Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum is a mouse who loves her name, until she goes to school and gets teased about it. Her supportive parents try to restore her confidence, but it takes a special teacher to turn things around. Henkes is a phenomenal illustrator, but his sense of humor and genius use of vocabulary makes this book such a delight to read aloud.

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Junonia

Junonia

I might have missed this quiet story had a children's bookseller not pressed it into my hands. (When I described my then 10-year-old's taste she said it would be perfect for her. Thank you, Square Books, Jr.!) Alice is looking forward to celebrating her tenth birthday as she and her family head back to their cottage on Sanibel Island, Florida for summer vacation. She anticipates the unwelcome ways this trip will be different from last year's and wonders whether she’ll finally find an elusive junonia shell. This contemplative book explores the way Alice navigates the changes in her world, from friends growing up and apart to those in the perplexing world of adults, all while holding on to her hopes for the perfect birthday party. It's not for kids who need action-packed plots but will be a wonderful fit for the right reader, young or old.

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