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For First and Second Graders

Miss Nelson is Missing! Miss Nelson Is Missing!
Allard, Harry
     The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher's good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.
Biscuit Biscuit
Capucilli, Alyssa Satin.
     A little yellow dog wants ever one more thing before he'll go to sleep.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Cronin, Doreen
     When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
Strega Nona Strega Nona: An Old Tale
De Paola, Tomie
     When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
A Bargain for Frances A Bargain for Frances
Hoban, Russell
     Frances foils Thelma's plot to trick her out of a new china set.
Danny and the Dinosaur Danny and the Dinosaur
Hoff, Syd
     Danny loves dinosaurs. When he sees one at the museum, he thinks aloud that it would be nice to play with one. When a dinosaur answers Danny, they have a wonderful adventure together.
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
Kimmel, Eric A.
     Anansi the Spider uses a strange moss-covered rock in the forest to trick all the other animals, until Little Bush Deer decides he needs to learn a lesson.
Tacky the Penguin Tacky the Penguin
Lester, Helen
     Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.
Swimmy Swimmy
Lionni, Leo
     A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.
Frog and Toad Are Friends Frog and Toad Are Friends
Lobel, Arnold
     Five very short stories told in a direct and ingenuous style, appealing because of their ease and the familiarity of the situations.
Little Bear Little Bear
Minarik, Else Holmelund
     Little Bear's four adventures include taking a trip to the moon and having a birthday party.
Amelia Bedelia Amelia Bedelia
Parish, Peggy.
     A literal-minded housekeeper causes chaos in the Rogers household when she attempts to make sense of some instructions.
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
Park, Barbara.
     A young girl describes her feelings about starting kindergarten and what she does when she decides not to ride the bus home.
Henry and Mudge Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures
Rylant, Cynthia.
     Henry, feeling lonely on a street without any other children, finds companionship and love in a big dog named Mudge.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Scieszka, Jon.
     When Alexander Wolf is framed, he seeks justice and tells his own version of The Three Little Pigs.
The Cat in the Hat The Cat in the Hat
Seuss, Dr.
     Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat, who shows them some tricks and games.
Nate the Great Nate the Great
Sharmat, Marjorie Weinman.
     Neighborhood detective Nate investigates the disappearance of his friend Annie's favorite painting.
Caps for Sale Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Slobodkina, Esphyr.
     A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
Jumanji Jumanji
Van Allsburg, Chris.
     Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a jungle adventure board game.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Viorst, Judith.
     On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.

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