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Beverly Cleary (Illustrator - Paul O. Zelinsky).
This selection is about Leigh Botts--the main character from Dear Mr. Henshaw. Leigh is living in a cottage with
his mom and still misses his trucker dad. But Leigh finds a hungry, abandoned dog and makes it his own.
This selection is about a young girl named Trisha who has trouble learning how to read. She can draw beautiful
pictures, but not read. She is miserable because she is teased by other students. One day, Trisha's teacher,
Mr. Falker caught her being teased by a bully. He stopped the bully and asked her to help him after school.
Mr Falker discovered that Trisha couldn't read and he helped her learn how to read, every day after school. The
book is about the real-life experiences of the author/illustrator.
Charlotte Pomerantz (Illustrator - David Soman).
This selection is about two kids named Molly and Ben who live in the same two-family house and are best friends.
They wear the same t-shirts and do everything together. They even share a birthday party because their birthdays
are so close together. But one day, Molly and Ben have a fight over the type of tent they want to buy with their
combined allowances, and Molly tells Ben that he's not her best friend anymore. Ben and Molly don't speak to each
other for 4 days until they had to decide about having a party together. Molly says that they should have a
combined party, "for the sake of the grown-ups." On the day of their party, Ben and Molly give each other a
sleeping bag. That night, they sleep out under the stars. The illustrations are wonderfully life-like.
Stan and Jan Berenstain.
In this selection, Brother and Sister Bear are getting ready to go trick-or-treating. They say there is one house
that they will skip--the house of Miz McGrizz, because her house is spooky and they think she is a witch. Mama Bear
says that is nonsense and that Miz McGrizz is bent and forbidding looking, but that she is perfectly nice. Brother
and Sister Bear don't believe their mother until they end up at the house of Miz McGrizz and she gives them candy
Robie H. Harris (Illustrator - Jan Ormerod).
This selection is about a young boy who decides that he does not want to go to his first day of school because he
won't know anything because everything will be new. He says that he will go on the second day, though, because then
he'll know everything. His parents try to get him to go to school, but he says that he can't go because his stuffed
monkey, Hank, will miss him. His parents tell him that he can take Hank with him to school. So the boy goes to
school and his teacher shows him everything he needs to know. That night, the boy said that he liked going to
school and that he will go again the next day, as long as Hank can home with him.
This story is about a boy named Jess Aaron who wants to be the fastest runner in fifth grade. He practices all
summer and is sure he'll be able to beat all of his classmates. But, the new girl, Leslie Burke, crosses over to
the boys' side of the playground and outruns everyone. One would think that Jess would take an immediate dislike to
Leslie, but they end up being best friends. Leslie is rich and both dresses and acts differently than everyone else
(her family doesn't have a tv), but she has a wonderful imagination. Jess and Leslie create Terabithia, a magical
kingdom in the woods, over which they are king and queen. A horrible tragedy occurs, but Leslie gave him the
strength and courage he needed.
I'm sorry, but I have to use the phrase "absolutely adorable" again because this is an absolutely adorable book
about a young mouse named Lilly who is in her first year of school. She loves everything about school, especially
her teacher. Lilly loves her teacher, Mr. Slinger so much that she decides she wants to be a teacher when she grows
up. That is, until she brings her new purple plastic purse, horn-rimmed rhinestone sunglasses, and three shiny
quarters to school and Mr. Slinger takes them away because of the distraction. Lilly used to draw and write loving
stories about Mr. Slinger, but that day she draws a horrible, mean picture about him and puts it in his bookbag.
Mr. Slinger returns her purse and its contents and the end of the day. As she is walking home, Lilly discovers that
Mr. Slinger has written her a note and given her some cheese snacks. Lilly feels awful, so she runs home and tells
her parents everything. The next day, Lilly brings a nice story about Mr. Slinger, some homemade cheese snacks, and
an apology. Everything is made right. This story can help generate beneficial discussions about feeling guilty,
what to do about those feelings, and how to apologize.
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