Picture Books

Enjoy a few books about goats!

A visit to the state fair cements the friendship between a boy and a goat who are very different from one another.

A big bully, afflicted with Random Hostility Syndrome, terrorizes all of the forest animals until a clever young troll gets his goat.

The books below are set in many different places. Use them to take a trip, somewhere new and exotic, or somewhere familiar. 

When a man brings to a remote village two burros, Alfa and Beto, loaded with books the children can borrow, Ana's excitement leads her to write a book of her own as she waits for the BibliBurro to return. Includes a note on the true story of Columbia's BiblioBurro and mobile libraries in other countries.

The sky of Afghanistan by Ana A. de Eulate

A little Afghan girl dreams of peace spreading throughout her country.

We love our family, friends, pets, and of course, books. The following titles are perfect for Valentine's Day, or anytime at all. Share them with someone you love!

Always by Emma Dodd

In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.

Elmo and his Sesame Street friends learn about all the ways that Elmo's mother loves him.

Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together.

A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one's inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.

 

Travel with these animals on the move.

When a young Wilson's warbler named Sammy wakes up one morning, ready to start his first migratory journey to Panama, he finds that the other warblers have already left, so he looks for help from other animals, who each have their own way of getting through the winter.

Two little birds by Mary Newell DePalma

Two little birds make their first grand migration south, and later return home to start new families.

Read about the lives of everyday superheroes who have made history. For more true stories of real people, browse our biography section, or do a Shelf Location search for "JBIO." Maybe one day there will be a book about YOU on our biography shelves.

Frankie liked to sing by John Seven

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

The dance of the violin by Kathy Stinson

As a young student of the violin, Joshua Bell learns about an international competition to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests may be too difficult, but Joshua is determined: it's a piece of music he loves. 

Little Michigan by Denise Brennan-Nelson

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

 

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.

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