1st Grade

Queen of the Falls

Author: 
Chris Van Allsburg

Reading Level: Grades K-3

Retirement isn’t for everyone – especially not sixty-two year old Annie Edson Taylor. Schoolteaching in the late 1800s was not a high paying job, and after retirement, Annie needed a way to earn some money so she could live out the rest of her days in comfort and happiness. She knew that stuntmen and daredevils often made good money from their bravado, and so she decided to become the first person ever to go over Niagara Falls… in a barrel. Chris Van Allsburg’s typical old-timey illustrations are a perfect pairing with this biography.

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The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle

Author: 
Hugh Lofting

Reading Level: K-5

The second book in the wonderfully adventrous Dolittle series starts off by introducing us to Tommy Stubbins, future naturalist. To sate his curiosity about animals and their nature, Tommy asks Dr. Dolittle to apprentice him and teach him all he knows about animals and their languages - and so Dolittle, Stubbins and a few old friends set sail, hoping to learn the language of the Shellfish.

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How to Teach a Slug to Read

Author: 
Susan Pearson
Illustrator: 
David Slonim

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 6

Have you ever seen a slug in your backyard or garden?  If so, you may have wondered -- "how on earth would I go about teaching this slug to read, if it asked me?  I don't know the first thing about teaching a slug to read!"  Well, never fear -- this wonderful, instructional book will tell you everything you need to know about teaching slugs the wonderful art of reading.  You might even learn some good tips for yourself! 

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Say Hello to Zorro!

Author: 
Carter Goodrich

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Bud the dog has a good life. He has his things and his routine and he likes it that way. Then Zorro comes along. Zorro is bossy and doesn't share (but Bud can be grumpy and selfish too).  Can these two dogs find ANYTHING they have in common and become friends?

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Ruth and the Green Book

Author: 
Calvin Alexander Ramsey
Illustrator: 
Floyd Cooper

Reading Level: Grades K - 4

Ruth and her parents take a road trip during the Jim Crow era and encounter discrimination at every turn, until they are given a copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book which lists the safe places for African-Americans to eat, visit and stay.

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Me and You

Author: 
Anthony Browne

Reading Level: Ages 4 - 8

A young urban bear and his family go for a walk in the park only to have an uninvited young girl enter their home, eat their breakfast, break their furniture and rumple their beds.

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