Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters by Lenore Look
These books will help kids 6 to 9 years old discover the joy of learning to read by themselves. Browse this list of new and classic children's books recommended by the Quicklists Consulting Committee of the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association, and grow a little reader today!
Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters
By Lenore Look; illustrations by LeUyen Pham

When Alvin's father takes him camping to instill a love of nature, like that of their hometown hero Henry David Thoreau, Alvin makes a new friend and learns he can be brave despite his fear of everything.

Schwartz & Wade, 2009. ISBN: 9780375857058
Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes by Alice Schertle
Button Up! Wrinkled Rhymes
By Alice Schertle; illustrations by Petra Mathers
Children will relate to these poems about clothing, from "hang loose laces" to "Emily's undies/fit for a queen" to "Rick's wool sweater,” which makes Rick itchy and twitchy. All of the clothes are worn by animal characters, and the poems are told from the point of view of the clothing.

Harcourt, 2009. ISBN: 9780152050504
I Am Going (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
I Am Going! (An Elephant & Piggie Book)
Compiled by Mo Willems
Piggie ruins a perfectly good day by telling Gerald that she is going, causing him to panic.

Hyperion, 2010. ISBN: 9781423119906
My Abuelita by Tony Johnston
My Abuelita
By Tony Johnston; illustrations by Yuyi Morales
With lyrical language and a sprinkling of Spanish, a young boy tells us about his amazing grandmother. The eye-catching, pastel-colored illustrations created in mixed media enhance this story of a much-loved grandmother.

Harcourt, 2009. ISBN: 9780152163303
My People by Langston Hughes
My People
By Langston Hughes; photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Sepia photographs complement the words of the classic poem by Langston Hughes and celebrate the uniqueness of black people, who come in all shapes, sizes, shades and ages.

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 2009. ISBN: 9781416935407
The Night Fairy by Laura Amy Schlitz
The Night Fairy
By Laura Amy Schlitz; illustrations by Angela Barrett
Wingless and alone, Flory the young fairy must learn to make it on her own while also learning the value of good friends.

Candlewick, 2010. ISBN: 9780763636746
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
By Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrations by Brian Pinkney
This biography, written in poetic text and illustrated with paintings in a golden, hopeful hue, relates the life of Sojourner Truth: "Big. Black. Beautiful. True. That was Sojourner." The climax of the book depicts Sojourner's rousing "And ain't I a woman?" speech at the 1851 women's rights convention in Akron, Ohio.

Sun Books, 2009. ISBN: 9780786807673
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan
By Denise Brennan-Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan; illustrations by Cyd Moore
Miss Hawthorn, a strict and orderly art teacher, meets her match in the free-spirited Willow, whose creativity and kindness transform her teacher and their classroom.

Sleeping Bear, 2008. ISBN: 9781585363421
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
By Lucy Cousins
This is a collection of classic fairy tales drawn in the familiar style of Lucy Cousins, author/illustrator of the Maisy Mouse books.

Candlewick, 2009. ISBN: 9780763644741
John Henry by Julius Lester
John Henry
By Julius Lester; illustrations by Jerry Pinkney
This retelling adds some modern twists to the classic legend of the African-American hero who races against a steam drill to cut a path through a mountain for the railroad.

Dial, 1994. ISBN: 9780803716063
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Pippi Longstocking
By Astrid Lindgren; illustrations by Lauren Child; translated by Tiina Nunnally
This book is a new translation of the adventures of Pippi, a young girl with strength and imagination, who lives with her horse and monkey without adult supervision. The artwork is cleverly integrated into the text.

Viking, 2007. ISBN: 9780670062768
Swamp Angel by Anne Isaacs
Swamp Angel
By Anne Isaacs; illustrations by Paul O. Zelinsky
In this literary legend, Angelica Longrider becomes the most famous woodswoman in Tennessee when she defeats Thundering Tarnation, "a huge bear with a bottomless appetite for settlers' grub."

Dutton, 1994. ISBN: 9780525452713

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