Featured books by Emily Jenkins

Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Emily Jenkins

Five Creatures

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Tomek Bogacki
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A lighthearted look at a family from different viewpoints. The five members of the household, both human and feline, share many traits with one another while maintaining their individuality. The narrator (and only child in the group) sorts the five by their various commonalities from hair color to leisure activities to food preferences. "Three who like to hide in boxes./Four who have a knack with yarn."

Invisible Inkling

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Harry Bliss
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The thing about Hank's new friend Inkling is, he's invisible. No, not imaginary. Inkling is an invisible bandapat, a creature native to the Peruvian Woods of Mystery. Now Inkling has found his way into Hank's apartment on his quest for squash, a bandapat favorite. But Hank has bigger problems than helping Inkling fend off maniac doggies and searching for pumpkins: Bruno Gillicut is a lunch-stealing, dirtbug caveperson and he's got to be stopped. And who better to help stand up to a bully than an invisible friend?

Lemonade in Winter

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

An entrepreneurial sister and her brother decide to make and sell lemonade on a snowy winter day. It's a chance for Pauline to help John-John learn about money, have a bit of fun, and meet some neighbors. Playful language and quirky illustrations turn a dull day into an adventure.

Skunkdog

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Pierre Pratt
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction

Dumpling, an enthusiastic dog with a poor sense of smell, enjoys her life with the Frisbees. With a useless sniffer, she has no dog pals and befriends a small black animal with a wide white stripe down its back. Eventually, the dog's family learns to keep tomato juice handy in this satisfying family story.

Toys Go Out

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

In this peek into the secret lives of toys, three beloved playthings participate in a series of small adventures. StingRay is a plush stuffed animal who enjoys acting the know-it-all. Lumphy is a tough little buffalo who doesnt mind the occasional cuddle. And Plastic (whose physical appearance is kept mysterious for quite some time) is a sensible bouncy ball. The first book in the Toys trilogy.

Toys Meet Snow

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Paul O. Zelinsky
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Two plush toys, Stingray and a buffalo named Lumphy, and Plastic, a red ball, want to play in the snow. And so they do! Lush illustrations and rich language come together in the toys’ first picture book adventure. (The characters were first introduced in longer novels; all are ideal as read-alouds for younger children.)

Upside-Down Magic

By: Emily Jenkins, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy

Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. This is the first book in an offbeat series about a group of misfits who set out to prove that life on the other side of ordinary has its charms.

Water in the Park

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Stephanie Graegin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader
Genre: Nonfiction

From the first orange glow on the water in the pond, to the last humans and animals running home from an evening rain shower, here is a day-in-the-life of a city park, and the playground within it. A rhythmic text and sweet, accessible images will immerse parents, toddlers, and young children in the summer season and the community within a park.

What Happens on Wednesdays

By: Emily Jenkins
Illustrated by: Lauren Castillo
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A preschooler marks the progress of her day, not by the clock but by what happens after lunch, after nap, after swimming, after the library, and after Daddy comes home. She doesn't map her neighborhood by street signs, either. Her morning walk to see dogs in the park takes her past the cat outside the deli, past her friend Errolyn's building, and the daycare where she used to go when she was little, and down the block to the bagel store. The sounds, tastes, smells, and sights of a multiethnic Brooklyn neighborhood, as seen through a child's eyes are captured through the text and illustrations.

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