Sunday School for Ethics
2013-2014 List of Books for Children's Stories for All Ages
Below is a list of books that have been read during platform as part of the "Children's Story for All Ages" during the 2013-2014 season. Most of these books should be available through your local library or bookstore. Remember, if you purchase a book from Amazon, please use the link you see directly to the right when purchasing (the link with the titles will not tie in with NoVES). NoVES earns money from Amazon sales, but only if you use our link.
09/15/13: The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens. It all begins innocently enough, when Violet the dog drops a fuzzy green tennis ball down a prairie-dog hole on the title page. When it finally lands deep in the underground tunnels, dozens of little dogs are gazing at it with trepidation. The biggest prairie dog of all, the bully Big Bark, comes to take a look, but before he can get close enough, Pip Squeak runs up to the ball and exclaims, "It's fuzzy!" "Oooooooh!" gasped the other dogs. Soon, they all begin adorning themselves with pieces of lime-green fuzz, ignoring Big Bark's commands that they stop this foolishness. Prairie dogs come from all over to help themselves until the ball is plucked bare. War breaks out, leaving Pip Squeak feeling rather guilty for starting it all. While the embattled dogs collapse in exhaustion, Big Bark steals all of the fuzz, proclaiming himself king of the fuzz, which makes him an easy target for an eagle, who swoops down and grabs him. Pip Squeak rallies the others to come to Big Bark's aid.
09/22/13: Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I Don't) by Barbara Bottner.This tells the story of Missy, a little girl who rejects just about every story that comes her way. She complains that "They're too kissy. Too pink. And too silly." The tireless librarian Miss Brooks is not about to give up, nor is Missy's mom. When Missy realizes she'd like to read about warts, Mom comes through with an inspired choice that sets this picky reader on the path to book bliss.
09/29/13: Yoko by Rosemary Wells. Mmm, Yoko's mom has packed her favorite for lunch today—sushi! But her classmates don't think it looks quite so yummy. "Ick!" says one of the Franks. "It's seaweed!" They're not even impressed by her red bean ice cream dessert. Of course, Mrs. Jenkins has a plan that might solve Yoko's problem. But will it work with the other children in class?
10/06/13: Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld. Sometimes being small can have its advantages. If you’re a little cloud like Cloudette, people call you cute nicknames, and you can always find a good spot to watch the fireworks. But what about when you want to do something big, like help a giant garden grow, or make a brook babble?
10/13/13: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson. As the leaves fall from his favorite tree, Fletcher worries that something is terribly wrong. But then winter comes, and with it a wonderful surprise. Do you know what it is? Join Fletcher and find out. . . .
10/20/13: The Litte Green Witch by Barbara Barbieri McGrath. The little green witch has a problem: her lazy monster friends just won't help her make a horrible pumpkin pie. Not ghost, nor bat, nor gremlin. A feisty retelling of "The Little Red Hen," is the perfect choice for Halloween fun.
10/27/13: Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis. A caterpillar and a tadpole meet and fall in love: "She was his beautiful rainbow, and he was her shiny black pearl." Perched on a leaf above the water, she smiles down at her sweetheart and asks him to "Promise you'll never change." Although he agrees, some vows are difficult to keep, and when they next meet, he has sprouted two legs. She forgives him, but after he breaks his promise twice more and now looks more like a frog than her "shiny black pearl," the lovelorn larva ends the affair and cries herself to sleep (sequestered in a cocoon). Meanwhile, the melancholy frog sulks around the pond, making heart-shaped air bubbles that rise to the surface and burst. When the caterpillar awakens, now a butterfly, she decides to forgive her beloved and flies above the water to find him. Without a thought, the frog swallows her whole, and then returns to wondering about whatever happened to his "beautiful rainbow."
11/03/13: Swimmy by Leo Leonni. Deep in the sea there lives a happy school of little fish. Their watery world is full of wonders, but there is also danger, and the little fish are afraid to come out of hiding . . . until Swimmy comes along. Swimmy shows his friends how—with ingenuity and team work—they can overcome any danger.
11/10/13: The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland. The busy but careless beaver spends his days following random impulses, rarely thinking things through and leaving in his wake a devastated forest filled with stumps, half-nibbled trees and injured, homeless animals. But then one day the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. After reflecting on his behavior, he decides to make some changes. Soon, the now wiser and gentler beaver is getting down to the business of making things right, much to the delighted surprise of his forest friends.
11/17:13: Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons. Mama Duck and Aunt Buttercup are sitting on a new egg, and Daisy is eagerly awaiting the arrival of her new brother or sister. Days pass, and Daisy waits and waits . . . until she is finally awakened by a "Pip! Pip! Pip!" A story full of anticipation to which every older sibling can relate.
11/24/13: Stone Soup by Marcia Brown and our version, Stone Salad. Clever soldiers trick a village into believing that soup can be made from a stone. As the pot of water boils with the stone in it, he urges her to add more and more ingredients until the soup is a feast for all the village. A story of how if and share our resources, it can benefit all.
12/01/13: Closed for Thanksgiving weekend.
12/08/13: Cancelled due to inclement weather.
12/15/13: A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman. Where does everyone and everything live? A House Is a House for Me is a rollicking rhyme about houses. Some of the houses are familiar, such as an anthill and a dog kennel, while others are surprising, such as a corn husk and a pea pod.
12/22/13: Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. A modern adaptation of this favorite Jewish folktale describes how the blanket grandfather had made for young Joseph is transformed over the years into a jacket, a button, and, ultimately, a story.
12/27/13: Closed for winter holidays.
01/05/14: Night Tree by Eve Bunting. By moonlight in the quiet forest, a young boy and his family decorate their favorite tree with popcorn, apples, tangerines, and sunflower-seed balls as a gift for the animals of the woods.
01/12/14: The Three Silly Girls Grubb by Ann and John Hassett. Three silly sisters skip over a bridge on their way to school. But before they can cross to safety, each sister must face Ugly-Boy Bobby, a bully who hides beneath the bridge. But even a boy like Bobby hungers for something other than bugs and mud puddles. What he craves the most are jelly donuts, the very ones each sister carries in her lunch! Just when it seems that Ugly-Boy Bobby will stop at nothing to get those donuts, the biggest sister turns the tables on him with just one simple, little request ...