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Classics & Old Favorites

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Mad about Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans (Illustrator); Anna Quindlen (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0670888168
Publication Date: 2001-09-10
Contents: Madeline - Madeline's Rescue - Madeline and the Bad Hat - Madeline and the Gypsies - Madeline in London - Madeline's Christmas - The Isle of God (or Madeline's Origin).

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The Little House - Virginia Lee Burton
ISBN: 0395181569
Publication Date: 1978-04-26
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.

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The Story about Ping - Marjorie Flack; Kurt Wiese (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448421650
Publication Date: 2000-08-28
A little duck finds adventure on the Yangtze River when he is too late to board his master's houseboat one evening

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Bedtime for Frances - Russell Hoban; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064434515
Publication Date: 1995-09-29
Frances finds it difficult to go to sleep with the strange noises and menacing shapes that seem to fill her room after dark

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The Story of Ferdinand - Munro Leaf; Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780448456942
Publication Date: 2011-03-31
Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls

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Blueberries for Sal - Robert McCloskey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670175919
Publication Date: 1948-09-17
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother

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Little Bear - Maurice Sendak (Illustrator); Else Holmelund Minarik
ISBN: 0060242418
Publication Date: 1992-01-01
Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party

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The Little Engine That Could - Watty Piper; George Hauman (Illustrator); Doris Hauman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0448400413
Publication Date: 1990-08-30
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain

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Caps for Sale - Esphyr Slobodkina (Illustrator); Slobodkina
ISBN: 020109147X
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree

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Keats's Neighborhood - Ezra Jack Keats; Anita Silvey (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670035861
Publication Date: 2002-10-28
a collection of ten books by Caldecott Award-winning author and illustrator, with a brief biography and short essays by colleagues -- including Jerry Pinkney and Eric Carle -- who have been influenced by his work

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Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0064430227
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon


Summer Reading Picture Books

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Surf's Up - Kwame Alexander; Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0735842205
Publication Date: 2016-02-01
While his friend Bro reads his book, Dude takes him to the beach, but when they get there Dude wants to know how the story ends.

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Drum Dream Girl - Margarita Engle; Rafael López (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544102293
Publication Date: 2015-03-31
Follows a girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Star Stuff - Stéphanie Roth Sisson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439603
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
"A biography of Carl Sagan focusing on his childhood and culminating in the Voyager mission and the Golden Record"--Provided by publisher.

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Out of the Woods - Rebecca Bond
ISBN: 9780374380779
Publication Date: 2015-07-21
"Inspired by the author's grandfather's experiences living in a lodge in the woods, a story of how people and animals survive a forest fire in a small Canadian town"--Provided by publisher.

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A Nest Is Noisy - Sylvia Long (Illustrator); Dianna Hutts Aston
ISBN: 9781452127132
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
Introduces the world of nests, revealing the variety created by the world's birds, animals, and insects.

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Trombone Shorty - Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419714658
Publication Date: 2015-04-14
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.


Summer Reading Chapter Books

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When I Am Happiest - Rose Lagercrantz; Eva Eriksson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781927271902
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Dani is so happy to spend her summer vacation writing a book, but her life is turned upside down when her father is in a terrible accident.

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Nikki and Deja - Karen English; Laura Freeman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618752386
Publication Date: 2007-12-17
When an arrogant new girl comes to school, third-graders and best friends Nikki and Deja decide to form a club that would exclude her but find the results not what they expected.

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Detective Gordon - The First Case - Ulf Nilsson; Gitte Spee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781927271490
Publication Date: 2015-03-01
When Vladimir the squirrel's stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.

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Harriet the Invincible - Ursula Vernon
ISBN: 9780803739833
Publication Date: 2015-08-18
Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.

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Fortunately, the Milk - Neil Gaiman; Skottie Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062224071
Publication Date: 2013-09-17
While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space.

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Lady Lollipop - Dick King-Smith; Jill Barton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763612693
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
A quick-witted swineherd and a pig named Lollipop are royally rewarded after they reform a spoiled princess

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Gooney Bird Greene - Lois Lowry; Middy Chilman Thomas (Illustrator); Middy Thomas (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618238484
Publication Date: 2002-09-30
A most unusual new student who loves to be the center of attention entertains her teacher and fellow second graders by telling absolutely true stories about herself, including how she got her name

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Gone Fishing - Tamera Will Wissinger; Matthew Cordell (Illustrator); Richard Brown (Illustrator); Earlene R. Long
ISBN: 9780547820118
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
In this novel told through poems, nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad, so when his pesky little sister horns in on their fishing trip, he is none too pleased. Includes primer on rhyme, poetry techniques, and form.

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Piper Reed - Navy Brat - Kimberly Willis Holt; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805081978
Publication Date: 2007-08-07
Piper is sad about leaving her home and friends behind when her father, a Navy aircraft mechanic, is transferred yet again, but with help from her often-annoying sisters and a surprise from their parents, she finds happiness in their new home in Pensacola, Florida.

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Make Way for Dyamonde Daniel - Nikki Grimes; R. Gregory Christie (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399251757
Publication Date: 2009-05-14
Spunky third-grader Dyamonde Daniel misses her old neighborhood, but when she befriends a boy named Free, another new student at school, she finally starts to feel at home.

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The New Girl - Meg Cabot
ISBN: 9780545040495
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Guided by her rules, nine-year-old Allie works to get past being just the new girl at school, eagerly awaits the arrival of her kitten, and faces turmoil when her grandmother visits while the family is still settling into their new home.

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Detective Camp - Ron Roy; John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375835346
Publication Date: 2006-05-09
First book in series) While learning detective skills at a sleep-away camp, Dink and his friends undercover a real mystery involving stolen paintings.

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The Meanest Birthday Girl - Josh Schneider
ISBN: 9780547838144
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Dana soon learns that receiving a big white elephant for her birthday is not as wonderful as she thought it would be.


New Summer Reading Chapter Books

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Letters from Camp - Kate Klise; M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780380975396
Publication Date: 1999-06-08
Sent to Camp Happy Harmony to learn how to get along with each other, pairs of brothers and sisters chronicle in letters home how they come to suspect the intentions of the singing family running the camp.

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One Crazy Summer - Rita Williams-Garcia
ISBN: 9780060760885
Publication Date: 2010-01-26
In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp

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Moominsummer Madness - Tove Jansson (Illustrator); Thomas Warburton (Translator)
ISBN: 9780312608910
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
When a flood sweeps through the valley, the Moomins must find a new house. And with typical Moomin good luck, one just happens to be floating by. It looks normal enough, but there are curtains where one wall should be, strange rows of lights, and other odd amenities. Then Moomintroll and the Snork Maiden disappear, and the family realize that the house may hold the answers to more than they ever dreamed.


Level F Summer Reading Booklists

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What! Cried Granny - Kate Lum; Adrian Johnson; Skip Skwarek (Editor)
ISBN: 0803723822
Publication Date: 1999-04-01
When her grandson Patrick arrives for his first sleepover, Granny's resourceful efforts to provide him with a bed, pillow, and other necessities result in a sleepless night for both of them.

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Hooray for Fly Guy! - Tedd Arnold
ISBN: 9780545007245
Publication Date: 2008-09-01
Fly Guy joins Buzz's football team, despite Coach's misgivings, and hits the field for a special, secret play.

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Pete at the Beach - James Dean (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062110732
Publication Date: 2013-05-21
"Pete is spending the day at the seashore. He has fun collecting shells and building a sand castle. But the beach is very hot. There is a whole ocean for Pete to cool off in, but it looks scary. Pete's brother, Bob, offers to teach Pete to surf. Will that be enough to help Pete get over his fear of the water?"


Level I Summer Reading Booklists


Level J Summer Reading Books

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Bunny Cakes - Rosemary Wells (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780803721432
Publication Date: 1997-03-01
Max makes an earthworm cake for Grandma's birthday and helps Ruby with her angel surprise cake. At the store, the grocer can't read all of the shopping list, until Max solves the problems by drawing a picture.

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The Gingerbread Man - Jim Aylesworth; Barbara Mcclintock (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590972192
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
A freshly baked gingerbread man escapes when he is taken out of the oven and eludes a number of pursuers until he meets a clever fox.

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Little Blue and Little Yellow - Leo Lionni (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688132859
Publication Date: 1995-08-24
A little blue spot and a little yellow spot are best friends, and when they hug each other they become green.


Level M Summer Reading Books

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Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 9780399231667
Publication Date: 1998-05-04
At first, Trisha loves school, but her difficulty learning to read makes her feel dumb, until, in the fifth grade, a new teacher helps her understand and overcome her problem. An autobiographical tribute to Polacco's fifth-grade teacher, the first adult to recognize her learning disability and to help her learn to read.

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Ghost Town at Sundown - Mary Pope Osborne; Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780679983392
Publication Date: 1997-11-18
Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to the Wild West, where they experience excitement and danger and try to solve a riddle.

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Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown; Tomi Ungerer (Illustrator); Steve Björkman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060206819
Publication Date: 1964-01-01
Stanley Lambchop is flattened to half an inch thick when a bulletin board collapses on him, and now he can do many amazing things.


Level Q Summer Reading Books

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James and the Giant Peach - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375814242
Publication Date: 2002-09-10
A young boy escapes from two wicked aunts and embarks on a series of adventures with six giant insects he meets inside a giant peach.

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Superfudge - Judy Blume
ISBN: 9780525405221
Publication Date: 1980-09-15
Peter describes the highs and lows of life with his younger brother, Fudge.

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Meet Addy - Connie Rose Porter; Dahl Taylor (Illustrator); Roberta Johnson (Editor); Renee Graef (Illustrator); Luann Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781562470760
Publication Date: 1991-09-01
Nine-year-old Addy Walker escapes from a cruel life of slavery to freedom during the Civil War.


Level U Summer Reading Books

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The Search for Delicious - Natalie Babbitt
ISBN: 9780374465360
Publication Date: 2005-04-08
The Prime Minister is compiling a dictionary and when no one at court can agree on the meaning of delicious, the King sends his twelve-year-old messenger to poll the country.

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The View from Saturday - E. L. Konigsburg
ISBN: 9780689809934
Publication Date: 1996-09-01
Four students, with their own individual stories, develop a special bond and attract the attention of their teacher, a paraplegic, who chooses them to represent their sixth-grade class in the Academic Bowl competition.

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The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 - Christopher Paul Curtis
ISBN: 9780385321754
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
The ordinary interactions and everyday routines of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963


Leveled Y Summer Reading Book

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A Corner of the Universe - Ann M. Martin
ISBN: 9780439388801
Publication Date: 2002-10-01
The summer that Hattie turns twelve, she meets the childlike uncle she never knew and becomes friends with a girl who works at the carnival that comes to Hattie's small town.

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Yankee Girl - Mary Ann Rodman
ISBN: 9780374386610
Publication Date: 2004-04-11
When her FBI-agent father is transferred to Jackson, Mississippi, in 1964, eleven-year-old Alice wants to be popular but also wants to reach out to the one black girl in her class in a newly-integrated school.



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The Airport Book - Lisa Brown
ISBN: 9781626720916
Publication Date: 2016-05-10
Both engaging and
informative, this book
follows a family on its way
through the complexities of
a modern-day airport. From
checking bags and watching
them disappear on the
mysterious conveyor belt, to
security clearance and a
seemingly endless wait at
the gate to finally being
airborne. But wait! The
youngest family member's
sock monkey has gone
missing. Follow it at the
bottom of the page as it
makes a journey as
memorable as that of the
humans above.

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Archie Snufflekins Oliver Valentine Cupcake Tiberius Cat - Katie Harnett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781909263376
Publication Date: 2016-09-06
The cat who lives on Blossom Street is called something different by everyone, and loved by all. But there is one house on the street that he hasn't visited yet...
From a wonderful new picture book talent comes a sweet and memorable tale about communities, friendship, and not forgetting those around us.

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Fancy Nancy at the Museum - Jane O'Connor; Ted Enik (Illustrator); Robin Preiss Glasser (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061236075
Publication Date: 2008-02-05
Nancy's class is going on a trip to the museum. Even after a bumpy bus ride, Nancy finds a way to make the day extra-fancy!


Summer Reading Programs Public Library


About Summer Reading


During the summer we promote a healthy balance for our students with the objective of this time to rest, relax, rejuvenate and spend time with family and friends.

As you and your daughter look ahead to the lovely restful days of summer vacation, please be sure to include reading in your summer plans. More than a hundred years of research tells us that learning loss can occur when you stop reading. To protect your child’s academic growth, we suggest summer reading.

When your child is ready for a short break from traveling, swimming, visiting museums, camping, walking on the beach, going to the movies, sipping fresh lemonade at a picnic, and other summer activities, have an excellent book ready for her to read.

This suggested reading list should help you find quality literature for you and your child to enjoy this summer. Please note that we do not have space to include all books by one author; be sure to look at other books an author has written.  Be sure to use the tabs to locate other books. This list is only a starting point. Enjoy!

Happy Reading!

Ms. Cardone, Librarian







Classics, Old Favorites & Books to Read Aloud


Classics, Old Favorites & Books to Read Aloud

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Jenny and the Cat Club (series) - Esther H. Averill (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1590170474
Publication Date: 2003-11-30
Jenny Linsky, a black cat who lives with Captain Tinker in New York City, has adventures with the neighborhood cats who belong to the Cat Club.

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Mr. Popper's Penguins - Richard Atwater; Florence Atwater; Robert Lawson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0316058424
Publication Date: 1988-09-26
An unexpected delivery of a large crate with Antarctic penguins changes the life of Mr. Popper, a house painter who loves the Polar Regions.

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A Bear Called Paddington (series) - Michael Bond; Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395929512
Publication Date: 1998-10-26
A very small bear found by Mr. and Mrs. Brown at Paddington Station becomes one of the family.

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Ramona Quimby, Age 8 (series) - Beverly Cleary; Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator); Tracy Dockray (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688004784
Publication Date: 1981-10-01
Follow the adventures of a gutsy girl named Ramona, as she starts school and deals with life in her own special way.

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The Rose Cottage Tales - Emily Bearn
ISBN: 9780316085991
Publication Date: 2010-10-19
Wealthy, married mice Tumtum and Nutmeg find adventure when they secretly try to help two human siblings who live in a tumbledown cottage with their absent-minded inventor father.

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (series) - Betty MacDonald; Hilary Knight (Illustrator); Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780397317127
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children's diseases as Won't-Put-Away- Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis

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B Is for Betsy - Carolyn Haywood (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152049754
Publication Date: 1939-03-16
Betsy experiences an interesting first year in school and looks forward to summer vacation at her grandfather's farm

Betsy-Tacy (series) - Maud Hart Lovelace; Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0690138059
Publication Date: 1966-01-01
An old-fashioned story about five year old Betsy and Tacy, who become inseparable friends for life.

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Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown - Maud Hart Lovelace; Lois Lenski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0690134509
Publication Date: 1966-01-01
An old-fashioned story about five year old Betsy and Tacy, who become inseparable friends for life.

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Pinky and Rex and the New Baby - James Howe; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689317174 (series)
Publication Date: 1993-03-31
Determined to be a good big sister, Rex starts spending all her time with the baby her family has adopted, making her neighbor Pinky fear that he has lost her friendship

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Half Magic (series) - Edward Eager; N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152020691
Publication Date: 1999-03-31
Four children enjoy a series of fantastic adventures by double-wishing on an ancient coin.

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Matilda - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0670824399
Publication Date: 1988-10-01
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security

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The BFG - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0374304696
Publication Date: 1982-11-01
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl; Joseph Schindelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0394810112
Publication Date: 1964-09-12
Five lucky children find an entry ticket to Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory.

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Little House on the Prairie - Laura Ingalls Wilder; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060264462
Publication Date: 1961-07-19
A family travels from the big woods of Wisconsin to a new home on the prairie where they build a new life.

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The Magic Finger - Roald Dahl; Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
ISBN: 067085252X
Publication Date: 1996-05-01
Angered by a neighboring family's sport hunting, an eight-year-old girl turns her magic finger on them

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Anna on the Farm - Mary Downing Hahn; Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618036059
Publication Date: 2001-03-19
Anna is happy to spend a week at her aunt and uncle's farm, until she meets Theodore, who spurs her on to prove she's just as clever as he is.

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The Gallant Pig - Dick King-Smith; Maggie Kneen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0375829709
Publication Date: 2005-03-08
A piglet comes to Farmer Hogget's farm, where he is adopted by an old sheepdog and accomplishes amazing things

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Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers; Mary Shepard (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152525955
Publication Date: 1997-09-15
An extraordinary English nanny blows in on the East Wind with her parrot-headed umbrella and magic carpetbag and introduces her charges, Jane and Michael, to some delightful people and experiences.


More Summer Classics for Older Readers

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Little Women - Louisa May Alcott (Volume Editor); Anna Quindlen (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9780316031073
Publication Date: 1994-11-01
Chronicles the joys and sorrows of the four March sisters as they grow into young women in nineteenth-century New England.

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A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett; Tasha Tudor (Illustrator); Burnett
ISBN: 9780397306930
Publication Date: 1963-01-01
Sara Crewe, a pupil at Miss Minchin's London School, is left in poverty when her father dies, but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.

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Half Magic - Edward Eager; N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator); Jack Gantos (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780152053024
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes.

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Five Children and It - E. Nesbit; H. R. Millar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140367355
Publication Date: 1996-12-01
Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, and Jane start digging a hole to Australia, but before they get too far they a Sand-fairy called a Psammead; he grants wishes, but the wishes come undo at sunset.

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Mandy - Johanna Westerman (Illustrator); Julie Andrews Edwards
ISBN: 0061207071
Publication Date: 2006-08-15
Longing for a place of her own, a ten-year-old orphan creates a secret home in a deserted cottage in the village of St. Martin's Green.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis; Pauline Baynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060234829
Publication Date: 2007-08-14
Four English school children find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

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Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
ISBN: 9780553213133
Publication Date: 1982-04-01
Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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Pollyanna - Eleanor H. Porter; Neil Reed (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140366822
Publication Date: 1996-02-01
When an eleven-year-old orphan comes to live with her austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosopy of gladness brings happiness to the aunt and unloved members of the community.

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Heidi - Johanna Spyri
ISBN: 9780147514028
Publication Date: 2014-08-28
A Swiss orphan is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their happy home in the mountains to go to school and to care for a wheelchair-bound girl in Frankfurt, Germany

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Anna All Year Round - Diane de Groat (Illustrator); Mary Downing Hahn
ISBN: 0395869757
Publication Date: 1999-03-29
Chronicles the sometimes funny, sometimes sad experiences of eight-year-old Anna with her friends and family during a year in Baltimore just before World War I


General Summer Longer Reading Chapters

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The Penderwicks - Jeanne Birdsall
ISBN: 9780375831430
Publication Date: 2005-06-14
While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

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My Last Best Friend - Julie Bowe; Penguin Young Readers Group Staff (Other Primary Creator)
ISBN: 9780152057770
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
After her best friend moves away, fourth-grader Ida May is determined not to make another best friend, despite the efforts of a new girl in her class

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The Year of the Book - Andrea Cheng; Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780547684635
Publication Date: 2012-05-22
Follows a young Chinese American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

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Frindle - Andrew Clements; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0689806698
Publication Date: 1996-10-01
When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control

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The Lemonade War - Jacqueline Davies
ISBN: 9780618750436
Publication Date: 2007-04-23
Evan and his younger sister, Jesse, react very differently to the news that they will be in the same class for fourth grade and as the end of summer approaches, they battle it out through lemonade stands, each trying to be the first to earn 100 dollars. Includes mathematical calculations and tips for running a succes

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Adventures with Waffles - Maria Parr; Kate Forrester (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763672815
Publication Date: 2015-05-12
""Hardly a day passes without Trille and Lena inventing some kind of adventure that often ends in trouble. Whether it's coaxing a cow onto a boat or sledding down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken, there is always a thrill--and sometimes an injury--to be had. Trille loves to share everything with Lena, even Auntie Granny's waffles...""--P

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Junonia - Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061964176
Publication Date: 2011-05-24
The week of her tenth birthday, Alice and her parents go to Sanibel Island, Florida, just as they do every year, but this time some of the people who are always there are missing and some new people have come, which unsettles Alice, who wants things to be exactly the same as they alway are

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Strawberry Hill - Mary Ann Hoberman; Wendy Anderson Halperin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316041362
Publication Date: 2009-07-01
Ten-year-old Allie's family moves from urban New Haven to rural Stamford, Connecticut, in the midst of the Great Depression.

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The Tail of Emily Windsnap - Liz Kessler; Sarah Gibb (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763624837
Publication Date: 2004-04-12
After finally convincing her mother that she should take swimming lessons, twelve-year-old Emily discovers a terrible and wonderful secret about herself that opens up a whole new world

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Dumpling Days - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316125901
Publication Date: 2012-01-02
When Pacy, her two sisters, and their parents go to Taiwan to celebrate Grandma's sixtieth birthday, the girls learn a great deal about their heritage


Animal Chapter Books for Summer Reading

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A Beginning, a Muddle, and an End - Avi; Tricia Tusa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152055554
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Avon the snail decides to become a writer with the help of his friend Edward the ant, which leads them into a series of adventures involving close encounters with an anteater, a crow, a tree frog, and a hungry fish

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The Good Dog - Avi
ISBN: 0689838247
Publication Date: 2001-10-01
McKinley, a malamute, is torn between the domestic world of his human family and the wild world of Lupin, a wolf that is trying to recruit dogs to replenish the dwindling wolf pack.

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The BossQueen, Little BigBark, and the Sentinel Pup - Sarah Clark Jordan; Sarah Clark Jordan
ISBN: 9781582461151
Publication Date: 2004-08-01
Young Mina must find her place in the order of things when she and the two older dogs move with OurShe into a different house, where the new members of their pack include OurHe, OurBoy, OurGirl, and That Cat.

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Poppy - Brian Floca (Illustrator); Avi
ISBN: 9780531094839
Publication Date: 1995-09-01
Poppy the deer mouse urges her family to move next to a field of corn big enough to feed them all forever, but Mr. Ocax, a terrifying owl, has other ideas.

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The World According to Humphrey - Betty G. Birney
ISBN: 0399241981
Publication Date: 2004-02-02
Humphrey, pet hamster at Longfellow School, learns that he has an important role to play in helping his classmates and teacher.

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Masterpiece - Elise Broach; Kelly Murphy (Illustrator); Patience Brewster (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805082708
Publication Date: 2008-09-30
After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover an Albrecht DŸrer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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A Nest for Celeste - Henry Cole (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061704109
Publication Date: 2010-02-23
Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821

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Ginger Pye - Eleanor Estes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0152309306
Publication Date: 1951-04-01
When the Pye family's puppy, Ginger, disappears on Thanksgiving Day, the children are convinced that he has been adbucted by a stranger in a yellow hat

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Bell's Star - Alison Hart; Ruth Sanderson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375852046
Publication Date: 2009-03-24
In the Vermont spring of 1853, Bell's Star, a Morgan horse, and his owner Katie rescue a runaway slave and try to outwit the slave catchers in order to help her to freedom.

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Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien; Zena Bernstein (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689710681
Publication Date: 1986-03-01
When a little field mouse falls ill, his mother, Mrs. Frisby, seeks help from the other animals and discovers a secret laboratory.

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Libby of High Hopes - Elise Primavera (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781416955429
Publication Date: 2012-06-12
When ten-year-old Libby Thump stumbles upon High Hopes Horse Farm and finds her dream horse, Princess, a prize-winning jumping horse that has been put out to pasture, Libby tries to convince her parents to give her riding lessons.

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The Wainscott Weasel - Tor Seidler; Fred Marcellino (Illustrator)
ISBN: 006205032X
Publication Date: 1993-09-01
All sorts of creatures live near the Wainscott woods on the South Fork of Long Island, but the most remarkable citizens of this seaside community are the weasels, including Zeke Whitebelly and his boisterous brothers, Bagley Brown, Jr., and Wendy Blackish

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Young Fredle - Cynthia Voigt; Louise Yates (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375864575
Publication Date: 2011-01-11
Fredle, a young mouse cast out of his home, faces dangers and predators outside, makes some important discoveries and allies, and learns the meaning of freedom as he struggles to return home.


More Summer Reading Chapter Books

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Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie - Julie Sternberg; Matthew Cordell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810984240
Publication Date: 2011-03-01
When Eleanor's beloved babysitter, Bibi, has to move away to take care of her ailing father, Eleanor must try to bear the summer without Bibi and prepare for the upcoming school year. Her new, less-than-perfect babysitter just isn't up to snuff, and she doesn't take care of things like Bibi used to. But as the school year looms, it's time for new beginnings. Eleanor soon realizes that she will always have Bibi, no matter how far away she is.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Jeff Kinney
ISBN: 9780810993136
Publication Date: 2007-04-01
Greg records his sixth grade experiences in a middle school where he and his best friend, Rowley, undersized weaklings amid boys who need to shave twice daily, hope just to survive, but when Rowley grows more popular, Greg must take drastic measures to save their friendship.

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Goldie - Ellen Miles
ISBN: 9780439793797
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Charles and Lizzie Peterson love puppies. They want a puppy of their own more than just about anything. They know dogs are a lot of work. But their Mom still doesn't think their family is ready for a puppy. Then, Goldie arrives. She is a sweet golden retriever who needs a home. Goldie is very young. She doesn't know how to be a good puppy yet. Will Charles and Lizzie be able to help her?

A to Z Leveled Reading Online Booklists

Use these links to identify the Guided Reading Levels so you can access a variety of  books.


Level B Books for Summer Reading

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On Market Street - Arnold Lobel; Anita Lobel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0688803091
Publication Date: 1981-04-01
A child buys presents from A to Z in the shops along Market Street

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Growing Vegetable Soup - Lois Ehlert
ISBN: 9780152325756
Publication Date: 1987-03-15
A father and child grow vegetables and then make them into a soup.

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Black and White - David Macaulay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395521513
Publication Date: 1990-04-30
Four brief "stories" about parents, trains, and cows, or is it really all one story? The author recommends careful inspection of words and pictures to both minimize and enhance confusion


Level C Books for Summer Reading

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin; Eric Carle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0805017445
Publication Date: 1992-04-15
Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them

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Yo! Yes? - Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0531086194
Publication Date: 1993-03-01
Two lonely characters, one black and one white, meet on the street and become friends

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Bathtime for Biscuit - Alyssa Satin Capucilli; Pat Schories (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0060279389
Publication Date: 1998-08-29
Biscuit the puppy runs away from his bath with his puppy friend, Puddles


D Level Books for Summer Reading

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Today Is Monday - Eric Carle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0399219668
Publication Date: 1993-02-24
Each day of the week brings a new food, until on Sunday all the world's children can come and eat it up

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From Head to Toe - Eric Carle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060235154
Publication Date: 1997-03-28
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.

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My Family Is Forever - Nancy Carlson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670036509
Publication Date: 2004-03-08
A young girl recounts how she came to be part of an adoptive family.


Level E Level Summer Reading Books for Summer

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The Adventures of Taxi Dog - Debra Barracca; Phyllis J. Fogelman (Editor); Mark Buehner (Illustrator); Sal Barracca
ISBN: 0803706723
Publication Date: 1990-05-07
A stray dog in New York City is adopted by a taxi driver, with whom he thereafter rides and shares adventures each day

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Babar's Little Circus Star - Laurent de Brunhoff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780394889597
Publication Date: 1988-05-12
Unhappy because she is the smallest in the family, Isabelle discovers that being little has its advantages when she is asked to perform in the circus.

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"Fire! Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire - Bill Martin; Vladimir Radunsky (Illustrator); Richard Egielski (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780152057251
Publication Date: 2006-05-01
Bill Martin Jr's classic text gets a fresh update from Vladimir Radunsky. With the wry wit that fans have come to expect, Radunsky creates a wacky world of bumbling rodents behind the closet door. And for more fun, a keyhole cutout reveals a delightful surprise ending. -- Publisher description.


Leveled H book

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Magic Thinks Big - Elisha Cooper (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060581640
Publication Date: 2004-03-30
A cat sits in the doorway and tries to decide whether to go inside where he might get fed again, go outside where he might have an adventure, or stay where he is.

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A Tree Is Nice - Janice May Udry; Marc Simont (Illustrator); Janice Udry; Janice M. Udry; M. Udry
ISBN: 9780064431477
Publication Date: 1987-06-26
The author celebrates the beauty and joy found in the everyday world and captures the wonder of young children as they discover the simple pleasures trees give to those who take the time to enjoy them.

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Cat up a Tree - Ann Hassett; John Hassett
ISBN: 9780395884157
Publication Date: 1998-09-15
With rapidly increasing numbers of cats stuck in her tree, Nana Quimby asks for help from the firehouse, the police, the pet shop, the zoo, the library, and even city hall, but no one will help rescue the cats.


Leveled I Summer Reading Books

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Me I Am! - Jack Prelutsky; Christine Davenier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374349028
Publication Date: 2007-04-17
An illustrated poem which celebrates children who enjoy doing all kinds of activities. This poem originally appeared in The Random House book of poetry for children, published in 1983.

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McDuff and the Baby - Rosemary Wells; Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786803163
Publication Date: 1997-10-15
McDuff, the West Highland white terrior, enjoys reading the paper with Fred and taking walks in the woods with Lucy, but all that changes when they bring a new baby home

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The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear - Don Wood
ISBN: 9780859531825
Publication Date: 1984-10-31
Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.


Level K Leveled Summer Reading Books

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Ox-Cart Man - Donald Hall; Barbara Cooney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670533282
Publication Date: 1979-10-08
Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.

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At the Crossroads - Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688131036
Publication Date: 1994-02-18
South African children gather to welcome home their fathers who have been away for several months working in the mines.

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Bony-Legs - Joanna Cole; Dirk Zimmer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780027229707
Publication Date: 1984-10-01
When Baba Yaga, a terrible witch, vows to eat her for supper, a little girl escapes with the help of a mirror and comb given to her by the witch's cat and dog.


Leveled N Summer Reading Books

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Millions of Cats - Wanda Gág
ISBN: 9780399233159
Publication Date: 1952-09-24
How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions? An old man's search for a cat becomes a lesson in greed and vanity.

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Catwings - Ursula K. Le Guin; S. D. Schindler (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0531057593
Publication Date: 1988-09-01
(First book in series) Four young cats with wings leave the city slums in search of a safe place to live, finally meeting two children with kind hand

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The Empty Envelope - Ron Roy; John Steven Gurney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780679890546
Publication Date: 1998-06-16
Dink and his friends unearth the mysterious truth behind the envelopes incorrectly delivered to his house.


Level P Summer Reading Books

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The Hundred Dresses - Eleanor Estes; Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator); Helena Estes (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780152052607
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
None of her classmates pay much attention to Wanda Petronski, a Polish-American girl, until she announces she has 100 dresses in her closet. Everyone laughs and teases her so much that she stops coming to school. Then, her classmates discover she really does have 100 dresses and discover something about teasing and themselves.

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The Hundred Penny Box - Sharon Bell Mathis; Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780756967864
Publication Date: 2006-09-01
Michael's love for his great-great-aunt who lives with them leads him to intercede with his mother who wants to toss out all her old things.

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Mrs. Mack - Patricia Polacco
ISBN: 9780399231674
Publication Date: 1998-10-26
A ten-year-old girl learns about horses and people from Mrs. Mack.


Level R Summer Reading Books

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Shiloh - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
ISBN: 9780440407522
Publication Date: 1992-08-01
When he finds a lost beagle in the hills behind his West Virginia home, Marty tries to hide it from his family and the dog's real owner, a mean-spirited man known to shoot deer out of season and to mistreat his dogs.

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Misty of Chincoteague - Marguerite Henry; Wesley Dennis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689714924
Publication Date: 1991-04-30
Set on an island off the coast of Virginia, a brother and sister have their hearts set on owning a wild pony and her colt, who according to legend, are descendants of the Moorish ponies who survived a Spanish shipwreck long ago.

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Family under the Bridge - Natalie Savage Carlson; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780064402507
Publication Date: 1989-02-15
An old tramp, adopted by three fatherless children when their mother hides them under a bridge on the Seine, finds a home for mother and children and a job for himself.


Level T Summer Reading Books

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Half Magic - Edward Eager; N. M. Bodecker (Illustrator); Jack Gantos (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780152053024
Publication Date: 2004-10-01
Faced with a dull summer in the city, Jane, Mark, Katharine, and Martha suddenly find themselves involved in a series of extraordinary adventures after Jane discovers an ordinary-looking coin that seems to grant wishes

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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret - Judy Blume
ISBN: 9780027109917
Publication Date: 1990-10-31
Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, an eleven-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.

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Bridge to Terabithia - Katherine Paterson; Donna Diamond (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780690013597
Publication Date: 1977-10-21
Ten-year-old Jesse Aarons, who has lived all his life on a farm in Virginia, becomes friends with Leslie Burke, a "city girl" who has moved into a farmhouse down the road and opens doors to culture and imaginative play. But then tragedy strikes.


Level V Summer Reading Books

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Hitty - Rosemary Wells (Adapted by); Rachel Field; Susan Jeffers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780689817168
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
A doll named Hitty recounts her adventures as she moves through a continually changing string of owners.

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The Pepins and Their Problems - Polly Horvath; Marylin Hafner (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374358174
Publication Date: 2004-08-11
The reader is invited to help solve the Pepin family's unusual problems, which include having a cow who creates lemonade rather than milk and having to cope with a competitive neighbor.

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle - Ruth E. Murray (Illustrator); Avi
ISBN: 9780531058930
Publication Date: 1990-09-01
As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious. Includes ship illustrations in an appendix.


Leveled X Summer Reading Books

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Call It Courage - Armstrong Sperry (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780027860306
Publication Date: 1968-05-01
The Chief's son, Mafutu, sets out on a voyage of discovery with his faithful dog, Uri, and finds his courage after being driven out of his village for showing fear.

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The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry; Richard Howard (Translator)
ISBN: 9780152023980
Publication Date: 2000-06-01
An aviator whose plane is forced down in the Sahara Desert encounters a little prince from a small planet who relates his adventures in seeking the secret of what is important in life.

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The Mozart Season - Virginia Euwer Wolff
ISBN: 9780439163095
Publication Date: 2000-04-01
Allegra Leah Shapiro spends her twelfth summer practicing a Mozart concerto of a violin competition and finding many significant connections in her world.


Z Leveled Summer Reading Books

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The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman
ISBN: 9780679879244
Publication Date: 1996-04-16
Accompanied by her shape-shifting daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.



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Secret Coders - Gene Luen Yang; Mike Holmes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626720756
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
Welcome to Stately Academy, a school which is just crawling with mysteries to be solved! The founder of the school left many clues and puzzles to challenge his enterprising students. Using their wits and their growing prowess with coding, Hopper and her friend Eni are going to solve the mystery of Stately Academy no matter what it takes!

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Jubilee - Patricia Reilly Giff
ISBN: 9780385744867
Publication Date: 2016-09-13
Judith lives with her beloved aunt Cora and her faithful Dog on a beautiful island. Years ago, when her mother left, Judith stopped talking. Now she communicates entirely through gestures and taps, and by drawing cartoons, speaking only when she’s alone—or with Dog.


Favorite Series

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Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig - Kate DiCamillo; Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763632656
Publication Date: 2008-07-08
Meet the loveable pig Mercy and the rest of the gang from Deckawoo Drive in this brightly illustrated series.

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Ling and Ting - Grace Lin
ISBN: 9780316024525
Publication Date: 2010-07-01
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.

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Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole - Wong Herbert Yee
ISBN: 0618473130
Publication Date: 2005-09-26
Mouse and Mole try to solve mysteries and enjoy holidays.

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Ivy + Bean - Annie Barrows; Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0811849031
Publication Date: 2006-04-20
When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

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A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond; Peggy Fortnum (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0395929512
Publication Date: 1998-10-26
Paddington, the loveable bear from Peru arrives at London’s Paddington Station, only to be taken care of by the Brown family.


Fantasy Fiction Chapter Books Longer Reading for Summer

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Magic by the Book - Nina Bernstein; Boris Kulikov (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374347185
Publication Date: 2005-03-16
After returning from a trip to the library, eleven-year-old Anne and her younger brother and sister discover a magic book which sends them on adventures in which they meet Robin Hood, giant bugs, and a dark, sinister man with a wolfish face.

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Island of the Aunts - Eva Ibbotson; Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0525464840
Publication Date: 2000-10-23
As they get older, several sisters decide that they must kidnap children and bring them to their secluded island home to help with the work of caring for an assortment of unusual sea creatures.

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Peter and the Starcatchers - Dave Barry; Ridley Pearson; Greg Call (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780786854455
Publication Date: 2004-09-01
(First book in series) Soon after Peter, an orphan, sets sail from England on the ship Never Land, he befriends and assists Molly, a young Starcatcher, whose mission is to guard a trunk of magical stardust from a greedy pirate and the native inhabitants of a remote island.

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The Nixie's Song - Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator); Holly Black
ISBN: 9780689871313
Publication Date: 2007-09-18
Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow. But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem--the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety--and it's up to Nick, his stepsister Laurie, and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.--From publisher's description.

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Magyk - Angie Sage; Mark Zug (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060577315
Publication Date: 2005-03-15
(First book in series) After learning that she is the Princess, Jenna is whisked from her home and carried toward safety by the Extraordinary Wizard, those she always believed were her father and brother, and a young guard known only as Boy 412--pursued by agents of those who killed her mother ten years earlier.

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The Magic Thief - Sarah Prineas; Antonio Javier Caparo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061375873
Publication Date: 2008-06-03
When a local pickpocket puts his hand in the pocket belonging to the wizard Nevery, Conn gets more than he expected when he is drawn into the world of wizardry as a result of his mischievous deed.


Mystery Chapter Longer Summer Reading Books

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The Candymakers - Wendy Mass
ISBN: 9780316002585
Publication Date: 2010-10-05
When four twelve-year-olds, including Logan, who has grown up never leaving his parents' Life Is Sweet candy factory, compete in the Confectionary Association's annual contest, they unexpectedly become friends and uncover secrets about themselves during the process

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The Fairy-Tale Detectives - Michael Buckley; Peter Ferguson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0810959259
Publication Date: 2005-10-01
Orphans Sabrina and Daphne Grimm are sent to live with an eccentric grandmother that they always believe to be dead

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Freddy the Detective - Walter R. Brooks; Kurt Wiese (Illustrator)
ISBN: 087951809X
Publication Date: 1997-09-15
Freddy the pig does some detective work in order to solve the mystery of a missing toy train

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The Mysterious Benedict Society - Trenton Lee Stewart; Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316057776
Publication Date: 2007-03-07
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules


Just Right Books & Leveled Reading for the Summer

"Just-right" books help students find the right reading levels and make reading more fun. During the summer try the "five-finger test" to select a book at you reading levels:

  • Choose a book you would like to read    
  • Look at a page in the middle.
  • Put one finger down for every word you can't read or don't understand. If you have five fingers down, you will need to try different reading levels.
  • If you have fewer than five fingers down, the book is "just right"! Read it.

Leveled A Summer Reading Books

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The Red Book - Barbara Lehman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0618428585
Publication Date: 2004-09-27
This book is about a book. A magical red book without any words. When you turn the pages you ll experience a new kind of adventure through the power of story.

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Have You Seen My Duckling? - Nancy Tafuri (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780688027988
Publication Date: 1984-03-12
A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.

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Do You Want to Be My Friend? - Eric Carle (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780690011371
Publication Date: 1971-01-01
A mouse searches everywhere for a friend.

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Sea Shapes - Suse MacDonald
ISBN: 9780152000271
Publication Date: 1994-09-26
Introduces twelve basic shapes that are transformed into colorful undersea creatures, in a concept book that also features information on marine animals and their habitats.


Leveled G Books Summer Reading Books

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The Fairytale Cake - Mark Sperring; Jonathan Langley (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439683296
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
Beloved characters from classic nursery rhymes and fairy tales--everyone from Humpty Dumpty to Little Bo Peep to Old King Cole--collaborate to bake the most magical cake, then roll it along to its special recipient.

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The Carrot Seed - Ruth Krauss; Crockett Johnson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060233501
Publication Date: 2004-12-28
Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.

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Brand-New Pencils, Brand-New Books - Diane deGroat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060726133
Publication Date: 2005-07-01
Gilbert's excitement over starting first grade turns to worry that the teacher will be mean, the work too hard, and his classmates too unfriendly, but throughout the day there are pleasant surprises.


Level L Books Summer Reading Books

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The Three Little Javelinas - Susan Lowell; Jim Harris (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780873585422
Publication Date: 1992-09-01
A southwestern adaptation of "The Three Little Pigs.".

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Bruh Rabbit and the Tar Baby Girl - Virginia Hamilton; James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590473767
Publication Date: 2003-10-01
In this retelling, using Gullah speech, of a familiar story the wily Brer Rabbit outwits Brer Fox who has set out to trap him.

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Cam Jansen - David A. Adler; Susanna Natti (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780670200399
Publication Date: 1980-03-10
A fifth-grader with a photographic memory, and her friend, Eric, help solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds.


Leveled O Summer Reading Books

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Ramona and Her Father - Beverly Cleary; Alan Tiegreen (Illustrator); Jacqueline Rogers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780380709168
Publication Date: 2013-03-19
The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job.

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The Giggler Treatment - Roddy Doyle; Brian Ajhar (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780439162999
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
A talking dog, the Mack children, and the small elf-like Gigglers themselves must try to stop the prank that the Gigglers have mistakenly set in motion to punish Mr. Mack for being mean to his children.

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Amber Brown Goes Fourth - Paula Danziger; Tony Ross (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399228490
Publication Date: 1995-09-28
Entering fourth grade, Amber faces some changes in her life as her best friend moves away and her parents divorce.


Level S Summer Reading Books

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The Cricket in Times Square - George Selden; Garth Williams (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374316501
Publication Date: 1960-01-01
A country cricket falls into a picnic basket and ends up in New York City.

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In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson - Bette Bao Lord; Marc Simont (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780060240042
Publication Date: 1984-10-12
In 1947, a Chinese girl comes to Brooklyn where she becomes Americanized at school, in her apartment building, and by her love for basebal

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The Van Gogh Cafe - Cynthia Rylant
ISBN: 9780152008437
Publication Date: 1995-06-29
The Van Gogh Cafe, located in Flowers, Kansas, has magic in its walls, causing strange and mysterious events to occur there.


Leveled W Summer Reading Books

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Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt
ISBN: 9780374378486
Publication Date: 1975-01-01
A family accidentally stumbles upon a spring with water endowing them with the gift of eternal life. Seventy years later, without having grown a day older, a young girl discovers them and learns their secret.

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The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster; Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780394815008
Publication Date: 1961-08-12
A bored young boy, Milo, drives his small electric car through a toy tollbooth and finds himself in the Land Beyond. A journey through a land where Milo learns the importance of words and numbers provides a cure for his boredom

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Walk Two Moons - Sharon Creech
ISBN: 9780060233341
Publication Date: 1994-05-19
After her mother leaves home suddenly, thirteen-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip retracing her mother's route. Along the way, Sal recounts the story of her friend Phoebe, whose mother also left.


Graphic Novels

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Puppy Love - Jennifer L. Holm; Matthew Holm
ISBN: 9780375839900
Publication Date: 2007-12-26
Babymouse tries to change her negative history with pets by finding her goldfish that ran away from home and getting the dog of her dreams

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Bad Kitty Meets the Baby - Nick Bruel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596435971
Publication Date: 2011-06-07
Bad kitty is not pleased when a baby joins her family. Includes fun facts and tips for training a cat to perform tricks

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Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! - Geoffrey Hayes (Illustrator); Francoise Mouly (Editor)
ISBN: 9780979923890
Publication Date: 2009-05-01
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared

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Written and Drawn by Henrietta - Liniers (Artist)
ISBN: 9781935179900
Publication Date: 2015-09-29
When Henrietta's mother gives her a box of colored pencils, she sets out to draw a terrifying and fantastic adventure.

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The Great Pet Escape - Victoria Jamieson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781627791052
Publication Date: 2016-02-16
Met the class pets of Daisy P. Flugelhorn Elementary School as they make their escape.


Great Picture Books

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Firebird - Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399166150
Publication Date: 2014-09-04
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Last Stop on Market Street - Matt De la Peña; Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257742
Publication Date: 2015-01-08
A young boy rides the bus across
town with his grandmother and
learns to appreciate the beauty in
everyday things.

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Mango, Abuela, and Me - Meg Medina; Angela Dominguez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669003
Publication Date: 2015-08-25
Mia's Abuela has left her sunny
house with parrots and palm trees
to live with Mia and her parents in
the city.


more Great Chapter Books

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The Story of Diva and Flea - Mo Willems; Tony DiTerlizzi (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781484722848
Publication Date: 2015-10-13
In the bustling city of Paris, a small
dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat
named Flea met.

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The Princess in Black - Shannon Hale; Dean Hale; LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665104
Publication Date: 2014-10-14
"Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!" --

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The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo; Timothy Basil Ering (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0763617229
Publication Date: 2003-08-25
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin

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Tales of Bunjitsu Bunny - John Himmelman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780805099706
Publication Date: 2014-10-28
Although she can throw farther, kick higher, and hit harder than anyone else at school, Isabel, aka Bunjitsu Bunny, never hurts another creature, unless she has to


More Summer Book Suggestions

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Jabari Jumps - Gaia Cornwall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763678388
Publication Date: 2017-05-09
Working up the courage to take a big, important leap is hard, but Jabari is almost absolutely ready to make a giant splash.

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Monkey and Robot - Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442429789
Publication Date: 2013-01-29
Meet best pals Monkey & Robot. This snappy collection of stories includes their first four adventures!

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Marty McGuire - Kate Messner; Brian Floca (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780545142465
Publication Date: 2011-05-01
A fun, accessible chapter-book debut from an exciting new talent--simultaneous hardcover-paperback launch!


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