Specific Book Recommendations for You! – Part 2

October 24, 2021

This is part 2 of our three-part Specific Book Recommendations posts! I asked you for your specific book requests and now I’m sharing recommendations tailored just to you and your children’s needs! Remember to add your own recommendations to these requests below in the comments!

Stay tuned for part three coming soon!

Books connected to Minecraft:

Minecraft: The Island (chapter book series)

Minecraft: Wither Without You (graphic novel series)

Books about Dragons – all age levels:


Saint George and the Dragon

The Knight and the Dragon

My Father’s Dragon

Middle Grade:


The Tea Dragon Society (graphic novel)

Rise of the Dragon Moon

Young Adult:




Fantasy adventure books with a Female Protagonist:

Middle Grade:

Ella Enchanted

A Wrinkle in Time

The Wee Free Men

Young Adult:

Howl’s Moving Castle


Alanna: The First Adventure

Older Middle-Grade selections for a kid too young for YA:

Hurricane Child

Dragon Pearl

Genesis Begins Again

Fighting Words

Fairies, and Myths:


The Complete Book of Flower Fairies

Lon Po Po


Why Mosquitos Buzz in Peoples Ears


The Night Fairy

When You Trap a Tiger

Race to the Sun

Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer

Young Adult:


Shadow of the Fox

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

An Enchantment of Ravens

The Cruel Prince

Mermaid Stories:


The Sea Tiger

The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World

The Mermaid


Bayou Magic

Hazel Bly and the Deep Blue Sea

The Magic Fish (graphic novel)

Young Adult:

Waterfire Saga: Deep Blue

In Other Lands

A Song Below Water

Middle-Grade Mysteries:


Book Scavenger

Me, Frida, and the Secret of the Peacock Ring

Chasing Vermeer

The Art of the Swap

Black Witches:


Ghost Squad

Akata Witch


Young Adult:


The Black God’s Drums

The Year of the Witching

Books in Verse:


Under a Broken Sky

Land of the Cranes

Young Adult:


White Rose

Latino Americano Fantasy/Magical Realism, Brjeria:


Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble

Rise of the Halfling King series (graphic novels)

The Way to Rio Luna

Paola Santiago and the River of Tears

Young Adult:

Cemetery Boys

Signal to Noise

Dark and Deepest Red


Middle-Grade Fiction set in Spain or Portugal:

All You Knead is Love

The Prince of Mist

Shadow of a Bull

Middle-Grade fiction set in the Mediterranean (Not in Ancient times):

Hero on a Bicycle (Italy)

The Wishing Bones (Venice)

War Games (Greece)

The Undrowned Child (Venice)


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Emily Cook is the author and creator of the secular homeschool curriculum Build Your Library, a literature-based K-12 program infused with the teachings of Charlotte Mason. She writes full-year lesson plans as well as shorter topical unit studies. Emily has been homeschooling her four children in Southern NH for 21 years. She is passionate about reading aloud to children of all ages and loves to share her love of literature with others. She and her family also make incredibly dorky videos about homeschooling, books, and more on Youtube at ARRRGH! Schooling. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can also check out her author page on Amazon.

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