One World, Many Stories




Dim Sum for Everyone
by Grace Lin
A family shares yummy dishes in Chinatown.

From Head to Toe
by Eric Carle
Can you wiggle, stomp, and thump along with your favorite animals?

The House on East 88th Street
by Bernard Waber
When the Primm family moves into their new house, they find a crocodile in the bathtub!

I Love Trucks!
by Philemon Sturges
illustrated by Shari Halpern
Bulldozer? Cherry picker? Steamroller? What’s your favorite truck?

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
by Audrey Wood
illustrated by Don Wood
A stubborn king won't get out of the tub.

Lola Loves Stories
by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
Library books make great read-alouds for Lola and her father.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
by Denise Fleming
Fluffy and Skinny follow their mother and copy everything she does, but will their brother Boris ever stop napping and join the fun?

Market Day: A Story Told With Folk Art
by Lois Ehlert
Enjoy a day at a farmer’s market with a local farm family.

Owl Babies
by Martin Waddell
illustrated by Patrick Benson
Sarah, Percy, and Bill wonder when their momma will be flying home.

Punk Farm
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Rock 'n' roll in the barnyard.

Scaredy Squirrel
by Melanie Watt
Is this young squirrel brave enough to leave his tree?

What Can You Do with a Rebozo?/ ¿Qué Puedes Hacer con un Rebozo?
by Carmen Tafolla
illustrated by Amy Córdova
A young girl plays with her mother's traditional Mexican shawl.

Whoever You Are
by Mem Fox
illustrated by Leslie Staub
Children around the world laugh, cry, play, and learn, just like you.

The Wicked Big Toddlah
by Kevin Hawkes
A giant baby's first year.

Zomo the Rabbit
by Gerald McDermott
A West African trickster seeks wisdom.

Grades 1 - 2

Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole
by Wong Herbert Yee
Two friends discover that magic is not just about tricks.

Bones and the Roller Coaster Mystery
by David A. Adler
illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman
Who has stolen Bones’s tickets to the best ride in the amusement park?

Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella
by Robert D. San Souci
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
A Creole version of a favorite fairy tale.

Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall
by Dori Chaconas
illustrated by Lisa McCue
Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you’re taller.

Dodsworth in Paris
by Tim Egan
Duck stirs up mischief for his friend in the City of Lights.

Doňa Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart
by Pat Mora
illustrated by Raul Colón
Doňa Flor sets out to protect her village from a mysterious intruder.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa
by Andrea Davis Pinkney with Scat Cat Monroe
illustrated by Brian Pinkney
The life of a legendary African-American singer.

Flight of the Dodo
by Peter Brown
Penguin and his friends invent a flying machine.

Honey in a Hive
by Anne F. Rockwell
illustrated by S.D. Schindler
How do bees turn nectar into honey?

How My Parents Learned to Eat
by Ina Friedman
illustrated by Allen Say
A young girl recounts how her parents learned each other’s traditions.

Jabuti The Tortoise: A Trickster Tale From the Amazon
by Gerald McDermott
Can Vulture trick the trickster?

Mr. Putter & Tabby Spill the Beans
by Cynthia Rylant
illustrated by Arthur Howard
Things go awry when a cat gets cooking!

by Paul O. Zelinsky
A beautifully illustrated retelling of a fairy tale classic.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
by William Steig
Be careful what you wish for.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka
illustrated by Lane Smith
A wolf tells his side of the story in this fractured folktale.

Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story
by Joseph Bruchac and James Bruchac
illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey
A Native American version of a familiar Aesop’s fable.

Where Do Chicks Come From?
by Amy E. Sklansky
illustrated by Pam Paparone
Learn all about how chicks develop and hatch from their eggs.

Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky
by Elphinstone Dayrell
illustrated by Blair Lent
A West African creation story.

You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together
by Mary Ann Hoberman
illustrated by Michael Emberley
A spooky collection filled with zombies, ghosts, and ghouls.

Zelda and Ivy, the Runaways
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
A trio of stories featuring the fabulous fox sisters.

Grades 3 - 4

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking, and Other Natural Disasters
by Lenore Look
illustrated by LeUyen Pham
An anxious boy faces his biggest fear – the great outdoors.

Bobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally)
by Lisa Yee
illustrated by Dan Santat
Fourth grade is a battlefield – will Bobby survive?

The Boy on Fairfield Street: How Ted Geisel Grew Up to Become Dr. Seuss
by Kathleen Krull
illustrated by Steve Johnson, Lou Francher, and Dr. Seuss
How a young boy doodled his way to becoming a beloved children’s book author and illustrator.

Calvin Coconut: Trouble Magnet
by Graham Salisbury
illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers
Hawaii isn’t always paradise for Calvin, who faces bugs, bullies, and bossy babysitters.  

The Champ: The Story of Muhammad Ali
by Tonya Bolden
illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
The life and times of the famous boxer.

The Dangerous Alphabet
by Neil Gaiman
illustrated by Gris Grimly
A creepy tale of adventure, piracy, and heroism.

The Dragon in the Sock Drawer
by Kate Klimo
illustrated by John Shroades
Jesse and Daisy hatch a baby dragon.

The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
by Jack Prelutsky
illustrated by Peter Sís
A collection of poems about these mythical creatures.

Frankly, Frannie
by A. J. Stern
illustrated by Doreen Mulryan Marts
A young girl tries to be helpful but wreaks havoc wherever she goes.

by Elizabeth Carney
Find out some froggy facts.

Grown-Ups Are Dumb (No Offense) (graphic novel)
by Alexa Kitchen
Cartoons and funny observations created by a ten-year-old comic artist.

It's Disgusting and We Ate It!: True Food Facts from Around the World and Throughout History
by James Solheim
illustrated by Eric Brace
An unusual culinary tour featuring squirrel pie, roasted spiders, and garbage stew.

Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up
by Melissa Thomson
illustrated by Frank Morrison
In her diary, Keena writes about her misadventures in Washington D.C.

Liberty Porter, First Daughter
by Julia Devillers
illustrated by Paige Pooler
The new President’s daughter shakes things up in the White House.

Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (graphic novel)
by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Does a swamp monster haunt Camp Fun Times at night?

Mercy Watson to the Rescue
by Kate DiCamillo
illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
A talented pig saves her family from a bedtime disaster.

Never Walk in Shoes That Talk
by Katherine Applegate
illustrated by Brian Biggs
Can Roscoe hatch a plan to get his friend Gus a pair of cool new walkie-talkie shoes, just like his?

Ramona and Her Father
by Beverly Cleary
illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
Ramona tries to cheer up her family after her father loses his job.

The Runaway Dolls
by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin
illustrated by Brian Selznick
The dolls hit the road to solve a family mystery.

Sassy: The Birthday Storm
by Sharon M. Draper
A hurricane changes Sassy’s birthday plans.

Grades 5 -6

Baseball Great
by Tim Green
A middle school baseball player investigates steroid abuse by members of his team.

City of Fire
by Laurence Yep
Scirye sets out to avenge her family and recover treasure stolen by an evil dragon.

Confetti Girl
by Diana López
A young Latina girl in Southern Texas navigates her growing pains.

Gorilla Doctors: Saving Endangered Great Apes
by Pamela S. Turner
The story of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, which is working to save gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda.

Houdini: The Handcuff King
by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi
A graphic novel biography of the legendary escape artist.

Keeping Score
by Linda Sue Park
In 1951 Brooklyn, a die-hard Giants fan teaches nine-year-old Dodgers fan Maggie a technique for baseball scorekeeping.

Luv Ya Bunches
by Lauren Myracle
Four 10-year-old girls become friends in this story told using text messages, video scripting, and blog posts.

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
by Rodman Philbrick
Twelve-year-old Homer has many extraordinary adventures on his way to finding and rescuing his older brother, who was illegally sold into the Union Army.

Peace Locomotion
by Jacqueline Woodson
Living in separate foster homes in Brooklyn, Lonnie (also known as “Locomotion”), stays in touch with his little sister, while getting to know his foster brother, who has fought in the Iraq War.

Return to Sender
by Julia Alvarez
Are the bonds of friendship stronger than the rules of immigration?

The Thief Lord
by Cornelia Funke
On the run in Venice, orphaned brothers team up with an elite crew of street children.

Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Journey to Change the world...One Child at a Time
by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin
A humanitarian’s efforts to build schools for Muslim girls who have been forbidden an education.

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion
by Loree Griffin Burns
Discover how garbage can travel around the world on ocean currents.

The True Meaning of Smekday
by Adam Rex
After America is invaded by space creatures, Gratuity “Tip” Tucci searches for her abducted mother.

When You Reach Me
by Rebecca Stead
Miranda grows increasingly alarmed as she finds mysterious notes tucked into her personal belongings that foretell a coming death.   

Recommended Series

Grades 1-2

  • Annie and Snowball
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa
  • Elephant and Piggie
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Fly Guy


Grades 3-4

  • Andy Shane
  • Cam Jansen Adventures
  • Geronimo Stilton
  • Horrible Harry
  • Ivy and Bean
  • Judy Moody
  • Magic Tree House
  • Roscoe Riley Rules
  • Sugar Plum Ballerinas



Grades 5-6

·         39 Clues

·         Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls

·         Comeback Kids

·         Dork Diaries

·         Encyclopedia Brown

·         Enola Holmes Mystery

·         Percy Jackson & the Olympians

·         Sammy Keyes

·         Sisters Eight

·         Warriors

Teen Summer Reading 2011
Recommended Titles
Hate List
By Jennifer Brown
The school shooter’s girlfriend. (DLB)
Falling Hard: 100 Love Poems by Teenagers
By Betsy Franco (ed.)
From crush to heartbreak.
Hush, Hush
By Becca Fitzpatrick
Fallen angels are hot. (TB)
Blood Ninja
By Nick Lake
Vampires and ninjas. What could be better?
I Kill Giants
By Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura
What is Barbara really fighting?
By Malinda Lo
Cinderella with a twist. (DLB)
By Doug TenNapel
Who knew death could be this funny?
Not a Good Look
By Nikki Carter
Two cousins, one record deal. (DLB)
Yes You Can!: Your Guide to Becoming an Activist
By Jane Drake and Ann Love
Get out and make a difference!
Dark Dude
By Oscar Hijuelos
Trading Harlem for Wisconsin, but still an outsider. (DLA, ESP)
The Reformed Vampire Support Group
By Catherine Jinks
Vampires need support too! (DLA)
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
By Greg Neri and Randy DuBurke
Clueless Kid or Cold-Blooded Killer
Teen Summer Reading 2011
Recommended Authors
Laurie Halse Anderson
Libba Bray
Margaret Peterson Haddix
Justine Larbalestier
Neal Shusterman
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Todd Strasser
Jonathan Stroud
Rosemary Sutcliff
Ned Vizzini
Teen Summer Reading 2011
Recommended Series
Rich and Jade Series by Jack Higgins
Young Bond Series by Charlie Higson
Ruby Oliver Series by E. Lockhart
Drake Series by Alyxandra Harvey
Drama High Series by L. Divine
Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer
Gallagher Girls Series by Ally Carter
Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
The Color of Earth, Water and Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa
Gifted Series by Marilyn Kaye




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