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Books to share with your kids (that won’t have you gouging your eyes out)

Looking for books to read with your kids? Here are a few books that your kid (elementary/middle grade age) will enjoy and you (an adult) will also enjoy.

Fantasy Novel

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

Tristan accidentally punches a hole in the world and falls into the world of MidPass. He finds himself in the middle of a battle, fighting side by side with John Henry and B’rer Rabbit against bone ships and iron monsters...


Fantasy Graphic Novel

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

Princess Adrienne lives in a country that locks its princesses in a tower when they turn 16. But her brother sneaks her a sword, she frees herself, makes friends with the dragon guarding her, and goes to save her sisters...


Realistic Fiction

The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson

When Candice finds a letter in an old attic in Lambert, South Carolina, she isn’t sure she should read it. It’s addressed to her grandmother, who left the town in shame. But the letter describes a young woman. An injustice that happened decades ago. A mystery enfolding the letter-writer. And the fortune that awaits the person who solves the puzzle.

Spooky bite sized folk tales (perfect for Halloween or kids that like ghost stories)

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural

By Patricia McKissack

Award winning. Just so so good. Spooky but not scary (except read through them first if you have a sensitive child, for sure.)


Realistic Fiction

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Castle “Ghost” Cranshaw has been running for three years, ever since the night his father shot a gun at him and his mother. When he gets recruited by a local track coach for a championship team, they strike a deal: if Ghost can stop getting into fights at school, he can run for the Defenders, but one altercation and he’s gone. Despite Ghost's best intentions, everyone always has something to say about his raggedy shoes, homemade haircut, ratty clothes, or his neighborhood, and he doesn’t last 24 hours without a brawl. Will Coach and his mom give him another chance to be part of something bigger than himself, or is he simply destined to explode.


All of these are books I recommend for readers of ALL ages. Even though they are “safe” for kids, they are all FULL stories with full plot, background, and fully realized characters, and definitely worth the time as an adult.


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