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To introduce great literature to children, is a noble gesture. Imagination grows and language develops through books.

The American Library Association gives good choices for all types of books to read. However, information about the Library Association's suggestions for children's books are discussed here.

Reading to children 4 to 8 years old the story of : A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip Stead will delight the reader and the child. Amos is a zookeeper. Each day he tends to the needs of an elephant, tortoise, rhino, and owl. Besides feeding these animals and keeping them tidy, he plays chess with the elephant, runs races with the tortoise, blows the rhino's nose, and tell stories to the owl at dusk.

One day Amos is sick. He cannot go to work. His group of animals worry about him. The elephant leads all the animals to the bus station. They have decided to visit Amos. They've found out that a bus pulls up in front of Amos's home. The animals jump on the bus. When they knock on the zookeeper's door, he is full of surprise,but joyful as well. The animals help Amos with the activities of daily life. Amos then reads a story. The animals rejoice. After the story everyone takes a nap.

This is a very gentle story. It speaks about the need for all of us to look after each other.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night: We are introduced to a moth, a snail, a baby porcupine, a cricket and an owl. Their nightly activities are told in poetry form. The author explains that these creatures only are visible at night. The snail adds a layer to his shell every night. The legs of the crickets produce a chirp. The baby porcupine, called a porcupette, has many adventures. A lot of the science of these creatures is talked about.

Children 7 years and over, will enjoy this book by Joyce Sidman. The book describes in amusing verse, based on science ,the wonders of night creatures.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, takes place in 1918 in Manifest, Kansas. Abilene Tucker is a girl without a home. She lives on railroad trains. It is just before World War 1. The Great Depression is 11 years away. The story is full of mystery. The characters are strong and real. Abilene faces many challenges as she tries to better her life. Young people between 10 and 14, will see how this girl faces adversity at a very difficult time in history.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, takes place in 1841. Manjiro ,age 14 ,works on a small Japanese boat with 4 other men. Due to a terrible storm at sea, the men must find shelter. They find a deserted island. They are unable to leave the island for 6 months. They are afraid they will be found by the Japanese Navy. The government has forbidden all Japanese citizens from leaving the country. The island the men are on, is outside of the mainland of Japan.

This book describes how we must often deal with circumstances beyond our control. The book shows how all of us must develop critical thinking skills. It is good for junior high school students.

A bonanza of great reading material awaits the children in your life. Adults you'll enjoy reading the books as well.


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Thank you for introducing me to these books Mary. There are so many wonderful books to read. Best wishes. Marilyn

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