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Ages 5 to 7


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This Little Light of Mine

Illustrated by E.B. Lewis

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Songs to Sing Together

Based on the lyrics of the old African American spiritual, this picture book depicts a day in the life of one African American boy as he celebrates his joy with his family and friends. He takes the time to raise the spirits of everyone he meets, and to show the value of his own inner “light”. MORE...


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Little Rat Makes Music

by Monika Bang-Campbell

Illustrated by Molly Bang

Harcourt Children's Books 2007

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Little Rat hates to practice but loves to make music with her new violin. The book emphasizes hard work and perseverance. An elegant first chapter book. MORE...


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Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World

by Selby Beeler

Illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Houghton Mifflin 2001

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Losing Teeth

With clever pictures and very short explanations, your child will go on a trip around the world to find out different traditions about loosing teeth. For example, in Egypt, the children throw their teeth on the sun and in Botswana, they throw their teeth on the roof. The whimsical illustrations will add humor and delight to these tales. MORE...


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Mooove Over! A Book About Counting by Twos

by Karen Magnuson Beil

Illustrated by Paul Meisel

Holiday House 2004

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Counting Books

A trolley driver tries to keep a count of his animal passengers two by two until a crazy cow cuts the line and tells everyone to mooove over. So what does the driver do with this impossible cow? MORE...


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The Umbrella

by Jan Brett

Putnam Juvenile 2004

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

In a story format, Jan Brett gives us a glimpse of the life in the Monteverde Rainforest in Costa Rica where animals and birds appear and disappear, especially the resplendent quetzal with his tail plumes. MORE...


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Chameleon, Chameleon

by Joy Cowley

Illustrated by Nic Bishop

Scholastic Press 2005

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

The bold vivid photographs and elegant layout make this book a visual delight. A colorful chameleon wakes up hungry in his tree home and sets out to find a juicy treat. Along the way, he encounters geckos, a tiny frog and a scorpion and more. The story, with just a few words, will capture your beginning readers. MORE...


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Q is for Duck: An Alphabet Guessing Game

by Michael FolsomMary Elting

Illustrated by Jack Kent

Clarion Books 2005

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: ABC Books

“A is for Zoo. Why? Because Animals live in the zoo.” Thus begins this clever alphabet book with 26 riddles for your kids to figure out while they get acquainted with the alphabet. In addition, they will also learn some interesting facts about animals. MORE...


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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

by Emily Gravett

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing 2007

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

Little Mouse is afraid of everything, and records her fears in this journal. In fact, each page has space for the reader to record his fears as well. MORE...


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Houndsley and Catina: Plink and Plunk

by James Howe

Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay

Candlewick Press 2010

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

In the best tradition of first chapter books like Henry and Mudge, Frog and Toad, and Mr. Putter and Tabby, Houndsley the dog and Catina the cat are special friends who love to ride bikes and ride in a boat. But they have a dilemma: Houndsley doesn't ride a bike, and Catina is afraid of water because she can't swim. Luckily, their bird friend helps them solve the puzzle. MORE...


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Prehistoric Actual Size

by Steven Jenkins

Houghton Mifflin 2005

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

With vivid torn paper collages, Steve Jenkins shows us what prehistoric creatures or part of them may have looked like in actual size. This especially would be intriguing to young paleontologists. MORE...


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What Pete Ate A - Z

by Maria Kalman

Puffin Books 2003

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: ABC Books

This book will engage your child! Pete first ate ”an accordian. All of it!” Then this dog devours such things as “Mrs. Parsley’s pink Pocketbook”, “a stinky sneaker” and yes, even “underpants”. But he is still loved, “Quite a lot”. MORE...


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Trevor's Wiggly-Wobbly Tooth

by Lester L. Laminack

Illustrated by Kathi Garry McCord

Peachtree Publishers 2002

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Losing Teeth

In school, Trevor’s friends who have all lost some teeth try to give him advice on how to pull out his loose tooth so he can join their club. Soon his grandmother comes to school to make taffy with the children and you will laugh when you see whose teeth also fall out besides Trevor’s loose tooth. MORE...


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What Do the Fairies Do With All Those Teeth?

by Michel Luppens

Illustrated by Phillipe Beha

Firefly Books Ltd 1996

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Losing Teeth

Just what do fairies do with all their tiny teeth? Do they put them inside maracas or do they make their own tooth necklaces? Your child will surely have his own ideas after reading this story which was translated from French. MORE...


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If You Decide to Go to the Moon

by Faith Mcnulty

Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

Scholastic Press 2005

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

In this thrilling introduction to space travel, the author combines science with how one feels in space- “very alone”. Kellogg’s mixed media illustrations emphasize the spectacular vastness of our universe and immense quantity of space and moonscapes. MORE...


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I Spy Shapes In Art

by Lucy Micklethwait

Greenwillow 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Counting Books

Each of the 14 magnificent paintings in this book have a different shape for you to find- circles, rectangles, triangles, cubes, cylinders, spheres, etc. What a glorious way to introduce artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Henry Matisse, and M.C. Escher. MORE...


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Zoo In the Sky: A Book of Animal Constellations

by Jacqueline Mitton

National Geographic Children's Books 1998

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Informational Books

A gorgeous introduction to astronomy with metallic stars that outline the constellations. This attractive book with poetic descriptions can also be used as an introduction to mythology. Additional information is added to the back pages. MORE...


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Raining Cats and Dogs

by Will Moses

Philomel Books 2008

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Children often wonder why someone "gets in a pickle," or "has cold feet." In trademark folk art style, Will Moses sheds some light on these wonderful sayings. A book that is especially worthwhile for children who are learning the language as well as those who are fascinated with interesting sayings. For example, "Feeling Blue means: Feeling sad. Just thinking about six more weeks of winter had poor old Ben and his cat and dog - and mouse - feeling blue." MORE...


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Hardworking Puppies

by Lynn Reiser

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Counting Books

Ten energetic dogs help people in different ways, including rescuing people in water, pulling sleds, sniffing for security in airports and best of all, becoming an obedient puppy for a little boy. A wonderful introduction to subtraction. MORE...


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Tree-Ring Circus

by Adam Rex

Harcourt Children's Books 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Counting Books

In this cumulative tale, a tree grows out of a seed and becomes a hiding place for all animals until a runaway elephant and a circus clown come to visit and a catastrophe happens. MORE...


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Dear Tooth Fairy

by Karen Gray Ruelle

Holiday House 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Losing Teeth

When her tooth becomes loose, Emily tries to help it come out by biting into apples and eating peanut butter. She also writes letters to the tooth fairy. The tooth fairy writes back to her and even draws a picture of herself. MORE...


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Annie and Snowball and the Cozy Nest

by Cynthia Rylant

Illustrated by Sucie Stevenson

Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers 2009

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Great Read Alouds: Stories You Won't Want to Miss

Annie can't wait to show her new cousin the nest full of baby birds. This is a wonderful first chapter book for children who are beginning to read. MORE...


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Grandfather’s Journey

by Allen Say

Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books 1993

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Life in Other Countries

No matter which country you came from, this book will ring true in your heart, for you will always have one foot in one place and long for the other. “The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other.” It is the same feeling that Pearl Buck wrote about in her novel, My Several Worlds. MORE...


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Let's Play Baseball

by Charles R. Smith Jr.

Illustrated by Terry Widener

Candlewick 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Books about Sports

In this super sturdy picture book with just a few words, a baseball tries to talk to a little boy about wishing he would take him outside to play. “Throw me, catch me,” “Pitch me, into the wind.” MORE...


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Watch Me Throw the Ball! An Elephant & Piggie Book

by Mo Willems

Hyperion Books for Children 2009

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Especially for your Beginning Readers

Piggie tells Elephant that he can throw his ball all around the world, but Elephant doesn't believe him. In typical, appealing Mo Willems fashion, the words in this book are put in thought bubbles and easy for kids to read. A must for beginning readers. MORE...


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Abe Lincoln : The Boy Who Loved Books

by Kay Winters

Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter

Aladdin 2006

Ages: 5 to 7

Topic: Biographies

This excellent first biography of Abraham Lincoln is a real tribute to his love of books and the power of words. A wonderful addition to your home library, especially with the full color illustrations on every page. MORE...