Sector 7

By David Wiesner
This wordless picture book takes a young boy on a journey to Sector 7, where clouds are made. The clouds are bored with their current shapes, and enlists the boy in making some new ones.
A great book for students to create their own dialogue for the story. Young students can create the story verbally, while older students can write theirs.
Awards: Caldecott Honor Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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My Friend is Sad

By Mo Willems
Published by Disney/ Hyperion, 2007
Gerald the elephant is having a bad day. His friend Piggie wants to cheer him up, but doesn’t exactly know how. Unbeknownst to him, each thing he tries actually makes the problem worse. How can piggie cheer him up?
A great book for young kids. A great lesson on what friendship really means.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Are You My Mother?

By P.D. Eastman
Published by Random House, 1960
A little newborn bird tirelessly looks for his mother until they are reunited at last.
A great book for young children. No curricular connection
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Lon Po Po

By Ed Young
Published by Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers, 2000
When their mother goes off to make a visit, three girls are left home. Granny Wolf, disguised as the girls’ grandmother, attempts to trick them into letting them into their hiding place. With skill and guile, the girls manage to capture and kill the wolf.
This book for young children is a great comparison with Red Riding Hood, and offers its Chinese origin as well as another way to tell a classic tale. Older students could use Lon Po Po as a model for writing their own versions of a classic story.
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst
Illustrated by Ray Cruz
When Alexander goes to sleep with gum in his mouth and wakes up with gum in his hair, he knows it’s going to be a bad day. As his day goes on, it seems like everything terrible happens to him, and he’s ready to take extreme measures– even go to Australia! He realizes, however, that bad days happen to everyone, and sometimes it happens to us.
Young kids will love the repetition and the terrible things that happen to Alexander, both sympathizing with him and also laughing at his plight.
ALA Notable Book
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Caps for Sale

By Esphyr Slobodkina
Published by Harper Collins, 1940
An eccentric cap seller has all of his hats teetering on his head as he goes around selling his wares. When he decides to take a nap, he stacks up his hats safely near himself, and falls asleep. When he wakes up, he discovers that all his hats have been taken by monkeys! Hilarity ensues as his devises a way to get his hats back.
Suitable for young kids; no curricular connection.
Awards: Reading Rainbow Books
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

By Bill Martin, Jr.
Illustrated by Eric Carle
This book asks animals of all different ilk what they have seen on their travels, and discusses the colors of the things that they see.
Great pre-k book about colors and animals.
Awards: Caldecott Honor
Accessed: Augusta County Library

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