Staff Suggestions — Kids 6-8 Years

Staff Pick Logo
Grilled Cheese and Dragons #1 (Princess Pulverizer #1) Cover Image
By Nancy Krulik, Ben Balistreri (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780515158328
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Workshop - January 16th, 2018

Princess Pulverizer (AKA Princess Serena) wishes to be a knight to protect her kingdom. Her father, the King, will allow it only if she completes 8 good deeds as part of a Quest of Kindness. She embarks on an adventure where she meets a timid knight and a grilled cheese-hungry dragon who join her quest! Will she succeed? This book is an action packed adventure for early chapter book readers! If you loved princess in black you will love this enchanting story!

— Lindsey


Staff Pick Logo
Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Mixed-Up History #2) Cover Image
By Steve Sheinkin, Neil Swaab (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250148933
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 9th, 2018

Abby and Doc have "broken" history, and now important figures are starting to roam through time to try new things.  Would you believe that Abigail Adams would trade being First Lady of the United States for life as a pirate?  But when Abby and Doc follow her to the 1700s and the Golden Age of Pirates to bring her back to her own time, Abigail Adams isn't sure she wants to return.  After all, she has more rights as a pirate than as a woman in the 1800s, even a woman married to the president.  Will history be changed forever?  One of a fast-paced adventure series that presents history creatively and accurately!

— Laura


Staff Pick Logo
Caterflies and Ice (Zoey and Sassafras #4) Cover Image
By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781943147359
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Innovation Press - November 21st, 2017

It’s another adventure for Zoey & Sassafras and once again, Zoey will need her thinking goggles. This time, tiny caterflies need her help in rescuing their eggs before they freeze. This is the perfect read for a snowy day.

— Susan


Staff Pick Logo
The Superhero Adventure Playset Cover Image
By Jason Ford (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781786270245
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Laurence King - October 31st, 2017

What looks like a hardcover, beautifully illustrated book opens to a 3D super world! Choose from a city scene, an evil laboratory or fire and ice cave. Add in any one of twelve characters and your child can create a different story every time they open the book. This is one book I will never tire of reading my grandchildren since each adventure is ours to create. 

-Carlene 


Staff Pick Logo
How Things Work: Inside Out: Discover Secrets and Science Behind Trick Candles, 3D Printers, Penguin Propulsions, and Everything in Between Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781426328770
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: National Geographic Society - October 10th, 2017

Have you ever tried researching how something works or wanted to learn about something scientific and just ended up more confused? If so, those days are over! Grab this book and get learning. Cameras, smart phones, skyscrapers, self-driving cars and robots are just a few things that this book tackles. With great colorful illustrations and diagrams, this book takes complex topics and boils them down to their most fundamental nature so that anyone can understand the mystery behind how things actually work. As a bonus, there are profiles on scientists, innovators and engineers as well as fun life hacks. This is a great jumping off point for a young person to be introduced to science and technology.

-Chris


Staff Pick Logo
Skunked!: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet Cover Image
By Jacqueline Kelly, Teagan White (Illustrator), Jennifer L. Meyer (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781250129444
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Square Fish - October 3rd, 2017

 

11-year-old Travis loves animals & wants to keep all that he finds. But his mother thinks this is a risky, terrible idea. Even his sister, Calpurnia, has her doubts—especially when he brings home a baby skunk. But it’s so adorable, she decides to help care for it despite herself, which gets them both into more trouble than they’ve ever been before. Skunked! is a funny story.

— ARC REVIEWER Zoe H., age 8


Staff Pick Logo
Unicorn Princesses 1: Sunbeam's Shine Cover Image
By Emily Bliss, Sydney Hanson (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781681193267
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - August 8th, 2017

Cressida is the only one who can see Princess Sunbeam, a unicorn who needs her help. Follow along on her adventures into the Rainbow Realm and meet the other princess unicorns too!

— Jamie


Football (Making the Play) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781628322347
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Creative Paperbacks - July 19th, 2016

With spare text, Bodden focusses on the science of playing the game, including experiments for kids to do at home. A great primer for kids interested in playing football or just learning more about how the game works from a biomechanical point of view. Action photographs illustrate the text.

- Jamie


Ancient Animals: Plesiosaur Cover Image
By Sarah L. Thomson, Andrew Plant (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781580895422
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - July 18th, 2017

Learn about Plesiosaur and other dinosaurs they shared the ocean with in this easy to read book with well-drawn images. Perfect for kids who love dinosaurs and want a more realistic perspective.

- Jamie


Staff Pick Logo
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen Cover Image
$5.99
ISBN: 9780374308346
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Farrar Straus Giroux Books - July 11th, 2017

Welcome to 8-year-old Jasmine’s life: always too young to do the fun things, always watching her older sister go first. Yuk! Well, this year, when it’s time for making Mochi, she has a secret plan to get involved. Get a glimpse of Japanese-American life and see how much Jasmine is just like you! Also, try out the recipe for Mochi included. Great new series!

— Jamie


Seven Wonders of the Solar System (Smithsonian) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780451476852
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - May 30th, 2017

Astronomer and artist David Aguilar picks the 7 most awesome places to go in the solar system. Gorgeous illustrations bring us up close to the places, and there is just the right amount of information to keep the most ardent space fan happy. Very cool!

- Jamie


Staff Pick Logo
Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780399186523
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Dial Books - May 9th, 2017

This is the kind of series where you need to read Every. Single. One. Harriet is still hilarious, she still uses her wits to save the day, and, she still needs Wilbur sometimes. But it’s all done in fresh new ways. Perfect for graphic novel fans whose parents want paragraphs in their children’s books.

— Jamie


Staff Pick Logo
Trouble at School for Marvin & James (Masterpiece Adventures #3) Cover Image
By Elise Broach, Kelly Murphy (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781627793186
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Henry Holt & Company - April 11th, 2017

How did your first day of school go? Marvin the beetle's was great ... until he gets separated from James! His big adventure just got bigger!

— Bella


Staff Pick Logo
The Secret Society (Poptropica Book 3) Cover Image
By Kory Merritt (Illustrator), Mitch Krpata, Jeff Kinney (Concept by)
$9.95
ISBN: 9781419723117
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Amulet Books - April 11th, 2017

Based on a concept by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, Poptropica is a graphic novel adventure series! The Secret Society is the third in a series Lincoln Pierce (Big Nate) is raving about. Start at the beginning with Mystery of the Map!

— Jamie


Staff Pick Logo
The Year of the Garden (Anna Wang Novel #5) Cover Image
By Andrea Cheng, Patrice Barton (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780544664449
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin - April 11th, 2017

Have you even dreamed of tending to your own garden? Anna Cheng certainly has. And when given a few packets of seeds and a copy of The Secret Garden, she begins to make that dream a reality in her new home’s big backyard. With her new friend, Laura, whose family also just moved in, Anna clears the land, tills the soil and scatters some seeds into the ground.

But when poison ivy, and a rainy autumn make a mudpile out of both the garden and the girls’ friendship, Anna must learn to wait, and watch how things can grow despite strain.

This prequel to The Year of the Book is a beautiful story about sharing passion, maintaining friendships, and the payoff of hard work.

— Jana


Staff Pick Logo
Daisy Dreamer and the Totally True Imaginary Friend Cover Image
By Holly Anna, Genevieve Santos (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781481486309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Little Simon - April 4th, 2017

Everyone calls her “Daisy Dreamer” and I can see why. What an imagination! One minute she’s a detective and the next she’s a princess. Then she’s a blanket monster and her cat is a spy. But when Daisy gets a journal, her imagination moves to a whole new level. Find out what happens in this delightfully sweet story.

— Susan