Browse Abstracts (112 total)

| by Daugherty, James

A boy named Andy reads a book about a lion. After reading it, his imagination goes wild and he dreams about saving a lion.

| by Banks, Kate

A young child gets ready for bed. Her father reads her a book, and her mother tucks her into bed. Soon, she is fast asleep and dreaming. The moon watches from outside as the world prepares for nightfall.

| by Cain, Barbara S.

When you first started school, were you excited?Where you scared?Did you feel both excited and scared?Feelings can be hard to understand, especially when you have two feelings at the same time. Everyone has feelings at different times for different reasons.

| by Crary, Elizabeth

Unable to rollerskate like his brother and sister, Alex becomes frustrated. What should he do?Keep practicing, give up, or set goals?Alex's mom gives him eight suggestions of how to deal with his problem. After working really hard, Alex learns how to skate and deal with his frustration!

| by Johnston, Tony

A young girl named Amber lives on a remote farm in the mountains and feels isolated until a family comes through and she makes a new friend, Anna. Anna and Amber teach each other how to live, and Amber learns how to read.

| by Bradby, Marie

Booker and all the other African Americans have been set free. Money is tight and food is scarce, but the one thing that Booker cares most about is learning to read. His mother gives him an alphabet book, so he seeks the help of a man who knows how to read.

| by Stanek, Muriel

A little girl is learning to read then learns that her mother cannot read. Finally, she and her mom get help so that they can read together.

| by Lauture, Denize

The children rise early to begin their journey to school. They run over roads, through towns, and past people. The children do not care if they twist ankles or make their toes bleed; they just want to get to school to learn how to read.

| by Viorst, Judith

A little boy is angry when he finds out that his parents are going to a French restaurant without him. He tries to convince his parents to either stay home or take him along. The little boy finally says good bye to his parents when his favorite babysitter arrives.

| by McPhail, David

Edward falls asleep while reading a book about pirates, then awakes to find them in his room. Edward's mother and father come to the rescue.

| by Rylant, Cynthia

Spring is coming, spring is coming!Spring cleaning on Poppleton's mind. Poppelton's friend, Cherry Sue, is cleaning too. Poppelton is looking for a bike, but there are so many decisions to make. A red one, a blue one- maybe he'll just walk. Poppleton wants to sleep outside in the new spring air. Can he last the night and discover new things around him?

| by Prestine, Joan Singleton

A young girl deals with the death of someone close to her. She has many feelings of anger, sadness, and loneliness. She has many feelings of anger, sadness, and loneliness. She finds a way to feel better, though, when she makes a scrapbook to remember everything about this special person. She learns that everything dies.

| by Levinson, Nancy Smiler

Clara lives on a farm and does not have time to go to school, but she wants to learn to read. Eventually the Bookwagon (a mobile library) comes to her farm and the librarian convinces her father to let her borrow books and she learns to read.

| by Lewis, Kim

James takes his new stuffed elephant, Harry, everywhere with him. Eventually, when Harry begins to become worn and his ears start to sag, James is old enough to start school. Being separated from a close companion like Harry will take a little more effort than James thinks.

| by Polacco, Patricia

A little girl is bored with reading. Her grandpa takes her on a chase which leads to a honey tree. The whole town goes with them and enjoys the honey with biscuits and tea. Grandpa uses the chase to teach his granddaughter that adventure, wisdom and knowledge must be pursued and can be found in books just as easily.

| by Hurst, Carol Otis

Carol Hurst's father loves collecting rocks in his spare time. After the Depression forces him to close his gas station, the father gets a job working with rocks at a science museum, realizing his dream.

| by Rosenberry, Vera

Vera is sick. She has to sleep in the spare bedroom until she feels better, but it's lonely and scary in there. Her mother tries to make her more comfortable, but she just can't sleep and she's too sick to do anything else. After a few days of rest, Vera is feeling better. She plays games, sings songs, painted pictures, and then finally goes outside to play.

| by Brown, Marc

Arthur's little sister, D.W., finally gets her first library card. However, in oder to get it she must first learn to write her full name. She finds hilarious ways to take care of her first library book until Arthur shows her the tricks of the trade.

| by Borden, Louise

Mrs. K teaches Ann's third grade class. In class they are explorers, scientists, poets, and astronauts. They are always learning something new. One day, Mrs. K doesn't come to school. The students learn that she is in the hospital with cancer. For the rest of the year the third grade has a substitute. On the last day of school, Mrs. K comes back to surprise her students.

| by Bauer, Caroline Feller

Maralou loved books and received them on all occasions. Soon she had too many books and did not know what to do. She decided to give them away and now all the children in towns nearby were reading books too.
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