Shark Vs. Trainby Chris Barton.
Two boys—one with a train, one with a shark. A friendly competition. Who will win—shark or train? Well, it does depend on the situation. If underwater, the shark will surely triumph. But at roasting marshmallows? The train beats the shark's soggy mess every time.
Chester’s Masterpieceby Melanie Watt.
Chester the cat is back creating a third book without any help from Mélanie Watt. He has hidden her art supplies AND her computer mouse (which tastes like chicken). He is determined to do everything himself…unfortunately, she's found a pencil and some notes.
Chalk by Bill Thomson.
One rainy day, three raincoat-clad children head to the playground and find a bag of chalk. When a girl draws a sun, something amazing happens: clouds break and a sunny blue sky appears. A boy draws butterflies and they appear. But when a boy draws a dinosaur, things get too exciting.
Dino-Baseball by Lisa Wheeler.
It’s the plant-eating Green Sox hosting the meat-eating Rip-eye Reds in the biggest baseball game of the season. It’s 3 to 4 in the bottom of the eighth. Can the Green Sox best hitter Apatosaur get a home run or will Rib-eye Reds all-star pitcher T. Rex strike him out?
My Gardenby Kevin Henkes.
A little girl enjoys helping her mother in her garden, but she knows if she had a garden, it would be something else entirely: no weeds, ever-blooming multicolored flowers with hues she can change with just a thought, chocolate rabbits, and jelly bean bushes.
6 to 9
Cat the Cat Who is That? by Mo Willems.
Cat, an irrepressible kitty in a purple dress, greets pals like Mouse the Mouse and Fish the Fish. All is well until Cat meets a chartreuse creature with eyestalks, a blue tongue, four arms, and three legs and she’s speechless…for a short time.
Just a Little Sick by Mercer Mayer.
Little Critter, who is sick, looks forward to a day home from school and plans a day of fun, but when his mother makes him stay in bed and takes him to the doctor, he looks forward to returning to school so he can see his friends.
Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Perfectly Prima by Whoopi Goldberg.
Perfectionist Jerzey desperately wants to be a good ballet dancer like her sisters, but her efforts to learn are repeatedly thwarted, until she finds help in an unexpected place.
Hamster and Cheese by Colleen Venable.
Petshop owner Mr. Venezi has discovered that his sandwich has again disappeared during lunchtime. He blames his koalas, who are actually hamsters, but Mr. Venezi isn’t very good at animal identification. If the sandwich disappears one more time, then its curtains for the koalas. So Hamisher the hamster decides to hire guinea pig Sasspants to solve the crime.
Dinosaurs Eye to Eye by John Woodward.
The author combines striking digital images of dinosaurs with abundant information about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods in which they thrived. Readers can get up close and personal with a variety of prehistoric species.
10 to 14
Alchemy and Meggy Swannby Karen Cushman.
Meggy Swann, feisty and sharp-tongued, arrives in gritty Elizabethan London to live with her father, who is horrified to discover he has a crippled daughter rather than an able-bodied assistant. Roger Oldham, her alchemist father's apprentice, is leaving and she is to take his place. She works tirelessly to gain her father's respect, but she finds her own self-respect instead.
Runaway Twin by Peg Kehret.
It’s the first day of summer vacation and foster child Sunny Skyland has found a canvas bag containing $800. She wisely uses the Internet to post her find. When no honest claimant comes forward, she decides to use the money to travel from Nebraska to her old neighborhood in Enumclaw, WA to look for her sister, who she hasn’t seen for 10 years.
Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out by Meg Cabot.
While trying to spare Erica's feelings so she could go to Brittany's birthday party, Allie disobeys one of her own rules and lies.
Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.
Fifth-grader Melody has cerebral palsy - she is unable to walk, talk, or care for herself. She can read, think, and feel, but until a special computer enables her to “speak” and she tests onto her school's quiz bowl team, no one knows that she is actually brilliant.
Clone Codes by Pat McKissack.
Thirteen-year-old Leanna has run from slave catchers with Harriet Tubman thanks to a virtual reality history class. Yet like many people in the year 2170, she believes clones aren't human, and thus keeping them as slaves doesn't bother her. Then her world turns upside-down.
Warriors: We, Who Are About To Die, Salute You by Catherine Brereton.
Who would win in a fight, a knight or a Zulu warrior? This action-filled book, a sort of historical version of Mortal Kombat, aims to find out. Ten warriors, including a Spartan, a male and a female gladiator, and a samurai, are pitted against each other in one-on-one battles.