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Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins
Discusses and gives examples of the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals.
Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish
A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Curious George
by H.A. Rey
The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.
Horrible Harry and the Triple Revenge
by Suzy Kline
When Sid, his annoying third-grade classmate, ruins Song Lee's origami praying mantis, Horrible Harry plots triple revenge on the troublemaker.
Jumanji
by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
by Barbara Park
In her own words, a young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe
Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.
Nate the Great
by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture.
Skippyjon Jones
by Judith Byron Schachner
Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese cat with an overactive imagination who would rather be El Skippito, his Zorro-like alter ego.
Swamp Angel
by Anne Isaacs
Along with other amazing feats, Angelica Longrider, also known as Swamp Angel, wrestles a huge bear, known as Thundering Tarnation, to save the winter supplies of the settlers in Tennessee.
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash
by Trinka Hakes Noble
Jimmy's boa constrictor wreaks havoc on the class trip to a farm.
The Lorax
by Dr. Seuss
The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
The Teeny-tiny Woman: A Ghost Story
by Paul Galdone
Retells the tale of the teeny-tiny woman who finds a teeny-tiny bone in a churchyard and puts it away in her cupboard before she goes to sleep.
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon. Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The Ugly Duckling
by Jerry Pinkney
An ugly duckling spends an unhappy year ostracized by the other animals before he grows into a beautiful swan.
Thunder Cake
by Patricia Polacco
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.
Tuesday
by David Wiesner
Frogs rise on their lily pads, float through the air, and explore the nearby houses while their inhabitants sleep.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale
by Verna Aardema
A retelling of a traditional West African tale that reveals how the mosquito developed its annoying habit.
Zen Shorts
by Jon J. Muth
When Stillwater the giant panda moves into the neighborhood, the stories he tells to three siblings teach them to look at the world in new ways. Includes factual note on Zen.
Updated 06/14/2012
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