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Favorite books for 3rd graders

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Check out these third grade favorites, picked by our panel of childrens book experts to enthrall, challenge, and delight your child.

by:Amy Zuckerman and Jim Daly, illustrated by:John Manders- (Dutton, 2009)32 pages.

A talking dog, a housecleaning robot and a three-dimensional data orb are among the many cool features that kids might enjoy in the future, according to this lighthearted look at 2030. The breezy narrative follows one boy through a typical day, highlighting many interesting aspects of his world. Fanciful cartoon drawings show a lively and appealing world full of new and intriguing activities that correspond neatly to modern equivalents. Schools are now made from plasticized blocks that snap together, for example, while recess features virtual batting practice and a smart trampoline. Recreational activities include magnetized hovering skateboards and a virtual-reality Fanta-trek Center. Some social changes are briefly noted, such as new career paths and the increase of marriages between different ethnicities. Interaction with the natural world is not mentioned, although many of the new technologies have eco-friendly components and the food is all meatless and delicious.

Find2030: A Day in the Life of Tomorrows Kidsat your local library.

by:Russell Hoban, illustrated by:Lillian Hoban- (Harper & Row, 1969)32 pages.

Frances cant imagine being friends with her little sister Gloria until she is excluded from the all-boys baseball game. To her surprise, Gloria makes a good friend, but can she ever be a best friend? If your child enjoys this book, introduce her to other stories in this series including A Birthday for Frances.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindBest Friends for Francesat your local library.

by:Patricia MacLachlan- (Harper & Row, 1988)144 pages.

Minna grows up with some odd friends and relatives. MacLachlans stories are a rarity in todays childrens books simple, gentle tales of children who manage to be reasonably nice kids without being insipid. Minna Pratt is an amazingly delightful book, a book that makes you smile all through it, a book that makes you want to know all of the characters in real life.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindThe Facts and Fictions of Minna Prattat your local library.

by:James Marshall- (Houghton Mifflin Company, 1972)48 pages.

George and Martha are two hilarious hippo friends who invariably get themselves into sticky situations. Your child will love finding out what happens when George does not like the split pea soup that Martha has made for him in Split Pea Soup, just one of the five humorous stories in this collection.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindGeorge and Marthaat your local library.

by:Jan Brett- (Putnam Juvenile, 2000)32 pages.

Henny wants to raise little chicks, but an elf keeps stealing her eggs before they hatch. Your child will be surprised to learn how her friend Hedgie helps Henny scare off the bothersome elf once and for all. Make a special point to draw your young childs attention to the nearly hidden pictures that border each page of this book.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindHedgies Surpriseat your local library.

by:Ezra Jack Keats- (Harper & Row, 1968)32 pages.

In this classic book about friendship, Peter has a falling-out with his friend Amy. Peter fears the worst that Amy will not come to his birthday party. Children will relate to this storys themes, and Ezra Jack Keatss collage illustrations will intrigue children and parents alike.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindA Letter to Amyat your local library.

by:Janell Cannon- (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1993)46 pages.

The hook:Stellaluna is a baby fruit bat happily flying along with her mother when an owl attacks. The poor little bat is knocked out of her mothers grasp and lands in a birds nest. The mother bird accepts Stellaluna as long as she acts like a bird, not a bat. Soon enough, Stellaluna learns to eat bugs and stop hanging by her feet. When she finally has a chance to show her bird siblings, Pip, Flutter and Flap, what life as a bat is like, they are left all in a muddle: How can we be so different and feel so much alike? one asks. Anyone who has ever been in a position where they cant be who they really are will relate to Stellalunas predicament. Cannons award-winning illustrations convey the nocturnal world beautifully. Readers will be enchanted by this book with its messages of acceptance, friendship and a mothers love.

Want to see the movie? The 2012 animated adaptation fleshes out the picture book with additional characters and songs while staying true to the story.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindStellalunaat your local library.

by:Florence Parry Heide and Sylvia Van Clief, illustrated by:Holly Meade- (Candlewick, 2003)40 pages.

Theodore, the lumbering elephant, hurts his leg so badly he cant walk to the edge of the forest to meet his cousin. Will his friends advice help him solve his problem, or does he need something more? The collages of painted paper and repeating text pattern will make this reprint of the 1968 classic one of your childs favorites.

Perfect for:Kids who like making friends.

FindThats What Friends Are Forat your local library.

by:Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Stemple, illustrated by:Philippe Beha- (Crocodile Books, 2006)197 pages.

Jane Yolen retells familiar fairy tales in a brief and lively style, while her daughter, co-author Heidi Stemple, pairs them with at least one kid-friendly recipe that connects with the storys theme or references. For example, Cinderella is presented with a recipe for pumpkin tarts, while The Runaway Pancake is matched with, of course, a recipe for pancakes. The tales are divided into four sections: breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. The colorful illustrations add to the fun, and margin notes provide additional information on main ingredients and the stories and their origins. Adult supervision will be necessary for completing the recipes, but this book would be a great way for the whole family to share a reading and eating experience.

FindFairy Tale Feasts: A Literary Cookbook for Young Readers and Eatersat your local library.

by:Marjorie Priceman- (Random House, 1994)40 pages.

A young baker travels the world to find the finest ingredients for her apple pie. On her journey, she introduces the reader to cultures and products from around the globe. After the raw ingredients are prepared for the pie, the baker invites children from around the world to share it with her. The recipe is included at the end of the book.

FindHow to Make an Apple Pie and See the Worldat your local library.

by:Andrew Clements, illustrated by:Brian Selznick- (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1996)112 pages.

When clever yet precocious Nick decides to invent a new word for pen, it puts him at odds with his no-nonsense teacher, a stickler for grammar and proper word usage. What begins as a classroom duel over the usage of the word frindle, escalates into a national word craze.

by:Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by:Brian Gable- (Lerner Publishing Group, 2004)32 pages.

This book tells a story in rhyme, using different types of pronouns, leading children to become more apt to remember what pronouns are. The colorful illustrations feature funny monster-like creatures taking part in everyday activities.

FindI and You and Dont Forget Who: What Is a Pronoun?at your local library.

by:Jon Scieszka, illustrated by:Lane Smith- (Viking, 1998)80 pages.

This installment of the popularTime Warp Trioseries is homage to some of the best-ever summer reading lists. Sam, Fred and Joe happen to have in their possession a bona fide time traveling book. When one of the boys absentmindedly puts their summer reading list in the book, they find themselves in the midst of a literary battle of evil against good!

FindSummer Reading is Killing Meat your local library.

by:Margaret Peterson Haddix, illustrated by:Mark Elliott- (Simon & Schuster, 2007)144 pages.

Dexter is tough! On the first day of school, he lashes out when he trips and the other kids laugh at him. He punches another kid in the bathroom. But like so many kids with a gruff demeanor, Dexter is acting out because of a painful circumstance at home. He learns to express his emotions because of a gifted teacher and a writing assignment. I can think of no better lesson for a child to learn feelings come out, one way or another and finding a healthy way to sort them out is important. Perfect for a third-grader who has been bullied, or who can be too tough with others.

Perfect for:Kids who like stories about school.

FindDexter the Toughat your local library.

by:Loreen Leedy- (Henry Holt, 2000)32 pages.

Lisas class is learning how to make maps in school. For a homework assignment, she decides to make a map of her dog Pennys world. She includes the places where Penny likes to hide her toys and the best walking routes. This fun story will also help your child learn about the important features of maps.

Perfect for:Kids who like stories about school.

FindMapping Pennys Worldat your local library.

by:Francisco Jimnez, illustrated by:Simn Silva- (Houghton Mifflin, 1998)40 pages.

La Mariposa is a beautifully illustrated book about author Francisco Jimnezs childhood as a member of a Mexican migrant farm family. Young Francisco prepares himself for English-only first grade, without knowing a word of this new language. As the days pass, he becomes more and more uncertain if he will ever learn English, learn to read or find a friend. However, his beautiful drawings of butterflies help him win over the class bully and begin to transcend the barrier of language.

Perfect for:Kids who like stories about school.

FindLa Mariposaat your local library.

by:Patricia Polacco- (Philomel, 1988)40 pages.

Patricia Polacco describes what it was like to be unable to read in the fifth grade. She was taunted by classmates and plagued with her own self-doubt until a teacher finally recognized that she couldnt read and gave her the assurance and help she needed to succeed.

Perfect for:Kids who like stories about school.

FindThank You, Mr. Falkerat your local library.

by:Edward Eager- (Oxford University Press, 1954)208 pages.

Half Magicwas theMagic Tree Houseof its day. As if wizardry was not enough, our four main characters take on multiple adventures with only half the magical prowess they need from a found coin. The kids devise clever ways to utilize the coins capacity and the result is a very cool and captivating story. If your child falls in love with Half Magic, there are several sequels to quench their thirst for more.

Perfect for:Kids who like classic stories.

FindHalf Magicat your local library.

by:Robert McCloskey- (Puffin, 1943)160 pages.

Homer Prices six sidesplitting exploits included here will keep your child reading and rolling in the aisles. Author of many wonderful books, including the award-winningMake Way for Ducklings and Blueberries for Sal, Robert McCloskey was truly inspired by his funny bone when he wrote these stories.

Perfect for:Kids who like classic stories.

FindHomer Priceat your local library.

by:J.M. Barrie- (Charles Scribners Sons, 1911)240 pages.

The hook:The original language is rich, and the story, so much a part of our culture, inspires children to dream. Some of the racial and gender stereotypes, typical for their time, will need explanation.

Want to watch the movie? The still-enchanting Disney classic contains some dated stereotypes but may prompt great discussions about how movies have changed since 1953.

Perfect for:Kids who like classic stories.

by:Robert Lawson- (Viking Press, 1944)128 pages.

Rabbit Hillis a time-honored book about a family of rabbits and the meaning of community. The characters are the same as they are in any neighborhood; you get a little of everything, both funny and frustrating. The inspired vocabulary makes for a welcome challenge and the environmental element of the story inspires discussion. Perfect for a parent-child book club.

Perfect for:Kids who like classic stories.

FindRabbit Hillat your local library.

by:Meindert DeJong, illustrated by:Maurice Sendak- (Harper & Bros., 1954)320 pages.

Set in Holland in a tiny fishing village, this is the story of Lina and her classmates. After doing some research for a school report, Lina is determined to lure storks back to their village as they are believed to bring good luck. This book won the 1955 Newbery Award.

Perfect for:Kids who like classic stories.

FindThe Wheel on the Schoolat your local library.

by:Jeff Smith- (Graphix, 1996)192 pages.

Fone Bone, a fanciful character, hides from the rat creatures with Granma Ben (a former queen) and his human friend, Thorn (who finds out she is a princess). This graphic novel weaves together intrigue and humor.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindBone 3: Eyes of the Stormat your local library.

by:Sharon Creech, illustrated by:David Diaz- (Joanna Cotler Books, 2007)336 pages.

This is a clever, fun fairytale with positive messages. There is mild fairytale violence and of course, budding romance. A storyteller tells a story in which parents and siblings die and thieves are killed; the killings are shown as unjust. Families can talk about being grateful and what the characters learned about the responsibilities that come with privilege. Why was the princess so unhappy? Why werent riches enough for the royals? How did the peasants feel about the royals once they met them?

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindThe Castle Coronaat your local library.

by:Barbara Ensor- (Random House, 2006)128 pages.

This version of the familiar story allows girls to connect with Cinderella as they dive deep into the life of a fairy-tale princess. The modern-day twist allows the readers to hear the story in a unique and interesting way.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindCinderella (As if You Didnt Already Know the Story)at your local library.

by:Cressida Cowell- (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2004)224 pages.

The hook:This humorous 15-book series follows Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III, the brainy undersized son of a hulking Viking chief. He describes himself as not a natural at the Heroism business. Hiccup, along with the other young Vikings, must choose a dragon hatchling to train and learn to become a warrior before being initiated as an adult member of the tribe. Filled with slightly rude humor that will appeal to preadolescents (including character names like Dogsbreath the Duhbrain and Snotface Snotlout,), and rough but funny illustrations, this engaging series is sustained by themes about being an underdog and succeeding in ways outside the norm.

Want to watch the movie? The animated adventuresHow to Train Your Dragon(2010) andHow to Train Your Dragon 2(2014) are loosely based on the book series.

Perfect for:Reluctant readers who are tickled by preteen humor.

Findour favoritesat your local library:How to Train Your Dragon,How to Be a Pirate,How to Cheat a Dragons Curse.

by:J.C. Greenburg- (Random House, 2005)85 pages.

In this installment of the Andrew Lost series, Andrew and Judy must save their Uncle Al a top-secret scientist and inventor of the Time-A-Tron time-travel machine from the Ice Age. They use their creative problem-solving skills to escape from saber-toothed tigers and make friends with a group of Ice Age people, all while avoiding the clutches of the evil Doctor Kron-Tox. This book has it all: adventure, humor and a super-smart robot named Thudd who peppers the story with true facts about the Ice Age.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindIn the Ice Age: Andrew Lost 12at your local library.

by:Jon Scieszka- (Viking, 1991)55 pages.

This first book in the Time Warp Trio Series is an imaginative and humorous read. The book begins with three boys celebrating a birthday. One of the presents happens to be a book with a card that states, Be careful what you wish for. Once the book is opened, the boys are transported back to the time of knights, giants and dragons. If you enjoy adventure and fantasy this is a must read!

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindKnights of the Kitchen Tableat your local library.

by:Geronimo Stilton- (Scholastic, 2004)128 pages.

This series is a favorite for boys who are reluctant readers. Hip language and vocabulary, cultural references, multi-colored fonts, colorful illustrations and maps are both eye catching and motivating factors for young readers. Geronimo Stilton is a mouse who is editor-in-chief of a popular newspaper, and he has found himself in a particularly interesting situation. Geronimos sister, Thea, discovers a treasure map, where an X marks the spot, of hidden treasure. Come join Geronimo and his sister as they travel to a faraway island in search of the Emerald Eye. Will a hurricane stop them or a sinking boat? You must read to find out.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindLost Treasure of the Emerald Eye, Geronimo Stilton Seriesat your local library.

by:Saviour Pirotta, illustrated by:Emma Chichester Clark- (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry, 2006)128 pages.

First published in England in 2002, this nicely designed collection of 10 Grimms tales includes both the well-known The Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose), The Golden-Haired Girl in the Tower (Rapunzel), and The Magic Gingerbread House (Hansel and Gretel) and the less familiar Little Mouse and Lazy Cat, The Swans and the Brave Princess (The Six Swans), and The Magic Bear and the Handsome Prince (Snow White and Rose Red). Pirottas retellings are straightforward and colloquial without soft-pedaling the darker aspects of the stories (evil witches get burned at the stake, trusting rodents get eaten and a handsome prince in the guise of a frog winds up in the bed of a princess).

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindThe McElderry Book of Grimms Fairy Talesat your local library.

by:Jane Yolen, illustrated by:Raul Colon- (Harcourt, 2003)128 pages.

Jane Yolen, a prolific, award-winning childrens author, selected and reworked these stories from China, Germany, Ireland, Afghanistan, Finland, Angola and more. This anthology for boys serves to remind us of the virtue of strength without force. Yolen has written a similar anthology for girls, Not One Damsel in Distress: World Folktales for Strong Girls.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindMightier Than the Sword: World Folktales for Strong Boysat your local library.

by:Barry Yourgrau, illustrated by:Tony Auth- (Candlewick Press, 2004)224 pages.

When 11-year-old Duncan Peckles parents take an unexpected vacation, he is left in the temporary care of his curious, definitely eccentric Uncle Dudley. There are adventures ahead that include enchantments, elixirs, and a few amusing goblins.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindMy Curious Uncle Dudleyat your local library.

by:Liz Kessler, illustrated by:Sarah Gibb- (Orion Childrens Books, 2004)208 pages.

The best compliment for a book is that you hope it will never end. That is exactly the sentiment expressed when a child tells me about reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap. Although Emily lives on a boat, her parents are very wary of her being in the water. Emily discovers that she is half-mermaid and she begins to pursue the mystery of her fathers disappearance. First in a series, your child will occupy many enjoyable hours with this engaging tail.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindThe Tail of Emily Windsnapat your local library.

by:Tim Egan- (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004)32 pages.

Cardigan Jones, clumsy new moose in town, finds himself in the middle of the case of a missing apple pie. As he moves past many misperceptions, all is resolved in court in this Law Order take-off for kids.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindThe Trial of Cardigan Jonesat your local library.

by:Chris Van Allsburg- (Houghton Mifflin, 1988)32 pages.

A Caldecott Medal author, Van Allsburg takes us into the world of ants. The story begins when a scout brings his queen a strange new treasure, a crystal that appeals to her sweet tooth. The ants want to please the mother of them all, so they march off in search of more crystals for their queen. They trek through woods (grass) and survive a thunderstorm (the sound of crickets combined with dropping dew drops and the light of a passing firefly). They climb a mountain (the wall of a house) and go through a tunnel (window) to a glassy curved wall (sugar bowl). In their haste to leave this unnatural place, they fail to notice that two have stayed behind to enjoy the feast. The artwork lends itself to the sense of mystery, all bold lines and earth tones. Will they make it home? Read the book and find out.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindTwo Bad Antsat your local library.

by:Eleanor Cameron- (Little, Brown and Company, 1956)226 pages.

An early classic in childrens science fiction, the story concerns two young boys who take off to a nearby planet in their homemade spaceship. The tiny planet is in dire trouble, and the boys are recruited to save it from certain galactic extinction. Mr. Bass and the Mushroom People are unforgettable, and the appeal of the adventures is timeless.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

FindThe Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planetat your local library.

by:Chris Van Allsburg- (Houghton Mifflin, 2002)32 pages.

The hook:With the movie release of Chris Van Allsburgs book, Zathura, children of all ages will be eager to read the book version. Many Allsburg fans waited a long time to finally find out what happened after Judy and Peter discarded the Jumanji game in the park. We were left with the Budwing brothers as they stumbled upon the mysterious box. When they open the box, they see the Jumanji game board and another space-themed board. This board transports the players from earth to a purple planet called Zathura. Before they know it the boys are swept up in a nail-biting, outer-space adventure. Will they survive a black hole, space ships and robots? This is a must read if youve always wondered what happened to Danny and Walter Budwing.

Want to see the movie? The 2005 adaptation is loosely based on the book and offers a cautionary lesson about getting along with your siblings.

Perfect for:Kids who like fantasy stories.

by:Betsy Byars, Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers, illustrated by:Erik Brooks- (Henry Holt, 2007)64 pages.

These short stories show life through a dogs eyes. Some have historical settings like ancient Egypt, and some explain quirky dog behavior. All are told simply and humorously, as a dog might, so they are easily understood by younger readers.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindDog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Societyat your local library.

by:Sandra Markle- (Lerner Publishing Group, 2004)40 pages.

The nonfiction aspect of this text appealed to many students, especially male students, because of the ferocious-looking shark on the cover and the many details on these predators of the deep, including their feasts on other ocean life.

Perfect for:Kids who like nonfiction and animals.

FindGreat White Sharksat your local library.

by:Barbara Cohen, illustrated by:Daniel Mark Duffy- (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books, 1983)32 pages.

Mollys Pilgrim is a heart-wrenching story that illustrates the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Molly, a Russian immigrant, finds herself in an American school. Instead of being welcomed as the new student in the class, she is treated as an outcast. Taunting and bullying are two themes explored in this book. The children in Mollys class learn one of lifes most valuable lessons pilgrims, like people, come in all denominations, and to this day they are still coming to America in hopes of finding freedom.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindMollys Pilgrimat your local library.

by:Michael Dorris- (Hyperion Books for Children, 1992)74 pages.

Simple story, beautifully told, appeals to kids who like thoughtful character-based stories. This lyrical look at pre-Columbian Taino culture stresses the bonds of family, and behavioral changes involved in growing up, and raises the issue of culture differences in a powerful way.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindMorning Girlat your local library.

by:Kate Waters, illustrated by:Russ Kendall- (Scholastic, 1993)40 pages.

Samuel Eatons Day, one of the authors trilogy of books about the Pilgrims, transports the reader back to life during Pilgrim times. Samuel shares the excitement and the hard work that is involved with his first harvest. Samuel quickly discovers how difficult the harvest can be. Though exhausted from the days work, Samuel learns a valuable lesson about perseverance and the pride that comes from working together as a family.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindSamuel Eatons Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boyat your local library.

by:Kate Waters, illustrated by:Russ Kendall- (Scholastic, 1989)32 pages.

Sarah Mortons Day is an excellent book about a day in the life of a Pilgrim girl and another book in Kate Waters Pilgrim trilogy. The story is set in the year 1627. Told in the first person, Sarah takes young readers on a historic field trip back in time. Photographs in the book were taken at the Plymouth Museum, which is a replica of the 1627 settlement. The historic backdrop and the words of 9-year-old Sarah invite children of all ages to experience the Pilgrim way of life. Colonial dress, food, chores, family relations, friendships, religion and play are all part of Sarahs day.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindSarah Mortons Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girlat your local library.

by:James Rutherford- (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)40 pages.

How better to involve your child in geography, history and the art of picture books than through the pages of a masterfully told story about one of the worlds most famous travelers? Ibn Batuttas journey represents one of the first travel diaries we have; author/artist Rutherford takes young readers along on this trip through space and time.

Perfect for:Kids who like historical fiction.

FindTraveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Batutta 1325-1354at your local library.

by:Walter R. Brooks, illustrated by:Kurt Wiese- (Alfred A. Knopf, 1932)272 pages.

Originally published in 1932, Freddy the Detective is an overlooked classic. Freddy is a pig who finds his true calling when he finds a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the barn one day. The witty and still very fresh vocabulary in which Freddy expresses himself is just delightful!

Perfect for:Kids who like mysteries.

FindFreddy the Detectiveat your local library.

by:Daniel Manus Pinkwater- (Dodd, Mead, 1976)144 pages.

Eleven-year-old Victor is up way past bedtime when he sees something very unusual on television: a band of giant lizards performing wild music! Night after night, Victor watches this same strange yet addictive showthat apparently doesnt even exist.

Perfect for:Kids who like mysteries.

FindLizard Musicat your local library.

by:Wendelin Van Draanen, illustrated by:Brian Briggs- (Random House, 2004)144 pages.

Nolan is tired of Bubba Bixbys bullying! When the kids receive an assignment to create a newspaper expose, Nolan thinks that this is the perfect chance to truly expose Bubba. After gathering some very compromising information, Nolan creates , a Web site that will shield his identity while fighting back against Bubbas tyranny.

Perfect for:Kids who like mysteries.

FindShredderman: Secret Identityat your local library.

by:Carolyn Keene, illustrated by:Macky Pamintuan- (Aladdin, 2006)96 pages.

Nancy Drew continues to march into the 21st century with its ubiquitously pen-named writer, Carolyn Keene. In this fifth book in the new Nancy series, Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, a mystery unfolds in a wintry setting. After pretending to read her hot chocolate marshmallows to predict the future, Nancys friend Deirdre is surprised when her predictions begin to come true! Classic Nancy Drew sleuthing ensues and makes for a perfect, cozy winters night read.

Perfect for:Kids who like mysteries.

FindThe Case of the Sneaky Snowmanat your local library.

by:Jan Brett- (Putnam Juvenile, 2001)256 pages.

This beautiful Jan Brett collection features some of her best winter and Christmas stories. Some of the titles included in the treasury are The Mitten and Christmas Trolls. Jan Bretts signature illustrations adorn each story, filling it with bright, festive colors.

FindJan Bretts Christmas Treasuryat your local library.

by:Naomi Howland- (Clarion Books, 1999)32 pages.

Sadies kindness is rewarded when an old woman gives her a magical frying pan. When magic words are spoken, th

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