Your 2018 Age-to-Age Guide to What Your Kid Should Read Next
For Kids Who Liked: Look Look! by Peter Linenthal
Because: They loved experiencing the actions of everyday life through breathtaking black and-white illustrations.
Try: I’m Scared by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
Because: They’ll get to learn about their emotions while experiencing comics for the first time.
For Kids Who Liked: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr., illustrations by Eric Carle
Because: They were captivated by the colors and animals in this famous book.
Try: My Little Cities: New York by Jennifer Adams, illustrations by Greg Pizzoli
Because: They’ll be introduced to one of the four beautiful cities in this boldly illustrated series.
For Kids Who Liked: The Elephant and Piggie series by Mo Willems
Because: They loved seeing how Gerald and Piggie found ways to answer all of life’s big questions.
Try: The Ballet Cat series by Bob Shea
Because: Ballet Cat’s eccentric personality leads to dramatic dilemmas as she navigates her friendships with Butter Bear, Sparkle the Pony, and Goat.
For Kids Who Liked: The Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker, illustrations by Marla Frazee
Because: They related to her as she navigated school with confidence and spunk.
Try: Stella Díaz Has Something to Say by Angela Dominguez
Because: They’ll meet an animal lover trying to find her voice in a world where she isn’t sure where she fits.
For Kids Who Liked: Sideways Stories From Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Because: They were wowed by the wacky events at this school with 30 floors and only one classroom on each floor.
Try: The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee and Matthew J. Gilbert
Because: They’ll want to know how each student uses more than a billion dollars.
For Kids Who Liked: The Year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes
Because: They saw Billy go from being an anxious boy to one who inspired his father and appreciated his sister.
Try: Weekends With Max and His Dad by Linda Urban
Because: They’ll root for Max as he learns to imagine a world with divorced parents.
For Kids Who Liked: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Because: They watched Raina deal with the drama of middle school as she went through a whole slew of intense dental procedures.
Try: All’s Faire in Middle School by Victoria Jamieson
Because: They’ll see a homeschooled kid who works at a Renaissance fair start going to a regular school.
For Kids Who Liked: Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Because: They followed Bud as he ran away to find himself.
Try: Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Because: They hope Clayton can become a musician after his blues-playing grandfather dies unexpectedly.
For Kids Who Liked: Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Because: Their heart grew as they got to know Auggie.
Try: The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Because: They’ll empathize with Malú, who has to fit in at a new school, and they’ll want to befriend every student in this book that has it all: a punk-rock band, zines, and a cilantrohating heroine.
For Kids Who Liked: The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
Because: They were crazy about Percy’s story and his adventures alongside Greek gods.
Try: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
Because: They’ll be enchanted as Minli goes on an epic quest inspired by Chinese folktales.