Good Reads: January 2015

Book Recommendations for Your Keiki—from Preschool Through Eighth Grade, Plus a Little Something for Mom and Dad.


Three Bears in a Boat

by David Soman

When they break their mother’s treasured blue shell, three bears set off on a sailing adventure none of the bears expected.



The Mermaid and the Shoe

by K.G. Campbell

Every one of King Neptune’s 50 mermaid daughters has a special talent. Except Minnow. Go on this journey with her to find her purpose and answer her question: “Who am I?”


First Grade

Beatrice Spells Some Lulus and Learns to Write a Letter

by Cari Best

Spelling interests Beatrice to the point of obsession, but her class doesn’t share her fascination – until she turns show and tell into show and spell! Her goal is to learn to write a letter to thank her grandmother, and she does.


Fifth Grade

Cool Paper Folding: Creative Activities That Make Math & Science Fun for Kids!

by Anders Hanson

Explore some geometric forms, modules and terms, origami-style, with a little guidance from mom or dad.


Third Grade

Penguinʻs Hidden Talent

by Alex Latimer

Penguin organizes the local show, and it’s a success, but he’s the only one who doesn’t have skill or win a medal. His friends throw him a party, and it’s a bust until he takes over the planning, and that’s when he discovers his hidden talent!

Seventh Grade


by Raina Telgemeier

Introspective Raina hoped for a sister, but she didn’t expect outdoors-loving Amara. Can you say “sibling rivalry” plus bickering?


For Parents

A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs and Other Things That Freak You Out

by Joani Geltman

This book not only addresses all those uncomfortable topics listed in its title, it also attacks depression, defiance, laziness, conformity, entitlement and more with honesty and humor. What may be the best thing about this book: you can look up the individual problem, and get a specific answer.


These books and many others for all ages are available at your public library or you can place a request for titles. You can borrow “all you can carry” for a three-week loan period with your public-library card. Please check the Hawaii State Public Library System website for a list of library locations, hours and free, family-friendly programs at a library near you at