Picture Books

Marta! Big and Small by Jen Arena with illustrations by Angela Dominguez

(Children Picture Book ARENA)

In this story that incorporates Spanish words, Marta explores the world of opposites and animals.

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

(Children Picture Book + BARNE)

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom with illustrations by Brendan Wenzel

(Children Picture Book BERNS)

Gobbled by a snake, a crafty boy finds a find a way out of his predicament by encouraging the snake to eat an increasing number of animals.

Turnip by Jan Brett

(Children Picture Book + BRETT)

Badger Girl is delighted to find the biggest turnip she has ever seen growing in her vegetable garden, but when the time comes to harvest the giant root, she is unable to pull it up without help from family and friends.

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell

(Children Picture Book CAMPB)

“Adrian Simcox brags about owning a horse, and Chloe just knows he’s making stuff up … until she learns an important lesson in empathy.” —Provided by publisher

Surprising Sharks! By Nicola Davies

(Children Picture Book + DAVIE)

Introduces many different species of sharks, pointing out such characteristics as the small size of the dwarf lantern shark and the physical characteristics and behavior that makes sharks killing machines.

Maria Had a Little Llama by Angela Dominguez

(Children Picture Book + DOMIN)

In this bilingual version of the classic rhyme, set in Peru, Maria takes her llama to school one day.

Ducks Away! by Mem Fox

(Children Picture Book FOX)

One by one five little ducklings tumble off the bridge into the river below—and mother duck follows them.

Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

(Children Picture Book Lg MCCLO)

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.

Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê

(Children Picture Book + LE)

“A young boy wants to read his favorite books without interruption, but the creatures around him keep spoiling the ending!” —Provided by publisher

Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

(Children Picture Book WENZE)

In simple text, a set of animals, each one linked to the previous one by some trait of shape, color, or pattern, greet and interact with one another.

Beginning Readers

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

(Children Picture Book TETRI)

“Tiger is a very lucky kid: she has a monster living under her bed. Every night, Tiger and Monster play games until it’s time for lights out. Of course, Monster would never try to scare Tiger–that’s not what best friends do. But Monster needs to scare someone … it’s a monster, after all. So while Tiger sleeps, Monster scares all of her nightmares away. Thanks to her friend, Tiger has nothing but good dreams. But waiting in the darkness is a nightmare so big and mean that Monster can’t fight it alone. Only teamwork and a lot of bravery can chase this nightmare away.” —Provided by publisher

Fox the Tiger by Corey R. Tabor

(Children Picture Book TABOR)

Fox decides to become a tiger because they are fast and sneaky, and soon, his other animal friends are joining in.

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

(Children’s Library PZ7.L7795 Day)

Frog and Toad spend their days together, but find sometimes it’s nice to be alone.

Chapter Books and Middle Grade

The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

(Children’s Library PZ7.D5455 Ti 2001)

Rob, who passes the time in his rural Florida community by wood carving, is drawn by his spunky but angry friend Sistine into a plan to free a caged tiger.

Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo

(Children’s Library PZ7.D5455 Me 2005)

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor.

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham

(Children’s Library PZ10.3.G76 Wi 1954)

“Friendly Rat, mild-mannered Mole, wise Badger, and kind—but conceited—Toad all live on the banks of the Thames. While Mole and Rat are content to go out in a row boat or travel the roads in a caravan, Toad prefers the excitement of motor cars. He’s already wrecked seven! While his friends try to keep him out of trouble, his passion for cars eventually results in his being caught and kept prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded castle in all the land. Somehow, he has to escape and get home but what will he find when he gets there?” —Provided by publisher

Hoot by Carl Hiassan

(Children’s Library PZ7.H52 Ho 2002)

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site.

The Beasts of Clawstone Castle by Eva Ibbotson

(Children’s Library PZ7.I11555 Bea 2006)

While spending the summer with elderly relatives at Clawstone Castle in northern England, Madlyn and her brother Rollo, with the help of several ghosts, attempt to save the rare cattle that live on the castle grounds.

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones with illustrations by Katie Kath

(Children’s Library PZ7.J714 Unu 2015)

“Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse…. And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more, Unusual Chickens is a quirky, clucky classic in the making.” —Provided by publisher

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

(Children’s Library PZ7.M64 Win 1988)

The adventures of Christopher Robin and his friends, in which Pooh Bear uses a balloon to get honey, Piglet meets a Heffalump, and Eeyore has a birthday.

Dog Man by Dave Pilkey

(Children’s Library PZ7.P6314 Do 2016)

Dog Man, a crimefighter with the head of a police dog and the body of a policeman, faces off against his archnemesis Petey the Cat.

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

(Children’s Library + PZ7.W58277 Ch 1999)

“Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.” —Provided by publisher

Stuart Little by E.B. White

(Children’s Library PZ10.3.W584 St)

“Stuart Little is no ordinary mouse. Born to a family of humans, he lives in New York City with his parents, his older brother George, and Snowbell the cat. Though he’s shy and thoughtful, he’s also a true lover of adventure.” —Provided by publisher

Young Adult

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

(Young Adult PZ7.P968 Go 2006)

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

Informational Books

Bonkers About Beetles by Owen Davey

(+ Children Picture Book DAVEY)

Did you know that the horned dung beetle can pull over a thousand times its own weight? With over 400,000 known species of beetles on earth, there are endless curious crawling creatures to discover! Shares information on different types of beetles.

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, and Dr. Paula Kahumbu with photographs by Peter Greste

(Children’s Library QL737.U57 H38 2006)

“This book has been adapted from the original e-book, Owen and Mzee, … which was first launched on the WNBC New York Five O’Clock News, April 29, 2005, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.” —Provided by publisher

The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs by Kate Messner with illustrations by Matthew Forsythe

(Children Picture Book MESSN)

Looks at the life of the coral restoration pioneer Ken Nedimyer, from his early fascination with the ocean to his ongoing efforts to save and rebuild the world’s coral reefs.

Reptiles and Amphibians by Simon Mugford

(Children’s Library + QL644.2 .M84 2007)

Describes various reptiles and amphibians, with color photographs.

Sea Otter Heroes: The Predators that Saved an Ecosystem by Patricia Newman

(Children’s Library QL737.C25 N49 2017)

“Marine biologist Brent Hughes discovered a surprising connection between sea otters and sea grass at an estuary in northern California. Follow science in action as Hughes conducts the research that led to this major discovery.” —Provided by publisher

Camp Panda: Helping Cubs Return to the Wild by Catherine Thimmesh

(Children’s Library + QL737.C27 T477 2018)

From the Sibert medal winning author of Team Moon and the bestselling Girls Think of Everything comes a riveting, timely account of panda conservation efforts in China, perfect for budding environmentalists and activists.