"A library should be like a pair of open arms."

-Roger Rosenblat





Teachers and Librarians

Choose Gold Star

Read-Aloud Books


Grade Levels

Kindergarten - Grade 5





I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Whatever Happened to the Dinosaurs? by Bernard Most

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Bark George by Jules Feiffer

My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

America the Beautiful by K. Bates

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Once Upon a Sidewalk by Jean George

Elmer by David McKee




The Milly-Molly-Mandy Storybook by Joyce Lankester Brisley

Worrying Wembley by Kevin Henkes

Where Does Pepper Come From? by Brigitte Raab

A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Kady Denton

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks

The Great Fuzzy Frenzy by Janet Stevens

Under the Lemon Moon by Edith Hope Fine

Minerva Louise at School by Janet Stoeke

Spiders by Gail Gibbons

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney 

Duck and Goose by Tad Hills

Aunt Flossie's Hats by Elizabeth Howard





Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

The Snowy Day by Jack Keats

 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan



No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold

Koko's Story by Francine Patterson

The Gingerbread Man by Eric Kimmel

Great Estimations by Bruce Goldstone

Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg

Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola

Marshmallow by Clare Newberry

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant





Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox

Allison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel

Wolf by Becky Bloom

Thundercake by Patricia Palocco

Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Sky Boys: How They Built the Empire State Building by Deborah Hopkinson

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth

The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

Froggy Plays Soccer by Jonathon London

Dinosaurs Alive and Well: A Guide to Good Health by Marc Tolon Brown and Laurene Krasny Brown

Berlioz the Bear by Jan Brett

Caps, Hats, Socks and Mittens by Louise Borden

The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood

One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B. G. Hennessy and Lynne Cravath

The Mitten by Jan Brett








Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin 

Cleversticks by Bernard Ashley

Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Charlie the Caterpillar by Dom Deluise




Corduroy by Don Freeman

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen

If You Gave a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen

There was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

Wake Up, Sleepy Bear! by Christine Morton-Shaw and Greg Shaw

The Little Mouse, the Big Red Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood

A Hole Is to Dig by Ruth Krauss


"The most powerful predictor of a child's school achievement is the amount of time spent listening to stories."

-Language, Learning and Education Study


Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott

Clifford the Big Red Dog Series by Norman Bridwell

Curious George Series by Margaret and H. A. Rey

Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel






First Grade

Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg

Bubba and Trixie by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel

The Day the Crayons Quit by Daywait Drew

Zin Zin Zin a Violin by Lloyd Moss

The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Palotta

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Three Little Javelinas by Susan Lowell

Hot Hot Hot by Neal Layton

The Enormous Turnip by Kathy Parkinson

Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel by Leslie Connor

Rotten Teeth by Laura Simms

Tackey the Penguin by Helen Lester

My Great Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

Cars: a Pop Up Book of Automobiles by Richard Crawler





Just Plain Fancy by Patricia Polacco

Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

Mrs. Wishy Washy by Joy Cowley

The Wednesday Surprise by Eve Bunting

Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch.

Uneversaurus by Aidan Potts

The Biggest Tongue Twister Book in the World by Gyles Brandeth

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein

Margaret and Margarita: Margarita y Margaret by Lynn Reiser

The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy

Not a Copper Penny in Me House by M. Gunning

Rocks in His Head by Carol Otis Hurst

G is for Golden: A California Alphabet by David Domeniconi





The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet Bishop

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader

Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechner

I Wish I Had Duck Feet by Dr. Seuss

Chameleon, Chameleon by Joy Cowley

Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens

The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco

Sally and the Some-Thing by George O'Connor

Winnie The Pooh by A. A. Milne

Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! by Barbara Odanaka

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Tough Boris by Mem Fox





Moonbear Series by Frank Asch

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Aliens Are Coming! The True Account of the 1938 War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast by Meghan McCarthy

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett




Pigeon Series by Mo Willems

The Snow Leopard by Jackie Morris

The Addy Series by Connie Porter

Critter Kids Adventures by Mercer Mayer

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Huff

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont




Henry and Mudge Series by Cynthia Ryland

Goldilocks and the Three Martians by Stu Smith

Froggy Series by Jonathan London

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema




If I Were in Charge of the World by Judith Viorst

There's A Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer


"Wear the old coat but buy the new book."

-Arnold Lobel


Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes

Swimmy by Leo Leoni

The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg

Amelia Bedelia Series by Peggy Parish

Frog and Toad Series by Arnold Lobel

Nate the Great Series by Pat Ross

Arthur Series by Marc Brown

Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Warner


"Good children's literature appeals not only to the child in the adult, but to the adult in the child."



Second Grade

Dandelions by Eve Bunting

Olivia Series by Ian Falconer

Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin

The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson

The Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room by Pat Reilly Giff

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

Flamingos on the Roof - Poems and Paintings by Calef Brown






Whenever you're looking for something to eat,
Weatherbee's Diner is just down the street.
Start off your meal with a bottle of rain.
Fog on the glass is imported from Maine.
The thunder is wonderful, order it loud,
with sun-dried tornado on top of a cloud.
Snow flurry curry is also a treat.
It's loaded with lightning and slathered in sleet.
Cyclones with hailstones are great for dessert,
but only have one or your belly will hurt.
Regardless of whether it's chilly or warm,
at Weatherbee's Diner they cook up a storm!

-Calef Brown


Mom and Dad Are Palindromes by Mark Shulman

Cap For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Random House Book of Poetry for Children Collected by Jack Prelutsky

The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

Gator Gumbo by Candace Fleming

In a Dark, Dark Room by Alvin Schwartz

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni

Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky

Philip Hall Likes Me, I Reckon by B. Greene

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack

Dragonwings by L. Yep

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech

Basil of Baker Street by Eve Titus

Big Bad Bruce by Bill Peet

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox

Tornado by Betsy Byars

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes

Emperor Penguins by Roberta Edwards

Building With Dad by Carol Nevius

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth


Help I'm a Prisoner in the Library by Eth Clifford

Look What Tails Can Do by Dorothy Souza

Atomic Ace (He's Just My Dad) by Jeff Weigel

Mr. Peabody's Apples by Madonna and Loren Long

Look Out Jeremy Bean by Alice Schertle

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman

That's What Friends Are For by Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief

Teddy Bear Tears by Jim Aylesworth

Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly by Alan Madison

Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary

Traction Man Is Here! by Mini Grey

A Bad Case of Stripes by Davis Shannon

Frida by Jonah Winter

The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant






Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

What Presidents Are Made Of by Hanoch Piven

Chet Gecko, Private Eye by Bruce Hale

Joyful Noises: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman

All the Small Poems and Fourteen More by Valerie Worth






Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

On My Honor - Marion Dane Baue

The Twinkie Squad by Gordan Korman

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo

Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White

Dude, Where's My Spaceship? by Dan Greenburg

Yang the Eldest and His Odd Jobs by Lensey Namioka

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan and Jan Berenstain




The Enormous Crocodile By Roald Dahl

Space Station Mars by Daniel San Souci

Henry  Higgins Series by Beverly Cleary

Tales Our Abuelitas Told: A Hispanic Folktale Collection by F. Isabel Campoy and Alma Flor Ada

Junie B. Jones Series by Barbara Park

Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

Ralph S Mouse by Beverly Cleary




The Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seus

Bailey School Kids by Marcia Jones

Miss Nelson Series by Judy Delton

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein


Third Grade 

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman

The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever by Bruce Coville

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Guiberson

Latkes, Latkes, Good to Eat: A Chanukah Story by Naomi Howland

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Banks

Understood Betsy by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

Moonbeams, Dumplings and Dragon Boats by Nina Simmonds, etc.

Balloons and Other Poems by D. Chandra

The Railway Children By Edith Nesbit

The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

Heartlight by T.A. Barron

The Imp that Ate My Homework by L. Yep

Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes




I'm in Charge of Celebrations by B. Baylor

The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks by Nancy McArthur

Animal Ark by Ben Baglio

The Littles by John Lawrence Peterson

The World That Jack Built by Ruth Brown

Great White Sharks by Sandra Markle

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

Fables by Arnold Lobel

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Samuel Eaton's Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters

The Birchbark House by Louise Eldrich

Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

I and You and Don't Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun? by Brian P. Cleary

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Night Journey by Katherine Laskey

Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

Bone by Jeff Smith

Half Magic by Edward Eager

Beats Me, Claude by Joan Nixon

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee

The Computer Nut by Betsy Byars

The Big Bug Book by M. Facklam

Mightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boys by Jane Yolen

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

La Mariposa by Francisco Jiménez

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rawlings

The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle by Don Wulffson

Houdini: World's Greatest Mystery Man and Escape King by Kathleen Krull

Who Was Harry Houdini? by Tui Sutherland

Horrible Harry's Secret by S. Kline

Elizabeth and Larry by Marilyn Sadler

Grasshopper Summer by Anne Turner

The Trial of Cardigan Jones by Tim Egan

Castle in the Attic by Elizabeth Winthrop

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Summer Reading is Killing Me by Jon Scieszka

Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne




The Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum

The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet by Eleanor Cameron

Holes by Louis Sacher

Tales of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

The Case of the Sneaky Snowman by Carolyn Keene

Ramona Quimby - Age 8 by Beverly Cleary

Mapping Penny's World by Loreen Leedy

The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Catling





Chocolate Fever by Robert Smith

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

The Quiltmaker's Gift by Jeff Brumbeau

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume

Stone Fox by John Gardner

Mysteries Freddy the Detective by Walter Brooks

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor 

Lily's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Egyptian Cinderella by Shirley Climo






Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater



The Worst Band in the Universe by Graeme Base

The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson 

Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polacca

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald

Ten True Animal Rescue Stories by Jeanne Betancourt

Frederick by Leo Lionni

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

Piggie Pie by Margie Patalini

The Story of Kwanzaa by Donna L. Washington

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein




Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

Dinosaur Hatcher by Bruce Coville

Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings by Deborah Hopkinson

Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Top Secret by John Gardiner.

Jumanji by Chris Van Allenburg

2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrow's Kids by Amy Zuckerman and Jim Daly

Hachiko Waits by Leslea Newman

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald Sobol

George and Martha by James Marshall

Cam Jansen Series by David Adler

Two Minute Mysteries by Donald Sobol



Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingals Wilder

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole


Fourth Grade

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms by Paul Janeczko

Mr. Pudgins by Ruth Christoffer Carlsen

Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco

Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Little Britches by Ralph Moody

The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by K. Cushman

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

Thank You  Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco

Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant




Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck

A Child's Anthology of Poetry by Elizabeth Sword

The Fallen Spaceman by Lee Harding

Elephant Games and Other Playful Poems by B. Bagert

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Shadow Children by Margaret Peterson Haddix

The Sea Chest by Toni Buzzeo

Babe the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith

Fourth Grade Fuss by Johanna Hurwitz

The Grapes of Math by Gregory Tang

Half-a-Moon Inn by Paul Fleischman

Oh, the Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss






Blackthorn Winter by Douglas Wilson

The Breadwinner by D. Ellis

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table: A Math Adventure by Cindy Neuschwander

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson





Joey Pigza Swallows the Key by Jack Gantos

The Lady with the Alligator Purse by N. Westcott

Baseball Flyhawk by Matt Christopher





Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare 

The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 

Frindle by Andrew Clements




Katie Kazoo Series by Nancy Krulik

Mythology by Lady Hestia Evans

There's a Boy in the Girls Bathroom by Louis Sacher

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood

Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Ramona's World by Beverly Cleary

The Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman

Hoot by Carl Hiaasen

Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

Matilda by Roald Dahl

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Alabama Moon by Watt Key

Wayside School Series by Louis Sacher




How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Aesop's Fables by Jerry Pinkney

Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter

Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth

Just David by Eleanor H. Porter

The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Charlie Muffin's Miracle Mouse by Dick King-Smith

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke,

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy

You Be the Jury Series by Marvin Miller

The True Meaning of SmekDay by Adam Rex

The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett.






Fifth Grade

Prometheus Project: Trapped by Douglas Richards

Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Geronimo Stilton Series by Geronimo Stilton

When the Lights Go Out by Margaret MacDonald



The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Man O' War by Walter Farley





The days are long at Belmont.

Speed they never learn.

And it's many a day since Man o' War

Has looped the upper turn.

The guineas stopped their rubbing,

The rider dropped his tack

When the word went round that Man o' War

Was coming on the track.

The crowd was hoarse with cheering

At ancient Pimlico

The day he won the Preakness-

But that was long ago.

The dust is deep at Windsor,

The good old days are gone.

And many a horse is forgotten,

But they still remember one.

For he was a fiery phantom

To that multitudinous throng-

Would you wait for another one like him?

Be patient: years are long.

For here was a horse among horses,

Cast in a Titan's mold,

And the slant October sunlight

Gilded the living gold.

He was marked with the god's own giving

And winged in every part;

The look of eagles was in his eye

And Hastings' wrath in his heart.

Young Equipoise had power

To rouse the crowded stand,

And there was magic in the name

Of Greentree's Twenty Grand.

And Sarazen has sprinted,

And Gallant Fox has stayed,

And Discovery has glittered

In the wake of Cavalcade.

We watch the heroes parading,

We wait, and our eyes are dim,

But we never discover another

Like him.

A foal is born at midnight

And in the frosty morn

The horseman eyes him fondly

And a secret hope is born.

But breathe it not, nor whisper,

For fear of a neighbor's scorn:

He's a chestnut colt, and he's got a star-

He may be another Man o' War.

Nay, say it aloud--be shameless.

Dream and hope and yearn,

For there's never a man among you

But waits for his return.

-Joe Estes


The Black Stallion's Courage by Walter Farley




The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

Joey Pigza Loses Control by Jack Cantos

Going Through the Gate by Janet Anderson

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Banner in the Sky by James Ramsey Ullman

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

Everywhere by Bruce Brooks

Shiloh by Phyllis Naymor

For Home and Country: A Civil War Scrapbook by Norman and Angel Boloti

Best School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson

Bless the Beasts and Children by Glendon Swarthout

Keeper of the Doves by Betsy Byars

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Dateline: Troy by Paul Fleischman

Pecos Bill: The Greatest Cowboy of All Time by James Bowman


Endurance by Alfred Lansing

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Any baseball books by Matt Christopher



I Shall Not be Moved by Margaret Atwood (Poems)

Baseball, Snakes and Summer Squash: Poems about Growing Up by Donald Graves

A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket.

Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day (Poems)

Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

Ode to Common Things by Pablo Neruda (Poems)

Been to Yesterdays: Poems of a Life by Lee Bennett Hopkins

The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams

Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Tonight on the Titanic by Will Osborne

Selected Poems by E.E. Cummings

George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Faraway Summer by Johanna Hurwitz

The Kwanzaa Fable by Eric V. Copage

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Creating Poetry by John Drury

Extraordinary Poetry Writing by Margaret Ryan

Poetry for Young People by Robert Frost

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Bear's Toothache by David McPhail

Ella Enchanted by Gail Levine

The Girls by Amy Golden Koss

Tuck Everlasting by G. K. Quinn

Red Planet by Robert Heinlein

Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert Heinlein

Saraha Special by Esmé Raji Codell

The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 

Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls 

The Cay by Theodore Taylor 

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare 

Crash by Jerry Spinelli

Stig of the Dump by Clive King

Black Holes: A Journey to the Heart of a Black Hole--and into One of the Greatest Mysteries of the Universe by Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest

 Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert O'Brien

The Gorilla Hunters by R M Ballantyne

Hank the Cowdog by John Erickson

Paddle to the Sea by Clancy Holling

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Cricket in Times Square by George Selden

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

The Sisterhood Series by Ann Brashares



A recent poll revealed the five most important factors influencing a child's book selection. These factors are, in the order of their importance:

1. Recommendation by a friend or classmate.

2. Interest in the subject matter.

3. The book is positioned prominently on the bookshelf.

4. Cover blurbs.

5. Television, movies or Internet tie-in.





Twice Around the Sun



"Stick" by Steve Breen

(ages 4-7)



"A Day in the Salt Marsh" by Kevin Kurtz

(ages 8 and up)



"Silly Tilly" by Eileen Spinelli

(ages 4-7)



"Shark vs Train" by Chris Barton

(ages 8 and up)



"An Egg is Quiet" by Dianna Aston



"Hurricanes: Earth's Mightiest Storms" by Patricia Lauber

(ages 9-12)



"The Spiderwick Chronicals" by Elizabeth Kennedy

(ages 7-8)



"Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors" by Joyce Sidman

(7 and up)



"Zin Zin Zin a Violin" by Lloyd Moss

(ages 6 and up)



"The House in the Night" by Susan Marie Swanson

(ages 5 and up)



"Are You Ready to Play Outside?' by Mo Willems

(ages 6-7)



"Rules" by Cynthia Lord

(ages 8-10)



"Chicks and Chickens" by Gail Gibbons

(ages 6-8)



"Harry the Dirty Dog" by George Zion

(ages 6 and up)



"Hi! Fly Guy" by Ted Arnold

(ages 6-8)



"Dinosaur for a Day" by Jim Murphy

(ages 6-9)



"Suddenly" by Colin McNaughton

(ages 5 and up)



"Rotten Island" by William Steig

(ages 8 and up)



"Rotten Teeth" by Laura Sims

(ages 8 and up)



"Library Dragon" by Carmen Agra Deedy

(ages 7 and up)



"The Web Files" by Margie Palatini

(ages 8 and up)



"I Wanna Iguana" by Karen Orloff

(ages 8 and up)



"Tornado" by Betsy Byers

(ages 8 and up)



"Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School" by Mark Teague

(ages 9 and up)


"The closest we will ever come to an orderly universe is a good library."

-Ashleigh Brilliant