Books for Slightly Older Children

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Yesterday we shared some of our favorite books for very young children — today we’d like to let you know of some worth books for children who are reading on their own, but just venturing into having their own books.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_3″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”bottomshadow” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”#0c0c0c” bordersize=”1px” borderradius=”3″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”2_3″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]What better way to start out a child’s independent reading that with a book of prayers?

A Child’s First Book of Prayers by Lois Rock & illustrated by Alison Jay is an engaging & whimsical way to invite children to prayer. The prayers are age appropriate for children up to seven or so & are easy enough for the child to fully understand.

There are specific prayers for life events & situations. The are so perfect in many cases that you may find yourself referring to it as well during those challenging moments.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”2_3″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]With the holiday approaching, we just couldn’t resist What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss.

It’s a rhyming bedtime story that can be read to younger children, then that they can read for themselves as their skills grow. The illustrations are fun & we love the loose style — it may inspire your children to art as well as reading.

The story involves a duck, a goose & a turkey thinking about Thanksgiving diner & how they resolve their dinner conflict. It’s one of those children’s books with a plot twist that makes it especially fun the first time you read it, but can still be enjoyed again & again.[/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_3″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”bottomshadow” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”#0c0c0c” bordersize=”1px” borderradius=”3″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”1_3″ last=”no” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_imageframe lightbox=”no” lightbox_image=”” style_type=”bottomshadow” hover_type=”none” bordercolor=”#0c0c0c” bordersize=”1px” borderradius=”3″ stylecolor=”” align=”none” link=”” linktarget=”_self” animation_type=”0″ animation_direction=”down” animation_speed=”0.1″ hide_on_mobile=”no” class=”” id=””] [/fusion_imageframe][/fusion_builder_column][fusion_builder_column type=”2_3″ last=”yes” spacing=”yes” center_content=”no” hide_on_mobile=”no” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” background_position=”left top” border_position=”all” border_size=”0px” border_color=”” border_style=”” padding=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”” animation_speed=”0.1″ class=”” id=””][fusion_text]We were so happy with What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? that we looked for other books by Sally Huss & found this gem: The Very Helpful Monsters.

It’s billed as a “very funny bedtime story / picture book about kindness & facing fears” & it lives up to that billing in every way.

It’s perfect for beginning readers. The monsters are not what you might expect & their answers to our hero, Herbie, are both different that what he (or we!) expected.

It handles the difficult topic of bullying in a way that any child can relate to & conveys an important message about why “it’s nicer to be nice than mean.” It is a story of the triumph of kindness over fear & shows the strength in kindness.

A wonderful book to share with a child in your life & particularly appropriate for this blessed season.

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