Happy Read Across America Day! To help you celebrate with your kids, our friends at St. Mary’s Episcopal School are bringing you the 10 most loved books carefully curated by their school librarian! Want even more great book recommendations? Check out this post or go directly to St. Mary’s annual reading guides on their web site.
This list includes something for all ages – and some includes some great reading about Oklahoma and Oklahomans!
10 Perfect Books To Read With Your Kids Today:
- How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
I bet you have a favorite way to read a book…on a lap, or in a big comfy chair? On a blanket in the shade of a tree? Enjoy this ode to reading!
- Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
Make sure you’re up on your fairy tales before starting, as chicken decides it’s up to her to change the outcomes she feels are too upsetting!
- The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC’s (The Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell
An “abecedary”—where each letter is introduced as part of telling the story!
- The Little Red Hen retold by Byron Barton
Barton’s colorful palette makes this classic tale great for the younger set.
- This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
Written by Oklahoma’s own favorite son, Woody Guthrie’s words have been put to new illustrations. Definitely something to find and enjoy.
- Fairy Tale Comics edited by Chris Duffy
In a fun follow-up to the collection of stories retold by various artists, enjoy this assortment of 17 well-known fairy tales, told in a comic format!
- Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller by Doreen Rappaport
A lovely picture-book biography of Oklahoma’s own Mankiller—the first female chief of the Cherokee Nation. A lovely and full life to learn from.
- The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca Ansari
Ever wish you could get rid of your brother or sister? Read this first and think again. Liam is Charlie’s little brother and the only one who can make Charlie really, really laugh. Until one day, Liam’s not there. And no one but Charlie even remembers him. At ALL.
- The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett
This gentle biography about author Brown reminds us how much she shaped our early lives, from Goodnight Moon to The Important Book. It’s a sweet tribute and informative, too.
- Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin
The story of Oklahoma’s golden boy Thorpe, focusing on the time he spent playing for the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania where Thorpe led the underdog team to beat much bigger ones. A must-read.
Happy reading, everyone!