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Title: Aggie and Ben: Three Stories (2006)
Author: Ries, Lori
EMC Picture Book: Ri
After choosing a new dog, Ben describes what the pet Aggie can do and should not do around the house.


Title: Amanda Pig and the Really Hot Day (2005)
Author: Van Leeuwen, Jean.
EMC Picture Book: Va
Amanda Pig and her family and friends try to find different ways to beat the heat.


Title:  Ant Plays Bear (1997)
Author: Byars, Betsy
EMC Picture Book: By
Ant and his brother play a game, discuss growing up, hear a scary noise, and learn to be friends.


Title: Are You Ready to Play Outside? (2008)
Author: Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Friends Elephant and Piggie are playing outside when it starts to rain, and then they must decide what to do.


Title:  Ball (2013)
Author:  Sullivan, Mary
EMC Picture Book: Su
While searching for someone to play ball with him, a dog dreams of fantastical adventures he could have with his ball.

Title: Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist (2003)
Author: Wadsworth, Ginger
EMC Non-Fiction 921.B219w
A biography of African-American scientist Benjamin Benneker (1731-1806), who was an astronomer, and inventor, a surveyor, and a writer of an almanac.


Title: Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! (2009)
Author: Hayes, Geoffrey
EMC Picture Book: Ge
Two mice meet their new neighbor and discover that she is not as scary as they feared.

Title: A Big Guy Took My Ball (2013)
Author:  Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Books: Wi
Piggie is upset because a whale took the ball she found, but Gerald finds a solution that pleases all of them.

Title: Bink and Gollie.  (2010)
Author: DiCamillo, Kate
EMC Fiction: Di
Two roller-skating best friends--one tiny, one tall--share three comical adventures involving outrageously bright socks, an impromptu trek to the Andes, and a most unlikely marvelous companion.


Title: Bink and Gollie: Two for One (2012)
Author: DiCamillo, Kate
EMC Fiction: Di
"The state fair is in town, and now Bink and Gollie-utter opposites and best friends extraordinaire-must use teamwork and their gray matter while navigating its many wonders."


Title:  Bony-Legs (1983)
Author:  Cole, Joanna
EMC Nonfiction:  398.21 C689b
When a terrible witch vows to eat her for supper, a little girl escapes with the help of a mirror and comb given to her by the witch's cat and dog.

Title: Chicken Said, 'Cluck!' (2008)
Author: Grant, Judyann
EMC Picture Book: Gr
Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken's help in the garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives and her true talent shines.


Title: Chinese New Year (2005)
Author: Jango-Cohen, Judith
EMC Nonfiction: 394.261 J33c
Presents an overview of Chinese New Year, how people get ready for it and the celebration itself, which includes fireworks, parades, family gatherings, and the Festival of Lanterns.

Title:  Cork and Fuzz: Short and Tall (2006)
Author: Chaconas, Dori
EMC Picture Book: Ch
The friendship between Cork, a muskrat, and Fuzz, a possum, is in trouble when Cork decides that since he is older, he has to be taller than Fuzz.


Title: The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (2002)
Author:  Moore, Cathy
EMC Nonfiction:  921 C885m
Ellen and William Craft were slaves determined to escape to freedom. Their daring plan involved Ellen traveling as a white male slave master with William as her slave. Risking everything, they embarked on their journey from Georgia on December 21, 1848. The difficult trip ended with the couple arriving safely in Philadelphia on Christmas Day. For grades 1-3 . (Description of book taken from WorldCat )

Title: Days with Frog and Toad (1979)
Author: Lobel, Arnold
EMC Picture Book: Lo
Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.


Title: Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories (2006)
Author: Seeger, Laura
EMC Picture Book: Se
Three easy-to-read stories reveal the close friendship between Dog and Bear.


Title: Don't Throw it to Mo! (2015)
Author: Adler, David
EMC Picture Book: Ad
Mo is the youngest kid on the Robins football team. The kids on the rival team tease him for being a 'butterfingers' who's too tiny to catch the ball. But Mo's coach has a plan up his sleeve to turn Mo's little size into a big win for the Robins.


Title: Down in the Boondocks (1977)
Author: Gage, Wilson
EMC Picture Book: St
Relates in rhyme what happens when a thief decides to rob a deaf farmer.

Title: Emma's Yucky Brother (2000)
Author: Little, Jean
EMC Picture Book: Li
Emma finds out how hard it is to be a big sister when her family adopts a four-year-old boy named Max.


Title: Fast Friends: Two Stories (1979)
Author: Stevenson, James
EMC Picture Book
In the first of two easy-to-read stories a turtle and a snail make some friends with the help of a skateboard. In the second a mouse and a snail learn, through trial and error, how to be friends.


Title: Father Bear Comes Home (1959)
Author: Minarik, Else Holmelund
EMC Picture Book: Mi
Describes the adventures of Little Bear in which he goes fishing, has the hiccups, looks for a mermaid, and welcomes Father Bear home from the sea.


Title: First the Egg (2007)
Author: Seeger, Laura
EMC Picture Book: Se
A picture book about transformations.


Title: Five Brilliant Scientists (2000)
Author: Jones, Lynda
EMC Non Fiction: 920 S77f
Describes the early lives and notable achievements of five black scientists, Susan McKinney Steward, George Washington Carver, Ernest Everett Just, Percy Lavon Julian, and Shirley Ann Jackson.


Title: Four on the Shore (1985)
Author:  Marshall, Edward
EMC Fiction: Ma
Hoping to scare away Spider's little brother, Willy, Lolly Spider, and Sam each tell a spooky story--but then Willy has a story of his own to tell.


Title: Frog and Toad All Year (1976)
Author: Lobel, Arnold
EMC Picture Book: Lo
Two friends share experiences in each season of the year.


Title: Frog and Toad Are Friends (1970)
Author: Lobel, Arnold
EMC Picture Book: Lo
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.


Title: Frog and Toad Together (1972)
Author: Lobel, Arnold
EMC Picture Book: Lo
Five further adventures of two best friends as they share cookies, plant a garden, and test their bravery.


Title: George and Martha (1972)
Author: Marshall, James
EMC Picture Book: Ma
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.


Title: George and Martha One Fine Day (1978)
Author: Marshall, James
EMC Picture Book: Ma
Five new episodes in the friendship of the two hippopotamuses.


Title: Good Night, Good Knight (2000)
Author: Thomas, Shelley Moore
EMC Picture Book: Th
When the Good Knight hears roars in the forest he goes to investigate. He finds three little dragons who ask for glasses of water, stores, songs, and kisses before bed.


Title: Grasshopper on the Road (1978)
Author: Lobel, Arnold
EMC Picture Book: Lo
As Grasshopper sets out to follow a road, he meets some unusual characters.


Title: Gus and Grandpa at Basketball (2001)
Author: Mills, Claudia
EMC Picture Book: Mi
Gus is good at basketball, but during the games, with his parents and the fans watching, he makes mistakes. His grandfather helps him to concentrate during the game.


Title: Harry and Shellburt (1977)
Author: Van Woerkom, Dorothy
EMC Picture Book: Va
Harry and Shellburt, two good friends, rerun the classic race between the tortoise and the hare.


Title:  Harry's Visit (1983)
Author:  Porte, Barbara
EMC Picture Book: Po
Expecting he won't have a good time, Harry visits his parents' friends.


Title: Hello Bumblebee Bat. (2007)
Author: Lunde, Darrin
EMC Picture Book: Lu
Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand.

Title: Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas (2005)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia Rylant
EMC Picture Book: Ry
When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry’s parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home with lots of other grandpas, they lead them all on a wonderful adventure.


Title: Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat (1990)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
Henry’s family takes in a stray cat, the ugliest cat they have ever seen, and an amazing relationship blossoms between it and their big dog Mudge.


Title: Hi! Fly Guy (2005)
Author: Arnold, Tedd
EMC Picture Book: Ar
When Buzz captures a fly to enter in the Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.


Title: Houndsley and Catina (2006)
Author: Howe, James
EMC Picture Book: Ho
Houndsley and Catina run into trouble when they decide to prove that they are the best at cooking and writing, respectively.

Title: I Broke My Trunk (2011)
Author:  Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Gerald the elephant tells his best friend Piggie a long, crazy story about how he broke his trunk.


Title: I Love My New Toy (2008)
Author: Willems,, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
When Elephant accidentally breaks Piggie's new toy, they both experience intense feelings before coming to realize how important their friendship is.

Title: I Spy Fly Guy! (2009)
Author: Arnold, Tedd
EMC Picture Book: Ar

While playing hide-and-seek with Buzz, Fly Guy is taken away by a garbage man.

Title:  I Want My Hat Back (2011)
Author:  Klassen, Joh
EMC Picture Book: Kl
A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.


Title: In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories (1984)
Author: Schwartz, Alvin
EMC Picture Book: Sc
Seven scary stories to tell at night in front of a fire or in the dark, based on traditional stories and folktales from various countries.


Title: Inspector Hopper (2000)
Author: Cushman, Doug
EMC Picture Book: Cu
Inspector Hopper and his perpetually hungry assistant McBugg solve three mysteries for their insect friends.

Title: Iris and Walter (2000)
Author: Guest, Elissa Haden
EMC Picture Book: Gu
When Iris moves to the country, she misses the city where she formerly lived; but with the help of a new friend named Walter, she learns to adjust to her new home.


Title: Jazz Baby (2007)
Author: Wheeler, Lisa
EMC Picture Book: Wh
Baby and his family make some jazzy music.


Title: A Kiss for Little Bear (1968)
Author: Minarik, Else Holmelund
EMC Picture Book: Mi
Little Bear’s thank-you kiss from grandmother gets passed on to him by many animals and greatly aids the skunk’s romance.


Title:  Let's Go for a Drive (2012)
Author: Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.


Title: Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (2010)
Author: Lin, Grace
EMC Fiction: Li
Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different.


Title: Little Bear's Visit (1961)
Author: Minarik, Else Holmelund
EMC Picture Book: Mi


Title:  Little Mouse Gets Ready (2009)
Author:  Smith, Jeff
EMC Picture Book: Sm
Little Mouse gets dressed to go to the barn with his mother, brothers, and sisters.

Title: Little Rat Sets Sail (2002)
Author: Bang-Campbell
EMC Picture Book: Ba
Little Rat is afraid of water and sailing, but her parents have signed her up for sailing lessons. As her gentle instructor teaches her about sailing, her fear diminishes, and she considers sailing alone next year.


Title: Lost (2000)
Author: Johnson, Paul Brett Johnson & Lewis, Celeste
EMC Fiction: Jo
Because she never gives up hope that her beagle, lost in the desert, will be found, the young girl keeps something special in her pocket for her dog.


Title: Maria’s Comet (1999)
Author: Hopkinson, Deborah
EMC Picture Book: Ho
As a young girl, budding astronomer Maria Mitchell dreams of searching the night sky and some day finding a new comet.


Title: Maudie and Bear (2012)
Author:  Ormerod, Jan
EMC Picture Book: Or
Five stories about a playful, sometimes bossy, little girl and her dependable bear friend.


Title: Max's Christmas (1986)
Author: Wells, Rosemary
EMC Picture Book: We
Despite his sister Ruby's admonitions, Max waits up on Christmas Eve to see Santa Claus coming down the chimney.

Title: Me Tarzan (2000)
Author: Byars, Betsy
EMC Fiction: By
When Dorothy gets the part of Tarzan in the class play, her tremendous yell attracts the attention of increasingly larger and wilder animals


Title: Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006)
Author:  DiCamillo, Kate
EMC Picture Book: Di
Mr. Watson's usual Saturday drive in his Cadillac with his favorite pig, Mercy, turns into an adventure when an unexpected passenger shows up in the back seat and Mercy finds herself behind the wheel.


Title: Mouse and Mole: Fine Feathered Friends (2009)
Author: Yee, Wong Herbert
EMC Picture Books: Ye
When spring arrives, Mole and Mouse find a unique way to bird watch.


Title: Move Over Rover (2006)
Author: Beaumont, Karen
EMC Picture Book: Be
When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself but finds that various other animals, including a skunk, come to join him. It's raining cats and dogs! Good thing Rover is snuggled safe and dry inside his doghouse--until, one by one, a soggy menagerie of creatures shows up looking for a cozy place to sit out the storm. But who's the very unwelcome surprise visitor? Skunk, of course. Suddenly that doghouse isn't quite so crowded after all!

Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake (1994)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
With his fine cat Tabby by his side, Mr. Putter bakes a Christmas cake for his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry.


Title: Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish (2001)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
After Mr. Putter buys three goldfish and takes them home, he discovers that his cat Tabby has a serious problem with them.


Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane (1997)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
Mr. Putter's love of toys is almost as strong as his affection for his cat-but are he and she too old to play with a toy airplane?


Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears (1995)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Fiction: Ry
When he gets too old to climb up the ladder, Mr. Putter and his cat Tabby figure out an ingenious way to pick pears for pear jelly.


Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Row the Boat (1997)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
On a hot day, Mr. Putter, his cat, Tabby, their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, and her dog, Zeke, go for a picnic and a rowboat ride.


Title: Mr. Putter and Tabby Turn the Page (2014)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Books: Ry
Mr. Putter and Mrs. Teaberry bring Tabby and Zeke to the library for a special storytime


Title: My Brother, Ant (1996)

Author: Byars, Betsy
EMC Picture Book: By
In four separate stories, Ant's older brother gets rid of the monster under Ant's bed, forgives Ant for drawing on his homework, tries to read a story, and helps Ant writes a letter to Santa.


Title:  My Happy Life (2013)
Author:  Lagercrantz, Rose
EMC Fiction:  La
Dani has been waiting to go to school her whole life, and cannot wait for the joys it will bring, such as the friendship of Ella. However, school also brings many unexpected things that Dani isn't sure she is ready to face.


Title: No, David (1998)
Author: Shannon, David
EMC Picture Book: Sh
A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.


Title: Not a Box (2006)
Author: Portis, Antoinette
EMC Picture Book: Po
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.


Title: One Boy (2008)
Author: Seeger, Laura
EMC Picture Book: Se
A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.

Title: The Outside Dog (1993)
Author: Pomerantz, Charlotte
EMC Picture Book: Po
Marisol, who lives in Puerto Rico, wants a dog very much, but her grandfather will not let her have one until a skinny mutt wins him over.


Title: Pearl and Wagner: One Funny Day (2009)
Author:  McMullan, Kate
EMC Picture Book: Mc
April Fools' Day is not a happy one for Wagner the mouse because his best friend, Pearl the rabbit, and other children and adults at school keep tricking him.


Title:  Penny and Her Marble (2013)
Author:  Henkes, Kevin
EMC Picture Book: He
Penny feels guilty after taking a beautiful blue marble that she sees in Mrs. Goodwin's grass, but gets a pleasant surprise when she goes to return it the next day.

Title: Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons (2012)
Author: Litwin, Eric
EMC Picture Book: Li
Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them, and even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.


Title: Philipok (2000)
Author: Spirin, Gennady
EMC Picture Book: Sp
Philipok's mother has told him that he is too young to go to school, but one day he sets out to go on his own.


Title: Poppleton Everyday (1998)
Author: Rylant, Cynthia
EMC Picture Book: Ry
Poppletont he pig goes stargazing, tries out a new bed before he buys it, and goes sailing for the first time.


Title: The Puppy Sister (1995)
Author: Hinton, S. E.
EMC Fiction: Hi
A young boy is astonished when his puppy begins to change into a human girl who says to him "I love you, Brother."


Title: Rabbit and Robot: The Sleepover (2012)
Author:  Bell, Cece
EMC Picture Book: Ce
Rabbit is excited about the sleepover he has carefully planned for his friend Robot, but Robot has some different ideas about how things should go.


Title: Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (1991)
Author: Ehlert, Lois
EMC Picture Book: Eh
A child describes the growth of a maple tree from seed to sapling.


Title: Runaway Radish (2001)
Author: Haas, Jessie
EMC Fiction: Ha
When Radish the pony grows too big for the girls who own him, he goes to live at a horse camp where there are always new children for him to train.


Title: See Me Run (2011)
Author:  Meisel, Paul
EMC Picture Book: Me
A dog has a fun-filled day at the dog park, in this easy-to-read story.


Title:  Seeing is Believing (1979)
Author: Shub, Elizabeth
EMC Picture Book: Sh
Two stories about Tom and the piskies, "The Leprechaun's Trick" and "Pisky Mischief."


Title: Should I Share My Ice Cream (2011)
Author:  Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Gerald the elephant has a big decision to make, but will he make it in time?


Title: Spinning Spiders (2003)
Author: Berger, Melvin
EMC Non Fiction: 595.4 B496s
Describes the characteristics of spiders and the methods they use to trap their prey in webs.


Title: Splendid Friend, Indeed (2005)
Author: Bloom, Suzanne
EMC Picture Book: Bl
When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.


Title: Stinky: A Toon Book (2008)
Author: Davis, Eleanor
EMC Fiction: Da
Stinky, a monster who lives in a swamp, gets upset when a boy named Nick starts hanging around his swamp, and so he tries to scare Nick away.


Title: Swing Otto Swing! (2004)
Author: Milgrim, David
EMC Picture Book: Mi
A robot named Otto learns to swing like a money.


Title: Tales for Very Picky Eaters (2011)
Author: Schneider, Josh
EMC Picture Book: Sc
A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.


Title: Tales of Amanda Pig (1983)
Author:  Van Leeuwen, Jean
EMC Picture Book: Va
Amanda Pig, her brother Oliver, and their parents share a busy day, working and playing together from breakfast to bedtime.


Title: There is a BIrd on Your Head (2007)
Author: Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-- two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.


Title:  Up, Tall and High! (2012)
Author: Long, Ethan
EMC Picture Book: Lo
Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

Title: Vulture View (2007)
Author: Sayre, April
EMC Picture Book: Lo
"Turkey vultures soar on the balmy air, looking for their next stinky feast. These birds don't hunt--they like their food to be already dead. Vultures are part of nature's cleanup crew"--Inside front dust jacket.


Title: Wagon Wheels (1978)
Author: Brenner, Barbara
EMC Picture Book: Br
Shortly after the Civil War a black family travels to Kansas to take advantage of the free land offered through the Homestead Act.

Title:  The Watermelon Seed (2013)
Author:  Pizzola, Greg
EMC Picture Book: Pi
After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.


Title:  Waiting is Not Easy (2014)
Author: Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Piggie tells Gerald she has a surprise for him, but it is not there yet so Gerald must be patient.

Title: We are in a Book! (2010)
Author: Willems, Mo
EMC Picture Book: Wi
Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?

Title: Who's in the hall? A Mystery in Four Chapters (2000)
Author: Hearne, Betsy
EMC Picture Book: He
Three children, two babysitters, two dogs, a rat, and a janitor finally get together and put an end to some confusion.


Title: Whose Mouse are You? (2000)
Author: Kraus, Robert
EMC Picture Book: Kr
A lonely little mouse has to be resourceful in order to bring his family back together.


Title: Wiley and the Hairy Man (1976)
Author: Bang, Molly
EMC Non-Fiction: 398.2 B217w
With his mother's help, Wiley outwits the hairy creature that dominates the swamp near his home by the Tombigbee River


Title: Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator (2008)
Author: Campbell, Sarah  C.
EMC Non-fiction: 594.38 C191w
Stunning photographs and a fact-filled story deliver a closeup look at a day in the life of a tiny, and unexpected, predator-the seriously slimy wolfsnail.


Title: You are Not Small (2014)
Author:  Kang, Anna
EMC Picture Books: Ka
Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!


Updated: April 23, 2015
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