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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
by Leo Lionni
Alexander, a real mouse, wants to be a toy mouse like his friend Willy until he discovers Willy is to be thrown away.
Bink and Gollie
by Kate DiCamillo
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.
Blueberries for Sal
by Robert McCloskey
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
Froggy Gets Dressed
by Jonathan London
Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.
George and Martha
by James Marshall
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.
Gregory the Terrible Eater
by Mitchell Sharmat
A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tin cans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice.
Hi! Fly Guy
by Tedd Arnold
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.
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Fly Guy
How I Became A Pirate
by Melina Long
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.
Little Bear
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.Lexile 370
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Little Bear
by Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. Lexile 550
The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss
Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the cat in the hat who shows them some tricks and games.Lexile 260
The Lion and the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when he rescues the King of the Jungle.
The Little House
by Virginia Lee Burton
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
The Little Red Hen
by Paul Galdone
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.
The Mitten
by Jan Brett
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.
The Very Busy Spider
by Eric Carle
The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.Lexile-130L
We Are in A Book!
by Mo Willems
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?
Updated 06/14/2012
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