One of the most common questions we get asked in the Children’s section of the library is, “My child likes ______ (insert favorite book here). Is there another book like this that you could recommend?” We LOVE to show you some of our favorite books when you’re here, but if you are looking for a book recommendation at home you may want to start with a wonderful service that the library offers through its website – NoveList.
Visit our website at ofpl.info/kids and scroll down to the Kid’s Resources. When you choose NoveList it will take you to a page where you can browse for books by age, reading level, genre, award winners, favorites, and more! When you select a specific book it will give you a short description, age level, reading level, reviews, AR points, and you can even click on Check the Library Catalog to find out if the book is in the library system. Along the side, it has a list of “Read-Alikes” to help readers find similar books.
Here are some Read-Alikes that you might want to check out.
One of my ALL TIME FAVORITE picture books is The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. I know that it says it has no pictures, but according to the text, the reader has to read every word no matter how silly. That is the rule. When I typed this book into NoveList it said to read There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher. This is a wonderfully interactive book as well. Throughout the story the reader is asked to blow on the book, shake the book, and turn it upside-down, all to help the alien. These books are sure to bring lots of smiles and giggles.
Owl Diaries is a favorite series for early readers. They are sweet stories of friendship written in a journal form with beautiful pictures on each page. The easy text and engaging story line helps build confidence in readers. The Dragon Series by Dav Pilkey follows a lonely dragon who becomes a hero by helping his friends. The bright illustrations, humor, and simple story keeps readers engaged until the very last page.
Magic Tree House books by Mary Pope Osborne have been delighting readers with adventurous tales for many years. Kids are learning about science and history while following the escapades of Jack and his little sister Annie. The A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy have also been a favorite for a long time. Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose follow a series of clues to answer questions that spring up in their small town of Green Lawn. Solving mysteries is a great way to develop critical thinking skills in children.
It feels like every day during our Summer Reading Program someone would come in looking for the Dog Man books by Dav Pilkey. Graphic novels are extremely popular and Pilkey’s signature …um how should I put it … gross potty humor makes this series a favorite with middle grade kids. The humor in Investi-Gators is not quite as crude, but the laughs will keep coming as readers follow the hilarious investigative techniques of Mango and Brash.
Another popular series during our Summer Reading Program was the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland. The books follow five young dragons who are destined to stop a war that has been raging in their land for ages. The Erth Dragons series by Chris D’Lacey is an inspirational and exciting look at what it could have been like if dragons and early humans interacted. For lovers of fantasy tales and dragon lore these books are a must!
Like many before me, I got to the end of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling and wanted more. I was not ready to leave the world of wizards and magic and Hogwarts. The Supernatural Investigation series will transport readers to another completely imaginary yet totally believable world. The first book Amari and the Night Brothers introduces readers to Amari, who has just been accepted to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. In her effort to find her missing brother she discovers power and self-confidence that she never knew she had. The second book comes out in April of 2022. I think I will put it on hold as soon as it’s available.