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Add these Books for Children to Your Reading List

By: Hidden Gems on May 21, 2024

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By: Hidden Gems on May 21, 2024


Do you have a young reader in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for some titles to keep your kids busy on a Memorial Day road trip. We have a handful of books for children to add to your reading list! Our Hidden Gems ARC readers loved the following titles, and we bet your young bookworm will, as well.

Oceanius' Waves

Oceanius’ Waves by Lion Tales

With 14 ratings and an outstanding 4.8 average star rating, Oceanius’ Waves is a picture book recommended for children 5-8 years old and describes the Elemental Protectors’ journey to save Water World. Oceanius’ Waves is a standalone story that is part of the Elements Guardians series, and all of those titles are currently offered in Kindle Unlimited as well!

“This was beautifully illustrated! I used this as a bedtime story and loved how it took real life issues and showed the life of the sea working together to fix it.” Christina Y. writes in her five-star Amazon review.

Kassie K. raves in her five-star Amazon review, “This cute little story has vibrant artwork and cute characters that attract young children to learn a good story of restoring the balance of the Water World. It actively teaches children the value of keeping our waters clean and healthy for the life that lives within. My daughter really enjoyed the cute characters!”

Detective Dylan and the Hunt for Home Plate

Detective Dylan and the Hunt for Home Plate by MJ Murray

With an impressive 4.7 average star rating on Amazon and 30+ ratings, this illustrated chapter book is recommended for readers 5-8 years old. This is part of A Youth Sleuths Chapter Book Series, and has a curriculum for parents or teachers to download with ELA and Math activities.

“This is a cute chapter book for young readers. The illustrations are cute, and simple enough that they don’t distract from the story. I read this to my 4 yr old nephew and he enjoyed it, but it would be great for new readers, or even experienced reader who might just enjoy a cute story. I recommend this for classrooms. It would be great to read along with as a class,” Manda K. writes in her five-star Amazon review.

More Endor shares in their five-star Amazon review, “Mix fun with a mystery book and you have this chapter book designed to capture the interest of young students! The second in the series is just as engaging as the first. The QR Code connects educators and homeschool parents with ELA and math resources that are ready to print and go. Whether you are an early chapter book reader, teacher, or parent, you will find value in this book!”

Mirage Lake

Mirage Lake by N.R. Aharon

With 40+ ratings and a notable 4.6 average star rating, Mirage Lake is a chapter book intended for readers ages 10 and up. This book is described as a post-apocalyptic coming of age tale, and is the first in a series slated to continue in January 2025.

Moshiko N. writes in their five-star Amazon review, “Loved reading this book to my daughters; it’s full of magic and creativity with a surprising ending. The characters are relatable as they overcome social fears, highlighting the importance of family values. I highly recommended for adults, children, and fantasy enthusiasts alike!”

“This was a fun read. The sibling dynamic was spot on and very relatable. I enjoyed the World building and it was easy to understand. My girls followed along throughout the whole story and remained interested until the end. They are aged eight, 11, and 13,” Sharon T. concurs in her five-star Amazon review.

Magic Moon: Two Worlds

Magic Moon: Two Worlds by Shirley Moulton

With over 20 reviews and an impressive 4.6 average star rating, Magic Moon: Two Worlds is a book about magic and bravery and is story three of a five book series. The series is suggested for readers ages 8-12, and can be read out of order. Magic Moon was a Finalist in The 11th National Indie Excellence Awards, Children’s Chapter Books.

Yossi L. writes in their five-star Amazon review, “If your young readers love imaginary worlds, magical adventures, secret caves, and brave heroines, they will love this book! This is a creative, fast-paced story told in a simple and engaging way. Most highly recommended!”

NekoLisa writes in their five-star Amazon review, “This is a beautiful story in an equally wonderful series. I have read all three of these books with my niece and both of us have enjoyed each and every one of them. I highly recommend grabbing all three of these stories and reading them with the child in your life.”

Feelings Detective: Searching for Feelings

Feelings Detective: Searching for Feelings by Dane Furfaro

With an outstanding 4.8 average star rating and 75 ratings, Feelings Detective: Searching for Feelings is the second book in the series and a must-read for readers aged 5-8. In this installment, readers will learn about emotional awareness, learning how to recognize and regulate their emotions.

“This is a simple and cute story that will help you kids identify and take control of their feelings. It is told in rhyming verse which makes it fun to read aloud and enjoyable for kids. My girls liked the robot illustration and the message of being a good friend.” Megan M. writes in her five-star Amazon review.

Anjali S. shares in her five-star Amazon review, “This is a cute story with a clear purpose at identifying emotions. I like how it made it more fun to look for emotions as a mystery to be solved. This makes it more approachable and lighthearted for younger children. I appreciate the activity book that comes with it.”

Hidden Gems readers got to read these promising children’s books first, so if you want more stories and guides to add to your kiddo’s reading list, sign up today! Subscribers to Hidden Gems receive invitations to read books like these – plus other titles from any of up to 15 other genres – for free. Authors send these out in the hopes that the readers will write an honest review once they’re done.

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