Jeanne Birdsall is the author of The Penderwicks, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. My Favorite Pets: by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class is her hilarious new picture book.
Introducing the concept of death to children is obviously difficult. Rebecca Elliott (The Owl Diaries) approaches this potential minefield-of-a-subject with a novel combination of tenderness and candor in Missing Jack.
Where the Red Fern Grows is the classic story of the bond between a boy and his dogs. It's been making readers' hearts skip beats since 1961 and now it has a special edition cover to celebrate the 50+ years it has been in print.