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Fiction

Fiction is story telling. More specifically, fiction is an imaginative form of narrative, one of the four basic rhetorical modes. Works of fiction need not be entirely imaginary and may include real people, places, and events. Fiction is largely perceived as a form of art and/or entertainment. The ability to create fiction and other artistic works is considered to be a fundamental aspect of human culture, one of the defining characteristics of humanity.

The Mitten

The Mitten

By: Jan Brett
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Level: 0-5

When Nicki drops one of his new white mittens in the snow, he doesn’t even notice it’s missing. One by one, the woodland animals discover the mitten and crawl inside, each one larger than the last: a mole, a rabbit, even a big, brown bear!

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

By: Kate DiCamillo
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Level: 12-13

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. Kate DiCamillo and Bagram Ibatoulline take us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobies’ camp, from …

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Thank You, Mr. Falker

Thank You, Mr. Falker

By: Patricia Polacco
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Level: 8-9

Patricia Polacco is now one of America’s most loved children’s book writers and illustrators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, but when she looked at words on a page, all she could see was jumble. It took a very special teacher to recognize little Trisha’s dyslexia: Mr. Falker, who encouraged her to overcome her reading disability. Patricia Polacco will never forget him, and neither will we.

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The Little House

The Little House

By: Virginia Lee Burton
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 8-9

The little house stood in the country, with trees and fields around her, and with the birds and flowers and children for company. In the distance twinkled the lights of the big city, and the little house wondered what it would be like to live there. One day steam shovels dug a road in front of the little house, and soon she was surrounded by houses and stores. Then tall skyscrapers rose on either side of her, elevated trains roared past her, and a subway shook the ground under her …

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Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever

Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever

By: Richard Scarry
Publisher: Golden Books
Level: 6-7

This storybook is a collection of entertaining stories and poems involving celebrated children’s book artist Richard Scarry’s lovable cast of animal characters. These happy tales and lively illustrations make this treasury of the very best of Scarry’s work the best storybook ever.

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Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

Stranger in the Woods: A Photographic Fantasy

By: Carl R. Sams
Publisher: Sams, Carl, R. II, Photography
Level: 8-9

Who is this stranger? Why did he arrive after a winter storm and what surprises does he bring?
A delightful book of the animals and birds reaction to a snowman who suddenly appeared in their woods after a winter storm. This tale is beta-carotene for the spirit in everyone!

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Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep

By: Nancy Shaw
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Level: 0-5

What could be better than a misadventure from that rambunctious flock of sheep in board-book form? Two! Now sized perfectly for even the smallest hands, two of Nancy Shaw and Margot Apple’s enchanting titles from their sheep series are board books. In Sheep in a Jeep, the hapless flock goes for a drive in the country. In Sheep in a Shop, the sheep are off to the store in search of the perfect birthday gift. With these muttonheads, a normal outing is sure to turn into a joyous lark. Rhyming …

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Babe: The Gallant Pig

Babe: The Gallant Pig

By: Dick King-Smith
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Level: 12-13

When Babe arrives at the Hogget farm, Mrs. Hogget’s thoughts turn to sizzling bacon and juicy pork chops. It looks as if the little pig is destined for the dinner table-until he reveals a surprising talent for sheepherding, that is. Before long, Babe is handling Farmer Hogget’s flock better than any sheepdog ever could. Babe is so good, in fact, that the farmer enters him in the Grand Challenge Sheepdog Trials. But the crowds can’t believe this sheep-pig is for real. Will it take a miracle for Babe to win? …

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Chicken Boy

Chicken Boy

By: Frances O'Roark Dowell
Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks
Level: 10-11

Since the death of his mother, Tobin’s family life and school life have been in disarray, but after he starts raising chickens with his seventh-grade classmate, Henry, everything starts to fall into place.

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Knuffle Bunny Too

Knuffle Bunny Too

By: Mo Willems
Publisher: Hyperion Book For Children
Level: 6-7

Trixie can’t wait to bring her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny to school and show him off to everyone. But when she gets there, she sees something awful: Sonja has the same bunny. Suddenly, Knuffle Bunny doesn’t seem so one-of-a-kind anymore. Chaos ensues until the bunnies are taken away by Ms. Greengrove. After school, Trixie finally gets her beloved bunny back. But in the middle of the night, Trixie realizes something. She has the wrong bunny!
Daddy comes to the rescue again as a midnight swap is arranged with the other bunny, …

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