• The Best School Year Ever

    by Barbara Robinson
    The Herdmans are the most famous kids at Woodrow Wilson School. In fact, they are the most famous kids in the whole town -- and they are the worst kids in the history of the world. They are dirty, rotten, lazy, and ornery. They tell lies and smoke cigars and set fire to things. They stay away from school whenever they want to and won't learn anything when they are there. Every September the students and teachers gear up for another year of dealing with the Herdmans. But no matter what precautions are taken, these modern-day outlaws still manage to cause hilarious mayhem year-round.
    Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares

    by Frank Murphy
    Discover the secret of Ben Franklin’s famous math puzzle—and make one of your own! For fans of Sudoku!
    The BFG

    by Roald Dahl
    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. Also recommended: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    by Shel Silverstein
    More than 100 wacky, wonderful poems to share!

    by Arnold Lobel
    Meet a pig who flies through marshmallow clouds, a dancing camel, and more silly animals!
    Math=Fun!: Pizza Fractions

    by Jerry Pallotta , Illustrated by Rob Bolster
    Pizza makes learning fractions fun!
    The Magic School Bus Inside the Earth

    by Joanna Cole , Illustrated by Bruce Degen
    "Ms. Frizzle, the wackiest, wisest teacher in picture books … returns to teach geology via a field trip to the center of the earth." Booklisticon
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

    by Robert Frost , Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
    Whose woods these are, I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here, To watch his woods fill up with snow. Great poem with beautiful pictures!
    Martin Luther King (Usborne Famous Lives)

    by Multiple
    Martin Luther King, Jr., fought for everyone to be free. Read his true-life story with color photos!
    Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, A Message from Chief Seattle

    by Susan Jeffers
    During the 1850s, the white man negotiated to buy some land from the Northwest nations. Chief Seattle, head of the Suqamish and Duwamish Indians, spoke to the white man in his native tongue about the importance of preserving the earth. His speech, translated and lushly illustrated by Susan Jeffers, eloquently conveys the message that we must respect the Earth and all it has on it. This speech has been the inspiration for many environmental movements.
    Charlotte's Web

    by E.B. White
    This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loves a little pig named Wilbur -- and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful, large, gray spider who lives with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never does anything for anybody unless there is something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of their own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.
    Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective

    by Donald J. Sobol
    A Civil War sword ... a watermelon stabbing ... missing roller skates ... a trapeze artist's inheritance ... and an eyewitness who's legally blind! These are just some of the ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain. Try to crack the cases along with him -- answers to all the mysteries are found in the back of the book!
    Go Free or Die, A Story About Harriet Tubman

    by Jeri Ferris , Illustrated by Karen Ritz
    A biography of Harriet Tubman, the black woman whose cruel experiences as a slave in the South led her to seek freedom in the North for herself and for others through the Underground Railroad.
    The Keeping Quilt

    by Patricia Polacco , Illustrated by Patricia Polacco
    When Patricia Polacco's great-great-grandmother came to America from Russia, she made a quilt out of the family's old clothes. This quilt became a cherished symbol of love passed down from mother to daughter for almost a century -- and was used for a variety of purposes. Heartwarming pictures of the quilt welcoming new babies and celebrating weddings -- even being used as a Sabbath tablecloth -- tie together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family and chronicle their enduring love and faith. In this tenth-anniversary edition, Polacco has expanded her beloved story with new pages of text and paintings to include her own two children using the quilt in the same ways that their ancestors did.
    Mr. Popper's Penguins

    by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater , Illustrated by Robert Lawson
    It is hard enough for Mr. Popper to support himself, Mrs. Popper, Bill, and Janie Popper. The addition of 12 penguins to the family makes it impossible to make both ends meet. Then Mr. Popper has a splendid idea -- the talented penguins will be a sensation on the stage. And so they are.... A classic of American humor, this Newbery Honor-winning story of a gentle housepainter and his high-stepping penguins has delighted children for generations.
    Ramona Quimby, Age 8

    by Beverly Cleary , Illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
    Ramona feels quite grown-up taking the bus by herself, helping big sister Beezus make dinner, and trying hard to be nice to pesky Willa Jean after school. Turning eight years old and entering the third grade can do that to a girl. So how can her teacher call her a nuisance?
    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

    by Judy Blume , Illustrated by Roy Doty
    Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter feel like a fourth-grade nothing. Fudge is never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything -- and Peter's had enough. When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw.

    What Are You Figuring Now?, A Story About Benjamin Banneker

    by Jeri Ferris , Illustrated by Amy Johnson
    A biography of the African-American farmer and self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor for the new capital city of the United States in 1791, who also calculated a successful almanac notable for its preciseness.

    Sarah, Plain and Tall

    by Patricia MacLachlan
    When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. This tender, reassuring story is a Newbery Medal winner and a timeless classic.


    by Brian Floca Avi
    As ruler of Dimwood Forest, Ocax the hoot owl has promised to protect the mice occupying an abandoned farmhouse as long as they ask permission before "moving about." Poppy, a timid deer mouse, is a loyal, obedient subject -- until she sees Ocax devour her fiancé. To prove that the intimidating ruler is a phony, Poppy embarks on a dangerous and eye-opening quest, which ends with her one-on-one battle with Ocax.

    Poppy and Rye

    by Avi , Illustrated by Brian Floca
    Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed's family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed's brother, Rye, brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye -- who has lived in Ragweed's shadow -- fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy's love.