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Picture Books New(ish)

Agee, Jon  :  Terrific



Ahlberg, Allan & Ingman, Bruce:  The Pencil


Armstrong, Jennifer:  Magnus at the Fire


Barton, Chris and Lichtenheld, Tom: Shark vs. Train


Borden, Louise:  The Greatest Skating Race


Bridges, Shirin Yim:  Ruby’s Wish


Bruel, Nick:  Bad Kitty

                        Who is Melvin Bubble?

Cabatingan, Erin:  A is for Musk Ox

Cronin, Doreen:  Diary of a Fly

                                Diary of a Worm


Diakite, Penda:  I Lost My Tooth in Africa


Donaldson, Julia:  The Snail and the Whale


Feiffer, Jules:  Meanwhile . . .


Fleischman, Paul:  Weslandia


Fleming, Candace:  Sunny Boy!:  The Life and Times of a Tortoise

Fleming, Candace:  Clever Jack Takes the Cake


Gerstein, Mordicai:  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers


Gerstein, Mordicai:  The Mountains of Tibet


Gravett, Emily:  Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears


Grey, Mini:  Traction Man is Here!


Grimes, Nikki:  Danitra Brown, Class Clown


Hopkinson, Deborah:  Apples to Oregon


Kimmel, Elizabeth Cody:  The Top Job


Kinsey-Warnock, Natalie:  Nora’s Ark


Kloske, Geoffrey:  Once Upon a Time, the End


Laden, Nina:  Romeow and Drooliet


Lasky, Kathryn:  Marven of the Great North Woods


Lindbergh, Reeve:  Our Nest


Mahy, Margaret:  The Great White Man-Eating Shark


McCully, Emily Arnold:  Mirette on the High Wire


McKissack, Patricia C.:  Precious and the Boo Hag


Ogburn, Jacqueline:  The Bake Shop Ghost


Palatini, Margie:  The Web Files

Palatini, Margie:  Sweet Tooth


Priceman, Marjorie:  How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World


Rathmann, Peggy:  Officer Buckle and Gloria

Reynolds, Aaron:  Creepy Carrots!


Rylant, Cynthia:  The Old Woman Who Named Things


Say, Allen:  Kamishibai Man


Say, Allen:  Grandfather’s Journey


Shulevitz, Uri:  How I Learned Geography


Smith, Lane:  The Happy Hocky Family


Smith, Lane:  John, Paul, George & Ben


Snicket, Lemony & Kalman, Maira:  13 Words


Stanley, Diane:  Saving Sweetness


Stein, David Ezra:  Interrupting Chicken


Thomas, Jan:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies


Valckx, Catharina:  Lizette’s Green Sock


Wells, Rosemary:  Hazel’s Amazing Mother


Wiesner, David:  Flotsam


Willems, Mo:  Knuffle Bunny


Willems, Mo:  Knuffle Bunny Too


Woodruff, Elvira:  The Memory Coat


Woodson, Jacqueline:  Show Way


Picture Book Classics

Allard, Harry:  Miss Nelson is Missing!

                         Miss Nelson is Back


Ardizzone, Edward:   Tim All Alone


Barrett, Judi:  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


Bemelmans, Ludwig:  Madeline


Brown, Margaret Wise:  Goodnight Moon


Burningham, John:  Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car


Burton, Virginia Lee:  Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel


Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Cohen, Miriam:  When Will I Read?


Charlip, Remy:  Fortunately


dePaola, Tomie:  Strega Nona


Freeman, Don:  Fly High Fly Low


George, Jean Craighead:  Nutik, the Wolf Pup


Henkes, Kevin:  Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse


Hoban, Russell:  Bedtime for Frances


Hoban, Russell:  Bread and Jam for Frances


Jeschke, Susan:  Perfect the Pig


Johnson, Crockett:  Harold and the Purple Crayon


Keats, Ezra Jack:  The Snowy Day


Kimmel, Eric:  Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins


Leaf, Munro:  The Story of Ferdinand


Lionni, Leo:  Frederick


Lionni, Leo:  Swimmy


McCloskey, Robert:  Blueberries for Sal


McLerran, Alice:  Roxaboxen


Meddaugh, Susan:  Martha Speaks


Sendak, Maurice:  Where the Wild Things Are


Seuss, Dr.:  Horton Hatches the Egg


Slobodkina, Esphyr:  Caps for Sale


Steig, William:  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


Steig, William:  Doctor De Soto


Swift, Hildegarde H.:  The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge


Titus, Eve:  Anatole


Turkle, Brinton:  Do Not Open


Turkle, Brinton:  Obadiah the Bold


Van Allsburg, Chris:  The Widow’s Broom


Van Allsburg, Chris:  The Wreck of the Zephyr


Ward, Lynd:  The Biggest Bear


Williams, Jay:  Everyone Knows What a Dragon Looks Like


Yashima, Taro:  Crow Boy


Leveled Readers

Cole, Joanna:  Bony-Legs


Gerstein, Mordicai:  Arnold of the Ducks


Hoff, Syd:  Sammy the Seal


Palmer, Helen:  A Fish Out of Water


Parish, Peggy:  No More Monsters for Me!


Seuss, Dr. :  The Cat in the Hat


Seuss, Dr. :  Green Eggs and Ham


Leveled Readers Series Books

Adler, David:  Cam Jansen


Arnold, Tedd:  Fly Guy


Baker, Keith:  Mr. and Mrs. Green


Chaconas, Dori:  Cork & Fuzz


Hall, Katy and Eisenberg, Lisa:  Riddles


Howe, James:  Pinky and Rex


Lobel, Arnold:  Frog and Toad


Marshall, Edward:  Fox and His Friends


Osborne, Mary Pope:  Magic Tree House


Parish, Peggy:  Amelia Bedelia


Roy, Ron:  A to Z Mysteries


Rylant, Cynthia:  Mr. Putter & Tabby


Rylant, Cynthia:  Henry and Mudge


Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman:  Nate the Great


Thomas, Shelley Moore:  Good Knight


Van Leeuwen, Jean:  Amanda Pig


West, Tracey:  Pixie Tricks


Willems, Mo:  Elephant & Piggie


Chapter Books New


Angleberger, Tom:  The Strange Case of Origami Yoda


Buyea, Rob:  Because of Mr. Terrupt


Draper, Sharon M.:  Out of My Mind


Preus, Margi:  Heart of a Samurai


Chapter Books New(ish)

Appelt, Kathi:  The Underneath

Appelt, Kathi:  Keeper

Applegate, Katherine:  The One & Only Ivan 

Avi:  Hard Gold


Balliett, Blue:  Chasing Vermeer


Broach, Elise:  Masterpiece


Broach, Elise:  Shakespeare’s Secret

Buyea, Rob:  Because of Mr. Terupt

Clements, Andrew:  Frindle


Creech, Sharon:  Ruby Holler


Curtis, Christopher Paul:  Bud, Not Buddy


DiCamillo, Kate:  The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


DiCamillo, Kate:  Tale of Despereaux


Donaldson, Julia:  The Giants and the Joneses

Draper, Sharon:  Out of My Mind


Fleischman, Sid:  The Whipping Boy


Gaiman, Neil:  The Graveyard Book


Gutman, Dan:  The Homework Machine


Hurwitz, Johanna:  PeeWee & Plush


Jenkins, Emily:  Toys Go Out


Jones, Diana Wynne:  Witch Week


Levine, Gail Carson:  Dave at Night


Lin, Grace: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon


Lombard, Jenny: Drita, My Homegirl


Look, Lenore:  Alvin Ho


O’Connor, Barbara:  How to Steal a Dog


Rex, Adam:  The True Meaning of Smekday

Ryan, Pam Munoz:  The Dreamer


Seidler, Tor:  Gully’s Travels


Selznick, Brian:  The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Selznick, Brian:  Wonderstruck

Stead, Rebecca:  Liar & Spy


Weeks, Sarah:  Oggie Cooder

Wiles, Deborah:  Countdown

Wiles, Deborah:  Each Little Bird That Sings


Chapter Book Series New(ish)

Barrows, Annie:  Ivy + Bean


Benton, Jim:  Franny K. Stein


Birney, Betty G.:  According to Humphrey


Byng, Georgia:  Molly Moon


DiCamillo, Kate:  Mercy Watson


DiTerlizzi & Black:  The Spiderwick Chronicles


DuPrau, Jeanne:  The City of Ember


Funke, Cornelia:  Inkheart


Gantos, Jack:  Joey Pigza

Haddix, Margaret Peterson: The Missing

Herge:  The Adventures of Tintin


Holm, Jennifer L. & Holm, Matthew:  Babymouse


Kinney, Jeff:  Diary of a Wimpy Kid


Lasky, Kathryn:  Guardians of Ga’Hoole


Martin, Ann M. & Godwin, Laura:  The Doll People


McDonald, Megan:  Judy Moody


McDonald, Megan:  Stink


Pennypacker, Sara:  Clementine


Richler, Mordecai:  Jacob Two-Two


Riordan, Rick:  Percy Jackson & the Olympians


Rodda, Emily:  Deltora Quest


Rowling, J. K.:  Harry Potter


Sage, Angie:  Septimus Heap


Scieszka, Jon:  The Time Warp Trio


Smith, Jeff:  Bone


Stilton, Geronimo:  Geronimo Stilton


Various Authors:  The 39 Clues




Chapter Book Classics

Barrie, J.M.:  Peter Pan


Burnett, Frances Hodgson:  The Secret Garden


Carroll, Lewis:  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland


Caudill, Rebecca:  Did You Carry the Flag Today, Charley?


Dahl, Roald:  James and the Giant Peach


Henry, Marguerite:  Misty of Chincoteague


Holling, Holling Clancy:  Paddle-to-the-Sea


Field, Rachel:  Hitty:  Her First Hundred Years


Fisher, Dorothy Canfield:  Understood Betsy


Fitzhugh, Louise:  Harriet the Spy


Grahame, Kenneth:  The Wind in the Willows


Kipling, Rudyard:  Just So Stories


Konigsburg, E.L.:  From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler


Lawson, Robert:  Ben and Me


L’Engle, Madeleine:  A Wrinkle in Time


McCloskey, Robert:  Homer Price


Milne, A.A.:  Winnie-the-Pooh


Selden, George:  The Cricket in Times Square


Stevenson, Robert Louis:  Treasure Island


Twain, Mark:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


White, E.B.:  Charlotte’s Web


Chapter Book Series (Classics)

Banks, Lynne Reid:  The Indian in the Cupboard


Baum, L. Frank: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


Cleary, Beverly: Romona


Cooper, Susan: The Dark is Rising Sequence


Dixon, Franklin W.:  The Hardy Boys


Eager, Edward:  Tales of Magic


Gannett, Ruth Stiles:  My Father’s Dragon


Keene, Carolyn:  Nancy Drew Mystery Stories


Lewis, C.S.:  The Chronicles of Narnia


Lindgren, Astrid:  Pippi Longstocking


Lovelace, Maud Hart:  Betsy-Tacy


Montgomery, L.M.:  Anne of Green Gables


Norton, Mary:  The Borrowers


Taylor, Sydney:  All-of-a-Kind Family


Warner, Gertrude Chandler:  The Boxcar Children


Wilder, Laura Ingalls:  Little House Books


Folk and Fairy Tales

The Arabian Nights


Babbitt, Natalie:  Ouch!


Craig, M. Jean:  The Donkey Prince


Deedy, Carmen Agra:  Martina the Beautiful Cockroach


Demi:  One Grain of Rice


Forest, Heather:  The Woman Who Flummoxed the Fairies


Gerstein, Mordicai:  Jonah and the Two Great Fish


Gerstein, Mordicai:  Tales of Pan


Hodges, Margaret: The Boy Who Drew Cats


Hodges, Margaret:  Saint George and the Dragon


Homer retold by Lupton, Hugh:  The Adventures of Odysseus


Homer retold by Osborne, Mary Pope:  Tales from the Odyssey


Huck, Charlotte:  Princess Furball


Kimmel, Eric A.: The Jar of Fools


Kimmel, Eric A.:  Three Samurai Cats


Lurie, Alison:  Clever  Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales


Martin, Rafe:  The Rough-Face Girl


San Souci, Robert D.:  The Talking Eggs


Talbott, Hudson:  O’Sullivan Stew


Willey, Margaret:  Clever Beatrice


Yolen, Jane:  Greyling


Young, Ed:  Seven Blind Mice



Clements, Andrew: Dogku


Florian, Douglas:  Bing Bang Boing


Issa, Kobayashi: Today and Today: Haiku


Janeczko, Paul B.:  A Kick in the Head


Katz, Susan:  Oh, Theodore!  Guinea Pig Poems


Kuskin, Karla:  Moon, Have You Met My Mother?


Milne, A. A.:  The World of Christopher Robin


Reibstein, Mark: Wabi Sabi


Rex, Adam:  Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich


Ruddell, Deborah: A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk: A Forest of Poems


Sidman, Joyce:  Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems


Sierra, Judy:  Monster Goose


Singer, Marilyn:  Mirror Mirror:  A Book of Reversible Verse



Agee, Jon:  Who Ordered the Jumbo Shrimp?  and Other Oxymorons


Beeler, Selby:  Throw Your Tooth on the Roof


Bishop, Nic:  Frogs


Bolden, Tonya:  Maritcha:  A Nineteenth Century American Girl 


Borden, Louise:  The Journey That Saved Curious George


Brenner, Barbara:  The Boy Who Loved to Draw:  Benjamin West


Brown, Laurie Krasny:  How to Be a Friend


Burton, Virginia Lee:  Life Story


Cole, Joanna:  Magic School Bus (Series)


Cook, Sally and Charlton, James:  Hey Batta Batta Swing! : The Wild Old Days of Baseball


Curlee, Lynn:  Capital


D’Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar Parin:  Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths


Demi:  Gandhi


Fleming, Candace:  The Lincolns


Fleming, Thomas:  Everybody’s Revolution


Floca, Brian: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo II


Fradin, Dennis Brindell:  Duel!  Burr and Hamilton’s Deadly War of Words


Fritz, Jean:  George Washington’s Breakfast


Gates, Phil:  The History News:  Medicine


Gibbons, Gail:  Coral Reefs


Giff, Patricia Reilly:  Don’t Tell the Girls:  A Family Memoir


Gourley, Catherine:  Welcome to Felicity’s World, 1774


Griffin, Judith Berry:  Phoebe The Spy


Hatkoff, Isabella,  Hatkoff, Craig and Kahumbu, Dr. Paula:  Owen & Mzee


Helfer, Ralph:  The World’s Greatest Elephant


Hofmeyr, Dianne and Daly, Jude:  the Star-Bearer


Hopkinson, Deborah and Ransome, James E.:  Sky Boys:  How They Built the Empire State Building


Hutchins, Hazel:  A Second is a Hiccup


Jones, Charlotte Foltz:  Mistakes That Worked


Kerley, Barbara:  The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins


Kindersley, Barnabas & Anabel:  Children Just Like Me


King, Dr. Martin Luther, Jr.:  I Have a Dream


Kurlansky, Mark:  The Story of Salt


Leedy, Loreen:  Measuring Penny


Luenn, Nancy:  Celebrations of Light


Lunde, Darrin:  Hello, Bumblebee Bat


McNulty, Faith:  How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World


Millard, Dr. Anne:  A Street Through Time:  A 12,000-Year Walk Through History


Montgomery, Sy:  The Tarantula Scientist


Morrison, Taylor:  The Buffalo Nickel


Nagda, Ann Whitehead:  Panda Math


Nagda, Ann Whitehead and Bickel, Cindy:  Tiger Math


Nelson, Kadir:  We Are the Ship:  The Story of Negro League Baseball


Neuschwander, Cindy:  Sir Cumference and the First Round Table


O’Connor, Jane:  If the Walls Could Talk:  Family Life at the White House 


Rappaport, Doreen:  Abe’s Honest Words


Rubin, Susan Goldman:  Delicious:  The Life & Art of Wayne Thiebaud


Rylant, Cynthia:  The Journey:  Stories of Migration


St. George, Judith: So You Want to Be President?


Sayre, April Pulley:  Vulture View


Schwartz, David M. and Schy, Yael:  Where in the Wild?


Scott, Elaine:  When Is a Planet Not a Planet?


Sis, Peter:  Starry Messenger


Sis, Peter:  The Wall


Stiles, David:  The Tree House Book


Talbott, Hudson:  River of Dreams


Talbott, Hudson:  United Tweets of America


Thimmesh, Catherine:  Team Moon


Various Authors:  Eyewitness Books Series


Winters, Kay:  Colonial Voices Hear Them Speak


Yolen, Jane and Stemple, Heidi Elisabet Yolen:  Roanoke:  The Lost Colon