- A Story for Bear, by Dennis Haseley
A young bear who is fascinated by the mysterious marks he sees on paper finds a friend when a kind woman reads to him.
- Beautiful Oops!, by Barney Saltzberg
Demonstrates the many ways that torn, crinkled, and smudged bits of paper can be transformed into various shapes and images.
- Sophie’s Masterpiece, by Eileen Spinelli illustrations by Jane Dyer
Sophie is a very artistic spider who is finally able to create her pièce de résistance as she reaches old age.
- Chuck Close: Face Book, by Chuck Close
Chuck Close created this beautiful autobiography complete with pages of mix and match self-portraits and a glossary of art terms. Close realized his love of art when he was very young. As a result of severe dyslexia, Close was labeled “dumb” and he also had a neuromuscular condition which prevented him from being physically active. The talented Close admits dedication to art saved his life. In this book Close talks about his process for creating his massive paintings and prints. To young artists Close says, “ease is the enemy of the artist. Go ahead and get yourself into trouble”
- Miss Rumphius, Barbara Cooney
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful–and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
- The Sneetches, by Dr. Seuss
The Star-Bellied Sneetches have bellies with Stars, but the Plain-Bellied Sneetches have none upon thars! Rivalries rocket when Sylvester McMonkey McBean steps in to prey on their prejudices, but in the end we realize that prejudice is nothing more than a ridiculous waste of time.
- The Boxcar Children, by Gertrude Chandler Warner
The original Boxcar Children tells the story of the four Alden children: Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny, who are orphans. One night, they take shelter in a bakery after buying some bread with the little cash they have. In exchange for allowing them to spend the night, they agree to help around the bakery. However, when they overhear the baker’s plans to keep the older three siblings but to take Benny to an orphanage because he is too young, they flee. Finding an
Farm, by Elisha Cooper
There is so much to look at and learn about on a farm – animals, tractors, crops, and barns. And children feeding animals for morning chores! With lyrical writing and beautiful illustrations that capture the rhythms of the changing seasons, Elisha Cooper brings the farm to life.
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, by Judy Blume
Peter, because he’s the oldest, must deal with Fudgie’s disgusting cuteness, his constant meddling with Peter’s stuff, and other grave offenses, one of which is almost too much to bear. All these incidents are presented with the unfailing ear and big-hearted humor of the masterful Judy Blume.
- The Cabinet of Earths, by Anne Nesbet
Enter Anne Nesbet’s world and follow Maya on her magical journey, a story fantasy fans will love.
- Two Crafty Criminals! and How They Were Captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang, by Philip Pullman
Master storyteller Philip Pullman’s rollicking and humorous tale of Benny Kaminsky, Thunderbolt Dobney, and their gang- out to solve crime.