The Story of Ferdinand
When Ferdinand, a big and strong bull who has a peaceable and gentle nature, is stung by a bumblebee and reacts by puffing, snorting and pawing the ground, people think he is a ferocious bull just right for the bull fights but soon learn they are mistaken.
By Munro Leaf; illustrated by Robert Lawson
Viking Press, 1936. ISBN: 9780670674244
While the other field mice gather corn, nuts, wheat, and straw to store for the winter, Frederick gathers sun rays, colors, and words to be able to feed their spirits during the coldest, darkest days of winter.
By Leo Lionni
Random House, 1973. ISBN: 9780394826141
The zoo sends a series of animals as possible pets to a youngster, until they find one that turns out to be perfect.
By Rod Campbell
Four Winds, 1982. ISBN: 978059007689
The Lion & the Mouse
Set in the African Serengeti, this is a wordless retelling of the classic fable of the lion and the mouse.
By Jerry Pinkney
Little, Brown, 2009. ISBN: 9780316013567
In this retelling of the classic Ukrainian folktale, a boy loses his mitten, which becomes home to a host of animals until the mitten is so crowded that it bursts into shreds of "bits and pieces of yarn."
By Jim Aylesworth, reteller; illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Scholastic, 2009. ISBN: 9780439925440
"More, More, More," Said the Baby
Three babies are caught up in the air and given loving attention by a father, grandmother, and mother.
By Vera B. Williams; illustrated by the author
Greenwillow, 1990. ISBN: 9780688091736
Harold and the Purple Crayon
On a moonlight walk with his purple crayon, Harold steps into the imaginative scenes he draws, but how will he find his way back home to bed?
By Crockett Johnson
HarperTrophy, 1955. ISBN: 0060229365
Go, Dog, Go!
Preschoolers to beginning readers will love the doggie antics in this humorously illustrated cartoon canine classic.
By P.D. Eastman
Random, 1961. ISBN: 9780394800202
Ned's day is full of unfortunate events, from a fall from an airplane to a sea full of sharks. Fortunately, every disaster is followed by a turn of good luck in this timeless tale of humor, adventure and surprise.
By Remy Charlip
Simon & Schuster, 1964. ISBN: 9780689716607
Millions of Cats
An old man goes in search for the one perfect cat for his wife but returns with millions of cats. The timeless black-and-white illustrations are accompanied by a rhythmic, hand-lettered text.
By Wanda Gag
Penguin, 1928. ISBN: 9780399233159
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
Not content to pick blackberries, Peter ventures into Mr. McGregor's garden and must think fast in order to safely return home. The small book, realistic illustrations and polished text make this the perfect, intimate read aloud.
By Beatrix Potter
Warne, 1902. ISBN: 9780723247708
Where the Wild Things Are
When Max is sent to bed without his supper, he is so mad that he decides to sail to the land of the wild things, where he becomes the wildest of all.
By Maurice Sendak
HarperTrophy, 1988. c1963. ISBN: 9780064431781
Check out these classic books for kids 6 to 9 years old.
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