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Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

As the Clearwaters travel west, fearless Granny and Little Critter are jolted from the horse-drawn wagon and have many exotic adventures before being reunited with the rest of their family.

An anaconda ate my homework by Alice Schertle

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.

Feeling adventurous one day, a frog leaves her pond and sets out to visit the great sea she has heard so much about.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Sixth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

When six friends decide to liven things up by forming 'The Adventure Club', they get into far more trouble than they can handle!

Having earned a scholarship to a private girls' high school, self-proclaimed psychic investigator Gilda Joyce investigates the circumstances surrounding the drowning death of a student whose ghost supposedly haunts the campus.

When she is warned of ghosts inhabiting Shadow Island, twelve-year-old Amanda finds she is strangely drawn there and decides to explore it with her sister Sally and best friend Roxanne, but what they find surprises everyone.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fifth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Bud, not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father--the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.

A boy goes to live with his magician uncle in a mansion that has a clock hidden in the walls which is ticking off the minutes until doomsday.

The Indian school by Gloria Whelan

In 1839, newly orphaned eleven-year-old Mary goes to live with her missionary aunt and uncle who run a school for Indian children in northern Michigan.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Fourth Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Dinosaurs destroy Detroit by Johnathan Rand

Nick and Summer travel through time and bring a dinosaur egg back to Detroit with them. Unfortunately, they are followed by angry dinosaurs who ransack the city in order to retrieve the egg.

The door in the wall by Marguerite De Angeli

When Robin falls ill and looses the use of his legs, he is taken in by a monk named Brother Luke and taken to a hospice where he is taught wood carving and patience.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis

In 1860, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Third Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Catastrophe in Caseville by Johnathan Rand

When Shelby McConnell and her family travel from Toledo, Ohio, to Caseville, Michigan, for the anual cheeseburger festival, she knows she's going to have to have a great time. After all: thousands of people travel to Caseville for this special annual event in August. It's a week filled with games, contests, prizes, laughter, and of course: some of the best cheeseburgers in the world! But this year, something is about to go horribly wrong. The very first day of the festival is marred by the appearance of a musterious, giant cheeseburger. Where did it come from? Why is it set out to destroy the festival and the entire town?.

A faraway home : an orphan train story by Janie Lynn Panagopoulos

Jack, Sarah, and little George are part of the Orphan Train traveling from New York City to the Midwest to find homes and better lives.

A picture book biography of urban environmental artist Tyree Guyton, discussing his childhood in 1950s Detroit and the way he used art to transform his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into an internationally-recognized exhibit.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Second Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

The legend of Michigan by Trinka Hakes Noble

An old warrior and a young boy travel through the frigid cold of the north to teach the fierce North Wind how to live peacefully with his brothers, allowing the formerly uninhabitable land of Michigane to be settled.

The log cabin wedding by Ellen Howard

Although it was her idea to bring together her family and that of a neighboring widow woman to reap the harvest, Elvirey feels her heart "squeeze tight" at the thought of the widow and her Pap getting married.

Mitt, the Michigan mouse by Kathy-jo Wargin

Mitt, a white-footed mouse, lives in a mitten that is his only reminder of the family he once had, and when it is stolen, Mitt sets out for the city to find the owner of the dog that took his home.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for First Grade, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Alien ice cream by David Anthony

In this first adventure, the heroes try to keep their cool on the hottest day of the year. Soon, however, they discover that not all ice cream is created equal. Some is created by mysterious aliens who have plans to take over the world.

An A from Miss Keller by Patricia Polacco

Trisha wants to write something that will please her demanding writing teacher, who is rumored to have never given a student an A.

The Michigan counting book by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Following the footsteps of the wildly popular "M is for Mitten," children who have learned their ABCs will now have fun learning how to count. " The Michigan Counting Book" only goes up to the number 12, but there are a dozen more reasons to share this book with a young child. You can count on it.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey

A small, but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold.

Little Michigan by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Learn all about Michigan's state bird, flower, tree, and animal in this fun and informative board book.

Memoirs of a goldfish by Devin Scillian

A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl as it slowly fills with fish and other accessories, only to realize when he is relocated for a cleaning how much he misses them.

Explore this selection of books either about Michigan or written by authors with ties to Michigan. Grade levels are suggested, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level. Under each grade is a link for even more titles.

Kindergarten

"In 1925 a sailboat named Bernida wins the inaugural Port Huron to Mackinac Race. She wins again in 1927. But then for decades the boat is neglected and passed from owner to owner. In 2012 with new owners, the ship once more enters the race and wins"--.

The day the Great Lakes drained away by Charles Ferguson Barker

Explore what would happen if all of the water drained from the Great Lakes and what their lake floors might look like under all that water.

The following titles may be enjoyed by Kindergartners. 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 Kindergartners can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and J FICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

Prince Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Buzz is writing a fairy tale for homework, and Fly Guy naturally assumes the role of a handsome prince, who fends off a giant and rescues a beautiful princess.

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