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  Freckle Juice (Hardcover) 

Freckle Juice

Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Humorous Stories, Realistic Fiction

"Freckle Juice" by Judy Blume is a funny easy chapter book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main character Andrew Marcus wants freckles after noticing his classmate Nicky has them. In fact, Andrew wants freckles so bad that he buys a secret recipe for freckle juice from Sharon for fifty cents, his five-week allowance. But freckle juice does not work as expected. Andrew has to draw fake freckles with a blue marker. At school, Andrew's teacher gives him a "freckle remover" to remove the blue freckles. Children in second grade and third grade will enjoy reading this humorous story.


  Misty of Chincoteague (Hardcover) 

Misty of Chincoteague

Marguerite Henry, Wesley Dennis (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

"Misty of Chincoteague" by Marguerite Henry is a classic children's book in the genre of realistic fiction. Main characters in the chapter book, two children named Paul and Maureen, set their eyes on Phantom, the wildest horse on Assateague Island. They work really hard to earn enough to buy the horse. After twists and turns, the two children bring the wild mare and her colt Misty to their home on Chincoteague Island. In the end, they have to decide whether to set Phantom free. "Misty of Chincoteague", a Newbery Honor Book, appeals to children in third grade through seventh grade, especially kids who like good horse stories.


  Big Pumpkin (Hardcover) 

Big Pumpkin

Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Witches, Halloween, Pumpkin

"Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman is a funny Halloween story that will delight children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. A witch wants to make pumpkin pie, so she plants a pumpkin seed. The pumpkin grows so big that the witch cannot yank it from the vine. Some traditional Halloween characters come to help, but neither the ghost, nor the vampire, nor the mummy can make it budge. Finally a bat comes up with a good idea. They line up and pull together. Off comes the big pumpkin. The colorful illustrations by S.D. Schindler is a little spooky but not scary. With predictable rhyming texts, the picture book is good for reading aloud. Kids can also see the value of cooperation and teamwork.


  The Three Bears (Hardcover) 

The Three Bears

Byron Barton (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Fairy Tales & Folklore; Book Themes: Animals, Opposites

Byron Barton, in "The Three Bears", retells the classic European folklore tale of Goldilocks and the three bears. The story begins with three bears taking a walk in the forest. While the bears are away from home, Goldilocks eats their porridge, sits in their chairs and sleeps in baby bear's bed. The story ends with Goldilocks running away from the three bears. The simplified vocabulary and the bold illustrations are well suited for toddlers and preschoolers. The picture book also teaches opposites such as hot or cold, big or small, fast or slow. "The Three Bears" is a good read aloud book.


  Goodnight Moon (Hardcover) 

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Goodnight Moon", written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, is one of the best books for babies and toddlers. In this classic children's book, a little rabbit says goodnight to the moon and to all kinds of familiar things in his room. Soothing words and lulling illustrations make "Goodnight Moon" a very good picture book to read with children at bedtime. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this comforting bedtime story and the gentle rhyming words.


  Big Red Barn (Hardcover) 

Big Red Barn

Margaret Wise Brown, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

"Big Red Barn" depicts a day in the life of farm animals. The story and rhymes by Margaret Wise Brown are gentle and sweet. Felicia Bond's illustrations are realistic and appealing. "Big Red Barn" is a great bedtime story for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.


  The Runaway Bunny (Hardcover) 

The Runaway Bunny

Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family

"The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown is a favorite classic children's book about a mother's unconditional love for her child. A little bunny tells mother bunny about imaginative ways to run away. Mother bunny comes up with equally imaginative ways to follow him. This comforting picture book appeals to preschoolers and holds interest of toddlers and kindergartners as well.


  Jamberry (Hardcover) 

Jamberry

Bruce Degen (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories

In "Jamberry" by Bruce Degen, a boy and a bear have a lot of fun picking blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and all kinds of berries. The silly rhymes are fun to read aloud. The illustrations are detailed and lively. Babies and toddlers will enjoy this wonderful picture book.


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