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The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

Works of Art

Children's Novels Featuring Art and Artists

I've always been a big art fan, so I love when I come across a children's novel that incorporates artwork, artists, or museums in one way or another. The following titles have so much to offer - in addition to their gripping storylines, these books introduce readers to various artists, specific paintings, and styles and movements throughout art history. I hope this list will encourage you to learn even more about the topic at hand, and perhaps inspire future trips to museums near and far!

Fall is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

Fall Into Autumn

Apples, pumpkins, colorful leaves… There are so many great things that come along with autumn! Even though it may not feel like it outside quite yet, fall is right around the corner. After such a hot summer, I know I’m looking forward to that crisp, cool air that starts to blow in late September. How about you?   Get ready and excited for one of the best seasons of all with these fall-tastic picture books!  

Capture the Flag, written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Yuta Onoda

I <3 DC

Children's Chapter Books Set in Washington, DC

Though reading can take you on an adventure around the world, I also sometimes like to read about locations I know well, like my hometown or somewhere I've recently visited. Picking up on references to specific spots always gives me a thrill and really helps me to visualize what's happening in the story. If you're looking for a children's novel that's full of familiar streets and sights, try one of these DC-based books on for size!

Surf&#039;s Up written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by Daniel Miyares

A Day at the Beach

Picture Books Featuring Waves, Sun, and Sand

Summertime is almost here! Going to the beach is one of my favorite things to do during the summer -- and we all know that there's nothing like a good book to go with a day near the seaside. If you like to splash in the water, build sandcastles, and explore animals that live underwater, then this list is for you. Enjoy a real or imaginary family trip to the shore with one of these beach-themed picture books!

100 Essential Things You Didn&#039;t Know You Didn&#039;t Know About Math and the Arts by John D. Barrow

Know A Little About A Lot

Whether it's through a book, podcast, or online class, I love to learn new things! I especially enjoy when something surprises me or makes me think about a certain topic or subject a little differently than I had before. The list below features books that present all kinds of information to readers in unique and exciting ways. Prepare for trivia, dazzle people with your seemingly endless knowledge, or just learn something new for the fun of it!

Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

Make New Friends, but Keep the Old

Children's Picture Books on Friendship

Parents and teachers often ask for children's books that explore the idea of friendship. There are so many different ways to approach this topic: making new friends, being a good friend, handling friend troubles tactfully... the list could go on and on! Fortunately, there are lots of wonderful picture books that teach us about friendship's ups and downs -- and everything in-between. Here are a few to get you started:

Dying to Meet You by Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise

Dear Reader

Children's Chapter Books Told Through Letters

As a kid, I was always writing notes to my friends and seeking out pen pals. To this day, I still love to send (and get!) letters in the mail. Much like letters in real life, epistolary novels (or stories told through letters, journal entries, and other documents) give readers the chance to hear someone else's thoughts and feelings in a format that feels both personal and familiar. If you're a child, parent, or kid-at-heart who's looking for a chapter book with an interesting structure and relatable characters, then try one of these novels told through letters: