The Boy and the Spell. Pumpkin House Ltd., 2007. ISBN 0978-0-9646010-4-8.
Adapted from a Ravel novel and Colette libretto, this picture book makes a fun read aloud. It’s about a boy learning to respect his animal friends and his belongings.
Bungalow Fungalow. Clarion Books, 1991.
About a boy’s week-long visit to his grandparents’ beach house.
The Carpet Boy’s Gift. Tilbury House Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0-88448-24-0.
Notable Book from CBC/NCSS. Set in Pakistan, it’s about a boy who leads his fellow slaves out of a rug factory.
I see Me! HarperFestival, 2000.
About a toddler’s discovering her reflection in various surfaces
Liberty Rising: The Story of the Statue of Liberty. Henry Holt and Co., 2005. ISBN 0―8050-7220-9. Bank Street Book of the Year. The design and construction story make this a great book for math applications in the classroom.
New Moon. Boyds Mills Press, 2000. ISBN 1-56397-922-5.
No, it’s not about vampires! It’s a gentle free-verse story about a big brother sharing the moon with his toddler sister. Winner of the Paterson Prize for Poetry and chosen as a Bank Street Book of the Year.
Noah Webster: Weaver of Words. Calkins Creek Books, 2009. ISBN 978-1-59078-441-9
A November, 2009 release, this biography is already a Junior Library Guild selection and Orbis Pictus Honor Book (from NCTE – Top nonfiction).
Patience Wright: America’s First Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy. Henry Holt and Co., 2007. ISBN 0-8050-6770-1.
Booklist Top Ten Arts Books for Kids, Notable Book CBC/NCSS. Female spies, wax sculpting, the Revolution―who needs more?
Tangled Threads. Clarion Books, 2003. ISBN 0-618-330-8477.
Winner of the Connecticut Book Award, NY Public Library Top 100, Bank Street Book of the Year, Notable Awards from Children’s Book Council/National Council for the Social Studies (CBC/NCSS) and International Reading Association (IRA).
Ten Mice for Tet. Chronicle Books, 2003. ISBN 0-8118-3496-4.
Notable Book IRA, CBC/NCSS, Bank Street Book of the Year. Illustration totally embroidered in Vietnam. Back matter goes into depth about this celebration and culture.
The Whispering Cloth. Boyds Mills Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56397-6234.
Notable Book by IRA, NCTE, CBC/NCSS, Cooperative Center for Books for Children (CCBC). Set in a Thai refugee camp, the story features traditional Hmong pa’ndau stitch work.