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Picture Books

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Aardema, Verna
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
Reveals the meaning of the mosquito's buzz.

Miss Nelson Is Missing
Allard, Harry
Miss Nelson Is Missing
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

Snowmen at Night
Buehner, Caralyn
Snowmen at Night
Snowmen play games at night when no one is watching.

Book! Book! Book!
Bruss, Deborah
Book! Book! Book!
When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.

Cannon, Janell
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

The Great Kapok Tree
Cherry, Lynn
The Great Kapok Tree
The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

Strega Nona
DePaola, Tomie
Strega Nona
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
Fleming, Candace
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Tough Boris
Fox, Mem
Tough Boris
Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris cries when his parrot dies.

The Girl Who Loved Wild HorsesGoble, Paul
The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.

ChrysanthemumHenkes, Kevin
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts going to school and the other children make fun of it.

Whistle For WillieKeats, Ezra Jack
Whistle For Willie
A little boy wishes so much he could whistle.

FrederickLionni, Leo
Frederick, the poet mouse, stores up something special for the long cold winter.

Thunder CakePolacco, Patricia
Thunder Cake
Grandma finds a way to dispel her grandchild's fear of thunderstorms.

Long Night MoonRylant, Cynthia
Long Night Moon
Text and illustrations depict the varied seasonal full moons that change and assume personalities of their own throughout the year.

The True Story of the Three Little PigsScieszka, Jon
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.

Doctor De SotoSteig, William
Doctor De Soto
Dr. De Soto, a mouse dentist, copes with the toothaches of various animals except those with a taste for mice, until the day a fox comes to him in great pain.

Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience SchoolTeague, Mark
Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School
Gertrude LaRue receives typewritten and paw-written letters from her dog Ike, entreating her to let him leave the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy and come back home.

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