The Kingdom Under the Sea

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER – 1971

The Kingdom Under the Sea

written by Joan Aiken

illustrated by Jan Pienkowski

Jonathan Cape, 1971

104 pp. – 11 stories

Age: 5 +

Interests: fairy tales, folktales, Eastern European folklore, magic, princesses, princes, mermaids

Also by this illustrator: Haunted House, Meg and Mog series

Also by this author: The Wolves of Willoughby Chase series

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Once a Mouse…

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1962

Once a Mouse…

subtitle: A Fable Cut in Wood

by Marcia Brown

Simon & Schuster, 1961

30 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: mice, animals, folktales, India, magic, art, philosophy

Also by this author: Stone Soup, Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper

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The Hundred Dresses

The Hundred Dresses

by Eleanor Estes

illustrated by Louis Slobodkin

Harcourt Brace & Company, 1944

80 pp., 7 chapters

Age: 7 +

Interests: school politics, teasing & bullying, peer pressure, friendship, fashion, art

Also by this author: Ginger Pye, The Moffats, The Witch Family

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

by Barbara Robinson

HarperCollins, 1972

80 pp., 7 chapters

Ages: 8 +

Interests: Christmas, Christmas pageant, putting on a play, religion, church

Also by this author: sequels featuring the Herdmans – The Best School Year Ever, The Best Hallowe’en Ever

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The Polar Express

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1986

The Polar Express

by Chris van Allsburg

Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1985

30 pp.

Age: 3 +

Interests: Christmas, winter, trains, snow

Also by this author: Jumanji

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The Night Fairy

The Night Fairy

by Laura Amy Schlitz

illustrated by Angela Barrett

Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010

117 pp., 10 chapters

Age: 6 +

Interests: fairies, magic, birds, animals, nature, adventure

Also by this author: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village (Newbery Medal Winner)

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Frog Went a-Courtin’

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1956

Frog Went a-Courtin’

retold by John Langstaff

illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky

New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1955

30 pp.

Ages: 3+

Interests: folktales, folk songs, insects, animals

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Small Saul

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Small Saul

by Ashley Spires

Toronto: Kidscan Press, 2011

32 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: pirates, adventure, travel, ships, ocean, being unique, trying to fit in

Also by this author: Binky the Space Cat

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Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth

by Marie-Louise Gay

Toronto: House of Anansi/Groundwood Books, 2010

28 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: digging, scientific inquiry, nature, animals

Also by this author: Rainy Day Magic, Stella: Queen of the Snow

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Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

traditional carol lyrics by John Mason Neale

illustrated by John Wallner

New York: Philomel Books, 1990

30 pp.

Age: 4+

Interests: Christmas, Christmas carols, music, history, saints, stories of charity

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