Dragon Gets By. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon Gets By. I. 1993

Dragon can’t seem to get anything right today.  He reads and egg and fries his newspaper for breakfast, sweeps a hole in his floor, eats all his groceries because they don’t fit in his car, and combs his teeth while brushing his hair with a toothbrush.  What a day for Dragon!!

TAGS: silly, funny, Dragon, housework, yardwork, groceries, shopping, chores, fiction, I, North Franklin

Dragon’s Halloween. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Halloween. I. 1993

More misadventures with the lovable blue Dragon.  Dragon wants to make a big jack-o’-lantern, but can only find six small pumpkins.  Though some bullies come along to try and ruin his fun, Dragon perseveres and scares them off.  Dragon also gets invited to a costume party and gets scared by his own grumbling stomach in the woods.

TAGS: Dragon, Halloween, funny, humor, pumpkin, jack-o’-lantern, costume, party, silly, scary, bullying, fiction, I, North Franklin

Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I.

Pilkey, Dav. Dragon’s Merry Christmas. I. 1991

Dragon gets ready for Christmas!  Though everything doesn’t go as planned, dragon helps make Christmas special for others in need and get a Christmas treat in the end.

TAGS: Dragon, funny, Christmas, caring, kindness, silly, winter, holiday, fiction, I, North Franklin

Stone Soup: A Traditional Tale from Sweden. I.

Hawes, Alison. Stone Soup: A Traditional Tale from Sweden. I. 2000

This is a folktale about a man who likes to play tricks.  He comes to a town and tries to sell stone soup (a pot of water with a stone in it) to the townspeople.  The people don’t believe him at first but come over to see how he is able to make it.  He tricks the people into giving him all of the other ingredients he needs to make the soup and then sells it to them. 

TAGS: stone, soup, folktale, fiction, trick, lying, Sweden, I, North Franklin

Is It a Fruit?. I.

Pritchett, Jan. Is It a Fruit?. I. 2000

A nonfiction book about how to determine if something is a fruit or not.  A fruit must be part of a plant, grow from a flower, and hold seeds.  Throughout the book, the reader is asked to look at two items and determine which is a fruit.  Then, on the following pages they can check their answer.

TAGS: nonfiction, fruit, identification, garden, I, North Franklin

Sea Animals. I.

 Staman, Ann. Sea Animals. I. 2008.

A book about some of the animals that live in the sea.  It discusses the parts that are required for an animal to be a fish (fins, backbone, gills), as well as why some other creatures are not considered fish even though they have one or two of those parts (must have all three to be a fish). 

TAGS: sea, animals, fish, sharks, crabs, ocean, nonfiction, informational, I, North Franklin

Danny and the Bully. I.

Coulton, Mia. Danny and the Bully. I. 2002

One day Danny is at the dog park playing with his friends when another dog, Spike, starts to bully him.  Danny overcomes the bully by learning to stand up for himself and not let the mean things Spike says to him bother him and stop him from having fun.

TAGS: fiction, bully, dog, animals, Danny, I, North Franklin, perseverance

A Tour of the Planets. O.

Berger, Melvin. A Tour of the Planets. O. 1994.

Kids interested in the solar system will be interested in this book, although outside knowledge will have outstripped what’s in it.  This book predates the naming of Pluto as a dwarf planet and the discovery of the Oort cloud of dwarf planets and comets beyond it.

Outer space, nonfiction, planets, solar system, o

Sticky and Slimy. L.

Ash Sullivan, Eric. Sticky and Slimy. L. 2007.

This nonfiction book tells all about animals (and a plant) that are sticky (sundews, spiders, geckos, squid) and slimy (hagfish and squid).  It explains in what way they’re sticky or slimy, how this adaptation works, and why it’s useful for them to have!  This is an entertaining nonfiction book about weird animals that will easily keep readers around L interested.

Nonfiction, bugs, geckos, lizards, squid, gross, wild animals, adaptation, evolution, l

Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L.

Berger, Melvin. Chomp! A Book About Sharks. L. 1999.

This book tells all about different shark species, a shark’s life-cycle, how sharks feed, and how sharks swim and live.  Popular above (and even below) its difficulty level, due to the great cover, exciting subject matter and cool photos of sharks.  Most of the vocabulary is straightforward and non-technical, so this can be a good introduction to more complex non-fiction writing as well.

TAGS: finland, finland-l, l, level L, non-fiction, sharks, animal facts, fish, oceans