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  • Biography

This is the story of Abe Lincoln before he became president. He loved to read from an early age. As a boy growing up on a farm, Lincoln plowed with a book in his back pocket for reading during frequent breaks. He faced many hardships in his young life, but he never gave up his love for reading. Before he became president, he was a lawyer. He never went to school to become a lawyer. He learned everything about being a lawyer through reading. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and they add so much to this interesting book about one of our most famous presidents.

  • Mystery

Rob believed Mrs. Calloway’s death was an accident, but then a flowerpot almost falls on him and someone tries to poison his food. When he tells his family that he thinks there was a murder, no one believes him. If he’s not careful, he may end of being the murderer’s next victim.

“The Boy Who Cried Wolf” is a tale passed down from one generation to the next. It’s about a boy who learns a very important lesson about honesty. Read “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” and perhaps you too will value its message.

  • Informational

If you were a snake, you could . . .

  • sleep all winter!

  • grow as long as a school bus!

  • swallow your food whole!

  • crawl out of your skin!

Featuring stunning full-color photographs from the Wildlife Conservation Society, this is the latest title in an exciting I Can Read Book series that takes readers into the amazing world of animals.

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket -- and comes out with a dog. With the help of her new pal, whom she names Winn-Dixie, Opal makes a variety of new, interesting friends and spends the summer collecting stories about them and thinking about her absent mother. But because of Winn-Dixie, or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship -- and forgiveness -- can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

  • Realistic Fiction

It’s August, and Emily has big plans at the library. She’s going to read lots of books and tack a paper fish next to her name for each one. Then Dawn Bosco says she can read more books than Emily. Not only that, both Emily and Dawn want to keep Pickles, a stray cat they found. They decide that whoever reads the most books can keep the cat.

When Emily adds a fish for a book she read a long time ago, she has one more fish than Dawn. She knows she’s cheating, but she wants to keep the cat. What a pickle she’s in.



  • Fantasy

The winter June and her mom move to Michigan, June starts to discover that she’s a little different than those around her. Actually, she’s very different. During a snow storm, June realizes that she can become invisible! Read this amazing tale to learn more about June’s magical journey.

  • Biography

Davy Crockett was born on August 17, 1786 in a backwoods cabin in eastern Tennessee. At age twelve, David learned how to shoot a rifle. When he grew up, he won most of the shooting matches he entered and became a well-known storyteller. No matter where he lived, he was popular. He was elected to three terms in the House of Representatives. After being defeated in the congressional election of 1835, he was ready for new adventure. He rode to Texas, where he fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo.

  • Informational

Packed with fun facts about daily life, history, environmental issues, and much more, this series of 52 books (including Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia) provides a thorough introduction to the richness and diversity of America.



  • Historical Fiction

Eleven-year-old Elijah is the first child born into freedom in Buxton, Canada, a settlement of runaway slaves just over the border from Detroit. He’s best known in his hometown as the boy who made a memorable impression on Frederick Douglass. But things change when a former slave steals money from Elijah’s friend, who has been saving to buy his family out of captivity in the South. Elijah embarks on a dangerous journey to America in pursuit of the thief, and he discovers firsthand the unimaginable horrors of the life his parents fled—a life from which he’ll always be free, if he can find the courage to get back home.

  • Science Fiction

In 3030, Greg started looking around his school cafeteria, and everywhere he looked, he saw quarters. This was strange because he lived on the moon and no one used coins anymore. School had suddenly become the most interesting place in the universe. Where did the quarters come from and how did they get there? Greg would have to do a little exploration to figure it out.

  • Realistic Fiction

Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing.
Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing smashed potatoes on walls at Hamburger Heaven, or scribbling all over Peter's homework, he's never far from trouble. He's a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything—and Peter's had enough.
When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge too long. How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change?

  • Autobiography

Ruby Bridges recounts the story of her involvement, as a six-year-old, in the integration of her school in New Orleans in 1960.


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