Clare Landrigan’s Favorite Books

Books create space for caregivers to invite children into a topic that may be challenging for them to articulate their feelings about and discuss. Books naturally scaffold and differentiate when we read with our kids, let them take the lead in conversations, and give them options for response like art, building, movement, discussion, and quietude. Here are some topics caregivers often request titles for and some texts I recommend to broaden the perspective on the topic so young readers can find mulitple connections and points of entry for response:



Brave Molly by Brooke Boynton-Hughes


Punky Aloha by Shar Tuiasoa


I Am Okay to Feel by Karamo Brown


Wallpaper by Thao Lam


Truman by Jean Reidy





Picture Book Biography Collections

Learning about people who impact our world is compelling and empowering. The more people we encounter as we read, the more possibilities we see for how we can use our strengths to change the world. These picture books are collections of people who are history makers.  Each text is organized around a theme, topic, time in history or character trait.  It is important for young readers to read nonfiction literature within and beyond the content area curriculum. Students need to have choice in their nonfiction reading to nurture their curiosity and passions.  These texts are perfect for independent reading, partner reading, read-aloud, and book clubs!


A is for Aretha by Leslie Kwan


Nice Jewish Girls by Julie Merberg

Clare Landrigan spent years serving as an educator and administrator in elementary public schools and is now a consultant partnering with school systems to implement best practices in the field of literacy. Clare is the coauthor of It’s All About the Books: How to Create Bookrooms and Classroom Libraries That Inspire Readers and Assessment in Perspective. She is on the board of The Book Love Foundation and leads the Book Love Summer Book Club. Clare blogs about books and the art of teaching on her website and is co-authoring a book, The Possibilities of Poetry, with Aeriale Johnson in Fall 2024 (Stenhouse).