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Books for your Classroom

Need some extra materials to support independent reading in your classroom? Want a wider variety of high-interest fiction and non-fiction books to supplement your classroom library? Our staff can create and deliver a collection of books with an extended checkout time to suit your students’ needs. We’ll deliver the books and pick them up! We’ll be happy to show you  how to use your teacher card to request materials to support a special assignment or unit.

Contact Education and Outreach at 414-286-3076 or to learn more.

Book Bundle Lesson Plans and Reading Tips

Simple lesson plans, reading tips, and ideas for any book to accompany a set of 10 books that are loaned to our summer reading outreach partners to help make reading in summer as easy as 1-2-3.

Fun and Easy Activities for Any Book Read-aloud Quick Tips

Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Explore the size and weight of various animals and parts of animals including actual size representations with collage style illustrations. Grades K5-6th

Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems

Best friends Elephant and Piggie may have opposite personalities, but together they know how to have fun and early readers will too as they follow this duo. Grades K5-3rd

*Make Your Own Elephant & Piggie Stories 1-3 provided via Pinterest.

EllRay Jakes series by Sally Warner; illustrated by Brian Biggs or Jamie Harper

Join EllRay Jakes as he navigates school, friendship, family and more! Grades 2nd-5th

Fly Guy series by Ted Arnold

In this beginning reader series, Fly Guy and Buzz have adventures and often avoid disaster with comical flair. Grades K5-3rd

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña; illustrated by Christian Robinson

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. Grades K5-5th

Look Both Ways: A Story Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds

What happens on the walk home from school? And why did no one notice the school bus falling from the sky? Jason Reynolds weaves ten short stories together into a funny, moving portrait of a neighborhood and the resilient young people who call it home. Grades 5th-6th  

Meet Yasmin by Saadia Faruqi; illustrated by Hatem Ally

Yasmin is a Pakistani-American second grader with a big imagination that she uses to solve everyday problems in fun and unique ways. Grades K5-3rd  

Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo; illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

Mercy Watson is a pig who has a snout for hot buttered toast and trouble, making for hilarious tales for emergent readers. Grades K5-3rd

Moth: An Evolution Story by Isabel Thomas; illustrated by Daniel Egneus

Discover the true story of how the one animal adapted over time in order to survive in a changing environment. Grades 1st-5th

PICKLE: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle School by Kim Baker; illustrated by Tim Probert

Using a bogus name, the League of Picklemakers, sixth-grader Ben and three recruits start a prank-pulling club and receive funding from their middle school's PTA. Grades 3rd-6th

The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman; illustrated by David Roberts

When their cruel teacher, Miss Breakbone, confiscates Junkyard's crucial find, Wheels, Pencil, Spider, and the rest of the Dunderheads plot to teach her a lesson. Grades 2nd-6th

The Last Last-Day of Summer by Lamar Giles; illustrated by Dapo Adeola

Meet Otto and Sheed Alston, a legendary pair of cousins known far and wide for their epic adventures. It's the last day of summer and when time suddenly freezes, it's up to them to save their town. Grades 3rd-6th

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf ; as told to Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Lane Smith

The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs. Grades K5-6th

Weird But True (Series)

Learn 300 wacky, wild, mind-bending facts about everything on Earth and beyond. Grades 1st-6th

What Can You Do with a Paleta? / ¿Qué puedes hacer con una paleta? by Carmen Tafolla; illustrated by Magaly Morales

A young boy, CJ, rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things. Grades K5-5th