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BOOKLISTS from the Sausalito Library



Summer Recommended Reading:

Association for Library Service to Children:

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

3rd-5th Grade

6th-8th Grade

Erin Wilson, Sausalito Children's Librarian: This list was originally written for 4th graders, but has recommendations appropriate for 3rd-5th graders.

3rd-5th Grade



Great Books for Toddlers

This list is based on what Molly reads in story time . . . . 

Sausalito Toddler Story Times are Wednesdays at 9:40 and 10:40 am.


Wednesday, September 10, 2014:

Orangutangled by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

Old Mikamba had a Farm by Rachel Isadora

What will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas

Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau

Be Quiet, Mike! by Leslie Patricelli

Hooray for Hat by Brian Won


Wednesday, July 30, 2014:

Whose Baby am I? by John Butler

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin

Wednesday, July 16, 2014:

Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Jane Cabrera

Spicy Hot Colors by Sherry Shahan

Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks by Sudipta Bardham-Quallen

Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 [Erin sub]:

from My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie

A Dog is a Dog by Stephen Shaskan

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Old MacDonald had a Woodshop by Lisa Shulman

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashely Wolff

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 [Erin sub]:

Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean

Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Little Mouse by Alison Murray

Wednesday, May 21, 2014:

Giddy-up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell

Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy

Found by Salina Yoon

Wednesday, May 14, 2014:

Bebe Goes to the Beach by Susan Middleton Elya

How Are You Peeling: Foods with Moods by Saxton Freyman

Baby Knows Best by Kathy Henderson

Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

My Bus by Byron Burton

Come Back, Ben by Ann & John Hassett

Zoom, Rocket, Zoom  by Margaret Mayo

Wednesday, April 30, 2014:

And the Train Goes by William Bee

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin

Little White Duck by Walt Whippo

Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

Diggers Go by Steve Light

Hush Little Baby by Brian J. Pinkney

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn't Fit by Catherine Rayner

Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

Peter the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Let's Sing a Lullabye with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

Wednesday, April 8, 2014:

[Erin substitute!]

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox

Come Back, Ben by Anne and John Hassett

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Found by Salina Yoon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014:

Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett

How do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen

Early Bird by Toni Yuly

Wednesday, March 25, 2014:

I'm the Best by Lucy Cousins

Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin

No David! by David Shannon

Wednesday, March 18, 2014:

Roly Poly Pangolin by Anna Dewdney

Firehouse by Mark Teague

Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

Bark George by Jules Fieffer

Go-Go Baby by Rozane Orgill

Dinosaurs vs Bedtime by Bob Shea

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Little Beauty by Anthony Browne

Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Off We Go!: A Bear and Mole Story by Will Hillenbrand

Wednesday, February 26:

One Gorilla: A Counting Book  by Anthony Browne 

More More More Said the Baby by Vera Williams

The Big Book of Beautiful Babies by David Elwand




Phil Sheridan is no longer doing story times at the Sausalito Library. He does two story times a week at the Mill Valley Public Library, Wednesdays at 10:30am and Saturdays at 11am. You can also reach him through his website:

Phil Sheridan's Favorite Picture Books, November 2013

1. Dawn by Uri Shulevitz. Farrar Straus Giroux. 1974.
a picture book about the wonder of dawn. simple, poignant.

2. Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1984.
a fable about how twilight happens. charming, warm, gentle.

3. Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss. Harper Collins. 1945.
a child succeeds at doing something that nobody else thinks he can. exquisite, both in the telling and the illustration.

4. Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. Chronicle Books. 2005.
so absurd that children of all ages “eat this story up"

5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae. Orchard Books. 1999.
but even bow-legged giraffes can dance when they’re inspired by something they love.

6. Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus. Simon & Schuster. 1970.
a little mouse, down on his luck, takes charge of his life & comes out on top.

7. When the Sun Rose by Barbara Berger. Philomel. 1986.
spending a sunny day with a gentle tiger, a best friend and a home full of rainbows.

8. Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli. Candlewick Press. 2009.
a father swings his daughter higher and higher until she encounters another girl in outer space whose daddy must be swinging her up high as well.

9. In the Forest by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1944.
a little boy takes a walk in the forest and forms a parade of animals who dance & sing both with him and with each other.

10. Chicken Chickens by Valeri Gorbachev. North-South Books. 2001.
mama takes her timid twins to the playground where they learn how much fun it is to play with other kids.

11. Play With Me by Marie Hall Ets. Viking Press. 1955.
a little girl tries to make friends with some animals outdoors, & discovers that they are friendly with her only when she stops trying so hard.

12. Cinderella retold by Barbara McClintock. Scholastic Press. 2005.
I prefer this version because the author uses the magnanimous French ending rather than the vindictive one used by the Brothers Grimm of Germany.



And ....

Classic Books in the Sausalito Library

'Classic' doesn't mean dull and dusty--it just means they've remained popular for decades. These are good ones.

 If you have questions please don't hesitate to ask:

Realistic and historical fiction:
Tuck Everlasting - Babbitt
The Secret Garden - Burnett
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - Konigsburg
Harriet the Spy - Fitzhugh
Johnny Tremain - Forbes
My Side of the Mountain - George
Strawberry Girl - Lenski
Sarah, Plain and Tall - MacLachlan
Island of the Blue Dolphins - O'Dell
Bridge to Terabithia - Paterson
The Westing Game - Raskin
The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Speare
Treasure Island - Stevenson
Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry - Taylor
All-of-a-Kind Family - Taylor

Animals (fantastical and real):
Mr. Popper’s Penguins - Atwater
The Velveteen Rabbit - Bianco
The Incredible Journey - Bunford
The Black Stallion - Farley
Old Yeller - Gipson
Wind in the Willows - Grahame
Misty of Chincoteague - Henry
The Mouse and His Child - Hoban
The Animal Family - Jarrell
Babe, the Gallant Pig - King-Smith
The Jungle Book - Kipling
Call of the Wild - London
The Cricket in Times Square - Selden
Charlotte’s Web - White
Stuart Little - White

The Book of Three - Alexander
Peter Pan - Barrie
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz - Baum
The Dark is Rising - Cooper
James and the Giant Peach - Dahl
Half-Magic - Eager
My Father's Dragon - Gannett
The Hobbit - Tolkien
The Phantom Tollbooth - Juster
Wizard of Earthsea - LeGuin
A Wrinkle in Time - L'Engle
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Lewis
Pippi Longstocking - Lindgren
The Borrowers - Norton
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - O'Brien





Middle School List

A thoughtful and detailed booklist

Tween Reads from the Association for Library Service to Children

Some highlights:

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz






Newberry Award Winners
Created by the Association for Library Service to Children; includes listings and information on all current and past Newberry Award winning books.

Caldecott Award Winners

Created by the Association for Library Service to Children; includes listings and information on all current and past Caldecott Award winning books.

Rainbow List

Created by The Rainbow Project, a product of the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT) and Social Responsibilities Round Table (SSRT), the Rainbow List is a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender content, and which are aimed at youth, birth through age 18.

Asian Pacific American Librarians Association Literature Award

Presented every year in a variety of categories.

Pure Belpre Award is presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth

Co-sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), and the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking ( REFORMA).







Between the Lions
Stories, games and video clips, as well as downloadable content for edutainment on-the-go!

Story Place (English/Espanol)
The Children’s Digital Library, available in English and en Espanol. Includes different reading levels, printable activities, and interactive stories that kids participate in writing.




Preschool Picture Books by Theme
Pictures books listed by theme and subject, as well as activities and games.

Last updated: 9/12/2014 4:07:12 PM