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2012-2013 List of Books for Children's Stories for All Ages
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Below is a list of books that have been read during platform as part of the "Children's Story for All Ages" during the 2012-2013 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 on the below titles. NoVES earns money from Amazon sales, but only if you use our link.

09/16/12:  How I Spent my Summer Vacation by Mark Teague. A boy's tall tale of how he spent his summer vacation.

09/23/12:  Ready for Anything 
by Keiko Kasza. Young Raccoon, who is a worrier, fears that many things could go wrong on their picnic.  His friend Duck tries to convince him that bad things won't happen.  A positive attitude and good preparation helps in any situation.

09/30/12:  Betsy B. Little by Anne McEvooy. 
Betsy B. Little, a too-tall, gawky giraffe, wants nothing more than to become a graceful ballerina. But how can she possibly achieve this? Each time she takes a leap in ballet class, her head hits the ceiling! Everyone says she's simply too tall, but Betsy doesn't let that stop her from trying. With passion, determination, and some clever thinking, Betsy sets out to prove her dream is definitely not beyond reach.

10/07/12:  The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger (daughter-in-law of one of our members). This is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid of facing the unknown—and a celebration of the friends who help us take the leap.

10/14/12:  Mary Ann by Betsy James. Amy names her praying mantis after Mary Ann, who moved away, and cares for it until spring, when it makes her biggest wish come true.

10/21/12:  I'm the Best by Lucy Cousins. "I win! I’m the best!" Dog boasts. Unfortunately, Dog’s nonstop bragging is starting to make his friends feel kind of sad. But what if they mixed things up and looked at them differently? Could they teach Dog a lesson — and remind him of what it means to be a best friend?


10/28/12:  A Very Brave Witch by Alison McGhee. Perfect for trick-or-treaters of all ages, A Very Brave Witch makes for a playful read-aloud that takes the scariness out of the holiday.

11/04/12:  Ruthie and the Not So Teeny Tiny Lie by Laura Rankin. Ruthie loves little things—the smaller, the better. When she finds a teeny tiny toy on the school playground, she can hardly believe her luck. There’s just one problem: it belongs to somebody else! Ruthie insists the toy is hers, but deep down, she knows better. How could one little toy turn into such a great big problem?

11/11/12:  Our Ethical Culture Tapestry: The People, The Patterns, The Principles  by Arthur Dobrin. Coloring book with text that tells the history of the start of our Ethical Founder, Felix Adler and how his ideas formed while noticing things as a child growing up. 

11/18/12:   Canceled do to water pipe break, would have read 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.

11/25/12:  CLOSED

12/02/12:  The Rabbit's Wedding by Garth Williams. A former banned book in many libraries. A
 sweet story of two little rabbits who lived -happily ever after’ in the friendly forest.

12/09/12:  Immi's Gift by Karin Littlewood. Day after day her fishing pole brings up more colorful surprises from the swirling sea under the frozen ice. She decorates her igloo with the colorful treasures and animals come from far and wide to visit with her and share stories of faraway lands. On the last day she visits the fishing hole she drops the small bear from her necklace into the water and wonders who might find her treasure.

12/16/12:  I Like Your Buttons by Sarah Marwil Lamstern. When Cassandra compliments her teacher, she starts good feelings flying throughout the school, out onto the playground, and all around the neighborhood.

12/23/12: The Gifts by Regina Fackelmayer. Mia was all set for Christmas.  All she needed now was a tree. But on her way to get one, she stopped to help an old man who had slipped on the ice and forgot to get her tree after helping him. Christmas without a Christmas tree just isn't the same, Mia said sadly. And then, there was a knock at the door.

12/30/12: CLOSED

01/06/13: There were two stories read at the WInter Festival: 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. It's a beautifully illustrated story of a family’s unusual Christmas tradition. And we read: Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all!


01/13/13: A Frog Thing by Eric Drachman. Frank wasn't satisfied doing ordinary frog things. He wanted to fly, but he was a frog and frogs can't fly. Follow along as Frank jumps and runs and leaps and dives until he finally finds his place in the pond.

01/20/13: The Sneeches by Dr. Seuss. This story is read every year on the closest Sunday to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. This is a story of the unforgettable tale of the unfortunate Sneetches, bamboozled by one Sylvester McMonkey McBean ("the Fix-it-up Chappie"), who teaches them that pointless prejudice can be costly.

01/27/13: Elmer and the Hippos by David McKee. In Elmer and the Hippos, the elephants are not happy. The hippos' river has dried up, and they have moved into the elephants' river. Some of the elephants don't like sharing. Elmer decides to investigate. He discovers the hippos' dry river could be fixed, but only if the hippos and the elephants drop their prejudices and work together.

02/03/13: Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch. Short, to the point story about a found baby needing to find someone to care for it. Munsch wrote this book about adoption as he was just adopting his own child. The main character helping to find the baby someone to care for it, was Munsch's in real life next door neighbor girl who was also adopted. Quirky as all Munschworks are, but enjoyable.

02/10/13: The Conquerors by David McKee. The ruling general of a dominant country conquered all his neighbors to be the strongest ruler and country. This plan worked, until there was only one small happy country left. When the soldiers went there to conquer it, they were persuaded out of their uniforms, into the taverns, and onto the dance floors. However many times soldiers were sent home and replaced by new recruits, each one assimilated; and the returning military took back with them the traditions and music of the conquered nation. Just who has conquered whom?

02/17/13: Dog Eared: Starring Otis by Amanda Harvey. 
Otis, a large cheerful dog with big floppy ears, strolled down the street when a mean dog comes along and calls him "Big Ears." This leads to a crisis of confidence during which some corrective "ear-do's" are considered, a box of "horrible peppermint cream" is consumed, and several nightmares disturb Otis's sleep. But Lucy, his best friend, saves the day. She loves him no matter what. In fact, she especially loves his "large, silky, fabulous ears." 

02/23/13: Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea. What's an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. Father and son 
meet for the first time--and grow to love one another.

03/03/13: The Littlest Wolf by Larry Dane Brinner. Being the smallest wolf in the pack is not easy, especially when the other pups can roll in straighter lines, pounce higher, and run faster. Big Gray comforts Little Wolf each time he compares himself to his siblings. His father offers equally wise thoughts about Little Wolf's other concerns. When naptime comes, he tells the pup, "Remember the acorns, Little One.-They are just as they should be. And look what they become." Brimner's gentle and encouraging story will speak to those children who feel less capable or talented than their siblings.

03/10/13: Boy and Bot by Ame Dyckman. 
One day, a boy and a robot meet in the woods. They play. They have fun. But when Bot gets switched off, Boy thinks he's sick instead. The usual remedies: simple foods, reading a story, etc., don't help, so Boy tucks the sick Bot in, then falls asleep. Bot is worried when he powers on and finds his friend powered off (sleeping). He takes Boy home with him and tries all his remedies: oil, reading an instruction manual. Nothing revives the malfunctioning Boy! Can the Inventor help fix him? A story about how we are all different, yet so similar.

03/17/13:  The Monsters' Monster by Patrick McDonnell. Once upon a time, there were three little rascals who thought they were the BIGGEST, BADDEST monsters around. Then along came an even BIGGER monster who changed their minds. And all it took was two little words. A very BIG monster shows three very BAD little monsters the power of boundless gratitude.

03/23/13: I Like Your Buttons! by Sarah Marwil Lamstein. When Cassandra compliments her teacher, she starts good feelings flying throughout the school, out onto the playground, and all around the neighborhood. A story that shows the concept of "paying it forward".

03/30/13:  CLOSED

04/07/13: Oh No George! by Chris Haughton. 
George is a dog with all the best intentions. And his owner, Harris, has all the best hopes that George will be a well-behaved dog when he leaves him alone for the day. But when George spies a delicious cake sitting on the kitchen table, his resolve starts to waver. You see, George loves cake. . . Uh-oh. What to do now? It's so hard to be a good dog when there are cats to chase and flowers to dig up! 

04/14/13: The Ant Bully by John Nickle. Lucas is picked on by the neighborhood bully, and in turn terrorizes the ant colony. The ants create a potion that shrinks Lucas to the size of an ant. They put him on trial, and find him guilty of crimes against the colony. His sentence? To live and work as an ant! Lucas learns about teamwork and the importance of friendship and in the end, he saves the colony and is returned to his normal size.

04/21/13: When Will it Be Spring? by Catherine Walters. It's Alfie's first winter, and his mother tells him he must sleep until spring. "But when will it be spring"?" Alfie wonders. Mother Bear tells him that it will be spring when the flowers are out and the birds begin to sing. Alfie feels sure he will know when spring has arrived. But will he?

04/28/13: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead. Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In Amos McGee’s case, all sorts of species, too! Every day he spends a little bit of time with each of his friends at the zoo, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when Amos is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it’s time they returned the favor.

05/5/13: David's Father by Robert Munsch. Julie meets a new boy in her neighborhood, David, whose father is a giant. At first she's a little frightened, but discovers that having a father as a giant can come in handy!

5/12/13: I Wanna Iguana by Karen Orloff. This funny story is told through an amusing exchange of notes, as Alex tries to convince his seemingly unshakable mother that he should be allowed to adopt a friend's baby iguana The boy pulls out all the stops in his arguments.


5/19/13: Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens. Hare solves his family’s problems by tricking rich and lazy Bear in this funny, energetic version of an old slave story. With roots in American slave tales, Tops & Bottoms celebrates the trickster tradition of using one’s wits to overcome hardship.

5/26/13: Farfallina &Marcel by Holly Keller. Once there was a caterpillar named Farfallina, whose best friend was a gosling named Marcel. They did everything together -- until one day, everything started to change.

6/2/13: When Sophie Gets Angry  by Molly Bang. Everybody gets angry sometimes and for children, anger can be very upsetting. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this book we see what Sophie does when she gets angry.

6/9/13: Say Hello to Zorro by Carter Goodrich. Mister Bud is a dog of routine. He has wake up time, nap time, rest time, dinner time, etc. And everyone knows to follow his schedule. Then disaster strikes.  A stranger comes home at "make a fuss time" and throws everything off! Zorro is little bit bossy and Mister Bud wants nothing to do with him. But when the dogs discover they like the same things (like chasing the cat and napping), everything becomes more fun. As long as everyone follows the schedule.