By: Richard and Florence Atwater
It was hard enough for Mr. Popper to support himself, Mrs. Popper, Bill and Janie Popper. The addition of twelve penguins to the family made it impossible to make both ends meet. Then Mr. Popper had a splendid idea. The penguins might support the Poppers. And so they did.
By: Sharon Robinson
This book portrays a warm, intimate portrait of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball, told from a unique perspective: his only daughter. With family photos and mementos, reproduced newspaper headlines, magazines and letters, Sharon Robinson illustrates her dad's story from childhood to that historic moment in baseball, including his role as a civil rights activist. Robinson provides intimate details about her father and shares how the legendary baseball player became such a profound figure in American History.
By: Laurie Halse Anderson
Listen up! You've all heard about the great men who led and fought during the American Revolution, but did you know that the guys only make up part of the story? What about the women? The girls? The dames? Didn't they play a part?
Of course they did! You and your family can read Laurie Halse Anderson's entertaining, informative, and long overdue homage to those independent dames to learn about women who helped make America what it is today!
By: Robert Lawson
It has been a while since Folks lived in the Big House, and an even longer time has passed since there has been a garden at the House. All the animals of the Hill are very excited about the new Folks moving in, and they wonder how things are going to change. It's only a matter of time before the animals of the Hill find out just who is moving in, and they may be a little bit surprised by their new neighbors when they come to know them!
By: Jerry Spinelli
Mongoose, Brenda, Sonseray, and April have nothing in common...until a mysterious blue card appears as if by magic and begins to change each of their lives. None of them guesses it at first, but that strange blue card will be their ticket to the past-and to a future that they never imagined. In stories that range from humorous to heartbreaking, Newbery-award-winner Jerry Spinelli reveals the amazing possibilities lurking behind library doors.
By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
This classic novel shares the story of Mary Lennox, a lonely, ill-tempered girl orphaned in India by her parents' death and sent to live at her uncle's estate in England. Neglected once again, she begins exploring the estate and discovers a mysterious, abandoned garden that has been locked and forgotten for many years. Aided by a local boy, Dickon, she begins restoring the garden and finds that she is growing happier and healthier herself. Mary eventually discovers other secrets of the manor, and she learns that miracles take place in the Secret Garden!
By: Rosalyn Schanzer
Rosalyn Schanzer's George vs. George brings to life both sides of the American Revolution. There are two enemies, both named George: George Washington, the man who freed the American colonies from the British; and George III, the British king who lost them. Was King George a "Royal Brute" as American patriots claimed? Or was he, as others believed, "the father of the people?" Was George Washington a traitor, as the king's supporters claimed? Americans remember and celebrate him as "the father of his country?" Who was right? History teaches us that there are two sides to every story.
By: Kristine O'Connell George
Everything that happens on a camping trip can be an adventure including getting dressed inside your sleeping bag on a chilly morning, rowing across a lake, exploring a dark cave, meeting wild animals and simply sitting still, watching and listening. Kristine O'Connell George shares moments that make up family camping trips through vividly imagined poems. The captivating poems and illustrations in Toasting Marshmallows can leave readers with wonderful memories of a camping trip-even if they've never been on one!
By: Janet Stevens
Bear has lots of land and lives very comfortably, but he is not a hard worker. His neighbor Hare has nothing but a hungry family, but he is smart and resourceful. Hare is sure there is a way to share his neighbor's good fortune, so he and Mrs. Hare come up with a plan. Hare will plant Bear's crops if Bear agrees to share half of the produce. All Bear has to choose is the half of the crop he wants-tops or bottoms. Bear chooses to take tops, but he discovers that he might have been outsmarted by clever Hare!
By: C. S. Lewis
What begins as a simple game of hide-and-seek quickly turns into the adventure of a lifetime when four adventurous siblings-Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie-step through a wardrobe and into the land of Narnia. They find a cold, snow-covered land frozen in eternal winter by the evil White Witch. Narnia, once filled with all manner of Talking Beast, Dwarfs, Giants, and Fauns is now a dark, joyless wasteland. The children can only hope that the power of Aslan, the Great Lion can be enough to conquer the dark magic of the White Witch.
By: Caitlin O'Connell and Donna M. Jackson
In the African desert of Etosha National Park in Namibia, they call her "the mother of all elephants." Holding binoculars closely to her eyes, American scientist Caitlin O'Connell could not believe what she was seeing from these African elephants: as the mighty matriarch scanned the horizon, the other elephants followed suit, stopped midstride, and stood as still as statues.
This observation would guide the scientist to a groundbreaking discovery about elephant communication: elephants actually listen with their limbs.
By: Fredrick McKissack and Patricia McKissack
Tennessee history is made real as Tennessee Trailblazers recounts the lives of four outstanding Tennesseans-pioneer Thomas Sharpe "Big Foot" Spencer, Cherokee leader Nanye-hi, also known as Nancy Ward, singer and pianist Ella Sheppard of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, and statesman Cordell Hull. Drawn from different historical periods and ethnic groups, four interesting lives capture many episodes in Tennessee history.