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The Invisible String

Patrice Karst - 2000
    For Adults Too!OVER 400,000 Copies Sold!

Enemy Pie

Derek Munson - 2000
    That is, until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became neighborhood enemy number one. Luckily Dad had a surefire way to get rid of enemies: Enemy Pie. But part of the secret recipe is spending an entire day playing with the enemy! In this funny yet endearing story one little boy learns an effective recipe for turning a best enemy into a best friend. Accompanied by charming illustrations, Enemy Pie serves up a sweet lesson in the difficulties and ultimate rewards of making new friends. The perfect book for kids learning how to make friends or deal with conflictIdeal as a read aloud book for families or elementary schoolsCreated by Derek Munson who has directly shared his children's stories with over 100,000 kids across the globeFans of Last Stop on Market Street, Have You Filled a Bucket Today, and First Day Jitters will love this Reading Rainbow classic, Enemy Pie.Recommend by experts for children who are reading independently and transitioning to longer books and perfect for the following reading categories: Elementary School Chapter BooksFamily Read Aloud BooksBooks for Kids Ages 5-9Children's Books for Grades 3-5

First Day Jitters

Julie Danneberg - 2000
    Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending.Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. FIRST DAY JITTERS is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has ever anticipated a first day of school.

If You Give a Pig a Party

Laura Joffe Numeroff - 2000
    When you give her the balloons, she'll want to decorate the house. When she's finished, she'll put on her favorite dress...Fans of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie will love this perfect addition to the series!The If You Give... series is a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, these books are perfect for beginning readers and story time. Sure to inspire giggles and requests to "read it again!"Other favorites in Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond's bestselling series include:If You Give a Cat a CupcakeIf You Give a Dog a DonutIf You Give a Moose a MuffinIf You Give a Mouse a CookieIf You Give a Pig a Pancake

Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee

Chris Van Dusen - 2000
    Magee and his dog Dee head out to the sea. But what begins as a fun day in the sun turns a bit bumpy when onel playful whale decides to say hello. Soon the crew that once was floating finds themselves flying! How will they get down? Who will come to their rescue? And when will they ever get to eat lunch? Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee is a great read-aloud, sure to provide fits of giggles.

Where's My Mom?

Julia Donaldson - 2000
    Little monkey says that his mother is big, so butterfly leads him to . . . an elephant. No, that's not right! Little monkey says his mom is furry, so butterfly leads him to . . . a bat. That's not right either. From then on, little monkey and butterfly meet many jungle animals, but they don't find Mom until little monkey comes up with just the right description.With Julia Donaldson's effortless rhyme and Axel Scheffler's vibrant illustrations, this circular tale combines funny miscommunication with a little bit of science for a charming feel-good adventure.

The Way I Feel

Janan Cain - 2000
    Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life. Recommended by parents, teachers and mental health professionals, The Way I Feel is a valuable addition to anyone's library. This book is ideal for children with autism. (Ages 2-8)

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Lauren Child - 2000
    A very fussy eater. She won't eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they're orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won't eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they're cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won't eat, including - and especially - tomatoes. Or will she? Two endearing siblings star in a witty story about the triumph of imagination over proclivity.

Pajama Time!

Sandra Boynton - 2000
    A jump-roping chicken and a pig on a swing. A Scottie in plaid pajamas and an elephant in a fuzzy one-piece with feet. And in sing-along nuttiness reminiscent of Barnyard Dance!, it's time to head to bed-to the beat: Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Everybody's wearing them for dancing tonight. Jamma jamma jamma jamma P!J! Oversized lap edition also available—perfect for reading aloud!

Shark In The Park

Nick Sharratt - 2000
    Peep through the die-cut holes in this book to see if you can spy a shark. Is that really a shark? Turn the page and find out . . .A delightful, entertaining story - with its rhyming text and ingenious die-cut pages, it's a book children will want to read again and again.

The Memory String

Eve Bunting - 2000
    The buttons Laura cherishes the most belonged to her mother—a button from her prom dress, a white one off her wedding dress, and a single small button from the nightgown she was wearing on the day she died. When the string breaks, Laura’s new stepmother, Jane, is there to comfort Laura and search for a missing button, just as Laura’s mother would have done. But it’s not the same—Jane isn’t Mom. In Eve Bunting’s moving story, beautifully illustrated by Ted Rand, Laura discovers that a memory string is not just for remembering the past: it’s also for recording new memories.

The Magic Nesting Doll

Jacqueline K. Ogburn - 2000
    "If your need is great, open the doll and help will come. But you may only do so three times. After that the magic will be gone." A wicked spell has changed a handsome young prince to a pale glassy figure made of "living ice," and his kingdom to a frozen landscape of night without moon, darkness without dawn. Katya knows that it's up to her to rescue the prince and undo the evil spell that has banished the sun. Armed with only the magic nesting doll and her own valiant heart, she is determined to succeed. But will the combined effort of her courage and the mysterious nesting doll be strong enough to prevail? Laurel Long's radiant paintings and Jacqueline K. Ogburn's enchanting original tale were inspired by Russian folk art and stories. This talented duo has created a modern classic that honors its folklore heritage while depicting a world in which a girl can be anything, including a hero.

The Berenstain Bears and Baby Makes Five

Stan Berenstain - 2000
    At least that's the way Sister Bear feels. If it isn't being fed, burped, or diapered, it's being dandled, cuddled, or kitchy-kitchy-kooed. Yes, Sister's pretty fed up with the fuss everyone's making over the new baby. Even the dolls make her angry, because they remind her of the baby. Then Sister gets a special homework assignment and, with a little help from wise old Mama, comes to believe that this new baby might just be a nifty addition to the Bear clan.

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Laura Joffe Numeroff - 2000
    series!If you take a mouse to the movies, he'll ask you for some popcorn. If you give him the popcorn, he'll want to string it all together. Then he'll want to hang it on a Christmas tree.The famous little mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie that has delighted millions of readers is back in an irresistible tale full of holiday antics.Collect all the books in this giggle-inspiring classic series!


Margaret Wild - 2000
    An injured magpie and a one-eyed dog live happily together in the forest, until a jealous fox arrives to teach them what it means to be alone.

Edwurd Fudwupper Fibbed Big

Berkeley Breathed - 2000
    But one day, Edwurd tells such a whopping lie that the army, the air force, and the dogcatcher are called to reverse the damage. Full color.

Biscuit's New Trick

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 2000
    Then Biscuit can't wait to show off his new trick!

Oh My Baby, Little One

Kathi Appelt - 2000
    Mama Bird feels sad, too. Sometimes it's hard to be apart. But as Mama Bird says, the love they share is with them always, keeping them close until the best part of the day--when they are together again. •From the illustrator of the bestselling Time for Bed, with more than 725,000 copies sold •A heartwarming story about the universal experience of parents and children being temporarily separated


Ian Falconer - 2000
    dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, napping (maybe), dancing, painting on walls and - whew! - going to sleep at last.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Jane Yolen - 2000
    But in this book, the youngsters are a wide variety of dinosaurs. And how do dinosaurs say good night?Filled with wonderful detail and humor, children and their parents will love the expressions and antics of the eleven different dinosaur children depicted here, and each species is spelled out somewhere in the young dinosaur's bedroom. In the end, young dinosaurs behave a lot like people do: They give a big kiss, turn out the light, tuck in their tails, and whisper "good night."Here is a new staple for bedtime reading, a book children will ask for again and again.

The McDuff Stories

Rosemary Wells - 2000
    Living creatures do not get any cuter than McDuff, the West Highland terrier who is the hero of a new series.--The New York Times Book Review.

Fox's Socks

Julia Donaldson - 2000
    With rhyming text, a colourful cast of animal characters and traditional stories, 'Tales from Acorn Wood' is a series that features flaps that the very youngest of readers can lift to participate in the story.


Christopher Myers - 2000
    The people in his neigborhood point at his wings. The kids at school laugh. The teachers call him a distraction.One girl identifies with Ikarus, but she is too shy to speak up for herself, let alone for him. Maybe I should have said something to those mean kids, she thinks, when their taunts send him drifting into the sky. Inspired by Ikarus's own courage, she sets out in search of him and so begins her own journey of self discovery -- leaving both of them transformed."I wanted to create a book that tells kids never to abandon the things that make them different, to be proud of what makes them unique. Every child has his own beauty, her own talents. Ikarus Jackson can fly through the air; I want kids to find their own set of wings and soar with him." -- Christopher Myers

First Snow in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Carl R. Sams II - 2000
    Children of all ages will enjoy this enchanted tale of change by the wildlife-photographers/authors who created two "New York Times" bestsellers: "Stranger in the Woods" and "Lost in the Woods."

Will, God's Mighty Warrior

Sheila Walsh - 2000
    . . well . . . at least in his imagination. He can leap tall buildings . . . from his bed . . . and he can rescue his sister from the jaws of a ferocious beast . . . his dog, Ralph! Complete with cape and sword, Will's adventures take him on dangerous missions through the jungle . . . his backyard. But when he gets confused by the meaning of God's armor, his dad teaches him that he can do anything with God's strength and protection. After all, he is Will, God's Mighty Warrior!Meets national education standards.

The Grump: The Original Short Story

Mark Ludy - 2000
    McCurry Brogan Howlweister, the crotchety old man who comes into town every Thursday to buy his weekly supplies. His constant scowl and legendary ill-temper have earned him the nickname “the Grump.” Dinkerwinkians big and small, young and old, and four-legged and feathered all try to avoid him as much as possible. That is, all Dinkerwinkians except little Lydia. Although Lydia cannot hear or speak, her powers of observation and the compassion she has for others are obvious. She has never heard anyone call Mr. McCurry Brogan Howlweister “the Grump” and simply sees him as the man with the upside-down smile, a man who needs a friend to help turn it right-side up. This story of compassion and love in action will delight children and families with its richly detailed illustrations and eccentric characters.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story

Angela Shelf Medearis - 2000
    When their father dies, he leaves an unusual will: by sundown, the brothers must make gold out of seven spools of thread or they will be turned out as beggars.

The Tickle Book: With Pop-Up Surprises

Ian Whybrow - 2000
    Watch the Ticklemonster in action, tickling his animal friends at every opportunity: monkeys in the train, pigs on the farm, penguins playing and bears in bed.

The Hickory Chair

Lisa Rowe Fraustino - 2000
    Louis and his grandmother are inseparable. They know each other so well that Louis feels he can even see his grandmother, though he has been blind since birth. That love carries him through the very worst moments when Gran is gone, and when Louis seems to be forgotten.

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep

Teri Sloat - 2000
    But when the temperature drops, his shivering sheep see all their wool in sacks -- and "BAAA!" they cry. "We Want It Back !"Young listeners will enjoy chiming in on this hilarious read-aloud as Farmer Brown's sheep track down their wool. As the farmer goes from one neighbor to the next, his sheep discover how their fleece changes when it's cleaned, carded, spun into yarn, and dyed. Can they get it back? It's the tender-hearted Farmer Brown himself who comes up with the surprise solution. "Now each year, come shearing time, the sheep wait eagerly in line, to feel the clip and hear the buzz, and wear bright sweaters over fuzz".

Hide-and-Seek Pig

Julia Donaldson - 2000
    With rhyming text, a colourful cast of animal characters and traditional stories, 'Tales from Acorn Wood' is a series of books that feature flaps that the very youngest of readers can lift to participate more fully in the story.

Open Wide: Tooth School Inside

Laurie Keller - 2000
    And to the gums on which we stand, strong and healthy, with toothbrushes and toothpaste for all.'"It's time for tooth school and Dr. Flossman is excited to meet the incoming class of 32--eight incisors, four canines, eight premolars, and twelve molars, including the four wisdom teeth. There's just so much to learn--from brushing and flossing to dentin and pulp to every student's nightmare: tooth decay!Best read with a toothbrush in hand, this hilarious book is full of interesting facts (for instance, George Washington's teeth were not made of wood, despite popular belief) and a classroom full of quirky characters. Young readers will laugh their way to a better appreciation for those pearly whites that beckon them to brush. And from there it's just a short hop to flossing.This title has Common Core connections.

I Love You All the Time

Jessica Elin Hirschman - 2000
    Playful, imaginative drawings and delightful verse appeal to bright-eyed babies, comfort-seeking toddlers, and proud first readers.

Small Gifts in God's Hands - Super Saver

Max Lucado - 2000
    At the same time, children will understand the story told from a young boy's perspective - who learns that no gift is too small for Jesus. The beautiful, moving illustrations compliment the wonderful story.This book brings to vivid life one of the most beloved stories from the Bible: the feeding of the multitudes. Best-selling author Max Lucado weaves his story-telling magic in this tale told from a young boy's perspective.

Lucky Pennies and Hot Chocolate

Carol Diggory Shields - 2000
    Both enjoy trading knock-knock jokes, playing baseball, and reading. Both hate wearing new clothes, eating funny-looking food, and cleaning up. And on the very last page the unexpected narrator is revealed -- Grandpa has been telling this story!

Franklin Goes To The Hospital

Paulette Bourgeois - 2000
    Full-color illustrations.

How Will We Get to the Beach?/Como Iremos a la Playa?

Brigitte Luciani - 2000
    But the car won't start and whenever Roxanne comes up with a new way to get to the beach, she discovers she must leave something behind. Spanish-speaking children will delight in guessing just what's missing each time in this sunshine-bright romp of a book.

The Clever Boy and the Terrible, Dangerous Animal [With CD]

Idries Shah - 2000
    A Sufi teaching tale of a boy who visits another village and helps the townspeople deal with their fear of something that they have mistaken for a terrible, dangerous animal.

Grandfather Counts

Andrea Cheng - 2000
    Helen is excited, but anxious. How will she and her siblings, who know only English, communicate with Gong Gong, who speaks only Chinese?At first Gong Gong keeps to himself, reading the Chinese newspapers he brought with him. Then one day, as Helen sits outside watching for the train that runs behind her house, Gong Gong joins her. He starts counting the train cars in Chinese, and then teaches Helen the words. Helen reciprocates by teaching Gong Gong to count in English. Soon Helen and Gong Gong are teaching each other more words, and a special bond between them begins to develop and grow.A moving intergenerational story, Grandfather Counts highlights the universality of the love shared between grandparent and grandchild, a love that helps them cross the boundaries of language and culture.


Haydé Ardalan - 2000
    From precious kitten to precocious cat, this quintessential feline will charm children and adults alike. As he shares his experiences hunting, eating and sleeping, Milton, with his ever-elegant black and white coat, velvety paws and sharp claws, will win hearts with his independent nature. Playful illustrations and a simple, funny text make Milton the perfect picturebook for cat-lovers of all ages.

Dogs' Night

Meredith Hooper - 2000
    For a few hours, they escape their gilded frames and are free to run up and down the grand staircases, chase each other round the marble halls, and explore the other exhibits. But four of the dogs overindulge and sleepily climb back into the wrong paintings. When the mix-up is discovered, the museum's popularity soars! This playful story, with superb illustrations by Alan Curless and lovely reproductions of National Gallery paintings, provides young children with a charming introduction to fine art.

Mabela the Clever

Margaret Read MacDonald - 2000
    And this cleverness comes in handy when the cat comes, inviting everyone to join the secret Cat Society.

Gotta Go! Gotta Go!

Sam Swope - 2000
    I gotta go! I gotta go! I gotta go to Mexico!" The creepy-crawly bug doesn't know why she does what she does. She only knows she has to do it. But making the journey seems impossible for the slow-moving critter, who has no idea what or where Mexico is. Then an everyday miracle occurs, bringing a transformation that will help her fulfill her destiny. Each autumn, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the central and eastern United States and Canada to colonies in the mountains of Mexico, where they mate before flying north in the spring to lay their eggs. In simple, jaunty text and pictures, Sam Swope and Sue Riddle celebrate the amazing story of one of these intrepid bugs.

Everybody Serves Soup

Norah Dooley - 2000
    She wants to earn money shoveling to buy her mother a Christmas present. But what should she buy? As she goes from house to house, Carrie finds everybody making soup. Carrie's neighbors come from many places, so each one is making a different kind of soup. As she collects recipes, Carrie begins to get an idea of what to give her mother. Accompanied by simple recipes, this tale is sure to please the many readers who loved Everybody Cooks Rice and Everybody Bakes Bread as well as those who are new to Carrie's delightful and diverse neighborhood.

What Makes a Rainbow?

Betty Schwartz - 2000
    The last page is sure to delight with all the colors of the rainbow. What a fun way to learn colors!

One Lucky Girl

George Ella Lyon - 2000
    The vigorous pastel and watercolor paintings catch every change of family mood and weather in this true story of a miracle as Nick finds his lost sister, "one lucky girl", in a tornado.

Two Shoes, New Shoes

Shirley Hughes - 2000
    It is designed to introduce concepts such as colour, shape and size to young children.

The Girl Who Spun Gold

Virginia Hamilton - 2000
    A tiny creature comes to save her under the condition that she has three chances to guess his name right.West Indian

Momma, Where Are You From?

Marie Bradby - 2000
    Her mother's reply is filled with rich details as she recounts memories from her childhood. She recalls the cries of the ragman looking to buy worn-out clothes, the tunes of Ellington and Basie, and of the warm family gatherings that took place every Friday night.

Grandpas Are for Finding Worms

Harriet Ziefert - 2000
    Grandpas are great at making things, like bookshelves, burgers, and funny faces. Some grandpas like to sing old songs, some like to play baseball, and all grandpas make you feel special. Young children and grandpas alike will love this sweet tribute to the special love between them

The Secret Footprints

Julia Alvarez - 2000
    Although the ciguapas fear humans, Guapa, a bold and brave ciguapa, can't help but be curious--especially about a boy she sees on the nights when she goes on the land to hunt for food. When she gets too close to his family and is discovered, she learns that some humans are kind. Even though she escapes unharmed and promises never to get too close to a human again, Guapa still sneaks over to the boy's house some evenings, where she finds a warm pastelito in the pocket of his jacket on the clothesline.From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.

Out of Sight: Pictures of Hidden Worlds

Seymour Simon - 2000
    The astonishing photographs and fascinating explanations take readers on a fantastic voyage that is truly out of sight.

Down on the Winding Road

Angela Johnson - 2000
    An eloquent tribute to people who matter, the Old Ones who "talk about this time, and that time, and they sure had a good time..".

The Fairy Catalogue

Sally Gardner - 2000
    Just like a real mail order catalogue but all you have to do is wish

The Market Wedding

Cary Fagan - 2000
    But how is he to give his bride the elegant home she deserves? He has a brilliant plan: he will make their wedding so fine that surely their friends will shower them with the best of everything. His plan backfires, of course, but, like all good love stories, this is a tale that ends in a happy – if surprising – fashion.Cary Fagan’s evocation of turn-of-the-century Kensington Market is perfectly brought to life by Regolo Ricci’s lively, affectionate paintings.

My Very Own Room

Amada Irma Pérez - 2000
    Five brothers, two parents, and a house full of visiting relatives make a young Mexican American girl feel crowded. Five little brothers, two parents, and a house full of visiting relatives make a young Mexican American girl feel crowded. She loves her family, but how can she get a little space of her own? This delightful memoir of a California childhood, by Amada Irma P�rez, sparkles with exuberance and wit.Renowned painter Maya Christina Gonzalez brings the captivating scenes to life with bold colors and whimsical details. My Very Own Room gently teaches a valuable lesson about the strength of family and the importance of dreams.

You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer!

Shana Corey - 2000
    Here is her story, told in buoyant, witty text and beautiful, high styled-illustrations.

The Honest-to-Goodness Truth

Patricia C. McKissack - 2000
    McKissack comes a humorous and poignant picture book about the right time to tell the truth.“Tell the truth and shame the devil,” Libby’s mama has told her. So whatever is Libby doing wrong? Ever since she started telling only the truth, the whole world seems to be mad at her. First, it’s her best friend, Ruthie Mae, who gets upset when Libby tells all their friends that Ruthie Mae has a hole in her sock. Then Willie gives her an ugly look when she tells the teacher he hasn’t done his homework. It seems that telling the truth isn’t always so simple. Can Libby figure out what it really means to be truthful and make amends?

Franklin's First Day of School

Paulette Bourgeois - 2000
    But by the time the day is over, he discovers just how much he loves to learn!

Grandpa Never Lies

Ralph Fletcher - 2000
    Grandpa has magical explanations for ordinary things—a frosty windowpane, dewdrops sparkling on the grass, even his own bald head—and Grandpa never lies. Whimsical humor and deep feeling are skillfully layered together in this touching, lyrical account of a grandpa and a granddaughter who love and trust each other.


Jan Bourdeau Waboose - 2000
    It isn't easy for the younger sister to be silent, but gradually she begins to treasure the stillness and the wonderful experiences it brings. After an exhilarating walk and patient waiting, the girls are rewarded by the arrival of the SkySpirits --- the northern lights --- dancing and shimmering in the night sky. This powerful story, with its stunning illustrations, captures the chill of a northern night, the warmth of the family circle and the radiance of a child's wonder.

Bright Beetle

Rick Chrustowski - 2000
    Soon, each egg hatches into a tiny larva with a huge appetite for aphids. Despite the dangers of ants and praying mantises, the larvae grow big enough to create hard pupae around themselves. When they break through the pupae, they are ladybugs at last.In simple, poetic text and vibrant illustrations, this nonfiction picture book explores the life-cycle of the most beloved beetle.

Icelandic Trolls

Brian Pilkington - 2000
    Nowadays, however, little is herad from these beings, and the old terror seems to have changed to puzzled curiosity. It has been argued that many of the old trolls have turned to stone, the usual evidence for this being the huge, moss-covered, troll-like basalt rock columns that can be found all around the countryside, standing out against the skyline. In this richly illustrated book, Brian Pilkington brings the amazing world of the trolls to life in an amusing and original fashion. The Icelandic folk legends have been used as a background, but a great deal of new and surprising information has been added concerning the living conditions, traditions and customs of these ancient creatures. The wide range of illustrations in the book all testify to this popular artist’s incomparable breadth of imagination.

What Color Is Paradise (Adventures in Art (Prestel))

Marc Chagall - 2000
    For Chagall, God was present in all people and all things. In his paintings he therefore mixed together the story of the Bible and the everyday world like the colors in his palette. His great paintings such as "The Creation of Man", "Paradise" and "Noah's Ark" invite young and old alike to get to know the stories of the Book of Genesis.

The Forest in the Clouds

Sneed B. Collard III - 2000
    High up in the mountains of these areas lies an even more mysterious environment--the tropical cloud forest. The Forest in the Clouds explores the enchanting world of the Monte Verde cloud forest in Costa Rica.Discover the splendor and fragile beauty of a precarious ecosystem that receives up to 10 feet of rain and mist each year. Readers meet rare creatures unique to the cloud forest, home to over 300 different types of birds and countless insects. There are more than 500 species of butterflies alone. Learn about the many plants that thrive in the cloud forest, such as gardens of epiphytes, which are plants that grow on other plants. The Forest in the Clouds will amaze and inspire young readers as it plainly teaches children about the importance of this delicate ecosystem to the balance of the earth.Michael Rothman vividly brings to life the plants and animals of the enchanting and ethereal cloud forest. This place, constantly in mist, is alive with color and light in his lush illustrations.A glossary of terms is provided in the back of the book along with a guide to further reading, a few helpful web sites, and addresses kids can write to in order to get further information about saving the cloud forests.

Handa's Hen

Eileen Browne - 2000
    Every morning, she feeds Mondi her breakfast, but this morning Mondi hasn't come for her food. So Handa and her friend Akeyo begin to hunt for Mondi. While searching, they find all sorts of other animals.

One Smart Chick

Paul Shipton - 2000

Underwear Do's and Don'ts

Todd Parr - 2000
    Bold and bright, funny and reassuring, these are perfect packages for preschoolers and will stand up to the repeated readings they are guaranteed to get!

Big Numbers

Edward Packard - 2000
    It all starts with a lone pea on a plate in small-town America...and that lone pea eventually -- through the magic of exponential progression -- becomes a quadrillion peas, forming a small mountain that covers the town! A very lively and informative treatment of the concept of big numbers; children will love the visual playfulness of the ever-growing quantity of peas and the side-comments they generate.

Speak English for Us, Marisol!

Karen English - 2000
    But before she can get there, Uncle Tomas calls to her. He needs Marisol to tell the poultry man that his chickens cost too much. Uncle Tomas cannot speak English so Marisol must do the talking -- and she does.Marisol hurries on her way, but soon Auntie Flora stops her for help. Then Mrs. Lopez needs her, too. When Marisol finally gets home, her own mama needs her to hurry to the phone company to straighten out a bill. Luisa will have to wait.This touching story will reach out to the thousands of families in America whose children spend much of their time translating for relatives and friends. Karen English lives in California. Enrique O. Sanchez lives in Maine.


Brian Wildsmith - 2000
    After beginning with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and the visit of the shepherds and wise men, Wildsmith shows Jesus' youth in Nazareth, his baptism and temptation, and his teaching and miracles. Finally, Wildsmith depicts Jesus' entry into Jerusalem, his death on the cross, and his resurrection and ascension.

Eagle Boy: A Pacific Northwest Native Tale

Richard Lee Vaughan - 2000
    Born an orphan, the title character grows up to love eagles, despite the fact that the people of his tribe distrust eagles. In return he is ridiculed and made an outcast. One year, the tribe has difficulty hunting and fishing, and must depart their land. With not enough room in their boats, Eagle Boy is left behind. He is saved from starvation by the eagles he loves, and using their assistance saves his starving tribe, who have not been able to find a fertile place to live since their departure. The gorgeous illustrations and tales of adventures and bald eagles will thrill children, while also instructing them about individualism and humanity, as well as Northwest Coast Native life. This is a paperback edition of a pre-existing hardcover book originally published in 2000.

Brother Wolf of Gubbio: A Saint Francis Legend Handprint Books

Colony Elliott Santangelo - 2000
    An old wolf terrorizes the villagers of Gubbio-until Saint Francis brings about a peace between man and animal. This inspiring and favorite legend is richly illuminated and lovingly depicted by a new artist of great talent. A storyteller's ear informs a tale whose gentle message of spirituality and the brotherhood of all living things will strike a resonant chord. Those familiar with art history will delight in finding images which quote famous paintings; all others will simply delight.

Wolf of Gubbio

Michael Bedard - 2000
    In sleep, we saw his shadow slink along the moonlit wall as the great beast circled the town.No one in Gubbio is safe from the monstrous wolf that stalks them. The townsfolk, armed with pitchforks, travel in groups and never venture out at night.One day a band of strangers comes to town led by the Poverello, the poor one. People say he understands the language of bird and beast. Even so, when he offers to go into the forest and face the wolf, everyone is certain he will never return.What happens between the wolf and the Poverello as they stand face to face, is a matter of trust and understanding. But for the people of Gubbio, and one boy in particular, it is nothing short of a miracle. Based on one of the legends of St. Francis of Assisi, the story may contain some truth. During repairs to a chapel in Gubbio dedicated to the saint, a large wolf's skull was found underneath the flagstones. The Afterword recounts this amazing fact and provides historical details on the life of St. Francis of Assisi.Shortlisted 2001, CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon AwardShortlisted 2001, CLA Book of the Year for Children AwardCanadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Our Choice SelectionNominated for 2001 Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration

Little Turtle and the Song of the Sea

Sheridan Cain - 2000
    This poetic story relates the perilous journey that Little Turtle must endure from when he hatches on the beach to his final arrival at the sea.

The Bravest of Us All

Marsha Diane Arnold - 2000
    Every day Velma Jean does something that amazes her siblings. To her sister Ruby Jane, she is the bravest of them all. But when a tornado sets down near the edge of their farm, Velma Jean is afraid to seek shelter in the dark storm cellar. It is Ruby Jane who stands up to the weather and brings her sister to safety.

The Saturday Kid

Edward Sorel - 2000
    It's the day he goes to the movies. The only problem is Morty, the neighborhood bully and troublemaker, who gets Leo thrown out of the movie one afternoon -- for something Morty has done! Leo dreams of getting even with Morty, but how? Soon Leo is chosen to play his violin in a concert at City Hall -- an event covered by a newsreel cameraman -- and he actually shakes hands with the Mayor! But when Leo tells his friends about the concert, Morty just jeers at him and tries to pick a fight. The way in which Morty finally gets his comeuppance makes a totally satisfying ending for Leo and for readers.In a lively text with glorious, masterfully conceived and painted pictures, Edward Sorel, a distinguished artist, gives a splendid sense of New York in the 1930s and a boy's dreams of glory come true.

The Mole Sisters and Busy Bees

Roslyn Schwartz - 2000
    But when a busy bee buzzes by, they follow him and end up in a lovely meadow of flowers. The Mole Sisters begin smelling and their noses become covered in pollen. Soon they look just like flowers! With a couple of big sneezes, they are back to being Mole Sisters.

Sluggy Slug

Chris Raschka - 2000
    The paper-over-board, hand-size Thingy Things series by Chris Raschka uses alliteration and word repetition to build reading skills; his swift brushstrokes and calligraphic lines match the text's minimalism. The main character of Moosey Moose is mad because he wants his long pants; that of Wormy Worm gleefully wiggles; Whaley Whale describes a game of hide-and-seek; and the hero of Sluggy Slug is downright sluggish -- he simply won't go.

Clever Tortoise

Francesca Martin - 2000
    Elephant and Hippo are bullies. Big, strong, and selfish, the two friends boss and frighten all the other animals in the jungle, making life in their formerly harmonious community unbearable. But one day, Clever Tortoise calmly declares that size and strength aren't everything. Soon he proves it, hatching a plan to outwit the two tyrants with the tug-of-war to end all tugs-of-war. Who will be left standing when Tortoise's ingenious contest is over? Francesca Martin's spirited adaptation of a traditional African folk story-complete with a glossary of African words-and her rich illustrations will have kids cheering as wit and quiet wisdom triumph over brute strength.

ABC for You and Me

Margaret Girnis - 2000
    Full color photographs of a multicultural cast of children, most with Down syndrome, illustrate the simple text that helps children learn their ABCs.

The Eagle & the Wren

Jane Goodall - 2000
    With a great flapping of wings, and squawking and calling, the birds take to the air. It is a glorious contest, but the outcome surprises them all--especially the mighty eagle!Jane Goodall retells a beloved story from her own childhood --a fable for all times that illustrates how we depend on each other for help and support throughout our lives.

She Is Born

Virginia L. Kroll - 2000
    This picture book lyrically describes how cultures around the world welcome the birth of a daughter.

Ling Cho and his Three Friends

V.J. Pacilio - 2000
    They gladly agree and depart for the marketplace with one wagonload each. When the time comes for them to bring Ling Cho his portion of their earnings, none of the farmers has anything for him but a story. Ling Cho listens to each neighbor's excuse and then demonstrates wisdom in his response that will remain with readers long after the book is closed. His message: that true friends allow themselves to be helped. Carefully rhymed couplets and golden, animated paintings make this story both funny and deeply meaningful.

Mole in a Hole

Rita Golden Gelman - 2000
    Mole is lonely as only a mole can be. He prefers his cozy, dark hole under an apple tree to the bright outdoors. But try as he might to have friends over, he finds that his hole is not well suited to the frog, the bee, and the mouse. Poor Mr. Mole is a lonely old soul--until he finds . . . Ms. Mole! Our first Read-a-Rebus title in Step into Reading® is sure to delight young readers.

The Little Golden Lamb

Ellin Greene - 2000
    The lad and the lamb set off on a journey, with the lamb dancing and frolicking as the boy plays his flute. Along the way they meet one person after another who tries to put an end to their merriment, but soon enough each has no choice but to join the cheerful procession and help the shepherd boy win his fortune and fulfill his destiny. Whimsically illustrated in delicious colors, this lively tale about the magic of music and the infectiousness of a light heart will have young children ready to join in the celebration.

No Dragons on My Quilt

Jean Ray Laury - 2000
    His grandmother makes him a special quilt so he can finally sleep. Whimsical watercolor drawings and quilt instructions with full size applique patterns are included.

One, Two, Guess Who?

Colin Hawkins - 2000
    Full-color illustrations.

Tractor Mac Learns to Fly

Billy Steers - 2000
    He even talks to birds to try to learn how they fly. Then one day Tractor Mac is driving downhill too fast, his wheels lift off the ground, and he can finally fly! But when Tractor Mac has a crash landing, he learns that he is better suited to life on the ground.

The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever

Brenda A. Ferber - 2000
    A let-her-cut-in-line-at-the-water-fountain kind of crush. And he's got the perfect valentine. But this valentine has no intention of getting caught up in any romantic conspiracy. "Love is yucky, kid! Valentine's Day is all about CANDY!" the card yells at Leon, before leaping out the window and running away, leaving Leon to chase it across town, collecting interested kids along the way. Here is a hilarious take on the holiday that boys love to hate, the most complex holiday of them all. Saying "I love you" has never been so yucky or so sweet.

Bunny And Me

Adele Aron Greenspun - 2000
    Two funny buddies pop bubbles, chase a ball, and look at a book!A delightful story of separation and reunion, created by the mother-daughter team of Adele Aron Greenspun and Joanie Schwarz.

Go Ahead and Dream

Karen Kingsbury - 2000
    They may only be in grade school, but Alex dreams of throwing touchdown passes in the NFL, while Bobby fantasizes about soaring above the clouds as a pilot. But as they make moves to follow their dreams, trials arise that could deter them. With a little encouragement from Alex’s grandfather and a lot of dedication, they learn to never give up on their dreams, no matter how big and unreachable they may seem.With illustrations by Greg Banning, Smith’s account of his life as a boy is paired perfectly with Kingsbury’s signature uplifting words. This encouraging picture book will inspire readers to give their all, try their hardest, and . . . go ahead and dream!

Harp O' Gold: An Original Tale

Teresa Bateman - 2000
    His future looks dreary indeed until Sean O'Dell mysteriously appears out of nowhere and offers Tom the deal of a lifetime.

Science Fair Bunnies

Kathryn Lasky - 2000
    Clyde knows he's in big trouble . . . until his loose tooth gives him a really great idea. The question is, will his science partner be willing to give up her very first loose tooth? And will the Tooth Fairy understand that they did it in the name of science? Kathryn Lasky and Marylin Hafner, creators of Lunch Bunnies and Show and Tell Bunnies, tell another satisfying story about the anxieties and triumphs of life in first grade.

Mother Goose Remembers HC w CD

Clare Beaton - 2000
    As they listen to favorites such as Humpty Dumpty and Three Blind Mice, youngsters are also invited to hunt for Mother Goose s feathers, one of which is carefully sewn into the art that accompanies each rhyme. By the final page, they will have collected just enough tiny feathers to fill a bedtime pillow. Thoughtfully compiled, and illustrated with collages that bring together many antique fabrics, this is a truly nostalgic Mother Goose treasury that will be lovingly handed down for many generations.Book Details: Format: Hardcover Publication Date: 9/1/2006 Pages: 64 Reading Level: Age 5 and Up

That's Not My Bunny...

Fiona Watt - 2000
    Babies and toddlers will delight in turning the pages and touching the feely ears, tails, and noses.

Howdi Do!

Woody Guthrie - 2000
    This title presents a lively version of one of his songs for children.

A Big Spooky House

Donna Washington - 2000
    Inside he finds a table spread with a magnificent meal. After dinner, relaxing by the fire, he hears the clock strike midnight and the first of three scruffy black cats that chomp on the hot coals in the fireplace appears.

Our Eight Nights of Hanukkah

Michael J. Rosen - 2000
    For this family each night is an occasion to share cherished traditions such as lighting the menorah with family and friends. It's also a time to have fun dancing at the temple's big Hanukkah party, playing with dreidels and chocolate coins, and eating delicious latkes. This joyful celebration of Hanukkah miracles, great and small, presents a heartwarming picture of one family's festivities from the first night of the Festival of Lights to the last.

Goodnight PiggyWiggy (A pull-the-page book)

Christyan Fox - 2000