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Children's Literature

Books in BU's Juvenile Collection

Books for Ages 4-8

14 cows for America / Carmen Agra Deedy.   2009.  327.676073 D3114f.     Maasai tribal members, after hearing the story of the September 11th attacks from a young Maasai who was in New York on that day, decide to present the American people with fourteen sacred cows as a healing gift. Lexile: AD 540

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day
/ Judith Viorst. 1972.  Fic V7983a.  Recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.  Lexile: AD 970   

And Tango makes three / Justin Richardson.  2005.  Fic R523a.  At New York City’s Central Park Zoo, two male penguins fall in love and start a family by taking turns sitting on an abandoned egg until it hatches.  Lexile:  AD 720   

Bad case of stripes / David Shannon.   1998.  Fic S52876b.  In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no longer recognizes herself.  Lexile:  AD 540   

Blackout / John Rocco.  2011.  Fic R671b.    When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.  Lexile:  Not Available

Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? / Bill Martin, Jr. 1992.  Fic M3837bro.  Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.  Lexile 440L 

Cat in the hat / Dr. Seuss.   1957, 1987.    Fic G313c.  Two children sitting at home on a rainy day are visited by the Cat in the Hat, who shows them some tricks and games.  Accompanied by cassette tape no. 0246.  Lexile:  260L   

Chicka chicka boom boom / Bill Martin, Jr.  1989.  Fic M3837c.    An alphabet rhyme/chant that relates what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb a coconut tree.   Accompanied by tape no. 0244.    Lexile:  530L  

David goes to school / David Shannon.  1999.  Fic S52876dg.  David’s activities in school include chewing gum, talking out of turn, and engaging in a food fight, causing his teacher to say over and over, "No, David!"  Lexile: BR   

Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus / Mo Willems.  2003. Fic W699d.  When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon!   Lexile: 120L  

The drinking gourd: a story of the Underground Railroad / F.N. Monjo.  1993.  Fic M744d.  When he is sent home alone for misbehaving in church, Tommy discovers that his house is a station on the Underground Railroad.  Lexile: 370L 

Fancy Nancy / Jane O’Connor. 2006.  Fic O185f.  A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night.  Lexile 420L   

Farm /
Elisha Cooper.  2010.  Fic C7767f.   Describes the activities on a busy family farm from the spring when preparations for planting begin to the autumn when the cats grow winter coats and the cold rains begin to fall.  Lexile:  AD 590

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed / Eileen Christelow.  1989, 2006.  398.84 C5545f.  A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.  Accompanied by read-along CD.  Lexile: 310L   

Green eggs and ham / Dr. Seuss.  1988.  Fic G313g.  Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.  Lexile: 30L   

Hello, goodbye window / Norton Juster.  2005.  Fic J96h.  Caldecott Award Winner.  Looking through the kitchen window, a little girl and her doting grandparents watch stars, play games, and, most importantly, say hello and goodbye.  Lexile: 760L   

Henry’s freedom box / Ellen Levine.  2007.  Fic L66574h.
A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.  Lexile: 380L   

Honeybee man / Lela Nargi.  2011.   Fic N228h.    Fred, a beekeeper whose hives are on the roof of his Brooklyn, New York, apartment building, tends his bees and distributes their honey to his neighbors.  Includes facts about bees and beekeepers.   Lexile: AD870L

House in the night
/ Susan Marie Swanson.  2008.  Fic S97258h.  Caldecott Award Winner.  Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.  Lexile: 60L   

I lost my tooth in Africa
/ Penda Diakité.  2006.  Fic D5366i.  While visiting her father’s family in Mali, a young girl loses a tooth, places it under a calabash, and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.  Lexile: 620L   

Imaginary garden
/ Andrew Larsen.   2009.   Fic L3342i.  Theodora loved her Poppa’s old garden, but his new apartment’s balcony is too blustery and tiny for a garden. Theodora and Poppa opt to paint a garden. As they work together, a masterpiece takes shape that transforms the balcony into an abundant garden.  Lexile: AD550L   

I want my hat back / Jon Klassen.  2011.  Fic K634i.   A bear almost gives up his search for his missing hat until he remembers something important.  Lexile: 90L

Joseph had a little overcoat / Simms Taback1999.  Fic T112j.  Caldecott Medal Winner.  Based on a Yiddish folk song, Joseph’s very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.  On die-cut pages.   Lexile: BR   

Just one bite / Lola Schaefer.   2010.  OVERSIZE  591.53 S2944j.   A life-sized introduction to what animals eat, how they eat it, and how much they eat in a single bite, from the tiny sand-grain-sized bite of earth that the earthworm takes to the double-gatefold spread of a sperm whale sucking a whole giant squid down in just one bite.  Lexile: Not Available 

Kissing hand / Audrey Penn.  2006.  Fic P412k .  When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.  Lexile: 520L   

Kitten’s first full moon / Kevin Henkes.  2004.  Fic H513k.   Caldecott Award Winner.  When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.  Lexile: 360L     

Knuffle Bunny: a cautionary tale / Mo Willems.  2004.  Fic W699k.  A trip to the laundromat leads to a momentous occasion when Trixie, too young to speak words, realizes that something important is missing and struggles to explain the problem to her father.  Lexile: 120L

Leaf Man / Lois Ehlert.  2005.  OVERSIZE  Fic E332ℓ.  A man made of leaves blows away, traveling wherever the wind may take him. Lexile: 310L   

Lion & the mouse / Jerry Pinkney.  2009.  398.245 P6557ℓ.  Caldecott Award Winner.  In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even a small creature is capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.  Wordless.

Mister Seahorse / Eric Carle.  2004.  OVERSIZE Fic C278mi.  After Mrs. Seahorse lays her eggs on Mr. Seahorse’s belly, he drifts through the water, greeting other fish fathers who are taking care of their eggs.  Lexile: 620L   

My friend Rabbit / Eric Rohmann.  2002.  Fic R738m.  Caldecott Award Winner.  Something always seems to go wrong when Rabbit is around, but Mouse lets him play with his toy plane anyway because he is his good friend.  Lexile: BR  

No, David! / David Shannon.  1998.  Fic S52876n.  A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.  Lexile: BR   

Officer Buckle and Gloria / Peggy Rathmann.  1995.  Fic R234o.  The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.  Lexile: 510L   

Polar Express / Chris Van Allsburg.  1985.  Fic V217p.  Caldecott Award Winner.  A magical train ride on Christmas Eve takes a boy to the North Pole to receive a special gift from Santa Claus.  Lexile: 520L   

Rainbow fish / Marcus Pfister.  1992.  Fic P529r.  The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship. 
Lexile: 410L   

Sick day for Amos McGee / Philip C. Stead.  2011.  Fic S79918s. Caldecott  Award Winner.  Zookeeper Amos McGee always makes time to visit his friends who live at the zoo until the day he stays home because he is sick.  Lexile: 760L   

“Slowly, slowly, slowly," said the sloth / Eric Carle.  2002.  OVERSIZE   Fic C278sℓ.  Challenged by the other jungle animals for its seemingly lazy ways, a sloth living in a tree explains the many advantages of his slow and peaceful existence.  Lexile:  AD 410L   

Snowy day / Ezra Jack Keats.  1962.  Fic K252s.  Caldecott Medal Winner.  The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.   Lexile: 500L  

Swimmy / Leo Lionni.  1963.  Fic L763s.  A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.  Lexile: 640L  

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly / Simms Taback.  1997.  782.421622100268 T112t.  Presents the traditional version of a famous American folk poem first heard in the U.S. in the 1940’s with illustrations on die-cut pages that reveal all that the old lady swallows. Lexile: Not Prose  

This is not my hat / Jon Klassen.  2012.   Fic K634t.     Caldecott Medal 2013.  A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.  Lexile: AD 340L  

Thunder-Boomer! /
Shutta Crum.  2009.  Fic C9562t.    A farm family scurries for shelter from a violent thunderstorm that brings welcome relief from the heat and also an unexpected surprise.  Lexile:  AD 490L

Waiting for wings / Lois Ehlert.  2001.  OVERSIZE 595.789 E332w.  In brief, simple verses and large type, Ehlert traces the life cycle of the butterfly, from egg through caterpillar and chrysalis to glorious emergence and flight to the garden.  Lexile: 160L   

We’re going on a bear hunt / Michael Rosen.  1989.  Fic R8127w.   Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.  Lexile: BR  

What do you do with a tail like this? / Steve Jenkins.  2003.  573.87 J52w.  This question-and-answer science book teaches the many amazing things that animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, feet, and, of course, their tails.  Lexile:  620L  

Where the wild things are / Maurice Sendak.  1963.  Fic S474w.  Caldecott Medal Winner.  A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.  Lexile: 740L  

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