Kid Recommended, Family Approved
Tales of Sasha: The Big Secret (book #1) by Alexa Pearl
This is a really fun series about a young horse who discovers a magical secret about herself in the first book. In each of the following books she goes on adventures with a fun cast of very different friends from plant pixies to flying horses to a nosy toucan. We loved every book in this series!
Hilda and the Hidden People by Stephen Davies
Hilda is a young girl who lives in a valley filled with magical creatures like trolls, elves and giants. She gets pulled into an adventure when she discovers her house, that she thought was just surrounded by meadow, is actually surrounded by invisible elves who want her and her mom to leave the valley. Along with her fox deer friend Twig she must face the elf king and in doing so create peace in her beloved valley. The illustrations are super fun and this is a great read-aloud for the whole family!
The Barnabus Project by The Fan Brothers
Beautifully illustrated and a wildly imaginative story, Barnabus is a science project gone wrong. Join him and the other "failed" projects on an adventure as they escape the underground lab where they are being held captive. There is so much detail in all of the illustrations that we loved just looking at them and discovering all there was to see.
Escape Goat by Ann Patchett
This is a story of a silly goat who really prefers to be free from his pen rolling in the grass and eating flowers. When he escapes he doesn't go far and never causes trouble except for all of the things the silly humans try to blame him for. When mom's garden gets trampled by her sons playing ball they blame the goat and so each time he gets out he is blamed for something else until finally everyone admits to their mistakes. Illustrated by the artist who brought us Fancy Nancy this is a whimsical tale to explain what it means to blame a (e)scapegoat.