Beginning Readers

Bank Street Children's Book Committee's Best Books of 2013 for Children Five to Nine

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Annie and Snowball and the Surprise Day Cover Image
By Cynthia Rylant, Sucie Stevenson (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781416939443
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Published: Simon Spotlight - March 6th, 2012

Dad takes Annie and her pet bunny on a road trip that is filled with fun and adventure. Pen and ink and watercolor illustrations (6-8).

 


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Butterfly Garden Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781442436435
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Published: Simon Spotlight - March 6th, 2012

Mrs. Connor’s first graders watch as caterpillars slowly emerge as butterflies. Lively illustrations and clear text explain the transformation (5-7).

 


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Carl and the Sick Puppy Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250001528
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Square Fish - June 5th, 2012

Daddy Dog’s puppy needs someone to watch him. Carl does a good job. Bright, colorful drawings (4-6).

 


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Chick & Chickie Play All Day!: Toon Level 1 Cover Image
By Claude Ponti (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781935179146
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Published: Toon Books - February 14th, 2012

In this hilarious graphic novel, two chicks have fun making masks and playing with the letter A. Vibrantly colored illustrations (5-7).

 


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Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read! Cover Image
By Mary Jo Amani, Lehla Eldridge (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781934133514
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Published: Mackinac Island Press - July 1st, 2012

A young girl is repeatedly interrupted by the antics of wild animals. Amusing, expressive illustrations add to the fun (5-7).

 


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Freddie Ramos Makes a Splash Cover Image
By Jacqueline Jules, Miguel Benitez (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807594858
Availability: Backordered
Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2012

Freddie Ramos is back! This time his zapatos—a very special pair of sneakers—help him overcome the neighborhood bully and even enjoy summer camp. Black-and-white cartoonlike illustrations (6-8).

 


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Molly the Pony: A True Story Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250004338
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Published: Square Fish - June 5th, 2012

A small pony survives Hurricane Katrina and the loss of a leg to become a therapy animal (6-9).

 


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Pearl and Wagner: Five Days Till Summer Cover Image
By Kate McMullan, R. W. Alley (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780803735897
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Published: Penguin Young Readers Group - May 10th, 2012

As the school year ends, Pearl begins to worry about the next one—especially about her new teacher. Expressive mixed-media illustrations (6-8).

 


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Penny and Her Doll Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062081995
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Penny must decide on the perfect name for the new doll that her grandma sends her. Gentle illustrations in a pastel palette (5-7).

 


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Penny and Her Song Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062081957
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Published: Greenwillow Books - February 28th, 2012

Penny has a new song for her parents, but they worry she will wake the babies. Will she find the right time to sing it? Exuberant pen and watercolor illustrations (5-8).

 


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Summer Treasure Cover Image
By Margaret McNamara, Mike Gordon (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781442436466
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Published: Simon Spotlight - May 1st, 2012

When Hannah goes to the beach, she is surprised to see her first-grade teacher lying in the sun, as if she were an ordinary person. Colorful illustrations (5-7).

 


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Trains! Cover Image
$3.99
ISBN: 9780375869419
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - March 27th, 2012

Photographs and straightforward text describe trains, from steam-powered to solar-powered and beyond (6-8).

 


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Welcome to the World, Zooborns! Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781442443761
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Published: Simon Spotlight - May 1st, 2012

Simple text and close-up photographs introduce beginning readers to a variety of baby zoo animals (6-8).