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  • Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman.

    by Nikki Grimes

    A biography of the woman who became the first licensed Afro American pilot.

  • Tar Beach

    by Faith Ringgold

    A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

  • Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

    by Jamie Lee Curtis

    A young girl asks her parents to tellher the cherished family story of her birth and adoption.

  • Thank You, Bear

    by Greg Foley

    Despite the criticism of others, a bear finds the perfect gift for his mouse friend.

  • The Absent Author

    by Rob Roy

    Josh, Dink and Ruth Rose must solve the mystery of the disappearance of their favorite author.

  • The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great

    by Gerald Morris

    Sir Lancelot arrives in King Arthur's court and has many grand adventures after becoming the king's bravest and greatest knight.

  • The Ballad of Lucy Whipple

    by Karen Cushman

    In 1849, a 12 year old girl who calls herself Lucy is distraught when her mother move the family from Massachusetts to a small California town, where Lucy helps run a rough boarding house and looks to find comfort in books while trying to find a way to get "home."

  • The Big Orange Splot

    by Daniel Pinkwater

    When a seagull drops a can of orange paint on his neat house, Mr. Plumbean gets an idea that affects his entire neighborhood.

  • The Bossy Gallito: a Traditional Cuban Folk Tale

    by Lucia Gonzalez

    In this cumulative Cuban folktale, a bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his parrot uncle's wedding.

  • The Captain Contest

    by Matt Christopher

    Dewey loves to draw and wants to enter the soccer team logo contest, but he does not want to win the grand prize  being team captain. 

  • The Carrot Seed

    by Ruth Krauss

    A young boy plants a carrot seed and, although the adults tell him that nothing will happen, he just knows it will come up.

  • The Case of Hungry Stranger

    by Crosby Bonsall

    Wizard and his friends are clueless when they are sent on the trail of a blueberry pie thief, until Wizard hits on a plan that is sure to nab the sweet-toothed pilferer.

  • The City of Ember

    by Jeanne DuPrau

    In the year 241, twelve year old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in  her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

  • The Crow Girl: The Children of Crow Cove

    by Bodil Bredsdorff

    After the death of her grandmother, a young orphaned girl leaves her house by the cove and begins a journey which leads her to people and experiences that exemplify the wisdom her grandmother had shared with her.

  • The Daring Nellie Bly: America’s Star Reporter

    by Bonnie Christensen

    Introduces the life of Nellie Bly who, as a "stunt reporter" for the New York World newspaper in the late 1800s, championed women's rights and traveled around the world faster than anyone ever had.