A medal for parenting

Honoring the “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children,” Newbery winners are some of the best chapter books available. A New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor winner, and the a medal for parenting for a popular film! There’s only one thing Jess Aarons is looking forward to in fifth grade, and that’s being the fastest kid in school.

He hasn’t had much else to do, since his mom spends all her time with his four sisters and his dad is always working. Caleb and Anna have been living without a mother for a long time. In fact, Caleb doesn’t even remember Mama, who died a day after he was born. Anna tells him that Papa and Mama sang every day, and now Papa doesn’t sing at all. Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light.

Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle’s mother has disappeared. While tracing her steps on a car trip from Ohio to Idaho with her grandparents, Salamanca tells a story to pass the time about a friend named Phoebe Winterbottom whose mother vanished and who received secret messages after her disappearance. A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worships courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn’t a coward. Praise for Call It Courage” This author writes with imagination and integrity. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Bored with her life, twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid is ready for a big change. In fact, she wants to run away from home.

So an old-fashioned, knapsack kind of running away is out of the question. The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: ‘Manifest — A Town with a Rich Past and a Bright Future’. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy.

He would be “completely” normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. That’s how Katie Takeshima’s sister, Lynn, makes everything seem. The sky is kira-kira because its color is deep but see-through at the same time. The sea is kira-kira for the same reason. Each summer Joey and his sister, Mary Alice two city slickers from Chicago visit Grandma Dowdel’s seemingly sleepy Illinois town.