Bud, Not Buddy is one of my favorite books. It is funny, heartfelt and informational wrap in a beautiful entertaining package. This book is best for older students because they will understand the language and context. The adventure Bud takes will have students locked in and it is a great way to get them to make predictions. The time period of this book is important, so I would discuss it with students and how it connects to what happens to Bud. Students could also, create a suitcase filled with things that matter to them, things that they would try to hold on to no matter what. Students would present the suitcase in front of the class and explain what the items mean to them.