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Zweibel, Alan
In a letter to his children, a father reflects upon the importance of a good friend and the value of a place to feel safe and secure. The father recalls various memories of his family as it has grown in relationship to a favorite tree that had been part of their lives since they built their home. The tree seems to help the family through many events but does not withstand a huge storm. The father uses the wood to build a tree house to continue its importance to the family.

Zolotow, Charlotte
A little boy watches a storm as it rolls in. He and his mother watch the storm until the end when a rainbow comes out.

Zolotow, Charlotte
A little boy questions the beginning and end of nature, and his mother helps him to understand that there truly is no end.

Zolotow, Charlotte
On a dark night, Ben contemplates where he came from and where he will go after he dies.

Zolotow, Charlotte
A sister tells her younger brother all the different things that she will do for him. She will bring him things that will apply to his five senses. Most of all, she brings her brother her love and attention.

Zolotow, C.//Lobel, A.
The inclement weather causes a father to be in a bad mood. He takes his feelings out on the mother, then the mother takes it out on the children. The quarreling continues with other characters, but is resolved at the end of the book.

Zolotow, C.
An entire family wakes up one November morning with the feeling that something exciting is going to happen. They are all thrilled when they open the front door to find the first snow of the year.

Zolotow, C.
A small boy describes all the marvelous things he will do for his sister when he is grown up, such as bringing her coral from the bottom of the sea and building her the biggest bridge in the world.

Zolotow, C.
Sandy is a boy who talks loud all of the time. One day, he meets a boy Roger who talks even louder. This bothers Sandy so he has a talk with his mom about when noise is okay.

Zolotow, C.
Lew misses his grandfather who died when he was two. Although Lew was young, he can still remember his grandfather's beard and eyes. Together, Lew and his mother reminisce about someone they both loved very much.

Zolotow, C.
A little girl stops speaking to her friend without telling her why. Her mother tells her to go to her friend's house and ask her what the problem is. She does and finds out that it was just a misunderstanding.

Zolotow, C.
A little girl tells her younger brother what she will do when it snows or rains or when she goes to a party.

Zolotow, C.
William wants a doll to play with. His brothers and father make fun of him. They buy him a ball and an electric train, but William still wants a doll. His Grandma comes to visit and buys him the doll he wants.

Zolotow, C.
As a little girl looks through old pictures in a photo album, her mom explains to her that the sky will always be blue, the grass will always be green, and everything will be just the same when she grows up.

Zolotow, C.
A mother's story helps a little boy imagine the sights and sounds of the seashore, even though he's never seen the ocean.

Zolotow, C.
A little girl looks at pictures of her mother through her life and ends by looking at a photo of her mother holding her as a baby.

Zolotow, C.
A little girl tries to get her busy mother to play with her by doing a series of silly things, from pouring water on her head to climbing into the big wastebasket.

Zolotow, C.
A little black poodle barks at everything to keep his family safe.

Zolotow, C.
A little girl takes her mother for a walk and shows her all the wonderful things to see.

Zolotow, C.
A mother reflects about her trip to Paris as she shows her daughter beautifully enlarged photos of her favorite places.

Zolotow, C.
A little boy who lives in the country asks his mother what a park is like.

Zolotow, C.
A little boy wishes he had a father. He tells his mother all the things he would do with his father if he were there.

Zolotow, C.
A tiger family moves and Thomas worries that no one will like him in his new home.

Zisk, Mary
A girl tells the story of her single mother's decision to adopt her from overseas. She discusses their time together and their happy life as a family.

Zion, Gene
Nibble, a squirrel, plans his Thanksgiving dinner of acorns, but a mean squirrel comes up and cons the food from Nibble. Through a series of strange circumstances, Nibble is able to get his family's acorns back and even get back at the mean squirrel.

Zion, Gene
Harry's grandmother gives him a sweater with roses on it for his birthday. He doesn't like it and tries to lose it. He finally does and grandma gives him a new sweater that has black and white spots!

Zion, Gene
On a hot day at the beach, Harry cannot stay cool. He suddenly is covered with seaweed and everyone mistakes him as a sea monster, even his family!

Zion, Gene
When Harry hears that he is about to get a bath, he runs away from home and gets even dirtier until he is a black dog instead of a white dog. When he decides to go home, he is not recognized until he gets a bath!

Ziner, Feenie
Hu Sing's father is asked to come to the emperor's palace to fight his champion cricket against the emperor's own champion. In trying to protect the cricket, Hu Sing accidentally kills it, and then kills himself, until he has a strange dream.

Zindel, P.
A boy describes things his mother does and does not do. He explains why he loves his mother.

Zimelman, Nathan
Tells the triumphs and setbacks of the second grade as they try a variety of fundraisers to save money for a trip to the Statue of Liberty.

Zimelman, Nathan
When Mitsuo hoes his garden, he finds rare things in nature which he tries not to harm. All the while, his dad makes sure he's working.

Zimelman, Nathan
Maxel's family tries to find a way to get Maxel out of a bubble. Someone suggests getting a rhinoceros to pop it, but by the time the animal gets there, Maxel is already out. His grandmother tells him he shouldn't waste a rhinoceros, so he should blow more bubbles.

Zimelman, Nathan
Arabella takes her ten cats for a walk every day, but Mean Murgatroyd, the dog next door, scares them away. Arabella comes up with a great idea for dealing with Murgatroyd.

Ziefert, Harriet//Nicklaus, C.
A boy and his sister are hungry and look for a snack. They each build a sandwich and race to eat them. They are no longer hungry!

Ziefert, Harriet M.
Pushkin lives with Kate and Michael. Kate and Michael took Pushkin everywhere and did everything with him. That is, until one day when Kate and Michael brought home a bundle. They started paying attention to the bundle and not to Pushkin. The bundle was a baby. Pushkin does everything in his power to get Michael and Kate's attention. The baby always cries, too. Finally, Pushkin decides to do some of his tricks and the baby started laughing. The baby and Pushkin were best friends from then on.

Ziefert, Harriet
It is time for Harry's bath but he can't get in the tub because it is filled with characters from his imagination. Finally, they leave through the window -- just before his mother comes upstairs!

Ziefert, Harriet
Anna needs a new winter coat, so her mother trades her valuables in order to get Anna a new coat.

Ziefert, Harriet
It was time for small boys to be in bed, but Harry said he wouldn't go to bed, so his father let him stay up. As the hours pass and Harry gets bored and tired, his feeling about staying up all night begins to change, and he falls asleep.

Zemach, Margot
Eliza Lou has a plan for Mommy to buy her a China doll -- she asks her to sell her Daddy's featherbed.

Zemach, Margot
When a man and wife free an imp from under a tree, they are given three wishes that could greatly improve their love. However, without thinking, they foolishly waste the three wishes.

Zemach, Margot
Based on the popular lullaby, a baby is promised a strange assortment of things, from a mockingbird to a horse and cart--all for not crying.

Zemach, Margot
Hilda's sister gets jealous when her father gives Hilda a medal for helping out around the house. She tells Hilda that she hopes she loses the medal. Hilda says that if she loses it and it gets buried, it will grow into a tree full of medals.

Zemach, Kaethe
Although the character in this book enjoys his life immensely, he is ecstatic to receive an invitation to visit his Auntie in another book. There's just one problem: he can't figure out how to get out of his book! After many attempts, he is finally able to hop, skip, whirl, twirl, skate, scoot, and crawl his way through his book and into some new adventures in his Auntie's book.

Zavos, J.//Drahos, Z.
Murgatroyd screams whenever his parents wash his hair so they stop washing it and a huge garden -- complete with animals -- grows on his head. When Murgatroyd can no longer stand up under his garden, he realizes that hairwashing really isn't so bad!

Zamorano, Ana
Every day Mama cooks a meal for the family to eat together, but usually someone can't be there. But when Mama comes home after having the baby everyone is there to celebrate, and she is happy.

Zalben, Breskin Jane
Beni is so excited because he's finally old enough to really understand his Jewish heritage and the traditions of his faith. In his quest for understanding, he encounters a number of situations, from learning the beauty of togetherness after reconciling with his feuding cousin, Max, to recreating the Pukim in a play with his friends and cousins. Through all of this, Beni truly begins to see the magical feeling of togetherness and heritage that his religion encompasses.

Zagwyn, Deborah Turney
One summer, as young Clee finds herself lost in the shuffle with the arrival of a new baby brother, Uncle Fishtank Hal comes to the rescue when he asks her to care for his special southern-breed turtle. For Clee, caring for the turtle is like therapy to cope with the new changes in her life. That is until the turtle dies due to the harsh cold winter and Clee is forced to bury him out in the yard. Without the turtle, Clee spends time with her new brother and learns to enjoys his company. In spring however, the turtle springs back to like in the compost pile and Clee gains a new outlook on the changes in her life.

Young, Ruth
Daisy ferries to and from the island all day in her water taxi. Throughout the day, Daisy takes passengers and their valuables to the island and back to shore no matter what kind of weather. After a long day, Daisy wants to go for a row with her husband.

Ugh

Yorkins, Arthur
Many, many years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, there was a boy named Ugh who was looked down on and treated like a slave by his siblings. Ugh tells them he will be famous one day. After seeing a wheel, he invents the bicycle, and because of this becomes the boy king.