Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls- I loved this book (still do). The relationship between the two siblings alone make the book worth reading.
A Blue-Eyed Daisy by Cynthia Rylant- Good book, but not so different from a lot of the books being written today.
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden- My mother loves this book so I've had it read to me several times. The title describes it nicely, but it is so much more. Worth reading. The other related books are good, but not as good as this one.
Flame-colored Taffeta by Rosemary Sutcliff- I liked this book. Quick and interesting.
The Great Good Thing by Robert Townley- This is a more recent book and is quite different. Hard to explain simply here, but definitely worth reading, if only because it has a creative way of looking at things.
Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman- The story of a boy who wants to climb the mountain his father died on. Recommended.
Peppermints in the Parlor by Barbara Brooks Wallace- Good children's mystery. Recommended.
So Far from the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins- This is a good book, but not for younger children because of some of the violent and disturbing content- war is always violent and disturbing. It is about a young Japanese girl whose family is forced to leave Korea during WWII. Highly recommended.
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White- I enjoy this book. Fun and quick to read. Good for children.