There are a lot of bored kids at home right now. Online learning, group chats, video games and television are getting old. Wouldn’t it be nice if those kids had a good book to read?
Two experts on children's books join MPR News host Angela Davis to tell us about new books for kids. They also talk about books that go along with activities families can do together, and books that help kids and parents understand the time we’re living through.
Holly Weinkauf, owner of the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul
Lisa Von Drasek, a librarian and curator of the Children’s Research Collection at the University of Minnesota
Books for kids and teens recommended by guests and listeners:
“Happy: A Beginner’s Book of Mindfulness” by Nicola Edwards
“Big Book of Jokes” by Michael Dahl
“Laugh-Out-Loud Ultimate Jokes for Kids” by Rob Elliot
“Chick and Brain: Smell My Foot!” by Cece Bell
“Chick and Brain: Egg or Eyeball?” by Cece Bell
“Comics: Easy as ABC: The Essential Guide to Comics for Kids” by Ivan Brunetti
“Songs for Singin’” by The Okee Dokee Brothers
“Friday Night Wrestlefest” by J.F. Fox
“Ralph S. Mouse” by Beverly Cleary
“Grandpa’s Great Escape” by David Walliams
“Flutter, Bye” by Krista Betcher
“Knucklehead” by Jon Scieszka
“Grandpa Alan’s Sugar Shack” by Alan and Kamie Page
“Alan and His Perfectly Pointy Impossibly Perpendicular Pinky” by Alan and Kamie Page
“Because of Winn-Dixie” by Kate DiCamillo, part of One Book One Minnesota
“If Sharks Disappeared” by Lily Williams
“My Footprints” by Bao Phi
“Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank
“The Someday Suitcase” by Corey Ann Haydu
“Thanku: Poems of Gratitude” by Miranda Paul
“Half Magic” by Edward Eager
“Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You” by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
“Parable of the Sower” by Octavia E. Butler
“The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster
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