the car.

A banned books, a classic, some new pictures and more! The best books picked by our kids! From silly chapter books to banned picture books - this list of 8 stories has something for everyone!