Uncontracted Braille for Children

In 1819, when ten-year-old Louis Braille began his studies at the Royal Institution for Blind Youth in Paris, students were taught to read books that used embossed print letters. Reading was very slow and it was impossible to write anything by hand. After an army captain visited the school and demonstrated “night writing,” Braille was inspired. Night writing was created to allow soldiers to communicate silently on the battlefield using a raised-dot alphabet. Louis Braille found the system complicated and modified it, developing the six-dot cell that is still in use today.

The original format for braille was a letter-to-letter translation from print. A system using contractions was later developed to make reading faster and books less bulky. In 1932 contracted braille was adopted as the braille code for the English-speaking world.

Today readers who are new to braille sometimes find it easier to learn uncontracted braille as a first step. This minibibliography presents children’s books for levels ranging from preschool to ninth grade arranged by grade level. They are available as braille or print/braille and may be requested from your network library. The digital titles can be downloaded on the Braille and Audio Reading Download (BARD), which allows registered patrons to download digital books and magazines.

Contents

For Preschool-Grade 2

Fiction

Hello, Olaf!
by Andrea Posner-Sanchez

Protected from melting by Queen Elsa’s magic, Olaf the snowman enjoys warm days and other fun activities with friends. 2015.
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Dr. Seuss’s ABC
by Dr. Seuss

Rhymes for each letter in the alphabet using rhythm and repetition as learning tools. BIG C / little c / What begins with C? / Camel on the ceiling / C….c….C. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1963.
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The Foot Book
by Dr. Seuss

Rhythmic tale about the many kinds of feet you meet front feet, back feet, red feet, black feet depending on whom they belong to. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1968.
BR16722

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

In this rhyming story, Sam-I-am follows his companion everywhere, begging him to taste a dish of green eggs and ham. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1960.
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Hop on Pop
by Dr. Seuss

Pairs of rhyming words are used in sentences, creating a nonsense story. Starts with: “UP PUP / Pup is up. / CUP PUP / Pup in cup. / PUP CUP / Cup on pup.” PRINT/BRAILLE. 1963.
BR16725

Nanette's Baguette
by Mo Willems

Today is the day young Nanette finally gets to fetch the baguette for her mother. But the warm bread's freshly baked aroma causes an unexpected problem for Nanette. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2016.
BR22005

For Kindergarten-Grade 3

Fiction

Max and Marla
by Alexandra Boiger

Aspiring Olympians Max and Marla take to their sleds for practice and prepare to overcome all obstacles! PRINT/BRAILLE. 2015.
BR21072

Little Chick
by Amy Hest

Three stories about Little Chick and her wise Old-Auntie the hen, who offers advice. Little Chick can wait only just so long for a carrot to grow, has trouble flying a kite, and longs to put the evening’s first star in her pocket. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2009.
BR19008

Dear Yeti
by James Kwan

Through a series of letters addressed to the mythical creature, two boys describe their hiking adventure hoping to find Yeti. But they run into a bit of trouble along the way. PRINT/BRAILLE. 2015.
BR21081

Finding Winnie
by Lindsay Mattick

A young boy’s bedtime story reveals how his great-great-grandfather, veterinarian Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub during World War I. The bear later became the inspiration for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh (BR16417), which is contracted braille. 2015.
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Frog and Toad are Friends
by Arnold Lobel

Five stories about the adventures of two best friends. Frog and Toad are always there for each other, whether they are telling stories, finding lost buttons, or swimming in the river. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1970.
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The Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park should be read in the following order. Additional titles in this series are available in contracted braille.

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus
by Barbara Park

Junie B. is almost six years old and is starting kindergarten. She worries for a week about riding the yellow school bus and doesn't like her first trip on it at all. So she decides not to ride it home after school. 1992.
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Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business
by Barbara Park

Through a misunderstanding, Junie B. thinks that her new baby brother is really a baby monkey. When she reports this to her kindergarten class during show-and-tell, she causes a lot of excitement and a problem for her teacher. 1993.
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Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat Mouth
by Barbara Park.

With Job Day approaching, Junie B.'s kindergarten classmates are excited and Junie B. claims to have the best job to present. But then Junie B. realizes she hasn't figured out what it is yet. 1993.
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Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky Spying

by Barbara Park
Being curious about her kindergarten teacher's private life, Junie B. sneaks up on her in the grocery store and spies on her. Junie B. is surprised by what she sees and doesn't want to get her teacher in trouble. 1994.
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Junie B. Jones and That Meanie Jim's Birthday
by Barbara Park

Junie B. has a fight with Jim and then is upset when he invites everyone in their class, except her, to his birthday party. She doesn't want to be the only one left out. But her family helps her to see the problem a different way. 1996.
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Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake
by Barbara Park

Junie B. –"in the grade of afternoon kindergarten" –wants to win lots of prizes at the school carnival. But on Carnival Night Junie B. keeps losing at every game, until she goes to the Cake Walk. 1995.
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Junie B. Jones Has a Monster under Her Bed
by Barbara Park

On the day for school pictures, Paulie tells Junie B. that a monster lives right under her bed and now she's afraid to go to sleep. Her family tries to help, but it's not until Junie B. sees her school photos that she solves the monster problem. 1997.
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Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren
by Barbara Park

Junie B. and her best friends want to impress the new boy at school. Lucille wears fancy dresses and Grace shows how fast she can run. But when Warren is homesick, Junie B. finds her own way to be his friend. 1996.
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The Cat in the Hat
by Dr. Seuss

A story in rhyme about two bored children sitting at home on a rainy day while their mother is out. Then the Cat in the Hat arrives on their doormat to show them good fun with his tricks and games. PRINT/BRAILLE. 1957.
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Nonfiction

Man o’ War: Best Racehorse Ever
by Jennifer Guess McKerley

Discusses the life and major races of the horse named Greatest Horse of the Century in 1999. Describes
his growth and restless behavior as well as his first race at two years old, championships, and eight speed records. 2005.
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Abe Lincoln’s Hat
by Martha Brenner

When Abe Lincoln first became a lawyer he wanted to look good, so he bought a long black coat and a tall black hat. As a lawyer, Abe had to carry lots of important papers, and the hat soon proved to be useful in many ways. For grades K-3 and older readers. 1994.
BR11230

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do
by Kathryn Heling

Guess the different professions based on the clothing and equipment described for each job! PRINT/BRAILLE. 2012.
BR21082

For Grades 2-4

Fiction

Miss Daisy Is Crazy!
by Dan Gutman

Miss Daisy’s very unusual teaching methods surprise the second-grade students, especially A.J., a reluctant learner who likes football and video games. 2004.
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Miss Small Is Off the Wall!
by Dan Gutman

A.J. and the other second graders do everything except play sports when they go to “Fizz Ed” class with their new teacher, Miss Small. However, A. J. reluctantly learns a thing or two about dancing and balance. 2005.
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Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy!: My Weird School
by Dan Gutman

A.J. and his classmates become convinced that the new school librarian, Mrs. Roopy, has Multiple Personality Disorder after she pretends to be a number of different famous people. 2004.
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Ms. Hannah Is Bananas!
by Dan Gutman

A.J. and his friends in the second grade are surprised to learn that art can be made out of anything, even garbage. Reluctant at first, A. J. works with know-it-all Andrea to create unique art. 2005.
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The Wishing Pearl
by Paula Harrison

When Clarabel finds an injured dolphin during Ampali Island’s royal regatta, she and her friends vow to save it with Clarabel’s special gift. Sequel to The Secret Promise (BR20901), which is contracted braille. 2015.
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The Rescue Princesses Series
by Paula Harrison

Books three through six, written between 2012 and 2013, featuring royal friends and their daring animal rescues. Includes The Moonlight Mystery, The Stolen Crystals, The Snow Jewel, and The Magic Rings. Sequel to The Wishing Pearl (BR21173). 2013.
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Ghost Attack: Monster Itch
by David Lubar

Allergy-prone Alex and his cousin, Sarah, are excited to visit their grandparents in their new haunted house. But Alex's tendency to break out in a rash every time a ghost is near causes problems because the phantom needs their help. 2017.
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Word After Word After Word
by Patricia MacLachlan

Visiting author Ms. Mirabel teaches a fourth-grade class about the power of words and writing. 2010.
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The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne should be read in the following order. Additional titles in this series are available in contracted braille.

Dinosaurs before Dark: Magic Tree House #1
by Mary Pope Osborne

Eight-and-a-half-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister Annie find a magic tree house in the woods near their home. Climbing inside, they are whisked back to the prehistoric time of dinosaurs. But how will they return to their own time? 1992.
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The Knight at Dawn: Magic Tree House #2
by Mary Pope Osborne

Returning to the magic tree house, siblings Annie and Jack travel back to the Middle Ages. They explore a castle, escape from a dungeon, and are helped by a mysterious knight. 1993.
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Mummies in the Morning: Magic Tree House #3
by Mary Pope Osborne

On this visit to the magic tree house, Jack and his younger sister, Annie, travel to the land of pyramids—ancient Egypt. They help a royal mummy continue her voyage to the next life. 1993.
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Pirates Past Noon: Magic Tree House #4
by Mary Pope Osborne

On a cold, rainy day in the magic tree house, Annie spies a book open to a picture of a sunny beach scene. Annie and her older brother, Jack, are transported to the days of deserted islands, secret maps, hidden treasure, and nasty pirates. 1994.
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Night of the Ninjas: Magic Tree House #5
by Mary Pope Osborne

When Jack and Annie are whisked away by the magic tree house to hundreds-of-years-ago Japan, they meet a ninja master in a hidden cave. They must practice being ninjas themselves to return home. 1995.
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Afternoon on the Amazon: Magic Tree House #6
by Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack need to find the second special thing to free Morgan le Fay, owner of the magic tree house, from a spell. So they travel to a rain forest where they encounter army ants, people-eating fish, wild jaguars, and a helpful monkey. 1995.
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Sunset of the Sabertooth: Magic Tree House #7
by Mary Pope Osborne

In search of the third special thing to help Morgan le Fay, Annie and Jack travel back in time in the magic tree house to the Ice Age. They meet Cro-Magnons, cave bears, and a sabertooth and ride a woolly mammoth. 1996.
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Midnight on the Moon: Magic Tree House #8
by Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack travel to the future to visit a moon base where they figure out the fourth and final special thing needed to free Morgan le Fay from the magician's spell. 1996.
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Dolphins at Daybreak: Magic Tree House #9
by Mary Pope Osborne

Annie and Jack are transported by the magic tree house to a beach by the ocean. A mini-sub takes them underwater to a coral reef where they meet a giant octopus, a shark, and friendly dolphins while looking for the answer to an ancient riddle. 1997.
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Ghost Town at Sundown: Magic Tree House #10
by Mary Pope Osborne

When Jack and Annie explore the Wild West to solve another riddle, cowboy Slim Cooley mistakes them for horse thieves. They ride horses and face mustang rustlers and a ghost before leaving. 1997.
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Hour of the Olympics: Magic Tree House #16
by Mary Pope Osborne

When Jack and Annie travel back in time to ancient Greece to find a lost story, they arrive during the Olympics. They discover that girls did not have many rights in those days. 1998.
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Tonight on the Titanic: Magic Tree House #17
by Mary Pope Osborne

The magic tree house transports Annie and Jack to the deck of the Titanic, the supposedly unsinkable ship. They arrive right before the ship hits an iceberg. 1999.
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Buffalo before Breakfast: Magic Tree House #18
by Mary Pope Osborne

With the help of the magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel to the Great Plains when the Lakota Indians lived there. They meet Black Hawk, who takes them on a buffalo hunt that turns into a stampede. 1999.
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Tigers at Twilight: Magic Tree House #19
by Mary Pope Osborne

Having used their magic tree house to travel to India, Jack and Annie have adventures involving a tiger and other endangered animals. 1999.
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Dingoes at Dinnertime: Magic Tree House #20
by Mary Pope Osborne

When the magic tree house lands Jack and Annie in Australia, they meet dingoes (wild dogs), a koala, and a kangaroo and her joey, and experience the dangers of a wildfire. 2000.
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Civil War on Sunday: Magic Tree House #21
by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie are transported by their magic tree house to the time of the Civil War, where they meet Clara Barton, the famous nurse. 2000.
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Revolutionary War on Wednesday: Magic Tree House #22
by Mary Pope Osborne

Using their magic tree house, Jack and Annie travel back to the time of the American Revolution and help General George Washington during his famous crossing of the Delaware River. 2000.
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The Calendar Mysteries by Ron Roy should be read in the following order:

February Friend
by Ron Roy

When a rabbit is discovered in a closet during a Valentine’s Day celebration at school, first-graders Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy search for the owner. Sequel to January Jokes (BR20829), which is contracted braille. 2009.
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March Mischief
by Ron Roy

When three leprechaun statues disappear just before St. Patrick’s Day, Bradley, Brian, Nate, Lucy, and other friends follow clues in order to solve the mystery. 2010.
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April Adventure
by Ron Roy

Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy follow clues on an Easter treasure hunt, while trying to figure out who set it up for them. 2010.
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May Magic
by Ron Roy

Bradley and Brian need help from friends Nate and Lucy after a hypnotist turns their mother into a duck but does not quite get her changed back. 2011.
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June Jam
by Ron Roy

As a Father’s Day gift to the twins’ dad, Bradley, Brian, and their friends Lucy and Nate try to identify and stop whatever creature is biting fruits and vegetables in the garden. 2011.
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Calender Mysteries, Books 7-10
by Ron Roy

Books seven through ten, written between 2012 and 2013, featuring four kids investigating local mysteries. In July Jitters, Bradley, Brian, Nate, and Lucy search for the missing pet-costume contestants. Includes August Acrobats, September Sneakers, and October Ogre. 2013.
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Calendar Mysteries, Books 11-13
by Ron Roy

Books eleven through thirteen, featuring four friends who solve mysteries set around the holidays. In November Night, as Thanksgiving approaches, Nate and Lucy help Bradley and Brian investigate their suspicious new neighbors. Includes December Dog and New Year’s Eve Thieves. 2014.
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The Story of Diva and Flea
by Mo Willems

In the bustling city of Paris, a small, brave dog called Diva and an adventurous cat named Flea become unlikely friends. 2015.
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Nonfiction

The Story of Chocolate
by C.J. Polin

History of chocolate, beginning with the farming of Central American cacao trees in ancient times. Follows explorers’ transportation of cocoa beans to Spain and the growth of chocolate’s popularity. Discusses European inventions for processing cocoa and describes a vast modern industry. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2005.
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Helen Keller
by Jane Sutcliffe

Focuses on the early years of Helen Keller and how she learned to read, write, and sign with the help of her teacher Annie Sullivan. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2002.
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Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
by Duncan Tonatiuh

Recounts how young Sylvia Mendez and her brothers wanted to go to the school closest to their new home in California but were told they must attend a Mexican school. Their family organized, sued, and helped end segregation in the state. For grades 2-4 and older readers. 2014.
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For Grades 3-6

Fiction

Because of Winn-Dixie
by Kate DiCamillo

Ten-year-old India Opal and her preacher dad move to a new town in Florida during the summer. Opal is lonely until she adopts a big stray dog she names Winn-Dixie. The two soon make friends with the local librarian, the pet store manager, and a nearly blind elderly neighbor. 2000.
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Harriet the Invincible
by Ursula Vernon

Never a conventional princess, Harriet Hamsterbone becomes an adventurer when she learns she is cursed by the wicked fairy Ratshade to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday after pricking herself on the hamster wheel. Years pass, and something peculiar happens when Ratshade reappears. 2015.
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Of Mice and Magic
by Ursula Vernon

When Harriet Hamsterbone learns about the curse on twelve mice princesses who are forced to dance all night, every night, she knows she is the one to break the curse. Sequel to Harriet the Invincible (BR21395). 2016.
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Geogra-Fleas! Riddles All Over the Map
by Joan Holub

Riddles about dogs and geography for laughs while learning facts. Topics include oceans, planets, continents, and land formations; United States facts, states, state capitals; and more. 2004.
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Heroes for My Son
by Brad Meltzer

The author profiles some fifty men and women as examples to live by for his eight-year-old son. Includes the Wright Brothers; Frank Shankwitz, creator of the Make-A-Wish Foundation; and a boy with cerebral palsy whose father pushes his wheelchair in races. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2010.
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Medical Marvels: A Chapter Book
by Catherine Nichols

Four unusual medical events: a man with an iron rod shot through his head survives; conjoined twin boys endure cranial separation; a girl born without arms learns to use mechanical ones; and a man with spinal cord injury regains some functions. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2004.
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Nonfiction

Louis Braille
by Madeline Donaldson

Biography of Frenchman Louis Braille (1809-1852) explains his development of a raised-dot alphabet and number system when he was fifteen. Discusses his going blind at age three, schooling in Paris, playing the organ, and having tuberculosis. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2007.
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Ice Wreck
by Lucille Recht Penner

Describes British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton’s attempted 1914 expedition to Antarctica. When the ship was caught in the frozen sea, he and his crew experienced an eighteen-month ordeal during which they camped on ice floes and lived on an island. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2001.
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Three Presidents Died on the Fourth of July: And Other Freaky Facts about the First Twenty-five Presidents
by Barbara Seuling

Presents unusual facts about U.S. presidents, such as who gave the shortest inaugural speech, who had the first indoor plumbing at the White House, who was the last to have a beard, what Abraham Lincoln carried in his stovepipe hat, and much more. 2008.
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The Bermuda Triangle
by Jim Whiting

Discusses the mysterious disappearances of many ships and airplanes in the geographical triangle formed by Florida, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico. Provides a chronology of strange occurrences in the area from 1492 to 2004. Offers various explanations including scientific and supernatural. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 2007.
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For Grades 4-7

Fiction

Cowboys on the Western Trail: The Cattle Drive Adventures of Joshua McNabb and Davy Bartlett
by Eric F. Oatman

Teenagers Josh, who is black, and Davy, who is white, help on a cattle drive in 1877. The boys keep journals and send letters about their dangerous experiences along the way. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.
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The Tale of Rescue
by Michael J. Rosen

When a Florida family vacationing in the Appalachian Mountains becomes trapped in a blizzard, a local farm cattle dog works to rescue them. 2015.
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The Books of the Spirit Animal series which are written by various authors should be read in the following order.

Wild Born: Spirit Animals
by Brandon Mull

In the world of Erdas, four children, separated by vast distances, all undergo the same ritual. Each of them is bonded with a great beast, and now they must confront a dark force. 2013.
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Hunted
by Maggie Stiefvater

Four kids and their bonded beasts—a falcon, a wolf, a panda, and a leopard—team up to fight the villainous Devourer. They must first figure out how to work together and test their abilities. 2014.
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Blood Ties
by Garth Nix

As the Conquerors try to destroy Erdas, four restless kids and their bonded animals set out for the enemy’s territory to wage a battle they yearn to begin. 2014.
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Fire and Ice
by Shannon Hale

Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan, supported by their spirit animals, follow a lead in the cold north, only to arrive in a deceptively beautiful village where everything is not as it seems. 2014.
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Against the Tide
by Tui Sutherland

Conor, Abeke, Meilin, and Rollan have traveled across the world, seeking a set of powerful talismans in order to keep them from enemy hands. But a traitor in the group seems to be in league with their shadowy pursuers. 2014.
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Rise and Fall
by Eliot Schrefer

A devastating betrayal scatters the team. The young heroes and their spirit animals have already sacrificed much in their quest for the talismans, and more is yet to come. 2015.
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The Evertree
by Marie Lu

The young heroes and their spirit animals have journeyed across Erdas, racing to keep an ancient enemy from breaking free from his prison. They have just one chance to stop him—or the whole world will shatter. 2015.
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Nonfiction

Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll
by Holly George-Warren

Biographical sketches of fourteen rock and roll stars: Bill Haley, Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Bo Diddley, Carl Perkins, the Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Wanda Jackson, Ritchie Valens, and James Brown. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2001.
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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Special Edition
by Mary Packard

Strange but true “fascinating facts, amazing acts, and bizarre behavior, all based on the files of Robert Ripley.” Entries range from devoted dogs and unusual pets to wordplay and advertising, zany transportation, sports events, medical mysteries, and quirky “odds and ends.” For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2004.
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Profiles in Sports Courage
by Ken Rappoport

Presents twelve outstanding athletes of the twentieth century who persevered against racism, sexism, illness, or other obstacles. These men and women include boxer Muhammad Ali, gymnast Kerri Strug, cyclist Lance Armstrong, one-handed baseball pitcher Jim Abbott, and figure skater Ekaterina Gordeeva. For grades 4-7 and older readers. 2006.
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For Grades 5-8

Fiction

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child
by Francisco Jiménez

Twelve interconnected short stories about the hardships of an illegal migrant family told by the son, Panchito. “Under the Wire” recounts how the family leaves Mexico and crawls under barbed wire into California. Picking crops to earn money is the top priority with schooling squeezed in when possible, as related in “The Circuit.” 1997.
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Lawn Boy
by Gary Paulsen

A twelve-year-old boy decides to put his unusual birthday gift his late grandfather’s riding mower to use by cutting his neighbors’ lawns for money. Soon business is booming and he has his own employees, his own stockbroker, and sponsorship of a prizefighter. 2007.
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This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs
by Gary Paulsen

Newbery Honor-winning author shares true stories about his relationship with animals, highlighting their empathy, intellect, instinct, and sense of adventure. 2015.

BR21389

Look Both Ways
by Jason Reynolds

A collection of ten short stories, which all take place in the same day, about kids walking home from school. 2019.
BR23011

Nonfiction

Protecting the Planet: Environmental Activism
by Pamela Dell

Discusses effects of climate change and describes what governments are doing to protect the earth and its inhabitants both people and animals. Explains actions individuals can take to conserve resources. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2010.
BR19060

Becoming Joe DiMaggio
by Maria Testa

Narrative poem tells the story of an Italian grandfather and his American grandson who listen to New York Yankees baseball games on the radio. For grades 5-8 and older readers. 2002.
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For Grades 6-9

Fiction

Runaround
by Helen Hemphill

Kentucky, 1960s. Although an avid reader of romance magazines, eleven-year-old Sassy is unsure how to attract a handsome neighborhood teen to be her first boyfriend. Then she discovers that her pretty older sister Lula has been flirting with him, too. 2007.
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Nonfiction

The Call of the Osprey
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Follows a crew of scientists who are involved in the Montana Osprey Project—which studies the effects of mercury pollution on wildlife and humans. Highlights observations from spying on the raptors with several strategically placed webcams and the continuing research efforts aimed at better understanding of environmental problems. 2015.
BR20984

Don’t Step on the Foul Line: Sports Superstition
by George Sullivan

Anecdotes describing some of the superstitions of well-known athletes. They handle their forebodings with rituals that involve a teddy bear, favorite food, songs, lucky clothing, charms, and other precautions. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2000.
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Mummies
by Adam Woog

Examines the scientific study of mummies such as the deliberately preserved Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen. Discusses accidental mummies found in northern European bogs, Asian deserts, and glaciers. Includes information on the specially embalmed twentieth-century bodies of Lenin, Eva Pern, and Ferdinand Marcos. For grades 6-9 and older readers. 2009.
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