My Father's Dragon book
#1
My Father's Dragon
Written by Ruth Stiles Gannett and illustrated by Ruth Chrisman Gannett
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A young boy runs away from home to rescue an abused baby dragon held captive to serve as a ferry for the lazy wild animals living on Wild Island.

The Velveteen Rabbit book
#2
The Velveteen Rabbit
Written by Margery Williams and illustrated by William Nicholson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Margery Williams’ famous story tells of a young boy and his treasured favorite toy, a splendid “fat and bunchy” rabbit, whose ears are lined with pink sateen. He carries it everywhere, talks to it, pretends with it, sleeps with it each night. The love he steadfastly bestows on his toy helps him through a serious illness and afterwards saves his beloved bunny from a terrible fate.

Owl Moon book
#3
Owl Moon
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by John Schoenherr
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Celebrating 30 years of the beloved classic Owl Moon from renowned children’s book author Jane Yolen and Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator John Schoenherr!

Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

The Boxcar Children book
#4
The Boxcar Children
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The Aldens begin their adventure by making a home in a boxcar. Their goal is to stay together, and in the process they find a grandfather.

Jumanji book
#5
Jumanji
Written and illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle now Sony’s highest grossing film of all time!

Over thirty years ago, Peter and Judy first found the game—Jumanji—with the instructions that once the game is started, it must be finished or it will go on forever—and it was then, with this same wonderment, readers found Jumanji, too. Since its original publication, Jumanji has been honored with many awards, including the Caldecott Medal, and in 1996, the surreal story was adapted to fit the big screen for the first time.

  1. Armadillo Rodeo - Bo, an adventurous, near-sighted armadillo, leaves his mother and brothers to follow a girl heading to a rodeo wearing new red boots which Bo mistakes for another armadillo.

  2. Tikki Tikki Tembo - An illustrated Chinese folk tale describes how the Chinese came to give all of their children short names.

  3. Frog and Toad Are Friends - From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be.

  4. The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles - A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation—but there’s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.

Where's the Party? book
#10
Where's the Party?
Written and illustrated by Ruth Chan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Georgie the cat loves to throw parties but this time, not one of his friends can come.

Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House No. 1) book
#11
Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House No. 1)
Written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by Sal Murdocca
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Eight-year-old Jack and his younger sister Annie find a magic treehouse, which whisks them back to an ancient time zone where they see live dinosaurs.

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