Pre-K ~ Kindergarten Book Picks

First Grade Book Picks

  • Antarctica

    Antarctica

    by Helen Cowcher Year Published: Average
    This tale is about seals and penguins in their homeland of Antarctica. Helicopters are flying close to the animals homes and they become frightened.
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  • Bear's Bargain

    by Frank Asch Year Published: Challenging
    This is a story about a Bear who wishes he could fly. He meets a little bird one day and tells him that he'll show him how to fly. The "Little Bird" tells Bear that he wants to be big. Bear agrees to teach "Little Bird" how he can be big and strong.

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  • Danny and The Dinosaur

    Danny and The Dinosaur

    by Syd Hoff Year Published: Challenging
    Danny goes to the Museum where he sees various exhibits. He comes to the Dinosaur Exhibit and he wishes that he could play with a dinosaur. His wish comes true as a dinosaur comes to life. They spend the day together traveling through the town. To find out more please pick up the book.

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  • Dinosaurs

    by Grace Maccarone Year Published: Challenging
    This book is non-fiction and the kids will love learning about what the dinosaurs looked like and ate.
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  • Frog and Toad are Friends

    Frog and Toad are Friends

    by Arnold lobel Year Published: Average
    Frog and Toad are best friends and are always at each other's side. This book will show you the true meaning of friendship and will also tickle your funny bone.

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  • Just Big Enough

    Just Big Enough

    by Mercer Mayor Year Published: Average
    In this book Little Critter wants to be BIG, and he learns that being small isn't that bad after all.

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  • Pig Pig Goes to Camp

    by David McPhail Year Published: Challenging
    Pig Pig finally wants to go away to summer camp. Find out what happens to him when he is away at camp.

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  • Planting a Rainbow

    Planting a Rainbow

    by by Lois Ehlert Year Published: Average
    As you read this book each page has a flower that is blooming. This is a great book to use to review colors.

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  • Swimmy

    Swimmy

    by Leo Lionni Year Published: Average
    Swimmy is a black fish who lives in a school of red fish. One day the rest of his brothers and sisters are eaten by a big tuna. Swimmy becomes very lonely and sad. To find out more you'll have to pick up the book.

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  • The Doorbell Rang

    The Doorbell Rang

    by Pat Hutchins Year Published: Challenging
    This story is about Victoria, Sam and Ma who are at their house in the kitchen. Ma has just baked some cookies for them and they are suppose to share them between themselves. Then the doorbell rings. It continues throughout the story until there are 12 children at Victoria and Sam's house. This book is great for Math as it shows the concept of addition.

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  • Watch me grow Burrerfly

    Watch me grow Burrerfly

    by by DK Publishing Year Published:
    Watch a caterpillar become a butterfly.

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Second Grade Book Picks

  • Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

    Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

    by Leo Lionni Year Published: Average
    Leo Lionni has a unique way of getting you involved with his characters. Alexander is a "real" mouse who becomes friends with Willy who happens to be a wind-up mouse. Alexander wants to help Willy to become "real" mouse.

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  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the U.F.O.

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Average
    Cam and her friend Eric are out at the park and they see these strange lights. They begin to investigate the situation. To their surprise they find.... To find out what they find you'll have to read the book.

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  • Dog Breath

    Dog Breath

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published: Average
    If you are a dog lover than you surely will appreciate this book. Hally is a very happy dog who lives with the Tosis family. Hally has such horrible "breath" that the Tosis' have decided that she needs to get new owners. The children don't want to see her go and they try everything that they can to keep her.

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  • Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet

    Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published: Easy Reading
    Henry and Mudge help cousin Annie find a new pet in a hurry.
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  • Jigsaw Jones and The Christmas Snowman

    by James Preller Year Published: Average

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  • Jigsaw Jones and The Great Sled Race

    by James Preller Year Published: Average
    This is a book about a boy named Teddy or as all his friends call him "Jigsaw" who likes to solve mysteries. He and his friend Mila get hired by BIGS Maloney to find out who has taken VELMA. VELMA is his sled The Velocity Machine. To find out more you'll have to check out the book or put it on your wish list.

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  • My Lucky Day

    My Lucky Day

    by Keiko Kasza Year Published: Average
    The characters in this story are the fox and piglet. See what happens on fox's lucky day.

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  • Nate the Great

    Nate the Great

    by Marjorie W. Sharmat Year Published: Average
    If your child loves to read mysteries then this is the book for him or her.

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  • Once Upon a Springtime

    Once Upon a Springtime

    by Jean Marzollo Year Published: Average
    This is a story about a fawn that was born and his first year of life.

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  • The Littles - Series

    The Littles - Series

    by John Peterson Year Published: Average
    "The Littles" are tiny people that live in the house owned by "The Biggs". The Littles look like ordinary people except that they have tails. They make sure to keep out of sight of "The Biggs" otherwise they might not have a place to live anymore. The Biggs are continually noticing that small things disappear in the house and they can't figure out why that is.

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  • The Relatives Came

    The Relatives Came

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published: Average
    In this book there is a family reunion during the summer. There are so many people that everyone has to eat in shifts. If you've ever traveled in a vehicle with your whole family to your relatives house this book will bring back great memories.

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  • The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!

    The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs!

    by Jon Scieszka Year Published: Challenging
    This story is told by A.Wolf and he claims that he was framed. You'll have to find out why he thinks that by reading the book.

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  • You are Special, Little One

    You are Special, Little One

    by Nancy Tafuri Year Published: Average
    This is a great picture book about a child's parents love for their child. This is great to read aloud to your child.

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Third Grade Book Picks

  • Arthur's Chicken Pox

    Arthur's Chicken Pox

    by By Marc Brown Year Published: Average
    Arthur is all excited about going to the circus when he starts to feel sick at school. He goes to the nurse and gets sent home because he has a fever.

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  • Cam Jansen - Series

    Cam Jansen - Series

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Average
    Cam Jansen is a young girl who is a detective and has a very good memory in fact you could call it her photographic memory. She doesn't forget anything, and her best friend Eric is always there to help her out.

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  • Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery

    Cam Jansen and the First Day of School Mystery

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    While Cam and Eric are on there way to school they are late because of an accident right near the school.

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  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Monster Movie

    by David A. Adler Year Published: Easy Reading
    This book is about Cam and her best friend Eric trying to solve a mystery while they are at a movie.

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  • Jimmy's Boa Bounces Back

    Jimmy's Boa Bounces Back

    by Trinka Hakes Noble Year Published: Average
    In this book Meggie's Mother wears Jimmy's Boa as part of her outfit to her garden club party. Meggie tells her Mom that snakes don't move that much when they've been sleeping. So her mom agreed and off to the garden club party. While she was at the garden club party there are a series of events that happen. You'll have to read the book to find out more. This is a great book to use when working with cause and effect.

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  • Mr. Popper's Penguins

    Mr. Popper's Penguins

    by Richard & Florence Atwater Year Published: Average
    Mr. Popper is a house painter that has some free time on his hands. He tends to dream a lot of far away places that he would love to go and visit. One day he receives a package from Admiral Drake. Admiral Drake is a famous explorer. The package contained a real live penguin. If you want to find out what happens to "Captain Cook" you'll have to pick up the book.

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  • The Boxcar Children- Series

    The Boxcar Children- Series

    by Gertrude Warner Year Published: Average

    This is a great series! The main characters in the series are four children who happen to be brothers and sisters. It started out that they were going to take care of themselves because they didn't want to go and live with their grandfather. They end up with a dog which they absolutely adore and don't want to ever give up. They live in an old box car for some time. These children know exactly what they need to do to survive on their own. If you want to find out more about this series please pick up the first book to read it.

     

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  • The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

    The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

    by Trinka Hakes Noble Year Published: Average
    The class went on a field trip to a farm. Wait till you see what happens on this class trip. Teachers would never want to take this field trip. This is a great book to use when working with cause and effect.

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  • The Great Kapok Tree

    The Great Kapok Tree

    by Lynne Cherry Year Published: Challenging
    This is about the animals and their habitats in the Amazon Rain Forest. A man wanders into the rainforest to cut down a Kapok tree. He realizes how beneficial the rainforest is and leaves the forest.

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  • The Math Curse

    The Math Curse

    by Jon Scieszka Year Published: Challenging
    If you are a math lover than you will absolutely love this book written by Jon Scieszka. Lane Smith is the illustrator and each page has a unique problem to it even the price of the book has turned into a math problem. This book is great for read alouds and you will find your audience trying to solve each problem as you continue to read.

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  • The Mystery of the Haunted Lighthouse

    The Mystery of the Haunted Lighthouse

    by Elspeth Campell Murphy Year Published: Easy Reading
    The three cousins Sarah-Jane, Titus and Timothy are going on Educational Vacations this summer. Their parents have determined that they are old enough to go together. The TCDC are always looking for a mystery to solve. If you want to know more you'll have to read the book.

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  • The Mystery of the White Elephant #1

    The Mystery of the White Elephant #1

    by Elspeth Campbell Murphy Year Published: Easy Reading
    Three cousins Timothy, Titus, and Sarah-Jane love to solve mysteries. In this book they are at the church picnic when someone steals the "White Elephant" cookie jar before the auction. They work through the clues and determine who took the cookie jar and why they did it. * This is a series Three Cousins Detective Club* # 2 The Mystery of the Silent Nightingale # 3 The Mystery of the Wrong Dog # 4 The Mystery of the Dancing Angels # 5 The Mystery of the Hobo's Message # 6 The Mystery of the Magi's Treasure # 7 The Mystery of the Haunted Lighthouse # 8 The Mystery of the Dolphin Detective # 9 The Mystery of the Eagle Feather # 10 The Mystery of the Silly Goose * There are 30 books in this series*

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  • Two Bad Ants

    Two Bad Ants

    by Chris Van Allsburg Year Published: Challenging
    If you haven't had the pleasure of reading a Chris Van Allsburg book you don't know what you are missing. This author and illustrator uses different types of media in each of his books and each story written by him will get you feeling as though you are one of the characters in the story. In this story two ants decide to stay behind from their trip to find crystals for the Queen. These two ants have no idea what they are about to encounter as they spend a day in a "Human's House". They end up in a hot black bath, a tasty box, in a water fall and in a tornado. If you love this book then you'll love Jumanji, Bad Day at Riverbend, The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, The Polar Express, Just a Dream, The Widow's Broom, The Stranger, Ben's Dream, The Z Was Zapped, The Sweetest Fig, The Wreck of the Zephyr, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, The Wreck of the Zephyr, and his newest book that is titled Zathura. Happy Reading!

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Fourth Grade Book Picks

  • Charlott's Web

    Charlotte's Web

    by E.B. White Year Published: Challenging

    The classic written by EB White that can be read over and over again and you still will enjoy it. The amazing friendship that develops between Wilbur and Charlotte will keep you involved in the entire tale.

     

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  • Dear Mr. Henshaw

    Dear Mr. Henshaw

    by Paul O. Zelinsky Year Published: Average
    Leigh Botts is a very unhappy boy because his parents are getting a divorce. His fifth grade teacher gives an assignment. He decides to write to his favorite author Mr. Henshaw. His advice to Leigh is to keep a journal and write down his thoughts in there. To find out more please pick up this book are read it.

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  • Feckle Juice

    Feckle Juice

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average

    Andrew really wanted freckles and he was extremely jealous that a boy in his class names Nicky had more than he knew what to do with. Read to see what Andrew does to try and get "Freckles".

     

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  • Grandfather's Journey

    Grandfather's Journey

    by Allen Say Year Published: Average
    This is a story about a Grandfather who grew up in Japan and traveled to America. No matter where Grandfather is he is always homesick for the other country.

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  • James and The Giant Peach

    James and The Giant Peach

    by Roald Dahl Year Published: Average
    This story is about a young boy named James who lives with his two aunts who don't treat James very nicely. James escapes from his miserable life with two nasty aunts and becomes a hero to his new insect family. You'll have to check this book out to find out how James ends up with insects as a family. If you love this book you'll want to read Matilda, Charlie and The Great Elevator Glass Escape, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, and The Witches.

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  • Sarah, Plain and Tall

    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    by Patricia MacLachlan Year Published: Average
    This is a great book for fourth graders to read as it also ties into Social Studies because the setting for the book takes place in Colonial America. Pa writes an advertisement for a wife and a mother to his two children. Sarah responds and travels from Maine to stay with the family for a month to see if she likes it. Anna and Caleb are truly excited that Sarah is coming and that she likes to sing. To find out more please read this great book. If you fall in love with this then you'll want to read Caleb's Story and Skylark.

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  • Seedfolks

    Seedfolks

    by Paul Fleischman Year Published: Challenging
    This book introduces you to several different characters who are of different ethnic backgrounds. Each character has a problem however, each person finds himself/herself in the community garden.
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  • Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume Year Published: Average
    Peter has more problems than any other fourth grader I've ever met. This character will have you laughing, crying and feeling mad just like he does when his younger brother "Fudge" decides to help out on a homework assignment. Please pick up this book to find out what is going to happen to Peter in "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing".

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  • The Rough Face Girl

    The Rough Face Girl

    by Rafe Martin Year Published: Average
    This is based on an Algonquin Indian folklore about a young girl named Rough Face Girl. Whose family doesn't have a lot of money or resources because of her two older sisters. This book addresses the inner beauty of a person despite her appearance.

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  • The Time Wrap Trio Knights of the Kitchen Table

    The Time Wrap Trio Knights of the Kitchen Table

    by Jon Scieszka Year Published: Challenging

    If you love to read and love to laugh then this is the author that you need to look for. Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith have done a beautiful job correlating the text and illustrations together. Joe receives a present from his uncle for his birthday and this time he gets a book with the title "The Book." Before you know it Joe and his friends Fred and Sam are in the story. If you want to find out more than please visit your local library or book store.

     

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  • Tuck Everlasting

    Tuck Everlasting

    by Natalie Babbitt Year Published: Challenging
    The Tuck family lives an unusual life! Ma Tuck and her husband have two boys named Jesse and Miles. They have been away from home for some time now and Ma is extremely excited to see them. The family has to be inconspicuous and not draw attention to themselves. Ten year old Winnie Foster goes to drink from a spring and is grabbed by Jesse Tuck. He encourages her to leave the spring, and not drink from it. This book involves immortality and loneliness.

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  • Visual Factfinder : World History

    by Ken Hills Year Published: Challenging
    This book is a greta resource! It has a variety of topics such as Early Civilizations, The Middle Ages, The Modern World, The Age of Revolutions, The Age of Imperialism, WWI, WWII, and The Great Depression.
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  • Visual Factfinder: World History (grades 4-12)

    by Ken Hills Year Published: Challenging
    This book is a great resource! It has a variety of topics suchas Early Civilizations, The Middle Ages, The Modern World, The Age of Revolutions, The Age of Imperialism, WWI, WWII and The Great Depression.
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  • Will We Miss Them?

    by Alexandra Wright Year Published: Challenging
    This story layout introduces the Endangered Species on a two page spread. The author has given statistics, history, and the reasons not to kill these animals.
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Fifth Grade Book Picks

  • Missing May

    Missing May

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published: Average
    The main character Summer moved in with her aunt May and Uncle Ob when she was six years old. At the age of 12 her Aunt May passes away. Her Uncle Ob and her are seeking for a sign from Aunt May. They are deeply sad over their loss.

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  • Number The Stars

    Number The Stars

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    This book is a John Newberry Medal winner. The main character Annemarie Johnansen has a best friend named Ellen Rosen. The Nazis have sent their soldiers into towns. There are food shortages and the days are occupied with school for the children. Ellen moves in with Annemarie and her family and is pretending to me Annemarie's sister. They do this to save Ellen's life.

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  • The Giver

    The Giver

    by Lois Lowry Year Published: Average
    The main character of this book is Jonas who lives in a perfect world. In his world every person is assigned a job in the community, and that is the job that they hold. At the age of 12 every child is assigned their life assignment. In this world the only person who is able to see colors is "The Giver". The Giver is the one who holds all of the memories of the past including pain and suffering. Jonas' assignment is to be the next "Giver".

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Poetry for Children

  • A Pizza the Size of the Sun

    A Pizza the Size of the Sun

    by Jack Prelutsky Year Published: Challenging
    Jack Prelutsky has a way of creating wacky verses that make you want to continue reading his works.

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  • DON'T READ THIS BOOK WHATEVER YOU DO!

    by Kali Dakos Year Published: Challenging
    "Best Friends," "A School Lost and Found," and "Messy Handwriting"…Enjoy reading this collection of poems about life in school. Kali Dakos is an astounding poet and a joy to watch in action. She is a former teacher, administrator and takes those roles and uses them in her poetry. Children and adults love her poetry.
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  • I'm still here in the bathtub: brand new silly dil

    I'm still here in the bathtub: brand new silly dilly songs

    by Alan Katz Year Published: Average
    This book is full of poems that can be sung to music. I really like I'm in My Room and Bored which goes to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell".

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  • If you're not here. Please Raise Your Hand:Poems about School

    by Kali Dakos Year Published: Average
    What a great author! She will engage any reader into her poems. You can use props to act out these poems to give them more voice.
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  • Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll and other School Poems

    Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll and other School Poems

    by Kali Dakos Year Published: Average
    Various poems about teachers, students, and other things you can find at school. Second - Grade Worms and There's a Bug on the Teacher are two of my favorites.

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  • Poetry for Young People Robert Louis Stevenson

    Poetry for Young People Robert Louis Stevenson

    by Edited by Fraces Schoonmaker Year Published: Challenging
    This book has a variety of poems. Time to Rise, Bed in Summer, The Swing, My Shadow, etc. My Shadow is one of my favorites; I also had to memorize it when I was in fourth grade as a recitation.

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  • The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tale

    The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

    by Jon Scieszka Year Published: Challenging
    Among Scieszka's lively stories are "The Really Ugly Duckling," "Cinderumpelstiltskin," and, of course "The Stinky Cheese Man." These tales are really going to make you tongue-tied and laugh while your reading them.

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  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published: Challenging
    Shel Silverstein did a beautiful job of getting to our funny bone. His work is not just intended for children adults will love the poems too. Sick by Shel Silverstein "I cannot go to school today," Said little Peggy Ann McKay. "I have the measles and the mumps, A gash, a rash and purple bumps. My mouth is wet, my throat is dry, I'm going blind in my right eye. My tonsils are as big as rocks, I've counted sixteen chicken pox And there's one more-that's seventeen, And don't you think my face looks green? My leg is cut, my eyes are blue, It might be instamatic flu. I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke, I'm sure that my left leg is broke- My hip hurts when I move my chin, My belly button's caving in, My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained, My 'pendix pains each time it rains. My nose is cold, my toes are numb, I have a sliver in my thumb. My neck is stiff, my voice is weak, I hardly whisper when I speak. My tongue is filling up my mouth, I think my hair is falling out. My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight, My temperature is one-o-eight. My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear, There is a hole inside my ear. I have a hangnail, and my heart is - what? What's that? What's that you say? You say today is...Saturday? G'bye, I'm going out to play!"

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Baseball Books and other Sports Titles

Books used to teach Math

Rhyme & Repetition

Bedtime Books

Folktales

Books That Will Make You Laugh

Caldecott Medal Winners