Five For Friday — Book Suggestions For All Ages


I get asked for book recommendations all the time, so I’ve decided to start a regular post every Friday in which I recommend five books that I really love.  I’m going to split the list up by age and reading level that way there will be a little something for everyone.  

I’m listing five of my all time favortites for this first week.  Happy reading!


Ages 3 – 5

Moo, Baa, La, La, La! by Sandra Boyton.  Serious silliness for all little ones.  A comedy of errors for preschoolers.  Young children find this book totally delightful.  It all starts with –

“A cow says MOO.”

“A sheep says BAA.”

“Three singing pigs say LA LA LA!”

“‘No, no!’ you say, ‘that isn’t right.

The pigs say OINK all day and night.’”


Ages 5 – 7

Miss Daisy is Crazy by Dan Gutman.  Dan Gutman has written two gazillion books for young readers.  This is the first book in the popular “Weird School” series that emerging readers find funny and engaging.  Great for both boys and girls. 


Ages 7 – 9

Weird But True: 300 Outrageous Facts.  Well did you know that… Peanut butter can be converted into a diamond? The world’s oldest pet goldfish lived to be 43 years old? On Neptune, the wind blows up to 1,243 miles an hour? An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as a bowling ball?  This fun fact book published by NatGeo will provide many hours of fun for kids and adults alike.  


Ages 9 -12 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger.  Um, actually, this isn’t exactly a “Stars Wars” story (but your little Star Wars fans don’t need to know that).  The plot is something of a philosophical conundrum for kids.  I love this little book and recommend it whenever I get the chance.  In fact, I did a previous review that you can read here.


What I’m reading

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt.  My intention was to recommend a grown up book here, but truthfully, this week I’m in the middle of this compelling YA (11 and up) novel.  Gary Schmidt is a new author to me, and I plan to get his award winning “Wednesday Wars” after I finish this book.

By Lisa Dalesandro/@abookmama
Author of “Raise a Reader: 25 Effective Ways to Get Kids Reading”