Category Archives: Early Grade Reading Level

The Ralph Mouse Collection by Beverly Cleary (1965)

I remember reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a little girl and being completely delighted!  Beverly Cleary, a librarian who understood young readers so well, wrote one great series after another, and The Ralph Mouse Collection are some of her … Continue reading

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Twig by Elizabeth Orton Jones (1942)

Twig is a little girl living in a big city in a small apartment. One day she finds an empty soup can in her tiny back yard that looks like fairies could live in.  What if they really do?? Twig … Continue reading

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Ben and Me by Robert Lawson (1939)

“For many years I was [Ben Franklin’s] closest friend and adviser and, if I do say it, was in great part responsible for his success and fame. Not that I wish to claim too much: I simply hope to see … Continue reading

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The Cat Club series by Esther Averill (1944 – 1972)

Do you have a little cat lover in your house?  Then the 13 books in The Cat Club series will be perfect!  Jenny Linsky is a shy, well-mannered black cat living in Greenwich Village.  Her adventures with other cats in the … Continue reading

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The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills (1991)

    This beautiful picture book tells the story of a little Appalachian girl who needs a coat in order to attend school.  Her family is too poor to purchase one, so Mother sews a colorful coat from quilt scraps.  … Continue reading

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Thomas the Tank Engine by Reverend Wilbert Awdry (1946)

Do you have a Thomas the Train enthusiast in your house?  Both of my boys were big fans and we read many of the little books, watched the films and owned lots of the toy train cars.  Several of my … Continue reading

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Mouse House by Rumer Godden (1952)

“Once upon a time there was a little mouse house.  It was like a doll’s house, but not for dolls, for mice.” When Mary receives a sweet little mouse house as a gift, she is delighted!  But then she peeks … Continue reading

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