Zoo

GREENAWAY MEDAL WINNER -1992

Zoo

by Anthony Browne

Farrar, Straus and Giroux: 1992

24 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: animals, zoos, animal welfare

Also by this author: Gorilla

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Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

Ottoline and the Yellow Cat

by Chris Riddell

Macmillan, 2007

171 pp.

Age: 6+

Reading Level: 8+

Interests: mysteries, adventure, travel, strong heroines, fashion, clever plans and maps

Next: Ottoline At Sea, Ottoline Goes to School

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The Book of Dragons

The Book of Dragons

by E. Nesbit

North-South Books, originally published 1900

172 pp, 8 stories

Age: 6+                   independent reading age:  9+

Interests: dragons, fairy tales, adventure, princesses

Also by this author: The Enchanted Castle, Five Children and It, The Railway Children, The Story of the Treasure Seekers

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Shortcut

Shortcut

by David Macaulay

Houghton Mifflin, 1995

64 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: mystery, trains, animals, birds, pigs, horses, balloons, cars, boats

Also by this author: Black and White, Cathedral: The Story of its Construction, The Way Things Work

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Fables

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1981

Fables

by Arnold Lobel

Scholastic, 1980

42 pp.

Age: 6+

Self-reading age: 8+

Interests: folktales/fables, animals

Also by this author: Frog and Toad books, Grasshopper on the Road, Mouse Tales, Owl at Home

Next: Aesop’s Fables

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So You Want to Be President?

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 2001

So You Want to Be President?

Judith St. George, text

David Small, illustrations

Philomel Books, 2000

52 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: American history, politics, biography

Next: another presidential biography – Abraham Lincoln

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Smoky Night

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1995

Smoky Night

Eve Bunting, text

David Diaz, illustrations

Harcourt, 1994

32 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: city life, crime, racial tension, violence, community, single parent family, cats

Also by this author: Fly Away Home, Coffin on a Case!, The Memory String, How Many Days to America?, Night Tree, S.O.S Titanic

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Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

CALDECOTT MEDAL WINNER – 1977

Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions

Margaret Musgrove, text

Leo and Diane Dillon, illustrations

Dial Books, 1976 (now available: Picture Puffin Books)

28 pp.

Age: 6+

Interests: Africa, folklore, traditions, rituals, family life, alphabet books, geography

Also by these illustrators: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears; The People Could Fly – The Picture Book; Who’s in Rabbit’s House: A Masai Tale; Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch

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Bedknob and Broomstick

Bed-knob and Broomstick

by Mary Norton

Harcourt Brace, 1943

(the two original books – The Magic Bed-Knob and Bonfires and Broomsticks – are now commonly combined into this one volume)

189 pp., 20 chapters

Age: 6+

Interests: magic, witches, medieval history, adventure, siblings, travel

Next: the Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks has a totally different plot than the book

Also by this author: The Borrowers series

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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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