Our Book Picks of July

Who doesn’t need a well-loved book recommendation? We love to read and we love our clients and families to read too! That’s why we wanted to round up some of our favorite books and share them with you and your families.

All of these books are available in our office’s library, are available on Amazon or most local books stores, or you could request them from your local library.

 

The Day the Crayons Quit.

by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

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Good for ages: 3-7

What We Love About This Book

The Day the Crayons Quit is a funny and creative way of introducing new colors to children and creating awareness of the emotions of others. It is a collection of “letters” from runaway crayons to their owner explaining why they are running away. The illustrations are silly and fun and very relatable for many little artists out there. There is a sequel to this book, The Day The Crayons Came Home, which continues the fun of this quirky and cute style.

Synopsis

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

Awards

Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013

Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year

Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award

Purchase links:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble | Books A Million

Dunbar Free Library in Grantham, NH has 1 copy to check out. Not your Library? Call your local library and ask if they carry a copy of this book or if they could get one from another library.

The Tale of Despereaux:

Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread.

Good for ages: 7-10

What We Love About This Book

The Tale of Despereaux draws the reader into an enchanting account of a petite mouse in love with music, the stories he reads in the castle library, and the beautiful and kind princess named Pea. It also follows the seemingly separate stories of Roscuro and Miggery Sow. Each story weaves as these characters find each other and navigate this beautiful and, at times, confusing world.  Each of these characters have dreams that reach far beyond what would seem reachable and yet, each work to find ways of accomplishing their goals, proving that despite the darkness, there is always light. This story is funny, sweet, sad, and thoughtful. It inspires a feeling of hope even in the face of staggering challenges.

Synopsis

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.

Awards

2004 John Newbury Medal Winner

Purchase links:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble | Books A Million

Dunbar Free Library in Grantham, NH has 3 copies to check out. Not your Library? Call your local library and ask if they carry a copy of this book or if they could get one from another library.

The Gruffalo.

Good for ages: 3-7

What We Love About This Book

This story, and the following The Gruffalo’s Child, are fun and funny stories that read like rhyming poems. Well-loved in European households, his exposes your child to a light-hearted style of writing that holds their attention. The style repeats well and the length is just long enough to keep the attention of some of our younger readers. The illustrations are a great fit to the story and this tale of a tiny mouse using his imagination and creativity to solve his problem makes for a fun an engaging story.

Synopsis

A mouse is taking a stroll through the deep, dark wood when along comes a hungry fox, then an owl, and then a snake. The mouse is good enough to eat but smart enough to know this, so he invents… the gruffalo! As Mouse explains, the gruffalo is a creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of its nose. But Mouse has no worry to show. After all, there’s no such thing as a gruffalo…

Awards

1999 Nestle Smarties Book Prize – Gold Award

Purchase links:Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble | Books A Million

Dunbar Free Library in Grantham, NH has 1 copy to check out. Not your Library? Call your local library and ask if they carry a copy of this book or if they could get one from another library.

Where the Wild Things Are.

Good for ages: 4-8

What We Love About This Book

Of course no list of our immediate favorites could exclude Where The Wild Things Are. This story is a classic and something we recommend to every little inventor, actor, and pretender. It is a colorful and creative look into the imagination of Max, or King Max, as he would prefer, and the world he creates filled with all sorts of monsters, strange lands, and a wild sea. Sit back with your child, open this book, and let the Wild Rumpus begin!

Synopsis

This story of only 338 words focuses on a young boy named Max who, after dressing in his wolf costume, wreaks such havoc through his household that he is sent to bed without his supper. Max’s bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment, and he winds up sailing to an island inhabited by malicious beasts known as the “Wild Things.” After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things and enjoys a playful romp with his subjects. However, he starts to feel lonely and decides to return home, to the Wild Things’ dismay. Upon returning to his bedroom, Max discovers a hot supper waiting for him.

Awards

1999 Nestle Smarties Book Prize – Gold Award

Purchase links:Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble | Books A Million

Dunbar Free Library in Grantham, NH has 1 copy to check out. Not your Library? Call your local library and ask if they carry a copy of this book or if they could get one from another library.

Wrap up!

Thank you for reading through our list of some of our favorite books! These are books that touched our hearts as kids and adults that we wanted to share.

All of these titles will be available for free as Door Prizes during our Open House on August 19th, 2018 at our office in Grantham, NH from 11-4pm. Other prizes include some of our therapist’s favorite sensory toys and tools, free screenings, and more. Come to meet our therapists, check ouy the new sensory gym, learn about home techniques and games to help bolster your child’s speech and fine motor skills, enjoy yummy cupcakes, and perhaps take home one of the above titles or other prizes in the raffle!

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