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When checking my email, I saw a post from a listserve member asking fellow librarians to recommend their favorite books. As I mentally went through the titles I would include, it dawned on me that such a list would be very long, indeed. (It’s not that I like everything I read; far from it.) Limiting by age group, dates of publication, or other such criteria may shorten the list, but omit some quality books. So I took a deep breath, chose a few favorites of the favorites, and sent them along. Before I change my mind, here they are:
After Ben and his parents move across Canada to their new home in Victoria, the thirteen-year-old awaits his mother’s arrival with a new baby. However, the infant is not a human, but a chimpanzee, and the subject of a study in animal intelligence. Can Ben treat the little primate like a member of the family–and what will happen when the “experiment” is over?
Ida Mae loves to fly. But she is Black and a woman, realities which make it almost impossible to follow her dream in 1941 Louisiana. But then America enters World War II, the Army forms the Women Airforce Service Pilots, and Ida Mae sees her chance to take to the skies: but at the cost of denying her background.
When a caterpillar eats a hole in a leaf that was sheltering a young bird from the rain, her action is the beginning of a marvelous friendship. Farfallina and Marcel play together daily. However, one day, the caterpillar is too tired to do anything, and climbs a tree to rest. Marcel faithfully waits for her to return, but Farfallina does not reappear. Will the friends see each other again?
When Mom brings home a stray cat, Dad refuses to allow it to stay–until he is convinced that the hapless pussy needs shelter and will be gone the next day. Needless to say, the kitty becomes a member of the household. This scene repeats itself again and again, with Dad’s strong, hilariously illustrated, protests each time, and with the same results. The ending is a delight.
The beloved old king is at the end of his life. But before he will allow the haughty Prince Raphael to wear the crown, his son must find a wife who is his equal in intelligence, beauty, and wealth. Where will the proud Raphael find a princess who matches him in all these areas? Magnificent illustrations add charm to a beautiful, timeless story.
Flory is a young night fairy. She lives a carefree and happy existence until an encounter with a bat severely damages her wings. Unable to fly and too young to utter a spell to repair them, Flory finds shelter, new friends, and help from an unexpected source. The plucky heroine will fly right into the hearts of readers of all ages.
Melody is a genius, but only a few people know it. That’s because she has cerebral palsy, and cannot speak or control most of her body. Melody’s world begins to open up when her special education class is mainstreamed for part of the school day, and she discovers that there is a computer that can “talk” for her. However, the fifth-grader’s struggles are only beginning…
Georgie is a bright, talented fourth-grader. However, he can’t do a lot of things other people can do, because he is a dwarf. Georgie’s world becomes more complicated by a number of events. First, his mother is expecting a new baby–one who will quickly outgrow Georgie. Second, he’s paired for a school assignment with Jeanie the Meanie, a classmate who lives up to her nickname. Then, somebody got him chosen to play Abraham Lincoln in a school play. How can the shortest kid in his class portray someone as tall as Lincoln?