Use these children's books to help kids find the joy of reading by themselves. Hungry for more? Try some classic books for kids 6 to 9 years old.

Goin' Someplace Special
By Patricia McKissack; illustrated by Jerry Pinkney*

Excited about "goin' someplace special" all by herself, Tricia Ann, an African-American child of the '50s in the segregated south, deals with prejudices she encounters along the way to the one special place that will welcome her—the public library.

Simon & Schuster/Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001. ISBN: 9780689818851

* 2009 list addition


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