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Wiggle and Waggle

Arnold, Caroline. Wiggle and Waggle. Illus. by Mary Peterson. Charlesbridge, 2007. 48p.
Worm friends Wiggle and Waggle enjoy their muddy home by singing, digging, and swimming together. Fun facts about worms and how they help plants to grow are included.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy
Arnold, Tedd. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Fly Guy. Illustrated by the author. Cartwheel Books/Scholastic, 2007. 30p.
Buzz’s grandma has accidentally swallowed Fly Guy!


On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green

Baker, Keith. On the Go with Mr. and Mrs. Green. Illustrated by the author. Harcourt, 2006. 72p.
The latest adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Green involve snacking on cookies, learning magic, and creating off the wall inventions.


Duck & Company
Caple, Kathy. Duck & Company. Illustrated by the author. Holiday, 2007. 31p.
Each of the five short chapters gives insight into the humorous customer interactions of Rat and Duck as they run their bookstore, “Duck & Company.”

Biscuit and the Little Pup
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin. Biscuit and the Little Pup. Illus. by Pat Schories. HarperCollins, 2008. 29p.
Simple words and apt illustrations relate the adventures of Biscuit and a new puppy friend.

Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater
Cazet, Denys. Minnie and Moo and the Haunted Sweater. Illustrated by the author. HarperCollins, 2007. 45p.
As cow pals Minnie and Moo think of gifts for the farmer’s birthday, Elvis the Rooster disappears and Moo’s freshly knitted sweater appears to be haunted.

Rafi and Rosi: Carnival!

Delacre, Lulu. Rafi and Rosi: Carnival! Illustrated by the author. Rayo, 2006. 63p.
Against all odds, a resourceful Puerto Rican tree frog manages to put a costume together for Carnival.

Fred  and Ted Like to Fly

Eastman, Peter. Fred and Ted Like to Fly. Illustrated by the author. Random/Beginner Books, 2007. 48p.
Best friends, Fred and Ted, enjoy many of the same things, however opposite they may be.

Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories

Gregorich, Barbara. Waltur Paints Himself into a Corner and Other Stories. Illus. by Kristin Sorra.
Houghton, 2007. 48p.
Waltur learns some famous English idioms, such as: “Let sleeping dogs lie”, “Don’t put the cart before the horse” and most importantly, “Don’t paint yourself into a corner.”

Iris and Walter and the Birthday Party

Guest, Elissa Haden. Iris and Walter and the Birthday Party. Illus. by Christine Davenier. Harcourt, 2006. 43p.
Walter has big plans for his birthday party, but a “Surprise” changes the plans.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together

Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together. Illus. by Michael Emberley. Little, Brown, 2007. 32p.
Share these fun, and not too scary, read-aloud stories.

Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise

Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise. Illus. by Marie-Louise Gay. Candlewick, 2006. 42p.
Best friends Houndsley & Catina secretly plan a birthday surprise for one another.

The Best Chef in Second Grade

Kenah, Katharine. The Best Chef in Second Grade. Illus. by Abby Carter. HarperCollins, 2007. 44p.
When Ollie hears that his favorite chef will be visiting his class, he is determined to find the perfect dish to bring.

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Kvasnosky, Laura McGee. Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways. Illustrated by the author. Candlewick, 2006. 42p.
Fox sisters Zelda and Ivy run away, make a time capsule, and find a use for a secret potion in these humorously sweet stories that celebrate sisterhood, creativity, and friendship.




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