The City Library: Library Journal's Library of the Year 2006
Books for Reading Aloud as a Family
Because of Winn-Dixie
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in a new town and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.
Bud, Not Buddy
Ten year old Bud, a motherless boy living in Michigan during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes is his father.
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed, an adolescent white boy (blinded by a blow on the head) and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.
A pig is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be Christmas dinner. His spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
Bittersweet memoir of a migrant worker family leaving Mexico to live in California and pursue a better life.
D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths
Introduces the myths that have built the foundation for much of the world's art and literature.
In this novel based on the Cinderella story, Ella struggles against a childhood curse that forces her to obey orders.
When he decides to turn his teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.
The Great Brain
The exploits of the Great Brain of Adenville, Utah are described by his younger brother, who is frequently the victim of the Great Brain's schemes.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Rescued from the neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. First in a series.
Letters from Rifka
In letters to a cousin, a young Jewish girl chronicles her family's 1919 flight from Russia and her experiences when she is left behind in Belgium.
A Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his annual summer trips to Depression-era rural Illinois to visit a larger-than-life grandmother.
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of evil, child-hating headmistress Miss Trunchbull, and helps her favorite teacher out of trouble.
My Side of the Mountain
Thirteen-year-old Sam leaves his family and crowded New York to live by himself in the Catskills. He must rely on his knowledge of nature and his wits to survive.
Pioneer Girl: Growing Up on the Prairie
History comes alive in this account of one girl's life on the Nebraska frontier.
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of an evil rat and his villainous hordes, a young mouse determines to find a legendary sword that, he is convinced, will help Redwall's inhabitants destroy the enemy. First in a series.
Shipwrecked! The True Adventures of a Japanese Boy
After a terrible shipwreck, Manjiro is rescued by an American whaler ship and becomes the first Japanese person to come to the United States.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the ship has a murderous captain and rebellious crew.
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger share their secret about a magical spring of water.
Where the Red Fern Grows
A young Oklahoma boy uses his own savings to buy two beloved hunting dogs.
Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion
This collection of poems about an unorthodox family get-together brims with visual and verbal fun that appeals to parents and children alike.
You Read to Me, I'll Read to You
A delightful choreography of rhythm, rhyme, and repetition that begs to be read aloud in tandem by children and adults, or by any pair of beginning readers.
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