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Freckle Juice

Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.


Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting?

Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting? by Lauren Child
When her Uncle Ted, the fireman, comes to stay with Clarice and her brothers and sister while her mother is away, things get hectic.


Ramona the Pest

Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
Ramona meets lots of interesting people in class, like Davy whom she keeps trying to kiss and Susan whose springy curls seem to ask to be pulled.


That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom

That Crazy Eddie and the Science Project of Doom by Judy Cox
Matt is dying to win fi rst place in the school science fair. The prize is a $50 gift certifi cate that will buy him the skateboard of his dreams. But when he teams up with his best friend, Eddie, he finds that working together isn’t so easy.


Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown

Second Grade Rules, Amber Brown by Paula Danziger
Matt is dying to win first place in the school science fair. The prize is a $50 gift certificate that will buy him the skateboard of his dreams. But when he teams up with his best friend, Eddie, he finds that working together isn’t so easy.


Owen Foote, Money Man

Owen Foote, Money Man by Stephanie Greene
Ingenious Owen wants to make money for the things he absolutely needs, such as plastic vomit, but he tries to come up with some alternatives to earning an allowance, which sounds like too much work.


Iris and Walter True Friends

Iris and Walter True Friends by Elissa Guest
Walter shows Iris how to make friends with his horse Rain, and in turn, Iris helps Walter deal with a problem at school.


Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin

Pinky and Rex and the Perfect Pumpkin by James Howe
When Rex accompanies Pinky and his relatives on their traditional trip to pick and carve pumpkins, she feels left out because of the jealous behavior of Pinky’s cousin Abby.


Martin Bridge on the Lookout

Martin Bridge on the Lookout by Jessica Scott Kerrin
Three more stories of Martin’s plans unravelling. This time, he has to entertain an unwanted guest, share lunch with a boy who eats erasers and embark on a madcap search for his school’s escaped pet parakeet.


Horrible Harry and the Green Slime

Horrible Harry and the Green Slime by Suzy Kline
Follows the school activities of Harry and Doug, as they participate in a secret mission to celebrate “Charlotte’s Web,” learn how to make green slime, and put on a skit warning about the dangers of smoking.

Three up a Tree

Three up a Tree by James Marshall
Sam and Spider build a tree house and go there with Lolly to trade stories.


The Quigleys

The Quigleys by Simon Mason
The adventures and misadventures of the four members of the Quigley family--Mum, Dad, Lucy, and Will.


Judy Moody gets Famous!

Judy Moody gets Famous! by Megan McDonald
When a third grade classmate gets her picture in the paper for winning a spelling bee, Judy is determined to find a way to become famous herself.


The Heart of Cool

The Heart of Cool by Jamie McEwan
When Bobby moves to a new school, he tries to be the ultimate in cool by imitating Harry Haller, the coolest kid of all.

 

Marvin Redpost:  Super Fast, Out of Control!

Marvin Redpost: Super Fast, Out of Control! by Louis Sachar
Afraid of his new mountain bike, third-grader Marvin finds himself in a desperate situation when he accepts a challenge to ride down Suicide Hill.


The Secret Ingredient

The Secret Ingredient by G. E. Stanley
At first Katie Lynn is excited when people start buying the walnut chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies she is baking with her grandmother’s secret recipe, but then things get terribly complicated. The Katie Lynn Cookie Company series.

Cheater Pants

Cheater Pants by Barbara Park
When her father will not let her stay up late to do her homework, first grader Junie B. copies a classmate’s paper. Junie B., First Grader series.


The Magic Pretzel

The Magic Pretzel by Daniel Pinkwater
Norman Gnormal, who behaves a lot like a dog, fi nds his first real friends when the principal signs him up for the Werewolf Club at school. The Werewolf Club series.


The Secret Birthday

The Secret Birthday by Rosemary Wells
Noisy Nora finds a surprising new site for her birthday party when her mother will not let her invite all of her classmates to her house because it is too small.


Beany and the Meany

Beany and the Meany by Susan Wojciechowski
When Beany’s best friend Carol Ann pairs with the new girl at school to create a science project, Beany must work with Kevin the bully.

Animals

Jenny and the Cat Club

Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
Jenny Linsky, a black cat who lives with Captain Tinker in New York City, has adventures with the neighborhood cats who belong to the Cat Club.


New Girl in Town

New Girl in Town by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Brother Bear’s budding romance with Squire Grizzly’s niece helps bring an end to the fi erce feud between the Grizzly and Bear clans. Berenstain Bears Chapter Books.


Mercy Watson to the Rescue

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.


Jigsaw Pony

Jigsaw Pony by Jessie Haas
Twins Kiera and Fran have never agreed on anything but when their dream comes true and their father surprises them with a pony, they must learn to work together to care for their new pet.


Danny and the Dinosaur

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
A boy is surprised and pleased when one of the dinosaurs from the museum agrees to play with him.


Frog and Toad are Friends

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.

A Bug, a Bear and a Boy Go to School

A Bug, a Bear and a Boy Go to School by David McPhail
A boy, a bear, and a bug enjoy themselves as they go to school, take a ride in a wagon, fly a kite, and paint a picture.


A Bug, a Bear and a Boy Go to School

Three More Stories You Can Read to Your Dog by Sara Miller
Stories addressed to dogs and written from a dog’s point of view, featuring such topics as going to the vet, making friends with a rocklike creature, and getting a bath.


Adventures of Little Bear

Adventures of Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
Little bear’s adventures from the books Birthday Soup, Little Bear Goes to the Moon, What will Little Bear Wear? And Little Bear’s Wish.


Second-Grade Ape

Second-Grade Ape by Daniel Pinkwater
Flash Fleetwood finds a very quiet gorilla which he names Phil, and, to the delight of the second grade students, their teacher Mrs. Hotdogbun says he may attend school along with them.


Adventures of Little Bear

Sophie's Tom by Dick King-Smith
Befriending a stray cat helps a very determined five-year old adjust to school, learn about friends, and pursue her dream of one day becoming a farmer. A sequel to “Sophie’s Snail.”


 

Mystery

Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet

Henry and Mudge and Annie's Perfect Pet by Cynthia Rylant
Although Henry’s cousin Annie likes his dog Mudge, when she gets her own pet she decides that a bunny will be perfect for her.


Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish

"Mr. Putter and Tabby Make a Wish by Cynthia Rylant
Mr. Putter thinks he is too old to celebrate his birthday, but when he remembers some of his past birthdays, he changes his mind.


The Octopus

The Octopus by Cynthia Rylant
Whistler and Lila, two of the mice children who live in a lighthouse, meet a young octopus when they visit the beach during low tide. The Lighthouse Family series.


Hollywood Hound

Hollywood Hound by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Fred enters his mean-looking but sweet dog in a Hollywood contest that could lead to a movie contract, fame, and fortune. A Duz Shedd Story.


Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery

Cam Jansen and the Chocolate Fudge Mystery by David Adler
When Cam Jansen and her friend Eric uncover a mystery while selling fudge door-to-door to raise money for the local library, Cam uses her photographic memory to foil a crime.

Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery

Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery by David Adler
Cam helps her friend Eric when he misplaces his permission slip to go on the school field trip.


Batman:  The Purr-fect Crime

Batman: The Purr-fect Crime by Jason Hernandez-Rosenblatt
When Catwoman tries to outwit Batman and steal two priceless statues, the Dark Knight has to guess what she might try next.


Arthur's Mystery Envelope

Arthur's Mystery Envelope by Marc Brown
It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked confi dential. Arthur Chapter Books.


Case of the Fidgety Fox

Case of the Fidgety Fox by Cynthia Rylant
When the fluffy dice of Melvin the bus driver turn up missing, Bunny and Jack, two animal detect

Historical Fiction

The Golly Sisters Go West

The Golly Sisters Go West by Betsy Byars
May-May and Rose, the singing, dancing Golly sisters, travel west by covered wagon, entertaining people along the way.


The Josefina Story Quilt

The Josefina Story Quilt by Eleanor Coerr
While traveling west with her family in 1850, a young girl
makes a quilt chronicling the experiences of the journey
and reserves a special patch for her pet hen Josefina.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Betsy Lewin
Cowgirl Kate and her cowhorse Cocoa, who is always hungry, count cows, share a story, and help each other fall asleep.


Knights of the Kitchen Table

Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land. The Time Warp Trio series.

The Boxcar Children

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Warner
Four orphaned children run away and live in a boxcar.


Animal Adventures

Animal Adventures by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls and her pioneer family encounter a variety of animals traveling through and living on the American frontier at the turn of the century. A Little House Chapter Book.


Nate the Great

Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate the Great solves the mystery of the missing picture of Fang.


Adventures of Little Bear

Surfboard to Peril by Robert Quackenbush
While surfing in Hawaii, world famous Miss Mallard launches into one of her most dangerous cases, one which involves the ownership of sacred land and leads to kidnapping, mistaken identities, bribery, blackmail, and death-defying chases. A Miss Mallard Mystery

Scary Books / Sports

Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine

Minnie and Moo Meet Frankenswine by Denys Cazet
During a thunderstorm, the farm animals are frightened out of the barn by a monster, and only cow friends Minnie and Moo are brave enough to investigate.


It Came from Beneath the Bed!

It Came from Beneath the Bed! by James Howe
With help from his Uncle Harold, who wrote books about Bunnicula, Howie the wire-haired dachshund writes a story in which he saves the world from a science experiment gone awry. Tales from the House of Bunnicula series.


The Horribly Haunted School

The Horribly Haunted School by Margaret Mahy
Monty is allergic to ghosts; if there’s one around, he sneezes. When he discovers a ghost haunting his home, his mother sends him away to a school where she hopes he will learn that there are no such things. But Monty has only been inside the school a minute when he starts to sneeze.


Mummies in the Morning

Mummies in the Morning by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and his younger sister take a trip in their tree house back to ancient Egypt, where they help a queen’s mummy continue her voyage to the Next Life. Magic Tree House Series


Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark

Scary Stories to Read When It's Dark by Reading Rainbow Readers
Seven short stories from various children’s authors.


Arthur and the Best Coach Ever

Arthur and the Best Coach Ever by Marc Brown
When Arthur’s soccer team gets a new coach who gives them brand new uniforms and lots of ice cream, it takes them a while to realize that he doesn’t know how to coach soccer.<

Hat Trick

Hat Trick by Matt Christopher
When his older brother gets his picture in the paper for scoring three goals in a soccer game, Stookie tries to emulate his feat. Soccer ‘cats series.


Cori Plays Football

Cori Plays Football by Christine Florie
Cori wants to join the football team, and she scores a touchdown at tryouts.


Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia

Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia by Christine Florie
Amelia Bedelia, who knows very little about baseball, stands in for a sick player during a game.


Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day

Junie B. Jones is Captain Field Day by Barbara Park
As captain of Room Nine’s field day team, Junie B. Jones tries to rally her troops after they lose several events.


Sports Stories You'll Have a Ball With

Sports Stories You'll Have a Ball With
A selection of sports stories from other books you will want t

Science Fiction

Wanna Buy an Alien?by Eve Bunting
Ben receives an offer of a ride to the planet Cham with an alien named Iku, and when the appointed meeting time arrives he is not sure if he faces an exciting opportunity or horrible danger.



Akiko and the Alpha Centauri 5000by Mark Crilley
Akiko’s spaceship race from one side of the galazy to the other is complicated when Spuckler discovers that an old rival of his is also competing.



Aliens for Breakfastby Janathan Etra
Finding an intergalactic special agent in his cereal box, Richard joins the extraterrestrial in a fight to save Earth from the Dranes, one of whom is masquerading as a student in

Space Dog the Heroby Natalie Standiford
Space Dog, who is really an alien from the planet Queekrg, has a hard time pretending to be a watchdog when Roy’s father goes away on a business trip.



The Never-Ending Battleby Mark Millar
The adventures of Superman.



Commander Toad and the Space Piratesby Jane Yolen
When Commander Salamander and his band of pirates capture the “Star Warts” spaceship, Commander Toad is forced to hop the plank.