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Lisa See's Dreams of Joy and Shanghai Girls - both come highly recommended and are being added to my reading list!

Dreams of Joy: Sequel to Shanghai Girls. Better than the first. Not as good as Snow Flower and the Secret Fan or Peony in Love.

5 (More) Children’s Books for Grown-Ups | Brain Pickings

5 (More) Children’s Books for Grown-Ups

Just my luck by Cannie McGovern. Since entering fourth grade, Benny Barrows worries that he will never be good at anything, that he is responsible for an accident that sent his father to the hospital, and that his attempts at winning a school contest will never be noticed.

Critically acclaimed author Cammie McGovern's middle grade debut is a powerful and heartwarming story that will appeal to readers who loved R.

The One and Only Ivan-Harper Collins web site includes links to extras, such as a teaching guide aligned with Common Core

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.

Smoky, the cowhorse / by Will James. Newbery Medal Winner, 1927.

Winner of the 1927 Newbery Medal. The experiences of a mouse-colored horse from his birth in the wild, through his capture by humans and his work in the rodeo and on the range, to his eventual old age.

In this Newbery Award winner, 10-year-old Lucinda explores New York CIty in the 1890's on roller skates and makes friends wherever she goes. She reads Shakespeare with her uncle, puts on her own production of The Tempest, creates a magical Christmas for a little girl from an impoverished family, helps a family protect their fruit stand from attacks by rowdy boys, and has picnics in a vacant lot , among other adventures. For older children as there is some tragedy.

Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer: The discoveries and adventures of ten-year-old Lucinda, who spends a wonderful year exploring the New York City of the

I just found this book and love it!  Great back story as for the creation of the book as well as exposing children to Medieval times using children of the era as the guides.

2008 Winner: A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.

Sassy seems like a great magazine! Cute cover! #minkpink #nastygal

Sassy: The Whole Thing

Mayim Bialik on the cover of the November 1992 issue of Sassy magazine. Bialik is more than an actress--the mother of two earned a doctorate in neuroscience from UCLA in

The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll  by Patricia C. McKissack

The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

The Black Cauldron (The Chronicles of Prydain #2)

A Cauldron Full of Berry Crumble podcast - The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander

I need to put a lot of these on my wish list!

35 Childhood Books You May Have Forgotten About

My Side of the Mountain - Jean Craighead George. I wanted to be the main character in this book when I was a kid!

Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.