by Lois Lowry
There are actually four of these books total, this is the first (the other three are Gooney the Fabulous, Gooney Bird and the Room Mother, and Gooney Bird the Absurd), and they are all extraordinarily delightful.
Gooney Bird is a funny and confident second-grader who does not get embarrassed. She wears funny outfits and she has funny reasons for everything she does.
Newbury award winning author, Lois Lowry, is a favorite from my childhood (the Anastasia series, anybody?). She writes these Gooney Bird books as wonderfully as she has written anything else. These are also great books to learn things from... in the first one she talks about what it takes to write a stories. In subsequent books, we learned about fables, acting in plays, and poetry. I couldn't recommend Gooney Bird more!
Ocean, age 7, says, "I like that she tells stories and she's really funny."
Ezra, age 4, says, "I like that Gooney Bird puts a suddenly in her stories."