Early Readers: Years 7-10

The Year of Billy Miller Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Billy's a very normal kid, and he has very normal worries: will he be smart enough for second grade? Has he unintentionally offended his teacher, Ms. Silver? Will there be girly glitter on the wings of the bat in his cave diorama, after his little sister Sal sprinkles in "fairies"? Will he be able to stay awake all night when the opportunity arises? At school it's the Year of the Rabbit, and also, Ms. Silver says, the Year of Room Two. By the end of the school year Billy has handled so many small challenges, and even surprised himself by composing and reciting a poem, that he proudly announces that it's the Year of Billy Miller, too. ~ Eight Cousins


Little Red Writing Cover Image
By Joan Holub, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780811878692
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

For a child who shows an inclination to tell stories, this book is just the ticket. A brave pencil, Little Red, sets off along the Story Path, carrying a basket of red nouns. Along the way she encounters danger, and then even MORE danger in the form of a Wolf 3000 electric pencil sharpener. Using the one remaining red noun in her basket, she throws "dynamite" and saves Principal Granny from a greatly shortened life. The colorful illustrations are at least half the fun, as they weave in puns, pacing, and background information. ~ Eight Cousins


Locomotive Cover Image
By Brian Floca, Brian Floca (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781416994152
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Published: Atheneum Books - September 3rd, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

This story of Transcontinental Railroad travel around 1869 is a big, gorgeous picture book: just the thing for emerging readers with an eye for non-fiction. In blank verse, caption, diagram, and explanatory endpapers, it takes the reader from Omaha, Nebraska to San Francisco, across plains, up mountains and down, over trestles, past wrecks and landmarks, through tunnels and down steep grades. ~ Eight Cousins


Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard (Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Books) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763645618
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - March 12th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Rich in explanations, drawings, and humor, this is a terrific introductory book for anyone interested in natural history. Every single page reveals scores of details that make perfect sense, but aren't necessarily obvious. Many speech balloons serve as cheerful conversations among birds, between birds and the author, and between birds and the reader. Chapters cover habitats, habits, colors, silhouettes, plumage, calls, migration, classification, migration and more, with plenty of tips along the way for working out which bird is which, and what it's up to. ~ Eight Cousins


Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, K. G. Campbell (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780763660406
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

Eight Cousins Pick of the Year 2013

Starting with Because of Winn Dixie, Kate DiCamillo has written a number of wonderful books, each one entirely different from the others. Flora & Ulysses is yet another new exploration, this time with highly eccentric characters. Flora is a little girl who calls herself a cynic because her divorced parents are preoccupied with what she views as silly activities. Ulysses is a squirrel who has lost part of his fur in an unfortunate vacuum cleaner accident, but appreciates that he can subsequently learn words and write poetry. That makes him a superhero in Flora's eyes, though Flora's mother and Mrs. Tickham have their doubts. Flora judges all superheroes by her favorite book, The Illuminated Adventures of the Amazing Incandesto!, and the world by her second favorite, Terrible Things Can Happen! Her friends, the sensible Tootie, the brainy but insecure William Spiver, and soft, grandmotherly Dr. Meescham, have a hard time helping Flora see that her mother really does love her even more than a prized lamp. But when they succeed, Ulysses composes a poem in honor of the occasion. ~ Eight Cousins