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Krosoczka, Jarrett. OLLIE THE PURPLE ELEPHANTNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.9ISBN 037586654XMr. McLaughlin makes a silly promise that he assumes he will never have to keep. He promises that if he ever sees a purple elephant, the family can keep him. And guess what. They find a purple elephant in the park so they bring him home. The family loves Ollie the elephant and they have such fun together. But the cat is jealous and convinces Ollie that he is not wanted. When he runs away, the family is devastated. Will they ever see Ollie again?
Sarcone-Roach, Julia. SUBWAY STORYNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 0375958592Have you ever ridden on a subway? You know how the subway has lots of train cars as part of the long train. This is the story of Jessie. Jessie is a subway car and she was brought to New York City way back in the 1960s. She loved traveling around the city. There was always something exciting going on. But now she is being replaced by a newer car. What will happen to Jessie now? As she sits in a dirty junk yard, she wonders if this is the end for her. Do people even notice that she is gone? What will happen to her now?
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. FIRST THE EGGNew York : Roaring Brook Press, 2007IL K-3, RL 2.0ISBN 1596432721Which came first – the chicken or the egg? What about the word or the story? This is a book about firsts. Come on in to find out about which comes first.
Stevens, April. EDWIN SPEAKS UPNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 0375956336Just an ordinary visit to the supermarket. Well, for the Finnemores, can it ever be an ordinary visit? As Mom and her children try to get organized, the baby is babbling away. But if you listen (or read) closely, maybe you will have something to tell Mrs. Finnemore.
Weber, Elka. ONE LITTLE CHICKENNew York : Tricycle Press, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.2ISBN 1582464014While in her garden, Leora spots a chicken in the yard. She begs her mother to keep the chicken but her mother tells her it is not their chicken but they can keep it until the owner shows up. When the chicken lays some eggs, Leora begs to keep the eggs. Leora and her family are very poor and an omlet would taste so good. But her mother again explains that the eggs belong to the owner of the chicken and they are just keeping the chicken until the owner comes back. How much trouble can one little chicken be?
Winter, Jeanette. THE WATCHER : JANE GOODALL’S LIFE WITH THE CHIMPSNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.2ISBN 0375867740Even as a young girl, Jane Goodall loved watching nature. She watched animals around her to learn about them. Earthworms, birds, cats, dogs – every animal was interesting to her. So it didn’t surprise anyone when she grew up and moved to Tanzania to watch the animals. She has spent her adult life studying chimpanzees. She has become a famous scientist and has found out things about chimps that no one else had ever known. All by watching.
Winter, Jonah. BORN AND BRED IN THE GREAT DEPRESSIONNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.9ISBN 0375861971This is the story of the author’s grandfather who lived through a time known as the Great Depression. It was a time when many people were out of work and had very little to live on. Grandpa Winter lived in East Texas with his wife and eight children. The house had no electricity or even indoor plumbing. As hard as life was, there was time for fun too.
Kohuth, Jane. ESTIE THE MENSCHNew York : Random House, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.4ISBN 0375967788Estie doesn't like people very much. They crowd her and take the best toys. Estie's family call her a mensch. Do you know what a mensch is? Estie learns a lot from her grandmother. But will she learn to accept people and be a good girl?
Kinche, Devon. PRETTY PENNY SETS UP SHOPNew York : Random House, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 037586735XPenny wants to have a birthday party for her grandmother. But there is a problem. Penny doesn’t have any money. How can she get some money to pull this off? But her grandmother has an idea. There are a lot of “treasures” in the attic that Penny can sell. Penny cleans and organizes the attic and set up her Small Mall. Will Penny be able to make enough money to surprise her grandmother?
Esbaum, Jill. TOM’S TWEETNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.5ISBN 0375851712Tom’s natural instinct when he finds a baby bird is to … you know … not be so nice. But then he looks into the baby’s eyes and sees that it is frightened. He decides to leave it alone and just go on his way. But those eyes. How far will Tom go to help this little tweet?
Gal, Susan. INTO THE OUTDOORSNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 4.3ISBN 0375869581Have you ever been camping? There is nothing like getting the family together, packing up the car and setting off for a camping trip. And that is just what this family is off to do. Come along with them as they explore nature in all its beauty.
Hawkes, Kevin. THE WICKED BIG TODDLAH GOES TO NEW YORKNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.3ISBN 0375861882Toddie and his family are visiting New York City. Now Toddie is not your average toddler. He is the biggest kid you will ever see. He is as big as the dinosaurs in the museum. And climbing the Empire State Building is no big deal for this guy. Come along as Toddie takes over New York City.
Hawkes, Kevin. THE WICKED BIG TODDLAHNew York : Knopf, 2007IL K-3, RL 2.8ISBN 0375824278"That's a wicked big toddlah ya got theyah," observes Uncle Bert, with classic Maine understatement. Yep, Toddie is a very big baby. He is Paul Bunyan big. Can you imagine what it is like during diaper changing? Ick! But Toddie is just like any other toddler. He is clumsy and curious. He is sure to make you chuckle!
Van Eekhout, Greg. THE BOY AT THE END OF THE WORLDNew York : Bloomsbury, 2011IL 5-8, RL 5.8ISBN 1599905248When Fisher awakens, he is totally disoriented. You would be too if you were born the age you are now. You see Fisher is part of the Ark. It's a facility where humans and animals have been put into pods with the idea of waking them later when it is safe. So Fisher is not sure what is going on when a damaged robot tells him he must leave. The robot, who Fisher names Click, is programmed to keep Fisher alive, no matter what. But what kind of life will Fisher have as the last human? Can there be other Arks in the world that will hold other humans? Fisher is determined to find out.
Condie, Ally. CROSSEDNew York : Dutton Books, 2011IL YAISBN 0525423656At the end of the first book, Matched, Cassia and Ky have been separated. Now we find Cassia in a labor camp trying to find a way to get back to Ky. And Ky has been sent to a place where no one escapes -- and no one is expected to live for too long. Both teens team up with others to try to find a way to the Outer Provinces. And search for the group known as The Rising. These are the resistance fighters who vow to take down the Society.
Alko, Selina. EVERY DAY DRESS UPNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.3ISBN 0375860924Have you ever played dress up? What did you imagine you were? A princess? The little girl in this book does. But she has other ideas of what she would like to be when she grows up. Maybe she will be someone like Amelia Earhart. Or a great scientist like Marie Curie. Or an artist like Frida Kahlo. What type of woman do you imagine yourself being when you grow up?
McKissack, Pat. NEVER FORGOTTENNew York : Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011IL 3-6, RL 4.0ISBN 0375843841Many books have been written about what life was like for Africans who were taken from their homes and forced into slavery. This book looks at those who were left behind. Those who didn’t know what happened to their friends and family who were taken by the slave traders.
Quattlebaum, Mary. THE HUNGRY GHOST OF RUE ORLEANSNew York : Random House, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.1ISBN 0375862072Fred loves his house. It used to be so jazzy snazzy but it is now full of dust and cobwebs. That is just the way Fred likes it. After all, he's a ghost and doesn't need much. When new people show up and start cleaning the place, Fred gets worried. When they bring in tables and chairs and open a restaurant, Fred gets angry!
Russo, Marisabina. I WILL COME BACK FOR YOU : A FAMILY IN HIDING DURING WORLD WAR IINew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.9ISBN 0375866957A young girl wonders about the bracelet her grandmother always wears. She asks what the charms mean and her grandmother tells her of her childhood in Italy. The family had a good life in Rome. But things changed when the Nazis came to their city. Because they were Jews, their father was forced to leave the family. As things got harder for Jews, the family went into hiding. This story is based on the real life story of the author's grandmother.
Shaw, Hannah. SCHOOL FOR BANDITSNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.9ISBN 0375867686Mr. and Mrs. Raccoon are so disappointed in their son. He is just so neat and tidy. And he is oh so polite. Just no way for a raccoon to act. What can they do? They are at their wits end. Their last hope is to send him to Raccoon School. That will surely cure him. Won't it?
Sierra, Judy. WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL! A READ TOGETHER REBUS STORYNew York : Knopf, 2011IL K-3, RL 1.5ISBN 0375967281The first day of school. The animals in this story are excited. Frog, Duck, Mouse and Snail are anxious to meet their new teacher. This story is full of pictures that make it easy to read the story.
Smith, Alexander Gordon. LOCKDOWN : ESCAPE FROM FURNACENew York : Farrar Straus and Giroux, 2009IL YAISBN 0374324913Fifteen-year-old Alex Sawyer is living in a nightmare. First he is convicted of a murder he didn't commit. Now he is sentenced to life in the worst underground prison you can imagine. It started years ago when teens went on a murder spree. The government created the Furnace and started locking up juveniles and throwing away the key. The prison is guarded by furless dogs with silver eyes and merciless guards in blacksuits wearing gas masks. Alex dreams of escaping but everyone says that it is impossible. But it is the only thing keeping Alex going.
Wishinsky, Frieda. PLEASE, LOUISENew York : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2007IL K-, RL 1.3ISBN 0888997965Do you have a brother or sister? Do they bug you sometimes? Maybe they play with your toys. Or mess up your room. Or are just driving you crazy. In this story, we meet Louise. Louise loves her older brother and loves being with him. But Jake is getting annoyed. When Louise follows Jake into the yard, Jake closes his eyes and wishes that Louise were a dog instead of a little girl. When he opens his eyes, Louise is gone. And now a dog with the same color hair as Louise has shown up.
Plum-Ucci, Carol. FIRE WILL FALLOrlando : Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010IL YAISBN 0152165622In this sequel to Streams of Babel, the Trinity Four have been moved to a remote location to keep them safe. The teens are still suffering after effects of the terrorist attack that killed others. The kids are famous now with their faces all over the television and even in People magazine. So they need to be careful to stay out of sight since the terrorists are still active. They are planning a new attack. But where?
Offill, Jenny. 11 EXPERIMENTS THAT FAILEDNew York : Schwartz & Wade, 2011IL K-3, RL 2.9ISBN 0375847626The young star of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore is back. And this time she is just full of questions. And how do you get answers to some of these questions? Create an experiment. She creates a hypothesis and then designs an experiment to test it. Like "Do dogs like to be covered in glitter?" What kind of experiment will answer that question? Or, Hypothesis-"A piece of bologna will fly like a Frisbee." One small warning: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!
Numeroff, Laura Joffe. WHAT PUPPIES DO BESTNew York : Chronicle Books, 2011IL K-3, RL 3.4ISBN 0811866017Do you have a puppy? What do they do best? Do they make a mess? Do they track mud into the house? Or dig holes in the yard? What do you think they do best?