Reading Rockets recommends the following books by Lynne Rae Perkins
This story reads like a series of intersecting vignettes, all focused on 14-year-old Debbie and her friends as they leave childhood behind. The descriptive, measured writing includes poems, prose, haiku, and question-and-answer formats. Perkins brings a great deal of humor to this gentle story about a group of childhood friends facing the crossroads of life and how they wish to live it. (2006 Newbery Medal Winner)
Frank and Lucky Get Schooled
The day Frank went to the shelter, he got Lucky. From that day forward, boy and dog are inseparable. Together they learn science and entomology (Lucky finds burdock and ticks), reading (Lucky listens best), foreign language (Spanish and “quack”) and more. Academic subjects applied to the duo’s explorations are sure to add verve to classroom experiences revealed in detailed illustration and unassuming text.
Nuts to You!
When a squirrel is snatched up by a hungry hawk (but not eaten), his courageous friends go after him. Together they discover another squirrel society and save their homes from devastation in this clever, quite funny, and often insightful tale that provides a glimpse into what squirrel civilization might be.
Pictures from Our Vacation
The drive is long and the farm of the dad's childhood looks old and tired. What will the siblings document with disposable cameras and journals? The real memories are kept in their heads and hearts when the extended family gathers and the true fun begins.
The whisper of snow and the jingle of dog tags set a wintery tone in this story of a boy and his friend in search of his lost dog on a snowy day. Music is everywhere in the rhythm of the language and patterns of the illustration in this unusual and memorable book.
The Broken Cat
Compassionate moms and skilled vets are among the great menders of the universe, as young Frank discovers when he fears the worst for the pet who curls up at his feet each night.
The Cardboard Piano
This lively picture book shows that friends can have differences and disappointments without becoming enemies. Best friends and neighbors Debbie and Tina are alike in many ways, and the warm, lively, ink-and-watercolor pictures show them having lots of fun together: dressing up, cycling, watching a spooky movie at a sleepover, and more.
Books illustrated by Lynne Rae Perkins
When J.D. first meets Georgie Lee, a cow, on his grandmother’s farm, he doesn’t think she’s very smart or even very gentle. During the course of the summer, however, they share many adventures and J.D. comes to agree with Grandmother: Georgie Lee is not only smart and gentle, she’s shrewd and funny and helps make the summer very special.
Seed by Seed: The Legend and Legacy of John "Appleseed" Chapman
John Chapman, better known as Johnny Appleseed, changed his world "seed by seed, deed by deed" as this handsome book encourages readers to do. Children are encouraged to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's anniversary every autumn by planting seeds literally and figuratively.
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