- City Dog Country Frog, by Mo Willems
In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do,” Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time.
- Where the Red Fern Grows, by Wilson Rawls
Billy, Old Dan, and Little Ann — a Boy and His Two Dogs…A loving threesome, they ranged the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee country. Old Dan had the brawn, Little Ann had the brains — and Billy had the will to train them to be the finest hunting team in the valley. Glory and victory were coming to them, but sadness waited too. And close by was the strange and wonderful power that’s only found…An exciting tale of love and adventure you’ll never forget.
- A Story for Bear, 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.
- Letting Swift River Go, by Jane Yolen
Sally Jane recounts the flooding of the Swift River towns to form the Quabbin Reservoir in Western Massachusetts.
- The Lorax, by Dr. Suess
Behind the whimsical rhymes, Dr. Suess’ story of environmental destruction rings true for children and parents alike.
- 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 abandoned boxcar, they start a new life of independence.
- Doctor DeSoto, by William Steig
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.
- Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes
She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. “I’m named after my grandmother,” said Victoria. “You’re named after a flower.” Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn’t improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed…
- We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
- 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.
- Strega Nona, by Tommie Depaola
Strega Nona — “Grandma Witch” — is the source for potions, cures, magic, and comfort in her Calabrian town. Her magical ever-full pasta pot is especially intriguing to hungry Big Anthony. He is supposed to look after her house and tend her garden but one day, when she goes over the mountain to visit Strega Amelia, Big Anthony recites the magic verse over the pasta pot, with disastrous results.
- 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.