Jennifer L. Her brother Matthew draws Babymouse whimsically. Find Babymouse: Skater Girl at your local library. Muth - Scholastic, 32 pages. The yellow haze of unrelenting heat steams off every page of this beautifully water-colored story of leggy little girls waiting for rain. Just when everyone in the city is wilting, a delicate breeze through the kitchen window brings hope for refreshing rain.
With rich word choice that sizzles, thunders, drenches and simmers, the story concludes with a parched city now glistening after a rain storm that refreshes even the reader. Find Come on, Rain at your local library.
Pendziwol , illustrated by: Jirina Marton - Groundwood Books, 32 pages. In this beautifully illustrated picture book, Marja learns about self-reliance. This is a moving story with a lasting message. Nate tries to solve, not one, but two mysteries. Can he ignore a good mystery when it involves his dog Sludge and his friend Annie? I think not! Read to find out if Nate gets any Valentines of his own. Find Nate the Great and the Mushy Valentine at your local library.
This collection features three short stories for early readers. Find Poppleton in Winter at your local library. Based on an account documenting a true incident in Norwegian history, this book tells the story of the Birkebeiners, a group of brave warriors in , who race to protect a baby, Prince Hakon, the future King of Norway, from his enemies, the Baglers. Woodcuts from the illustrator of Snowflake Bentley add dramatic effect to this mesmerizing tale. Find The Race of the Birkebeiners at your local library. Early readers will love Snow Wonder for its rhyming story, sticker sheets and colorful illustrations.
The little dog is especially cute! Find Snow Wonder at your local library. Find The Snowy Day at your local library. Find Chester at your local library. Doreen Cronin has done it again with this first person narrative told from the point of view of a boy worm. This book introduces the concept of a diary in a fun way.
Young readers will identify with all the escapades of a worm, as he interacts with family members, goes to school and vacations at Compost Island. Children will laugh and learn facts in a fun way while learning to appreciate living creatures. Want to see the movie?
Find Diary of a Worm at your local library. This simply illustrated, laugh out loud chapter book will make all listeners eager for a sequel. The hook: Three separate hilarious adventures of brothers Orville and Wilbur and their mother, who is also a school principal, will attract young readers who love silliness. A beautifully illustrated tale with just a touch of Cajun dialect will delight the ear of the giggling listeners who will know what Mr. Gator is up to long before his tormentors do. Find Gator Gumbo at your local library. The hook: Gooney Bird arrives in second grade in the middle of a school day, which suits her fine.
Wearing colorful, creative costumes daily, Gooney Bird soon becomes the brightest — in every sense of the word — star of second grade. Her teacher, who is trying to explain the nature of good stories to her class, tolerantly allows Gooney Bird to upstage her by telling melodramatic stories that appear to be whoppers. The format of her book is excellent for transitional readers; her stories, filtered through a fine imagination, are entertaining; and they will leave readers hoping for more. Once upon a time, there was a verbally creative rat, Bob, who managed to save his tail by telling tall tales.
Bob loved two things above all others — reading and baking cookies. One afternoon, when Bob is cornered by two hungry cats, he puts his talents to work to save himself. He enchants the cats with fanciful tales while serving up warm-from-the-oven, mouthwatering cookies alongside fresh saucers of milk. This amusing story is the perfect read-aloud that is sure to elicit a giggle or two. The illustrations provide a delightful accompaniment to the story, so bake up a batch of cookies, pour a glass of milk, curl up and enjoy this charming tale.
Find How to Save Your Tail at your local library. The title, which is also the first line, sets the playful tone. Delightfully anti-authoritarian and anti-establishment, Prelutsky is the unexcelled master of word-playing nonsense. His laugh-aloud poems are rude, disrespectful, annoying and perceptive. In a word, marvelous. Childish readers, however, will read, laugh and pay him the ultimate compliment. They will memorize and repeat them with pickle relish. Moxy is in the same boat.
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This laugh-out-loud book is full of wit and charm. Moxy is a lovable character, even if her schemes are scatter-brained.
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The story will leave you with a smirk on your face. Both boys and girls relate to Freddy and his best friend, Jessie, who happens to be a girl. In fact, she is the star hockey player on the peewee hockey team. Of course, no school story would be complete without a class bully. Find Science Verse at your local library.
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Each chapter is told from alternating perspectives, so both kids get equal time telling their stories, which are funny, realistic and endearing. Though they both make cases for detesting each other, it is clear that the siblings are close. For example, when the Pain is afraid to get his hair cut, the Great One makes him a pair of fake ears, saying that if he wears one and gets cut, the barber will suffer from the curse that she placed on the ears.
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A perfect read-aloud for the whole family, this can easily be read by a newer reader. Parents who grew up on Judy Blume will enjoy it, as I did. Munsinger - Houghton Mifflin, 32 pages. Tacky is back, getting himself into predicaments that can only result in delighted, yet understanding, young readers.
This time, Tacky is surfing while his more subdued penguin pals are napping on their iceberg.
What can Tacky do to escape? Tacky will certainly find new fans with this book, while old fans will be reminded to reread the other Tacky books! Find Tacky in Trouble at your local library. Hilarious cartoon illustrations scamper across the pages of this three-chapter book. Started when the men were fighting in World War II, talented females fed the love of the national pastime for loyal fans. The story of one such athlete is told by her daughter who takes fielding practice with her mama while they wait patiently for her daddy to come home safely.
Illustrations in oil paints add movement and life to the story of a devoted little girl who captures women? Find Mama Played Baseball at your local library. This early reader is full of fun facts about emperor penguins — their lifecycle, habitat, predators and even what they like to do for fun. With easy-to-understand explanations and plenty of illustrations, Emperor Penguins is a great choice for young animal lovers.
Find Emperor Penguins at your local library. Parents need to know that this book is both too delicate, and possibly too scary on one page the jaws of a T-rex come out at the reader for young kids. Also, though thoroughly researched, some of the information presented, both verbally and pictorially, is controversial, though the author is usually careful to indicate this.
Families who read this book could discuss the science behind it, the sleuthing and inferences made by paleontologists. How did they figure out what the dinosaurs looked like and ate? What has caused their ideas to change? Families can also do further research together on the types of dinosaurs presented, or find out about other species. Find Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs at your local library. This book proves that a tail can be more than just a tail. The appearance and function of tails as different as the prehensile tail of an opossum to the deadly tail of a scorpion to the beautiful tail of the Central American quetzal are discussed.
Simple vocabulary and close-up color photographs enhance the appeal for young readers. This book follows the daily routine of five diverse animals at a water hole on the African savannah from dawn until midnight. The pages, which include a clock indicating the time of day, are packed with facts about the eating, playing, resting and sleeping behaviors of the animals found in this particular habitat. The visually appealing photographs and the conversational style may just hook those reluctant readers.
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