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May 2003

Short (& Sweet!) Books for Kids

Easy Books

Underwear Do’s and Don’ts

Underwear Do’s and Don’ts
Todd Parr
This book presents silly suggestions about behavior for young children.

Whaley Whale
Chris Raschka
Simple text and illustrations show the reader a whale hiding in the ocean.

Pierre, A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue
Maurice Sendak
Because Pierre does not care and does not listen, a lion eats him.

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)
Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Illustrations of babies and lyrics to the song “(How sweet it is) To Be Loved by You.”

j Fiction

The Ink Drinker

The Just Desserts Club
Johanna Hurwitz
Sixth grader Cricket finds just the right dessert to bake for school events during the year. Includes recipes for Zucchini "Apple" Crisp, No Bake Orange Balls, and Mystery Ingredient Chocolate Cake.

The Ink Drinker
Eric Sanvoisin
A boy who hates books discovers an ink-drinking vampire in his father’s bookshop and follows him to his underground vault.

Summer Reading Is Killing Me
Jon Scieszka
At the beginning of summer vacation Joe, Sam, and Fred find themselves trapped inside their summer reading list, involved in a battle between good and evil characters from well-known children’s books.

Awfully Short for the Fourth Grade
Elvira Woodruff
Nine-year-old Noah disrupts the school when his wish comes true—he becomes small and his miniature toy men come to life.

j Nonfiction

Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West

Fire and Wings: Dragon Tales from East and West
Edited by Marianne Carus
j808.831083 F523 2002
A collection of short stories about all kinds of dragons, by such authors as Jane Yolen, Patricia MacLachlan, Eric A. Kimmel, and E. Nesbit.

Chocolate Dreams: Poems
Arnold Adoff
j811.54 A239c 1989
Original poems on a favorite subject by a chocolate lover.

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together
j811.54 qH682y 2001
Mary Ann Hoberman
A collection of children’s literature designed for parents and children to share.

Sweet Corn: Poems
James Stevenson
j811.54 S847 1995
A collection of short poems celebrating life’s simple pleasures.

Sweets & Treats: Dessert Poems
Compiled by Bobbye S. Goldstein
j811.540803 S9741 1998
A collection of poems about desserts by American writers.