Great Books for Children

Mother and Children Reading by Arthur Boyd Houghton 1860We think books make the very best gifts for kids (ages one to 92). So, we asked expert Shelley Lowe, Literacy Connexus board member and owner of Monkey and Dog Books in Fort Worth, how to excite the young readers on our lists.

Here is Shelley’s list of absolute treasures:

Ages 2-3
Hooray for Hat!       Brain Won
Press Here                 Hervehell Tuillet
Bark, George            Jules Feiffer

Ages 4-6
Miss Twiggly’s Tree        Dorothea Warren Fox
Tops and Bottoms           Janet Stevens
I don’t Like Koala!           Sean Ferrell

Early Readers
Frog and Toad Series        Arnold Lobel
The Big Honey Hunt          Stan and Jan Berenstain
Mercy Watson Series         Kate diCamillo
James to the Rescue           Elise Broach

Middle Reader Series (ages 8-10)
Ivy and Bean Series               Annie Barrow & Sophie Blackwell
Little House on the Prairie Series   Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Doll People Series            Ann Martin
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle Books     Betty McDonald
The One and Only Ivan          Katherine Applegate
The Penderwicks Series          Jeanne Birdsall

Older Reader (ages 10-12)
The False Prince                     Jennifer Nielsen
The Island of Dr. Libris        Chris Grabenstein
Under the Egg                        Laura Marx Fitzgerald
The CandyMakers                 Wendy Mass
Wonder                                    R.J. Palacio
Alabama Moon                      Watt Key

Monkey and Dog Books
3637 West Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, TX  76107
Mon. – Fri.  10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat.  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Insight from ISAAC

Greetings to our friends of Literacy Connexus from the Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC)!  We are grateful for our partnership and for the many opportunities the Lord provides to us in order to serve our communities.

You may have heard in the news about people from Syria fleeing their country due to violence, war and terror, as well as the debate in both Europe and our nation about whether we should accept any of them as refugees into our country.

Keep in mind that our Lord and Savior was once a refugee!  No sooner had Jesus arrived on our planet than an evil king by the name of Herod, who feared him as a threat to his power, was trying to get him killed.  His parents had to flee to Egypt with baby Jesus in order to protect him.

The ISAAC Project is a ministry of Texas Baptists that focuses on equipping churches and non-profit organizations to love and care for the immigrant community. We provide unbiased immigration information from a Christian perspective. Through its relationships with other literacy organizations, ISAAC can help your church find the training and resources it needs to set up an ESL, citizenship or other literacy ministries.

ISAAC also offers quality legal counseling and services at an affordable price to the immigrant community in San Antonio, Texas. We provide training to church representatives and non-profit staff in order to prepare them for recognition and accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals, should their goal be to bless their immigrant communities by providing these legal services.

Jesús Romero || Director
Immigration Service and Aid Center (ISAAC)
8019 S Pan Am Expressway
San Antonio, TX 78224
(O) 210.924.4338 x347
(C) 210.633.6257