The mousehole cat

Tags: Caldecott Medal Honor, John Schoenherr, Holling Clancy Holling, Caldecott Medal, Mark Twain, E.B. White Wilbur, Huckleberry Finn, Steve Jenkins, Jean Giono, E.B. White Louis, down the Mississippi, trumpeter swan, Richard Adams, Blueberries for Sal, Newbery Medal Honor, Charlotte's web, Lucille Webster Holling, Shel Silverstein, Great Horned Owl Middle Grades, Newbery Medal, Jean Craighead George, Louise Erdrich Omakayas, Dr. Seuss, Robert McCloskey Little Sal, Lindsay Barrett George, Jane Yolen, illustrated, autumn woods
Content: Books that inspired our scientists and staff Books are categorized by grade level based on interest-level designations from the Accelerated Reader BookFinder website. Descriptions for most books are provided by the NY public library website. For more great reading recommendations, see the complete lists of Newbery and Caldecott Medal winners on the American Library Association's website. Lower Grades (K-3) The Mousehole cat by Antonia Barber, illustrated by Nicola Bayley When the Great Storm-Cat threatens the small English village of Mousehole, only a fisherman's cat can soothe its fierceness during a dangerous sea venture Bears in the night by Stan and Jan Berenstain Seven bears sneak out of bed, through the window, and across the dark countyside to investigate the source of a noise. Mister Dog: the dog who belonged to himself by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams Recounting the day of a dog named Crispin's Crispian who belongs to himself and his meeting a boy who also is his own boss. The little island (Caldecott Medal Winner 1947) by Margaret Wise Brown (pseudonym Golden MacDonald), illustrated by Leonard Weisgard Text and illustrations depicts the changes that occur on a small island as the seasons come and go, as day changes to night, and as a storm approaches. Wait till the moon is full by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Garth Williams A baby raccoon must wait for a full moon to play in the forest with the other animals. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother. 1|Page
Books that inspired our scientists and staff In the woods: who's been here? Lindsay Barrett George A boy and a girl in the autumn woods find an empty nest, a cocoon, gnawed bark, and other signs of unseen animals and their activities Homme qui plantait des arbres (The man who planted trees) by Jean Giono This is the story of a peaceable shepherd who spent years planting trees, giving life to an arid, desolate countryside. The translator is Jean Roberts. Pagoo by Holling Clancy Holling, with illustrations by the author and Lucille Webster Holling The life story of a hermit crab What do you do with a tail like this? (Caldecott Medal Honor Book 2004) By Steve Jenkins and Robin Page Amazing things that animals can do with their ears, eyes, noses, mouths, feet and tails Blueberries for Sal (Caldecott Medal Honor Book 1949) by Robert McCloskey Little Sal and Little bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother. Owls in the family by Farley Mowat, illustrated by Robert Frankenberg Story of two owls, wol and weeps, who could turn a household upside down, outwit a dog, and terrorize a neighborhood in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Te amo, sol; te amo, luna (I love you sun; I love you moon) by Karen Pandell, illustrated by Tomie dePaola The children in this illustrated book love nature and love eachother. We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rose, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat. 2|Page
Books that inspired our scientists and staff The Lorax by Dr. Seuss The story of the greedy Once-ler, who ignores the Lorax's warnings and chops down all the Truffula trees, causing a local pollution problem The giving tree by Shel Silverstein A young boy grows to manhood and old age experiencing the love and generosity of a tree which gives to him without thought of return. Owl moon (Caldecott Medal Winner 1988) by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl Middle Grades (4-8) The birchbark house written and illustrated by Louise Erdrich Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847 Julie of the wolves (Newbery Medal Winner 1973) by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by John Schoenherr While running away from home and an unwanted marriage, a thirteen-year-old Eskimo girl becomes lost on the North Slope of Alaska and is befriended by a wolf pack My side of the mountain (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1960) by Jean Craighead George A young boy relates his adventures during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. The wind in the willows by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Robert Ingpen 3|Page
Books that inspired our scientists and staff The beloved story of the animal friends and their adventures Minn of the Mississippi (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1952) written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling A snapping turtle, born at the Minnesota headwaters of the Mississippi River, takes a 25-year journey down the river, viewing all of the sights and customs down to New Orleans Paddle to the sea (Caldecott Medal Honor Book 1942) written and illustrated by Holling Clancy Holling An Indian figure in a canoe carved by a young Indian in the Nipigon country north of the Great Lakes travels through all of the Great Lakes and down the St. Lawrence River before he reaches the sea. White Fang by Jack London The story of a dog brought up by a wolf-pack, who eventually comes to know human friendship The call of the wild by Jack London The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack Rascal (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1964) by Sterling North, illustrated by John Schoenherr The author recalls his carefree life in a small Midwestern town at the close of World War I, and his adventures with his pet raccoon, Rascal Island of the blue dolphins (Newbery Medal Winner 1961) by Scott O'Dell, illustrated by Ted Lewin Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island far off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and selfreliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life Abel's island (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1977) by William Steig Castaway on an uninhabited island, Abel, a very civilized mouse, finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home 4|Page
Books that inspired our scientists and staff The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The adventures of a young boy and a run-away slave as they float down the Mississippi on a raft Charlotte's web (Newbery Medal Honor Book 1953) by E.B. White Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte, decides to help him. Trumpet of the swan by E.B. White Louis, a voiceless trumpeter swan, finds himself far from his wilderness home when he determines to communicate by learning to play a stolen trumpet. Upper Grades (9-12) Watership down by Richard Adams After one of them had a vision of doom, a maverick band of rabbits starts searching throughout England for a safe place where they can live in peace The yearling by Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, illustrations by Edward Shenton A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet. 5|Page

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