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."