Best Action & Adventure Books for 5 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 action & adventure books for 5 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast

by: Josh FunkBrendan Kearney
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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A thoroughly delicious picture book about the funniest “food fight” ever! Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast have a beautiful friendship—until they discover that there’s ONLY ONE DROP of maple syrup left. Off they go, racing past the Orange Juice Fountain, skiing through Sauerkraut Peak, and reeling down the linguini. But who will enjoy the sweet taste of victory? And could working together be better than tearing each other apart? The action-packed rhyme makes for an adrenaline-filled breakfast . . . even without a drop of coffee!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Stories In Verse

2. Jayce

by: Calvin Reynolds
Release date: Nov 17, 2015
Number of Pages: 48
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Jayce is a courageous honeybee without a stinger. In order to save his home colony, Jayce embarks on a desperate adventure with his friends. In a race against time, they must retrieve the key element of their survival from the clutches of the diabolical wasps. During their incredible journey, Jayce discovers his inner greatness and learns the value of teamwork and friendship.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

3. Joosh’s Juice Bar: The Blue Banana Berry Adventure

by: Josh Gottsegen
Release date: Oct 31, 2013
Number of Pages: 70
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When Joosh’s Juice Bar runs out of strawberries, the youngsters are asked to go on a “strawberry run”. Mo and Coco, along with rainforest friends Randy (a mischievous monkey) and Kwamee (a wise green lizard), travel through the Tropland Rainforest and stumble upon a unique glowing berry in Don Ribbit’s forbidden Swampland. Mo and Randy pick the berries, eat them and bring them back to Joosh’s Juice Bar. What seemed like a great idea at first turns sour as Joosh and his wife Holly return home to the juice bar and find the boys making a new juice with the berries! To their surprise, Randy and Mo, along with the animals that also drank their new blue juice, are glowing blue from head to toe! The Joosh Man takes Coco and the boys to seek aid from Doctor Boo Boo (a toucan bird).Will they find a way to wash the blue glow away? Will they get back home safely before the impending rain storm?  Entertaining characters with wonderful adventures. Each page filled with colorful art and a story that highlights important eating habits for children of all ages. The Blue Banana Berry Adventure is the first book in the series and written entirely in rhyme, for you and your kids to enjoy a hundred times! Visit the official website: http://www.jooshsjuicebar.com Join us on Facebook: facebook.com/jooshsjuicebar
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Children’s Books > Animals

4. The Legend of the Golden Snail

by: Graeme Base
Release date: Oct 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 48
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A young boy’s favorite storybook tells of a Golden Snail that lived long ago in the mythical Spiral Isles. When it journeyed through its magical realm, it took on the shape of a fantastical golden sailing ship. One day the ship was captured by a Great Enchanter and put under his spell. After he became bored with the Snail, the Enchanter banished it to the Ends of the Earth so no one else could ever sail in it. There it remains until a new master comes to claim it. Could a young boy named Wilbur be the next master?

 

Featuring Graeme Base’s visually stunning signature art (packed with details, including a hidden “snail and crossbones” to search for in each picture) and a bonus mini book (bound in, nonremovable), The Legend of the Golden Snail is an adventure unlike any other.

F&P Level: N
F&P Genre: F

Praise for The Legend of the Golden Snail

Starred Review: “Base’s art steers the journey, alternating between action scenes and spectacular seascapes.” –Publishers Weekly

“This beautiful book is sure to be a hit with the author’s fans and cultivate new ones.” –School Library Journal 

“Base’s big, elaborate illustrations teem with lively details.” –Booklist

“The book is chock-full of Base’s bold, vibrant images and features fanciful locations. Lots to mull over for future sea adventurers.” –Kirkus Reviews 

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

5. Princess Truly in I Am Truly

by: Kelly GreenawaltAmariah Rauscher
Release date: Mar 28, 2017
Number of Pages: 40
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Princess Truly is strong and confident, beautiful and brave, bright and brilliant. She can do anything she sets her mind to…

I can fly to the moon
And dance on the stars.
I can tame wild lions…
And race fast cars.

Brimming with warmth and color, Princess Truly’s rhythmic rhyming adventures are a celebration of individuality, girl power, and diversity. Her heartfelt story is a reminder to young girls everywhere that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it…and dream big!

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life

6. Montague: The Pit Bull of Park Avenue

by: Mary GregoryRoger Kabler
Release date: Jun 17, 2013
Number of Pages: 54
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An amazingly illustrated children’s book follows the adventures of a Pit Bull rescued by an upscale New Yorker.

“A magical adventure for kids & dog lovers of all ages. Thanks for the wonderful message that we are responsible for the care & training of our canine companions.” – Amazon Verified Review

A thoughtful afterward focuses on the respect we should have for dogs.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

7. O’Sullivan Stew

by: Hudson Talbott
Release date: Jan 25, 1999
Number of Pages: 48
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In the grandest of Irish traditions comes a tale full of imagination, wit, courage, and a healthy shot of blarney. Ah, the luck of the Irish! When the village of Crookhaven faces its doom for having upset the local witch, Kate O’Sullivan decides to set things right—and almost gets her family hanged in the process! Now with both a king and a witch angry at them, Kate valiantly fights for her family’s lives the only way she knows how—with a good story. She pulls out all the stops trying to appease His Majesty, recounting tales of ravenous giants, wise-cracking sea serpents, and lovesick leprechauns running amok. But time is running out. Will the king’s patience as well? It’s all up to Kate and her magical way with words. Hudson Talbott, creator of the popular Tales of King Arthur books, was inspired by his visit to Ireland to spin this brand new adventure story and his glorious paintings bring the island and his valiant heroine to life.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

8. Carl’s Snowy Afternoon

by: Alexandra DayAlexandra Day
Release date: Nov 10, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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When Madeleine’s parents go to the Pond Party, they leave Carl and the baby at home for a cozy winter afternoon with a babysitter. But Carl and Madeleine have plans of their own— they want to play in the snow! After getting all bundled up, they sneak off to go sledding, build a snowman, and even make an appearance at the party and try sliding on the ice at the pond. Of course, resourceful Carl gets the baby home before her parents return—and the babysitter is never the wiser.
 
Everyone’s favorite Rottweiler appears here in a wintertime romp.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

9. I Love My Pirate Papa

by: Laura LeuckKyle M. Stone
Release date: May 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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“This tale will surely be met with delight by the youngest buccaneers.”—School Library Journal

It’s a yar vessel that can carry this crew of burly pirates, the captain, and his scrappy little son. From the crow’s nest to the hold, from the high seas to the island of buried treasure, this boy hangs out with the most rough-and-tumble of rogues. And at the end of each day, he gets tucked in by the fiercest pirate of them all: his loving and tender dad.    

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

10. Up, Up, Up! [With CD (Audio)] (A Barefoot Singalong)

by: Susan ReedRachel Oldfield
Release date: Mar 01, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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This airborne adventure takes readers ballooning over lands near and far, all the way to the stars. The singalong song on the accompanying CD keeps spirits high, while the rhyming and playful text introduces all sorts of settings and vocabulary-building words.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

11. Camping Catastrophe! (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) (Ready, Freddy! (Prebound Numbered))

by: Abby KleinJohn Mckinley
Release date: Aug 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 95
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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Freddy Thresher and his best friend, Robbie, are going on a camping trip this weekend. Worse yet, Freddy’s sister, Suzie, has bet him a full week’s worth of chores that he’ll be too much of a scaredy-cat to spend the whole night in the wild!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

12. Goodnight Pirate: The Perfect Bedtime Book!

by: Michelle Robinson
Release date: Mar 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Getting ready for bedtime has never been so much fun! These colorful books are the perfect way to help tiny ones wind down on their way to dreamland. From a big “digger” truck to a pirate ship, tractor and horse-drawn carriage, each book helps little dreamers wish their favorite things a sweet goodnight. Fun rhyming words and joyful illustrations make these books perfect for parents and toddlers to read together. In Goodnight Pirate, kids can say goodnight to everything from parrots to spyglasses to crow’s nests, because it’s time for rest. (Ages 1+)
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

13. Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescue (The Adventures of Benjamin and Bumper)

by: Molly CoxeOlivier Toppin
Release date: Jun 25, 2010
Number of Pages: 40
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A thrilling story of rescue and adventure featuring fuzzy young Benjamin Middlemouse and his wooly friend Bumper the elephant as the unlikely heroes, each page of this children’s picture book features a cinematic photo of charming handmade mice and other creatures that inhabit a richly textured, three-dimensional world. When Benjamin’s mother does not return to the antique armoire they call home, Benjamin recruits his friend Bumper, a stuffed animal who lives on the nearby bed, to help with the search. Benjamin loads Bumper’s back with a treasure-trove of scrounged objects—a jumble of ropes, needles and thread, a ladder made from string and matchsticks, and a homemade slingshot with a basket of popcorn for ammunition—and they follow clues that lead into the garden, where they must storm the stone tower of Sir Pouncelot the cat and rescue Mrs. Middlemouse before she becomes his tasty dinner. Just right for a first adventure story, this magical storybook is an ideal blend of suspense, bravery, friendship, humor, loyalty, and a happy ending for all.
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Children’s Books > Animals

14. King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson

by: Kenneth KraegelKenneth Kraegel
Release date: Jul 24, 2012
Number of Pages: 40
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Newcomer Kenneth Kraegel wryly draws from myth and legend to craft a daring and inventive tale to delight adventurers of all ages.

Henry Alfred Grummorson is the great-great-great-great-great-greatgreat grandson of Arthur, King of Britain. On his sixth birthday, adorned with a helmet and sword, Henry goes in search of adventure. He challenges a fire-breathing dragon to a fight, but the dragon prefers a game of blowing smoke rings. A cyclops wants only to have a staring contest. Even the griffin will not engage in “a battle to the uttermost” of the type Henry desires. Desperate for a real battle, strength against strength, might against might, Henry seeks out the fearsome leviathan. Has he met his match at last — or might he find something he didn’t know he was looking for? Children bold and imaginative will relate to Henry’s quest — and smile at its unintended consequences.

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Children’s Books > Animals

15. The Silver Nutmeg: The Story of Anna Lavinia and Toby (New York Review Books Children’s Collection)

by: Palmer Brown
Release date: Apr 10, 2012
Number of Pages: 152
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Anna Lavinia’s father wanted her to have another point of view, so what did he do? He made a peephole in the garden wall. But he couldn’t have known that this new view would lead Anna Lavinia all the way to the upside-down mirror land that lies on the other side of the pond. Here Anna Lavinia meets Toby, who explains that on the other side, instead of gravity, there’s something called “the tingle,” which feels like “the tickle that comes before a sneeze, or the thrill that comes when the knot in a ribbon just begins to loosen,” and allows for floating and spectacular feats of tree-climbing (but mind your furniture doesn’t drift away!). Toby introduces Anna Lavinia to a variety of wonders and oddballs, including an uncanny fortune-teller, a turtle with a jungle on its back, and Aunt Cornelia, who’s never quite recovered from the disappearance of a certain young man into Anna Lavinia’s world a very long time ago.

The Silver Nutmeg continues the adventures begun in Beyond the Pawpaw Trees, and features loads of sense, a little nonsense, and more charming verses from Anna Lavinia’s favorite book of rhymes. Best of all, fans of Palmer Brown’s intricate drawings will find every page a delight for the eyes

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

16. Rosie and the Rustlers (Sunburst Book)

by: Roy GerrardRoy Gerrard
Release date: Oct 01, 1991
Number of Pages: 32
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Rosie and her wranglers meet up with Greasy Ben and his gang in this rollicking tale of adventure.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

17. Adventures in Flatfrost (The Kingdom of Wrenly)

by: Jordan QuinnRobert McPhillips
Release date: Oct 07, 2014
Number of Pages: 128
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Prince Lucas and Clara venture to the land of the giants and train Ruskin to control his fire in this fifth chapter book in the fantastical Kingdom of Wrenly series.

After a game of hide-and-seek, Prince Lucas and Ruskin are in trouble again. They have melted all the ice in the castle, and the king is not pleased. He sends Lucas and Ruskin to Flatfrost to fetch more ice from the giants who live there. High in the snowy mountains, some new larger-than-life friends lend a helping hand as Lucas, Clara, and Ruskin learn to respect the hard work of others.

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

18. The One Hundredth Day of School (Ready, Freddy! (Prebound Numbered))

by: Abby KleinJohn McKinley
Release date: Jan 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 94
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The 100th day of school is approaching, and to mark the occasion, Freddy and his classmates must each collect and bring to school 100 of something. Freddy is overwhelmed by the thought, then he has a great idea to collect 100 shark trading cards. But he only has 21 cards! How will be get another 79 before the 100th day of school? Even if he had the money, his mom would NEVER let him buy that much bubble gum. Join Freddy as he plots the perfcet plan to reach his goal.
The Ready, Freddy! series has content, humor, characters and vocabulary perfect for the early chapter-book reader.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > School

19. Such a Silly Baby!

by: Steffanie LorigRichard LorigAmanda Shepherd
Release date: Dec 20, 2007
Number of Pages: 36
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Bursting with bright illustrations and a rollicking text, this boisterous book invites readers to hoot, neigh, snort, and giggle along with a very silly baby.
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Children’s Books > Animals

20. Mouse, Look Out!

by: Judy WaiteNorma Burgin
Release date: Sep 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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This gently suspenseful picture book invites children to join a game of chase. Through lush, gorgeous twilit scenes, a little mouse searches for food and a soft spot to sleep. A sly black cat follows silently behind. But the hunter should beware, too, for something is watching and waiting in the dark. The shadowy hues of Norma Burgin’s art complement the pleasingly ominous narrative. The story builds–through rhythmic verse and a memorable, shout-aloud refrain–to a surprise ending that will startle and delight little listeners.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

21. Oskar & Klaus: The Search for Bigfoot (Oskar & Klaus Adventures)

by: Mick SzydlowskiTravis BossardAlex Novoseltsev
Release date: Nov 01, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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In their first illustrated adventure, Oskar the blind cat and his sidekick, Klaus, who have entertained millions of fans around the world with daily photos and videos, go on a brave journey deep into the nighttime forest where they forge unlikely friendships. Oskar is a spirited young cat who dreams of the thrill of adventure. His best pal Klaus, however, would much rather lounge about the house. One day, Oskar and Klaus go on a camping trip in the majestic Pacific Northwest. After a fur-raising campfire story, Oskar leads a reluctant Klaus on an extraordinary quest to search for Bigfoot! Oskar’s determination inspires new forest friends to join in and discover far more than they had ever imagined. Oskar shows that blindness can never limit his determination to seek out new challenges and fantastic experiences. Rich artwork and witty text invites readers of all ages and abilities into this unforgettable story.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

22. Pete’s Dragon (Disney: Pete’s Dragon) (Little Golden Book)

by: RH DisneyRH Disney
Release date: Jul 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Disney’s classic story of an orphan and his pet dragon will delight boys and girls ages 2 to 5. This Little Golden Book retelling of Disney Pete’s Dragon was first published in 1977. A new version of the movie, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford, will be in theaters summer 2016.
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Children’s Books > Animals

23. Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost

by: David LoweryToby HalbrooksBenjamin Lowery
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Elliot the puppy is lost in the forest, and needs to find a new home. Will it be with a family of sheep, or a questioning owl, or maybe some playful fox cubs? Or will his search lead him somewhere else? From the screen to the page, Elliot Gets Lost will bring the fun and heartwarming story of a lost puppy to readers of all ages. Seen in the 2016 movie Pete’s Dragon as one of Pete’s prized possessions, the picture book was brought to the page by the film’s creative team, and features never-before-seen illustrations. Fans of the movie and picture books alike will love this story of a young puppy’s journey.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

24. Wolfbaene

by: Michelle DennisThe Pedantic PublisherD. S. Williams (The Pedantic Punctuator)
Release date: May 26, 2015
Number of Pages: 254
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William Knight doesn’t belong in Trinity Boys College. He is bullied constantly and is always wondering why he doesn’t fit in. When he is suddenly whisked away from the human world to the medieval village of Chermside by a talking dragon, he is given a deadly task only a true knight can achieve. The task? Rescue the queen from a dungeon, win his knighthood, kill the king who murdered his father and return the town to its former glory before the dark magic of the king ruins the beautiful town forever. To make matters worse, he is expected to undertake this deadly quest with a conceited boy named Thomas Knight; his brother. Could things get any worse?
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

25. Gulliver Snip

by: Julia KayJulia Kay
Release date: May 27, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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Take one adventurous little boy and one bathtub, put them together, and you’ve got—Captain Gulliver Snip and his clipper ship! Gulliver sails his marvelous ship in search of high seas. Though it’s not all smooth sailing for this intrepid explorer. When his ship sinks, Gulliver leaps overboard and makes his way to a deserted island, only to be chased up a tree by a tiger. But now the bathroom is a mess, and Gulliver’s mother is none too pleased.
 
By contrasting scenes of Gulliver’s fantasy world on one page with his reality on the facing page, newcomer Julia Kay tells a swashbuckling story fit for the youngest adventurer.
 
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Health > Personal Hygiene

26. The Look Cookers!

by: Jim MalloyHannah Stephey
Release date: Feb 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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Mom’s Choice GOLD Award.

Matthew is a normal boy in every way but one.  He is a secret agent.  But not just any kind of secret agent.

Matthew is an eye spy.

In fact, Matthew is shy.  He does not like eye contact. In his lively imagination, he envisions that anyone who looks at him has special powers – they are the Look Cookers. And he has a name for each type of Look Cooker: Peek Seekers, Glance Dancers, Blink Drinkers, Stare Darers, Gawk Stalkers, Gape Scrapers and Sight Biters (the worst of the bunch!).  

Join Matthew on his first mission…on the school bus the first day of a new year at school. He has his trusty backpack with him at all times. And he has something special inside. Experience the Look Cookers first hand and discover how he overcomes his fear of eye contact and succeeds in the end with the help of his top-secret spy device.

(Jim Malloy)

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Values

27. Peg Leg Peke

by: Brie Spangler
Release date: Jun 10, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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PEKE, AN ADORABLE little Pekingnese, has a boo-boo. But when he uses his imagination, he’s no longer a pup with a broken leg, he’s a pirate with a peg leg on the high seas! Can he find the buried treasure? In her picture book debut, Brie Spangler celebrates the power of imagination and introduces a lovable Pekingnese puppy who refuses to let his boo-boo keep him from having fun.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

28. Starry Safari

by: Linda AshmanJeff Mack
Release date: Jun 01, 2005
Number of Pages: 40
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Beep! Beep! Beep! A daring girl and her trusty orange jeep are off on an exciting safari. There are giraffes to watch, rhinos to race, and wily crocodiles to avoid. And when a roaring lion crosses her path, she knows exactly what to do: roar back! But will she be as courageous when it’s time for bed and there are lots of scary night noises?

Action packed from beginning to end, this rhyming adventure will keep young readers on the edge of their seats. Going on safari has never been more fun!

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Children’s Books > Animals

29. The Unfriendly Dragon: The Adventures of Bridazak and Friends (Volume 1)

by: Brae Wyckoff
Release date: Aug 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 54
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Voted #1 Best Kids Book Ever
An unfriendly dragon? Not everything is as it appears. In this amazing adventure, Bridazak and his friends set off on a journey for justice. On their way, they uncover truth and discover the value of friendship.

“A great read-aloud, especially in a group setting. I would highly recommend this book to anyone teaching the importance of how to make new friends and celebrating differences.” —Brittany Walker, Licensed Utah Elementary Educator

*No weapons or fighting in this book

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

30. The Adventures of Scuba Jack: The Elemental Queen

by: Beth Costanzo
Release date: Mar 31, 2016
Number of Pages: 89
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The Elemental Queen
In this unforgettable new adventure from the pen and imagination of teacher Beth Costanzo, Lucretia (Hades’ evil sidekick from the Underworld) hatches a plan for world domination. To stop Lucretia, Scuba Jack and the Professor travel to the 7 Wonders of the World looking for the all-important hidden golden apples. When placed on the Dragon Shield, the apples act as keys to open a mystical box with a spectacular treasure inside.

Marvel as the Earth Spirits, Atlas and the Elemental Queen gather the vital players who must turn the world back two full rotations before Lucretia unleashes evil throughout the world.

Can they save the Planet? Are they powerful enough? With magic, anything is possible!

Scuba Jack quickly learns that the strongest magic is believing in yourself. When you believe in yourself, anything can happen!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

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