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The following titles are suggestions only. Please check with your teachers to see if the following topics are being studied in your grade this year. Click on the underlined titles to see if a copy of the book is available. If a copy is not available at your location, please ask your librarian to place a copy on hold for you.


Sense of Self

  • Annabel and Annabel Again by Janice Boland
    A perky pink pig learns to appreciate her own strengths and abilities.

  • Chester's Way and Chrysanthemum by Keven Henkes
    Two very different characters show children how to stay true to themselves--and be flexible too.

  • Two eyes, a nose, and a mouth by Roberta Intrater
    Photographs show readers how we are all the same--yet all unique.

  • Children Just Like Me by Barnabas Kindersley
    Photos and facts about children from a wide variety of countries and cultures

  • Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
    Patience pays off for Leo and his family in this comforting story.

  • A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester
    Fluffy isn't, but he learns to accept himself with the help of a friend, Hippo.

Family Cooperation

  • Mama Zooms by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
    Mama uses a wheelchair to get around, but still participates fully in family life.

  • Sing, Sophie! by Dayle Ann Dodds
    No one wants to listen to Sophie's songs until they turn out to be unexpectedly useful.

  • Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
    The whole family shops for, prepares, and enjoys a wonderful meal together.

  • Shoes from Grandpa by Mem Fox
    Everyone pitches in to purchase new clothes for Jessie.

  • Christina Katerina and the Time She Quit the Family by Patricia Lee Gauch
    Frustrated and grumpy, Christina Katerina opts out of family life but finds it harder than she expects to remain isolated and independent.

  • Eat Up, Gemma by Sarah Hayes
    Baby Gemma's brother comes up with a clever way to coax her to eat.

  • Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes
    When Alfie accidentally locks his mother and sister out of the house, the whole neighborhood pitches in to help.

  • Oonga Boonga by Frieda Wishinsky
    Only one person in the family seems capable of making baby stop crying.


  • Wanda's Roses by Pat Brisson
    Wanda's determination (and help from her neighbors) turns an empty lot into a rose garden.

  • Secret Place by Eve Bunting
    An unusual spot where wildlife flourish is hidden in the heart of the city.

  • Squirrel Park by Lisa Campbell Ernst
    When the park is redesigned, Stuart and his father argue over the possible destruction of an ancient oak tree.

  • Where Once There was a Wood by Denise Fleming
    Fleming's thoughtful picture book shows the transformation of a plot of land from forest to housing development

  • Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
    This humorous, off-beat story details the creation of a whole new civilization -- in Wesley's backyard.

  • Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
    A group of children create an imaginary town from rocks and boxes.

  • The Green Truck Garden Giveaway: A Neighborhood Story and Almanac by Jacqueline Martin
    Gardening creates a sense of community for these urban dwellers.

  • Six-Dinner Sid by Inga Moore
    Sid the cat convinces six different people on the same street to care for (and feed) him.


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Third Grade

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Fourth Grade

Geographic Regions

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History of the United States

  • Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America by Penny Colman
    Colman's comprehensive look at the social history of women in America is also an entertaining read.

  • Time Train by Paul Fleischman
    This quirky story carries readers and riders back in time on a very unusual train.

  • Who Came Down That Road? by George Ella Lyon
    A child's questions prompt a parent to describe the historical development of a local path.

  • Discovery of the Americas by Betsy Maestro
    Large pictures and straightforward text chronicle various explorations of the New World.

  • Growing Up Indian by Evelyn Wolfson
    Wolfson examines Native American traditions in child-rearing.

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