My Booklist

  • The book list provided below is a good resource for you when doing research for homework assignments or specific class topics. The books are organized by groups for easy reference. More categories will be added soon, but for now check out this year's nominees for the Garden State Children's Book Awards (GSCBA). Simply click on the book title link to view additional information.

GSCBA-Easy Readers

  • Aggie Gets Lost

    by Lori Ries Year Published:
    Aggie the dog and his boy Ben are back for another adventure. One day, when Ben and Aggie are playing in the park, Aggie gets lost and Ben cannot find her. He and his parents put a plan into action to find Aggie, but no one has seen her. Ben spends a sleepless night wondering if maybe Aggie didn’t get lost at all, but instead, ran away because she was unhappy. But the next day, Mr. Thomas, who is blind, helps Ben consider another way to find Aggie.

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  • Annie and Snowball and the Book Bugs Club

    by Cynthia Rylant Year Published:
    Annie really wants to join her library’s summer reading club, The Book Bugs Club, but Henry is not so sure. Isn’t reading an “indoor thing?” But when Henry remembers all the things Annie has done with him and Mudge, he decides it’s time to do an “Annie-thing.” To Henry’s surprise, reading CAN be an outdoor thing! He and Annie have fun finding outdoor places to read and join in the library’s Book Bugs picnic at the end of the summer.

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  • Biscuit and the Lost Teddy Bear

    by Alyssa Satin Capucilli Year Published:
    Adorable Biscuit is back in another adventure. This time, he helps reunite a lost teddy bear with its owner in this “My First I Can Read” title.

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  • Boy, Bird, and Dog

    by David McPhail Year Published:
    In this very early reader in the “I Like to Read” series, Boy devises a clever plan to help Dog get up into the tree house where Bird is waiting. McPhail succeeds in creating an interesting story using only a handful of simple words for very beginning readers.

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  • Carl and the Kitten

    by Alexandra Day Year Published:
    Carl, the friendly Rottweiler from Day’s classic picture book series, helps rescue a kitten that has climbed up a tree in this very early reader. The “My Readers: Classic Stories Classic Characters” series features well loved characters from favorite picture books.

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  • Dixie


    by Grace Gilman Year Published:
    When Emma wins the part of Dorothy in the school play, “The Wizard of Oz,” her puppy Dixie gets upset that Emma is always too busy studying her lines to play. Dixie does all kinds of things to gain Emma’s attention, like chewing and chopping on clothes, and hiding one of Emma’s Ruby slippers. But all ends well as Emma plays the part of Dorothy with Dixie by her side as Toto in this level 1 “I Can Read” title. The first of several Dixie adventures.

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  • Ducks in a Row

    by Jackie Urbanovic and Lori Haskins Houran Year Published:
    In Irene’s house, full of all kinds of animal friends, Max the duck feels unneeded. But when his three aunts unexpectedly show up, they need him to do EVERYTHING! Will Max ever have time to relax again? Based on the popular “Duck” books by Jackie Urbanovic, this Level 1 title in the “I Can Read!” series will please fans of the original picture books about Max and Irene and their busy household.

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  • Fly Guy vs. the Flyswatter

    by Tedd Arnold Year Published:
    Havoc ensues when Buzz and Fly Guy go on a field trip to a flyswatter factory. Arnold’s bug-eyed hero saves the day and makes it the best field trip ever!

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  • I Broke My Trunk

    by Mo Willems Year Published:
    Gerald tells Piggie the “long, crazy story” of how he broke his trunk. (And it did not happen when he lifted “two hippos, one rhino, and a piano” on his trunk!) By the end of the tale, Piggie has his own “long, crazy story” to tell. The expressive faces of the characters, and dry wit are classic Willems in this funny, endearing tale.

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  • Max Spaniel: Best in Show

    by David Catrow Year Published:
    Max is back! Max the dog is not just any dog; he’s a famous star! When he enters a dog show, his talent outshines all the other contestants. But when they come together to form a band for the music contest, everyone wins. Catrow’s goofy illustrations highlight this fun early reader.

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  • Mia and the Dance for Two

    by Robin Farley Year Published:
    In this “My First I Can Read” book, peopled by adorable animals, readers discover what kitty cat Mia will do when her best friend, Ruby, is sick and cannot come to dance class. Who will be her partner in the dance for two? What will she do when two friends ask her to dance? Follow up to Mia and the Too Big Tutu.

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  • Mittens, Where is Max?

    by Lola M. Schaefer Year Published:
    The adorable cat, Mittens, looks everywhere for his best friend, Max the dog, in this 5th addition to the “Mittens” books in the “My First I Can Read” series.

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  • Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween

    by Wong Herbert Yee Year Published:
    Even though they are good friends, Mouse and Mole are very different. As Halloween approaches, Mouse hangs her decorations and decides to enter a pumpkin carving contest. At the same time, Mouse’s decorations scare Mole, but he thinks that maybe a pumpkin carving contest is not so scary. When it’s time to shop for Halloween costumes, Mole does not want to because he is not so sure about trick-or-treating—it might be too scary. Being the good friend she is, Mouse thinks that maybe if she reads a Halloween story to Mole, he’ll see that it’s not just a scary holiday, but an exciting one, too! The story about a little Mouse and a little Mole who, although scared at Halloween, together act bravely, inspires Mole to try to be brave like little Mole. Four related but separate stories, including the “story-within-a-story,” make for perfect Halloween fun any time of year for fans of Mouse and Mole.

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  • Mouse Loves School

    by Lauren Thomas Year Published:
    In this very early reader in the Simon and Schuster Ready-to-Read series, Mouse climbs into a backpack. When he climbs out, he finds himself in a new place with new things to discover, including shapes, letters, number and colors. Where could he be? Illustrated in bold hues of red, yellow, green, blue and orange, readers will find many familiar objects throughout this brief story.

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  • Pony Scouts: Back in the Saddle

    by Catherine Hapka Year Published:
    When Annie falls off a horse during a balancing lesson, she’s not sure she wants to ride again that day. But when the new foal, Surprise, nickers at her, she thinks about how much fun it would be to eventually ride Surprise; this gives Annie the courage she needs to get back in the saddle again! Horse lovers will relish this addition to the “I Can Read” series, “Pony Scouts.”

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  • See Me Run

    by Paul Meisel Year Published:
    Dogs run and run, and splat in mud, bathe in a creek, and dig and dig and dig. They unearth a huge fossil that rises out of its grave to chase the dogs, who run and run again! The illustrations tell most of this story done in the familiar “Dick and Jane” style for very beginning readers in the “I Like to Read” series. (But Dick and Jane never had this much fun!)

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  • Should I Share My Ice Cream

    by Mo Willems Year Published:
    Elephant goes through several rationalizations to solve his dilemma of whether or not he should share his ice cream with his best friend, Piggie. When he finally makes up his mind, his ice cream has melted. Sometimes, though, unexpected things happen that may not be a part of the plan, but work out anyway. Another winner in this engaging series.

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  • Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today?

    by Agnes Rosenstiehl Year Published:
    Another fun entry in the comic “Toon” series of books. Each day of the week, Silly Lilly pretends to be something different. On Monday, she is a cook, staining her hands with the colors of beets, carrots, and spinach. On Tuesday, she finds two cinder blocks and decides to be a city planner. Silly Lilly goes through the rest of the week, becoming a musician, acrobat, vampire, teacher, and candy taster! New readers will learn the days of the week, as well as how much fun it is to pretend.

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GSCBA-Non Fiction

  • 13 Planets : The Latest View of the Solar System

    by David A. Aguilar Year Published:
    With stunning, photorealistic computer art, this book profiles each of the 13 planets that comprise our solar system. Each page is filled with eye popping photos and interesting facts about the eight classical planets and five dwarf planets, including their ties to our own mythologies.

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  • A Butterfly is Patient

    by Diana Hutts Aston Year Published:
    From caterpillars to cocoons to butterflies, readers will learn about the colorful and varied world of butterflies through beautiful, acrylic illustrations and fascinating facts.

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  • A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

    by Matt De La Pena Year Published:
    A brief yet powerful account of the 1938 boxing match between African American Joe Louis and German Max Schmelling on the eve of World War II.

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  • Baby Mammoth Mummy: Frozen in Time!: A Prehistoric Animal’s Journey into the 21st Century

    by Christopher Sloan Year Published:
    Amazing photographs by Francis Latreille illustrate this story of a 42,000 year-old frozen baby mammoth discovered by nomadic herders in Siberia, and the investigation of her mummified remains. Includes information about mammoths, resources, glossary and index.

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  • Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

    by Melissa Sweet Year Published:
    Colorful, illustrated biography of puppeteer Tony Sarg, who designed the first balloons for the Macy’s parade. Includes author’s note, bibliography and sources.

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  • Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map

    by Sue Macy Year Published:
    The first intercollegiate women’s basketball game, played between Stanford University and University of California Berkeley in 1896, is told through the point of view of Agnes Morely, a girl raised on a ranch and sent to Stanford to learn how to be a lady. The excitement of this historic game comes to life through Matt Collins’ illustrations that seem to leap off the slightly oversized pages in an almost 3-D style. An author’s note and timeline fill in details.

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  • Drawing from Memory

    by Allen Say Year Published:
    Photographs, color illustrations, comic book panels, and sketches accompany the story of Caldecott Medal Winner Allen Say’s early life in Japan during and after WWII. Say explores his relationship with his family, his love of drawing, and meeting and working with his eventual sensei, cartoonist Nora Shinpei. Readers will be drawn into the variety and depth of illustrations, Say’s obvious fervor for his art, his journey through youth and discovery of his passion for cartooning. Includes author’s note with further information about Say’s sensei, along with photographs and drawings.

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  • Every Thing On It

    by Shel Silverstein Year Published:
    This book of poetry and whimsical line drawings from Shel Silverstein ranges from silly to sweet, from gross to thoughtful, and all the wonderful things in between. Over 130 poems have been selected by Silverstein’s family and are sure to please old and new fans alike.

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  • Friends:  True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Fri

    Friends: True Stories of Extraordinary Animal Friendships

    by Catherine Thimmesh Year Published:
    A short poem and a background story accompany each photo of unusual animal pairs (Asiatic Bear/Cat, Camel/Pig, Frog/Mouse) in this wonderful book about friendship.

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  • In Search of Sasquatch

    by Kelly Milner Halls Year Published:
    Review the evidence and decide for yourself if Sasquatch is really out there.

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  • Just Being Audrey

    by Margaret Cardillo Year Published:
    Through this excellent picture book biography, experience Audrey Hepburn’s life. Learn about her youth in Nazi occupied Paris and her work helping impoverished children through UNICEF. With light, breezy illustrations by Julia Denos, this moving tribute perfectly captures this influential woman.

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  • Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word

    by Bob Raczka Year Published:
    Each poem in this creative collection is comprised of its one-word title. The letters in each poem line up directly under the original letter in the title as if they are falling down the page, leaving the reader with a puzzle: working out the poem through the unconventional spacing. Flip the page to see the poem in its correct order. Raczka credits Andrew Russ for this challenging and fun approach to poetry.

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  • Nurse, Soldier, Spy: The Story of Sarah Edmonds, a Civil War Hero

    by Marissa Moss Year Published:
    Nineteen year old Sarah Edmonds disguises herself as a man and enlists to fight for the North during the Civil War. S/he excels as a soldier, nurses the wounded, becomes a spy and successfully infiltrates a Confederate camp. Though she was an unsung hero until after the war, she is now recognized as a courageous woman who chose to fight for her country.

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  • Odd Ball:  Hilarious, Unusual & Bizarre Baseball M

    Odd Ball: Hilarious, Unusual & Bizarre Baseball Moments

    by Timoth Tocher Year Published:
    Zany stories from baseball grouped into nine “innings,” each with a theme such as ears, birds, or fouls. Illustrated with black and white sketches and cartoons by Stacy Curtis, the book concludes with odd facts about the players.

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  • Planting the Wild Garden

    by Kathryn O. Galbraith Year Published:
    Travel as a seed does, with winds, raindrops and animals, to become a wild garden.

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  • Saving Audie: A Pit Bull Puppy Gets a Second Chance

    by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent Year Published:
    Groomed to be part of Michael Vick’s dog-fighting ring, the black pit bull terrier is rescued, renamed after World War II hero Audie Murphy, and given a second chance at life. The book follows his recovery with many months of medical care and intense training.

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  • The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

    by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Year Published:
    Gordon H. Sato helps the lives of those in the African village of Hargigo by teaching the villagers to plant, care for, and harvest mangrove trees. With narrative on one side of each double page spread and cumulative verse on the other, the text appeals to a variety of readers. Collage illustrations draw the reader into the villagers’ world and accompany the text beautifully. Includes afterword with additional facts and photos about Sato and his mangrove tree project, glossary, web sites, and sources.

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  • Thunder Birds: Nature’s Flying Predators

    by Jim Arnosky Year Published:
    With stunning, life-size paintings and interesting and engaging text, readers learn about nature’s most fearsome flying predators from expert naturalist Jim Arnosky. From the common barn owl, to speeding falcons, to the elegant heron, the fun facts and fold out pages will be crowd pleasers!

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