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This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.

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Dragon Prince cover The Dragon Prince

A poor farmer’s youngest daughter agrees to marry a fierce dragon in order to save her father’s life.

All Those Secrets of the World cover All Those Secrets of the World

When 4-year-old Janie's father goes off to war, the rest of the family moves to the grandparents' home on the Chesapeake Bay. Her cousin Michael tells her a secret which helps her understand her father's long absence.

The Emperor and the Kite cover Emperor and the Kite

The smallest daughter of the Chinese emperor saves her father’s life and throne.

Encounter cover Encounter

This is a young Taino boy's story of how he tried to warn his people against welcoming the strangers (Columbus and his crews landing on San Salvador in 1492), who seemed more interested in golden ornaments than friendship.

Grandad Bill's Song cover Grandad Bill’s Song

A boy asks others how they felt when his grandfather died and then shares his own feelings.

Letting Swift River Go cover Letting Swift River Go

A young girl describes the drowning of the Swift River communities in which she lived to create the Quabbin Reservoir to supply water for Boston.

Merlin and the Dragons cover Merlin and the Dragons

When young Arthur is troubled by dreams, Merlin tells him a story about a fatherless boy who himself dreamed about dragons and the defeat of the evil king Vortigern.

Miz Berlin Walks cover Miz Berlin Walks

An old neighbor lady takes a nightly walk around the block and when Mary Louise follows she discovers Miz Berlin is a repository of wonderful stories.

Owl Moon cover Owl Moon

Caldecott Medal winner that spotlights the special relationship of father and daughter as they go out through the late winter night in search of an owl.

Scarecrow's Dance cover The Scarecrow Dance

A scarecrow happily dances away from his post one windy night until a child's prayer teaches him how important he is to the farm.

Seeing Stick cover; art by Remy Charlip The Seeing Stick

Relates how an old man teaches the Emperor’s blind daughter to see.

Sleeping Ugly Sleeping Ugly

"Let sleeping princesses lie, or lying princesses sleep..." is the moral of this variation of Sleeping Beauty.

Welcome to the River of Grass cover Welcome to the River of Grass

From creatures that fly to those that crawl, explore the cycle of life in the Everglades through rhythmic text and tantalizing paintings.

Ten Birds cover Ten Birds

Ten birds try to figure out how to get to the other side of the river. Although a bridge is in plain view each bird designs a different way to cross.

Cat and Rat cover Cat and Rat The Legend of the Chinese Zodiac

Introduces the Chinese Zodiac and relates how each of its twelve signs was named for an animal by the Jade Emperor.

Lon Po Po cover Lon Po Po

Three children are left at home alone and are in danger from a clever wolf disguised as their Po Po (grandmother).

Seven Blind Mice Seven Blind Mice

One by one, seven blind mice investigate the strange Something by the pond. And one by one, they come back with a different theory. Will they ever know the whole truth?

Voices of the Heart cover Voices of the Heart

Ed Young explores twenty-six Chinese characters, each describing a feeling or emotion and containing the symbol for the heart, with stunning collage art.

Cow are in the Corn cover The Cows are in the Corn

A rollicking rhyming story in which most everyone in the family is upset when the farm animals get into the crops.

The Fire Engine Book cover The Fire Engine Book

Briefly looks at the life of fire fighters at the station as well as fighting fires.