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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

By: Mark Twain
Publisher: Dover Publications
Level: 10-11 8-9

Climb aboard the raft with Huck and Jim and drift away from the “sivilized” life and into a world of adventure, excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Huck’s shrewd and humorous narrative is complemented by lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley and a sparkling cast of memorable characters.

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The Grapes of Wrath

By: John Steinbeck
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Level: 12-13

Today, nearly forty years after his death, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck remains one of America’s greatest writers and cultural figures. Over the next year, his many works published as black-spine Penguin Classics for the first time and will feature eye-catching, newly commissioned art.

The Grapes of Wrath is a landmark of American literature. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the …

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Biscuit Loves Mother's Day

Biscuit Loves Mother’s Day

By: Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Publisher: HarperCollins
Level: 6-7

Let’s celebrate Mother’s Day, Biscuit!  There are so many ways to make Mom feel special. Pull back the big flaps to see the surprises Biscuit and the little girl have in store for Mom!

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Courier Dover Publications
Level: 14+

Dickens' account of the rises and relapses of an orphan whose expectations and ambitions are greatly shaped and transformed by a mysterious benefactor.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

By: Charles Dickens
Publisher: Dover Publications
Level: 14+

One of the best-loved and most quoted stories of “the man who invented Christmas”-English writer Charles Dickens-A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since. Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like… and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian …

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Firehouse Field Trip with Dick & Jane

Firehouse Field Trip with Dick & Jane

By: Danielle Denega
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 6-7

We’re off! We’re off to the firehouse with Dick and Jane! It’s a very special day. Dick and Jane are taking a field trip to their local firehouse. Come meet the firemen, learn how they work, and sit in the big, red fire truck!

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Frog and Toad Together

Frog and Toad Together

By: Arnold Lobel
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Level: 8-9

In 1957, Harper published its first I Can Read title, Little Bear, written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Large type, simple vocabulary, chapter-like divisions, and decorative pictures made Little Bear perfect for emerging readers—they could read the story comfortably and not feel overwhelmed by the text. Following suit came such classics as Peggy Parish’s Amelia Bedelia series, Lillian Hoban’s books about Arthur the monkey, and Syd Hoff’s popular Danny and the Dinosaur. Many books in this series are special in the depth of emotion evoked – …

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Lowercase Letters: Learn with Dick and Jane

Lowercase Letters: Learn with Dick and Jane

By: Danielle Denega
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers
Level: 0-5

Children will love learning lowercase letters with Dick, Jane, Sally, and therest of the family. This activity workbook, complete with reward stickers, is perfect for preschoolers and kindergartners.

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Rainy Day Fun: Dick and Jane Picture Readers

Rainy Day Fun: Dick and Jane Picture Readers

By: Danielle M. Denega
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 6-7

Oh! Oh, no! It’s raining, it’s pouring! Dick and Jane are stuck indoors on a rainy day. Don’t worry! There’s plenty of family fun to be had inside-like board games, baking, and story time.

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DICK AND JANE Go, Go, Go

Dick and Jane: Go, Go, Go

By: Grosset & Dunlap
Publisher: Penguin Group
Level: 6-7

Millions of Americans remember Dick and Jane (and Sally and Spot, too!). Now Dick and Jane and all their pals are back with revised editions of these classic readers for a whole new generation of readers to enjoy!

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