Here are some good fiction suggestions:

Diffenbaugh, Vanessa.  The Language of Flowers.  Ballentine Books; New York: 2011.

A novel about a girl growing up in the foster care system and trying to navigate indepenence in the adult world. 

Naslund, S.J. Ahab's Wife. Harper Collins; New York: 1999.

In this young adult novel, Naslund creatively takes a look at the wife of Ahab (of Herman Melville's creation in the classic Moby Dick) prior to and while with her famous whale-hunting husband.

Resources & Links

Here's a list of favorite books -  Focusing on Language Development

Bardige, Betty.  At a Loss for Words. How America is Failing Our Children and What We Can Do about It.  Temple University Press; Philadelphia: 2005.             

Eliot, PhD, Lise. What's Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the First Five Years of Life. Bantam Books; NY: 1999.

Galinsky, Ellen. Mind in the Making. The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs.  Harper Collins Books; NY: 2010.

Gopnik, Ph.D., Alison; Meltzoff, Ph.D., Andrew N.; Kuhl, Ph.D., Patricia K.  The Scientist in the Crib: What Early Learning Tells Us About the Mind.  Perennial Publishers, New York: 2001.

Gussin Paley, Vivian.  A Child’s Work – the Importance of Fantasy Play.  The University of Chicago Press; Chicago:  2004.

Hirsh-Pasek, PhD., Kathy, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, PhD., with Diane Eyer, PhD.  Einstein Never Used Flash Cards.  Rodale, Inc.;  New York: 2003.

McWhorter, John.  The Power of Babel.  Perennial Books, New York:  2003.