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So Mad Bunny
So Mad Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny gets angry when he doesn't get his way. He gets mad when his baby sister rips his best picture and he gets mad when his friend takes his toy away. Mama Bunny says she gets mad too but says that they must not push or yell or throw things. Bunny says he's glad they're not all so mad anymore.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Colorado Springs, Co; 1992.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




Big Brother Bunny
Big Brother Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny is upset because his family is too busy taking care of baby Bunny to have time for him. His dad won't play ball with him because he's giving Baby a bath. Grandma can't take Bunny for a walk because she's rocking Baby. Little Bunny gets into the cradle with a blanket and a bottle and pretends to cry like a baby. Then his family shows him that there are things that he can do that Baby can't do. Mama Bunny asks Little Bunny to help fix dinner, Daddy Bunny asks Little Bunny to ride bikes, and Grandma Bunny asks him to color with her. baby Bunny can't do any of these things because she is too little. Little Bunny comforts his crying sister in the cradle.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Colorado Springs, Co; 1992.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




Oh, Oh, Bunny
Oh, Oh, Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny colored on the wall, knocked over his Mama's plant, and tore a page in one of his books. He gets nervous when he sees mama coming, but when she asks who colored on the wall, knocked over the plant, and tore a page in the book. Little Bunny confesses to all of it. When Mam asks who told the truth, Little Bunny says, "I did it, Mama!"
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Pomona, Ca; 1990.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




All Mine, Bunny
All Mine, Bunny

Pamela Kenney (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny doesn't want to share his treats, truck, or drum with his friends. He hurts all his friends' feelings and then he starts crying because he is alone and lonely. Then Little Bunny asks his friends if they would like to share his treats, truck, and drum with him. Then Bunny says his friends are "all mine." This is a predictable print book because it repeats phrases such as "All mine" and "Want to share?" Children will easily pick up on these phrases and then begin to associate the print with the phrases.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Colorado Springs, Co; 1992.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




No, No Bunny
No, No Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny takes some pennies from his mama's purse for his piggy bank. When he is playing with his friend Duckling, he takes one of his toy cars. While Little Bunny is at the grocery store with his mama, he takes a piece of candy and puts it into his mouth. When Little Bunny gets home, he looks at the car and the pennies. He feels scared and guilty. Little Bunny gives the pennies back to his mama and the toy car back to Duckling. He tells them both that he is sorry. Little Bunny brings the storeowner some money to pay for the candy that he took. He apologizes to the storeowner and tells his mama that he does not want to take things anymore. Mama thanks Little Bunny for being honest.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Colorado Springs, Co; 1992.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




Night, Night, Bunny
Night, Night, Bunny

Pamela Kennedy (Illustrator - Normand Chartier). Little Bunny is alone in his bed and he is scared because it is dark. He's scared because he hears a noise and sees a spider. He calls for his mama and daddy. Mama comes in with a night-light for Little Bunny. She tells him not to be scared. Daddy Bunny shows Little Bunny that the noise is just the wind and tells him to not be scared. Little Bunny lets the spider out the window and tells himself to not be scared. Mama gives Little Bunny a teddy bear to sleep with. Little Bunny tells his teddy goodnight and to not be scared.
Publisher: Focus on the Family Publishing; Pomona, Ca; 1990.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-1st).




Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors
Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors

Norman Bridwell. Most people like Clifford the big red dog, but one time Emily Elizabeth's family had neighbors who hated Clifford. The neighbors did not like Clifford because sometimes his hair would blow into their yard while they were eating breakfast and because he snores loudly at night. Clifford liked the neighbors and wanted them to like him, but everything he did always backfired and made them mad. So, Emily Elizabeth told Clifford to stay away from the neighbors. The neighbors loved the birds that come into their yard to eat. Clifford saw a cat ready to pounce on the birds. Clifford captured the cat and then the neighbors loved him. This story teaches children to be kind to other people even when they are not kind in return.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1985.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-2nd).




Care Bear and the Terrible Twos

Ali Reich (Illustrator - Carolyn Bracken). On Melinda Higgins' birthday, her mother made pancakes for breakfast but her twin siblings spoiled it by spilling syrup on her hair. Melinda got mad and said that the twins spoil everything. While Melinda's mom is washing Melinda's hair and her dad is washing her clothes, the twins get into Melinda's presents. Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear, and Birthday Bear come to visit Melinda. Melinda shows the Care Bears how the twins gave her doll a haircut and gave her favorite book a bath. She leaves a note for her parents telling them that she is running away from home. Melinda climbs into her treehouse to decide where to go live. She thinks of living in the circus, but she's not old enough. She thinks of living at her Grandma's house, but it's too far to walk. Melinda's twin brother and sister come outside to look for her. They call for her to come home and say that they will be good. Melinda asks the Care Bears if they think the twins will be any better. Birthday Bear reminds her that they will have a birthday in a few months and won't be the "terrible twos" any longer. Then her friends come to the house for her party and Melinda decides to go home. Melinda knows that the twins are still "terrible," but she is happy anyways. The day is a special one--the twins don't spill anything at her party. This book teacher children to choose to have patience and be compassionate when other people mess up and hurt them.
Publisher: Random House, New York, 1983.
General Grade Level: Intermediate (1st-3rd).




P.J. the Spoiled Bunny

Marilyn Sadler (Illustrator - Roger Bollen). P. J. Funnybunny is a spoiled bunny. He won't bring a present to a birthday party unless he gets to blow out the candles. He won't play checkers unless he can play with the red peices and he won't play Cowboys and Indians unless he can be the cowboy. He never wants to do what his friends want to do; he always has to have his own way. One day, P J.'s friends want to play baseball but he want to play football. His friends go off without him to play baseball. P. J. cannot believe that they won't do what he wants. P. J. played by himself for a while, but that became boring. P. J. asked his little sister, Honey Bunny, to play. He tried to play football with Honey Bunny and all her friends, but that did not work. So P. J. went to find his friends. He was surprised to see his friends having so much fun without him. P. J.'s friends asked him to play outfield. He really wanted to pitch, but he played outfield anyways. He realized that he can't always have his own way. He is happy just to play with his friends.
Publisher: Random House, New York, 1986.
General Grade Level: Intermediate (1st-3rd).




My Own Grandpa

Leone Castell Anderson (Illustrator - Kathy Wilburn). Andrew is lonely because all his friends are away on vacation, except for Ben. Andrew asks Ben if he can play, but Ben can't because he is going fishing with his Grandpa. Andrew wished that he had a Grandpa who lived nearby, whom he could do things with. Andrew was about to go after his ball that had rolled into the street when an old man behind him warned him not to. The man seemed scary to Andrew because he was glaring and had a gruff voice. Andrew told his mom about wanting a grandpa nearby and about the grouchy old man. Andrew's mom said that he sounded lonely and that she would take him to see the people she works with because they're often lonely too. So Andrew met some of the people who live in the nursing home. One of the people that live there is a grumpy old man. Andrew doesn't like this man at first, but then the old man's voice softens and they introduce themselves. Mr. Barker shows Andrew how to tie flies for fishing and how to use them. Mr. Barker offers to take Andrew fly-fishing and Andrew asks Mr. Barker to be his grandpa because his lives so far away. Mr. Barker agrees to this because his grandchildren live far away also. The next day when Ben asks Andrew to go fishing with him and his Grandpa, but Andrew says he can't because he's going fishing with his own Grandpa.
Publisher: Western Publishing Company, Inc; Racine, Wi; 1987.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Corduroy
Corduroy

Don Freeman. Corduroy is a bear who lives in the toy department of a big store and waits day after day for someone to take him home. The store is always busy with shoppers, but no one ever seemed to want a small bear in green corduroy overalls. But one day, a little girl stopped and looked right into Corduroy's eyes. She told her mom that he's the bear she has always wanted. But her mom told her no because she had already spent too much money and that he was missing a button to one of his shoulder straps. Corduroy sadly watched them walk away and vowed to himself to find his button that night. When the store closed, Corduroy went looking for his button. He ended up in the furniture department. He saw a button on one of the mattresses, which he took to replace his missing one. The next morning, the young girl came back in to buy Corduroy with the money she had in her piggy bank. The girl took Corduroy home and sewed a new button onto his strap. Corduroy says that she must be a friend and that he had always wanted a friend.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1968.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-2nd).
Also available in
Spanish
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The Berenstain Bears book series-Stan and Jan Berenstain. Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist , The Berenstain Bears Go To The Doctor , Berenstain Bears' Moving Day , Berenstain Bears and the Sitter , The Berenstain Bears Go To Camp , Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight , Berenstain Bears in the Dark , Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room , Berenstain Bears and the Truth , Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money , Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV , Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job , The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers , Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners , Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare , Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings , Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear , Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food , Berenstain Bears and the Green-Eyed Monster , Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed , Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright , The Berenstain Bears And The Week At Grandma's , The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team (First Time Books) , Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends , The Berenstain Bears And Too Much Birthday , Berenstain Bears' Trouble at School , The Berenstain Bears And The Slumber Party , The Berenstain Bears And The Bad Dream , The Berenstain Bears And Too Much Vacation , The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd , Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit ,
The Berenstain Bears books teach children how to deal with first-time experiences and all kinds of problems and troubles. They also teach children how to deal with emotions such as fear, anger, and jealousy.
Publisher: Random House, New York.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-3rd).




Call It Courage
Call It Courage

Armstrong Sperry. This is the story of Mafatu, son of the Great Polynesian Chief of Hikeru. His name means "stout heart" and his people worship courage but he is afraid of the sea because his mother was killed by it. Because he is called a coward, Mafatu decides to conquer his fear or be conquered. So he sails off in his canoe with his pet dog and albatross. He rises to meet challenges such as a storm at sea and staying alone on a desert island. He returns home strong and fearless. This is a legend about a hero that is still sung and told over evening fires by the Hikeru people.
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company, New York, 1968 (originally 1940).
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Award: John Newbery Medal.




Number the Stars
Number the Stars

Lois Lowry. This is the story of two families living in German-occupied Denmark during World War II. Ellen Rosen and Annemarie Johansen are the two main characters and best friends. The Rosens are Jewish and the Johansens are part of the Danish Resistance against the German Nazis. The Johansens help the Rosens escape by boat to Sweden, which is unoccupied by the Nazis.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1996 (originally 1989).
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Award: John Newbery Medal.
Other Category: New Concepts (Nazis, World War II).
Note: this edition also includes Lois Lowry's Newbery Medal acceptance speech and a piece about Oskar Schindler and other Gentiles that helped save Jews during World War II.




Summer of the Swans
Summer of the Swans

Betsy Byars (Illustrator - Ted CoConis). This story is about Sara, a fourteen-year-old-girl who is feeling at odds with the world and herself and the world because of all the changes she is undergoing. She grudgingly tolerates her Aunt Willie, affectionately envies her pretty older sister, and feels uncomfortable with her own body. But everything changes when her mentally-retarded younger brother, Charlie, disappears and Sara is terrified while searching for the brother that she loves.
Publisher: Viking Penguin, Inc; New York; 1970.
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Award: John Newbery Medal.
Other Works by the Author: After the Goat Man, The Cartoonist, The 18th Emergency, Go and Hush the Baby, The House of Wings, The Lace Snail, The Midnight Fox, Trouble River, The TV Kid, The Winged Colt of Casa Mia, The Cybil War, and The Glory Girl.

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