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Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure. Don't forget to take advantage of the alternate formats listed. Titles available as audio or eBooks can be used to earn eLectrified versions of the You Choose badge.

A little girl tells very short stories about herself, but her full adventures are revealed in the artwork.

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Five new episodes in the friendship of the two hippopotamuses. Find more short stories about George and Martha and their friendship in our catalog.

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Longing for adventure, intrepid Louise leaves her comfortable nest and goes to sea.

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Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure.

Present a collection of unconventional essays by leading writers to challenge how students think about essays using imaginative, rule-breaking, and unconventional examples.

Dorothy must die : stories by Danielle Paige

Whisked to Oz by a Kansas twister, Amy Gumm discovers that the magical land has been destroyed by Dorothy's tyrannical rule, a situation that compels Amy to join an order of deposed magic-wielders who seek to put an end to Dorothy's reign.

I see reality : twelve stories that don't hold back by Stephen Heather/ Emond Kristin Elizabeth/ Demetrios Jay (CON)/ Clark Grace (COM)/ Clark Kendall

"Popular young-adult authors weave together questions of identity, loss, and redemption into poignant tales for today's teens"--.

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Can't Choose? Try a collection of short stories or essays. Read one or read the whole book, either way it's an adventure. Don't forget to take advantage of the alternate formats listed. Titles available as audio or eBooks can be used to earn eLectrified versions of the You Choose badge.

The empathy exams : essays by Leslie Jamison
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Earn your chow down badge with a delicious soupy read. 

Picture Books

Tiger in my soup by Kashmira Sheth

Left in the care of his older sister, a boy begs her to read his favorite book but she is too absorbed in her own reading even to notice when a tiger comes to life in the steam from his soup.

Octopus soup by Mercer Mayer

An octopus struggles with misadventure when he leaves home but is relieved to know how and where to find a safe haven.

 

The following titles may be enjoyed by First Graders. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations ask at the Children's Reference Desk.

Fiction

Fiction books for First Grade can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and JFICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Act 1 by Andrew Keenan-Bolger

Twelve-year-olds Jack and Louisa tell, in their separate voices, of his reluctant departure from New York City and Broadway stardom to live in Shaker Heights, Ohio, where new neighbor Louisa, a "musical theater nerd," urges him to audition for the local theater's production of "Into the Woods.".

Can you say catastrophe? by Laurie B. Friedman

"April Sinclair would like to blame someone for her mostly miserable life, and since her parents won't take responsibility, she blames the stork. Her teenage years kick off with a humiliating 13th birthday party, where one of her younger sisters reveals April's crush and the other puts on a show of peeing behind a tree like a boy. April can't wait to disown her loony family for a few weeks of summer camp with her two best friends. Meanwhile, she gets her first two kisses--from two different boys--and isn't sure how she feels about either one. But she's sure how she feels (horrified) when her parents cancel her camp plans in lieu of a family RV trip. Is there any silver lining to her summer?" More in this series can be found in JFICTION FRIEDMAN.

Afraid to actually ask Tina Zabinski for a date, eighth-grader Kevin spends most of his time theorizing about love and romance and observing and analyzing male/female interaction.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Everything on a waffle by Polly Horvath
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Eleven-year-old Primrose living in a small fishing village in British Columbia recounts her experiences and all that she learns about human nature and the unpredictability of life in the months after her parents are lost at sea.

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To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.

Roller girl by Victoria Jamieson

"A graphic novel adventure about a girl who discovers roller derby right as she and her best friend are growing apart." Similar to Raina Telgemeier's style, if you're looking for more in this vein, check Thorndyke's blog post.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry
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Anastasia's 10th year has some good things like falling in love and really getting to know her grandmother and some bad things like finding out about an impending baby brother.

Another day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli

"Susie is jealous when her brother is deemed a town hero, so she finds solace in the poetry and reclusive lifestyle of Emily Dickinson." To learn more about Emily Dickinson herself, check in JBIO DICKINSON.

Relates the adventures of a family with two fathers, four adopted boys, and a variety of pets as they make their way through a school year, Kindergarten through sixth grade, and deal with a grumpy new neighbor. And I would be remiss if I didn't add that the sequel, The Family Fletcher Takes Rock Island, is just as delightful as the first book.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

A room with a zoo by Jules Feiffer

Julie's passion for animals takes over her life - and her family's life. The more pets she has, the more she desires - but what she wants most of all, she can't have. She will not be allowed to own a dog before she is old enough to walk it by herself on the city streets, which is a year and a half away. That is far too long to wait..

Frindle by Andrew Clements
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher's love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

Judy Moody by Megan McDonald
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Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

7 x 9 = trouble! by Claudia Mills

Third-grader Wilson struggles with his times-tables in order to beat the class deadline.

Doug discovers that though being Harry's best friend in Miss Mackle's second grade class isn't always easy, as Harry likes to do horrible things, it is often a lot of fun. Find more adventures about Horrible Harry in JFICTION KLINE.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper
Also available in: audiobook

Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire. Read more about Grace by looking in JFICTION HARPER.

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