Good Reads: July 2014

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



by John Burningham

What is better on a bright summer day than a picnic?  Sheep, Pig and Duck join the Boy and Girl until a bull interrupts. The animals each manage to lose something, so it’s up to you to help find the missing hat, ball and more.



Kite Day: A Bear and Mole Story

by Will Hillenbrand

One morning bear finds the wind is right for a kite day. He and mole design, build and fly their kite. But when the weather changes, what will happen next?


First Grade

Cam Jansen and the Spaghetti Max Mystery

by David Adler

While at the airport to meet Cam’s father’s childhood friend, Cam finds herself trying to solve two mysteries. Can they track down a traveler’s missing daughter and her dad’s old friend?


Third Grade

King for a Day

by Rukhsana Khan

Malik is ready for Basant, the Pakistani celebration of the beginning of spring. His big goal is to use his kite to take down other kids and be named king for a day. But when a girl is targeted by a bully, Malik has to make a decision. 

Fifth Grade

That’s Creepy!

by Crispin Boyer

If it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky, it’s in this National Geographic Kids book. Learn about werewolves, vampires and even the Death’s-Head moth that makes a spine-tingling sound when annoyed.


Seventh Grade

Time Out of Time: Book One: Beyond the Door

by Maureen McQuerry

Mom and dad may have told you not to leave the door open at night. Timothy does and strange, menacing creatures come in. Soon, everything has changed and he and his sister must work together to fight the forces of the dark.


For Parents

Strong Mothers, Strong Sons: Lessons Mothers Need to Raise Extraordinary Men

by Margaret J. Meeker

How do mothers raise their sons? Margaret Meeker’s common sense suggestions help you bring up boys who are confident, respectful, appreciative of women, hard workers and good citizens.


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