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Mary Poppins
I LOVED reading this book in elementary school. I seem to remember checking it out ALL THE TIME (whether I really did or not, I'm not sure. I could ju...more
Oct 1988
Jul 02, 2007
Nothing's Fair in Fifth Grade
I don't know; fifth grade wasn't too bad for me. But I loved getting ready for the fifth grade and reading about other fifth graders. Plus, Barthe DeC...more
Jul 1989
Jan 12, 2008
Charlotte Sometimes
After Charlotte's first night at her new boarding school, she wakes up in the same room, but with different roommates. Moreover, these different roomm...more
Sep 1989
Jul 02, 2007
The Story of Ferdinand
Cute story about Ferdinand, a young bull who just wants to do his own thing and not be rowdy and rambunctious like the other little bulls.
May 11, 2014
May 18, 2014
Classics of Children's Literature (6th Edition)
Kiddie stories!!! Not only does it include the *non-Disneyized* versions of classics like "The Little Mermaid" and "Little Red Riding-hood," but also...more
Jul 2005
Jul 03, 2007
I thought it was kind of fun looking at the pictures like one of those "Spot the differences" games. I'd look at a picture and wonder when the trees o...more
Apr 03, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Poppleton And Friends (Poppleton)
Oh, my gosh. I read this book for the first time during a recess while waiting for the second-graders to come back to class, and I actually LAUGHED OU...more
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Oct 14, 2013
Splat the Cat
This is an ADORABLE book about a cat, Splat, who's nervous about his first day of school. Everything turns out fine, of course, with him even being a...more
Nov 15, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
Shakespeare's Secret
What an adorable book!

Sixth-grader Hero (an outcast) and her sister, eighth-grader Beatrice (the pretty and popular girl), were named after characters...more
Feb 21, 2010
Feb 08, 2009
Flat Stanley
The adventures of a little boy who accidentally gets flattened like a pancake (but lives to have adventures!).

I actually wanted to read this book beca...more
Jan 28, 2014
Apr 18, 2010
Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys
What a charming book! A high 4.5 stars.

When I was young, my mom always tried to get me to read Little Women and Gone With the Wind, I think because sh...more
Jan 06, 2011
Jun 08, 2008
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Amazingly, I have never read this book. How did I make it through elementary and middle school without reading it? It's about time I get to it.

May 17, 2014
Feb 13, 2008
The Last Battle (Chronicles of Narnia, #7)
**spoiler alert** A good ending to the series, although at times it felt like the story was contrived and forced, like it didn't flow as naturally as...more
Oct 19, 2010
Jun 25, 2007
The Homework Machine
This was a totally cute book. Four very different kids (2 brains, the class clown, and the independent, alternative girl) get stuck sitting together i...more
Feb 23, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Maniac Magee
I can't decide between giving this 2 stars and 3 stars, just like I can't decide whether I really liked it or not.

(minor spoilers below, but not much...more
Jun 27, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Jo's Boys
Another (and final) charming book about the March family, and Jo's school for boys, and now girls, at Plumfield.

Like Little Men, this book is full of...more
Jan 12, 2011
Dec 13, 2009
Honus & Me (A Baseball Card Adventure)
A cute book. Joe Stoshack discovers a rare Honus Wagner card, and is suddenly able to bring Wagner into the 90s. Honus and Joe discuss baseball (obvio...more
Sep 19, 2008
Aug 21, 2007
Tashi and the Dancing Shoes
All of a sudden, almost every second-grader I volunteer with has started reading these Tashi books. Since I'd never heard of them, I decided I needed...more
Dec 18, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
Arthur's Pet Business (Arthur Adventure Series)
Arthur REALLY wants a dog, but first, he has to prove to his parents that he's responsible. Arthur starts his own pet business, pays back money he owe...more
Oct 04, 2013
Oct 04, 2013
Freckle Juice
Andrew wants nothing more in the world than to have freckles like his classmate, Nicky Lane. A sneaky girl in class, Sharon, tells him she has a secre...more
Apr 25, 2014
May 20, 2014
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (Alcatraz, #1)
2.5 stars

I don't know if I wasn't a huge fan of this book because I'm 2-3 times the age of the target audience, or the wrong gender, or because I list...more
Sep 2010
Nov 21, 2009
The Terrible Tryouts (Scrambled Legs, #1)
Somehow, as an elementary school reader and dancer in the late 80s, I missed this series when it came out. Of course, after I heard about it, I had to...more
Apr 26, 2008
Jan 30, 2008
Short synopsis: Bored while on vacation from school, Coraline explores her house, including what's on the other side of one mysterious door. Normally,...more
Jul 10, 2009
Feb 08, 2009
Many Waters (Time, #4)
Everyone remembers reading _A Wrinkle in Time_, right? I couldn't remember anything about _Many Waters_, though, so I borrowed it from a friend to rea...more
Jun 2005
Jun 25, 2007
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
A cute book, with lovely pictures, about bunnies trying to get at a man's vegetable crops.

This story is a really good example of how to "show not tel...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 07, 2014
Ballet for Drina (Drina, #1)
Good book for young readers who enjoy reading about dance and ballerinas.

Drina is cute, and she wants very much to be a ballerina, no matter what it t...more
Jan 24, 2009
Feb 01, 2008
Drina Dances in Italy (Drina, #4)
Don't be fooled! Other versions of the book are titled Drina Dances in Italy and the synopsis on the back of the U.S. Scholastic edition says "Drina s...more
Jul 20, 2010
Feb 01, 2008
Born to Read
This is a cute book. It's not that easy for lower-level readers to read on their own, but it's a great read-aloud book. It has lots of rhymes, rhythm,...more
Nov 14, 2013
Nov 15, 2013
Here Lies the Librarian
A cute book. A period piece about cars, racing, city growth, and libraries set right before World War I, this book has two major takeaways, in my mind...more
Sep 28, 2008
Feb 22, 2008
I Love My New Toy!
This is SUCH a cute book! Most Mo Willems books are cute, but this one had me giggling out loud! And like most of the Pigeon, etc. books, it's nice an...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 08, 2013
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