Back to School with Betsy - Carolyn Haywood
Third-grader Betsy and her friend Billy seem to be always getting into scrapes both inside and outside of school.
Back to School Bigfoot - Samantha Berger
The school year is about to start, and Bigfoot is worried about all the things that could go wrong--but he also remembers that all his friends will be there.
Click, Clack,Quack to School - Doreen Cronin, Ill. by Betsy Lewin
When Farmer Brown and the animals are invited to Farm Day at school, he instructs them to be on their best behavior, forgetting that school can be like a barnyard.
The Day You Begin - Jacqueline Woodson, Ill. by Rafael Lopez
Other students laugh when Rigoberto, an immigrant from Venezuela, introduces himself but later, he meets Angelina and discovers that he is not the only one who feels like an outsider.
Five Little Monkeys Go Shopping - Eileen Christelow
Five little monkeys go shopping for school clothes with their mama, but in spite of her warnings about not wandering off, things quickly get complicated.
Foxy - Emma Dodd
Emily is worried about starting school for the first time, but Foxy waves his magic tail to provide what she needs to be ready.
Llama Llama Misses Mama - Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.
Happy School Year - Susan Milford
Children gather for a first day of school celebration that calms their worries about the day. Includes note about the history of such celebrations, and a related website.
We Don't Eat Our Classmates - Ryan T. Higgins
When the class pet bites the finger of Penelope, a Tyrannosaurus rex, she finally understands why she should not eat her classmates, no matter how tasty they are.
And Then Comes Halloween - Tom Brenner, Ill. by Holly Meade
"When nighttime creeps closer to suppertime and the sky is that certain deep blue-- then it's time to get ready for Halloween!"-
Annie was Warned - Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Disregarding warnings about the creepy mansion outside of town, Annie bravely goes to investigate on Halloween night and gets a big surprise.
Black and Bittern was Night - Robert Heidbreder & John Martz
When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.
Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat - Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.
Five Little Monkeys Trick-or-Treat - Eileen Christelow
When babysitter Lulu takes the five little monkeys trick-or-treating, they decide to change costumes with their friends and try to fool Lulu and their mother.
Los Gatos Black on Halloween - Marisa Montes, Ill. by Yuyi Morales
Easy to read, rhyming text about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words.
Monster Needs a Costume - Paul Czajak, Ill. by Wendy Grieb
As Halloween nears, Monster tries out a variety of costumes, including a cowboy, a ballerina, and a ninja, but finally comes up with the perfect idea.
Nighty Night, Little Green Monster - Ed Emberley
"With the turn of every die-cut page, see Little Green Monster's face gradually appear. Then, as the stars come out, get ready to say good night!"-
Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story - Pat McKissack, Ill. by Eric Velasquez
One October night in 1745, John Leep, a mean and stingy lawyer, sets out to evict a widow from one of his rental houses and is followed by a ghostly rider.
Be Kind - Pat Zietlow Miller, Ill. by Jen Hill
When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better and ponders the different ways in which they can be kind.
The Crocodile and the Dentist - Taro Gomi
Crocodile goes to the dentist, and both of them have to overcome their fears--not only of tooth extractions, but of each other.
Don't Blink - Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Ill. by David Roberts
A page turns every time you blink, bringing you closer to the end of the book--and bedtime.
Giraffe Problems - Jory John, Ill. by Lane smith
A giraffe struggles to feel comfortable with his neck.
How to Eat Pizza - Jon Burgerman
When a slice of pizza realizes it is about to get gobbled up, it quickly offers a few suggestions on what you can eat instead.
Hungry Bunny - Claudia Rueda
In this interactive picture book, the reader must help Bunny as he gathers apples to eat, and uses his red scarf to climb a tree or create a rope bridge.
Julian Is a Mermaid - Jessica Love
A glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
Little Mouse's Big Breakfast - Christine Pym
When Little Mouse realizes he has nothing for breakfast the next morning, he makes his way to the kitchen next door and finds all sorts of appetizing foods that will be perfect for his breakfast.
The Little Red Fort - Brenda Maier, Ill. by Sonia Sanchez
Ruby wants to build a fort, but her three brothers refuse to help, so when the fort is finished Ruby will not let them join her--until the boys come up with a few embellishments for the fort, like a mailbox, a garden, and a fresh coat of paint.
Mae Among the Stars - Roda Ahmed, Ill. by Stasia Burrington
When young Mae Jemison is asked by her teacher what she wants to be when she grows up, African American Mae tells her mostly white classmates that she wants to be an astronaut, a dream that her parents support.
My Pet Wants a Pet - Elise Broach, illustrated by Eric Barclay
A boy's mother, reluctant to allow him even one pet, is increasingly unhappy as each pet wants a pet of its own.
Al Capone Throws Me a Curve - Gennifer Choldenko
Moose has his hands full during the summer of 1936 watching his autistic sister, Natalie, and the warden's daughter, Piper, and trying to get on a baseball team by proving he knows Al Capone.
All Summer Long - Hope Larson
Thirteen-year-old Bina faces her first summer without her best friend, Austin, who has left for soccer camp.
Be Prepared - Vera Brosgol
A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.
Amal Unbound - Aisha Saeed
In Pakistan, Amal holds onto her dream of being a teacher even after becoming an indentured servant to pay off her family's debt to the wealthy and corrupt Khan family.
Checked - Cynthia Kadohata
To help his dog through cancer treatment, Conor gives up hockey and finds himself considering who he is without the sport that has defined him, and connecting more with his family and best friend.
Bolivar - Sean Rubin
When an unlikely parking ticket pulls Bolivar into an adventure from City Hall to New York's Natural History Museum, he must finally make a choice: Bolivar can continue to live unnoticed, or he can let the city see who he really is.
The Journey of Little Charlie - Christopher Paul Curtis
Cap'n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father's debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.
Louisiana's Way Home - Kate DiCamillo
Louisiana Elefante's granny wakes her up in the middle of the night and tells her they need to leave home immediately, and this time Granny intends for them never to return.
Lu - Jason Reynolds
Lu knows he can lead Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and the team to victory at the championships, but it might not be as easy as it seems. Lu needs to figure out, fast, what winning the gold really means.
Saving Winslow - Sharon Creech
When his father brings home an ailing, newborn donkey, Louie names the animal Winslow and takes care of him, but everyone, including Louie's quirky friend Nora, thinks Winslow is not going to survive.
The Art of Miss Chew - Patricia Polacco
Describes how a teacher, Miss Chew encouraged individuality and accepted learning differences, and helped a young student with academic difficulties get extra time to take tests and permission to be in advanced art classes. Inspired by the author's memories of her art teacher.
Best Friend on Wheels - Debra Shirley
A young girl relates all the ways she and her best friend, Sarah, are alike, in spite of the fact that Sarah uses a wheelchair.
El Deafo - Cece Bell
The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her "superpower."
Hello Goodbye Dog - Maria Gianferrari, Ill. by Patrice Barton
A student who uses a wheelchair finds a way to see her dog each day in school.
Janine - Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Janine is one of a kind. She focuses on the positive while navigating life with disabilities. She makes a difference just by being herself.
The Junkyard Wonders - Patricia Polacco
Inspired by a teacher who believes each of them is a genius, a class of special-needs students invents something that could convince the whole school they are justifiably proud to be "Junkyard Wonders."
The Mitten String -Jennifer Rosner, Ill. by Kristina Swarner
Ruthie Tober's family is known for the beautiful, warm mittens they knit, so when she and her mother meet a deaf woman and her baby and give them shelter, Ruthie decides to design very special mittens for them.
Moses Goes to a Concert - Isaac Millman
Moses and his schoolmates, all deaf, attend a concert where the orchestra's percussionist is also deaf. Includes illustrations in sign language and a page showing the manual alphabet.
Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum - Robert Andrew Parker
Bad eyesight doesn't stop Art Tatum from learning to play the family piano as a young boy. Art's musical career grows from playing professional shows in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to appearing with jazz bands across the country.