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Picture Books

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema

In this cumulative rhyme, we find out how Ki-pat helped to end the drought on Kapiti plain.

 

Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard

Miss Nelson series

The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

 

Max’s Words by Kate Banks

When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.

 

Zoom by Istvan Banyai

Sequel: Re-Zoom

A wordless picture book presents a series of scenes, each one from farther away, showing, for example, a girl playing with toys which is actually a picture on a magazine cover, which is part of a sign on a bus,

and so on.

 

I Did It, I’m Sorry by Caralyn Buehner

This unusual quiz book presents animals in a series of dilemmas. The reader is invited to choose the appropriate behaviors.

 

Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle

A small lonely mouse becomes brave and asks the animals he meets if they will be his friend.

 

The Great Pig Escape by Eileen Christelow

Bert and Ethel have a long truck drive to market, and when they arrive, the pigs they intended to sell have mysteriously disappeared.

 

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

A young worm discovers, day by day, that there are some very good and some not so good things about being a worm in this great big world.

 

The Most Important Gift of All by David Conway

Ama wants to give her new baby brother the gift of love as her grandma has suggested, so she goes in search of this important present.

Miss Smith's Incredible Storybook by Michael Garland

Sequel: Miss Smith Reads Again

Miss Smith’s incredible storybook makes the characters in her stories come to life. One day, Principal Rittenrotten tries reading from the book, and a rollicking adventure begins.

 

Is Your Mama a Llama? By Deborah Guarino

A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.

Mama Don't Allow: Starring Miles and the Swamp Band by Thatcher Hurd

Miles and the Swamp Band have the time of their lives playing at the Alligator Ball, until they discover the menu includes Swamp Band soup.

 

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.

 

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

When a young pig knocks on a fox's door, the fox thinks dinner has arrived, but the pig has other plans.

 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

This classic relates the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

 

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

A lion starts visiting the local library but runs into trouble as he tries to both obey the rules and help his librarian friend.

 

Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester

All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can't pronounce his name, but it is Rodney's speech impediment that drives away the class bully.

 

Insects Are My Life by Megan McDonald

 Amanda loves insects. She pretends she is a butterfly and puts her feet on the table because butterflies have taste buds on their feet.

 

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

A hill covered with rocks and wooden boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends.

The Three Questions by Jon Muth

In this book based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, Nicolai has three important questions:

When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right think to do?

My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World retold by Becky Rehyer

This Russian folktale is about a little girl who is lost and goes looking for her mother. When asked what her mother's name is, Varya says that she is the most beautiful woman in the world.

 

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.

 

Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

The smallest Who saves Whoville and teaches us that every person no matter how small has a voice and is important.

 

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) retold by Philemon Sturges

In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.

 

The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

Black Lagoon series

Mrs. Beamster the school librarian is known by all the kids as "The Laminator" because she is said to laminate anyone who is caught whispering.

 

Mary Smith by Andrea U’Ren

Early in the morning Mary Smith walks through the town, waking people up by shooting at their windows with her peashooter.

 

A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.

 

Magpie Magic by April Wilson

This wordless picture book depicts a young artist who draws a picture of a magpie which then comes to life and interacts with a series of colorful drawings.

 

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

I’m lazy as a lizard, I’m busy as a bee; put it all together, and you’ve got ME! A little boy compares himself with all of the animals and insects around him.

A Flea in the Ear by Stephen Wyllie

When a fox tricks a dog into abandoning his post at the hen house in order to get rid

of his fleas, the dog discovers his error and returns the favor.

 

Early Readers


Digby and Kate and the Beautiful Day by Barbara Baker

Digby the dog and Kate the cat are best friends. But they don’t agree on everything.  What can you expect from a dog and a cat?

 

Trouble at the Bridge by Marie Birkinshaw

Lego Readers series

As the Lego city builders hurry to complete a new bridge, they face an unusual problem when a bank

robber tries to hide in their giant crane.

 

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

A baby bird falls from the nest and flits from animal to animal asking the question in this book's title. At last, mama and baby bird are reunited.

 

The Fat Cat Sat on the Mat by Nurit Karlin

Rat tries to get the fat cat off the mat and back to his usual resting place in the vat.

 

Gus and Grandpa at Basketball by Claudia Mills

Gus and Grandpa series

Gus enjoys basketball practice, but the noise and pace of real games bother him, until his grandpa gives him some good advice.

 

Pooh Goes Visiting by A.A. Milne, adapted by Stephen Krensky

When Winnie-the-Pooh visits his friend Rabbit, he gets stuck in the entrance hole.

 

Ben and Becky in the Haunted House by Sindy McKay

We Both Read series

Ben and Becky have fun trying to solve the mystery of the haunted house and finding their lost grandfather.

 

Fluffy’s School Bus Adventure by Kate McMullan

Fluffy, the Classroom Guinea Pig series

When Fluffy the guinea pig is accidentally put on the wrong school bus, he ends up having a wonderful time.

 

A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey

Dragon Tales series

Dragon becomes such close friends with an apple that he deeply mourns its loss and is overjoyed when more grow to take its place.

 

Henry and Mudge by Cynthia Rylant

Henry and Mudge series

In the Autumn, Henry and his big dog Mudge watch the leaves turn, meet with some Halloween spooks, and share Thanksgiving dinner.

 

Poppleton by Cynthia Rylant

Poppleton series

Poppleton the pig makes a friend, reads a library book about adventure, and helps a sick friend get better.

 

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman

Audiobook available — First in a series

Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.

 

Good Night, Good Knight by Shelley Moore Thomas

First in a series

A Good Knight helps three little dragons who are having trouble getting to sleep.

 

Mama, Don’t Go! by Rosemary Wells

Yoko and Friends, School Days series

Yoko loves kindergarten, but she doesn't want her mother

to leave--until her new friend helps her realize that "mothers always come back."

 

Counting Money by Tanya Thayer

First Step Nonfiction series

An overview of the number of cents in a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, and a dollar is presented.

 

Watch Me Grow – Butterfly by Lisa Magloff

Watch Me Grow series

I am a butterfly.  I use my colorful wings to fly from flower to flower. Come learn about me!

 

My Cat by Kate Foley

Welcome Book series

Children are introduced to cats as pets with an emphasis on new vocabulary.

 

Non-Fiction

 

Tops & Bottoms adapted by Janet Stevens

Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road.

 

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel

Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.

 

Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler

What do you do when you lose a tooth? Do you put it under your pillow and wait for the tooth fairy? Not if you live in Botswana! In Botswana, children throw their teeth onto the roof. Travel around the world and discover the surprising things children do when they lose a tooth.

 

Dinosaur Dinners by Lee Davis

Eyewitness Readers series

Follow a baby Maiasaurus on its first day out of the nest as it learn more about the habits and behaviors of the many other dinosaurs it meets.

 

Amazing Spiders by Alexandra Parsons

Eyewitness Juniors series

Text and photographs introduce some of the most amazing members of the spider family, such as bird-eating spiders, spitting spiders, and banana spiders.

 

Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz

Well-known songs, including "Oh Susannah" and "Row Row Row Your Boat," are presented with new words and titles, such as "I'm So Carsick" and "Go Go Go to Bed."

 

Hotel Deep: Light Verse from Dark Water by Kurt Cyrus

Twenty-one poems tell the story of a lone sardine separated from his school within a huge coral reef and the creatures he meets as he searches for the way back.