reading the summer away
EASY FICTION / PICTURE BOOKS
Adèle and Simon by Barbara McClintock. Farrar, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
Find all the items Simon loses—his books, scarf, coat, and more—as he and his older sister walk home from school through the Paris streets.
Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller. Roaring Brook, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
In wordless comic book-style panels, we follow Polo, a little brown dog, as he sets out on his boat.
Annie and Simon by Catharine O'Neill. Candlewick, 2008. (Gr. K-3)
In four charming easy-to-read chapters, get to know young Annie, her doting teenage brother, Simon, and their little brown dog, Hazel.
Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2008. (Gr. PreK-1) *S*
Before Piggy gets the chance to run, skip, and jump outside with her best pal, Elephant, it starts to pour.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel. Roaring Brook, 2005. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
She used to be a good kitty, until her people ran out of kitty food and tried to offer her a healthy meal of asparagus, beets, cauliflower, and other awful, alphabetical vegetables.
The Bake Shop Ghost by Jacqueline K. Ogburn. Illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Houghton Mifflin, 2005. (Gr. K-3)
After master baker Cora Lee Merriweather dies, she comes back to haunt and run off the new owner of her bakery, pastry chef Annie Washington, but Annie is no pushover.
Bandit by Karen Rostoker-Gruber. Illus. by Vincent Nguyen. Marshall Cavendish, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
"Something's fishy around here," mutters orange and yellow cat, Bandit, standing amid stacks of boxes and watching the couch being carried out of the house. That’s because it’s moving day.
Bats at the Library by Brian Lies. Houghton Mifflin, 2008. (Gr. PreK-3)
The bats are bored, so when they hear a window has been left ajar at the public library, they swoop inside for Bat Night, including storytime for the little ones.
Bebé Goes Shopping by Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Steven Salerno. Harcourt, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2)
At the supermercado, little Bebé, strapped into the carrito (carriage) while Mamá runs down her grocery list, looks for a dulce (a sweet) and a little excitement.
Big Bad Bunny by Franny Billingsley. Illus. by G. Brian Karas. Atheneum, 2008. (Gr. PreK-1)
Big Bad Bunny is on a rampage, chomping on trees and roaring ferociously. "But wait! Where is Baby Boo-Boo?” Mama Mouse cries.
Boogie Knights by Lisa Wheeler. Illus. by Mark Siegel. Atheneum, 2008. (Gr. PreK-3)
It's midnight, and with seven knights asleep at their posts, all the rascals of the castle are dancing the night away at the Madcap Monster Ball.
Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming. Henry Holt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
With his owner, Brown Shoes, going on vacation, Buster the dog is none too happy to be dropped off at Sagebrush Kennels' Cowboy Camp for the weekend.
Casey Back at Bat by Dan Gutman. Illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. HarperCollins, 2007. (Grades K-8)
It's the last game of the season, and with Mudville tied for first, Casey gives that baseball such a mighty whack, it flies across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Cheese by Margie Palatini. Illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher. HarperCollins, 2007. (Gr. PreK-2)
The rat from the old song, “The Farmer in the Dell,” decides he’s going to help himself to that big chunk of cheddar, just standing there alone down in the dell.
The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice N. Harrington. Illus. by Shelley Jackson. Farrar, 2007. (Gr. PreK-2)
A little girl tries to mind Big Mama and behave herself, but she just loves chasing and catching chickens, especially Miss Hen, who keeps hiding from her.
The Chicken of the Family by Mary Amato. Illus. by Delphine Durand. Putnam, 2008. (Gr. K-3)
"We have a secret to tell you," says Kim to Henrietta, the youngest of three sisters. "You're a chicken. Mom got you from Barney's farm.” Could it be true?
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Illus. by Jane Dyer. HarperCollins, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
In the process of baking cookies together, a crew of young children and friendly animals learn the meanings of 24 important words, such as patient, polite, honest, and even courageous.
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee. Harcourt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
James and his best friend Eamon spend an unforgettable week at the beach house of Eamon's grandparents, Bill and Pam.
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming. Henry Holt, 2006. (Gr. PreK-1)
Cow awakes to find she has lost her moo and sets off through the barnyard to find it.
Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka. Illus. by Lane Smith. Viking, 2007. (Gr. PreK-3)
Nine wacky short stories introduce two unlikely friends—a well-dressed cowboy and a giant blue octopus.
The Day Leo Said I Hate You! by Robie H. Harris. Illus. by Molly Bang. Little, Brown, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
Leo is furious at Mommy for saying no to all of his bad behavior.
Diary of a Fly by Doreen Cronin. Illus. by Harry Bliss. HarperCollins, 2007. (Gr. PreK-3) *S*
Fly joins her pals Spider and Worm in keeping a diary filled with observations about school, family and friends.
Dimity Dumpty: The Story of Humpty's Little Sister by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2007. (Gr. PreK-2)
Now the true story can be told about the role Humpty Dumpty’s little sister, Dimity, played after Humpty had that big fall.
Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. Roaring Brook, 2007. (Gr. PreK-1) *S*
Dog, a little brown dachshund, and his best friend Bear, a multicolored stuffed teddy, have three little adventures together.
The Dog Who Belonged to No One by Amy Hest. Illus. by Amy Bates. Abrams, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
A small brown and white mutt with crooked ears and "a wisp of a girl named Lia" have something in common. They're lonely.
The Doghouse by Jan Thomas. Harcourt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-1)
Cow kicks the red ball, but it goes over the heads of Mouse, Duck, and Pig. "Oh no! The ball went into THE DOGHOUSE! Who will get it out?"
Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora. Illus. by Raúl Colón. Knopf, 2005. (Gr. PreK-3)
When the villagers hide in fear from a roaring mountain lion, it's up to Doña Flor, who is taller than the tallest trees, to find and tame the big kitty.
Dooby Dooby Moo by Doreen Cronin. Illus. by Betsy Lewin. Atheneum, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
Farmer Brown takes his animals takes to the county fair where they sneak off to be in the talent show.
Duck & Goose by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade, 2006. (Gr. PreK-1) *S*
After fussing and fighting, Duck and Goose agree to sit together on the enormous spotted egg they have found and wait for it to hatch.
Flotsam by David Wiesner. Clarion, 2006. (Gr. PreK-3)
On a summer's day down the shore, a boy finds an old-fashioned box camera in the waves and develops the roll of extraordinary photos inside.
Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman. Illus. by Julie Paschkis. Henry Holt, 2007. (Gr. K-6)
Reassembling the classic fairy tale with pieces from 17 versions, this striking picture book is a global melting pot of the Cinderella story.
Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. Hyperion, 2008. (Gr. 1-5)
Appalled that there have never been any women presidents, Grace Campbell, a spunky and determined African American schoolkid, decides to run for president in her own school.
Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems by Janet Stevens and
Susan Stevens Crummel. Illus. by Janet Stevens. Scholastic, 2008. (Gr. PreK-4)
Mr. Mutt, a Canine Counselor to misinformed and beaten down dogs everywhere, responds to their heartfelt letters and attached photos with practical advice.
Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas by Cynthia Rylant. Illus. by Suçie Stevenson. Simon
& Schuster, 2005. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
Henry and his slobbery Saint Bernard, Mudge, pay a visit to Great-Grandpa Bill who lives in a house with a lot of other grandpas.
Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold. Scholastic, 2005. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
A boy named Buzz catches the smartest pet in the world, a fly, and enters Fly Guy in The Amazing Pet Show.
How to Heal a Broken Wing by Bob Graham. Candlewick, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
In the big city, only young Will notices the wounded pigeon on the pavement, and only he and his mother do something about it, bringing it home to nurse it back to health.
I Lost My Tooth in Africa by Penda Diakité. Illus. by Baba Wagué Diakité. Scholastic, 2006. (Gr. PreK-3)
In Mali with her family to visit relatives, Amina puts her tooth under a gourd and gets a chicken from the African Tooth Fairy.
I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan. Illus. by Jim McMullan. HarperCollins, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
"Are you BAD? I'm REALLY bad. Scare-the-tails-off-all-the-other-dinosaurs BAD." So says a fearsome Tyrannosaurus Rex, whose big empty belly is growling for grub.
Jake's Best Thumb by Ilene Cooper. Illus. by Claudio Munoz. Dutton, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
Jake loves sucking his left thumb, especially when he starts kindergarten, which is a little bit scary, until a classmate makes fun of him.
John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith. Hyperion, 2006. (Gr. 1-6)
In a romp through history, follow the fictional colonial childhoods of five patriots—bold John Hancock, noisy Paul Revere, honest George Washington, clever Ben Franklin, and independent Tom Jefferson.
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2007 (Gr. PreK-1) *S*
Excited about taking her stuffed rabbit to school to show everyone, Trixie is stunned to see that classmate Sonja has a Knuffle Bunny, too.
LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign Trail by Mark Teague. Scholastic, 2008. (Gr. 1-4) *S*
After former police chief and present mayoral candidate Hugo Bugwort calls for a "canine crackdown," a mysterious, dog-friendly candidate throws his hat into the ring.
Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen. Illus. by Kevin Hawkes. Candlewick, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2)
A large, affable lion finds himself welcome at the library until he breaks the rule about roaring.
Little Rat Makes Music by Monika Bang-Campbell. Illus. by Molly Bang. Harcourt, 2007. (Gr. K-
Enchanted with the sound of other young rats playing their tiny violins at the Community Hall, Little Rat can't wait to take lessons, but her first real note sounds like this: SQWAAAAAAKK!
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken by Kate DiCamillo. Illus. by Harry Bliss. HarperCollins, 2008. (Gr. PreK-3)
Longing for adventure, Louise leaves the henhouse for three perilous but exciting encounters at sea, at the circus, and at the bazaar.
Madam President by Lane Smith. Hyperion, 2008. (Gr. K-3)
What's it like being Commander in Chief? A bossy brown pony-tailed narrator explores and explains her many presidential-like duties as she breezes through a school day.
My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells. Hyperion, 2004. (Gr. PreK-1)
Take a glorious tour through the kindergarten year with teacher, Miss Cribbage, as seen through the eyes of rabbit Emily. (To find and download Judy Freeman’s free CD of 23 songs to go along with the book, go to www.hyperionbooksforchildren.com and type “My Kindergarten” in the search bar.)
Lilly's Big Day by Kevin Henkes. Greenwillow, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
"It will be the biggest day of my life," says mouse Lilly, assuming she will be chosen to be the flower girl at her beloved teacher Mr. Slinger's wedding.
Mail Harry to the Moon! by Robie H. Harris. Illus. by Michael Emberley. Little, Brown, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
“Before Harry was born, there was ME! Now there's me. And Harry.” Pity the poor narrator, a former only child for whom life used to be bliss.
Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale by Carmen Agra Deedy. Illus. by Michael Austin. Peachtree, 2007. (Gr. 1-6)
Ready to give her leg in marriage at the ripe old age of 21 days, Martina the cockroach gets some wise advice from Abuela, her Cuban grandmother.
My Buddy, Slug by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Knopf, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2)
Alex's good buddy, Slug, a friendly giant orange slug, is driving him crazy with his constant talking.
Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? And Other Disasters: Poems compiled by Lee Bennett Hopkins. Illus. by Wolf Erlbruch. HarperCollins, 2005. (Gr. 1-4)
Fourteen brief, often funny, first-person poems tune in to life moments of kids who are having a
Oink? by Margie Palatini. Illus. by Henry Cole. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (Gr. PreK-3)
Thomas and Joseph are sloppy, lazy, dirty, but very happy pigs, in spite of their animal neighbors’ attempts to reform them.
Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Illus. by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion, 2006. (Gr. 1-4)
Whaler Galleon Keene carves himself a son out of the hunk of driftwood that saved his life and names the boy Peggony-Po.
The Pet Dragon by Christoph Niemann. Greenwillow, 1991. (Gr. 1-4)
Lin and her baby dragon play together but when they break a vase, Father puts the dragon in a cage. When it escapes, Lin sets out to find it. Incorporated into the pictures are the Chinese characters for each word.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems. Hyperion, 2008. (Gr. PreK-1) *S*
Pigeon promises he'll take good care of a new puppy, water it once a month, and play tennis with it, if you'll just say yes.
Pirates Don't Change Diapers by Melinda Long. Illus. by David Shannon. Harcourt, 2007. (Gr. PreK-3) *S*
On the day Jeremy is left in charge of babysitting his baby sister, his pirate friends come calling, looking for the treasure they buried out back.
Precious and the Boo Hag by Patricia McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss. Illus. by Kyrsten Brooker. Atheneum, 2005. (Gr. 1-4)
When Precious stays home alone, she fends off the scary, bad, and none-too-smart Pruella the Boo Hag, who tries to trick her way inside.
President Pennybaker by Kate Feiffer. Illus. by Diane Goode. Simon & Schuster, 2008. (Gr. PreK-3)
Pledging to do something to make life fair, Luke enlists his faithful dog Lilly as a running mate and becomes the youngest person ever to run for president.
Probuditi! by Chris Van Allsburg. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. (Gr. K-3)
After seeing a performance of Lomax the hypnotist, Calvin tries to hypnotize his little sister, Trudy, into thinking she's a dog.
Pssst! by Adam Rex. Harcourt, 2007. (Gr. PreK-2)
At the zoo, a brown-haired little girl is summoned by a gorilla, a javelina, and other animals, who ask her to bring them back a list of special items from the outside.
The Scrambled States of America Talent Show by Laurie Keller. Henry Holt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-4) *S*
Waking from a dream in the middle of the night, New York shouts, "HEY, EVERYONE—LET'S HAVE A TALENT SHOW,” which gets all the other 49 states revved up.
The Shivers in the Fridge by Fran Manushkin. Illus. by Paul O. Zelinsky. Dutton, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2)
Brrr! It's always cold in the place where Papa Shivers and his family live, and now they are being taken away, one by one, by the big hand of a monster.
Sunny Boy!: The Life and Times of a Tortoise by Candace Fleming. Illus. by Anne Wilsdorf. Farrar, 2005. (Gr. 1-4)
Always longing for a quiet life, Sunny Boy, a tortoise, recounts his life saga, from almost becoming
soup in New York City to going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.
Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod. HarperCollins, 2006. (Gr. PreK-2)
Meet a gorgeously garish gang of superheroes, from Astro-Man to the Zinger, in an alliterative alphabet book describing each one's powers.
Sweet Tooth by Margie Palatini. Illus. by Jack E. Davis. Simon & Schuster, 2004. (Gr. PreK-3)
Ordinary kid Stuart has the most "nagging, annoying, demanding," sweet tooth that insists on a regular diet of candy bars and gets him in trouble.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox. Illus. by Helen Oxenbury. Harcourt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-1)
In a rhyming tribute to babies across the globe, a multicultural mix of nine winsome babies laugh, sniffle, and play together.
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell. Illus. by Neal Layton. Hyperion, 2007. (Gr. PreK-2)
Will Emily Brown give up Stanley, her old gray stuffed rabbit, just because Queen Gloriana the Third demands that she hand over that Bunnywunny straightaway? She will not!
Toy Boat by Randall De Sève. Illus. by Loren Long. Philomel, 2007. Gr. PreK-1)
A little boy and the toy boat he made from a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth are inseparable until the day the little boat is swept away on the lake.
Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey. Knopf, 2005. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
A boy's superhero action figure doll, Traction Man, and his faithful little companion and pet, Scrubbing Brush, survive dangerous adventures together.
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker. Illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton. Candlewick, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2)
Though the sign on his front door says "No Visitors Allowed," Bear opens the door to find a mouse, "small and gray and bright-eyed," who will not go away.
Waking Up Wendell by April Stevens. Illus. by Tad Hills. Schwartz & Wade, 2007. (Gr. PreK-1)
A singing bird wakes up Mr. Krudwig, whose dog Leopold barks and wakes up Mrs. Musky, until each sleeper is roused in turn, all the way down the block.
Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff. Illus. by Sophie Blackall. Henry Holt, 2008. (Gr. PreK-2) *S*
Wild boars, Boris, Morris, Horace, and Doris are “bossy and selfish and stinky and HUNGRY,” until Doris finds a recipe for a massive pudding.