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Staff Suggestions — Kids 6-8 Years

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The Amicus Book of Nature (The Amicus Book of...) Cover Image
By Isobel Lundie, Isobel Lundie (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781681527598
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Published: Amicus Ink - March 2nd, 2021

Isobel Lundie does such a great job depicting the beauty of nature in her collage art. Delve into the textured illustrations and simple text with your little one and see what makes this book so special.

— Tonya


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Sydney and Taylor Explore the Whole Wide World Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780358106319
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Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - February 2nd, 2021

This is a delightful new early reader series! Sydney the skunk and Taylor the hedgehog embark on an adventure where they soon learn a lot about themselves and each other! Are you more like hedgehog; curling up and rolling away in the face of danger or like skunk staying put and fending off danger. Either way is A-okay, as they soon realize every creature has their own ways to deal with adversity! Beautiful illustrations, and a thoughtful story with plenty of humor make this a very special new series!
 

— Tonya


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Beak & Ally #1: Unlikely Friends Cover Image
By Norm Feuti, Norm Feuti (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780063021570
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Published: HarperAlley - January 5th, 2021

This new graphic novel series stands out from the rest for its positively amusing characters combined with humor, wit and a sentimental story. I fell in love with the overly optimistic bird and cantankerous alligator! A great pick for newly independent readers, such fun!

— Tonya


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Baloney and Friends (Baloney & Friends #1) Cover Image
By Greg Pizzoli, Greg Pizzoli (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781368054546
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 21st, 2020

If you are a fan of Elephant and Piggie books than this new graphic novel series is perfect for you! This is a great choice for newly independent readers, inspiring reading with emotion and expression! My son and I read this out loud together, each choosing to read a different silly character from this comical crew! It was a great way to practice reading while having fun!

— Tonya


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Starla Jean Cover Image
By Elana K. Arnold, A. N. Kang (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250305763
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 19th, 2021

Starla Jean, a spunky young girl, happens to find a Chicken at the park...and catch it! What happens next is bound to make you smile and laugh out loud! Add to that the great illustrations and abundant charm and this could become a new classic! Great for fans of Mercy Watson!

— Tonya


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Cat Kid Comic Club: From the Creator of Dog Man Cover Image
By Dav Pilkey, Dav Pilkey (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338712766
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Published: Graphix - December 1st, 2020

The brilliant out-of-the-box thinking in this book really surprised me! Cat Kid is right: a graphic novel can be in verse instead of dialogue! It can have photos instead of drawings! How would I tell a story? Graphic novels are the ultimate in flexibility! Not only a fun and funny read, but one that will get kids creating.

— Jamie


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S.O.S.: Society of Substitutes #1: The Great Escape (HarperChapters) Cover Image
By Alan Katz, Alex Lopez (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062909299
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Published: HarperCollins - January 5th, 2021

I am loving this new series of early chapter books! Milton must foil a plot for world domination with the help of his super substitute teacher mom. Each end chapter contains a progress marker which tells readers how many words, pages, and chapters they’ve completed which can help encourage reading!

— Lindsay A.


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Pearl the Proper Unicorn (Pearl the Magical Unicorn #3) Cover Image
By Sally Odgers, Adele K. Thomas (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250235541
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - January 5th, 2021

Pearl is back! I am so happy to see the newest addition to this fabulous book series. Pearl, Olive, and Tweet stumble upon Percy the unicorn, who is just positively perfect in every way. However, when the day needs saving it might not be perfect magic they need! I love how this book balances the conversation of what it means to be “perfect.” 

— Lindsay A.


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Puppy Problems (Peanut, Butter, and Crackers #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780593117439
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 22nd, 2020

This hysterical graphic novel about the trials and triumphs of adding a new puppy into the mix will definitely be your early reader’s new favorite. Inspired by the real-life events of the author, Puppy Problems is great for reluctant readers but also showcases important topics like acceptance and friendship! 

— Lindsay A.


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Kodi (Book 1) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781603094672
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 25th, 2020

The watercolor work is just gorgeous in this heart aching tale about an unlikely friendship. I feel as though I have been to Alaska just by immersing myself in the artwork. Kodi the Kodiak Bear gets separated from his new human friend after she returns home to Seatle. His determination and adventurous spirit are contagious as he tries to find his new favorite friend! 

— Lindsay A.


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The Invasion (Animorphs Graphix #1) Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781338538090
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Published: Graphix - October 6th, 2020

The original Animorph books helped introduce me to reading and the fact that they are now in graphic novels is just incredible. While it started out as a chapter book, I think it does so much better as a graphic novel. The illustrations just bring to life the “morphing abilities” of these characters and turns it into a thrill ride.  Just like the Amulet series, this sci-fi adventure with have your kids jumping out of their seats wanting more.

— Lindsay A.


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The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Outer Space: An A to Z Guide to Facts and Figures Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781631585913
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Published: Racehorse for Young Readers - September 1st, 2020

Explore an entire alphabet of outer space! H is for Hubble and Q is for Quasar. Each letter of the alphabet gives us a topic regarding space and will give you cool facts to astound anyone who thinks they know all about our universe! 

— Lindsay A.


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Your Place in the Universe Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780823446230
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Published: Neal Porter Books - September 1st, 2020

This is an incredible book that explores just exactly how we fit into to the world (and universe) around us! Perspective is important and this book shows us the scale of an average 8-year-old compared to the cosmic web!

— Lindsay A.


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Mara the Space Traveler Cover Image
$23.95
ISBN: 9781605375274
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Published: Clavis - June 16th, 2020

I was enchanted with the dreamy illustrations, and then fell in love with the heroic adventure of an astronaut who saves a planet! A unique story in a big book for big imaginations!

— Jamie


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Albert Hopper, Science Hero Cover Image
By John Himmelman, John Himmelman (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250230164
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - August 25th, 2020

Jump aboard a magma-defying wormship in search of the center of the earth! Facts, fun, and flubs will make sure that the reader is successful, but things are not so certain for our hopping Science Heroes.

— Laura


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Discovery: Head-to-Head: Natural Disasters: An epic exploration of history's most destructive earthquakes, explosions, and more! (Head to Head) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781684126095
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Silver Dolphin Books - August 18th, 2020

Who Would Win fans will love this new take on their favorite pastime! Focused on natural disasters, flip pages to quantify and compare the impact of an avalanche, a volcanic eruption, a drought and more.

— Jamie


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Doodlebug Elizabeth (A Is for Elizabeth #4) Cover Image
By Rachel Vail, Paige Keiser (Illustrator)
$13.99
ISBN: 9781250162229
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - May 5th, 2020

Elizabeth has many feelings, and deals with them the best way she knows how - doodling! Dealing with feelings like disappointment, sadness, and uncertainty, Doodlebug Elizabeth is a fantastic exploration into some big emotions and how to deal with them for 6-8 year olds.

— Lindsay A.


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The Magic Eraser #1 (Locker 37 #1) Cover Image
By Aaron Starmer, Courtney La Forest (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593222850
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Published: Penguin Workshop - July 7th, 2020

"Locker 37 can do anything. And by anything, that means ANYTHING." Whatever problem you have, locker 37 will help you solve! A colorful, hilarious chapter book that has fun, exclusive chapters about math, history, and dumpsters, yes dumpsters!

— Lindsay A.


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Trouble at Table 5 #2: Busted by Breakfast (HarperChapters) Cover Image
By Tom Watson, Marta Kissi (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9780062953438
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Published: HarperCollins - February 25th, 2020

If you’re looking for a good book for your 1st or 2nd grader, look no further! Simon loves to talk, but doing it during class gets him into trouble. Can his friends help get him out of trouble? I especially love this book because each chapter ends with a marker on how far and well you’re reading!

— Lindsay A.