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KCLS Recommends: Children's - Books to Read Aloud

Pete the Cat
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes By Litwin, Eric (Book - 2010 ) E LITWIN Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 116 copies

Annotation:As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.

Balloons Over Broadway
Balloons Over Broadway The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade By Sweet, Melissa, 1956- (Book - 2011 ) E791.53092 SWE Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 44 copies

Annotation:This picture biography tells the story of the puppeteer Tony Sarg, capturing his genius, his dedication, his zest for play, and his long-lasting gift to America--the inspired helium balloons that would become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ages 4-8.

The Doll People
The Doll People By Martin, Ann M., 1955- (Book - 2000 ) J MARTIN Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 51 copies

Annotation:Annabelle has been an 8-year-old doll in the same house for 100 years when a new family of plastic dolls arrives, bringing an end to her boredom and the chance to solve an old mystery. Ages 8-12

Each Little Bird That Sings
Each Little Bird That Sings By Wiles, Deborah (Book - 2006 ) J WILES Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 31 copies

Annotation:Comfort Snowberger, whose family runs the town funeral home, has attended many funerals and believes she is familiar with loss until the sudden death of Great-uncle Edisto begins a series of events for which she is unprepared. Ages 9-12

The End of the Beginning
The End of the Beginning Being the Adventures of A Small Snail (and An Even Smaller Ant) By Avi, 1937- (Book - 2004 ) J AVI Available in some locations

Annotation:Avon the snail and Edward, a take-charge ant, set off together on a journey to an undetermined destination in search of unspecified adventures. Ages 7-10

Exclamation Mark
Exclamation Mark By Rosenthal, Amy Krouse (Book - 2013 ) E ROSENTHAL Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 60 copies

Annotation:A punctuation mark- who longs to fit in with others despite his strange appearance --is taught the value of being different by a friend. Ages 5 and up

Holes
Holes By Sachar, Louis, 1954- (Book - 2003 ) J SACHAR Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 35 copies

Annotation:As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. Ages 10-14

How to Eat Fried Worms
How to Eat Fried Worms By Rockwell, Thomas, 1933- (Book - 1973 ) J ROCKWELL Available in some locations

Annotation:Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal. Ages 8-11

Inkheart
Inkheart By Funke, Cornelia Caroline (Book - 2003 ) J FUNKE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 55 copies

Annotation:Meggie lives a quiet life with her father Mo, a bookbinder, until the night he reads aloud and the villain Capricorn comes out of the book into the real world and tries to use Mo’s talents for his own evil purposes. Ages 10-14

Kensuke's Kingdom
Kensuke's Kingdom By Morpurgo, Michael (Book - 2003 ) J MORPURGO Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 39 copies

Annotation:When Michael is swept off his family's yacht, he washes up on a desert island, where he struggles to survive--until he finds he is not alone. Ages 9-12

Masterpiece
Masterpiece By Broach, Elise (Book - 2008 ) J BROACH Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 38 copies

Annotation:Marvin the beetle is a talented artist who makes a miniature drawing as a birthday gift for James, the boy whose apartment he shares, not realizing that this will involve them both in the search for an art thief at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ages 8-12

Math Curse
Math Curse By Scieszka, Jon (Book - 1995 ) E SCIESZKA Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 35 copies

Annotation:When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse. Ages 7-10

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile
Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile By Paye, Won-Ldy (Book - 2003 ) J398.208996 PAY Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 32 copies

Annotation:When a crocodile captures Mrs. Chicken and takes her to an island to fatten her up, clever Mrs. Chicken claims that she can prove they are sisters, and therefore the crocodile shouldn't eat her. Ages 3-7

The Mysterious Benedict Society
The Mysterious Benedict Society By Stewart, Trenton Lee (Book - 2007 ) J STEWART Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 85 copies

Annotation:After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules. Ages 9-12

A Nest for Celeste
A Nest for Celeste A Story Abourt Art, Inspiration, and the Meaning of Home By Cole, Henry, 1955- (Book - 2010 ) J COLE Available in some locations

Annotation:Celeste, a mouse longing for a real home, becomes a source of inspiration to teenaged Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John James Audubon, at a New Orleans, Louisiana, plantation in 1821. Ages 7-10.

Pippi Longstocking
Pippi Longstocking By Lindgren, Astrid, 1907-2002 (Book - 1997 ) J LINDGREN Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 35 copies

Annotation:Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village. Ages 7-10

Riding Freedom
Riding Freedom By Ryan, Pam Muñoz (Book - 1998 ) J RYAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance. Ages 8-12

Ruby Lu, Brave and True
Ruby Lu, Brave and True By Look, Lenore (Book - 2004 ) J LOOK Available in some locations

Annotation:"Almost-eight-year-old" Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks, learns to drive, and has adventures with both old and new friends. Ages 6-8

Schooled
Schooled By Korman, Gordon (Book - 2007 )

Annotation:Homeschooled by his hippie grandmother, Capricorn (Cap) Anderson has never watched television or tasted pizza, but when his grandmother lands in the hospital, Cap is forced to move in with a guidance counselor and attend the local middle school. Ages 10-14

Sideways Stories From Wayside School
Sideways Stories From Wayside School By Sachar, Louis, 1954- (Book - 1998 ) J SACHAR Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 98 copies

Annotation:This collection features humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story. Ages 8-11

The Thief
The Thief By Turner, Megan Whalen (Book - 1996 ) J TURNER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 58 copies

Annotation:Gen flaunts his ingenuity as a thief and relishes the adventure which takes him to a remote temple of the gods where he will attempt to steal a precious stone. Ages 10-14

Three Tales of My Father's Dragon
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon By Gannett, Ruth Stiles (Book - 1998 ) J GANNETT Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 31 copies

Annotation:A compilation of three classic tales which relate the fantastic adventures of Elmer Elevator and a baby flying dragon named Boris. Ages 6-9

Tops & Bottoms
Tops & Bottoms By Stevens, Janet (Book - 1995 ) J398.208996 STE Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 47 copies

Annotation:Hare turns his bad luck around by striking a clever deal with the rich and lazy bear down the road. Ages 4-7

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle By Avi, 1937- (Book - 1992 ) J AVI Available in some locations

Annotation:As the only passenger and the only female on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew. Ages 9-12

Tuck Everlasting
Tuck Everlasting By Babbitt, Natalie (Book - 1991 ) J BABBITT Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 43 copies

Annotation:The Tuck family is confronted with an agonizing situation when they discover that a ten-year-old girl and a malicious stranger now share their secret about a spring whose water prevents one from ever growing older. Ages 8-12

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 By Curtis, Christopher Paul (Book - 1995 ) J CURTIS Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 67 copies

Annotation:The lives of the Watsons, an African American family living in Flint, Michigan, are drastically changed after they go to visit Grandma in Alabama in the summer of 1963. Ages 8-12

The Wednesday Wars
The Wednesday Wars By Schmidt, Gary D. (Book - 2007 ) Y SCHMIDT Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 23 copies

Annotation:During the 1967 school year, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood learns much of value about the world from the plays of William Shakespeare. Ages 10-14

A Week in the Woods
A Week in the Woods By Clements, Andrew, 1949- (Book - 2004 ) J CLEMENTS Available in some locations

Annotation:The fifth grade's annual camping trip in the woods tests Mark's survival skills and his ability to relate to a teacher who seems out to get him. Ages 9-12

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon By Lin, Grace (Book - 2009 ) J LIN Available in some locations Holds: 8 on 99 copies

Annotation:Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, joins a dragon who cannot fly on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River. Ages 8-12

Wild About Books
Wild About Books By Sierra, Judy (Book - 2004 ) E SIERRA Available in some locations

Annotation:A librarian named Mavis McGrew introduces the animals in the zoo to the joy of reading when she drives her bookmobile to the zoo by mistake. Ages 4-8

The World of Pooh
The World of Pooh The Complete Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner By Milne, A. A., 1882-1956 (Book - 1985 ) J MILNE Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 31 copies

Annotation:The world of Pooh is a world of enchantment. It is a world where Winnie-the-Pooh (a very humble bear) and his friends Piglet, Eeyor, Tigger, Kanga and the others share unforgettable adventures with Christopher Robin. Ages 4-99


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