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:
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