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school1Find books and other resources at Plymouth LIbrary to introduce you and your child to what to expect in preschool and kindergarten.

There are picture books & more to read with your child to prepare them for what to expect starting at a new school or returning to school. And there are books for parents to read to about what you can do to help your young child succeed at school.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Youth Graphic Novels AVA
  Air   |   Earth   |   Fire   |   Water

When young waterbender, Katara, and her warrior brother, Sokka, rescue a mysterious boy named Aang, who is the last airbender and the long-lost Avatar, Katara and Sokka must make sure that Aang fulfills his destiny and saves the world.

Knights of the Lunch Table Knights of the Lunch Table
Book 1: The Dodge Ball Chronicles

Book 2: The Dragon Players
by Frank Cammuso
Youth Graphic Novels  KNI

Arnie opens a mysterious locker at Camelot Middle School and ends up in a dodgeball game with the school bullies.

BC Mambo
Stone Rabbit Series

by Eric Craddock
Youth Graphic Novels STO

BC Mambo   |   Pirate Palooza 

After Stone Rabbit is transported back to prehistoric times, his bottle of barbecue sauce becomes the key ingredient in a power-hungry Neanderthal's plan to dominate the world.


Scrapyard Detectives
The Scrapyard Detectives: Collected Cases

by Bill Galvan
Youth Graphic Novels SCR

A group of children from diverse backgrounds and abilities work together to solve mysteries. In 'Patriot Dreams,' the new multi-cultural community center brings people from other backgrounds to the neighborhood, but someone sets it ablaze--with Jinn and Raymond inside! Will the detectives save themselves and solve the mystery in time?

Stardust Kid
The Stardust Kid

by J.M. DeMatties
Youth Graphic Novels STA

From the creators of "Abadazad" comes an all-new fantasy. In a world where magic is older than time, an ancient evil lurks, four children must solve the mystery of The Stardust Kid. Full color.

Adventures in Oz  Adventures in Oz
by Eric Shanower
Youth Graphic Novels ADV

Dorothy returns to the Emerald City to live with the new queen, Ozma. Dorothy must protect an apple tree or Oz will lose its magic, she journeys to a secret island in search of a rare fish, the Ice King steals Ozma off the throne, a young nymph is banished from the Forbidden Forest and forced to marry a troll, and Dorothy sets out to break an age-old enchantment.

Aargh Its an alien
Aargh, It’s an Alien

by Karen Wallace
Youth Graphic Novels GRA

More than anything, Albert Twiddle wants to spend time with his parents, but Mr. and Mrs. Twiddle are always working. When Albert starts spending time with his alien friends, something interesting happens!

Archies amazing game
Archie’s Amazing Game
by Michael Hardcastle
Youth Graphic Novel GRA

Archie loves playing soccer, but his mother has banned him from playing during their vacation. He makes clever agreements with his brother and sister, hoping he'll be able to play.
Hit it  Hit It by Michael Hardcastle
Youth Graphic Novels GRA

Scott and Kel are rivals on the same soccer team, the Aces. As they compete to be the team's top scorer, their team chases after the league championship. Scott and Kel need to decide what's more important, their personal goals or teamwork.

Arf and the Greedy Gabber Arf and the Greedy Grabber
by Philip Wooderson
Youth Graphic Novel ARF

Arf loves to play practical jokes. His tricks give him and his sister a laugh until one joke backfires, and he and his sister end up in trouble with the police.

Three Dogs
Arf and the Three Dogs
by Philip Wooderson
Youth Graphic Novel ARF

Arf decides to use his mother's camera to make money as a reporter and photographer. When he takes pictures of the neighborhood dogs, Arf realizes that something strange is happening at the animal shelter.
Horror of the Heights
Horror of the Heights

by Anthony Masters
Youth Graphic Novels GRA

Dean Lambert suffers from a fear of heights--a big deal if your brother is a diving champion and your father runs the Wave Crest Health Club. Someone is out to sabotage the diving board that Dean fears. He needs to expose the saboteur for everyone's sake.

Joker Joker
by Anthony Masters
Youth Graphic Novels MAS

Mel loves magic tricks and practical jokes. But when his dad, Magic Max, is kidnapped, no one believes him. Everyone thinks Mel is joking.

Abracadabra Abracadabra
by Alex Gutteridge
Youth Graphic Novels GRA

Amy invites her classmates to a birthday party at her father's farm, which was built near a village that had been deserted more than 300 years ago. Her cousin, Tom, has a strange feeling about the place. Then he comes face to face with Charlotte, Becca's double. Charlotte died more than 300 years ago and tells Tom about the deserted village and about Becca.
A Nose for Danger A Nose for Danger
by Bob Temple
Youth Graphic Novels JIM

A bag of diamonds is missing from the jewelry store, and Jimmy, with his supersnotty schnozz, saves the day.

Rapunzel Rapunzel’s Revenge
by Shannon Hale
Youth Graphic Novels HAL

Rapunzel is raised in a grand villa surrounded by towering walls. Rapunzel dreams of a different mother than Gothel, the woman she calls Mother. She climbs over the wall and finds out the truth. Her real mother, Kate, is a slave in Gothel's gold mine. In this Old West retelling, Rapunzel uses her hair as a lasso and to take on outlaws--including Gothel.

Babymouse Babymouse by Jennifer Holm
Youth Graphic Novels BAB

   Queen of the World   |   Our Hero      |   Beach Babe   |   Rockstar         
   Heartbreaker      |   Camp Babymouse     |   Skater Girl   |   Puppy Love   
   Monster Mash   |   The Musical   |   Dragonslayer   |    Cupcake Tycoon  | Mad Scientist 

An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl's slumber party. (Summary for Queen of the World.)

Amulet The Stonekeeper Amulet (Book 1)
by Kazu Kibuishi
Youth Graphic Novels AMU

"After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves" -- from publisher's web site.
Dracula Madness Dracula Madness: A Sam and Friends mystery (Book 1)
by Mary Labatt
Youth Fiction SAM
In the first book in the Sam and Friends Mystery graphic novel series, Dracula Madness, Jennie meets Samantha, the sheepdog belonging to her new next-door neighbors. No ordinary dog, Sam is a detective with a nose for sniffing out a mystery even in a small town as uneventful as Woodford. No ordinary girl, Jennie has a special connection with this dog Jennie can read Sams thoughts.
babysitters club The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy's Great Ideaby Ann M. Martin

Follows the adventures of Kristy and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club as they deal with crank calls, uncontrollable two-year-olds, wild pets, and parents who do not always tell the truth. A graphic novel based on the 1988 book by the same name.
Magic Pickle Magic Pickle by Scott Morse
Youth Fiction MORSE
   Magic Pickle   |   Magic Pickle and the Planet of the Grapes   |   

   Magic Pickle vs. the Egg Poacher   |   Magic Pickle and the Garden of Evil   

Magic Pickle is after a rotten egg in town who's out to poach a wild kiwi but in the process creates gooey havoc at the zoo. (for Magic Pickle vs. the Egg Poacher.
Max Disaster Max Disaster by Marissa Moss
Youth Fiction MOSS
    Alien Eraser to the Rescue   |   . . . Unravels the Mystery of the Pyramids

Welcome to Max's secret collection of inventions, comic strips, and random thoughts about school, family breakups, and the power of Alien Eraser. Pimply older brothers. Good parents who get into bad fights. Lucky for Max, he has a place to jot down his mixed-up thoughts and brilliant ideas. In a quirky mix of comics, concoctions, and contraptions, Max tells thestory of his topsy-turvy life -- and how he tries to hold it and himself all together.
Bakery Thief Claire and the Bakery Thief by Janice Poon
Youth Fiction POON

A girl, her dog and her best friend must catch the Bakery Thief -- a recipe for fun and adventure in a graphic novel that girls will devour.

Joey Fly Private Eye Joey Fly, Private Eye by Aaron Reynolds
Youth Fiction REYNOLDS

Have you ever had one of those moments? You know--you're trying to find a stolen diamond pencil box for your beautiful butterfly customer, your mosquito witness won't give you any information, and your clumsy scorpion assistant has just tampered with your only bit of evidence?Joey Fly has those moments a lot.
Hyperactive Hyperactive by Scott Christian Sava
Youth Fiction SAVA

Twelve-year-old Joey Caram's metabolism has gone haywire! Joey soon discovers that he's capable of running 100 mph, can clean his room in 4-seconds, and do all of his chores before a commercial finishes on TV. His parents and doctors are baffled. But, Mr. Itchez of Burnz and Itchez Pharmaceutical Corporation believes he can market Joey's new found gift - and he's willing to go to any lengths to acquire Joey's DNA!
Kung Fu Klutz Kung Fu Klutz and Karate Cool by Mark Seidenberg
Youth Fiction SEIDENBERG

Clumsy and impulsive, eight-year-old Marvin Klutzer is constantly bullied at school until he signs up for karate and learns about the importance of patience and taking things one step at a time.

Little Vampire Little Vampire by Joann Sfar
Youth Fiction SFAR

An unusual friendship forms between a vampire and a human, when Little Vampire leaves notes on homework Michael has left at school.

Korgi Korgiby Christian Slade
Youth Fiction SLADE
   Book 1   |   Book 2   |   

Christian Slade, a former Disney animator and currently full-time freelance illustrator, has brought to Top Shelf a gorgeously illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl named Ivy, her dog Sprout and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hollow. This amazing combination of adventure and fantasy will appeal to all who love Andy Runton's Owly and Jeff Smith's Bone.
Kaput and Zosky Kaput and Zosky by Christian Slade
Youth Fiction SLADE

Would-be world conquerors Kaput and Zosky are at the pinnacle of their careers. So why does victory always slip from their grasp? On one planet the natives surrender to Kaput and Zosky without a fight - where's the fun in that? On another, Kaput finds that he's won the lottery - and the prize is invested by well-meaning people against his will until he learns he now rules their planet.
Twisted Journey Twisted JourneyYouth Fiction TWISTED
   Captured by Pirates   |   Escape from Pyramid X   |   

   Terror in Ghost Mansion   |   The Treasure of Mount Fate   |

   Nightmare on Zombie Island   |   The Time Travel Trap

Match your wits against a band of pirates on the high seas. You decide whether to try to defeat them or to join them. (Summary of Captured by Pirates)
Frankie Pickle Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Youth Fiction WIGHT

Fourth-grader Frankie Piccolini has a vivid imagination when it comes to cleaning his disastrously messy room, but eventually even he decides that it is just too dirty.


pirate mapCaptain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs by Giles Andreae and Russell Ayto
Picture Book AND
One day, Flinn finds a pirate crying in the supply closet at school. Captain Stubble's ship has been stolen, and soon Flinn and his friends are off to win it back from the Pirate Dinosaurs! This is a little bit scary for young children, but exciting for older preschoolers and up.
Olive's Pirate Party by Roberta Baker. Illustrated by Debbie Tilley.
Picture Book – BAK

Olive wants a pirate party for her seventh birthday. When her aged and proper Aunt Tiffany volunteers to host, Olive wishes she'd never thought of the idea. But creativity and love win the day in this light-hearted story.
Fluffy: Scourge of the Sea by Teresa Bateman. Illustrated by Michael Chesworth.
Picture Book – BAT

An overdressed poodle named Fluffy is taken captive by a crew of salty pirate dogs in this fun, rhyming saga. All is not lost, for Fluffy’s quick wits soon make him captain of the pirate ship. The cartoon-like colored pencil and watercolor illustrations fit the story perfectly.

Victricia Malicia, Book-Loving Buccaneer by Carrie Clickard. Illustrated by Mark Meyers.
Picture Book - CLI
Victricia Malicia is a young pirate girl whose family members have all been pirates for generations.Born on ship and taught pirate ways, everyone expects her to grow up to be a pirate. But Victricia Malicia loves books and dry land. Can she find a new life for herself and still keep the respect of her pirate parents and peers. This funny story is told in bouncy rhyme with bright, cartoony acrylic illustrations that will charm preschoolers and up.

The Pirate Meets the Queen by Matt Faulkner.
Picture Book Shelves – FAU

This exciting tale tells embroiders what is known of real-life Irish pirate Granny O’Malley (short for Granuaile or Grace). She cut off her hair and disguised herself as a boy to join her father’s ship in her youth. Later in life, in the title episode, she goes in person to petition Red Liz, the Queen of England, for her son’s freedom. It’s illustrated with flowing but realistic gouache paintings. This is a little long, and exciting without being scary.
Pirate Piggy Wiggy by Christyan and Diane Fox.
Picture Book Shelves – FOX
PiggyWiggy dreams of being a pirate in a book suitable for the very youngest buccaneers, with brief text and bold pictures.

Tough Boris by Mem Fox. Illustrated by Kathryn Brown.
Picture Book – FOX

"[Boris] was tough. All pirates are tough." So begins this classic pirate book for all ages. Young children will appreciate the simple, repetitive text. Children beginning to read on their own will be able to read the text, while both they and their parents will enjoy following the more complicated story told in the expressive watercolor pictures.

Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke. Illustrated by Kerstin Meyer.
Picture Book – FUN

Young Molly is sailing to visit her grandma when she is kidnapped by Captain Firebeard, terror of the high seas. Although they make her do all the work on the ship, she won’t reveal her parents’ names and addresses. She has a plan, and when Captain Firebeard finds out who her mother is, he’ll be shaking in his boots.
Roger, the Jolly Pirate by Brett Helquist.
Picture Book – HEL
Roger is a terrible pirate – too clumsy and especially too cheerful. He’s told to stay below decks when his pirate ship is attacked, but in the end, saves the day. It’s a light-hearted origin story for the pirate flag from the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.
The Erie Canal Pirates by Eric A. Kimmel. Illustrated by Andrew Glass.
Picture Book – KIM

Pirates come a little closer to home with this song of escaping from pirates on the Erie Canal. It turns out there really were Erie Canal pirates, but kids will love this fanciful rhyme (it scans to the original Erie Canal song) and the fantastical adventure. Bold and loose illustrations.
Bubble Bath Piratesby Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Picture Book - KRO

When Pirate Mommy tells her little pirates to walk the plank into the bathtub, off they go. This is a bright and rhythmic book suitable for even very young pirates.
Pirate Bob by Kathryn Lasky. Illustrated by David Clark.
Picture Book – LAS

Pirate Bob has a long nose with a scar that runs all the way to his ear, which has a gold earring. His best friend, Yellow Jack, has scurvy and also buried treasure. This is an honest look at the life of a pirate, with captivatingly humorous ink and watercolor illustrations.
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long. Illustrated by David Shannon.
Picture Book – LON

Young Jeremy Jacobs is building sandcastles on the beach when a pirate ship sails up. Captain Braidbeard and his crew are lost, and looking for a good digger. In a fabulous dream-come-true narrative, he joins the pirate crew and learns the ups and downs of being a pirate –no veggies, but also no bedtime kisses. And of course, he still has to be home in time for soccer practice the next day. David Shannon’s quirky oil paintings are the perfect accompaniment for this book.
Don't Mention Pirates by Sarah McConnell.
Picture Book – MCC

Scarlett Silver knows that she isn’t supposed to talk about pirates at home, even though their house is shaped like a pirate ship. But when she finds gold in their yard, it turns out that treasure is easier to bury than a true pirate nature.
Backbeard and the Birthday Suit by Matthew McElligott
Picture Book – MCE

Captain Backbeard is a fierce, slobby and very hairy pirate. He can’t even get a parrot to stay with him. When his birthday party rips his old clothes to shreds, it’s time to visit a tailor for a new suit, even if the tailor doesn’t have regular pirate clothes. What will his pirate crew have to say about his new bright clothes with matching straw boater?
Captain Abdul’s Pirate School by Colin McNaughton
Picture Book – MCN

Maisy Pickles' father thinks she needs to be tougher, so he sends her to pirate school. When she overhears the pirate teachers talking about asking for ransom money from the children's parents, she decides to be a better pirate than the pirates and organizes a mutiny. A little on the long side, but a fun story.
Edward and the Pirates by David McPhail
Picture Book – MCP

Edward loves to read. He loves to read so much that he feels like he’s really part of the story. But what will he do when pirates come in the middle of the night to claim the book about lost pirate treasure that Edward checked out of the library? Although the text is simple, the references to characters like Admiral Peary and Robin Hood, combined with powerful pirates painted in dark acrylics make this more suitable for early elementary school children than preschoolers.
You Can Do Anything, Daddy! By Michael Rex
Picture Book – REX

A bedtime story comes to life in this entertaining tale. Daddy reassures his son that he would do whatever it takes to rescue him from pirates who are robot gorilla pirates from Mars by the end, braving dangers vaguely reminiscent of Indiana Jones. Afterwards, the son takes care of Daddy with apple juice, bandages and kisses. Prepare for multiple readings.
This Little Pirate by Philemon Sturges. Illustrated by Amy Walrod.
Picture Book – STU

The words sound remarkably like the familiar “This Little Piggy.” The pirates are, in fact, piggies. Two crews of fearsome pirate piggies, both headed for the same large treasure chest. Who will get there first? What will happen? A fun adventure for young pirates, of course! Detailed cut-paper illustrations round out the story.
Shiver Me Letters: a Pirate ABC by June Sobel. Illustrated by Henry Cole
Picture Book – SOB

“’R,’ roared the captain. ‘R’s not enough. We need other letters to help make us tough.” Thus begins the fearsome quest to find every letter of the alphabet. The rhyming text makes this more readable than many alphabet books, while the cheerful animal crew adds to the already lively story.


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