Changes, Changes, Pat Hutchins WH E Hut / PACL PB Hutchins
The little wooden couple are happy in their building-block house -- until it catches fire. The solution? They transform the house into a fire engine! But then there's so much water that they have to build a boat...The very youngest can "read" this charming, wordless picture book all by themselves. Book Description. (Ages: Preschool).
The Mitten, Jan Brett WH 398.2 Mit/ PACL 398 B845m
When Nicki loses the mitten that his grandmother had knitted for him, the woodland animals find it and crawl inside, each one larger than the last, but as the mitten stretches and grows, grandmother's knitting holds fast, until a tiny mouse proves to be too much. Ingram. (Ages: Preschool).
Mouse and Mole and the Year-Round Garden, Doug Cushman WH E Cus
Readers follow an anthropomorphic mouse and mole through the seasons as they plant, grow, and harvest their garden. The bottom border shows details of plant growth and other related natural processes, such as photosynthesis, weather, and hibernation. Horn Book. (Ages: Preschool). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children).
Mr. Grumpy's Motor Car, John Burningham WH E Bur / PACL PB Burningham
Mr. Gumpy and company ride again in this reissue of a much-loved book. The country gentleman and his entourage of children and barnyard animals go for a lovely drive through the fields, get stuck in the mud, squabble, cooperate, and go for a swim. Horn Book. (Ages: Preschool).
Mushroom in the Rain, Mirra Ginsburg WH E Gin / PACL PB Ginsburg
Caught out in the rain, an ant takes shelter under a very tiny mushroom. Soon, a wet butterfly, then a drenched mouse, a dripping sparrow, and even a rain-soaked rabbit each beg to join him under his miniature umbrella. How can the ant let the others in when there is barely room enough for one? But as the rain comes down and down, they all somehow manage to squeeze together and share the tiny shelter. And when the sun finally comes out, the ant discovers a magical secret of just what happens to mushrooms in the rain! Book Description. (Ages: Preschool).
Summer Business, Charles Martin OL E Mar / PACL PB Martin
By running small businesses catering to the summer visitors to their island home, Heather and her friends earn enough money for a trip to the Harvest Fair on the mainland. IPac. (Ages: Preschool).
Swimmy, Leo Lionni WH E Lio / PACL PB Lionni
Swimmy, the little black fish and lone survivor in a school of red ones, devises an ingenious scheme for protecting a new school of fish friends. Horn Book. (Ages: Preschool). (Caldecott Honor Book 1964).
Zinnia and Dot, Lisa Campbell Ernst OL E Cam / PACL PB Ernst
Cooperation is the focus when two feuding hens lose all but one of their eggs to a weasel while squabbling, and the fun really begins when they begin to argue about whose egg it is, and what to do with it. Ingram (Ages: Preschool).
Albert's Play, Leslie Tryon PACL PB Tryon
With the help of the industrious goose, Albert, the children of Pleasant Valley School successfully stage Edward Lear's beloved he Owl and the Pussy-Cat. The clever text mimics the rhyme and language pattern of Lear's poem. Horn Book. (Ages 5-9).
Anansi The Spider: A Tale from the Anshanti, Gerald McDermott WH 398.24 McD / PACL Juv 398 M1345a
In this traditional tale from West Africa, Anansi, the Spider, sets out on a long journey. Threatened by Fish and Falcon, he is saved from terrible fates by his sons. But which of his six sons should he reward? Ingram. (Caldecott Honor Book 1973).
The Ant and the Elephant, Bill Peet WH E Pee / PACL PB Peet
The elephant is the kindest animal in the jungle, rescuing the giraffe, lion, and rhino, but who will return the favor when the elephant needs help? Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: this book has been selected to be read to/by students in all of our classrooms and should not be read ahead of time).
The Bedspread, Sylvia Fair OL E Fai
Maud and Amelia are two old sisters who live at each end of a long, long bed. Although they disagree about most things, they do agree that their plain white bedspread is the most boring feature of their boring life. So they decide to decorate it, each embroidering on it their recollection of the house in which they grew up, Maud, a fine needlewoman, remembers all her stitches: spider stitch, pineapple, bugle, buttonhole, and the others. Amelia has forgotten hers, but she remembers the happiness and excitement, the people and animals that filled the house. When finished, the bedspread is a surprise, but each treasures it in her own way. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Not previewed).
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends, Stan and Jan Berenstain OL E Ber / PACL PB Berenstain
The new cub in the neighborhood, Lizzy Bruin, is the same age as Sister Bear--and she's also just as bossy. After a fight threatens their budding friendship, both cubs learn that you can't always have your own way if you want to have friends. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
Best Train Set Ever, Patricia Hutchins WH E Hut / PAMP Juv Reader Fict Hutchins
Three stories about a little boy's birthday, a Halloween party, and a Fourth of July Christmas party. IPac. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (Nt: one chapter on Christmas).
Big Pumpkin, Erica Silverman WH E Sil / PACL PB Silverman
A witch trying to pick a big pumpkin on Halloween discovers the value of cooperation when she gets help from a series of monsters. (Ages 4-8).
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever, Steven Kroll WH E Kro / PACL PB Kroll
In a perennial Halloween favorite, a group of children meet two amiable mice who tend their growing pumpkin with such affection that it becomes the biggest one in memory. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
Bravo Ernest and Celestine! Gabrielle Vincent PACL PB Vincent
When the roof begins to leak, Ernest bear plays a violin with Celestine mouse singing in the streets to help earn money to make the necessary repairs. But they find better things to do with the money. Amazon.com. (Ages 4-8).
The Bremen Town Musicians,
Isabelle Brent (retold) PACL Juv 398 G864fbre
Jacob Grimm WH 398.2 Gri, WH 398.2 Bre / PACL Juv 398 G864br, 398 G864bs, 398 G864bp, 398 G864brw
Ilse Plume (retold) OL 398.24 Plu / PACL Juv 398 P734b
A donkey, a cat, a dog, and a rooster band together, and set off to become musicians. www.eduplace.com. (Ages 4-8). (Plume version: Caldecott Honor Book 1981).
Bullfrog Builds A House, Rosamond Dauer WH E Dau / PACL Juv reader Fict Dauer
Bullfrog has found a lake to build his house, but he is not sure how to begin. "Start with what you like best," suggests his new friend. Working together they finish the house, but Bullfrog realizes something is missing. IPac. (Ages 4-8).
A Chair for My Mother, Vera Williams WH E Wil / PACL PB Williams
A young girl tells how she, her mother, and her grandmother save up all of their spare coins in a big glass jar toward the day when they will buy a much-needed easy chair. (Their old furniture and their possessions were destroyed in a fire.) Booklist. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Honor Book 1983).
Chestnut Cove, Tim Egan OL E Ega/ PACL PB Egan
Chestnut Cove is a friendly community, where interesting things are always happening and neighbors try to help each other out as they go about their daily business. Then the king offers to give his kingdom to whoever grows the biggest, juiciest watermelon. Gradually greed and competition separate the villagers, until a sudden catastrophe brings them all together again . . . The absurdity shows that common sense isn't what it seems and that self-interest is quite ridiculous. Booklist. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children).
Church Mice Adrift, Graham Oakley WH E Oak / PACL PB Oakley
The church cat and the church mice use brains instead of brawn to rout a scurvy gang of displaced rats who have taken over the church. IPac. (Ages 4-8).
Did You See What I Saw? Poems about School, Kay Winters OL 811.54 Win
This energetic collection of twenty-four poems brings the excitement of a child's first few years at school to life. From opening a box of squeaky new crayons and swinging way up high on the playground swings to getting caught passing a note and bidding farewell to a beloved class pet, the highlights and the lowlights of classroom life are captured here. Booklist. (Ages 4-6). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Not previewed).
The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins OL E Hut / PACL PB Hutchins
When Ma gives Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share, they are delighted. Then the doorbell rings, and rings, and rings. As more children arrive, from various ethnic backgrounds, they continue to divide up the cookies and share them evenly. The final ring of the doorbell, however, brings good news. School Library Journal. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children).
The Enormous Turnip. Kathy Parkinson OL E Eno / PACL Juv 398 P247e
One of Grandfather's turnips grows to such an enormous size that the whole family including the dog, cat, and mouse try in vain to pull it up. IPac.Then the help of yet one more small creature, Petya, the beetle does the trick. (Ages 4-8).
Ernest and Celestine's Patchwork Quilt, Gabrielle Vincent OL E Vin
Ernest and Celestine make a patchwork quilt, but when they realize only one can use it, they make another one. Ipac. (Ages 4-8). (Not previewed).
Euphonia and the Flood, Mary Calhoun (Ages 4-8). OL E Cal / PACL PB Calhoun
Curious to see where the flood is going, an old woman packs her broom and pig into her boat and sets out to follow it. IPac. Along the why she helps other creatures and they all celebrate together at the end. (Ages 4-8).
Fire Fighters, Robert Maass WH 363.3 Maa / PACL PB Maass
Describes what it means to be a firefighter, including life at the firehouse, practice drills, service to the community, and fire emergencies. IPac. Teamwork among firefighters is empahsized. (Ages 4-8).
Fire Race: A Karuk Coyote Tale About How Fire Came to the People, Jonathan Landon WH 398.24 Lon / PACL 398 L847F
Inspired by a legend of the Karuk people, this is a retelling of how Coyote captures fire and how Eagle, Cougar, Fox, Bear, Measuring Worm, Turtle, and Frog work together to help. A dramatic tale of bravery and cooperation. (Ages 4-8).
The Five Chinese Brothers, Claire Bishop OL E Bis / PACL PB Bishop
The classic story about five clever brothers, each with a different extraordinary ability is "a dramatic retelling of an old Chinese tale." Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: themes of drowning, capital punishment).
Fool of the World and the Flying Ship, Arthur Ransome WH 398.2 Ran / PACL Juv 398 R212f
Despite being considered "The Fool of the World" and looked down upon by his parents, the Fool follows his dream and wins the hand of the Czar's daughter. He is helped by a Wise Old Man and some supernaturally talented companions. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children). (Caldecott Medal Winner 1969). (Nt: some religious references).
Franklin Plays the Game, Paulette Bourgeois OL E Bou / PACL PB Bourgeois
Franklin learns the rewards of teamwork and sportsmanship. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
Frederick, Leo Lionni WH E Lio / PACL PB Lionni
The classic fable of Frederick, who supplies his fellow mice with poetry and dreams throughout the cold winter. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Honor Book 1968).
Frog and Toad are Friends, Arnold Lobel WH E Lob / PACL Juv Reader Lobel
Five advertures filled with affection and speak loudly of friendship. In "The Lost Button," many animals help look for Toad's missing button. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Honor Book 1971). Reader.
Great Ball Game: A Muskogee Story, Joseph Bruchac OL 398.2 Bru / PACL Juv 398 B887gb
This amusing folktale is about an epic ball game played between the Animals and the Birds. It tells how the bat came to be accepted as an Animal and why Birds fly south each winter. (Ages 4-8).
The Hole in the Dike, Norma Green WH E Gre / PAMP PB Green
This abridged adaptation of Mary Mapes Dodge's classic tale about a boy who saves Holland from a disastrous flood is enlivened by Carle's bright and authentic collage illustrations. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
Hunting the White Cow, Tres Seymour OL E Sey / PACL PB Seymour
The cumulative, original tall tale is narrated by a young farm girl who tells of the elusive white cow who used to be ours, but she went wild. Successive attempts to bring the cow home involve more and more people, with negative results. Meanwhile, their list of the cow's attributes grows longer and longer. Horn Book. (Ages 4-9). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children).
It's Your Turn, Roger, Susanna Gretz WH E Gre
After Roger the pig visits the other families in his apartment building to find out who has to help with dinner, he realizes the value of taking his turn to set the dinner table. iPac. (Ages 4-8).
Jungle Day, or How I Learned to Love My Nosey Little Brother, Barbara Bottner WH E Bot /PACL PB Bottner
With little brother's help Jackie composes a totally new animal for Jungle Day at school. Ipac. (Ages 4-8).
Just For You, Mercer Mayer OL E May
In this title, young readers see Little Critter trying very hard to be a good helper. Unfortunately, something always seems to get in his way. When he tries to dry dishes for his mother, the dishes grow slippery. When he makes an effort not to splash water out of the tub, a storm comes up. On and on it goes, with Little Critter and his good intentions making readers laugh with him from start to finish. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).
Katy and the Big Snow, Virginia Burton WH E Bur / PACL PB Burton
Katy, the brave and untiring tractor who pushes a bulldozer in the summer and a snowplow in the winter, saves the day when she plows out the city of Geoppolis after a big blizzard. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
A Light in the Attic (poems "Anchored" and "Ations"), Shel Silverstein WH 811.54 Sil / PACL Juv 811 S587L
For over 20 years, kids and kids at heart have giggled at the jumbled, goofy nonsense poems of Shel Silverstein . . .Silverstein's amusing, cartoonish line drawings are every bit as familiar and beloved to readers as his poems. Amazon.com. (All ages).
Lights, Action, Land-Ho!, Judy Delton WH F Delton
Part of the Pee Wee Scout series, deals with theater, acting, teamwork, Columbus and selfishness. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). Chapter Book. (Not reviewed).
The Little Red Hen,
Byron Barton PACL Juv 398 L778rhb
Paul Galdone OL 398.24 Lit / PACL Juv 398 L778rhb
Unaided by her three lazy animal companions, an industrious hen tends to all the chores on their New England farm. Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia Burton WH E Bur / PACL PB Burton
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne make quite a team. The inseparable duo digs the great canals for the big boats to travel through, cuts through the large mountains so trains can pass, and hollows out the deep cellars for the great skyscrapers in the city. But the introduction of gasoline, electric, and diesel shovels means big trouble for Mike and Mary Anne. . . Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne find themselves in the little town of Popperville. Mike and Mary Anne make a bid to dig the cellar for the new town hall, promising the town that if they can't dig the cellar in just one day they'll accept no payment for the job. Will Mike and Mary Anne be able to complete the job? The whole town of Popperville turns out to watch. Virginia Lee Burton . . . offers a touching portrait of love and dedication while commenting on the modernization that continuously shapes our lives. Amazon.com. (Ages 3 to 6).
Miss Nelson is Missing, James Marshall WH E All / PACL PB Allard
The arrival of a strict substitute convinces Miss Nelson's students that they must get their teacher back. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). [Nt: about lack of cooperation.]
Mr. McGill Goes to Town, Jim Aylesworth OL E Ayl / PACL PB Aylesworth
The lyrical, spirited cadence of Aylesworth's text is a natural enticement to beginning readers, and it's all staged in an appealing line-and-wash format. . . . With a countryside setting and characters in frontier attire, the lighthearted folksy approach speaks to the neighborly interdependence that was a cornerstone of America's founding." Ingram. (Ages 4-8).
My Friend Jacob, Lucille Clifton WH E Cli / PACL PB Clifton
A young boy tells about Jacob, who, though older and mentally slower, helps him a lot and is his very best friend. IPac. (Ages 4-8).
Neve Shalom Wahat Al-Salam: Oasis of Peace, Laurie Dolphin PACL 956.94 D665n
In a remarkable community outside Jerusalem, 20 families--Jews and Arabs--demonstrate the possibility of peaceful coexistence, working and living together in a cooperative village that is seen here through the eyes of two ten-year-olds, a Jewish boy and an Arab, among the first from outside the village to be admitted to its bilingual, bicultural school. Dolphin clearly shows not only the differences between the boys' family lives and customs but also their many similarities, and provides a succinct explanation of Israel's status as the Jewish homeland and of the conflict that has riven the country since its founding. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 6-10). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children).
A New Coat for Anna, Harriet Ziefert WH E Zie / PACL PB Ziefert
A fresh and moving story of a mother's dedication to acquire a coat for her daughter in post-World War II hard times. Anna's mother decides to trade the few valuables she has left for wool and for the services of a spinner, a weaver, and a tailor. Lobel's pictures do a tremendous job of evoking the period. Insightful and informative, this may make children consider how precious the ordinary can become in times of turmoil. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: mentions Christmas).
Ornery Morning, Patricia Brennan Demuth OL E Dem
In a well-crafted cumulative tale whose recalcitrant series recalls ``The Old Woman and Her Pig,'' Farmer Bill's animals, one by one, go on strike--until his daughter points out that ``If Rooster won't crow...Cow won't give milk,'' etc., ``...then you won't feed the animals''--and there's a sudden change of heart all around. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 3-7). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children). (Not reviewed).
Owl Moon, Jan Yolen WH E Yol / PACL PB Yolen
Among the greatest charms of children is their ability to view a simple activity as a magical adventure. Such as a walk in the woods late at night. Jane Yolen captures this wonderment in a book whose charm rises from its simplicity. "It was late one winter night, long past my bedtime, when Pa and I went owling." The two walked through the woods with nothing but hope and each other in a journey that will fascinate many a child. Amazon.com. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Medal Winner 1988).
Partners, Betty Baker WH E Bak
Three tales about Badger and Coyote: "Helping," "Farming," and "Hunting." IPac. (Ages 4-8).
The Patchwork Quilt, Valerie Flourney WH E Flo / PACL PB Flourney
Tanya loves listening to her grandmother talk about the quilt she is making from pieces of colorful fabric from the family clothes. When Grandma becomes ill, Tanya decides to finish Grandma's masterpiece with the help of her family. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: mentions Christmas). (Parent comment: "wonderful story").
The Quitting Deal, Tobi Tobias WH E Tob / PACL PB Tobias
Mother and daughter vow to help each other give up respective habits--smoking and thumb-sucking. IPac. (Age 4-8).
Sam Johnson and the Blue Ribbon Quilt, Lisa Cambell Ernst WH E Ern / PACL PB Ernst
When Sam Johnson inadvertently discovers how much fun sewing can be, he tries to join the Rosedale Women's Quilting Club. "Don't be silly," the club president says. "We can't have a man here bungling everything!" But Sam Johnson won't take no for an answer. He organizes a rival sewing circle -- and no women need apply. Book Description. (Ages 4 to 8).
The Shoemaker and the Elves,
Cynthia Birrer WH 398.21 Sho / PACL 398 G864Shb
Brothers Grimm WH 398.21 Sho / PACL 398 G864 Shg
A poor shoemaker's shop is blessed with a nightly miracle: scraps of leather left on the worktable mysteriously become beautiful shoes that sell immediately the next day! When the shoemaker and his wife discover who has been bringing them good fortune, they show their gratitude by leaving a special Christmas gift. Book Description. (Ages 4-8).
Sometimes I Hate School, Carol Barkin WH 372.11 Bar
Discusses a child's feelings of anxiety and frustration caused by the disruption of a secure teacher-pupil relationship. IPac. (Ages 4-8).
Stone Soup, Marcia Brown WH 398.21 Sto / PACL 398 B879s
Three soldiers came marching down the road towards a French village. The peasants seeing them coming, suddenly became very busy, for soldiers are often hungry. So all the food was hidden under mattresses or in barns. There followed a battle of wits, with the soldiers equal to the occasion. Stone soup? Why, of course, they could make a wonderful soup of stones...but, of course, one must add a carrot or two...some meat...so it went. Simon & Schuster. (Ages 4-8).
Three Good Blankets, Ida Luttrell WH E Lut
Three children each give their mother a blanket to keep her warm, but each time she uses it to cover one of her animals. She explains to her children that a warm goat gives more milk, a rested donkey carries more wood, and a loyal dog keeping watch is the warmest cover of all. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).
A Thousand Pails of Water, Ronald Roy (Ages 4-8).OL E Roy
A small boy's infectious determination saves the life of a whale beached near an oriental whaling village. Ipac. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).
Tit for Tat, Dorothy Van Woekrom OL E Van / PACL Fiction Reader Van Woekrom
A rich man and a poor woman spend an entire day magically repeating the first thing they did in the morning. IPac. (Ages 4-8).
To Hilda for Helping, Margot Zemach OL E Zem / PACL PB Zemach
Hilda's father gives her a medal for being so helpful. Her sister is jealous. Ipac. (Ages 4-8).
The Turnip, Harriet Ziefert WH 398.2 Zie / PACL Juv Reader 398 Z65tu
Presents the amusing tale of an old man who is not able to pull a stubborn turnip out of the ground and goes in search of assistance from others, young and old, who come to his aid but are not able to help him either. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). Reader.
Whale is Stuck, Karen Hayles WH E Hay
Turning a playful somersault, Whale lands on an ice floe, and the efforts of the other animals (led by pompous Walrus) to shove, tip, or lift him off are to no avail; there he stays until, fortuitously, the sun melts the ice enough so that he falls through to rejoin his relieved friend Fish. . . [I]t does serve to showcase Fuge's appealing arctic animals--birds, seals, bears, dolphins, narwhal, etc., all sharply delineated and true to species while also exhibiting human concern and activity as they cooperate in trying to free their huge friend. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 4-8).
Wolf's Favor, Fulvio Testa WH E Tes / PACL PB Testa
By doing a simple favor for Porcupine, Wolf sets off an unnatural chain of good deeds from stronger animals to weaker ones. IPac. (Parent Comment: "sweet story"). (Ages 4-8).
Across Five Aprils, Irene Hunt WH F Hun / PACL Juv Fiction Hunt
The unforgettable story of young Jethro Creighton, who comes of age during the turbulent years of the Civil War. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1965). (Not reviewed).
The Champion of Merrimack County, Roger Deary OL F Dru / PACL Juv Fiction Drury
The discovery of a bike-riding mouse in the bathtub is just the beginning of a series of humorous communications for the Berryfield family.iPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Charlotte's Web, E. B. White WH F Whi / PACL Juv Fiction White
One of the classics of children's literature, this widely read tale takes place on a farm in Maine and concerns a pig named Wilbur and his devoted friend Charlotte, the spider who manages to save his life by writing words in her web. The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature. (Ages 9-12). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Newbery Honor Book 1953). (Not reviewed).
Chronicles Of Narnia, C.S. Lewis OL F Lew / PACL Juv Fiction Lewis
Four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Not reviewed).
The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank WH 921 Frank / PACL Juv Biog F828d
Anne Frank's remarkable diary has . . . become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annexe" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. . . By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. From the Publisher. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth, The Earthworks Group WH 574.5 Fif / PACL Juv 628.44 F469
This valuable and entertaining book shows children how specific elements of their environment--like a light switch or a toilet--are connected to the rest of the world. Clear, practical tips show kids how they can conserve energy, recycle waste, and take on important environmental projects. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Flunking of Joshua T. Botes, Susan Shreve WH F Shr / PACL Juv Fiction Shreve
Horrified when he is forced to repeat the third grade, Joshua struggles with taunts from his former classmates until a helpful and supportive teacher helps him learn something special about himself. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Get Out of Here Philip Hall, Bette Greene WH F Gre
Beth Lambert's got everything going for her--she's the best student in her grade, president of the Pretty Pennies Girls' Club, and winner of a major 4-H prize. She's sure all of her dreams will come true. But that was before Philip Hall became Number One again. Beth's going to show him up--in style! Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad, Ann Petry OL 921 Tubman / PAMain 326.92 T885p
A young reader's introduction to Harriet Tubman and her work with the Underground Railroad describes the system of safe houses and secret routes that led hundred of slaves to freedom. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling WH F Row / PACL Fiction Rowling
Young wizard-in-training Harry Potter has had his hands full during his first four years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As if excelling on and off the Quidditch field isn't enough, Harry has heard evil voices in the walls, saved lives, and fended off convicts. Only time will tell how Harry will manage the certain dangers in store for him over the next few years. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Iggie's House, Judy Blume WH F Blu / PACL Fict Blume
When a black family with three children moves into the white neighborhood, eleven-year-old Winnie learns the difference between being a good neighbor and being a good friend. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford WH F Bur / PACL Fiction Burnford
Sheila Burnford's timeless children's classic is the courageous and heartwarming story of three runaway pets. Instinct told them the way home lay to the west, and so the brave young Labrador retriever, the roguish bull terrier and the indomitable Siamese cat set out through the Canadian wilderness, risking starvation, exposure and wild animal attack, to make their way home to the family they love. Ingram.
Journey into Terror, Bill Wallace WH F Wal
Photographing two Learjets in order to test his new camera, Samuel Ross forgets the angry man who tries to stop him, but his new life in Oklahoma is disrupted by the arrival of four thugs who are demanding his film. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story, Beverly Naidoo OL F Nai / PAMP Young Adult Fiction Naidoo
When their sister becomes dangerously ill, Naledi and her younger brother travel to Johannesburg, determined to find their mother and bring her back to save the baby. There, in the city's ghetto, they discover the painful reality of black African life under apartheid. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Landry News, Andrew Clements WH F Cle / PACL Juv Fiction Clements
Fifth-grader Cara Landry's homemade newspaper, The Landry News, is all about truth and education. That's why her teacher, Mr. Larson, is such a disappointment: once known for his innovative classes, he now lazily leaves students to learn on their own. Hoping to change this, Cara makes his ineffectual teaching the subject of an editorial, with both positive and negative repercussions. . .[T]he paper also provides the principal with an excuse to force Mr. Larson out, involving his students--and readers--in a thought-provoking exploration of freedom of speech, the impact of media blitzes and biases, and effective teaching methods. The depth of characterization, humor, realistic dialogue, and drama will engage readers; also, the accessible examples of responsible reporting, rewards of team efforts, constitutional rights, and how the relationship between students and educators can be mutually beneficial will be educational. Booklist. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
A Light in the Attic (poems "Anchored" and "Ations"), Shel Silverstein WH 811.54 Sil / PACL 811 S587L
For over 20 years, kids and kids at heart have giggled at the jumbled, goofy nonsense poems of Shel Silverstein . . .Silverstein's amusing, cartoonish line drawings are every bit as familiar and beloved to readers as his poems. Amazon.com. (All ages). (Not reviewed).
Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder WH F Wil / PACL Juv Fiction Wilder
Four-year-old Laura lives in a little house with her Pa, Ma and sisters. Pioneer life is sometimes hard, since the family must grow or catch all their own food. But it is also exciting as they celebrate Christmas with homemade toys and treats. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder WH F Wil / PACL Juv Fiction Wilder
Laura and her family leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. Sometimes pioneer life is hard but Laura and her folks are always busy and happy in their new little house on the prairie. Ingram. (Ages 9-12).
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott WH F Alc / PACL Juv Fiction Alcott
Little Women is one of the best loved books of all time. Lovely Meg, talented Jo, frail Beth, spoiled Amy: these are hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Through their dreams, plays, pranks, letters, illnesses, and courtships, women of all ages have become a part of this remarkable family and have felt the deep sadness when Meg leaves the circle of sisters to be married at the end of Part I. Part II, chronicles Meg's joys and mishaps as a young wife and mother, Jo's struggle to become a writer, Beth's tragedy, and Amy's artistic pursuits and unexpected romance. Based on Louise May Alcott's childhood, this lively portrait of nineteenth-century family life possesses a lasting vitality that has endeared it to generations of readers. Publisher's Comments. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Moans and Groans and Dinosaur Bones (Pee Wee Scouts, No 31), Judy Delton WH F Del
Molly is discouraged when her parents chaperon an overnight field trip to a museum, until a valuable artifact goes missing, and the Pee-Wee scouts suspect that a sinister guest at their hotel is the thief. Ingram.
(Ages 8-10). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children). Reader. (Not reviewed).
The Not-Just-Anybody Family, Betsy Byars WH F Bya / PACL Juv Fiction Byars
When Junior Blossom wakes up in the hospital, his last memory is of crouching on the barn roof with cloth wings tied to his arms, and of Maggie and Vern in the yard below, urging him to fly. That had been just before Junior spotted a police car approaching the farm in a cloud of dust. Meanwhile Pap, the children's grandfather, sits in disgrace in the city jail. He was arrested for disturbing the peace after his pickup truck accidentally dumped 2,147 beer and soda cans (worth $107.35) on Spring Street. With their mother away on the rodeo circuit, it's up to Maggie and Vern to find a way to rescue Pap and Junior. How will they solve their family problems? Publisher. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry WH F Low / PACL Fict Lowry
The evacuation of Jews from Nazi-held Denmark is one of the great untold stories of World War II. On September 29, 1943, word got out in Denmark that Jews were to be detained and then sent to the death camps. Within hours the Danish resistance, population and police arranged a small flotilla to herd 7,000 Jews to Sweden. Lois Lowry fictionalizes a true-story account to bring this courageous tale to life. She brings the experience to life through the eyes of 10-year-old Annemarie Johannesen, whose family harbors her best friend, Ellen Rosen, on the eve of the round-up and helps smuggles Ellen's family out of the country. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Newbery Medal Winner 1990).
Patty Reed's Doll: The Story of the Donner Party, Rachel Laurgaard (Ages 9-12).WH F Lau / PACL Juv Fiction Laurgaard
A wooden doll recalls the hope with which a group of pioneers begins their journey and the ordeals they face as they travel from Springfield, Illinois, to California. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Perloo the Bold, Avi WH F Avi / PACL Fiction Avi
Perloo is apprehensive when a fellow Montmer comes to his burrow with an urgent appeal from Jolaine the Good, "granter" of the Montmers, a jackrabbitish folk who have lived in peace and contentment for many years. Until now: Jolaine is dying, and she does not want her war-mongering (and stupid) son Berwig the Big to succeed her. She wants-of all Montmers!-the bookish and reclusive Perloo instead. Horn Book. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon Maybe, Bette Greene WH F Gre / PACL Juv Fiction Greene
Philip Hall is the cutest, smartest boy in the sixth grade, and Beth Lambert loves him. The fact that he beats her in classwork, sports, and almost everything else doesn't bother Beth at first. Then she realizes that Philip might be best because she's letting him beat her. Beth knows that she deserves to be Number One--and she's going to prove it! This funny, universal story of a girl learning that she matters in the world has delighted readers for over twenty years. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1975). (Not reviewed).
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe WH F Def / PACL Fiction Defoe
Daniel Defoe relates the tale of an English sailor marooned on a desert island for nearly three decades. An ordinary man struggling to survive in extraordinary circumstances, Robinson Crusoe wrestles with fate and the nature of God. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Secret Life of the Underwear Champ, Betty Miles WH F Mil / PAMP Juv Fiction Miles
To be 'discovered' by an ad agency looking for the perfect kid for a TV commercial--A Dream Come True. To find that shooting will conflict with baseball practices--A Big Worry. But, to discover the TV commercial is for underwear--A Social Disaster! Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Seven Chinese Brothers, Margaret Mahy WH 398.21 Sev / PACL Juv 398 M216s
Mahy retells the hero story of look-alike brothers who each possess a special physical ability. Horn Book. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth Speare WH F Spe / PACL Fict Speare
When his father returns East to collect the rest of the family, 13-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family's newly built homestead. One day, Matt is brutally stung when he robs a bee tree for honey. He returns to consciousness to discover that his many stings have been treated by an old Native American and his grandson. Matt offers his only book as thanks, but the old man instead asks Matt to teach his grandson Attean to read. Both boys are suspicious, but Attean comes each day for his lesson. In the mornings, Matt tries to entice Attean with tales from Robinson Crusoe, while in the afternoons, Attean teaches Matt about wilderness survival and Native American culture. The boys become friends in spite of themselves, and their inevitable parting is a moving tribute to the ability of shared experience to overcome prejudice. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1984). (Nt: this is a 5th grade core book and should not be read before it is covered in class.) (Not reviewed).
Snow Treasure, Marie McSwigan OL F McS
A daring adventure based on a true story about a group of Norwegian children who smuggled nine million dollars in gold past Nazi sentries during World War II. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Soup on Ice, Robert Peck OL F Pec / PACL Juv Fiction Peck
Rob and Soup engineer an incredible appearance by Santa and his sleigh in their small Vermont town. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The Trumpet of the Swan, E. B. White WH F Whi / PACL Juv Fiction White
The book is considered a classic of children's literature. White's version of the ugly duckling story involves a mute swan named Louis who becomes a famous jazz trumpet player to compensate for his lack of a natural voice. Aided by his father, who steals a trumpet for him, and by Sam Beaver, an 11-year-old human friend, Louis is able to attract a mate and eventually to return to the wilderness. The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The View From Saturday, E. L. Konigsburg WH F Kon / PACL Fiction Konigsburg
Admirable acts, challenging ideas, and grace notes positively festoon this superb tale of four sixth graders and a paraplegic teacher forming a junior high Academic Bowl team that sweeps away the competition. The plot is composed of interwoven puzzles. What prompts Mrs. Olinski to choose Noah, Nadia, Ethan, and Julian for the team over the usual overachievers and honor students in her class? What do they know about her, themselves, and each other that puts them so precisely on the same wavelength and gives them such complementary knowledge and experience? Each has a tale to tell, in the course of which all four witness acts of kindness and respect that teach them to find those feelings in themselves and others. . . the children and Mrs. Olinski's public triumph mirror inner epiphanies of rare depth and richness. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 11-13). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Newbery Medal Winner 1997). (Not reviewed).
The Wanderer, Sharon Creech WH F Cre / PACL Fiction Creech
A profound tale of simultaneous inner and outer journeys, sending a child across the Atlantic in a small boat both to visit an ailing grandfather she claims to know well but has never seen, and to recover a past she has hidden away from herself. Thanks to a combination of stubbornness and demonstrable expertise, 13-year-old Sophie wangles a berth aboard Wanderer, a 45-foot craft that three uncles and two cousins intend to sail to England to see beloved old ``Bompie.'' . . Creech takes her often contentious crew past dolphins and deadly weather, exciting discoveries and hard tests of courage. Meanwhile she is concocting an enticing mystery from contradictions in the twin narratives. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 11-13). (Newbery Honor Book 2001). (Not reviewed).
Wheel on the School, Meindert DeJong WH F De / PACL Fict D
Why do the storks no longer come to the little Dutch fishing village of Shora to nest? It was Lina, one of the six schoolchildren who first asked the question, and she set the others to wondering. And sometimes when you begin to wonder, you begin to make things happen. So the children set out to bring the storks back to Shora. The force of their vision put the whole village to work until at last the dream began to come true. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1955). (Not reviewed).
Where the Lilies Bloom, Vera and Bill Cleaver WH F Cle / PACL Fic Cleaver
Set in the Appalachian hills, the story, narrated by 14-year-old Mary Call, tells of her efforts to keep her family together and independent after their sharecropper father dies. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
The White Mountains, John Christopher WH F Chr / PACL Juv Sci Fict Christopher
Long Ago, The Tripods -- huge, three-legged machines -- descended upon Earth and took control. People no longer understand automation nor machines, and unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power. But for a time in each person's life -- in childhood -- he is not a slave. Will still has time to escape. Strong in action and suspense, this science fiction tale of the twenty-first century describes a world where human life and thought are controlled. To escape this fate, three boys go on a long, dangerous journey. Amazon.com. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).
Age 13 and Up
Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne OL F Ver / PAMain Fiction Verne
It is the second book in his popular science-fiction series Voyages extraordinaires (1863-1910). Otto Lidenbrock, an impetuous German professor of geology, discovers an encoded manuscript in which a 16th-century explorer claims to have found a passageway to the center of the Earth. Otto impulsively prepares a subterranean expedition, enlisting his young nephew Axel and a stoic Icelandic guide, Hans Bjelke. After descending into an extinct volcano in Iceland, the men spend several months in a underground world of luminous rocks, antediluvian forests, and fantastic sea creatures until they ride a volcanic eruption out of Stromboli Island, off the coast of Italy. The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature. (Ages 13 and up). (Not reviewed).
* We have not yet had the chance to read all the books recommended, so you might to pre-read the selections if you are concerned about content. Of those we have read, we added a notation if we thought the theme might pose some problems for you (such as death, capital punishment, or discussion of the topic in the context of a religious holiday).
Books marked WH are in our library, OL in other Palo Alto School District libraries, PACL at the Palo Alto Children's Library, PAMain at Palo Alto Main Library and PAMP at Palo Alto Mitchell Park Library.