Picture Book: A Day with No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch (Rising Moon 2007)
A wonderful ode to the power of imagination! After coloring on her walls, budding artist Liza faces an entire day without her beloved crayons. She mopes for awhile before realizing that there is color all around her. Filled with lovely illustrations and vivid imagery, this book will inspire readers to discover the beauty in the world around them.
Novel: Well Wished by Franny Billingsley (Aladdin 1997)
Oh, how I love this book! It is simultaneously inventive, exciting, emotional and descriptive. The book tells the story of Nuria, the only child left in a town with a mysterious secret. The well in the village common of Bishop Mayne will grant one wish to each resident, but these wishes often come with consequences. Nuria is faced with a tough choice as she has to decide whether to stick to her decision never to make a wish or change her mind to help a friend. Recommend this gem to fifth grade readers (or advanced fourth graders) who have a sparkle of imagination in their eyes.