4. THE DISAPPEARING ISLAND
by Corinne Demas (Simon & Schuster).
When Carrie turns nine, her grandmother promises to take her to Billingsgate Island, a disappearing island that is only visible during low tide. When there, Carrie imagines what it would be like to come and visit when the fishing village is full of activity.
5. ACKAMARACKUS: JULIUS LESTER'S SUMPTUOUSLY SILLY FANTASTICALLY FUNNY FABLES by Julius Lester (Scholastic Press).
This collection of off-the-wall fables features flies that travel on airplanes (or, as they believe, on giant flies) and the laziest lion in the world. With wacky illustrations and clever wit, this book revisits fables in a fun way while still teaching readers important lessons.
6. THE QUILTMAKER'S GIFT
by Jeff Brumbeau (Orchard Books).
On the highest mountain lives an old woman who sews beautiful quilts. She only gives her quilts to the poor and homeless. When the greedy king finds out about the quilts, he insists that the quilt maker sew one for him. They make a deal about what the king needs to do in order to someday get a quilt.