Best Classics Books for 9 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 classics books for 9 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. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

by: J. K. Rowling
Release date: Jan 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 464
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Young wizard Harry Potter finds himself back at the miserable Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. He doesn’t realize the difficulty of the task that awaits him. Harry must pull out all the stops in order to find his missing friend.

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

2. Bunnicula in a Box: Bunnicula; Howliday Inn; The Celery Stalks at Midnight; Nighty-Nightmare; Return to Howliday Inn; Bunnicula Strikes Again; Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow (Bunnicula and Friends)

by: James HoweC. F. Payne
Release date: Aug 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 1136
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Lock up your veggies and get out your garlic—the complete Bunnicula collection is now available as a boxed set!

Something wicked this way hops… Join Harold, Howie, Chester, and of course, Bunnicula for seven thrilling adventures—all together for the first time in one fur-raising boxed set!

This complete collection includes paperback editions of Bunnicula, Howliday Inn, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, Nighty-Nightmare, Return to Howliday Inn, Bunnicula Strikes Again, and Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

3. Wolf Story (New York Review Collections (Hardcover))

by: William McCleeryWarren Chappell
Release date: Sep 11, 2012
Number of Pages: 88
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This irresistible book is about: a father; his five-year-old son, Michael (intelligent, crafty, addicted to stories); Michael’s best friend Stefan (stalwart listener, equally addicted to stories); and, well—what else?—a story. 

Oh, and a wolf. It is as Michael always demands: a Wolf Story, which begins one night at bedtime and spins wildly on through subsequent bedtimes and Sunday outings to the beach and park in a succession of ever more trickily tantalizing episodes. Waldo the wolf is sneaking up on Rainbow the hen, when Jimmy Tractorwheel, the son of the local farmer, comes along. After that, there’s no knowing what will happen next, as while stalled in traffic jams or nodding off at night, the boys chime in and the story races on and Waldo finds, if not necessarily dinner, his just desserts.

First published in 1947 and wonderfully illustrated by Warren Chappell, William McCleery’s Wolf Story is a delicious treat for fathers and sons and daughters and mothers alike.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

4. How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Book and Grinch (Classic Seuss)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Sep 22, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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A Grinch book and plush package perfect for holiday gift-giving!
 
Is there any better holiday gift than a copy of Dr. Seuss’s beloved classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas? Yes! A copy of the book packaged in a sturdy gift box with a 14-inch tall, exclusively-available soft plush Grinch! Now children of all ages can read the story while they cuddle with the iconic character whose heart grows three sizes when he learns the true meaning of Christmas. Also included exclusively in this package is a 32-page paperback “Good Deed Journal.” Filled with simple activities and room for children to write and draw, it’s the perfect way to encourage children to grow their own hearts by helping others.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

5. Loretta Mason Potts (New York Review Children’s Collection)

by: Mary ChaseHarold Berson
Release date: Jul 15, 2014
Number of Pages: 224
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Imagine how shocked you would be if, like ten-year-old Colin Mason, you were the oldest (smartest, best) kid in a family of four, and then you found out that all these years, without knowing it, you’ve had an older sister, an “awful, awful, bad, bad, girl—Loretta Mason Potts.” Who? What? Wait! … But this is only the first of many surprises that lie in store for Colin, as things get curiouser and curiouser very fast. Loretta (a glum gangly girl and so very very rude!) comes home and before you know it, Colin is secretly following her down a hidden tunnel that leads from a bedroom closet to an astonishing castle, where a charming and beautiful countess keeps court attended by a dapper and ever-obliging general, and in this world everybody loves Loretta (especially when she’s rude), so much so that they’re begging her to stay with them forever. What is the secret behind this mysterious other world and how does it connect to the many secrets in the Mason family? It’ll take a spellbinding, hair-raising adventure, involving not just Colin and Loretta but their mother and the rest of the family, to work that out.
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Children’s Books > Classics

6. The Odyssey

by: Gillian CrossNeil Packer
Release date: Sep 11, 2012
Number of Pages: 178
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A bold re-envisioning of The Odyssey, told with simplicity and style — perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.

Odysseus faces storm and shipwreck, a terrifying man-eating Cyclops, the alluring but deadly Sirens, and the fury of the sea-god Poseidon as he makes his ten-year journey home from the Trojan War. While Odysseus struggles to make it home, his wife, Penelope, fights a different kind of battle as her palace is invaded by forceful, greedy men who tell her that Odysseus is dead and she must choose a new husband. Will Odysseus reach her in time? Homer’s epic, age-old story is powerfully told by Carnegie Medalist Gillian Cross and stunningly illustrated by rising talent Neil Packer.

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Children’s Books > Animals

7. Anatole

by: Eve Titus
Release date: Nov 14, 2006
Number of Pages: 40
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Anatole is a most honorable mouse. When he realizes that humans are upset by mice sampling their leftovers, he is shocked! He must provide for his beloved family–but he is determined to find a way to earn his supper. And so he heads for the tasting room at the Duvall Cheese Factory. On each cheese, he leaves a small note–“good,” “not so good,” “needs orange peel”–and signs his name. When workers at the Duvall factory find his notes in the morning, they are perplexed–but they realize that this mysterious Anatole has an exceptional palate and take his advice. Soon Duvall is making the best cheese in all of Paris! They would like to give Anatole a reward–if only they could find him…

From the Hardcover edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

8. Welcome To Showside

by: Ian McGinty
Release date: Jun 28, 2016
Number of Pages: 176
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From the writer/artist of Adventure Time comes an all ages romp with a horror twist.
Showside is just your average southern town, except that portals to the Nexus realm keep popping up and flooding the town with demons and monsters. The only thing keeping Showside safe is Kit and his friends Belle and Moon. From the writer/artist of Adventure Time Candy Capers and Bravest Warrior comes an all ages romp with a horror twist.
Soon to be an animated series!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

9. Old Granny Fox (Dover Children’s Thrift Classics)

by: Thornton W. Burgess
Release date: Jun 23, 2010
Number of Pages: 96
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Winter’s here, and there’s a carpet of deep snow covering the Green Forest and the nearby meadow — which means Reddy Fox and Granny Fox are having trouble finding food. Reddy, of course, is full of reckless ideas, such as getting into Farmer Brown’s chicken house in daylight.
Using the wisdom she’s acquired over the years, Granny overrules many of Reddy’s foolhardy suggestions, taking the conceit out of a youngster who thinks he knows more than anyone else. Granny also teaches Reddy quite a bit about patience, common sense, and resourcefulness.
A timeless fable by master storyteller Thornton W. Burgess, Old Granny Fox will delight youngsters with an entertaining story while teaching important lessons — in a painless and enjoyable way — about wildlife, the environment, and personal conduct.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Foxes & Wolves

10. Moominpappa At Sea

by: Tove Jansson
Release date: Jun 21, 2011
Number of Pages: 224
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A Moomintroll is small and shy and fat, and has a Moominpappa and a Moominmamma. Moomins live in the forests of Finland. One day Moominpappa is feeling at a loss. He has no idea what to do with himself because it seems everything has already been done. So he takes his family off to start a new life in a lighthouse on a tiny, rocky island far out to sea. It’s rather quiet and lonely at first, but as they begin to explore their unusual surroundings the Moomins discover some funny and surprising new things about themselves.
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Children’s Books > Classics

11. The Magical Land of Noom (Books of Wonder)

by: Johnny GruelleJohnny Gruelle
Release date: Apr 24, 1998
Number of Pages: 192
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Come on a high-flying adventure with Johnny and Janey as they travel from their own backyard to the mysterious enchanted kingdom they discover on the other side of the moon.
When Johnny and Janey build their Flying Machine out of some old boards and wooden spools, the last thing they expect is for it to actually take off! But that’s just what happens, and before they know it, they’re soaring high above the clouds on their way to the Magical Land of Noom.
Filled with such wonders as mushrooms that taste of ginger cake and flowing springs of lemonade, Noom seems like a paradise to the children. But the lemonade springs belong to the wicked magician Old jingles, who has kidnapped the beautiful Princess of Nite .
Setting out to rescue the princess and return her to her throne, Johnny and Janey are aided by the many friends they find in Noom, including the kind and gentle Soft-Voiced Cow, the spirited Fun Boys, and the exuberant Mr. Tiptoe and his miraculous umbrella. But can this intrepid band defeat the wily Old Jingles and all his tricks?
Johnny Gruelle — who introduced the world to Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy, everyone’s favorite rag dolls — is the creator of this stirring, heartwarming tale. Filled with gentle wisdom and delightful whimsy, it is a wonderful introduction to the boundless imagination and loving spirit of Johnny Gruelle.

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Children’s Books > Classics

12. Dr. Seuss’s Horton Collection Boxed set (Horton Hears a Who and Horton Hatches the Egg)

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Sep 23, 2008
Number of Pages: 136
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Poor Horton. He has to be the most put-upon pachyderm of all time. But no matter what foul fate awaits him, heroic Horton perseveres and, in the end, triumphs. And now the two books that introduced the kindly, brave elephant to the world—Horton Hatches the Egg and Horton Hears a Who!—are available together for the first time in a sturdy slipcase. A perfect gift for any person, no matter how small!

Dr. Seuss is quite simply the most beloved children’s book author in the world.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

13. Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic

by: Ursula Vernon
Release date: Mar 15, 2016
Number of Pages: 240
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Princess Harriet is nobody’s hamster damsel in distress! Book two of this series for Babymouse and Princess in Black fans is filled with even more action and twisted fairy tale fun

Princess Harriet has absolutely no interest in brushing her hair, singing duets with woodland animals, or any other typical princess activities. So when a fairy tells a very bored Harriet about twelve mice princesses who are cursed to dance all night long, she happily accepts the quest and sets off with a poncho of invisibility and her trusty battle quail. But when she arrives at the Mouse Kingdom, she discovers there’s more to the curse than meets the eye, and trying to help is dangerous business . . . even for a tough princess like Harriet.

From the creator of Dragonbreath, comes a laugh-out-loud funny new comic-hybrid series, bursting with girl power and furry fairy tale retellings.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs & Squirrels

14. Winter Holiday

by: Arthur Ransome
Release date: Nov 24, 2015
Number of Pages: 512
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Winter holidays can be just as fun as summer with the Swallows and Amazons!

     ‘You know what it’s like. Dark at teatime and sleeping indoors: nothing ever happens in the winter holidays.’

     Or so Nancy thinks. Then the lake ices over completely and the Swallows and Amazons, along with Dick and Dorothea — ‘the D’s’ — plan a race to find the North Pole. How will they reach it if they can’t sail? By sledges of course! But when a blizzard blows up and there is a mix up about signals, the D’s disappear into the Arctic night. Disaster looms. Can the Swallows and Amazons save their friends?

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Children’s Books > Classics

15. Two Little Savages (Dover Children’s Classics)

by: Ernest Thompson Seton
Release date: Oct 27, 2011
Number of Pages: 320
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This is one of the great classics of nature and boyhood by one of America’s foremost nature experts. It presents a vast range of woodlore in the most palatable of forms, a genuinely delightful story. It will provide many hours of good reading for any child who likes the out-of-doors, and will teach him or her many interesting facts of nature, as well as a number of practical skills. It will be sure to awaken an interest in the outdoor world in any youngster who has not yet discovered the fascination of nature.
The story concerns two farm boys who build a teepee in the woods and persuade the grownups to let them live in it for a month. During that time they learn to prepare their own food, build a fire without matches, use an axe expertly, make a bed out of boughs; they learn how to “smudge” mosquitoes, how to get clear water from a muddy pond, how to build a dam, how to know the stars, how to find their way when they get lost; how to tell the direction of the wind, blaze a trail, distinguish animal tracks, protect themselves from wild animals; how to use Indian signals, make moccasins, bows and arrows, Indian drums and war bonnets; how to know the trees and plants, and how to make dyes from plants and herbs. They learn all about the habits of various birds and animals, how they get their food, who their enemies are and how they protect themselves from them.
Most of this information is not generally available in books, and could be gained otherwise only by years of life and experience in suitable surroundings. Yet Mr. Thompson Seton explains it so vividly and fully, with so many clear, marginal illustrations through the book, that the reader will finish “Two Little Savages” with an enviable knowledge of trees, plants, wild-life, woodlore, Indian crafts and arts, and survival information for the wilds. All of this is presented through a lively narrative that has as its heroes two real boys, typically curious about everything in the world around them, eager to outdo each other in every kind of endeavor. The exciting adventures that befall them during their stay in the woods are just the sort of thing that will keep a young reader enthralled and will stimulate his or her imagination at every turn.

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

16. Freddy Goes Camping (Freddy the Pig)

by: Walter R. BrooksKurt Wiese
Release date: Dec 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 280
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Originally published between 1927 and 1958, the 26 classic books about Freddy the Pig are now going on to delight a sixth generation of children. Freddy the Pig, the “Renaissance Pig” (The New York Times Book Review) of Bean Farm, is back to thrill his fans of all ages in facsimile editions of these all-American children’s classics.

In Freddy Goes Camping, Mr. Camphor’s aunts, Minerva and Elmira, are staying with him, much to his disgust. “There’s two kinds of aunts,” he says. “There’s the regular kind, and then there’s the other kind. Mine are the other kind.” He enlists Freddy’s aid in an attempt to rid his house of the ladies, with the result that Freddy and his chums become entangled with some extremely unfriendly ghosts in an abandoned summer hotel. Freddy camps out, goes canoeing, and tosses flapjacks like a pro when he’s not mixing it up with the eerie Mr. Eha . . .

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

17. A Christmas Carol: The Junior Novel (Disney’s a Christmas Carol)

by: Disney Book GroupDisney Storybook Art Team
Release date: Sep 21, 2009
Number of Pages: 144
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The timeless tale of an old miser who must face Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come, is re-imagined by cinematic visionary Robert Zemeckis. The three Ghosts remind Scrooge of the man he once used to be, the cold truth of who he is today, and what will happen if Scrooge does not strive to be a better man for tomorrow! Set during the holidays, A Christmas Carol is sure to stand out as a classic holiday film for years to come
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Children’s Books > Classics

18. Pigeon Post

by: Arthur Ransome
Release date: Apr 15, 2013
Number of Pages: 448
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A timeless classic, beautifully rejacketed.
     BACKSTORY: Test your knowledge of the book and its characters, and learn more about water dowsing!

     Reunited for the summer, the Swallows and Amazons with Dick and Dorothea launch a prospecting expedition to find the lost gold mine of the high hills above the lake. But the mining camp runs into all sorts of trouble: not only the danger of fire in the drought ridden countryside but also scary encounters with unsafe tunnels. Worst of all is the sinister Squashy Hat, who appears to be a rival prospector and who’s certainly a spy — how can they keep working without him discovering what they’ve found?

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19. The Secret World of Arrietty Picture Book (Studio Ghibli Library)

by: Hiromasa Yonebayashi
Release date: Feb 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 144
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Based on the beloved classic The Borrowers by Mary Norton.  The picture book based on the movie!

Reads L to R (Western style).

Arrietty isn’t your ordinary fourteen-year-old girl – she’s small enough to make her home under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” what she and her family need from the giants in whose shadows they live. A young boy named Sho befriends Arrietty, but when adults discover the Borrowers, Arrittey and Sho must work together to save her family. Based on the classic novel by Mary Norton, Arrietty is a delight for all ages.

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Children’s Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Manga

20. Asterix Omnibus 7: Includes Asterix and the Soothsayer #19, Asterix in Corsica #20, and Asterix and Caesar’s Gift #21

by: Rene GoscinnyAlbert Uderzo
Release date: Jun 17, 2014
Number of Pages: 156
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Asterix stories 19 through 21: together in one fabulous volume! In Asterix and the Soothsayer, the sinister Prolix claims he’s clairvoyant—but Asterix isn’t convinced. Asterix in Corsica has Asterix and Obelix out to foil Praetor Perfidius and oppose Caesar’s army. Legionary Tremensdelirius gets the deed to the Gaulish village in Caesar’s Gift; but Asterix isn’t about to hand over his home!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Europe

21. Gobbolino the Witch’s Cat (Kingfisher Modern Classics)

by: Ursula Moray Williams
Release date: Sep 15, 2001
Number of Pages: 224
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With his bright blue eyes and sparky magical whiskers, no one could mistake Gobbolino for a kitchen cat, but that’s exactly what he longs to be. So, while his sister Sootica learns to turn mice into toads, Gobbolino sets off on a grand adventure to find a nice warm fire and a family to care for him.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

22. Tal, His Marvelous Adventures with Noom-Zor-Noom

by: Paul Fenimore CooperRuth Reeves
Release date: Jul 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 305
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The story of Tal, a little orphan boy, and the adventures that befell him on the amazing journey to the land of Troom. His companions were the wise old man Noom-Zor-Noom and the talking donkey Millitinkle.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

23. Five for Victory (Mitchells)

by: Hilda Van StockumHilda Van Stockum
Release date: Jun 01, 1995
Number of Pages: 236
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The five Mitchell children are based on the author’s own family. In the first of three books about their adventures, Daddy has just gone off to World War II. One of his final words to his daughter Joan is, No dogs! She would dearly love such a pet, but life is full and so many new friends-pets as well as people-join the Mitchells, she hardly has time to think about dogs. The children form a club to do their part for the war-effort-first and foremost helping Mother, of course. Humorous and tender incidents combine with delightful illustrations to make the Mitchells truly unforgettable.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

24. Nate the Great and the Big Sniff

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMitchell SharmatMartha Weston
Release date: Oct 28, 2009
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Nate the Great solves crimes with his dog, Sludge. But this time, Sludge can’t help. Sludge is lost! Nate looks high and low. But every clue leads to a dead end until . . . Nate realizes Sludge can help after all!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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“Another satisfying entry in a consistently entertaining series.”–Booklist 

“These simple chapter books build confidence in children who are just starting to read and who look forward to a new mystery.”–Kirkus Reviews

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

25. Santa’s First Christmas

by: Patty KoznickChanda Cook
Release date: Oct 19, 2016
Number of Pages: 34
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“Santa’s First Christmas” is a beautiful story that draws the blessed birth of Jesus together with the magic and spirit of Santa Claus. This book will be a favorite for your holiday celebration for years to come. The precious children in your life will revel in the joyful tale. This is a Christmas Classic!
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

26. Sniffles (Serendipity Series)

by: Stephen CosgroveRobin James
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Volume #1 of the Serendipity Series

A delightful tale of a young ostrich who exaggerates her adventures to a point of total disbelief. Lessons are learned when a wild adventure comes true and no one believes her.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

27. While Mrs. Coverlet Was Away

by: Mary Nash
Release date: May 02, 2002
Number of Pages: 157
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Book by Nash, Mary
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

28. Nate the Great on the Owl Express

by: Marjorie Weinman SharmatMitchell SharmatMartha Weston
Release date: Dec 28, 2004
Number of Pages: 80
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Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

All aboard the Owl Express! Someone on the train is out to get Olivia’s pet owl, Hoot. But whooo? Nate the Great and his dog, Sludge, hit the rails to help out. Then Hoot disappears! Can Nate solve the mystery?

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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“With plenty of suspects, comical plot twists, and a satisfying resolution. . . . A strong addition to a popular series.”–School Library Journal

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

29. The Scribble Squad in the Weird Wild West

by: Donald “Scribe” Ross
Release date: Sep 06, 2016
Number of Pages: 258
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Best friends Rumpus, Tai, Phil, and Phlox are thrilled for the chance to make their first real mural, but when they fall into the world of their own epic painting, they suddenly have to face down the piranha-pistol-packing Wildhares, cattlefish stampedes, and buzzing battlebees of their own creation. Even if they survive, how will they ever find their way back home? 


Giddyup with the Scribble Squad as they ride into a very weird, very wild Old West!

* With over a hundred full-color illustrations by nationally renowned street artist Donald “Scribe” Ross

  
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Children’s Books > Animals

30. Betsy and Billy (Betsy (Paperback))

by: Carolyn Haywood
Release date: May 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 144
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Carolyn Haywood’s stories about her irrepressible character Betsy have never been out of print, and now, thanks to dynamic new covers, the Betsy books will find their way onto the bookshelves of modern young readers–and into the hearts of a whole new generation.

Second grade holds lots of surprises for Betsy, such as her first loose tooth, a Halloween party like no other, and lots of trouble. She and her friend, Billy, try to do right, but every one of their plans winds up with the two of them right in the center of a hilarious mess.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

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