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Aliki. ALL BY MYSELF! (2000)A child shows all the things he has learned to do all on his own. (jPICTURE/ALI)

Brett, Jan. HEDGIE'S SURPRISE. (2000) Hedgie, the hedgehog, helps Henny, the speckled hen, trick the Tomten who has been eating all of Henny's eggs for breakfast. (jPICTURE/BRE)

Carle, Eric. DOES A KANGAROO HAVE A MOTHER? (2000) Presents the names of animal babies, parents, and groups, for example, a baby kangaroo is a joey, its mother is a flyer, its father is a boomer, and a group of kangaroos is a troop, mob, or herd. (jPICTURE/CAR)

Cates, Karin. FAR FETCHED STORY. (2002) With a hard winter on the way, Grandmother uses her family's rags and stories to create a cozy quilt. (jPICTURE/CAT)

Child, Lauren. THAT PESKY RAT. (2002) A brown street rat, who longs to be someone's pet and to have his very own name, gets lucky when he meets a man in the pet shop who has extremely poor eyesight. (jPICTURE/CHI)

Corey, Shana. FIRST GRADERS FROM MARS EPISODE 1: HORUS'S HORRIBLE DAY. (2001) As the school year begins on Mars, Horus the Martian gets off to a rocky start, but soon discovers that first grade is not really as bad as he thought. (jPICTURE/COR)

Cowley, Joy. AGAPANTHUS HUM AND MAJOR BARK. (2001) After Agapanthus gets a puppy for a pet, she enters him in a champion dog show and comes away with a surprising result. (jEASY FICTION/COW)

Falconer, Ian. OLIVIA SAVES THE CIRCUS. (2001) At school, Olivia tells about her summer vacation and how, when she went to the circus and all the performers were out sick, she saved the day, becoming Olivia the Tattooed Lady and more. (jPICTURE/FAL)

Gantos, Jack. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT FOR ROTTEN RALPH. (2002) When he goes to a carnival with Sarah and his cousin Percy, Rotten Ralph learns that winning is not everything. (jEASY FICTION/GAN)

Gantos, Jack. ROTTEN RALPH HELPS OUT. (2001) Sarah's cat Rotten Ralph tries to help her create a school project based on ancient Egypt, but he is more of a hindrance than a help. (jEASY FICTION/GAN)

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Guest, Elissa Haden. IRIS AND WALTER. (2000) When Iris moves to the country, she misses the city where she formerly lived; but with the help of a new friend named Walter she learns to adjust to her new home. (jEASY FICTION/GUE)

Guest, Elissa Haden. IRIS AND WALTER AND BABY ROSE. (2002) Iris thought having a new baby sister would be like having a new doll to play with. But Baby Rose is so crabby--and fusses so much that Iris decides she needs a new baby sister. (jEASY FICTION/GUE)

Holub, Joan. THE PIZZA THAT WE MADE. (2001) Three young cooks have fun making their own pizza, cleaning up their mess, and eating hot slices! (jEASY FICTION/HOL)

Howitt, Mary Botham. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY. (2002) An illustrated version of the well-known poem about a wily spider who preys on the vanity and innocence of a little fly. A 2003 Caldecott Honor Book. (jNON FICTION/PP/HOW)

Laurence, Daniel. CAPTAIN AND MATEY SET SAIL. (2001) Together with their faithful parrot, Squawk, Captain and Matey sing and dance, rescue a stranded pirate, and hunt for buried treasure in this adventure tailored especially for beginning readers. (jEASY FICTION/LAU)

London, Jonathan. SUN DANCE WATER DANCE. (2001) Celebrates a great summer day of childhood near and in a river. (jPICTURE/LON)

Macaulay, David. ANGELO. (2002) While restoring the front of a church, an old plasterer rescues an injured pigeon and nurses her back to health. (jPICTURE/MAC)

Marshall, James. SILLY STORIES TO TICKLE YOUR FUNNY BONE. (2000) A collection of silly stories and poems by authors such as Arnold Lobel, Dave Pilkey, and Cynthia Rylant. (jEASY FICTION/SIL)

McCarty, Peter. HONDO & FABIAN. (2002) Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home. A 2003 Caldecott Honor Book. (jPICTURE/MCC)

McClintock, Barbara. DAHLIA. (2002) Charlotte does not like dolls, until she receives a special doll from her aunt and they become good friends. (jPICTURE/MCC)

McPhail, David M. EDWARD IN THE JUNGLE. (2002) Edward loves to read about Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle, and one afternoon he becomes so absorbed in his book that he finds himself deep in Tarzan's jungle. (jPICTURE/MCP)

Mills, Claudia. GUS AND GRANDPA AT BASKETBALL. (2001) Gus enjoys basketball practice, but the noise and pace of real games bother him, until his grandpa gives him some good advice. An ALA Notable Book. (jEASY FICTION/MIL)

Moss, Marissa. BRAVE HARRIET: THE FIRST WOMAN TO FLY THE ENGLISH CHANNEL. (2001) The first American woman to have received a pilot's license describes her April 1912 solo flight across the English Channel, the first such flight by any woman. (jEASY/CV/QUI)

Paye, Won-Ldy. HEAD BODY LEGS. (2002)
In this tale from the Dan people of Liberia, Head, Arms, Body, and Legs learn that they do better when they work together. (jPICTURE/PAY)

Pinkney, Jerry. NOAH'S ARK. (2002) Retells the biblical story of the great flood and how Noah and his family faithfully responded to God's call to save life on earth. A 2003 Caldecott Honor Book. (jPICTURE/PIN)

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Prelutsky, Jack. IT'S RAINING PIGS AND NOODLES. (2000) A collection of humorous poems such as "The Dancing Hippopotami," "You Can't Make Me Eat That," "My Father's Name is Sasquatch," and "Dear Wumbledeedumble.". (jNON FICTION/PP/PRE)

Ransom, Candice F. RESCUE ON THE OUTER BANKS. (2002) Sam Deal and his horse, Ginger, help an African-American lifesaving crew rescue shipwreck victims off the coast of North Carolina in 1896. (jEASY FICTION/RAN)

Richards, Kitty. WILD THORNBERRY'S READY-TO-READ. (2000) As the Thornberrys explore an island , a bird who likes to sound false alarms warns them of so many imaginary dangers that they do not believe him when he announces a real threat. (jEASY FICTION/RIC)

Rylant, Cynthia. POPPLETON HAS FUN. (2000) Poppleton goes to a movie alone, makes a quilt with his friends, and ends up eating a banana split instead of taking a bath. (jEASY FICTION/RYL)

Seuss, Dr. THE CAT'S QUIZZER. (1976) The Cat in the Hat challenges readers with both entertaining and educational questions such as "Are freckles catching?" and "How old do you have to be to drive a car?". (jEASY NON FICTION/AG/SEU)

Shakespeare, William. TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE TO DREAM: A CHILD'S BOOK OF RHYMES. (2001) An illustrated selection of verse from various plays by Shakespeare. (jEASY/PN/SHA)

Spirn, Michele. A KNOW-NOTHING HALLOWEEN. (2000) Four easily confused friends find their own way to celebrate Halloween. (jEASY FICTION/SPI)

Tarpley, Natasha. BIPPITY BOP BARBER SHOP. (2002) A story celebrating a young African-American boy's first trip to the barbershop. (jPICTURE/TAR)

Van Leeuwen, Jean. OLIVER AND ALBERT, FRIENDS FOREVER. (2000) Oliver makes friends with Albert, the new boy in class, and they have fun together, playing kickball and collecting bugs. (jEASY FICTION/VAN)

Wilbur, Richard. PIG IN THE SPIGOT. (2000) Rhyming text gives many examples of short words found within longer ones such as "pig" in "spigot" and "ant" in "pantry". (jEASY/PE/WIL)

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