Arthur's Nose, Marc Brown WH E Bro / PACL PB Brown

Readers still agree with the conclusion of the very first book about this Everychild aardvark: "There's a lot more to Arthur than his nose." . . . In Arthur's Nose, first grader Arthur decides that he doesn't like his nose. He goes to the rhinologist to change it, but ultimately decides, to the relief of his friends and family, "I'm just not me without my nose!" (Ages: Preschool). (SD)

The Blanket That Had to Go, Nancy Cooney OL E Coo

Attached to the blanket she carries everywhere, Susi must decide what to do with it on her first day in kindergarten since her mother insists she shouldn't take it with her. IPac. (Ages: Preschool). (Not reviewed). (SD)

The Carrot Seed, Ruth Krauss WH E Kra / PACL PB Krauss

A little boy just knows that a carrot will grow from the seed that he plants--whatever his family may believe--in this brief (101 words) classic story of childhood faith rewarded. Ingram. (Ages Preschool). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children.) (P, SD)

Clown, Quentin Blake WH E Bla / PACL PB Blake

In a wordless book, a toy clown is discarded in the rubbish bin along with his stuffed animal friends, and he starts on a quest to find them all a new home, finally succeeding after some unfortunate adventures. Horn Book. (Ages: Preschool). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (P)

If at First, Sandra Boynton OL E Boy / PAMP PB Boynton

A determined mouse tries, tries, and tries again to move a lazy elephant up a hill. IPac. (Ages: Preschool). (Not reviewed).

The Tortoise and the Hare, Betty Miles WH 398.2 Mil / PACL 398 A254s

Recounts in simple dialogue the famous tale of the race between the persevering tortoise and the boastful hare. Ingram. (Ages: Preschool). (P)

Ages 4-8

Alexander Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, Judith Viorst WH E Vio / PACL PB Viorst

Alexander's grandparents give him a dollar on Sunday, but by the end of the day all he has left in his pockets are bus tokens. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Alex's Bed, Mary Dickinson OL E Dic

To give Alex more space to play in his room, Alex's mother figures out how to raise his bed up near the ceiling. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P)

Amazing Grace, Mary Hoffman WH E Hof / PACL PB Hoffman

Though schoolmates tell Grace that she can't be Peter Pan in the upcoming play because she is a girl and black, her mother and grandmother lovingly reaffirm all possibilities. Thus convinced, Grace wins the part, acting out a magical Peter Pan to universal acclaim. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: this book was read in our 1st Grade classrooms in 2004). (P, SD)

Angelina Ballerina, Katharine Holabird WH E Hol / PACL PB Holabird

Angelina is so busy dancing that she does nothing else. Her parents are in despair until they send her to ballet school. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (P)

The Ant and the Grasshopper, Aesop OL 398.24 Poo / PACL 398 P822a

Retells the fable about a colony of industrious ants which busily prepares for the approaching winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

The Art Lesson, Tomie dePaola OL E De / PACL PB dePaola

"Tommy" is consumed with a passion for drawing. Although encouraged by his family, who treat his pictures with respect and decorate their houses and workplaces with them, he encounters misunderstanding and frustration at school. Finally, an art teacher gives him a chance to do his own thing. The Art Lesson is . . . packed with the right lessons on individuality and perseverance, especially for children who are already showing a single-minded interest or special talents that put them ahead of their peers. (Ages 4 to 8). (P, SD)

Arthur's Teacher Trouble, Marc Brown WH E Bro / PACL PB Brown

Third-grader Arthur is amazed when he is chosen to be in the school spellathon. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

At the Crossroads, Rachel Isadora WH E Isa / PACL PB Isadora

After ten months away in the South African mines, ``our fathers are coming home!'' to a shanty town set on an almost treeless plain. But the focus here is on joy and celebration: telling the other children at school, contriving instruments for a band to be joined by the whole neighborhood, singing and dancing at the crossroads. But it's a long journey home from the mines: the sun goes down, people drift away, and only the original handful of children waits until--at dawn--their fathers finally come..Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Attila the Angry, Marjorie Sharmat WH E Sha / PACL PB Sharmat

With the help of Angry Animals Anonymous, Attila the squirrel learns how to control his angry behavior. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: this book was read in our 2nd Grade classrooms in 2004). (P, SD)

Author: A True Story, Helen Lester WH 921 Lester / PACL PB Lester

By sharing her own struggles as a child and later as a successful author, Helen Lester demonstrates that hurdles are part of the process. She uses her unique ability to laugh at her mistakes to create both a guide for young writers and an amusing personal story of the disappointments and triumphs of a writer's life. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children.) (P, SD)

Babushka's Doll, Patricia Polacco OL E Pol / PACL PB Polacco

While visiting her grandmother, Natasha demands that she drop her work whenever Natasha wants anything. When Babushka goes out, Natasha plays with a doll that springs to life. After running around to keep up with the doll's demands, an exhausted Natasha has learned her lesson. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: this book was read in our 1st Grade classrooms in 2004). (P, SD)

The Beautiful Warrior, Emily Arnold McCully WH E McC / PACL PB McCully

A well- wrought story of two 17th-century Chinese women that opens with the birth of a baby girl whose steady gaze inspires her father to name her Jingyong, ``Quiet Courage.'' She is taught as a son would be, developing her qi, or vital energy, to such an extent that she wins a place as a Buddhist nun in the Shaolin Monastery, as well as a new name, Wu Mei, or ``beautiful warrior.'' The embodiment of the notion that inner strength defeats brute force. Kirkus Reviews. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit, Stan Berenstain OL E Ber / PACL PB Berenstain

Sister Bear learns that first grade is not all fun and games--there is real work to do!--and she begins to nibble her nails. With help from Mama and Papa, she learns to stop a nervous problem before it turns into a bad habit. Ingram. (Age 4-8). (P)

The Biggest Bear, Lynd Ward WH E War / PACL PB Ward

Johnny Orchard brings home a playful bear cub that soon becomes a nuisance to the neighbors. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Medal Winner 1953). (P)

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). (P, SD)

The Boy Who Held Back the Sea, Lenny Hort OL E Hor / PACL PB Hort

Jan had never done anything more heroic than shout for the guard because he'd imagined he'd seen a sea serpent. But when Jan discovered water trickling through a desolate stretch of the dike that protected his low-lying village, he knew he had to act fast. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Brave Irene, William Steig WH E Ste / PACL PB Steig

Plucky Irene braves a raging snowstorm to ensure the arrival of her mother's handmade gown at the palace. "An extraordinary eloquent story about love and courage." Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children.) (Nt: this book was read school-wide in 2003 and in kindergarten 2004). (P, SD)

A Brother for the Orphelines, Natalie Carlson WH F Car

When a baby is left in the orphanage's breadbasket, all the little girls hope to keep it, even though it is a boy and should be in the boys' home. Ipac. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

The Call of the Wolves, Jim Murphy OL F Mur / PACL PB Murphy

The memorable, bestselling picture book about the endangered Arctic wolf . . . a dramatic narrative filled with spectacular, lifelike illustrations, is a fascinating look at the lives of a small pack of Arctic wolves. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

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). (P, SD)

Crow Boy, Yashima WH E Yas / PACL PB Yashima

A shy mountain boy in Japan leaves his home at dawn and returns at sunset to go to the village school. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Honor Book 1956). (P, SD)

Dinner at Alberta's, Russell Hoban WH E Hob / PACL PB Hoban

Arthur Crocodile cannot seem to learn table manners until his sister brings her new girlfriend to visit. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: this book was read in our Kindergarten classrooms in 2004). (P, SD)

The Doorbell Rang, Pat Hutchins OL E Hut/ PACL PB Hutchins

When Ma gave Sam and Victoria a dozen cookies to share, they were delighted. Then the doorbell rang, and rang, and rang. As more children arrived, from various ethnic backgrounds, sharing required other division problems so everyone would have equal amounts. The final ring of the doorbell, however, brings good news. School Library Journal. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Dr. Seuss WH E Seu / PACL PB Seuss

When Bartholomew visits town one day, selling cranberries at the market for his parents, the King's procession screeches to a halt in front of him; King Derwin then leans out of his coach, demanding to know why Bartholomew hasn't respectfully removed his hat. "But, Sire, my hat is off." He shows the king the hat in his hands that he's just doffed, but sure enough, another identical one sits atop his head. He takes that hat off only to reveal another... and another, and another, and another. (Ages 4 to 8). (Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children). (P)

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Sterling WH 921 Tubman / PAMP 326.92 T885s

Born into slavery, young Harriet Tubman knew only hard work and hunger. Escape seemed impossible--certainly dangerous. Yet Harriet did escape North, by the secret route called the Underground Railroad. Harriet didn't forget her people. Again and again she risked her life to lead them on the same secret, dangerous journey. (Ages 9-12). (P, SD)

Funny Feet! Leathie Weiss WH E Wei

A pigeon-toed penguin, cheating on the corrective treatment she is undergoing for her handicap, suddenly tries to make up for lost time. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P)

The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein WH F Sil/ PACL PB Silverstein

This is a tender story, touched with sadness, aglow with consolation. Shel Silvestein has created a moving parable for readers of all ages that offers an affecting interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another's capacity to love in return. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss WH E Seu / PACL F Reader Seuss

Sam-I-am is as persistent as a telemarketer, changing as many variables as possible in the hopes of convincing the nameless skeptic that green eggs and ham are a delicacy to be savored. He tries every manner of presentation with this "nouveau cuisine"--in a house, with a mouse, in a box, with a fox, with a goat, on a boat--to no avail. Then finally, finally the doubter caves under the tremendous pressure exerted by the tireless Sam-I-am. And guess what? Well, you probably know what happens, but even after reading Green Eggs and Ham the thousandth time, the climactic realization that green eggs and ham are "so good, so good, you see" is still a rush. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (P)

Harry Hates Shopping, Ronda and David Armitage

Beginning readers will enjoy the humorous trials and tribulations of Mother Koala, as she discovers an original solution to the problem of kids who misbehave on a shopping trip. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (Not reviewed).

Hip Cat, Jonathan London PACL PB London

Oobie-do John the Sax Man Scat Man is a black cat in a beret who plays the saxophone. At first rejected by the big clubs that are owned by dogs, he keeps practicing and playing until he is in demand all over town. The rhyming text is peppered with jazz slang, internal rhymes, and unexpected meter shifts reminiscent of jazz licks. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Horton Hatches the Egg, Dr. Seuss WH E Seu / PACL PB Seuss

Poor Horton. Dr. Seuss's kindly elephant is persuaded to sit on an egg while its mother, the good-for-nothing bird lazy Maysie, takes a break. Little does Horton know that Maysie is setting off for a permanent vacation in PalmSprings. He waits, and waits, never leaving his precarious branch, even through a freezing winter and a spring that's punctuated by the insults of his friends. . . . Further indignities await, but Horton has the patience of Job--from whose story this one clearly derives--and he is rewarded in the end by the surprise birth of... an elephant-bird. (Ages 2 to 7). (P, SD)

Hot Air Henry, Mary Calhoun WH E Cal / PACL PB Colhoun

When that sassy Siamese Henry stows away in a hot-air balloon and goes aloft alone, it is a fur-raising flight indeed. Followers of Henry's cross-country skiing adventure will be equally charmed by his masterey of the wild blue yonder. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (P)

How Many Days to America? A Thanksgiving Story, Eve Bunting WH E Bun/ PACL PB Bunting

After the police come, the family is forced to flee their Caribbean island and set sail for America in a small fishing boat. Other refugees crowd the boat and the voyage is a long one, but when the family finally arrives they discover it's a special day in more ways than one. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Hugh Pine, Janwillem Van de Watering OL F Van / PACL F Van de Watering

Hugh Pine, a porcupine genius, works with his human friends to save his less intelligent fellow porcupines from the deadly dangers of the road. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

I Never Win! Judy Delton OL E Del

Always a loser at sports and games, Charlie relieves his frustrations by playing the piano. He learns an important lesson about other ways to be a winner. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (P)

I Want a Dog, Dayai Khalsa OL E Kha / PACL PB Khalsa

Every kid wants one, but few are as persistent and inventive about getting one ñ or a substitute for one ñ as little May. It seems to little May that everybody has a dog except her. She tries everything, even bringing one home, with no success. Then one day she accidentally discovers that a rollerskate can act like a dog, almost, so she works at acquiring the technical skill that will change it into one, almost. She leads it, walks it ñ at first timidly, then boldly ñ ties it up outside stores, takes it all the places a dog can go. In fact, she starts quite a fad on her street of rollerskate walking. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

I Was So Mad, Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer's very popular Little Critter stars in a picture book about feeling angry. With minimal text and funny illustrations to spell out every new situation, the book shows the Critter family saying no to everything Little Critter wants to do. He can't keep frogs in the tub. He can't help paint the house. Finally, mad at the world, Little Critter announces he will run away. When pals come by and ask him to come and play baseball, our young hero's mood quickly changes. He grabs his bat and heads off for the game, telling himself he can run away another day if he is still so mad. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

I Was So Mad! Norma Simon OL 152.42 Sim

Simple descriptions of situations which provoke anger in young children, e.g., sibling rivalry, parental annoyance, school difficulties, etc. The message--that these feelings are normal--is deftly handled . . .Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

It's a Spoon, Not A Shovel, Caralyn Buehner WH 395.12 Bue / PACL PB Buehner

Victor Vulture, Crocodile Jones and their friends demonstrate the right and wrong things to say and do in this humorous guide to proper manners. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (SD)

John Henry: An American Legend, Ezra Keats WH 398.21 Kea / PACL 398.2 K25j

That steel-driving man who was born--and died--with a hammer in his hand comes vividly to life in a picture book so colorful and dramatic that surely it is the best yet by Ezra Jack Keats, a Caldecott Medal winner. . . . Each double-page spread seems to radiate the vital force that led John Henry to challenge a steam drill to a rock-drilling contest--and win. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: John Henry dies at the end). (P, SD)

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). (P)

Keep the Lights Burning, Abbie, Peter Roop WH E Roo / PACL F Reader Roop

In the winter of 1856, a storm delays the lighthouse keeper's return to an island off the coast of Maine, and his daughter Abbie must keep the lights burning by herself. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (P, SD)

Knots on a Counting Rope, Bill Martin WH E Mar / PACL PB Martin

In this poignant story, the counting rope is a metaphor for the passage of time and for a boy's emerging confidence facing his greatest challenge: blindness. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: Native American characters). (P)

Lassie Come Home, Rosemary Wells OL F Kni / PACL PB Wells

A classic about the loyal collie who refuses to accept her fate when she is sold, out of financial necessity, to a wealthy duke. . . Raising such issues as poverty, black lung disease, and cruelty to animals, this powerful story is a perfect tool for promoting empathy and compassion in youngsters. Booklist. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (P)

The Little Engine that Could, Watty Piper WH E Pip / PACL PB Piper

One of the greatest tales of motivation and the power of positive thinking ever told. In this well-loved classic, a little train carrying oodles of toys to all of the good boys and girls is confronted with a towering, seemingly impassable mountain. As nicely as they ask, the toys cannot convince the Shiny New Engine or the Big Strong Engine--far too impressed with themselves--to say anything but "I can not. I can not." It is left up to the Little Blue Engine to overcome insurmountable odds and pull the train to the other side. The Little Engine That Could is an entertaining and inspirational favorite, and the Little Blue Engine's rallying mantra "I think I can--I think I can" will resonate for a lifetime in the head of every child who hears it. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Mary McLeod Bethune, Eloise Greenfield OL 921 Bethune / PACL Biog B563g

Biography of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune who made numerous contributions to education for Afro-Americans. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P)

Mary of Mile 18, Ann Blades OL E Bla / PACL PB Blades

Mary lives with her family in the far north of British Columbia. The family is settling the land, and Mary and her brothers and sisters work hard to help their parents succeed. Each of the family members has jobs they must do, and everyone must earn their keep. When Mary finds an abandoned wolf cub, she begs her father to let her keep it. But her father is firm: everyone, even the animals on the farm, must earn their keep. He tells Mary she must take the cub into the woods and leave him. Mary does as sheís told, and believes the cub is gone for good, but there are surprises in store for her yet. Book Description. (Ages 4-8).

Messy Bessey, Patricia & Fredrick McKissack OL F McK

Bessey finally cleans up her messy room. IPac. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (Not reviewed).

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Virginia Burton WH E Bur / PACL PB Burton

Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne . . . 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 Ann.. . . . Forced to travel far out of the city to look for work, Mike and Mary Anne . . . 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. . . a touching portrait of love and dedication while commenting on the modernization that continuously shapes our lives. (Ages 3-6). (P)

Mirette on the High Wire, Emily McCully WH E McC / PACL PB McCully

In a story set against the backdrop of nineteenth-century Paris, Mirette, a young girl living in the Widow Gateau's boarding house, becomes the pupil of a former tightrope walker and, in exchange, gives her teacher a valuable lesson about faith and courage. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Caldecott Medal Winner 1993). (Nt: this book was read in our 5th Grade classrooms in 2004). (P, SD)

Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney WH E Coo / PACL PB Cooney

Deciding in childhood that she would seek adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then has one more thing to do--something to make the world more beautiful. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Nt: this book was read in our 3rd Grade classrooms in 2004). (Parent Comment: "great"). (P)

Move Over, Twerp, Martha Alexander WH E Ale / PACL PB Alexander

Jeffrey shows his classmates that being younger and smaller doesn't mean he can be pushed around. IPac. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (P)

Nothing is Impossible: The Story of Beatrix Potter, Dorothy Aldis WH 921 Potter, B

A biography of the woman who created Peter Rabbit as well as other stories read by children all over the world. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Odd Velvet, Mary Whitcomb OL E Whi / PACL PB Whitcomb

Velvet takes things in stride, but other children find her strange, with her Pippi-Longstocking pigtails, candy-cane stockings, purple velvet dress, and huge wire-rim glasses. On the first day of school she brings the teacher seven rocks, red shoelaces, and a broken bird egg; and she carries her lunch in a used paper bag. She isn't picked for partner play, and no one will walk home with her. Even so, she endures, always with a winning smile, until things gradually begin to change for the better. Booklist. (Ages 4-8). (P)

Owl Moon, Jane 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. (Ages 4-8). (Caldecott Medal Winner 1988). (P, SD)

Pancakes for Breakfast, Tomie DePaola WH E De / PACL PB DePaola

A wordless picture book about the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Nt: woman perseveres, but then ends up abandoning her own project). (P)

Pass the Peas Please: A Book of Manners, Dina Anastasio

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the appropriate and polite behavior for many different kinds of situations. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

The Patchwork Quilt, Valerie Flournoy WH E Flo/ PACL PB Flournoy

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). (P)

The Quarreling Book, Charlotte Zolotow WH E Zol / PACL PB Zolotow

Gruffness and anger is passed along from person to person until a little dog starts a chain of happiness that reverses the trend. Book Description. (Ages 4-8). (Parent Comment: "great"). (P)

Ronald Morgan Goes to Bat, Patricia Giff WH E Gif / PACL Juv Reader F Giff

Ronald Morgan loves to play baseball. Unfortunately, he can't hit, he can't catch, and he holds the bat at the wrong end. But Ronald has a lot of spirit--and that just may be all he needs to be good. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (P)

Spinky Sulks, William Steig OL E Ste / PACL PB Steig

What happens when you feel angry and hurt by your family's stinging words that you tear right out the front door? In many classic children's stories, the protagonist just keeps on running [until he discovers] that the only safe place to be is back home with family. In William Steig's terrific Spinky Sulks, the young fireplug-shaped, spiky-haired hero does not run away and learn his lesson. Instead, he hits the grass outside his home and collapses into the world's longest, most impermeable funk . . . Spinky Sulks is a highly resonant, realistic picture of childhood feelings. And yes, Spinky does come inside and talk to everyone in the end--in his own time and in his own way, because he's ready. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

The Sunflower Garden, Janice Udry WH E Udr

An Algonkian Indian girl lives in the shadow of her four brothers' achievements until her cultivation of a sunflower garden and an attack on a rattlesnake bring praise from the entire village. IPac. (Age 4-8). (P, SD)

The Three Magic Gifts, James Riordan OL 398.2 Rio

Ivan the Poor loses the Wind's magic cloth and the Sun's magic goat to his brother Ivan the Rich, but then the Frost gives him a magic sack. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

Timothy Goes to School, Rosemary Wells WH E Wel / PACL PB Wells

This "small gem of a book" about new-school worries . . . hits just the right emotional chord, with a joyful endnote about making a new friend. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8).

Tyrone the Terrible, Hans Wilhelm

This is a funny story about Tyrone, the dinosaur, who was the world's first bully. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams WH E Wil / PACL Fiction Williams

A stuffed toy rabbit comes to life in Margery Williams's timeless tale of the transformative power of love. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate. . . the goal of all nursery toys: to be made "real" through the love of a human. "'Real isn't how you are made,' said the Skin Horse. 'It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.'" (Ages 4-8). (P)

Wagon Wheels, Barbara Brenner WH E Bre / PACL F Brenner

The based-on-fact story of a widowed African-American man and his three young boys, who learn to care for themselves while traveling west to find free land in 1878, is as fascinating as ever. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). Reader. (P)

We Never Get to Do Anything, Martha Alexander OL E Ale

A little boy is as determined to go swimming as his mother is to prevent it until a rain storm puts an end to their battle of wills. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (Not reviewed).

A Weed is a Flower: The Life of George Washington Carver, Aliki WH 921 Carver, G

Brief text and pictures present the life of the man, born a slave, who became a scientist and devoted his entire life to helping the South improve its agriculture. Ipac. (Ages 4-8). (P)

When Will I Read? Miriam Cohen WH E Coh / PACL PB Cohen

Impatient to begin reading, a first-grader doesn't realize that there is more to reading than books. IPac. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Whistle for Willie, Ezra Keats WH E Kea / PACL PB Keats

The now classic Whistle for Willie (Viking), is the story of how Peter learns to whistle for his dog. Horn Book. (Ages 4-8). (P, SD)

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the Worlds Fastest Woman, Kathleen Krull WH 921 Rudolph, W / PACL PB Krull

A young reader's introduction to champion athlete Wilma Rudolph follows her development of polio at age four, an illness that doctors said would prevent her from ever walking, her schooltime achievements, and her gold-medal successes at the 1960 Olympic Games. Ingram. (Ages 4-8). (Parent Comment: "excellent . . . and extremely inspiring"). (P)

Ages 9-12

The All New Jonah Twist, Natalie Honeycutt WH F Hon / PACL F Honeycutt

Jonah's efforts to survive the third grade are complicated by the new boy in class, who has the potential for either becoming a friend or beating him up. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Alvin Webster's Surefire Plan for Success (and How It Failed), Sheila Greenwald OL F Gre

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. Ipac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave, Virginia Hamilton WH 921 Burns, A / PAMP 326.973 B967h

A look at the 1854 trial that tested the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 describes the events leading up to and during the trial and the efforts of lawyers, black ministers, and humanitarians to keep Burns from being returned to his enslaver. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

The Big Wander, Will Hobbs PACL Fiction Hobbs

With help from a Navajo family and the staunch comradeship of a dog and burro, fifteen-year-old Clay tracks his lost uncle, ultimately locating him in jail. Clay manages to clear his uncle's name, save some wild mustangs, and fight the bad guys. Horn Book. (Ages 9-12). (P, SD)

The Big Wave, Pearl S. Buck WH F Buc / PACL F Buck

Kino lives on a farm on the side of a mountain in Japan. His friend, Jiya, lives in a fishing village below. Everyone, including Kino and Jiya, has heard of the big wave. No one suspects it will wipe out the whole village and Jiya's family, too. As Jiya struggles to overcome his sorrow, he understands it is in the presence of danger that one learns to be brave, and to appreciate how wonderful life can be. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (P, SD)

Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery, Deborah Howe WH F How / PACL F Howe

A vampire bunny? Chester the cat thinks the new arrival to the family is actually a vampire - and is convinced when white vegetables are drained of their juices. But how can the pets warn their masters of this new deadly danger? Midwest Book Review. (Ages 9-12). (P)

The Cabin Faced West, Jean Fritz WH F Fri / PACL Juv Fiction Fritz

A satisfying story which conveys some of the loneliness, despair, and hardships of pioneer life. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Call It Courage, Armstrong Sperry WH F Spe / PACL 398.2 S751c

A legendary adventure story of how Mafatu, the son of the Great Chief of Hikueru, a Polynesian race who worships courage, conquers his fear of the sea and proves he isn't a coward. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1941). (Not reviewed).

Cally's Enterprise, Claudia Mills OL F Mil / PAMP F Mills

Driven by overachieving parents and swept away by the moneymaking schemes of an eager new friend, eleven-year-old Cally finds herself meeting everyone's expectations but her own. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Carol Johnston: The One-Armned Gymnast, Pete Donovan OL 921 Johnston, C

A biography of the Canadian gymnast who won All-American honors in 1978 despite her physical handicap. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Do Bananas Chew Gum? Jamie Gilson WH F Gil / PACL F Gilson

Feeling dumb because he can't read, Sam stumbles through sixth grade. When he agrees to be tested for learning disabilities, he receives the special help he needs. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Dragonwings, Laurence Yep PACL F Yep

Moon Shadow is eight when he sails from China to join his father, Windrider, in America. Windrider lives in San Francisco's Chinatown and works in a laundry. Moon Shadow has never seen him. Moon Shadow soon loves and respects this father, a man of genius, a man with a fabulous dream. With Moon Shadow's help, Windrider is willing to endure the mockery of the other Chinese, the poverty, and the longing for his own country to make his dream come true. Inspired by the account of a Chinese immigrant who made a flying machine in 1909, Laurence Yep's historical novel beautifully portrays the rich traditions of the Chinese community as it made its way in a hostile new world. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). ). (Newbery Honor Book 1976). (P, SD)

Eddie, Incorporated, Phyllis Naylor WH F Nay / PACL F Naylor

Twelve-year-old Eddie decides to go into business for himself with two friends and soon discovers that a business is not a simple thing. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

El Chino, Allen Say WH 921 Bong / PACL W872s

Billy Wong, a Chinese American, decides to train as a matador. Only when he decides that ethnicity is not synonymous with success does he triumph over the obstacles placed in his path. Horn Book. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Freedom Train: The Story of Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Sterling WH 921 Tubman / PAMP 326.92 T885s

Born into slavery, young Harriet Tubman knew only hard work and hunger. Escape seemed impossible--certainly dangerous. Yet Harriet did escape North, by the secret route called the Underground Railroad. Harriet didn't forget her people. Again and again she risked her life to lead them on the same secret, dangerous journey. (Ages 9-12). (P, SD)

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E. L. Konigsburg WH F Kon / PACL F Konigsburg

Twelve-year-old Claudia Kincaid is restlesses--she wants to do something different, such as running away from her comfortable suburban life in Connecticut for a while. But not just any place will do because Claudia likes her comforts. It needs to be a place with a bit of luxury and some good company. Ans she wants to be gone just long enough to teach her parents to appreciate her.With careful planning, Claudia stages her own secret live-in at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, taking along her nine-year-old brother, not so much for company, but mostly because he is a miser and will have money. What happens to Claudia and Jamie, and the changes that come about in this sister-brother duo, prove greater than either had bargained for. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1968). (Not reviewed).

Hiding Place, Corrie Ten Boom OL 921 Ten Boom / PAMP 940.548 T289h 1971

The Hiding Place proves that the light of God's love can penetrate even the darkest recesses of despair, places like the Nazi extermination camp at Ravensbruck. After protecting Dutch Jews in a secret room in their home, Corrie ten Boom, her sister and father were discovered, arrested, and imprisoned. Only Corrie survived, but her faith in God remained strong-so strong that, after the war, she could forgive a former camp guard in a face-to-face meeting. More than just a spellbinding adventure, The Hiding Place is a life-changing story. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Island of the Blue Dolphins, Scott O'Dell WH F O'De / PACL F O'Dell

This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. It is not only an unusual adventure of survival, but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery. From the Publisher. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1961). (P, SD)

Julie of the Wolves, Jean George WH F Geo / PACL Fiction George

An Eskimo girl who becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska is befriended by a pack of wolves. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Newbery Medal Winner 1973). (P, SD)

Last Was Lloyd, Doris Smith, OL F Smi

A friendless, overweight twelve-year-old with an overprotective mother begins to change the monotonous pattern of his life. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis WH F Lew / PACL F Lewis

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magical land of Narnia, where they come to the aid of Aslan, the golden lion, in his battle against the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Little House Series, Laura Ingalls Wilder WH F Wil / PACL F Wilder

The charming Little House books tell the story of Laura Ingalls Wilder who, with her family, was among the early pioneers of the American west. Laura traveled with her family by covered wagon through Kansas, Minnesota and finally the Dakota Territory. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Little Town on the Prairie Newberry Honor Book 1942). (P)

Louis Braille: The Boy Who Invented Books for the Blind, Margaret Davidson

Blinded at the age of 3, Louis Braille developed a superb memory that enabled him to do well in school. But that wasn't enough--Louis wanted to read. Finding the alphabet impractical, he invented the raised dot alphabet, Braille, now used throughout the world. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Robert O'Brian WH F O'Br / PACL Fictio n O'Brian

When mouse widow Mrs. Frisby needs advice on how to move her children safely, she consults the rats who live under the rosebush. Not only do they help her, they tell her of their escape from a laboratory where experimentation had made them literate, and of the brave death of her husband. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1972). (P, SD)

My Brother Stevie, Eleanore Clymer OL F Cly

An unmanageable younger brother makes life difficult for his sister until a sympathetic school teacher befriends and helps them both. IPac. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

My Side of the Mountain, Jean George WH F Geo / PACL F George

Sam Gribley is terribly unhappy living in New York City with his family, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains to live in the woods-all by himself. With only a penknife, a ball of cord, forty dollars, and some flint and steel, he intends to survive on his own. Sam learns about courage, danger, and independence during his year in the wilderness, a year that changes his life forever. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1960). (P, SD)

National Velvet, Enid Bagnold WH F Bag / PACL F Bagnold

Fourteen-year-old Velvet is determined to turn her untamed horse into a champion and personally ride him to victory in the world's greatest steeplechase, the Grand National. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (P, SD)

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).

Ramona and Her Father, Beverly Cleary WH F Cle / PACL F Cleary

Ramona just wants everyone to be happy. If only her father would smile and joke again, her mother would look less worried, her sister would be cheerful, and Picky-picky would eat his cat-food. But Ramona's father has lost his job, and nobody in the Quimby household is in a very good mood. Ramona tries to cheer up the family as only Ramona can . . . but her best efforts only make things worse . . . But when her father admits he wouldn't trade her for a million dollars, Ramona knows everything is going to work out fine in the end. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1978). (Not reviewed).

Sable, Karen Hesse WH F Hes / PACL F Hesse

Sable is the perfect dog for Tate, loving and full of energy. She has only one flaw--she wanders and, in her wandering, steals things: chocolate cake, a rubber boot, a front-door mat. Even after the dog is given to a doctor who lives half a day's ride away, Tate is determined to earn her return. Single-handedly, she builds Sable a fence to thwart her wandering, only to learn the feisty dog has run away from her new home. Yet Sable is as fixated on reunion as her owner. Weeks later, she finds her way home to a joyful family welcome, finally happy to "stay." Booklist. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coeer PACL Biog S252c

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan. Book Description. (Ages 9-12). (Nt: theme of children dying). (P, SD)

Sarah Plain and Tall, Patricia MacLachlan WH F Mac / PACL Fict MacLachlan

In the late 19th century a widowed midwestern farmer with two children--Anna and Caleb--advertises for a wife. When Sarah arrives she is homesick for Maine, especially for the ocean which she misses greatly. The children fear that she will not stay, and when she goes off to town alone, young Caleb--whose mother died during childbirth--is stricken with the fear that she has gone for good. But she returns with colored pencils to illustrate for them the beauty of Maine, and to explain that, though she misses her home, "the truth of it is I would miss you more." The tale gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Medal Winner 1986). (P, SD)

Sing Down the Moon, Scott O'Dell WH F O'D / PACL F O'Dell

Fourteen-year-old Bright Morning has an eerie feeling that her happy life in the red buttes of the Canyon de Chelly will be changed forever as Black Dog barks and she sees Spanish slavers riding straight toward her. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Newbery Honor Book 1971). (P, SD)

Soup, Robert Peck WH F Pec / PACL F Peck

When it came to getting the two of us in trouble, Soup was a regular genius....Soup was my best pal. Here are the stories of that friendship, and of the troubles--stories from a boyhood filled with barrels to roll in, apples to whip, windows to break, ropes to bind prisoners, acorn pepes, and ten-cent Saturday movies. But then as always nothing was quite as important as a best friend. From the Publisher. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner WH F Gar/ PACL Fiction Gardiner

Ten-year-old Willy needs to win the big dogsled race in order to pay the back taxes on his grandfather's farm--but that means beating the huge Indian mountain man, Stone Fox. Book Description. (Ages 9-12).(Recommended in Valerie and Walter's Best Books for Children). (Not reviewed).

The Story of My Life, Helen Keller WH 921 Keller / PAMP 360.92 K29s

Recounting her triumph over deafness and blindness and her journey toward becoming one of the most successful and admired women of this century, Helen Keller writes her own remarkable story, providing an emblem of hope and possibility for all. Ingram. (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). (P, SD)

Understood Betsy, Dorothy Canfield Fisher WH F Fis / PACL F Fisher

This engaging classic tells the tale of a thin, pale 9-year-old orphan named Elizabeth Ann who is whisked away from her city home and relocated to a Vermont farm where her cousins, the "dreaded Putneys," live. The Putneys are not as bad as her doting, high-strung Aunt Frances warns, however, and Elizabeth, who had been nurtured by her aunt like an overwatered sapling--positively blooms under their breezy, earthy care. . . [C]hildren will revel in the awakening independence and growing self-confidence of a girl who learns to think for herself... and even laugh. Along the way, "citified" readers of all ages will get a glimpse into the lives of people who are truly connected to the world around them. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

Veronica Ganz, Marilyn Sachs WH F Sac

Every new kid learns the hard way--no one messes with Veronica Ganz. She's bigger than everyone else, and meaner, too. When shrimpy Peter Wedemeyer starts acting up, Veronica knows she has to show him who's boss--but Peter finds a million sneaky ways to get to her. Veronica hates it. She's got to come up with a new way to settle the score. Ingram. (Ages 9-12). (Not reviewed).

The Week Mom Unplugged the TVs, Terry Phelan OL F Phe

A parental ban on all television viewing for one week stimulates the curiosity of three youngsters. Ipac. (Ages 9-12). (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).

Ages 13 and Up

Across the Grain, Jean Ferris OL F Fer / PAMain Young Adult Fiction Ferris

Recently orphaned and still a minor, seventeen-year-old Will Griffin must postpone his own plans and accompany his irresponsible, manipulative sister on a vague quest to the California high desert. His loneliness eventually abates as he makes friends with a defensive classmate and an older man who teaches him wood carving. Horn Book. (Ages: Young Adult). (Not reviewed).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain WH F Twa / PACL Fiction Twain

The setting is a small Mississippi River town in the 1830s, and the characters are the grownups and the children of the town. The book's nostalgic attitude and its wistful re-creation of pre-Civil War life are humorously spiced by its main character, Tom Sawyer. Rather than the preternaturally "model boy" of Sunday-school stories, Tom is mischievous and irresponsible but goodhearted. Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature. (Ages: Young Adult). (Not reviewed).

ANPAO: An American Indian Odyssey, Jamake Highwater OL 398.2 Hig / PACL Cassette 6656

Anpao is young and Handsome and Brave -- a man any maiden would be proud to call her husband. Any maiden but Ko-Ko-Mik-e-is, that is, who claims she belongs to the Sun alone. And so Anpao sets off for the house of the Sun to ask permission to marry the woman he loves. But Anpao's journey is not an easy one. Before he can reach the Sun, Anapao must travel back in time to the dawn of the world. He must relive his own creation, venture through The World Beneath the World, and battle the many magical mystical creatures of Native American legends. For only by doing so can Anpao discover who he really is, and rove to the Sun why he alone is worthy of the fair Ko-komik-e-is. Book Description. (Ages: Young Adult). (Newbery Honor Book 1978). (Not reviewed).

Banner in the Sky, James Ullman

It stands unconquered, the last great summit of the Alps. Only one man has ever dared to approach the top, and that man died in his pursuit. He was Josef Matt, Rudi Matt's father. At sixteen, Rudi is determined to pay tribute to the man he never knew, and complete the quest that claimed his father's life. And so, taking his father's red shirt as a flag, he heads off to face the earth's most challenging peak. But before Rudi can reach the top, he must pass through the forbidden Fortress, the gaping chasm in the high reaches of the Citadel where his father met his end. Rudi has followed Josef's footsteps as far as they will take him. Now he must search deep within himself to find the strength for the final ascent to the summit--to plant his banner in the sky. Book Description. (Ages: Young Adult). (Newbery Honor Book 1955). (Not reviewed).

The Cay, Theodore Taylor WH F Tay / PACL Fiction Taylor

A powerful classic of prejudice, love, and survival. In 1942, 11-year-old Phillip Enright lives with his parents on the Dutch island of Curaçao, but when the war moves too close for comfort, his mother decides to travel with him back to the safety of Virginia. When their boat is torpedoed, however, Phillip is blinded and finds himself adrift on a life raft with an old black man and a cat. They eventually land on a deserted island. Phillip is suspicious of "the large Negro," but soon grows to trust--and ultimately love--the patient and generous Timothy. . . The Cay has a clear message that friendship is colorblind; it is also a terrific adventure story of a young, newly blinded man learning to survive on an uninhabited island. (Ages: Young adult). (Recommended in Valerie & Walter's Best Books for Children). (Not reviewed).

The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank WH 921 Frank / PACL Biog F828d

Written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for nearly two years, a new edition of the diary of teenager Anne Frank has been enriched by passages originally withheld by her father, offering a wise and timeless testament to the human spirit. Ingram. (Ages 13 and up). (Not reviewed).

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Judith Kerr WH F Ker / PACL F Kerr

Anna was only nine years old in 1933, too busy with her school work and friends to take much notice of Adolf Hitler's face glaring out of political posters all over Berlin. Being Jewish, she thought, was just something you were because your parents and grandparents were Jewish. But then one day her father was unaccountably, frighteningly missing. Soon after, she and her brother, Max, were hurried out of Germany by their mother with alarming secrecy. Reunited in Switzerland, Anna and her family embark on an adventure that would go on for years, in several different countries. They learn many new things: new languages, how to cope with the wildest confusions, and how to be poor. Anna soon discovers that there are special skills to being a refugee. And as long as the family stayed together, that was all that really mattered. From the Publisher. (Ages Young Adult). (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.