MY BEST FRIEND IS AS SHARP AS A PENCIL! AND OTHER FUNNY CLASSROOM PORTRAITS, by Hanokh Piven, 2010.
How can you best describe what makes each of your friends and each of your classmates a unique individual? You can draw them! Here’s how….
Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years. 30 pages.
MISS BROOKS LOVES BOOKS (AND I DON’T) by Barbara Bottner, 2010.
A first grade student absolutely does NOT love or even like books, and she will NOT read them! Miss Brooks, the school librarian, suggests one great book after another, but the student insists that she WON’T read… until ….
Recommended for ages 5 to 7 years. 28 pages.
OUR FARM: BY THE ANIMALS OF FARM SANCTUARY, by Maya Gottfried, 2010.
Read why the animals of Farm Sanctuary – the pig, goat, bantam chicken and rabbit - love their home! Each animal that lives here has been rescued from a factory farm or other home, where they were mistreated or neglected.
Recommended for ages 5 to 8 years. 40 pages.
LOLA & TIVA: AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP, by Juliana Hatkoff, 2010.
Tiva, a little girl who lived on a Nature Conservancy in Africa, wanted a puppy. Instead, she got a baby rhinoceros, Lola, to look after! Tiva learned how to feed, clean and care for Lola, and they became the best of friends.
Recommended for ages 6 to 8 years. 31 pages.
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DESSERT FIRST, by Hallie Durand, 2010.
From the first day of school, Dessert Schneider just knows that she’s going to get along well with her grade 3 teacher, Mrs. Howdy Doody! After all, hasn’t Mrs. Howdy Doody just agreed to call her by her nickname (Dessert) instead of by her real name (Penelope)? Read about the many misadventures that Dessert manages to cook up and serve during her grade 3 year - both at home and at school!
Recommended for ages 8 to 11 years. 151 pages.
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IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD: A GUIDE TO YOUR BRILLIANT BRAIN, by Sylvia Funston and Jay Ingram, 2005. CANADIAN
Believe it or not, your brain weighs only a little more than one kilogram! Yet, it contains thousands upon thousands of brain cells, which allow us to think, sense, feel emotions and remember things. Your brain is truly amazingly awesome!
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. 64 pages.
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FRINDLE, by Andrew Clement, 2009.
The Stratford Public Library now owns Frindle as a two-CD set that you can listen to. This is the hilarious story about a grade 5 student, Nick Allen, who invents a new word for “pen”… it’s “frindle”! With this, Nick sets off a whole set of hilarious and unexpected consequences in his classroom.
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. 90 minutes.
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THE GREAT NUMBER RUMBLE: A STORY OF MATH IN SURPRISING PLACES, by Cora Lee and Gillian O’Reilly, 2007. CANADIAN
The schools in Jeremy’s town have banned math. Hooray! But wait – not only can math be fun; it’s also very useful … in fact, we really do need math! When Jeremy’s friend, Sam, shows people that math is everywhere (it’s even used in digital animation) – and it’s fun, too – then everyone agrees that “school minus math equals all sorts of trouble”!
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years. 103 pages.
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SHOW OFF: HOW TO DO ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. ONE STEP AT A TIME, by Sarah Hines Stephens and Bethany Mann, 2009.
Wow! This book really does tell you how to do just about anything! Ever wanted to make an air horn, juggle like a pro, do yoyo tricks, make fake blood, draw some awesome manga, or even make a great paper airplane? Now you can, using the great pictures and instructions in this book!
Recommended for ages 8 to 13 years. 199 pages.
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WOLVES OF THE BEYOND: LONE WOLF, by Kathryn Lasky, 2010.
In the isolated wilderness beyond Ga’Hoole, Faolan, a newborn wolf pup, is abandoned on an icy riverbank because he has a twisted paw. Unfortunately, this is the strict and terrible law of his wolf pack: those with deformities must be abandoned. But Faolan manages to survive! This book has been written by the same author as the popular Guardians of Ga’Hoole series.
Recommended for ages 9 to 13 years. 219 pages.