It’s the New Year which means it’s a great time to break in some new habits. And if reading with your kids, to your kids, and encouraging them to read books on their own isn’t already a habit in your home, it’s a great time to get started.
In December, Amazon was running some pretty incredible deals on their Fire Tablets, and while most of us bought them for our children with things like gaming and Netflix in mind, they are just as valuable for reading. So while you might not have meant to do it, you bought your kid a fantastic reading device in the process.
Here are five of our recent favorite Kindle books for kids that should have a spot on your To-Read list this month.
A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1963, A Wrinkle In Time is as relevant as ever with the impending release of a new film. It’s a groun-breaking science fiction and fantasy classic and will now be enjoyed by a whole new generation of readers. This is the first book in the series and begins the story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school). They are in search of Meg’s father, a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.
The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney
Ages 6 – 10
We love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series, and the 12th installment is one of the funniest to date. The Heffley family is on vacation during the winter months and quickly find out that the paradise of their tropical island resort isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore
Ages 10 +
It’s Christmas Eve in Harlem, but twelve-year-old Lolly Rachpaul and his mom aren’t celebrating. They’re still reeling from his older brother’s death in a gang-related shooting just a few months earlier. Then Lolly’s mother’s girlfriend brings him a gift that will change everything: two enormous bags filled with Legos. Lolly’s always loved Legos, and he prides himself on following the kit instructions exactly. Now, faced with a pile of building blocks and no instructions, Lolly must find his own way forward.
Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk
Twelve-year-old Crow has lived her entire life on a tiny, isolated piece of the starkly beautiful Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts. Abandoned and set adrift in a small boat when she was just hours old, Crow’s only companions are Osh, the man who rescued and raised her, and Miss Maggie, their fierce and affectionate neighbor across the sandbar.
Crow has always been curious about the world around her, but it isn’t until the night a mysterious fire appears across the water that the unspoken question of her own history forms in her heart. Soon, an unstoppable chain of events is triggered, leading Crow down a path of discovery and danger.
Wishtree by Katerine Applegate
Ages 8 – 12
Red is an oak tree which is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood “wishtree”—people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red’s branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red’s hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood.
You might say Red has seen it all. Until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming, and Red’s experience as a wishtree is more important than ever.