2009 Book Selections

Charlie Cook

Charlie Cook’s Favorite BookCharlie curls up in a cozy chair to enjoy his favorite book about a pirate ship, and the pirate chief finds a treasure chest with a book about Goldilocks. After eating the bears’ porridge, Goldilocks curls up in Baby Bear’s bed with his favorite book about a knight. This hilarious pattern continues, and you are whisked away on a trip through literature, right to the surprising ending.

Fancy Nancy

Fancy NancyMeet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy.
How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm—with or without the frills.


KnutOn December 5, 2006, in a quiet corner of Zoo Berlin in Germany, a little polar bear cub was born. His name was Knut, and he was no bigger than a snowball. Knut’s mother was unable to care for him, so a bear keeper at the zoo, Thomas Dorflein, became Knut’s foster father—sleeping next to the little cub each night, feeding him from bottles, and helping him learn how to play and swim.
This is the true story of a bear cub who needed a family, and the extraordinary outpouring of love he received from Thomas, from the zoo, and finally from people around the world.

Officer Buckle and Gloria

Officer Buckle and GloriaOfficer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone in the town of Napville. But whenever he tries to share his safety tips, nobody listens. Until, that is, the Napville Police Department buys a police dog named Gloria.
Unbeknownst to Office Buckle, Gloria has her own way of demonstrating safety tips—one that makes Napville sit up and take notice! Suddenly, everybody wants to hear Officer Buckle’s safety speech. “And please.” People say, “bring along that police dog.”
When Officer Buckle discovers he’s been upstaged, he vows to give up safety tips once and for all. Can Gloria convince her friend to return to the job he loves, or is Napville about the have its worst accident ever?

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

The Great Fuzz FrenzyIt’s big. It’s round. It’s really fuzzy. But…what is it? Whatever it is, there’s no end of trouble when this big, round, really fuzzy thing tumbles into the prairie-dog town. Who would have guessed that its arrival would cause a great fuzz frenzy? And what will happen when all the fuzz is gone?


The Magic FanYoshi, an imaginative young Japanese carpenter, builds and builds–everything he can think of, everything the townspeople need–until one day he runs out of ideas. The boy finds a magic fan floating in the sea that guides his creative impulses; it inspires him to build first a boat, then a giant kite and, finally, a bridge from one side of the village to the other. Everyone scoffs at Yoshi and his crazy ideas, until a tidal wave forces them onto the boy’s bridge and they are saved from destruction. As the fan disappears in the storm Yoshi thinks he is lost, until he realizes the fan merely enabled him to have confidence in the talents he already possessed.

The Pout Pout Fish

The Pout Pout FishDeep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in this fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

This Monster Rings

This Monster Rings a BellEugene is playing, and out of nowhere a monster appears! It seems as though this monster wants to have him for a snack, but Eugene is not scared one bit. There is something about this monster that rings a bell, but what can it be?


Toy BoatA little boy has a toy boat. He made it out of a can, a cork, a yellow pencil, and some white cloth. The boy and his boat are inseparable, until one day when the wind pushes the toy boat out into the wide lake. Alone now, the little boat must face fierce waves, a grumpy ferry, a sassy schooner, and a growling speed boat. How the little boat misses the boy! But if he is going to survive, he must figure a way to do it on his own.


WoolburWoolbur’s list of Do’s and Don’ts:
DO express yourself creatively…
DON’T worry if you weave your forelock into a pot holder!
DO march to your own beat…
DON’T worry when Maa and Paa tell you to stay with the herd!
DO be bold and brave…
DON’T be afraid to BE YOURSELF!
Woolbur is not like other sheep. He hangs out with wild dogs, cards his own wool to avoid the shearing barn, and even dyes his wool blue. “Don’t worry!” says Grandpaa when Maa and Paa fret that Woolbur is different. But when they tell their son to follow the flock, the opposite happens—the flock follows him! Soon everyone is copying his wild hairstyles and taking turns on the spinning wheel. Leave it to Woolbur to find a new way to step ahead of the herd.
Spunky, funky, and refreshingly distinct, Woolbur will strike a chord with anyone who’s ever felt different. And that’s all of us!