Reading Ahead – Books for ages 5 to 8 (November 2007)

Adventures of Riley: South Pole Penguins by Amanda Lumry and Laura Hurwitz. This is one of those book series that whenever a new title comes in, we’re ready to read it. [We’ve already read Polar Bear Puzzle.] Having penguins and polar bears side-by-side will make for nice “themed” reading time.

Benjamin P. Blizzard Welcome to Christmastown by Karen L. Nivens. This is going to be a largely text-driven story, but the premise of a polar bear cub creating “catastrophe” in the elves’ workshop sounds intriguing.

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee and Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. The illustrations catch your eye immediately. They’re humorous and look like they’re “stuck” in the 1950s … in a good way.

Charlie’s Treasures by Richard Neumann. The cover illustration reminded me of a Norman Rockwell painting. I am intrigued by the story, which centers around a young boy’s love for his marbles.

The Empty Mailbox by Dawn Jackson. I love the cover and the story’s premise: why didn’t I get any mail today?

Hidden by Dotti Enderle. I am a HUGE Enderle fan … she writes great stuff.