I Am Not Joey Pigza by Jack Gantos

Joey's father returns, calling himself Charles Heinz and apologizing for his past bad behavior, and he swears that once Joey and his mother change their names and help him fix up the old diner he has bought, their lives will change for the better.

Trolls Go Home by Alan McDonald

When the Trolls move next door to the Priddles, both families find the other strange, which causes many misunderstandings.

Ellie McDoodle, Have Pen, Will Travel by Ruth McNally Barshaw

Eleven-year-old Ellie McDoodle illustrates her sketchbook with chronicles of her adventures and mishaps while camping with her cousins, aunt, and uncle.

Just Grace by Charise Mericle Harper

Misnamed by her teacher, seven-year-old Just Grace prides herself on being empathetic, but when she tries to help a neighbor feel better, her good intentions backfire.

Martin Bridge: Sound the Alarm by Jessica Scott Kerrin

Martin's back in two more stories. He gets a new babysitter and learns that dancing isn't all bad. In the second story, Martin his friend Stuart find themselves locked in a toy store with no way out.

My Father the Angel of Death by Ray Villareal

Seventh-grader Jesse Baron not only misses his father, a popular professonal wrestler who is often on the road, he faces simple family outings that turn into fan-frenzy events, teachers who contrive excuses for parent-teacher conferences, and friendships that are all suspect.

Hitler's Canary by Sandi Toksvis

Ten-year-old Bamse and his Jewish friend Anton participate in the Danish Resistance during World War II.

where i live by Eileen Spinelli

In a series of poems, Diana writes about her life, both before and after her father loses his job and she and her family move far away to live with Grandpa Joe.

Hairy Hezekiah by Dick King-Smith

A lonely Bactrian camel sets out in search of a friend, but after being threatened, laughed at, and insulted by other animals at the zoo and unknowingly wreaking havoc in the English countryside, he finds a real home and true friend at a safari park.

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis

Sís' latest, a powerful combination of graphic novel and picture book, is an account of his growing up in Czechoslovakia under Soviet rule.

Love and Roast Chicken by Barbara Knuton

In this folktale from the Andes, a clever guinea pig repeatedly outsmarts the fox that wants to eat him for dinner.

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Curtis

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family's freedom.

Clementine by Sara Pennypacker

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

Letters from Rapunzel by Sara Holmes

Through a series of letters written to a post office box, twelve-year-old Cadence describes her father's hospitalization for depression, her subsequent problems at school and her hope that the mysterious recipient will help her find a happy ending.

On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck

A boy in Illinois remembers the homefront years of World War II, especially his two heroes--his brother in the Air Force and his father, who fought in the previous war.

Friendship According to Humphrey by Betty Birney

When Humphrey the hamster returns to Mrs. Brisbane's class after the winter break, a new class pet and some other surprises give him an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of friendship

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

Mourning the loss of his mother, nine-year-old David forms an unlikely friendship with independent, quirky thirteen-year-old Primrose, as the two help each other deal with what is missing in their lives.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Frustrated at life with an autistic brother, twelve-year-old Catherine longs for a normal existence but her world is further complicated by a friendship with an young paraplegic.

The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.

Paper Heart by Aileen Arrington

Sixth-grader Nadia begins to defy her overprotective mother, hoping to be seen as more than the "poor sick girl" who cannot participate in school activities, form friendships, or even be outside in the cold for fear she has inherited her father's heart trouble.

Sky Sweeper by Phillis Gershator

Despite criticism for his lack of "accomplishments," Takiboki finds contentment sweeping flower blossoms and raking the sand and gravel in the monks' temple garden. Includes a note on the art and beauty of Japanese gardens.

Ginger and Petunia by Patricia Polacco

When her beloved Ginger, a piano-playing socialite and very snappy dresser, makes a last-minute trip to London not knowing her housesitter has cancelled, Petunia the pig does more than fend for herself, she becomes Ginger.

New York is English, Chattanooga is Creek by Chris Raschka

New York City, though a bit boastful, decides to throw a party to make new friends of other unique cities like Chattanooga and Minneapolis.

Dumpster Diver by Janet Wong

Once a month--every week in the summer--Steve the electrician dons special gear and, with the help of youngsters who live in his building, dives into a dumpster seeking useful objects that they can transform into imaginative new ones.

The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

Frustrated at her seeming lack of talent for anything, a young Taiwanese American girl sets out to apply the lessons of the Chinese Year of the Dog, those of making best friends and finding oneself, to her own life

All in Just One Cookie by Susan Goodman

Follow grandma step by step as she bakes cookies. Includes baking process and each page talks about the different elements of the recipe.

Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows

When seven-year-old Bean plays a mean trick on her sister, she finds unexpected support for her antics from Ivy, the new neighbor, who is less boring than Bean first suspected.

To Dance: a Ballerina's Graphic Novel by Siena Seigelf

The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet.

Aliens are Coming by Megan McCarthy

Account of the practical joke that fooled American radio listeners and made Orson Welles famous.

The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child

Presents a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale of a young girl feels a pea through twenty mattresses and twenty featherbeds and proves she is a real princess.

Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres

A garden produces a variety of edible plants, such as corn that grows up, onions that grow down, and tomatoe vines that twine all around. (This is the "One Book, Every Young Child" selection for 2008.)

Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell

A group of children shakes shapes out of a box and discovers the fun of using circles, squares, triangles, semicircles, rectangles, and their imaginations.

Treasure by Suzanne Bloom

Bear and Goose from the award-winning "A Splendid Friend, Indeed" are back and on a treasure hunt. After finding a treasure map, Bear and Goose are soon on a wild-goose chase for the hidden treasure.

The Shy Creatures by David Mack

This extraordinary debut picture book addresses an issue not often covered in picture books: shyness. In this story, a variety of mythical creatures--including a cyclops, a dragon, and Bigfoot--may seem fierce, but are quite shy, as one little girl discovers.

The Lemonade Club by Patricia Polacco

When Marilyn and her teacher, Miss Wichelman, both get cancer, they encourage each other and, aided by medical treatments and support from friends, they get better and learn that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade.

I Miss You Every Day by Simms Taback

A little girl misses someone so much that she wraps herself up like a package and sends herself through the mail.

The Story of My Feelings by Laurie Berkner

Presents words and music to a simple song celebrating emotions and the value of expressing them.

Mind Your Manners B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra

When B.B. Wolf, who now lives in the Villain Villa Retirement Residence, is invited to the library for a storybook tea, he is careful to follow the advice of his crocodile friend and impresses everyone with how polite he can be.

Kindness Is Cooler, Mrs. Ruler by Margery Cuyler

Mrs. Ruler guides her students in discovering ways of being kind to their family members, their community, and each other.

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

A toddler unwraps a present to discover a big brown box full of possibilities.The youngster can stand on it, hug it, and hide behind it. When the child finally opens the gift, there's a stuffed dog inside.

Someday by Eileen Spinelli

A young girl contrasts the exciting things she might someday do, like digging for dinosaur bones and swimming with dolphins, with her present-day activities of finding loose change in the sofa cushions and feeding her goldfish.

Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems

Her daddy in tow, Trixie hurries to school to show off her one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny. But an awful surprise awaits her, someone else has the exact same bunny!

Bad Dog, Marley! by John Grogan

Marley, a rambunctious puppy, makes himself at home while causing lots of trouble but then proves in a very dramatic way that he is a valuable member of the household.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

Illustrations and rhyming text portray a young bear searching for its mother and meeting many North American animals along the way.

Go To Bed Monster by Natasha Wing

Trying to avoid bedtime, Lucy uses her imagination and some crayons to draw a monster to play with.

Dog Needs A Bone by Audrey Wood

In this rhyming tale, a dog makes extravagant promises to its mistress if only she will give it a bone.

Black? White! Day? Night! : A Book Of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro

Having explored the alphabet ("The Hidden Alphabet"), colors ("Lemons Are Not Red"), and emotions ("Walter Was Worried"), Laura Vaccaro Seeger turns her extraordinary talents to opposites in this bright, colorful and imaginative book. 18 die-cut lift-the-flaps.

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Three mice make a variety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.

A Bear and His Boy by Sean Bryan

One morning, Mack the bear wakes up with Zack the boy on his back, but as Mack tries to complete a schedule that is "jam-packed," Zack suggests that he relax and take a second to smell the lilacs.

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

Part mystery, part fable, this deceptively simple story of true friendship and a little box that becomes the greatest gift ever is ideal for the very youngest of readers.