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  Walk Two Moons (Paperback) 

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Emotions and Feelings

"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech is a moving realistic fiction story for young adults. Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal award winner tells a story within a story that deals with themes of love, loss and family. The main character, 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, travels from Euclid, Ohio to Lewiston, Idaho with her eccentric grandparents to visit her missing mother. Along the way, Sal tells them the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe is a girl of wild imagination. She finds mysterious messages such as "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins" on her family's doorsteps. Phoebe's mother leaves her family unexpectedly but eventually returns; Sal has to deal with painful life changes and come to terms with her own loss. The characters in "Walk Two Moons" are interesting and well developed, from the protagonist with her complex emotions and feelings to the wacky and loving grandparents. "Walk Two Moons" is a good book for teens in 8th grade and up.

  Anne of Green Gables (Hardcover) 

Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables Series #1)

Lucy Maud Montgomery (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Friendship

"Anne of Green Gables" is a beloved children's classic book by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery, also known as L.M. Montgomery. Main character Anne of Green Gables is a spirited red-haired girl with boundless imagination and love of life. Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a brother and sister, own a Prince Edward Island farm house called Green Gables. Orphan girl Anne Shirley is sent to them by mistake, but Anne goes on to win the heart and love of her adopted family. The friendship between Anne and her best friend Diana Barry is also charmingly portrayed. "Anne of Green Gables" is one of the best children's books ever written. Children in 5th grade through 10th grade will enjoy this moving story and sympathize with the ups and downs in Anne's life.

  Kira-Kira (Hardcover) 

Kira-Kira (Newbery Medal Book)

Cynthia Kadohata (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural

"Kira-Kira" by Cynthia Kadohata is a beautifully written fiction novel for young adults. The 2005 Newbery Medal winner tells a moving story from the point of view of Katie, a Japanese American girl, whose family moves to Georgia in the late 1950s. Kira-Kira means glittering in Japanese. Katie loves her elder sister, Lynn. It is Lynn who teaches her to appreciate "Kira-Kira" in daily life. When Lynn falls ill with lymphoma, the family has to struggle like never before. Their parents work extremely long hours in bad working conditions to pay for Lynn's medical bills and their house. But the love and bond between the family members help them through it all. "Kira-Kira" appeals to teens in 8th grade and up. Girls will especially empathize with the main characters of this award-winning book.

  I Like It When . . . (Board Books) 

I Like It When . . .

Mary Murphy (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"I Like It When . . ." by Mary Murphy is a story about love and sharing between family members. In simple warm words, a little penguin talks about the things he likes to do with a loving adult penguin, from holding hands to eating new things, playing peek-a-boo and kissing good night. Mary Murphy's illustrations are simple, bold and uncluttered. "I Like It When . . ." is a good picture book for babies and toddlers.

  The Runaway Bunny (Board Books) 

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a favorite classic children's book about a mother's unconditional love for her child. A little bunny tells mother bunny about imaginative ways to run away. Mother bunny comes up with equally imaginative ways to follow him. This comforting picture book appeals to preschoolers and holds interest of toddlers and kindergartners as well.

  Counting Kisses (Board Books) 

Counting Kisses : A Kiss & Read Book

Karen Katz (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Family, Counting and Number

"Counting Kisses" by Karen Katz is another favorite children's book for babies and toddlers. A new baby receives love and kisses from all members of his family. This endearing picture book by Karen Katz is great for babies and toddlers with its simple text, bold colors and eye-catching patterns. "Counting Kisses" could be your toddler's first counting book. It is a sweet bedtime story for babies.

  Guess How Much I Love You (Board Books) 

Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

In "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare and a father rabbit named Big Nutbrown Hare express their love for each other in playful banter. "Guess How Much I Love You" is a heartwarming bedtime story to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sweet story about family love will delight children and parents alike. It is one of our favorite picture books.

  More More More, Said the Baby (Board Books) 

More More More, Said the Baby

Vera B. Williams (Board Books)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Family, Multicultural

"More More More, Said the Baby" by Vera B. Williams features multicultural toddlers and their parents or grandparents and shows the unfettered love between the family members. In three short stories, loving parents or grandparents play with and care for adorable toddlers. With bright pictures and colorful illustrations, this Caldecott Honor book will catch the attention of babies and toddlers.