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These fun books are perfect for Mystery Readers, teachers, or anyone else reading aloud to a group of elementary school-aged kids. Also check out our Fractured Fairy Tales list. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Picture Books (JE)


The Day the Crayons Quit    (When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them. )
Abbott Who's on First?    (This retelling of the classic comedy routine features a bear and a rabbit trying to determine the player covering each base. Especially fun for two readers!)
Averbeck The Market Bowl    (Yoyo has to make amends when she offends the Great Spirit of the Market by asking too high a price for her bitterleaf stew. )
Barnett Chloe and the Lion    (Mac, the author, fires Adam, the illustrator, over their artistic differences about Chloe, the main character of their book.)
Davies Don't Spill the Milk!    (Penda gets a surprise when she arrives at her destination after a long journey to deliver her father's lunch. )
Dormer The Obstinate Pen    (Uncle Flood is very pleased with his new pen until he tries to write with it and finds that it writes only what it wants to.)
Emmett The Princess and the Pig    (When a new baby princess accidentally changes places with a piglet, both of their lives are forever changed.)
Harley Lost and Found    (Justin loses the hat his grandmother made for him and must talk to Mr. Rumkowsky, the gruff old custodian in charge of the Lost and Found. )
Jahanforuz The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran    (After showing kindness to a strange old woman, Shiraz receives the gift of beauty but her lazy and unkind stepsister suffers a less pleasant fate. )
Jeffers Stuck    (When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he tries to knock it down with increasingly larger and more outrageous things. )
Katz Don't Say That Word!    (Michael's rhyming description of his day at school has his mother repeatedly interrupting to prevent him from saying impolite words. )
Knudsen Big Mean Mike    (Mike is the toughest dog in the neighborhood until tiny, fuzzy bunnies show up in his car, threatening his reputation. )
McDonnell The Monsters' Monster    (Three monsters argue over who is the "biggest and baddest" until they build a monster together that turns out to be very different than what they expect.)
O'Malley Unce Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude    (Cooperatively writing a fairy tale for school, a girl imagines a beautiful princess while her boy partner wants to write about a muscular biker.)
Offill 11 Experiments That Failed    (A young scientist tries a series of wacky experiments and then must suffer the consequences when her experiments go awry.)
Reynolds Carnivores    (A lion, a great white shark, and a timber wolf form a support group for carnivores. )
Rosenthal Wumbers    (Shares illustrated clues and alphanumeric combinations that substitute numbers for letters with the same sound.)
Scillian Memoirs of a Goldfish    (A goldfish gives a personal account of his experiences while swimming around his bowl.)
Van Dusen If I Built a House    (Jack describes the kind of house he would build--one with a racetrack, a flying room, and a gigantic slide. )
Yankovic My New Teacher and Me    (On the first day of school, the imaginative and energetic Billy clashes with a somber new teacher who will not believe his fanciful tales.)

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry


J398.2 NO Beatrice Clever Beatrice    (A small but clever young girl outwits a rich giant and wins all his gold. )
J398.2AF Shepard Master Man: A Tall Tale of Nigeria    (A boastful strong man learns a lesson when he encounters one of Nigeria's superheroes in this Hausa tale which explains the origin of thunder.)
J796.323 CO Hoop Genius: How a Desperate Teacher and a Rowdy Gym Class Invented Basketball    (How James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891 using a soccer ball and a couple of old peach baskets.)
J811 LE Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False Apology Poems    (A collection of ironic apology poems imagines how tricksters really feel about the mischief they make.)
J811 SI Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse     (A collection of short poems which, when reversed, provide new perspectives on the fairy tale characters they feature. )
J921 Ruth Becoming Babe Ruth    (At St. Mary's Industrial School for Boys, George Herman Ruth evolves as a player and as a man, eventually becoming the Babe.)

Last Updated: 12/13

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