When her aunt can no longer take care of her, Heidi is sent to live with her hermit grandfather. Generations of readers have delighted in this tale of a young girl who discovers the wonders of life in the Swiss Alps while developing a love for the grandfather she never knew.
Two friends make a plan to meet 30 miles away in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. Young Henry Thoreau chooses to walk to the destination, while his friend takes the train. Who will reach Fitchburg first? This inspiring picture book also offers interesting biographical information about Thoreau's life.
Your child will enjoy reading along as Jenny helps her grandmother get ready for her brother's first moon birthday-- a traditional Chinese celebration for a one month birthday. Beautiful illustrations paired with Jenny's narration about all the preparations make this book a must-read.
Herman, a young octopus, is a big help to his parents and siblings. He even rescues his brother from a fierce enemy. Simple, repetitive phrases and illustrations will make this story one of your child's favorites.
In this humorous story, Hershel helps a village outwit the goblins who are preventing the townsfolk from celebrating Hanukkah. Your family is bound to enjoy this creative and clever twist on the traditional story of Hanukkah. Caldecott Honor, 1990
Al, the janitor, and his dog, Eddie, live in a tiny, cramped apartment in the city. They long for better life together, where Eddie can run free and Al won't have to work so hard. One day a mysterious bird carries them off to an island of paradise to make their wish come true. However, they discover that there is no place like home. Caldecott Medal, 1987
Heavy fog rolls into a seaside village, making it impossible for anyone to see. The lobstermen must come to shore, families leave the beach, and the seagulls find a safe place to rest. Only the children in the village find the foul weather exciting and launch into a game of hide and seek in the fog. Muted and shadowy illustrations bring this foggy day to life. Caldecott Honor, 1966
A little pig's family demands to know why she did not go to school one day. She explains that a wolf captured her. Your child will enjoy this wild tale about the little piggy who used her reading abilities to out-smart the wolf.
Horrible Harry Series: Horrible Harry and the Ant Invasion
by Suzy Kline
Children love reading about Harry, a typical young boy and his friends and the mischief they always manage to get into at school. Titles in this series include Horrible Harry and the Purple People and Horrible Harry and the Green Slime.
What happens when a dinosaur gets the flu? He whines and whimpers and throws his tissues on the floor. Your child will laugh out loud as he reads this hilarious rhyming tale about a group of cranky, sick dinosaurs. Eye-catching, full-page illustrations add to the silliness of this lovable book. Parents' Choice Award, 2003