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The Lion & the Mouse

The Lion & The Mouse

By: Jerry Pinkney

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Folk/Fairy Tales: Animals, Folk/Fairy Tales: Principles

Grade: p-1

 

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In award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney’s wordless adaptation of one of Aesop’s most beloved fables, an unlikely pair learn that no act of kindness is ever wasted. After a ferocious lion spares a cowering mouse that he’d planned to eat, the mouse later comes to his rescue, freeing him from a poacher’s trap. With vivid depictions of the landscape of the African Serengeti and expressively-drawn characters, Pinkney makes this a truly special retelling, and his stunning pictures speak volumes.

 

PRAISE

Winner of the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal

 

★ “Pinkney’s soft, multihued strokes make everything in the jungle seem alive, right down to the rock.” –Booklist

 

★ “A classic tale from a consummate artist.” –School Library Journal

 

★ “A nearly wordless exploration of Aesop’s fable of symbiotic mercy that is nothing short of masterful.” –Kirkus

 

★ “Pinkney has no need of words; his art speaks eloquently for itself.” –Publishers Weekly

 

 

 

 

The Village Of Round And Square Houses

village fo roundThe Village of Round and Square Houses

By Ann Grifalconi

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subject: Folk Tales/Fairy Tales/Classics: Africa, Social Studies: Europe/Asia/Africa

Grades: PreK-1st

 

The village of Tos is like no other village in the world, for in this village the women live in round houses and the men live in square ones. The story of how this came to be is told from the point of view of a young girl who grew up there.

Ann Grifalconi’s bold, dynamic art and rhythmic storytelling recreate this world and make The Village of Round and Square Houses a perfect book for reading aloud.

Saint George and the Dragon

Saint George and the Dragon

By Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum subjects: Adventure: Knights/Dragons, Folk/Fairy Tales: Heroes/Heroines

Grade: P-1

1985 Caldecott Medalist

 

Retells the segment from Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, in which George, the Red Cross Knight, slays the dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years and brings peace and joy to the land.

 

 

 

★ “[The illustrations] glitter with color and mesmerizing details.” — Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

 

 

 

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon

By: Grace Lin

Genre: Fantasy

Curriculum Subjects: Folk/Fairy Tales: Magic, Friendship, Adventure

Grade: 3-7

 

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This Newbery Honor book features magic, adventure, friendship, and even a dragon who can’t fly! 

In the valley of Fruitless Mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life’s questions.

 

Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family’s fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer. 

Grace Lin, author of the beloved Year of the Dog and Year of the Rat, returns with a wondrous story of adventure, faith, and friendship.

 

A fantasy crossed with Chinese folklore, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon is a timeless story reminiscent of The Wizard of Oz. Her beautiful illustrations, printed in full-color, accompany the text throughout. Once again, she has created a charming, engaging book for young readers.

 

PRAISE

A 2010 Newbery Honor Book

 

★ “Children will embrace this accessible, timeless story about the evil of greed and the joy of gratitude.” – Booklist

 

★“The author’s writing is elegant, and her full-color illustrations are stunning … compelling and thoroughly human.” –SLJ

 

★“Minli emerges a stalwart female role model who learns the importance of family, friendship, and faith during her amazing journey.” –Kirkus

 

Maniac Magee

maniacManiac Magee

By Jerry Spinelli

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum subjects: Teen Life: Family, Teen Life: Prejudice, Personal Development: Loss, Personal Development: Self-Discovery

Grade: 3-7

 

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He wasn’t born with the name Maniac Magee. He came into this world named Jeffrey Lionel Magee, but when his parents died and his life changed, so did his name. And Maniac Magee became a legend. Even today kids talk about how fast he could run; how he hit an inside-the-park “frog” homer and how no knot, no matter how snarled, would stay that way once he began to untie it. Little girls jumping rope chant, “Ma-niac, Ma-niac, he’s so cool. Ma-niac, Ma-niac, don’t go to school, runs all night, runs all right. Ma-niac, Ma-niac kissed a bull!”


But the thing Maniac Magee is best known for is what he did for the kids from the East Side and those from the West Side. He was special all right, and this is his story, and it’s a story that is very careful not to let the facts get mixed up with the truth. 

 

PRAISE & ACCOLADES

Winner of the 1991 John Newbery Medal

 

“The metaphorical style is a brave change from the realism of Spinelli’s other books, while fans of his earlier, tongue-in-cheek, streetwise tone will find it also an integral part of this story–ballast for the mythic, shifting picture of Maniac’s year on the run.” – Kirkus Reviews

 

“Humorous yet poignant look at the issue of race relations, a rare topic for a work aimed at middle readers…  Full of snappy street-talk cadences, this off-the-wall yarn will give readers of all colors plenty of food for thought.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“The book will stimulate thinking about racism, and it might help educate those readers who, like so many students, have no first-hand knowledge of people of other races. Pathos and compassion inform a short, relatively easy-to-read story with broad appeal, which suggests that to solve problems of racism, people must first know each other as individuals.” – School Library Journal

Incident At Hawk’s Hill

hawks hillIncident at Hawk’s Hill

By Allan W. Eckert

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Animals: Badgers ; Wilderness survival; History; Self-esteem

Grades: 7 & up

 

Six-year-old Ben is very small for his age, and gets along better with animals than people. One June day in 1870, Ben wanders away from his home on Hawk’s Hill and disappears into the waving prairie grass. This is the story of how a shy, lonely boy survives for months in the wilds and forges a bond with a female badger.

Annie And The Old One

annie and the old oneAnnie and the Old One

By Patricia Miles Martin

Illustrated by Peter Parnall

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: Grandparents and Extended Family, Personal Development: Loss, Social Studies: Native American Heritage

Grades: PreK-1st

 

Annie is a young Navajo girl who refuses to believe that her grandmother, the Old One, will die. Sadly, Annie learns that she cannot change the course of life.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

poppersMr. Popper’s Penguins

By Richard Atwater

Genre: Fiction

Curriculum subjects: Adventure: Animals, Pets, Humor, Folk/Fairy Tales: Animals

Grade: 3-7

 

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins is one of the handful of American books for children that has attained the status of a classic. First published in 1938, this story of a housepainter who is sent a male penguin by the great Admiral Drake, and who, thanks to the arrival of a female penguin, soon has twelve penguins living in his house, has amused and enchanted generations of children and their parents.

 

PRAISE

1939 Newbery Honor Book

 

 

 

 

 

The Dark Frigate

The Dark Frigate

By Charles Boardman Hawes

Genre: Historical Fiction

Curriculum subject:

Grade: 7-12

1924 Newbery Medalist

 

In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the “Rose of Devon,” a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland.

 

Philip’s bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain’s regard. But when the “Rose of Devon” is seized in midocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these “gentlemen of fortune” on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate–with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.
With its bloody battles, brutal buccaneers, and bold, spirited hero, this rousing tale will enthrall young listeners in search of seafaring adventure.

 

Invincible Louisa

Invincible Louisa by Cornelia MeigsInvincible Louisa

By Cornelia Meigs

Genre: Biography

Curriculum Subject: Biography; Women’s Studies

Grades: 3 – 7

 

This biography traces the fascinating life of Louisa May Alcott from her happy childhood in Pennsylvania and Boston to her success as a writer of such classics as Little women.

 

PRAISE

1934 Newbery Medalist