Fulcrum’s Favorite Kids’ Books

It’s finally summer in Colorado. School’s out, library summer reading programs are in full swing, and with temperatures climbing into the 90s it’s the perfect time to consider finding a new page-turner to keep your kid content and in the shade. Our staff members have taken a look at the bookshelves in order to recommend the Fulcrum children’s book they love most.

In Search of the Perfect Pumpkin by Gloria Evangelista

Recommended by Carolyn Sobczak

I love this book! It combines a story, pumpkin fun facts, and a recipe for the perfect pumpkin pie. It’s a great book for fall without being too Halloweeny.

Alphabet Kingdom by Lauren A. Parent

Recommended by Katie O’Neill

I’m a big fan of kids’ books in general, but I’ve given Alphabet Kingdom to several of my young relatives because I think this is one of the exceptional ones. It’s a beautiful introduction to the world of words (alphabetically) and is so much fun to peruse, looking at all the nooks and crannies of Mo  McGee’s illustrations. How can you not love “Emily the elegant elephant eagerly elopes” with a wedding chapel and tiara-clad feminine elephant? Wonderful.

Sand to Stone: and Back Again by Nancy Bo Flood

Recommended by Ingrid Estell

Hoodoos. Goblins. Frozen ribbons of colored sand. Magical and very real, Sand to Stone is a great introduction to the sandstone beauty of the American Southwest. The wonderful photographs and engaging text are sure to entice children and their families to explore the amazing geology around them.

Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids by Candace Hardesty

Recommended by Haley Berry

This is a clever, fun little book that teaches kids about gardening—and that food doesn’t just magically come from the grocery store. I’m a sucker for the neat little illustrations and diagrams. I wonder if I could grow my own cupcakes…

Rachel Carson: Preserving a Sense of Wonder by Joseph Bruchac, illustrated by Thomas Locker

Recommended by Sam Scinta

This combination of Bruchac’s poetic text and Locker’s beautiful artwork is a great way for kids to learn about an American hero. Both a pleasure to read and a wonderful learning experience.

Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection edited by Matt Dembicki

Recommended by Dani Perea

My favorite children’s book is Trickster. It’s an anthology of twenty-one Native American trickster tales told by Native American storytellers and illustrated in comic book format. The short chapters make for great read-aloud story time, and I love the slapstick humor and mischief in each tale.


About fulcrumpublishing
Founded in 1984, Fulcrum Publishing is one of the largest independent publishers in the country, with more than 450 active titles. The company maintains a high standard of quality and pride in its books, with the objective of encouraging readers to live life to the fullest and learn something new each day. Fulcrum Publishing specializes in general-interest nonfiction titles with focuses in public policy, education, Native American culture and history, travel and outdoor recreation, environmentalism, and gardening. Fulcrum is headquartered in Golden, Colorado. The Fulcrum Publishing blog is run and updated by Dani Perea. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions, comments, or ideas by e-mailing her at Dani[at]fulcrumbooks[dot com].

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