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*Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH, 2014 (originally published 1939). 56 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, Ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, 4-8) Beloved Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam […]

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*Choo Choo by Virgina Lee Burton

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from ourWinter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine Who Ran Away by Virgina Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1964. 48 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-8) With striking charcoal illustrations so appropriate […]

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*The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

*The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton. Houghton Mifflin, 1969. 44 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1,2 (ages 0-8) A little house living out in the country is curious about life in the big city. She observes the seasons, the playing of children, and the passage of life going on around her. Little […]

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Sky Run by Alex Shearer

Sky Run by Alex Shearer. Sky Pony Press, 2014. 228 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages 10-12) and up One-line Summary: Sky Run is a science fiction adventure for middle grades that views the process of growing up through multiple perspectives. I was 120 years old last birthday. Which is […]

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The Scavengers by Michael Perry

The Scavengers by Michael Perry. Harper, 2014, 322 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 4 (ages10-12) and up One-line Summary: The Scavengers is middle-grade dystopian fiction with a warm heart and laughs scattered among the thrills. Maggie, at 13, is a self-described dirty-fingernailed, roughneck girl who has recently taken up residence in […]

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The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman

The Orphan and the Mouse by Martha Freeman, drawings by David McPhail. Holiday House, 2014, 220 pages. Reading Level: Middle Grades, ages 10-12 Maturity Level: 3 (ages 8-10) One-line Summary: The Orphan and the Mouse is a good-natured animal fantasy for middle-grade readers or a family read-aloud. The mouse residents and the human residents of […]

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Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton. HMH Books for Young Readers, 1943. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 0-4, ages 4-8) Only Virginia Lee Burton could craft as lovable a tractor-pushing-snowplow as Katy. Although she pushes a bulldozer in the summer, the focus of the […]

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Celebrating Virginia Lee Burton’s Classic Favorites

Once upon a time there was a little boy whose mother regularly took him and his siblings to the library. Every time he went, he either borrowed or returned a wonderful book about a train that ran away. The most vivid picture was of a train leaping over a drawbridge that was partway open, and […]

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The Most of P. G. Wodehouse by P. G. Wodehouse

This book is a “Best of the Best” from our winter book fair.  CLICK HERE for more great gift ideas! The Most of P.G. Wodehouse by P. G. Wodehouse, Touchstone, 2000.  672 pages.  Reading Level:  Young Adults, (ages 12-14) and up Maturity Level: 5 (ages 12-14) and up Laughter is good medicine, and if British humor […]

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Sir Thomas the Hesitant by Liam Perrin

Sir Thomas the Hesitant by Liam Perrin.  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013.  254 pages.   Reading Level: Young Adults, ages 12 and up Maturity Level: 4 (ages 11-12) and up Thomas has a rather uneventful life, living in the shadow of his perfect big brother, William.  Aside from a nasty famine, life is relatively quiet […]

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*The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

This book is a “Best of the Best” pick from our Winter Book Fair. CLICK HERE to see more gift ideas! *The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett. Simon & Schuster, 2014. 40 pages. Reading Level: Picture Books, ages 4-8 Maturity Level: 1, 2 (ages 4-8) A young girl with her little brother in tow notices […]

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