Family Read Alouds

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I Dare You Not to Yawn
Helene Boudreau

E BOUDREAU

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.


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The Chocolate Touch
Patrick Skene Catling

J CATLING

John Midas loves chocolate. He loves it so much that he’ll eat it any hour of any day. He thinks chocolate is better than any other food! But one day, after wandering into a candy store and buying a piece of their best chocolate, John finds out that there might just be such a thing as too much chocolate.


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The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Beverly Cleary

J CLEARY

A reckless young mouse named Ralph makes friends with a boy in room 215 of the Mountain View Inn and discovers the joys of motorcycling.


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Frindle
Andrew Clements

J CLEMENTS

When he decides to turn his fifth grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.


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The Twenty-One Balloons
William Pene du Bois

NEWBERY J DUBOIS

Fanciful adventures of Professor Sherman, who leaves on a vacation in a balloon, and lands on a volcanic island in the Pacific.


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Chickadee
Louise Erdrich

HIST J ERDRICH

In 1866, Omakayas’s son Chickadee is kidnapped by two ne’er-do-well brothers from his own tribe and must make a daring escape, forge unlikely friendships, and set out on an exciting and dangerous journey to get back home.


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My Father's Dragon
Ruth Stiles Gannett

JE GANNETT

A young boy determines to rescue a poor baby dragon who is being used by a group of lazy wild animals to ferry them across the river on Wild Island.


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Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
Jack Gantos

J GANTOS

To the constant disappointment of his mother and his teachers, Joey has trouble paying attention or controlling his mood swings when his prescription meds wear off and he starts getting worked up and acting wired.


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Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little
Peggy Gifford

J GIFFORD

With summer coming to an end, about-to-be-fourth-grader Moxy Maxwell does a hundred different things to avoid reading her assigned summer reading book.


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Emmaline and the Bunny
Katherine Hannigan

JE HANNIGAN

Everyone and everything in the town of Neatasapin is tidy, except Emmaline who likes to dig dirt and jump in puddles, and wants to adopt an untidy bunny.


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Grumpy Goat
Brett Helquist

E HELQUIST

Goat is the grumpiest animal at Sunny Acres farm until he remembers that there is more to life than eating and being alone.


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Rosie's Magic Horse
Russell Hoban

E HOBAN

Follows the experiences of a discarded popsicle stick that is picked up by a girl who dreams about a magical horse that gallops with her through cities, jungles, and over an ice-pop mountain leading to a gold-filled pirate chest.


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One Dog and His Boy
Eva Ibbotson

J IBBOTSON

When lonely, 10 year old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal’s grandparents live.


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Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I
Colin Meloy

SF J MELOY

When her baby brother is kidnapped by crows, seventh-grader Prue McKeel ventures into the forbidden Impassable Wilderness—a dangerous and magical forest in the middle of Portland, Oregon—and soon finds herself involved in a war among the various inhabitants.


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The Apothecary
Maile Meloy

HIST J MELOY

Follows a fourteen-year-old American girl whose life unexpectedly transforms when she moves to London in 1952 and gets swept up in a race to save the world from nuclear war.


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Clementine and the Spring Trip
Sara Pennypacker

JE PENNYPACKER

Third-grader Clementine’s school field trip to Plimoth Plantation leads to all kind of discoveries, from fourth grade eating rules to the source of the stink on the bus.


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Here Come the Humpbacks!
April Pulley Sayre

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A mother humpback whale and her calf participate in the great migration and face dangers along the way that reveal to young children some of the hazards confronting our environment and the animals that depend upon it.


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