Great Family Reads for Family Literacy Month

On the hunt for books to enjoy during Family Literacy Month this November? Look no further — check out these titles at your local library today.

The Purloining of Prince Oleomargarine by Mark Twain and Philip Stead, illustrated by Erin Stead
Ages 8 to 12 – but genuinely a selection for all ages

A story devised by the new creative team of Mark Twain with Philip and Erin Stead. What? Twain was an illustrious storyteller and his daughters were the recipients of many of his great imaginings. Philip Stead was delegated with the task of finishing one of these stories and Erin Stead to illustrate the tale. The result is a treasure. A text with all the moral implications of the original author (who materializes as an adviser in the story) and with the reflection of an eminent and contemporary theme of kindness. Artwork in woodblock printing and pencil captures readers and draws them deeply into the story that begins with a boy called Johnny, his chicken named Pestilence and Famine and their search for Prince Oleomargarine.

Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers
Ages 5 to 12 – but, again, valuable to all readers

Did you know that The Statue of Liberty continues to move forward in her quest to welcome immigrants to this country? Dave Eggers noticed when he visited the iconic statue that the articulation of her right foot indicates that she is in full stride. A humorous but poignant look at Lady Liberty’s history and her role as an American symbol.

Baabwaa and Wooliam: A Tale of Literacy, Dental Hygiene and Friendship by David Elliott
Ages 5 to 9

Two sheepish friends, Baabwaa loves to knit and Wooliam to read. Enter, the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing. Baabwa is suspicious of his garb and Wooliam has read enough to know that they should be cautious around him. Things are not all always what they seem and the sheep share their talents and make a new friend.

Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Poems About Creatures That Hide by David Harrison
Ages 5 to 12

Poems about camouflage in nature. Nineteen different animals depicted in five distinct categories. A pleasurable read in rhythm and rhyme, with additional non-fiction facts for the emerging environmentalist. Extraordinary art in cut-paper relief makes this a book to savor.

Colors of Nature and Crowds of Creatures by Kate Riggs
Ages 1 to 5

Creative Editions brings the publication of board books to new heights in these two offerings for the very young. Distinctive and appealing art represents Riggs’ non-fiction offerings. Colors of Nature represents colors as reflections of the seasons. Crowds of Creatures portrays family group animal names in rhyming text.

Laurie Collins is the children’s librarian at the Ipswich Public Library, the author of The Pajamas of My Dreams and a 2014 Mass Literacy Champion.