For Readers

Kids’ books for spring break reading

By: Hidden Gems on March 19, 2024

Hidden Gems Books ARC service.

By: Hidden Gems on March 19, 2024


Do you have a young reader in your life? Or maybe you’re looking for a great bedtime story to enjoy with your youngest book lovers. Are you heading out for a Spring road trip? If so, we have a handful of kids’ books to add to your reading list! Our Hidden Gems ARC readers loved the following titles, and we bet your young bookworm will, as well.

When You Have a Brother

When You Have a Brother by Debra Hewitt

With 15+ ratings and a 4.4 average star rating, When You Have a Brother is a charming picture book recommended for children 2-8 years old, and describes the amazing adventures you can have with a brother.

“This is the cutest book. An endearing look at the bond of brothers from early on. As a mom of 4 boys, this is perfect for little ones to enjoy the closeness of brotherhood and to encourage care, cooperation, quality play and sharing. Love this little gem!” Mom Life writes in her five-star Amazon review.

Natalie H. writes in her five-star Amazon review, “I love this book for its simplicity and great message to send to young kids (especially boys) about brotherhood. I love that it reinforces so many positive messages that I want to instill in my two boys to encourage their bond and help them recognize all the wonderful things about being a big and little brother! An easy read which we will revisit often. Sweet pictures too. Perfect for bedtime reading.”

Hurricane Havoc

Hurricane Havoc by Tanya Ellen

With a 4.9 average star rating on Amazon and 40 ratings, this Firebird Book Award Winner and Feathered Quill Book Awards Finalist is part of The Tufts series, which helps children understand how to stay safe in natural disasters.

Karen B. writes in her five-star Amazon review, “These days it seems to be more and more commonplace to hear of hurricane disasters around the world, and regularly here in the U.S. As a long time teacher, I can say I have not seen anything like this in my years in the classroom. This book fills a need in educating children about hurricane safety.”

“This book is a fun and thrilling adventure story that teaches young readers about natural disasters and offers advice on how to stay safe. The characters are relatable and engaging, and the plot is exciting and suspenseful. The author does a great job of making the story both informative and entertaining. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun and educational read,” Kiran M. concurs in their five-star Amazon review.

Monologues for Kids and Tweens II

Monologues for Kids and Tweens II by Mike Kimmel

With 35+ ratings and a 4.5 average star rating, Monologues for Kids and Tweens II is a collection of monologues for the drama lover in your life. Not only are the scripts clean, optimistic and positive, they are also gender neutral and may be performed by all people. Great prep for auditions, and a thoughtful gift for drama teachers and for young aspiring actors!

Barry B. writes in his five-star Amazon review, “…With every new book, the monologues remain fresh, uplifting and keep the consistency of positive messaging. Each slice of storytelling is enlightening, educational and leaves the reader with something inspirational to think about long after the reading is done. Another beautiful book by Mike Kimmel!”

“Might be the best acting book for kids I’ve ever seen.” Mark K. concurs in his five-star Amazon review.

Fury's Flames

Fury’s Flames by Lion Tales

With nearly 20 reviews and an impressive 4.7 average star rating, an illustrated fantasy tale for younger readers, Fury’s Flames follows Blaze on a tale of adventure, which teaches the power of compassion and harmony.

Nur A. writes in their five-star Amazon review, It is a very imaginative story with eye-catching pictures that children will love. It’s in an adventure line and presents important values like caring for others and environmental preservation. Both my seven and nine year old kids enjoy it.”

Anna K. writes in her five-star Amazon review, “Fury’s Flame is such a gem! The pictures are amazing, and my little one is hooked on the story. It’s not just entertaining, it teaches kids to help others and be strong. We love it!”


NaMOOste by Marlee Kostiner

With an average 4.5 average star rating and 10+ ratings, NaMOOste is a hidden gem which helps introduce young readers to the concepts of yoga and social-emotional skills teaching basic yoga poses and mindfulness techniques for focus and relaxation. A great gift for parents, grandparents, caregivers and educators alike.

“I read this book before trying to get my 8 year old to read it. I love that it helps children learn some social / emotional skills as well as giving them coping mechanisms by following along with their favorite animals doing various yoga poses. I am looking forward to watching my youngster read and take her yoga poses, page by page.” Sue writes in her five-star Amazon review.

City Book Lady shares in her five-star Amazon review, “Everything about this delightful story is a feast for the eyes. From the beautiful painterly illustrations, to the playful font and typesetting, to the fun cadence of the rhyming read-aloud, little readers will not only have wonderful spreads to pore over, but will learn all about yoga, its basic principles, and the mindfulness and calmness that go along with it. The best part are the adorable animals featured doing favorite yoga poses. A perfect addition to classrooms, libraries, as well as home bookshelves, NaMOOste, is a fun and informative storytime read to return to again and again…”

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.

Share this blog


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *