March 2020 Reading Recommendations

Some of you may be hoping to add some variety to your bookshelf as our society continues self-distancing at home for at least a few more weeks. Have no fear! Here are some of our favorite books at the moment - take a look and let us know what you think!

Books for Babies

The Box Turtle

by Vanessa Roeder

Terrence the Turtle is born without a shell, so he makes do with a cardboard box. Terrence loves his box, but when a stranger tells him he looks funny, he resolves to find himself a better shell.

Follow along as Terrence tries out different shells and learns about friendship and individuality along the way!

Tiny T-Rex and the Very Dark Dark

by Jonathan Stutzman

and Illustrated by Jay Fleck

Tiny T-Rex and his friend Pointy are having a campout in the back yard but when they turn the lights out the dark outside is filled with scary sounds and imaginary beasts. A great story for a child who is afraid of the dark!

See, Touch, Feel ABC

by Roger Priddy

Visual and tactile ABCs are more fun to read for you - and easier for your littlest ones to remember so you can enjoy reading together for many more years!

Little You

by Richard Van Camp

and Illustrated by Julie Flett

An incredibly sweet book about the potential of each little one. Perfect to be read or sung to the young ones you love!

Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

Three owl babies wake up one night to find their mother gone from the nest. When will she be back? Where has she gone? This book is gorgeously illustrated and will have you rooting for mom to come home as well!

Books for 4-8

In a Jar

by Debora Marcero

There couldn't be a better book to read to your kids in quarantine! In a Jar is the story of Llewellyn and his friend, Eleanor. Together they collect extraordinary moments in jars like rainbows, a cherry-colored sunset, and a moment of spring lightning. Opening the jars let the two rabbits enjoy these moments again together.

What will Llewellyn and Eleanor do when Eleanor's family moves away and the two cannot open their memories in a jar together anymore? How will their friendship adapt when they are far away from each other?

The Princess in Black

by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Follow along with Princess Magnolia as she sneaks away from hot chocolate and scones with the Duchess to fight monsters across the land! There is no job too big or too small for The Princess in Black!

Dory Fantasmagory

by Abby Hanlon

Dory wants nothing more than to play with her big brother and sister but she's too little and is often left to entertain herself with her own imagination. No problem! Dory is a rascal and wreaks her own brand of havoc, but she'll charm you down to your toes!

Sounds of the Wild: Safari

by Maurice Pledger

If you've been in our virtual circle time events with Crescendo Communications this week, you got to hear this one already. It's part of a series that teaches little ones about animals in a variety of landscapes through the sounds those animals make. Who doesn't love a good Roar?!

Everyone's Awake!

by Colin Meloy

and Illustrated by Shawn Harris

A wildly fun read-out-loud book for the whole family. Instead of settling down to sleep, Dad bakes bread, Mom fixes the roof, Grandma plays cards with a ghost, and more! Sound familiar in these quarantine insomniac times? Giggle your way to sleep together with this rhyming romp.

Books for 9-12

Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble

by Anna Meriano

and Illustrated by Mirelle Ortega

Leonora's family owns the most beloved bakery in Rose Hill, Texas - and they spend their days baking delicious cookies and cakes for every celebration in town.

Leo wants more than anything to help with the preparations for Dia de los Muertos this year, but she's told she's too young. Then she sneaks home from school early one day and sees her mom, aunt, and sisters are witches and they add a little bit of sweet magic into their baking.

She knows she has magic as well, so when her best friend needs a little help with a problem, Leo thinks this is the perfect opportunity to show her family she can do magic as well. What could go wrong?

The Wild Robot

by Peter Brown

Can a robot survive in the wild? Robot Roz wakes up all alone on a wild island - she has no idea how she got there but she realizes she needs to adapt and learn from the island's animal inhabitants in order to survive.

The Imaginaries: Little Scraps of Larger Stories

by Emily Winfield Martin

A gasp-inducingly beautiful book of illustrations and snippets of stories to inspire your kids. A true feast for your eyes -and your minds!

Race to the Sun

by Rebecca Roanhorse

In this fantasy adventure inspired by a Navajo legend, 12-year-old Nizhoni can see monsters - even though they're usually disguised as normal people.

When Nizhoni's dad is kidnapped, she must use team up with her brother and her best friend to save him with only their wits and their friendship.

Here in the Real World

by Sara Pennypacker

When Ware's parents sign him up for Rec summer camp, his plans of daydreaming his way through his summer break in his own world are ruined.

On the first day of camp, Ware meets Jolene, who is secretly planting herself a garden in the yard of an abandoned church nearby. Ware starts skipping camp and the dreaded Meaningful Social Interaction there to build himself a medieval castle on the other side of the church lot.

When their sanctuary is threatened, will these two misfits band together to protect their refuge and their community?

Do you have any books on your shelf that you adore and think we should put on our list of recommendations for April? Send us an email ( or send us a message on Instagram!


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