My Booklist

  • My book list is a little bit different because I categorize books by their level of difficulty, from least (A) to most (P) difficult. It is very important that struggling readers read books at their instructional and independent reading levels, and the alphabet letters provide a way for reading teachers to facilitate this. In AIS the books that we read will be at students' instructional reading level and more difficult than books students should read independently. Feel free to ask me your child's independent reading level anytime, and I hope to continue to add to the lists of appropriate books. Every child's reading level will be different at any given point in the school year, regardless of their grade level. Please see "Helping Your Child Select Books for Independent Reading" (under Resources) for more information. As a general guide, I have found students in AIS at Brasser to be at the following levels: First Grade: A-H Second Grade: G-L Third Grade: I-M Fourth Grade: K-P Fifth Grade: N-S It is also extremely important that students enjoy books read aloud to them. I have included my favorite picture books and non-fiction titles to share with your child. Young children need to develop phonological awareness, or awareness of sounds. This is one of the greatest predictors of reading achievement. I've included alphabet books and rhyming titles that I recommend. Reading nursery rhymes is also a powerful way to develop phonological awareness. This should be a fun, silly time with your child!

Picture Books K-2

  • Chrysanthemum


    by Kevin Henkes Year Published:
    One of Ms. Fleming's favorite picture books! From the Publisher: She was a perfect baby, and she had a perfect name. Chrysanthemum. When she was old enough to appreciate it, Chrysanthemum loved her name. And then she started school. "I'm named after my grandmother," said Victoria. "You're named after a flower." Chrysanthemum wilted. Life at school didn't improve. In fact, it got worse. Then the students were introduced to their music teacher, Mrs. Twinkle. Mrs. Delphinium Twinkle. And suddenly, Chrysanthemum blossomed....
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  • Koala Lou

    Koala Lou

    by Mem Fox Year Published:
    One of Ms. Fleming's personal favorites! From The Critics Children's Literature The koala heroine enters the Bush Olympics and hopes to win the gum tree-climbing event so that her mother-overwhelmed by the birth of many, many koala babes-will tell her eldest daughter "Koala Lou, I DO love you." Even though Lou loses the event, she gains what she most wants: the knowledge that her mother loves her-and always will. My favorite illustration shows fluffy Lou racing in red sneakers and pumping weights.
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  • Lily's Purple Plastic Purse

    Lily's Purple Plastic Purse

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published:
    A personal favorite of Ms. Fleming's! Annotation Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
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  • Owen & Mzee:  The True Story of a Remarkable Frien

    Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship

    by Isabella Hatkoff Year Published:
    From the Publisher: The inspiring true story of two great friends, a baby hippo named Owen and a 130-yr-old giant tortoise named Mzee (Mm-ZAY). When Owen was stranded after the Dec 2004 tsunami, villagers in Kenya worked tirelessly to rescue him. Then, to everyone's amazement, the orphan hippo and the elderly tortoise adopted each other. Now they are inseparable, swimming, eating, and playing together. Adorable photos e-mailed from friend to friend quickly made them worldwide celebrities. Here is a joyous reminder that in times of trouble, friendship is stronger than the differences that too often pull us apart.
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Picture Books 3-5

  • Dogzilla


    by Dav Pilkey Year Published:
    FROM THE PUBLISHER It's time for Mousopolis's First Annual Barbecue Cook-Off. But just when the fun is about to begin, the irresistible aroma of barbecue sauce awakens the most frightening creature known to mousekind: the dreaded Dogzilla. As her horrible doggy breath fills the streets, the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. Can they get rid of that big stinky dog before it's too late?
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  • Kat Kong

    Kat Kong

    by Dav Pilkey Year Published:
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Doctor Varmint and his beautiful assistant, Rosie Rodent, have made--and captured--a stunning scientific discovery: the mighty Kat Kong. But when he breaks free from his shackles and tears through the streets of Mousopolis, there's no stopping his terrifying rampage. Is anyone clever enough to halt this massive meowing menace?
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  • My Dream of Martin Luther King

    My Dream of Martin Luther King

    by Faith Ringgold Year Published:
    I love the illustrations and message! -Ms. Fleming From The Critics Publishers Weekly Does the dream of Martin Luther King live on? Yes, says the narrator of this resonant picture book, which uses the peculiar logic of dreams to take the reader beyond straight biography into a more personal, heartfelt interpretation of King's legacy. In a dream, the narrator sees King as a boy experiencing both the well-known incidents of his childhood and those of his early adult life. Dream logic makes this switch not only acceptable but reasonable, suggesting the childhood roots of the man's concerns. The dream changes again: King, now shown as an adult, presides over the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and, in his great speech in Washington, proclaims his dream. The narrator dreams, too, of his death, but also of mourners "trading in bags containing our prejudice, hate, ignorance, violence, and fear for the slain hero's dream." As she awakens, we share with her a powerful message: "EVERY GOOD THING STARTS WITH A DREAM." Ringgold (Tar Beach) mutes her usually exuberant palette for the dream scenes, creating stark, flat illustrations painted in browns, grays, whites, blacks and touches of one other color. Innovative and stirring.
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  • Thank You, Mr. Falker

    Thank You, Mr. Falker

    by Patricia Polacco Year Published:
    Synopsis from Barnes and Noble: Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book writers and illustrators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha's dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.

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  • The Lorax

    The Lorax

    by Dr. Seuss Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature In this classic story, the Once-ler describes how his greedy actions destroyed a beautiful and thriving environment. Children will enjoy the colorful characters and rhyming verse and adults will appreciate the subtle messages about the negative effects of deforestation, habitat destruction, and air and water pollution.
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  • Martin's Big Words:  The Life of Dr. Martin Luther

    Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Doreen Rappaport Year Published:
    From The Barnes & Noble Review: Acclaimed author Doreen Rappaport and Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier, who previously collaborated on Freedom River, have pooled their talents yet again in a stunning tribute to civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An extraordinary picture-book biography, Martin's Big Words consists of Rappaport's own words interwoven with quotes from Dr. King...all powerfully brought to life by Collier's striking, glorious art. Rappaport's spare, gripping text and Collier's distinctive collage-and-watercolor illustrations depict King's life journey with reverence and dignity -- beginning with his childhood experience of seeing "White Only" signs throughout his hometown, presenting his efforts as a civil rights crusader, and ending abruptly with his assassination. The front cover of the book immediately conveys King's power and spiritual strength, consisting entirely of a lifelike portrait of him -- the title and the author's and illustrator's names are relegated to the back cover. As Collier says in his illustrator's note, he "tried to push [the imagery] to an emotional level that allows the reader to bring his or her own experience to it, without actually losing the intensity or the intention of the story." His technique is utterly effective. By using simple, direct language -- much of it King's -- the text offers young readers an accessible yet profound introduction to King's legacy. It explains that as a child, he listened to his minister father's "big words" and vowed to inspire others with such words when he grew up. The book's final sentence: "His big words are alive for us today," testifies to King's success -- and to the timeless importance of this great leader's ideals. As further inspiration for interested readers, Martin's Big Words includes a list of significant dates as well as a bibliography of resources for them to explore. (Jamie Levine)
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  • Through My Eyes

    Through My Eyes

    by Ruby Bridges Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature Bridges tells her own story in remembering 1960, the year when, at the age of six, she walked through a raging crowd of segregationists to integrate a New Orleans school. Her writing is succinct and with her childhood perspective preserved, Bridges recounts the isolation that came from being the only black child in class, the caring of her teacher, her confusion at the angry crowds, the national publicity, portrayals by John Steinbeck and Norman Rockwell, and the courageous people who came forward to support her and change the course of history. Though Bridge's story takes center stage, the book is filled with powerful monochromatic photographs and the anecdotes of others who were part of her experience. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 up, $16.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
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Phonological Awareness

  • Rumble in the Jungle

    Rumble in the Jungle

    by Giles Andreae Year Published:
    Children's Literature Review: There's nothing tame about this book of verse featuring thirteen of your favorite jungle animals. Bold colors and oversized drawings add excitement to the humorous text, which describes the antics of lions, zebras, gorillas, elephants, and so on. The rhyming text makes it perfect for reading aloud.
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  • So Many Bunnies:  A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book

    So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book

    by Rick Walton Year Published:
    SYNOPSIS (From the Publisher) Bunny bedtime books are favorites, and this book is three in one: an ABC book, a counting book, and a bedtime story. Ms. Fleming's favorite alphabet book!
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  • The Hungry Thing

    The Hungry Thing

    by Jan Slepian Year Published:
    From the Publisher What will the people do when a Hungry Thing comes to town? This hilarious book will get kids excited about reading and words as they fall in love with the Hungry Thing's crazy antics!
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  • There's a Wocket in My Pocket!

    There's a Wocket in My Pocket!

    by Dr. Seuss Year Published:
    After Reading: Have fun making up other silly creatures! Draw a picture with your creature next to/in/on the object he rhymes with. -Ms. Fleming
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  • Sit, Truman!

    Sit, Truman!

    by Dan Harper Year Published:
    Publishers Weekly One of the most engaging pooches to hit picture books since Alexandra Day's Carl, the mastiff Truman is one big bundle of affection and drool. The compelling cover (an irresistibly expressive head shot) makes it clear that Truman is no ordinary pup, while the opening scene confirms it: "Truman, sit!" accompanies an illustration of the humongous pooch attempting to shake paws instead.

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  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

    by Eileen Christelow Year Published:
    School Library Journal: PreS-Gr 1-- In a brief prelude to the title rhyme, five little monkeys ready themselves for bed, and say goodnight to their mother. Then, really getting down to business, they launch into some serious bed-jumping. Young children familiar with this popular finger play will appreciate Christelow's incorrigible monkeys, jumping with abandon, oblivious to the repeated warning: ``No more monkeys jumping on the bed!' Newcomers will find the rhyme a delightful discovery which begs to be repeated. With each successive casualty, mother monkey dutifully consults the doctor, and bandages the wounds. Finally, all five battle-weary monkey children are asleep, and mother can go to bed. Colored pencil drawings in soft pastels depict the totally silly but lovable monkey family and its doctor. This is a natural for younger story hours, and can also be used with beginning readers. Whether sublimely happy or ridiculously goofy, Christelow's expressive monkeys pack a lot of appeal. --Corinne Camarata, Port Washington Public Library, N.Y.
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  • Go, Dog, Go!

    Go, Dog, Go!

    by P. D. Eastman Year Published:
    SYNOPSIS (From Barnes and Noble) Dogs in all shapes, sizes, and colors - black, white, yellow, green, blue, pink and red—star in this wonderfully goofy book. Floppy-eared canines zooming around in cars, riding a Ferris wheel, and generally having a marvelous time illustrate simple concepts in single and two-page vignettes. Recurring through the book is a disagreement about hats - a disagreement that is finally resolved at the great dog party high in the top of a tree.
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  • Morris the Moose

    Morris the Moose

    by B. Wiseman Year Published:
    From The Critics: Publishers Weekly This Early I Can Read book stars a mixed-up moose, with difficulties differentiating among his animal colleagues. (Mar.)
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  • The Foot Book

    The Foot Book

    by Dr. Seuss Year Published:
    FROM THE PUBLISHER Illus. in color. Dr. Seuss's characters explore the zany world of feet.
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  • When Tiny was Tiny

    When Tiny was Tiny

    by Cari Meister Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature When Tiny was a pup, he was so small that he could fit in a pocket—but Tiny quickly grew larger. Now Tiny is so big that he can outrun his master and no longer fits in his old doghouse. But no matter, he and the boy are still best friends. The pictures and limited text in this early reader are perfect for kids just beginning to read.
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  • A Kiss for Little Bear

    A Kiss for Little Bear

    by Else Holmelund Minarik Year Published:
    This amusing story tells of a kiss that gets passed around from animal to animal.
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  • Captain Cat

    Captain Cat

    by Syd Hoff Year Published:
    From the Publisher: A patriotic feline, Captain Cat springs out of bed whenever the bugle sounds and he has more stripes than any of the soldiers. But most of all, this young recruit and his best friend Pete know what it really takes to make the army a home—friendship. ‘Hoff continues his string of hits.’ —BL. ‘Hoff has maintained his deft touch with a title that’s sure to appeal to youngsters.’ —SLJ.
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  • Father Bear Comes Home

    Father Bear Comes Home

    by Else Holmelund Minarik Year Published:
    This is my favorite book from the Little Bear series of books!
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  • How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

    How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

    by Jane Yolen Year Published:
    School Library Journal: Another addition to the humorous series that began with How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? (Scholastic, 2000). In the first part of the book, dinosaurs burp, belch, and display all kinds of other inappropriate behaviors during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Spinosaurus doesn't "eat all his food...[he spits] out his broccoli partially chewed." Quetzalcoatlus fusses, fidgets, and squirms in his chair in a restaurant, while Amargasaurus flips his spaghetti high into the air. But, is this the way that dinosaurs should act? Of course not. So, a very genteel Cryolophosaurus says "please" and "thank you" while sitting very still, Lambeosaurus tries everything at least once, and Spinosaurus never drops anything onto the floor. In the last image, a very proper Cryolophosaurus-with pinky in the air-daintily eats his pancakes. The book is great fun, and sure to be popular with dinosaur lovers. Hidden in the illustration on each page is the proper name of the reptile portrayed therein. Teague's gouache-and-ink illustrations contain just the right amount of detail and whimsy, and they are large enough for storytime sharing. Children not yet old enough to read will still enjoy looking at the pictures by themselves.-Roxanne Burg, Orange County Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

    How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

    by Jane Yolen Year Published:
    Kirkus Reviews: Repeating the winning formula of How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (2000), Teague supplies art for Yolen’s sprightly ditty on proper behavior while under the weather. Spread- and eye-filling domestic scenes, in which all the children are replaced by humongous, comically fretful, precisely detailed dinosaurs are the perfect prescription for the crankily bedridden. "What if a dinosaur / catches the flu? / Does he whimper and whine / between each Atchoo? / Does he drop / dirty tissues / all over the floor? / Does he fling / all his medicine / out of the door?" The dinos are specifically identified with cunningly placed labels within each double-paged spread and, on priceless endpapers, in a visual key of scaly, bedridden "patients." Yolen reinforces the message with more direct instructions—"He drinks lots of juice and he gets lots of rest. / He’s good at the doctor’s / ’cause doctors know best"—and closes with a get-well wish. This salutary combination of savvy advice and sidesplitting art belongs next to every sickbed. (Picture book. 6-8)
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  • And I Mean It, Stanley

    And I Mean It, Stanley

    by Crosby Bonsall Year Published:
    From the Publisher Is there someone behind the fence? Or is the little girl talking to herself? Does she care about the great thing she is building? Or is she really trying to get someone to play with her? All the answers are here, in words and pictures filled with suspense and surprises. Crosby Bonsall has once again made a book that beginning readers will love, all the way through to its delightfully satisfying conclusion.
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  • Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All

    Henry and Mudge and the Best Day of All

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature The adventures never seem to end for redheaded Henry and his big dog Mudge. In this fourteenth story Henry wakes up on his birthday May First to Dad taking pictures, his favorite breakfast of pancakes with strawberries and a wonderful party with sack races, a donkey piñata and a cake shaped like a fish tank. Happy wonderful day for all involved.
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  • Little Bear

    Little Bear

    by Else Holmelund Minarik Year Published:
    SYNOPSIS (From the Publisher) Here are four stories about Little Bear and his mother, who is always there when Little Bear needs her. Beginning readers will feel a great sense of accomplishment reading each story by themselves, and will enjoy Little Bear's adventures - flying to the moon, making birthday soup, and wishing for the impossible. Minarik, formerly a first-grade teacher, has captured the essence of little children perfectly in this funny, warm, and tender classic.
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  • Morris Goes to School

    Morris Goes to School

    by B. Wiseman Year Published:
    Annotation: Morris the moose has an exciting day in school learning the alphabet, counting, singing, spelling, and doing other things that make him a unique moose. This book will make you laugh! -Ms. Fleming
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  • Mouse Tales

    Mouse Tales

    by Arnold Lobel Year Published:
    Reviews from A reviewer, 01/24/2000 The Well Said 'Ouch!'. I liked the book because the book had a funny part when the girl wished the well would stop saying 'Ouch!'. This tale is on page 8. It is titled 'The Wishing Well'. A reviewer, 01/24/2000 The Mouse Lets the Water Run I liked this book because it is funny. There was a mouse taking a bath. He let the water run. The water ran into the street. People were screaming. You should read this story. The story is titled, 'The Bath' and is on page 55. Also recommended: I have read other books by Arnold Lobel. I read Frog and Toad, Uncle Elephant and Mouse Soup. A reviewer, 01/24/2000 Mouse's Pants are Stuck With Bubble Gum This tale is called 'The Old Mouse' and is on page 48. It is a very funny story. There is a part when the mouse loses his suspenders. You should read the book to find out what happens at the end of the story.
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  • Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold

    Mr. Putter and Tabby Catch the Cold

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published:
    School Library Journal K-Gr 3-Another sweet story about Mr. Putter and his cat. In this title, he goes outside into the snow without his hat and pays the price. He laments that it's no fun getting a cold now that he's an old man. As a boy, he almost enjoyed it because his mother would ply him with hot soup, mint tea, and adventure books. When his neighbor finds out he's sick, she sends her dog, Zeke, over, first with soup, then with mint tea. Finally, she sends him over with his favorite book, an adventure story about a brave dog. Mr. Putter, Tabby, and Zeke huddle in bed and read together. When the book is finished, Mr. P. declares that this is the best cold he's ever had. Howard's watercolor-and-pencil illustrations match the story perfectly and extend the humor in the gentle, easy-to-read narrative.-Lynda S. Poling, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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  • Tom the TV Cat

    Tom the TV Cat

    by Joan Heilbroner Year Published:
    SYNOPSIS (From the Publisher) Tom the cat helps his owner the fish man by cleaning the house and assisting in the store. One day, the fish man brings home a funny box that has people inside! Tom is fascinated and soon does nothing but watch TV. He wants to imitate all the people he sees on TV - a singer, a superhero, a wrestler - but when he tries, all the neighbors throw things out their windows at him. Finally, Tom decides that being a great fish cat is the best thing to be!
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  • Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps

    Nate the Great Goes Down in the Dumps

    by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat Year Published:
    FROM THE CRITICS School Library Journal K-Gr 3-- Another superb ``Nate the Great' story that will engage young readers quickly. Rosamond looks into her crystal ball and sees another case for Nate to crack--her money box is missing and she wants Nate to find it. Nate finds many clues, but he does not recognize any of them until he and Sludge, his dog, are sitting on top of a mountain of junk at the town dump. Finally, he realizes that he has known all along the location of the missing box. The writing is clear and uncomplicated while maintaining interesting and varied sentence structures. Simont's illustrations, alternately black-and-white and in three colors, add just the right amount of interest and detail to the text. --Sharron McElmeel, Cedar Rapids Community Schools, Iowa
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  • Zen Shorts

    Zen Shorts

    by Jon J. Muth Year Published:
    From the Editors at Jon. J. Muth combines stunning illustrations and sparse language to deliver three classic Zen stories of enlightenment and love. In this extraordinary picture book, based on Buddhist teachings, three siblings view the world differently when a giant panda moves into the neighborhood and tells each of them an amazing tale. This unique and beautiful book offers real-life lessons in a gentle way -- and will foster thoughtful discussions about how we should treat ourselves and others.
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  • Amelia Bedelia's Family Album

    Amelia Bedelia's Family Album

    by Peggy Parish Year Published:
    Review from Children's Literature: Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Amelia Bedelia 's employers, are quite fond of their literal-minded housekeeper. They decide to throw her a party because she has been working for them for a very long time. As Amelia Bedelia goes through her family album, she tells Mr. and Mrs. Rogers who she would like to invite to the party. When she shows them a picture of her Mama, Amelia Bedelia tells her employers that she "is a loafer." Of course, Mrs. Rogers assumes that Mama "does nothing." However, Amelia Bedelia sets her straight. Mama "works hard. She makes dough into loaves of bread. That's what a loafer does." The plentiful illustrations are hilarious when paired with Amelia Bedelia's descriptions of her zany family members. Readers will enjoy reading this chapter book, which is one in the publisher's "I Can Read Books" series. 2003 (orig.1988), HarperTrophy/HarperCollins, Pettenati
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  • Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog

    Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Television Dog

    by David A. Adler Year Published:
    Annotation Fifth-grader Cam uses her photographic memory, with help from her friend Eric and his twin sisters, to solve the mystery of Poochie, a famous canine television star. From the Publisher The Cam Jansen books are perfect for young readers who are making the transition to chapter books, and Cam is a spunky young heroine whom readers have loved for over two decades. Now the first ten books in the series have updated covers that bring new life to these perennial best-sellers. Old fans and new readers will love Cam's cool, modern look!
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  • Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers

    Deputy Dan and the Bank Robbers

    by Joseph Rosenbloom Year Published:
    From Silly Deputy Dan does everything exactly as he is told to. In this story, he devises a plan to capture a notorious gang of bank robbers. This book reminds me of Amelia Bedelia books because Deputy Dan interprets everything literally. He will make you laugh! -Ms. Fleming
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  • Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia

    Teach Us, Amelia Bedelia

    by Peggy Parish Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature - Susan Hepler, Ph.D. In this "I Can Read, Level 2" adventure the well-meaning but confused and literal Ameila Bedelia is mistaken for a substitute teacher. At school, she follows Miss Lane's list: calls (a) roll, plants (light) bulbs with the children, leads a foot race, and creates a harum-scarum scramble over "take away," in this case, apples they have picked at Mrs. Rogers' house, where she has also made taffy apples. They, of course, save the day when the Rogers arrive home with the new teacher. Children can enjoy the book and the character their parents loved when they were in elementary school. It is all good fun and the reader is surely in on the jokes. 2004 (orig. 1977), Greenwillow
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  • Dog Den Mystery (Jack Russell:  Dog Detective Seri

    Dog Den Mystery (Jack Russell: Dog Detective Series #1)

    by Darrel & Sally Odgers Year Published:
    From The Critics Children's Literature: This paperback is the first in the series titled "Jack Russell: Dog Detective." Jack belongs to Sarge and is smart enough to solve some cases of his own. Jack narrates this ingenious story about objects that go missing. When an old boot disappears from the garden, Jack is not too concerned. But when his treasured blanket, his squeaker bone, food, and feeding dish turn up missing, Jack is determined to find the culprit. At first he believes it is the big dog named Red who introduces himself over the garden fence. In an effort to catch the thief, Jack sets up a dognapping that goes wildly awry. Humorously written and including clever extras like "Jack's Maps" and "Jack's Facts," youngsters will certainly enjoy this tale. The simple black-and-white sketches are a great addition to the whole package.
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  • Flat Stanley

    Flat Stanley

    by Jeff Brown Year Published:
    From the Publisher When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he's a hero!
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  • Magic Tree House # 34, Season of the Sandstorms

    Magic Tree House # 34, Season of the Sandstorms

    by Mary Pope Osborne Year Published:
    Synopsis from Barnes Noble: Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East at the behest of Merlin who has given them a rhyme to help on their mission. There they meet a Bedouin tribe and learn about the way that they live. From camel rides and oases to ancient writings and dangerous sandstorms, here’s another Magic Tree House filled with all the mystery, history, magic, and old-fashioned adventure that kids love to read about.

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  • 26 Fairmount Avenue

    26 Fairmount Avenue

    by Tomie dePaola Year Published:
    From The Critics Kathleen Odean - Book Review: Tomie dePaola, known for the well-loved Strega Nonabooks and many others has fashioned a charming short novel from his own childhood. Illustrated with many black-and-white drawings and small black silhouettes, the nine chapters describe the family's ups and downs in building the family home, as well as other exciting events like a hurricane and Tomie's first day of school. The first person narrative, which has the uncluttered freshness of a child's viewpoint, weaves in well-chosen details that will entertain young readers.
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  • The Chalk Box Kid

    The Chalk Box Kid

    by Clyde Robert Bulla Year Published:
    Children's Literature Gregory's father has lost his job and they are moving to a new house. It is not a very nice house and it is not a very nice neighborhood. To make matters worse, Gregory must share his room with his twenty-two year old uncle. Gregory is having trouble adjusting to school, but he finds solace in the old brick factory next door. It is there that he creates a garden of flowers in chalk on the blank walls. Then through a series of related events, his life and that of his family turns around. A strong story that touches the heart.
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  • The Chocolate Touch

    The Chocolate Touch

    by Patrick Skene Catling Year Published:
    From the Publisher This funny moral tale about a greedy boy's comeuppance has been beloved by children since its first appearance in 1952. Inspired by the legend of the avaricious king whose touch turned all to gold, Mr. Carling conceived a modern variation that delights as it instructs. In it a boy's lust for chocolate becomes the fatal flaw. This new edition, completely reillustrated by a talented young artist, will acquaint yet another generation with John Midas's classic predicament. The story tells of the two days after John acquired the chocolate touch-the magic that turned everything his lips touched into chocolate. At first, John was elated with his discovery. Now at last he could have all the chocolate he wanted. Chocolate toothpaste was delicious; chocolate bacon and chocolate eggs were even better. But soon he began to get awfully thirsty, and before the day was over John suspected that his sweet dream-come-true might have its bitter side. Witty and perceptive, written with a sure hand, this luscious fantasy will be warmly welcomed once again.
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  • The Hundred Dresses

    The Hundred Dresses

    by Eleanor Estes Year Published:
    From Ms. Fleming: A great book to read and infer the theme! Hint-It's not really about dresses. That's just part of the plot. From Publisher's Weekly: Wanda faces mockery at school, both because of her "funny" last name (Petron-ski) and her claims that she has 100 dresses at home even though she wears the same one to school each day.

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  • One Small Dog

    One Small Dog

    by Johanna Hurwitz Year Published:
    From the Publisher: When Curtis's parents get divorced, he has a hard time getting used to all the changes. But there is one thing that will make him feel better—a dog. At the animal shelter, Curtis finds Sammy, a friendly puppy with curly black fur, floppy ears, and perfect white teeth. He is sure he has chosen the very best dog in the whole shelter. But when Sammy bites Curtis's mom, Curtis must face the reality that his puppy might not be so perfect after all. Beloved author Johanna Hurwitz writes with sensitivity about adjusting to a new family situation and the dilemma of loving a problem pet. This touching story will have Hurwitz fans wondering: Will Curtis have to give Sammy up? Or will he do whatever it takes to keep his new best friend?
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  • Because of Winn-Dixie

    Because of Winn-Dixie

    by Kate DiCamillo Year Published:
    Annotation from Barnes and Noble: Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie. From Ms. Fleming: I made many text-to-self connections to my dog Sunkist!

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