Staff Recommendations for 6-11

Our staff have picked out their favorites for children ages 6-11 years old. These include some classics, some local authors, and some books you may not have heard yet. Take a look! 

We have attached a PDF of hours of at-home entertainment with the latest books, activities, and more. Flip through this catalog and stock up for the summer using the link at the bottom of the page. 

Here's an example of what the PDF has to offer : 

The Golden Glow Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735264120
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Published: Tundra Books - May 15th, 2018

Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox meets Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever in this stylish picture book about a quest for a rare and mysterious plant.


The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553511031
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - February 4th, 2020

Best-selling author/illustrator of The Wonderful Things You Will Be, Emily Winfield Martin, shares her "Imaginaries": paintings from over the last ten years, captioned with one enigmatic sentence, designed to inspire.


Everybody Needs a Rock Cover Image
By Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780689710513
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Published: Aladdin - September 1st, 1985

Everybody needs a rock -- at least that's the way this particular rock hound feels about it in presenting her own highly individualistic rules for finding just the right rock for you.


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Cover Image
By Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689711732
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - July 15th, 1987

The perennially popular tale of Alexander’s worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child’s bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse...
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag.


A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780688040741
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Published: Greenwillow Books - January 23rd, 2007

This classic and award-winning picture book was written and illustrated by the celebrated Vera B. Williams and was named a Caldecott Honor Book by the American Library Association. This picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4 to 6.


An Egg Is Quiet: (Picture Book, Kids Book about Eggs) Cover Image
By Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781452131481
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 4th, 2014

This stunningly beautiful and wonderfully informative book from award-winning artist Sylvia Long and author Dianna Hutts Aston makes for a fascinating introduction to the vast and amazing world of eggs. Featuring poetic text and an elegant design, this acclaimed book teaches children countless interesting facts about eggs.


Mercy Watson to the Rescue Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763645045
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Published: Candlewick - December 22nd, 2009

The first adventure of this New York Times best-selling porcine wonder is available in paperback.


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review


Five Minutes: (That's a Lot of Time) (No, It's Not) (Yes, It Is) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780525516316
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 17th, 2019

A one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud picture book, perfect for any kid who has ever begged or bemoaned, "Five more minutes?!"


All Are Welcome Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525579649
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - July 10th, 2018

Celebrate diversity and inclusion with this New York Times bestselling picture book about a school where all are welcome! Look under the jacket for a poster, and don't miss the fold-out page at the end of the book.


Red Yellow Blue Cover Image
By Lysa Mullady, Laurent Simon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781433830303
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Published: Magination Press - August 6th, 2019

Red loves being red Apples, wagons, fire trucks -- he thinks all the best things are red Yellow admires Red's roses, but Red just wants to be left to mind his own business -- why can't Yellow mind hers?

But when Yellow and Blue go off to make frogs, shamrocks, and caterpillars, Red realizes that he may be missing out. The possibilities are endless when the colors work together


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .


What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938298073
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 1st, 2014

This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult.


Everyone's Awake: (Read-Aloud Bedtime Book, Goodnight Book for Kids) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Shawn Harris (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452178059
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Published: Chronicle Books - March 3rd, 2020

A silly and sublime bedtime book from the New York Times bestselling children's book author Colin Meloy.


Those Darn Squirrels! Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780547576817
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Published: Clarion Books - September 6th, 2011

From the creators of Dragons Love Tacos comes the story of what happens when a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits—with hilarious results.

Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only thing he likes to do is paint pictures of the birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely.


Pinduli Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328740502
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 20th, 2018

“Cannon fans will lap it up.” —Kirkus Reviews 
 
Pinduli’s mama has always told her that she’s the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don't think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Poor Pinduli just wants to disappear.


Racecar Alphabet Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780689850912
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Published: Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books - November 1st, 2003

A is for Automobiles, machines on wheels.
B is for Belts turning, fuel burning, the buzz and bark of engines.


Spy School Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781442421837
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - April 2nd, 2013

Can an undercover nerd become a superstar agent? Ben Ripley sure hopes so—and his life may depend on it!

Ben Ripley may only be in middle school, but he’s already pegged his dream job: C.I.A. or bust. Unfortunately for him, his personality doesn’t exactly scream “secret agent.” In fact, Ben is so awkward, he can barely get to school and back without a mishap.


Alone in the Wild (The Oregon Trail) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781328627179
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - March 19th, 2019

In this exciting choose-your-own-trail stand-alone experience featuring 8-bit art, it's 1849 and you are at the halfway point on your journey west on the Oregon Trail. When a powerful storm separates you from your family, you must use all of your smarts to survive on your own.


Dog Man: From the Creator of Captain Underpants (Dog Man #1) Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780545581608
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Published: Graphix - August 30th, 2016

From worldwide bestselling author and artist Dav Pilkey comes Dog Man, the canine cop who's part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!


Big Nate: Hug It Out! Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781524851842
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 3rd, 2019

When Nate rides the Flamethrower with a mystery girl at the fair, sparks fly. Nate’s certain he’s just met the love of his life—and then she disappears! Can our lovestruck hero track her down?

Sixth grade is no picnic for Nate Wright. His pal Francis won’t stop bombarding him with useless trivia.


Big Nate: Blow the Roof Off! Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781524855062
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 3rd, 2020

This latest Big Nate installment by bestselling author Lincoln Peirce will take readers on a hilarious, romantic, rock-and-roll adventure!

Nate Wright is born to be wild! And when Enslave the Mollusk is invited to play at the P.S. 38 annual open house, he and his bandmates are on the stairway to heaven. While the kids rock, the school year rolls on. Mrs.


Kristy’s Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #1): A Graphix Book: Full-Color Edition (The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1) Cover Image
By Ann M. Martin, Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator), Raina Telgemeier (Adapted by), Raina Telgemeier (Illustrator)
$10.99
ISBN: 9780545813877
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Published: Graphix - April 28th, 2015

This graphic novel adapted by Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, is now available in full color!


Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781101918715
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Published: Tundra Books - October 4th, 2016

“Hilarious and charming. The most lovable duo since Frog and Toad.” —NYT-bestselling creator of the Dog Man and Captain Underpants series, Dav Pilkey


Diary of a Wimpy Kid # 1 Cover Image
$13.95
ISBN: 9780810993136
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 1st, 2007

How to Train Your Dragon Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780316085274
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - February 1st, 2010

Read the New York Times bestselling book that inspired the hit movies!

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the quiet and thoughtful son of the Chief of the Hairy Hooligans, tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan by catching and training a dragon. Can Hiccup do it without being torn limb from limb?


The Creature of the Pines (The Unicorn Rescue Society #1) Cover Image
By Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780735231726
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Published: Puffin Books - August 6th, 2019

A New York Times bestseller—now available in paperback.

INCLUDES AN EXCLUSIVE BONUS STORY about the medieval Secret Order of the Unicorn!


Unicorns are real.
(At least we think they are.)
 


Ivy & Bean – Book 1 (Ivy and Bean Books, Books for Elementary School) Cover Image
By Annie Barrows, Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780811849098
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Published: Chronicle Books - May 3rd, 2007

The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they wouldn't be friends. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, Nancy, and has to quickly hide and Ivy comes to the rescue, proving that sometimes the best of friends are people never meant to like each other. Vibrant characters and lots of humor make this a charming and addictive introduction to the Ivy and Bean Book Series.


The One and Only Ivan Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061992278
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Published: HarperCollins - January 6th, 2015

Soon to be a major motion picture!

Winner of the Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780316201568
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 2nd, 2013

The first book in Chris Colfer's #1 New York Times bestselling series The Land of Stories about two siblings who fall into a fairy-tale world!

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change, in this fast-paced adventure that uniquely combines our modern day world with the enchanting realm of classic fairy tales.


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New Kid Cover Image
By Jerry Craft, Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062691194
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Published: Quill Tree Books - February 5th, 2019

Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature!


Narwhal on a Sunny Night (Magic Tree House (R) #33) Cover Image
By Mary Pope Osborne, AG Ford (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9780525648369
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 7th, 2020

The #1 bestselling Magic Tree House series is ready to whisk you away through time with Jack and Annie! This time, meet famous explorer Leif Erikson and help save a narwhal!


The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780763680893
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Published: Candlewick - December 8th, 2015

A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl, and a princess named Pea come together in Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal–winning tale.


Pax Cover Image
By Sara Pennypacker, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062377029
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Published: Balzer + Bray - April 2nd, 2019

National Book Award Longlist * New York Times Bestseller * An Amazon Best Book of the Year

Finally in paperback! This handsome edition features French flaps.