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Dinosaurs Before Dark
by Mary Pope Osborne Details
Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.
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Magic Treehouse
by Arnold Lobel Details
Twenty original fables about an array of animal characters from crocodile to ostrich.
Freckle Juice
by Judy Blume Details
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.
John Henry
by Julius Lester Details
Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.
Judy Moody
by Megan McDonald Details
Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage. Lexile 530
Many Moons
by James Thurber Details
Though many try, only the court jester is able to fulfill Princess Lenore's wish for the moon.
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
by Harry Allard Details
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale
by Steven Kellogg Details
Recounts the life of the extraordinary lumberjack whose unusual size and strength brought him many fantastic adventures.
Ramona the Brave
by Beverly Cleary Details
Six-year-old Ramona tries to cope with an unsympathetic first-grade teacher.
Stuart Little
by E.B. White Details
The adventures of the debonair mouse Stuart Little as he sets out in the world to seek out his dearest friend, a little bird who stayed a few days in his family's garden.
The Adventures of Captain Underpants: An Epic Novel
by Dav Pilkey Details
When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
The Boxcar Children
by Gertrude Chandler Warner Details
Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar.
The Cat Who Went to Heaven
by Elizabeth Coatsworth Details
This is the story of a little cat who came to the home of a poor Japanese artist and, by humility and devotion, brought him good fortune.
The Great Smelling Bee
by R.L. Stine Details
In order to hide a bulldog in his no-pets-allowed dorm, scheming fourth-grader Bernie Bridges enrolls his pet as a transfer student.
The Junkyard Wonders
by Patricia Polacco Details
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
by Tomie DePaola Details
Little Gopher follows his destiny, as revealed in a Dream-Vision, of becoming an artist for his people and eventually is able to bring the colors of the sunset down to the earth.
The Paper Crane
by Molly Bang Details
A mysterious man enters a restaurant and pays for his dinner with a paper crane that magically comes alive and dances.
The Velveteen Rabbit
by Margery Williams Details
By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic called Real.
Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Silverstein
by Shel Silverstein Details
A boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale are only two of the characters in a collection of humorous poetry illustrated with the author's own drawings.
Updated 04/03/2015

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