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  • The Mitten

    by Jan Brett

    Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki=s lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

  • The Napping House

    by Audrey Wood

    In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

  • The Neighborhood Mother Goose

    by Nina Crews

    A collection of nursery rhymes, both familiar and lesser known, illustrated with photographs in a city setting.

  • The New Kid At School: The Dragonslayer’s Academy

    by Kate McMullan

    Wiglaf is off to Dragon Slayers' Academy and in for a first day of school he will never forget.

  • The Paint Brush Kid

    by Clyde Robert Bulla

    Nine year old Gregory paints pictures representing the life of the Mexican American old man known as Uncle Pancho and attempts to save him from losing his house.

  • The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy

    by Jeanne Birdsall

    While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

  • The Polar Express

    by Chris Van Allsburg

    A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.

  • The Puppy Who Wanted a Boy

    by Jane Thayer

    When Petey, the puppy, decides that he wants a boy for Christmas, he discovers that he must go out and find one on his own.

  • The Random House Book of Mother Goose: a Treasury of 386 Timeless Nursery Rhymes

    by Arnold Lobel

    An illustrated collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

  • The Rat and the Tiger

    by Keiko Kasza

    Because of his larger stature, Tiger tends to bully his friend Rat, until the rodent reaches his limit, speaks his mind.  Tiger is shame-faced and makes amends to restore their friendship.

  • The Ruby Princess Runs Away

    by Jahanna Malcolm

    Roxanne does not feel she is ready to be crowned the Ruby Princess and assume the throne of the Red Mountains, but when she runs away she meets some friends who help her change her mind.

  • The Secret School

    by Avi

    In 1925, 14 year old Ida Bidson secretly takes over as teacher when the one room schoolhouse in her remote Colorado area closes unexpectedly.

  • The Seven Chinese Brothers

    by Margaret Mahy

    The seven brothers, walk, talk, and look alike, but each has his own special power.  This tale recounts the brothers' efforts at saving each other and outwitting the emperor.

  • The Snowy Day

    by Ezra Jack Keats

    A story of a young boy explores the magic world of snow    snowball fight, snowman making, sliding down the snow way, etc. He loves the snow fall.

  • The Spider and the Fly

    by Mary Howitt

    An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly.