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Stamaty, Mark A.
Alia is the librarian of the Central Library in Basra, Iraq. When the war in Iraq begins to move closer and closer to Basra, Alia makes an important decision and takes huge risks to preserve the historical literaure of her country, as well as many other books in the library. The war progresses and Alia enlists the help of friends to do all they can to move and protect the contents of the library.

Vander Zee, Ruth
After being thrown from a train as a baby during the Holocaust, Erika finds safety, love, and peace in the family that saves her.

Pomerantz, Charlotte
After a bird learns how to fly, he goes from nest to nest trying to encourage other birds to fly.

Monjo, F.N.
Tom misbehaves in church and is sent home early. He goes to play in the barn and discovers runaway slaves. He and his father help them escape and Tom learns all about freedom through the Underground Railroad.

Shange, Ntozake
Helene-Angel is the only person in her class to have to wait for her brother, Mauricio to walk her home. On their walk home, a group of boys decide to pick on her. Her brother is out-numbered so the boys paint her white. She is devastated and refuses to leave her room. Find out how her grandma helps her overcome her fears.

Bunting, Eve
Laura and her family are moving, so they are coming to visit the Manzanar War Relocation Center one last time. Years ago, this center was used to house anyone living in the United States that were of Japanese descent. These people were forced to leave their homes and come to the center because Japan bombed the United States. The center is bare now except for all of the memories and the cemetary, including her grandfather's grave.

Lionni, Leo
Mr. Timothy McMouse, a city mouse, runs away to the country. He meets a group of field mice who live in a castle and tries to fit in. Timothy cannot pass the test of the country mice. When Timothy saves himself and another mouse from the cat, he is given an honorary Field Mouse License.

Gunthorp, Karen
Laura the bird has a problem when a cuckoo lays an egg in her nest. The cuckoo is too big and eats all of the food for the other birds and takes up all of the space. But Laura is happy when the little cuckoo saves the day.

Lester, Helen
Tacky is a penguin who is unlike the other penguins. One day hunters come looking for penguins, but Tacky stands up to them and scares them away.

Rosenberg, Liz
Patrick Edward's mother is known as a monster all over town. One day, Patrick's mother sends him out to get strawberries. On his way home, three bullies steal the strawberries. Monster Mama is so upset that she teaches the boys a lesson, and they think of her as Cool.

Sandin, Joan
Carl Erik and his family arrive in America off of an immigrant boat from Sweden. They have an adventurous, yet hard, journey westward to Minnesota.

Brooks, Jennifer
A young princess with a pure heart plays with three gnomes who are handicapped. She is kind and accepting to her new friends. In turn, she gains another friend.

Hausman, Bonnie
How are you feeling today?Join the children in this book to find out if they are feeling the same way. Learn the letters of the alphabet while you solve the puzzles of emotions. Have fun!

DeWitt, Jamie
Eleven year old Jamie helps his stepfather, Butch, pick corn one autumn day. When the corn picker becomes plugged up, Butch attempts to climb off the tractor but gets caught and is seriously injured. Jamie saves Butch's life by turning the corn picker off and running for help. Jamie keeps the farm running while Butch recovers from the accident.

Priceman, Marjorie
Emeline's second grade class takes a field trip to the circus. After the teacher, Mrs. Splinter, gives the class instructions on the proper behavior, the circus begins. Mrs. Splinter tells the class important information about everything they see at the circus icluding the elephants, tigers, acrobats, and even the clowns. In the meantime, Emeline gets out of her seat to buy some peanuts and an elephant picks her up to become part of the circus.

Marino, Barbara Pavis
Eric is a little boy who falls off his bike and needs stiches, but is scared. His father and a nurse explain the procedure. Eric gets his stiches and a treat for being brave.

Lexau, Joan M.
Benjie's granny loses her earring on the way home from church, so bashful Benjie sets out to look for it while his granny is takng a nap. He finds the earring, but in the process he loses his bashfulness.

Gerrard, Roy
Buckskin Dan and his followers embarked on a wild and dangerous journey on the Oregon Trail. After many exciting adventures like fighting off outlaws and saving an Indian boy, the group finally settles in the Willamette Valley.

Steen, Sandra//Steen, Susan
Dad and the twins hop into their car to grab some lunch at a restaurant. On the way, they drive through mud puddles so now it's time for a car wash!As the car enters the car wash, something mysterious happens. Oh boy, the twins are in for a big adventure!

Pyle, Howard
Bearskin, an infant son of a miller, is sent down the river by the king only to be found by a she-bear who raises him. As Bearskin gets older he goes out into the world to be with other people. He learns about a three-headed dragon who takes the princess. If anyone can kill the dragon, then they get to marry the princess. Will Bearskin be able to kill the dragon and win her heart?

Ahlberg, Allan
Bert is a young man whose life is full of adventures. He ends up safely with his family in the end --- but he spends some time in Scotland, is chased by a giant sausage, and rescues a puppy in the river.

Cox, Judy
The Spinach Main is a French cafe owned by two rabbits, and former pirates, Monsieur Lapin and Monsieur Blanc. When a fox begins dining at the cafe, business begins to slow. Troubles escalate further when the fox makes multiple attempts to capture and eat the two. Realizing the trouble their business was in, the two devise a plan to keep the fox out of their hair forever.

Valentine, Johnny
In a magical land far away, there is a girl who has a magic ring which leads her to discover an undersea kingdom. In this kingdom, a boy who likes to feed birds comes face-to-face with a dragon. A king decides to put a tax on rainbows because his throne is lumpy. Throughout each of these adventures, lessons are learned.

Wisniewski, David
After discovering that his long time partner, Chips, has been eaten by Fingers, Tough Cookie travels to the Top of the Jar to find Fingers and put him away for good. Pecan Sandy shows how she can be a smart cookie in the end.

Heine, Helen
Three barnyard friends set out for a change of scenery. Through their adventures, they decide that they would all be better off at home.

Hunter, Mollie
A young boy daydreams that he is a fearless knight as a knight, he slays dragons and witches and helps a princess regain her voice.

Sis, Peter
A man returns to his hometown of Prague. He goes through adventures to find three keys that open the door to house of his childhood. Legends are revealed and the city comes alive.

Bang, Molly
Delphine receives a present from her grandmother, but she must go to the post office (far away) to get it. Delphine encounters many exciting adventures on her way to pick up the present.

Meddaugh, Susan
Martha is not an ordinary dog. She learns to speak by eating alphabet soup. On her afternoon walk she discovers a new dog in the neighborhood who bullies everything he sees. Through the help of a parrot, Martha learns that kind words can have a large effect-even on a bully.

James, J. Alison
This true story tells the tale of a Japanese village defeating their enemy samurai. The villagers use their minds instead of weapons to scare the samurai. Wearing wild masks, setting fires on the beach, and playing the drums of Noto Hanto, kept the village safe.

Waldman, Neil
A young boy plants trees to cope with the separation and loss he feels from his father who is at war. In doing this he single handedly turns a gloomy countryside destroyed by war back into the beautiful, alive place it once was. He also starts a holiday known today as Tu b'Shvat.

Lainez, Rene Colato
Mario's shoes take him everywhere, and they have an important trip in front of them. Mario and his father are leaving El Salvador to join his mother in the United States. His shoes take him through three countries, through storms, over mountains and through rivers. Through each part of the journey, the shoes fall apart, but Mario makes sure they make it to the end of the journey.

Stevenson, James
Only Chester, the dog, who gets a job at the Supreme Souvenier Factory can save the factory from being taken over by greedy Mr. Sashwayte.

Lasker, Joe
Justin is a newly made knight who prepares for his first tournament. Justin must fight a more experienced knight named Rolf in order to keep his honor.

Luenn, Nancy
Nessa and her grandmother catch enough fish to feed the whole camp. However, during the night, Nessa's grandmother becomes sick and Nessa must protect her and the fish from wild animals.


Porte, Barbara Ann
Sam and Abigail take Benton, their dog, everywhere because their mother doesn't like him. However, she learns to like Benton when he scares away another dog to protect her.

Rand, Gloria
Salty the dog travels on a boat around the world with his master.

Hoban, Lillian
Arthur, the chimp, is worried about losing his tooth because he is afraid of the sight of blood. His sister proves that she is brave by conquering her fear of the dark. Arthur pulls out his tooth to prove he is brave, too.

Duvoisin, Roger
Veronica, the hippo, is bored. When she starts helping all the farm animals, she becomes very useful and fulfilled.

Gerstein, Mordicai
A man finds a seal that sheds her skin and becomes a beautiful woman. He falls in love with her and makes her stay for seven years. They have a son who realizes that his father takes his mother's seal skin. The boy finds the skin and gives it to his mother, who then returns to the sea.

Manushkin, Fran
Baby rabbit and his big sister go trick-or-treating. In the beginning baby rabbit is afraid of all the costumes, but in the end, he proved that he was brave.

Titus, Eve
While working as the Cheese Taster at M'sieu Duval's factory, Anatole the Mouse is forced to face his biggest fear: a cat. When the cat threatens Anatole's job, Anatole puts his brain to work and comes up with a plan that saves his job and makes him the most respected mouse in all France.

Freschet, Bernice
Furlie is a cat who is afraid of everything and hides in the house all day. He feels his life is dull, so he practices being brave. He becomes overly confident in himself and becomes a bully. He learns after he meets a bear that everyone should treat one another kindly and equally.

Mahy, Margaret
A litte kitten climbs to the top of a Christmas tree and gets stuck -all the others try to help, and end with a animal decorated tree.

Arnold, Marsha D.
One week before Naming Day, the character does on a search for Bengal. The parrots and monkeys were not kind to him in the forest and even teased him. Even in the face of danger and violence, this character shows how to have the heart of a tiger.

Wood, Nancy
The Durango kid is about to face his first round-up. He shakes off any doubts in his ability and finds the courage to finish the day's work.

McGuirk, Leslie
After Tucker and his brothers are born, they do everything together. The puppies eat, sleep, play, and watch T.V., but Tucker likes adventures. He especially loves the snow, and his ability to flip comes in handy when he goes for a ride on some children's sled.

Lewis, J. Patrick
The safety of Princess Birgitta's kingdom is threatened when a band of outlaws come to conquer it. The brave princess outsmarts the outlaws and they are scared away by immortal goats who are really children in disguise.

Ginsburg, Mirra
Four mice imagine the adventures they would encounter as sailors on a ship. They fear none of the threatening animals they encounter, except for the house cat that is outside their front door.