Picture Book: The Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg (Candlewick 2008)
A hilarious story that will really get your students giggling. The story begins with a boy sitting down to a dinner of sausage, peas, carrots, and French fries, each of which escapes the plate and goes on the run. The boy chases after his food and the excitement builds as several of the items meet untimely ends (one of the peas gets eaten by a duck…). This is a great book to use when practicing summarizing or sequencing events, or just as a rousing read-aloud.
Novel: Half Magic by Edward Eager (Harcourt 2004–50th Anniversary edition)
A “SO oldie”, but goodie! This book was my mom’s favorite when she was a child, but the story really stands the test of time. The book is a fantasy in which a group of siblings finds a magical coin that grants “half wishes”. Many of the wishes, of course, do not end up doing exactly what the children hoped they would do. Both boys and girls will enjoy this exciting story for upper elementary students.