Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
-Recommended by Lee Burkhalter
An oldie but a goodie, this story follows five siblings as they discover a “Sand Fairy” who is able to grant their wishes. As each takes his or her turn to make a wish, hijinks of all sorts ensue. The story makes a wonderful family read-aloud or audiobook listening.
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
-Recommended by Andrea Smith
This is a book I only picked up because the story begins with kids racing. Newcomer Leslie beats all of the boys and a tender friendship begins with her rival, Jesse. Obviously, there’s much more to the plotline of this tearjerker, but for me, it started with the freedom of running.
Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith
-Recommended by Laura Carlson
Do you like a lot of humor with your alien stories? If so, then this is the book for you. This children’s novel tells the story of how David, a.k.a. Scrub, spends the summer before seventh grade at his grandmother’s bed and breakfast. He soon learns the guests aren’t who or what they appear to be.