The Velveteen Rabbit (Dover Children's Classics). A book that left my entire class gaping and gasping for the rabbit, and the widest eyes as the "nursery fairy" came to visit the rabbit. LOVE this book!
Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb - Swimming left and right, up and down, and in big and small circles in his bowl, Paul the fish is astonished when newcomer Bernadette drops in and introduces him to an amazing outside world.
After escaping from the Norfolk Island penal colony on a whaling ship, Bloodworth and his three fellow convicts are left on a remote southern island by a captain who promises to pick them up in a year's time
EVERY DAY by David Levithan-- Every day, A wakes up in a different body of someone close to his age and general location. He has always been able to be detached, until he wakes up in Justin's body and falls in love with his girlfriend, Rhiannon.
Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and Best Young Adult Fiction: Singing Home the Whale by Mandy Hager. An extraordinary story of a boy who protects a baby orca that locals believe is threatening their livelihood.
The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett: A wordless picture book in which a girl sees a bicycle she wants to buy, works hard for a kindly neighbor to earn the money for it, then gets a pleasant surprise. From the author of The Boy and the Airplane.