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Leveled Readers

Levels E-F | Levels G-H | Levels I-J | Levels K-L | Levels M-N | Levels O-P | Levels Q-R | Levels S-T

Levels E-F

Fly High, Fly Guy! By Tedd Arnold 

When Buzz, his parents, and his pet fly go on a road trip and get lost, Fly Guy comes to the rescue to help them find their way home


Biscuit Goes Camping by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit the puppy camps out in the backyard.


Signs in the Park by Mary Hill

Sally explains the signs that she and her mother see while walking their dog in a park, such as those that direct them to a trail and show who can use that trail.


You are (not) Small by Anna Kang 

Two fuzzy creatures can’t agree on who is small and who is big.


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Levels G-H

Pete the Cat and the Lost Tooth by James Dean 

A tooth goes missing while Pete the Cat is helping the Tooth Fairy, and he must find it before it’s too late.


Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper


There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems 

Gerald the elephant discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head– two birds on your head! Piggie will try to help her best friend.


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Levels I-J

Young Cam Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery by David Adler

Cam helps her friend Eric when he misplaces his permission slip to go on the school field trip.


Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher by James Dean

When Pete discovers that his teacher is sick and his mom is the substitute, he must teach her the ins and outs of his school.


On Earth by G. Brain Karas

With poetic text and gorgeous illustrations, Karas illuminates the Earth and its cycles, making the concepts of rotation and revolution understandable even to the youngest readers


If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff

Chaos might ensue if you were to give a dog a donut.


Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman

Jack just got a new toy. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy… or something else entirely?


Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo by Rosetta Stone

The mere sneeze of a bug triggers a chain reaction involving, among others, cows, turtles, policemen, and an entire circus parade.


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Levels K-L

The Perfect Nest by Catherine Friend

Jack the cat gets much more than he bargained for when he decides to build the perfect nest to attract the perfect chicken.


Electric Fish by Elaine Landau

An introduction to various species of electric fish, particularly the electric eel, explaining how they generate and discharge electricity.


If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff

Follows a boy and his mouse through a busy day at school.


Amelia Bedelia Sleeps Over by Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia has a wonderful time at her first slumber party.


Alice the Fairy by David Shannon

Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.


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Levels M-N

Big Chickens Fly The Coop by Leslie Helakoski

When four farmyard chickens begin to feel like they need to spread their wings a bit, they decide to go to the big farmhouse to check things out.


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.


Horrible Harry Goes to the Moon by Suzi Kline

Inspired by his third-grade class’s study of the moon, Harry announces that he is going there.


Stink and the Ultimate Thumb-wrestling Smackdown by Megan McDonald

After second-grader Stink gets an unsatisfactory grade in physical education, his parents tell him he must play a sport and so he masters thumb wrestling, as seen on a sports channel.


Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly by Jane O’Connor

Nancy is furious when she cannot go to her friend Bree’s butterfly-themed birthday party, but her family’s outing might just be extraordinary enough to make her feel better.


Junie B., First Grader Aloha-ha-ha! By Barbara Park 

Excitable Junie B. Jones manages to find trouble both before and during a trip to Hawaii and records each incident in a photo journal given to her by her teacher.


The Curse of the Bologna Sandwich by Greg Trine

After graduating from the superhero academy, Melvin Beederman heads for Los Angeles, where he unexpectedly teams up with Candace Brinkwater, school play actress, to nab the evil McNasty Brothers.

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Levels O-P

Lola Levine, Drama Queen by Monica Brown

Lola Levine is given a non-speaking part after getting stage fright during her class play audition. She saves the play after a couple of obstacles with the help of her grandmother


Bad Kitty: School Daze by Nick Bruel

When Kitty’s owners have finally had enough of her bad behavior, it’s time to ship her off to obedience school.


The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.


Jelly Bean by Cynthia Lord

No pets are allowed in the apartment where Suzannah and her family live, so she volunteers at a local pet shelter and plays with the dogs and cats there–but when a child whose family is moving brings in her pet guinea pig, Jelly Bean, Suzannah promises that she will find him the perfect home.


Sideways stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar

Humorous episodes from the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.


EllRay Jakes is a Rock Star! by Sally Warner

Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes decides to “borrow” his father’s crystals to impress his classmates, but his plan to return the crystals before his father notices goes awry.

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Levels Q-R

Spirit Week Showdown by Crystal Allen

Nine-year-old Mya is excited about participating in School Spirit Week, even making a pinky promise with her best friend Naomi to be her partner, but when she accidentally gets paired with the biggest bully in school, Mean Connie.


Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown

When Roan’s application to pilot school is rejected, he finds he has been invited to study under Master Yoda at the Jedi Academy.


Beast Keeper by Lucy Coats

Eleven-year-old Demon had never met his father, the god Pan, until the day he was whisked away to the stables of Olympus and charged with looking after all of the mythical creatures there.


Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal Buloni describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen to her because of her big ugly dog Winn-Dixie.


Swing It, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm

In the mid-1970s Sunny Lewin is back, star of her personal show, facing the prospect of Middle School, and dealing with the problems of her somewhat dysfunctional family–in particular her older brother, Dale, who has been sent off to a military academy because of his delinquent behavior.


Rules by Cynthia Lord

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

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Levels S -T

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.


Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

When seemingly unrelated and strange events start to happen and a precious Vermeer painting disappears, eleven-year-olds Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.


Upside Down in the Middle of Nowhere by Julie T. Lamana

At the end of August 2005, ten-year-old Armani is looking forward to her birthday party in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, where she and her extended family live, but Hurricane Katrina is on the way, bringing destruction and tragedy in its wake.


Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Minli, an adventurous girl from a poor village, buys a magical goldfish, and then joins a dragon, who cannot fly, on a quest to find the Old Man of the Moon in hopes of bringing life to Fruitless Mountain and freshness to Jade River.


The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

Eight-year-old Steve Satlow is thrilled when Jackie Robinson moves into his Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn in 1948, although many of his neighbors are not, and when Steve actually meets his hero he is even more excited–and worried that a misunderstanding over a Christmas tree could damage his new friendship.


Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks

Ravi has just moved to the United States from India and has always been at the top of his class; Joe has lived in the same town his whole life and has learning problems–but when their lives intersect in the first week of fifth grade they are brought together by a common enemy and the need to take control of their lives.

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Summer Reads for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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And then comes summer by Tom Brenner

A joyful, sun-drenched tribute to the anticipation and adventures of the warmest season of the year. Request this item.


Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

A sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for. Request this item | VOX edition


One hot summer day by Nina Crews

Relates a child’s activities in the heat of a summer day punctuated by a thunderstorm. Request this item.


Grains of Sand by Sibylle Delacroix

A brother and sister dream up ways to save sand from a beach vacation. Request this item.


Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey

The story of a little chick and her dad who take to the beach where he teaches her how to surf. Request this item.


Come on, rain! by Karen Hesse

A young girl eagerly awaits a coming rainstorm to bring relief from the oppressive summer heat. Request this item.


Fetch by Jorey Hurley

Illustrations and simple text follow a dog as it chases a ball at the beach. Request this item.


It’s a Seashell Day by Dianne Ochiltree

Rhymes chronicle a mother and son sharing a day of sand digging, seashell collecting, and seashore exploring. Request this book.


Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer

Follow the creation of a family meal from the farm to the picnic table on a warm sunny day. Told entirely in words beginning with S. Request this item.


Pignic by Matt Phelan

What a perfect day for a pignic! A blue sky. A shady tree. A bright kite. A full picnic basket. Family. And friends. But the pigs need one more thing for it to be a perfect day. Request this item.


Summer Wonders by Bob Raczka

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the sights and sounds of summer, from days of diving and swimming to nights of stargazing and fireflies. Request this item.


Sun by Sam Usher

A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure. Its the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. Its just the right kind of day for a boy and his grandad to go for a picnic. Request this item


Summer by Cao Wenxuan

In this lovely picture book from two of China’s most acclaimed creators, animals fight over shade on a blazing hot day–until they learn to overcome their selfishness. Request this item


A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams

When his father tells him not to leave the lion he is drawing on the beach, a little boy starts making a very, very long tail–and a trail to follow back. Request this item.


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