There’s no better way to keep the learning going outside of the classroom this back-to-school season than with reading! Book insider Vikki VanSickle stopped by Your Morning to show us some of the hottest books for kids ranging from ages 3-7, middle school, and young adult to keep their eyes glued to the page even after the bell has rung. Guaranteed to enable the voracious readers in your life and provide a way for the kids to wind down and escape after the school day, check out Vikki’s selection of books below, and be sure to watch the video above to hear more from her directly.
These are the best books for back-to-school
You're in good paws by Maureen FergusIn this laugh-a-minute read-aloud, the author takes a common childhood fear—visiting the hospital—and turns it into a delightful story that kids will want to read again and again.
Fairy science by Ashley SpiresA clever introduction to the scientific process from the perspective of an inquisitive fairy, who thinks there is something more to fixing a wilting tree than just magic. Indigo | $22
The proudest blue by Ibtihaj MuhammedA gorgeous story about sisters, identity and pride from Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammed, who is the first Muslim-American woman to wear a hijab while competing for the US in the Olympics.
Beastly puzzles: A brain boggling animal guessing game by Rachel PoliquinThis nonfiction picture book is great for encouraging problem-solving and out-of-the box thinking, without feeling like homework.
Olga out of control by Elise GravelThis is the third installment in a series of illustrated novels about Olga, a scientifically-minded but shy girl who discovers a new species, called Olgamuses. The journal format is a popular style, and the spot illustration and comic panels make it an inviting read.
A royal guide to monster slaying by Kelly ArmstrongLots of readers know Kelley Armstrong from her NYT bestselling thrillers, paranormal fantasies, and YA, but this is the first in a new fantasy series for kids 9-12. Mythology and magical creatures will never go out of style, and Kelly has created a rich world full of adventure in which a girl destined to be Queen ends up being the Royal Monster Slayer instead.
The collected works of Gretchen Oyster by Cary FaganHartley is having a hard time at home, so he turns his attention to the mysterious postcards that keep turning up around town. Each one is numbered and features the initials G.O. This is a quiet mystery and the postcards are beautifully reproduced in the book.
Break in case of emergency by Brian FrancisWhen Toby’s absentee father shows up, she is shocked to discover that a) he’s gay and b) is a world-famous female impersonator. Adult author Brian Francis’ first foray into YA, is a funny story about family and making your own way in the world.
The grey sisters by Jo TreggiariSomething about the turn of the season makes us want to curl up with a good thriller, and this novel is a classic road trip gone wrong story with plenty of twists and turns that adults and teens will enjoy
The ghost collector by Allison MillsDrawing on Cree folklore, this Own Voices ghost story is another spooky read that’s pitch perfect for the fall season.