Picture Books

Archie the Daredevil Penguin

Author: 
Andy Rash

Reading Level: Grades PreK - 3

All the other penguins know that Archie is fearless.  He has climbed to the summit of Nosebleed Mountain among other exploits.  But he's hiding a secret; he's afraid to swim and doesn't know how he'll get to Iceberg Nine for the fish fry.  After various attempts to fly there, Archie learns to overcome his fear of the ocean and the creatures that live there.  Rash's hilarious illustrations with sound bubbles will have you clapping for Archie along with his penguin friends!

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Ragweed's Farm Dog Handbook (Learn from the Best!)

Author: 
Anne Vittur Kennedy

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 8

Ragweeed tells you everything you need to know about being a farmdog, such as don't chase sheep (unless the farmer is away) and eating grass has its downsides and benefits.

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Red: A Crayon's Story

Author: 
Michael Hall

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

Red just doesn't understand why, no matter how hard he tries he cannot do anything right. Stoplights are blue, when he and his friend Yellow try to draw an orange it comes out green. What is wrong with him?

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New Shoes

Author: 
Susan Lynn Meyer
Illustrator: 
Eric Velasquez

Reading Level: Grades K - 5

Ella Mae needs new shoes so her mother takes her to the town shoe store. After waiting while a white girl tries on pair after pair of shoes Ella May is shocked to learn that she is not allowed to touch any shoes until after she buys them. Although she likes her new shoes, the humiliation of the shopping trip gnaws at her until she and her sister come up with a plan to bring a true shoe store experience to all her neighbors.

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Who's Next Door?

Author: 
Mayuko Kishira
Illustrator: 
Jun Takabatake

Reading Level: Ages 3 - 7

A chicken is excited to discover that a new neighbor has moved in next door, but no matter how many times he knocks on the door to introduce himself the neighbor doesn't seem to be home.

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Henry Holton Takes the Ice

Author: 
Sandra Bradley
Illustrator: 
Sara Palacios

Reading Level: Preschool-Grade 1

Henry's family loves hockey. So much so that their family dog is named Gretzky, after the world's most famous hockey player. When Henry decides he might like to try ice dancing, his family protests, claiming they are a "hockey family." Then, Grandma comes to visit, and Henry learns a little secret that helps him grasp his newfound interest.

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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Author: 
Mac Barnett
Illustrator: 
Jon Klassen

Reading Level: Ages 4 and up

Sam and Dave decide they are going to dig a hole until they find something spectacular in this clever book chock full of dry humor.

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Hank Has a Dream

Author: 
Rebecca Dudley

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

Hank, the adorable bear/monkey from Hank Finds an Egg is back. "Last night I had a dream," he tells his hummingbird friend.  The wonderful double-page spreads show Hank in his forest on the left-handed pages while his actions become his flying dream on the right side pages.  Children will delight in the enchanting and detailed dioramas depicting scenes from both Hank's life and his dream. 

Meet author Rebecca Dudley at the iRead kick-off on January 10th.

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