Key to abbreviations for age recommendations




Y=Young Adult

L=For the Librarian

+= "and up" All ages above the one listed will find the book of interest.

Note: Titles marked (OP) are out of print and may be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Many OP books are also available through online book dealers.


Aardema, Verna.
Anansi Does the Impossible!: An Ashanti Tale. Atheneum, 1997. (I)

With the help of his wife, Anansi the spider embarks on a quest to find the three things that the Sky God demands in order to win back the folktales for the people.

Ada, Alma Flor.
I Love Saturdays y Domingos. Simon & Schuster, 2004. (P-I)

Saturdays, or Domingos are one child’s favorite day.

Ada, Alma Flor.
Under the Royal Palms. Simon & Schuster, 1998. (I)

In this companion book to Where the Flame Trees Bloom, this prolific writer shares more tales drawn from her childhood growing up in Cuba.

Ada, Alma Flor and F. Isabel Campoy.
Pío Peep: Traditional Spanish Nursery Rhymes! Harper, 2006. (P+)

This groundbreaking collection of Spanish nursery rhymes has been repackaged to include a CD.

Alakija, Polly.
Catch that Goat! Barefoot Books, 2002. (P)

When Ayoka loses her goat, she walks around and asks the villagers if they’ve seen the animal. They haven’t seen her goat but each is missing something. When they finally find the goat, they find all of the missing items.

Alarcón, Francisco X.
From the Bellybutton of the Moon / Del ombligo de la luna. Children's Book Press, 2005. (I)

This poetic account relates the author’s childhood memories of traveling back to Mexico with his family.

Alborough, Jez.
Duck in the Truck. Harper, 1999. (P)

Duck gets his truck stuck in the muck and all of the animals come out and try to help him free it.

Alborough, Jez.
Hug. Candlewick, 2000. (T)

A little monkey wanders through the jungle searching for a hug.

Alegría, Malín.
Estrella’s Quinceañera. Simon Pulse, 2007. (Y)

Estrella reluctantly begins planning a typical, and elaborate, quinceañera celebration.

Digging Up Dinosaurs. Harper, 1988. (P-I)

Aliki gives an overview of the different kinds of dinosaurs and then goes more in-depth about how dinosaur fossils are discovered, studied, and preserved.

Álvarez, Julia.
Once Upon a Quinceañera: Coming of Age in the USA. Viking, 2007. (Y)

This heartfelt narrative follows the frenzied planning of a girl’s quinceañera.

Anaya, Rodolfo.
Bless Me, Ultima. Grand Central Publishing, 1994. (Y)

A six-year-old Hispanic boy tells how his life changed when Ultima, a curandera, became a major part of it.

Anaya, Rodolfo.
Chupacabra and the Roswell UFO. University of New Mexico, 2008. (Y+)

A teacher continues her pursuit of aliens and monsters in the sequel to Curse of the Chupacabra.

Anderson, Derek.
Romeo and Lou Blast Off. Simon & Schuster, 2007. (P)

A penguin and polar bear are having fun as they make a snow rocket which blasts off and lands them in a big city. In their imagination, they spend the day trying to get back home.

Anderson, Jill.
Kangaroos. NorthWord, 2006. (P-I)

Information about kangaroos is shared with full color photos on every page.

Andrews-Gobel, Nancy.
The Pot That Juan Built. Lee and Low, 2002. (I)

This cumulative rhyme is based on the life of the famous Mexican potter, Juan Quezada.

Anholt, Laurence.
Stone Girl, Bone Girl: The Story of Mary Anning. Orchard Books, 1998. (I)

This picture book is a biography of Mary Anning, the twelve year old girl who discovered the first nearly complete ichthyosaur skeleton in the 19th Century.

Anzaldua, Gloria.
Prietita and the ghost woman = Prietita y la llorona. Children's Book Press, 1996. (P-I)

La Llorona aids a young girl named Prietita who is searching for an herb that will cure her mother.

Applegate, Katherine.
The Buffalo Storm. Houghton, 2007. (P-I)

Hallie isn’t afraid of anything except storms but she’ll endure those as long as she can cuddle up with her grandmother. What will Hallie do without her grandmother when the family heads out on the Oregon Trail?

Ardley, Neil.
Music. Dorling Kindersley, 2004. (I)

Photographs make up the best part of this highly illustrated Eyewitness book about musical instruments.

Arga Deedy, Carmen.
Martina, Una Cucarachita Muy Linda / Martina the Beautiful Cockroach. Peachtree Publishers, 2007. (P-I)

This is a colorful retelling of a popular and endearing Cuban folktale about a cockroach who doesn’t know beans about love.

Arnold, Caroline.
A Kangaroo’s World. Picture Window Books,2008. (P)

A mother kangaroo and her baby are featured in this book with cut paper illustrations.

Arnold, Caroline.
A Penguin’s World. Picture Window Books, 2006. (P)

Two Adelie penguins are featured in this book illustrated with cut paper illustrations.

Arnold, Sandra.
Child of the Sun. Troll, 2003. (I)

Greedy Sun refuses to share the sky with Moon in this Cuban legend.

Arnosky, Jim.
All About Sharks. Scholastic, 2003. (I)

Arnosky gives an excellent overview of sharks, from their physical characteristics to their sometimes mysterious and compelling behavior.

Asch, Frank.
Goodbye House. Simon & Schuster,1986. (P)

Baby Bear’s family is moving but after the van is packed he realizes that he has forgotten something. As Papa Bear and Mama Bear help him look, they walk around the house and say goodbye to all of the rooms.

Ashman, Linda.
Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs. Harcourt, 2001. (T)

Look at animals and the many kinds of homes they live in.

Ashman, Linda.
Starry Safari. Harcourt, 2005. (T-P)

Come along on a wild rhyming starry safari with a young girl at bedtime.

Aska, Warabe.
Tapicero Tap Tap. McClelland & Stewart, 2006. (P-I)

Tapicero Tap Tap shares his dreams of exploring the world.

Ávila, Alfred.
Mexican Ghost Tales of the Southwest. Arte Publico, 194. (Y)

This is a collection of creepy stories told and retold by Mexican-Americans living in the US Southwest.

Axtell, David.
We’re Going on a Lion Hunt. Holt, 2007. (P-I)

Instead of going on a bear hunt, two little girls go on a lion hunt through the African Savannah in this adaptation of the popular rhyme.

Ayo, Yvonne.
Africa. Dorling Kindersely, 2000. (I)

This book from the Eyewitness series provides an overview of Africa, including lifestyles, traditions, crafts, and history.

Baker, Keith.
Who is the Beast? Harcourt, 1990. (P-I)

There is a beast in the jungle. Who is the Beast? Come and see.

Baquedano, Elizabeth.
Aztec, Inca, and Maya. Dorling Kindersley, 2005. (I-Y)

Part of the Eyewitness series, this book explores the life and culture of three Central and South American groups.

Barchers, Suzanne.
Readers Theatre for Beginning Readers. Teacher Ideas Press, 1993. (L)

This book offers a large collection of reader’s theater scripts for beginning readers for use with beginning readers.

Barner, Bob.
Penguins, Penguins Everywhere! Chronicle Books, 2007. (T-P)

The life of penguin is described in a simple rhyming verse.

Barton, Bryon.
Building a House. Greenwillow, 1981. (P)

All of the steps to building a house are illustrated with simple and minimal text.

Barton, Byron.
My Car. Greenwillow, 2001. (T)

Sam tells us about his car and the activities he does while driving in it.

Beaton, Clare.
How Loud is a Lion? Barefoot Books, 2002. (T-P)

Meet numerous wild animals while trying to find out just how loud a lion is.

Beil, Karen.
Jack’s House. Holiday House, 2008. (P)

Meet Jack and the house that he said he built. Find out that it wasn’t Jack at all, but Max, his hard hat wearing dog, that did all the real work.

Bell, Babs.
The Bridge is Up! Harper, 2004. (P)

Oh no, the bridge is up! Every kind of vehicle imaginable piles up and has to wait for the bridge to go down.

Benton, Gail.
Ready-To-Go Storytimes. Neal-Schuman, 2003. (L)

Fingerplays, scripts, patterns, and everything else needed for six storytimes is provided. An accompanying CD provides songs.

Bial, Raymond.
One-Room School. Houghton, 1991. (I) (OP)

This is a history of America’s one-room schools from the 1700s to the 1950’s, with excellent photographs that capture the look and feel of the times.

Bial, Raymond.
The Underground Railroad. Houghton, 1995. (I)

Photographs complement a well written history of the Underground Railroad.

Bie, Ceciel de.
My Brother Vincent Van Gogh. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 2002. (I)

This biography of artist Vincent Van Gogh is told from the point of view of his brother, Thomas.

Bingham, Caroline.
First Dinosaur Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley, 2007. (I-L)

Excellent photograph-quality images explore dinosaurs, including different species and theories of their extinction.

Blackstone, Stella and Clare Beaton.
Who Are You, Baby Kangaroo? Barefoot Books, 2004. (T-P)

A little dog wants to know what a baby kangaroo is called. He travels the world asking all of the animals, but no one knows, except the kangaroo’s mother.

Bloom, Suzanne.
A Splendid Friend, Indeed. Boyds Mills, 2005. (T-P)

Goose keeps bothering Polar Bear, who is trying to read. Polar Bear finally warms up to Goose, who is a splendid friend indeed.

Booth, Philip.
Crossing. Candlewick, 2001. (I)

Rhyming text counts the cars on the freight train as they roll through a small town railroad crossing.

Borden, Louise.
Fly High! the Story of Bessie Coleman. McElderry, 2001. (I)

This is the picture book biography of the first African American to earn a pilot’s license.

Branley, Franklyn M.
The Big Dipper. Harper, 1991. (P-I)

Part of the Read-and-Find-Out Science series, this is an excellent introduction to a favorite and easy-to-spot constellation.

Bridges, Sarah.
I Drive a Tractor. Picture Window Books, 2006. (T-P)

Learn about tractors in this informative picture book.

Briggs, Diane.
Toddler Storytime Programs. Scarecrow Press, 1993. (L)

Twenty five storytime themes and numerous flannel stories and patterns are included in this storytime planning book for toddler programs.

Brooks, Phillip.
The Tuskegee Airmen. Compass Point, 2004. (I)

This book gives the history of the Tuskegee Airmen and describes what they had to overcome in order to be pilots in World War II.

Brown, Monica.
My name is Celia, Me Llamo Celia. Luna Rising, 2004. (P-I)

This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life.

Bynum, Janie.
Nutmeg and Barley. Candlewick, 2006. (P)

Nutmeg and Barley have a hard time hitting it off and becoming friends, but an unfortunate incident draws them closer together.

Cannon, Janell.
Stellaluna. Harcourt, 1993. (P, I)

This is the story of how a baby bat finds a new family and the changes she makes to survive after she is separated from her mother.

Cannon, Janell.
Verdi. Harcourt, 1997. (I+)

Verdi is a young yellow snake who doesn’t want to grow up to be a boring green snake. He tries all kinds of things to prevent it, which causes him to get into trouble. None of his antics stop the inevitability of getting older.

Capucilli, Alyssa.
Biscuit’s Fourth of July. Harper, 2005. (T-P)

Biscuit has a fun day helping his family celebrate the 4th of July.

Carle, Eric.
“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth. Philomel Books, 2002. (T-P)

The sloth does everything slowly, including thinking. When the other animals ask him many questions about why he is the way that he is, it takes him awhile to come up with the answer. When he does finally answer, what he has to say is perfect.

Carle, Eric.
1,2,3 to the Zoo. Philomel Books, 1968. (T)

Follow and count the animals on the train as it makes its way to the zoo.

Carle, Eric.
A House for Hermit Crab. Simon & Schuster, 1987. (P-I)

Follow a hermit crab as he moves into a new shell and looks for fun and colorful ways to decorate it.

Carson, Mary Kay.
The Underground Railroad for Kids: From Slavery to Freedom with 21 Activities. Chicago Review Press, 2005. (L)

This work is packed with information and provides a wide-range of activities to use with children.

Cash Brammer, Ethriam.
My Tata’s Guitar / La Guitarra de mi Tata. Arte Publico, 2003. (T-I)

When a guitar is found, family history and cultural songs are shared.

Casilli, Giovanni.
In Search of Tutankhamen. Peter Bedrick, 1999. (I) (OP)

This is the story of the search for King Tut’s tomb by Carter Howard and the treasures that were found.

Castaldo, Nancy.
Pizza for the Queen. Holiday House, 2005 (I)

Based on a true story, this tale offers a cheerful history of the creation of the world famous Pizza Margherita.

Cave, Kathryn.
One Child, One Seed: A South African Counting Book. Henry Holt, 2002. (P-I)

Follow Nothando, as she plants her pumpkin seed, harvests the crop, and enjoys a pumpkin feast with her family. Recipes are included at the back of the book.

Chang, Grace.
Jin Jin the Dragon. Enchanted Lion Books, 2007. (P-I)

Jin Jin doesn’t know he is a dragon and sets out on a quest to discover what he is.

Chavarria-Chairez, Becky.
Magdas Tortillas. Arte Publico, 2007. (T-I)

This picture book chronicles a young girl's first time making tortillas.

Cherry, Lynne.
The Great Kapok Tree. Harcourt, 1990. (P-I)

A man goes into the rainforest to chop down a kapok tree. The animals of the rainforest try to dissuade him because it is their home.

Christelow, Eileen.
Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. Clarion Books, 1991. (T-P)

Those crazy little monkeys are at it again! This time they are daring enough to tease a crocodile.

Clegg, Luther Bryan.
The Empty Schoolhouse: Memories of One-Room Texas Schools. Texas A&M, 1997. (L)

This compilation of reminiscences gives insight into what it was like attending a one-room schoolhouse in Texas.

Cobb, Jane.
I’m a Little Teapot. Black Sheep Press, 1996. (L)

A collection of preschool storytimes, arranged by theme, includes book, rhyme and other suggestions for each program.

Cobb, Mary.
The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days: with Projects Kids Can Make. Millbrook, 1995. (I)

This well-designed book of pioneer crafts has projects that kids can complete in one sitting, with a brief summary of pioneer life and the significance behind different quilt blocks.

Cobb, Vicki.
I Get Wet. Harper. 2002 (I)

This book describes and illustrates simple scientific principles about water.

Cobb, Vicki.
Junk Food. Millbrook, 2006 (I)

Part of the “Where’s the Science Here?” series, this book explains why junk food is so delicious.

Collicutt, Paul.
This Boat. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001. (T-P)

Different types of boats are pictured and described in easy language suitable for preschoolers.

Cotte, Carlos.
Chumba La Cachumba. Ediciones Ekare, 1995. (P-I)

Using rhythmic poetry, this counting book also teaches facts about Dia de los Muertos.

Cowan, Catherine.
My Life with the Wave. Lothrop, 1997. (I)

A boy brings home a wave from the beach but has a lot of problems because of his new friend’s natural characteristics.

Cramer, Mark.
Welcome to Cuba. Gareth Stevens, 2001. (P-I)

This book presents interesting pictures and facts about Cuba.

Crebbin, June.
Cows in the Kitchen. Candlewick, 1998. (T-P)

While the farmer is asleep, the animals invade the house. “Time to wake up, Tom Farmer!”

Crews, Donald.
Freight Train. Greenwillow, 1978. (T-P)

Follow a multicolored freight train as it hurries down the tracks.

Crews, Nina.
The Neighborhood Mother Goose. Greenwillow, 2004. (T-I)

Traditional Mother Goose rhymes are illustrated with color photographs of city children of all races.

Crunk, Tony.
Railroad John and the Red Rock Run. Peachtree Publisher, 2006. (I)

Will Lonesome Bob get to Red Rock in time to meet his bride to be? Railroad John has never yet been late on the Red Rock run.

Cubley, Kathleen.
The Best of Totline Flannelboards. Totline, 2000. (L)

A compilation of flannelboards, arranged seasonally, that includes patterns to be made out of felt and patterns to be colored and laminated.

Daly, Niki.
Ruby Sings the Blues. Bloomsbury, 2005(P-I)

Tired of being left out of the fun because of her loud voice, Ruby seeks a way to control the volume of her voice and discovers an unexpected talent.

Davies, Nicola.
Surprising Sharks. Candlewick, 2003. (I)

This book gives an overview of the shark kingdom, from tiny dwarf sharks to the great white. Includes clever drawings and captions.

Davis, Robin.
Toddle on Over. Alleyside Press, 1998 (L)

A collection of programs, arranged by theme, includes suggested books, songs, rhymes, and crafts for toddlers.

de Las Casas, Dianne.
Handmade Tales: Stories to Make and Take. Libraries Unlimited,2008. (L)

This is a collection of stories to tell with props, including string, draw and tell, cut and tell, paper tales, hand stories, and more.

Deady, Kathleen W.
Spain. Capstone, 2000. (P-I)

Learn basic information about the people and culture of Spain.

Adelita. Penguin, 2004. (P)

In this endearing Cinderella-type story, Adelita deals with the wrath of her stepmother and stepsisters, but a fiesta changes life for everyone.

dePaola, Tomie.
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs. Penguin, 2000. (P-I)

A young boy shares his relationship with his grandmother and great grandmother, both of whom he grows fond of. In the end, he has to let them go.

Diakite, Penda.
I Lost My Tooth in Africa. Scholastic, 2006. (P-I)

While visiting her relatives in Africa, Amina loses a tooth. If you put it under a gourd, the African Tooth Fairy gives you a chicken.

Dobson, Christina.
Pizza Counting. Charlesbridge, 2003. (I)

This book uses pizzas to illustrate different mathematical concepts.

Dodds, Dayle Ann.
Minnie’s Diner. Candlewick, 2004. (P-I)

This picture book introduces the concept of multiplication in a fun and feast-filled way.

Dodson, Mary Wade.
El Día de los Muertos: The Day of the Dead. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2002. (P-I)

This Rookie Reader explains all about the Mexican celebration that honors the dead.

Domínguez Green, Michaele.
Chasing the Jaguar. Harper, 2008. (Y)

While Martika is preparing for her quinceañera, she has frightening and reoccurring nightmares that always feature a jaguar.

Dooley, Norah.
Everybody Cooks Rice. Carolrhoda, 1991. (P-I)

While looking for her little brother, Carrie visits her neighbors and discovers that they are all cooking some kind of rice dish. In the process of finding her brother, Carrie gets to know her neighbors and the countries they are from.

Dorros, Arthur.
This is My House. Scholastic, 1992. (P-I)

Meet children from around the world as they show off their houses and describe how it was made.

Doubilet, David and Jennifer Hayes.
Face to Face with Sharks. National Geographic, 2009. (I)

Another “Face to Face” book written by expert underwater wildlife photographers, the authors’ personal encounters with sharks are presented along with information about sharks and their characteristics.

Douglas, Lloyd.
Let’s Get Ready for Independence Day. Children’s Press, 2003. (P-I)

This short beginning reader explains the origins of the 4th of July.

Dunbar, Polly.
Penguin. Candlewick, 2007. (P)

A little boy receives a penguin for a present. Despite the boy’s best efforts, the penguin will not talk, until an unfortunate incident occurs. Just in the nick of time, the penguin speaks.

Edwards, Nancy.
Glenna’s Seeds. Child and Family Press, 2001. (P-I)

Glenna puts a packet of seeds in a neighbor’s empty flower pot. This simple act of kindness starts a chain of good deeds throughout the neighborhood.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Barefoot: Escape on the Underground Railroad. Harper, 1997. (P-I)

This well illustrated book follows one man’s escape on the Underground Railroad.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
The Old House. Dutton, 2007. (P-I)

An old run down house is sad because no one wants to live in it. It’s afraid that it will be bulldozed. One day hope comes from a new family.

Edwards, Pamela Duncan.
Roar! A Noisy Counting Book. Harper, 2000. (T-P)

Count the animals with a little lion cub as he tries to find someone to play with.

Ehlert, Lois.
Moon Rope. Harcourt, 1992. (P-I)

This retelling of a Peruvian folktale explains the figure that can be seen in the moon.

Emert, Phyllis Raybin.
Pottery. Lucent, 2008. (I)

Part of the Eye on Art series, this volume introduces the history and techniques of pottery and the lives of famous potters.

Enciso, Jorge.
Design Motifs of Ancient Mexico. Dover, 2004. (L)

This copyright-free clip art book and accompanying CD-ROM offers a multitude of design motifs based on the cultures of ancient Mexico.

Estefan, Gloria.
The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog. Harper, 2005. (P-I)

What can an odd–looking brown pup possibly have to offer in a world where shimmering fish, glittering fireflies, and beautiful Dalmatians play games? Although Noelle's short legs can barely keep up, she finds her place in this rhythmic story with accompanying CD.

Fine, Edith Hope.
Bajo la luna de limon / Under the Lemon Moon. Lee & Low, 1999. (P-I)

Rosalinda is awakened by someone who is stealing lemons from her beloved tree.

Fleischman, John.
Black and White Airmen: Their True History. Houghton, 2007. (Y, L)

Two men, one white and one black, grew up in the same neighborhood. Both flew fighter planes in WWII, but they did not meet until fifty years after the war. This is a powerful and moving true story about friendship, history, war, and race relations.

Flower, Zinita.
Ghost Stories of Old Texas. Eakin Press, 1983. (I-Y)

This is a collection of scary ghost stories set in Old Texas.

Fox, Mem.
Koala Lou. Harcourt, 1989. (P-I)

Koala Lou misses the days when she was her mother’s only child. Koala Lou enters the bush Olympics, hoping that by winning an event her mother will again tell her, “Koala Lou, I DO love you!”

Fox, Mem.
Possum Magic. Harcourt, 1983. (P-I)

Grandma Poss uses bush magic to make her grandchild Hush invisible to keep her safe from snakes. When Hush wants to be visible again, Grandma Poss can’t remember the right magic.

Fox, Mem.
Whoever You Are. Harcourt, 1997. (P-I)

This title strives to show that no matter how different we look on the outside, we are all the same underneath. We all bleed, we all hurt, we all love, and we all have joy.

Freeman, Judy.
Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Reader’s Theater with Children in Grades Pre-K -6. Libraries Unlimited,2007. (L)

This is a guide on how to learn and tell a story, use creative drama to act out a story, and how to write and stage a reader’s theater script.

Galdone, Paul.
The Monkey and the Crocodile. Clarion, 1969. (P-I)

Crocodile decides that he wants to eat monkey and develops a plan to get him. Monkey and crocodile go back and forth across the river, but monkey eventually prevails and tricks crocodile one final time.

Galdone, Paul.
The Three Little Pigs. Clarion, 1970. (P-I)

This is a traditional retelling of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs.

Garland, Michael.
Americana Adventure. Dutton, 2008. (P-I)

Aunt Jeanne leaves a mysterious note for Tommy, which sends him on a hunt throughout America’s historic places, ending with a firework show on the 4th of July.

Garza, Carmen Lomas.
In My Family / En Mi Familia. Children’s Book Press, 1997. (P-I)

This is the author’s endearing tribute to her family and culture growing up along the Texas-Mexico border.

Garza, Xavier.
Creepy Creatures and Other Cucuys. Arte Publico, 2004. (Y)

The stories in this collection are filled creepy and crawling characters of traditional Hispanic folklore.

Garza, Xavier.
Juan and the Chupacabras. Arte Publico, 2003. (T-I)

Young Juan and his cousin Luz savor Abuelo's hair-raising stories about the legendary bloodsucking creature .

Gave, Marc.
Monkey See, Monkey Do. Scholastic, 1993. (T-I)

This beginning reader features a mischievous monkey who gets in all kinds of trouble.

Gearson, Mary-Joan.
Fiesta Feminina. Barefoot Books, 2003. (I)

Accompanied by illustrations that are reminiscent of the great murals of Mexico, these are the stories of seven extraordinary women.

Germein, Katrina.
Big Rain Coming. Clarion Books, 1999. (P)

Old Stephen told everyone that a big rain was coming, even though it didn’t look like it and it took a week for the rain to come.

Gibbons, Gail.
Deserts. Holiday House, 1996. (P-I)

Information about desert life is presented, including how deserts are formed, the weather, and how plants, animals, and people live in them.

Gibbons, Gail.
The Moon Book. Holiday House, 1997. (I)

This classic title offers a look at the moon, its history, and exploration.

Gibbons, Gail.
Polar Bears. Holiday House, 2001. (P-I)

Information about polar bears is presented, including where they live, how they live, and what challenges they are facing today.

Gibbons, Gail.
The Pottery Place. Harcourt, 1987. (I) (OP)

This book shows the step-by-step process for pottery-making by following a potter through the day.

Gliori, Debi.
Polar Bolero. Harcourt, 2000. (T-P)

Baby polar bear falls asleep and goes on an adventure with many other animals. They all meet and dance the polar bolero.

Gollub, Matthew.
The Moon Was at a Fiesta. Tortuga Press, 1997. (P-I)

Jealous of the sun, the moon decides to create her own fiesta and celebrates a bit too much.

Gonzalez, Jovita.
The Woman Who Lost Her Soul: Collected Tales and Short Stories. Arte Publico, 2001. (Y)

Folklore-based short stories from the Texas-Mexico border are retold in this collection.

Gonzalez, Lucia M.
The Bossy Gallito. Scholastic, 1999. (P-I)

A bossy rooster dirties his beak when he eats a kernel of corn and must find a way to clean it before his uncle's wedding.

Gorbachev, Valeri.
Heron and Turtle. Philomel Books, 2006.

Heron and Turtle are unlikely friends, but they find ingenious ways to do things together.

Gorbachev, Valeri.
Turtle’s Penguin Day. Alfred A. Knopf, 2008. (P)

Turtle decides that he wants to be a penguin. When he dresses up as a penguin and goes to school, all the other kids want to be penguins, too.

Gray, Susan Heinrichs.
Gray Bat. Cherry Lake Pub, 2007. (I)

This book provides an overview of a bat species that was once near extinction but is making a comeback.

Griego, Margot C. and Laurel H. Kimball.
Tortillitas para mamá and other Nursery Rhymes: Spanish and English. Henry Holt & Company, 1988. (P-I)

Young children will treasure this collection of Latin American nursery rhymes.

Guiberson, Brenda.
The Emperor Lays an Egg. Henry Holt, 2001. (P-I)

The story follows two emperor penguins as they lay an egg, raise their baby, and begin the circle of life all over again by laying another egg.

Gutman, Anne.
Lisa’s Airplane Trip. 2001. (P-I)

Lisa describes her experience taking an airplane trip.

Guy, Ginger.
Fiesta! Greenwillow, 2007. (T-P)

This simple book in Spanish and English follows a family as it gets ready for a child’s birthday party.

Hall, Margaret.
Penguins and Their Chicks. Capstone Press, 2004. (T-P)

Large color photographs and minimal text highlight the life of penguins.

Hall, Margaret.
Tigers and Their Cubs. Capstone Press, 2004. (T-P)

Large color photographs and minimal text highlight the life of tigers.

Hamilton, Virginia.
A Ring of Tricksters: Animal Tales from America, the West Indies, and Africa. Blue Sky Press, 1997. (I+)

Eleven trickster tales from around the world are retold, with illustrations by Barry Moser, in this rich collection.

Harness, Cheryl.
The Tragic Tale of Narcissa Whitman and a Faithful History of the Oregon Trail. National Geographic, 2006. (I)

The true story of missionaries, Narcissa Whitman and her husband, follows their journey on the Oregon Trail.

Harper, Charlise Mericle.
Imaginative Inventions. Little Brown, 2001. (P-I)

This book provides a humorous look at some of surprising inventions, such as Frisbees, piggy banks, and eyeglasses.

Harris, Jay M.
The Moon is La Luna: Silly Rhymes in English and Spanish. Houghton, 2007. (I)

This silly book will help you learn Spanish.

Hart, George.
Ancient Egypt. Dorling Kindersley, 2008. (I)

This Eyewitness book provides a detailed overview of Ancient Egypt, from pyramids and tombs to an up-close look at mummies. Includes a CD with fantastic clipart.

Hatkoff, Isabella and Juliana and Craig Hatkoff.
Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World. Scholastic, 2007. (I)

This is the true story of a baby polar bear, called Knut, who was abandoned by his mother and raised by his keeper at the Berlin Zoo.

Hayes, Joe.
El Cucuy. Cinco Puntos Press, 2003. (P-I)

This is a cautionary tale about the legendary cucuy.

Hayes, Joe.
Dance, Nana, Dance. Cinco Puntos Press, 2008. (P-I)

This is a collection of colorful Cuban folktales

Hayes, Joe.
Ghost Fever / Mal de Fantasma. Cinco Puntos Press, 2007. (I)

This is the story of a haunted house in a poor little town in Arizona.

Hayes, Joe.
La Llorona. Cinco Puntos Press, 2006. (P-I)

This bilingual book retells the legend of the Weeping Ghost Woman.

Helsby, Genevieve.
Those Amazing Musical Instruments: Your Guide to the Orchestra through Sounds and Stories. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 1997. (I, L)

This book, with an interactive CD, provides a great overview of the instruments commonly found in an orchestra.

Henry, Heather.
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Jellybeans. Cubbie Blue, 2004. (P-I)

Claire complains about not having any freedom when her mother will not let her eat jellybeans after breakfast. Her neighbor General Jones explains about the Declaration of Independence. After a dream, where Claire helps write the Declaration of Independence, she learns the meaning of freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Hess, Nina.
Practical Guide to Monsters. Wizards of the Coast, 2007. (I+)

Everything that you need to know about monsters, including how to protect yourself from them, is divulged in this guide.

Ho, Minfong.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby. Orchard Books, 1996. (T-P)

A little baby is asleep, but all of the wildlife outside is making noises. His mother runs around trying to hush everyone, and is soon so tired she falls asleep herself.

Hoberman, Mary Ann.
A House is a House for Me. Viking, 2007. (P-I)

Rhyming text describes all the kinds of houses there are for all kinds of creatures.

Hodgson, Mona.
Bedtime in the Southwest. Rising Moon, 2004. (P)

Desert animals try many different ways to avoid going to bed.

Hollyer, Beatrice.
Wake Up, World. Henry Holt, 1999. (I+)

The lives of eight children from different parts of the world are shown, from the start of their day until bedtime.

Holub, Joan.
Isabel Saves the Prince: Based on a True Story of Isabel I of Spain. Aladdin, 2007. (P-I)

This ready-to-read book tells the story of a young girl who does the right thing for her brother and the kingdom. Includes some Spanish words.

Hong, Lily.
Two of Everything. Whitman, 1993. (P-I)

A Chinese farmer finds a magic pot that makes a copy of whatever he puts in the pot. Misfortune befalls the farmer when his wife ends up in the pot and he ends up with two wives.

Horowitz, Dave.
Beware of Tigers. Putnam, 2006. (T-P)

Two silly little birds do not have enough sense to be afraid of the new tiger that has come to town.

Horowitz, Dave.
A Monkey Among Us. Harper, 2004. (T-P)

A monkey is being mischievous and playing tricks.

Hort, Lenny.
The Seals on the Bus. Henry Holt, 2008. (T-P)

A story told to the tune of the The Wheels on the Bus, features zoo animals and a few people who need help.

Houston, Gloria.
My Great Aunt Arizona. Harper, 1992. (I)

This is the true story of the author’s great aunt, who grew up to be a teacher in the Appalachian Mountains and taught many children to follow their dreams.

Hoyt-Goldsmith, Diane.
Celebrating a Quinceañera: A Latina's Fifteenth Birthday Celebration. Holiday House, 2002. (Y) This photo-essay chronicles the preparation required for a quinceañera.

Hudson, Cheryl and Bernette Ford.
Bright Eyes, Brown Skin. Just Us Books, 1990. (T-P)

Four African American children spend the day having fun and feeling good about who they are and how they look.

Ingram, W. Scott.
Kansas. Children’s Press, 2003.(I)

This book gives a brief overview of Kansas state history, people and places.

Irving, Jan.
From the Heart: Books and Activities about Friends. Teacher Ideas Press, 1993. (L)

Theme-based activities include stories, songs, crafts, and more. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.)

Irving, Jan.
Raising the Roof: Children's Stories and Activities on Houses. Teacher Ideas Press, 1991. (L)

Storytime ideas, poems, songs, and patterns all related to where we live and the types of housing available. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.)

Isadora, Rachel.
Uh-Oh. Harcourt, 2008. (T)

Follow a toddler boy as he spends a day getting into trouble.

Jackson, Barry.
Danny Diamondback. Harper, 2008. (P-I)

Danny is a rattlesnake that doesn’t realize how scary he is. He tries to make friends but all of the animals are afraid of him. Will Danny ever find a friend?

Jakab, Cheryl.
Clay. Smart Apple Media, 2007. (L)

This is a really nice overview of clay, what it is, and how artists work with it, including clay artifacts and clay techniques.

Jeffers, Oliver.
How to Catch a Star. Philomel, 2004. (T-P)

A little boy wants a star for a friend and goes about trying to find a way to get one out of the sky.

Jimenez, Juan Ramon.
Platero y Yo. Sandpiper, 2003. (I-Y)

This series of autobiographical prose poems are about the wanderings of a poet and his donkey.

Johnson, Angela.
Wind Flyers. Simon & Schuster. 2007. (I)

A young boy’s uncle shares his love of flying and discusses what he did to become a pilot in the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II.

Johnson, D.B.
Eddie’s Kingdom. Houghton,2005. (P-I)

Eddie wants to draw pictures of all of his grouchy neighbors. In the process he mediates conflicts and in the end all of his neighbors are smiling.

Kalan, Robert.
Jump, Frog, Jump! Greenwillow, 1981. (T-P)

This is a cumulative story involving a frog and slew of other pond animals and some mischievous boys.

Kalman, Bobby.
A Rainforest Habitat. Crabtree, 2007. (P-I)

A rainforest habitat is described on a very elementary level.

Katz, Karen.
Can You Say Peace? Henry Holt, 2006. (P-I)

Children around the world teach us how to say the word peace in their language.

Keep, Richard.
Clatter Bash! A Day of the Dead Celebration. Peachtree, 2004. (P-I)

Colorful cut paper illustrations highlight this story about a family’s visit to the gravesite of their relatives.

Keller, Laurie.
The Scrambled States of America, Henry Holt, 1998. (I)

Kansas is tired of being in the middle and this story provides a glimpse at the chaos that would ensue if the states decided to change places.

Kentley, Eric.
Boat. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (I)

This Eyewitness book gives the history of boats and boating from ancient times to present.

Kerley, Barbara.
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins. Scholastic, 2001. (I)

This is the true story of how one Victorian artist and sculptor, Waterhouse Hawkins, built life-size replicas of dinosaurs based on the fossil finds of his time.

Kimmel, Eric A.
Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock. Holiday House, 1988. (P-I)

Anansi uses a moss covered rock to trick all of the animals and take their things until Little Bush Dear figures out the trick and teaches the trickster a lesson.

Kimmel, Eric A.
Stormy’s Hat: Just Right for a Railroad Man.Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008. (I)

Engineer, Stormy Kromer, needs a hat that will stay on his head as he runs the locomotive down the rails. His wife designs a hat with the perfect fit.

Kimmelman, Leslie.
Happy 4th of July, Jenny Sweeney! Whitman, 2003. (T-P)

Jenny Sweeney is getting ready for the 4th of July. Follow Jenny and her dog, Rags through their neighborhood as they see how others are getting ready for the celebration.

King, Elizabeth.
Quinceañera. Dutton, 1998. (Y)

Quinceañera stories are told through photographs.

Kirwan, Anna.
Lady of Palenque: Flower of Bacal, Mesoamerica, A. D. 749. Scholastic, 2004. (I-Y)

Part of the Royal Diaries series, this story features the life of the 13-year-old daughter of a Mayan king.

Kite, Patricia L.
Watching Bison in North America. Heinemann, 2006. (P, I)

This book provides an overview of the life and habits of the American Bison.

Knots, Bob.
Track and Field. Children’s Press, 2000. (P, I)

This is a brief description of track and field events for younger readers.

Koller, Jackie.
One Monkey Too Many. Harcourt, 1999. (T-P)

The monkeys are getting into all kinds of trouble, and things get even worse when one monkey too many joins the crowd.

Krensky, Stephen.
How Coyote Stole the Summer. Millbrook Press,2009. (P-I)

Coyote and friends want to steal summer from Old Woman. In the end they decide to share summer with everyone.

Kroll, Virginia.
Good Neighbor Nicholas. Whitman, 2006. (P-I)

Nicholas does not like his grouchy neighbor Mr. Robinson. Then one day Nicholas hurts his leg and realizes he is acting just like Mr. Robinson. Realizing that maybe Mr. Robinson acts that way because his back hurts, Nicholas begins to act like a good neighbor and a friendship develops.

Krull, Kathleen.
I Hear America Singing!: Folk Songs for American Families.Random. 2003. (I)

This collection of favorite American folk songs includes words, music, and a CD recording.

Krull, Kathleen.
Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman. Harcourt,1996. (I)

This is the story of Wilma Rudolph’s life from her difficult childhood to her success as the first American woman to win three gold medals in a single Olympics.

Kurzweil, Allen.
Leon and the Champion Chip. Greenwillow, 2005. (I)

Leon has developed a sure-fire way to win the potato eating contest and best a bully.

Lambilly-Bresson, Elisabeth de
Animals in the Jungle. Gareth Stevens, 2008. (P)

Several different jungle animals are featured in two page spreads, with a photo and brief informational text.

Landau, Elaine.
Bats: Hunters of the Night. Enslow, 2008. (I)

This book uses interesting design elements, such as white text on black pages, and amazing photography to capture the reader’s attention and provide good factual information about bats.

Lange, Aubrey.
Baby Polar Bear. Fitzhenry and Whiteside,2008. (I)

This is a beautiful photographic presentation of one polar bear family in the wild, as the mother bear takes care of her babies through their first year of life.

Leaf, Munro.
The Story of Ferdinand. Viking, 1936. (P-I)

This classic story tells of a peaceful bull that would rather smell the flowers than fight.

Leathers, Dan.
Polar Bears on the Hudson Bay. Mitchell Lane, 2007. (I)

This book introduces the impact global warming has had on the polar bear.

Lee, Cora, and Gillian O’Reilly.
Great Number Rumble. Annick Press, 2007. (I)

Do you ever think about math in music? How about in art or the kitchen? This book brings to light the surprising places math can be found.

Leedy, Loreen.
Celebrate the 50 States. Holiday House, 1999. (I)

This book provides a quick glimpse at the facts, symbols, and history for each of the 50 states.

Leiner, Katherine.
Mama Does the Mambo. Hyperion, 2001. (P-I)

Following the death of her Papa, Sophia fears that her Mama will never find another dancing partner for Carnival.

Lester, Julius.
John Henry. Dial, 1994. (I)

Beautify illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, this version of the John Henry legend captures the essence of the story.

Leuck, Laura.
My Mama Monster Loves Me So. Harper, 1999. (T-P)

A young monster describes all the things its mother does to show her love.

Lithgow, John.
Marsupial Sue. Simon & Schuster, 2001. (P-I)

Marsupial Sue is unhappy being a kangaroo, so she decides to try and live with other animals. This experiment does not go well, and Marsupial Sue learns she should be happy being herself.

London, Jonathan.
A Train Goes Clickety-Clack. Henry Holt, 2007. (T-P)

Discover all of the things a train can be and do when a little boy rides one with this family.

Longenecker, Theresa.
Who Grows Up in the Desert? Picture Window Books, 2003. (P-I)

This nonfiction book introduces several desert animals with a full page photo and a one page description of each.

López, Adriana.

Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceañera Stories. Harper, 2007. (Y)

Fifteen authors share their sometimes very frank stories about the celebration and ritual of a quinceañera.

Lourie, Peter.
The Mystery of the Maya: Uncovering the Lost City of Palenque. Boyds Mills, 2004. (I-Y)

Taking readers to the heart of the Mayan empire, Lourie explores the lost temple of Palenque's last king.

MacDonald, Margaret Read.
From the Winds of Manguito. Libraries Unlimited, 2004. (L)

A collection of Cuban folktales in English and Spanish offer a wide variety of stories for librarians to tell.

MacQuitty, Marinda.
Shark. Dorling Kindersley, 2008. (I)

This Eyewitness book covers the shark’s characteristics, behavior, and life cycle.

Macy, Sue.
Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics. National Geographic, 2008. (I)

This history of the summer Olympics is updated through 2008.

Maddigan, Beth.
The Big Book of Stories, Songs, and Sing-Alongs. Libraries Unlimited,2003. (L)

Suggested programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and families are provided in the book. The programs are arranged by theme and include suggested rhymes, songs, and crafts.

Mann, Elizabeth.
Tikal: The Center of the Maya World. Mikaya Press, 2002. (I-Y)

Part of the Wonders of the World series, this title explores one of the world's great civilizations.

Markle, Sandra.
Outside and Inside Bats. Paw Prints, 2008. (I)

This book gives a close-up look at bats, both inside and out, with superb photographs.

Markle, Sandra.
Sharks: Biggest! Littlest! Boyd Mills, 2008. (I)

This is an easy to read overview of some of the most interesting sharks in the ocean.

Martin, Bill.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? Henry Holt, 1992. (T-P)

Starting with a brown bear, each animal is asked, “What do you see?” They reply with a new animal, which repeats the phrase, ending with children.

Martinez, Alejandro Cruz.
The Woman Who Outshone the Sun. Children’s Book Press, 1997. (I)

This story retells the Zapotec legend of a beautiful woman with magical powers who takes away water as punishment for being exiled from the mountain village.

Martino, Teresa.
Pizza! Raintree, 1989. (P-I)

This book provides a short history of pizza.

Maurer, Tracy.
License Plates. Rourke, 1999 (I)

This book provides a look at each state’s license plate as well as their design and evolution.

McBratney, Sam.
I Love It When You Smile. Harper, 2005. (T-P)

Little Roo is feeling grumpy and his mother tries all kinds of things to get him to smile.

McCall, Henrietta.
Egyptian Mummies. Paw Prints, 2008. (I)

This book presents an overview of Ancient Egyptian mummies, the mummification process, the sarcophagi, and funeral procession. An interesting feature is the cutaway pages that reveal more information when opened.

McCarthy, Meghan.
The Adventures of Patty and the Big Red Bus. Knopf, 2005. (P-I)

Patty imagines a great adventure that she goes on with her sister in her big red bus. In reality she is sitting in an old red bus in her playground.

McCarty, Peter.
Little Bunny on the Move. Henry Holt, 1999. (T-P)

Little bunny is looking for his home and does not stop until he finds it.

McDermott, Gerald.
Zomo the Rabbit. Harcourt, 1992. (P-I)

When Zomo the rabbit asks Sky God for wisdom, he is sent on a quest. Zomo completes the quest and earns not only wisdom but quickness.

McDonnell, Flora.
Splash! Candlewick, 1999. (T-P)

The wild animals are all hot but Baby Elephant starts splashing and shows them a way to cool off.

McElmeel, Sharon and Deborah.
Authors in the Kitchen: Recipes, Stories & More. Libraries Unlimited, 2005. (L)

A collection of recipes is based on favorite children’s books and authors.

McGovern, Ann.
Too Much Noise. Houghton, 1967. (P)

Peter’s house makes too much noise, so he goes to the wise man of the village. He is encouraged to keep buying animals until his house is so full and noisy that Peter cannot take it anymore.

McKee, David.
Elmer and the Kangaroo. Harper,2000. (P)

Poor kangaroo can’t jump without falling over. Elmer and his friends decide to help him.

McMullan, Kate and Jim.
I Stink! Joanne Cotler Books, 2002. (P)

A truck asks children the question, “Who am I?” He describes his work, letting the children discover that he is a garbage truck.

McNulty, Faith.
If You Decide to Go to the Moon. Scholastic, 2005. (P-I)

This book takes an imaginary trip to the moon.

McPhail, David.
Edward in the Jungle. Little Brown, 2002. (P-I)

Edward loves to read adventure stories about Tarzan. One day, Tarzan shows up, and Edward has a great adventure.

McPherson, James M.
Into the West: From Reconstruction to the Final Days of the American Frontier. Atheneum, 2006. (I)

This book uses short explanations, photographs, and illustrations to provide an overview of the westward movement across the United States and the effects on the native populations.

McQuinn, Anna.
My Friend Jamal. Firefly Books, 2008 (P-I)

Jamal and Joseph are friends even though they come from different cultures and background.

Meadows, Michelle.
Pilot Pups. Simon & Schuster, 2008. (T-P)

Two toy puppies climb into a child’s toy plane and have a fantastic adventure flying around the family’s home.

Meltzer, Milton.
Hear that Train Whistle Blow! How the Railroad Changed the World. Random, 2004. (I)

This title offers an in-depth look at the history of rail transportation and how the railroads connected communities.

Meyer, Stephenie.
Twilight. Little Brown, 2006. (Y)

In the first book in the series, readers are introduced to a pair of supremely star-crossed lovers.

Middleton, Haydn.
Ancient Olympic Games. Heinemann Raintree, 2007 (I)

This book provides the history of the Olympic Games from Ancient Greece to modern day.

Mockford, Caroline.
Cleo the Cat. Barefoot Books, 2000. (T-P)

Cleo the cat understands that there is no place like home.

Morales, Yuyi.
Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book. Chronicle Books, 2003. (P-I)

Señor Calavera visits with grandma in an unsuccessful attempt to take her away.

Morales, Yuyi.
Just in Case: A Trickster Tale and Spanish Alphabet Book. Henry Holt, 2008. (P-I)

Take a journey through the alphabet with Señor Calavera and learn about Day of the Dead.

Morales, Yuyi.
Little Night / Nochechita. Roaring Brook, 2007. (P-I)

This is a quiet, beautiful tale about the day’s end.

Morgan, Ben.
Star Gazer. Dorling Kindersley, 2005. (I)

This astronomy guide is packed with charts, photographs, and activities.

Moroney, Lynn.
Moontellers: Myths of the Moon from Around the World. Northland, 1995. (I)

The people in China see a Rabbit and a Frog on the face of the moon. This picture book gives an overview of how people in different cultures see a different character on the face of the moon.

Muhlberger, Richard.
What Makes a Van Gogh a Van Gogh? Viking, 2002. (I)

This work explores the artistic styles of Van Gogh.

Murphy, Mary.
I Like It When. Harcourt, 1997. (T-P)

A baby penguin describes all the wonderful things he likes to do with his mother.

Murphy, Stuart.
Coyotes All Around. Harper,2003. (P-I)

Clever Coyote wants all of the food for herself, so she uses math to try and trick her coyote friends.

Myers, Walter Dean.
Jazz. Holiday House, 2008. (P-I)

Jazz music comes alive in fifteen poems and paintings that capture the intensity, vibrancy and pulsing sounds of this music.

Nahum, Andrew.
Flying Machine. Dorling Kindersley, 2004. (I)

This Eyewitness book covers flying machines from hot air balloons to jet aircraft.

Nardo, Don.
King Tut’s Tomb. Kidhaven, 2004. (I)

Beautiful photographs and reproductions enhance this well-written overview of King Tut’s life, detailing how he died and how his tomb was discovered.

Nelson, Scott Reynolds and Marc Aronson.
Ain’t Nothing But A Man: My Quest To Find the Real John Henry. National Geographic, 2008. (I)

This author researches the history of the John Henry legend to find the man behind the myth.

New Book of Popular Science.
Just Add Water: Science Projects You Can Sink, Squirt, Splash, Sail. Children’s Press, 2007. (I)

This book of nine experiments is written in clear text that children can follow. It includes photographs of each experiment and related books and websites.

Nichols, Judy.
Storytimes for Two-Year-Olds. 3rd Edition. American Library Association, 2007. (L)

This collection of storytimes includes books, fingerplays, songs, and craft ideas appropriate for toddlers.

Nieman, Christoph.
The Pet Dragon. Greenwillow, 2008. (P-I)

Meet Lin and her pet dragon and learn some Chinese characters in the process.

Nobleman, Marc.
Let’s See Independence Day. Compass Point, 2005. (P-I)

This is a simple and easy to read title about the 4th of July.

Norman, David.
Dinosaur. Dorling Kindersley, 2008.(I)

This excellent overview includes the many characteristics of dinosaurs from teeth to eggs to fossils.

Norman, Michael.
Haunted Homeland: A Definitive Collection of North American Ghost Stories. Tor Books, 2008. (Y)

A comprehensive collection of some of the ghostly tales that have been passed on by word of mouth. They serve as a window to our nation’s haunted past.

O’Brien, Patrick.
Steam, Smoke, and Steel: Back in Time with Trains. Charlesbridge, 2000. (I)

Driving trains runs in this boy’s family, and he wants to continue the tradition. His story recounts the development of engines during each generation of engineers in his family.

Osborne, Mary Pope.
Happy Birthday, America. Roaring Brook Press, 2008. (P-I)

Three generations of a small town family celebrate the 4th of July.

Oso, Nancy.
Cuba 15. Random, 2003. (Y)

Half Cuban, half Polish, Violet is all-American. When she begrudgingly agrees with her abuela’s plans for her fifteenth birthday celebration, she begins to discover her Cuban roots.

Oxlade, Chris and David Ballheimer.
Olympics. Dorling Kindersley, 2005. (I)

This Eyewitness book gives a nicely well-rounded overview of the Olympics from its traditions to memorable events throughout its history.

Parker, Steve.
The Science of Water: Projects with Experiments with Water and Power. Heinemann Raintree, 2005. (L)

Twelve hands-on experiments explore the properties of water and power using common everyday materials.

Parker, Vic.
Bearum Scarum. Viking, 2001. (P-I) (OP)

Come along with ten hairy hunters as they become the prey, instead of the hunters.

Parr, Todd.
The Family Book. Little Brown, 2003. (T-P)

This book talks about all of the different kinds of families there are.

Partis, Joanne.
Stripe’s Naughty Sister. Carolrhoda, 2002. (P)

Stripe loses his little sister, and he has to find her.

Pattison, Darcy.
The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman. Harcourt, 2003. (I)

Uncle Ray cannot make it across the states to visit his niece Tameka, so he sends Oliver to visit her instead.

Paul, Ann Whitford.
Count on Culebra. Holiday House, 2008. (P-I)

Doctor Culebra tries to fix Iguana’s stubbed toe using a variety of crazy ideas.

Paye, Won-Ldy and Margaret H. Leppert.
Head, Body, Legs. Henry Holt, 2002. (P-I)

Head is tired of rolling around and eating grass and mushrooms and he wants to eat cherries. He soon finds arms, and they get together to eat the cherries. Next they run into body and so on until all of the body parts make up one person.

Paye, Won-Ldy and Margaret H. Leppert.
The Talking Vegetables. Henry Holt, 2006. (P-I)

Spider is busy eating rice and doesn’t want to help the village animals’ plant and tend the garden. When the vegetables are ready to be picked spider wants some. The vegetables can talk and will not let spider have any because he did not help them grow.

Peck, Jan.
Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree. Simon & Schuster, 2005. (T-P)

A small child imagines herself climbing up a tree and finding all kinds of animals. In reality she is climbing up her bunk bed and is surrounded by her many stuffed animals.

Pérez, Emmy.
Solstice. Swan Scythe Press, 2003. (Y+)

Sensuous poems of the Border are written by a noted Latina poet.

Perl, Lila.
Mummies, Tombs and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt. Paw Prints, 2008. (I)

This book provides an overview of Ancient Egyptian burial customs and explains how tombs were built to prevent tomb robbing.

Perry, Phyllis J.
Buffalo. Marshall Cavendish, 2008 (I)

This book provides an overview of the life and habits of the American Bison.

Pichon, Liz.
Penguins. Orchard Books, 2008. (P)

A little girl accidentally drops her camera into the penguin pen at the zoo. The penguins have a great time playing with it.

Piven, Hanoch.
What Presidents are Made Of. Atheneum, 2004. (P-I)

A brief paragraph describing an interesting event or fact about each U.S. president is accompanied by a unique picture.

Poole, Amy.
The Ant and the Grasshopper. Holiday House, 2000. (I)

This is a retelling of the fable in which the ant is busy preparing for winter while the grasshopper does nothing.

Powling, Chris.
The Kingfisher Book of Scary Stories. Kingfisher, 2002. (I)

These are retellings of favorite ghost stories.

Press, Judy.
At the Zoo: Explore the Animal World with Craft Fun. Williamson, 2002. (L)

This title has a collection of crafts based on animals from around the world and includes interesting facts about each animal.

Priceman, Marjorie.
How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the USA. Knopf, 2008. (I)

A young baker travels the United States to gather ingredients for a cherry pie.

Pringle, Lawrence.
One Room School. Boyds Mills, 1998. (I) (OP)

This is a nostalgic look at one room schools during the 1940s, with child-like illustrations.

Provenson, Martin.
The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot, July 25, 1909. Viking, 1983. (I)

This Caldecott Medal winner describes one man’s struggle to build an aircraft that will fly across the English Channel

Rabott, Ernest.
Vincent Van Gogh: Art for Children Lippincott, 1988. (P-I)

This work explores the artistic styles of Van Gogh.

Rathmann, Peggy.
Good Night, Gorilla. Putnam, 1994. (T)

A sneaky gorilla steals the zoo keeper’s keys and lets all of the animals out of their cages. They follow the zoo keeper to his house to sleep in his room.

Reid, Rob.
Family Storytime: Twenty-Four Creative Programs for All Ages. American Library Association, 1999. (L)

Stories, fingerplays, activities, and more provide all that is needed for a family program. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.)

Reiser, Lynn.
Tortillas and Lullabies / Tortillas y Cancioncitas. Harper, 1998. (P-I)

A girl compares activities women in her family did for their daughters with what she does for her doll.

Rex, Michael.
Runaway Mummy: a Petrifying Parody. Putnam, 2009. (P-Y)

This parody of Margaret Wise Brown’s classic, Runaway Bunny, begs to be read aloud to any age reader.

Richards, Justin.
The Chaos Code. Bloomsbury, 2007. (Y)

Matt is stuck spending another vacation with his brilliant, yet scatterbrained archaeologist father.

Roberts, Bethany.
Fourth of July Mice! Clarion,2008 (T-P)

The mice are having a blast celebrating the 4th of July.

Rockwell, Anne F.
El Toro Pinto and Other Songs in Spanish. Aladdin, 1995. (P-I)

A collection of songs for children are provided in Spanish.

Rockwell, Anne F.
With Love From Spain, Melanie Martin. Knopf, 2004. (I)

Melanie shares her Spanish family vacation adventures.

Rodriguez, Edel.
Sergio Makes a Splash. Little Brown, 2008. (P-I)

Sergio loves water but doesn’t know how to swim. He gets a chance to learn when his teacher takes his class on a field trip to the ocean.

Rosen, Michael.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. McElderry, 1989. (T-I)

Follow some brave adventurers on their long trek through and over many obstacles in search of a bear.

Rosing, Norbert.
Face to Face with Polar Bears. National Geographic, 2007. (I)

An expert wildlife photographer takes you “face to face” with his favorite animal. This intriguing first person account describes encounters with polar bears, as well as facts about the bear itself.

Ross, Kathy.
Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Deserts. Millbrook Press, 1998. (I+)

A collection of twenty desert crafts are appropriate for preschoolers with adult assistance or elementary age children.

Roth, Susan.
The Biggest Frog in Australia. Simon & Schuster, 1996. (P-I)

The biggest frog in Australia woke up thirsty and drank all of the water. Because he didn’t leave any for the other animals, they try to make him laugh so he will spit the water back up. They have almost given up until the eels inadvertently save the day.

Rozines, Jennifer Roy, and Gregory Roy.
Multiplication on the Farm. Marshall Cavendish, 2007 (P-I)

This book takes a tour of daily life on the farm and looks at the mathematical concept along the way.

Rumford, James.
Calabash Cat and his Amazing Journey. Houghton, 2003. (P-I)

Calabash Cat walks Africa in search of the end of the road. At each stopping point he meets an animal that takes him on another trip. Each animal thinks that they have found the end of the world, until Calabash Cat meets Eagle, who shows him a world without end.

Ryder, Joanne.
A Pair of Polar Bears: Twin Cubs Find a Home at the San Diego Zoo. Simon & Schuster, 2006. (I)

This is the true story of two orphan polar bears and how their lives changed when they were brought from Alaska to their new home in the San Diego Zoo.

Rylant, Cynthia.
Bunny Bungalow. Harcourt, 1999. (T-P)

The Bunnies move into their new house and make it their home.

Rylant, Cynthia and Lisa Desimini.
Tulip Sees America. Blue Sky Press, 1998. (I)

Tulip, the dog, and his human take a cross country road-trip.

Sabbeth, Alex.
Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive: Projects and Activities on the Science of Music and Sound. Jossey-Bass, 1997. (I-L)

This book includes many projects and experiments that will get children excited about learning the science of music and sound.

Sabuda, Robert.
Tutankhamen’s Gift. Atheneum, 1994. (I)

Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh at the age of ten and rebuilds the great temples of the Egyptian gods.

Sacre, Antonio.
The Barking Mouse. Whitman, 2003. (P-I)

A mouse family learns the value of being bilingual in this retelling of a Cuban folktale.

Sáenz, Benjamín Alire.
Perfect Season for Dreaming. Cinco Puntos Press, 208. (I)

An old man shares his beautiful dreams.

Salcedo, Michele.
Quinceañera!: The Essential Guide to Planning the Perfect Sweet Fifteen Celebration. Henry Holt, 1997. (Y)

This comprehensive guide provides everything there is to know to prepare for the quinceañera.

Sandler, Martin W.
Riding the Rails in the USA: Trains in American Life. Oxford University, 2003. (I+)

From the Transportation in America series, the author explores the impact of railroads and trains on America’s history, economics, and race relations.

Say, Allen.
El Chino. Houghton, 1990. (P-I)

This is the story of the first Chinese bullfighter.

Sayre, April Pulley.
Dig Wait Listen: A Desert Toad’s Tale. Greenwillow, 2001. (P)

The spadefoot toad sits under the desert waiting for the sound of rain. While waiting, she hears the sounds of many other desert animals.

Sayre, April Pulley.
G’Day, Australia! Millbrook Press, 2003. (P-I)

Australia is explored with simple text and lots of color photographs.

Schiller, Pam and Jackie Silberg.
The Complete Book of Activities, Games, Stories, Props, Recipes, and Dances for Young Children. Gryphon House, 2003. (L)

This resource provides a wide range of activities, props, and recipes to use with children.

Schofield, Jennifer.
Animal Babies in Rain Forests. Kingfisher, 2004. (P-I)

This nonfiction book about rain forest animals is presented in question and answer format. A picture shows an animal baby, and text provides a description of the baby. The baby then asks the reader, “Who is my mommy?”

Schubert, Ingrid and Dieter.
Hammer Soup. Hand Print, 2004. (P-I)

Kate does not like her new neighbor and does not like to share. When winter comes and Kate’s new neighbor is cold and hungry, Kate invites him over and learns to share over a bowl of hammer soup.

Schuman, Michael A.
Mayan and Aztec Mythology. Enslow, 2001. (Y)

The book discusses various Mayan and Aztec myths, including creation stories and tales of principal gods and goddesses.

Schwartz, Alvin.
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Scholastic, 1989. (Y)

There is a story here to scare everyone, from stories about skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth to a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer.

Seuling, Barbara.
Whose House? Harcourt, 2004. (P)

A little boy looks at different animals and the homes they live in. He quickly concludes that these homes are not the home for him.

Shannon, George.
Lizard’s Song. Greenwillow, 1992. (P-I)

Lizard tries to teach bear his favorite song, but bear is slow, and it takes many times and repeated events to get the song stuck in his head.

Shaw, Nancy.
Sheep on a Ship. Houghton, 1989. (T-P)

The sheep start out on a fun boat ride, which quickly turns hazardous when a storm blows in.

Shelley, Mary.
Frankenstein. Bantam Books, 1984. (Y)

Mary Shelley’s classic gothic novel tells how a monster was invented.

Shields, Carol Diggory.
Food Fight! Chronicle Books, 2002. (P-I)

What happens when everyone is asleep? The food in the refrigerator throws a food fight!

Shoveller, Herb.
Ryan and Jimmy and the Well in Africa That Brought Them Together. Kids Can Press, 2008. (I)

When a first grade class learned about a village that didn’t have clean drinking water, one child was determined to do something about it. This is the true story of compassion, determination, and friendship.

Shuter, Jane.
Riding the Rails: Rail Travel Past and Present. Raintree, 2004. (I)

This book provides a general overview of rail travel.

Sierra, Judy
Beautiful Butterfly: A Folktale from Spain. Clarion, 2000. (P-I)

In this beautiful Spanish folktale, a butterfly asks her suitors to sing, finally choosing the one that can sing a baby to sleep.

Sierra, Judy.
The Flannel Board Storytelling Book. H.W. Wilson, 1997. (L)

A collection of flannelboard stories for toddlers through school age children, includes patterns as well as simple instructions.

Sierra, Judy.
Multicultural Folktales for the Feltboard and Readers’ Theater. Oryx Press, 1996. (L) OP

This is a collection of stories in feltboard and readers’ theater format for use in children’s programming.

Simon, Seymour.
Amazing Bats. Chronicle Books, 2005. (I)

This is a good exploration of bats with Simon’s usual thoroughness and excellent photographs.

Simon, Seymour.
Let's Try it Out In the Water: Hands-on Early-learning Science Activities. Simon & Schuster, 2001. (I, L)

This book presents hands-on activities exploring the properties of water with lots of fun ideas.

Simon, Seymour.
The Moon. Simon & Schuster, 2003. (I)

This book features spectacular photographs of the moon and the story of its exploration.

Simon, Seymour.
Sharks. Harper, 2006. (I)

Simon and the Smithsonian Institute team up to create an amazing book on sharks.

Smith, David J.
If America Were a Village: A Book About the People of the United States. Kids Can Press, 2009. (P-I)

Image if only 100 people lived in America. This graphical look at our country helps readers see how alike we are and yet how diverse.

Smith, David J.
If the World Were a Village: A Book About the World’s Peopls. Kids Can Press, 2002. (P-I)

This graphical look at the world allows us to see how we are similar and different.

Solway, Andrew.
Africa. Heinemann Raintree, 2007. (I)

From the World of Music series, this book describes the music and musical instruments of Africa.

Stevens, Janet.
Jackalope. Harcourt, 2003. (I)

Jack is unhappy being a regular rabbit and wants to change the way he looks. His Fairy Godrabbit shows up and gives him horns. Through a series of misadventures, Jack comes to appreciate himself and decides he doesn’t need horns to be extraordinary.

Stojic, Manya.
Rain. Crown,2000. (T-P)

A parched African savannah finally gets some rain and the animals of the savannah enjoy it.

Stowell, Penelope.
The Greatest Potatoes. Hyperion, 2005. (P-I)

In this version of the story of the creation of the potato chip, George Crum meets Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Sturges, Philemon.
I Love Planes! Harper, 2003. (T)

A little boy describes all of the kinds of airplanes he loves.

Sturges, Philemon.
Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza). Dutton, 1999 (P-I)

The familiar tale of the little red hen takes an unfamiliar twist as she makes a pizza and shares it with her uncooperative friends.

Swanson, Susan Marie.
The House in the Night. Houghton, 2008. (T-P)

This Caldecott-award winning book uses few words and black and white illustrations to show how it is the origins of the light in a house that make it a home.

Sweet, Melissa.
Tupelo Rides the Rails. Houghton, 2008. (I)

A lonely stray dog, Tupelo, searches for a new home with the help of Sirius the Dog Star and a hobo named Garbage Pail Tex.

Talley, Linda.
Following Isabella. MarshMedia, 2000. (P-I)

Isabella the sheep sets out to become a leader.

Tang, Greg.
The Best of Times: Math Strategies that Multiply. Scholastic, 2002. (I)

This is a book full of fascinating math puzzles.

Taylor, Gaylia.
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip. Lee & Low, 2006. (P-I)

This picture book offers a look at the invention of the potato chip and the life of its creator, George Crum.

Thom, Diane.
1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays. Warren House, 1994. (L)

Arranged by theme and subject, the title says it all.

Thomas, Isabel.
Polar Bear vs. Grizzly Bear. Heinemann Raintree, 2006. (I)

This book compares polar bears and grizzly bears by scoring their characteristics to see which one would win if they fought each other.

Thompson, Lauren.
Polar Bear Night. Scholastic, 2004. (T-P)

A baby polar bear wakes up and wanders away from his mother to explore the world around him.

Thompson, Susan.
Mayan Folktales: Cuentos Folklóricos Mayas. Libraries Unlimited, 2007. (Y+)

This textbook offers a compilation of Mayan folktales with research to provide the history of the people and their culture.

Timmers, Leo.
Who is Driving? Bloomsbury, 2007. (T-P)

Find out which animal is driving each car and make your own guess about who will arrive first.

Tingle, Tim.
Spooky Texas Tales. Texas Tech University Press, 2005. (I)

Ten spooky tales about Texas will surely haunt you.

Totten, Kathryn.
Storytime Crafts. Alleyside Press, 1998. (L)

A collection of preschool storytime activities, complete with a craft, rhymes, songs, and a small book list, is arranged by theme.

Trinca, Rod and Kerry Argent.
One Woolly Wombat. Kane Miller, 1982 (T-P)

Come and count your way through the animals of Australia.

Todd, Traci N.
C Is for Caboose: Riding the Rails From A To Z. Chronicle Books, 2007. (P-I)

A unique book is illustrated with different aspects of the railroad and train travel corresponding to each letter of the alphabet.

Vaughan, Marcia.
Wombat Stew. Silver Burdett, 1984. (P-I)

One day a dingo caught a wombat and decided to make wombat stew. The other animals show up and trick dingo to save wombat’s life.

Vogel, Julia.
Bats. Northwood Press, 2007. (I)

With both photographs and illustrations, the book presents characteristics, behaviors, and habitats of many different kinds of bats.

Wadsworth, Ginger.
Words West: Voices of Young Pioneers. Clarion, 2003. (I)

This well-researched book captures the spirit of pioneer life from the children’s point of view through journal entries, archival photos, maps and more.

Waldman, Neil.
The Starry Night. Boyds Mills, 1999. (P-I)

What would Vincent Van Gogh have thought of New York City? This story imagines how Vincent would have painted New York, and how he touched a boy’s life.

Walker, Paul.
Big Men, Big Country: A Collection of American Tall Tales. Harcourt, 1993. (I)

This is a collection of American tall tales, featuring big men like John Henry, Paul Bunyan, and Pecos Bill.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll.
Hop Jump. Harcourt, 1993. (T)

Betsy prefers to dance instead of hop. The other frogs make fun of her until they watch her dance and before long everyone is dancing.

Walsh, Melanie.
Do Lions Live on Lily Pads? Houghton, 2006. (T-P)

Explore the many places that insects and animals live.

Walton, Rick.
Bunnies on the Go. Harper, 2003. (P)

Follow the bunnies as they travel in various vehicles.

Ward, T.J.
Way out in the Desert. Rising Moon, 1998. (P)

This is a counting book that leads children through ten different desert animals.

Warhola, James.
If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition. Orchard Books, 2007. (T-P)

A playground comes alive with jungle animals as some children sing “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with animal moves.

Watson, Wendy.
Hurray for the Fourth of July. Clarion, 1992. (P-I)

A family is followed throughout their day as they celebrate the 4th of July. The author includes traditional rhymes and songs in each illustration.

Webber, Desiree.
Travel the Globe Multicultural Storytimes. Libraries Unlimited,1998. (L)

This resource for multicultural storytimes and programs includes suggested books, songs, flannel boards, crafts and activities from fourteen countries.

Weeks, Sarah.
Without You. Harper, 2003. (T-P)

A little penguin waits with his father for his mother to come home.

Weiss, Nicki.
The World Turns Round and Round. Greenwillow, 2000. (P-I)

Travel around the world as you find out what children from different countries get as a gift. Each gift is unique to the country of origin.

Wells, Rosemary.
McDuff Saves the Day. Hyperion,2002. (P)

While Fred and Lucy are tending to the baby at the 4th of July picnic, ants eat all of their picnic food. McDuff puts his nose to the ground to find more food and a new friend.

Weston, Carol.
Little Matador. Hyperion, 2008. (P-I)

The Little Matador comes from a long line of proud bullfighters, but he would rather draw a bull than fight one!

Wheeler, Lisa.
Te Amo, Bebe Little One. Little Brown, 2004. (T-P) OP

Follow a mother and her child through their busy days and watch the child grow from a baby to a toddler.

Whippo, Walt.
Little White Duck. Little Brown, 2000. (T-P)

Sing along with Mouse as he tells the story of the little white duck and the lily pad.

Whitman, Sylvia.
Get Up and Go!: The History of American Road Travel Lerner, 1996. (I)

This book chronicles the various ways people have traveled across the United States.

Wildsmith, Brian.
The Owl and the Woodpecker. Star Bright Books,2006. (P)

Owl is upset with his loud neighbor, Woodpecker. Owl is so grumpy and mean that he makes all of the other animals miserable. When a storm rolls in, things change between Woodpecker and Owl.

Wilkes, Angela.
Rain Forest Animals. Two-Can, 2004. (P-I)

A nonfiction book about the many parts of the rainforest, from the animals to the trees, is filled with fun facts, puzzles, and quizzes.

Willems, Mo.
Leonardo the Terrible Monster. Hyperion, 2005. (T-P)

Leonardo is truly a terrible monster; terrible at being a monster, that is.

Williams, Vera.
“More, More, More,” Said the Baby. Greenwillow, 1990. (T-P)

This is a collection of three multicultural short stories that illustrate the love between a caregiver and the child.

Wilmes, Liz and Dick Wilmes.
2’s Experience Felt Board Fun. Building Blocks, 1994. (L)

Fingerplays with accompanying flannel boards patterns appropriate for toddlers and preschoolers are included in this title.

Wilmes, Liz and Dick Wilmes.
2’s Experience Fingerplays. Building Blocks, 1994. (L)

This book includes many fingerplays that are appropriate for toddlers.

Wilmes, Liz and Dick Wilmes.
Felt Board Fingerplays. Building Blocks, 1997. (L)

This collection of patterns and words is divided into seasons.

Wilson, Karma.
Where Is Home, Little Pip? McElderry, 2008. (P)

Little Pip follows a feather blowing on the ice and gets lost. Luckily her parents find her before it is too late.

Winter, Jeanette.
Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book. Houghton, 2004. (T-P)

Skeletons act out the various elements required for the Day of the Dead celebration, from angels to the zapatero.

Winter, Jeanette.
Follow the Drinking Gourd. Knopf, 1998. (P-I)

Using the folksong, “Follow the Drinking Gourd” as a framework, this book tells the story of escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad.

Wolfman, Judy.
How and Why Stories for Reader’s Theatre. Teacher Ideas Press, 2004. (L)

This book contains a collection of short reader’s theater scripts for use with programs for young children.

Wong, Janet.
Apple Pie 4th of July. Harcourt, 2002. (P)

A Chinese American girl is upset that she has to work in her parent’s restaurant on the 4th of July. She thinks no one will come in and eat Chinese food and that her parents do not understand America. However, she is in for a surprise when it becomes dinner time.

Wood, Audrey.
The Napping House. Harcourt, 1984. (P)

Everyone in the house is piled in a heap, asleep on the bed, except for the wakeful flea. See what pandemonium he causes!

Wright, Denise.
One-Person Puppet Plays. Teacher Ideas Press, 1990. (L)

This is a collection of easy to perform puppet plays for one person. Instructions and patterns for making puppets are included. (Available through NetLibrary, a TexShare database.)

Yaccarino, Dan.
Go, Go America. Scholastic, 2008. (I)

This book is filled with fun facts about each of the United States.

Young, Richard.
Ghost Stories from the American Southwest. August House, 1993. (Y)

These shivery tales were collected by the oral tradition, from people all over the Southwest, and represent the rich cultural diversity of the region, from the Ozarks to the Rio Grande and the Big Thicket.

Zane, Alexander.
The Wheels on the Race Car. Orchard Books, 2005. (P-I)

Zip around the race track with this retelling of the traditional song, “The Wheels on the Bus.”

Ziefert, Harriet.
Hats Off for the Fourth of July. Viking, 2000. (P)

Come and watch the Fourth of July parade in Chatham, MA.

Zimmermann, Karl.
Steam Locomotive: Whistling, Chugging, Smoking Iron Horses of the Past. Boyds Mills, 2004. (I)

This title offers a nicely illustrated photographic history of the development of the steam locomotive.

Audio Recordings

Barney’s Favorites. Lyon’s Partnership, 1992. (CD) (T+)

More of Barney’s favorite songs on a variety of topics are included on this recording.

Barney’s Favorites Featuring Songs from Imagination Island. Lyon’s Partnership, 1994. (CD) (T+)

A selection of favorite Barney songs is offered on a variety of topics.

Berkner, Laurie.
Buzz Buzz. Two Tomatoes, 2001. (CD) (T-I)

This is a mix of original and classic songs for little ones.

Berkner, Laurie.
Under a Shady Tree. Two Tomatoes, 2002. (CD) (T-I)

Calming and energetic songs offer something for everyone in preschool.

Berkner, Laurie.
Whaddya Think of That? Two Tomatoes, 2000. (CD) (T-I)

A mix of active and quiet songs will perk up the kids and then settle them down.

Brother Yusaf.
Kids Get the Blues, Too/Blues for Beginners. Fatt-Back Unlimited. 2006. (CD) (T-I)

This is a collection of twelve children’s classic songs, remixed to give kids a taste of the blues.

Buchman, Rachel.
Hello Everybody. A Gentle Wind, 1986. (CD) (T-P)

Simple songs and rhymes will engage the toddlers and preschoolers.

Carlisle, Bob.
Best of Bob Carlisle. Brentwood, 2002. (CD) (Y)

The former Allies lead singer croons his signature song, “Butterfly Kisses”.

Carranza, Cali.
Pídeme La Luna. Joey International, 1995. (CD) (P+)

“Pídeme La Luna” is a popular Tejano song with an upbeat chorus. Here a popular artist sings it.

Chambers, Veronica.
Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa. Live Oak Media, 2008. (CD/Cass) (P-I)

This biography of a Cuban salsa superstar is accompanied by music. Based on the book of the same title.

Grandes éxitos. Sony International, 2002. (CD) (Y)

This popular Latin superstar sings an infamous quinceañera waltz, “Tiempo de Vals.”

The Countdown Singers.
The Monster Mash & Other Songs of Horror. Madacy, 2001. (CD) (Y)

Grab a partner, sing along, and dance to popular songs of horror.

Cruz, Celia.
Mi Vida es Cantar. Rmm Records, 1998. (CD) (P+)

This album includes “La Vida es un carnaval,” one of the greatest songs recorded by Celia Cruz, one of the most successful salsa singers of the 20th century.

Diamond, Charlotte.
10 Carrot Diamond. Hug Bug, 1985. (CD) (P-I)

This bestselling album includes “I Am a Pizza.”

Duff, Hillary.
Most Wanted. Hollywood Records, 2005. (CD) (P+)

A former ‘tween sensation offers an assortment of songs.

Elida & Avante.
Eya 1998. Tejas, 1998. (CD) (P+)

A legendary Tejano group sings “Luna llena,” a favorite Tejano song.

Sweet Dreams. Arista, 2005. (CD) (Y)

The title song is a favorite from this band.

Feliciano, José.
Toda Una Vida: 30 Exitos. Emi Latin, 2003. (CD) (P+)

The album includes some of the artist’s favorite songs, such as “Cielito Lindo”.

The Four Tops.
Greatest Hits. GP Series, 1999. (CD) (P+)

Listen and boogie to great hits such as “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch”.

Gill, Jim.
Moving Rhymes for Modern Times. Jim Gill Music, 2006. (CD) (P+)

This is a collection of silly songs for preschool through elementary age children.

The Gipsy Kings.
The Best of The Gipsy Kings. Nonesuch, 1995. (CD) (P+)

The Gipsy Kings know how to rock and encourage everyone to baila to popular Latin dance songs.

The Go-Go’s.
Greatest. A&M, 1990. (CD) (Y)

Go back to the 80’s and party with some of that era’s most popular songs.

Harper, Jessica.
Rhythm in My Shoes. Rounder Records, 2000. (CD) (P-I)

This is a collection of songs for preschool to elementary age children.

Iglesias, Julio.
De Niña a Mujer. Sony International, 1982. (CD) (Y)

Julio Iglesias sings some of his classic songs, including a wonderful song from a father to his daughter.

Jackson, Michael.
Thriller. Sony, 2001. (CD) (Y)

Everyone can dance along to “Thriller.”

Jonas, Billy.
What Kind of Cat Are You? Bang-a-Bucket Music, 2002. (CD) (P-I)

The songs on this album encourage listeners to use their own voices as instruments.

El Pop. Sony International, 2005. (CD) (Y)

“La Calle de las Sirenas” is included on this album by a famous Mexican group.

Lila Downs.
La Cantina. Narada, 2006. (CD) (Y)

Learn to dance “La Cumbia del Mole” on this album.

Los Barón de Apodaca.
Nuestra Historia. Universal Latino, 2003. (CD) (Y)

Listen to a popular rendition of "La Ultima Muneca" on this album.

Los Centellas.
La Bien Paga. (CD) (T+)

The most popular interpretation of “La Luna y El Toro” is included on this recording.

Los del Rio.
The Best of Los del Rio. BMG Special Product, 2004. (CD) (P+)

Dance to “La Macarena” with music on this album.

The Marcels.
Blue Moon. Collectables, 2005. (CD) (P+)

“Blue Moon” is just one of the golden oldies included on this album by a popular doo-wop group.

Martin, Ricky.
17. Sony International, 2008. (CD) (Y)

Groove to the modern Latin songs on this album.

Mosel, Arlene.
Tikki Tikki Tembo. Macmillan Young Listeners, 2009. (CD with book) (T-I)

When the eldest son falls into the well the youngest son can’t say his name fast enough, almost ending in disaster. The story, read by Marcia Gay Harden, explains why boys in China now have short names.

Mr. C the Slide Man.
Cha Cha Slide. UMVD Labels, 2000. (CD) (P+)

“Cha Cha Slide,” one of the coolest songs to dance to, is included on this album.

Nash, Johnny.
I Can See Clearly Now. SBME Special Markets, 1972. (CD) (Y)

This collection highlights the best songs by an iconic singer, including the reggae title song.

Ode, Eric.
I Love My Shoes. Deep Rooted, 2005 (CD) (P+)

This is a collection of family friendly songs and poems.

Patatero, Patatin.
Canciones de Cuna Para Niños. Rgs Music Argentina, 2007. (CD) (P+)
This collection features favorite Spanish lullabies.

Quintanilla, Selena.
Ones. EMI Latin, 2002. (CD) (P+)

Selena’s most popular Tejano songs are included on this album.

Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band. Troubadour Records, 1989. (CD) (P+)

This is a collection of Raffi’s songs for preschoolers and early elementary age children on a variety of topics.

Raffi the Singable Songs Collection. Troubadour Records, 1996. (CD) (P+)

This is a collection of Raffi’s songs for preschoolers and early elementary age children on a variety of topics.

The Re-bops.
Even Kids Get the Blues. Re-Bop Records, 2004. (CD) (T-I)

This collection of songs is designed to introduce children to the blues, using kid-friendly topics such as sibling rivalry and being a latchkey kid.

Roberts, Justin.
Way Out. Wall to Wall Recording, 2004. (CD) (P+)

This is a collection of silly songs for preschoolers.

Scruggs, Joe.
Late Last Night. Lyons Group, 1998. (CD) (T+)

This is a collection of music for children, for ages two and up.

Seeger, Pete.
Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits. Sony, 2002. (CD) (P+)

This folk singers collection includes the hit song, “Guantanamera.”

Sisters Sledge.
We Are Family. Rhino Flashback, 2008. (CD) (P+)

The title song encourages togetherness and understanding.

Tallman, Susie.
Let's Go: Travel, Camp and Car Songs. Big Kids Music, 2007 (CD) (T+)

This collection contains classic songs that are perfect for passing the time during a car trip or on a camp out.

25 Años. EMI International, 2007. (CD) (Y)

This group interprets some of Mexico’s most popular songs, including a telenovela theme song titled "Quinceañera".

Tito Puente.
Oye Como Va. Concord Records, 1982. (CD) (P+)

Boogie to some all-time favorite songs by the king of Latin jazz.

The Tokens.
The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Collectables, 2008. (CD) (P+)

The title song is based on the South African Zulu folk song "Wimoweh."

Various Artists.
Celebrando Quinceañeras. Protel, 1999. (CD) (Y)

This recording features a unique version of "Las Mañanitas."

Various Artists.
Disney Babies: Lullaby. Walt Disney Records, 1992. (CD) (P+)

Disney provides the ultimate collection of lullabies.

Various Artists.
Disney Princess: The Ultimate Collection. Walt Disney Records, 2004. (CD) (P+)

Disney provides the ultimate collection of favorite songs from its movies.

Various Artists.
Fiesta Latina. Sony International, 2009. (CD) (P+)

Dance the “Conga” to favorite Latin party songs.

Various Artists.
La Cucaracha. Columbia River Entertainment, 2000. (CD) (T+)

Dance and sing along to some popular Latin songs.

Various Artists.
Motown for Kids. Motown, 2008. (CD) (P+)

Favorite Motown tunes are interpreted in a version for children.

Various Artists.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack. Hip-o Records, 1996. (CD) (Y)

The soundtrack from the movie offers some of the wackiest sing-along songs.

The Wiggles.
Dance Party. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)

This is a collection of dance songs from the popular cable show.

The Wiggles.
Let’s Wiggle. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)

This collection features a lot of animal songs from the popular cable show.

The Wiggles.
Toot Toot. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)

Sing and dance along with the boys from Australia in this collection of songs from their cable show.

The Wiggles.
Yummy Yummy. Koch Records, 2003. (CD) (T-I)

The songs from “The Wiggles” cable show will have little ones dancing in the aisles.


Antarctic Antics.
Weston Woods, 2003. (DVD/Video) (19 minutes) (P-I)

Based on the poems by Judy Sierra, the iconographic production animates penguins slipping and sliding, swimming and gliding to music.

Barney Let’s Go to the Zoo.
Lionsgate, 2003. (DVD) (30 minutes) (P)

Come along with Barney, B.J., and Baby Bop as they take a trip to the Fort Worth Zoo.

Universal Studios, 2003. (DVD) (101 minutes) (P+)

This live-action story has Casper the Friendly Ghost finding a true friend.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Warner Home Video, 2005. (115 minutes) (I+)

Roald Dahl’s popular children’s book comes to life in this entertaining film directed by Tim Burton.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Weston Woods, 1999. (25 minutes) (T-P)

The baby letters of the alphabet race up a tree in this film set to jaunty calypso music. Based on the book by Bill Martin, Jr.

Click, Clack Moo Cows That Type.
New Video Group, 2003. (DVD) (25 minutes) (P-I)

Along with the title story, the book Trashy Town, which highlights the duties of a garbage man, is included in this collection.

Corduroy and More Stories About Friendship.
New Video Group, 2003. (DVD) (54 minutes) (P-I)

The book Yo? Yes!, which highlights the friendship between two boys, is included in this collection.

Curious George Rides a Bike and a Lot More Monkeying Around.
New Video Group, 2008. (DVD) (83 minutes) (P-I)

Several books about monkeys are included in this production.

Favorite Fairy Tales.
Weston Woods Studios, 2003. (DVD) (27 minutes) (P-I)

Familiar stories, including The Emperor’s New Clothes, are animated in this collection.

Good Night, Gorilla and More Bedtime Stories.
Weston Woods Studios, 2003. (DVD) (51 minutes) (P)

The book Good Night, Gorilla is animated in this production, along with several other picture book classics.

Is Your Mama a Llama and More Stories About Growing Up.
Weston Woods Studios, 2003. (DVD) (52 minutes) (P-I)

The production includes a film based on Elizabeti’s Doll, the story of a little girl from Tanzania, who makes a doll out of a rock and cares for it.

Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book.
Nutmeg Media, 2007. (DVD)(12 minutes) (T-P)

Based on Yuyi Morales’ book, the story is accompanied by traditional guitar music as a skeleton tries to trick Grandma Beetle into answering the door.

Make Way for Ducklings and More McCloskey Stories.
New Video Group, 2004. (DVD) (62 minutes) (P-I)

This production includes an animated version of Burt Dow Deep Water Man about Burt and his boat Tidely Idley.

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and Three More Stories about Trucks.
New Video Group, 2006. (DVD) (50 minutes) (P-I)

The book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is animated, along with several other picture book classics.

Nightmare Before Christmas.
Touchstone, 2008. (DVD) (76 minutes) (I-Y)

Explore Halloweenland and its black humor in this popular animated tale.

Quest for Adventure Vol. 3: Curse of the Mayan Temple.
Timeless Media Group, 2007. (273 minutes) (Y)

This documentary features the exploits of a treasure-seeker exploring a Mayan temple, and a second episode where an explorer looks for Montezuma’s lost treasure.

Ridin' the Rails: The Great American Train Story
Rhino, 2005. (DVD) (52 minutes) (I-Y)

Originally aired on television in 1974, this nostalgic look at the railroads is told through the songs of Johnny Cash.

Snowflake Bentley.
Weston Woods, 2003. (DVD/Video) (16 minutes) (P-I)

Young Willie Bentley was fascinated by snowflakes and so he began to study them, discovering that no two are alike. The photographs he took of the flakes are works of art. Based on the Caldecott-award winning book by Jaqueline Briggs Martin.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble…and More Magical Tales.
New Video Group, 2005. (DVD) (58 minutes) (P-I)

This production includes animated versions of several books, including Possum Magic.

The Scrambled States of America.
New Video Group, 2003. (DVD) (65 minutes) (P-I)

In this animated film, all of the states decide to change places on the map, hoping that the changes will make them happier.

The Snowy Day and More Ezra Jack Keats Stories.
New Video Group, 2003. (DVD) (53 minutes) (P-I)

Several books are animated on this DVD. Snowy Day tells the story of a little boy’s day in the snow.

Tikki Tikki Tembo and More Favorite Tales.
New Video Group, 2005. (DVD) (52 minutes) (P-I)

Several books are animated, including Tikki Tikki Tembo and Cinderella Penguin.

Summit Entertainment, 2009. (121 minutes) (Y)

Visit Stephenie Meyer’s world of vampires and werewolves in this DVD.

Welcome to the Evolution: Solving the Mayan Calendar Mystery.
UFO TV, 2004. (DVD) (270 minutes) (Y)

Learn about the mysterious calendar that the ancient Mayans invented.

Texas Reading Club 2010 Programming Manual / Catch the Reading Express!

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