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1.   American Tall Tales
Michael McCurdy (Illustrator), Mary Pope Osborne (Reteller)
Nine stories of early American folk heroes, including Johnny Appleseed and Davy Crockett.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
2.   And Tango Makes Three
Justin Richardson (Author), Peter Parnell (Author), Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Based on a true-life penguin family living in New York City's Central Park Zoo, this is the story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins that cuddle and share a nest like the other penguin couples. When all the others start hatching eggs, they want to be parents, too, and bring an egg-shaped rock back to their nest to care for. A watchful zookeeper decides they deserve a chance at having their own family and gives them an egg in need of nurturing. A daughter, Tango, arrives soon after and the three can still be seen at the zoo today.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
3.   Brian's Bird
Patricia A. Davis (Author), Layne Johnson (Illustrator)
A young boy who is blind learns to care for his new parakeet.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
4.   Buffalo Woman
Written by
Paul Goble
A young hunter marries a female buffalo in the form of a beautiful maiden.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
5.   Dance, Mice, Dance!: Bailen, Ratones, Bailen!
Kuang-ts’ai Hao (Reteller), Stefan Tartarotti (Illustrator)
Based on The Piped Piper of Hamlin, a magic flute player befriends a group of mice.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
6.   Dream Wolf
Written and Illustrated by
Paul Goble
Two Plains Indian children are lost and cared for by a friendly wolf.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
7.   El bisonte americano/American Bison
Cheryl Walsh Bellville (Illustrator), Ruth Berman (Author)
A look at the crucial role the bison played in the lives of both Native Americans and early settlers.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
8.   Eukee the Jumpy Jumpy Elephant
Richard Dimatteo, (Illustrator), Clifford Corman (Author), Esther Trevino (Author)
A young elephant always seems to feel jumpy and fidgety and sometimes has trouble paying attention during class. The elephant visits Dr. Tusk and from him he learns about ADD.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
9.   Guji Guji
Written and Illustrated by
Chih-Yuan Chen
Out of an egg that has rolled into Mother Duck's nest hatches a crocodile, Guji Guji, who happily grows up as a duck along with his "brothers," Crayon, Zebra and Moonlight, and only slowly figures out how different he is. Despite their differences, Mother loves all her offspring—even her adopted Guji Guji—the same When three duck-hungry crocodiles make fun of Guji Guji's ways and try to tempt him into betraying his family, he learns a lesson about appreciating families and differences.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
10.   How Snowshoe Hare Rescued the Sun: A Tale from the Arctic
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
A tale from the Yuit people of northeast Siberia that tells how snowshoe hare rescued the sun and changed the sky forever.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
11.   How Stories Came into the World: A Folk Tale from West Africa
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
The myth of Mouse and her children, from the Ekoi people of Nigeria.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
12.   How the Birds Changed Their Feathers: A South American Indian Folk Tale
Retold and Illustrated by
Joanna Troughton
This tale, told by the Arawak people of Guyana, explains how there came to be such brightly colored birds on Earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
13.   Jaha and Jamil Went Down the Hill: An African Mother Goose
Virginia Kroll (Author), Katherine Roundtree (Illustrator)
This is a new take on familiar Mother Goose rhymes, rewording them to expose young children to African culture and wildlife.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
14.   Kangaroo and Cricket
Written by
Lorianne Siomades
This book for preschoolers illustrates how the most unlikely pair still can share something in common. Uses colorful images and verse to help children celebrate similarities.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
15.   Lee, the Rabbit with Epilepsy
Deborah Moss (Author), Carol Schwartz (Illustrator)
Lee discovers that she has epilepsy. At first she is worried, but after she is given medicine to control her seizures, she learns that she can live with epilepsy.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
16.   Lucy Goes to the Country
Joseph Kennedy (Author), John Canemaker (Illustrator)
Lucy is an adventuresome cat who embarks on a trip from New York City to the countryside with her two “Big Guys”. While on this journey, she discovers the importance of family and different types of same-sex headed families.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 2]
17.   Mom's Best Friend
Sally Hobart Alexander (Author), George Ancona (Illustrator)
The true story of a woman, her family, and her guide dog.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
18.   Mother for Choco
Written and Illustrated by
Keiko Kasza
Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother—but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children—a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator—and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 1]
19.   New England Whaler
Robert F. Baldwin (Author), Richard Erickson (Illustrator)
A depiction of the way of life of New England whalers during the 1840s.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
20.   Nine-in-One, Grr! Grr!: A Folktale from the Hmong People of Laos
Nancy Hom (Illustrator), Blia Xiong (Author)
A Hmong folktale that explains why the land isn't overrun with tigers.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
21.   Pascual's Magic Pictures
Karen M. Dugan (Illustrator), Amy Glaser Gage (Author), May Gage (Author)
Having saved enough money to buy a disposable camera, a young boy goes into the Guatemalan jungle to take pictures of monkeys.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
22.   Raven's Gift
Jo-Ann E. Kitchel (Illustrator), Janice Kuharski (Reteller)
A clever raven tricks the Chief of the Sky into sharing light with all the creatures of the earth.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
23.   Sadako
Eleanor Coerr (Author), Ed Young (Illustrator)
The story behind the tradition of the paper cranes which have come to be a symbol of peace throughout the world.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
24.   Shelley, the Hyperactive Turtle
Carol Schwartz (Illustrator), Deborah Moss (Author)
Shelley always feels so jumpy and jittery. After going to the doctor, Shelley learns more about why he behaves that way.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
25.   Spotted Eagle and Black Crow: A Lakota Legend
Durga Bernhard (Illustrator), Emery Bernhard (Reteller)
A Lakota legend about betrayal and salvation.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
26.   Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Monica Chang (Reteller), Arthur Lee (Illustrator)
The legend of the Chinese Zodiac and how the twelve animals were chosen.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
27.   Susan Butcher Sled Dog Racer
Written by
Ginger Wadsworth
A biography of the woman who won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race four times.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
28.   Sweet Magnolia
Laura Jacques (Illustrator), Virginia Kroll (Author)
A young girl visits her grandmother, a wildlife rehabilitater, in the Louisiana bayou, and helps her heal and free an injured baby bird.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
29.   Swimmy
Written by
Leo Lionni
This classic tale of cooperation follows a little black fish and his friends, a school of little red fish, who cannot escape when the big fish try to eat them until they discover that when they work together, they become the biggest fish of all.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
30.   Tale of Two Rice Birds: A Folktale from Thailand
Christine Lamb (Illustrator), Clare Holdgson Meeker (Adapter)
A Thai folktale in which a male and female rice bird each die, but meet again when they are reincarnated.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
31.   The Ant and the Grasshopper
Retold and Illustrated by
Amy Lowry Poole
A colony of industrious ants busily prepares for winter while a grasshopper makes no plans for the cold weather to come.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
32.   The Barking Mouse
Alfredo Aguirre (Illustrator), Antonio Sacre (Author)
A Spanish-speaking mouse family enjoys a picnic until a cat threatens them; the mother mouse's knowledge of another language saves the day. The story is interspersed with Spanish words.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
33.   The Berenstain Bears No Girls Allowed
Jan Berenstain (Author), Stan Berenstain (Author)
Brother bear is angry because sister bear can do "boy" things better than him. He decides to make a club with other male cubs to exclude her.
[Grade Level: Pre-K - 3]
34.   The Bird's Gift: A Ukrainian Easter Story
Eric A. Kimmel (Reteller), Katya Krenina (Illustrator)
Villagers provide a flock of golden birds with shelter and are rewarded for their kindness with beautifully decorated eggs.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
35.   The Blues of Flats Brown
Nina Laden (Illustrator), Walter Dean Myers (Author)
A junkyard dog runs away from his abusive master and makes a name for himself playing blues on his guitar.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
36.   The Courage of Sara Noble
Alice Dalgliesh (Author), Leonard Weisgard (Illustrator)
Sarah Noble and her father build a new home for their family in the wilderness. When Sarah's father leaves to go bring the rest of their family, Sarah learns to survive on her own and be strong and brave.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
37.   The Girl Who Loved Caterpillars
Floyd Cooper (Illustrator), Jean Merrill (Adapter)
Adapted from a story found on a twelfth-century scroll, a free-spirited girl is determined to be herself.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
38.   The Irish Piper
Jim Latimer (Author), John O’Brien (Illustrator)
The Pied Piper plays upon Irish pipes and travels from County Clare in Ireland to the village of Hamelin, Germany, to rid it of its rats.
[Grade Level: 4 - 6]
39.   The Last Snake in Ireland: A Story about St. Patrick.
Will Hillenbrand (Illustrator), Sheila MacGill-Callahan (Author)
Before he becomes a saint, Patrick drives all the snakes but one out of Ireland and that last one ends up in Scotland's Loch Ness.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
40.   The Rainbow Fish
Written by
Marcus Pfister
A beautiful rainbow fish learns a valuable lesson about pride and vanity.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
41.   Thirty-Three Multi-Cultural Tales to Tell
Pleasant DeSpain (Author), Joe Schlichta (Illustrator)
Stories that celebrate the interconnectedness of people, animals and cultures.
[Grade Level: K - 6]
42.   To Dinner, For Dinner
Tolowa M. Mollel (Author), Synthia Saint James (Illustrator)
A rabbit is able to outsmart a vain and hungry leopard with the help of her friends.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
43.   What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses?
George Littlechild (Illustrator), Richard Van Camp (Author)
In a small community in the Northwest Territories, a stranger to horses searches among family and friends for answers to an important question.
[Grade Level: K - 3]
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