by Melanie Watt
As the author/illustrator attempts to create a picture book about a
mouse in a house, her rotund feline Chester sends the mouse packing
and attempts to rewrite the story with his handy red marker.
Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
A lonely pencil timidly draws a boy, a
dog, and other items but soon faces a problem as his creations begin
demanding changes, and when he draws an eraser to make them happy,
the real trouble begins.
Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to
his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.
at the Swamp by Kristyn Crow
Upon hearing a swamp monster's
splashing, rumbling approach, a boy hides in a tree, where he is
soon joined by his sister, brother, two cousins, and even the
monster itself, until Ma arrives to bring them all home to bed.
is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox
On Thanksgiving Day while everyone naps,
Mouse spots one pea, a perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all
of the fixings--until Cat spots him.
Pink Refrigerator by Time Egan
Dodsworth does as little work as he can,
collecting items from a junkyard and placing them in his thrift
store for sale, until he happens upon a pink refrigerator that spurs
him to do much more with his life.
Soup by Cambria Evans
Retells the classic tale about a
traveller, a ghost, who tricks a town's witches, ghouls, and zombies
into helping him make soup.
Beauty by Bruce Hale
An adaptation of the traditional tale,
featuring a sleeping, snoring princess who is rescued by a prince
after being cursed by a bad fairy.
Joe, the Pirate: A True Story by Bill Harley
Dirty Joe and his pirate crew terrorize
the seven seas in their quest for dirty socks, but they meet their
match in Stinky Annie, whose favorite loot is pilfered underwear.
by Leslie Helakoski
Woolbur, a sheep with a mind of his own,
never seems to follow the flock, despite his parents' reminders
about how he should behave.
Spit a Seed at Sue by Jackie French Koller
One hot summer day, four bored children
start a watermelon seed-spitting battle that soon spreads throughout
Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina by Kirby Larson and
Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of
New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything.
But not Bobbi and Bob Cat--they still had each other. Only by
staying together could they survive. This is the story of their
at the Library by Brian Lies
Bored with another normal, inky evening,
bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the
photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories
Handbook by Mehgan McCarthy
Discusses the requirements for becoming
Coming! by Joe Kulka
All of the animals in the forest go into hiding because the wolf is
coming, but why they are hiding is the big surprise.
Muddle's Holidays by Laura Nielsen
Although accustomed to celebrating
nearly all the holidays on the calendar, the Maple Street neighbors
are surprised by the newly-moved-in Mrs. Muddle's definition of a
Sitter by Chuck Richards
When the Mahoney family hires Henry the
Critter Sitter to watch their dog, cat, bird, fish, frog, and snake,
he thinks he is up for the challenge since creature control is his
game, but the pets have a different idea.
and the Strong Pajamas by Viviane Schwarz
After his mother mends his favorite
pajamas, Timothy finds that he has super strength and decides to use
it to help others, but when the pajamas rip again, he loses his
strength just when he needs it most.
Many Toys by David Shannon
Although he finally agrees that he has
too many toys and needs to give them away, there is one toy that
Spencer absolutely cannot part with.
Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter
This true story of Wangari Maathai,
environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining
example of how one woman's passion, vision, and determination
inspired great change.
McCaw Learns to Draw by Kaethe Zemach
Dudley Ellington struggles to learn
anything at school, but when his very patient teacher, Mrs. McGraw,
is unable to draw a face on the board, he helps her figure out how
to do it.