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Dear Friends,
Back to school! Yeah! Here are some starters to help get back the reading habit, in case it waned during the summer! A fun adventure, somewhat medieval, but mostly made up, is Have Sword, Will Travel, with a nice duo of male and female main protagonists, equally matched. Similarly, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, has kids of both genders playing heroic roles to save the game.

A more serious, thoughtful, challenging book, which addresses autism, foster care, and racially-mixed families is Scarlet Ibis. While it is not for everyone, it is a compelling story, especially for children who love birds.

Finally, not to leave out the little ones, here is a sweet read-aloud, or fine for independent readers 5 and up: Little Cat's Luck. 

Enjoy the books with your children. Read together!

Laura Duggan

 

Have Sword, Will Travel

Published: 2017
Theme: Knights
Best for: 9 and up

“They may be young, but Sir Odo found me and awoke me. The mighty quest is his,” said Biter the sword. “By the same token, your daughter is small but seems valiant and my knight must have a squire.” 

A great fantasy adventure about two young children and their enchanted sword on a quest… Read more

The Boy Who Saved Baseball

Published:  2003
Theme: Valuing Community, Baseball
Best for: 9 and up


“Tee ball is killing baseball… They’re killing the ability of kids to learn the most important part of the game- to follow a ball with their eyes. And to swing and hit a moving target..” 

This is a lovely children’s book for kids who love their hometown baseball, played on their own local field, worth more than money can buy… Read more ›

Scarlet Ibis

Published: 2014
Theme: Resilience
Best for: 10 and up


“We don’t look much like brother and sister. Sometimes I reckon that might even be part of the problem. Maybe if we looked a little bit like each other, it might help” 

This book is transformative; we start out in despair, and end up in acceptance and love. 
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Little Cat's Luck

Published: 2012
Theme: Genuine Kindness
Best for: Third Grade (8-10)


“When you are expecting the moon, it can be hard to know what to say to a small red squirrel. But still, the little cat gathered herself quickly. She was a polite cat.” 

In this poetic prose children’s book, we see the world through the eyes of a little cat looking for its own nesting place. 
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