|Books for Toddlers|
Little Gorilla by R. Bornstein
Little Gorilla’s family and friends try to help him overcome his special growing pains.
Goodnight Moon by M. W. Brown
A little bunny, tucked in bed, says goodnight to all of the familiar things in his room.
Biscuit’s Picnic by A. Capucilli
It's picnic time, but Biscuit isn't invited! Do Biscuit and his puppy friend, Puddles, really have to go play in the yard while the kids eat all the picnic food?
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? by E. Carle
Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups. For example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd.
Farmer Will by J. Cowen-Fletcher
Will, the happiest little farmer in the whole wide world, loves to take his horse Orsey, his cow Dow, and his sheep Bah, and his pig Wink-Wink outside and play with them.
Freight Train by D. Crews
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
Sleepy Bear by L. Dabcovich
Shows Bear getting ready for his long winter's nap, or hibernation, and his springtime awakening.
Spot books by E. Hill
These colorful books portray Spot the dog in familiar themes young children will relate to such as the first day of school and attending a birthday party.
Counting Kisses by K. Katz
From ten little kisses on baby's teeny tiny toes, to five quick kisses on baby's itty bitty nose, to one last kiss on baby's sleepy, dreamy head, a lyrical picture book attempts to show how many kisses it takes to say goodnight.
The Snowy Day by E. Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by B. Martin
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.
Here Are My Hands by B. Martin
The owner of a human body celebrates it by pointing out various parts and mentioning their functions, from “hands for catching and throwing” to the “skin that bundles me in.”
Please Be Quiet! by M. Murphy
Everything that a little penguin does makes noise.
My First Wild Animals by B. Paterson
These delightful animals are just right for toddlers--simple, large, and easy to identify. Each of the familiar animals, which include a tiger, zebra, and giraffe, is named with a single identifying word.
Red Rubber Boot Day by M. Ray
A child describes all the things there are to do on a rainy day.
Pots and Pans by A. Rockwell
Introduces the shiny, colorful utensils in a kitchen cupboard, including the tea kettle, omelette pan, and cake mold.
Come Along, Daisy! by J. Simmons
Daisy the duckling becomes so engrossed in playing with dragonflies and lily pads that she temporarily loses her mother.
Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
The feet of many real and imaginary animals are explored in this book, written in rhymed phrases.
Little Quack by L. Thompson
One by one, four ducklings find the courage to jump into the pond and paddle with Mama Duck, until only Little Quack is left in the nest, trying to be brave.
Farmer Duck by M. Waddell
When a kind and hardworking duck nearly collapses from overwork, while taking care of a farm because the owner is too lazy to do so, the rest of the animals get together and chase the farmer out of town.
The Napping House by A. Wood
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
|Books for 3-5 Year Olds|
Blossom and Boo Stay Up Late by D. Apperley
Blossom and Boo get scared and lost in the woods when they stay up one night to see what happens while everyone is sleeping.
No Jumping on the Bed by T. Arnold
Walter lives near the top floor of a tall apartment building, where one night his habit of jumping on his bed leads to a tumultuous fall through floor after floor, collecting occupants all the way down.
Being Friends by K. Beaumont
Two very different girls find that the joy of being friends enables them to share their various likes and dislikes.
Growing Vegetable Soup by L. Ehlert
A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.
A Pocket for Corduroy by D. Freeman
A toy bear who wants a pocket for himself searches for one in a laundromat.
Flora’s Surprise by D. Gliori
Flora, a young rabbit, tries to grow a house by planting a brick.
Fall Leaves Fall! by Z. Hall
When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures.
Chrysanthemum by K. Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.
Don’t You Feel Well, Sam? by A. Hest
When Sam has a cough, Mrs. Bear tends to him all through the cold night.
Bread and Jam for Frances by R. Hoban
Frances decides that she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal until—to her surprise—her parents grant her wish.
Miss Spider’s Tea Party by D. Kirk
When lonely Miss Spider tries to host a tea party, the other bugs refuse to come for fear of being eaten!
Leo the Late Bloomer by R. Kraus
Leo, a young tiger, finally blooms under the anxious eyes of his parents.
Swimmy by L. Lionni
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way to protect them all from their natural enemies.
What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by K. Lum
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny’s resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.
Blueberries for Sal by R. McCloskey
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by L. J. Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
My Spring Robin by A. Rockwell
Before finding the robin she is searching for, a child discovers other interesting flora and fauna in her backyard.
No, David! by D. Shannon
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.
The Gardener by S. Stewart
A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city, but takes her love of gardening with her.
Little Fish Lost by N. Van Laan
Little Fish loses her mother in an African pond and searches everywhere for her, seeing all kinds of animals in the process.
Max Cleans Up by R. Wells
Max’s big sister Ruby is determined to help him clean up his messy room, but he keeps rescuing things that she wants to throw away.
Bear Wants More by K. Wilson
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.
Off We Go! by J. Yolen
One by one, baby woodland creatures leave home and sing their way to visit grandma.
|Books for 1st & 2nd Graders|
Little Rat Rides by M. Bang-Campbell
Little Rat overcomes her fear and learns to ride a horse, just like her daddy did when he was young.
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by J. Barrett
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Berenstain Bears’ books by S. & J. Berenstain
There’s a lot to do in Bear Country! Join Papa and Mama Bear and Brother and Sister Bear in their many adventures.
The Mitten: An Ukrainian Folktale by J. Brett
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
Inspector Hopper by D. Cushman
Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends.
Strega Nona by T. De Paola
Grandma Concetta heals everyone with her remedies and advice, and when she retires, she leaves Nona her magic pasta pot with its secret ingredient.
Why the Frog Has Big Eyes by B. Franco
A fable explaining how a staring contest left frogs with large eyes.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by P. Galdone
Colorful illustrations accompany this version of the classic children's tale of three goat brothers and a contemptible troll.
Grandpa’s Face by E. Greenfield
Seeing her beloved grandfather making a mean face while he rehearses for one of his plays, Tamika becomes afraid that someday she will lose his love and he will make that mean face at her.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by K. Henkes
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
Danny and the Dinosaur by S. Hoff
A little boy is pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.
Chicago and the Cat by R. M. Koontz
A pushy cat takes over the home of Chicago the rabbit, but then the two become friends.
Lionel and His Friends by S. Krensky
Lionel and his friends have dinner, trade sandwiches at school, eavesdrop on Louise and Emily, and play baseball.
Frog and Toad are Friends by A. Lobel
The adventures of best friends Frog and Toad include Frog’s suffering a bad cold and Toad’s embarrassment over his unflattering bathing suit.
Fox Outfoxed by J. Marshall
Fox competes in a big race, gives away his comic books, and goes trick-or-treating on Halloween with his friends.
Jack and Rick by D. McPhail
Jack and Rick want to play together, but there's a river between them and they will have to work together to bridge it.
Molly the Brave and Me by J. O'Connor
Beth admires her friend Molly's courage, but on a visit to Molly's country home, Beth surprises herself with her own bravery when the two become lost within the maze of a cornfield.
Piggie Pie by M. Palatini
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald's farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can't find a single porker.
Amelia Bedelia books by P. Parish
Meet Amelia Bedelia, the unflappable maid who does everything literally. With her purse on her arm and hat firmly on her head, Amelia Bedelia follows instructions to a tee, which results in many laughs.
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by P. Polacco
After losing running, climbing, throwing, and burping competitions to her obnoxious older brother, a young girl makes a wish on a falling star.
My Name is Yoon by H. Recorvits
Disliking her name as written in English, Korean-born Yoon, or "shining wisdom," refers to herself as "cat," "bird," and "cupcake," as a way to feel more comfortable in her new school and new country.
This Year’s Garden by C. Rylant
Follows the seasons of the year as reflected in the growth, life, and death of the garden of a large rural family.
The Talking Eggs by R. D. San Souci
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.
Nate the Great by M. Sharmant
Nate and his dog Sludge try to solve a case on Halloween night and find themselves locked in a haunted house.
Pete’s a Pizza by W. Steig
When Pete is in a bad mood, his father turns him into a pizza by first rolling him like dough and then pretending to top him with ingredients until the final personal touch.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by W. Steig
In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal.
Get Well, Good Knight by S. M. Thomas
The three little dragons are sick in bed. They feel awful. Who will help them get better? The Good Knight will. He tries hard. He brings them some very yucky soup to slurp. But the dragons won't touch it. What is a Good Knight to do?
Jumanji by C. Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Tales of Amanda Pig by J. Van Leeuwen
Amanda Pig, her brother Oliver, and their parents share a busy day, working and playing together from breakfast to bedtime.
Commander Toad and The Voyage Home by J. Yolen
Commander Toad leads the lean green space machine "Star Warts" to find new worlds but runs into trouble when he sets course for home.
How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by J. Yolen
Describes what a young dinosaur should do in order to quickly get over being sick.
|Books for 3rd & 4th Graders|
Cam Jansen books by D. A. Adler
Cam is Jennifer Jansen, a girl with a photographic memory. (Cam is a nickname that is short for Camera.) Cam and her friend Eric Shelton have adventures and solve mysteries.
Fudge-a-mania by J. Blume
Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his younger brother, Fudge.
Tornado by B. C. Byars
As they wait out a tornado in their storm cellar, a family listens to their farmhand tell stories about the dog that was blown into his life by another tornado when he was a boy.
The Chocolate Touch by P. Catling
A boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate.
Mostly Magic by R. Chew
From the day Pete comes to fix a leak in the house and his miniature ladder opens up into a full-size one, a brother and a sister experience a series of magical adventures.
The Dog That Pitched a No Hitter by M. Christopher
Mike’s telepathic dog Harry is able to send him signals about the opposing players on the baseball field, but Mike’s weak pitching arm requires them to find another plan to save the game.
A Case for Jenny Archer by E. Conford
After reading three mysteries in a row, Jenny becomes convinced that the neighbors across the street are up to no good and decides to investigate.
Adventures of the Bailey School Kids books by D. Dadey
There are some pretty weird grown-ups in Bailey City. Meet all of them, from Ms. Jeepers, who might be a vampire, to leprechaun-like Mr. O'Grady in this fun series of chapter book adventures.
Aliens for Breakfast by J. Etra
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in Richard's class.
There’s an Owl in the Shower by J. C. George
Because protecting spotted owls has cost Borden's father his job as a logger, Borden intends to kill any spotted owl he sees, until he and his father find themselves taking care of a young owlet.
Knights in Shining Armor by G. Gibbons
A look at knighthood presented in a captivating yet understandable form for young readers.
Kidnap at the Catfish Café by P. R. Giff
Assisted by her cat Max, sixth grader Minnie starts up her new detective agency by investigating a kidnapping and a thief who will steal anything, even a hot stove.
4B Goes Wild by J. Gilson
Fourth-graders on a three-day camping trip with their teachers experience frights and delights.
Alvin Webster’s Surefire Plan for Success (And How It Failed) by S. Greenwald
Gifted fifth grader Alvin Webster, accustomed to always being the best, the first, and the one with the most right answers, has some adjustments to make when he finds out he is getting a new baby brother. At the same time he tries to tutor a less gifted student who does not want to be tutored.
Bunnicula series by J. Howe
When the Monroe family brings home a bunny they find in a movie theater while watching Dracula, Chester the cat and Harold the dog are suspicious of the new resident. They believe him to be a vampire. Read all about their adventures in this series.
Oh, No Noah! by J. Hurwitz
Noah struggles to impress the kids he meets when he and his family move to a new house.
Herbie Jones and the Class Gift by S. Kline
Disaster strikes when Annabelle trusts Herbie Jones and Raymond with the job of picking up the class’s gift for their teacher.
Keep Ms. Sugarman in the Fourth Grade by E. Levy
Jackie, who has always had trouble in school, begins to develop more self-confidence under the guidance of her fourth-grade teacher and is crushed when Ms. Sugarman is promoted to principal in the middle of the school year.
Sarah, Plain and Tall by P. MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay.
The Doll People by A. M. Martin
A family of porcelain dolls that have lived in the same house for one hundred years is taken aback when a new family of plastic dolls arrives and doesn’t follow The Doll Code of Honor.
Magic Tree House series by M. P. Osborne
Jack and Annie are just two regular kids. That is, until they discover a mysterious tree house packed with all sorts of books. As they soon find out, this is a magical tree house and the books have the power to transport them to any place in history or the future.
Junie B. series by B. Park
Junie B. Jones just can't help getting into all kinds of scrapes. She does her best, but life just has so many interesting possibilities, which often land her in trouble with the teacher and her parents.
A Pizza the Size of the Sun by J. Prelutsky
A collection of humorous poetry on a variety of topics.
How to Eat Fried Worms by T. Rockwell
Two boys set out to prove that worms can be a delicious meal.
Seeker of Knowledge: The Man Who Deciphered Egyptian Hieroglyphs by J. Rumford
A biography of the French scholar whose decipherment of the Egyptian hieroglyphic language made the study of ancient Egypt possible.
Cricket in Times Square by G. Selden
This book describes the adventures of a country cricket who unintentionally arrives in New York and is befriended by Tucker Mouse and Harry Cat.
The Flunking of Joshua T. Bates by S. Shreve
Driving home from the beach on Labor Day, Joshua receives some shocking news: he must repeat the third grade.
Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
Wilbur, the pig, is desolate, when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer’s Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him.
|Books for 5th & 6th Graders|
The Pretender by K. A. Applegate
Someone who claims to be Tobias’s long-lost cousin is looking for him, but he is not sure she is telling the truth.
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Tuck Everlasting by N. Babbitt
The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from growing any older.
Coffin on a Case by E. Bunting
Twelve-year-old Henry Coffin, the son of a private investigator, helps a high school girl in her dangerous attempt to find her kidnapped mother.
Secret Garden by F. Burnett
Ten-year-old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin and the mysteries of a locked garden.
Incredible Journey by S. Burnford
A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family.
Wanted--Mud Blossom by B. Byars
Convinced that Mud is responsible for the disappearance of the school hamster that was his responsibility, Junior Blossom is determined that the dog should be tried for his “crime.”
The Wanderer by S. Creech
Thirteen-year-old Sophie and her cousin Cody record their transatlantic crossing to visit their grandfather in England aboard the Wanderer.
Make Like a Tree and Leave by P. Danzinger
Sixth-grader Matthew gets into trouble at home and at school, and helps save an elderly friend’s property from the hands of a developer.
Because of Winn Dixie by K. DiCamillo
Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn Dixie.
The Whipping Boy by S. Fleischman
A bratty prince and his whipping boy have many adventures when they inadvertently trade places after becoming involved with dangerous outlaws.
The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by R. Freedman
A biography of the Oglala leader who resisted the white man's attempt to take over Indian lands.
My Side of the Mountain by J. C. George
A boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskills including his struggle for survival, his animal friends, and his realization that he needs human companionship.
Jackie and Me: A Baseball Card Adventure by D. Gutman
With his ability to travel through time by using baseball cards, Joe goes back to meet Jackie Robinson, turning into a black boy in the process.
Among the Hidden by M. P. Haddix
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family’s farm, until another “third’ convinces him that the government is wrong.
Misty of Chincoteague by M. Henry
Two youngsters’ determination to own a Chincoteague pony is greatly increased when the Phantom and her colt are among those rounded up for the yearly auction.
Bartlett and the Ice Voyage by O. Hirsch
When an impatient queen longs to taste the delicious but fragile melidrop fruit, two explorers use “Inventiveness, Desperation, and Perseverance” to try to bring it to her.
The Bone Detectives: How Forensic Anthropologists Solve Crimes and Uncover Mysteries of the Dead by D. Jackson
Explores the world of forensic anthropology and its applications in solving crimes.
A Wrinkle in Time by M. L'Engle
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Ella Enchanted by G. C. Levine
In a magical world where all children are given a gift at birth by a fairy godmother, Ella is gifted with obedience. Unable to refuse any command, she is often taken advantage of. So begins her quest to free herself.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Four schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe to the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch who has cursed the land with eternal winter.
Number the Stars by L. Lowrey
In 1943, during the German occupation of Denmark , ten-year-old Annemarie learns how to be brave and courageous when she helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis.
Shiloh by P. Naylor
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog’s real owner, a mean-spirited man known to mistreat his dogs.
Island of the Blue Dolphins by S. O'Dell
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California , a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.
Bridge to Terabithia by K. Paterson
The life of a ten-year-old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.
Escape from Slavery: Five Journeys to Freedom by D. Rappaport
Five accounts of black slaves who managed to escape to freedom during the period preceding the Civil War.
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by L. Sachar
An unmanageable, but lovable eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is sort of a misfit too.
The Ghosts of Rathburn Park by Z. K. Snyder
Lost in the woods of Rathburn Park , eleven-year-old Matthew weighs the odds of dying from thirst, embarrassment, or at the hands of the forest’s reputed ghostly inhabitants.
Maniac Magee by J. Spinelli
After his parents die, Jeffrey Lionel Magee’s life becomes legendary, as he accomplishes athletic and other feats which awe his contemporaries.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by M. D. Taylor
A black family living in the South during the 1930's are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don't understand.
Dicey’s Song by C. Voight
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
101 Ways to Bug Your Parents by L. Wardlaw
When his parents call off the family vacation and enroll their son in a creative writing class instead, twelve-year-old Steve comes up with a wacky moneymaking project.