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Top Six Book Picks for Young Readers

As if we needed another reason to celebrate our love of books, it’s National Young Readers Day! In honor of this event, observed annually on the second Tuesday in November, Christle Seal, Director of Educational Programs at The Malvern School, is sharing her top six book picks for young readers. Check out the short list below –  and happy reading!


  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

    Best for: Infants and older
    This classic story gives a rhythmic pattern to a bedtime routine. Plus, it reminds parents of the importance of everyday objects and interactions in a small child’s life. 


  1. Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

    Best for: Infants and toddlers
    This board book gives new life to the animal sounds that young children love to repeat again and again using humor and rhyming. 


  1. Press Here by Herve Tullet

    Best for: Toddlers and older
    This story teaches about cause and effect in an interactive way. That’s a tough task for a book, but it’s executed quite well! 


  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

    Best for: Preschool and older
    This story brings humor to a less-than-ideal situation, which small children typically need varied lessons to understand. It is possible for unhappy situations to happen in any place and tomorrow is a new day! 


  1. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    Best for: Preschool and older
    This picture book shows the wonderful bond that has developed between a father and his daughter, as he teaches her the importance of patience.



  1. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

    Best for: Pre-Kindergarten and older
    This early chapter book has a silly storyline about a pig who thinks like a human. It’s an excellent read-aloud for young children to help develop vocabulary skills as well as the ability to follow a timeline of events.


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