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Summer Reading Guide 2015

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Travel to from Paris to Provence. Find out what it's like to be a young person in Zimbabwe. Observe Arctic birds. Meet dragons or follow a story thread or maybe share your room with a brownie. You can do all of these things while on vacation — abroad or at home. These and lots more are available to you when you start with a book! Find a story in a book, on an e-reader, or listen to audio version!

You'll find our recommendations for wonderful fiction and nonfiction picture books as well as audio books — all perfect for outdoor reading, warm summer evenings, and family road trips. Enjoy!

 

 

For 0-3 year olds

Are You My Mommy?

By: Mary Murphy
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A puppy meets different animals asking each if she is his mother. Each responds in the negative but names her young — calf, duckling, etc. — until the puppy and his mommy are reunited.

Arf! Arf!

By: Sebastien Braun
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What can you see at the beach? Lift the flap to find out then make repeat the animal's sounds in this bright, playful book sturdy enough for young hands.

Boats Go

By: Steve Light
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

A long format is ideal to introduce boats large and small and the sounds they make as they "chum-splish" and "GRRRRR BRRRR…" across the sturdy, colorful pages of this lively book.

Chooky-Doodle-Doo

By: Jan Whiten
Illustrated by: Sinead Hanley
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

One by one, five googly-eyed little chooky chicks come together to pull a stubborn worm but need the help of a big rooster. Energetic language and jaunty illustrations reveal the surprise.

Funny Face, Sunny Face

By: Sally Symes
Illustrated by: Rosalind Beardshaw
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From morning to bedtime, cuddly animals echo young children, their feelings and appearance. Rhythmic language and soft, textured illustration add to the fun and verve of the day.

Guinea Pig Party

By: Holly Sruplice
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From 10 to one, guinea pigs celebrating a birthday are eliminated one-by-one through recognizable (but minor) disasters. With a wish, however, the 10 are reunited to continue the playful celebration.

Hi!

By: Ethan Long
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

"Chirp!" says a big-eyed bird; "Slurp!" responds the anteater. Animals both familiar and more exotic greet each other with one rhyming sound on opposite sides of each colorful spread.

On My Beach

By: Sara Gillingham, Lorena Siminovich
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Die-cuts in concentric circles on sturdy boards are used to focus on a small sand crab's beach. Small fingers can animate the crab with a finger puppet that is affixed to the book.

Spot's Favorite Shapes

By: Eric Hill
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Spot explores familiar shapes that can be seen commonly — a book is square, for example. Shapes and objects are presented in easy language and a signature-style of illustration.

Stanley the Farmer

By: William Bee
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

From planting to harvesting, Stanley grows wheat on a large farm. Cartoon illustrations of the charming hamster-as-farmer present a straightforward, simplified look at typical activities.

Stormy Night

By: Salina Yoon
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Although the booming storm frightens Bear, the cub tries different things by himself and with his parents, until the weather passes. Reassuringly, each kiss, snuggle, or song lets him feel better.

Whose Tools?

By: Toni Buzzeo, Jim Datz
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

Animated illustrations of tools and a brief question describe what they can do. Lift the flap to see what trade uses them: a mason, carpenter, electrician, and more people of all genders and hues put them to use.

For 3-6 Year Olds

A Bird Is a Bird

By: Lizzy Rockwell
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What makes a bird different from other animals that also have a beak, wings, and lay eggs? It is feathers, of course — bright or dull, on birds tall or small. Easy text and realistic illustrations show familiar and less well known birds in this appealing and informative book.

Beach House

By: Deanna Caswell
Illustrated by: Amy Bates
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

It's summer! A family of five (plus dog) pack up their van and head to the beach, unpack and begin their first day of vacation. Watercolors depict the exuberant family and are a fine complement to the staccato, rhyming text.

Bee Dance

By: Rick Chrustowski
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Follow a honeybee as it travels to a prairie in bloom to gather nectar and return to let other bees know of the place. Bold collages of honeybees from varied perspectives present the environment and hive. Additional information about the honeybee dance concludes this compelling look at a fascinating process.

Everybody Says Shalom

By: Leslie Kimmelman
Illustrated by: Talitha Shipman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A family tours Israel and its sights, learning the multiple meanings of "shalom." Illustrations create a sense of place and combine with brief evocative language in this travelogue. Additional information about sites visited concludes this sweet look at Israel.

Families

By: Sheila M. Kelly , Shelley Rotner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Some kids are adopted, others live with one parent, other children live with two moms or two dads; still others live with a mom and dad.   Lots of different families are celebrated through a simple text and full-color photographs.

Frog and Fly: Four Slurpy Stories

By: Jeff Mack
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Frog meets fly. Frog eats fly — in each of four stories. Cartoon illustration in comic book style, are fast, funny, and very satisfying. Story predictability and comic drawings make readers realize the absurdity and humor in the tale.

Grandma in Blue with Red Hat

By: Scott Menchin
Illustrated by: Harry Bliss
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A boy learns from his art teacher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art that "anything can be in an art exhibit" when it tells a story, is unique, makes the viewer feel good, and more — making his grandmother the ideal subject for a painting! Cartoon illustrations combine with reproductions of actual work from the Met for an intriguing introduction to museums and art.

Hippos Are Huge!

By: Jonathan London
Illustrated by: Matthew Trueman
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Hippos are indeed huge. They can also be dangerous as they're fast and have razor-sharp teeth. An informal narrative and dramatic illustrations combine with factual information in this engaging and fascinating look at a very big creature.

Home

By: Carson Ellis
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Travel through time, imagination, literature, and more for a unique look at "home" in any number of richly imagined ways. Stylized illustration and text present homes that are tall, short, messy, clean, real, or fantastic. The detailed illustrations are sure to get readers thinking about homes of all types and what they can represent.

Hudson in Provence

By: Jackie Clark Manguso
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Hudson, a small dog, narrates his travels from Paris by train to Provence with his human mom. Although a tourist, Hudson tries jobs done by local dogs but finds the magic of Provence in his ability to paint portraits of the canines. Impressionistic paintings glimpse the French countryside and its goings-on.

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)

Market Maze

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

From fish to produce, the detailed maps and a list of things to find on each double page spread, demystify how the produce sold at a farmers market gets there. Sophisticated children will be able to follow the maps; younger children will look for specific objects in this attractive book that requires keen sight and much examination.

Red: A Crayon's Story

By: Michael Hall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Red is misunderstood. He's a red crayon with a label that says blue so he can't draw a strawberry or even a stoplight. But when Red learns that he's really blue, well, he regains his self-confidence. Child-like drawings combine with precise collages for a memorable and humorous take on expectations, labels, and self-confidence.

Sea Bones

By: Bob Banner
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Some creatures that live in oceans have skeletons, others don't. Meet a colorful variety of them in this exploration of sea animals from jellies to clown fish in this playful but informative introduction. A chart of "sea facts" concludes this book that can be read with or without the extra information presented in a different typeface on each double-page spread.

Spectacular Spots

By: Susan Stockdale
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Many animals on land and in the water, familiar and exotic, have spots — seen here through brief, poetic language and carefully crafted illustrations: "Spots with purpose, spots with flair. Spotted creatures everywhere!" Additional information about the animals and where they live concludes this handsome informational book.

Uh-Oh!

By: Shutta Crum
Illustrated by: Patrice Barton
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Two toddlers and their mothers spend a day at the beach. The children share activities that involve a seagull, a sandcastle, a crab, and a wave — until the moms dry them off and pack the kids and the car up. Loose pastel illustrations capture the airiness and adventure in the day's simple pleasures.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

By: Kate Messner
Illustrated by: Christopher Neal
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Even when it's too early to plant, there's a lot going on underground. When a grandmother and her grandchild do plant, they tend the garden until it's harvested and even then there's a great deal of activity down in the dirt. Richly colored illustrations show both on top and underneath the garden.

Water Is Water

By: Miranda Paul
Illustrated by: Jason Chin
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Lyrical language and handsome, realistic watercolors present water in its many forms, from liquid to snow. Water is also in things like mud and even apples. Additional information about the processes seen and further readings concludes this striking and informative look at water.

For 6-9 Year Olds

A Nest Is Noisy

By: Dianna Aston
Illustrated by: Sylvia Long
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Birds aren't the only animals to make their homes in nests. Other nest-dwellers include insects, turtles, even orangutans. Handsome, detailed illustrations and an informative text (which can be read either in detail or for the main theme) appealingly present these animal homes and their residents.

Animal Faces

By: Penelope Arlon
Illustrated by: Tory Gordon-Harris
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Animals, like people, have faces. And faces have amazing features; for example, a panda's furry face keeps it warm, a ladybug's antennae smells, and large ears help bats hear. Explore these and other senses in crisp text and lots of photographs in an attractive, accessible format. A code for a supplemental digital book is included to continue the exploration.

Babymouse Bad Babysitter

By: Jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Babymouse wants to earn money and she knows she can do it because she'll he best babysitter ever. But things never go quite as planned for Babymouse with results that are sure to make young readers laugh — and maybe even recognize some familiar goings-on. Signature comic book illustrations are used in this installment of the series.

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.

Dear Mr. Washington

By: Lynn Cullen
Illustrated by: Nancy Carpenter
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Could one of Gilbert Stuart's 12 children get President George Washington to smile while having his portrait painted? In this richly imagined, humorous fictional account of what the president experienced while sitting for his portrait in Stuart's home is revealed through a lively correspondence and expressive line and wash illustrations.

Flowers Are Calling

By: Rita Gray
Illustrated by: Kenard Pak
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Poetic verse alternates with information about the flowers that attract a variety of animals and insects. Text appears on evocative illustrations in a horizontal format that suggests the expanse of the gardens and fields. A bit of additional information and link to a guide appear at the conclusion.

It's Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden

By: George Ancona
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An entire community comes together to create and learn from a garden. Students with their teachers plant a variety of edible plants from tomatoes to radishes. They explore insect residents of the garden and more. Finally, everyone comes together to enjoy the harvest. Photographs and a conversational text document this pleasure of a garden project.

Mrs. Noodlekugel and Drooly the Bear

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

While their father is attending a speed-knitting competition, Nick and his sister Maxine stay with Mrs. Noodlekugel. Together they share outrageously silly experiences that involve talking animals, a bear learning to dance, and a lost-but-found Mr. Noodlekugel. Line drawings enhance the absurd humor and add great appeal.

My Pen

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

A boy in a fedora uses his pen to travel, grow, “make giants of old men/who have seen better days” (an homage to his late father, Walter Dean Myers), and visit places real and imagined. Black and white line drawings and sophisticated, poetic language effectively convey the power of art and imagination and are sure to spark conversation.

My Tata's Remedies/Los remedies de mi tata

By: Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Illustrated by: Antonio Castro L
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy spends the day enjoying and learning with his grandfather, his tata, who is known in the community to help people feel better with his knowledge of herbal remedies. Realistic illustrations depict the minor mishaps (e.g., a bee sting, a bump on the head) and the apparently botanically accurate plants from which they are derived. The culturally rich text is in both Spanish and English.

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.

Pool

By: JiHyeon Lee
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A boy with a swim cap and goggles stands at the edge of a colorless pool which is soon invaded by plump adults. Nonetheless, he takes the dive and finds friendship, fantastic adventure, and amazing color beneath the surface. This wordless picture book is just right to spark imaginations and original stories as you make them up anew with each reading.

Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys

By: David Adler
Illustrated by: Anna Raff
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Simple machines are all around us! They can be seen in a flag pole (a pulley), a faucet (a wheel and axle), and even on the playground (a seesaw is a lever!). Flat illustrations and an understandable narration introduce and explain three types of simple machines most of which are in a young reader's experience.

Super Snifferes: Dog Detectives on the Job

By: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Because dogs can actually "see" with their sense of smell, they have been trained to work in various fields to help humans. A crisp text accompanied by color photographs shows dogs working in different ways: from the military and police duties to locating invasive plants to pointing to particular medical issues. Additional resources are included at the end.

The Most Amazing Creatures in the Sea

By: Brenda Guiberson
Illustrated by: Gennady Spirin
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Which is more amazing, the vampire squid or the blue whale? Could it be the leafy sea dragon or the wolffish? Characteristics of these and many other amazing sea creatures suggest that it is the most amazing but it is the reader who must decide. Stunning, realistic illustrations of each animal in its likely environment and fascinating facts present a host of remarkable beings.

The Walrus Who Escaped

By: Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley
Illustrated by: Anthony Brennan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Creatures of the far north can call on the Strength of the Land to do what they want. When Raven becomes jealous of Walrus' useful curved tusks, Raven freezes the sea, trapping Walrus. Walrus breaks free, making his once curly tusks short and straight, which they remain to this day. This is a dramatically illustrated and well-told pourquoi (why) tale.

Whale Trails: Before and Now

By: Lesa Cline-Ransome
Illustrated by: G. Brian Karas
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A girl explains how her family once hunted whales but now use their family-owned boat to take tourists out to whale watch. Illustrations in color show the contemporary narrator and boat, while sepia-toned images depict the history. Interesting bits of African American history are embedded in this engaging, educational, and accessible story.

For 9-12 year olds

Abe Lincoln: His Wit and Wisdom

By: Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by: John O'Brien
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Learn tidbits of information about our 16th President, the times in which he lived and more. Brief entries for each letter of the alphabet present Lincoln the man and the president. Detailed illustrations are both informative and humorous.

Danger in the Darkest Hour

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Jack and Annie are transported back to Normandy, France, when Europe is in danger of falling to the Germans and the D-Day invasion is about to begin. Though necessarily simplified, this adventure gives an age appropriate introduction to WWII. "Track the Facts" concludes this "super edition" of a popular series.

Diary of a Mad Brownie

By: Max Coville
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When the human to whom Angus (a brownie) is bound dies, he must leave his native Ireland to serve Sarah's nearest relative. Serving an American girl named Alex means she must acclimate to having a magical creature and whose slovenly habits are in stark contrast to a cleanliness-obsessed brownie.  

Falling Up

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

As he did in his earlier collections, Silverstein presents the world with shrewd humor, a bit of rebellion, loads of lively language, and endless reader appeal. His signature line drawings add to the comic appeal of the classic poems presented in this collection.

Finding Serendipity

By: Angelica Banks
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Serendipity Smith is the pseudonym used by Tuesday McGillicuddy's mom. Serendipity is a famous children's author who goes missing while working on the last of her adventure series. On their quest to find her mom, Tuesday and her faithful dog find myriad adventures involving writing, mystery, mayhem, and pirates in a breathtaking, satisfying, often humorous fantasy.

First Flight Around the World: Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race

By: Tim Grove
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

In 1924, four biplanes from the United States were the first to circumnavigate the world. The journey is presented through well-researched narrative in a handsome format and highly illustrated with maps, period graphics, and photographs. The epilogue concludes the amazing trip where it started — in Seattle, Washington — where a memorial to the flyers remains.

Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales

By: Julie Paschkis
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Short poems about animals appear in English and Spanish accompanied by textured illustrations reminiscent of folk art. An author's note reveals that she is neither a poet nor native Spanish speaking but was launched into both Spanish and poetry when she discovered the work of Pablo Neruda.

Frank Einstein and the Electro-Finger

By: Jon Scieszka
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Frank Einstein must figure out an alternate source of power or succumb to his archenemy T. Edison's exorbitant prices for electricity. In this latest of over-the-top funny Einstein series, actual science fact is couched in humorous fiction.

I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives

By: Caitlin Alifirenka, Martin Ganda
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

An assigned pen pal correspondence between an American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe that started in grade school becomes a cultural exchange and a lifelong friendship. Sophisticated readers will appreciate the contrast between the cultures and how friendship can span great distances.

Listen Slowly

By: Thanhha Lai
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Twelve-year old Mai is reluctant to travel with her grandmother from California to Vietnam to learn more about her roots and to help Ba discover what happened to her beloved husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's voice rings true as she struggles to understand the language and culture of her family's heritage for a poignant, often funny, always plausible novel of being part of two cultures.

Melonhead and the Later Gator Plan

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

Adam Melon (better known as Melonhead) narrates the adventures he and his best friend, Sam, have during winter break. The boys stay with Melonhead's grandparents in Paradise, Florida. Their exploits include deciding to get Sam an alligator with very funny — and potentially disastrous results.

Presidential Misadventures: Poems that Poke Fun at the Man in Charge

By: Bob Raczka
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A poetic form called the "clerihews" was established in 1890. It's the short form used to briefly present presidential factoids that are sometimes irreverent but always humorous and based in fact. Each four-line poem is accompanied by a black and while line caricature of the president to magnify the humor.

Random Body Parts: Gross Anatomy Riddles in Verse

By: Leslie Bulion
Illustrated by: Mike Lowery
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A variety of body parts are written about in different poetic forms — some humorous, some rhyming — accompanied by a factual insert on what appears to come from a notebook. Illustrations are as varied and serve to open the format and to illuminate the information for an entertaining and informative look at body parts.

Roller Girl

By: Victoria Jamieson
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The summer Astrid goes to a roller derby summer camp and her best friend, Nicole goes off to a dance camp, things begin to change for the girls. Readers will find out about roller derbies but more, they'll discover that friendships and growing up can be difficult. Fans of comic books are sure to see themselves in this relatable story.

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

By: Michael Morpugo
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

When a huge, rough man threatens King Arthur's court, it is the honorable, brave Sir Gawain who accepts the challenge and faces the Green Knight for what is sure to mean death. The cadence of a storyteller is used to highlight the adventure and tension of this traditional tale of honor and chivalry.

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

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

In the early 20th century, an Irish woman named Mary Mallon worked as a cook. The New York home in which she operated was struck with typhoid fever to become the first of many incidents. The story of the cook who became known as Typhoid Mary is presented as a medical mystery which introduces the time and its history in a riveting narrative.

The Imaginary

By: A.F. Harrold
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Who is Mr. Bunting and why does he want Amanda's imaginary friend, Roger? And where have all the imaginaries gone? By turns humorous and tense, this lively fantasy is satisfying and handsomely presented.

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

By: Lynda Blackmon Lowery
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Linda Blackmon was the youngest person to march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, during the Civil Rights Movement. An informal tone in an open, heavily illustrated format provides insight into the time and events, sure to spark discussion among readers.

Audio Books

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

By: Laurence Yep
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Family

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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