November 11–17 is National Book Week in the United States with the theme “Books for all Reasons.” It is a time to salute writers, publishers, bookstores, and libraries everywhere who make books available to us.

Good books can make us think or laugh or cry, and they have power to make us better and happier. From some we learn truth; others thrill or entertain with their adventure or fantasy. And there are still other books that can take us out of our own time and place to explore unknown worlds of the past and the future.

Make it a habit to tuck a book under your arm to read whenever you can.

Here are some enjoyable and imaginative books sure to please boys and girls who make reading an important part of their daily lives:

Picture Books

The Topsy-Turvy Emperor of China, Isaac Bashevis Singer

Bear Circus, William Péne Du Bois

One Fine Day, Nonny Hogrogian

Do You Have the Time, Lydia? Evaline Ness

Hildilid’s Night, Cheli Duran Ryan

Frederick, Leo Lionni

Books for Older Readers

Annie and the Old One, Miska Miles

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O’Brien

A Tree for Peter, Kate Seredy

A Room Made of Windows, Eleanor Cameron

Incident at Hawk’s Hill, Allan W. Eckert

Josh, Ivan Southall

Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt

Journey Outside, Mary G. Steele

A Pocket Full of Seeds, Marilyn Sachs

A Single Light, Maia Wojciechowska

The Whys and Wherefores of Littabelle Lee, Vera and Bill Cleaver

From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg

James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl

Illustrated by Parry Merkley