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Alfie and the Big Boys by Shirley Hughes


We Are Best Friends

Aliki - 1982
    Then he meets Will -- and finds he's not the only one who needs a new best friend.

When Charley Met Emma

Amy Webb - 2019
    Five-year-old Charley gets teased for daydreaming and drawing more than his friends, but when he meets Emma, who is physically different, he needs help remembering that being different is okay.

Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva

Elise Primavera - 2009
    Every girl has a little big cheese in her. Louise Cheese is no different. Night and day, Louise dreams of the limelight, lots of fuss, the red carpet, and more than anything to be the one and only "Big Cheese." Finally, Louise gets her chance when her teacher, Mrs. Little, announces a casting call for the role of Cinderella in the school play. It's Louise's chance to be a star...or is it? With humor and heart and just a little attitude, Elise Primavera and Diane Goode tell a story that will inspire the inner big cheese in all who read it.

A Pocketful of Cricket

Rebecca Caudill - 1964
    "" Everybody listened." A Caldecott Honor classic that celebrates friendship and new experiences-back in print on its 40th anniversary One afternoon late in August, before the start of a new school year, Jay finds Cricket. Cricket fits just right in small spaces-like under a tea strainer or in Jay's very own pocket-and Cricket makes the most exciting sounds. But what happens when it's time to go back to school? Will Cricket come too? Forty years after its original publication, this charming tale continues to capture the imaginative world of a child.

Harry and the Terrible Whatzit

Dick Gackenbach - 1977
    When his mother goes to the cellar and doesn't return right away, Harry shoves aside his fears to search for her and confronts the terrible two-headed whatzit.

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

Julia Cook - 2012
    It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages! Softcover, 32 pages.

A Treasury of Dick and Jane and Friends

Pearson Scott Foresman - 2002
    Includes: "We Look and See; We Come and Go"; and "The New We Work and Play."

Sadie and the Silver Shoes

Jane Godwin - 2019
    Her outfits always look interesting, though (even if some kids at school might not think so). But Sadie is allowed to pick her shoes, so one day she buys the most beautiful shoes ever -- shoes that sparkle in the sun, shoes she wears everywhere. That is, until Sadie and her brothers hop down a creek on an adventure, and one shoe falls off and is swept away. Whatever will Sadie do with one silver shoe? From a winning picture-book team comes a story of creativity, resilience, and like-minded souls that is sure to appeal to independent thinkers everywhere.

The Adventures of Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish - 1992
    The Rogers family loves Amelia, but she causes enough confusion to keep the family running from one hilarious disaster to another. Here are three favorite Amelia Bedelia books together in one volume for hours of laughs.Meet the zany housekeeper in Amelia Bedelia. You'll be surprised to find out what "dust the furniture" and "dress a chicken" really mean!In Come Back, Amelia Bedelia, Amelia tries to find a new job after Mr. Rogers fires her. All's well that ends well, but the local beauty shop, dress shop, and doctor's office will never be the same again.When the Grizzlies baseball team is in trouble, it's Amelia to the rescue in Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia. But before she can help, Amelia has to learn that "tag a runner" doesn't mean putting a price tag on one of the players.New and old fans of Amelia Bedelia will love this hilarious collection of stories, and will want to read them again and again.Peggy Parish first introduced Amelia Bedelia more than thirty years ago, and today beginning readers are still clamoring for the stories about her silly and delightful antics.


Trudy Ludwig - 2006
    Adults always back down when you say you're sorry. But does an apology count if you don't really mean it? Jack learns that the path to forgiveness isn't always the easiest. Includes afterword by apology-expert Dr. Aaron Lazare, M.D., note from author, and discussion questions.

Big Sisters Are the Best

Fran Manushkin - 2012
    Becoming a big sister is an exciting time full of smiles, smells, hugs, and kisses.

Once There Were Giants

Martin Waddell - 1989
    Soon the baby grows a little and can walk and talk. Then, one day, the baby is all grown up and has a baby of her own. Suddenly there are giants in the house again, and she realizes, "One of the giants is...ME!" Martin Waddell and Penny Dale trace the cycle of family life as it goes from one generation to the next in this warm picture book.

A Home in the Barn

Margaret Wise Brown - 2018
    This never-before-published picture book from children’s author Margaret Wise Brown tells the story of animals seeking shelter from the cold in a big warm barn.Outside in the cold, hear the wind rattle, come to the barn, keep warm with the cattle...

The Little Auto

Lois Lenski - 1934
    Mr. Small has a shiny red auto, but he runs into trouble when it rains and he gets a flat tire. Then he is able to fix the tire, the sun comes out, and Mr. Small drives his little auto back into the garage. Full color.

Peter Spier's Circus

Peter Spier - 1992
    The circus is in town! Come join in the fun as Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier creates a circus like no other, in this exuberant celebration of the wonders of the big top.