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Best Books: Humphrey the Hamster Books

Are you and your kids looking for a new book to read? How about a a whole series? If you haven’t heard about The World According to Humphrey then you need to listen up and pay attention. The World According to Humphrey is the first book in a series lovingly known as the Humphrey Hamster books. The Humphrey books are written by Betty G. Birney, and they follow a sweet and lovable class pet named Humphrey through his life in classroom 26. The books are great for ages 8-12. The books follow Humphrey as he navigates his way through interactions with the children, teacher, and lessons that are in classroom 26. Humphrey has all the same fears, likes, and interactions as the kids in his class. It allows the reader to understand and experience all of the realities of being a kid in school and dealing with relationships, homework, and life all through the safe and knowing point of view of the classroom pet.

This first book introduces Humphrey and some of the kids in the classroom. It even introduces the teacher Mrs. Brisbane, who Humphrey swears hates him and is out to get him. Kids will love this book because it is so easy to relate to. Humphrey gives them a wonderful proxy to experience the harsh world of growing up without being faced with actually being the center of the story. Parents will love that the books will keep bringing kids back for more.

Best Books: Elephant and Piggie Books

For Christmas each of my kids received new books. My youngest loves the Elephant and Piggie books written by Mo Willems. Mo Willems books are easy to read, funny, and help young readers hone their reading skills and cultivate a love for stories. The books are great for readers at first through third grade reading levels. Each book includes incredibly fun artwork, and at the end of each story there is a hidden pigeon character that the kids always love to try to find.

Waiting is not Easy! is a story that discusses patience and how hard it can be to wait for something you really, really want. It really helps children understand the importance of waiting while showing that although it is not easy, sometimes it can be worth it. These make excellent gifts. My youngest son received a collection of 5 Elephant and Piggie books for Christmas and this one was one of his favorites.

The book is a short read, perfect for early readers, and in many schools can count towards independent or AR reading work. Be sure to check out Mo Willems’ other amazing books from the Elephant and Piggie series.