Diary of a Wimpy Kid
is an incredibly popular series of books for a reason: Greg Heffley’s shenanigans are designed to tickle the funny bone of most school-age kids. But we think his sweet, patient friend Rowley Jefferson is the real star of the series, not only for serving as the long-suffering foil to Greg, but for being a quiet role model of how to be a kind person and a good friend.
Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories by Jeff Kinney
Grab a flashlight, crawl under the covers, and dive into the twisted, unexpectedly hilarious world of Rowley Jefferson’s imagination. You’ll meet zombies, vampires, ghosts, and much more in these comically terrifying tales. While we may be a bit early for Halloween, young readers in search of illustrated chapter books packed with humor will love this any time of year.
With the release of Flora & Ulysses
on the Disney+ streaming service, your young readers may be looking for more tales about special animals, plucky kids, and touching stories about family. Make sure to give one of these books a try:
What’s New This Month
The new Dog Man
is imminent, along with a brand new dog-centered chapter book by Katherine Applegate. Also on the way are some gorgeous picture books, fun new comics, the official junior novelization of Raya and the Last Dragon
, and more:
What We’re Reading
Some parents out there may remember Animorphs—on this month’s staff recommendation list for kids is the all-new graphic novel version. Also on the list are some perfect picture books for storytime, a new Star Wars story for younger readers, and some lovely affirmations that every child is perfect just the way they are:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: