Few children learn to love books by themselves. Someone has to lure them into the wonderful world
of the written word; someone has to show them the way.
Orville Prescott, from
A Father Reads to His Children
The following list is a compilation of the best, contemporary children's literature available.
It is intended to be used as a tool to assist students and parents in selecting their summer
reading. While this list is a good starting point, there are many more excellent books
available by these authors that will provide hours of thought-provoking reading. Your
local public librarian is a good resource for recommending even more titles.
This list is offered in hopes that the entire family will know the joys of reading together!
Ten Things Parents Can Do To Help Their Children Read Better
1. Read to your child. Preferably every day, from ages 1 to 12. From a wide variety of materials:
classics and contemporary; fact and fiction.
2. Encourage writing. Encourage scribbling and pretend writing. Write letters and stories. Have
writing materials available: crayons, pens, computers.
3. Have reading material at home. Books, children's magazines, adult magazines. For entertainment
and information. Make sure some are easy.
4. Get your child a library card. Exchange books weekly.
5. Encourage conversation. Talk about animals, family problems, the world. Discuss their reading.
6. Control TV. It must not be on all the time. Have silent periods for reading. Watch some good shows
about books, science, major events.
7. Model reading. Read yourself and let the child see you. Regularly read books, newspapers.
8. Have your child read aloud. To you, to other children. Help with mistakes. If many mistakes,
select an easier book.
9. Do many informal educational activities. Visit zoos, museums, different places. Have your
child cook, construct, observe carefully. Don't omit games and exercises.
10. Value school and learning. Visit your child's class. Talk to the teacher about reading progress.
Praise academic achievement.
The Reading Teacher's Book of Lists,
Third Edition, Prentice Hall (1993)
The following is a list of favorite authors of our first and second grade students:
Jan Brett Kevin Henkes Peggy Rathmann
Marc Brown Keiko Kasza Eric Rohmann
Nancy Carlson Helen Lester Cynthia Rylant
Joy Cowley James Marshall Maurice Sendak
Tomie de Paola Patricia McKissack David Shannon
Lois Ehlert Kate McMullan Shel Silverstein
Denise Fleming Angela Shelf Medearis Judith Viorst
Gail Gibbons Laura Numeroff Rosemary Wells
Mini Grey Peggy Parish Mo Willems
Harry Allard Steve Jenkins Marcus Pfister
Tedd Arnold Robert Kraaus Dav Pilkey
Frank Asch Arnold Lobel Patricia Polacco
Marc Brown Jonathan London Robert San Souci
Denys Cazet Bill Martin Jr. Judith Sierra
Joanna Cole Robert Munsch Janet Stevens
Doreen Cronin Kevin O’Malley Audrey Wood
Pat Hutchins Mary Pope Osborne
Early Reading and Level Reading Books
The following is a list of books that contain degrees of complexity both of story content
and vocabulary. This list has been divided into graduated levels of difficulty. As your
child becomes more fluent with reading he can progress to the next level.
Are you My Daddy? by Carla Dijs
Are You My Mommy? by Carla Dijs
Baby in the Box by Frank Asch
Blue Bug's book of Colors by Virginia Poulet
Blue Bug's Circus by Virginia Poulet
The Bob Books by Bobby Lynn Maslen Set 1
Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Inside Outside Upside Down by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Old Hat New Hat by Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Learn to Read – Read to Learn Creative Teaching Press
• Math series
• Science series
• Fun and Fantasy series
Green Bear by Alan Rogers
Yellow Hippo by Alan Rogers
Red Rhino by Alan Rogers
Blue Tortoise by Alan Rogers
My First Reader Book (Chicago Press)
My House by Patricia Jensen
What Can Rabbit Hear? by Lucy Cousins
Where's My Mommy? by Colin and Jacqui Hawkins
A Day at Greenhill Farm by Sue Nicholson
A Dozen Dogs: a Read–and–Count Story by Harriet Ziefert
Babar's Little Circus Star by Laurent de Brunhoff
The Christmas Penguin by Mary Packard
Dinosaur Babies by Lucille Recht Penner
The First Day of School by Margaret McNamara
Hello, House! by Linda Hayward
I Love Snow! by Hans Wilhelm
My Pony Jack by Cari Meister
No Mail for Mitchell by Catherine Siracuisa
The Playground Problem by Margaret McNamara
Polar Animals by Wade Cooper
Puppy Mudge Loves His Blanket by Cynthia Rylant
P.J. Funnybunny Camps Out by Marilyn Sadler
Princess for a Day by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Sir Small and the Dragonfly by Jane O'Connor
So Hungry! by Harriet Ziefert
Stuart Little, Stuart at the Library by Susan Hill
The Statue of Liberty by Lucille Recht Penner
Tiger is a Scaredy Cat by Joan Phillips
Baseball Ballerina by Nicole Lorian
The Best Seat in Second Grade by Katharine Kenah
Birthday Present for Mama by Nicole Lorian
The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto by Natalie Standiford
Bully Trouble by Joanna Cole
Dinosaur Day by Liza Donnelly
Dolphins! by Sharon Bokoske
Father Bear’s Special Day by Else Holmelund Minarik
Fire Fighter! by Angela Royston
Fun With Dick and Jane Scott, Foresman and Company
Happy Birthday, Little Witch by Deborah Hautzig
Hungry, Hungry Sharks by Joanna Cole
Molly the Brave and Me by Jane O'Connor
Monkey–Monkey's Trick Based on an African Folktale by Pat McKissack
My Loose Tooth by Stephen Krensky
Night Creatures by Wade Cooper
Norma Jean, Jumping Bean by Joanna Cole
The Nutcracker Ballet by Deborah Hautzig
Samantha the Snob by Kathryn Cristaldi
The Sword in the Stone by Grace Maccarone
Tom the TV Cat by Sal Murdocca
Tropical Rain Forest by April Pulley Sayre
Unicorn Wings by Mallory Loehr
Aladdin and the Magic Lamp by Deborah Hautzig
Amazing Rescues by George Shea
Anne of Green Gables by Jennifer Dussling
Cannonball Chris by Jean Marzollo
Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid by Deborah Hautzign
Little Sure Shot: The Story of Annie Oakley by Stephanie Spinner
No Tooth, No Quarter! by Jon Buller
Paul Revere’s Ride by Shana Corey
Pirate Mom by Deborah Underwood
The Secret of Foghorn Island by Geoffrey Hayes
Singing Sam by Clyde Robert Bulla
Snap by Melvin and Gilda Berger
Soccer Sam by Jean Marzollo
Space Rock by Jon Buller
Teddy Roosevelt, the People’s President by Sharon Gayle
The Treasure of the Lost Lagoon by Geoffrey Hayes
20,000 Baseball Cards Under the Sea by Jon Buller
Barry the Bravest Saint Bernard by Lynn Hall
Baseball's Best Five True Stories by Andrew Gutelle
Baseball's Greatest Pitchers by Sydelle Kramer
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Comeback! Four True Stories by Jim O'Connor
Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard
Jackie Robinson and the Story of All–Black Baseball by Jim Butcher
Quarterback Power by Tim Polzer
Moonwalk; the First Trip to the Moon by Dennis Davidson
Second Grade Ape by Daniel Pinkwater
Who Shot the President? The Death of John F. Kennedy by Judy Donnelly
Yao Ming by John Hareas
This list includes books selected by the Andrews Osborne librarians, teachers, and
students. Assistance with annotations provided by various bibliographies, book jackets,
publishers' catalogs and review journals. Assistance with publishing provided by Mrs.
* Denotes Required Reading
** Denotes New Book
N.F., Non Fiction Books
Books to Read Together
Ada, Alma Flor. Extra! Extra! Fairy Tale News from Hidden Forest.
Presents articles, editorials, and ads from “Hidden Forest Times” that retell many well-known
stories, including “Jack and the Bean Stalk,” “Pinocchio,” and “The Tortoise and the Hare.” (2007)
Alder, David A. A Picture Book of Helen Keller.
A brief account of the life and accomplishments of Helen Keller, specially written for young
readers. Others in the series: A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus; A Picture Book of George
Washington; A Picture Book of Thomas Jefferson. (N.F., 1990)
Adler, David A. Cam Jansen and the Ghostly Mystery.
Cam and Eric are in line to buy tickets when a person dressed as a ghost starts scaring people. This
is the newest case for Cam Jansen readers. Other titles include: Young Cam Jansen and the Pizza Shop
Mystery, and Cam Jansen and the Birthday Mystery.
Anderson, Hans Christian. The Ugly Duckling.
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a
beautiful swan. (N.F.; 1999)
Axelrod, Amy. Pigs Will Be Pigs.
When the Pig family finds that their refrigerator is bare they…decide to eat out. Neither elder Pig,
however, has any cash…They declare a family money hunt…into drawers, under beds, and into
pockets…[that yields] a grand total of $34.67 – a sum that proves sufficient for dinner for four at a
vegetarian Enchanted Enchilada…A menu with prices is provided as is a final listing of the money
that was found, making the book useful for launching exercises in money counting and planning.
Bang, Molly. My Light.
Explores the influence of the sun and examines how its light, heat, and power benefit our daily
lives and the world in which we live. (N.F., 2004)
Baretta, Gene. Now & Ben: the Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin.
A picture book about the many common sense inventions of Benjamin Franklin, who never
patented his creations because he believed that people should have the freedom to modify and
improve them. (N. F. 2006)
Bergman, Mara. Snip Snap! What's That?
Three siblings are frightened by the wide mouth, long teeth, and strong jaws of the alligator that
has crept up the stairs - until they decide they have had enough. (2005)
Brett, Jan. The Hat.
When Lisa hangs her woolen clothes in the sun to air them out for the winter, the hedgehog, to the
amusement of the other animals, ends up wearing a stocking on his head. (1997)
Another book by this author is Armadillo Rodeo.
Brown, Marc. Arthur Chapter Books.
In chapter-book format for children who are ready to read on their own, these wondrous
adventures will surely be a hit among Arthur fans. Some suggested titles include: Arthur and the
Cootie-Catcher, Arthur and the Best Coach Ever, and Arthur and the Race to Read. (1999)
Bunting, Eve. Someday a Tree.
A young girl, her parents, and their neighbors try to save an old oak tree that has been poisoned by
pollution. Other books by this prolific author include: Fly Away Home, The Day Before Christmas,
and The Wednesday Surprise. (1993)
Butterworth, Chris. Sea Horse: the Shyest Fish in the Sea.
Dive into the warm ocean and swim through waving sea grass and along coral reefs to explore the
life cycle of the endangered sea horse, its defense mechanism against predators, and its habitat. (N.
Carrick, Carol. Patrick's Dinosaur.
Listening to his older brother Hank show off his knowledge of dinosaurs, young Patrick begins to
see the enormous, frightening prehistoric animals just about everywhere. Large realistic pictures
are just scary enough and aid the text in presenting accurate information. Patrick's theory about
the fate of the dinosaurs follows in What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs? (1987)
Cherry, Lynne. A River Ran Wild.
An environmental history of the Nashua River, from its discovery by Indians through the polluting
years of the Industrial Revolution to the ambitious cleanup that revitalized it. Great Kapok: A Tale of
the Amazon Rain Forest is another great story by this author. (N.F.; 1992)
Cobb, Vicki. I Face the Wind.
Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through single hands-on activities. (N.F.,
Conrad, Pam. Rooster's Gift.
Young Rooster thinks his gift is making the sun rise, until one morning when the sun rises without
Cronin, Doreen. Duck for President.
When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, his political ambition eventually leads to his
being elected President. This humorous book takes us through the election process. (2004)
Cuneo, Diane. Mary Louise Loses Her Manners.
One morning after some particularly shocking but awfully funny breakfast behavior, Mary Louise
realizes that she has lost her manners. And now they have run away. She has no choice but to
begin a search mission. Have her manners deserted her forever? (1999)
Cutler, Jane. Rose and Riley.
Together, two good friends figure out how to prepare for the possibility of rain, how to celebrate
un-birthdays, and what to do with worries. (2005)
Davis, Andrea. Duke Ellington.
In this brief recounting of the life of Duke Ellington, one of the greatest composers of the twentieth
century, Brian Pinkney's illustrations float off the page, filled with color and movement. You are
able to feel the music with every turn of the page. (Caldecott Medal Book 1998)
Davis, Nicole. Surprising Sharks.
Introduces many different species of sharks, pointing out such characteristics as the small size of
dwarf lantern shark and the physical characteristics and behavior that makes sharks killing
machines. (N.F., 2004)
dePaola, Tomie. The Legend of the Bluebonnet: An Old Tale of Texas.
One spring, the Comanche Indians suffered from a great drought. The shaman prayed to the Great
Spirits for rain and was told the spirits wanted the people to give up their most valuable
possession. A small orphan sacrificed her beloved warrior doll, which was all she had to
remember her parents. The spirits replied by covering the hills with bluebonnet (lupine) flowers.
A haunting tale with typical De Paola illustrations. (N.F.; 1983) Other good books by this author
are: Strega Nona, The Baby Sister, and Tom.
Deedy, Carmen Agra. Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach: a Cuban Folktale.
In this humorous retelling of a Cuban folktale, a cockroach interviews her suitors in order to
decide whom to marry. (2007)
Diakite, Penda. I Lost My Tooth in Africa.
While visiting her father's family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and
receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy. (2006)
**DiCamillo, Kate. Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken.
As Louise ventures out into the great wide word, she is a not-so-chicken who is not afraid to take
DiCamillo, Kate. Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise.
Persuaded by the word "treating" to dress up as a princess for Halloween, Mercy the pig's trick-or-
treat outing has some very unexpected results. Other titles in the series are Mercy Watson to the
Rescue, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, and Mercy Watson in Fights Crime. (2007)
Disalvo-Ryan, Dyanne. Uncle Willie and the Soup Kitchen.
A boy spends the day with Uncle Wille in the soup kitchen where he works preparing and serving
food for the hungry. (1991)
Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Four Famished Foxes and Fosdyke.
An alliterative tale about four foxes who go hunting in the barnyard while their gourmet brother
fixes a vegetarian feast. (1996)
Everitt, Betsy. Mean Soup.
Horace feels really mean at the end of a bad day until he helps his mother make Mean Soup. (1992)
Fox, Mem. Shoes from Grandpa.
At a family barbecue Grandpa offers to buy rapidly growing Jessie new shoes. The whole family
chimes in offering to buy her skirts, blouses and so on. At the end, nine-year-old Jessie spunkily
says she only wants jeans. This pleasant family story has a rhythmic cumulative text, and clever
full page color collages. (1990)
Gerstein, Mordicai. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center
Towers. (2003 Caldecott Medal Book)
Goode, Diane. Diane Goode's Book of Giants and Little People.
An unforgettable cast of miniature and massive characters fills this fabulous collection of stories
and poems. Capturing a multitude of dainty fairies, hairy ogres, industrious elves, and dim-witted
giants, Goode achieves an exuberant mix of fascinating folklore and sheer fun in this collection that
will beg to be read over and over again. (1997) Caldecott Honor Medalist
Hayes, Ann. Meet the Orchestra.
An unusual introduction to the orchestra describing the features, sounds, and roles of the strings,
brass, woodwinds and percussion. (N.F.; 1991)
** Hayes, Geoffrey. Benny and Penny in Just Pretend.
Benny finds it hard to pretend to be a pirate when his pesky little sister, Penny, is tagging along,
but then feels lost without her. (2008)
Hoban, Tana. Look! Look! Look!
Full color photos of familiar objects are first viewed through a cut-out hole, then in their entirety.
Fun to guess! (1988)
Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together.
This unique book “in two voices” uses traditional reading techniques, rhyme, rhythm, and
repetition to invite children to read along with an adult. This book is a unique celebration of the
joys of reading together. (2002)
Isadora, Rachel. The Princess and the Pea.
Set in central Africa, a simplified version of the tale in which a girl proves that she is a real princess
by feeling a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds. (2007)
Jenkins, Steve and Robin Page. How Many Ways Can You Catch a Fly?
Introduces readers to a menagerie of animals that approach the same challenges in very different
ways. (N.F. 2008)
Johnston, Tony. The Iguana Brothers: A Tale of Two Lizards.
Dom and Tom are two cool iguana dudes from Mexico who spend their lives sunning themselves
and contemplating their next meals. Tom is the thinker of the two, raising questions for the more
limpid Dom and offering him the benefit of his more extensive knowledge about the world around
Keller, Laurie. The Scrambled States of America: Talent Show.
The states decide to get together and put on a show featuring their particular talents. Includes facts
about the history and geography of the states. (2008)
Kellogg, Steven. A Beasty Story.
In a dark, dark house, in a dark, dark wood lurks a creepy, beasty ... BEAST! But fear not - this
beast may not be so beastly after all. The talents of Bill Martin Jr. and Steven Kellogg come
together for the first time to create a ghoulish story that's both scary and snug. Cuddle up but
beware - you're in for a big, beasty surprise! (1999)
Kimmel, Eric. The Runaway Tortilla.
In this southwestern version of the Gingerbread Man, a tortilla runs away from the woman who is
about to cook him. (2002)
Kudlinski, Kathleen V. The Sunset Switch.
When students look at each animal page carefully, they will discover hidden surprises! The homes
of the opposite daytime or nighttime animal can be seen in each picture. (2005)
Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways.
The fabulous fox sisters are back in a trio of fresh, funny stories about the ups and downs of
Laskey, Kathryn. Tumble Bunnies.
Feeling untalented in the team sports scheduled for his school’s Sports Spectacular, Clyde the
rabbit develops his own event, a freestyle tumbling routine with a dazzling move called the
Leedy, Loreen. Celebrate the 50 States.
Here's a happy hodgepodge that will introduce primary-grade kids to the 50 states, Washington,
D. C., and the U.S. territories. Each page contains simple pictures of two states, with bits of state
lore and information scattered about. (N.F.; 1999)
Lewin, Ted and Betsy. Top to Bottom Down Under.
Ted and Betsy Lewin share their adventures while traveling in northern and southern Australia,
describing the wildlife and landscapes they encounter.
**Lewis, J. Patrick. Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles.
Thirteen witty and whacky poems pose riddles that challenge readers to ‘Name that Book.’ (N.F.
Little House Chapter Books.
These books are written for children who want to share in the frontier adventures of the Little
House girls Laura, Rose and Caroline but who are not quite ready for the novel series.
Look, Lenore. Henry’s First-Moon Birthday.
A young girl helps her grandmother with preparations for the traditional Chinese celebration to
welcome her new baby brother. (2001)
Lowery, Lois. Gooney Bird and the Room Mother.
Gooney Bird Greene, an entertaining second grader who introduces challenging vocabulary words
and tells "absolutely true" stories, finds a surprise room mother to bring cupcakes for the
Thanksgiving pageant. (2005)
Lunde, Darrin P. Hello, Bumblebee Bat.
Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand. (N. F. 2007)
Marshall, James. Swan Lake.
A wolf, at the Boarshot Ballet for a tasty dinner, is so taken by the story that he forgets to eat. (1999)
Martin, Bill. The Ghost-Eye Tree.
Walking down a dark lonely road on an errand one night, a brother and sister argue over who is
afraid of the dreaded Ghost-Eye tree. Other books by Bill Martin include: Barn Dance!; Polar Bear,
Polar Bear; What do you Hear?; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom; and Knots on a Counting Rope. (1985)
McClintock, Barbara. Adele and Simon.
When Adele walks her little brother, Simon, home from school he loses one more thing at every
stop: his drawings of a cat at the grocer's shop, his books at the park, his crayons at the art
museum, and more. (2006)
McKissack, Patricia. A Million Fish... More or Less.
A boy learns that truth is often stretched on the Bayou Clapateaux, and gets the chance to tell his
own version of the bayou tale when he goes fishing. Other interesting books by this author
include: Mirandy and Brother Wind and Flossie and the Fox. (N.F. 1992)
McPhail, David. Sail Away.
A young boy, dressed in pirate attire, collects his favorite toys and new pirate ship model, and
jumps into the tub. Once in the tub, his imagination takes over, and the boy's friends - elephant,
giraffe, lion, bear and bunny - come to life to help him finish his boat. (2000)
Medearis, Angela Shelf. The Ghost of Sifty Sifty Sam.
To win a $5,000 reward, a chief named Dan agrees to stay in a haunted house overnight and when
he meets a very hungry ghost, he gets more than he had expected. The watercolors depict both
scary and humorous scenes well. (1997) Also, Poppa’s New Pants.
Meres, Jonathan. The Big Bad Rumor.
As a goggle-eyed goose's news about a wolf spreads from animal to animal, the facts become
monstrously distorted. (2000)
Moss, Lloyd. Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.
Layout, design, illustrations, and descriptive verses blend in perfect harmony to give voice to the
unique sounds of 10 orchestral instruments. …One by one as the numbers progress from "ONE
TROMBONE playing SOLO," all the way up to "A CHAMBER GROUP of TEN," the excitement,
motion, and sounds increase. (1995)
Murphy, Jim. The Last Dinosaur.
Colorful, dramatic text and spectacular lifelike illustrations depict what life might have been like
for the last dinosaur on Earth. (1988)
O’Malley, Kevin. Gimme Cracked Corn & I Will Share.
Chicken dreams of a treasure and sets off on a dangerous journey to find it. (2007)
Park, Barbara. Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants.
Junie B. is dealing with whether copying homework is cheating. This is the latest problem Junie B.
is facing in this beloved series. Another recent title, Junie B., First Grader One-Man Band is also
Pfister, Marcus. The Rainbow Fish.
The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and
Pilkey, Dav. The Paperboy.
A paperboy and his dog enjoy the quiet of the early morning as they go about their rounds. A 1997
Caldecott Honor book. (1996)
Pinkwater, Daniel. Ice Cream Larry.
A humorous story of a polar bear named Larry who likes to stay in freezers and eat ice cream. He
becomes famous with his invention of the Larry Bar and receives his own freezer and 50 Larry Bars
each day. (1999)
Polacco, Patricia. Just Plain Fancy.
Naomi, an Amish girl whose elders have impressed upon her the importance of adhering to the
simple ways of her people, is horrified when one of her hen eggs hatches into an extremely fancy
bird. Other creative books by Patricia Polacco include, Thunder Cake, Rechenka's Eggs, and the
Keeping Quilt. (1990)
Preller, James. The Case of the Million-Dollar Mystery.
When learning about inventions someone stole Eddie’s million-dollar idea. Help Jigsaw Jones in
solving his latest case. Other titles include: The Case of Hermie the Missing Hamster, The Case of the
Ghostwriter, The Case of the Golden Key. (2002)
Rodman, Mary Ann. My Best Friend.
Six-year-old Lily has a best friend for play group day all picked out, but unfortunately the
differences between first-graders and second-graders are sometimes very large. (2005)
Ryan, Pan Munoz. Mice and Beans.
In this rhythmic cumulative tale Rosa Maria spends the week getting read for her granddaughter’s
birthday party and trying to avoid attracting mice, unaware that the mice are her secret helpers in
preparing the party. (2001)
Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas.
When Henry and his dog, Mudge, go with Henry’s parents to visit Great-grandpa Bill in the home
with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure. (2005)
San Souci, Robert. N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims.
Recounts the coming of the Pilgrims to America, with captivating illustrations by the renowned
American artist N.C. Wyeth. Other thoughtful books by this author are The Firebird, Young Merlin,
and The Talking Eggs. (N.F.; 1991)
Scieszka, Jon. The Frog Prince Continued.
After the frog turns into a prince, he and the princess do not live happily ever after. The prince
decides to look for a witch to help him remedy the situation. Other books by Jon Scieszka include:
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales and The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. (N.F.; 1991)
Sierra, Judy. Wild About Books.
A librarian named Molly McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she
drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake. (2004)
Silverman, Erica. Cowgirl Kate And Cocoa.
Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help
each other fall asleep. (2005)
Soto, Gary. Chato's Kitchen.
This delightful book serves as both a celebration of urban Latino cultures and an introduction to it,
for those children growing up far from the barrio. Chato, "a low–riding cat with six stripes," invites
his new neighbors–a family of mice– to dinner, but fails to tell them that los ratoncitos are to be the
main course. (1995)
Spinelli, Eileen. The Best Story.
When a contest at the local library offers a prize for the best story, a girl tries to write one using her
family’s suggestion, but her story does not seem right until she listens to her heart. (2008)
Stevens, Janet. And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon.
When the Dish and the Spoon run away, their nursery rhyme friends, Cat, Cow and Dog, set out to
rescue them in time for the next reading of their rhyme. (2001) Also, Cock-a-doodle-doo.
Steig, William. Brave Irene.
Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the
duchess in time for the ball. Other books by William Steig include: Doctor De Soto, Sylvester and the
Magic Pebble, and Shrek. (1988)
Taback, Simms. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly.
Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even
worse, but who's ever seen what's going on inside the old lady's stomach? With his inventive die-
cut artwork, Simms Taback, illustrator of The Road Builders gives young readers a rollicking, eye-
popping version of the well-loved poem. (Caldecott Honor 1998)
Uegaki, Chieri. Suki’s Kimono.
On the first day of first grade, Suki decides to wear the kimono her obachan had given her. (2003)
Updike, John. A Child's Calendar.
A collection of twelve poems describing the activities in a child's life and the changes in the
weather as the year moves forward from January to December. (1999)
**Van Dusen, Chris. The Circus Ship.
Left on their own to swim the chilly waters after their ship runs aground off the coast of Maine, a
group of circus animals stagger onto a nearby island, quickly winning over the wary townspeople
with their kind, courageous ways, and when the greedy circus owner returns to claim them,
villagers of all species conspire to outsmart him. (2009)
Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day.
Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat. (2005)
Wahl, Jan. I Met a Dinosaur.
After a visit to the dinosaur exhibit at the museum, a young girl sees dinosaurs all around her.
Chris Sheban's captivating illustrations add an exciting dimension to Jan Wahl's rhythmic text.
**Wax, Wendy. City Witch, Country Witch.
While paying a surprise visit to her city-dwelling cousin, Muffletump misses her home in
the country, but when Mitzi leaves the city to see where Muffletump lives, she is just as
uncomfortable until the two, together, conjure a solution. (2008)
Weeks, Sarah. Crocodile Smile: 10 Songs of the Earth as the Animals See It.
This unique picture–book and tape set provides a fresh look at the Earth from the perspective of
endangered animals. The lyrics for each of the 10 songs are printed in the book along with a
portrait of the featured animal. (N.F 1994)
Wells, Rosemary. Bunny Cakes.
Ruby is making a cake, but Max accidentally breaks the eggs, spills the milk, and dumps the flour.
After each disaster Ruby sends him to the store with a note listing the needed ingredient. Max, too
young to write, tries to add his own request to the list and learns the power of writing and
drawing as communication tools. (1997)
Wiesner, David. The Three Pigs.
The three pigs escape the wolf by going into another world where they meet the cat with the
fiddle, the cow that jumped over the moon, and a dragon. (2002 Caldecott Medal Book)
Winter, Jonah. Frida.
World-renowned painter Frida Kahlo made an important contribution to Mexican art and culture.
This is the story of how Frida learned to paint, how it saved her life, and why her paintings are like
no one else’s. (N.F. 1992)
Wood, Audrey. Heckedy Peg.
A mother saves her seven children from Heckedy Peg, a witch who changed them into different
kinds of food. Other fun books by Audrey Wood include: The Napping House, Elbert's Bad Word,
and King Bidgood's Bathtub. (1987)
Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon.
After Mama takes a job in Chicago during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with Grandma but misses
her mother who loves her more than rain and snow. (2004 Caldecott Honor Book)
Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel.
A retelling of the German folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept
imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. (1998 Caldecott Award)
Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson is Missing.
Miss Nelson is the nicest teacher in the school but her class is the worst behaved one in the entire
building. One day Miss Nelson is replaced by Viola Swamp who is witch-like in her black dress.
She makes the children sit absolutely quiet and still and loads them down with work. Finally the
missing teacher returns to a subdued class. The adventures continue in Miss Nelson Has a Field Day.
Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soups and juice, snows mashed
potatoes and blows storms of hamburger until the weather takes a turn for the worse. (1982)
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline's Rescue.
Twelve little French girls living at a boarding school adopt a dog who has saved them from
drowning, only to be told they may not keep her. The winner of the 1954 Caldecott Medal. (1953)
Brown, Marc. Arthur's Nose.
Arthur, an aardvark, blames his unhappiness on his unusual nose. He decides to do something
about it, but after trying on all kinds of noses, he discovers, "I'm just not me without my nose."
Other books about Arthur are: Arthur's Chicken Pox, Arthur's Family Vacation, Arthur's New Puppy, Arthur's
Baby, Arthur's Birthday, Arthur's Valentine, Arthur Meets the President, and Arthur's Eyes. (1978)
Brown, Marcia. Stone Soup.
When three hungry soldiers come to a town where all the food has been hidden, they set out to make soup of water
and stones and all of the town enjoys a feast. (1947) (Caldecott Medal)
Brown, Margaret. Goodnight Moon.
A classic tale for very young children on the bedtime ritual. Other books by this author are: A Child's Good Night
Book, The Important Book, Wait till the Moon is Full, Runaway Bunny, and Big Red Barn. (1947)
Burton, Virginia. The Little House.
The Caldecott Medal winner uses a little turn-of-the century house to show the urbanization of
America. A country house is unhappy when the city with all its houses and traffic grow up around
it. Also by the author: Katy and the Big Snow, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. (1942)
Duvosin, Roger. Petunia.
Some creatures never do seem to learn, but Petunia, a very silly goose, thinks if she carries a book
around the barnyard, she will be wise. There are five stories about her collected in Petunia, the Silly
Goose Stories. (1958)
Freeman, Don. Corduroy.
A timeless tale about Corduroy, a small stuffed bear, who finds love when a little girl buys him
and takes him home from a department store. Other books by this author are Tilly Witch, Ski Pup,
A Pocket for Corduroy, Norman the Doorman, Mop Top, and Dandelion. (1968)
Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen.
In the retelling of this classical tale, a wise hen shares her home with a dog, cat, and mouse. They
leave all the chores to the hen until she harvests some wheat and bakes a cake from the grain.
When they wish to eat the cake they are refused and realize they must share in the work around
the house. The Teeny-Tiny Woman, Little Tuppen, Cat Goes Fiddle-I-Fee, Henny Penny, Three Little Pigs,
Gingerbread Boy, The Monster and the Tailor are books by this author. (1973)
Goble, Paul. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses.
Although she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly
happy and free. The winner of the 1979 Caldecott Medal. More books about Native American's
are: Death of the Iron Horse, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, Her Seven Brothers and Buffalo Woman. (N.F.;
Hoban, Russell. Bedtime For Frances.
Frances the badger cannot get to sleep. All the ploys of little children to avoid bedtime, all the
fears of nighttime, are treated with gentle humor here. Sequels: A Baby Sister for Frances; Best
Friends for Frances; A Birthday for Frances; Bread and Jam for Frances (illustrated by Lillian Hoban).
Keats, Ezra. The Snowy Day.
The adventures of a little boy on a snowy day are vividly portrayed through colorful pictures and
simple text. (1962 Caldecott Medal Book) Other books by this author are: Jennie's Hat, Maggie and
the Pirates, Over in the Meadow, Whistle for Willie, Skates, Pet Show, Hi Cats, Goggles and Dreams.
Leaf, Munro. The Story of Ferdinand.
This is the world-famous tale of a great Spanish bull, who preferred sitting peacefully among the
flowers to fighting gloriously in the bullring. (1936)
Lesieg, Theo. Wacky Wednesday.
A boy just getting out of bed soon decides that it must be wacky Wednesday. It all begins with a
shoe on the wall and then he sees more and more things that are strange, or wacky, or out of place.
More titles by this author are: Would You Rather Be A Bull Frog, Ten Apples Up On Top, I Wish That I
Had Duck Feet, and Come Over To My House. (1974)
Lionni, Leo. Swimmy.
A little fish is able to protect many fish in an ingenious manner. A Caldecott Honor Book.
Additional books are; It's Mine, The Greentail Mouse, Frederick, Fish Is Fish, The Biggest House In The
World, Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse. (1963)
Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends.
Five tales recounting the adventures of two friends, Frog and Toad. Generous helpings of humor
and warm personal relationships are the trademark of this series. Sequels: Days with Frog and Toad; Frog
and Toad all Year and Frog and Toad Together. (1979)
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way For Ducklings.
In this 1942 Caldecott Medal Winner, we follow Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings as they
make traffic-stop and walk across Boston to meet Mr. Mallard on their new island in the Public
Garden. Additional titles are: One Morning In Maine, Lentil, Burt Dow, Blueberries for Sal, and
Journey Cake, Ho. (1942)
Mahy, Margaret. Seven Chinese Brothers.
Seven Chinese brothers elude execution by virtue of their extraordinary individual qualities in the
retelling of this classical tale. (1990)
Mozel, Arlene. Tikki Tikki Tembo.
A little Chinese boy with a great long name falls into a well and the length of his name delays his
Noble, Trinka Hakes. The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate The Wash.
The day Jimmy's pet snake goes along on the class trip to the farm makes a memorable story. The
full extent of the mayhem is revealed in the dizzy, funny illustrations. Jimmy's Boa Bounces Back
tells about what happens when the boa goes to a proper tea party. Just try and guess what
happens in Jimmy's Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash. (1980)
Parish, Peggy. Amelia Bedelia.
A literal-minded housekeeper causes a ruckus in the household when she attempts to make sense
of some instructions. Her adventures continue in Thank You, Amelia Bedelia. (1963)
Piper, Watty. The Little Engine That Could.
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of dolls,
toys, and good food over the mountain. (1954)
Rey, H.A. Curious George.
One of the classic figures in children's books, George is a funny little monkey whose curiosity gets
the best of him and wins the hearts of his millions of fans. Also in the series: Curious George and the
Dump Truck, Curious George Flies a Kite, Curious George Gets a Medal, Curious George Goes to the
Aquarium, Curious George Goes to the Circus, Curious George Goes Sledding, Curious George Goes to the
Hospital, Curious George Learns the Alphabet, Curious George Rides a Bike, Curious George Takes a Job.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are.
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of wild things where he
becomes their king. The winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal. We Are All In the Dumps With Jack
and Guy, and Chicken Soup With Rice are additional titles written by this author. (1963)
Silverstein, Shel. The Giving Tree.
A tender look at friendship, love, and sharing in a simple, but unorthodox fashion. A young boy
grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree that gives to him
without a thought of return. (1964)
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap. (1947)
Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.
Young Sylvester finds a magic pebble that will grant his every wish as long as he holds it in his
hand. When a hungry lion approaches, Sylvester wishes himself into a stone. Since stones don't
have hands with which to hold pebbles, the pebble drops to the ground and he cannot reach it to
wish himself normal size again. The subsequent loneliness of Sylvester and his parents is
portrayed with deep sensitivity, making all the more real their joy a year later when they are
happily reunited. Dominic, Solomon the Rusty Nail, The Real Thief, Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa,
Shrek, Brave Irene are some additional books written by this author. (1969) (Caldecott Medal)
Stevenson, James. What's Under My Bed?
Grandpa tells his two young houseguests a story about his own childhood when he was scared at
Thomas, Patricia. "Stand Back," Said the Elephant, "I'm Going to Sneeze."
When elephant announces he is about to sneeze, all the animals implore him to hold it. They recall
his last powerful sneeze that leads the reader on a humorous romp through the animal kingdom.
Vaughan, Marcia. Wombat Stew.
Catching a wombat, a very clever dingo decides to make wombat stew. However, Wombat's
friends Platypus, Emu, Old Blue Tongue the Lizard, Echidna, and Koala are even more clever and
contribute an assortment of items to the stew so that when the clever dingo samples the concoction
(just before adding Wombat), he thinks he's poisoned, screams, howls, and runs away "...deep in
the bush, never again to sing...Wombat stew, Wombat stew, Goo-ey, brew-y, Yummy chew-y,
Wombat stew!" (1984)
Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
Starting with gum in his hair and no prize in his cereal, all day long everything goes wrong for
Alexander--at home, in his car pool, at school, at the dentist's, and at Daddy's office. He decides
he'll run away to Australia, but his mother convinces him that some days are bad even in
Australia. I'll Fix Anthony, The Tenth Good Things About Barney, Earrings, The Goodbye Book, are a
few other books written by this author. (1972)
Waber, Bernard. The House On East 88th Street.
When the Primm family discovers a gigantic crocodile in the bathtub of their new apartment, it
signals the beginning of a wonderful picture book series. Sequels: Lyle and the Birthday Party, Lyle
Finds His Mother; Lyle, Lyle Crocodile. (1962)
Williams, Vera. A Chair For My Mother.
This is the story of a little girl, her mother, and grandmother who, having lost all their belongings
in a fire, must move to a new home and scrimp and save to finish it. A Caldecott Honor Medal
Wiseman, Bernard. Morris and Boris, Three Stories.
Morris the Moose and Boris the Bear are friends and their early-reader adventures are consistently
funny. The other titles in the series include: Halloween with Morris and Boris, Morris Has a Cold,
and Morris Tells Boris Mother Moose Stories and Rhymes. (1974)
Yolen, Jane. Owl Moon.
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. Without speaking, the two companions
walk along. As the story unfolds the reader feels the pleasure the child feels to be with her father
in a quiet, peaceful, and natural world. A 1988 Caldecott Medal winner. (1987)
Zion, Gene. Harry The Dirty Dog.
This little white dog with black spots just might be the most famous dog in children's literature.
All children identify with Harry – partly for his size, partly for his aversion to soap and water,
partly for his escapades. Other books by the author are: The Plant Sitter, No Roses For Harry, Harry
By the Sea, Harry and the Lady Next Door and All Fall Down. (1956)