2012-2013 Librarian's Lists.....
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The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man  By Chabon, Michael  A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene*IL:  K-3 **RL: 3 ***AR 3.4     * IL= Interest Level **RL = Reading Level *** AR= Accelerated Reader

Blackout by Rocco, John Neighbors gather on the roof after the power goes out on a hot night in the city and start having so much fun not everyone is happy when the lights go back on.
IL: K-3 RL: 1.4
Cat Secrets by Czekaj, Jef Important secrets about how best to live a cat's life will be revealed only to those who can prove that they are genuine cats.
IL: K-3 RL: 2.2
The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred by Vamos, Samantha A cumulative tale of a farm maiden who, aided by a group of animals, prepares "Arroz con Leche," or rice pudding.  IL: K-3 RL: 2.4  
Dog in Boots by Gormley Greg After Reading "Puss in Boots," an adventurous dog sets out to find the perfect pair of shoes to suit his every need.
IL: K-3 RL: 2.9 AR: 3.4

 Edwin Speaks Up  by Stevens, April  A family of ferrets takes a trip to the grocery store where mom has trouble keeping up with the groceries, the cart, and the kids, but baby Edwin could help if he could just get someone to listen to his advice.  IL K-3 RL 2.8 AR: 3.2 


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Rinker Sherri Duskey At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.
IL:  K-3  RL: 2  AR: 3.8


I Want My Hat Back by Klassen, J. When Bear loses his hat, he patiently asks the animals he comes across if they have seen it, and just as he is about to give up his search, a deer helps him remember exactly where he left his beloved hat.  IL: K-3, RL: 1.4

Me Jane by McDonnell, Patrick  Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals. IL: K-3, RL: 3.5, AR: 3.2

Mine!  by Crum, Shutta  Two young children and a dog learn about the troubles and triumph of sharing.  IL: K-3

No Dogs Allowed! by Ashman, Linda Alberto refuses to allow any pets into his restaurant, so his customers decide to find more fur-friendly dining options and Alberto must find a way to win them back. IL: K-3, 

No Sleep for the Sheep by Beaumont, Karen A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs or peeps to come in.  IL: K-3, RL: 2.3   

Perfect Square by Hall, Michael A perfect square that is perfectly happy is torn into pieces, punched with holes, crumpled, and otherwise changed but finds in each transformation that it can be something new, and just as happy. IL: K-3, RL: 2.2, AR: 2.2

Red Sled by Judge, Lita At night, a host of woodland creatures plays with a child's red sled. IL: K-3

Rrralph by Ehlert, Lois The narrator describes discovering how Ralph the dog can talk, appropriately saying the words such as "roof," "rough," "bark," and "wolf." IL K-3

Same, Same but Different by Kostecki-Shaw, Jenny Sue Pen pals Elliott and Kailash discover that even though they live in different countries--America and India--they both love to climb trees, own pets, and ride school buses. IL: K-3, RL: 1.9, AR: 1.9

Stars by Ray, Mary Lyn Explores the wonder of stars, whether they are in the night sky, on a plant as a promise of fruit to come, or in one's pocket for those days when one does not feel shiny. IL: K-3

That's How! by Niemann, Christoph A very imaginative boy answers a girl's questions about how different kinds of vehicles work. IL: K-3

Weiner Wolf by Crosby, Jeff Weiner Dog's life of leisure has lost its bite, so when he hears the call of the wild one day, he answers and Weiner Dog becomes Weiner Wolf, joining a pack of wild wolves on a grand adventure. IL: K-3, RL: 1.4, AR: 1.4

 The Woods by Hoppe, Paul  When a boy can't find his favorite stuffed bunny, he heads into the woods to find it. IL: K-3, RL: 2.0, AR: 2.0


Bake Sale by Varon, Sara  Cupcake runs a successful bakery with help from his best friend, Eggplant, but dreams of going abroad to meet his idol, Turkish Delight, who is the most famous pastry chef in the world.  IL:  3-6, RL:  2.9, AR:  2.7

Balloons over Broadway:  the True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade  by Sweet, Melissa  Tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, the man who first invented the helium balloons that have become the trademark of the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.  IL:  K-3, RL:  5.4, AR:  5.4

Barnum's Bones:  How Barnum Brown Discovered the most famous dinosaur inthe world  by Fern, Tracey  Text and illustrations look at the life of paleontologist Barnum BrownIL:  K-3, RL:  6.2, AR:  6.2

Coral Reefs by Chin, Jason  A girl pulls an extraordinary book about coral reefs from the library shelf, and as she turns the pages, finds the library shelf, and as she turns the pages, finds herself immersed in the coral cities of the sea.  IL:  K-3, RL:  6.1, AR:  6.4

Fairest of All by Mlynowski, Sarah  After moving to a new house, ten-year-old Abby and her younger brother Jonah discover an antique mirror that transports them into the Snow White fairy tale.  IL:  3-6, RL:  2.8, AR:  2.8

Flying the Dragon  by Lorenzi, Natalie Dias  When Skye's cousin Hiroshi and his family move to Virginia from Japan, the cultural differences lead to misunderstandings and both children are unhappy at the changes in their lives--will flying the dragon kite finally bring them together?  IL:  3-6, RL:  4.6, AR:  4.1

Freaky Fast Frankie Joe  by Clifton, Lutricia  Twelve-year-old Frankie Joe Huckaby, forced to live with the father he never knew, a stepmother, and four half-brothers in Illinois, starts a delivery service to finance his escape back to his mother in Texas, not realizing he is making a better life for himself than he ever had with her IL:  3-6, RL:  3.9, AR:  2.3.

Ghetto Cowboy:  A Novel  by Neri, Greg  Twelve-year-old Cole's behavior causes his mother to drive him from Detroit to Philadelphia to live with a father he has never known, but who soon has Cole involved with a group of African-American "cowboys" who rescue horses and use them to steer youths away from drugs and gangs.  IL:  5-8, RL:  4.4, AR:  4.0 

Giants Beware!  by Aguirre,  Jorge Claudette wants nothing more than to slay a giant but her little village is too safe and quiet.  IL:  3-6, RL:  2.7, AR:  2.3

Glory Be  by Scattergood, Augusta  Gloriana faces her twelfth birthday in 1964 and struggles with the changes she sees happening around her, but while she struggles to understand the shift in her relationships with her sister -- who is about to enter high school -- and her best friend, Frankie, Gloriana witnesses tempers rise in a debate over a segregated public pool.  IL:  3-6, RL:  4.3,  AR:  4.3

The Humming Room  by Potter, Ellen  

Hiding is Roo Fanshaw’s special skill. Living in a frighteningly unstable family, she often needs to disappear at a moment’s notice. When her parents are murdered, it’s her special hiding place under the trailer that saves her life.


As it turns out, Roo, much to her surprise, has a wealthy if eccentric uncle, who has agreed to take her into his home on Cough Rock Island. Once a tuberculosis sanitarium for children of the rich, the strange house is teeming with ghost stories and and secrets. Roo doesn’t believe in ghosts or fairy stories, but what are those eerie noises she keeps hearing? And who is that strange wild boy who lives on the river? People are lying to her, and Roo becomes determined to find the truth.  IL: 5-8, RL: 4.9, AR:  5.2



The fantastic undersea life of Jacques Cousteau  By Yaccarino, Dan  A pictorial biography of Jacques Cousteau, covering his adventures aboard "Calypso" with his team of scientists, diving equipment, and waterproof cameras, and work to protect the oceans from pollution.

Home of the brave  By Applegate, Katherine  Kek, an African refugee, is confronted by many strange things at the Minneapolis home of his aunt and cousin, as well as in his fifth-grade classroom, and longs for his missing mother, but finds comfort in the company of a cow and her owner.

Mudshark  By Paulsen, Gary  Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help of the school's best problem solver and lost item locator, twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, also known as Mudshark.

Sparrow girl  By Pennypacker, Sara,  Ming-Li vows to save as many sparrows as she can after her country's leader called sparrows the enemy of the farmer and banished them all from China.

Surfer of the century : the life of Duke Kahanamoku  By Crowe, Ellie  A biography of Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, five-time Olympic swimming champion from the early 1900s who is also considered worldwide as the father of modern surfing.

That Book Woman  By Henson, Heather  Young Cal, who lives high in the Appalachian Mountains with his family, does not understand his sister's love for books, but the Book Woman always wanders to their home, and Cal's parents are always willing to trade something to keep Cal's sister reading.

Umbrella summer  By Graff, Lisa (Lisa Colleen),  After her brother Jared dies, ten-year-old Annie worries about the hidden dangers of everything, from bug bites to bicycle riding, until she is befriended by a new neighbor who is grieving her own loss.


Squirrel's world   by Lisa Moser  Squirrel's well-meaning attempts to help Mouse, Turtle, and his other forest friends do not always turn out as planned