1st Grade

The Boy Who Bit Picasso

Author: 
Antony Penrose

Reading Level: Age 6 - 10

Most children bite someone when they are little. Tony Penrose bit the world famous artist, Pablo Picasso (who bit him back.) Now grown Antony shares his memories of a close family friend. Tony's parents are photographer, Lee Miller, and artist, Roland Penrose which explains the close connectin between the Penrose and Picasso families. The book is filled with artworks by Picasso, old photographs by Tony's mother, and drawings by modern day children.

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Should I Share My Ice Cream?

Author: 
Mo Willems

Reading Level: Grades K - 2

Elephant struggles with a terrible moral dilemma: should he share his ice cream with Piggie, which he knows is the right thing to do, or should he eat the whole thing himself, which is what he would really LIKE to do.

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If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet

Author: 
Leslie McGuirk

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

This unique alphabet book is illustrated entirely with interestingly shaped rocks. You'll never look at a rocky beach the same way again!

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Fuddles

Author: 
Frans Vischer

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Fuddles is a fat, pampered indoor cat who dreams of going outside and having grand adventures. One day, when the door is left open, he makes his getaway, but he soon discovers that being an outdoor cat is a lot more work than he expected.

If you like this book you may want to check out The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! too.

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Charlie the Ranch Dog

Author: 
Ree Drummond
Illustrator: 
Diane deGroat

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Charlie the basset hound lives and works on a ranch. It is hard work especially since he has to make sure that Suzie the Jack Russell terrier holds up her end of the job too.

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Blue Chameleon

Author: 
Emily Gravett

Reading Level: Ages 4+

Poor, lonely blue chameleon. He can turn into anything, and blend in anywhere, but despite this wonderful ability, blue chameleon cannot find anyone who wants to be his friend.

Enchanting colored pencil drawings and excellent use of color, expression, and symmetry will delight readers as chameleon struggles to find a friend.

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Dave the Potter

Author: 
Laban Carrick Hill

Reading Level: Ages 5-10

Get a simple, powerful glimpse of a skilled artisan creating pottery. This actual artist also happens to be a slave, Dave, who "belongs to Mr. Miles" in the early 1800s. Dave speaks directly to us with some of his words left behind as inscriptions on his work. Poetic text and lush illustrations further bring Dave to life.

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Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance

Author: 
Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Illustrator: 
William Muñoz

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 10

In 2007 Michael Vick's horrific dog fighting kennel was discovered and broken up. The dogs were all taken as "evidence" and held for six months when they were released for rehab and rehoming. This inspiring book follows the story of #86 from his rescue, through his rehab by BAD RAP, to his current life.

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Whiteblack the Penguin Sees the World

Author: 
Margaret & H.A. Rey

Reading Level: Ages 4-9

Whiteblack the penguin is running out of stories to tell on his radio show - not a good thing to happen to the Chief Storyteller of Penguinland. Waving goodbye to his friends, Whiteblack sets off in a little boat, in search of new stories. His journey is fraught with mishaps and misadventures, and doesn't quite go as Whiteblack had planned - but the plucky little radio star takes it all in stride, planning to use everything as a new story!

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