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We've gathered up dozens of terrific audio books, perfect for car trips, lazy summer afternoons, or any time a good story is in order. You'll connect with some familiar friends — Ramona, Cam Jansen, Alvin Ho, and Nate the Great — plus some new characters with adventures to share. Poetry, folktales, classics, and more in this carefully selected list for kids 3–12 years old. Audio books are also ideal for sharing, even when there are kids of many ages in one group. It's a great way to enjoy a good story and practice listening skills.

26 Fairmount Avenue

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

The first in a series of autobiographical chapter books about Tomie dePaola's early years, this story focuses on his family's move from their apartment in Meriden, Connecticut, to the now famous address, 26 Fairmount Avenue. This Newbery Honor book is sprinkled with humorous sketches, and is ideal for reading aloud and for the sharing of family stories.

7 x 9 = Trouble!

By: Claudia Mills
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Wilson, a third grader, struggles with multiplication. He wishes he were as smart as the other kids in his class, or even his little brother, Kipper, who is a kindergarten math wiz. Wilson perseveres, however, and not only passes his times table test but gains a pet!

A Day with Wilbur Robinson

By: William Joyce
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

All families have their own way of doing things; sometimes some people consider these unique. But the Robinsons have a very unusual home and a very particular way about them. Humor abounds in the contrast between the text and illustrations for a memorable day. Be sure to see the film adaptation that came out in 2007.

A Dog on His Own

By: Mary Jane Auch
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

K-10 no longer trusts humans but he's still a special kind of dog just as his mother told him. K-10's unique voice as well as that of the other canines come alive in this spirited narration.

A Dragon's Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

By: Laurence Yep
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Miss Drake, a strong-willed dragon, has a new pet, a girl named Winnie who thinks Miss Drake is her pet. When Winnie's sketches come to life, can dragon and girl work together to put things right? Read in an appealing British accent, this is sure to delight listeners of all ages.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

By: Philip Stead
Illustrated by: Erin Stead
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Every day, Amos McGee goes to his job at the City Zoo where he's attentive to each of his animal friends' special needs. One day, however, Amos doesn't feel well and must miss work and so his friends visit to take care of him. Gentle, expressive illustrations expand this touching tale. (2011 Caldecott Medal Winner)

A Single Shard

By: Linda Sue Park
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tree Ear, a homeless orphan, longs to work as a potter, a respected but competitive employment — especially for a boy who lives under a bridge. Set in 12th century Korea, this Newbery Medal winning novel is as relevant as if it were taking place today. (2002 Newbery Medal Winner)

A Story, A Story

By: Gail Haley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

How did the world come to have stories? It's all because Ananse the Spider Man was able to perform three amazing feats — and send stories from Nyame throughout the world of people. Strong woodcuts illustrate this traditional African tale which explains how stories came to earth.

A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

By: Michelle Green
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

At just over 5 feet tall, no one thought Mamie Johnson, also known as "Peanut" because of her size, would become a baseball star. But she sure could pitch! The author collaborated with the actual Mamie Johnson to tell the riveting — and real — story of how Peanut Johnson became one of three women to play professionally in the Negro Baseball League.

A Wrinkle in Time

By: Madeleine L'Engle
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How the Murray children search through time to find and save their missing scientist father continues to enthrall readers even 50 years after its publication. The author was awarded the Newbery Medal for what has become a classic time travel fantasy.

About Birds / Sobre los parjaros

By: Catherine Sill
Illustrated by: Jon Sill
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Handsome, realistic illustrations accompanied by straightforward information about North American birds encourage children to observe birds closely. Additional information about characteristics and bird identification concludes this attractive and informative book.

Ace

By: Dick King-Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Farmer Tubb wants to sell Ace and his siblings when they reach eight weeks of age. Can Ace, a very bright porker, save them all?

Action Jackson

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The artist Jackson Pollack’s style and energy in his piece Number 1 1950 earned him the nickname Action Jackson. Fascinating details emerge as the art, environment, and inspiration of Jackson Pollack are presented in a carefully crafted, well-told, and vivaciously illustrated picture book biography.  

Aesop's Fables

By: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Almost 100 fables attributed to Aesop have been selected and illustrated in this oversized collection. Familiar and less familiar tales are included, and most are distinguished by illustrations that give these old fables a fresh face. This large collection is an introduction to these classic stories.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

By: Lewis Carroll
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lewis Carroll's classic story of Alice and her fantastic journey has been freshly illustrated. Gentle, full-color illustrations retain the original tone and make the story appealing and accessible for modern children.

Alice down the rabbit hole comes to life in this masterful, unabridged reading of the classic fantasy, bringing it to life all over again.

Alvin Ho Collection: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Although 2nd grader Alvin Ho admires superheroes, he is quite unlike them. In fact, he is afraid of everything! Alvin's disarming character is perfectly voiced in this two-book collection.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters

By: Lenore Look
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The timid 2nd grader is back, this time fearful of an upcoming camping trip with his father. Alvin's siblings try to help him but actually create a different sort of disaster. Readers will enjoy laughing along with these memorable characters.

Amelia Bedelia

By: Peggy Parish
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Amelia Bedelia takes her orders quite literally. She wonders why she’s asked to dust the furniture when it really should be "undusted," or why it’s important to find the proper clothes to "dress the chicken." Readers will chuckle as they figure out the correct way for the bumbling maid to carry out her work.

American Tall Tales

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Michael McCurdy
Illustrated by: Michael McCurdy
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Meet heroes (and heroines) in these well-told tales of fictitious and actual characters from American folklore. These tales are ideal for reading aloud, and are illustrated with strong-lined wood engravings.

Anansi Goes Fishing

By: Eric Kimmel
Illustrated by: Janet Stevens
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Anansi is a known charlatan, so he gets little sympathy when Turtle eats all of the fish that Anansi has learned to catch. But the reader knows that the trickster has not really learned a lesson! Sly humor abounds in both text and image in this lively retelling.

Anansi The Spider: A Tale From the Ashanti

By: Gerald McDermott
Illustrated by: Gerald McDermott
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Have you ever wondered how the moon got where it is? According to this Ashanti tale, Nyame, the god of all things, put it there when Anansi could not decide which of his sons deserved it. Brilliant illustrations accompany this classic retelling of a traditional tale.

Appleblossom the Possum

By: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Young possums work together to overcome the trouble they find themselves in. A lively but sweet story read with humor.

Arthur: Anniversary Collection

By: Marc Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Arthur's everyday world, both real and daydreamed, is presented through a lively narration of four books: Arthur's Mystery Envelope, Arthur Makes the Team, Arthur Accused!, and Arthur and the Lost Diary. Children and adults alike will recognize the concerns and the humor in these gentle sagas.

As Brave As You

By: Jason Reynolds
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

11-year-old Genie and his soon-to-be-14-year-old brother, Ernie, travel from their home in Brooklyn to spend the summer in rural Virginia with their grandparents. The boys are in for lots of surprises; they learn that their grandfather is blind, that there is no Internet, and more. Characters are distinct and vividly depicted as Genie narrates his satisfying story.

Attaboy, Sam!

By: Lois Lowry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sam uses a great deal of initiative to make just the right birthday present for his mother. But when he combines all of her favorite smells to make the perfect perfume, disastrous (and odiferous) results permeate this worthy sequel to All About Sam.

Back in Time with Benjamin Franklin

By: Dan Gutman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Travel back in time with young Qwerty (aka Robert) as he finds research much more intriguing when it involves experiencing 1776 in person via a time machine. Action and humor bring the past alive in this fast-paced novel.

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The combined talent of three geniuses — Martha Graham's choreography, Isamu Noguchi's art, and Aaron Copland's music — brought the ballet "Appalachian Spring" to life in October 1944. Graceful illustrations combine with poetic, highly detailed narrative for a riveting account of this achievement. Notes and sources are included.

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

By: Melissa Sweet
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tony Sarge grew from a boy who liked to figure out how to make things move to the man who invented marionettes controlled from below. It was Sarge who invented huge "articulating" balloons that have been the focus of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1928. Mixed media art combines with lively text to present Tony Sarge, his creativity, and contributions.

Barnaby Grimes: Curse of the Nightwolf

By: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Barnaby Grimes is a "tick-tock lad," a messenger whose specialty is very fast deliveries, which he achieves by taking the most direct route over the rooftops otherwise known as "highstacking." In Barnaby's first adventure, his deliveries for the strange Dr. Cadwallader lead to his discovery of a monstrous secret. There are three additional books in the series.

Bats at the Library

By: Brian Lies
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Storytime is just the thing / to rest a play-exhausted wing. It's bat night at the library, and the bats have come to read their favorite stories in this clever story told in rhyme. From reading the classics to splashing in the drinking fountain, the bats will leave you wondering what really happens after dark in the library! Also available in Spanish.

Beautiful Blackbird

By: Ashley Bryan
Illustrated by: Ashley Bryan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In a story of the Ila people of Zambia, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew." The story line is simple and the rhythmic chants of the flock frequently interspersed throughout the text add drama and a rapper's cadence to this award-winning book that is ready-made for participative storytelling.

Because of Winn-Dixie

By: Kate DiCamillo
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Opal meets (and rescues) a dog in a Winn Dixie grocery store, the shaggy hound gains a name, a friend and a home. He also becomes the catalyst to bring a community together. Humor and goodwill are the hallmarks of this imaginative tale.

Because They Marched

By: Russell Freedman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fifty years ago well-known civil rights leaders came together with other lesser known but key individuals in Selma, Alabama. Events leading to breaking down the barriers to voting rights for African Americans are detailed through strong images and moving, well-documented narrative.

Beetle Boy

By: M.G. Leonard
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Darkus’ entomologist father disappears, the boy moves in with eccentric Uncle Max. There, Darkus meets an extraordinary rhinoceros beetle (who he names Max), foils a plot by the evil Lucretia Cutter and her inept minions, and forges friendships. The fast pace unfolds with humor, ends with an entomologists’ dictionary, and will ultimately continue in another book.

Beezus and Ramona

By: Beverly Cleary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Having a four-year old sister like Ramona can be a real pain as 9-year old Beezus (aka Beatrice) knows all too well. Ramona likes to do things in her own often pesky, frequently funny, and always imaginative way. The movie version of the modern classic was released in March 2010.

Ben Franklin's Big Splash

By: Barb Rosenstock
Illustrated by: S. D. Schindler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Benjamin Franklin was always curious and thinking outside of the box, even as a boy. Youthful swimming (during a time when swimming was considered unhealthy) led Ben to invent paddles to be more fish-like. One episode from the life of a "smart, stubborn, sensible son of a soap-maker" is presented in humorous, detailed illustrations and lively language.

Best Man

By: Richard Peck
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Archer has been in two weddings. He looks back on the first one — a disaster for the then six-year-old boy. At least Archer met Lynette Stanley, starting a friendship that has stuck. Now in 6th grade, Archer confronts bullies and what it means to be a man as he matures. Quirky characters combine with poignant and laugh-out-loud scenes in this memorable and ultimately touching novel.

Big Pumpkin

By: Erica Silverman, S. D. Schindler
Illustrated by: S. D. Schindler, Erica Silverman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The witch has grown the biggest pumpkin ever, and now she wants to make herself a pumpkin pie for Halloween. But the pumpkin is so big she can't get it off the vine.

Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad

By: Rosemary Sutcliffe
Illustrated by: Alan Lee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The essence of Homer's Iliad is captured by Sutcliff's rich language combined with dramatic watercolor illustrations. The same team also presents Homer’s other well known epic tale in The Wanderings of Odysseus: The Story of the Odyssey. These retellings present the entire stories that involve the gods and goddesses and their impact on humans. They are fast-paced, sometimes grisly tales that together make fine stories for more sophisticated readers.

Blackout

By: John Rocco
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Does no electricity mean that there's nothing to do or are there new adventures just waiting to happen? A family and their neighbors find out one hot summer night in the city. Luminous illustrations and limited text reveal the unexpected, joy-filled pleasures of a blackout.

Boxcar Children

By: Gertrude Chandler Warner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Four orphaned children, Jessie, Henry, Violet and Benny, make a home for themselves in an abandoned red boxcar — that is, until they find they need a caring adult. This is the first in the gentle, ever-popular, now classic series.

Now more than 60 years since it was published, the story of four orphans who make their home in an old railroad car comes to life again.

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909

By: Michelle Markel
Illustrated by: Melissa Sweet
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

In the early 20th century, Clara Lemlick and her family immigrated to the United in search of a better life. The tough garment work in New York City didn't deter Clara who persevered and helped better life for both women and men workers. A simple text combines with mixed media illustrations for a glimpse into early activism and unions.

Bremen Town Musician

By: Jacob Grimm
Illustrated by: Lizbeth Zwerger
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This is the classic tale of four beleaguered animals—a donkey who can no longer work, a hound who can no longer hunt, a cat who’s too old to chase mice, and a rooster who’s scheduled to become dinner—who decide to run off to be musicians in the town of Bremen. But they get more than they bargained for when they stumble upon a frightful gang of robbers.

Brown Girl Dreaming

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The early years of a girl who grows into a writer has been recreated from family stories combined with memory and presented in verse. Born in February 1963 in Ohio, Woodson's family soon moves to the South during turbulent years. The history of the writer, her family and a nation combine in rich, metaphorical language.

Bud, Not Buddy

By: Christopher Paul Curtis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young Bud runs away from the latest and worst foster home in search of his father. Though he doesn't find his father, Bud (not Buddy) does find family, music, and more on his long trek across Michigan during the Depression. In this Newbery-winning novel, both humor and Bud's naive voice make difficult issues accessible to younger readers. (2000 Newbery Medal Winner)

Calling the Doves

By: Juan Felipe Herrera
Illustrated by: Elly Simmons
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Calling the Doves is poet Juan Felipe Herrera's story of his migrant farmworker childhood. In delightful and lyrical language, he recreates the joy of eating breakfast under the open sky, listening to Mexican songs in the little trailer house his father built, and celebrating with other families at a fiesta in the mountains. He remembers his mother singing songs and reciting poetry, and his father telling stories and calling the doves.

Chains

By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Isabel, an enslaved 13-year old, and her younger sister are set to be freed but instead are sold to a ruthless Loyalist at the start of the Revolutionary War. Life in New York City during the time comes vividly alive as do the complexities of the war

Charlie Bumpers vs. the Really Nice Gnome

By: Bill Harley
Illustrated by: Adam Gustavson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Much to his horror, Charlie is assigned to perform as the Nice Gnome in "The Sorcerer's Castle," his 4th grade class play. Even though he perfected the laugh of the Evil Sorcerer, as the Gnome, Charlie saves the day — and the performance — in this laugh-out-loud funny story. Told through Charlie's narration, readers will surely see themselves in these likeable characters.

Charlotte's Web

By: E.B. White
Illustrated by: Garth Williams
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The classic story of friendship and how a spider named Charlotte saves Wilbur, a small pig, from certain death with words in a web is now more than 50 years old. Nonetheless, it remains as fresh as the day it was first written.

Chasing Freedom: The Life Journeys of Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, Inspired by Historical Facts

By: Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by: Michele Wood
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Underground Railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony, a staunch proponent of women’s suffrage, lived during the same period in US history and actually met several times. Grimes richly imagines what they might have talked about at these meetings, contextualizing the period’s history and major events. Illustrations use strong lines and bold color to provide more than visual interest but also suggesting the strength of two remarkable women.

Chato's Kitchen

By: Gary Soto
Illustrated by: Susan Guevara
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Chato and Novio Boy are the coolest cats in their East Los Angeles barrio. When a family of mice moves next door to Chato, he invites them to dinner. He's going to eat them for dinner, but the mice bring a friend along to surprise Chato and foil his plans. The text and pictures show the funny situation and the satisfying solution. In English sprinkled with Spanish.

Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale

By: Carmen Agra Deedy, Randall Wright
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Dickens's England comes to life from the perspective of an alley cat.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By: Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault
Illustrated by: Lois Ehlert
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Naughty lowercase letters climb the coconut tree but when little Z gets to the top, they all go BOOM to the bottom. After a rescue by grown-up letters (all uppercase), it all seems to start again. Humor, crisp illustration and rhythm make this alphabetic adventure a classic.

Chicken Sunday

By: Patricia Polacco
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Love and caring extend across generations and cultures as a young Jewish girl from a Russian background and two African-American boys work creatively to get their gramma, Miss Eula, an Easter hat. Illustrations detail the warmth of the relationships as well as the subtleties of their different backgrounds.

Civil War on Sunday

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Louisa May Alcott briefly worked as a nurse during the Civil War before becoming ill herself. In this fantasy, Jack and Annie travel back to the Civil War, meeting Clara Barton and help nurse the soldiers wounded in battle.

Clementine

By: Sara Pennypacker
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet Clementine, a 3rd grader with enough energy to land her into trouble with great frequency. Her everyday adventures continue in other books.

Clementine and the Family Meeting

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine is afraid that she's in trouble but instead finds out that a new baby is on the way when the family meeting is called.

Clementine and the Spring Trip

By: Sara Pennypacker
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine is looking forward to the school field trip to Plimoth Plantation and other signs of spring her family's Annual Spring Walk Through Boston Common. But things don't always go the way the lively 3rd grader anticipates in the latest story about likeable, energetic Clementine.

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

By: Judi Barrett, Ron Barrett
Illustrated by: Ron Barrett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Residents of Chewandswallow were accustomed to their predictable weather which kept them in juice and mashed potatoes (and more) three times a day. That is, until the weather took a strange turn; foods falling not only got larger, but so did the portions! This outrageous tale was released as a film in September 2009.

Completely Clementine

By: Sara Pennypacker
Illustrated by: Marla Frazee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Clementine hates change. And there’s a lot of change about to happen: summer is approaching and the end of third grade means goodbye to her beloved teacher, Mr. D’Matz. Plus her family expects a new baby. Like other books in the series, this seventh and final one is sure to cause laughter as Clementine works to come out successfully on the other side of change.

Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jake (aka The Pain), a first grader and his sister, 3rd grader Abigail (aka The Great One), share vignettes in alternating chapters about life and living in their school and at home. Though they are indeed sibling rivals, each child is fiercely loyal to the other and confronts familiar school problems as a duo with verve and humor.

Corduroy Lost and Found

By: B.G. Hennessy
Illustrated by: Jody Wheeler
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The well-loved stuffed bear is back for another nighttime adventure, this time in search of the perfect present for Lisa's birthday. The small bear finds himself lost but in good hands at Mr. Gonzales' newsstand until Lisa finds him the next morning. In this new story by the original author's art director, both the text and illustrations convey the gentle warmth and verve of Don Freeman's original Corduroy stories.

Crispin: The Cross of Lead

By: Avi
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this Newbery Medal-winning novel, Crispin is falsely accused of murder and must flee his medieval town to save his life. But, just as he's leaving, he learns from the village priest that his parents' origins – and fates – might be more mysterious than he ever imagined… (2003 Newbery Medal Winner)

Criss Cross

By: Lynne Rae Perkins
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This story reads like a series of intersecting vignettes, all focused on 14-year-old Debbie and her friends as they leave childhood behind. The descriptive, measured writing includes poems, prose, haiku, and question-and-answer formats. Perkins brings a great deal of humor to this gentle story about a group of childhood friends facing the crossroads of life and how they wish to live it. (2006 Newbery Medal Winner)

D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths

By: Ingri Parin d'Aulaire, Edgar Parin d'Aulaire
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This richly illustrated, clearly presented look at Greek mythology begins with the first children of Mother Earth, the Titans, to the end of the Greek gods and goddesses’ reign. Similarly, this husband/wife duo introduces younger readers to the mythology of the north in D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths.

Daisy and the Egg

By: Jane Simmons
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Daisy, a winsome young duck, never looses faith that her new sibling will emerge from the egg, despite her mother’s warning that some eggs just don’t hatch. Daisy’s perseverance pays off when her new brother Pip finally pokes his way out of the shell. Cozy illustrations capture Daisy’s child-like confidence in an appealing story of determination and loyalty.

Dark Day in the Deep Sea (Magic Tree House #39)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Travel back to the 19th century with Jack and Annie on another mission for Merlin — this one involving the South Pacific, sea travel with early scientists, and the search for a sea monster.

De Colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children

By: Jose-Luis Orozco
Illustrated by: Elisa Kleven
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Bursting with color and spirit, this collection of Latin-American songs is a tribute to Latino culture. From traditional tunes to rhymes and hand games, De Colores has songs for all occasions and moods. Each song is accompanied by simple musical arrangements, with lyrics in both English and Spanish.

Dead End in Norvelt

By: Jack Gantos
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This humorous and heartwarming novel takes place during the summer of 1962, when narrator Jack Gantos turns 12 and has been "grounded for life" by his parents. He takes on a summer job writing obituaries filled with stories about the people who founded his Utopian town, Norvelt. Gantos expertly mixes truth and fiction in this book. For mature readers 9-12 and teens. (2012 Newbery Medal Winner)

Diary of a Spider

By: Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by: Harry Bliss
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Sound effects and dramatic reading make the humorous saga of an eight-legged hero come to life. Based on the picture book of the same name.

Diary of a Worm

By: Doreen Cronin
Illustrated by: Harry Bliss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What icky creature looks the same from both ends? The worm, of course! For the first time ever, get the insider’s view of life from this creepy crawler’s perspective. He lives underground with his family, eats his homework and does his best to annoy his sister — documenting it all in a diary. Simple illustrations are the ideal complement to the understated humor (though nonetheless laugh-out-loud tone) of the text.

Dick Whittington and His Cat

By: Marcia Brown
Illustrated by: Marcia Brown
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The traditional tale of a poor boy who finds fame and fortune with the help of a cat is presented here in straightforward language. Limited color and boldly lined illustrations highlight the tale's drama and satisfying conclusion.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Time-traveling siblings, Jack and Annie, are celebrating their 20th anniversary in print. Join them on their first fantastic adventure to the time of dinosaurs. The occasion is celebrated with new illustrations, updated dino-info, and a letter from the author.

Dominic

By: William Steig
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On his adventures, Dominique, a singular canine, meets many mysterious creatures. His reputation builds and so do his stories which make this an ideal book to hear expertly read.

Doña Flor

By: Pat Mora
Illustrated by: Raul Colón
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Dona Flor has gigantic proportions and unusual skills such as understanding the language of plants. Eventually, her talents are appreciated by the villagers in this attractively illustrated, richly told original tale. Winner of Pura Belpré Award. Also available in Spanish.

Double Fudge

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When the Hatchers visit Washington D.C. so that money-obsessed Fudge can see where it is printed, they run into distant cousins who then invite themselves to stay with their relatives in New York City. Chaos ensues when the families share close quarters, all creating lots of laughs for readers.

Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom

By: David Neilsen
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Hardscrabble Street transformed when Dr. Fell moved into the old abandoned house. Only Jerry, Nancy and Gail seem to be immune to a web that captivated kids and grownups as they played on Dr. Fell’s amazing new playground.  Part mystery, part magic, this creepy story is not recommended for the fainthearted!

Duck on a Bike

By: David Shannon
Illustrated by: David Shannon
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Duck decides to try riding a bike, the other farmanimals scoff at him – that is, until a group of kidsleave their bikes unattended. Expressiveillustrations use different perspectives to show theanimals gleefully riding the bikes around the barnyardin this imaginative and funny romp.

Dumpling Days

By: Grace Lin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this 3rd book about Pacy, she and her family plan to go to Taiwan to celebrate her grandmother's birthday.

Echo

By: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A harmonica and a bit of magic link different children from different times. 

Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery

By: Russell Freedman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From a shy child, Eleanor grew up to be an activist and a quietly powerful First Lady. Her life is chronicled in an understandable, well documented narrative complemented by an array of photographs. This is a solid companion to Freedman's biography of Eleanor's husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

By: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

From her early days in Harlem to becoming the First Lady of Jazz, the story of Ella Fitzgerald is presented by a cool feline named Scat Cat Monroe. As Scat Cat steals through the pages of this book, Ella Fitzgerald’s life and work are revealed in jazz-inspired language accompanied by dramatic scratchboard illustrations. The result is a lively and loving picture book biography.

Ellington Was Not a Street

By: Ntozake Shange, Kadir Nelson
Illustrated by: Kadir Nelson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Handsome illustrations of Shange's evocative poem, "Mood Indigo," pay homage to the many African American icons and visionaries who came to the author's house when she was a child. From W.E.B. DuBois to Duke Ellington, the people we now know as luminaries are seen from the perspective of a young girl. This book is sure to generate discussion.

Emily's Fortune

By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When 8-year old Emily is orphaned she heads west to find her kindly Aunt Hilda. Emily's rip-roaring adventure involves a dastardly uncle, a huge fortune, and a good friend. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger sure to keep even the most reluctant reader reading!

Everything for a Dog

By: Ann M. Martin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Bone, a stray dog, narrates the sometimes harrowing tale of how he finds a permanent home, effectively and evenly read.

Extra Yarn

By: Mac Barnett
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Annabelle finds a box with colorful yarn from which she makes sweater for all, adding color and life to a dull landscape. The box is empty when stolen by a greedy man but is yarn-filled when it returns to Annabelle. Textured pictures and understated text on open pages tell an engaging yarn.

Fables

By: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fables are short tales of animals with an explicit (though gentle) moral. Lobel has written original fables which are sure to delight young readers. Each tale is accompanied by a large illustration to create humor, character, place, and pleasure.

Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg

By: Gail Carson Levine
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happens in Neverland after Peter Pan and Wendy share an adventure? This tale gives us a glimpse into the world of fairies, when our old friend Tinkerbell shows a new fairy the ropes and rescues Neverland from certain doom.

Fancy Nancy's Favorite Fancy Words: From Accessories to Zany

By: Jane O'Connor
Illustrated by: Robin Glasser
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The stylish child whose love of words has become the basis of a series of books shares her love of words in this alphabetically arranged picture book glossary. Humorous illustrations are sure to generate additional words to describe Nancy's fancy, chic, attractive world.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

By: Roald Dahl
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Though the farmers on the three neighboring farms are quite different, each raises some type of poultry, each is very mean and ornery, and each shares their dislike of foxes. Can one fox outwit them? Only a very special, indeed fantastic Mr. Fox can — and does! A movie version of the book was released in November 2009.

Feathers

By: Jacqueline Woodson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Narrator Frannie keenly observes the changing dynamics in her classroom when a new white student arrives. Frannie also frets about her family — her deaf brother isolated from the hearing world and her pregnant mother prone to miscarriages.

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

By: Lindsay Maltick
Illustrated by: Sophie Blackall
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A mother tells her child the story of the real Winne, the true story of how a young veterinarian left his native Canada to fight during the First World War. The bear cub he found became a part of his military before finding a more permanent home and inspired a childhood classic. Gentle illustrations depict the fondness between the man and bear and that shared by mother and child pictured in spot illustrations. Factual information about Harry Colebourn is included as an album. Another book about how Winnie-the-Pooh came to life is presented by Sally Walker in Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh with gentle watercolor illustrations. (2016 Caldecott Medal Winner)

Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure

By: Jeff Brown
Illustrated by: Macky Pamintuan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Life as a paper-thin boy is not all bad as Stanley finds out. He was flattened by a bulletin board bit adjusts quite well with the help of his parents to his new dimensions — all of which makes for very funny reading (and travels in later books about Stanley and his family).

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures

By: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrated by: KG Campbell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The small squirrel rescued from a super vacuum cleaner by 10-year old Flora emerges hairless but with new superpowers. Newly named Ulysses, the squirrel cracks Flora's protective cynicism as she copes with her parents' separation. Humor and pathos combine in text and illustration in this humorous, memorable and poignant novel. (2014 Newbery Medal Winner)

Fox in Socks

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Tongue twisters abound in this lively and easy to read book by the famous doctor.

Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo

By: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by: Brian Biggs
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Boy genius, Frank Einstein, and friends explore energy and other science topics as they relate to their everyday interests. The latest in the series is filled will wordplay, science ideas and additional silliness to engage even the most reluctant readers. The heavily illustrated book will not disappoint Frank Einstein fans.

Freckle Juice & The One in the Middle Is the Green Kangaroo

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Children will recognize themselves and everyday problems in these two modern classics.

Frog and Toad

By: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The four easy readers, modern classics, are effectively read by their author and sprinkled with music and sound effects.

Frog and Toad Are Friends

By: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Five short stories about best friends celebrate everyday activities. Each of them has a very distinctive personality; but Frog and Toad find that their differences are what make their friendship special. Gentle illustrations and an easy-to-read text create treasured tales. Be sure to read other stories about the amphibious friends in Frog and Toad Together and Frog and Toad All Year.

Froggy Goes to Hawaii

By: Jonathan London
Illustrated by: Frank Remkiewicz
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Once you've joined Froggy and his family on their Hawaiian vacation, find out more about what many have called a tropical paradise in the Pacific Ocean. You can read about the geography of the Aloha State in Hawaii.
Country of origin: Hawaii, USA
 

Full of Beans

By: Jennifer Holm
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Times are tough for Beans and his family in Key West during the Great Depression. Can Beans and his friends trust the New Dealers who say that they have come to Florida to make their small, poor town a tourist destination? Bean’s saga is both humorous and poignant in his satisfying story.

Generation Fix: Young Ideas for a Better World

By: Elizabeth Rusch
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Young people see a need and work to better their world in this upbeat chronicle of youthful activists.

George Washington, Spymaster

By: Thomas Allen
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Espionage played an important role in defeating the British, as is demonstrated in this cleverly-formatted, intriguing book.

Ghost

By: Jason Reynolds
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated listeners will enjoy the story of a track-running boy and his new team with runners from very different backgrounds.

Giggle, Giggle, Quack

By: Doreen Cronin, Betsy Lewin
Illustrated by: Betsy Lewin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Farmer Brown leaves his brother in charge, hewarns Bob to keep an eye on the duck, because “he’s trouble.” Bob follows the farmer’s written instructions to the letter, but are they authentic? Astute readers willknow who’s really writing them from the animated,cartoon-like illustrations. The animals were firstintroduced in Click, Clack, Moo (Simon and Schuster,2000), another barnyard chuckler.

Ginger Pye

By: Eleanor Estes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Visit the town of Cranbury, nestled between Boston and New York, where the very talented Pye family lives. The Pyes have recently acquired an intellectual dog named Ginger Pye — that is until someone steals this captivating hound!

Giraffes Can't Dance

By: Giles Andreae
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Gerald, the giraffe, is told by the other jungle animals that he can't dance. Of course, they're proven wrong as Gerald does his thing in this rhyming tale. This book may also inspire alliterative use of language.

Gone Crazy in Alabama

By: Rita Williams-Garcia
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Gaither sisters, Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern, first introduced in One Crazy Summer (2010) and P.S. Be Eleven (2013) are back and each with her own distinct personality. While visiting their grandmother, great grandmother and other relatives, they are reminded that Alabama in 1969 is not like their home in Brooklyn. Humor and tension make this last story about the Gaither girls plausible and memorable.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!

By: Laura Schlitz
Illustrated by: Robert Byrd
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Maidens, monks, and millers’ sons — in these pages, readers will meet them all. With a deep appreciation for the period and a grand affection for both characters and audience, Laura Amy Schlitz creates twenty-two riveting portraits and linguistic gems equally suited to silent reading or performance. (2008 Newbery Medal Winner)

Good Night, Gorilla

By: Peggy Rathmann
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

When is a gorilla like Curious George? When he (and a parade of animals) follow the zookeeper home at bedtime — and snuggles in with the zookeeper's wife with very fast and funny results.

Good-bye, Havana! Hola, New York!

By: Edie Colon
Illustrated by: Raul Colon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The narrator describes her family's immigration from Cuba to New York City based on her own family's story and illustrated by her husband for a striking memoir.

Goodnight Moon

By: Margaret Wise Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The youngster prepares for sleep, bidding goodnight to the room and all objects in it, including the moon and the old lady who whispers "hush." Sleep comes softly in this cozy classic.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

By: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Each vehicle on the construction site snuggles down at the end of the day. Sound has been added to this edition of the picture book version with the same title. Icons on each page ask young readers to match the button which makes the sound — from the final sounds of digging and dumping to yawns and snores.

Grandfather's Journey

By: Allen Say
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Say narrates the saga of his grandfather who as a young man travels to the United States in the early 20th century, marries, and returns to Japan. Watercolor portraits of people and places glimpse the contrast of cultures and parallel the lives of grandfather and grandson. It could lead to a discovery of family histories. Country of origin: Japan

Greek Myths

By: Ann Turnbull
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Sophisticated listeners will appreciate the dramatic readings of Greek myths.

Green Eggs and Ham

By: Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sam-I-Am tirelessly tries to convince the other guy that he'll just adore green eggs and ham. Resistance is futile. However, to the nameless fellow's delight, he discovers that he indeed likes the delicacy and will eat them everywhere! Readers — new and experienced — appreciate the silliness and verve of this rhyming adventure.

Green Eggs and Ham and other Servings of Dr. Seuss

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Nine books by the tongue-tangling master of comedy come alive through animated readings, punctuated with music. Seuss' language is engaging to hear, even without his distinctive illustrations, in these adept and lively rhyming stories.

Green Is a Chile Pepper

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Colors introduce foods and more Mexico and other Spanish-speaking counties. Naïve style illustrations accompany bouncy rhymes that incorporate Spanish words; all colors appear in both Spanish and English.

H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Imagination and Basketball

By: Christopher Myers
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The fun of friends playing a game of basketball comes to life.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

By: Crockett Johnson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the classic story of Harold, who turns an ordinary walk into an extraordinary adventure! With his purple crayon and vivid imagination, he draws his way into and out of trouble. Simple line drawings — including lines from Harold's crayon — complement the simple text, for a story that celebrates creativity and problem solving using a tool with which every child is familiar!

Harry the Dirty Dog

By: Gene Zion, Margaret Bloy Graham
Illustrated by: Margaret Bloy Graham, Gene Zion
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Recommended by David – Harry was a white dog with black spots – until he slid down the coal chute. Then he became a black dog with white spots. When my mother read me this story, I still remember worrying that the family would never recognize Harry. But lo and behold, Harry digs up the scrubber brush and they finally give him a bath. Great illustrations, fun story, happy memories!

Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez

By: Kathleen Krull
Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As a young boy, Cesar Chavez grew up on an 80-acre ranch in Arizona in the midst of joyous family reunions. When his family had to leave Arizona, however, to work as migrant laborers in California, their lives were turned upside down. During these excrutiating days and nights, Cesar struggled — but then found the resolve to one day help his fellow workers. Yuyi Morales brings Cesar's childhood and early days as an organizer to life with stunning illustrations.

Hattie Big Sky

By: Kirby Larson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

For years, sixteen-year-old Hattie's been shuttled between relatives. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she courageously leaves Iowa to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim in Montana. Despite many hardships, Hattie forges ahead, sharing her adventures with her friends through letters and articles for her hometown paper.

Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve (Magic Tree House #30)

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack go back in time to Camelot to a haunted castle to find the Stone of Destiny. Their quest involves lots of spooky things as well as an apprentice wizard, Morgan LeFay's nephew.

Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Sucie Stevenson
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Henry and Mudge visit Henry's Great Grandpa Bill in his home with all the other old grandpas, bringing slobbery kisses, great joy, and lots of energy. Together, the Great Grandpas along with Henry and his dad go swimming and lean on Mudge — literally — when they get tired proving that even a big, wet dog can make a difference!

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

By: Robbie Robertson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The author retells the saga of Hiawatha who with the Peacemaker was instrumental in creating the federation of tribes, known as the Great Iroquois Nation. Dramatic illustrations evoke mystery and drama to complement the straightforward narration. An author’s note concludes this sophisticated, unique and handsome book.

High Tide in Hawaii

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Hawaii is home to no less than 8 national parks where magic abounds in natural wonders such as the Volcanoes National Park. In this Magic Tree House installment, Jack and Annie are instructed to find a "special magic" in old Hawaii. They find it in Hawaii's beauty and the drama of natural disasters!

Home of the Brave

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This novel, written in free verse, tells the story of Kek, an eleven-year-old boy from the Sudan who arrives as a refugee to Minnesota in the middle of winter. In moments both amusing and heartbreaking, it is possible to see through Kek's eyes what it is like for new immigrants who come to this country and to think about the scars that war leaves on its youngest victims. Teacher's Guide available.

Hooray for Anna Hibiscus

By: Atinuke
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Anna Hibiscus and her life in contemporary Africa come to life occasionally using authentic-sounding accents to create a strong sense of place.

Hop on Pop

By: Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Recommended by Christian – This book made me want to be a reader! I caught on to the first few pages quickly. But the back section, with multiple words per page, was a challenge. And I couldn’t wait to be able to read them! I could feel Dr. Seuss pulling me along with his dynamic creatures bouncing from page to page: "Don’t you want to know what happens?" "Oh, I do, I do!"

Horton and the Kwuggerbug and More Lost Stories

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Classic Seuss rhymes and illustrations of stories that have only been published heretofore in magazines are put together in a new collection. Adults will appreciate the introduction by Seuss scholar, Charles Cohen, while children will enjoy seeing well-loved characters (Horton and the Grinch, for example) in "new" stories.

Horton Hears a Who

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

No one believes poor Horton the elephant when he tells them that he hears someone on the speck of dust. Despite ridicule and difficulties, Horton perseveres and saves the all of Whoville confirming that one can make a difference. This classic tale told in rhyme and heavy lined, expressive illustrations, with broad humor.

Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack travel back in time to the first Olympic games to retrieve a lost story. There they learn a lot about what girls were — and were not — permitted to do in Ancient Greece.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

By: Jane Yolen
Illustrated by: Mark Teague
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ten sleepy dinosaurs get ready for bed in this celebration of funny, endearing, and naughty bedtime behavior. Young children will laugh out loud as they recognize themselves in this larger than life silliness.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

By: Dr. Seuss
Illustrated by: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The classic tale of the Grinch is now more than 50 years old. But that's just why it's a classic: Seuss' grumpy stealer of Christmas is as fresh today as it was when first published in the mid 20th century.

How to Catch a Bogle

By: Catherine Jinks
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family

Bogle-catching in Victorian England is comes alive in this deliciously spooky tale effectively presented in an accented voice and a capella singing.

I Got a D in Salami (Hank Zipzer)

By: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It's report card day-the most dreaded day in Hank's school year. And when Hank gets his grades, they're his worst nightmare come true: a D in spelling, a D in reading, a D in math. After school, Hank and his friends go to his mom's deli. His mom is on the prowl-she knows a report card day when she sees one. Hank tries to stall her, but she's going for his backpack. He's cornered. Hank hands the report card off to his friend Frankie, who gives it to his friend Ashley, who gives it to Robert, who puts it into a meat grinder! Hank watches as his Ds are ground into a big salami, and this particular salami is being made for a very important client. How will Hank get out of this one? (See more books from the Hank Zipzer series)

I'm Dirty

By: Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Umm! growls the bodacious backhoe loader as he gets dirtier with each pile of trash he gathers as he cleans up a vacant lot. The countdown from 10 to 1 is gross, alliterative, and sure to engage children who enjoy things that move (not to mention yucky!).

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American

By: Catherine Clinton
Illustrated by: Stephen Alcorn
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This chronological collection includes work by such poets as Phillis Wheatley, W. E. B. Du Bois, Arna Bontemps, Maya Angelou, Rita Dove, along with twenty others. The verses, introduced with biographical information, reflect the African-American struggle for equality from the early 1800s to the present. The textured illustrations, done in muted tones, capture the drama and strength of each poem. [The Horn Book]

In the Small, Small Pond

By: Denise Fleming
Illustrated by: Denise Fleming
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child (and a small green frog) witness the change of seasons in a small, critter-filled pond. Engaging language swirls and moves across the pages in this vibrantly illustrated Caldecott Honor book.

Interrupting Chicken

By: David Ezra Stein
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Though she promises she won't interrupt, a little red chicken inserts herself into the fairy tales her father reads to save the fairy tale characters from familiar bad endings. When her father tires of the interruptions, she shares an original story in which the dad is put to bed. Cartoon illustrations depict the likeable characters and humorous actions.

It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel

By: Firoozeh Dumas
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Zomorod Yousefzadeh prefers to be called “Cindy” (as in one of the Brady Bunch). She lives with her Iranian-born family in California where her father works. Their life, however, changes when a group of Iranian students take over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. The issues of the 1970s come into sharp focus (and are surprisingly timely) through Cindy’s often funny, sometimes insightful, always plausible narration. 

It's All Greek to Me

By: Jon Scieszka
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this installment of friends known as the Time Warp Trio, Joe, Fred, and Sam meet key figures from ancient Greek mythology when they’re transported back to Mount Olympus. It all started during a school play about ancient Greece…

Jazz

By: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrated by: Christopher Myers
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Experience the explosion of color and movement of jazz as you pulsate with its beat in a vibrant series of poems and paintings. This father-and-son team explores a variety of jazz forms in an unforgettable book.

In 2008, the first Odyssey Award for distinguished children's/young adult audiobook was presented to this read-along title. This package brings together the illustrations of the book with the featured Jazz music.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

By: Roxane Orgill
Illustrated by: Francis Vallejo
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In 1958, photographer Art Kane gathered up a who’s who of jazz musicians on a New York City street for what is now an iconic image of African American artists. Original poems accompanied by vivid paintings depict the period, the people, and more. Not only is the original photo included, so are short biographies of each of the musicians as well as additional resources sure to inspire further exploration.

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

By: Simms Taback
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Readers learn how something can be made from almost nothing as Joseph transforms his amazing, but tattered, coat, into a jacket, a vest and a scarf. When there is only a button left remaining, he uses his imagination to find one more use. (2000 Caldecott Medal Winner)

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

By: Patricia Hruby Powell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Josephine Baker’s life and struggles of this performer and activist comes to life.

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

By: Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Andrews
Illustrated by: Jim McMullan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A range of poetic styles, some rooted in the authors' family, are shared in this handsome, easily accessible collection. Attractive illustrations are sprinkled throughout, building the joy when the poems are shared, even when listening to the beautifully read CD.

Julius, Baby of the World

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lilly is sick and tired of hearing about the wonders of Julius, her new baby brother. Because she wants him to go back to where he came from, Lilly spends a lot of time in the "uncooperative chair." But when a cousin criticizes Julius, Lilly learns just how protective a big sister can feel. Deceptively simple line and wash illustrations show the intense emotions of Lilly and her mouse family.

Jump Back Paul:The Life and Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar

By: Sally Derby
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dunbar’s poetry and life come alive in this lively audio.

Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)

By: Barbara Parks
Illustrated by: Denise Brunkus
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Junie B and her classmates are back, trying to be the first graders who win the school contest for the best list of things for which to be thankful. Junie hasn't changed much — she's still energetic and at times a bit impolite — but Thanksgiving with Junie is sure to make children chuckle as they recognize the humor in Junie’s situations.

Just So Stories & Other Tales

By: Rudyard Kipling
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Find out why the camel has a hump, how the elephant got his trunk and how a small fish changed the whale's taste forever. Boris Karloff's distinctive voice and style breathe new life to the audio book version of these familiar tales.

Kira-Kira

By: Cynthia Kadohata
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This tender novel describes a loving Japanese-American family from the point of view of the younger sister. Personal challenges and family tragedy, particularly the older sister's struggle with lymphoma, are set against the oppressive social climate of the South during the 1950s and early 1960s. (2005 Newbery Medal Winner)

Kitten's First Full Moon

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Children will delight in Kitten’s mistake. They know that what she thinks is a bowl of milk is really the moon’s reflection. Mostly black and white (and shades of gray) illustration expressively depict Kitten. Children enjoy the visual and verbal patterns throughout. (2005 Caldecott Medal Winner)

Knights of the Kitchen Table (Time Warp Trio series)

By: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

As a gift from his magician uncle, Joe receives The Book setting into motion a series of humorous time travel adventures. Joe and his friends, Fred and Sam, travel to King Arthur's England where they meet dragons, knights and more in this first Time Warp Trio trip. Smith's black/white illustrations punctuate the action in this fast-paced tale.

Last Stop on Market Street

By: Matt de la Peña
Illustrated by: Christian Robinson
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A slightly grumpy CJ asks his grandma why they have to take a bus across town every Sunday after church. Her answers are playful, wise, and effective; CJ admits he's glad they came to see their friends at the soup kitchen where they serve. Bright, stylized illustrations and rich, well-paced language presents a warm relationship and a diverse urban locale. (2016 Newbery Medal Winner)

Leprechaun in Late Winter

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Illustrated by: Sam Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Annie and Jack travel to a long-ago Ireland to inspire Augusta to share her creativity with near calamitous results. How the sibling team solves the problem and achieves their mission is a worthy addition to this appealing series.

Library Mouse

By: Daniel Kirk
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sam is a library mouse, and he lives in the wall behind the children's reference section. One night, he decides to try writing his own story, and it's a big hit! Soon everyone at the library is wondering who the mystery writer is. What Sam plans next will surprise and delight readers of all ages. Daniel Kirk provides lifelike illustrations to accompany his heartwarming story.

Lilly's Big Day

By: Kevin Henkes
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Who else except Lilly would Mr. Slinger, Lilly's favorite teacher, invite to be flower girl in his wedding? His niece, Ginger, that's who! Lilly's indomitable personality and the author's genuine respect for children shine through in this wholly credible story — a very funny and satisfying saga in which Lilly saves the day.

Lincoln: A Photobiograhy

By: Russell Freedman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Abraham Lincoln comes to life as a leader, a husband and a father in this enthralling account of his life and the times in which he lived. Lincoln's writing and other primary sources are seamlessly incorporated along with telling photographs.

Little House in the Big Woods

By: Laura Wilder
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Meet Laura and her family in this first of the Little House series in their cozy Wisconsin log home. Setting and characters come alive through the vivid detail of family life and living in the 1870s. The calm narration mitigates the more explicit particulars of pioneer life.

Little Red Riding Hood: A Newfangled Prairie Tale

By: Lisa Campbell Ernst
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Red's feisty grandmother enlists the wolf as her assistant muffin maker in this contemporary parody of the traditional fairy tale..

Llama Llama Mad at Mama

By: Anna Dewdney
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Little Llama Llama has a major meltdown when he tires of shopping with Mama in the shop-o-rama. But Mama Llama is smart and figures out how do end the llama drama. The rhyming text shares not only a common experience but a great deal of llama wisdom all told with good humor and rhyme.

Looking Like Me

By: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrated by: Christopher Myers
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy named Jeremy defines himself in the context of his world. The animated narrator begins by looking in the mirror and seeing a boy, and then adds brother, son, artist, writer, and more as he interacts with his family and community. The lively poem concludes with a look at a very young author and illustrator and a short list of how they self-define.

Loving vs. Virginia

By: Patricia Hruby Powell
Illustrated by: Shadra Strickland
Age Level: Teen
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The saga of Mildred, a young African American, and Richard, a white teen, who met and fell in love in their Virginia town, is poetically told in an open, strikingly handsome format. Mildred and Richard’s courage to stand up for their right to marry and live where they wanted took them all the way to the US Supreme Court. Their struggle will be best appreciated by sophisticated readers. The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls presents the family’s story for younger children, a picture book for children from 6-8 years old. 

Madeline's Rescue

By: Ludwig Bemelmans
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Recommended by Noel – I love this book for its beautiful art, elegant prose, and of course, the plucky and adorable Madeline. With just a few words, Bemelmans manages to make Madeline and Miss Clavel come to life. It's also a wonderful book for young armchair travellers, giving them a taste of Paris.

Malcolm at Midnight

By: W. H. Beck
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Malcolm the rat narrates his adventures in Mr. Binney's fifth-grade class. At night, the school comes alive with the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that protects the school. When the leader (an iguana named Aggy) goes missing, Malcolm sets out to find Aggy to ensure her safety and to clear his name.

Mama, Do You Love Me?

By: Barbara M. Joosse, Barbara Lavallee
Illustrated by: Barbara Lavallee
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This story of an Inuit child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parents love is unconditional and everlasting. Beautiful illustrations of Alaska and the characters convey the cultural richness of this timeless story.

March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World

By: Christine King Farris
Illustrated by: London Ladd
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Martin Luther King, Jr. prepared diligently for his now famous "I have a dream" speech given on August 28, 1963 during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was King's unshakable belief in nonviolence and the power of words that galvanized the country. This informal account is both personal and satisfying as revealed by Martin's older sister who watched it on television with their parents in Atlanta. Full-color illustrations and expressive typography highlight words and enhance the tone.

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By: Doreen Rappaport
Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Martin Luther King Jr. grew up fascinated by big words. He would later go on to use these words to inspire a nation and call people to action. In this award-winning book, powerful portraits of King show how he used words, not weapons, to fight injustice.

Marty McGuire

By: Kate Messner
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Marty would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure that there’s been a huge mistake! But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her own plan to improve the play. Maybe a princess in muddy sneakers can live happily ever after, after all! This is the first title in the Marty Maguire chapter book series.

Marvin One Too Many

By: Katherine Paterson
Illustrated by: Jane Clark Brown
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Marvin's excitement about first grade quickly dwindles when his name doesn't appear on the list and the class is short one desk. Add to that the fact that he struggles to read, well, it's clear that he's just "one too many." Things improve when Marvin's parents find out what is going on and his father shares his difficulty learning to read.

Mary Poppins

By: Mo Willems
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Banks family, their children, and a most amazing Mary Poppins are brought to life through the narrator’s spot-on British accent.

Mary Poppins

By: P.L. Travers
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Mary Poppins arrived at the house on Cherry Tree Lane, life became much different and more exciting. The unique nanny stayed only until the wind changed leaving the family with many happy memories. Some echoes of the film are evident, however, the book remains a read aloud classic that stands apart and is rather different.

Midnight for Charlie Bone

By: Jenny Nimmo
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Like another English boy, Charlie discovers his unique mysterious abilities and goes off to Bloor's Academy, a school for specially gifted students. Twists and turns, exceptional magical skills, and remarkable characters make this an adventure not to miss.

Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater

By: Denys Cazet
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Bovine buddies Minnie and Moo are getting ready for their farmer's birthday. They give him their last cream puff — leaving it in his slipper…and the sweater they've made seems to be haunted! And where is Elvis the rooster? Nothing could be grosser than stepping into a cream puff or wearing a sweater that talks, but it sure makes a funny tale!

Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman

By: Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This beautifully written book, illustrated by four-time Caldecott Honor recipient Jerry Pinkney, makes the story of Harriet Tubman's childhood accessible to very young readers. As a young slave nicknamed Minty, Harriet Tubman was a feisty and stubborn girl with a dream of escape, and a rebellious spirit that often got her into trouble. Pinkney's expressive illustrations bring every emotion to brilliant life – from troubled sorrow to spirited hope for freedom.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse

By: Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by: Josee Masse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyone knows that there are two sides to every story. Read a cleverly illustrated poem one way for one side; read the same poem in reverse and learn the other. Well known fairy tales are presented through reversible poems sure to intrigue sophisticated readers of all ages. Each book comes with a CD, so pop it in and follow along!

Miss Rumphius

By: Barbara Cooney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Miss Rumphius leaves the world more beautiful with an unusual legacy. This gentle story can relate to not only the language arts, but to dreams, legacies, and the environment.

Moo: A Novel

By: Sharon Creech
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Reena, her younger brother Luke and their parents leave New York City behind for a new life in Maine. The first summer in their new home, the siblings are asked to help old Mrs. Falala and her animals. Both the old lady and each of her four-legged charges have distinct personalities with unanticipated results for the children and parents. Humor and more serious topics unfold in gentle verse in an open format.

Moon Over Manifest

By: Clare Vanderpool
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The movement of the train rocked me like a lullaby. I closed my eyes to the dusty countryside and imagined the sign I’d seen only in Gideon’s stories: Manifest—A Town with a rich past and a bright future. Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was. (2011 Newbery Medal Winner)

More, More, More Said the Baby

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

In each of these three short, colorfully illustrated stories, the grandmother loves her Little Pumpkin as only a doting grandmother can. Chubby, multi-ethnic children are brightly portrayed in sparkling watercolors.

Mosquitoes Are Ruining My Summer and Other Silly Dilly Camp Songs

By: Alan Katz
Illustrated by: David Catrow
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Summer camp adventures — from arts and crafts to games to hiking — are presented in rhymes that can be sung to familiar tunes. Slightly irreverent humor in text and illustrations are sure to make this a memorable experience for campers and non-campers alike.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

By: Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater
Illustrated by: Florence Atwater
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When Admiral Drake sends a penguin named Captain Cook to the Popper family, Mr. Popper's dreams of seeing the world begin to come true. Humor abounds in this early Newbery Honor book as readers follow Mr. Popper and his penguins to Antarctica.

Mr. Putter and Tabby Toot the Horn

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Arthur Howard
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mr. Putter's neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, decides that they should join a band, but finding the right one isn’t as easy as it sounds — for them or their pets. Mr. Putter’s everyday adventures continue In other books in the series such as Mr. Putter and Tabby Paints the Porch; here the help Mr. Putter gets from his animal friends makes painting his front porch a challenge.

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present

By: Charlotte Zolotow
Illustrated by: Maurice Sendak
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A girl meets the talkative Mr. Rabbit and together they discuss what birthday present to give her mother. Evocative illustrations have rich hues and rounded shapes that suggest a fanciful setting but with an imaginative, real-world resolution.

Muddle Earth

By: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

With a bit of a nod to J.R.R. Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings, Muddle Earth follows the quest of Joe, an ordinary boy from Earth who has been summoned to Muddle Earth by the wizard Randalf to fight evil in this realm where things are quite muddled and anything can happen — from stampeding silverware to exploding gas frogs.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

By: Candace Fleming
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Try as he might, Mr. McGreely cannot outwit three clever and hungry rabbits as they feast on his vegetable garden — muncha, muncha, muncha! But there's always something to be grateful for as both the gardener and the rabbits learn in this funny, alliterative tale.

Music, Music for Everyone

By: Vera Williams
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Rosa’s grandmother becomes sick, Rosa comes up with an idea that not only makes Grandma feel better, it helps add coins to the family’s near empty money jar. Translucent watercolors illustrate this timeless, affectionate tale of family, community and the power of music.

My Freedom Trip

By: Ginger Park, Frances Park
Illustrated by: Leonard Jenkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

To escape the coming conflict, young Soo leaves North Korea without her mother. Though her mother plans to join Soo and her father, the Korean War begins and Soo has only memories of her mother’s bravery. Darkly hued illustrations combine with the lyrical narrative in this story based on the authors’ own family.

Nate the Great

By: Marjorie Sharmat
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet Nate the Great, the neighborhood detective. He's just finishing up breakfast (pancakes, of course) when his friend Annie calls, asking his help to find a missing painting. Can Nate's keen powers of observation and deductive reasoning save the day?

Nate the Great Series

By: Marjorie Sharmat
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nate the Great has been delighting beginning readers for 30 years. The quirky characters and simple, clever storylines are a big hit with kids – all of whom love to solve each mystery alongside the most popular sleuth in the business.

Niagara Falls or Does It? (Hank Zipzer)

By: Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On the first day of fourth grade, Hank's teacher assigns a five-paragraph essay, "What I did on my summer vacation," and he knows he's in trouble. It has always been difficult for him to read, write, and spell so he decides to "build" his assignment instead — to "bring Niagara Falls into the classroom, water and all." This is the first book in the Hank Zipzer series.

Noah's Ark

By: Peter Spier
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The biblical rainy-day tale comes to life through delicate, detail-packed illustrations in this wordless picture book.

Nuts to You!

By: Lynne Rae Perkins
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When a squirrel is snatched up by a hungry hawk (but not eaten), his courageous friends go after him. Together they discover another squirrel society and save their homes from devastation in this clever, quite funny, and often insightful tale that provides a glimpse into what squirrel civilization might be.

On the Blue Comet

By: Rosemary Wells
Illustrated by: Bagram Ibatoulline
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Great Depression changed everything for 11-year-old Oscar and his widowed dad. Oscar's prized model trains are sold, his dad leaves Illinois to find work in California, and Oscar begins an adventure through time and places after he jumps onto a model train.

Once Upon a Timeless Tale Collection

By: Miriam Margolyes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Familiar tales such as "Little Red Riding Hood" and "The Princess and the Pea" have been faithfully retold and dramatically read.

One Half from the East

By: Nadia Hashimi
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Obeyda becomes a bacha posh (a girl who assumes the role of a boy) named Obeyd when she and her family leave Kabul to be nearer to family in the country. As bacha bosh, Obeyd has much more freedom and is sure to bring luck to the family since her policeman father could no longer support his family after he lost a leg in a car bombing. This story of contemporary Afghanistan is compelling and illuminating.

Only Passing Through

By: Anne Rockwell
Illustrated by: Anne Rockwell
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

This brief biography begins when 9-year-old Isabella is sold at a slave auction in Kingston, New York. It continues as she transforms into the woman best known as Sojourner Truth, an outspoken critic of slavery and proponent of women's rights. Also included are a dramatic reading of Truth's famous "Ain't I a Woman" speech and a stirring hymn written and often sung by Truth.

Our Only May Amelia

By: Jennifer Holm
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Twelve-year-old tomboy May Amelia Jackson, the youngest of seven children and the only girl in a Finnish immigrant family, lives in the wilderness along the Nasel River in Washington State in 1899. Through May Amelia's travels, readers witness the diverse ways of life in the expanding West: peaceful relations with the Chinook Indians, the dangers posed by the neighboring logging camp, her aunt's life in the nearby boomtown of Astoria, Oregon, as well as the rhythms of the seasons.

Over and Under the Snow

By: Kate Messner
Illustrated by: Christopher S. Neal
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As the narrator and her father ski through the woods, they compare what goes on over and under the snow cover. Wood block illustrations add rich texture to the words.

Over in the Meadow

By: John Langstaff
Illustrated by: Feodor Rojankovsky
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Over in the meadow live animals and their young – from one to 10. The predictable pattern is made memorable with intricate illustration and repetition in this ageless rendition of a familiar counting ditty.

Owl at Home

By: Arnold Lobel
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Young readers will understand what Owl doesn't in each of five short chapters. The episodic tales and lighthearted illustrations are sure to engage newly independent readers.

Owl Babies

By: Martin Waddell, Patrick Benson
Illustrated by: Patrick Benson
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

When they find their mother gone from the nest, three owlets worry that their mother won't return, but of course she does. Stunning illustrations combine with repeating text for a reassuring story.

Owl Moon

By: Jane Yolen, John Schoenherr
Illustrated by: John Schoenherr
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A father and daughter go out "owling" on a cold, snow-filled evening with only moonlight to guide them. An introduction by the author to this edition opens the now-classic, luminously illustrated story in which hope "…flies on silent wings under a shining Owl Moon."

Penny from Heaven

By: Jennifer Holm
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It’s 1953 and 11-year-old Penny dreams of a summer of butter pecan ice cream, swimming, and baseball. This coming-of-age story is populated by a cast of vivid family characters and it explores the things that tear them apart and the things that bring them back together. The book includes an Author's Note with photographs and additional background on World War II, Internment camps, and 1950s America.

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods

By: Rick Riordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon and a human woman (and title character in the Olympian series of novels) retells traditional Greek myths. His voice is informal and chatty, adding contemporary insight and drama. The tellings are punctuated by handsome, theatrical illustrations in a satisfyingly large format.

Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

By: James Dean
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Pokerfaced Pete the cat sings the traditional song with his guitar as he travels the farm in a red pickup truck and his big green tractor. Deadpan illustrations add verve and humor to the familiar tune and farm animal sounds.

Pippi Longstocking

By: Astrid Lindgren
Illustrated by: Astrid Lindgren
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Pippi, an amazingly strong child, can pick up the house in which she lives alone in the middle of town. Her extraordinary adventures continue to delight and amaze children, just as Pippi did for the author's own daughter.

Pirates Don't Change Diapers

By: Melinda Long
Illustrated by: David Shannon
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Braid Beard's band of pirates has bad teeth, bad breath, and bad manners — and now, in order to get their treasure they have Jeremy Jacob's baby sister with a dirty diaper. Shiver me timbers and aargh! It's enough to gross out a grown pirate! This fantastic adventure is fun, fast — and not a little odiferous.

Players in Pigtails

By: Shana Corey
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Katie Casey follows her passion for baseball and winds up playing for one of the professional girls' teams — and wins. The little known opening of a well-known tune, "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," inspired this fictionalized look at the professional all-girls baseball league that thrived during World War II.

Poems and Folktales

By: Ashley Bryan
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Have you ever wondered why there is thunder and lightning? Hear this Nigerian folktale and other tales (as well as original poems) retold and shared by a master storyteller, artist, and writer. Ashley Bryan's distinctive style and resonant voice echo the techniques of traditional griots.

Poems in the Attic

By: Nikki Grimes
Illustrated by: Elizabeth Zunon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A girl discovers her family's history, sharing some of her mother's childhood experiences by reading what her mother wrote as a child. A series of short poems and handsome illustrations juxtapose past to present: "Memories can be like sandcastles/the waves wash away./My mama glued her memories with words so they would last forever." As the family history unfolds, the connection between generations becomes clear in this engaging and very timely book.

Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure

By: Stephanie Greene
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Posey learns about consequences firsthand when her much-loved toy is taken away in school. The gentle story is pleasantly narrated.

Rabbit Ears Treasury of World Tales: Volume Two

By: Rabbit Ears
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Listen in to these two classic tales — about princes and princesses — read with character and energy by Oscar-winning actors Williams and Thompson.

Ralph S. Mouse

By: Beverly Cleary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ralph is a mouse who speaks human and lives at the Mountain View Inn run by Ryan’s family. The fun starts when Ralph’s motorcycle breaks and he convinces Ryan to take him to a mysterious place called school. Characters come to life through the lively narration.

Ramona and Her Father

By: Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by: Beverly Cleary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Seven-year old Ramona tries to take charge when her dad loses his job and her mother goes back to work out of the house full-time. Readers will see themselves in the Quimby household and are sure to chuckle at Ramona’s antics. 

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

By: Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by: Beverly Cleary
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Ramona is ready for the challenges of a new school — without her older sister. It's a year of change for the Quimby family and if everyone else can adjust, so can Ramona. The normal challenges of family life come alive here with verve and humor.

Ramona's World

By: Beverly Cleary, Tracy Dockray
Illustrated by: Tracy Dockray
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ramona, now starting 4th grade, gets a teacher who is a stickler for proper spelling. Ramona is propelled into writing a letter when she finds an error in an advertisement — all with the verve and humor readers expect of Ramona.

Reading in the Wild: The Book Whisperer's Keys to Cultivating Lifelong Reading Habits

By: Donalyn Miller
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

A companion to the bestselling The Book Whisperer, Reading in the Wild explores whether or not we are truly instilling lifelong reading habits in our students and provides practical strategies for teaching "wild" reading. Based on survey responses from over 900 adult readers and classroom feedback, Reading in the Wild offers solid advice and strategies on how to develop, encourage and assess key lifelong reading habits, including dedicating time for reading, planning for future reading, and defining oneself as a reader. Includes advice for supporting the love of reading by explicitly teaching lifelong reading habits. Contains accessible strategies, ideas, tips, lesson plans and management tools along with lists of recommended books. [Amazon review]

Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy)

By: Deborah Wiles
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A full cast voices this production which brings to life the summer of 1964 and the changes that were taking place in Greenwood, Mississippi.

Rosa

By: Nikki Giovanni
Illustrated by: Bryan Collier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rosa Parks was an ordinary woman who became a hero because she "was not going to give in to that which was wrong." A catalyst for the famous Montgomery Bus boycott in Alabama, she turned the nation's attention to a glaring injustice in our society. Powerful illustrations evoke a time before the Civil Rights era and give the reader a glimpse at a person, her impact, and a period in American history.

Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes

By: Roseanne Thong
Illustrated by: John Parra
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Circles, squares, triangles, ovals and stars are all around! The rhyming text incorporates Spanish words which are defined in illustrations reminiscent of folk art. A glossary of Spanish words concludes this engaging glimpse into Mexican culture.

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook

By: Shel Silverstein
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Runny Babbit talk is created by spoonerisms, switching the first sound in a pair of words, so a "silly book" becomes a "billy sook." Kids build their phonemic awareness without even trying! The audio book narrator's slightly gravelly voice is ideal for sharing these funny poems (completed though not published before the popular poet's death in 1999).

Sarah, Plain and Tall

By: Patricia MacLachlan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Set in the 1800s, a widowed farmer advertises for a wife and mother for his two children. A tall, plain woman answers the ad; Sarah leaves her Maine home and the sea for the Plains as she grows to love Caleb and Anna. An elegantly simple telling.

Scarecrow and His Servant

By: Phillip Pullman
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A not-too-bright scarecrow accompanies Jack on the adventure of a lifetime, far away from the field and birds.

Scranimals

By: Jack Prelutsky
Illustrated by: Peter Sís
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

On Scranimal Island, there are many curious creatures that may seem familiar, but are really the product of the imagination. Are the critters animal, vegetable, or mineral? Only those who play with words will know for sure!

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa

By: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Although Kwanzaa commemorates an ancient African harvest ritual, it is a relatively new holiday in North America. Seven Candles for Kwanzaa comfortably explains the origins, language, and daily themes of this warm and festive seven-day holiday.

Sheep in a Jeep

By: Nancy Shaw
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Silly rhymes about silly activities make the words jump off the page, complemented by humorous illustrations.

Shiloh

By: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family

Eleven year old Marty must decide whether or not to return an abused beagle to its rightful owner, an unkind man. His dilemma includes hiding the dog, Shiloh, telling his parents the truth, and more in this riveting, award-winning novel which is ideal to read aloud with slightly sophisticated listeners. It was adapted into a live action film in 2000.

Show Way

By: Jacqueline Woodson, Hudson Talbott
Illustrated by: Hudson Talbott
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Soonie's great grandmother was only seven-years-old when sold to the big plantation. A quilt that showed the way to freedom and chronicled the family's history connects the generations, and continues to do so. Idealized illustrations and the poetic text provide an unusual family story.

Shrek!

By: William Steig
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ugly ogre parents make an even uglier ogre son named Shrek. Of course Shrek seeks (on the back of a donkey) and finds a bride — an ogress even uglier than he! Enjoy the rich language used in the now 20-years-old and still-funny picture book that inspired a movie adaptation.

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

By: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., inspired four students to protest in a way that ultimately changed the United States. Their peaceful dissent at the segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, would "combine black with white to make sweet justice." The "Greensboro Four" began their sit-in on February 1, 1960 and contributed to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The text suggests storytelling and is accompanied by light-lined but evocative illustrations; back matter completes this compelling portrait.

Snowflake Bentley

By: Jacqueline Martin
Illustrated by: Mary Azarian
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The story of one boy’s passion for snowflakes led to a lifetime’s study. Wilson Bentley, better known as Snowflake Bentley, is presented in a fascinating picture book biography. Read just the story portion or include the factual narration which is included on each page. Illustrations evoke Snowflake’s Vermont, just the thing for a warm day.

So You Want to Be President?

By: Judith St. George
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

One president was too big to get himself into a bathtub; another's legacy was unknown — but once more is known about the men who have become U.S. President, more may aspire to it! Little known facts about presidents are presented in lively tidbits augmented by Small's droll cartoons. The Caldecott medal winning book has been updated to include the current president. (2001 Caldecott Medal Winner)

Songs from the Baobab

By: Chantal Grosleziat
Illustrated by: Elodie Nouhen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

This handsomely illustrated book is accompanied by a CD of songs and lullabies from various parts of Africa.

Stallion by Starlight

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Siblings Jack and Annie time travel to ancient Greece to help Alexander the Great, successfully read by the book's author.

Stink the Incredible Shrinking Kid

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stink's real name is James, just like President James Madison. And like Madison, Stink is short — a notion constantly reinforced by his older sister Judy. Stink, however, learns how to cope with it while along the way learning about U.S. presidents.

Stink: Solar System Superhero

By: Megan McDonald
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

"Honk if you love Pluto!" The latest adventures of Stink, Judy Moody's rambunctious little brother, will make young listeners laugh out loud.

Stone Soup

By: Jon J Muth
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A traditional tale has set in China as three Zen monks come to a remote village where residents are wary of strangers. The villagers gradually add ingredients to the initial soup the monks begin from a stone, building a community feast. Radiant illustrations successfully recast the tale.

Superfudge

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Peter is now 12 and still tormented by younger brother, Fudge. And then he learns that his parents want to leave New York City for some time in the country — and a new baby in the family. One Fudge is bad enough, but how will Peter cope with yet another? Humor abounds in this recognizable tale.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

By: William Steig
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When a young donkey named Sylvester comes across a magic pebble, he saves himself from a confrontation with a lion by wishing himself into a rock. Frantic parents search for Sylvester until they stop for a picnic on a large rock. Rich language and humorous cartoon illustrations make this a memorable classic.

T. Rex

By: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A child and his grandfather visit a museum to meet the T. Rex and explore what happened to the creature. Additional information is included on the CD.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

By: Judy Blume
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Meet the Hatchers through the voice of Peter, the oldest of son, tormented (as all siblings are) by his younger and perennially "cute" brother, Farley (better known as Fudge). Their life in an apartment in New York City sparkles with humor and plausible family scenes in this first of the stories of Peter, his family, and ultimately his neighbors.

Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America

By: Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poor Mary Mallon did not realize that she carried a disease that might (and sometimes did) kill the families for whom she cooked. How the early 20th century medical mystery was solved is presented in a well-researched, spellbinding narrative. In addition, Gail Jarrow’s Fatal Fever: Typhoid Mary (Calkins Creek) focuses on those responsible for tracing Mary.

Thanksgiving on a Thursday (Magic Tree House #27)

By: Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca
Illustrated by: Sal Murdocca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Once again, Annie and Jack travel back in time from the Magic Tree House, this time to the eve of the first Thanksgiving. There they meet Indians and Pilgrims as well as gain an understanding of the difficult life during that period.

That Book Woman

By: Heather Henson
Illustrated by: David Small
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

High in the Appalachian hills, a woman comes every two weeks on horseback to deliver books to Cal's family. Cal has no interest in reading, but he wonders what could possibly make her long treks in the snow and wind worthwhile? Young readers will discover a moving introduction to the story and courage of Kentucky's Pack Horse Librarians.

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

By: Dan Santat
Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle. (2015 Caldecott Medal Winner)

The Amazing Bone

By: William Steig
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Pearl, a bonnet-wearing pig in pink, finds a magic bone that fell from a witch’s basket. Can she and the magic bone save Pearl from the jaws of a hungry fox? Cartoon illustration and exceptional language make this a must to read aloud.

The Beautiful Stories of Life: Six Greeks Myths, Retold

By: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrated by: Carson Ellis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Why there are seasons, how trouble came into the world, and more stories about nature and human beings are eloquently retold through the stories of Pandora, Persephone, Orpheus, Pygmalion, Narcissus, and Psyche. Delicate illustrations and rich language make these myths — and the characterization of the Greek gods and goddesses — just right to read aloud to sophisticated listeners.

The Bippolo Seed & Other Lost Stories

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Seven stories published only before in magazines have been put together in a fresh volume introduced by a Seuss scholar and sure to delight the doctor's fans.

The Book of Three

By: Lloyd Alexander
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Taran, the Assistant Pig-Keeper, and a host of memorable characters set out on a hazardous mission to save Prydain from the forces of evil. Drawing inspiration from the colorful tales of Welsh mythology, The Chronicles of Prydain continue in The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King.

The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child

By: Donalyn Miller
Age Level: Adult
Reading Level: Professional

Donalyn Miller is a dedicated teacher who says she has yet to meet a child she couldn't turn into a reader. In this book, Miller takes us inside her sixth grade classroom to reveal the secrets of her powerful but unusual instructional approach. Rejecting book reports, comprehension worksheets, and other aspects of conventional instruction, Miller embraces giving students an individual choice in what they read, combined with a program for independent reading. She also focuses on building a classroom library of high-interest books, and above all on modeling appropriate and authentic reading behaviors. Her zeal for reading is infectious and inspiring, and the results speak for themselves. No matter how far behind Miller's students may be when they start out, they end up reading an average of forty books per year, achieving high scores on standardized tests, and internalizing a love for reading that lasts long after they've left her class. [Amazon review]

The Bunnicula Collection: Books 1 to 3

By: Deborah and James Howe
Illustrated by: Deborah and James Howe
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family

Harold the family dog narrates three stories of life with supernatural suspicions which begins with Bunnicula, the bunny with fangs. In the Howliday Inn while boarding at the Chateau Bow-Wow, Harold and Chester (the Monroe cat) encounter a werewolf, perhaps. Chester and Harold must stop zombie vegetables when the Celery Stalks at Midnight. Over-the-top humor is very appealing to a broad range of listeners (including adults!).

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (The Chicken Squad, Book 2)

By: Doreen Cronin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Chicken Squad is back, here for another funny mystery just right for younger listeners.

The Crossover

By: Kwame Alexander
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The Bell twins are stars on the basketball court and comrades in life. While there are some differences — Josh shaves his head and Jordan loves his locks — both twins adhere to the Bell basketball rules: In this game of life, your family is the court, and the ball is your heart. When life intervenes in the form of a new girl, the balance shifts and growing apart proves painful. Alexander eloquently mashes up concrete poetry, hip-hop, a love of jazz, and a thriving family bond. The effect is poetry in motion. It is a rare verse novel that is fundamentally poetic rather than using this writing trend as a device. There is also a quirky vocabulary element that adds a fun intellectual note to the narrative. This may be just the right book for those hard-to-match youth who live for sports or music or both. (2015 Newbery Medal Winner)

The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate

By: Jacqueline Kelly
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Girls didn’t always have the freedom to choose what they wanted to do. This is certainly true for Callie Tate, the only girl in her family. How she follows her interests and deals with not being taken seriously is revealed in rich, well-paced language. Callie’s story started in The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate though both books can be read without the other. Both will appeal to sophisticated readers.

The Dark

By: Lemony Snicket
Illustrated by: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lazlo is afraid of the dark but gets unexpected help from The Dark when his nightlight goes out. Illustrations enhance the tension as Lazlo slices through inky night to overcome his fear and find a replacement bulb. And the dark isn't so frightening any longer.

The Doll People

By: Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

The first in the series of adventures shared between Annabelle Doll and Tiffany Funcraft and their families is well-voiced in a light British accent.

The Doorbell Rang

By: Pat Hutchins
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When their mother bakes a dozen cookies, Sam and Victoria plan to have six each. Then the doorbell rings — again and again! Just when it seems that there aren't enough cookies, grandma saves the day!

The Dot

By: Peter Reynolds
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This clever tale follows two child artists, Vashti and Ramon, through the creative process. Though they are influenced by encouraging teachers and discouraging siblings, they ultimately discover that everyone sees a piece of art a little bit differently. The important lesson is finding the beauty in your own work.

The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island

By: Dana Alison Levy
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The four Fletcher boys (each from a different background; each adopted) and their two fathers vacation in New England. Together the boys and their neighbors, the Galindo girls, help solve the mystery of the closed lighthouse in this fast-paced novel with recognizable events and personalities. The characters in this stand-alone book were first introduced in The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher.

The Five Chinese Brothers

By: Claire Bishop, Kurt Wiese
Illustrated by: Kurt Wiese
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Recommended by Michelle – Not only was this one of my favorite children's books, it was also a favorite of my former students. This story leaves you hanging to the edge of your seat because of the many surprises found throughout. I also enjoy the very clever characters. Even though they find themselves in many sticky situations, they always find ways to escape.

The Fran that Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist)

By: Jim Benton
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

It's tough to be a scientist but especially hard when kids find out Fran's middle name. To change it, Fran Kissypie Stein invents a machine to go back to change it with near-disastrous but with laugh out loud results.

The Game of Silence

By: Louise Erdrich
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Like its predecessor The Birchbark House, this long-awaited sequel is framed by catastrophe, but the core of the story, which is set in 1850, is white settlers' threats to the traditional Ojibwe way of life. Omakayas is now nine and living at her beautiful island home in Lake Superior. But whites want Ojibwe off the island: Where will they go? In addition to an abundance of details about life through the seasons, Erdrich deals with the wider meaning of family and Omakayas' coming-of-age on a vision quest. — Booklist

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

By: Kelly Barnhill
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she’s always known. (2017 Newbery Medal Winner)

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot July 25, 1909

By: Alice Provensen, Martin Provensen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

By 1909, Louis Bleriot's persistence had paid off: this Frenchman became the first aviator to fly across the English Channel in an "air machine." This Caldecott Medal winner is a quiet account of one man’s perseverance and passion.

The Gold Cadillac

By: Mildred Taylor, Michael Hays
Illustrated by: Michael Hays
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Set in the 1950s, this book by Mildred Taylor is frank in its portrayal of racism. Lois and Wilma are proud when their father buys a brand new gold Cadillac. Only their mother won't ride in it. On a trip from their home in Ohio to Mississippi, there are no admiring glances only suspicion directed toward the black man driving such a fancy car. For the first time, Lois knows what it's like to feel scared because of her skin color.

The Graveyard Book

By: Neil Gaiman
Illustrated by: Dave McKean
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place—he's the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians' time as well as their ghostly teachings—such as the ability to Fade so mere mortals cannot see him. (2009 Newbery Medal Winner)

The Heart of a Chief

By: Joseph Bruchac
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Chris's life is complicated. At school, he's been selected to lead a project on sports teams with Indian names. At home, where his father is battling alcoholism on the Penacook reservation, the Indians are divided about building a casino. It would destroy the beautiful island Chris thinks of as his own. What can one sixth-grade boy can do in the midst of so many challenges?

The Higher Power of Lucky

By: Susan Patron
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ten-year old Lucky lives in a small California desert town with her guardian Brigitte, her father's ex. Lucky's "family" also includes the adults at the 12-Step meetings she eavesdrops on. When Lucky begins to worry that Brigitte will return to her native France, she searches for her own "higher power." This title is a Newbery Award winner. (2007 Newbery Medal Winner)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Image and text combine in a unique presentation to tell the story of an orphan boy who lives between the walls of a Paris train station and repairs its clocks. Monochromatic illustrations change perspective and move in and out, and alternate with text to tell this mysterious, breathtaking, and riveting tale. Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal. (2008 Caldecott Medal Winner)

The Land of Forgotten Girls

By: Erin Entrada Kelly
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Soledad and Ming have migrated to Louisiana from the Philippines. Their father has returned to their homeland leaving the girls with Vea, the girls’ unhappy, mean-spirited stepmother. As their world expands and fact and fantasy collide, the real world, friendships, and understanding also expand.

The Lightning Thief

By: Rick Riordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

After getting expelled from yet another school for yet another clash with mythological monsters only he can see, 12-year-old Percy Jackson is taken to Camp Half-Blood, where he finally learns the truth about his unique abilities: he is a demigod, half human, half immortal. He's a 21st century son of the ancient Greek god Poseidon on the biggest adventure of his young life — a quest to find out who stole Zeus's lightening bolt! Together with his trusted friends, Percy travels through the United States, battling monsters and hunting the elusive title character. (Book 1 in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series)

The Lion and the Mouse

By: Jerry Pinkney
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The well-known fable about how the smallest creature — a mouse — saves the majestic lion is a tale of kindness returned. Here it is effectively recast as a wordless story in a new setting. Stunning illustrations are expressive and emotive, evoking Africa's Serengeti while retaining the tale's power. (2010 Caldecott Medal Winner)

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

By: C.S. Lewis
Illustrated by: C.S. Lewis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When siblings, Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund are sent away from London air-raids during World War II, they are placed with an old man in the country. There, they enter another time and place through an old wardrobe found by Lucy. This is the first book in the Narnia Chronicles.

The Little House

By: Virginia Burton
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

As seasons and years pass, a sturdy little house that witnesses her bucolic rural setting evolve into a bustling city The beautiful little house became lonely and dilapidated until someone notices her and returns the house to the country. This appealing Caldecott Medalist can be enjoyed on several levels, including a comment on the urbanization of America.

The Lorax

By: Dr. Seuss
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This powerful, classic fable from Dr. Seuss deftly sums up the cost of human progress to the natural environment, including the destruction of animals, trees, and fresh water and air. A glimmer of hope is left at the end, however: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." Related lesson plans and limited Spanish copies available.

The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs

By: Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen, Bruce Degen
Illustrated by: Bruce Degen
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Everyone's favorite science teacher is back as Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a journey into the Mesozoic Era. The Magic School Bus becomes a time machine, giving the students a first-hand look at many dinosaurs and the eras in which they lived. The text and illustrations are blended in this amazing fact and trivia-filled field trip to the past.

The Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Join siblings Annie and Jack on their first eight magical adventures as read by the author.

The Meanest Doll in the World

By: Ann M. Martin, Laura Godwin
Illustrated by: Brian Selznick
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family

Because of a mix-up, best doll friends Annabelle and Tiffany are sent to the wrong house where they must deal with Mimi, a doll who thinks she's the queen of all and whose behavior is perfectly ghastly. Readers who were first introduced to these characters in Doll People will enjoy seeing them again.

The Mercy Watson Collection: Volume 1

By: Kate DiCamillo
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mercy, the delightful pig adopted by the Watson family, gets mixed up in all kinds of humorous adventures in this collection from Newbery winner Kate DiCamillo.

The Moffats

By: Eleanor Estes
Illustrated by: Eleanor Estes
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

Joe, Jane, Sylvie, and young Rufas — the Moffat children — live with their widowed mother on New Dollar Street in Cranbury, Connecticut. Though they live in the early 20th century, the clear characterizations bring each Moffat alive for a new generation and provide a reminder that family life and laughter can be timeless.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle

By: Beverly Cleary
Illustrated by: Tracy Dockray, Louis Darling
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

While on a family vacation in California, the Gridleys stay in an old hotel where a mouse named Ralph finds a toy motorcycle and meets Keith, the youngest Gridley. Thus begins a friendship and a memorable adventure of a mouse on a motorcycle. Ralph's adventures continue in Ralph S. Mouse (1982).

The Mysterious Tadpole

By: Steven Kellogg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Louis' uncle sends a tadpole from a certain lake in Scotland, the small tadpole grows to enormous proportions. With the help of a resourceful librarian, Louis figures out a way to feed his large and ever-hungry Alphonse as well as determine a permanent solution. Humor abounds in this contemporary classic.

The Napping House

By: Audrey Wood
Illustrated by: Don Wood
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sleepers, both human and four-legged, pile atop of each other in this clever cumulative rhyme. Rich illustrations evoke the evening setting and provide humorous personalities to the drowsy granny and her companions.

The Night Before Christmas

By: Clement Moore, Tasha Tudor
Illustrated by: Tasha Tudor
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In 1822 Clement Clarke Moore wrote The Night before Christmas for his own children. Now, of course, his poem is read aloud to children around the world who are anticipating Santa's arrival.

The One and Only Ivan

By: Katherine Applegate
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Ivan lives in a "domain" at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall. In evocative language and gentle illustrations Ivan's story unfolds through his touching, taut, yet hopeful narration. It's a chronicle of friendship, loyalty, and the power of art. (2013 Newbery Medal Winner)

The Penderwicks at Point Mouette

By: Jeanne Birdsall
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This summer vacation is different without father and the oldest Penderwick but offers lots of laughs along the way.

The Penderwicks in Spring

By: Jeanne Birdsall
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Spring holds many surprises for each of the Penderwicks in this latest adventure.

The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

By: Virginia Hamilton
Illustrated by: Diane Dillon, Leo Dillon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

To escape the horrors of slavery, some people who remembered the old magic flew away from their enslavement. This is a richly illustrated homage to the reteller of the folktale (that first appeared in a 1985 collection) and to the dignity and history of African Americans.

The Pot that Juan Built

By: Nancy Andrews-Goebel
Illustrated by: David Diaz
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A cumulative poem (in the cadence of "The House that Jack Built") chronicles the work and life of Mexican potter, Juan Quezada. Words could center around the culture, the potting process, or art & artists.

The Princess and the Pea

By: Hans Andersen, Dorothy Duntze
Illustrated by: Dorothy Duntze
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Hans Christian Andersen's classic story explains how a prince can identify royalty: a real princess can feel a single pea even when covered by twenty mattresses! Soft illustrations depict an elegant setting with regal appointments.

The Princess in Black Takes a Vacation (Princess in Black, Book 4)

By: Shannon Hale, Dean Hale
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Younger children will enjoy the latest adventure of the mask wearing, monster fighting princess who attempts to take a restful vacation.

The Rough-Face Girl

By: Rafe Martin
Illustrated by: David Shannon
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When her older sisters try to convince the Invisible Being's sister that they can see him, they are rebuffed. Only the youngest, whose face and hair is badly scarred from feeding the fires, can answer his questions correctly and see him everywhere. Sophisticated and hauntingly illustrated, experienced readers will see similarities between this Algonquin tale and its familiar European counterpart, "Cinderella".

The Runaway Bunny

By: Margaret Wise Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek, yet the lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

 

The Secret of Platform 13

By: Eva Ibbotson, Sue Porter
Illustrated by: Sue Porter, Eva Ibbotson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The secret Island is perfect – with one exception. It’s missing its prince, who was stolen years before as a baby. Now a hag named Odge Gribble, an old wizard, and other memorable characters have set off on a quest to London to rescue the child and reunite him with his parents.

The Shoe Bird: A Musical Fable

By: Barbara M. Joosse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

An absurd but satisfying fantasy based on Eudora Welty's only children’s work, is presented in lively music and narration.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

By: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by: Lane Smith
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The incomparable author and illustrator team retells traditional tales such as the "Gingerbread Man" and the "Little Red Hen" in inventive and hilarious ways, sure to make readers familiar with the originals laugh out loud. Even the traditional format of the book is changed to suit the absurdity of the new versions, for a memorable reading experience.

The Story of Ferdinand

By: Munro Leaf
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ferdinand is not an ordinary bull. Instead of kicking and fighting and butting heads like the other young bulls, he prefers to sit and smell the flowers. When Ferdinand unwittingly sits on a bee while men are searching for the fiercest bull for the bullfights in Madrid, his dramatic reaction gets him chosen! Black and white illustrations and understated text create humor and a message of nonviolence.

The Tale of Despereaux

By: Kate DiCamillo, Timothy Basil Ering
Illustrated by: Timothy Basil Ering
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Family

Distinct stories which involve a mouse, a human princess, and a rat seamlessly come together to surprise and absorb readers as they see the struggle between light and dark in this Newbery-winning novel. (2004 Newbery Nedal Winner)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

By: Beatrix Potter
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Peter’s disobedience almost gets him cooked while his siblings, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail enjoy a tasty supper in this timeless and satisfying tale. Potter’s carefully detailed and highly realistic illustrations amplify the fantasy and dramatize Peter’s possible consequences.

The Thief Lord

By: Cornelia Funke
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When orphans Prosper, age 12, and Bo, age 5, run away to Venice, they find themselves in the company of a gang of teens who live in an abandoned movie theater and rob the rich to survive. A little bit of mystery, a little bit of fantasy, and a lot of the Venetian setting.

The Three Little Pigs

By: James Marshall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From huffing and puffing to "chinny-chin-chin" hair, this retelling of the familiar folktale keeps all the standard lines while textual asides and cartoon illustrations create a fresh and comic angle.

The Tomten

By: Astrid Lindgren, Harald Wiberg
Illustrated by: Harald Wiberg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

From Swedish folklore comes the story of the tomten, a little gnome who watches over us while we sleep. Read this heartwarming version, from the author of Pippi Longstocking, and celebrate a time-honored tradition for the Winter Solstice.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

By: Eric Carle
Illustrated by: Eric Carle
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

This modern classic introduces children to the life cycle of a butterfly through luminous illustrations, pages with die-cuts that grow with the caterpillar, and predictable language. The butterfly that emerges from the cocoon, though no longer small or ravenous, continues to thrill readers of many ages.

The Voice That Challenged a Nation

By: Russell Freedman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A Newbery Honor book that accounts the life and musical career of the great African American vocalist, Marion Anderson, in the context of the history of civil rights in the United States.

The War That Saved My Life

By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated listeners will appreciate this touching World War II story of a disabled girl learning to respect herself in spite of her uncaring mother.

The War to End All Wars: World War I

By: Russell Freedman
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The First World War comes into gritty focus through battles fought and the world changes it brought about. Photographs and other primary source material make this a riveting, sophisticated look at an impactful period in world history.

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963

By: Christopher Paul Curtis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Fourth-grader Kenny goes with his older brother Byron and his parents on a road trip from Flint, Michigan to the South, where Byron will be spending the summer with his grandparents, away from the temptations of city life. Curtis mixes humor with the volatility of the South in the summer of 1963.

The Willoughbys

By: Lois Lowry
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Sophisticated readers (and fans of Lemony Snicket) will appreciate the sly humor and word play in this outrageously funny take-off on novels of yesteryear. Here, the Willoughby children must overcome their self-centered parents who ultimately meet their rightful — and very satisfying — end.

The outrageous, old-fashioned tale is read skillfully for maximum humor and effect.

The Wonderful O

By: James Thurber
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

What would life be like without benefit of the vowel 'O'? That's just what the people of Ooroo must cope with when despotic, O-hating pirates take over their island. Wordplay makes the humorous, original tale even funnier in this classic tale by James Thurber.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

By: Frank Baum
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

This beloved fantasy begins in Kansas when Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, are transported to another land by way of a cyclone. There she meets the Scarecrow, Tin Woodsman, and Cowardly Lion as well as a host of other extraordinary characters. The movie classic, released in 1939, retains the essence of this quintessentially American tale which was first published in 1900.

They All Saw a Cat

By: Brendan Wenzel
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

As a cat walked through the world, “with its whiskers, ears, and paws…” a child, a mouse, a dog, and others see the cat — each from its own unique perspective. The mouse sees all claws and teeth, the worm sees echoes in the ground, and so on. The repeating refrain combines with original and stunning illustrations to create a book to examine multiple times.

Think of an Eel

By: Karen Wallace
Illustrated by: Mike Bostock
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

An eel from the Sargasso Sea is a fascinating subject as presented in this brief look at an eel's lifecycle. Further information is included on the CD.

This Is Not My Hat

By: Jon Klassen
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The narrator, a very small fish, snitches a much larger fish's hat and hides out where he thinks no one can see him. The wordless conclusion is humorous and satisfying in this stylized, expressively illustrated book sure to generate conversations among readers. (2013 Caldecott Medal Winner)

This Land is Your Land

By: Woodie Guthrie, Kathy Jakobsen
Illustrated by: Kathy Jakobsen
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Guthrie's folk song begins a journey across the United States. Highly detailed, richly colored illustrations done in folk art style encourage readers to follow Woodie as he travels from coast to coast. A concluding note by Pete Seeger is informative, putting the period and person into an historical context.

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon

By: Ruth Stiles Gannett
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

This trilogy begins with Elmer rescuing a baby dragon and continues by following their adventures, which range from humorous to heroic. The first in the series, "My Father's Dragon" is a Newbury Honor book.

Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made

By: Stephan Pastis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Timmy is an imaginative (if delusional) 11-year old who fancies himself a stellar detective with his sidekick, Total (a 1500-pound polar bear) at his side. Fans of heavily illustrated, almost graphic novels are sure to respond to the dark humor in this first of a series about Timmy and his antics

Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done

By: Stephan Pastis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Timmy Failure and his trusty sidekick, Total, are back for another adventure. Here, Timmy and Total are on the trail of a stolen globe.

Timmy Failure: Sanitized for Your Protection

By: Stephan Pastis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Will Timmy and Total no longer be detecting partners? Readers will find out the fate of the dynamic duo in this fourth, funny, highly illustrated and certainly not final installment in the Timmy Failure series.

Timmy Failure: We Meet Again

By: Stephan Pastis
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In Timmy and Total Failure’s third adventure, the detective and his sidekick vie with their arch nemesis to find the mythical, magical, “Miracle Project.” The Miracle Project, they think, assures the finder of an “A” (with multiple pluses, of course) in all schoolwork.

Tom

By: Tomie dePaola
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The simple, plain text tells of the close relationship between Tommy and his namesake grandfather, Tom. They read the comics together, act out poems, make up stories, and play practical jokes.

Trashy Town

By: Andrea Zimmerman, David Clemesha
Illustrated by: Dan Yaccarino
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Trash isn’t gross with Mr. Gilly at the wheel of the collection truck. In fact, he is proud of his job picking up the trash around town — from the school to the pizza parlor. Boldly colored illustrations and a catchy rhyme tell the story of this Trashy Town — and how we all helped make it so!

Treasury for All Seasons: Poems and Songs to Celebrate the Year

By: Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

There's something for every member of the family in this carefully selected and expertly performed poetry by a well-known mother-daughter team.

Trixie Belden: The Secret of the Mansion

By: Julie Campbell
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Trixie's summer is boring until she meets the new girl who moves into the area. Together Honey and Trixie meet a runaway boy and help him solve the mystery of his eccentric uncle. The first in a series of mysteries written more than 50 years ago has been reissued and reflects a less cynical era.

Ugly

By: Robert Hoge
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When he was born, he had a face that even his mother had trouble loving. But Hoge eventually came home, survived multiple operations, and gained a strong sense of self.  This is a touching, true story told by the Australian who has gone on to lead a successful and full life. It is told with humor, pathos, and an appreciation of what is truly important.

Upside-Down Magic

By: Emily Jenkins, Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Nory, Elliott, Andres, and Bax are just four of the students in Dunwiddle Magic School’s Upside-Down Magic class. In their classroom, lessons are unconventional, students are unpredictable, and magic has a tendency to turn wonky at the worst possible moments. This is the first book in an offbeat series about a group of misfits who set out to prove that life on the other side of ordinary has its charms.

Viva Frida

By: Yuyi Morales
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Mixed media illustrations evoke artist Frida Kahlo and lyrical language is used to suggest her life. Rather than a biography, this homage to art and an artist is visually stunning and will likely generate interest in many topics. An afterward about Frida in Spanish and English culminates the presentation.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer

By: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by: Ekua Holmes
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stirring poems and vibrant collage illustrations combine to celebrate the life of Fannie Lou Hamer, a champion of the Civil Rights and voting rights movements during the 1950s through the 1970s. Born in the Mississippi delta, the youngest of 20 children, Hamer had to drop out of school after sixth grade to work in the cotton fields before she became a powerful voice for her people. The book vividly brings to life Hamer’s legacy with a message of hope, determination, and strength.

Wabi Sabi

By: Mark Reibstein
Illustrated by: Ed Young
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Lyrical text and rich collage illustrations combine to tell the story of a brown cat named Wabi Sabi as he discovers the meaning of his name. As Wabi Sabi's journey unfolds so, too, does the reader's understanding of Japanese culture and sensibility.
Country of origin: Japan
 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

By: Michael Rosen
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A father and his children go over, under, and through while on an exciting bear hunt in this retelling of a traditional chant. Illustrations alternate between black and white and color, enhancing the engaging repetition and the exciting chase — all the way home!

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

By: Steve Jenkins
Illustrated by: Robin Page
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Clear, textured illustrations of animals and their special parts (e.g., tail, nose) focus readers on the special function of each. Not only is it likely to generate a description of the appendage but its function (what it does), and of the animal and its environment. Other books by Steve Jenkins, such as Biggest, Strongest, Fastest, may also generate rich descriptive language.

When I Grow Up

By: Al Yankovic
Illustrated by: Wes Hargis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Billy is only eight-years old but regales Mrs. Krupp and his classmates when he shares myriad, imaginative, sometimes offbeat, career interests. Rhyming language is animated, humorous, and exaggerated, and perfectly complemented by comical illustrations.

When the Sea Turned to Silver

By: Grace Lin
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Children of all ages will enjoy the story of Pinmei and her quest to find her grandmother, the storyteller. Inspired by Chinese folklore, this stand-alone tale is a companion to the author’s Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky.

When We Were Very Young & Now We Are Six

By: A.A. Milne
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Milne's classic glimpse of childhood and childhood activities comes to life again through the narrator's rich and varied voice. Humor and insight abound in the range of poems, with an occasional visit from Pooh and Christopher Robin.

When You Reach Me

By: Rebecca Stead
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Bits and pieces in Miranda's life in New York City in 1978 mysteriously come together to reveal a surprising whole in which Miranda’s favorite book, Madeline L'Engle's Wrinkle in Time, figures prominently. (2010 Newbery Medal Winner)

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Minli embarks on a journey to change the luck of her family and their village. Traditional stories inspired by Chinese folklore combine with a rousing adventure for an altogether satisfying tale. Richly-hued illustrations decorate and enhance the handsome novel.

Where The Wild Things Are

By: Maurice Sendak
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Max's imaginative adventure begins the night he wears his wolf suit and makes some mischief. When he is sent to his room to cool off, he travels to the land of the Wild Things, where he is crowned king. This beloved Caldecott-winning classic is also available in Spanish. Go on a reading adventure with our Where the Wild Things Are reading adventure pack, available in English and Spanish!

Whistle for Willie

By: Ezra Keats
Illustrated by: Ezra Keats
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Oh, how Peter wished he could whistle to call his dog, Willie. Try as he might, he just couldn’t seem to make the sound come out — until one day he could! The simple description of a child’s yearning is told in natural language and charming collage illustrations.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

By: Mem Fox, Julie Vivas
Illustrated by: Julie Vivas
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Wilfrid helps an elderly friend, Miss Nancy, regain lost memories by bringing her some of her favorite things to remind her of them. This is a tender story of a friendship between two very different people, both of whom have four names, and the nature of memories.

Winnie-the-Pooh

By: A.A. Milne
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

The adventure of Christopher Robin, his friends, Pooh ("the bear of very little brain"), and the other animals in the Hundred Acre Wood remain as fresh as Milne's language and Shepard's line illustrations, presented here on sturdy, cream-colored pages. The narrator's voice of the audio book is well-matched for the tone of A. A. Milne's writing.

Zen Shorts

By: Jon J Muth
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Stillwater, a large panda, tells each child a story that illustrates a principle of Zen. Although the tales will captivate children, adults may recognize the philosophy imbedded in them. Delicate, handsome illustrations capture the mood and flow of the stories.

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