Published: 2013
Theme: Reconciliation
Best for: 9 and up

“And she felt it. Her father’s heart, beating there inside of him. It felt very certain, very strong, and very large. Just like Dr. Meescham had said: Capacious….The three of them traveled the rest of the way home in a strange and peaceful silence.” Once again, the award-winning Kate DiCamillo has captured well-deserved recognition (2014 Newbery Award) with a new children’s book that goes straight to the heart of both adult and children readers…

Published: 2010
Theme: Friendship
Best for: 5 – 8

“Bink,”said Gollie, “the brightness of those socks pains me. I beg you not to purchase them.” “I love socks,” said Bink. “Some socks are more lovable than others,” said Gollie.” This quirky and fun book is a perfect easy reader. It moves fast, has funny lines, and great pictures…

Published: 2000
Theme: Kindness
Best for: Ages 6-11

“You got to remember, you can’t always judge people by the things they done. You got to judge them by what they are doing now.” Part of what I love about this children’s book is the simplicity of the writing and the story line. That makes it perfect for early readers…

Published 2003
Theme: Courage to Love
Best for: 9 and up

“Stories are light. Light is precious in a world so dark. Begin at the beginning. Tell Gregory a story. Make some light.” A story that doesn’t shy away from the dark, but brings the beauty of light into the world…