With effort comes sense of purpose and pride of accomplishment.

Amazing Grace

Mary Hoffman
Ej Ho

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is Black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

Brave Irene

William Steig
Ej Ste

Plucky Irene, a dressmaker's daughter, braves a fierce snowstorm to deliver a new gown to the duchess in time for the ball.

How My Parents Learned to Eat

Ina Friedman
Ej Fr

An American sailor courts a Japanese girl and each tries, in secret, to learn the other's way of eating.

The Little Engine That Could

Watty Piper
Ej Pi

Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.

The Little Red Hen

Paul Galdone
J 398.2 Lit Gal

The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.

A New Coat for Anna

Harriet Ziefert
Ej Zi

Even though there is no money, Anna's mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed winter coat.

Now One Foot, Now the Other

Tomie De Paola
Ej De

When his grandfather suffers a stroke, Bobby teaches him to walk, just as his grandfather had once taught him.

The Three Little Pigs

Paul Galdone
J 398.2 Th

Retells the fatal episodes in the lives of two foolish pigs and how the third pig managed to avoid the same pigfalls.

A Treeful of Pigs

Arnold Lobel
Ej Lo

A farmer's wife uses drastic measures to get her husband to abandon his lazy ways.

The Very Busy Spider

Eric Carle
Ej Ca

The farm animals try to divert a busy little spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness. The pictures may be felt as well as seen.

When Will I Read?

Miriam Cohen
Ej Co

Impatient to begin reading, a first grader doesn't realize that there is more to reading than books.