Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley

Congratulation, Miss Malarkey by Judy Finchler and Kevin O’Malley

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Congratulations, Miss Malarkey!

By Judy Finchler & Kevin O’Malley

Illustration by Kevin O’Malley

Storyline: The fifth-grade children from Miss Malarkey’s class are very worried that there’s something going on with their teacher. She seems easily distracted and often she giggles and sings to herself. She even made the school principal, Mr. Wiggins, laugh. Continue reading

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

Wolf by Sara Fanelli

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Wolf

By Sara Fanelli

Storyline: Wolf is a story about dealing with prejudice and exclusion, and learning from it. About trying to fit in and, ultimately, despite rejection, remaining positive.

Wolf is, as you may correctly think, a wolf. He has black fur, red eyes, gray teeth(?) and colored boots, one red, one yellow. He wants to make new friends Continue reading

Crow Call by Lois Lowry

Call Crow by Lois Lowry

Call Crow by Lois Lowry

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Crow Call

By Lois Lowry

Illustration Bagram Ibatoulline

Storyline: It is an early November morning and Liz and her dad have gone hunting. Liz is a little shy and doesn’t know her dad very well. Her father had just returned home after being out to war. Continue reading

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

Barnaby Never Forgets by Pierre Collet-Derby

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Barnaby Never Forgets

By Pierre Collet-Derby

Storyline: Barnaby is a school age rabbit (yes, rabbits go to school too) that has a problem: he is, sometimes, forgetful. But who isn’t, you’d say and you’d be right. Barnaby, for example, forgot where he put his glasses (yes, yes, rabbits can wear glasses too, can’t they?). Continue reading

Little Ree by Ree Drummond

Little Ree by Ree Drummond

Little Ree by Ree Drummond

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Little Ree

By Ree Drummond

Illustrated by Jaqueline Rogers

Storyline: Little Ree is about seven or eight years old when she moves to her grandparents’ ranch to be a country girl. She brings with all her toys, her pets, the brother and the parents. And of course, all her excitement. But she’s not sure if this life is for her. Continue reading

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

the big little book of happy sadness by colin thompson

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson

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The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness

By Colin Thompson

Storyline: There’s not much happening in George’s life. His days are the same: school and back home, at his grandmother’s, a sad place and an empty one for the boy. We don’t know what happened to his parents but they are absent from his life hence the emptiness he feels. His grandma is a kind lady but they are not too close and George feels they are on different planets. Continue reading

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

The Birthday Party by Ronald and Juanita Destra

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The Birthday Party

By Ronald & Juanita Destra

Storyline: Children love birthday parties. There’s balloons, presents, cake, and all their friends together. And they are promised few hours, the least, of full of fun. All day long they are waiting for the party, building up excitement and anticipation.   Continue reading

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker

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Journey

By Aaron Becker

Storyline: The heroin of this book, a girl about seven years old, lives in a big city. There, people are very busy and everything is monochromatic, shades of brown perhaps (or rather gray which, as right now, I find it highly inappropriate to speak of, thanks to that writer, you know who). The only bright spots are her toys, a scooter, a kite, a pencil, all red. Continue reading

Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington by Michael Bond

Paddington by Michael Bond

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Paddington

By Michael Bond

Illustration by R.W. Alley

Storyline: Judy was just about to arrive in town and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Brown were waiting for her on the Paddington railway station. Continue reading

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

Rescued by Love by Lindsay Jouet

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Rescued by Love

By Lindsay Jouet

Storyline: What do you do when your dog is home alone? You can try a toy, a bone, a sleeping pill (just kidding), your old shoes, the kennel, or anything else that may come to your mind. But if nothing works, then turn to this book. It says that if your dog gets lonely then it’s time to find him a friend. Continue reading

Inky and the King by Richard Wickliffe

Inky and the King By Richard Wickliffe

Inky and the King
By Richard Wickliffe

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Inky and the King

By Richard Wickliffe

Storyline: This story is a clever tale that touches on diversity, confidence and inner strength, written with beat and imagination. Though a little too lengthy for a picture book, it has the potential to ignite children’s curiosity about the creatures of the deep ocean.

One day, while venturing out of his allowed part of the ocean, Inky, a clever but shy squid, finds a treasure chest. Continue reading

What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room by Ann Stott

what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott

what to do when you are sent to your room by ann stott

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What to Do When You Are Sent to Your Room

By Ann Stott

Illustration by Stephen Gilpin

Storyline: Ben has enough experience to write a self-help book about what to do when you are sent to your room. He has it mastered, a sign that he has done it a lot. He says that he gets sent to his room for feeding the dog his dinner but, from what we read, we pick at other reasons as well. Continue reading

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

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day By Judith Viorst

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day
By Judith Viorst

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not Good, Very Bad Day

By Judith Viorst

Illustration by Ray Cruz

Storyline: Alexander is having a very bad day. In fact, it is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day, as he says. It starts early in the morning when he noticed gum in his hair because he had gone to sleep with gum in his mouse (a very bad idea, I should say). Continue reading

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valery Gorbachev

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Turtle’s Penguin Day

By Valery Gorbachev

Storyline:  One night, after learning interesting facts about penguins when his father read to him at bed time, Little Turtle dream that he was a penguin. He dreamed that he was swimming on the ocean and played on the ice. Continue reading

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French

Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French

Diary-of-a-wombat by Jackie French

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Diary of a Wombat

By Jackie French

Illustration by Bruce Whatley

Storyline: What does a day in the life of wombat looks like? Well, let’s read the diary of Mothball, the wombat. Continue reading

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

Hogwash! by Karma Wilson

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Hogwash!

By Karma Wilson

Illustration by Jim McMullan

Storyline:  It’s spring cleaning at the farm. After scrubbing clean his horses, ducks, cows, dogs, goats and other animals and birds on Farmer’s yard, all was left, were the hogs. So Farmer took his pail and soap and headed to the pigs’ pen. Continue reading

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia C. McKissack

Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney

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Goin’ Someplace Special

By Patricia C. McKissack

Illustration by Jerry Pinkney

Storyline: Mama Frances is in the kitchen, preparing vegetables for cooking when ‘Tricia Ann asks her if she can go Someplace Special all by herself. She’s all dressed up in a nice blue dress with a yellow ribbon, a hat, and a hand purse. ‘Tricia Ann is about 12 years old but as her grandmother, Mama Frances, says, “goin’ off alone is a mighty big step”. Continue reading

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

Bun Bun Button by Patricia Polacco

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Bun Bun Button

By Patricia Polacco

Storyline: Darlings are the blessed kind. According to Grandma Darling, the Old Blue Chair that sat in the living room was a love soaker (we, on more everyday language, would call it a love chair): everybody that sat in it was touched by love and luck. And, as we can see from the first page of the book, there sat cats, dogs, Grandma Darling herself and her granddaughter, Paige Elizabeth Darling, who was visiting from time to time after school. Continue reading

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell

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Welcome to Kindergarten

By Ann Rockwell

Storyline: A little boy named Tim receives an invitation to meet his kindergartner teacher on Thursday at 3 o’clock, at the school on Sunrise Street.  As he explores the building and meets new friends, he shares his experiences with the reader. Continue reading

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambauld

Illustration by Lois Elhert

Storyline: It seems that there isn’t much to say about this book – “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”-, that all is self-explanatory, and yet, for those of us who didn’t got a chance to read it, or forgot about it, here is a summary.

It all started with the letter “A” … A told B, and B told C, “I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree”. Continue reading

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

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Sector 7

By David Wiesner

Storyline: The kids are out on a school trip. Today, they are going to the Observatory on the Empire State building. The place is huge; from the ground you cannot see its end. The kids climb the stairs all the way up and the building is so tall that its tower is surrounded by clouds. Up at the top visibility is very low. It looks like the for is dense. As you go further, Continue reading

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

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Dragons Love Taco

By Adam Rubin

Illustration by Daniel Salmieri

Storyline: This is the most nonsensical book I ever read. But the book made it into The New York Time Bestseller’s list and stood there for a long time. Here is how it goes: Continue reading

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

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The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats

Storyline: Peter wakes up one morning to see that had snowed overnight. Peter is a little boy. He puts on his snowsuit and runs outside to play. He makes footprints on the snow, he knocks the snow from the trees and watch it falling, Continue reading

The Bracelet by Miriam de Rosier

The Bracelet by Miriam de Rosier

The Bracelet by Miriam de Rosier

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The Bracelet

Adapted from a story by Elizabeth Ballard

Illustration by Miriam de Rosier

Storyline: This is a very emotional story about a special bond between a teacher, that has a change of heart, and a student who grows up to think of her as his own family.

Miss Jean Thompson meet Teddy Stallard at the beginning of the school year in her fifth grade class. Continue reading

Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd

Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd

Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd

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Goodnight iPad

by Ann Droyd

Storyline: It was a peaceful night on the house of a rabbit family. The multiple kids were quietly playing on the floor where the toys, one more electronical then other, were laying all over. One child had a baby remote, another was speaking with a friend on its laptop, still some other bunnies were listening to iTunes or playing on their tablets. Continue reading

We Lift-Off by Sean Taylor

we-have-lift-off-by-sean-taylor

We Have Lift-Off by Sean Taylor

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We Have Lift-Off

By Sean Taylor

Illustration by Hannah Shaw

Storyline:  Chicken is looking at a wall where few framed pictures hang and is telling us the story about the time he used to live on a farm. It was an “old dump” says chicken. The farmer, Mr. Tanner, was a waist making machine. He littered the nature and didn’t care about anything else then himself and how to make his house bigger. Continue reading

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

The Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña

The Last Stop on Market Street By Matt de la Peña

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The Last Stop on Market Street

By Matt de la Peña

Illustration by Christian Robinson

Storyline: This is a book about a journey through a diverse and sophisticated city and the way to see it and understand it.

CJ and his grandma, here called Nana, have a Sunday routine: they go to the church first, then they take the bus along the Market Street. Continue reading

The Treasure Hunter by William Boniface

The Treasure Hunter by William Boniface

The Treasure Hunter by William Boniface

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The Treasure Hunter

By William Boniface

Illustration by Jim Harris

Storyline: This is the story of a day dreamer bear that dares to imagine himself in the most exotic places, gathering treasures from all over the world. While he is resting against a hay stack, with his friend, mouse, at his side and a bottle of milk, surrounded by friendly farm animals, he recalls all the places he had traveled in search of precious treasures and unmatched adventures. Continue reading

Agate by Joy Morgan Dey

Agate by Joy Morgan Dey

Agate by Joy Morgan Dey

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Agate by Joy Morgan Day

Illustration by Nikki Johnson

Storyline: Agate, the moose, looks at his own image as reflected in the water at the edge of the lake. He doesn’t like what he sees. He thinks of himself as a “big brown mistake”, as a “Tinker Toy project gone wrong”. Continue reading

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt

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Title White Snow Bright Snow

By Alvin Tresselt

Illustration by Roger Duvoisin

Storyline: It is late fall and people are going about their business like usual, the postman delivering the mail, the farmer stacking wood, the policeman watching the streets, his wife cleaning the house. But the fall won’t last much longer. The winter is coming, everybody says it. Continue reading