Many teachers in North Somerset know and love 'The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane', in which the reader follows the fortunes of a very vain, cold-hearted china rabbit when he is lost and has to begin a real journey about learning to love, to lose and to love again.
Desperaux Tilling is a mouse in love with music, stories and a princess named Pea! His un-mouse-like behaviour gets him banished to the dungeons where he is at the mercy of the rats.
Three different characters come together in this delightful tale with its important messages. It is written in easy to manage sections with a strong reader's voice. An excellent tale with beautiful illustrations.
'The Magician's Elephant' and 'Flora and Ulysses' are also beautifully written, but very different stories, which make excellent reading. Both would work really well as a read-aloud and texts to work from as their is so much to be gained from each.
Kate DiCamillo is a natural storyteller and every one of her books that I have read I have thoroughly enjoyed. She is an author whose writing I whole-hearted recommend; however, my favourite of her books is Because of Winn Dixie.
I came across this fabulous book on a trip to Florida where I matched theme park visits with trips to books shops!
The title intrigued me- I had no idea who or what Winn Dixie was- and I devoured the book in one sitting. It's a beautiful story- one that needs reading in person, not a feeble attempt from me to capture its magic in a few words! Make sure you put it at the top of your 'to read' list.
Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.