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Grand Canyon Reader Award - Picture Books

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Miss Nelson is Missing
by Allard, Harry & James Marshall

9780395401460046442401463Harry Allard; James Marshall (Illustrator)Miss Nelson Is Missing! The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don't proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways. James Marshall's scritchy, cartoonish full-color ink and wash illustrations are hilarious. A back-to-school perennial! - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .A413 Mi
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Indian in the Cupboard, The
by Banks, Lynne Reid

9780375847530Lynne Reid BanksThe Indian in the Cupboard Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure. It's Omri's birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian toy. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him? - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .R2262 In 2003
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by Blume, Judy

9780142408803Judy BlumeSuperfudgePart of the classic Fudge series from Judy Blume, bestselling author of Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing ! Farley Drexel Hatcher--otherwise known as Fudge--thinks he's a superhero, but his older brother, Peter, knows Fudge is nothing but a big pain! Dealing with Fudge is hard enough, but now Peter's parents have decided to move to New Jersey for an entire year! Even worse, Peter's mom is going to have a new baby. And if this baby is anything like Fudge--help! How will Peter ever survive? "As a kid, Judy Blume was my favorite author, and Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing was my favorite book."--Jeff Kinney, author of the bestselling Wimpy Kid series Love Fudge, Peter, and Sheila? Read all these books featuring your favorite characters: Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Fudge-a-Mania Double Fudge - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .B6265 Su 1980b
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Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Blume, Judy

9780525469315Judy BlumeTales of a Fourth Grade NothingLife with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter Hatcher feel like a fourth grade nothing. Whether Fudge is throwing a temper tantrum in a shoe store, smearing mashed potatoes on the walls at Hamburger Heaven, or trying to fly, he's never far from trouble. He's an almost three-year-old terror who gets away with everything, and Peter's had it up to here! When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter's pet turtle, it's the last straw. Peter has put up with Fudge for too long. Way too long! How can he get his parents to pay attention to him for a change? "It is a pleasure to watch a talented author like Judy Blume consistently create books that reflect a remarkable ability for combining humor with a perceptive insight into a child's world." - Publishers Weekly - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .B6265 Ta 2002
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by Cannon, Janell

9780152046682Janell Cannon (Illustrator)PinduliPinduli's mama has always told her that she's the most beautiful hyena ever. But Dog, Lion, and Zebra don't think so. Why else would they make her feel so rotten about her big ears, her fuzzy mane, and her wiggly stripes? Poor Pinduli just wants to disappear--and she tries everything she can think of to make that happen. Yet nothing goes her way. Nothing, that is, until a case of mistaken identity lets her show the creatures of the African savanna how a few tiny words--bad or good--can create something enormous. Janell Cannon, the creator of the bestselling Stellaluna, introduces yet another endearing character in this triumphant story about self-image, self-acceptance, and treating others with respect. Includes notes about hyenas and other animals of the African savanna. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .C1725 Pi 2005
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Very Quiet Cricket, The
by Carle, Eric

9780399226847Eric Carle (Illustrator)The Very Quiet Cricket A VERY classic from Eric Carle, creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar ! One day a tiny cricket is born and meets a big cricket who chirps his welcome. The tiny cricket tries to respond, but there is no sound. The quiet cricket then makes his way into the world, meeting one insect after another, each of whom greets the little cricket with a cheery hello--the hum of a bee, the whirr of a dragonfly, the whisper of a praying mantis. The cricket rubs his wings together each time, but nothing happens, not a sound. Until the day he meets another cricket, a female, and something different happens . . . As children turn the page on this wonderful moment, they are greeted with a surprise--an actual chirp! Full of Eric Carle's gorgeous and lush collage art, a gentle rhythmic text for read-alouds, and a wonder-inducing surprise at the end, The Very Quiet Cricket remains an all-time favorite from one of the true masters of picture-book making. Batteries are replaceable. Please use two 1.5 volt L1131 button cell batteries. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ10.3 .C1896 Ve 1990
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Bark George
by Feiffer, Jules

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Call Number:
PZ7 .F33345 Bar 1999
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Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm
by Nolen, Jerdine Harold

9780688158453Jerdine Nolen; Mark Buehner (Illustrator)Harvey Potter's Balloon FarmHarvey Potter was a very strange fellow indeed. He was a farmer but not like any farmer you've ever met. He didn't grow corn, okra, or tomatoes. Harvey Potter grew balloons. No one knew exactly how he did it, but with the help of the light of a full moon, one friendly child catches a peek of just how Harvey Potter does it. And keeps some magic for herself. "This is the best sort of fantasy imaginative, inventive, and believable. Harvey Potter is a wonder he's the owner of a genuine U.S. Government Inspected Balloon farm. And Nolen's tale about this man, narrated by the African-American girl who learns balloon-farming magic from him, is equally wondrous.... This title should sail onto every library shelf. May Nolen grow a bumper crop of books." School Library Journal. "Downright glorious."Publishers Weekly(starred review). - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .H23125 Har 1994
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How to Eat Fried Worms
by Rockwell, Thomas

9780440445456Thomas Rockwell; Emily Arnold McCully (Illustrator)How to Eat Fried WormsFans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid , The Worst Class Trip Ever , and the Tapper Twins series "will revolt and delight" in How to Eat Fried Worms ( Booklist ). People are always daring Billy to do zany things. But Billy may have bitten off more than he can chew when he takes his friend Alan's bet that Billy can't eat fifteen worms in fifteen days. If Billy wins, Alan has to fork over fifty dollars. Billy wants the money to buy a used minibike, so he's ready to dig in. He sets up mustard and ketchup, salt and pepper, and sugar and lemon to disguise the disgusting taste. Good news for Billy--once he gets going, he finds himself actually getting hooked on those juicy worms. Bad news for Billy--Alan is busy cooking up schemes to make Billy worm out of the bet. Will Billy keep up his wormy work for fifteen days? No cheating! Keep eating! Worm by worm by worm... Praise for How to Eat Fried Worms : [STAR] "The clear writing, clever illustrations , and revolting subject matter are sure to make a hit."-- School Library Journal , Starred Review " A hilarious story that will revolt and delight ....Colorful, original writing in a much-needed comic vein."-- Booklist "Rockwell's sensibilities (if that's the word) are so uncannily close to those of the average ten-year-old boy that one begins to admire Billy as a really sharp operator ."-- Kirkus Reviews - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3568 .O3415 H6
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There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom
by Sachar, Louis

9780394805726Louis SacharThere's a Boy in the Girls' BathroomThe beloved bestseller from Newbery Medalist and National Book Award winner Louis Sachar ( Holes ), with a brand-new cover! "Give me a dollar or I'll spit on you." That's Bradley Chalkers for you. He's the oldest kid in the fifth grade. He tells enormous lies. He picks fights with girls, and the teachers say he has serious behavior problems. No one likes him--except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous, and she even enjoys his far-fetched stories. Carla knows that Bradley could change, if only he weren't afraid to try. But when you feel like the most hated kid in the whole school, believing in yourself can be the hardest thing in the world. . . . - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ7 .S1185 Th 1987
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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark
by Schwartz, Alvin

9780060835194Alvin Schwartz; Brett Helquist (Illustrator)Scary Stories to Tell in the DarkThe iconic anthology series of horror tales that's soon to be a highly anticipated feature film! A classic collection of chillingly scary tales, collected and retold by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated by renowned artist Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events and more!). Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark contains some of the most alarming tales of horror, dark revenge, and supernatural events of all time. Walking corpses, dancing bones, knife-wielding madmen, and narrow escapes from death--they're all here in this chilling collection of ghost stories. Make sure you read these books with the light ON! And don't miss More Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark and Scary Stories 3! - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.1 .S399 Sc 1981
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Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, The
by Trivizas, Eugene

9780689815287Eugene Trivizas; Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad PigWhen it comes time for the three little wolves to go out into the world and build themselves a house, their mother warns them to beware the big bad pig. But the little wolves' increasingly sturdy dwellings are no match for the persistent porker, who has more up his sleeve than huffing and puffing. It takes a chance encounter with a flamingo pushing a wheelbarrow full of flowers to provide a surprising and satisfying solution to the little wolves' housing crisis. Eugene Trivizas's hilarious text and Helen Oxenbury's enchanting watercolors have made this delightfully skewed version of the traditional tale a contemporary classic. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PZ8.1 .T7384 Th 1993b
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The Grand Canyon Reader Award (formerly the Arizona Young Reader Award) is a reader award program for students in Arizona. Students vote annually on their favorite book in various categories.

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