TELLITALES

Dream, Courage, Will & Heart Themed Picture Books Organized By Virtue, Trait & Topics

All Heart Themed Books Wanted For Sparta

Current Sparta Heart Books Are Shown In Colors

Some Participating Businesses Will Sell Used Copies Of Books Featured

Used Titles Currently In Stock & For Sale In Sparta Are Highlighted By This Color Green


Acceptance


Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes - 1991

Greenwillow Book

A mouse who is teased, finds self-esteem and acceptance thanks to a music teacher.


Clancy the Courageous Cow

by Lachie Hume - 2006

Greenwillow Books

A wrestling match for access to the best grass, helps a cow yearning for acceptance.

Read It At

Flex Nutrition - 61 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3007 &

Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy - 243 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 512-3180


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.

Read It At

Sparta Pet Shoppe & Spa - 270 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-6222


Goin’ Someplace Special

by Patricia C. McKissack, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney - 2001

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

Set during the late 1950's Jim Crow laws where the Nashville Public Library was integrated.


Goose and Duck

by Jean Craighead George, Illus. by Priscilla Lamont- 2008

HarperCollins/Laura Geringer

Eggs hatch and the confused birds follow a boy as their mother.


Gossie & Gertie

by Olivier Dunrea,

Houghton

Two duckling friends stay friends and keep their lives & what they enjoy seperate.


Gregory The Terrible Eater

by Mitchell Sharmat - 1980

Scholastic

A kid that likes veggies, breads and fruits, but its a goat kid who eats differently.

Read It At

Villa Capri - 270 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3454


The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco - 2007

Philomel Books

A girls best friend and also her teacher get cancer, accept they got lemons, and happily survive.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


McDuff Moves In

by Rosemary Wells - 1997

Disney-Hyperion

A doggy seeks shelter & food after escaping from a truck taking him to the pound.

Read It At

Maxwell and Molly's Closet - 218 Spring Street Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 300-0101


Mommy, Mama and Me

by Lesléa Newman.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Tricycle

Explore the family units of same-sex parents and how they love and care for their kids.


My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I am Not)

by Peter Brown. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Little, Brown Books

Teacher has a roaring voice, dark green skin, and claws that hold chalk, but turns human when you get to know her.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2001

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

Racisms hold on society is questioned by biracial friends who are open to meeting new people.


Peas!: It's Not Easy Being Peas-y

by Andrew Cullen, Illustrated by Simon Rickerty - 2009

Puffin

A kid gives peas a chance after learning how nutritious they are and how they got on his plate.


Pepo and Lolo are Friends

by Ana Martin - 2004

Candlewick

A chick starts a friendship outside its comfort zone with a piggy and works through any differences.

Read It At

Sparta Athletic Club - 115 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-9141


Red by Jan De Kinder (written & illustrated). Tr. by Laura Watkinson - 2015

Eerdmans Books

A boy who blushes easily gets bullied, the girl who started it trys to stop the problem she created.

Read It At

Drayer Physical Therapy Institute - 13A, Main St #4, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7400


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

by Kadir Nelson or Nadir Nelson - 2008

Disney-Hyperion or Jump At The Sun

The morals, pride, comradery and acceptance of the Negro Leagues


Wemberly Worried

by Kevin Henkes - 2000

Greenwillow.

A worry wart girl mouse meets another worried mousey who also brought a doll to her 1st day of school.

Read It At

Pyramid Comics & Cards - 24 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-5343


Who Wants a Hug?

by Jeff Mack - 2015

HarperCollins

A skunk plans backfire after he uses smelly fish & rotting garbage to scare away a bear who loves to hug.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


Benevolence


An Ambush of Tigers: A Wild Gathering of Collective Nouns

by Betsy R. Rosenthal.Illus. by Jago - 2015

Lerner/Millbrook

Two shape-shifting tigers end up at a Texas sanctuary and try to learn to get along & be human.


Bear Feels Sick

by Karma Wilson - 2007

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Woodland friends come to the aid of a sick bear, who helps his nurses when they catch his cold.


Feelings

by Aliki - 1981

Good Apple

This book highlights the range of feelings and empathetically of others feelings.


Get Well, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illus. by Jennifer Plecas - 2002

Penguin Young Readers

A kind knight trys to take care of his sick dragon friends.


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ant

by Harvey Kurtzman - 2001

Denis Kitchen Publishing

A beatnik Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.

Read It At

Fat Stevo's Cheesesteaks - 224 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7555


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.

Read It At

Sparta Township Police Department - 65 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6121


Hooray For Hat

by Brian Won - 2014

HMH Books

An elephant is cheered up by a new hat, and he cheers up his friends all day long.


Hurry! Hurry!

by Eve Bunting - 2007

HMH Books

The animal community celebrates a newcomer to the barn when an egg starts to hatch.


Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz - 2012

Clarion/Houghton

A poor son of a slave has healing hands that creates miracles and makes him a legend.


Mice and Beans

by Pam MuñozRyan, Illustrated by Joe Cepeda - 2001

Scholastic

Mousetraps vanish as Grandma gets ready for a family party, mice help Grandma without her knowing.

Read It At

Lake House Cafe - 8 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, NJ 07871 (862) 219-9804 &

Anthony Francos Restaurant & Pizzeria - 8 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6000


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Rows and Piles of Coins

by Tololwa M. Mollel, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 1999

Clarion

A determined Tanzanian boy saves his coins to afford a bicycle to help his mom bring things to and from the market.

Read It At

SB One Bank - 15 Trinity St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 383-2211 &

Lakeland Bank - 7 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 - (973) 729-4400


Oh, No!

by Candace Fleming.Illus. by Eric Rohmann - 2012

Random/Schwartz & Wade.

A hole by a tiger, catches animals tring to help a frog, the selfish tiger winds up alone in the hole in the end.


Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman - 1999

Candlewick Press

A summer vacation garden project provides food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation for the neighborhood.

Read It At

Anthony Francos Restaurant & Pizzeria - 8 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6000


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.

Read It At

Frank's Pizza - 11 Center St, Sparta, New Jersey 07871 (973) 729-3354


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


Zen Shorts

by Jon Muth - 2005

Scholastic Press

A giant panda tells children stories about material goods, good and bad boundaries & holding in frustration.


Charitable


The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak

by Tomek Bogacki - 2009

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historic tale when orphans publish their own weekly newspaper & hold court in Warsaw, Poland.


Fox's Garden

by Princesse Camcam. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Enchanted Lion Books

A boy brings a basket of food to a hungry fox who repays him with flowers.

Read It At

Sushi Ya - 27 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2088


How to Heal a Broken Wing

by Bob Graham, (written & illustrated) - 2008

Candlewick

In a uncaring city, a hurt bird is rescued & nursed by a compassionate boy.

Read It At

Chiropractic Health Clinic of Sparta - 33 Woodport Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 726-4226


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


Martin de Porres: The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt, Illus. by David Diaz - 2012

Clarion/Houghton

A poor son of a slave has healing hands that creates miracles and makes him a legend.


Mr. Tanen's Ties

by Maryann Cocca-Leffler - 2003

Albert Whitman & Company

A school principal wipes out the school budget buying ties, so he sells his ties to help build a playground.

Read It At

Interplay Couture - 41 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-0285


Rumpelstiltskin's Daughter

by Diane Stanley - 1997

Morrow Junior Books/HarperCollins

In this reimagined story of greed, Rumpelstiltskin marries the miller's daughter & it ends helping a good cause.


Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

by Pete Seeger - 2005

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Pete's version has the kids adding veggy's & salt to the classic stones and bones soup.

Read It At

Sparta Classic Diner - 80 Woodport Rd, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2425 &

River Star Diner - 14 NJ-57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 979-0626


Equality


Amazing Grace

by Mary Hoffman - 1991

Dial Books

An optimistic tale proving anyone can do anything they thrive to do and be.


Back of the Bus

by Aaron Reynolds.Illus. by Floyd Cooper - 2010

Philomel

Defiance is shown through a young African American boys eyes as he witnesses the arrest of Rosa Parks.

Read It At

Sparta Township Police Department - 65 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6121


The Caterpillar and the Polliwog

by Jack Kent - 1982

Aladdin

A boasting caterpillar brags about changing into a butterfly, and the polliwog wants in.

Read It At

Mohawk House - 3 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6464


Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

by Deborah Hopkinson - 2003

Aladdin

A girl finds empowerment playing ball, this story will inspire kids to take on the world.

Read It At

SportsCare Physical Therapy - 8 Town Center Dr Ste 1, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3800


I Have a Dream

by Martin Luther King Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson- 2013

Scholastic

The king of racial equality


Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

by Andrea Davis Pinkney - 2013

Little, Brown Books

The words of Martin Luther King & Mahalia Jackson helped civil rights and change, read history.


Nelson Mandela

by Kadir Nelson, (written & illustrated) - 2012

HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books

A bio that shows a young boy's determination to change South Africa.


Nim and the War Effort

by Milly Lee, Illus. by Yangsook Choi - 1997

Farrar Straus & Giroux/Frances Foster

A girl keeps cultural traditions alive in her new home country during this newspaper drive story.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2001

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

Racisms hold on society is questioned by biracial friends who are open to meeting new people.


Rad American Women A-Z

by Katie Schatz and Illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl - 2015

City Lights Publishers

26 feminists who changed the world


Smoky Night

by Eve Bunting - 1994

HMH Books

Outside a boys window he sees a violent world of racial tensions & riots, his cat is missing and his apartment is on fire.


These Hands

by Margaret H. Mason, Illus. by Floyd Cooper - 2011

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/ HMH Books

A boys grandpa with talented hands, could not touch bread dough in the Wonder Bread factory.

Read It At

Dunkin' Donuts - 5 Center St - B, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3399


Two Eggs Please

by Sarah Weeks - 2003

Atheneum Books

Eggs are alike on the inside, but like people and personalities can be different on the outside.

Read It At

Panera Bread - 25 Centre St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2270 &

Eric's Deli & Catering - 151 Woodport Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 726-5050 &

IHOP - 200 Mountain Ave, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 684-2315


Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2000

Simon & Schuster

During the post-Civil War South, an African American girl gets to attend a Quaker school with her five brothers.


Way Up and Over Everything

by Alice McGill - 2007

HMH Books

When slaves mysteriously escape to the north, southerners imagine they had magical powers & flew to freedom.


You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World

by Barbara Kerley - 2005

National Geographic

This book shows that around the world, in all different cultures their is a universal bond between children & parents.

Read It At

Argosy Travel - 19 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2184


Gentleness


Be Gentle with the Dog, Dear!

by Matthew Baek - 2008

Dial

How to properly treat animals is a important life lesson.


The Dog Who Had Kittens

by Polly M. Robertus - 1991

Holiday House

A gentle dog convinces the kittens mom to let him try parenting.

Read It At

Sparta Pet Shoppe & Spa - 270 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-6222


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.

Read It At

Fat Stevo's Cheesesteaks - 224 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7555


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


Hi!

by Ann Herbert Scott, Illus. by Gio Coalson - 1994

Putnam/Philomel

A girl is hurt but no one responds to her hellos


The Little Brute Family

by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban - 1966

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A grumpy family one day starts to smile, and finds that life is nicer when we treat each other with kindness.


*Lulu's Busy Day

by Caroline Uff - 2000

Walker Children

A toddlers busy day includes eatting, playing, swinging and sleeping.

Read It At

Greene's Beans Sparta - 31 Center, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 726-8800


Miranda's Beach Day

by Holly Keller - 2009

Greenwillow Books

Mom & daughter hit the beach and make a sandcastle for a crab besides other beachy activities.

Read It At

Airmark Pools - 20 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2877


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


One Special Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters

by Lola M. Schaefer.Illus. by Jessica Meserve - 2012

Disney/Hyperion.

An imaginative energetic big brother turns gentle when he gets a new sibling.


Only You

by Robin Cruise - 2007

HMH Books

Three diverse sections showing parental love in the morning, daytime, and night.


Sleep Like a Tiger

by Mary Logue.Illus. by Pamela Zagarenski - 2012

HMH Books

Getting a non sleepy girl to bed takes a story about how animals sleep and a bit of reverse psychology.


There's a Nightmare in My Closet

by Mercer Mayer - 1968

Puffin Books

A boy conquers his fears by rooming with a monster that he can relate to, one that scares easy.


Tiger on a Tree

by Anushka Ravishankar, Illus. by Pulak Biswas - 1997

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A sad tiger in India runs into a village & up a tree, it is captured & set free, it runs off with a smile.


Tuck Me In!

by Dean Hacohen.Illus. by Sherry Scharschmidt - 2010

Candlewick Press

A half page flap is used as a blanket to cover the sleepy animals on each page.


Weslandia

by Paul Fleischman - 1999

Candlewick Press

A summer vacation garden project provides food, clothing, shelter, and even recreation for the neighborhood.

Read It At

Anthony Francos Restaurant & Pizzeria - 8 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6000


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.

Read It At

Frank's Pizza - 11 Center St, Sparta, New Jersey 07871 (973) 729-3354


Gratitude


An Awesome Book!

by Dallas Clayton - 2012

HarperCollins

An Awesome Book of Thanks by Dallas Clayton

How to express thanks feel thankful looking at the world around you.


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.

Read It At

Fat Stevo's Cheesesteaks - 224 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7555


The Great Show-and-Tell Disaster

by Mike Reiss - 2001

Price Stern Sloan

A show and tell invention of a device that scrambles words & things into anagrams goes to far.

Read It At

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council - 133 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 383-0027 &

Art Etc - 25 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 619-9455


Luke on the Loose

by Harry Bliss, (written & illustrated) - 2009

Toon Books

A boy loses his dad in Central Park and chases pigeons all over NYC.


Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Clarion Books

An mini alien spaceship hides from an Earth kitty and communicates with ants and a ladybird for help to escape.


One Potato, Two Potato

by Cynthia Defelice - 2006

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A magic pot doubles anything that goes in, potatoes, coins & even lonely people who thrive company.

Read It At

PNC Bank - 19 Mohawk Ave, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2231


The Secret of Saying Thanks

by Douglas Wood - 2005

Simon & Schuster

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for showing gratitude and not taking everything for granted.


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig - 1969

Simon & Schuster

Bad wishes can make you thankful for what you have


Tiptoe Tapirs

by Hanmin Kim. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Sera Lee - 2013

Holiday House

A peaceful coexistence starts when a tapir saves a leopard from a hunter by teaching him to move quietly.


Titanicat

by MartyCrisp - 2008

Sleeping Bear Press

A true story of a cabin boy whose life was saved by the ships lucky cat, the ship was the Titanic.


Waiting

by Kevin Henkes. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

5 friends sit on a window, they are stuffed animals who wait patiently for what each of them has wished for.


Harmony


Anatole

by Eve Titus, Paul Galdone - Illustrator - 1956

Knopf Books

A mysterious mouse secretly taste tests at the Duvall Cheese Factory creating the best cheese in Paris.


Big Hugs, Little Hugs

by Felicia Bond - 2012

Philomel Books

Different types of creatures from all around the world hug.


Blue Sky

by Audrey Wood - 2012

The Blue Sky Press

Kids learn & observe the sky in different cosmic moods.

Read It At

Astrology Boutique - 17 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 570-7725


Carolina Shout!

by Alan Schroeder, Illus. by Bernie Fuchs - 1995

Dial

A girl enjoys life with a 24 hour musical soundtrack.


Girl Wonder: A Baseball Story in Nine Innings

by Deborah Hopkinson - 2003

Aladdin

A girl finds empowerment playing ball, this story will inspire kids to take on the world.

Read It At

SportsCare Physical Therapy - 8 Town Center Dr Ste 1, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3800


*Mitchell Goes Bowling

by Hallie DurandIllus. by Tony Fucile - 2013

Candlewick

A kid who like to knock things down decides to share bowling with his dad.

Read It At

Sparta Lanes - 43 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6135


My Garden

by Kevin Henkes - 2010

Greenwillow Books

A book on the imaginative gardening of jellybeans on candy plants, seashell plants & beach ball sized tomatoes.

Read It At

Stop & Shop - 5 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-9746


My Little Island

by Frané Lessac - 1084

HarperCollins

A boy returns to his old island & brings his friend to show around his past life on Montserrat island.


No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.

Read It At

Cloveberry - 21 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 512-3074 &

Bon Appetit Café - 207 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (862) 354-7686


Simon's Book

by Henrik Drescher - 1983

MacAdam/Cage Publishing

Art supplies take over a story of a boy that is threatened by a monster who is redrawn to be friendly.

Read It At

Photographs Cameras & Video - 43 Theater Sparta Center, Sparta NJ 07871 (973) 729 5929


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Time of Wonder

by Robert McCloskey - 1957

Puffin Books

Sisters discover island life at the beach in Penobscott Bay, Maine one summer with their parents.


What Happens on Wednesdays

by Emily Jenkins - 2007

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A girl creates her own sensory map of her Brooklyn neighborhood using local sounds, tastes, smells, and sights.

Read It At

Lavanta Coffee Roasters - 43 Theatre Center Sparta, New Jersey (973) 729-5099


Xander's Panda Party

by Linda Sue Park, Illus. by Matt Phelan - 2013

Clarion Books

A zoo animal party starts off with just bears, then mammals, then all creatures are invited to attend.

Read It At

Lake Mohawk Country Club - 4 West Shore Trail, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6660


Yum! Yuck! A Foldout Book of People Sounds

by Linda Sue Park and Julia Durango.Illus. by Sue Ramá - 2005

Charlesbridge

How sounds are expressed in different languages with fold out flaps with English words.


Zen Shorts

by Jon Muth - 2005

Scholastic Press

A giant panda tells children stories about material goods, good and bad boundaries & holding in frustration.


Heart


Freedom Summer

by Deborah Wiles - 2001

Aladdin

Changing the hearts of other people


Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village

by Fang Suzhen.Illus. by Sonja Danowski - 2015

NorthSouth

After Grandma dies a girl can still visit thru her heart, especially when it rains.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.

Read It At

Fat Stevo's Cheesesteaks - 224 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7555


How to Heal a Broken Wing

by Bob Graham, (written & illustrated) - 2008

Candlewick

In a uncaring city, a hurt bird is rescued & nursed by a compassionate boy.

Read It At

Chiropractic Health Clinic of Sparta - 33 Woodport Rd, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 726-4226


Imogene’s Last Stand

by Candace Fleming and Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter - 2014

Dragonfly Books

A towns history becomes important


Love You Forever

by Robert Munsch and Illustrated by Sheila McGraw - 2014

Firefly Books

Parental love brings a boy through childhood to grow his manhood.


Magritte’s Marvelous Hat

by D. B. (Donald B.) Johnson. (written & illustrated) - 2012

Houghton/HMH Books

The floating hat of the Belgian surrealist painter Rene Magritt.


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy

by Beatrice Alemagna. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Claudia Zoe Bedrick - 2015

Enchanted Lion Books

A girls imagination and determination goes wild looking for a fluffy little squishy present for moms birthday.


Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories

by Dr Suess

Random House

Rights of the poor and lower classes


Thoughtfulness


Bully

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, (written & Illustrated) - 2013

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bully bull shows thoughtfulness after apologizing to animals he insulted.


Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

by Mara Rockliff.Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch - 2015

HMH Books

A baker finds patriotism through his feeding of George Washington's troops.

Read It At

Between The Bread - 188 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 940-0219 &

Pattycakes - 20 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 670-9124


Gracias/Thanks

by Pat Mora.Illus. by John Parra - 2005

Lee & Low

A bilingual story of a boy who says thanks to things that make him happy.


The Grasshopper and the Ants

by Jerry Pinkney. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A musical Grasshopper learns his lesson from an ant colony who invites him inside for the winter.

Read It At

Fat Stevo's Cheesesteaks - 224 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-7555


Henry and Mudge and the Great Grandpas

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Suçie Stevenson - 2005

Simon Spotlight

While visiting the grandparents the duo discovers a clear pond and enjoy the waters with their elders.


"I Can't," Said the Ant

by Polly Cameron - 1948

Scholastic Books

When a teapot breaks its spout a colony of ants helps fix the predicament.


The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco - 2007

Philomel Books

A girls best friend and also her teacher get cancer, accept they got lemons, and happily survive.


The Little Brute Family

by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban - 1966

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A grumpy family one day starts to smile, and finds that life is nicer when we treat each other with kindness.


Mr. Putter and Tabby Pick the Pears

by Cynthia Rylant, Illus. by Arthur Howard - 1948

HMH Books

An apple slingshot is used by an old man whose trying to shoot down pears, in the end he gets a nice apple pie.


Mr. Wuffles!

by David Wiesner, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Clarion Books

An mini alien spaceship hides from an Earth kitty and communicates with ants and a ladybird for help to escape.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


The Wall

by Eve Bunting - 1990

HMH Book

A father & son see sadness as they search the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for grandpa's name.


Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

by Mem Fox - 1995

Kane/Miller

This book connects kids to elderly people and nursing homes as a boy helps a woman with memory loss.


Xander's Panda Party

by Linda Sue Park, Illus. by Matt Phelan - 2013

Clarion Books

A zoo animal party starts off with just bears, then mammals, then all creatures are invited to attend.

Read It At

Lake Mohawk Country Club - 4 West Shore Trail, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6660


TRAITS

Apologizing


Bully

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, (written & Illustrated) - 2013

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bully bull shows thoughtfulness after apologizing to animals he insulted.


Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore!

by David M McPhail - 1993

Puffin Books

Crazy pigs wreck a mans house, apologize, and clean up before bedtime.

Read It At

A&G Pizza - 220 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 579-1480 & Jersey Dog - 77 Water St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 756-7007


Rubia and the Three Osos

by Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Melissa Sweet - 2010

Disney-Hyperion

A bilingual version of the Goldilocks fairy tale with a making up for your mistakes moral.


Appreciation


A Chair for My Mother

by Vera B. Williams - 1982

HarperCollins

Mamas new chair can finally be afforded.

Read It At

Charm - 270 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3454


The Bicycle Man

by Allen Say - 1982

HMH Books

A post WW2 school sports festival in Japan is suprised by two American soldiers on bikes.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

by Erica Silverman, Illus. by Betsy Lewin - 2005

Harcourt/HMH Books

A farm life story about a girl and the caring relationship she has for her horse.


FArTHER

by Grahame Baker-Smith - 2011

Templar Books

The dream to fly gets passes on to the son when his dad doesn't return from battle.


Gabriella's Song

by Candace Fleming, Illus. by Giselle Potter - 1997

Atheneum Books

A girl finds music in everything that surrounds her.


The Garden of Happiness

by Erika Tamar - 1996

HMH Books

A vacant lot is transformed into a garden & mural igniting community togetherness.

Read It At

Nutrition Store - 270 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3484


Gator

by Randy Cecil - 2007

Candlewick

A carousel alligator leaves the amusement park when customers stop coming.


Green as a Bean

by Karla Kuskin - 2007

Laura Geringer Book

Readers use their imaginations to decide what objects they would like to be.

Read It At

Pandan Room - 100 E Moore St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 850-5999


Green Is a Chile Pepper

by Roseanne Greenfield Thong.Illus. by John Parra - 2014

Chronicle

A girls diverse Latino neighborhood is highlighted in this bilingual tale of culture.

Read It At

Sparta Grill - 8 Woodport Rd, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-2737


Have You Filled a Bucket Today

by Carol McCloud- 2006

Ferne Press

Appreciation, love & kindness is encouraged & rewarded


I Like It When...

by Mary Murphy 1997

HMH Books

The loving relationship between an old and young penguin who do things together.


If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Birds help grow a garden after animal farmers finally become generous & share their food.


Leo Loves Baby Time

by Anna McQuinn - 2014

Charlesbridge

A kids adventure with mom in his regular trip to the storytime at the Library.


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

by Greg Mortenson - 2009

Dial

A mountain climber is saved by a Himalayan village, whom he repays with a school.


Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.Illus. by Chris Raschka - 2012

HMH Book

A collection of fond verbal endearments for kids categorized in many different languages.


Lola at the Library

by Anna McQuinn - 2006

Charlesbridge

A girls weekly learning trip to the library with her mom.


Mouse & Lion

by Rand Burkert, Illus. by Nancy Ekholm Burkert - 2011

Scholastic/Michael di Capua Books

Aesops fable where a mouse helps a lion after convincing the lion not to eat him.


My Car

by Byron Barton - 2001

Greenwillow

Taking care of your possessions and responsibility are taught by a busdriver who loves his own car.

Read It At

Napa Auto Parts - 101 Water Street, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 383-5005


My Little Island

by Frané Lessac - 1084

HarperCollins

A boy returns to his old island & brings his friend to show around his past life on Montserrat island.


Nikolai, the Only Bear

by Barbara Joosse - 2005

Philomel

This adoption fable shows that an out of place or misunderstood kid can feel like an unwanted bear.


The Old House

by Pamela Duncan Edwards - 2007

Dutton Books

A young family turns an old empty droopy house with low self-esteem into a happy historic home.


One Potato, Two Potato

by Cynthia Defelice - 2006

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A magic pot doubles anything that goes in, potatoes, coins & even lonely people who thrive company.

Read It At

PNC Bank - 19 Mohawk Ave, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2231


Oscar's Half Birthday

by Bob Graham - 2005

Candlewick

Urban hipster parents celebrate their sons 6 month birthday by organizing a picnic on a hill.

Read It At

Subway Restaurants - 12 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 512-3352


Pete & Pickles

by Berkeley Breathed - 2008

Philomel Book

An offbeat friendship starts between an elephant and a pig whose differences become appreciated.


Pictures from Our Vacation

by Lynne Rae Perkins - 2007

Greenwillow

Siblings are given cameras to highlight a vacation at their grandparents' farm.

Read It At

Rose City Framemakers - 19 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 660-0922


The Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood.Illus. by Renata Liwska -2010

Houghton Mifflin

Over 2 dozen variations of quiet that children are familiar with in their daily lifes.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.

Read It At

Redshaw's Flower Shop - 2 Conestoga Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-5300


Some Friends to Feed: The Story of Stone Soup

by Pete Seeger - 2005

G.P. Putnam's Sons

Pete's version has the kids adding veggy's & salt to the classic stones and bones soup.

Read It At

Sparta Classic Diner - 80 Woodport Rd, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2425 &

River Star Diner - 14 NJ-57, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 979-0626


Spoon

by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - 2009

Disney-Hyperion

Celebration of what we have


The Story of Babar

by Jean De Brushoff- 1931

Random House

Wise elephant uncovers the good things in life


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

by William Steig - 1969

Simon & Schuster

Bad wishes can make you thankful for what you have


This Moose Belongs to Me

by Oliver Jeffers. (written & illustrated) - 2012

Philomel Books/Penguin.

Ownership of a pet Moose (who doesn't like rules) is in question after a walk in the woods.


The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Lou Fancher - 1922

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

A wooden horse tells a stuffed rabbit that love can make you real, the rabbit gets well worn with a boys love.


Where Once There Was a Wood

by Denise Fleming - 1996

Square FishHenry Holt

A poetry based portrait of our disappearing natural environment & how animal habitats and ecosystems adapt.

Read It At

Centre Dry Cleaners & Tailors - 3 Center St, Sparta, New Jersey 07871 (973) 729-7787


White Snow, Bright Snow

by Alvin Tresselt - 1947

HarperCollins

This nostalgic look at a 1940's town experiencing & preparing for a large snow storm shows the magic of snow.


The Wolf's Chicken Stew

by Keiko Kasza - 1987

Puffin Books

A wolf becomes a protector instead of a hunter, after plans to fatten up a chicken backfires.

Read It At

Frank's Pizza - 11 Center St, Sparta, New Jersey 07871 (973) 729-3354


The World Is Waiting for You

by Barbara Kerley - 2013

National Geographic Children's Books

Pictures of science and nature make kids eager to explore the world and figure what they want to grow up to be.


You Are Important

by Todd Snow- 2007

Maren Green Pub

The reinforcement of love and making your children know how important they are, everyday in many ways.


Yucky Worms

by Vivian French. Illus. by Jessica Ahlberg - 2010

Candlewick Press

Outside her garden, Grandama explains how worms slither through the dirt with five pairs of hearts.

Read It At

Front Porch Organics - 29 W Shore Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-5005


Caring


Angelo

by David Macaulay - 2002

HMH Books

A pigeon is rescued and nursed back to health.


Bear Feels Sick

by Karma Wilson - 2007

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Woodland friends come to the aid of a sick bear, who helps his nurses when they catch his cold.


The Birdman

by Veronika Charles - 2006

Tundra Book

An Indian tailor nurses birds back to health.


Boy + Bot

by Amy Dyckman - 2012

Knopf Books for Young Readers

A friendship between a boy and robot get complicated when the fragile bot is switched off.

Read It At

Verizon The Wireless Center Sparta - 8 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2111


The Champion of Children: The Story of Janusz Korczak

by Tomek Bogacki - 2009

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Historic tale when orphans publish their own weekly newspaper & hold court in Warsaw, Poland.


Clifford, the Big Red Dog

by Norman Bridwell - 1963

Cartwheel

Emily Elizabeth discovers the ups (mostly) and downs of caring for her big red dog.


Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Spring Babies

by Erica Silverman, Illus. by Betsy Lewin - 2005

Harcourt/HMH Books

A farm life story about a girl and the caring relationship she has for her horse.


Doña Flor: A Tall Tale about a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart

by Pat Mora, Illus. by Raúl Colón - 2005

Knopf Book / Random

A big hearted lady giant protects a village of people she loves.


Eeeek, Mouse!

by Lydia Monks - 2009

Egmont

Different perspectives (even from the cat) show the freeing of a mouse family from a trap.


Gingerbread for Liberty: How a German Baker Helped Win the American Revolution

by Mara Rockliff.Illus. by Vincent X. Kirsch - 2015

HMH Books

A baker finds patriotism through his feeding of George Washington's troops.

Read It At

Between The Bread - 188 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 940-0219 &

Pattycakes - 20 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 670-9124


Good Night, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2000

Penguin Young Readers

A wizards scaly, snail-y soup helps a knight who nurses his sick little dragon friends.

Read It At

Casa Mia - 20 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6606


Guji Guji

by Chih-Yuan Chen -1999)

Kane/Miller

A confused crocodile protects his duck family against his real kind.

Read It At

Sparta Township Police Department - 65 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6121


Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie

by Julie Sternberg, Illus. by Matthew Cordell - 2011

Amulet

Good times with her old babysitter haunt a growing girl, but at least the memories will never leave her.


Little Treasures: Endearments from Around the World

by Jacqueline K. Ogburn.Illus. by Chris Raschka - 2012

HMH Book

A collection of fond verbal endearments for kids categorized in many different languages.


Love Waves

by Rosemary Wells - 2011

Candlewick Press

A solution to separation anxiety, parents can sent love waves to their kids.


Mommy, Mama and Me

by Lesléa Newman.Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Tricycle

Explore the family units of same-sex parents and how they love and care for their kids.


More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories

by Vera B. Williams - 1990

Greenwillow Books

Three caretakers highlight their favorite thing about their babies in these 3 love stories.


Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch - 2007

Kids Can Press

Intimidating cat police check a kind hearted cat librarian who secretly harbors mice in her home.


My Abuelita

by Tony Johnston.Illus. by Yuyi Morales - 2009

Harcourt/HMH Books

A joyous Spanish grandmother storytells to her grandson after doing her morning routine & work.


My Brother, Ant

by Betsy Byars, Illus. by Marc Simont - 1996

Viking/Penguin Young Readers

Tales of brothers dealing w monsters, 3 pigs & Santa in the summer


My Car

by Byron Barton - 2001

Greenwillow

Taking care of your possessions and responsibility are taught by a busdriver who loves his own car.

Read It At

Napa Auto Parts - 101 Water Street, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 383-5005


My Father’s Arms Are a Boat

by Stein Erik Lunde, Illus. by Øyvind Torseter. Trans. by Kari Dickson - 2008

Enchanted Lion Books

A fox guides a dead mother to her afterlife, as a sleepless boy and his reassuring dad grieves.


No Matter What

by Emma Dodd - 2007

Dutton

Elephants show unconditional love no matter what their kids do or say that might be wrong.


Prudence Wants a Pet

by Cathleen Daly, Illus. by Stephen Michael King - 2011

Roaring Brook Press

A determined girl wants a pet so she uses her imagination to create some until her parents give in.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.

Read It At

Redshaw's Flower Shop - 2 Conestoga Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-5300


Snuggle Puppy

by Sandra Boyton - 2003

Workman

A rhythmic chant of a mom singing about how special & how much she loves her little Snuggle Puppy.


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Thunder-Boomer!

by Shutta Crum. Illus. by Carol Thompson - 2009

Clarion Books

A hot summer day brings a thunderstorm to a farm, farmers rescue an upset chicken & find a soaked kitty.


The Velveteen Rabbit: Or, How Toys Become Real

by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Lou Fancher - 1922

Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books

A wooden horse tells a stuffed rabbit that love can make you real, the rabbit gets well worn with a boys love.


The Wall

by Eve Bunting - 1990

HMH Book

A father & son see sadness as they search the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. for grandpa's name.


Forgiveness


Big Red Lollipop

by Rukhsana Khan.Illus. by Sophie Blackall - 2010

Viking

A tag along little sister runins a birthday party but is forgiven.


Gershon’s Monster: A Story for the Jewish New Year

by Eric A. Kimmel - 2000

Scholastic Press

A man repents when his sins threatens his twins.


The I Love You Book

by Todd Parr - 2009

Little, Brown Books

Explaining unconditional love help kids & parents bounce back after confrontations.


Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes - 1996

HarperCollins

Mouse girl learns responsibility after teacher punishes her for not listening


Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader

by Dana Meachen Rau, Illus. by Wook Jin Jung - 2013

Random

A girl creates a robot to do her chores, it runs away under protest but they become friends in the end.


Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

by Diane Degroat - 1996

HarperCollins

A boy doing class Valentine's cards makes two mean ones, gets caught & redoes them nicely.


Rubia and the Three Osos

by Susan Middleton Elya. Illus. by Melissa Sweet - 2010

Disney-Hyperion

A bilingual version of the Goldilocks fairy tale with a making up for your mistakes moral.


When You Are Happy

by Eileen Spinelli - 2006

Simon & Schuster

Family love overrides the ups and downs of moods, feelings and circumstances.


Respect


Chrysanthemum

by Kevin Henkes - 1991

Greenwillow Book

A mouse who is teased, finds self-esteem and acceptance thanks to a music teacher.


Last Stop on Market Street

by Matt de la Peña.Illus. by Christian Robinson - 2015

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

A boys grandma helps him see the beauty of living on the wrong side of the tracks.


Miss Marbles's Marvelous Makeover

by Sheila Walsh - 2001

Thomas Nelson Inc

A Great White Tiger helps a vain ostrich & her friends free the animals from the Gnoo Zoo Carousel.

Read It At

Salon Serendipity - 1 Center St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-1187


Sharing


The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll

by Patricia C. McKissack, Illus. by Jerry Pinkney - 2007

Schwartz & Wade

A sharing story set during the Great Depression about three girls and a Baby Betty doll.


Always Room for One More

by Sorche Nic Leodhas - 1965

Henry Holt

An old Scottish song is turned into this story about a family in a small house sharing everything they got.

Read It At

Krogh's - 23 White Deer Plaza, Sparta, NJ (973) 729-8428


Big Wolf and Little Wolf

by Nadine Brun-Cosme.Illus. by Olivier Tallec; Trans. by Claudia Bedrick -2009

Enchanted Lion

Lonelyness is overcome by finding companionship and learning to share.


Early Bird

by Toni Yuly. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan.

A folktale about a bird who gets up early to have breakfast with the early worm.


Finders Keepers

by William & Nicolas Mordvinoff Lipkind - 2002

Bantam

After fighting over a bone, two dogs decide to share it.


Guess Who, Baby Duck!

by Amy Hest - 2004

Candlewick Press

A wee ducks grandpa shares stories about the babys birth to cheer up the sick duckling.


Hey Rabbit

by Sergio Ruzzier - 2010

Roaring Brook Press

Rabbit's magical suitcase gives & shares presents with his friends that fulfill each of their wishes.


Hot Day On Abbott Avenue

by Karen English, Illus. by Javaka Steptoe - 2004

Clarion

Fighting friends forgive each other after problem solving and go back to sharing fun.


If You Plant a Seed

by Kadir Nelson. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray.

Birds help grow a garden after animal farmers finally become generous & share their food.


No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.

Read It At

Cloveberry - 21 Main St, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 512-3074 &

Bon Appetit Café - 207 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (862) 354-7686


Pepo and Lolo are Friends

by Ana Martin - 2004

Candlewick

A chick starts a friendship outside its comfort zone with a piggy and works through any differences.

Read It At

Sparta Athletic Club - 115 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-9141


The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

by Mo Willems - 2004

Hyperion Books

A pigeon is ready to eat a found hot dog, when a duckling with too many questions ruins the moment.


Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick

by Kevin Henkes - 2001

Greenwillow/HarperCollins

A sharing tale about a girl who doesn't want to give her sister some of her candy, until it falls & breaks.


Should I Share My Ice Cream?

by Mo Willems, (written & illustrated) - 2011

Hyperion Books for Children.

Friendship shows over the thought of sharing some ice cream, but too much thinking makes the ice cream melt.


Sidewalk Flowers

by JonArno Lawson.Illus. by Sydney Smith - 2015

Groundwood Books

A girls little acts of kindness giving out flowers, smiling & waving keeps this wordless story active.

Read It At

Redshaw's Flower Shop - 2 Conestoga Trail, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-5300


There's a Nightmare in My Closet

by Mercer Mayer - 1968

Puffin Books

A boy conquers his fears by rooming with a monster that he can relate to, one that scares easy.


To Market, To Market

by Anne Miranda, Illus. by Janet Stevens - 1997

Harcourt Brace /HMH Books

A lady who sees animals as friends instead of food rescues them from a market and makes them veggy soup.

Read It At

Sussex County Food Coop - 30 Moran St # 1, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 579-1882


What I Be

by Michael Franti - 2007

Stay Human Books

Helping others through laughter, joy, sharing & being who you are


THEMES

Friendship


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

by Marla Frazee, (written & Illustrated) - 2008

Harcourt

A summer vacation provides shared imagination between friends.

(Read A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Absolutely Not

by Matthew McElligott - 2004

Walker Childrens

Two bugs on a journey, one is adventurous and brave the other friend is scared & imaginative.

(Read Absolutely Not & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton)


And Then It’s Spring

by Julie Fogliano.Illus. by Erin E. Stead -2012

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A boy and some friendly animals plant seeds and anticipate the sprouting greens for weeks.

(Read And Then It’s Spring & other Will picture books in Denville)


The Art Of @BarbieStyle

by Robert Best, Zlatan Zukanovic & Kim Culmone - 2017

Assouline

Barbie doll shows off her friends as you travel through her pop cultured life.

(Read The Art Of @BarbieStyle & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret

by Bob Shea. (written & Illustrated) - 2015

Disney/Hyperion

A secret between friends about different interests bond them closer.

(Read Ballet Cat & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Bear Feels Sick

by Karma Wilson - 2007

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Woodland friends come to the aid of a sick bear, who helps his nurses when they catch his cold.


Bear Has a Story to Tell

by Philip C. Stead.Illus. by Erin E. Stead -2012

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

The bear finds patience with his friends who are preparing for winter, all he wants to do is tell his story.

(Read Bear Has a Story to Tell & other Will picture books in Denville)


Biscuit Finds a Friend

by Alyssa Capucilli - 1997

HarperCollins

This repetitive story features a puppy who reunites some ducks with missing parents.

Read It At

PetSmart - 5 Hampton House Rd, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 862-5311


Boy + Bot

by Amy Dyckman - 2012

Knopf Books for Young Readers

A friendship between a boy and robot get complicated when the fragile bot is switched off.

Read It At

Verizon The Wireless Center Sparta - 8 Town Center Dr, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-2111


City Dog, Country Frog

by Mo Willems.Illus. by Jon J. Muth - 2010

Disney-Hyperion

A seasonal friendship changes, showing loss and the importance of making new friends.

(Read City Dog, Country Frog & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Clara and Asha

by Eric Rohmann - 2005

Roaring Brook.

This bedtime book has a giant fish as a girls imaginary friend until the Alligator wakes her up.

(Read Clara and Asha & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Clip-Clop!

by Nicola Smee - 2006

Boxer Book

A horse takes his barnyard friends for a faster and faster ride into a haystack.


Clumsy Crab

by Ruth Galloway - 2005

Little Tiger Press

A crab embraces his strengths after saving the life of his Octopus friend.

(Read Clumsy Crab & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Cork and Fuzz

by Dori Chaconas - 2005

Viking Book

A muskrat & possums competetion must deal with the compromises & toleration of friendships.

(Read Cork and Fuzz & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Cork & Fuzz: Short and Tall

by Dori Chaconas, Illus. by Lisa McCue - 2006

Viking

Rules shake up a muskrat & a possum, but they don't let change hurt their friendship.

(Read Cork & Fuzz: Short and Tall & other Will picture books in Denville) - Read It At

La Famiglia - 240 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 300-0097


Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories

by Laura Vaccaro Seeger - 2007

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

3 Bear and Dog tales about friendship teaches patience & trust.

(Read Dog and Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories & other Will picture books in Denville)


Don't Fidget a Feather!

by Erica Silverman, Illus. by S. D. Schindler - 1994

Macmillan or Simon & Schuster

A freeze in place competition between friends almost makes them a foxes dinner.

(Read Don't Fidget a Feather! & other Courage picture books in Newton & with other Will books in Denville)

Read It At

Game Stop - 15 Hampton House Rd, Fredon Township, NJ 07860 - (973) 383-9492


The Doorbell Rang

by Pat Hutchins - 1901

Greenwillow Books

Cookies help make friends, learn sharing & learn basic math skills.

Read It At

Harper's Bagel & Bake Shop - 265 Main St, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 852-8585


Draw!

by Raúl Colón. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman.

A boy makes friends on a journey powered by his imagination and his sketch books.

Read It At

Scrub-A-Dub Doggie - 229 Main St Ste 1 Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840 (908) 813-9990


Get Well, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illus. by Jennifer Plecas - 2002

Penguin Young Readers

A kind knight trys to take care of his sick dragon friends.


Good Night, Good Knight

by Shelley Moore Thomas, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2000

Penguin Young Readers

A wizards scaly, snail-y soup helps a knight who nurses his sick little dragon friends.

Read It At

Casa Mia - 20 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6606


Gossie & Gertie

by Olivier Dunrea,

Houghton

Two duckling friends stay friends and keep their lives & what they enjoy seperate.


Hooray For Hat

by Brian Won - 2014

HMH Books

An elephant is cheered up by a new hat, and he cheers up his friends all day long.


Hot Day On Abbott Avenue

by Karen English, Illus. by Javaka Steptoe - 2004

Clarion

Fighting friends forgive each other after problem solving and go back to sharing fun.


Hunter's Best Friend at School

by Laura Elliott - 2002

Katherine Tegen Books

Racoon friends follow each other lead until one starts acting up in school.

(Read Hunter's Best Friend at School & other Courage picture books in Newton)


I Miss You Every Day

by Simms Taback - 2007

Viking Books

A girl misses someone so she mails herself to them.

Read It At

Sparta Post Office - 2 Main St #1, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (800) 275-8777 &

The UPS Store - 270 S Sparta Ave #104, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-9800


I Spy Fly Guy

by Tedd Arnold, (written & illustrated) - 2009

Scholastic

The garbageman ruins a hide and seek game, now off to the dump to rescue his lost friend.

(Read I Spy Fly Guy & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Ira Sleeps Over

by Bernard Waber - 1948

HMH Books

A teddy bear is not included in a sleepover, but when his friend reveals his bear, the other bear becomes invited.

(Read Ira Sleeps Over & other Courage picture books in Newton)


The Lemonade Club

by Patricia Polacco - 2007

Philomel Books

A girls best friend and also her teacher get cancer, accept they got lemons, and happily survive.


Leo: A Ghost Story

by Mac Barnett.Illus. by Christian Robinson - 2015

Chronicle

A girl makes friends with a nice ghost, thinking that he is an imaginary friend.

(Read Leo: A Ghost Story & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

by Philemon Sturges - 1999

Puffin Books

A hen's friends who don't help her prepare, saves her pizza in the end.

(Read The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza & other Will picture books in Denville)


The Littlest Dinosaur

by Michael Foreman - 2008

Walker

A big long necked dino helps & befriends a small dino who is teased for his size.

(Read The Littlest Dinosaur & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Maisy's Pool

by Lucy Cousins - 1999

Candlewick Press

A mouse and her animal friends set up a pool to cool down in the summer.

(Read Maisy's Pool & other Courage picture books in Newton & with other Will books in Denville)


Marven of the Great North Woods

by Kathryn Lasky, Illus. by Kevin Hawkes - 1997

Voyager BooksHarcourt Brace

Fear of influenza sends a Jewish boy to a logging camp in 1918, where he befriends a lumberjack.

(Read Marven of the Great North Woods & other Courage picture books in Newton)


May I Bring a Friend?

by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers - 1964

Aladdin

Each time a boy is invited to the castle to meet with royalty, he always brings a different zoo animal.

Read It At

Great Clips - 9 Hampton House Rd #12, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 300-0441


Minnie and Moo go to the Moon

by Denys Cazet - 1998

DK

Cow friends take a drive to the moon on a tractor but crash into a pigsty.

(Read Minnie and Moo go to the Moon & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Mouse and Mole: A Winter Wonderland

by Wong Herbert Yee, (written & illustrated) - 2010

Houghton

Mole is too cold to go out to play, so his mouse friend builds a snow mole as a substitute.


My Friends

by Tarō Gomi - 1989

Chronicle Books

Different friends teach a girl how to do things, she learns that you can learn new things from all people.

(Read My Friends & other Will picture books in Denville)


My Little Island

by Frané Lessac - 1084

HarperCollins

A boy returns to his old island & brings his friend to show around his past life on Montserrat island.


The Origami Master

by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer - 2008

Albert Whitman & Company

A talented bird is captured and forced to create origami, but an orgami key frees his imprisonment and saves a friendship.


The Other Side

by Jacqueline Woodson, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis - 2001

G.P. Putnam's Sons Books

Racisms hold on society is questioned by biracial friends who are open to meeting new people.


Otto Goes to the Beach

by Todd Parr - 2003

Little, Brown Young Readers

A dog goes to the beach to try to meet a new friend.

(Read Otto Goes to the Beach & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton & with other Will books in Denville)


Pepo and Lolo are Friends

by Ana Martin - 2004

Candlewick

A chick starts a friendship outside its comfort zone with a piggy and works through any differences.

Read It At

Sparta Athletic Club - 115 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-9141


Perfect the Pig

by Susan Jeschke - 1970

Square Fish

A pig wins its wings and befriends an artist who rescues him from an evil man who forces the pig to perform

(Read Perfect the Pig & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton & with other Will books in Denville)


Pinky and Rex and the School Play

by James Howe - 1998

Simon Spotlight

Friends disagree but stay buddies even when one doesn't get the part they want in the school play.

(Read Pinky and Rex and the School Play & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


Red Knit Cap Girl

by Naoko Stoop - 2012

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Red Knit Cap Girl and animal friends journey to meet the Moon

(Read Red Knit Cap Girl & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Will books in Denville)


Red Wagon

by Renata Liwska - 2011

Philomel Books

A fox with a wagon uses her friends and her imagination to make a trip to the store into an adventure.

(Read Red Wagon & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


The Robot and the Bluebird

by David Lucas - 2007

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A robot in a rubbish heap bonds and gives shelter to a bluebird he befriends.

(Read The Robot and the Bluebird & other Courage picture books in Newton)


Robot, Go Bot!: A Comic Reader

by Dana Meachen Rau, Illus. by Wook Jin Jung - 2013

Random House

A girl creates a robot to do her chores, it runs away under protest but they become friends in the end.


Roger Is Reading a Book

by Koen Van Biesen. (written & illustrated). Tr. by Laura Watkinson - 2012

Eerdmans Book

Sharing books creates friendships, and quiets noisy neighbors.

(Read Roger Is Reading a Book & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton & with other Will books in Denville)


Stinky

by Eleanor Davis, (written & illustrated) - 2008

RAW Junior/TOON Books.

A smelly swamp monster who loves pickles becomes friends with what fears him most, a human boy.

(Read Stinky & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton)

Read It At

4 Chicks Cafe - 214 Spring St, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 940-8822


The Story About Ping

by Marjorie Flack - 1933

Grosset & Dunlap

Missing a boat by exploring, starts the search for his family & new friends

(Read The Story About Ping & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton)


Swimmy

by Leo Lionni - 1963

Dragonfly Books

A little fish shows friends that brains and team work helps survive danger


Ted

by Tony DiTerlizzi - 2001

Simon & Schuster

The son of a distracted father gets into wild times with a pink imaginary friend who loves raspberries.

(Read Ted & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown & with other Courage books in Newton)


Ten Apples Up on Top!

by Theo LeSieg (a pseudonym for Dr. Seuss) - 2003

HarperCollins

A competition between 3 animal rollerskating friends about who can balance the most apples on their heads.

(Read Ten Apples Up on Top! & other Will picture books in Denville)


The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig

by Eugene Trivizas- 1993

Margaret K. McElderry Books

Wolfs search for friends & beauty

(The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


To Market, To Market

by Anne Miranda, Illus. by Janet Stevens - 1997

Harcourt Brace /HMH Books

A lady who sees animals as friends instead of food rescues them from a market and makes them veggy soup.

Read It At

Sussex County Food Coop - 30 Moran St # 1, Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 579-1882


Waiting

by Kevin Henkes. (written & illustrated) - 2015

HarperCollins/Greenwillow.

5 friends sit on a window, they are stuffed animals who wait patiently for what each of them has wished for.


Yes!

by Jez Alborough - 2006

Candlewick Press

A mom is trying to get her gorilla baby whose playing with friends to get ready for bed.

(Read Yes! & other Dream picture books in Hackettstown)


New Family


The Baby Tree

by Sophie Blackall. (written & Illustrated) - 2014

Penguin/Nancy Paulsen

Start the conversation about where babies come from by using this book.


Boundless Grace

by Mary Hoffman - 1995

Penguin/RandomHouse

A girl faces reality after meeting her dads new wife & kids

Read It At

M. Hillards - 270 S Sparta Ave #107, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-4133


Clementine and the Family Meeting

by Sara Pennypacker, Illus. by Marla Frazee - 2011

Disney/Hyperion

Mental anquish about a second sibling, make-up and a tool belt alters Clementine's behavior.


Elizabeti's Doll

by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, Illustrated by Christy Hale - 1900

Lee & Low Books

A girls imagination creates a baby from a rock, and she mimics her mom with it.


Emma’s Yucky Brother

by Jean Little, Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas - 2001

HarperCollins

An adopted boy thinks sisters are yucky, now she has to turn it around.

Read It At

Burger King - 49 Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-3000


Henry’s First-Moon Birthday

by Lenore Look, Illustrated by Yumi Heo - 2001

An Anne Schwartz Book/Atheneum

This tale of the Chinese tradition of a babies first month birthday teaches cultural diversity

Read It At

FU's Restaurant - 227 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-7722


Hurry! Hurry!

by Eve Bunting - 2007

HMH Books

The animal community celebrates a newcomer to the barn when an egg starts to hatch.


Hush Little Baby

by Brian Pinkney - 2005

Amistad Press

This lullaby & any object found helps a dad who is trying to stop the baby from crying.


Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song with Pictures

Illustrated by Marla Frazee - 2003

Harcourt Brace/Browndeer Press.

This lullaby has exhausted family members searching for a perfect object to quiet the crying baby.


I Kissed the Baby

by Mary Murphy - 2003

Candlewick Press

This interactive book highlights a new baby among the animal kingdom and everyone wants to play.


I Wanna New Room

by Karen Kaufman Orloff - 2010

G.P. Putnam's Sons

A boy tries to get his own room using a letter writing campaign to his dad.


Look at the Baby

by Kelly Johnson - 2002

Henry Holt and Co

A photographic index of most baby body parts, using a wide variety of different ethnic babies.


Look at You! A Baby Body Book

by Kathy Henderson - 2007

Candlewick Press

Looking at what babies like to do with their bodies in the world around them.


Lost Cat

by C. Roger Mader - 2013

HMH Books

A cat left behind during a move seaches and finds a new owner.


Mama's Little Bears

by Nancy Tafuri - 2002

Scholastic Press

After fishing in a river exploring cubs that wander away are always under the watchful eyes of mama bear.

Read It At

Mohawk House - 3 S Sparta Ave, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6464


McDuff Moves In

by Rosemary Wells - 1997

Disney-Hyperion

A doggy seeks shelter & food after escaping from a truck taking him to the pound.

Read It At

Maxwell and Molly's Closet - 218 Spring Street Newton, NJ 07860 - (973) 300-0101


More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories

by Vera B. Williams - 1990

Greenwillow Books

Three caretakers highlight their favorite thing about their babies in these 3 love stories.


My Baby & Me

by Lynn Reiser - 2008

Knopf Books

Real looking photos of older siblings hugging, playing, moving & reading with their new baby.


Only You

by Robin Cruise - 2007

HMH Books

Three diverse sections showing parental love in the morning, daytime, and night.


Otto Grows Down

by Michael Sussman - 2009

Sterling

The fuss over a new baby sister makes her older brother wish her away, he starts getting younger & grows down.

Read It At

Onore Clothing - 21 White Deer Plaza, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 726-3322


Pecan Pie Baby

by Jacqueline Woodson. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall - 2010

G.P. Putnam's Sons

One-on-one time and that special bond between mom & her girl is threatened by a new baby.


Quack!

by Phyllis Root - 2005

Candlewick

Ducklings pop out of their shells and follow their mom to the river for their 1st swim.


Raising Sweetness

by Diane Stanley, Illustrated by G. Brian Karas - 1999

Puffin BooksPutnam

The importance of reading is shown by the sacrifice of a cop who takes in 8 orphans.

Read It At

Sparta Township Police Department - 65 Main St, Sparta Township, NJ 07871 (973) 729-6121


The Surprise Family

by Lynn Reiser - 1994

Greenwillow

A boys gives his pet hen duck eggs to hatch, she treats them as family, even when she realizes they are different.


Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes

by Mem Fox - 1979

HMH Books

Babies around the world have the same things in common ten fingers, ten toes & all the same inside.


Ten Tiny Tickles

by Karen Katz - 2005

Margaret K. McElderry Books

This interactive tickling book teaches numbers by observing a babies day & the amount of kisses they get.

Read It At

Talbots - 25 Sparta Ave, Sparta, NJ 07871 (973) 729-4977


There Is a Bird on Your Head!

by Mo Willems - 2007 Disney-Hyperion

Hyperion.

An Elephant has babies, not his kids, but the birds who built a nest on his head.


The Thunderstruck Stork

by David Olson - 2007

Albert Whitman

An adoption lesson about a stork trying to fix the wrongly delivered babies, but love wins in all cases.


What Do We Do With the Baby?

by Rick Walton - 2008

HarperCollins

An interactive book that generates hugs, kisses, bouncing, tickles and peek-a-boo opportunities.


Where is My Baby?

by Hariet Ziefert - 1994

Blue Apple Books

Flaps contain the name of baby animals in this short book about parent animals looking for their babies.


Wolfie the Bunny

by Ame Dyckman.Illus. by Zachariah OHora - 2015

Little, Brown Books

A baby wolf is left on the doorstep of a rabbit family, who raises & protects him from harm.


Won-Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku

by Lee Wardlaw - 2011

Holt, Henry

A cat is rescued from a shelter and finds a home after being adopted by a little boy & girl.




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