Because of Winn-Dixie - Kate DiCamillo

"Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo is my hands down favorite children's chapter book. I remember reading this book in third grade and it increased my love for chapter books tremendously. The story is about a little girl named Opal who moves to a new town and has to meet new friends and adjust to a new environment. Fortunately she meets a dog who changes her world and helps her get through many trials such as asking difficult questions to her father. This book is a great text to use for setting, main events, and all the elements a story has to offer. Along with these, it has great vocabulary for a beginning lover of chapter books and will draw a reader in quickly. When discussing theme, this text has several different realistic themes and each student could easily write about one. The accelerated reader level of this text is 3.9.