Good Reads: February 2013

Book Recommendations for Your Keiki—from Preschool Through Eighth Grade, Plus a Little Something for Mom and Dad.


999 Tadpoles

by Ken Kimura

The family of 999 young frogs is growing bigger every day, but how do you move them to a bigger pond when hungry snakes and hawks are everywhere?



by Peter McCarty

Chloe is from a large family who knows how to have fun every night after dinner. One night her father brings home a surprise, which changes things.

First to Second Grade

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs

by Mo Willems

Three dinosaurs? This is a version we haven’t heard before, complete with chocolate pudding instead of porridge. Find out how it goes for Goldilocks.

Third to Fourth Grade

The Art of Miss Chew

by Patricia Polacco

Trisha has trouble with her studies in school until she meets two special teachers: one recognizes her dyslexia, the other her special talent for drawing. Children will enjoy this inspiring, true story about illustrator Patricia Polacco.

Fifth to Sixth Grade

Ted & Me

by Dan Gutman

Our hero is a young man who can travel through time using baseball cards. Can he prevent baseball great Ted Williams from joining the marines and warn President Roosevelt about Pearl Harbor?

Seventh to Eighth Grade


by Terry Pratchett

The street urchin who makes his living in the sewers of London rescues a young woman at his own risk and meets characters ranging from Dickens to Queen Victoria.


50 Ways to Protect Your Identity in a Digital Age

by Steve Weisman

You already know to protect your computer with antivirus, antispyware and antimalware programs, but how about your smartphone? You may know about identity theft, but what about protecting your medical and criminal identity?

Ethnic and Cultural Reads

Looking to incorporate a little ethnic and cultural education this holiday season? Here are some recommendations the whole family will enjoy:

Chinese New Year: Preschool and Older

Bringing in the New Year

by Grace Lin

A joyful story of a Chinese-American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Fireworks, lion dancers, lanterns and a great, long dragon parade help to usher in the Lunar New Year.

Korean New Year: Preschool and Older

New Clothes for New Year’s Day

by Hyun-joo Bae

A young girl dresses for the New Year. She has trouble with unfamiliar accessories and elaborate wrapping an typing but her excitement and anticipation is undeniable. 

Japanese Girl’s Day: Preschool to First Grade

Yoko’s Show and Tell

by Rosemary Wells

Yoko is given a special doll and told to wait for Girl’s Day, but she sneaks it to school, with disastrous results. Customs are shared and lessons are learned.

These books and many others for all ages are available at your public library or you can place a request for titles. You can borrow “all you can carry” for a three-week loan period with your public-library card. Please check the Hawaii State Public Library System website for a list of library locations, hours and free, family-friendly programs at a library near you at

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