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					                       Recommended Summer Reading
                         Compiled by Barbara Toresco
                                     From
        American Library Association 2009-2010 Notable Children’s Books
                           Children’s Choice Awards
                           Teacher’s Choice Awards


Early Reader Titles

Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day – Jean Van Leeuwen (Series)
It is too darn hot! Hot as a fried egg, hot as toast, hot as oatmeal. In four simple,
linked tales, Amanda Pig tries an assortment of kid-friendly strategies to cool off.
Amanda Pig, First Grader – Jean Van Leeuwen (Series)
Amanda is very excited about starting first grade, and although everything is not
exactly as she expected, she soon begins learning to read and finding her way.
Amelia Bedelia Talks Turkey – Herman Parish
Amelia Bedelia volunteers to fill in as the director of a third-grade Thanksgiving play,
but she misunderstands everything from one girl's desire to play a big role to an
opening night wish that she "break a leg."
Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday Cynthia Rylant (Series)
Annie and her pet rabbit, Snowball, invite Henry and Mudge to a dress-up birthday
party, but there is some confusion about what the guests are supposed to wear.
Belle – Elizabeth Mills (Breyer Stablemates) (Series)
Emmy has just moved from the country and had to leave her beloved horse behind, but
Belle, an American quarter horse on which she takes riding lessons, helps her to get
used to the noise and bustle of big city life.
Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! – Geoffrey Hayes (Series)
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they
feared.
Berenstain Bears’ Class Trip – Mike Berenstain (Series)
Papa Bear's excitement over Brother Bear's class trip to a honey farm, leads to a
series of misadventures.
Biscuit and the Little Pup – Alyssa Capucilli (Series)
An early reader book featuring Biscuit, who tries to coax a little puppy to come out and
play.
Bones and the Birthday Mystery – David Adler (Series)
In his latest case, young Jeffrey Bones tries to discover the whereabouts of his
grandfather's missing birthday present.
Chicken Said, “Cluck!” – Judyann Grant
Chicken wants to help Earl and Pearl plant their pumpkins, but she only manages to
get in the way, until grasshoppers invade the pumpkin patch and Chicken is the only
one who can stop them.
Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire! – Jane O’Connor (Series)
Fancy Nancy and her friend Bree explore trees, leaves, birds, wildflowers, and
butterflies as part of the Explorers' Club. Includes recipes and map.


Fancy Nancy Sees Stars - Jane O’Connor (Series)
When a rainstorm prevents Nancy and her best friend, Robert, from getting to the
planetarium the night of a class field trip, she has a brilliant idea for making things
better.
Good Night, Good Knight – Shelley Moore Thomas (Series)
A Good Knight helps three little dragons that are having trouble getting to sleep.
Happy Birthday, Good Knight – Shelly Moore Thomas (Series)
The dragons plan a perfect birthday party for the Good Knight, but nothing seems to go
as planned.
Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover – Cynthia Rylant (Series)
Henry and Mudge are invited to a boy-and-dog sleepover at Patrick’s house.
Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time – James Howe (Best Books 2008)
(Series)
Houndsley and Catina are stuck inside after the winter's first snowfall, and, while
Houndsley enjoys the quiet time, Catina fears her plans will be ruined, until Houndsley
helps her see what fun it can be to stay indoors.
I Spy Fly Guy – Tedd Arnold (Series)
While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.
I Love My New Toy – Mo Willems (Highly Recommended) (Series)
Gerald and Piggie have a misunderstanding over Piggie's new toy, but soon
realizes friends are more fun to play with than toys.
I Will Surprise My Friend – Mo Willems (Series)
Gerald the elephant and Piggie, who are best friends, play a game to surprise
each other by a big rock and their fun takes a strange turn when Gerald gets worried.
Lionel in the Summer - Stephen Krensky (Series)
Lionel enjoys the longest day of summer, celebrates the Fourth of July, has a
lemonade stand, and travels on vacation with his family.
Lulu the Big Little Chick – Paulette Bogan (Children’s Choices for 2010)
When Lulu gets tired of being told she is too little to do things, she decides to run away
thinking her size will not matter, but when a big crow comes along and scares Lulu, she
realizes she is too small for some things.
Marley and Me: Meet Marley – Natalie Engel (Series)
Marley, a playful Labrador retriever puppy, is loved by his family even though he
eats buttons and pillows, and drools on everything.
Maybelle Goes to Tea – Katie Speck (Series)
After following the advice of her new fly friend, Maurice, Maybelle the cockroach
tumbles into a terrifying but tasty adventure during Mrs. Peabody's Ladies' Spring Tea.
Mouse’s Hide-And-Seek Words - Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
The busy mouse is involved in many word-within-a-word concepts.
Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish - Cynthia Rylant (Series)
Mr. Putter realizes that one is never too old to celebrate a birthday.
Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day - Kate McMullan (Series) (Notable Children’s
Books 2010)
April Fools' Day turns into a bad day for Wagner the mouse when his best friend, Pearl
the rabbit, and other children and adults at school play tricks on him.



Pigs Make Me Sneeze – Mo Willems (Series)
Gerald, cautious and pessimistic elephant, believes he is allergic to his best friend,
the optimistic and occasionally reckless Piggie, and is concerned that he will need to
stay away from pal forever.
Pip Squeak – Sarah Weeks (Children’s Books of the Year 2008)
Pip Squeak the mouse works hard to clean the house for his friend Max's visit, but
then he has to clean up after Max too.
Snowflake – Suzanne Weyn (Series)
While helping out at Fox Creek Farm, three girls try to find a way to pay for a new
winter blanket needed by a Percheron horse that is new to the stables.
Breyer Stablemates: Patch – Kristin Earhart (Series)
 Lauren is friendly with Sarah even after the new girl brags that her horse is much
 better than Lauren's, but when Sarah gets in trouble while riding in the woods, Lauren
 and her horse come to the rescue.
Poppleton – Cynthia Rylant – (Series)
Poppleton the pig does some “spring cleaning,” tries to buy a bicycle, and stays up all
night in a tent in his backyard.
Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways – Laura McGee Kvasnosky (Series)
“That’s it, I’m running away,” says Zelda to her little sister Ivy upon hearing that Dad is
making cucumber sandwiches for lunch again. Off to the backyard march the bushy-
tailed girl foxes as they play 14 hands of Go Fish while waiting for their parents to
notice they’re missing! The 2006 Geisel Award


Picture Book Titles

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, and Other Scary Things – Lenore Look
Second grader Alvin Ho, a Chinese American boy who loves superheroes and comes
from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, is afraid of many things, including
elevators, airplanes, substitute teachers, and most importantly, school.
Bad Boys Get Cookie! – Margie Palatini
Wolves Willy and Wally try to satisfy a sweet-tooth craving by dressing up as private
detectives and chasing down a runaway cookie. Children’s Choices For 2007
Bad Kitty – Nick Bruel
When Kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very,
very bad. A four-part alphabet book!
Bad Kitty Gets a Bath – Nick Bruel
Bad Kitty needs a bath? Uh, oh! This is going to be a challenge! Includes fun facts.
Best Buds – Maxwell Eaton (Children’s Choice’s 2008)
Best friends Max and Pinky have an adventure together every Saturday, but one week
Max looks everywhere and cannot find Pinky.
Big Bug Surprise – Julia Gran (Children’s Choices 2008)
Prunella knows so much about insects that people get bored listening to her talk, but
when her classroom fills up with bees during show-and-tell, Prunella saves the day.
Includes facts about insects.
Birthday Pet – Ellen Javernick (Children’s Choices For 2010)
Danny can have a pet for his birthday and he knows exactly what he wants, but the
other members of his family think differently.

A Book – Mordicai Gerstein (Notable Children’s Books for 2010)
A young girl living in a book tries to find a story of her own while figuring out what a
reader is and thinking about the stories of her family members.
But Excuse Me That Is My Book – Lauren Child (Best Books of the Year 2006)
(Children’s Choices for 2007)
When Lola’s favorite book is not on the library shelf, her older brother, Charlie, tries to
find another book she will enjoy.
Best Story – Eileen Spinelli (Teacher Choices 2009)
When a contest at the local library offers a prize for the best story, a girl tries to write
one using her family's suggestions, but her story does not seem right until she listens
to her heart.
Boo to You! – Lois Ehlert (Children’s Choice 2010)
When the neighborhood cat tries to crash the mice's harvest party, the mice have a
plan to scare the intruder away.
Casey Back at Bat – Dan Gutman (Highly Recommended)
Presents a humorous sequel to Ernest Lawrence Thayer's classic "Casey at the Bat"
with colorful illustrations and rhyming text.
Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallendiner Hogan Logan Bogan Was Her
Name – Tedd Arnold
She had a funny name but she wasn’t much to blame. (From a classic campfire song.)
Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book – Julia Donaldson
Charlie Cook is reading his favorite book, all about a pirate who finds a treasure chest
containing a book about Goldilocks, who is reading Baby Bear’s favorite book about a
bold and fearless knight, who is reading a book… Succeeding book characters come
full circle.
Chester – Melanie Watt
A self-centered cat named Chester keeps interrupting his owner as she tries to write a
story about a mouse.
Chester’s Back – Melanie Watt
Chester, high off the success of his first book, decides he has no need for his
illustrator, until she calls an open audition for a new, less self-absorbed feline to take
Chester's place in the book.
Chester’s Masterpiece – Melanie Watt
A conflict over the creative process ensues when Chester, an egotistical cat, decides to
produce a masterpiece.
Cool Dog, School Dog – Deborah Heiligman (Children’s Choice 2010)
When Tinka the dog follows her owner to school and creates havoc, the children
discover a way to let her stay in the classroom and help.
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever – Marla Frazee (Notable Children’s
Book 2009)
Friends James and Eamon enjoy a wonderful week at the home of Eamon’s
grandparents during summer vacation.
Dear Tooth Fairy – Alan Durant Children’s Choice
When her tooth falls out, Holly is reluctant to put it under her pillow, but a
Correspondence with the Tooth Fairy makes her change her mind.
Dino-Hockey – Lisa Wheeler (Children’s Choices 2008)
The obvious attraction of this book is seeing dinosaurs act like humans playing hockey.
Meat Eaters vs.Veggiesaurs. Realistic illustrations.
Dogs Don’t Brush Their Teeth – Diane deGroat (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Photographs, illustrations, and fold-out pages introduce the reader to fifteen different
dogs who show what they can and cannot do.
Dolores On Her Toes- Barbara Samuels
Borrowing her big sister, Faye’s, Junior Detective Kit, the conscientious but not-so-
observant Dolores is on the trail of her escaped cat, Duncan, whom she had dressed in
a pink tutu to help her rehearse for ballet.
Don’t Forget To Come Back - Robbie Harris (Children’s Choice)
This is a story of separation anxiety with lots of humor. When her parents go out for
the evening, a little girl threatens to run off to Alaska but has a good time with the
babysitter instead.
Fairytale News – Colin and Jacqui Hawkins (Children’s Choice)
The events of several familiar fairy tales get mixed up in the story of Jack, who takes a
job delivering newspapers, until he finds his fortune at the top of a magic beanstalk.
Flotsam – David Wiesner (Children’s Books of the Year 2007)
A colorful picture book that features a young, science-minded boy who goes to the
beach to collect and examine anything floating that has been washed ashore and
discovers an underwater camera that contains a collection of unusual pictures.
Caldecott Gold Medal
Frankie Stein – Lola M. Schaefer (Children’s Choice 2008)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank N. Stein love their son very much, but despite their best efforts and
his, it seems he will never look or act as scary as a Stein should.
Frankie Stein Starts School – Lola M. Schaefer
Frankie begins his first day at Miss Wart's Academy for Ghouls and Goblins excited
and eager to learn, but when the other students tease him for being different, he
demonstrates what he already knows about being scary.
The Gingerbread Girl – Lisa Campbell Ernst
After their first gingerbread disaster, the lonely old couple decides to bake again and
create a gingerbread girl who proves herself to be one smart cookie.
Grace For President – Kelly DiPucchio (Teacher’s Choices 2009)
After finding out there has never been a female U.S. president, Grace decides to run in
her school’s mock election, where she learns about the American electoral system and
sets out to be the best person for the job.
Grumpy Bird – Jeremy Tankard (Children’s Choices 2008)
After waking up grumpy, Bird decides he will walk instead of fly and is joined by
otheranimals that help brighten his day. Children will make a text to self -connection.
Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School – Laurie Halse Anderson (Children’s
Choices for 2010)
A young girl's talented but untamed tresses do not impress her strict first-grade
teacher, who has rules for everything, including hair.
I Know an Old Teacher – Anne Bowen
In this take on the well-known cumulative rhyme, a teacher inadvertently swallows a
flea, then follows it with an assortment of classroom pets while her students look on in
surprise.
If I Were a Jungle Animal – Amanda Ellery (Children’s Choices for 2010)
While playing baseball, a boy wonders what it would be like to be different jungle
animals.


Liberty’s Journey - Kelly DiPucchio
Lady Liberty steps down from her sacred place on the pedestal in New York Harbor,
and sets off across the U.S. in search of amber waves of grain. Recognized along the
way by appreciative folks, she heads westward, sleeping in the Grand Canyon, and
finally reaches the Pacific, having journeyed from sea to shining sea.
Library Mouse - Daniel Kirk
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his
own stories, which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when
children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
Little Mouse Gets Ready – Jeff Smith (Notable Children’s Books for 2010)
Little Mouse gets dressed so he can go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and
sisters.
Mail Harry to the Moon! – Robbie Harris (Best Books of the Year 2008)
Harry’s older brother, unhappy that the new baby is making lots of noise and getting all
the attention, thinks up creative ways to get rid of him.
Man Who Walked Between the Towers - Mordicai Gerstein (Children’s Choice)
A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit’s 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade
Center towers.
Max Goes to Jupiter – Jeffrey Bennett (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Max the Dog and his crew go on a ride in the Space Elevator to orbit, where they board
their spacecraft for Jupiter, explore the giant planet's various moons, and attempt to
probe Europa's icy crust in search of oceans
Miss Spider’s Sunny Patch Kids – David Kirk
Miss Spider worries that she is not a good mother when one of her recently hatched
spiderlings goes off to find where an egg belongs.
Mister Seahorse – Eric Carle (Children’s Choice)
After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water,
greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.
Most Loved Monster – Lynn Downey (Children’s Choice)
At bedtime, four little monsters ask their mother which one she loves the most, and one
by one, she reminds them of why they are each special.
Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth – Alison McGhee
Rumor has it that the first grade teacher is an alien who needs her student’s teeth for
her galaxy.
My Kindergarten – Rosemary Wells
Take a glorious tour through the Kindergarten year with Miss Cribbage as seen through
the eyes of rabbit Emily, one of her eight animal students. Fun to review lots of what
you have learned, sing some songs, learn some poems, and enjoy the school year all
over again! Great illustrations!
Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class – Eileen Spinelli (Teacher’s Choices for 2010)
For "Peace Week," the animals in Miss Fox's class find ways to be peaceful instead of
squabbling with each other.
Poor Puppy – Nick Bruel
When Bad Kitty won't play with him, Poor Puppy has to amuse himself with an
alphabetical list of toys and dreams of playing in an alphabetical list of countries.
President Pennybaker – Kate Feiffer
Tired of the unfairness of life, young Luke Pennybaker decides to run for president,
with his dog Lily as his running mate. What’s the first thing he’ll do as president? Paint
the White House orange!
Probuditi! – Chris Van Allsburg (Children’s Books of the year 2007)
On his birthday, Calvin and his friend Rodney see a magician perform, then copy him
by hypnotizing Calvin's little sister, but the joke is on them when they are unable to
snap her out of it.
The Retired Kid – Jon Agee
Although he enjoys some aspects of his retirement, eight-year-old Brian gains a new
perspective on his job of being a child after spending time in Florida’s Happy Sunset
Retirement community.
Silly Tilly – Eileen Spinelli (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Tilly drives the other barnyard animals crazy with her silliness, but after gruffly telling
her to stop, they discover that they miss her old ways.
Skippyjon Jones Lost in Spice – Judy Schachner (Series)
Compact disc. Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat that thinks he is a Chihuahua dog,
has an adventure on Mars.
Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building – Deborah Hopkinson
A realistic picture book set in the Great Depression that follows a young boy in
New York City, as he and his dad witness the construction of the tallest building in the
world: the Empire State Building.
Sleepy Little Alphabet – Judy Sierra (Children’s Choices for 2010, Best Books)
The little letters of the alphabet have trouble settling down but finally snuggle up and go
to sleep.
Sneezy Louise – Irene Breznak (Children’s Choices for 2010)
When Louise wakes up with itchy eyes, a wheezy throat, and a sneezy nose, shejust
knows it is not going to be a very good day.
Splat the Cat – Rob Scotton
Splat the Cat is nervous about his first day at cat school, but once he arrives he
realizes he had nothing to worry about.
Stick Man – Julia Donaldson (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Stick Man ends up far away from his family tree when he is fetched by a dog, thrown
by a child, used as a snowman's arm, and even put on a fire, but finally Santa Claus
steps in to make sure that Stick Man and his family have a joyous Christmas.
Sunny Boy! : The Life and Times of a Tortoise – Candace Fleming
In this fictionalized account, Sunny Boy, a 100-year-old tortoise, describes
        various events in his life including the dangerous barrel ride over Niagara Falls
that he takes with his daredevil owner.
Take Care Good Night – Shelly Thomas
A new addition to the Good Knight series in picture book format. The Good Knight
comes to the rescue of his friends, the dragons, as they are caring for the old, old
wizard’s cats.
There’s a Bird on Your Head! – Mo Willems (Notable Children’s Book 2008)
Opposite best friends Gerald, who is careful and worrisome, and Piggie, who is clumsy
and carefree, run into a problem when two birds land on Gerald's head.
Thunder Boomer – Shutta Crum (Best Books of the Year 2009, Notable Children’s
Books 2010)
A farm family scurries for shelter from a violent thunderstorm that brings welcome relief
from the heat and also an unexpected surprise.

The Ugly Duckling – Jerry Pinkney (Highly Recommended)
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he
grows into a beautiful swan.
There Was an Old Monster – Rebecca Emberly (Children’s Choices for 2010)
In this variation on the traditional cumulative rhyme, a monster swallows ants, a lizard,
a bat, and other creatures to try to cure a stomachache than began when he swallowed
a tick.
Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly – Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes
 First grade does not go very well for Velma, whose older sisters were practically
 perfect students, until her class takes a trip to a butterfly conservatory and a monarch
 butterfly demands to be her friend.
 A Visitor for Bear – Bonny Becker
 Bear’s efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent
 mouse.
Wabi Sabi – Mark Reibstein (Notable Books 2008)
Text mainly in English with some Japanese characters, Wabi Sabi, a cat living in the
city of Kyoto, learns about the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity as she
asks various animals she meets about the meaning of her name.
Wild About Books – Judy Sierra
Three cheers for the Zoobrary! Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drives
her bookmobile to the zoo, where all of the animals go simply wild for all the wonderful
books.
Winners Never Quit! – Mia Hamm
Sports fan, Mia, loves playing soccer the best, but when she doesn’t win, she quits
playing and storms back home. Her friends refuse to play with quitters, so she shapes
up fast, learning that playing is more important than winning.
Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Book? Lauren Child
Herb may love his storybooks, but he takes awful care of them, and the night he falls
asleep with an open book of fairy tales, he wakes to see Goldilocks standing there,
shrieking, “You are not allowed in this story!” and realizes, of course,
that is just where he is.
Wink, the Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed – JC Phillipps (Children’s Choices for
2010)
Wink is thrilled to be accepted to the Summer Moon School for Young Ninja, but he
cannot quite master the concept of being silent and stealthy when what he really wants
is to be noticed.
Yellow Tutu – Kirsten Bramsen (Children’s Choices for 2010)
When Margo gets a sunny yellow tutu for her birthday it is exactly what she wants, and
she wears it to school--on her head.
You Read To Me, I’ll Read To You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together –
Mary Ann Hoberman (Series)
These fairy tale summaries with a twist are written for two readers.
Zip, Zip…Homework – Nancy Poydar
Violet has a great new backpack with wheels and zippers, but when the many pockets
distract and cause her to misplace her homework she tells a lie to cover it up, so the
teacher gives her an even harder assignment.



Chapter Book Titles

A to Z Mysteries: Detective Camp – Ron Roy (Series)
While learning detective skills at a sleep-away camp, Dink and his friends uncover a
real mystery involving stolen paintings.
Jack Russell Dog Detective: The Awful Pawful – Darrel Odgers (Series)
Jack and Foxie return from their vacation to discover that all the dogs in Doggeroo are
hiding under their beds, so he sets out to find out why.
Babymouse 6: Camp Babymouse – Jennifer L. Holm (Children’s Choices 2008)
Series
Baby Mouse is excited to be going to Camp Wild Whiskers for two weeks, but she soon
discovers that camping is not as easy as it seems. (Series)
BabyMouse #11: Dragonslayer (Children’s Choices for 2010) Series
An imaginative mouse, who likes to read heroic fantasy novels finds herself on the
school math team as it prepares to compete for the coveted Golden Slide Rule.
Backpack Stories – Kevin O’Malley (Children’s Choices for 2010
History Man -- Volcano, or candy is dandy -- Jet: Super Backpack Girl -- Day of the
living backpack. Four separate stories tell, in words and cartoons, the surprising history
and activities of the ordinary backpack.
Butterfly Meadow: Dazzle’s First Day – Olivia Moss (Series)
Dazzle, a new butterfly fairy, finds friends in Butterfly Meadow to help her learn how to
fly.
Clementine’s Letter – Sara Pennypacker (Best Books of the Year 2008) (Series)
After learning that her favorite teacher will be leaving for a trip to Egypt and will be
absent for the remainder of the year, Clementine devises a plan to get rid of the
substitute and get Mr. D'Matz to stay.
Clever Lollipop - Dick King-Smith (Series)
Young Johnny Skinner, trainer of Lollipop the pig, under-gardener at the palace, and
Princess Penelope’s best friend, decides it’s time he learned to read, and he finds the
perfect teacher.
Dinosaur Cove: Attack of the Tyrannosaurus - R. Stone (New Series)
Tom and Jamie, having used a secret entrance to travel to prehistoric times, encounter
a friendly wannanosaurus and a dangerous Tyrannosaurus Rex.
A Dog’s Life: The Autobiography of a Stray – Ann Martin
Squirrel, a stray puppy, tells her life story, from her nurturing mother and brother to
making her own way in the world, facing busy highways, changing seasons, and
humans both gentile and brutal.
Dragon of the Red Dawn – Mary Pope Osborne (Series)
When Merlin is weighed down by sadness, Jack and Annie travel back to feudal Japan
to learn one of the four secrets of happiness.
unfriendly creatures along the way, and struggling to evade the relentless pursuit of the
old enemy.
Elisa Michaels, Bigger & Better - Johanna Hurwitz (Series)
Elisa is in second grade, and she is taking charge...or so she thinks!
The Fran That Time Forgot (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist; #4) – Jim Benton
(Series)
Franny K. Stein, Little Girl Mad Scientist, the only one in her family interested in mad
science, comes up with a winning invention for the school Science Fair project: a Time
Warp Dessert Plate that allows her to have her cake and eat it.

Geronimo Stilton: Karate Mouse – Geronimo Stilton (Series)
Geronimo Stilton's cousin, the athletic Piccolo Tao, signs him up for a karate
tournament, leaving Geronimo with less than one week to get into fighting shape.
The Good, the Bad and the Very Ugly – R. L. Stine (Series)
Rotten School’s Bad Boy, Bernie B., is trying to turn over a new leaf in order to date
the prettiest girl in school, but he may trip over his own slime trail.
Gooney Bird Is So Absurd – Lois Lowry (Children’s Choices 2010) (Series)
Mrs. Pidgeon's second grade class studies poetry and her students write haiku,
couplets, free verse, and finally, a tribute to Mrs. Pidgeon's mother organized by the
irrepressible Gooney Bird Greene.
Happy Birthday Bad Kitty – Nick Bruel (Series)
Bad Kitty's birthday fun is disrupted when someone takes off with her parents and an
unexpected guest arrives for the party.
Herbie Jones and the Second Grade Slippers – Suzy Kline (Series)
Herbie, Ray, and their second-grade classmates learn more about treating each other
with respect.
Horrible Harry and the Dead Letters - Suzy Kline (Series)
Harry and Doug investigate when special bookmarks begin to disappear while their
class is busy studying poetry and running their own post office.
How Oliver Olson Changed the World – Claudia Mills (Notable Children’s Books
2010
Afraid he will always be an outsider like ex-planet Pluto, nine-year-old Oliver finally
shows his extremely overprotective parents that he is capable of doing great things
without their help while his class is studying the solar system.
I Was a Third Grade Spy - Mary Jane Auch
When Brian’s dog, Arful, suddenly begins talking, Brian and his two friends send the
dog to find out what their classmates are planning for the school talent show.
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick (Notable Children’s Book 2008)
When twelve-year-old Hugo, an orphan living and repairing clocks within the walls of a
Paris train station in 1931, meets a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter, his
undercover life and his biggest secret are jeopardized.
Iris and Walter and the Field Trip – Elissa Guest (Series)
Iris and Walter are so excited to be at the aquarium that they forget the field trip rules.
Ivy and Bean – Annie Barrows (Series)
Bean wasn't interested in making friends with Ivy, the new girl across the street, until
she plays a trick on her sister and needs a place to hide out.
The Jade Dragon – Carolyn Marsden
A Chinese American girl torn between her family’s traditional values and the more
modern ones in her second grade classroom learns that friendship cannot be bought.
Judy Moody Saves the World – Megan McDonald (Series)
When Judy Moody gets serious about protecting the environment, her little brother
Stink thinks she is overdoing it, but she manages to inspire her third grade class to
undertake an award-winning, environment-saving project.
Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo: Camp Rules – Nancy Krulik (Series)
Katie discovers that the magic wind has followed her to summer camp when she
suddenly turns into the baby raccoon she and a new friend have been secretly feeding,
and then later

Let’s Do Nothing – Tony Fucile (Children’s Choices 2010)
Young friends Frankie and Sal, believing they have "done it all," decide to do nothing
for a while, but Frankie has a little trouble with the concept and it is not long before the
boys realize there is no way to do nothing.
Lion and the Mouse – Jerry Pinkney (Best Books of the Year 2009)
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even
small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute – Jarrett Krosoczka (Series) (Children’s
Choices for 2010)
The school lunch lady, a secret crime fighter, uncovers an evil plot to replace all the
popular teachers with robots.
Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel! – Nikki Grimes (Children’s Books of the Year
2010)
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she
befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at
home.
Matt Christopher’s Peach Street Mudders & Readers: All-Star Fever (Series)
Bus Mercer, shortstop for the Peach Street Mudders, wants desperately to be picked
for the county all-star team, but he breaks his parents' rules for riding his new bike, and
feelings of guilt affect his game.
Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride – Kate DiCamillo (Series)
Mr. Watson’s usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into
an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy
finds herself behind the wheel.
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane – Kate DiCamillo
Edward Tulane, a cold-hearted and proud toy rabbit, loves only himself until he is
separated from the little girl who adores him and travels across the country, acquiring
new owners and listening to their hopes, dreams, and histories.
(Best Books of the Year 2006), (Children’s Books of the Year 2007)
Miss Daisy is Crazy – Dan Gutman (Series)
Miss Daisy’s unusual teaching methods surprise her second graders, especially
reluctant learner, A.J.
Monster’s Ring – Bruce Coville
A timid boy, eager to frighten the school bully on Halloween night, acquires a magic
ring and the power to change himself into a hideous monster.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle – Beverly Cleary (Series)
A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the
Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.
A Do Not Miss!
The Mugged Pug –Darrel Odgers
Canine crime fighter Jack Russell rushes to stop a thief who is stealing the collars of
Doggeroo.
Nine Lives of Aristotle - Dick King-Smith (Children’s Choice)
Aristotle, a little white kitten, goes to live with a witch in an old cottage, where he finds
so many opportunities for risky adventures that he soon has only one life left.


Oggie Cooder: Party Animal – Sarah Weeks (Series)
Oggie Cooder has always wanted to swim in his neighbor Donnica Perfecto's perfect
pool, and when Donnica's mother makes her invite Oggie to her birthday party, Oggie
vows he will get his chance, no matter what obstacles Donnica sets up to keep Oggie
away.
Oliver’s Game – Matt Tavares (Children’s Choice)
Oliver’s grandfather tells him the story of how he almost joined the Chicago Cubs
baseball team.
The Perfect Cat-Sitter – Anne Whitehead Nagda
When her friend Rana goes to India, Susan volunteers to take care of her cat and her
sister's fish, but the job turns out to be much more difficult than she expected.
Phineas L. Macguire…Erupts!: The First Experiment - Francis O’Roark Dowell
Phineas MacGuire, known as Mac, considers himself to be a scientist, and he       has a
problem. His best friend Marcus has just moved away and his teacher has paired him
up with a new kid, Mac Robbins to come up with a project for the fourth grade science
fair!
Princess for a Week – Betty Ren Wright
When a confident girl named Princess arrives to spend a week at Roddy’s house, she
encourages him to help her investigate the suspicious activities happening at a
supposedly haunted house.
Puppy Place: Lucky Ellen Miles (Series)
Charles and his new friend, David, try to help a stray puppy they find while camping by
taking him to the veterinarian and searching for a home for him.
Rainbow Magic Fairies: Victoria the Violin Fairy – Daisy Meadows (Series)
Rachel and Kirsty help Victoria the Violin Fairy find her musical instrument after it is
stolen by Jack Frost and his goblins, who plan to use it to win a television talent
contest.
The Real Slam Dunk - Charisse K. Richardson
Marcus plans to be a basketball star, but the NBA player reminds him to have more
than one career dream.
Roscoe Riley Rules: Don’t Swap Your Sweater for a Dog – Katherine Applegate
(Series)
Determined to win a trophy of some kind, first-grader Roscoe swaps a hand-knitted
sweater from his grandmother for the chance to enter his new neighbor's very clever
dog in a trick contest.
Ruby Lu, Empress Of Everything – Lenore Look
After Ruby Lu’s deaf cousin, Flying Duck, and her parents come from China to live with
her, Ruby finds life challenging as she adjusts to her new family, tries to mend her
rocky relationship with her friend Emma, and faces various adventures in summer
school.
Secret Identity - Wendelin Van Draanen
Nolan is tired of being called names by the class bully, so he calls upon his secret
identity.
Stink and the World’s Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers - Megan McDonald
A class visit to the Gross-Me-Out exhibit at the science museum inspires Stink Moody
to create a variety of terrible smells to put on the sneakers he plans to enter in the
World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneaker contest.


Super Emma – Sally Warner (Children’s Books of the Year 2007)
Third grader Emma becomes a reluctant heroine when she defends a friend from the
class bully
Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo (Newbery Medal)
The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess
that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined
to bring them all to ruin.
The Talented Clementine – Sarah Pennypacker (Series)
Eight-year-old Clementine, convinced she has no talents, tries to find a way to avoid
participating in the class talent show.
Wiley & Grampa’s Creature Adventures: Jurassic Grampa – Kirk Scroggs
(Series)
After fossilized dinosaur droppings contaminated the pet food across Gringham County
Merle gets saber-toothed, Wiley's lizard becomes a tyrannosaur, but the worst is when
Grampa turns into a caveman for consuming a tainted dog treat.
Young Cam Jansen and the Spotted Cat Mystery – David Adler (Series)
When a cat appears in their classroom one rainy day, Cam and her friend Eric figure
out where it came from.
Zoo School – Laurie Miller Hornik
At the hands-on new Zoo School, where the motto is, “Let the animals be your
textbooks,” the student’s desks are actually fish-filled tanks. “If we can take care of
animals, we can take care of people,” says zookeeper and new teacher, Ms.
Hummingfly.
Non-Fiction Titles

101 Animal Secrets – Gilda and Melvin Berger
Text and photographs provide 101 pieces of information about a variety of animals,
such as giraffes, fish, mice, and lions. Kids will discover tons of fun and wacky facts.
ABC Under the Sea: An Ocean Life Alphabet Book – Barbara Knox
Introduces ocean creatures through colorful photographs and brief text that describe
one animal for each letter of the alphabet. Whet your ocean life appetite.
A is for Astronaut: Exploring Space from A to Z – Traci N. Todd
What an exciting and enthusiastic alphabet of space terminology, a mix of old and new
photos and terrific retro-style illustrations.
Actual Size – Steve Jenkins
From the smallest fish to the man-eating saltwater crocodile, all eighteen animals, or
parts of animals, in this spectacular science book are shown actual size.
All the World – Liz Garton Scanlon – (Best Books for Children 2010)
Follows a group of family members and friends through the course of a day as they
learn the importance of all things great and small.
Astronaut Handbook – Meghan McCarthy
This easy-to-follow picture book takes you through the steps for getting mentally and
physically prepared to be an astronaut, and the tough training that follows.
B is for Baseball: Running the Bases From A to Z – (Children’s Books of the Year
2010) Combines vintage photographs and illustrations with baseball facts in an
introduction to the letters of the alphabet.


The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry – Bill Martin, Bill, Jr. and Michael Sampson
Browse through this beautiful anthology of 200 hand-selected children’s poems by
favorite poets, accompanied by oversized and colorful illustrations by 13 well-known
children’s book illustrators.
Boy, Were We Wrong About the Dinosaurs! – Kathleen V. Kudlinski
The author relates what people once believed about dinosaurs, and gives updated
information on what we have learned about dinosaur legs, tails, skin, color, eggs, and
extinction.
Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings – Douglas
Florian
Poems full of word play, rhyme and humor that’s just right for kids accompany eye-
catching illustrations in this fascinating introduction to outer space.
Coral Snakes: Beware the Colors! - Nancy White
This colorful little reptile carries a lethal weapon-one of the deadliest snake venoms in
the world! Packed with fascinating facts and full-color photos.
Face to Face With Gorillas – Michael Nichols (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 30) and index. The author describes his
experiences photographing gorillas, shares what he has learned about the animals,
and showcases some of his pictures.
Face to Face With Sharks – David Doubilet (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 30) and index. The author describes his
experiences photographing gorillas, shares what he has learned about the animals,
and showcases some of his pictures.
Hey Batta Batta Swing! The Wild Old Days of Baseball – Sally Cook and James
Chareston
Baseball fans, do you know what a dinger, an Uncle Charlie, or a can of corn is? Find
out what the game was like in the good old days.
Knock, Knock! Illus. By Saxton Freymann and others
Find a collection of wacky knock-knock jokes submitted by fourteen different artists.
Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs – Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart
Dinosaur fanatics are going to love this one! It’s a look at all things dinosaur, and the
water-colored pop-ups are spectacular!
A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children – Ed. by Caroline Kennedy
(ALA Notable Children’s Books 2006)
A rich compilation of classic and contemporary poems, varied in topic from the silly to
sublime, with luminous watercolor illustrations.
Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich: And Other Stories You’re Sure to Like, Because
They’re All About Monsters, And Some of Them Are Also About Food. You Like
Food, Don’t You? Well All Right Then. – Adam Rex
Get to know all those garrulous creatures you’ve only seen on the big screen and in
your nightmares in a collection of 20 poems that will have you screaming with laughter!
Frankenstein Takes the Cake – Adam Rex
In this collection of poems and vignettes, the Headless Horseman is finding it
problematic to have a pumpkin as a head (and he’s blogging about it), Edgar Allen Poe
has writer’s block, and Frankenstein has a problem with his new mother-in-law.
Go, Go America – Dan Yaccarino
Away we go with the Farley family on a “fun fact-filled journey from Maine to Hawaii as
they discover our weird and wondrous United States of America.”

How Strong Is It? A Mighty Book All About Strength – Ben Hillman
Astonishing facts abound in this eye-popping look at 22 of the strongest animals,
substances, and elements on Earth. Other titles: How Big Is It? and How Fast Is It?
Lady Liberty: A Biography – Doreen Rapport (Highly Recommended)
Presents an illustrated biography of the Statue of Liberty, describing who designed it
and why, and how it came to become a symbol of the United States.
Let’s Go Traveling - Robin Krupp
Presents a trip to the prehistoric caves of France, the pyramids of Egypt, the Maya
temples of Mexico, and other ancient wonders of the world.
The Little Red Hen – Jerry Pinkney
Hunting for food for her chicks, the little red hen comes across some strange seeds
which her neighbors, the short brown dog, the thin gray rat, the tall black goat, and
the round pink pig identify as wheat. Will they help her plant them? “Not I,” they say in
turn in this sparkling traditional folktale with Pinkney’s sunlit illustrations of graphite,
ink, and watercolor.
Magic School Bus and the Climate Challenge – Joanna Cole
Ms. Frizzle and her students board the Magic School Bus for a lesson on climate
change and what can be done to save the Earth.
Mama: A True Story in Which A Baby Hippo Loses His Mama During the
Tsunami, But Finds a New Home and a New Mama – Jeanette Winter
Jeanette Winter has taken a true story from the aftermath of the December 26, 2004
Indian Ocean tsunami and turned it into a provocative, moving, and visually stunning
picture book.
Mammoths on the Move – Lisa Wheeler
Children will be transfixed by the huge and handsome mammoths in this rhyming
picture book account of their annual migration from the frozen north to warmer climes a
mere 14.000 years ago.
Max Goes to Jupiter – Jeffrey Bennett (Children’s Choices for 2010)
Max the Dog and his crew go on a ride in the Space Elevator to orbit, where they board
their spacecraft for Jupiter, explore the giant planet's various moons, and attempt to
probe Europa's icy crust in search of oceans.
Mazeways: A to Z – Roxie Munro
Presents themed, illustrated mazes for the letters of the alphabet--such as an airport
for "a" and a circus for "c"--and includes over seven hundred items to search for on the
way through them.
Michael Phelps: Anything is Possible – Meish Goldish (Children’s Choices for
2010)
Photographs and text provide a brief biography on Olympic gold medalist Michael
Phelps that describes his experiences at the 2008 Olympic games, his early swimming
career, and other related topics.
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale - John Steptoe
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before
the king, who is choosing a wife. A folktale not to be missed!
Nic Bishop Butterflies and Moths – Nic Bishop
With breathtaking full-page images, Nic Bishop introduces young readers to the beauty
and diversity of these amazing insects. The simple, engaging text presents basic info
and fun, quirky facts.


Nic Bishop Frogs – Nic Bishop
In the incredible world of frogs, some species camouflage to escape danger, others eat
with its eyes, and one can even glide through the air! Dazzling photographs and fun
facts introduce these amazing amphibians in action.
Nic Bishop Spiders – Nic Bishop
Gorgeous up-close color photographs with everything you ever wanted to know about
spiders, and then some!
Ocean Hide and Seek – Jennifer Kramer
The sea is a place of mystery, where animals big and small play hide and seek!
Vibrant ocean illustrations will challenge you to find hidden creatures on every page.
Ocean Seasons – Ron Hirschi
Seasons change in the ocean much as they do on land. Describes the feeding
behaviors of various marine animals during the four seasons and includes food web
discussion questions and activities.
Out of the Ballpark – Alex Rodriguez
"ARod." Although Alex is nervous about his role in the approaching baseball playoffs
and championship game, he soon figures out how to fix his mistakes and become a
better player.
Owen & Mzee: The true Story of a Remarkable Friendship – Isabella Hatkoff
 Amidst the newspaper coverage of the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami of
 December26, 2004, there was a remarkable photo of a baby hippo snuggling against
 a giant tortoise. Moved by the story of Owen, the orphaned baby hippo who bonded
 with Mzee, a 130-year-old giant tortoise, six-year old Isabella Hatkoff and her father
 contacted the General Manager of Haller Park in Kenya, and the three collaborated on
 this photo essay. See how the 600-pound baby hippo was rescued from the coral reef
 where it was stranded.
President Barack Obama – Jennifer Marks
Simple text and photographs introduce the life of Barack Obama, the first
AfricanAmerican to be elected President of the United States.
Redwoods – Jason Chin (Children’s Books of the Year 2010)
A young boy riding the F train in New York City becomes immersed in a book he finds
sitting on the seat beside him. Everything appears to come to life around him. This
imaginative nonfiction picture book juxtaposes a fascinating narrative of facts about the
oldest trees in the world.
Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook – Shel Silverstein
Presents a collection of children’s poetry by author, cartoonist, playwright, and poet
Shel Silverstein that uses spoonerisms in place of traditional poetic form.
This is a treasure!
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show – Laurie Keller
The states decide to get together and put on a show featuring their particular talents.
Also includes facts about the history and geography of the states.
Slippery, Slimy Baby Frogs – Sandra Markle Children’s Books of The Year 2007),
(Children’s Choices 2007)
Colorful photographs and text describe how tadpoles grow into frogs.
Snakes - Rachel Firth and Jonathan Sheikh-Miller
Factual information, photographs and Internet sites combine to tell about snakes.



Soccer Superstars – James Buckley Jr.
Meet players from the big world of soccer. An introduction to famous male soccer
players from around the world, including Ronaldo, Roberto Carlos, David Beckham,
and many others.
Space Travelers - Steve Kortenkamp
Looks at the experiences of astronauts who travel in space aboard the space shuttle,
and discusses the work they do and tools they use.
Star Spangled Crafts - Kathy Ross
Provides instructions for creating a variety of crafts with patriotic themes, including a
firecracker lapel pin, flag mosaic, American eagle magnet, Liberty Bell favors, and
more.
Stinging Scorpions – Natalie Lunis
Detailed photographs and easy-to-follow text introduce children to scorpions,
describing their physical characteristics, hunting and eating methods, habitat, and
behavior.
Story of The New York Yankees - David Fischer
Photographs and text portray the history of the New York Yankees from 1903 to 2002.
Talking Eggs – Robert San Souci – (Notable Best Book)
A Southern folktale in which kind Blanche, following the instructions of an old witch,
gains riches, while her greedy sister makes fun of the old woman and is duly rewarded.
Don’t miss it!
There’s A Frog In My Throat: 440 Animal Sayings A Little Bird Told Me - Loreen
Leedy & Pat Street
Divided by types of animals, here are 440 well-known similes, metaphors, idioms,
proverbs, and figures of speech, each accompanied by a translation of the term into
simple English and a whimsical illustration.
The Titanic: An Interactive History Adventure – Bob Temple (Teacher Choices
2008)
In a series of You Choose Books, this interactive book invites readers to make
choices in a familiar narrative. The Titanic history has been written, but could anything
be done to change the outcome? Readers can immerse themselves in the event and
view multiple perspectives to re-create 35 possible choices with 15 possible endings.
United Tweets of America – Hudson Talbott
A picture book about the fifty states, set up as a bird beauty pageant, narrated by a
bespectacled bald eagle holding a microphone and perched on the map by Michigan’s
Upper Peninsula. It must be said, this book is a hoot!
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? – Illustrated By Jon Agee et al.
You may think you know the answer to that old riddle, but in a hilarious assemblage, 14
well-known children’s book illustrators provide new responses and illustrations to
ponder.
World’s Greatest Elephant – Ralph Helfer (Children’s Books of the Year 2007)
This is the true story of the lives and travels of the circus elephant Modoc, who traveled
widely and experienced dangerous adventures with his owner and trainer Bram
Gunterstein.
Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales – Lucy Cousins – (Notable Children’s Books
2009, Children’s Books of the Year 2010, and many more!)
Little Red Riding Hood -- The three Billy Goats Gruff -- The enormous turnip -- Henny
Penny -- Goldilocks and the Three Bears -- The little Red Hen -- The three Little Pigs --
The musicians of Bremen. Simple text and bold illustrations tell eight classic fairy tales,
including "The Three Little Pigs" and "Little Red Riding Hood."

				
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