By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Laura Ingalls and her family leave their little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin and set out for Kansas. They travel for many days in their covered wagon until they find the best spot to build their little house on the prairie. Soon they are planting and plowing, hunting wild ducks and turkeys, and gathering grass for their cows. Sometimes pioneer life is hard, but Laura and her folks are busy and happy in their new little house.
By: Kathleen Krull
Wilma Rudolph’s story is truly inspirational. Born in Clarksville, Tennessee in 1940 weighing only 4.5 pounds, Wilma faces an uphill battle from her very first moment on this earth. She survives premature birth, measles, mumps, chicken pox, and double pneumonia. At age four, polio paralyzes her left leg, and everyone says that Wilma will never walk again.
Wilma refuses to believe it. Not only will she walk again, she vows, she’ll run. It takes years. It takes hard work. But at last she does run—across the basketball court, around the track, and eventually, all the way to the Olympic Games.
By: Kenneth Grahamel
It's springtime and curious Mole, bored with housework, leaves his molehill to explore. At the riverbank he meets Rat, a laid-back water rat. The two quickly become friends and Rat introduces Mole to the exuberant Toad, a creature with an inclination for extravagant hobbies. Toad’s increasingly wild amusements cause concern for Rat and Mole, and they enlist the help of wise Badger. The four friends are always having exciting adventures, and their friendship is only enhanced by their differences.
By: Shel Silverstein
Where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. There you'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.
This summer the four Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel’s sprawling gardens and treasure-filled attic. The best discovery of all is Jeffrey Tifton, son of Arundel’s owner, who quickly proves to be the perfect companion for their adventures. However, the icy-hearted Mrs. Tifton is not as pleased with the Penderwicks as Jeffrey is, and she warns the new friends to stay away from her son. Can the Penderwicks obey her orders and not enter the gardens of Arundel? It is a summer the Penderwicks will never forget.
It's no mystery that Nate the Great is the coolest kid detective ever! There isn't a case too great or too small for the one and only Nate. With help from his friends, his trusty dog Sludge and a few pancake pick-me-ups along the way, Nate the Great uses smarts, smiles and science to solve the most baffling mysteries that could ever befall a kid in elementary school.
Only July 29, 1969, as Americans sat glued to their televisions and radios, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did the seemingly impossible—something humans had dreamed of doing for centuries: they traveled 240,000 miles through space and set foot on the moon. One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. This achievement not only brought the moon within reach, but now everything seemed possible. If it could be imagined, it could be done.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
When Marty Preston comes across a young beagle in the hills behind his home, it's love at first sight— and also big trouble. It turns out the dog, which Marty names Shiloh, belongs to Judd Travers, who abuses his dogs. When Shiloh runs away from Judd to Marty, Marty hides and protects him from Judd. But Marty's secret becomes too big for him to keep to himself, and it exposes his entire family to Judd's anger. How far will Marty have to go to keep Shiloh as his own?.
The Little Engine that Could shares the story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
Deborah and James Howe
Just in time for Halloween, Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery is a spooky book about the mystery of a family’s vegetarian vampire rabbit that sucks the juices and color out of vegetables. The story is told from the humorous perspective of the family’s pet dog Howard, and you will love reading to solve why the family’s vegetables keep turning white. This is a great story to read aloud for Halloween, and there are other books in the Bunnicula series to enjoy when you finish reading the book of the month.
Dear Mr. Henshaw explores the thoughts and emotions of a sixth-grade boy, Leigh Botts, as he writes letters to his favorite author, Mr. Boyd Henshaw. The correspondence began as a class assignment; however, Leigh is soon writing Mr. Henshaw about his move to a new town, his struggles to make friends, and his feelings about his absent father. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh's life forever.
Chris Van Allsburg
Late one Christmas Eve, a boy boards a mysterious train: The Polar Express bound for the North Pole. The train takes him to the center of the city, where Santa offers the boy any gift he desires. He asks for one bell from Santa’s sleigh, but he loses the bell on his way home. It is through a Christmas morning miracle that the bell is miraculously found wrapped beneath the Christmas tree. Although the boy's parents admire the bell, they believe it to be broken when they cannot hear it ring - for you see, only believers can hear the sound of Santa’s sleigh bells.