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Note to Teachers

Below are just a few examples of exemplary mentor texts for teaching writing and literary devices.  All of the Wilson School District Libraries can borrow books from each other, so if your school doesn't have a particular books, talk to your librarian about getting a copy through inter-library loan.

If you have a suggestion to add to this list (especially newer books), please e-mail your librarian!  We have included the Fountas & Pinnell levels when available.

Codes for book locations:
ALL = All of the elementary buildings own this book.
CT = Cornwall Terrace
GV = Green Valley
SL = Shiloh Hills
SR = Spring Ridge
WH = Whitfield

Interactive ebook = Indicates this book is available to read or listen to online through the library catalog.

 

Wordless Picture Books for Writing

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Dylan's Day Out - Peter Catalanotto (Illustrator)
Call Number: E CAL

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Unspoken - Henry Cole (Illustrator)
Call Number: E COL

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Carl's Snowy Afternoon - Alexandra Day (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DAY

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Carl's Christmas - Alexandra Day (Illustrator)
Call Number: E DAY

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Pancakes for Breakfast - Tomie dePaola
Call Number: E DEP

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Flora and the Flamingo - Molly Idle (Illustrator)
Call Number: E IDL
Caldecott Honor

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The Red Book - Barbara Lehman (Illustrator)
Call Number: E LEH
Caldecott Honor

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No! - David McPhail (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MCP

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Daisy Gets Lost - Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Call Number: E RAS

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A Ball for Daisy - Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Call Number: E RAS
Caldecott

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Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann (Illustrator)
Call Number: E RAT

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10 Minutes to Bedtime - Peggy Rathmann
Call Number: E RAT

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Draw! - Raúl Colón (Illustrator)
Call Number: E ROL

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Chicken and Cat Clean Up - Sara Varon (Illustrator)
Call Number: E VAR

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Tuesday - David Wiesner
Call Number: E WIE
Caldecott winner

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Flotsam - David Wiesner
Call Number: E WIE
Caldecott Winner

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The Lion and the Mouse - Jerry Pinkney
Call Number: 398.2 PIN
Caldecott winner

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The Tortoise and the Hare - Jerry Pinkney
Call Number: 398.2 PIN

 

Books to Teach the Craft of Writing

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Crafty Chloe - Kelly DiPucchio
Call Number: E DIP
ISBN: 9781442421233
Publication Date: 2012
SR
"Pop-out" words

 

Books to Teach Cause and Effect

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If You Give a Moose a Muffin - Laura Joffe Numeroff; Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
Call Number: E NUM
ALL
F&P: K

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If You Give a Cat a Cupcake - Laura Numeroff; Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
Call Number: E NUM
ALL
F&P: K

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Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears - Verna Aardema
Call Number: 398.2 AAR
ALL
F&P: N

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No Monkeys, No Chocolate - Melissa Stewart; Allen M. Young
Call Number: 633 STE
ISBN: 9781580892872
SR
Grade level (approx): 4.1
Lexile: AD740L

 

Books to Teach Point of View

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Honestly, Red Riding Hood Was Rotten! - Trisha Speed Shaskan; Gerald Guerlais (Illustrator)
Call Number: E SHA
Publication Date: 2011-07-01
CT, SR
ALL Interactive ebook
F&P: N

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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs - Jon Scieszka; Lane Smith (Illustrator)
Call Number: E SCI or 398.2 SCI
ALL
F&P: Q

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Black and White - David MacAulay
Call Number: E MCC
ALL
F&P: Not available
Lexile: 610L

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Two Bad Ants - Chris Van Allsburg
Call Number: E VAN
ALL
F&P: P

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Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse - Marilyn Singer
Call Number: 811 SIN
ISBN: 0525479015
ALL
Grade level (approx): 3.0
Lexile: NP

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The Silver Button - Bob Graham (Illustrator)
Call Number: E GRA
ISBN: 9780763664374
SR, WH

 

Books to Teach Drawing Conclusions

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Jumanji - Chris Van Allsburg
Call Number: E VAN

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Is Your Mama a Llama? - Deborah Guarino; Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)
Call Number: E GUA

 

Books for Word Study

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The King Who Rained - Fred Gwynne
Call Number: 428.1 GWY

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A Chocolate Moose for Dinner - Fred Gwynne
Call Number: 428.1 GWY

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A Visitor for Bear - Bonny Becker
Call Number: E BEC
ISBN: 0763628077
CT, SL, SR, WH
F&P: K

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Good News, Bad News - Jeff Mack
Call Number: E MAC
ISBN: 9781452101101
Publication Date: 2012
SL, SR
Opposites, multiple meanings?

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Brave Irene - William Steig (Illustrator)
Call Number: E STE
ISBN: 9780312564223
Publication Date: 2011

 

Books to Teach Character Traits

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The Honest-to-Goodness Truth - Patricia C. McKissack
Call Number: E McK
Honesty

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Brave Irene - William Steig
Call Number: E STE
Perseverance

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Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: E WOO

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Extra Yarn - Mac Barnett
Call Number: E BAR
ISBN: 0061953385
Generosity
ALL
F&P: T

 

Mentor Texts for Informative Narrative

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Fly High! - Louise Borden; Mary Kay Kroeger
Call Number: B COL
ISBN: 0689824572
CT, GV, SL, SR
Grade level (approx): 4.5
Lexile: 710L

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Bad News for Outlaws - Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Call Number: B REE
ISBN: 9780822567646
CT, SL, SR
F&P: T

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Different Like Coco - Elizabeth Matthews
Call Number: B CHA

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Harvesting Hope - Kathleen Krull
Call Number: B CHA
ISBN: 0152014373
CT, SL, SR, WH
Grade level (approx): 5.6?
Lexile: AD800L

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You Never Heard of Sandy Koufax?! - Jonah Winter
Call Number: B KOU
ISBN: 0375837388
CT, SL, SR, WH
Grade level (approx): 4.5
Lexile: AD830L

 

Books to Teach Compare and Contrast

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The Rough-Face Girl - Rafe Martin
Call Number: 398.2 MAR

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Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
Call Number: E CAN

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Little Red Writing - Joan Holub; Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
Call Number: E HOL
ISBN: 9780811878692

 

Books to Teach Dialogue

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The Fabled Fourth Graders of Aesop Elementary School - Candace Fleming
Call Number: F FLE
ISBN: 0440422299
Publication Date: 2009
CT, SL, SR, WH
F&P: S
Grade level (approx.): 3.3
Lexile: 580L
DRA: 40

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Going Home - Eve Bunting
Call Number: E BUN
ISBN: 0060262966
CT, SL
F&P: T

 

Books to Teach Transitions

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Meanwhile Back at the Ranch - Trinka Hakes Noble
Call Number: E NOB
ISBN: 9780140545647
CT, GV, SR, WH
Grade level (approx): 3.5
Lexile: AD500L

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch - Anne Isaacs
Call Number: E ISA
ISBN: 9780375867453
Publication Date: 2014
SR

 

Books to Teach Figurative Language / Similies / Metaphors

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Amelia Bedelia - Peggy Parish
Call Number: E PAR
ALL
idioms

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Dog in Charge - K. L. Going
Call Number: E GOI
ISBN: 0803734794
SR, WH
onomatopoeia

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Swamp Angel - Anne Isaacs
Call Number: E ISA
ISBN: 9780525452713
ALL
similes
Grades 3-5 recommended

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Dust Devil - Anne Isaacs
Call Number: E ISA
ISBN: 9780375867224
SL, SR, WH
Similes, all grades

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Crazy Like a Fox - Loreen Leedy
Call Number: E LEE
ISBN: 9780823417193
CT, GV, SL
similes

 

Books to Teach Voice or Tone

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Night Noises - Mem Fox
Call Number: E FOX
ISBN: 0152574212
CT, GV, SL, WH
F&P: M

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How to Babysit a Grandpa/Grandma - Jean Reagan
Call Number: E REA
ISBN: 9780385753845
Publication Date: 2014
SL, SR

 

Books to Teach Reading Charts / Graphs

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The Life and Times of the Apple - Charles Micucci
Call Number: 634 MIC
ISBN: 0531059391
ALL
F&P: P

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Life and Times of the Honeybee - Charles Micucci
Call Number: 595.7 MIC
ISBN: 039565968X
ALL
F&P: Q

 

Books to Teach Small Moments / Slice of Life

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Home Run - Robert Burleigh
Call Number: E BUR
ISBN: 0152045996
SR, WH
Grade level (approx): 2.0
Lexile: AD280L

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The Seashore Book - Charlotte Zolotow; Wendell Minor (Illustrator); Zolotow
Call Number: E ZOL
ISBN: 0060202130
SL, SR
Grade level (approx): 3.8
Lexile: AD840L

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Roller Coaster - Marla Frazee
Call Number: E FRA
ISBN: 9780152045548
Publication Date: 2003
SR, SL, WH
F&P: K
Grade level (approx): 2.1
Lexile: 490L

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The Kissing Hand - Audrey Penn; Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator); Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781933718101
Publication Date: 2007
CT, GV, SL, SR
Also available as a read-aloud online at http://www.storylineonline.net/kissing-hand/

 

Books to Teach Main Idea

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Tacky the Penguin - Helen Lester
Call Number: E LES
ALL
F&P: L

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The Polar Express - Chris Van Allsburg
Call Number: E VAN
ALL
F&P: N

 

Books to Teach Sequencing

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Pam Adams
Call Number: 782.4 TAB
ALL
F&P: L

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The Mitten - Jan Brett
Call Number: 398.2 BRE or E BRE
ALL
F&P: D

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Eric Carle
Call Number: E CAR
ALL
F&P: J

 

Books to Teach Predicting

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Too Many Tamales - Gary Soto
Call Number: E SOT

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Doctor de Soto - William Steig
Call Number: E STE

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Good Night, Gorilla - Peggy Rathmann
Call Number: E RAT

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This Is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen
Call Number: E KLA
ISBN: 0763655996
ALL
F&P: J

 

Books to Teach Character Struggles and Motivations

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Each Kindness - Jacqueline Woodson
Call Number: E WOO

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Thank You, Mr. Falker - Patricia Polacco
Call Number: E POL

 

Books to Teach Expressive Narrative

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Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney
Call Number: E COO

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble - William Steig
Call Number: E STE

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Saturdays and Teacakes - Lester L. Laminack; Chris K. Soentpiet (Illustrator)
Call Number: E LAM
Richly detailed prose.

 

Books to Teach Description

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Owl Moon - Jane Yolen
Call Number: E YOL

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The Seashore Book - Charlotte Zolotow
Call Number: E ZOL
ISBN: 0060202130
SL, SR
Grade level (approx): 3.8
Lexile: AD840L

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Lucky Ducklings - Eva Moore; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MOO
ISBN: 9780439448611
Publication Date: 2013
CT, SL, SR

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Moonday - Adam Rex (Illustrator)
Call Number: E REX
ISBN: 9781423119203
Publication Date: 2013
SR
Older students

 

Books to Teach Persuasion

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I Wanna Iguana - Karen Kaufman Orloff
Call Number: E ORL

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Earrings! - Judith Viorst
Call Number: E VIO

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Dear Mrs. La Rue - Mark Teague
Call Number: E TEA

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I Wanna New Room - Karen Kaufman Orloff
Call Number: E ORL

 

Books to Teach Great Beginnings / Hooks

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Lucky Ducklings - Eva Moore; Nancy Carpenter (Illustrator)
Call Number: E MOO
ISBN: 9780439448611
Publication Date: 2013
CT, SL, SR

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The Grannyman - Judy Schachner
Call Number: E SCH

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Charlotte's Web - E. B. White
Call Number: F WHI
Begins with a question.

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Alejandro's Gift - Richard E. Albert
Call Number: E ALB
ISBN: 0811804364
SR
Grade level (approx): 5.0
Lexile: AD840L

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The Relatives Came - Cynthia Rylant; Stephen Gammell
Call Number: E RYL
ISBN: 0027772209
ALL
Grade level (approx): 4.1
Lexile: AD940L

 

Books to Teach Satisfying Endings

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Milo's Hat Trick - Jon Agee
Call Number: E AGE
Surprise ending.

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Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
Call Number: E CAN

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Widget - Lyn Rossiter McFarland
Call Number: E MCF
Ending nicely tied to the beginning.

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Snow Day! - Lester L. Laminack
Call Number: E LAM

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Purple Delicious Blackberry Jam - Lisa Westberg Peters; Barbara McGregor (Illustrator)
Call Number: E PET

 

Books to Teach Organization

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Scaredy Squirrel - Mélanie Watt
Call Number: E WAT
ISBN: 1553379594
ALL
F&P: K

 

Books to Teach Nonfiction Text Features

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Amazing Animals: Introduction to Nonfiction - Liza Charlesworth
Call Number: PROF 372.4 CHA
ISBN: 9780545156608
SR (oversized big book)

 

Books to Teach Inferencing

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Explorer: The Mystery Boxes - Kazu Kibuishi (Editor)
Call Number: GN EXP
"Under the Floorboards" by Emily Carroll (wordless)
SR
F&P: Not available
Lexile: 340L
Grade level (approx): 3.2

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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick - Chris Van Allsburg
Call Number: E VAN
ISBN: 0395353939
ALL
Grade level (approx): 2.2
Lexile: AD760L

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This Is Not My Hat - Jon Klassen
Call Number: E KLA
ISBN: 9780763655990
ALL
Reading level (approx.) - 2.0

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Dear Mrs. La Rue - Mark Teague
Call Number: E TEA
ISBN: 0439206634
ALL
Grade level (approx): 3.6
Lexile: 500L

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The Stray Dog - Marc Simont
Call Number: E SIM
ISBN: 0060289333
ALL
Grade level (approx): 1.9

 

Books to Teach Strong Emotion

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A Visitor for Bear - Bonny Becker
Call Number: E BEC
ISBN: 0763628077
CT, SL, SR, WH
F&P: K

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Brave Irene - William Steig (Illustrator)
Call Number: E STE
ISBN: 9780312564223

 

Books to Teach "How to"

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How to Babysit a Grandpa/Grandma - Jean Reagan
Call Number: E REA
ISBN: 9780385753845
Publication Date: 2014
SL, SR

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How to Swallow a Pig - Steve Jenkins (Illustrator); Robin Page
Call Number: 591 JEN
ISBN: 9780544313651
Publication Date: 2015
SR

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Walk On! - Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
Call Number: E FRA
ISBN: 0152055738
Publication Date: 2006
SR

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