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Caldecott Award Winners

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Each year the Newbery Medal is awarded by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children’s books published the previous year. However, as many persons became concerned that the artists creating picture books for children were as deserving of honor and encouragement as were the authors of children’s books, Frederic G. Melcher suggested in 1937 the establishment of a second annual medal. This medal is to be given to the artist who had created the most distinguished picture book of the year and named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott.

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Readalouds for Big Kids

Looking for some good chapter books to read to your child?  Look no further!readalouds for big kids

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Little House in the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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1. Little House in the Big Woods (1932)
2. Little House on the Prairie (1935)
3. Farmer Boy (1933)
4. On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937)
5. By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939)
6. The Long Winter (1940)
7. Little Town on the Prairie (1941)
8. These Happy Golden Years (1943)
9. The First Four Years (1971)

Little House in the Ozarks (1991)

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Top 50 Recommended Books by Grade from Scholastic

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For classic reads for kids in Kindergarten through middle school, see Scholastic’s SpotLit recommendations!

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Quotable Books: The Twits by Roald Dahl

“A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” —The Twits, Roald Dahl

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Staff Favorites

The books your Brownsburg Public Library staff members loved best as children…

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Ann M. Martin. Babysitters Club  series.

Anna Sewell.  Black Beauty.

Anne Miranda.  To Market,To Market.

Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes mysteries.

Barbara Park.  Junie B. Jones.

Barthe DeClements.  Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade.

Beatrix Potter. The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Betty MacDonald.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.

Beverly Cleary.  Henry Huggins.

Beverly Cleary.  Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

Chris Van Allsburg.  The Garden of Abdul Gazazi.

Dav Pilkey.  Ricky Ricotta’s Mighty Robot.

Dav Pilkey.  The Adventures of Captain Underpants.

Diana Wynne Jones.  Howl’s Moving Castle.

Dodie Smith.  The One Hundred and One Dalmatians.

Don Freeman. Corduroy.

Donald Sobol.  Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective.

Dr. Seuss .  One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

Dr. Seuss.  Green Eggs and Ham.

Dr. Seuss.  The Lorax.

DuBose Heyward. The Country Bunny.

E.B. White.  Charlotte’s Web.

E.L. Konigsberg. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.

Elizabeth Winthrop.  The Castle in the Attic.

Frances Hodgson Burnett.  A Little Princess.

Frances Hodgson Burnett.  The Secret Garden.

Frank Beddor.  The Looking Glass Wars.

Fred Gipson. Old Yeller.

George MacDonald.  The Princess and the Goblin.

George Selden. The Cricket in Times Square.

H.A. Rey.  Curious George.

J.K. Rowling.  Harry Potter series.

J.M. Barrie. Peter Pan.

Jacob Grimm. Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

James Howe.  The Celery Stalks at Midnight.

Jeanne DuPrau. The City of Ember.

John Peterson. The Littles.

Judy Blume.  Freckle Juice.

Judy Blume.  The Pain and the Great One.

Judy Blume. Superfudge.

Judy Blume. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing.

Katherine Paterson.  Jacob Have I Loved.

Kathryn Kenny & Julie Campbell. Trixie Belden series.

Kevin Henkes. Chrysanthemum.

L. Frank Baum.  The Wizard of Oz.

Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Little House on the Prairie series.

Lemony Snicket.  A Series Of Unfortunate Events series.

Lewis Carroll.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Lobel, Arnold. Frog and Toad are Friends.

Lois Lowry.  Anastasia Krupnik.

Louis Sachar.  Sideways Stories from Wayside School.

Louisa May Alcott.  Little Women.

Lucy Maud Montgomery. Anne of Green Gables.

Lynne Reid Banks. The Indian in the Cupboard.

Madeleine L’Engle. A Wrinkle in Time.

Margot Zemach . It Could Always Be Worse.

Marjorie Sharmat.  Nate the Great.

Mary Pope Osborne. Magic Tree House series.

Maurice Sendak.  In the Night Kitchen.

Maurice Sendak. Outside Over There.

Ole Risom.  I Am a Bunny.

P.D. Eastman.  Are You My Mother?

P.D. Eastman.  Go, Dog, Go.

Pene Du Bois.  The 21 Balloons.

Philip Pullman. The Ruby in the Smoke.

Richard Atwater.  Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Roald Dahl.  Matilda.

Roald Dahl. The BFG.

Robert C. O’Brien.  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of N.I.M.H.

Robert Munsch . Love You Forever.

Robin McKinley. The Hero and the Crown.

Rudyard Kipling.  The Jungle Book.

Ruth Stiles Gannett .  My Father’s Dragon.

Scott O’Dell. Island of the Blue Dolphins.

Sheila Burnford. The Incredible Journey.

Shel Silverstein.  Where the Sidewalk Ends.

Syd Hoff.  Grizzwold.

Syd Hoff. Danny and the Dinosaur.

Theo LeSieg.  Ten Apples Up On Top.

Tomi Ungerer. Cricto.

William Steig. CDC?

Authors:

Beatrix Potter

Beverly Cleary

Christopher Pike

Jean Slaughter Doty

Judy Blume

Paula Danziger

R.L. Stine

Richard Scarry

Roald Dahl

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Other Favorites Available To  Interlibrary Loan:

Andrew Lang. The Fairy Books.

Arnold Lobel.  Lucille.

Dr. Seuss.  The Sleep Book.

Eleanor Lapp.  In the Morning Mist.

Julie Edwards. Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles.

Lois Duncan.  Down a Dark Hall.

Maurice Sendak.  Really Rosie.

Maurice Sendak.  Sign on Rosie’s Door.

Stephen Cosgrove. Bugg series.

Rosemary Wells.  Max’s Christmas.

Ulf Lofgren.  The Color Trumpet.

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