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Summertime is a good time to learn and to imagine. Have you ever wanted a dog? How about one that does good deeds? Have you ever wondered what would happen if a goat trip-trapped over a bridge? Want to meet a Cuban solenodon? How about a gaur? Find out about these and ordinary rodents that live all around. And imagine about what stuffed animals are like when they come to life. You’ll find these and more in the books suggested here.

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

A New Friend for Sparkle

By: Amy Young
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Sparkle, Lucy’s unicorn, becomes a bit jealous when Cole comes over to play. Dance and a drum bring the three friends together in this gentle but illuminating story of friendship.

Barkus

By: Patricia MacLachlan
Illustrated by: Marc Boutavani
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

After Nicky’s uncle gave her a dog. Barkus became a trusted member of the family, a classroom dog, and he even adopted a small kitten named Baby. Barkus and Nicky’s adventures are told in short chapters and colorful illustrations.

Clifford’s Good Deeds

By: Norman Bridwell
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Though well-meaning, the good deeds just don’t turn out quite right when Clifford the big red dog tries to help Mary Elizabeth and her neighbor Tim around town. This vintage edition uses limited color illustration in a humorous modern classic.

Lesser Spotted Animals

By: Martin Brown
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Humor abounds in the both the text and comic (but surprisingly informative) illustrations to introduce readers to a host of little known animals. Fact and fun combine in this engaging look at some amazing critters.

Little Fox in the Forest

By: Stephanie Graegin
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In this wordless fantasy, a girl loses her stuffed fox but finds it in a fantastic forest. This imaginative tale is told in sequential panels (rather like a graphic novel) in which no words are needed.  

Mama Lion Wins the Race

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

The race is on and Mama Lion and young Tigey are off! The Italian countryside provides the backdrop for this charming tale of friendship and monkey hijinks. Translucent watercolors illustrate the race with spiffy cars driven by toys come to life are worth reexamining.

Out!

By: Arree Chung
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A young toddler and his very large dog share a mischievous nighttime adventure. Few words (primarily woof and out!) extend the humorous illustrations to its satisfying and cozy conclusion.

Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep

By: April Pulley Sayre
Illustrated by: Steve Jenkins
Genre: Nonfiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Poetic language provides an introduction to squirrels, their habitats, and behaviors. Collage illustration enhances the information and the energetic tone. Additional information finishes this attractive and informative book.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

By: Jerry Pinkney
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Three goat brothers attempt to get to a grassy hillside by crossing a bridge under which lives a fierce troll. The traditional tale has been given an innovative new look and also a fresh, surprising, and very satisfying ending. 

Tony

By: Ed Galing
Illustrated by: Erin Stead
Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The narrator recalls the time when Tony, a large white draft horse, would pull Tom’s wagon to deliver milk, butter, and eggs. Soft, handsome illustrations evoke an earlier time in this sweet, nostalgic story.

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