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Ages 7 to 10


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Hooray for Inventors!

Illustrated by Marcia Williams

Candlewick Press 2005

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Biographies

In a creative, artistic comic book style, Marcia Williams spotlights inventors of the airplane, lightbulb, cosmetics and even the band aid. An index of inventors and inventions appears at the end. This format would fascinate those learning English MORE...


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America My New Home

by Monica Gunning

Illustrated by Ken Condon

Boyds Mills Press 2004

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

These poems bring to light the longing a child has for her Caribbean home and life in Jamaica as well as the excitement of the welcoming new home in America. It is the same theme that Pearl Buck once wrote about in her novel My Several Worlds, Monica Gunning captures the new life of an immigrant in America in an upbeat manner. She writes about the library, the symphony, the Statue of Liberty and the fresh new fallen snow. The chalk illustrations enrich the poems. MORE...


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A Kick in the Head : An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms

by Paul B. Janeczko

Illustrated by Chris Raschka

Candlewick 2005

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Poems and Rhymes

Following their starred book, A Poke in the I, which focused on concrete poems, this special volume explores poetic forms, all 29 of them, one or two poems per spread. This is an incredible resource for your child and especially for writer’s workshop in schools. It can be used as a primer for beginning and budding poets. The parade of creative collage and pen and ink illustrations marches through the pages and accents each poem perfectly. MORE...


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Gooney Bird Is So Absurd

by Lois Lowry

Illustrated by Middy Thomas

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children 2009

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

If you want a good laugh as well as a wonderful story, this book is it. Gooney Bird Greene amuses her second-grade class and Mrs. Pigeon, her teacher, when she wears frilly underpants on her head to warm her brain. Mrs. Pigeon is the kind of teacher everyone should have, who accepts her for her idiosyncrasies and teaches them poetry. It ends with a memorable poem and is my recommended read-aloud for all families. MORE...


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The Life and Times of the Ant

by Charles Micucci

Houghton Mifflin 2003

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Informational Books

All the things you would ever want to know about ants are laid out with intriguing illustrations in this wonderful book, Some of the chapters are: Inside an Ant Hill, Kinds of Ants, The Ant’s Body and even how ants evolved. Informative, stimulating and exciting, this informational book will surely wow your whole family. MORE...


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Amelia's Book of Notes & Note Passing

by Marissa Moss

Illustrated by Marissa Moss

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books 2006

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Great Reads for Teenagers and Young Adults

Kids love this wonderful series which looks like it was written by a fifth grader in a writer’s notebook. It can be read in snippets and also used for ideas on what to put in your own notebooks. MORE...


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The King’s Equal

by Katherine Paterson

Illustrated by Curtis Woodbridge

HarperTrophy 1999

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Books You'll Want to Give as Gifts to Everyone

A young prince, Raphael. hears the words of his dying father, “You will not wear my crown until the day you marry a woman who is equal in beauty, intelligence and wealth.” He has trouble finding such a young woman, until one day, a maiden, Rosamund, is sent to him by a mysterious talking wolf. She dazzles him with her beauty, her intelligence (she recognizes that he is lonely) and yes, her wealth. (She does not want or need anything.) She tells him that he must earn her love. MORE...


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Eleanor, Quiet No More: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt

by Doreen Rappaport

Illustrated by Gary Kelley

Hyperion Books for Children 2009

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Biographies

With fascinating quotes from diaries, Doreen Rappaport in her elegant style writes a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, whose life was a beacon for women everywhere. "We must be able to disagree and to consider new ideas and not be afraid." With important dates, selected research sources, and interesting facts, this biography should be the first introduction to this great lady. MORE...


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Kamishibai Man

by Allen Say

Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books 2005

Ages: 7 to 10

Topic: Life in Other Countries

I have been a long admirer of Allen Say’s art work and his master watercolor illustrations add a special luminous quality to this touching story set in Japan. In Japanese, kami means “paper” and shibai is “theater”. This story tells the importance of the itinerant storytellers who used to travel on bicycles and gather children for shows of their paper theater stories, rewarding them with homemade candies afterwards. This dying art of the kamishibai storytellers is captured in a moving story of a retired man who wants to relive this experience with one last performance. MORE...