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Early Readers

 

Abigail Takes the Wheel by Avi

When the first mate of the freight boat Neptune falls ill, it is up to Abigail, the captain's daughter, to steer the ship up the Hudson River from New Jersey to New York City.

 

Castle Under Attack by Nicola Baxter

Lego Reader series

As King Leo is hosting a huge feast at the Lego castle, the outlaw Cedric launches an attack and takes Princess Storm hostage.

 

Minnie and Moo Go to the Moon by Denys Cazet

Minnie and Moo series

Two cow friends, Minnie and Moo, decide to drive the farmer's tractor all the way to the moon.

 

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr

While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl makes a patchwork quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.

 

Iris and Walter: The Sleepover by Elissa Haden Guest

Iris's first sleepover at her friend Walter's house ends early when Iris gets homesick and wants to go home.

 

Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What by Tony Johnston

Possum and Alien become friends and find that they have both similarities and differences.

 

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

A mouse convinces a weasel he needs the ingredients from several stories to make a tasty mouse soup.

 

Three Stories You Can Read to Your Cat by Sara Swan Miller

A cat hears three stories about a dull rainy day, a yummy bug, and a good day of destruction in the house.

 

The Drinking Gourd by F.N. Monjo

Sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the underground railroad.

 

The Case of the Puzzling Possum by Cynthia Rylant

High Rise Private Eyes series

Bunny and Jack investigate the disappearance of a trombone from Mr. Riley's music store.

 

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate the Great series

Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.

 

The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford

A very brave dog leads his sled dog team 700 miles through blinding snowdrifts, over a frozen river, and around cracking ice to save two sick children.

 

Teasing Trouble by Valerie Tripp

Hopscotch Hill School series

Spencer likes to make the class laugh, but when it hurts Hallie's feelings Miss Sparks helps the whole class understand the difference between joking and teasing.

 

Moving Up

Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie by David A. Adler

(57 pages)

A fifth-grader uses her photographic memory, her mother, and her friend Eric to find a missing reel of a monster film they go to see.

 

The Cat Who Got Carried Away by Allan Ahlberg

(79 pages)

It is an exciting couple of days for the Gaskitt family and their community--with missing pets, an unusual substitute teacher, and a special addition to their household

 

Boo’s Dinosaur by Betsy Byars

(41 pages)

When young Boo is followed home by a dinosaur that only she can see, it causes a bit of trouble for her older brother, Sammy.

 

Muggie Maggie by Beverly Cleary

(70 pages)

Maggie resists learning cursive writing in the third grade, until she discovers that knowing how to read and write cursive promises to open up an entirely new world of knowledge for her.

 

The Empty Pot by Demi

When Ping admits that he is the only child in China unable to grow a flower from the seeds distributed by the Emperor mhe is rewarded for his honesty.

 

When Bluebell Sang by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Bluebell the cow's talent for singing brings her stardom but she soon longs to be back at the farm--if she can get away from her greedy manager.

 

Andy Shane and the Very Bossy Dolores Starbuckle by Jennifer Richard Jacobson

(56 pages) Andy Shane series

Andy Shane hates school, mainly because of a tattletale know-it-all named Dolores Starbuckle, but Granny Webb, who has taken care of him all his life, joins him in class one day and helps him solve the problem.

 

Jenius: The Amazing Guinea Pig by Dick King-Smith

(52 pages)

Eight year old Judy tries to convince her parents and classmates that her brilliant guinea pig can do all the tricks which she says he can.

 

Horrible Harry and the Drop of Doom by Suzy Kline

(57 pages) Horrible Harry series

On the last day of second grade, Harry faces his fear of elevators.

 

The Dragonling by Jackie French Koller

(115 pages) Audiobook available – First in a trilogy

After finding a baby dragon, Derek risks danger to try and return it to the proper home.

 

Nim and the War Effort by Millie Lee

In her determination to prove that she can win the contest for the war effort, Nim does something  amazing.

 

Harley by Star Livingstone

Because Harley the llama does not get along with other llamas, he becomes a guard llama, protecting sheep from hungry coyotes and befriending a cantankerous ram.

 

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Trisha’s grandpa tells her that knowledge is sweet, but it is like the bee that made the sweet honey.  You have to chase it through the pages of a book.  He tells her, “You’re going to read – I promise you that!”  This is an autobiographical story about the author.

 

Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

In 1914, because her family cannot afford a train ticket to her grandmother's town, May gets mailed and rides the mail car on the train to see her grandmother.

 

Wingwalker by Rosemary Wells

(63 pages)

During the Depression, Reuben and his out-of-work parents move from Oklahoma to Minnesota, where his father gets a job as a carnival wingwalker and Reuben has a chance to overcome his terror of flying.

 

Piggins by Jane Yolen

During a dinner party, the lights go out and Mrs.

Reynard's beautiful diamond necklace is stolen, but Piggins the butler quickly discovers the real thief.

 

Picture Books

 

The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

After Unhei moves from Korea to the United States, her new classmates help her decide what her name should be.

 

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman

Wesley's garden produces a crop of huge, strange plants which provide him with clothing, shelter, food, and drink, thus helping him create his own civilization and changing his life.

 

Traction Man is Here! By Mini Grey

Traction Man, a boy's courageous action figure, has a variety of adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.

 

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack

In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.

 

Enemy Pie by Derek Munson

Hoping that the enemy pie which his father makes will help him get rid of his enemy, a little boy finds that instead it helps make a new friend.

 

The Book of Beasts by Edith Nesbit

As young King Lionel turns the pages of his magical book, a hungry red dragon and other creatures in the illustrations come to life.

 

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

When Mrs. Rogers leaves Amelia Bedelia alone in the house on her first day of work, anything can happen. And it does!

 

Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco

Naomi, an Amish girl whose elders have impressed upon her the importance of adhering to the simple ways of her people, is horrified when one of her hen eggs hatches into an extremely fancy bird.

 

If Not for the Cat by Jack Prelutsky

You will meet a mouse, a skunk, a beaver, a hummingbird, ants, bald eagles, jellyfish, and many others. Who is who? The answer is right in front of you. Haiku-like poems describe a variety of animals.

 

My Name is Yoon  by Helen Recorvits

Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or “Shining Wisdom,” tries out new names as a way to feel comfortable in her new school and new country.

 

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.

 

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family.

 

Mama Provi and the Pot of Rice by Sylvia Rosa-Casanova

Mama Provi takes chicken and rice to her sick granddaughter, Lucy.

 

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Amelia Earhart flies first lady Eleanor Roosevelt over Washington, D.C. in this fictionalized account.

 

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

The relatives come to visit from Virginia and everyone has a wonderful time. 

 

Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto

Audiobook available— First in a series

To get the "ratoncitos," little mice, who have moved into the barrio to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.

 

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters From Obedience School by Mark Teague

Sequel: Detective LaRue

Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

 

Nonfiction

 

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale by Verna Aardema 

This retelling of a traditional West African tale reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.

 

A Million Dots by Andrew Clements

If you'd like to see what a million looks like, just open this book. Prepare to be amazed; because a million is a LOT of dots.

 

Capyboppy by Bill Peet

The author describes the spring and summer his family adopts a large South American rodent for a pet.

 

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

African-American Wilma Rudolph overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.

 

Paperback Series

 

Angelina’s Diary by Katharine Holabird

Arthur by Marc Brown

Bailey School Kids by Debbie Dadey

Barkley’s School for Dogs by Marcia Jones

Cam Jansen by David A. Adler

Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant

Disney Fairies by various authors

Horrible Harry by Suzy Kline

Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park

Magic Tree House Mary Pope Osborne

Marvin Redpost by Louis Sachar

Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows

Ready Freddy by Abby Klein

Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott