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Best Librarian Recommended English Books for Children. Ideal for ESL, Preschool, Secondary and High School Students (and parents at home!)

Best Librarian Recommended English Books for Children. Ideal for ESL, Preschool, Secondary and High School Students (and parents at home!)

April 2020 update: Parents, welcome. There has never been a better time to pick up a book! You may browse by school age, setting, and book type in the sidebar. All books here are recommended by a group of 60+ International School Librarians in Japan for the annual Sakura Medal Book Award.

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Penguin by Polly Dunbar
When Ben rips open his present, he finds a penguin inside. "Hello, Penguin!" he says. "What shall we play?" But Penguin says nothing. Even when Ben tickles its belly, does a dizzy dance, and sticks out his tongue, Penguin makes no response. What will it take for Penguin to say something — or for Ben to understand what Penguin has to say? Spare illustrations bring whimsy to this offbeat tale, in which a little boy gets his heart’s desire.
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The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Summary: The tale of Kvothe, from his childhood in a troupe of travelling players, to years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-riddled city, to his daring and successful bid to enter a dangerous school of magic. Kvothe becomes a notorious magician, an accomplished thief, a masterful musician, and an infamous assassin.
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Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin

Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin
Summary: In this novel death is a beginning, a new start. Liz is killed in a hit-and-run accident and her 'life' takes a very unexpected turn. At nearly sixteen she knows she will never get married, never have children, and perhaps never fall in love. But in Elsewhere all things carry on almost as they did on earth except that the inhabitants get younger, dogs and humans can communicate (at last), new relationships are formed and old ones, sadly interrupted on earth, are renewed.
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Award winning English childrens books

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The Sakura Medal Schools Book Award Japan
Preschool English story books
relating to the time before a child is old enough to go to school.
Graphic Novels
a novel in comic-strip format.
synonyms: comic, comic book, cartoon; manga
Picture books
a book containing many illustrations, especially one for children.
High School Books
For high school students
Sakura Medal Books
About the Sakura Medal
Chapter Books
A story book intended for intermediate readers, generally age 7-10
Early Reader
The first books that children will be able to read independently.
Jolly Phonics
The very best texts available to help students learn to read and write.
Jolly Phonics website
Jolly Phonics And The UK National Curriculum
Parent/Teacher Guide. English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Ukrainian versions.
Free Parent & Teacher Resources
Setting
International School students are very often interested in where the story is located. If it plays a key role in the story and is mentioned in the blurb then it has been tagged
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