Monday, June 27

Flowchart: Animal Books for 2nd-4th Graders

Phew, this was totally supposed to go up on Friday and I just kept adding more and more books! There's a lot of good stuff out there, which ended up surprising me a little bit because this is the age group that I often have the hardest time finding books to recommend. I've always felt it got a little lost in the shuffle between easy readers/early chapter books and middle grade fiction.

But! Without further ado, a flowchart of animal-themed books for kids aged 8 - 11 years.

These books are all chapter books, all have some illustrations/photos in them, and are great stories. Some I'd still double check what would be good for the right age (one might lend itself better to the 11-year-old than the 8-year-old). Some are classic, some are brand new. There's something for everyone, for sure.

Also, I have a link to download the printable poster: a pdf on Google Drive. It's sized 11" x 42" so you could, technically, print it on five landscape-oriented letter-sized pages. In any case, it's nice to have as a reference when recommending books!

Here's a full list of what's on the flowchart:

Creature Fact Checks
-In Particular:
In Their Own Words
-Heroic Acts:
  • The Tale of Despereaux Written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering (Candlewick, 2003)
  • Sidekicks Written and illustrated by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine, 2011—graphic novel)
  • El Deafo Written and illustrated by Cece Bell (Harry N. Abrams, 2014—graphic novel)
  • The Chicken Squad Written by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell (Atheneum, 2014)
-Mystery Solved:
-Fantastical Creatures: 
-Historical Times:
-Fun & Friendship:
Humans & Their Pets
-True Life: 
-Laugh Worthy:
-Myths & Legends:

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