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Summer Skills: Grade 4

Summer Skills: Grade 4

By: Flash Kids Editors
Publisher: Spark Publishing
Level: 8-9

Keep Learning Alive All Summer Long!
School is out for the summer, but keeping your child engaged in learning through the break will prepare him or her to excel during the next school year. This Summer Skills workbook reviews topics learned in pre-school and introduces skills that will be introduced in the kindergarden, helping your child to transition seamlessly from one grade to the next. Children will love the beautiful full-color illustrations and interesting activities on each page, and he or she will feel more confident about learning when school is …

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Summer Skills: Grade 3

Summer Skills: Grade 3

By: Flash Kids Editors
Publisher: Spark Publishing
Level: 8-9

School is out for the summer, but keeping your child engaged in learning through the break will prepare him or her to excel during the next school year. This Summer Skills workbook reviews topics learned in pre-school and introduces skills that will be introduced in the kindergarden, helping your child to transition seamlessly from one grade to the next. Children will love the beautiful full-color illustrations and interesting activities on each page, and he or she will feel more confident about learning when school is back in session!  This book …

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Coraline

Coraline

By: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Level: 12-13

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, …

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CHICKEN SAID, “CLUCK!”

CHICKEN SAID, “CLUCK!”

By: Judyann Ackerman Grant
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Level: 0-5

“Shoo!” said Earl. “Shoo! Shoo!” said Pearl. “Cluck! Cluck! Cluck!” said Chicken. Earl and Pearl are planting pumpkins. Chicken wants to help. But it seems like the only thing Chicken is good at is getting in the way. Then grasshoppers invade the pumpkin patch, and Earl and Pearl can do nothing to stop them. Suddenly it’s up to Chicken to save the day! This funny and satisfying book is a delightful treat for children just starting to read.

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Higher Power of Lucky

Higher Power of Lucky

By: Susan Patron
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 12-13

Lucky, age ten, can’t wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice she has.

It’s all Brigitte’s fault — for wanting to go back to France. Guardians are supposed to stay put and look after girls in their care! Instead Lucky is sure that she’ll be abandoned to some orphanage in Los Angeles where her beloved dog, HMS Beagle, won’t be allowed. She’ll have to lose her friends …

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Clementine

Clementine

By: Sara Pennypacker
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Level: 8-9

In this first book of the series, Clementine tries to help out her friend Margaret, but ends up in a lot of trouble for it. Things get worse each day of the week, until finally she’s worried that Margaret is right: Clementine’s parents might consider her “the hard one” in the family. They’re up to something mysterious…are they thinking they’d be better off if they only had her little vegetable-named brother… “the easy one”?

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The House in the Night

The House in the Night

By: Susan Marie Swanson,
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Level: 6-7

A spare, patterned text and glowing pictures explore the origins of light that make a house a home in this bedtime book for young children. Naming nighttime things that are both comforting and intriguing to preschoolers—a key, a bed, the moon—this timeless book illuminates a reassuring order to the universe.

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Loony Laughs and Riddles

Loony Laughs and Riddles

By: Loony Laughs and Riddles
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Level: 8-9

This comic collection captures the loony side of everything: morning and nighttime, clothes, work, animals, vacations, the seasons. These wacky jokes and riddles cover a range of topics, from dinosaurs to cars, turning them all into pure fun. Why did the boy put a banana peel next to his bed? So he could slip out of bed in the morning. What do you say to someone who has an egg on his head? The yolk’s on you! A man opened a dresser and a dozen people fell out. Why? Because …

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The Underneath

The Underneath

By: Kathi Appelt
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Level: 10-11

There is nothing lonelier than a cat who has been loved, at least for a while, and then abandoned on the side of the road.

A calico cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up hound deep in the backwaters of the bayou. She dares to find him in the forest, and the hound dares to befriend this cat, this feline, this creature he is supposed to hate. They are an unlikely pair, about to become an unlikely family. Ranger urges the cat to hide underneath the …

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A Grand Old Tree

A Grand Old Tree

By: Mary Newell DePalma
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Level: 8-9

Once there was a grand old tree, whose roots sank deep into the earth and whose arms reached high into the sky. Every spring the grand old tree flowered and bore cherries for the squirrels and birds that made their homes in her leafy branches. And every year, seeds from the tree scattered in the wind, along with many millions of leaves. Mary Newell DePalma creates an emotional tale of life and renewal, of nature’s bounty and quiet balance, illustrated with simple images made powerful with vivid colors and moving …

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