Realistic Fiction

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Also available in: e-book

A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything. For more paranoid adventures of Alvin, look in JFICTION LOOK.

Eight-year-old EllRay's father has promised a family trip to Disneyland if EllRay can stay out of trouble for a week, but not defending himself against Jared, the class bully, proves to be a real challenge. For more Ellray Jakes, look in JFICTION WARNER.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for First Grade, but every Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

Check out the feature film inspired by the book, as well as Alexander's other adventures.

Andy Shane hates school, mainly because of a tattletale know-it-all named Dolores Starbuckle, but Granny Webb, who has taken care of him all his life, joins him in class one day and helps him solve the problem.

Find more Andy Shane in JFICTION JACOBSON.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

In this gently humorous adventure, Monty faces the unpredictable, everyday turns of a first-grader’s life -- including having a tooth fall out and learning he will have a new sibling -- with his usual lovable charm.

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

 

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here.  Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

Mary had a little glam by Tammi Sauer

Mary shares her glamorous style with all of her classmates.

Myth: Large print doesn’t publish for 6 – 9 months after the original edition.

Thanks to advancements in typesetting technology and process efficiencies, that is no longer the case. Many bestsellers are published  simultaneous to the original release. That’s right. At the same time, not 9 months later. The vast majority of remaining large print editions follow by just three months, allowing you to keep your large print collection up to date with the freshest and newest titles.  Check these New York Times Bestsellers:

Enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars or Eleanor & Park and you're looking for the next great thing? Try one of these:

All the bright places by Jennifer Niven

Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school-- both teetering on the edge-- it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another.

Saint Anything : a novel by Sarah Dessen

Sydney's charismatic older brother, Peyton, has always been the center of attention in the family but when he is sent to jail, Sydney struggles to find her place at home and the world until she meets the Chathams, including gentle, protective Mac, who makes her feel seen for the first time.

Have you found yourself growing apart from a friend? Here are some stories about that very same problem.

Ten-year-old Zoe Elias, who longs to play the piano but must resign herself to learning the organ, instead, finds that her musicianship has a positive impact on her workaholic mother, her jittery father, and her school social life.

The swap by Megan Shull

When seventh-grader Ellie, who is having best-friend problems, and eighth-grader Jack, who is under tremendous pressure from his father, switch bodies and lives, they learn a great deal about themselves and the opposite sex.

The Canton Seniors Book Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the every month (except December) from 2:00-3:00 PM in Group Study Room A.  Librarians Elaine Skrzynski and Joyce Simowski alternately lead the discussion. No registration required.

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The sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Also available in: audiobook

The Sparrow is a novel about a remarkable man, a living saint, a life-long celibate and Jesuit priest, who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience--the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life--begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

More Diary of a Wimpy Kid Read-alikes

Do you like Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series but have read all the books ?  Try some of the suggestions below for fun stories with crazy antics and creative kid characters.

The strange case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger

The terrible two by Mac Barnett, Jory John ; illustrated by Kevin Cornell

Kate the great: except when she's not by Suzy Becker

The phantom bully by New York times bestselling author Jeffrey Brown

Gossip from the girls' room: a Blogtastic! novel by Rose Cooper

Picture Books for the First Day of School

Does your child have the back-to-school blues? Check out one of these great picture books to help them change that worry into excitement!

Chu's first day of school by written by Neil Gaiman & illustrated by Adam Rex


First day, hooray! by Nancy Poydar


Oliver and his alligator by Paul Schmid


Dad's first day by Mike Wohnoutka

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