Fiction – Car Wash

Garland, Michael. Car Goes Fast.
2013. New York: Holiday House.
Perfect for beginning readers, this "I Like to Read" book tells the tale of a car that gets dirty, goes to the car wash, and comes out clean again, all with minimal text.

O'Garden, Irene. The Scrubbly-Bubbly Car Wash.
2003. Illus., Cynthia Jabar. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
This title is full of fun wordplay like "drippity-droppity, bottom-to-toppity" and "clickety-clackety, rattley-rackety." Everyone will love this fun car wash.

Steen, Sandra and Susan Steen. Car Wash.
2001. Illus., G. Brian Karas. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons.
Two imaginative kids pretend they are traveling into the deep ocean and passing sea creatures while riding through the car wash with dad.

Sutherland, Harry A. Dad's Car Wash.
1988. Illus., Maxie Chambliss. New York: Aladdin Books.
After a day of playing, John visits Dad's Car Wash. The pages juxtapose a boy in the bathtub with a toy dinosaur washing a car. The book playfully uses automobile terminology like front axle, hub caps, and exhaust systems.

Fiction – Self-Esteem

Curtis, Jamie Lee. I'm Gonna Like Me: Letting Off a Little Self-Esteem.
2002. Illus., Laura Cornell. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
Rhyming text declares that "I'm gonna like me" when I lose a tooth, when I make a mistake, when I do the right thing, and when I try something new.

DiPucchio, Kelly. Clink.
2011. Illus., Matthew Myers. New York: Balzar + Bray.
Clink is an old robot that can't keep up with all the new robot designs available. All he can do is make toast and play music. He has all but given up when Milton enters the shop and sees the value in Clink.

Harper, Charise Mericle. Cupcake.
2010. New York: Disney*Hyperion Books.
Vanilla Cupcake is thrilled to meet all his brothers and sisters but becomes sad when he is the only cupcake left. Luckily, he makes a friend with a simple yet creative candle.

Mills, Claudia. Ziggy's Blue-Ribbon Day.
2005. Illus., R. W. Alley. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Ziggy dreads track-and-field day at school. He knows he won't win any blue ribbons running a race, high jumping, or throwing a ball. But by the end of the day he has earned many blue ribbons from his friends for doing what he does best – sitting still and drawing pictures.

Weeks, Sara. I'm a Pig.
2005. Illus., Holly Berry. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.
This pig is thrilled to be a pig and not an armadillo, lion, or goose. She proclaims her feelings for all the world to see.

Fiction – Helping Others

Alborough, Jez. Duck in a Truck.
2000. New York : HarperCollins Publishers
Story of a duck whose truck gets stuck in the muck and several animal friends help him get out and then they get stuck.

Blake, Quentin. A sailing boat in the sky.
2002. London : Jonathan Cape.
On a great adventure around the world in a ruined old sailing boat, Nicholas and Isobel see a world that has lost its way. A girl being bullied, a weak child forced to work - at each place they stop to help, and finally they are able to mend the sailing boat with the help of their new friends.

Coffelt, Nancy. Aunt Ant leaves through the leaves.
2012. New York : Holiday House.
In a homonym-filled tale reminiscent of "The Little Red Hen," a monkey asks for help moving a stack of bananas so that he can bake a pie.

Costello, David. I can help.
2010. New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux.
When Duck gets lost and Monkey helps him find his way, it starts a chain reaction in which all the young animals help each other solve their problems.

Ernst, Lisa Campbell. Sylvia Jean, scout supreme.
2000. New York : Dutton Children's Books.
Sylvia Jean disguises herself in order to assist a neighbor who does not want her enthusiastic help, but she still might be the only one in her Pig Scout Troop who will not earn a Good Deed Badge.

Gagnon, Michelle (2001) Let's pull together.
2001. Montreal : Tormont Publications.
Four short tales about animals who give their friends a hand.

Galdone, Paul The little red hen.
1973. New York : Seabury Press.
The little red hen finds none of her friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the cake she makes from it.

Greiner, Gail. Patchwork helps a friend.
2013. Brooklyn, NY : POW!
Fred, friend of Patchwork the patchwork teddy bear, is in need of repair. Follow Patchwork as he finds the materials needed to help out Fred.

Kraus, Robert. Herman the helper..
1974. New York : Windmill Books
Herman the helpful octopus is always willing to assist anyone who needs his help - old or young, friend or enemy.

Law, Felicia. Olivia the orangutan : a tale of helpfulness.
2011. New York : Windmill Books.
When she takes on one job too many, Olivia gets a helper of her own, and finds that the work goes twice as fast.

Leonni, Leo. Swimmy.
1963. New York : Pantheon.
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.

Lewis, J. Patrick. The good ship crocodile.
2013. Mankato, MN : Creative Editions.
During the rainy season, when the river rises, Snout the crocodile helps many creatures cross to the other side but when the rain stops and the river dries up, it is Snout who needs help getting home.

Lucas, David. The robot and the bluebird.
2008. New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.
A broken robot makes a home for a cold, tired bluebird trying to fly south for the winter, and eventually, he carries the bird to a warmer climate while she rests in the cavity where his heart used to be.

Murphy, Mary. How kind! Cambridge,
2002. Boston, MA : Candlewick Press.
When Hen gives Pig an egg, she sets off a chain of events that brings kindness to all of the animals on the farm.

Panzieri, Lucia. The kindhearted crocodile.
2013. New York : Holiday House.
A crocodile that longs to be a pet sneaks into a house, hides in the pages of a picture book during the day, and comes out a night to do kind and useful things for the family while they sleep.

Rostoker-Gruber, Karen. Rooster can't cock-a-doodle-doo.
2004. New York, Dial Books for Young Readers.
When Rooster's throat is too sore for him to crow, the other farm animals help both him and Farmer Ted.

Schoene, Kerstin. A mountain of friends.
2013. Markham, Ontario : Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
Little penguin is sad because he can't fly. Can the other animals help him to achieve his dream?

Seuss, Dr. Horton hatches the egg.
1940. New York : Random House.
When a lazy bird hatching an egg wants a vacation, she asks Horton, the elephant, to sit on her egg -- which he does through all sorts of hazards until he is rewarded for doing what he said he would.

Waddell, Martin. You and me, Little Bear.
1996. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press.
Little Bear helps Big Bear gather wood, fetch water, and tidy the cave so that they can play together.


Franks, Katie. I Want To Be a Race Car Driver.
2007. New York: PowerKIDS Press.
Learn about NASCAR and some of the drivers.

Kulling, Monica. Eat My Dust!: Henry Ford's First Race.
2004. Illus., Richard Walz. New York; Random House.
On October 10, 1901, Henry Ford won a car race and used the prize money to create the Ford Motor Company. With colorful illustrations and a story-like writing, this nonfiction title can be shared with a group of children.

Rex, Michael. My Race Car.
2000. New York: Henry Holt and Company.
It's race day! Learn about the pit crew, roll cage, and the track as a driver tries to win the race.

Tuchman, Gail. Race Day.
2010. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic.
Action packed photographs accompany beginning reader text about car racing.

Fiction – Competition

Barton, Chris. Shark vs. Train.
2010. Illus., Tom Lichtenheld. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
Who is better riding a seesaw? Shark or train? How about running a lemonade stand? Or performing in a piano recital? Everyone will be laughing at the crazy competitions between these two unlikely opponents.

Bateman, Teresa. Paul Bunyan vs. Hals Halson.
2011. Chicago: Albert Whitman & Company.
Laugh along with this tall tale of a larger-than-life lumberjack that tries to challenge Paul Bunyan to see who is best.

Brown, Peter. The Fabulous Bouncing Chowder.
2007. New York: Little, Brown and Company.
Chowder doesn't fit in with the rest of the dogs at the Fabu Pooch Boot Camp but when the pageant comes along he finds a way to win by being himself. Share this title with early elementary students.

Bruchac, Joseph and James Bruchac. Raccoon's Last Race.
2004. Illus., Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.
In this trickster tale from the Abenaki tradition, Azban the Raccoon is always challenging the other animals to races because he always wins. When he challenges Big Rock he gets flattened and is never the same again.

Bruins, David. The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear.
2009. Illus., Hilary Leung. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press Ltd.
Three friends try to outdo each other and finally realize that they all have unique talents. Instructions on how to play Ninja Cowboy Bear (a full-body version of Rock Paper Scissors) is included in the back of the book.

Gilman, Grace. Dixie Wins the Race.
2012. Illus., Jacqueline Rogers. New York: Harper.
Dixie knows she is supposed to "Sit. Stay. Cheer." but she can't help but join the race when Emma falls. Part of the I Can Read series.

Lord, Cynthia. Hot Rod Hamster.
2010. Illus., Derek Anderson. New York: Scholastic Press.
Follow along as Hamster builds a hot rod from parts found in a junk yard. Which parts would you choose? And will Hamster will the race?

McMullan, Kate. I'm Fast!
2012. Illus., Jim McMullan. New York: Balzer + Bray.
A train and a car race each other to Chicago. Everyone will love the "vruuummms" and "chooka chooka chooka chooka."

Ross, Tony. I Want to Win!
2012. London: Andersen Press.
The Little Princess wins everything in the castle but things are different at school. No matter how hard she tries, someone else gets the trophy. Maybe trying hard makes her a winner too.

Lewis, J. Patrick and Douglas Florian. Poem-Mobiles: Crazy Car Poems.
2014. Illus., Jeremy Holmes. New York: Schwartz & Wade Books.
The vehicles in this book are wacky: a car that looks like a fish, a car that drives backwards, and a caterpillar cab that transforms into a butterfly.

Resource Book

Irving, Jan and Robin Currie. Full Speed Ahead: Stories and Activities for Children on Transportation.
1988. Englewood, CO: Teacher Ideas Press.
This is an older resource but it is full of books, rhymes, and activities for young children relating to many forms of transportation.

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