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2003 Summer Reading Program Manual

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Key to abbreviations for age recommendations:

  • T= Toddler
  • P= Preschool
  • I= Elementary
  • 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.

Aardema, Verna.
Borreguita and the Coyote. Knopf, 1991. (P-I)
Borreguita y el coyote. Scholastic, 1993. (P-I)
A little lamb named Borreguita outwits Coyote and sends him howling underneath the moon.
Aaseng, Nathan.
Navaho Code Talkers. Walker, 1992. (I+) (OP)
The role of the Navajo Indians in World War II is described in detail.
Ada, Alma Flor.
Daniel’s Mystery Egg. Green Light, 2001. (P)
In this Level 2 Green Light Reader, Daniel finds a lizard egg.
Ada, Alma Flor.
La gallinita, el gallo y el frijol. Hampton-Brown, 1992. (T-P)
A rooster and a hen find a bean on their walk.
Ada, Alma Flor.
El gallo que fue a la boda de su tío. Putnam, 1998. (P-I)
The Rooster Who Went to His Uncle’s Wedding: A Latin American Folktale . Putnam, 1998. (P-I)
A cumulative tale in which the sun sets off a chain of events resulting in the cleaning of Rooster’s beak in time for his uncle’s wedding.
Ada, Alma Flor.
The Lizard and the Sun / Lagartija y el sol: A Folktale in English and Spanish. Doubleday, 1997. (P+)
This porquoi tale set in ancient Mexico is the story of a lizard who searches for the sun.
Ada, Alma Flor.
Olmo y la mariposa azul. Laredo Pub. Co., 1992. (T-P)
A little boy tries to catch a butterfly that flies in and out of his window and all through the town.
Adams, Simon.
Code Breakers: From Hieroglyphs to Hackers. Dorling Kindersley, 2002. (I+)
Discusses secret codes throughout history.
Adler, David.
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Gold Coins . Puffin, 1998. (I)
A box camera and gold coins disappear as Cam tries to catch the thief in this Cam Jansen Adventures Series. See also the Young Cam Jansen series for the beginning reader.
Ahlberg, Janet.
Each Peach Pear Plum . Penguin, 1999. (T)
Children spy nursery rhyme characters in this lift the flap board book.
Ahlberg, Janet.
Peek-a-Boo! Viking, 1997. (T)
Peek through die-cut shapes in the pages of this board book.
Ahlberg, Allan.
Treasure Hunt. Candlewick, 2002. (T & P)
Join in the fun of a treasure hunt in this delightful picture book.
Aigner-Clark, Julie.
See and Spy Shapes (Baby Einstein Books). Hyperion, 2001. (T)
Toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy pointing out the shapes in this book in the Baby Einstein Series.
Alarcón, Francisco X.
Angels Ride Bikes and Other Fall Poems / Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de Otoño . Children’s Book Press, 1999. (P-I)
One of four bilingual poetry books this award-winning poet.
Alarcón, Francisco X.
From the Bellybutton of the Moon and Other Summer Poems / Del ombligo de la luna y otros poemas de verano. Children’s Book Press, 1998. (P-I)
Summer is the focus of this poetry collection by award winning-poet, Alarcón.
Alborough, Jez
Hide and Seek. Candlewick, 1999. (T & P)
Young readers search for animal friends underneath flaps on each page.
Algarin, Miguel.
Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican Poets’ Café. H. Holt, 1994. (Y)
A collection of poems by Puerto Rican authors living in the United States.
Digging Up Dinosaurs. Crowell, 1988. (P & I)
Describes how fossils are discovered, preserved and reconstructed, and provides facts about dinosaurs.
Dinosaur Bones. Harper, 1990. (P & I)
Tells the story of dinosaur bones and how we learn about dinosaurs.
Allen, Pamela.
Who Sank the Boat? Paper Star, 1999. (T)
A series of animals climb into a boat until it sinks after the last and smallest one climbs aboard.
Anderson, Paul S.
Storytelling with the Flannel Board Book One. T. S. Denison, 1963. (L)
Classic book of simple flannel board stories and patterns.
Anderson, Paul S.
Storytelling with the Flannel Board Book Two. T. S. Denison,1970. (L)
Classic book of simple flannel board stories and patterns.
Allred, Mike, Laura Allred and Sean Konot.
The Superman Madman Hullabaloo! Dark Horse Comics, 1998. (Y+)
Superman and Madman collide with each other.
Andryszewski, Tricia.
Amazing Life of Moe Berg: Catcher, Scholar, Spy. Millbrook, 1996. (I+)
Traces the life of a man who managed two successful careers as a baseball player and as a secret agent during World War II.
Anholt, Laurence.
Stone Girl, Bone Girl: Story of Mary Anning. Orchard, 1999. (P & I)
A fictionalization of Mary Anning’s discovery of fossils and excavations of a dinosaur in England in the early 1800’s.
Archbold, Tim, Mik Brown, and Tania Hurt-Newton.
Ha! Ha! Ha!: Over 400 Very Funny Jokes. Kingfisher, 1999. (I+)
A collection of riddles and jokes such as “What did the pony say when he coughed? Excuse me, I’m just a little horse”.
Ashton, Christina.
Codes and Ciphers: Hundreds of Unusual and Secret Ways to Send Messages. Betterway, 1993. (I+)
Provides the history behind codes and ciphers and explains how readers can make and use their own secret codes.
Auch, Mary Jane.
I Was a Third Grade Spy. Holiday House, 2001. (I+)
When Brian’s dog Arful suddenly begins talking, Brian and his two friends send the dog to find out what their classmates are planning for the school talent show.
Baca, Ana.
Benito’s Bizcochitos / Los bizcochitos de Benito. Piñata, 1999. (P-I)
As they prepare to make the traditional Christmas cookies known as “bizcochitos”, Christina’s grandmother tells her the story of how a magical butterfly first introduced these sweet treats to her great grandfather, a shepherd in the hills of New Mexico. Illustrated by Anthony Accardo.
Bailly, Sharon.
Pass It On!: All About Notes From Secret Codes and Special Inks to Fancy Folds and Dead Man’s Props. Millbrook, 1995. (I)
Features a lighthearted text with brief facts about papermaking, the ABCs of graphology, and paper folding.
Baker, Keith.
Hide and Snake. Red Wagon, 1999. (T)
Readers are challenged to find a snake on each page of this board book.
Balcavage, Dynise.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Chelsea House, 2000. (I+)
Discusses the history of the FBI and some of its most famous cases.
Baltuck, Naomi.
Crazy Gibberish and Other Story Hour Stretches: From A Storyteller’s Bag of Tricks. Linnet, 1993. (L)
Collection of classic storytime stretchers, including riddles.
Bang, Molly.
Ten, Nine, Eight. Tupelo, 1998. (T)
Board book edition of the classic bedtime counting story of an African-American girl and her dad.
Bany-Winters, Lisa.
On Stage: Theater Games and Activities for Kids . Chicago Review Press, 1997. (L)
Includes basic theater terms, puppetry, and pantomime, along with games.
Barasch, Lynne.
Radio Rescue. Frances Foster, 2000. (Y)
In 1923, after learning Morse Code and setting up his own amateur radio station, a twelve-year-old-boy sends a message that leads to the rescue of a family stranded by a hurricane in Florida. Based on experiences of the author’s father.
Barchers, Suzanne I.
Multicultural Folktales: Readers Theater for Elementary Students. Teacher Ideas, 2000. (L)
Dozens of reader’s theater scripts for elementary school children.
Barner, Bob.
Dinosaur Bones. Chronicle, 2001. (P)
Introduces fossils to the very young.
Barton, Byron.
Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones. Crowell, 1990. (T & P)
Simple picture book features paleontologists searching for dinosaur bones. Available in board book format.
Bateman, Teresa.
Hunting the Daddyosaurus. Whitman, 2002. (P)
Two siblings follow clues to find their dad.
Bean, Joy.
The Little Lawnmower . Random, 2002. (T)
This lift-the-flap board book takes readers on adventures with a lawnmower.
Beatty, Scott.
Batman : The Ultimate Guide To The Dark Knight . Dorling Kindersley, 2001. (Y+)
A broad history of Batman’s friends, foes, high-tech hardware, and hideouts.
Belpre, Pura.
Perez y Martina. Warne, 1966. (P-I)
Perez and Martina . Warne. 1960. (P-I)
Martina, a cockroach, is looking for a suitor to marry and sets her heart on Perez, a mouse, when she hears his song.
Bentley, Nancy and Donna Guthrie.
Putting On A Play: The Young Playwright’s Guide To Scripting, Directing, And Performing. Millbrook, 1996. (Y)
An easy-to-read how-to-do-it guide for writing a script, choosing the crew and cast, preparing the stage, rehearsing the lines, and performing the play.
Berlin, Irving.
God Bless America. HarperCollins, 2002. (T & P)
Lynn Munsinger’s illustrations bring this classic patriotic song to life. Includes a CD of Barbra Streisand singing “God Bless America”.
Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.
Family / Familia. Piñata Books, 1999. (P+)
Daniel meets and becomes friends with his newly introduced cousins at a family reunion held in San Antonio.
Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.
The Last Doll / La última muñeca. Piñata, 2000. (P-I)
A doll named Sarita patiently waits to be bought.
Bertrand, Diane Gonzales.
Uncle Chente’s Picnic / El picnic de Tío Chente. Piñata, 2001. (P-I)
Plans change for Uncle Chente’s picnic when a big rainstorm begins.
Blos, Joan.
Heroine of the Titanic: A Tale of Both True and Otherwise Life of Molly Brown. William Morrow, 1991. (I)
Recounts the legend of Molly Brown who survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Bonsall, Crosby Newell.
The Case of The Double Cross. Harper Trophy, 1982. (P & I)
A message written in a secret code allows girls to join the boy’s Private Eye Club.
Bonsall, Crosby N.
The Case of the Dumb Bells. HarperTrophy, 1966. (P-I)
Private eyes Wizard, Tubby, Skinny, and Snitch match wits with an invisible doorbell ringer.
Bonsall, Crosby Newell.
Case of the Hungry Stranger. HarperCollins, 1992. (P & I)
The Private Eyes Club searches for a missing pie.
Boraas, Tracey.
Police Detective. Capstone, 2001. (I+)
Introduces the career of police detective, and includes information on educational requirements, duties, workplace, salary, employment outlook, and possible future positions.
Brady, Esther.
Toliver’s Secret. Random, 1993. (I)
Disguised as a boy, Ellen delivers a message to George Washington.
Braman, Arlette N.
Kids Around the World Create! Wiley, 1999. (I & L)
Includes crafts from many cultures.
Brighton, Catherine.
Galileo’s Treasure Box. Walker, 2001. (P & I)
Galileo’s oldest daughter, Virginia, finds five treasures in a box.
Brown, Don.
Rare Treasure: Mary Anning And Her Remarkable Discoveries. Houghton Mifflin, 1999. (P & I)
Picture book biography of Mary Anning, 19th century British paleontologist.
Brown, Margaret Wise.
I Like Bugs . Golden, 1999. (P)
A poem about bugs is brought to life with illustrations by G. Brian Karas.
Brunvald, Jan Harold.
The Vanishing Hitchhiker: American Urban Legends and Their Meanings. Norton, 1981. (Y)
A classic collection and explanation of the phenomenon of urban legends. See also other titles concerning urban legends by Jan Harold Brunvald.
Buchberg, Wendy.
Quilting Activities Across the Curriculum (Grades 1-3). Scholastic, 1999. (L)
No sewing is required in these simple quilt projects.
Buckley, James Jr.
Creating The X-Men: How Comic Books Come To Life. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (I+)
A behind-the-scenes look at how authors, illustrators, and layout artists create one of the most popular comic books ever.
Bunting, Eve.
Flower Garden. Voyager, 2000. (T & P)
A child plants a flower garden for his mother in a window box.
Bunting, Eve.
Jane Martin, Dog Detective. Harcourt, 1988. (I)
Solves three cases involving dogs.
Bunting, Eve.
Spying on Miss Müller. Clarion, 1995. (I+)
At a boarding school in Belfast at the start of World War II, thirteen-year-old Jessie must deal with her suspicions about a teacher whose father was German.
Bunting, Eve.
Sunflower House. Voyager, 1999. (P)
A boy delights as seeds grow into a backyard sunflower house.
Burnard, Damon.
I Spy in the Jungle. Chronicle, 2001. (T-P)
This board book will enchant youngsters as they spy animals whose names begin with different letters of the alphabet.
Cameron, Ann.
Julian Secret Agent. Random House, 1988. (P & I)
Julian, Huey, and Gloria become crime busters in this Stepping Stone book.
Camillo, Jacqueline.
Space Shuttle Eye On the Universe. Crabtree, 1998. (P & I)
Introduces the Space Shuttle to children ages 4 through 8.
Campbell, Andrea.
Forensic Science: Evidence, Clues, and Investigation. Chelsea House, 2000. (I+)
Examines forensic science and how it can be used to apprehend criminals.
Carle, Eric.
The Mixed-Up Chameleon. HarperCollins, 1987. (P)
A chameleon becomes mixed-up as he chooses other animals to look like.
Carle, Eric.
One, Two, Three to the Zoo. Philomel, 1990. (T & P)
This board book contains simple text with illustrations by Eric Carle.
Carle, Eric.
La oruga muy hambrienta. Scholastic, 1989.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Collins Publishers, 1979. (T-P)
A caterpillar eats his way through a bunch of munchies and then transforms into a butterfly.
Carlson, Laurie.
Kids Create! Gareth Stevens, 1999. (I & L)
Art and craft projects for three to nine-year-olds.
Carrick, Carol and David.
Big Old Bones: A Dinosaur Tale. Clarion, 1992. (P & I)
Entertaining story of the early days of paleontology.
Carter, David.
Peekaboo Bugs. Little Simon, 2002. (T & P)
Lift the flaps and turn a wheel to find hidden bugs.
Chavarría- Cháirez, Becky.
Magda’s Piñata Magic / Magda y la piñata mágica. Piñata, 2001. (P-I)
Magda decides that she wants to save her brother’s piñata. Illustrated by Anne Vega.
Chavarría-Cháirez, Becky.
Magda’s Tortillas / Las tortillas de Magda. Piñata, 2000. (P-I)
Magda learns to make tortillas on her seventh birthday with results very different from her grandma’s. Illustrated by Anne Vega.
Cheney, Lynne.
America: A Patriotic Primer. Simon-Schuster, 2002. (P & I)
An children’s alphabet on patriotism.
Chin, Charlie.
China’s Bravest Girl: Legend of Hua Mu Lan. Children’s Book Press, 1993. (I)
Bilingual retelling of popular fifth century Chinese legend about a girl who, disguised as her brother, bravely defends her country.
Christelow, Eileen.
Robbery at the Diamond Dog Diner. Econo-Clad, 1999. (P & I)
Jewel thieves are in town and the detectives must discover who they are.
Christopher, Matt.
The Spy on Third Base . Little, Brown, 1990. (I)
T.V. Adams knows where the ball will be hit, and when others find out, he receives a few warnings.
Clark, David Allen.
Jokes, Puns, and Riddles. Doubleday, 1968. (I+)
The jokes, riddles, puns, “daffinitions”, and comebacks in this collection cover a range of subjects from nuts at the wheel to hippies, hairdos, and hermits.
Coerr, Eleanor.
Sadako. Putnam, 1993. (P & I)
Sadako’s story is retold for a younger audience. Illustrated by Ed Young.
Coerr, Eleanor.
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. Putnam 2002. (I & Y)
Sadako survives the atomic bomb only to die of cancer. Her brave efforts to fold 1,000 paper cranes lead to a world-wide peace movement.
Cohen, Daniel.
Southern Fried Rat and Other Gruesome Tales. M. Evans, 1983. (Y)
Relates twenty-one gruesome and disgusting tales drawn from folklore; most are from urban legends.
Cole, Henry.
Jack’s Garden. Mulberry, 1997. (T & P)
This cumulative story tells of the delights of a backyard garden.
Colón-Vilá, Lillian.
Salsa. Piñata, 1998. (P-I)
Rita imagines becoming a salsa director in this bilingual book.
Corpi, Lucha.
Where Fireflies Dance / Ahí donde bailan las luciérnagas. Children’s Book Press, 1997. (P-I)
Lucha and her brother Victor love to hear their grandmother’s story of San Sebastian, a ghost said to haunt a local house.
Cosby, Bill.
The Treasure Hunt. Cartwheel, 1997. (T-I)
Little Bill discovers that the best treasure cannot be bought by collectors.
Craughwell, Thomas J.
Alligators in the Sewer: and 222 Other Urban Legends. Black Dog and Leventhal, 1999. (Y)
A collection of urban legends.
Curtis, Jamie Lee.
Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery. HarperCollins, 2000. (P)
Answers an age old mystery with rhymes.
Cushman, Doug.
Aunt Eater Loves A Mystery. Harper Trophy, 1989. (P &I)
This Reading Rainbow title features Aunt Eater solving four mysteries.
Cushman, Doug.
Inspector Hopper. HarperCollins, 2000. (P-I)
Inspector Hopper and his assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends.
Davidson, Margaret.
Five True Dog Stories. Scholastic, 1987. (I)
The story of Dox, the greatest detective dog in the world.
Deedy, Carmen Agra.
The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian of Denmark. Peachtree, 2000. (I)
The legend of King Christian and the Danish people during World War II.
Delacre, Lulu.
Arroz con leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America. Scholastic, 1989. (L)
A delicious mixture of songs and rhymes from Latin America.
Delacre, Lulu.
Las Navidades: Popular Christmas Songs from Latin America. Scholastic, 1990. (L)
Get ready for Christmas and enjoy some wonderful songs, Latin style.
Delgado, María Isabel.
Chave’s Memories / Los recuerdos de Chave . Piñata, 1996. (I+)
Childhood visits to a grandparents’ ranch are recounted.
DeSpain, Pleasant.
The Emerald Lizard: Fifteen Latin American Tales to Tell. August House, 1999. (L)
A collection of Latin-American stories just waiting to be learned and shared.
DeSpain, Pleasant.
Thirty-Three Multicultural Tales to Tell. August House, 1993. (L)
Another compilation by DeSpain that includes folktales ready to be told.
Dickson, Louise.
Lu and Clancy’s Crime Science. Kids Can, 1999. (I+)
Dog detectives, Lu and Clancy are off to solve the case of the missing puppies. The book contains simple, crime-solving activities.
Downs, Cynthia and Gloria Erickson.
Hispanic Games and Rhymes: Rimas y juegos en Español. T.S. Denison, 1996. (L)
A collection of popular Latin games and rhymes.
Donovan, Gail.
Hidden Treasures. North South, 2001 (T)
Children play hide and seek with this Rainbow Fish board book.
Dorling Kindersley.
Touch and Feel: 1,2, 3. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (T)
The simple text and textures in this board book teach the youngest children to count.
Dorling Kindersley.
Touch and Feel ABC. Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (T)
Simple text and texture teach toddlers the alphabet.
Dubouski, Cathy East.
Pirate School. Grosset/Dunlap, 1996. (P & I)
Two young pirates discover buried treasure with amusing results.
Duke, Kate.
Archaeologists Dig For Clues. Harper, 1997. (P & I)
Children go to a dig in a cornfield with an archaeologist.
Duncan, Lois.
Locked in Time. Laurel Leaf, 1991. (Y)
Can Eleanor discover the secret behind her new stepfamily’s strange past before they are able to make her part of it? Teens will like discussing this suspenseful thriller.
Edward, Kirsten.
Teen Library Events: A Month-by-Month Guide. Greenwood, 2002.
Describes library programs that teens will enjoy for each month of the year.
Ehlert, Lois.
Cuckoo: a Mexican Folktale / Cucu: un cuento folklórico mexicano. Harcourt, 1997. (P+)
Cuckoo comes to the rescue and ends up a hero.
Ehlert, Lois.
In My World. Harcourt, 2002. (T)
Die-cut shapes of familiar items found in a toddler’s world.
Eldredge, Nile.
Fossil Factory. Roberts Rinehart, 2002. (P+)
Fact-filled activity book about discovering and collecting fossils. Includes a list of 50 sites where fossils can be found.
Elya, Susan Middleton.
Eight Animals on the Town. Putnam’s, 2000. (P-I)
Eight animals participate in assorted activities.
Erickson, John.
Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog. Puffin, 1998. (I)
Hank is a scruffy, smart-aleck sleuth with a nose for danger. Also read other titles in this series set in West Texas.
Ericson, Helen.
Harriet Spies Again. Delacorte, 2002. (I)
This new series takes the reader on more Harriet the Spy adventures.
Estes, Kristyn Rehling.
Manuela’s Gift. Chronicle, 1999. (P-I)
Manuela is disappointed when she doesn’t get a new dress for her birthday.
Falcòn, Rafael.
101 Spanish Riddles: Understanding Spanish Language and Culture Through Humor . McGraw Hill, 2001. (Y)
Collection of riddles in Spanish useful for self-instruction in the Spanish language.
Field, Leslie.
The Queen’s Jewels: The Personal Collection Of Elizabeth II. Abradale, 1997. (Y+) (OP)
A detailed history of jewels owned by the British Royal Family. Includes a family tree and lots of pictures.
Fitzhugh, Louise.
Harriet the Spy. Doubleday, 2000. (I)
Eleven-year-old Harriet loves to spy on her friends and keeps a secret notebook of what she sees.
Fleming, Denise.
Count. H. Holt, 1997. (T)
Counting fun from 1 to 10.
Fleming, Robert Loren and Robert F. Boyd, Jr.
The Big Book of Urban Legends. Paradox, 1994. (Y)
A collection of urban legends adapted from the works of Jan Harold Brunvald.
Flint Public Library.
Ring A Ring O’Roses: Finger Plays for Pre-School Children. Flint Public Library, 2000. (L)
A collection of finger plays in English and Spanish.
Fluegelman, Andrew, Ed.
The New Games Book: Play Hard, Play Fair Nobody Hurt. Dolphin, 1976. (I+)
Very active games for outside play.
Fox, Mem.
Tough Boris. Harcourt, 1994. (P)
A simple story of a pirate who cries when his parrot dies.
Franco, Betsy.
You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys. Candlewick, 2000. (Y)
An anthology of stories, poems, and essays by adolescent boys on issues that concern them.
Fridell, Ron.
Solving Crimes: Pioneers of Forensic Science. Franklin Watts, 2000. (I+)
Profiles the work of six individuals who shaped the field of forensic science.
Fujita, Hiroko.
Stories To Play With: Kids Tales Told With Puppets, Paper, Toys and Imagination. August House, 1999. (L)
Stories for storytellers who work with young children.
Galdone, Paul.
Over In the Meadow: An Old Nursery Counting Rhyme . Aladdin, 1989. (T & P)
Introduces animals and their young and the numbers one through ten in poetry.
Galindo, Mary Sue.
Icy Watermelon / Sandía fría. Piñata, 2000. (P-I)
Three generations gather to enjoy watermelon and a story.
Gardner, Martin.
Codes, Ciphers, and Secret Writing. Simon and Schuster, 1972. (I+)
Explains in simple terms how to encode and decode messages in various ciphers, describes coding machines, and gives formulas for invisible ink.
Gardner, Robert.
Crime Lab 101: Experimenting with Crime Detection. Walker, 1992. (I+)
This book is filled with tidbits about crime detection and includes some do-it-yourself ideas.
George, Charles.
Bomb Detection Dogs. Capstone, 1998. (I)
Photographs of police dogs at work.
George, Jean Craighead.
My Side of the Mountain. Penguin, 1988. (I & Y)
A young boy survives in the wilderness for one year.
Giff, Patricia Reilly.
Kidnap at the Catfish Cafe. Puffin, 2000. (P & I)
Ten-year-old Minnie sets up a detective agency with her cat Max in this entry in the Adventures of Minnie and Max series.
Ginsburg, Mirra.
Mushroom in the Rain. Aladdin, 1997. (T & P)
Discover the secret of what happens to a mushroom in the rain.
Glazner, Gary Mex.
Poetry Slam: The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry. Manic D Press, 2000. (Y)
Useful guide to competitions for the oral interpretation of poetry.
Gollub, Matthew.
The Twenty-Five Mixtec Cats. Tambourine, 1993. (P-I)
Villagers become suspicious when a healer in a Oaxacan village brings home twenty-five cats.
Graham, and Ian S. and Aan.
Best Book of Spaceships. Kingfisher, 1998. (P & I)
Features exciting photographs of spaceships.
Green, Nicholas.
How to Steal the Crown Jewels. 1st Books Library, 2000. (Y)
Based on Colonel Blood’s attempt to steal the jewels in 1671
Green, Stephanie.
Owen Foote, Super Spy. Clarion, 2001. (I)
Owen’s investigative skills are pushed to the limit.
Gregson, Bob.
The Incredible Indoor Game Books: 160 Group Projects, Games and Activities. Pitman Learning, 1982. (I+)
Games are separated into three categories: spur of the moment, a little preparation, and plan ahead.
Gregson, Bob.
The Outrageous Outdoor Games Book: 133 Group Projects, Games and Activities. Lake, 2000. (I+)
This collection of games is for groups of 10 to 30 players who are between the ages of 6 to 16 years old. Games require little preparation.
Gretz, Susanna.
Hide and Seek. Atheneum, 1986. (T) (OP)
Children can play hide and seek with the animals in this board book.
Griego, Margot.
Tortillitas para mamá: and Other Nursery Rhymes. H. Holt, 1981. (L)
Nursery rhymes from Latin America just begging to be chanted.
Griffith, Judith Berry.
Phoebe the Spy. Scholastic, 1992. (I)
The true story of a free black woman who disguised herself as housekeeper and who was really a spy.
Guthrie, Woody.
This Land Is Your Land. Little Brown, 1998. (P-I)
The classic American folk song by Woody Guthrie is richly illustrated in this book.
Hale, Bruce.
This Gum for Hire. Harcourt, 2002. (I)
Chet Gecko, fourth-grade private eye, must discover why football players are disappearing before the big game in this sixth entry in the Chet Gecko Mysteries series.
Hall, Nancy Abraham.
Los pollitos dicen: juegos, rimas y canciones infantiles de paises de habla hispana / The Baby Chicks Sing: Traditional Games, Nursery Rhymes and Songs from Spanish Speaking Countries. Little, Brown, 1994. (L)
Latin songs in English and in Spanish along with musical notes.
Hamilton, Virginia.
The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. Knopf, 1993.
Humor, magic, freedom, and mystery are themes in this collection of stories drawn from the African-American folktale tradition. Winner of the 1986 Coretta Scott King Award.
Harris, Joel Chandler.
Jump On Over!: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit and His Family. Voyager, 1998. (I & L)
This third collection of Brer Rabbit stories illustrated by Barry Moser contains less familiar stories.
Harrison, David.
Detective Bob and the Great Ape Escape. Parents Magazine, 1980. (I+)
A frolicsome ape eludes Detective Bob’s efforts to return him to his cage in the zoo.
Harrison, Michael.
The New Oxford Treasury of Children’s Poems. Oxford University, 1995. (P-I)
Classic collection of old and new American and British poems for children.
Hart, Christopher.
Manga Mania: How to Draw Japanese Comic. Watson-Guptill, 2001. (Y+)
Hart helps the reader understand the different characterization of Japanese comic book characters and provides insight into Japanese culture.
Heller, Ruth.
Plants That Never Ever Bloom. Paper Star, 1999. (P)
Seaweed grows to be gigantic and mushrooms glow at night in this rhyming nature mystery.
Henkes, Kevin.
Bailey Goes Camping. Mulberry, 1997. (T & P)
Left out of a camping trip, Bailey has her own camping adventure at home.
Herrera, Juan Felipe.
Laughing Out Loud, I Fly: Poems in English and Spanish . HarperCollins, 1998. (I+)
A bilingual poetry collection that is wonderful for reading aloud.
Hoban, Tana.
Look Book. Greenwillow, 1997. (T & P)
A peek-through-the-hole book.
Hoban, Tana.
1, 2, 3. William Morrow, 1985. (T)
Classic board book for babies.
Holt, David.
Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends. August House, 1999. (Y)
Collection of urban folklore retold by David Holt and William Mooney.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett.
Marvelous Math. Simon and Schuster, 1997. (P & I)
A collection of poetry about math’s many wonders.
Hopkinson, Deborah.
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt. Random, 1995. (P & I)
Clara sews a quilt from scraps to make a map of the Underground Railroad.
Hopkinson, Deborah.
Under the Quilt of Night. Atheneum, 2002. (P-I)
Sequel to Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt.
Hunter, Sara Hoagland.
Unbreakable Code. Northland, 1995. (I)
John’s grandfather explains how the Navajo language and ingenuity helped win World War II.
Hutchins, Pat.
Llaman a la puerta. Greenwillow, 1994. (T-P)
The Doorbell Rang. Greenwillow, 1986. (T-P)
Children learn the concept of division through sharing cookies.
Hutchins, Pat.
El paseo de Rosie . Aladdin Paperback / Libros Colibrí, 1997. (T-P)
Rosie’s Walk. Scholastic, 1987. (T-P)
Rosie the hen goes for a walk and is oblivious to the wolf who sees her as dinner.
Immroth, Barbara.
Library Services to Youth of Hispanic Heritage. McFarland, 2000. (L)
This includes program presentation materials from the 4th Trejo Foundation Conference which was held in Tampa, Florida.
Impey, Edward and Geoffrey Parnell.
Tower Of London: The Official History. Merrell Holberton, 2000. (Y+)
More than just a coffee-table book, these pages hold the intriguing history of the Tower from its origin to the year 2000.
Inches, Alison.
Dora’s Treasure Hunt. Simon Spotlight, 2002. (T)
Dora and Boots are off on a treasure hunt and need the reader’s help in this sticker book.
Jacobsohn, Rachel W.
The Reading Group Handbook: Everything You Need To Know, From Choosing Members To Leading Discussion. Hyperion, 1998. (L)
Jacobsohn’s 2nd edition helps professionals start great book clubs at their libraries.
James, Elizabeth, and Carol Riekehof.
How to Keep a Secret: Writing and Talking in Code . Lothrop, Lee, 1978. (I+)
Presents various methods of writing, speaking, and signaling secret messages.
Janeczko, Paul.
How to Write Poetry . Scholastic, 1999. (Y)
Provides practical advice with checklists on the art of writing poetry.
Jenkins, Martin.
Chameleons Are Cool. Candlewick, 2001. (P & I)
Double page spread of various types of lizards.
Johnson, Crockett.
Harold’s Trip to the Sky. HarperCollins, 1981. (P)
With his purple crayon, Harold draws himself on a rocket voyage to Mars.
Johnson, James Weldon.
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing. Walker, 1993. (P)
Illustrated picture book of the African-American song.
Judy, Susan and Stephen.
Putting On A Play: A Guide To Writing And Producing Neighborhood Drama. Atheneum, 1982. (Y) (OP)
Guides readers through character development, dialogue, stage directions, and putting on a play. Also contains a glossary of stage terms.
Kahn, Fernando
Secret in the Dungeon. Clarion, 1983. (P & I)
A child slips away from the group and discovers a sleeping dragon in the castle dungeon.
Kalan, Robert.
Salta, ranita, salta. Morrow, 1994. (T-P)
Jump, Frog, Jump. Morrow, 1991. (T-P)
Frog beware, there is someone on your trail!
Karr, Kathleen.
Spy in the Sky. Hyperion, 1997. (I)
True story of Civil War spy Thaddeus Lowe who launched the Balloon Corp for President Lincoln.
Katschkle, Judy.
Case of Dog Camp Mystery . HarperCollins, 2001. (I)
Mary-Kate and Ashley’s basset hound, Clue, disappears while at camp. New Adventures of Mary-Kate and Ashley #24.
Katz, Karen.
Where Is Baby’s Mommy? Little Simon, 2001. (T)
Children play hide and seek in this simple board book.
Kellogg, Steven.
The Missing Mitten Mystery. Dial, 2000. (P & I)
A retelling of the 1974 classic, The Missing Red Mitten.
Kennedy, Kim.
Pirate Pete. Abrams, 2002. (P)
Pirate Pete is looking for treasure.
Kimmel, Eric.
Robin Hook: Pirate Hunter. Scholastic, 2001. (I)
Fast-paced pirate fantasy.
Kirk, David.
Miss Spider’s ABC. Scholastic, 1998. (T)
This alphabet board book tells the story of Miss Spider’s friends who are planning her surprise birthday party.
Kirkpatrick, Katherine.
Redcoats and Petticoats. Holiday House, 1999. (I+)
Members of a family in the village of Setauket on Long Island serve as spies for the Revolutionary Army of George Washington.
Kohl, Mary Ann.
Science Arts: Discovering Science Through Art. Bright Ring, 1993. (L)
Includes simple science experiments.
Korty, Carol.
Writing Your Own Plays: Creating, Adapting, Improvising. Atheneum, 1988. (Y) (OP)
General advice for writing plays.
Kostick, Anne, Charles Foxgrover and Michael J. Pellowski.
3650 Jokes, Puns, and Riddles. Black Dog and Leventhal, 1998. (Y)
A compilation of jokes, puns, and riddles.
Krull, Kathleen.
Gonna Sing My Head Off! Knopf, 1992. (L)
Features American folk songs for children with a brief history of each song along with a musical arrangement.
Labatt, Mary.
SAM: Dog Detective. Kids Can, 1999. (I)
A detective series featuring a mystery-solving sheepdog.
Labatt, Mary.
Spying on Dracula. Kids Can, 1999. (I+)
Ten-year-old Jennie Levinsky can “hear” what her new neighbor’s sheepdog, Sam, is thinking.
Lachtman, Ofelia D.
Big Enough / Bastante grande. Piñata, 1998. (P-I)
Lupita discovers that she is big enough to help.
Laden, Nina.
Peek-a-Who? Chronicle, 2000. (T)
Rhyming board book.
Laden, Nina.
Private I. Guana: The Case of the Missing Chameleon. Chronicle, 1995. (I)
Detective Private I. Guana searches for the missing chameleon in this detective spoof for young readers.
Laidlaw, Ken.
Amazing I Spy ABC. Dial, 1996. (T)
A lift-the flap alphabet board book.
Landau, Elaine.
Heroine of the Titanic: The Real Unsinkable Molly Brown. Clarion, 2001. (I & Y)
A biography of Molly Brown, survivor of the Titanic.
Larsen, Jeanette.
The Secret Code is READ: Texas Reading Club Program Manual. Texas State Library, 1990. (L)
This 1990 manual features many programs and craft activities on secret codes.
Lasky, Katherine.
Grace the Pirate. Disney, 1997. (I)
A great pirate adventure story that includes puzzles and activities.
Laurence, Daniel.
Captain and Matey Set Sail. HarperCollins, 2001. (P)
Sail the seven seas with Captain and Matey and two silly pirates as they search for adventure.
Lawrence, Jacob.
Harriet and the Promised Land. Aladdin, 1997. (P-I)
The heroic story of Harriet Tubman.
Lee, Stan and John Buscema.
How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. Simon and Schuster, 1984. (I+)
Two masters reveal the mysteries of how to draw comics.
Lee, Stan, and Steve Ditko.
Spider-Man Volume 1. Marvel, 2002. (I+)
The first eleven issues of the amazing Spider-Man.
Leedy, Loreen.
Blast Off To Earth: A Look At Geography. Holiday House, 1998. (P)
A spaceship of aliens take a trip to earth.
Leedy, Loren.
Mission Addition. Holiday House, 1997. (P)
Short math lessons in comic strip format.
Lester, Julius.
The Tales of Uncle Remus. Dial, 1985. (I & L)
Acclaimed author Julius Lester retells the adventures of Brer Rabbit.
Levine, Ellen.
If You Traveled On the Underground Railroad. Scholastic, 1993. (I)
Readers are introduced to the underground railroad in a question and answer format.
Lexau, Joan M.
Don’t Be My Valentine: A Classroom Mystery . HarperCollins, 1999. (I+)
Sam sends Amy Lou a mean valentine which almost ruins the day for him and for his friends.
Linch, Tanya.
Three Little Kittens. Levison, 2001. (T & P)
A retelling of the classic rhyme.
Lionni, Leo.
A Color of His Own. Knopf, 2000. (P)
A chameleon is in search of a color of his own.
Lionni, Leo.
Swimmy . Knopf, 1992. (P & I)
A little fish, the lone survivor of a school of fish, devises a plan to camouflage himself and his friends.
Littke, Lael.
Haunted Sister. H. Holt, 1998. (Y)
Janine’s twin sister died as a child and now she sees her again after a nearly fatal car crash takes her on a quick detour to the afterlife. Now Lenore is out for revenge and inhabits Janine’s body, taking over her life. A surprise ending makes this a great book for discussion.
Lopez, Loretta.
The Birthday Swap / ¡Qué sorpresa de cumpleaños! Lee and Low, 1997. (P-I)
Two sisters swap birthdays so that the younger one can celebrate hers in the summer.
Lorimer, Sara.
Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas . Chronicle, 2002. (I-Y)
True adventures of women pirates.
Lowell, Susan.
Los tres pequeños jabalies / The Three Little Javelinas. Northland, 1996. (P-I)
This southwestern adaptation of “The Three Little Pigs” features bristly-haired javelinas.
Lowrey, Janette Sebring.
Poky Little Puppy. Golden, 2001. (T)
Where is the poky little puppy?
Loya, Olga.
Momentos mágicos / Magic Moments. August House, 1997. (L)
Folktales from Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and other Latin countries are included in this collection.
McCloud, Scott.
Understanding Comics. Kitchen Sink, 1994. (I+)
Helps the average librarian understand why people love comic books.
McDonald, Megan.
Shadows in the Glasshouse. Pleasant, 2000. (I+)
While working as an indentured servant for a Jamestown glassmaker in 1621, twelve-year-old Merry uncovers a case of sabotage.
McGovern, Ann.
Secret Soldier: The Story of Deborah Sampson. Scholastic, 1999. (I)
The true story of a woman who became a soldier in the American Revolutionary War by dressing and acting like a man.
McGowan, Diane.
Math Play. Little Hands, 1997. (L)
Children explore math through games, nature, arts, and crafts.
McMullan, Kate.
Dinosaur Hunters. Scholastic, 1989. (P)
Scientists who study dinosaurs hunt for new information.
MacDonald, Margaret Read.
Tuck-Me-In Tales: Bedtime Stories From Around the World. August House, 1996. (L)
This multi-cultural collection of bedtime stories includes a couple of Latin American tales.
MacDonald, Margaret Read.
Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Stories for the Beginning Storyteller. H. W. Wilson, 1986. (L)
Twenty simple stories and instructions on how to tell them.
Machado, Ana Maria.
Niña bonita. Ediciones Ekaré, 1994. (T-P)
A white rabbit is so enchanted by a black child that he tries to make himself black.
Maestro, Betsy.
Story of the Statue of Liberty. Mulberry, 1989. (P-I)
The history of the Statue of Liberty presented in a picture book format.
Maitland, Barbara.
Bookstore Burglar. Puffin, 2001. (P)
Beginning readers will delight as the “ghosts” catch a thief in this sequel to Bookstore Ghost.
Manley, Claudia B.
Secret Agents: Life As a Professional Spy. Rosen Central, 2001. (I+)
Explores the life of a spy.
Manns, Nick.
Operating Codes . Little, Brown, 2001. (Y)
Upon moving to Sentinel House, five-year-old Matty and fifteen-year-old Graham encounter ghosts from a nearby abandoned military compound.
Marsh, Valerie.
Mystery Fold: Stories to Tell, Draw, and Fold . Alleyside, 1993. (Y & L)
A collection of imaginative stories for young children.
Martin, Bill.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? H. Holt, 1992. (T - P)
¿Oso pardo, oso pardo qué ves ahí? H. Holt, 1998. (T-P)
This contemporary classic with rhyming text keeps the youngest child interested. Board book edition available.
Martin, Bill.
Chicka Chicka ABC. Little Simon, 1993. (T - P)
A board book version of the acclaimed preschool alphabet book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy Little Book. Scholastic, 1997. (T)
Board book version of the popular I SPY book.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy Little Letters. Scholastic, 1999 (T)
A perfect point and say book for toddlers and preschoolers who are learning the alphabet.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy Little Numbers. Scholastic, 1999. (T)
Board book version of the popular I SPY book.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy Treasure Hunt. Cartwheel, 1999. (P)
A treasure map and rhyme reveal clues that lead to a treasure.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy Treasure Hunt: A Book of Picture Riddles. Scholastic, 1999. (T+)
This collection of riddles is filled with an rich assortment of pictures to show children.
Marzollo, Jean.
I Spy, Year Round Challenger: A Book of Picture Riddles. Scholastic, 2001. (I+)
Rhyming verses ask readers to find hidden objects in photographs.
Mason, Adrienne.
Lu and Clancy’s Spy Stuff. Kids Can, 2001. (I & L)
The clever canine sleuths, Lu and Clancy, solve the mystery of Aunt Izzy.
Mason, Adrienne.
Lu and Clancy’s Secret Codes . Kids Can, 1999. (I & L)
Cartoon illustrations teach readers about analyzing foot prints, teeth prints, etc.
Mayer, Mercer.
Ooey Gooey. Random, 1998. (P)
Pirate Captain Short Bob has a sweet tooth.
Meltzer, Milton.
Case Closed: The Real Scoop on Detective Work. Orchard, 2001. (I+)
From crime to witness and from clues to solutions, this book explains what it’s like to be a detective.
Merriam, Eve.
12 Ways to Get to 11. Scott Foresman, 1996. (P)
This mathematical adventure offers a new twist on counting.
Merrill, Yvonne Y.
Hands-On Latin America: Art Activities for All Ages. Kits, 1997. (L)
Instructions for making Latin American crafts.
Micklethwait, Lucy.
I Spy: An Alphabet In Art. Greenwillow, 1992. (T & P)
Presents objects found in art with first letters that correspond to the letters of the alphabet.
Miller, Margaret.
Whose Hat? Econo-Clad, 1999. (T)
Children guess whose hat is in the photographs.
Miller, Margaret.
Whose Shoe? Greenwillow, 1991. (T)
Children guess whose shoe in the photographs.
Miller, Teresa.
Joining In: An Anthology of Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them. Yellow Moon, 1988. (L)
A great book for beginner storytellers with information on storytelling and audience participation.
Mitter, Matt
The Treasure of Pirate Island: Great Adventures. Reader’s Digest, 1998. (T)
Pirates search for buried treasure in this lift-the-flap board book
Monjo, F. W.
Drinking Gourd: A Story of the Underground Railroad. Harper Trophy, 1993. (I)
Tale of a young boy whose quick mind saves a family of slaves.
Montes, Marisa.
Eggnapped! HarperCollins, 2001. (P)
Picture book mystery about a missing egg.
Mora, Pat.
The Desert Is My Mother / El desierto es mi madre. Piñata, 1994. (T-P)
The desert provides the inspiration for this poetic journey.
Mora, Pat, ed.
Love to Mamá: A Tribute to Mothers. Lee and Low, 2001. (P-I)
A collection of poems devoted to mothers.
Mora, Pat.
Uno, dos, tres / One, Two, Three. Clarion, 1996. (T-P)
A rhyming text presenting the numbers one through ten in English and Spanish tells the story of two sisters as they go from shop to shop buying birthday presents for their mother.
Morehead, Alfred H., Richard L. Frey, Geoffrey Mott-Smith.
The New Complete Hoyle Revised: The Authoritative Guide to the Official Rules of All Popular Games of Skill and Change. Doubleday, 1991. (I+)
Includes adult and children’s card games, dice games, board games, and more.
Moretón, Daniel.
La Cucaracha Martina: A Caribbean Folktale / La cucaracha Martina: un cuento folklorico del Caribe. Turtle, 1997. (P-I)
Martina gets dressed for her trip to town to find the beautiful noise that “made her feel all funny inside”.
Moss, Francis.
The Rosenberg Espionage Case . Lucent, 2000. (I+)
This book discusses the famous espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Most, Bernard.
Where To Look For A Dinosaur. Harcourt, 1993. (P & I)
This title includes a list of museums that display dinosaur fossils.
Murphy, Stuart.
Missing Mittens (Mathstart: Odd and Even Numbers Level 1). HarperCollins, 2001. (P)
Readers investigate odd and even numbers as they help Farmer Bill locate his animals’ missing mittens. Illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
Nilson, Anna.
Art Fraud Detective. Kingfisher, 2001. (I)
Can you find the differences between the paintings?
Nodset, Joan.
Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? Harper Trophy, 1988. (T & P)
A farmer solves the mystery of his missing hat.
Nofi, Albert A.
Spies in the Civil War. Chelsea, 2000. (I+)
Describes the covert actions that occurred on both sides during the Civil War.
Nye, Naomi Shihab, ed.
The Tree Is Older Than You Are: A Bilingual Gathering of Poems and Stories from Mexico With Paintings by Mexican Artists. Simon and Schuster, 1995. (P-I)
Texas poet, Nye, has compiled a wondrous collection of poems in this rhythmic compilation.
O’Connor, Jane.
Eek: Stories To Make You Shriek. Stern Sloan, 1992. (I)
Not too spooky stories illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
O’Dell, Scott.
Island of the Blue Dolphin. Houghton, 1990. (I)
Newbery Medal winner inspired by the real-life survival story of a 12-year-old American Indian girl.
O’Hare, Jeffrey.
Secret Codes and Hidden Messages. Boyd Mills, 1997. (I)
Information about codes and messages.
Ormerod, Jan.
Peek-a-Boo! Dutton, 1998. (T)
Children pull down the flaps to play peek-a-boo.
Orozco, José-Luis.
De colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children. Dutton, 1994. (L)
Musical notes accompany the words to popular Latin songs.
Orozco, José-Luis.
Diez deditos / Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America. Dutton, 1997. (L)
Here is another great collection of songs and rhymes ready to sing and share.
Osborne, Mary Pope.
Pirates Past Noon. Random House, 1994. (I)
Jack and Annie are back with a pirate adventure. Also read other titles in the Magic Tree House series.
Otto, Carolyn.
What Color Is Camouflage? HarperCollins, 1996. (P)
This title in the Let’s Read and Find Out Science series shows the many ways animals camouflage themselves.
Park, Barbara.
Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying. Random House, 1994. (I+)
Six-year-old Junie loves to spy on people which gets her in trouble in kindergarten.
Paulsen, Gary.
La tortillería. Harcourt, 1995. (T-P)
The Tortilla Factory. Harcourt, 1995. (T-P)
Come and visit a factory where tortillas are made.
Pellowski, Anne.
The Storytelling Handbook. Simon and Schuster, 1995. (L)
Storytelling guide with stories from around the world.
Pence, Shari Ann.
Games Galore For Children’s Parties and More: Fun Games and Activities for Parties, Classrooms, Youth Groups, Carnivals, Company Picnics, Rainy Days and Special Occasions. Funcastle, 1996. (I+) (OP)
Each game specifies a recommended age range. Most are for ages 4-12.
Penner, Lucille.
Statue of Liberty. Random House, 1995. (P-I)
Information on the construction, history, and symbolism of the statue.
Pérez, Amada Irma.
My Very Own Room / Mi propio cuartito . Children’s Book Press, 2000. (P-I)
A young girl gets tired of sharing a room with her five little brothers and begins to search her house for a little space she can call her own. Illustrated by Maya Christina González.
Peterson, Stephanie.
Where Do Animals Live? Innovative Kids, 2001. (T & P)
An interactive board book about animal habitats.
Phillips, Louis.
Keep’em Laughing: Jokes to Amuse and Annoy Your Friends. Viking, 1996. (I+)
A collection of jokes, puns, knock-knock jokes, and riddles.
Tomasa the Cow / La vaca Tomasa. Piñata, 1999. (P-I)
Tomasa, the one horned cow, searches for her place in the world.
Platt, Kin.
Big Max. HarperCollins, 1992. (P)
Max is the world’s greatest detective.
Platt, Richard.
DK Readers: Spies! Dorling Kindersley, 2000. (I+)
Presents information about men and women spies throughout history.
Plum-Ucci, Carol.
The Body of Christopher Creed. Hyperion, 2001. (Y)
Christopher Creed is missing and Torey Adams feels guilty about how he and his friends treated him. They team up to find out what happened to him. Ambiguous ending aids in good discussion.
Polacco, Patricia.
The Butterfly. Philomel, 2000. (P-I)
The story of the French resistance during World War II in a picture book format.
Pomerantz, Charlotte.
The Tamarindo Puppy and Other Poems. Greenwillow, 1980. (P-I)
A collection of poems in English with a few Spanish words brings to life the joy of childhood.
Porter, Connie.
Meet Addy: An American Girl. Pleasant, 1993. (I)
Addy dresses as a boy to avoid being caught.
Powell, Richard.
I Spy On the Farm . Puffin, 1997. (T)
Spy animals on the farm.
Preller, James.
Case of the Detective in Disguise. Little Apple, 2001. (I)
In this title in the Jigsaw Jones series, Jigsaw goes undercover to catch a brownie thief.
Preller, James.
The Case of the Stolen Baseball Cards. Scholastic, 1999. (I+)
Jigsaw and Mila are out to solve the case of Eddie’s missing baseball cards.
Prelutsky, Jack.
Tyrannosarous Was A Beast. Greenwillow, 1988. (P-I)
A collection of humorous dinosaur poems.
Quackenbush, Robert.
Detective Mole. Lothrop, Lee, 1976. (P-I)
Detective Mole finds solutions to mysteries in five easy-to-read stories. First title in the classic mystery series for beginning readers.
Rainis, Kenneth G.
Crime-Solving Science Projects: Forensic Science Experiments. Enslow, 2000. (I+)
Introduces various aspects of forensic science and provides suggestions for related projects.
Ramirez, Michael Rose.
The Little Ant / La hormiga chiquita. Rizzoli, 1995. (P-I)
A little ant seeks restitution from the humans, animals, and natural events it holds responsible for its broken leg.
Raskin, Ellen.
The Westing Game. Scott Foresman, 1997. (I+)
In this Newbery winner, a millionaire dies mysteriously and his heirs come to solve his death and claim the inheritance. Lots of fun characters and a quirky ending make this a winner.
Rathman, Peggy.
Officer Buckle and Gloria. Putnam, 1995. (P-I)
Caldecott winner about a police dog named Gloria.
Reber, Deborah.
Blue’s Clues My Favorite Letters. Simon Spotlight, 2001. (T)
What are Blue’s favorite letters?
Reber, Deborah.
Weather Games With Blue! Simon Spotlight, 1999. (T)
This board book uses clues to help children discover the weather.
Rey, Hans A.
Curious George Gets A Medal. Houghton Mifflin, 1974. (P)
George ends up in space.
Richler, Mordecai.
Jacob Two-Two’s First Spy Case. Farrar Strauss, 1997. (I)
In this third adventure of Jacob Two-Two, Mr. Dinglebat, world-renowned spymaster, helps him foil the plans of his mean geography teacher Miss Sour Pickle, and Mr. I. M. Greedyguts, the new headmaster.
Ride, Sally.
To Space and Back. Lothrop, Lee, 1989. (P-I)
The story of a space shuttle mission from beginning to end.
Riekehof, Lottie L.
The Joy of Signing: The Illustrated Guide for Mastering Sign Language and the Manual Alphabet. Gospel, 1987. (Y)
A valuable guide to learning basic sign language.
Ringgold, Faith.
Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky. Crown, 1995. (P & I)
Retraces the steps slaves took on the Underground Railroad.
Rissinger, Matt, and Philip Yates.
Greatest Jokes on Earth. Sterling, 1999. (I+)
An illustrated book of jokes and riddles organized into chapters with such titles as “Rude Food”, “Furry Tales”, and “Check-Up Chuckles”.
Robins, Deri.
The Great Pirate Activity Book. Kingfisher, 1995. (I & L)
An activity book for wannabe pirates.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
Como los animales. Sitesa, 1996. (T-P)
A child decides that there is much to learn from animals.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
El gato de las mil narices. Sitesa, 1990. (T-P)
A child dreams about a cat with an assortment of noses.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
Un grillo en mi cocina. Sitesa, 1992. (T-P)
A child discovers that the sound he hears is that of a cricket.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
Pulgas, el perro de José Luis. Sitesa, 1991. (T-P)
José Luis has a dog named Fleas.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
Sana ranita, sana. S.A. de C.V., 2000. (T-P)
A child pretends her doll is ill and that she must do everything she can to make her well.
Robleda Moguel, Margarita.
Una sorpresa para Ana Cristina. Sitesa, 1992. (T-P)
Ana Cristina tries to get to the cookie jar and finds a big surprise when she reaches it.
Roddin, Joanne.
The Case of the Backyard Treasure. Cartwheel, 1998. (I)
Liz the Whiz finds the treasure with the help of a secret message.
Rosenbloom, Joseph.
Giggles, Gags and Groaners . Sterling, 1987. (I+)
A collection of the best, worst, and silliest riddles, jokes, and rhymes.
Ross, Kathy.
Crafts for Kids Who Are Wild About Outer Space. Millbrook, 1997. (I & L)
A simple collection of crafts on outer space for school-age children.
Ross, Kathy.
Make Yourself a Monster! A Book of Creepy Crafts. Millbrook, 1999. (I & L)
Collection of monster crafts made from materials such as a soap dish, a puppet, and a necklace.
Ross, Stewart.
Spies and Traitors. Copper Beech, 1995. (I+)
This book introduces spies and traitors throughout history.
Roy, Ron.
The Canary Caper. Random House, 1998. (P-I)
Dink and his friends investigate why pets are mysteriously disappearing all over town.
Ryan, Pam Munoz.
Flag We Love. Charlesbridge, 2000. (P)
This patriotic picture book celebrates the American flag.
Rylant, Cynthia.
The Case of the Climbing Cat . Greenwillow, 2000. (P & I)
Bunny and Jack help their neighbor find her stolen binoculars. Also read other titles in The High-Rise Private Eyes series illustrated by G. Brian Karas.
Rylant, Cynthia.
Henry and Mudge and the Sneaky Crackers. Simon Schuster, 1998. (P & I)
Henry and Mudge have fun with a new spy kit as Henry decodes a secret message. Also read other books in the Henry and Mudge series.
Rylant, Cynthia.
The High-Rise Private Eyes: the Case of the Climbing Cat. Greenwillow, 2000. (P-I)
The High-Rise Private Eyes search for the cat that stole their neighbor’s binoculars.
Sadler, Judy Ann.
Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Crafts. Kids Can Press, 1998. (I & L)
A collection of handicrafts for children.
Sadler, Marilyn.
Alistair In Outer Space. Simon Schuster 1985. (P)
In this Reading Rainbow book, Alistair is off on another adventure.
Salvatore, R. A.
Star Wars. Episode II, Attack Of The Clones . Ballantine, 2002. (I+)
Based on the story by George Lucas.
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire.
Grandma Fina and Her Wonderful Umbrellas / La abuelita Fina y sus sombrillas maravillosas. Cinco Puntos, 1999. (P-I)
After friends and family notice that her favorite yellow umbrella is torn, Grandma Fina gets quite a surprise on her birthday.
Salas-Porras, Pipina.
El ratoncito pequeño / The Little Mouse. Cinco Puntos, 2001. (T-P)
A nursery rhyme in Spanish and English.
San Souci, Robert D.
Fa Mulan: The Story of a Woman Warrior. Hyperion, 1998. (I)
A retelling of the Chinese poem about a young girl who masquerades as a boy and fights in the army.
Santomero, Angela.
Blue’s Big Treasure Hunt. Simon Spotlight, 1999. (T)
Steve and Blue go on a treasure hunt to find who set up the adventure.
Santomero, Angela.
Shape Detectives. Simon Spotlight, 1998. (T)
Blue finds shapes in this lift the flap board book.
Santomer, Angela.
Welcome to Blue’s Clues. Simon Spotlight, 1999. (T)
Play Blue’s Clues in this lift-the-flap board book.
Savary, Fabien.
Caillou Tell Me Where. Choette, 2001. (T)
The popular PBS character explores in this pull-the-tab book.
Savary, Fabien.
Caillou Where Is It? Choette, 2001. (T)
The popular PBS character explores in this pull-the-tab book.
Scarry, Richard.
Pie Rats Ahoy. Random House, 1994. (P & I)
Sneaky pirates steal Uncle Willy’s pie.
Schaap, Martine.
Mop’s Treasure Hunt. McGraw Hill, 2001. (T)
Mop the sheepdog has a treasure hunt in Granddad’s living room.
Schroeder, Alan.
Minty . Dial, 1996. (I)
Fictionalized story of the childhood of Harriet Tubman.
Schroeder, Joanne F.
Fun Puppet Skits for Schools and Libraries. Teacher Ideas, 1995. (L)
Simple puppet skits and patterns for the beginning puppeteer and storyteller.
Schwartz, David M.
How Much Is a Million? William Morrow, 1985. (P & I)
Presents concepts of a million, billion, and trillion in picture book format.
Schwartz, David M.
If You Made a Million. Pearson, 1989. (P & I)
A mathematical magician guides the reader to learn about money.
Scieszka, Jon.
Math Curse. Viking, 1995. (P & I)
In this book, life is one big math problem!
Scieszka, Jon.
Not So Jolly Roger . Viking, 1991. (I)
The Time Warp Trio meets Blackbeard in this clever and fun title.
Dr. Seuss.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Book. Random House, 1996. (T & P)
This is a delightful Dr. Seuss board book of rhymes that teaches the ABCs.
Shakur, Tupac.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete. Simon and Schuster, 1999. (Y)
A collection of poems of love and hope.
Shannon, George, editor
More Stories to Solve: Fifteen Folktales from Around the World. HarperCollins, 2000. (I+)
A collection of folktales for children to solve.
Shannon, George, editor
Still More Stories to Solve: Fourteen Folktales from Around the World. Morrow, 1996 (I+)
Yet another collection of folktales for children to solve.
Shannon, George, ed.
Stories to Solve: Folktales from Around the World. HarperCollins, 2000. (I+)
Another collection of folktales for children to solve.
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective. Delacort, 2000. (P-I)
Nate the Great travels to San Francisco to solve a mystery.
Sharmat, Marjorie W.
Nate the Great. Young Yearling, 1977. (P & I)
Detective Nate finds his friend’s lost picture of a dog. Also read other titles in the Nate the Great series.
Shusterman, Neal.
The Dark Side of Nowhere. Tor, 1999. (I+)
Jason Miller lives in the most boring city ever. At least that’s what he thinks before strange things start happening. This is great science fiction for boys and reluctant readers.
Sierra, Judy.
The Flannel Board Storytelling Book, 2nd Ed. H.W. Wilson, 1997. (L)
Rhymes, chants, songs, and stories for children from preschool and older, with accompanying flannel board patterns
Silberg, Jackie.
Games To Play With Toddlers . Gryphon House, 1993. (L)
Activities for parents and teachers to use with toddlers to enhance their development.
Simon, Susan.
Treasure Hunt. Dutton, 2002. (T)
Interactive board book for toddlers.
Sinneberg, Mike Turner.
Aero and Officer Mike: Police Partners. Boyd Mills, 2001. (I)
A nonfiction story about a dog whose job is to protect a police officer.
Skofield, James.
Detective Dinosaur. HarperCollins, 1996. (I+)
Detective Dinosaur and Officer Pterodactyl are challenged to solve three cases.
Snicket, Lemony.
The Bad Beginning (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1.) HarperTrophy, 1999. (I)
The three Baudelaire children find themselves in one unfortunate adventure after another. Read all nine books in the series.
Snyder, Robert M.
Chess for Juniors: A Complete Guide for the Beginner. Random House, 1991. (I+)
The basics of chess are presented along with strategies for winning.
Snyder, Zilpha Keatley.
Spyhole Secrets. Delacorte Press, 2001. (I+)
When Hallie and her mother move to a new town after her father’s sudden death, Hallie begins to spy on a troubled family living in a nearby building and her involvement helps her begin to handle her feelings of anger and grief.
Sobol, Donald J.
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of the Slippery Salamander. Delacorte, 1999. (I+)
Encyclopedia Brown solves ten new mysteries including “The Case of the Slippery Salamander”.
Sobol, Donald.
Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Two Spies. Skylar, 1995. (I)
Encyclopedia Brown saves the day and solves ten cases!
Soto, Gary.
Chato y su cena. Putnam, 1997. (P-I)
Chato’s Kitchen . Putnam, 1995. (P-I)
What’s cooking in Chato’s kitchen? Chato the cat prepares frijoles, guacamole, fajitas, and other tasty treats as dinner for a family of mice...or will the mice be Chato’s dinner?
Soto, Gary.
Qué montón de tamales . PaperStar, 1996. (P-I)
Too Many Tamales . Putnam, 1992. (P-I)
Maria manages to lose her mother’s diamond ring while kneading masa for the Christmas tamales.
Stevens, Jan Romero.
Carlos and the Skunk. Northland, 1997. (I+)
Carlos y el zorrillo. Turtleback, 2001. (I+)
Carlos tries to show off and gets more than he bargained for.
Spier, Peter.
The Star-Spangled Banner. Yearling 1992. (P-I)
Peter Spier illustrates the national anthem.
Stangl, Jean.
Paper Stories. Fearon, 1984. (I & L)
Simple cut and tell stories for beginning and experienced storytellers.
Stanley, George Edward.
Adam Sharp, The Spy Who Barked. Golden, 2002. (I)
Adam Sharp does it again in this fun spy story for early readers.
Stubbs, Lisa.
Sonny’s Treasure Hunt. Barrons, 1999. (T)
Sonny the duck is bored so his grandfather sends him on a treasure hunt.
Sukach, Jim.
Clever Quicksolve Whodunit Puzzles: Mini-Mysteries for You to Solve. Sterling, 1999. (I+)
Children can try their hand at solving these mini-mysteries.
Sullivan, Charles.
Imaginary Gardens. Abrams, 1989. (L)
American poets are paired with American artists in this delightful poetry collection.
Sweeney, Joan.
Me and My Place In Space. Dragonfly, 1999. (P & I)
A young astronaut leads readers on a tour past each planet.
Tafuri, Nancy.
Have You Seen My Duckling? Beechtree, 1996. (T)
A mother duck searches for her duckling.
Tafuri, Nancy.
Where Did Bunny Go? Scholastic, 2001. (T)
A hide and seek story with Bunny and Bird.
Tang, Gregory.
Grapes of Math: Mind Stretching Math Riddles. Scholastic, 2001. (I)
Picture Puzzles accompanied by clues in verse encourage readers to embark on some inspired problem solving.
Tang, Gregory.
Math for All Seasons. Scholastic 2002. (P & I)
Rhyming math puzzles for a younger audience.
Takeuchi, Naoko.
Sailor Moon, Vol. 1. Mixx Entertainment, 1998. (I+)
Popular TV show’s graphic novel counterpart.
Tashjian, Janet.
Marty Frye, Private Eye. Holt, 1998. (I+)
Marty Frye solves three separate mysteries for a classmate, a toy store owner, and his younger sister.
Terban, Marvin.
Funny You Should Ask: How to Make Up Jokes and Riddles with Wordplay. Houghton Mifflin, 1992. (I+)
An abundance of ideas for using words and wordplay to create engaging riddles and jokes.
Thomas, Lyn.
Ha! Ha! Ha!: 1,000+ Jokes, Riddles, Facts, and More. Firefly Books, 2001. (I+)
A treasure trove of jokes, intriguing puzzles, challenging riddles, brain teasers, and word games.
Thomas, Paul.
Undercover Agents. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1998. (I+)
Famous spies and secret agents in history are profiled in this book.
Thompson, Julie.
A Pirate’s Life For Me!: A Day Aboard a Pirate Ship. Charlesbridge, 1996. (I)
An exciting, fact-filled voyage of a crew on a pirate ship.
Tobin, Jacqueline L.
Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad. Bantam Doubleday, 2000. (I)
A scholarly mix of oral history and cultural exploration with in-depth information on quilts and the Underground Railroad.
Tom, Karen.
Angst!: Teen Verses From the Edge. Workman, 2001. (Y)
An anthology of poems written by teenage girls.
Toropov, Brandon.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Urban Legends. Alpha, 2001. (Y)
Urban legends made easy.
Toriyama, Akira.
Dragon Ball Z. Vol. 1. Viz Communications, 2000. (I+)
Meet the TV characters from Dragon Ball Z. English adaptation by Gerard Jones.
Torres, Leyla.
Las abuelas de Liliana / Liliana’s Grandmothers. Farrar, 1998. (P-I)
Liliana has two grandmothers, one who lives down the street and one who lives in another country.
Torrey, Michele.
The Case of the Gasping Garbage. Dutton Children’s, 2000. (I+)
Drake and Nell combine their detective and scientific investigation skills to solve a variety of cases.
Tucker, Kathy.
Do Pirates Take Baths? Whitman, 1994. (P & I)
Poems about different aspects of pirate life.
Tudor, Tasha.
The Great Corgiville Kidnapping. Little Brown, 1999. (P & I)
Caleb Corgi, dog detective, investigates a gang of unruly raccoons.
Turner, Kris.
Aero and Officer Mike Police Partners. Boyd Mills, 2001. (I)
The true story of a police dog at work.
Van Allsburg, Chris.
Mysteries of Harris Burdick. Houghton Mifflin, 1984. (I)
Readers are invited to tell the stories of fourteen enticing black and white drawings.
Vaughan, Marcia.
Secret to Freedom. Lee and Low, 2001. (I)
The story of how quilts contained a secret code for locating the underground railroad.
Vigil, Angel.
Teatro! Hispanic Plays for Young People. Teacher Idea, 1996. (L)
Reader’s theater presentations for teens.
Von Ziegesar, Cecily.
Slam. AlloyBooks, 2000. (Y)
Rants of the beat poets, verses of Shakespeare, rhymes of hip-hop, and much more.
Wadham, Tim.
Programming with Latino Children’s Materials. Neal-Schuman, 1999. (L)
A wealth of ideas for Hispanic library programs.
Wallace, Daisy.
Ghost Poems. Holiday House, 1990. (L)
Contains 17 poems about ghosts, including the “Teeny Tiny Ghost” by Lillian Moore.
Warner, Gertrude Chandler.
The Copycat Mystery. Albert Whitman, 2001. (I+)
A series of practical jokes at a restored nineteenth-century farmhouse makes the Aldens wonder if the ghost of its builder is at work.
Warner, Penny.
Learn to Sign the Fun Way: Let Your Fingers Do the Talking with Games, Puzzles, and Activities in American Sign Language. Prima, 2001. (Y)
Provides fun activities to learn American Sign Language.
Warren, Jean.
“Cut and Tell” Scissor Stories for Fall. Warren, 1984. (L)
Simple cut and tell stories for preschoolers.
Watt, Fiona.
Starting Face Painting. Usborne, 1997. (I & L)
A simple face painting book featuring how-to ideas for all kinds of face painting and disguises.
Weatherly, Myra.
Women Pirates: Eight Stories of Adventure. Morgan Reynolds, 1998. (I-Y)
True life stories of women pirates, including Grace O’Malley, Anne Bonny, Cheng I Sao, Rachel Wall, and Fanny Campbell.
Weiner, Stephen.
The 101 Best Graphic Novels. NBM, 2001. (Y+)
Good introductory reference book for librarians.
Werlin, Nancy.
The Killer’s Cousin. Laureleaf, 2000. (Y)
After being put on trial for the accidental death of his girlfriend, David Yaffe leaves town to live with his aunt and uncle and finish his last year of high school. A suspenseful ending and colorful characters make this a great book for discussion.
Wesley, Valerie Wilson.
Freedom’s Gifts: A Juneteenth Story. Simon Schuster, 1997. (P-I)
Aunt Marshall tells the story of the first Juneteenth and the gift of freedom.
Weston, Martha.
Owen Foote, Super Spy. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. (I)
Owen Foote thinks that spying is the coolest thing in the world.
Whatley, Bruce.
Detective Donut and the Wild Goose Chase. HarperCollins, 1997. (I+)
Detective Donut and his partner Mouse set out to find Professor Drake, the world-famous archaeologist who has mysteriously disappeared.
Wilder, Alice.
Who Am I? A Book to Touch and Feel. Simon Spotlight, 2000. (T)
Interactive Blues Clues book.
Williams, Sue
I Went Walking. Red Wagon, 1996. (T)
A young girl takes a walk around the farmyard and spies many animals in this simple board book.
Wilson-Max, Ken.
Big Silver Space Shuttle. Cartwheel, 2000. (T & P)
This creative, interactive mini board book introduces the space shuttle to preschoolers.
Winter, Jeanette.
Follow the Drinking Gourd. Knopf, 1992. (P & I)
Weaves history and song to describe how slaves used the stars to guide them on the underground railroad. Available with audio-cassette.
Winther, Barbara.
Plays From Hispanic Tales : One-Act, Royalty-Free Dramatizations For Young People, From Hispanic Stories And Folktales. Boston: Plays, 1998. (L)
Another book with tales ready to perform as plays or as reader’s theater.
Wolff, Patrick.
Complete Idiot’s Guide To Chess. Alpha Books, 2001. (Y+)
Patrick Wolff, a U.S. Chess Champion and International Grandmaster, teaches readers quick and easy strategies for learning chess basics.
Wood, Don.
El ratoncito, la fresa roja y madura y el gran oso hambriento. Child’s Play, 1996. (P-I)
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear. Child’s Play, 1984. (P-I)
A little mouse fears that bear will eat his red ripe strawberry.
Woodford, Chris.
Criminal Investigation. Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 2001. (I+)
Describes various techniques and devices used to investigate and solve crimes.
Wright, Kristine.
A Teen Writer’s Dream, Poetically Correct. Be-Mused, 2001. (Y)
Collection of poetry written by American teenagers.
Yee, Brenda Shannon.
Hide and Seek . Orchard, 2001. (T)
A mouse and a maid play hide and seek.
Yolen Jane.
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy . Putnam, 1997. (P+)
The Star Warts is on a dangerous mission to find Commander Toad’s cousin 007 _. (P+)
Young, Ed.
Seven Blind Mice. Puffin, 2002. (T & P)
Indian fable beautifully illustrated by Ed Young.
Youngblood, Lisa
No Limits Read: Young Adult Reading Club and Program Manual. Texas State Library and Archives Commission, 2002. (L)
A guide to hosting summer reading clubs and library programs for teens.
Zeibel, Peter.
Where Am I? Learning Riddles. Scholastic, 1999. (T & P)
Photographic picture riddles for the very young.
Zhang, Song Nan.
The Ballad of Mulan. Pan Asian, 1998. (I)
A Chinese girl disguises herself as a boy and goes into battle.
Ziefert, Harriet.
Where is My Baby? Handprint , 2002. (T)
Lift the flap board book.
Ziefert, Harriet.
Who Said “Moo”? Handprint, 2002. (T)
Lift the flap board book.
Ziff, John.
Espionage and Treason. Chelsea House, 2000. (I+)
Recounts the stories of some of the world’s most famous spies and traitors including Benedict Arnold, Aldrich Ames, the Rosenbergs, and Kim Philby.
Zion, Gene.
Harry the Dirty Dog. HarperCollins, 1956. (P & I)
Harry is unrecognizable when he returns from a day of exploration until he has a bath.
Zoehfeld, Kathleen Weidner.
Who’s Hiding?: With Big Flaps for Little Hands. Disney, 2001. (T)
Can you help Pooh find his friends in this board book?


Amelia, 329 E. St., Bakersfield, CA 93304.
Presents oriental poetry forms and related fiction and articles.
E. C. Publications, Inc., 1700 Broadway, New York, NY 10019.
Satirizes all social and political aspects of contemporary life. Lampoons popular films and television programs.
Teen Ink: Written by Teens.
Young Authors Foundation, PO Box 30, Newton, MA 02461
Offers teenagers the opportunity to publish their opinions and creative work on the issues that affect their lives—everything from love and family to teen smoking and community service.
Southern Progress Corp., 2100 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209.
Magazine for comics, animation, movies, toys, and more.
Wizard Anime Invasion
Southern Progress Corp., 2100 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209
Magazine for anime and manga.

Audio Recordings

Blue’s Clues.
Goodnight Blue. Rhino, 1999. (CD) (T)
Buckwheat Zydeco.
Choo Choo Boogaloo . Music For Little People, 1994. (CD) (P+)
Disney Soundtrack.
Peter Pan. Disney 2001. (CD) (P+)
Elfman, Danny.
Mission: Impossible – Music from the Original Motion Picture Score. Polygram, 1996. (CD) (I-Y)
Film Music by Maurice Jarre. Music Club,1996. (CD) (I+)
Harris, Kim and Reggie.
Steal Away: Music of the Underground Railroad. Appleseed, 1998. (CD) (P+)
Hinojosa, Tish.
Cada niño / Every Child. Rounder, 1996. (CD) (T-I)
Howe, Norma.
Blue Avenger Cracks the Code. Random House/Listening Library, 2000. (cass) (Y)
Holt, David.
Spiders in the Hairdo: Modern Urban Legends. August House, 1997. (cass) (Y)
Horowitz, Anthony.
Stormbreaker. Random House Audio/Listening Library, 2001. (cass) (Y)
Jenkins, Ella.
African American Folksongs and Rhythms. Smithsonian/Folkways, 1995. (CD/cass) (T & P)
Jenkins, Ella.
Counting Games and Rhythms for the Little Ones. Smithsonian/Folkways, 1967. (CD/cass) (T & P)
Jenkins, Ella.
Early Childhood Songs. Smithsonian/Folkways, 1990. (CD) (T & P)
Louchard, R.
Hey Ludwig: Classical Piano Solos for Playful Times . Rounder, 1992. (CD) (T-P)
Líscano, Hugo.
Infantiles por Hugo Líscano y Javier Galué, Vol. 1. Anes, 1995. (cass) (T-I)
Líscano, Hugo.
Infantiles por Hugo Líscano y Javier Galué, Vol. 2. Anes, 1996. (cass) (T-I)
Moyers, Bill D.
The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets. Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio, 1995. (CD) (Y)
Original Broadway Cast, 1960.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Angel, 1993. (CD) (I & Y)
Orozco, José-Luis.
De colores and Other Latin-American Folk Songs for Children. Arcoiris, 1996. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Orozco, José-Luis.
Lírica infantil con Jose-Luis Orozco, Volumen 2. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Orozco, José-Luis.
Lírica infantil con Jose-Luis Orozco, Volumen 3. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Orozco, José-Luis.
Lírica infantil con Jose-Luis Orozco, Volumen 4. Animales y movimiento. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Orozco, José-Luis.
Lírica Infantil con Jose-Luis Orozco, Volumen 5. Letras, números y colores. Arcoiris, 1995. (CD/cass) (T-I)
Rabbit Ears.
Follow the Drinking Gourd. Madacy, 2000. (CD) (I)
Baby Beluga. Rounder, 1996. (CD) (T & P)
Raffi’s Christmas Album. Rounder, 1996. (CD) (T & P)
Singable Songs Collection. Rounder, 1997. (CD) (T & P)
Singable Songs for the Very Young. Kimbo, 1976. (CD) (T-P)
Shakur, Tupac.
The Rose That Grew From Concrete: Volume 1. Amaru/Interscope Records: Distributed in the U.S. by Universal Music and Video Distribution, 2000. (CD) (Y)
Sharon, Lois and Bram.
Sing Around the Campfire. Drive, 1995. (CD/cass) (T & P)
Trout Fishing in America.
Big Trouble. Trout, 1994. (CD) (T & P)
Various Artists.
Austin Powers: Spy Who Shagged Me: Music from the Motion Picture. Warner Brothers, 1999. (CD) (I+)
Various Artists.
Big Blues: Blues Music for Kids. Music for Little People, 1996. (CD) (T+)
Various Artists.
Blue’s Big Treasure. Rhino, 1999. (CD) (T)
Various Artists.
A Child’s Celebration of Song. Music for Little People, 1992. (CD) (T+)
Various Artists.
Mission Accomplished: Themes for Spies and Cops. Hip-O, 1996. (CD) (P+)
Various Artists.
Musical Adventures of Peter Pan. Varese, 1996. (CD) (P+)
Various Artists.
Sing America. Warner Brothers, 1999. (CD) (T+)
Various Artists.
Spy Kids Soundtrack. Chapter III Records, 2001 (CD) (P+)
Various Artists.
Spy Kids Motion Picture Soundtrack. Chapter III Records, 2001. (CD) (P-I)
Your Introduction to Morse Code; Morse Code Practice . American Radio Relay League, 1989. (cass) (Y)

Videorecordings and DVD

Note: Librarians must have public performance rights for all videos shown in programs at the library.

Antarctic Antics. Weston Woods, 2000. (5 minutes) (T-P)
A humorous collection of poems that pay tribute to Antarctic emperor penguins.
Antitrust. MGM Home Entertainment, 2001. (108 minutes) (Y)
A young computer whiz gets caught up in a web of deceit and conspiracy after his best friend is murdered.
Arthur’s Mystery Files. Random House, 2001. (18 minutes) (T-P)
Join Arthur from the Marc Brown series in some new adventures.
Arthur’s Treasure Hunt. Random House, 1999. (60 minutes) (T - I)
Features two episodes from PBS TV show.
The Best of Saturday Night Live 1975-80: Classics Vol. 3. Starmaker, 1992. (93 minutes) (Y+)
Selections from the television comedy series during the 1975-1980 seasons.
Breaking the Code. Video Treasures, 1997. (90 minutes) (Y+)
Tells the life story of the famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, the primary designer of the Turing Machine, an early computer used to solve the German Enigma code during World War II which many believe was instrumental in the Allied victory.
A Bug’s Life. Buena Vista, 1999. (95 minutes) (P+I)
The delightful animated story of an ant who searches for a life greater than eating and fearing local grasshoppers. Also available dubbed in Spanish.
The Carol Burnett Show: A Reunion. Fox Video, 1996. (90 minutes) (I+)
A collection of some of Carol’s favorite moments from The Carol Burnett Show.
The Castle of Cagliostro. Manga Entertainment, 1979. (110 minutes) (Y+)
A thief and his gang fight to free a princess from an evil force.
The Caterpillar and The Polliwog. Weston Woods, 1988. (7 minutes) (T & P)
Two friends, a caterpillar and a polliwog, grow up and turn into a butterfly and a frog.
Chato y su cena. Weston Woods, 2000. (11 minutes) (P+)
Chato’s Kitchen. Weston Woods, 1999. (11 minutes) (P+)
Chato, a sly cat from an East Los Angeles barrio, invites the mice next door over for dinner.
Chess Starts Here! Chess Beat, 1996. (60 minutes) (Y)
Basic chess moves with some advanced strategies.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Scholastic, 1999. (6 minutes) (T-P)
In this animated version of Lois Ehlert’s book, the 26 characters are a lowercase alphabet that end up in a big heap with a “Chick Chick BOOM BOOM”.
Chicken Soup With Rice. Weston Woods, 1978. (5 minutes) (T-P)
A delightful poetry romp through the months of the year.
Chrysanthemum. Weston Woods, 1998. (12 minutes) (T-P)
Chrysanthemum is a mouse who believes her name is perfect until she goes to school and is teased about it by her classmates. Her parents and a wise music teacher named Delphinium reassure her.
The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash and Other Funny Stories. Weston Woods, 1993. (32 minutes) (T-P)
When his class visits the farm, Jimmy brings his boa constrictor and there is havoc at every turn. Available in English and Spanish.
Descúbrelo, Vol. 1 & 2. Conaculta, 1990. (20 minutes) (P-I)
This video contains information about bugs and their characteristics.
Descúbrelo, Vol. 3 & 4. Conaculta, 1990. (20 minutes) (P-I)
This video describes different animals and their characteristics.
Disney’s Treasure Island. Disney, 1950. (90 minutes) (I-Y)
A live-action retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic book.
Fooling with Words with Bill Moyers. PBS, 1999. (120 minutes) (Y+)
Depicts the action at the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, known as the “Woodstock of Poetry”. The event is covered much like a professional sports event as cameras tracking the performing poets and the spectators’ reactions.
For the Love of Benji. Mulberry Square, 2001. (85 minutes) (I+)
Benji and his adopted family set out for a vacation in Greece and become entangled in a spy plot.
George Washington’s Mother. Weston Woods, 2000. (20 minutes) (P-I)
A lively depiction of the story of Mary Ball, the mother of the first president of the United States.
Harriet and the Promised Land. Spoken Arts, 1998. (8 minutes) (P-I)
Lawrence’s paintings portray the spirit of Harriet Tubman with simplicity and power. Ruby Dee narrates.
Harriet the Spy. Paramount, 1996. (102 minutes) (I+)
Eleven-year-old Harriet loves to spy on her friends and keeps a secret notebook of what she sees.
Harry the Dirty Dog. Weston Woods, 1997. (19 minutes) (P & I)
Harry changes from a white dog with black spots to a black dog with white spots in this live action classic video.
How Much Is A Million? Weston Woods, 2000. (12 minutes) (P & I)
Concepts of a million, trillion, and billion presented with Steven Kellogg’s illustrations.
I, Crocodile. Weston Woods: Scholastic, 2001 (10 minutes) (T-P)
Life is good for a Nile crocodile until Napoleon shows up and wants one of everything in sight for a Parisian fountain display, including mummies, obelisks, and yes, a crocodile.
I Know What You Did Last Summer. Columbia TriStar, 1998. (101 minutes) (Y+)
After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim’s body into the sea. Exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave and he’s looking for more than an apology.
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. Columbia TriStar, 1998. (100 minutes) (Y+)
Remember Ben Willis, the man in the slicker with a hook in his hand ready to exact bloody justice? Well, he’s back. It’s hard to forget a man who refuses to die. Sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer.
In the Tall, Tall Grass. Spoken Arts, 1994. (6 minutes) (T)
This backyard nature tour is from Denise Fleming’s picture book.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Paramount, 1984. (118 minutes) (I+)
Indiana Jones, the daredevil archeologist, is out to find the famous Ankara Stone and to save hundreds of children who’ve been enslaved by a mysterious cult.
If I Made A Million. Weston Woods, 2002. (12 minutes) (P & I)
A magician teaches about money.
La gallinita roja y otros cuentos populares. Weston Woods, 1996 (37 minutes) (T-P)
The Little Red Hen asks her friends for help in baking bread but they are all too busy.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Paramount, 2001. (102 minutes) (I+)
With her father presumed dead, Lara must race to recover an ancient artifact that can alter space and time if not destroyed. She must fight her nemeses in order to restore harmony, all before the planets and sun align.
Leo, el retoño tardío. Weston Woods, 2000. (6 minutes) (T-P)

Leo the Late Bloomer. Weston Woods, 1999. (6 minutes) (T-P)
Leo’s parents are concerned that Leo is a late bloomer so they watch him constantly.
Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear: Little Sherlock Bear. Paramount, 2001. (34 minutes) (T-P)
Little Bear and his friends look for clues, solve mysteries, and make new discoveries in their backyards.
Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Volume 13. A and E Home Video, 2000. (60 minutes) (Y+)
Two episodes of comedy sketches from the third season of the television series, “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
Murder by Death. Columbia, 1976. (94 minutes) (Y+)
A satire about murder mysteries that involves five famous literary detectives and their sidekicks who must solve a mystery at the house in which they are guests.
Over In the Meadow. Weston Woods, 1988. (9 minutes) (T & P)
An endearing version of a classic counting rhyme.
Pete’s a Pizza. Scholastic, 2000 (6 minutes) (T-P)
Pete’s parents turn him into a pizza to make his bad mood evaporate.
Poetry in Motion. Home Vision Cinema, 2000. (90 minutes) (Y+)
Director Ron Mann has put together readings by 24 different poets including Allen Ginsberg, Leroi Jones, Anne Waldeman, and Helen Adams.
The Poky Little Puppy. Lucerne Media, 1999. (7 minutes) (T)
This animated classic asks the question where is the Poky Little Puppy?
Princess Mononoke. Miramax, 1999. (133 minutes) (Y+)
An epic journey in which Ashitaka tries to find a cure for Tatarigami’s curse but finds himself in a different battle.
Rainbow of My Own. Live Oak Media, 1987. (5 minutes) (T & P)
After a rainy day of playing imaginary games with a rainbow, a small boy finds a real rainbow waiting for him at home.
Recess: School’s Out. Buena Vista, 2001. (84 minutes) (I+)
The kids from the Recess TV show become spies who need to break into school to save their summer recess.
Rosie O’Donnell’s Kids are Punny. HBO Home Video, 1998. (30 minutes) (I+)
A hilarious look at children and what they think is funny.
Scooby Doo’s Greatest Mysteries. Warner, 1998. (109 minutes) (P-I)
Scooby Doo appears in four favorite mysteries.
Slamnation. Cinema Guild, 1998. (92 minutes) (I+)
Live coverage of performances and judging in the annual 1996 National Poetry Slam held in Portland, Oregon at which over 120 poets from 27 teams gathered.
Spiderman. Columbia, 2002. (121 minutes) (Y+)
The origins of Spiderman and his nemesis the Green Goblin are revealed in this action-packed movie.
Spot and His Grandparents Go to the Carnival. Buena Vista, 1997. (30 minutes) (T-P)
Spot’s adventure at the carnival.
Story of Statue of Liberty. Spoken Arts, 1991. (7 minutes) (P-I)
Maestro’s book is brought to life on film.
Spy Kids. Buena Vista, 2001. (88 minutes) (I+)
Top international spies are called out on a secret mission and it is their kids who bring the family back together.
The Star-Spangled Banner. Weston Woods, 2002. (7 minutes) (P-I)
The newly animated version of Peter Spier’s depiction of the National Anthem.
Superman. Warner Brothers, 1978. (144 minutes) (Y+)
Christopher Reeve portrays Superman in this 1978 classic.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Weston Woods, 1998. (11 minutes) (P)
Animated version of the classic children’s book, narrated by John Lithgow.
This Land Is Your Land. Weston Woods, 2001. (11 minutes) (P+)
The classic American folk song performed by Arlo Guthrie.
The Three Little Pigs. Weston Woods, 1991. (12 minutes) (T & P)
An animated version of James Marshall’s retelling of this classic tale.
Treasure! Jewels of the British Crown. A and E Home Video, 2000. (50 minutes) (Y+)
A tour of jewels of the British royal family by crown jeweler, David Thomas.
Winter Holiday Stories. Scholastic, 1999. (27 minutes) (T-P)
Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are celebrated in these three winter holiday stories.


Blue’s Treasure Hunt. Info Games, 1999. (T & P)
Fun game based on the TV special.
Detective Barbie. Mattel Media, 2000. (I)
Help Barbie find the missing jewels.
I Spy Junior: Puppet Playhouse. Scholastic, 2000. (T)
Original stories come to life with hand made puppets, props and sets.
I Spy Treasure Hunt. Scholastic, 2001. (P)
Embark on an adventure to smugglers cove to find hidden treasures and solve riddles.
Scooby Doo: Phantom of the Knight. Learning Co., 2000. (I)
Join Scooby Doo and the gang in search of suspects.
Scooby Doo: Showdown in Ghost Town. Learning Co., 2000. (I)
Join Scooby Doo and the gang on a quest for clues to solve a spine-tingling mystery.
Secret Agent Barbie. Vivendi Universal, 2000. (I)
Track clues around the world and solve this spy adventure.
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Brøderbund Software, 1998. (I+)
Uses clues about world geography, history and culture to help the user track Carmen Sandiego and her gang as they steal some of the world’s most famous landmarks and treasures.
Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego? Brøderbund Software, 1997. (I+)
Carmen and her V.I.L.E. henchmen travel through time as well as around the world, stealing historical treasures, but the good guys have a time machine to use in tracking them down.
Carmen Sandiego: Junior Detective Edition. Brøderbund Software, 1995. (I+)
Uses clues about world geography, history and culture to help the user track Carmen Sandiego and her gang as they steal some of the world’s most famous landmarks and treasures.

Video Games

Nancy Drew Message in a Haunted Mansion. Dream Catcher Interactive, 2001. (I+)
Nancy goes to San Francisco and tries to solve a mystery at her friend’s new mansion.

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