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Mealtime - (no author). This book teaches young children easy vocabulary words such as bib, milk, bowl, mug, spoon, and apple.
Publisher: Price/Stern/Sloan Publishers Inc; Los Angeles; 1973.
General Grade Level: very early primary.




Clifford's Puppy Days
Clifford's Puppy Days

Norman Bridwell. This book helps teach children basic/early vocabulary words, accompanied by memorable illustrations that may help the vocabulary stick in the reader's memory.
Publishers: Scholastic Inc.; New York; 1989.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other Category: Humor.




Best Castle Ever

Harriet Ziefert (Illustrator - Carol Nicklaus). This selection is about 3 young animals (Lewis, Steffy, and Angel) that go to the beach and make a sand castle. They make a spectacular sand castle but then ruin it as they fight over who made it the best. In the end, they decide to make a new "greatest sandcastle ever."
Publisher: Random House; New York; 1989.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Note: this book is especially neat because it comes with mini learning cards with vocabulary words written on them. These learning cards can then be used to play educational games with - such as making matches, riddles, building sentences, the baseball game, concentration. The children can also make a wordbook with the cards.




Where's Spot?
Where's Spot?

Eric Hill. This book is about a mother dog (Sally) looking for her son, Spot. She looks around the house and finds all other kinds of animals, except her son - until a turtle tells her to look in the basket.
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; New York; 1980.
General Grade Level: Early Primary.
Note: this book has pull up parts.
Other Category: Humor.




Happy Children

Ju Zi (Illustrator - Lin Wancui). This selection is about two children performing daily activities. It teaches children basic vocabulary words. The interesting thing is that each phrase is accompanied by a translation in Chinese.
Publisher: Foreign Languages Press - Beijing; 1982.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other category: Artwork.




Puppies, Pussycats and Other Friends

Gyo Fujikawa. This book shows children with all different types of animal friends. It teaches that many types of animals can be pets. It also teaches basic animal vocabulary.
Publisher: JB Communications Inc.; Publishers; New York; 1975.
General Grade Level: Early Primary.




Favorite Poems Old and New
Favorite Poems Old and New

(Vol. I) - selected by Helen Ferris (Illustrators - Kay Lovelace Smith & Leonard Weisgard). This book is a collection of poems for young readers - organized by topic. As poetry is a more advanced form of writing, the readers' comprehension will be challenged and expanded.
Publishers: Communication & Studies, Inc; Atlanta; 1969.
General Grade Level: Intermediate to Advanced.




Favorite Poems Old and New
Favorite Poems Old and New

(Vol. II) - selected by Helen Ferris (Illustrators - Kay Lovelace Smith & Leonard Weisgard). This book is also a collection of poems for young readers - also organized by topic. It will also help expand the non-literal comprehension of its readers.
Publishers: Communication & Studies, Inc; Atlanta; 1969.
General Grade Level: Intermediate to Advanced.




Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices
Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices

Paul Fleischman (Illustrator - Eric Beddows). This book is a collection of poems all about insects. It is written from the perspective of various types of insects - such as the grasshoppers, water striders, mayflies, fireflies, book lice, moths, water boatmen, digger wasps, cicadas, honeybees, whirligig beetles, house crickets, and a butterfly. The illustrations are wonderfully realistic, and at the same time, almost cartoonish. The poems are arranged into two columns on each page; the left hand verses are to be read by one reader and the right-hand verses are to be read by another.
Publisher: Harper and Row, Publishers; 1988.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Newberry.
Other Category: Real-Life Info.
Other Works: Birthday Tree , Coming-and-Going Men: Four Tales Vol. 4 , Graven Images: Three Stories , The Half-a-Moon Inn , Path of the Pale Horse , Rear-View Mirror .




Paul Revere's Ride
Paul Revere's Ride

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Illustrator - Ted Rand). This selection is the famous poem about how Paul Revere warned the colonists that the British army was coming. This words are the same in this version as the other; only the illustrations are different.
Publisher: Dutton Children's Books, New York, 1990.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.




Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (Illustrator - Lois Elhert). This selection is about a bunch of numbers that climb up a tree and get hurt. It helps teach counting to young children.
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 1989.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Pig's Picnic

The Pig's Picnic-Keiko Kasza. This selection is about Mr. Pig, who was planning to go on a picnic with Miss Pig. On his way to her house, He runs into some other animals, who let him borrow their tails, stripes, and manes. When Mr. Pig arrives at Miss Pig's house, she thinks he is a monster. So Mr. Pig runs away to change and comes back to go on the picnic with Miss Pig.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1988.
General Grade Level: Primary.




What's a Frank Frank?: Tasty Homograph Riddles Hardcover
What's a Frank Frank?: Tasty Homograph Riddles Paperback

What's a Frank Frank?-Giulio Maestro. This selection is a collection of homograph riddles. (Homographs are words that are spelled alike but have different meanings).
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 1984.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other Category: Humor.




Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles
Eight Ate: A Feast of Homonym Riddles

Eight Ate-Marvin Terban (Illustrator - Giulio Maestro). This is a collection os homophone riddles. (Homophones are words that are spelled differently but sound the same).




Highwayman
Highwayman

Alfred Noyes (Illustrator - Charles Mikolaycak). This selection is a famous poem that has often been recited aloud. It is about a robber (highwayman) and his love, the daughter of a landlord. The highwayman tells his love to wait for him by moonlight. That day, British soldiers enter the landlord's inn and tie up the daughter. They leave her with a musket and she uses it to kill herself in order to warn her love. The recoats find him, though, and kill him too. According to the poem, legend has it that the highwayman still rides by moonlight to meet his love.
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee, & Shepard Books, New York, 1983.
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Other Category: Artwork.
Note: this is the poem that Anne recites in the movie, Anne of Avonlea .

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