New books to discover with your children

New books are one of the great pleasures of family life.  We cuddle together with little children and read aloud to them. Later, children read to us. They are hesitant at first, and then their skills and confidence grow. And over time, our children begin to read independently.  Read on for ideas on terrific new books to discover with your children!

Debbie Crater

Debbie and Fred Crater and their granddaughters enjoy a family picnic

Pictured here is ASA private tutor Debbie Crater, with her husband Fred and their four granddaughters. Their favorite family books include One Rubber Duckie (Sesame Street!) and I’ll Love You Forever, I’ll Like You for Always.

Debbie tutors early readers, and often uses multi-sensory reading techniques in her work. Debbie believes we all struggle to overcome something. It might be dyslexia, ADD, physical difficulties, low confidence, or something else. Debbie’s nurturing style provides constant encouragement as she guides children to build skills and confidence.

If your child is struggling to read, our private tutors are ready to help.  They can work directly with your children.  They can recommend new books your children will love.  Contact us for more information or to schedule a free consultation.

If you’re interested in discovering terrific new books, read on for recent award-winning books we love.

Discover new books to read with your children


A new illustrated book for young children


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Radiant Child: The story of young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Javaka Steptoe’s Radiant Child won the Randolph Caldecott Medal.  He writes about the late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Of the new books we preview here, this one is designed to read with children ages 4-8. The author’s story celebrates an artist whose work was initially disregarded. Why was it disregarded? Because Basquiat colored outside the lines.

As time went on, Basquiat’s work was valued and celebrated.  In 1992, the Whitney Museum of American Art held an exhibition of the artist’s work.

Steptoe tell us about Basquiat’s childhood and youth, which included both inspiration and obstacles.

Steptoe creates the art for his book in Basquiat’s style, as his tribute to the great artist.


Somewhere in Brooklyn, between hearts that thump, double Dutch, and hopscotch and salty mouths that slurp sweet ice, a little boy dreams of being a famous artist.

A new children’s fantasy book


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Kelly Barnhill’s Newberry Medal book, The Girl who Drank the Moon

Winner of the 2017 Newberry Medal, The Girl who Drank the Moon is one of the most interesting new books for a middle-school or older student intrigued by magic and fantasy.  In one action-packed novel, 11-year-old Luna finds herself in a chosen family with a witch, a poetry-loving swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon.

Add to these characters a Protectorate of families unknowingly controlled by a repressive regime, a Tower of Learning not open to all, a frightening forest and children nourished with starlight.  (And moonlight, too, else the book would have a different name.)

Barnhill weaves these characters into a complex story where it turns out that almost nothing is as it first appears.  The author cleverly pulls in scientific terms and relationships, and builds to an unforgettable final scene.  At the end of the day, it’s all about love, loyalty, family, and helping everyone reach their potential.




It was a fine thing indeed, Luna thought, being eleven. She loved the symmetry of it, and the lack of symmetry. Eleven was a number that was visually even, but functionally not – it looked one way and behaved in quite another. Just like most eleven-year-olds, or so she assumed.

A new book on the emotions of dealing with bullies


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Lauren Wolk’s Newberry Honor book, Wolf Hollow

A 2017 Newberry Honor book, Wolf Hollow took our breath away with its emotionally raw narrative.  If you have a middle-school or older reader who might relate to new books that address bullying, Wolf Hollow might be for you.  If your child is emotionally sensitive, then you might want to read the story along with them, so you can discuss it as you go.

Our narrator Annabelle lived in the quiet Wolf Hollow community all her life.  The village still bears physical and emotional scars from its past, including the two world wars.  But life is no longer quiet when Betty arrives in town. A bully with no apparent limit to her creative cruelty, Betty singles out Annabelle for attention.

When Betty disappears, suspicion falls on Toby, who is an adult and a loner who is not well-known or understood. As Wolf Hollow turns against him, Annabelle learns what she can do to protect him – and what she can’t do, too – and works to find Betty, before it is too late.




At times, I was so confused that I felt like the stem of a pinwheel surrounded by whir and clatter, but through that whole unsettling time I knew that it simply would not do to hide in the barn with a book and an apple and let events plunge forward without me.  It would not do to turn twelve without earning my keep, and by that I meant my place, my small authority, the possibility that I would amount to something.

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