The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park
Any child who has had to adjust to moving to a new school will immediately identify with Howard Jetter. In this humorous tale about the awkwardness of making new friendships, you can’t help but fall in love with six year old Molly Vera Thompson. Between the funny dialogs, Howard realizes the true meaning of friendship.
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin
J. J. is a retired search and rescue dog. After years of risk his life rescuing lost humans, he can now enjoy a quiet life on the farm. Or can he? There is a mysterious disappearance on the farm and J.J. is on the trail! Can he find the missing chicks before they turn into nuggets? You’ll have to read to find out!
Tom by Tomie dePaola
Tommy’s beloved grandfather ran a butcher shop. One day he gave Tommy some chicken feet in a brown sack. He told him if he planted it into the ground, after three weeks it would turn into a chicken bush.
This story is full of shenanigans based upon the life of popular children’s author Tomie dePaola. It is easy to see where Tomie got his sense of humor!
Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier
Based on a true story, a poor African girl receives the gift of a goat. However, to young Beatrice, the goat seems like one more responsibility. More than anything else, she wants to attend school. One day, Beatrice realizes that her goat is a blessing; not only to her, but also to others in her village. This story helps children learn about another part of the world where going to school isn’t taken for granted. And the generosity of strangers can make a difference in the lives of others.