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  Big Red Barn (Paperback) 

Big Red Barn (Big Book)

Margaret Wise Brown, Felicia Bond (Paperback)

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.


  Little House on the Prairie (Paperback) 

Little House on the Prairie (Little House Series: The Laura Years #2)

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

"Little House on the Prairie" is a classic children's book about pioneer life on the wide-open Kansas prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family are faced with everything from malaria to prairie fire. Laura's vivid descriptions bring to life what the pioneers had to go through many years ago. "Little House on the Prairie", an ALA Notable Children's Books award-winning book, is one of the favorite chapter books for children in the genre of historic fiction. Kids in grade 3 and up will enjoy this charming story.


  Charlotte's Web (Paperback) 

Charlotte's Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Themes: Animals, Insects and Spiders, Friendship, Farm Life

"Charlotte's Web" by beloved author E. B. White, with illustrations by Garth Williams, is one of the best children's books ever written. In this Newbery award-winning chapter book, a pig named Wilbur forms a strong friendship with a spider named Charlotte, who also lives on the farm. Charlotte saves the pig's life by spinning words on her web. E. B. White creates a very memorable character in Charlotte. Children in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fascinating story and great classic children's book. "Charlotte's Web" is also a good animal fantasy book to read aloud to children.


  Stuart Little (Paperback) 

Stuart Little

E. B. White, Garth Williams (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Adventure Books; Book Theme: Animals

"Stuart Little" by E. B. White is a classic chapter book that has delighted generations of children. A mouse born into a human family, Stuart Little goes through many adventures. His biggest adventures occur when he leaves home in search of a lovely bird named Margalo. "Stuart Little" is one of our favorite children's books. Kids in second grade through seventh grade will enjoy this fun adventure story.


  Stone Fox (Paperback) 

Stone Fox

John Reynolds Gardiner, Greg Hargreaves (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Theme: Animals

In the chapter book "Stone Fox", by John Reynolds Gardiner, main character little Willy enters a dogsled race in order to win prize money and save his grandfather's farm from tax collectors. One of the other racers is Stone Fox, a Native American who has never lost a dog sled race. Children in third grade through sixth grade will enjoy this inspiring story about little Willy and his loyal dog Searchlight. "Stone Fox" is a great book to read aloud.


  The Secret Garden (Paperback) 

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Tasha Tudor (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a great classic book, and can be considered among the best in children's literature. Mary Lennox, an unattractive orphan girl, is sent to live at her uncle's manor on the Yorkshire moors of England. There, she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up for years. Along with Colin, her spoiled and sickly cousin, and Dickon, a country boy who loves nature and can talk to animals, Mary is drawn to the wonderful world of the secret garden. They work to rejuvenate the secret garden and, along the way, Mary and Colin find their lives are transformed for the better. With strong and memorable characters and a heartwarming story, The Secret Garden is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade.


  Sarah, Plain and Tall (Paperback) 

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Patricia MacLachlan (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life

In "Sarah, Plain and Tall", author Patricia MacLachlan tells a moving story about the creation of a family. In simple language, a little girl named Anna talks about how Sarah from Maine comes to the prairie to live with her, her brother, and her widowed father. This historic fiction has won many awards, including Newbery Award, Christopher Award, Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Children, Golden Kite Award for Fiction and Notable Children's Book. "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is one of the best children's books. Kids in second grade through sixth grade will enjoy this classic chapter book.


  The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Paperback) 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Barbara Robinson (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Christmas

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" by Barbara Robinson, one of the ALA notable Children's Books of 1971-75, is a humorous Christmas story. The six Herdman children, Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys, are the worst kids in town. They bully and they steal. The main characters never go to church until they are mistakenly told that the minister gives out treats in Sunday school. They have never heard the Christmas nativity story before. But when these six kids find out about the annual church Christmas pageant, they bully other children out of volunteering for lead roles in the play. The pageant rehearsals do not go smoothly. The pageant director has to explain the whole Christmas story and the Herdmans have a lot of questions. These children are very interested in the Christmas story; they even go to the library to read about King Herod. All the town people come out to see what the Herdmans will do in the Christmas pageant. They are surprised to find that it is the best Christmas pageant they have ever had. Children in third grade through 6th grade will enjoy this funny and engaging chapter book.


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