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Ensure a brighter and richer future for your child  by encouraging him or her to read each day.
Reading to and with your child will promote growth in his or her reading ability as well as provide an enjoyable experience that will increase your child's motivation to read. A significant growth in reading ability typically occurs in the primary grades. Please spend time reading to and with your child daily. Encourage your child to read sometimes “all by him or herself,” and at other times to read a book with you. All children enjoy listening to stories, so please make this activity a consistent part of your daily plan at home for reading success. The list is created by Pinellas County Schools. 


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Worse Than Willy (Piper Picture Books)
This picture book, by the "New Yorker" cartoonist looks at grandpa who tells Mary Ann and Louie about their baby brother who was worse than Willy. They finally realize that their baby brother is not that bad after all.
release date: Nov 09, 1988
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Where the Wild Things Are

In the forty years since Max first cried "Let the wild rumpus start," Maurice Sendak's classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

release date: Jan 20, 2004
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Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition

If you are a dreamer, come in,
If you are a dreamer,
A wisher, a liar,
A hope-er, a pray-er,
A magic bean buyer . . .

Come in . . . for where the sidewalk ends, Shel Silverstein's world begins. You'll meet a boy who turns into a TV set, and a girl who eats a whale. The Unicorn and the Bloath live there, and so does Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout who will not take the garbage out. It is a place where you wash your shadow and plant diamond gardens, a place where shoes fly, sisters are auctioned off, and crocodiles go to the dentist.

Shel Silverstein's masterful collection of poems and drawings is at once outrageously funny and profound.

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Wheel on the Chimney
A pair of storks raise their young on a rooftop in Hungary and then join other storks as they migrate from Europe to Africa for the winter.
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What's Under My Bed?
Mary Ann and Louie are convinced there is something scary under their beds--until Grandpa tells them what was under his bed when he was young.
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What's Claude Doing?
None of his animal friends can understand why Claude the dog won't come outside to eat from the butcher's bones or even to chase cats up a tree. "A prime read-aloud choice for the toddler set." -- Booklist
release date: Jan 01, 1984
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Wacky Wednesday
Read and count along with Dr. Seuss and George Booth's classic Beginner Book full of errors. This is no ordinary day! There's a shoe on the ceiling and bananas in the apple tree, and it only gets wackier. From a hole in the kitchen table to a green sun in the sky, young readers will love finding each silly mistake. Illustrated by renowned New Yorker cartoonist George Booth, Wacky Wednesday is impossible to forget.

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

"The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..."
Mother's Manual

"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
The New York Times Book Review

release date: Apr 01, 1999
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Toad
In this delightfully yucky tale, a warty, smelly, bug-munching, fly-crunching toad picks his way through the muck and straight into the jaws of a monster! Full color.
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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
A cherished classic is brought to life with the audio stylings of renowned actor James Earl Jones.

Sylvester can't believe his luck when he finds a magic pebble that can make wishes come true. But when a lion jumps out at him on his way home, Sylvester is shocked into making a wish that has unexpected consequences. After overcoming a series of obstacles, Sylvester is eventually reunited with his loving family. Illustrated with William Steig's glowing pictures, this winner of the Caldecott Medal is beloved by children everywhere.

This package includes a paperback book along with a CD of this modern classic read by legendary actor James Earl Jones.
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Swimmy
Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger. With its graceful text and stunning artwork, this Caldecott Honor Book deserves a place on every child's shelf.
release date: Jun 01, 2002
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Something Beautiful
A little girl longs to see beyond the scary sights on the sidewalk and the angry scribbling in the halls of her building. When her teacher writes the word beautiful on the blackboard, the girl decides to look for something beautiful in her neighborhood. Her neighbors tell her about their own beautiful things. Miss Delphine serves her a “beautiful” fried fish sandwich at her diner. At Mr. Lee's “beautiful” fruit store, he offers her an apple. Old Mr. Sims invites her to touch a smooth stone he always carries. Beautiful means “something that when you have it, your heart is happy,” the girl thinks. Her search for “something beautiful” leaves her feeling much happier. She has experienced the beauty of friendship and the power of hope.
release date: Mar 01, 1998
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So Many Bunnies Board Book
Follow Mother Rabbit through her rambling house and garden as she tucks in a whole alphabet of baby bunnies, from Abel through Zed. This cozy bedtime book has the comforting familiarity of a lullaby combined with the fundamental concepts toddlers adore.
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The Runaway Bunny

Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny's imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

release date: Oct 12, 1986
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Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young
First published in 1986 and just as fresh and relevant today, this widely acclaimed, child-friendly poetry anthology is now being reissued with a striking new jacket. In his introduction to this book Jim Trelease, bestselling author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, writes, “No one better recognizes the essence of the child-poetry connection than poet and anthologist Jack Prelutsky. . . . Here are more than 200 little poems to feed little people with little attention spans to help both grow. Marc Brown's inviting illustrations add a visual dimension to the poems, which further engage young imaginations.” The poems are by 119 of the best-known poets of the 20th century.

This book has been selected as a Common Core State Standards Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Poetry) in Appendix B.
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Pancakes for Breakfast
This wordless picture book follows the trials of a little old lady who attempts to make pancakes for her breakfast. “The optimistic determination of the woman and the gentle humor of the illustrations make this an appealing book for the very young.”--School Library Journal

This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Stories).
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One Fine Day
Awarded the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book of 1971
"One fine day a fox traveled through the great forest. When he reached the other side he was very thirsty." The jaunty red fox stole milk from an old farm woman, lost his tail under the annoyed woman's knife, and spent the day bargaining to get it back. This humorous retelling of a favorite Armenian folktale is a story small children will follow and "read along" with ease.
release date: Jun 01, 1985
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Norman the Doorman
Norman, the doorman of a mouse hole in an art museum, uses his own art talent and finds a way to see the art treasures in the galleries upstairs.
release date: Nov 15, 1993
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The New Adventures of Mother Goose
A collection of contemporary Mother Goose rhymes, based on the original characters.
release date: May 13, 2008
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Nate the Great Goes Undercover
Nate the Great
When Nate gets an urgent call from Annie about a lost picture, he immediately plunges into his new and baffling case with the cool detachment of a Sam Spade. Nate, the boy detective who “likes to work alone,” solves the mystery and tracks down the culprit. In the process, he also discovers the whereabouts of Super Hex, the missing cat.

Nate the Great Goes Undercover
Nate the Great has his first night case! Somebody is raiding Oliver's garbage can each night, but who? The list of suspects is long. Nate courageously encounters a skunk and a telephone pole, but not until he goes under cover of the garbage can lid does he narrow the suspects down to one.

Nate the Great and the Halloween Hunt
It is Halloween night and Nate's good friend Rosamond needs his help. Her cat Little Hex is missing. Little Hex hates Halloween, so maybe he is hiding. Or is he lost? Nate and his trusty dog, Sludge, take the case and hunt in the night for Little Hex. They pass robots, pirates, and witches. But where will they find Little Hex?

Nate the Great and the Monster Mess
Nate loves his mother's Monster Cookies, but now her recipe is missing! Nate the great has never solved a case for his mother before. Can he do it? With his dog, Sludge, they look, sniff, climb up, bend down, push, and pull. Can Nate the Great ever hope to eat those wonderful cookies again?
release date: Oct 08, 2002
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Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective
Nate, the great detective, and his dog, Sludge, are off to San Francisco! They're going to visit Nate's cousin Olivia Sharp. She's a detective, too, and a very busy one.

Olivia isn't around to solve her case number 22. Her client, Duncan, has lost his joke book. He tells Nate that if the book isn't found--and soon--the world will come to an end. Nate takes the case. He and Sludge cruise up and down and around San Francisco in the limo, tracking down clues. Sticky, icky clues, big and small clues, all-around-the-town clues that take them to a pancake house, over the Golden Gate Bridge, and finally to a place that seems wrong but could be right. Can Nate the Great keep the world from coming to an end? Can he solve his first out-of-town case?


From the Hardcover Library Binding edition.
release date: Oct 06, 1997
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Nate The Great And The Crunchy Christmas (Nate The Great, paper)
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Annie's dog is unhappy. When Fang is unhappy, everyone is unhappy. Especially Nate the Great. So Nate agrees to sniff out Fang's mysteriously missing Christmas mail. It's cold and snowy. But Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, will try to solve this holiday case in time for Fang to have a crunchy, munchy Christmas.

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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"All the usual characters, Sharmat's wry humor, and Simont's lively, appealing watercolors are packed into this easy reader that's sure to be popular all year long."--School Library Journal

"Nate uncovers some snowy clues to deliver a lip-smacking holiday greeting to Fang and his owner. Simont's loose, humorous chalk and watercolor spots help turn this beginning reader into a page-turner."--Publishers Weekly
release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Nate the Great on the Owl Express
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

All aboard the Owl Express! Someone on the train is out to get Olivia's pet owl, Hoot. But whooo? Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, hit the rails to help out. Then Hoot disappears! Can Nate solve the mystery?

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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"With plenty of suspects, comical plot twists, and a satisfying resolution. . . . A strong addition to a popular series."--School Library Journal
release date: Feb 01, 1994
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Nate the Great and the Stolen Base

Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Rosamund's baseball team has a very unusual second base—Oliver's gloopy purple plastic octopus. But one morning . . . it's gone! Nate the Great must pick up clues so he can find the missing octopus and go up to bat! 

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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"Subtle humor sparkles through the young detective's narration and his interactions with his friends. Budding mystery fans will line up for this one."--School Library Journal 
release date: Feb 15, 1978
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Nate the Great Goes Undercover

Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Somebody has been raiding Oliver's garbage can each night. How can Nate narrow the long list of suspects down to one? Nate the Great might just have to go under cover . . . under cover of the garbage can lid, that is!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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*“Marc Simont's charcoal and pastel illustrations provide the perfect backdrop for this clever case.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
“First graders' favorite private eye solves the case of Oliver's scattered garbage in those short, easy sentences that Sharmat transforms into crisp, tough-guy humor.” —Kirkus Reviews (A Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice)

release date: Dec 01, 1983
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Nate the Great and the Snowy Trail
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Nate the Great has his work cut out for him. Rosamond has lost his birthday present! But how can Nate find his missing present when Rosamond won't tell him what it is?

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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Brisk and bright as always, with pictures of a lovably scowling Nate and a voguishly strange Rosamond . . . for added appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
“Readers will have a dandy time following the case and will sympathize with Nate's wish that he had failed to solve it when he finds the dismaying 'present'.”—Publishers Weekly
 
“The tongue-in-cheek mystery unfolds briskly. Simont's . . . cartoons are in tune with Sharmat's comic touch.”—Booklist
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Nate the Great
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries!  

Nate the Great has a new case! His friend Annie has lost a picture. She wants Nate to help her find it. Nate the Great must get all the facts, ask the right questions, and narrow the list of suspects so he can solve the mystery.

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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*“Marc Simont has dressed Nate the Great in Sherlock Holmes garb, and Marjorie Weinman Sharmat has perfectly reduced Sam Spade sentences to fit primary grade sleuths. Adults won't mind reading this aloud again and again. Kids will like Nate the Great. Kids will want to read more of his books.” —School Library Journal, Starred
 
“The illustrations capture the exaggerated, tongue-in-cheek humor of the story.” —Booklist
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Nate the Great and the Monster Mess

Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Nate the Great loves his mother's Monster Cookies. But now her Monster Cookie recipe is missing! Nate and his dog, Sludge, get to work. They find lots of clues. But which ones count? Will Nate ever eat those wonderful cookies again?

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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"The short chapters and quick resolution of the mystery will be appreciated by beginning readers. Nate's many fans will eagerly sink their teeth into this treat."--School Library Journal 
release date: Jan 01, 2005
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The Napping House
A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing--WAIT! There's a surprise in store, and little ones will want to discover it over and over again. So pull on your sleeping cap and snuggle in for a timeless cumulative tale that's truly like no other. Don and Audrey Wood's beloved picture book has sold more than one and a half million copies. To celebrate its birthday, the original hardcover book now has a fresh new design for both the jacket and interior, and the reproduction of the illustrations has been enhanced to better match the original artwork. A CD is tucked into a sleeve on the inside the front cover. The music, originally produced in 1989, is based on the book and was written and performed by children's musicians Carl and Jennifer Shaylen. The CD begins with a reading of the story and follows with six original songs that are just as fun, jaunty, and sweet as the book itself.
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Mouse Soup

Weasel is ready for his dinner, and poor Mouse is it. Can he stop the weasel from serving up mouse soup for supper?

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