The Lion and the Bird

A lion finds a wounded bird in his garden and decides to care for it through the winter. When spring arrives, the bird’s flock returns and the bird goes off with them. Lion is sad, but autumn brings a wonderful surprise.

Kindness, Empathy


AR Reading Level 1.1

AR Point .5

Word Count 142

Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story


When Penguin finds a lost pinecone one day, an unlikely friendship blooms. But Grandpa reminds Penguin that pinecones can’t live in the snow they belong in the warm forest far away. Though he will miss his friend, Penguin returns Pinecone to his home, dreaming of the day they can reunite. And when he finally returns to the forest to check on his friend, Penguin discovers that love only grows over time.



AR Reading Level 1.2

AR Point .5

Word Count 212


Little Dog Lost











On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea.

The gallant rescue of the little dog nicknamed Baltic made international news. Mônica Carnesi’s simple text and charming watercolor illustrations convey all the drama of Baltic’s journey. His story, with its happy ending, will warm readers’ hearts. An author’s note and map are included.


Courage and Kindness


AR Reading Level 1.5

AR Point .5

Word Count 343





All for Pie Pie for All by David Martin


What a quality read to get the kids talking about community and friendship! In this lovely illustrated book Grandma Cat makes a delicious apple pie that is shared by her family as well as a mouse and ant family. The three families come together in the end to make a blueberry pie. The final scene shows all three families at the dinner table with Grandma Cat serving blueberry pie.

ATOS Book Level 1.3
Word Count 252