Maira Kalman's latest picture biography, Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything, is beautifully illustrated and full of important (and sometimes quirky) facts about the life of our third president. I like this quote from TJ: "I cannot live a life without books".
Based on student recommendations I read Lisi Harrison's The Clique (OMG - girls can be so mean!) and am in the middle of Alvin Ho #1: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look. We just added Alvin Ho to our beginning chapter books section and the boys especially are very excited. One student is already on book number 3!