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  • 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

    by Dr. Seuss

    Bartholomew really wants to take his hat off to the King of Didd, but how?

  • 7 X 9 = Trouble

    by Claudia Mills

    Third grader Wilson struggles with his times tables in order to beat the class deadline.

  • A Boy Called Slow: the True Story of Sitting Bull

    by Joseph Bruchac

    The true story of the childhood of the Lakota hero, Sitting Bull, and how he received his name.

  • A Case for Jenny Archer

    by Ellen Conford

    After reading three mysteries in a row, Jenny becomes convinced that the neighbors across the street are up to no good and decides to investigate.

  • A Chair for My Mother

    by Vera Williams

    A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.

  • A Corner of the Universe

    by Ann Martin

    The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small  town.

  • A Gathering of Days

    by Joan Blos

    The journal of a 14 year old girl, kept the last year she lived on the family farm, records daily events in her small New Hampshire town, her father's remarriage, and the death of her best friend.

  • A Hat for Minerva Louise

    by Janet Morgan Stoeke

    Minerva, a white hen, likes snowy mornings. She wants to stay outside all day, but it's too cold. So, she goes looking for something warm to wear. After trying several inappropriate items (a flowerpot, a garden hose, etc.), she finds two mittens that make a fitting hat for her head...and for her tail.

  • A Kiss for Little Bear

    by Else Holmelund Minarik

    Several animals help relay a kiss to Little Bear from his grandmother.

  • A Long Way from Chicago

    by Richard Peck

    A boy recounts his annual summer trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother.

  • A Picture Book of Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by David Adler

    A brief, illustrated, biography of the Baptist minister and civil rights leader whose philosophy and practice of nonviolent civil disobedience helped African-Americans win many battles for equal rights.

  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy

    by Helen Lester

    Should Mr. and Mrs. Porcupine name their baby Lance? Needleroozer? Quillian? They decide on the unlikely name of Fluffy, which becomes a source of sorrow to the sharp-quilled youngster, until he meets and befriends a rhinoceros named . . . Hippo!

  • A Week in the Woods

    by Andrew Clements

    The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him.

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    by Madeline Engle

    Three extraterrestrial beings take Meg and her friends to another world.

  • Abernathy Boys

    by L. J. Hunt

    A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of nine year old Bud Abernathy and his five year old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing the vast, desert like prairie.