The following books provide good examples of strong leads for students.

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)

Rodzina by Karen Cushman (Clarion, 2003)

Ruby Holler by Sharon Creech (HarperCollins, 2002)

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco (Philomel, 1994)

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick, 2000)

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (Philomel, 1987)

Freedom Summer by Deborah Wiles (Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books, 2001)

Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon (Harcourt, 1993)

The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles (Scholastic, 1995)

Frindle by Andrew Clements (Simon & Schuster, 1996)

Airmail to the Moon by Tom Birdseye (Holiday House, 1988)

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (Putnam, 1995)

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon (Blue Sky, 1998)

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies (Candlewick, 2001)

Piggie Pie by Margie Palatini (Clarion, 1995)

Teammates by Peter Golenbock (Harcourt, 1990)

If a Bus Could Talk by Faith Ringgold (Simon & Schuster, 1999)

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