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Abuela Abuela / Arthur Dorros

While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City.


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

He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running.  What do you do on a day like that?


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Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock / Eric A. Kimmel

Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.


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Andy and the Lion Andy and the Lion / James Daugherty

In this retelling of Androcles and the Lion, Andy meets a lion on the way to school and wins his friendship for life by removing a thorn from his paw.


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The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose / selected and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

An illustrated collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes, including well-known ones such as "Bah, Bah, Black Sheep" and "Little Boy Blue" and less familiar ones such as "Doctor Foster went to Gloucester" and "When clouds appear like rocks and towers."


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Bark, George Bark, George / Jules Feiffer

"Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack."What's going on with George?


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Bread and Jam for Frances Bread and Jam for Frances / Russell Hoban

Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents grant her wish.


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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? / Bill Martin, Jr.

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a mother looking at them.


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Caps for Sale Caps for Sale / Esphyr Slobodkina

A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.


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The Carrot Seed The Carrot Seed / Ruth Krauss

Despite everyone's dire predictions, a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants.


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A Chair for My Mother A Chair for My Mother / Vera B. Williams

A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.


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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Chicka Chicka Boom Boom / Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.


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Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type Click, Clack, Moo : Cows That Type / Doreen Cronin

When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.


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Come Along, Daisy! Come Along, Daisy! / Jane Simmons

Daisy the duckling becomes so engrossed in playing with dragonflies and lily pads that she temporarily loses her mother.


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The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit / Beatrix Potter

A collection of the four stories relating all the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his mischievous cousin, Benjamin Bunny.


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Corduroy Corduroy / Don Freeman

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.


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Curious George Curious George / H.A. Rey

The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.


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Dinosaur Roar! Dinosaur Roar! / Paul Stickland

Dinosaurs of every size, shape, color, and personality thunder through this fun-filled book that is also a prehistoric primer on opposites.


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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus / Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon!


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Duck on a Bike. Duck on a Bike. / David Shannon

A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.


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Fire Truck Fire Truck / Peter Sis

Matt, who loves fire trucks, wakes up one morning to find that he has become a fire truck, with one driver, two ladders, three hoses, and ten boots.


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Freight Train Freight Train / Donald Crews

Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.


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Froggy Gets Dressed Froggy Gets Dressed / Jonathan London

Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing.


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The Gardener The Gardener / Sarah Stewart

A series of letters relating what happens when, after her father loses his job, Lydia Grace goes to live with her Uncle Jim in the city but takes her love for gardening with her.


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George and Martha George and Martha / James Marshall

Relates two episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.


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Go Away, Big Green Monster! Go Away, Big Green Monster! / Ed Emberley

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.


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Goin' Someplace Special Goin' Someplace Special / Patricia C. McKissack

In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.


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Good Night, Gorilla Good Night, Gorilla / Peggy Rathmann

An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.


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Goodnight Moon Goodnight Moon / Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.


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Gossie Gossie / Olivier Dunrea

Gossie is a gosling who likes to wear bright red boots every day, no matter what she is doing, and so she is heartbroken the day the boots are missing and she can't find them anywhere.


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Grandfather's Journey Grandfather's Journey / Allen Say

A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries.


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Harold and the Purple Crayon Harold and the Purple Crayon / Crockett Johnson

Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.


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Harry, the Dirty Dog Harry, the Dirty Dog / Gene Zion

When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him as a black dog with white spots.


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Henry Hikes to Fitchburg Henry Hikes to Fitchburg / D.B. Johnson

While his friend works hard to earn the train fare to Fitchburg, young Henry Thoreau walks the thirty miles through woods and fields, enjoying nature and the time to think great thoughts. Includes biographical information about Thoreau.


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Horton Hatches the Egg Horton Hatches the Egg / Dr. Seuss

When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation, she asks Horton, the elephant, to sit on her egg--which he does through all sorts of hazards until he is rewarded for doing what he said he would.


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How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? / Jane Yolen

Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.


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I Kissed the Baby! I Kissed the Baby! / Mary Murphy

Various animals tell how they saw, fed, sang to, tickled, and kissed the new duckling.


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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie If You Give a Mouse a Cookie / Laura Joffe Numeroff

Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young child's day.


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It Could Always Be Worse It Could Always Be Worse / Margot Zemach

Unable to stand his overcrowded and noisy home any longer, a poor man goes to the Rabbi for advice.


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John Henry John Henry / Julius Lester

Retells the life of the legendary African American hero who raced against a steam drill to cut through a mountain.


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Julius Julius / Angela Johnson

When Maya's grandfather comes for a visit, he brings a surprise in a crate-something, he says, to teach her "fun and sharing". Maya hopes it's a horse or a big brother. But instead it's Julius, a big, cool pig.


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Kitten's First Full Moon Kitten's First Full Moon / Kevin Henkes

When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it


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Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse / Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.


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The Little Red Hen : An Old Story The Little Red Hen : An Old Story / Margot Zemach

The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.


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Lon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story from China Lon Po Po : A Red-Riding Hood Story from China / Ed Young

Three sisters staying home alone are endangered by a hungry wolf who is disguised as their grandmother.


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Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile / Bernard Waber

Lyle is perfectly happy living with the Primms on East 88th St. until irritable Mr. Grumps next door changes all that.


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Mabela the Clever Mabela the Clever / Margaret Read MacDonald

An African folktale about a mouse who pays close attention to her surroundings and avoids being tricked by the cat


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Machines at Work Machines at Work / Byron Barton

During a busy day at the construction site, the workers use a variety of machines to knock down a building and begin constructing a new one.


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Madeline Madeline / Ludwig Bemelmans

Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940.


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Make Way for Ducklings Make Way for Ducklings / Robert McCloskey

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.


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Mama Cat Has Three Kittens Mama Cat Has Three Kittens / Denise Fleming

While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.


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The Man Who Walked Between the Towers The Man Who Walked Between the Towers / Mordicai Gerstein

A lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.


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Martha Speaks Martha Speaks / Susan Meddaugh

Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup


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Millions of Cats Millions of Cats / Wanda Gag

How can an old man and his wife select one cat from a choice of millions and trillions?


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Miss Nelson Is Missing! Miss Nelson Is Missing! / Harry Allard

The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute


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Mr. Gumpy's Outing Mr. Gumpy's Outing / John Burningham

Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.


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Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : an African Tale Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters : an African Tale / John Steptoe

Mufaro's two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.


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Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! / Candace Fleming

After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables


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My Friend Rabbit My Friend Rabbit / Eric Rohmann

Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.


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The Napping House The Napping House / Audrey Wood

In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.


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No, David! No, David! / David Shannon

A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.


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Off to School, Baby Duck! Off to School, Baby Duck! / Amy Hest

Baby Duck experiences the fear of the first day of school, but with a little help from Grampa, everything turns out okay in the end.


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Old Black Fly Old Black Fly / Jim Aylesworth

Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be. Illustrations by Stephen Gammell.


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Olivia Olivia / Ian Falconer

Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.


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Owen Owen / Kevin Henkes

Owen's parents try to get him to give up his favorite blanket before he starts school, but when their efforts fail, they come up with a solution that makes everyone happy.


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Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me / Eric Carle

Monica's father fulfills her request for the moon by taking it down after it is small enough to carry, but it continues to change in size. Some pages fold out to display particularly large pictures


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Pierre : a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue Pierre : a Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue / Maurice Sendak

A story with a moral air about Pierre, who learned to care.

 


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The Polar Express The Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg

A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.


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Puss in Boots Puss in Boots / Charles Perrault

A retelling of the French fairy tale in which a clever cat wins his master a fortune and the hand of a princess


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Round Trip Round Trip / Ann Jonas

Black and white illustrations and text record the sights on a day trip to the city and back home again to the country. The trip to the city is read from front to back and the return trip, from back to front, upside down.


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Rumpelstiltskin Rumpelstiltskin / Paul Zelinsky

A strange little man helps the miller's daughter spin straw into gold for the king on the condition that she will give him her first-born child.


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The Snowy Day The Snowy Day / Ezra Jack Keats

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.


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Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails Spots, Feathers, and Curly Tails / Nancy Tafuri

Questions and answers highlight some outstanding characteristics of farm animals, such as a chicken's feathers and a horse's mane.


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The Story of Ferdinand The Story of Ferdinand / Munro Leaf

The story of a docile bull who would rather smell flowers than engage in the bullfights in Madrid.


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The Stray Dog The Stray Dog / Marc Simont

A family befriends a stray dog, names him Willy, and decides to keep him.


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Strega Nona Strega Nona / Tomie de Paola

A retelling of an old Italian tale about what happens when Strega Nona leaves her apprentice alone with her magic pasta pot, and he is determined to show the townspeople how it works.


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Swimmy Swimmy / Leo Lionni

Swimmy, the only black fish of the entire school, devises for himself and his adopted brothers and sisters a safer way to live in the sea.


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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble Sylvester and the Magic Pebble / William Steig

In a moment of fright Sylvester the donkey asks his magic pebble to turn him into a rock but then can not hold the pebble to wish himself back to normal again.


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Tar Beach Tar Beach / Faith Ringgold

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.


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Ten, nine, eight Ten, nine, eight / Molly Bang

Numbers from ten to one are part of this lullaby which observes the room of a little girl going to bed.


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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly / Simms Taback

Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940's with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows.


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The Three Bears The Three Bears / Paul Galdone

Three bears return from a walk and find a little girl asleep in baby bear's bed.


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Trashy Town Trashy Town / Andrea Zimmerman

Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.


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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs / Jon Scieszka

The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

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