LitPick Five Star Book Recommendations - great books for 5 - 8 year olds

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LaLa and the Unfair Bear

Tela Kayne and Goran Vitanovic

$8.89 $8.18

This is a fun book for younger kids. My sister, who is 5 years old, likes for me to read LaLa and the Unfair Bear to her. The pictures are bright and fun, pleasing to see. The lesson in gratitude is also perfect for any kid, as we all sometimes get a bit jealous when we think others have it bettter. This is the third book I've read with LaLa as the main character, and I think it's good for young readers to have consistency in relationship with a character who is learning things readers, too, are learning.

The Curious Club

Jolyn Farber


The Curious Club is a perfect book for youngsters with big personalities and lots of questions. Its rhymes and near-rhymes make the book interesting to read, and they also help it flow well. I find each of the little girl’s questions and ideas to be very interesting. Author Jolyn Farber does a great job of showing how young kids often think outside the box, coming up with ideas that most adults might not consider. This is a great book for parents and children to read together.

Filigree's Midnight Ride

Dorothy Hearst, Pam Berkman, et al.

$6.99 $6.43

Filigree’s Midnight Ride is an adventurous book that shows that anyone can do anything, no matter what size. This book stands out from other books I have read because it has a deep meaning about second chances. Everyone deserves a second chance. I recommend this book for 5 to 8 year olds because of the easy vocabulary, black-and-white illustrations, meaningful message, and historical undertones.

Ivy + Bean One Big Happy Family

Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall

$5.99 $5.51

Ivy and Bean: One Big Happy Family retains its beautiful, simple charm and hilarity. I loved reading once more about all the crazy hijinks Bean and Ivy got up to in this book. It made me laugh and giggle so much. This book is such an amazing story, and it makes me happy to see Annie Barrows has not lost her special touch and that Sophie Blackall is still making beautiful illustrations.

Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster

Melissa Webster


This children's book has delightful illustrations that every young child will love. The story is written for very young children, but readers of all ages can relate with the book's message. Everyone worries sometimes, and this book encourages the reader to understand how negative worrying can be. It teaches you that you are stronger than you think. What a great message for everyone!

Button Nose the Sad Little Bear

Gina Lobiondo and Brittany Wilder

$10.00 $9.20

This adorable tale about friendship would make a wonderful addition to any bookshelf! Button Nose, the main character, is a cute little bear with a sad face. Little Girl is his playful companion who loves him unconditionally and takes him everywhere she goes. Beautiful illustrations fill every page of this book, making it visually appealing. Real pictures about the author’s youth also fill the pages in the back of the book, letting readers know that this story is based upon her childhood. This charming story would be an excellent read-aloud for young children and a perfect first reader for those beginning the journey of reading on their own!

Don't Turn the Page

Rachelle Burk and Julie Downing


My little sisters loved this book! This book is very fun book for young kids. It holds their interest and it gets their imagination going at the same time. It grasps their attention while it teaches them basic preparation for bedtime such as brushing their teeth, putting on pajamas, etc. I recommend this book for parents who have children who don’t like bedtime, as well as preschool teachers who like getting a variety of books for their class. The age group that will be most interested in this book is 2-6.

The Tooth Fairy Trap

Rachelle Burk and Amy Cullings Moreno


The Tooth Fairy Trap is an excellently written and charming children's book. I would have enjoyed it very much as a child! It's also one of those Junie B. Jones style books, which older children and adults can also enjoy. I found the characters to be interesting and well-dimensioned. For instance, Bradley's pet hamster is grumpy and full of personality. The written messages that Bluna exchanges with the (nicer) children are also extremely genuine and heartfelt. At one point, Bluna wishes that she could play with one of the little girls!

Vin and Dorky Duet

Maggie Lyons


When he walks through the door and sees the sharky grin on his sister's face, Vin rightly suspects Meg is hatching a plot. Worse still, he's central to the outcome. Meg tells him everyone expects him to play her duet for trumpet and piano at the student concert. Vin is horrified. His only escape is to persuade another trumpet player to take his place. Meg has the hunky Brad Stewart in mind, and she challenges Vin to introduce her to him. To do that he must first befriend Brad's nerdy brother, Eyeballs, the last person Vin wants to be friends with until Meg's promise of a David Beckham autographed soccer jersey changes the seventh-grader's mind. He has five days to accomplish his mission-Operation BS. Vin's game plan, thwarted by exploding fish tanks, magnetic compost heaps, man-eating bubble baths, and other disasters ultimately succeeds, but not exactly as he expects .

Always Looking Up: Nancy Grace Roman, Astronomer

Laura Gehl, Louise Pigott, et al.

$16.99 $15.63

Always Looking Up by Laura Gehl is a picture-perfect introduction to Nancy Grace Roman, a renowned astronomer. It is the story of Nancy Grace’s life from childhood through adulthood, and Gehl is dynamic in describing how a young girl who is impassioned with the universe can make all the difference in the world.

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