November Book Recommendations for Honolulu Families


In the Meadow

by Yukiko Kato

This series focuses on what it’s like to be in a particular place. A little girl experiences being alone in a field where the grass is as tall as she is, with many insects and sounds. The books ends on a peaceful note, with mother and daughter together.




by Patricia Intriago

You can see dots everywhere—some are loud, others are not. Many are happy, while others are sad. Some are yummy and others taste bad. You will enjoy this charming and humorous story.


First to Second Grade

Not Inside This House

by Keven Lewis

Our hero, Livingston Columbs Magellan Crouse, loves to explore and come home with specimens from all his travels—first a bug and then a moose. What will he bring home next? Lively rhyming couplets for adventurous readers.

Third to Fourth Grade

Ancient Egypt: Tales of Go​ds and Pharaohs

by Marcia Williams

Egyptian myths come to life in these stories of the pharaohs and their ancient gods, full of mystery and adventure. In this retelling of nine tales of ancient Egypt, in comic-strip style, learn the mythology and early history of this great civilization. This colorful, illustrated collection of stories is sure to fascinate and inspire young Egyptologists.


Fifth to Sixth Grade

Steve Jobs: Thinking Dif​ferently

by Patricia Lakin

Steve Jobs has been called visionary, a pioneer. He was an entrepreneur, inventor and the cofounder of Apple. He was also a little terror, a college dropout and a creative genius. This biography for middle-grade readers tells the fascinating story of the “Thomas Edison” of our time.


Seventh to Eighth Grade

Every Day

by David Levithan

“A” is a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life. There’s no warning as to where or who. “A” made peace with it, even established guidelines: Never get attached. Avoid being noticed. Don’t interfere. Then comes the morning “A” wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. The rules no longer apply, because “A” has finally found someone he wants to be with every day.



Incognito: The Secret Lives of the ​Brain

by David Eagleman

Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the mind and its contradictions. Questions include: Why is it so difficult to keep a secret? How is it possible to get angry with yourself—who exactly is mad at whom? Read this book to find possible answers.


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