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Books hold memories. Children and adults make friends, share excitement, visit places that seem unreachable, laugh, and so much more in books. So, meet an old friend or find a new one here in these classics for all ages.

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Freight Train

By: Donald Crews
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

The individual cars of a long freight train — each a different color — travel through the country and past cities. Building speed as it goes, colors blur until the train again slows. This seemingly simple book provides a memorable journey for young readers.

Frog and Toad Are Friends

By: Arnold Lobel
Illustrated 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.

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.

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.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

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

When Lilly continues to show off her much-loved purple plastic purse and its contents in class, Mr. Slinger — an astute and stylish teacher — puts it away for the day. Lilly's anger toward her once favorite teacher comes out in a mean letter for which she ultimately repents.

Madeline

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

Miss Clavel has her hands full with her young students: twelve little girls of whom the youngest is Madeline. Madeline's fearlessness often causes Miss Clavel great consternation as they travel around Paris in two straight lines!

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.

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 Reading Rockets' Where the Wild Things Are family literacy bag, available in English and Spanish!

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.

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