New Jersey State Library Talking Book & Braille Center Braille Books Grades 1 -5 Selected Titles from 2000 – 2010 Fiction

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Braille Books Grades 1 -5

Selected Titles from 2000 – 2010

BR16049 Agee, Jon. Terrific

Eugene, a grumpy old man who mutters a sarcastic "terrific" to everything, is shipwrecked on an island. A talking parrot befriends him, helps him get off the island, and changes the way Eugene says his favorite word. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17045 Anaya, Rudolfo. The First Tortilla: A Bilingual Story

When Jade offers food to the Mountain Spirit and asks him for rain, he responds with a gift, the first corn for the Mexican people. Returning home, she plants some corn and after crushing the kernels, cooks the first tortilla. Bilingual English/Spanish book. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15417 Anon. Storybook Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends

Reissue of three Dick and Jane books, originaly published in the 1940s and 1950s. The stories include: "We Look and See," "We Come and Go," and "The New We Work and Play."

B3937 Anon. Touch and Feel: Puppy

Tactile patches allow kids to feel and explore. They will love to stroke the puppy's soft fur. TBBC has several Touch and Feel titles.

B3847 Asch, Frank. Happy Birthday, Moon

When a bear discovers that the moon shares his birthday, he buys the moon a beautiful hat as a present.

BR17020 Beaumont, Karen. Move Over, Rover!

When a storm comes, Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself. Various other animals including a skunk come to join him. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18243 Bennett, Howard J. Harry Goes to the Hospital: A Story for Children about What It's Like to Be in the Hospital

When Harry throws up too many times, his parents take him to the emergency room. Harry has an IV placed in his arm, and his two-day hospital stay includes a blood test and CAT scan. Includes advice to parents about a child’s hospital trip.

BR17013 Bergman, Mara. Snip Snap! What's That?

Three children are very scared when they hear an alligator creeping up the stairs, snipping and snapping with his big teeth. Whatever will they do? PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16022 Bertrand, Diane G. My Pal, Victor/Mi Amigo, Victor

Dominic talks about the activities he enjoys with his best friend Victor: jokes and stories, sleepovers, rides at the amusement park, swimming. Only the ending reveals that Victor uses a wheelchair. Bilingual English/Spanish book. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16351 Blackstone, Stella. My Granny Went to Market: A Round-the-World Counting Rhyme

A grandmother travels around the world on a magic carpet buying presents in quantities of one to ten. She surprises her grandchild in Peru with a special gift. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17337 Bond, Michael. Paddington

A small bear from darkest Peru is found stowed away on a train by Mr. and Mrs. Brown. They adopt the bear and name him Paddington after the English train station where they found him. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16028 Bryan, Ashley. Beautiful Blackbird

The beautifully colored birds of Africa think that Blackbirds is the prettiest of all and ask him to add touches of black to their feathers as well. Adapted from a Zambian folktale.

BR6148 Bunting, Eve. The Mother's Day Mice

Three little mice brothers get up early on Mother's Day, put on their flannel shirts, and go into the meadow to find presents for their Mother. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16040 Carle, Eric. Ten Little Rubber Ducks

When a cargo ship runs into a storm, a box of rubber ducks goes overboard. Ten rubber ducks drift in different directions to have separate adventures with sea animals. Introduces ordinal numbers.

BR16013 Chen, Chih-Yuan. Guji Guji

Mother Duck's eggs hatch into three regular ducklings and a rather odd looking one, Guji Guji. The mother treats and loves them all the same. When three grown crocodiles arrive to tell Guji Guji his real identity, they test his family loyalty. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15049 Clark, Emma Chichester. Up in Heaven

Daisy, Arthur's old dog, dies and goes to heaven. When Daisy sees the boy grieving for her she sends him dreams to show how happy she is in the afterlife. Arthur accepts his loss and, while still missing Daisy, gets a new puppy. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17042 Coffelt, Nancy. Fred Stays with Me!

A child describes living sometimes with her mother and sometimes with her father, but always with her dog. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18004 Cole, Brock. Good Enough to Eat

When a mean ogre demands a fair maiden or else he will destroy the town, the citizens quickly choose an orphan beggar girl. The girl manages to outwit both the ogre and the townspeople. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16350 Connor, Leslie. Miss Bridie Chose a Shovel

When practical Miss Bridie moves to America in 1856 she brings along a sturdy shovel, which proves to be a useful tool throughout her life. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17332 Cousins, Lucy. Maisy Goes to the Hospital

When Maisy the mouse bounces too high on a trampoline and hurts her leg, she visits a hospital for the first time. There, Dr. Duck and Nurse Comfort take good care of her. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16002 Cox, Judy. My Family Plays Music

An African American girl joins her musical family playing on a variety of instruments in various settings. She participates in a marching band and a string quartet and performs at church, in a cafe, in a ballroom, and in a concert. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17043 Crews, Donald. Freight Train/Tren de Carga

A train of many colorful cars, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, and black, starts slowly, then moves in a rainbow blur across the countryside. Bilingual English/Spanish book. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17001 Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack: An Alphabetical Adventure

An assortment of farm animals, previously met in Click, Clack, Moo BR13089, enjoy a wonderful picnic going through the letters of the alphabet. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16012 Cronin, Doreen. Duck for President

When Duck gets tired of working for Farmer Brown, he holds an election to take over. Duck's political ambitions eventually win him the presidency but not happiness.

BR17248 Curtis, Jamie L. Is There Really a Human Race?

While thinking about life as running a race, a child wonders whether it is more important to finish first or to slow down and have fun along the way. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18038 Darbyshire, Kristen. Put It on the List

The chicken family has pancakes but no syrup and cookies but no milk. After serving a terrible casserole for supper, Mom flips out. The family agrees to help more with the grocery list and the shopping and comes up with a great emergency plan. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17040 Deedy, Carmen. Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

A cockroach interviews possible husbands using her grandmother’s advice: spill coffee on their shoes to test their reactions. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18012 Dodds, Dayle A. The Prince Won't Go to Bed!

When the teeny-tiny, itty-bitty, little prince refuses to go to bed, all the people in the palace offer complicated solutions. Finally the prince whispers in his big sister’s ear the simple thing he needs to go to sleep. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17003 Elya, Susan M. Bebe Goes Shopping

Rhyming text describes a trip to the supermercado for a Mama and her sweet Bebe, who can't keep his hands inside the shopping cart until they reach the animal crackers. Glossary of Spanish words. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3808 English, Karen. Hot Day on Abbott Avenue

It's a sunny summer day, but close friends Kishi and Renée are on the outs and stubbornly refuse to play together. Eventually both are lured from their porches by a vigorous game of double Dutch. By the time the ice-cream man turns the corner, all is forgiven and forgotten.

BR18039 Fox, Mem. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

Babies born in different countries and in different circumstances have in common ten little fingers and ten little toes. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17025 Friedman, Laurie. Love, Ruby Valentine

After Ruby Valentine and her friend Lovebird wear themselves out preparing cards and treats for Ruby's favorite day of the year, they sleep right through Valentine's Day. Ruby discovers that saying "I love you!" is appreciated any day. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16010 Friedrich, Priscilla. The Easter Bunny That Overslept

After sleeping through the holiday, the Easter bunny tries to give away his beautifully painted eggs on Mother's Day, the Fourth of July, and Halloween but no one wants them. Finally, at Christmastime, Santa gets him back on track.

BR16003 Funke, Cornelia. The Princess Knight

Princess Violetta, although small, learns to fight and joust like her brothers. When she turns 16, her father holds a jousting tournament and plans that Violetta will marry the winner. Violetta disguishes herself as a knight and wins all the matches. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18001 Gerstein, Mordicai. Leaving the Nest

Despite many mishaps, a baby squirrel, a kitten, a baby blue jay, and a girl share a backyard adventure that ends happily. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18013 Grambling, Lois. My Mom Is a Firefighter

Billy has two families, his mom and dad and the firehouse "uncles" who work with his mom. Billy is proud of his mom’s fire-safety presentation at his school and of her firefighter’s job. He already knows what he wants to be when he grows up. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3785 Guarino, Deborah. Is Your Mama a Llama?

Lloyd, a baby llama, asks each of his friends, "is your mama a llama?" All respond with a rhyming description of their mother that is answered on the following page.

BR16041 Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

In this folktale, when African slaves working on an American plantation cannot bear any more suffering, an old man's magic words enable them to step into the sky and fly away. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17010 Harper, Jessica. A Place Called Kindergarten

The barnyard animals worry when their young friend Tommy does not appear at his usual time. The dog informs them that Tommy left on a big yellow bus and went to some place called kindergarten. Tommy returns to tell about his wonderful day. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17029 Henkes, Kevin. A Good Day

What starts out as a bad day turns into a good day for a little yellow bird, a little white dog, a little orange fox, and a little brown squirrel. A lucky find makes a little girl have a good day, too. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17006 Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Big Day

When her teacher, Mr. Slinger, announces his upcoming marriage to the school nurse, Lilly the mouse sets her heart on being the flower girl at the wedding. PRINT/BRAILLE. Read more about Lilly in Julius, the Baby of the World B3882.

BR16023 Henkes, Kevin. Kittens First Full Moon

When Kitten sees her first full moon, she thinks it is a bowl of milk in the sky. She ends up tired, wet, and hungry from trying to reach it. She goes home, where a pleasant surprise awaits her. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17012 Hennessy, B.G. The Boy Who Cried Wolf

In this retelling of Aesop's fable, a bored shepherd boy finds excitement by yelling that a wolf is after his sheep. Twice he cries "Wolf!" and the villagers come running to help. The third time, hungry wolves really do arrive. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16017 Herrera, Juan F. Featherless/Desplumado: Story/Cuento

Spina bifida keeps Tomasito in a wheelchair, where he often feels like his featherless pet bird, Desplumado, who cannot fly. With the bird's help, he finds freedom on the soccer field. Bilingual English/Spanish book. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16035 Hopkinson, Deborah. Apples to Oregon: Being the True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries across the Plains

A tall tale about a prineer family headed to Oregon. Delicious, the daughter, knows that her father loves his wagonload of fruit trees, maybe even more than he loves the family. She does all she can to make sure the plants survive the journey.

BR18260 Howe, James. Houndsley and Catina

After Catina, a cat, writes a disappointing book and Houndsley, a dog, loses a cooking contest, the two best friends find the right things to say to each other, because that’s what best friends do. Sequels: Houndsley and Catina and the Birthday Surprise BR18261, Houndsley and Catina and the Quiet Time BR18262.

BR17044 Kimmel, Elizabeth C. The Top Job

On career day, students take turns telling the class about their parents’ jobs. One boy laughs when a girl says her father changes light bulbs, but the whole group is interested when she explains where and how he does it. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17035 Knudsen, Michelle. Library Lion

When a lion visits the library, Miss Merriweather's main concern is whether he is obeying the rules. All is well until an emergency arises, causing the lion to break the rule about silence. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17444 Hoberman, Mary Ann. You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Fairy Tales to Read Together

Short rhymed stories based on eight traditional fairy tales. Similar books by Hoberman: You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together BR13875; You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Mother Goose Tales to Read Together BR17441; You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Scary Tales to Read Together BR17445

BR16036 Jenkins, Emily. That New Animal

Two dogs, Marshmallow and Fudge-Fudge, have difficulties adjusting to the "new animal," a human baby, who moves into their house. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18044 Kajikawa, Kimiko. Tsunami!

In long-ago Japan, an old rice farmer living on a mountainside feels an earthquake during the rice-harvest celebration. As he watches the sea run away from the land, he takes a desperate action to warn the villagers below of the approaching tsunami. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17033 Knight, Hilary. The Circus Is Coming: A Picture Parade

Children line the street to watch a circus parade with band music, clowns, tumbling acts, horses, floats of fantastic folks, prancing poodles, and--to make it complete--elephants, big and small. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3898 Krensky, Stephen. Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig

Abe Lincoln is on his way to give an important speech when he comes across a pig stuck in the mud. If he stops to help the pig, he'll get his brand-new suit dirty. But young Abe can't stand to see an animal in trouble. What should he do?

BR16038 LaRochelle, David. The Best Pet of All

A young boy brings home a pet dragon who proves to be difficult and messy. To get rid of the creature, the boy's mother finally agrees to let him have the pet he really wanted all along. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15862 Little, Jean. Emma's Strange Pet

Emma is allergic to animals with fur, but she and her adopted brother, Max, really want a pet. They decide to get a lizard. Beginning chapter book.

BR16435 Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad Are Friends

Five stories about the adventures of two best friends. Frog and Toad are always there for each other, whether they are telling stories, finding lost buttons, or swimming in the river. Uncontracted BRAILLE. Other books in this series: Frog and Toad Together PRINT/BRAILLE BR17329; Frog and Toad Together Uncontracted Braille BR16430.

B3844 Lucado, Max. You Are Special

In this heartwarming tale, Eli helps Punchinello understand how special he is-no matter what other Wemmicks may think.

BR15043 Martin, Bill. Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

A child sees ten creatures that are all endangered species (bald eagles, water buffalo, sea lions, black panthers, green sea turtles, and others) and dreams they are free. PRINT/BRAILLE Companion to Brown Bear, Brown Bear BR9944.

BR16174 McBratney, Sam. Guess How Much I Love You

Little Nutbrown Hare wants to tell Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. When Little Nutbrown Hare says he loves his dad as far as his arms will stretch, Big Nutbrown Hare says the same thing but his arms are much longer. How can Little Nutbrown Hare show he loves his dad more? PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17244 McClintock, Barbara. Adele and Simon

Paris, 1900s. When Adele walks her little brother Simon home from school, he loses his hat, gloves, scarf, sweater, coat, knapsack, books, and crayons and his drawing of a cat along the way. Before Mama becomes angry, there is a knock at the door. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16019 McKissack, Patricia. Precious and the Boo Hag

Before leaving Precious alone, her mother warns her not to let anyone inside the house. Her big brother tells Precious about Pruelle the Boo hag, who will try to trick her way through the door. Precious doesn't believe him until Pruella arrives. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18953 McMullan, Kate. Fluffy Meets the Groundhog

When Mrs. Day’s class celebrates Groundhog Day, Fluffy, their guinea pig, finds himself face to face with a very shy groundhog. While people with cameras wait for a weather prediction, Fluffy comes up with a plan to save the day.

BR17334 McNamara, Margaret. How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?

When Mr. Tiffin brings in three pumpkins for a class counting project, Charlie, the smallest child in his class, chooses the smallest pumpkin. Counting the seeds by tens, Charlie’s group is amazed that their little pumpkin has the most seeds of all. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15402 Mills, Claudia. Gus and Grandpa Go Fishing

Gus goes fishing for the first time and receives expert guidance from his grandfather. Beginning chapter book.

BR16417 Milne, A.A. The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

The adventures of Christopher Robin, a boy, and his favorite companions: Winnie-the-Pooh, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Kanga, and Baby Roo. Contains the unabridged texts of Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.

BR17018 Montes, Marisa. Los Gatos Black on Halloween

Rhyming verse about Halloween night incorporates Spanish words, from las brujas riding their broomsticks to los monstruos, whose party in a haunted house is interrupted by what the monsters most abhor. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16006 Morales, Yuyi. Just a Minute: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera, a skeleton, arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life. After helping her count in English and Spanish as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17379 Moser, Lisa. Squirrel's World

This four-chapter tale follows a cheerful, busy squirrel who is always on the "go, go, go." Squirrel, who likes to play "leap, leap, leapfrog," and Turtle, who prefers "sleep, sleep, sleepfrog," find something they both like in "the perfect game." Easy reader.

BR16355 Muth, Jon J. Zen Shorts

Three siblings separately visit Stillwater, the giant panda who has moved into their neighborhood. He tells a relevant Zen Buddhist story to each one, inspiring a new outlook on the world and one another. Companion to Zen Ties BR17048.

B3889 Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Pig a Pancake

"If you give a pig a pancake, she'll want some syrup to go with it. You'll give her some of your favorite maple syrup. She'll probably get all sticky, so she'll want to take a bath." You get the idea. Baths lead to bubbles, bubbles lead to rubber ducks, rubber ducks lead to wanting a trip to the farm.

BR15894 Orgel, Doris. The Bremen Town Musicians and Other Animal Tales from Grimm

Six folktales about furry and feathered creatures. The title piece tells of older, unwanted animals who travel toward the city, planning to be musicians. On the way they trick a house full of robbers.

BR16349 Osborne, Mary Pope. Happy Birthday, America

The whole family joins in a lively small-town celebration of the Fourth of July, including a pet parade, picnic, talent show, booths, band concert, and fireworks. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17004 Palatini, Margie. Bad Boys

Willy and Wally, two big, bad wolves, dress in sheep's clothing to hide out with the flock and steal some lambs. Betty Mutton sees through their disguises and has her own plan for the newcomers. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16050 Palatini, Margie. Three French Hens: A Holiday Tale

When three French hens arrive unexpectedly at Phil Fox's apartment in the Bronx, all he sees are three possible meals. He changes his mind when the good-hearted hens show him the true meaning of Christmas. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17968 Park, Barbara. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business

Through a misunderstanding, Junie B. thinks that her new baby brother is really a baby monkey. When she reports this to her kindergarten class during show-and-tell, she causes a lot of excitement and a problem for her teacher. TBBC has many of the books in the Junie B. Jones series.

BR16048 Park, Linda Sue. Bee-bim Bop!

A young girl helps her mother shop for food, cook the meal, and set the table for her favorite Korean dish--bee-bim bop! A story in rhyme. Contains step-by-step instructions for a child and an adult to prepare this rice dish topped with vegetables and meat. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15401 Paterson, Katherine. Marvin One Too Many

Marvin starts first grade in a new school but has trouble learning to read. His family gives him some extra help when he finally tells his father about the problem.

BR17046 Petrillo, Genevieve. Keep Your Ear on the Ball

Davey, a new student who is blind, refuses all help from his sighted classmates, even while playing kickball at recess. The students figure out a way to help Davey help himself by using his hearing to full advantage--and keeping his independence. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17017 Pinkney, Jerry. The Little Red Hen

Classic fable of barnyard animals who refuse to help the little red hen plant or harvest wheat but who want to eat the bread she bakes. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15975 Pinkwater, Daniel M. Bad Bears in the Big City: An Irving and Muktuk Story

Irving and Muktuk, two muffin-eating polar bears from the frozen north, have some trouble adjusting to life in the Bayonne, New Jersey, zoo. Sequel: Bad Bears and a Bunny BR16133

BR16551 Potter, Beatrix. The Complete Tales: The Twenty-Three Original Peter Rabbit Books and Four Unpublished Works

Collection of classic stories with animal characters by British author. Presented in chronological order with a brief note about the origins of each piece.

BR15655 Pulver, Robin. Punctuation Takes a Vacation

When all the punctuation marks in Mr. Wright's class decide to take a vacation, the students discover just how difficult life can be without them.

BR18018 Purmell, Ann. Maple Syrup Season

In early spring, the Brockwell family gathers together under Grandpa’s direction to tap maple trees, collect sap, and boil it down to make maple syrup. If there is fresh snow, Grandma pours warm syrup on it for a special treat. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16014 Raven, Margot Theis. Circle Unbroken: The Story of a Basket and Its People

A grandmother takes her granddaughter in her arms to show her how to weave a sweetgrass basket. She tells her of the ancestors who learned basketmaking in Africa and of the way they handed down the tradition to their families. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16363 Rey, H.A. The Original Curious George

George is a little monkey who lives in Africa. His curiosity leads to his capture by the man in the big yellow hat and lands him in many adventures before he arrives at his new home in a city zoo. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17039 Reynolds, Peter. The Dot

Vashti's claim that she cannot draw is challenged by an encouraging art teacher, who frames Vashti's first signed piece--a dot. Vashti's bold experiments with colors and dots are exhibited in a school art show. Then it is Vashti's turn to inspire someone else. PRINT/BRAILLE NOTE: Includes basic braille instruction and bolded contractions.

BR16901 Ries, Lori. Aggie and Ben: Three Stories

Ben's father surprises him with a trip to the pet shop. After looking at all the animals, Ben chooses a dog and names her Aggie. At home Ben plays with Aggie until bedtime. Easy beginning chapter book.

BR18021 Rinck, Maranke. I Feel a Foot!

Five animal friends asleep in a hammock are awakened by a strange noise. In the dark of a moonless night, Turtle, Bat, Octopus, Bird, and Goat venture forth, and each discovers what seems to be a super-duper, big version of himself. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16009 Roberts, Bethany. Fourth of July Mice

Four energetic mice enjoy a parade, swimming, fireworks, and other festive activities on Independence Day. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17246 Roth, Susan L. Great Big Guinea Pigs

A tame, pet guinea pig tells her child a bedtime story about their ancestors: giant, 1,500-pound guinea pigs that roamed the swamp in Venezuela eight million years ago. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18307 Rylant, Cynthia. Annie and Snowball and the Dress-up Birthday: The First Book of Their Adventures

Annie invites her cousin Henry, his family, and his big dog Mudge to dress up and celebrate Annie’s birthday at her house with her father and her pet rabbit Snowball. Annie and Henry have different ideas about the meaning of dress-up. Three short chapters. TBBC has more Braille books in the Annie and Snowball series.

BR15294 Rylant, Cynthia. The Case of the Troublesome Turtle: The High-Rise Private Eyes, Book 4

A toy store owner complains that every Friday someone is taking the bunch of balloons tied to the front of the store. Animal detectives Bunny and Jack go to a football game and figure out a friendly way to solve the case. Beginning chapter book. TBBC has more Braille books in the High-Rise Private Eyes series.

BR16523 Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

When Henry and his dog Mudge go with Henry's parents to visit Great-Grandpa Bill in the home where lots of other grandpas live, they all have wonderful adventures at a swimming pond. TBBC has more Braille books in the Henry and Mudge series.

BR17242 Salley, Coleen. Epossumondas Saves the Day

In this variation on the Louisiana folktale "Sody Sallyraytus," each of Epossumondas's birthday guests disappears until it is finally up to him to rescue them all and bring home the "sody" for his birthday biscuits. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18016 Schwarz, Viviane. Timothy and the Strong Pajamas

After his mother mends his favorite pajamas, Timothy finds he has super strength and uses it to help others. His pajamas rip again and he loses strength just when he needs it the most. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17032 Seeger, Laura V. Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories

Stories about the give-and-take friendship between a playful dachshund and a timid stuffed bear who prefers reading to action. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17245 Seeger, Pete. The Deaf Musicians

Jazz pianist Lee is asked to leave his band when he loses his hearing. At sign language class, Lee meets Max who plays the sax. Riding the subway together, they form a new band with a big audience. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3783 Sharmat, Marjorie. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff

Boy detective Nate the Great follows clues to find his lost dog, Sludge, in a department store. Beginning chapter book.

B3936 Shaw, Nancy. Sheep in a Jeep

A birthday is coming, and five sheep friends are determined to find that perfect gift for the big, big day. They look at rackets and rockets, blocks and clocks, and trains and planes. When they finally find a gift to buy, they don’t have enough money, but they come up with a perfect solution. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18014 Shulevitz, Uri. How I Learned Geography

A boy and his family are poor and hungry wartime refugees in a strange country. After the boy’s father goes to the bazaar to buy bread but returns instead with a map, the boy spends hours studying it and appreciating his father’s gift. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16024 Sierra, Judy. Wild About Books

When librarian Molly drives her bookmobile into the zoo by mistake, she attracts the animals to reading with a Dr. Seuss book. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15703 Smith, Janice L. Jess and the Stinky Cowboys

When some smelly cowboys who refuse to bathe come to town while the sheriff is away, young Deputy Jess and Deputy Gussy, her aunt, must find a way to enforce the no-stink law. Beginning chapter book.

BR15048 Spinelli, Eileen. While You Are Away

Three children from different families remember and miss their parents who are away on military duty. All have happy reunions when the soldiers return safely home. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3913 Spurr, Elizabeth. Gumdrop Tree

When her father gives her a bag of gumdrops, a little girl doesn't want to eat them because then they would be gone. She plays with her pretty candy until she has an idea. She will plant them and grow a gumdrop tree!

BR16001 Stanley, Diane. Goldie and the Three Bears

A little girl named Goldie has yet to find a friend to love. When she makes an unplanned visit to the house of some bears she finds what she is looking for. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18009 Stein, David. Leaves

A young bear experiences the changing seasons for the first time. When he sees leaves fall from the trees, he tries to put them back on the branches. After sleeping snugly all winter, he awakens and joyfully welcomes the tiny new leaves of spring. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17041 Stryer, Andrea S. Kami and the Yaks

With a storm approaching, Kami--a deaf Sherpa boy--finds the littlest of his family’s four yaks stuck in a crevice. Kami bravely rushes home and acts out the yak’s plight then leads his father and brother to the rescue. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17024 Thomas, Joyce. The Three Witches

Three fierce, tricky witches are determined to eat a brother and sister who are home alone. The witches are outsmarted by a good snake, the two children, their brave grandma, and her three hound dogs. Adapted from a folktale collected by Zora Neale Hurston. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16020 Thompson, Lauren. Polar Bear Night

A polar bear cub awakens to the beckoning of the moon, leaving his sleeping mother in the warm den. After exploring the night and watching a magical star shower, the little cub returns home to snuggle against his mother.

B3935 Thorpe, Kiki. Bob's Busy Saw

This saw-shaped board book invites little ones to join Bob's crew and lend a hand. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16354 Uhlberg, Myron. Dad, Jackie, and Me

Brooklyn, New York; 1947. A boy learns about discrimination and tolerance as he and his deaf father share their enthusiasm over baseball and the Dodgers' first African American player, Jackie Robinson. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16357 Ungerer, Tomi. Crictor

Madame Bodot is surprised to receive a boa constrictor for a birthday present, but soon she is knitting a long sweater for him and taking him to the school where she teaches. One night Crictor repays her kindness with his bravery.

BR17904 Van Leeuwen, Jean. Amanda Pig and the Wiggly Tooth

Amanda enjoys wiggling her first loose tooth, but she does not want to pull it out because doing so might hurt. The tooth finally comes out without Amanda noticing and is lost. What can Amanda do about the Tooth Fairy? Four easy chapters.

B3788 Waddell, Martin. Owl Babies

Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone. Alone in the dark and understandably frightened, the older babies discuss where she may be while the youngest cries, "I want my mommy!" Mom owl finally appears and assures her babies that she will always come back.

B3950 Wells, Poppy. Baby Bunny

Baby Bunny likes to hop...and hop. Who will hop along with him? PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18007 Wells, Rosemary. Max Counts His Chickens

Max and his sister Ruby hunt all over the house for ten marshmallow chicks hidden by the Easter Bunny. Soon Ruby’s basket is full and Max has none, but Max’s grandmother saves the day. PRINT/BRAILLE Other Max books: Max’s ABC BR17036.

BR16029 Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

A trip to the laundromat becomes a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that her favorite stuffed animal is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father. PRINT/BRAILLE. The sequel is Knuffle Bunny Too BR18015

BR16033 Wong, Janet. This Next New Year

A young boy talks about the rituals his family and friends observe as they anticipate the Chinese New Year. They hope that their preparations will ensure a good new year. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR6117 Wood, Audrey. The Napping House

A gentle midnight tiptoe through a house shows each of its many inhabitants asleep, each in its own pose and with its own sounds, all told in repetitive style. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17009 Woodson, Jacqueline. Coming On Home Soon

Ada Ruth is lonely and misses her mother, who has gone to Chicago to look for work. It's wartime and there isn't much food, but even Ada Ruth's grandmother can't say no to the little surprise they find one snowy day. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16005 Yee, Wong Herbert. Tracks in the Snow

A little girl goes outside in winter to follow markings in the snow, trying to discover who made them. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16030 Young, Ed. I, Doko: The Tale of a Basket

A large basket tells of its experiences with three generations of a Nepalese family, especially the role it played in a young boy's expression of love for his grandfather. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16099 Zolotow, Charlotte. Hold My Hand: Five Stories of Love and Family

Thoughts about brothers, sister, babies, and parents, too.

Non Fiction

BR17030 Arnold, Caroline. A Panda's World

Follows a baby giant panda and his mother for eighteen months in their natural habitat in China. Describes the newborn's appearance, appetite, and movements. Traces his rapid growth from skills development to independence. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16031 Barasch, Lynne. Knockin' on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates

Biography of world famous African American tap dancer who had only one leg. Tells about Clayton Bates's unstoppable love of dacing, his accident in 1919 at age twelve, and the wooden leg his uncle whittled for him-the peg leg that became his nickname. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16027 Barber, Tiki and Ronde Barber. By My Brother's Side

Twin brothers Tiki and Ronde Barber are professional football players who recall a childhood bicycle accident and knee injury that kept Tiki out of sports for a long time. Tiki says his mother's support and his brother's encouragement brought him back to the playing field. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17330 Blackford, Harriet. Tiger's Story

Tells about Tiger's behavior and growth from young cub to an independent adult hunter. An author's note provides facts about tigers. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3926 Brookfield Zoo. Hatchery

Braille and tactile book describing how hatcheries operate. Also from Brookfield Zoo: Winter Tracks B3925

BR17343 Brown, Charlotte L. After the Dinosaurs: Mammoths and Fossil Mammals

Describes unusual animals that lived long ago, including the woolly mammoth and the hyracotherium--the ancestor of all horses. Beginning reader.

B3966 Chapman, Keith. Bob's Busy Wrench

With a turn to the left, or a turn to the right, Bob loosens bolts or twists them tight. For turning nuts, or bolts, or knobs, Bob's wrench is the tool to do the job.

B3892 Cobb, Vicki. I Face the Wind

Introduces the characteristics and actions of the wind through simple hands-on activities that require adult assistance.

BR17015 Davies, Nicola. Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear

Describes how the polar bear thrives in the frozen Arctic world. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16362 Davies, Nicola. Surprising Sharks

Introduces different species and sizes of sharks, pointing out the physical characteristics and behavior that makes these sea creatures such efficient hunters. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17011 Delacre, Lulu. Arrorro, Mi Nino: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games

Fifteen traditional Latin American nursery rhymes and songs, some with finger-play activities, are presented in Spanish with English translations. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17037 Dillion, Leo. Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose

Collection of twenty-four counting rhymes, including "One Potato, Two Potato," and "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe." PRINT/BRAILLE Also from this author: On The Farm BR18008

BR16695 Engelbreit, Mary. Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses

Presents traditional nursery rhymes passed down through generations. Also from this author: Nursery Tales: A Treasury of Children’s Classics BR18325.

BR16007 Floca, Brian. The Racecar Alphabet

An exciting day at the races highlights the letters of the alphabet as a variety of automobiles speed around the curves of the track. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18040 George, Jean Craighead. The Wolves Are Back

Discusses how the 1926 disappearance of wolves upset the natural balance in the U.S. wilderness, causing other animal and plant losses. Explains that the 1995 release of Canadian wolves into Yellowstone National Park restored that balance. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17026 Gerstein, Mordicai. The White Ram: A Story of Abraham and Isaac

On the sixth day of Creation, God made a white ram. After a long wait in the Garden of Eden, God sent this ram to be a sacrifice in place of Isaac, Abraham's only son. On Rosh Hashanah, a ram's horn is blown in remembrance. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16905 Gibbons, Gail. Valentine's Day Is....

Discusses the customs celebrated on February 14. Explains the origins of the holiday, reveals why the heart is the symbol of Valentine's Day, and describes how to make a valentine.

BR17247 Goldberg, Whoopi. Whoopi's Big Book of Manners

Comedian's approach to good manners. Covers saying please and thank you, cell-phone and table etiquette, behavior at the movies, and being a good sport, among other topics. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16011 Greenfield, Eloise. In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems

Introduction to poetry for preschoolers and beginning readers. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16039 Guiberson, Brenda. Rain, Rain, Rain Forest

Describes some of the animals, birds, insects, and plants found in a tropical rain forest and tells about a scientist who studies them.

BR18002 Gustafson, Scott. Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose

Forty-five nursery rhymes ranging from "Little Bo Peep" and "Humpty Dumpty" to the tongue twister "Peter Piper." PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17027 Hague, Michael. Animal Friends: A Collection of Poems for Children

Twenty poems about pets, farm animals, and wild creatures, big and small, by many poets including Christina Rossetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Eileen Spinelli. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15861 Helmer, Marilyn. Yucky Riddles

More than two dozen humorous riddles on some of kids' favorite icky subjects.

BR16021 Hopkins, Lee Bennett. Oh, No! Where Are My Pants? and Other Disasters: Poems

Poems about things that go wrong from embrassing moments in the classroom, on stage , at a party, and at the beach to the death of a pet, a friend's move, a stuck Ferris wheel, and a gift that wasn't.

BR17049 Hutchins, Hazel. A Second Is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time

Rhymes celebrating a family’s explanation of time--what can be enjoyed in a second, minute, hour, day, week, month, and year. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15925 Jackson, Ellen. It's Back to School We Go! First Day Stories from around the World

Describes a student's typical first day of school in countries around the world. Discusses children's favorite foods and games, subjects they study, and the amount of time they spend at school.

BR17005 Kudlinski, Kathleen V. Boy, Were We Wrong about Dinosaurs!

Explains how fossil discoveries change ideas about dinosaurs over time. Gives the example of the ancient Chinese who thought giant fossil bones belonged to dragons. Discusses recent findings that show a possible connection between dinosaurs and modern birds.

B3904 Lakin, Patricia. Harry Houdini, Escape Artist

This easy-reader gives an overview of the life of Ehrich Weiss, known to the world as Harry Houdini. Houdini became the greatest magician the world has ever known.

BR16356 Lester, Julius. Let's Talk about Race

Explains that everyone has a personal story and race is only a part of it. Discusses that humans all look alike underneath their skin and that race should not determine how people are treated. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18020 Lewin, Ted. Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia

American authors relate their travel to Mongolia for Naadam, a thousand-year-old summer festival. They describe a boy jockey’s win in a 14 mile horse race across the Gobi Desert and portray the traditional lifestyle of the nomadic people, their tents, food, and animal wealth. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17858 McKerley, Jennifer. Man o' War: Best Racehorse Ever

Discusses the life and major races of the horse named "Greatest Horse of the Century" in 1999. Describes his growth and restless behavior as well as his first race at two years old, championships, and eight speed records. Uncontracted BRAILLE

BR17016 Morrison, Gordon. A Drop of Water

A drop of water on a child's fingertip leads to the exploration of its source, from clouds to rainwater flowing down the mountain. Describes the animals and flowers at the places where water passes through woods and ponds to reach the child. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR16446 O'Connor, Sandra Day. Chico

Sandra, 6, loves the animals on her family's Arizona ranch, especially her horse, Chico. While Sandra is riding Chico to go check on a baby calf, a rattlesnake startles Chico. Autobiographical story by the first woman justice on the Supreme Court.

BR18019 Parker, Robert Andrew. Piano Starts Here: The Young Art Tatum

Bad eyesight doesn’t stop Art Tatum from learning to play his family piano. Art’s musical career grows from playing professional shows in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio, to appearing with jazz bands across the country. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18006 Prelutsky, Jack. Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More

Short poems about enjoying sports, win or lose. Celebrates trying baseball, soccer, gymnastics, ice and sidewalk skating, swimming, running, basketball, and karate, among others. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR18050 Rabin, Staton. Mr. Lincoln's Boys: Being the Mostly True Adventures of Abraham Lincoln's Trouble-Making Sons, Tad and Willie

Describes the mischief caused by President Lincoln’s two young sons in the White House during the Civil War: playing pranks on the servants and interrupting their father for horseplay or to request a pardon for their soldier doll. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR15606 Redmond, Shirley Raye. Tentcles! Tales of the Giant Squid

An introduction to giant squids describing their physical characteristics and behavior. Discusses myths that have been developed about them.

BR16018 Rockwell, Lizzy. The Busy Body Book: A Kid's Guide to Fitness

An introduction to the human body, how it functions, and its need for exercise. Includes suggested activities to keep your body busy, healthy, and strong. PRINT/BRAILLE

BR17038 Rotner, Shelley. Every Season

Celebrates the four seasons of the year, beginning with spring. PRINT/BRAILLE

B3843 Ryan, Pam M. The Flag We Love

Brings to life many famous moments in our country's history and reveals fascinating facts about the flag. PRINT/BRAILLE

This Catalog was compiled by the New Jersey State Library – Talking Book & Braille Center.

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E. Burns 2010

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