My favorite book to teach, by far, is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. I have found it to be very engaging for both boys and girls. One activity that can be done after reading the book is adopting a class “Edward Tulane” and sending him home with a student each week with a journal to write about Edward’s weekly journey (real or imagined), which could include a name change for Edward in the process! It’s a great chance for them to be creative. Reading this book can also be a great start to an author study of Kate DiCamillo’s many other wonderful works, as she has proven herself to be a very versatile and talented author.!