Holiday Reading

. November 26, 2014.

That long holiday break from school is rapidly approaching, but prime entertainment for kids of all ages awaits at Findlay-Hancock County Public Library.

Cindy Romick, children’s services manager at the library, said their holiday collection has grown rapidly and is always worth checking out. Along with holiday reads, Romick shared some books industry trends and shared suggestions that might just spark a renewed interest in reading this holiday break.

Ages 0-5

Popular at this age: Puzzle and picture books, especially the “Look and Find,” “I Spy” and “Spot It” books, and character books such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Peppa Pig, Dora, Disney, Curious George, Angelina Ballerina, Berenstain Bears, Arthur.

-Recommends author Michael Dahl, writes books about “Bear,” and more. Romick likes, “anything I’ve seen that he writes. He has a great grasp of what is age-appropriate and understandable to kids.”

-Skippy John Jones, both board books and picture books, written by Judy Schachner.

-Otis, (the tractor) books, by Loren Long.

-Books about “Froggy” by Jonathan London.

Kindergarten-3rd grade*

Romick said once kids are independent readers they often enjoy series books.

-Junie B. Jones, series, by Barbara Park.

-Amelia Bedelia, series, by Peggy Parish.

-Scooby Doo, series, various authors.

-Also popular at this age, Star Wars books and books about superheroes.

1st-4th grade*

-Magic Treehouse, series, by Mary Pope Osborne.

-Diary of a Wimpy Kid, series, by Jeff Kinney.

-Captain Underpants, series, by Dav Pilkey.

-The Sisters Grimm, series, by Michael Buckley.

3rd-6th grade

-Percy Jackson, series, by Rick Riordin.

-The Heroes of Olympus, series, by Rick Riordin.

-Harry Potter, series, by J.K. Rowling.


Vampires and the supernatural were the trend, but it has been replaced with fairytale mythology. “In a few years, something new will come along and replace it. It will be interesting to see what it will be,” Romick said.

-The Lunar Chronicles, series, by Marissa Meyer.

*Everyone develops their reading skills at their own pace. These are rough age guidelines for the suggested books.