As promised, I will list the books for the Virginia Reader's Choice list for 2007-08. This is the Elementary List for grades 3-5.
The Big House by Carolyn Coman
Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-Ins by Carole Boston Weatherford
John, Paul, George and Ben by Lane Smith
Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy by Jeanne Birdsall
Project Mulberry by Linda Sue Park (for Linda Sue Park's blog, click here)
Ruby Lu, Brave and True by Lenore Look
Scarecrow and His Servant by Philip Pullman
Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
Three Good Deeds by Vivian Vande Velde
Whales on Stilts by M. T. Anderson
Unlike the primary list, I have actually read quite a few books from this list, and I'm familiar with the ones I haven't read. One of my favorite ones is John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith. This is book is hilarious--and kids who have studied American history love the humor in this book. He even includes a true/false quiz in the back to have kids figure out what parts are factual and what details are made up.