This week’s theme for Top Ten Books over at That Artsy Reader Girl is books on Goodreads that we have enjoyed with fewer than 2000 ratings. You know – those good reads that deserve more love!
I do tend to read many books that are not among the popular books but do deserve more love! So here are my picks (many of them, well, all I guess, are books for kids – ranging from picture books to those for teens).
I know there are more than ten 🙂 (I so can count but this is books we are talking about and I ofTEN TENd to forget myself or forget other things when I talk about books!).
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The Sound of Freedom by Kathy Kacer – 62 ratings – Age Range: 9 – 12 years – This book helps introduce children to the beginnings of the Holocaust gently. Kacer weaves historical fact and fiction seamlessly, making it just-so-right for the target audience.
Jabberwalking by Juan Felipe Herrera – 120 ratings – 8 – 12 years – This is a gem; a (jabber)wacky, burble-y one, yes, but still a incandescent, shimmering gem it is.
For the Right to Learn: Malala Yousafzai’s Story by Rebecca Langston-George – 504 ratings – For ages 8 to 11 – This book is a must-add to libraries everywhere – home, schools, public libraries – for its messages of female empowerment, the right to education, the fight against terrorism with words and courage, and for peace everywhere.
Zeb and the Great Ruckus by Josh Donellan – 31 ratings – Ages 8 – 99! – A Totally Awesome and Magical Book. 🙂 Characters that delight, language that sparkles, and adventures all around!
A Stage Full of Shakespeare Stories by Angela McAllister – 38 ratings – 8 to 10 years – For all those who love to read, to those who are reluctant to read Shakespeare, and also to those who love Shakespeare, and also to introduce the bard to just about any and all audiences (young and old)!
A Boy and a House by Maja Kastelic – 152 ratings – For ages 4 to 7 – This is testimony to the fact that a picture is worth a thousand words.
World on a String by Larry Phifer – 120 ratings – For all ages 🙂 – This book tugged at my heartstrings – this one… touched my whole world.
Peace and Me by Ali Winter – 40 ratings – For ages 7 to 11 – This book is a visual masterpiece and a powerhouse of peace! This is truly a wonderful addition to school and classroom libraries and to bookshelves at home as well. A totally keepable, giftable book in my opinion
One Last Word by Nikki Grimes – 856 ratings – Ages 10 to 14 – This is a book I raved about recently on my blog. You have to read it for yourself!
Gone Fishing by Tamara Will Wissinger – 1573 ratings – For ages 6 and up -This one has the most ratings of all books on my list today. My second novel in verse and a delight to tackle.. not that it means it is a hard read, just wanted to use a fishing term to describe what a great catch this book is!
The Radical Element (A Tyranny of Petticoats – #2) edited by Jessica Spotwood – 596 ratings – For ages 13 and up – This anthology is a must-read. While this is a collection of fictional stories set during various times in history, I am pretty sure there were women like this at each of those times. And I would have loved to be them or their friend,at the least!
The Know-Nonsense Guide series by Heidi Fiedler – a total of 93 ratings for 4 books in the series – For ages 8 to 12 – This series definitely is chock-full of information and presented, as the title says, in a refreshing know-nonsense style that make it a must add to libraries everywhere – home and classroom, both!
A Rock Can Be (A Leaf Can Be/Water Can Be) by Laura Purdie Salas – 342/928/634 ratings – all together still less than 2000 ratings(these need more too) – For ages 5 to 8 – All these books, are, in word, simply magical. Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija unfailingly manage to create the wow factor with ease for each one of them with their dazzling combination of pithy text and illustrations that astound!
Cozy Classics series by Jack and Holman Wang – For ages 1 and up – For the four that I have read, ratings total less than 2000 at 1694 ratings. These are an adorable introduction to classics for the littlest readers you know!
So have you read any of these books? Let me know. What are those lesser known books that you love?