Type of Book
TL - Traditional Literature
RF - Realistic Fiction
HF - Historical Fiction
I - Information Book
SF - Science Fiction
B - Biography
F - Fantasy
S - Series or Sequel

Arthur's Camp-Out

by Lillian Hoban Bored with spring vacation, Arthur decides to go alone on an overnight field trip in the woods behind his house. F, S

Aunt Eater's Mystery Vacation

by Doug Cushman A mystery-loving anteater has a chance to solve several mysteries during her vacation at the Hotel Bathwater. F, S

Bedtime for Frances

by Russell Hoban It may be bedtime for Frances, but that doesn't mean Frances is ready to go to bed--not by a longshot. First she must have a glass of milk and make certain Mother and Father have each kissed her good night (twice). Then she is ready to imagine there is a tigert in her room, and a giant and... each time Frances thinks up something new, off she goes to tell her ever-patient parents. F

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

by Verna Aardema The story of how Ki-pat ingeniously brings rain to the arid Kapiti Plain. Cumulative rhyming tale with the rhythm and repetition of The House That Jack Built. TL

Caps for Sale

by Esphyr Slobodkina A cap peddler wakes from a nap to find all his caps are gone-a bunch of naughty monkeys have taken them up a tree. Angrily shaking his finger at the monkeys, the peddler demands his caps back, but the monkeys only shake their fingers and say "Tsz, tsz, tsz." No matter what the peddler does, the monkeys only imitate him. Finally, the peddler is so enraged he throws his cap on the ground-and all the monkeys follw suit! F

Charlie Needs A Cloak

by Tomie dePaola A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak. RF

Chicken Soup By Heart

by Esther Hershenhorn When Rudie's sitter gets the flu, he uses her recipe to make her a batch of special chicken soup, including the secret recipe of stories from the heart. RF

Commander Toad and the Big Black Hole

by Jane Yolen When Commander Toad and the intrepid crew of the spaceship Star Warts encounter a black hole while leapfrogging across the galaxy, Commander Toad must resort to a secret weapon from his past to save the Star Warts from "toad-al" destruction. F, S

Days with Frog and Toad

by Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it's nice to be alone. F, S

Fox and Friends

by Edward Marshall Fox wants to have a good time with his friends, but he keeps having to take care of his little sister, Louise. How can you have a good time with your little sister always tagging along? Somehow, Louise causes every situation to become much more exciting, and a little more than Fox bargained for. Doesn't Louise remember that Fox hates to be in high places? Join Fox and his friends in these three silly stories. F, S

Going Somewhere Special

by Patricia McKissack Young 'Tricia can't wait to make her very own journey to Someplace Special (her destination is revealed only at the end of the story). Her grandmother reluctantly lets her baby out on her own, but not without some words of advice. "Hold yo' head up and act like you b'long to somebody." B

Henry and Mudge Get the Cold Shivers

by Cynthia Rylant When Mudge gets sick unexpectedly, Henry does all he can to make him feel better. Henry and his 180-pound dog Mudge are best friends forever. And in this seventh book of their adventures, they spend a scary but reassuring day at the vet. RF, S

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

by Laura Joffe Numeroff What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Why he'll need a glass of milk to go with it! He'll also need a straw, a napkin, a mirror--each item prompts the need for another. When the mouse is hanging a picture from a refrigerator (how did he get there?), he's reminded that he's thirsty and needs a glass of milk (uh-oh). With this milk, it's absolutely necessary to have a cookie, of course! Bond's wonderful illustrations enliven this modern day classic. F, S

Milton the Early Riser

by Robert Kraus The first one to awake, Milton the Panda tries hard to wake all the other animals, but to no avail. F

Miss Nelson is Missing

by Harry Allard The children in Miss Nelson's class go beyond misbehaving; they are downright terrible! Near her wits' end, Miss Nelson thinks up a brilliant plan. The next day the kids have a substitute--the nasty Viola Swamp--who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour. By the time Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful they behave well. But now Viola Swamp is missing.... RF

Mouse Soup

by Arnold Lobel A mouse is innocently sitting under a tree reading a book when a weasel grabs him by the tail and puts him in a pot to make mouse soup. The ingenious mouse tells the weasel that soup is not good without any stories in it, and then proceeds to tell him four very silly tales. The tales inspire the weasel to search for additional ingredients for the soup - and while he does, the mouse calmly climbs out of the pot, goes home, and finishes his book in peace. F

Nate the Great

by Majorie Weinman Sharmat Shortly after a breakfast generously supplied with pancakes, Natethe Great got an urgent call from Annie. "I lost a picture," said Annie. "Can you help me find it?" "Of course," said Nate. "I have found lost balloons, books, slippers, chickens. Even a lost goldfish. Now I, Nate the Great, will find a lost picture." "Oh, good," Annie said. Nate, with the cool detachment of a Sam Spade, immediately plunges into his new and baffling case. Getting all the facts, asking the right questions, narrowing down the suspects. Nate, the boy detective who "likes to work alone," solves the mystery and tracks down the culprit. In the process he also discovers the whereabouts of Super Hex, the missing cat. RF, S

No More Monsters for Me

by Peggy Parish Guess what's growing in the basement... A baby monster! Minneapolis Simpkin is hiding it down there. But a monster is a hard thing to keep secret, especially one that hiccups and cries, and gets bigger every hour. F

The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson Two girls, one white and one black, gradually get to know each other as they sit on the fence that divides their town. RF

Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia

by Peggy Parish Amelia Bedelia, who knows very little about baseball, stands in for a sick player during a game. RF

A Pocket for Corduroy

by Don Freeman A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat. F, S

Seven Chinese Brothers

by Margaret Mahy Once upon a time in China there lived seven brothers who walked, talked, and looked alike. Each one possessed an amazing power all his own. But it is only when the brothers combine their special powers that they fool Ch'in Shih Huang, the cruel first emperor of all China, and save each others lives. TL

Summertime in the Big Woods

by Laura Ingalls Wilder A little girl and her pioneer family spend a summer in the Big Woods of Wisconsin. The winter is finally over, and now it is summertime! Laura and Mary are busy all day helping Ma in the garden and playing outside. HF, S

There's Something In My Attic

by Mercer Mayer Convinced there is something making noise in the attic at night, a brave little girl sneaks up the stairs, lasso in hand, to capture whatever it is. RF

Three Billy Goats Gruff

by Paul Galdone Three clever billy goats outwit a big ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain. TL

Where the Wild Things Are

by Maurice Sendak Max is being so terrible that his mother sends him to his room without supper. But Max doesn't care -- he sails off to the land of the Wild Things, and they make him his king. There, Max can be as terrible as he pleases, and the Wild Things join in the rumpus. Finally, Max is tired of being wild, and yearns to go home. Marvelous pictures and the superb story combine to make this a quintessential picture book. In it, readers will recognize their own wild side. F

Young Cam Jansen and the Missing Cookie

by David A. Adler Eight-year-old sleuth Cam Jansen uses her photographic memory to discover what happened to a classmate's missing cookie. Cam Jansen can find a mystery anywhere-even in the school lunch room! When Jason opens his lunch box and finds only cookie crumbs, Cam's amazing memory clicks into action. RF, S

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Created By Mary M. Silgals, MLIS, M.Ed.

April 25, 2004
Last Edited May 17, 2012
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