Books Overview




Audience Level: Ages 4-9


Author Fran Rathmann captivates readers with The Bored Lamb.


This is a Christmas story about a lamb named Curly who is an adventurous little fellow looking for excitement. He wants more than an ordinary day can offer him and finds a day of just eating grass and drinking water simply boring. But the hills of Bethlehem are unusually dry this year. Curly’s mother tells him that the shepherds have gone ahead to search for better grass and water. Curly and the flock of sheep cross the valley and climb a hill to join the shepherds.


Guided by a bright star they behold a glorious scene, and Curly’s life is forever changed.

Audience Level: Ages 4-12


Four kitties are skating on a frozen lake in the mountains when a blizzard overtakes them. They seek shelter in a doghouse. But other animals want shelter in the doghouse too. Will the big dog come home and claim his house?

Audience Level: Ages 4-9


The ordinary reindeer has always wanted to pull ole Santa and his sleigh, and he works hard to achieve his goal. But when Santa gives him the greatest honor, he doubts himself. Will Santa be able to help him? What will happen on Christmas Eve?



Audience Level: Ages 6-12



A pup is born in an alley in the ghetto. He has many adventures, both good and bad. His greatest fear is that he will be picked up and taken to the pound where he will almost surely be euthanized. Whether he stays in the ghetto or moves away, he is determined to survive. Will he survive? Opportunity. What if it isn’t there? At one point, he climbs to the rim and looks down into the ghetto. He could represent a person who lives in the ghetto.

Audience Level: Ages 4-10


The Missing Parts Factory

Candy is a bunny that was born without a tail. He is teased so much about not having a tail that he is driven to tears. He sets out to find someone who can help him. He finds Mr. Otto at the Missing Parts Factory and begins a lifelong journey of helping anyone who needs help.

Audience Level: Ages 4-10




The Ordinary Reindeer led Santa’s reindeer last Christmas but now a big mean reindeer has challenged him. The Ordinary Reindeer counters with a race. Who will win the race?

Audience Level: Ages 4-10



In this third book of the series, the Ordinary Reindeer tells us about his past. Then he waits with his girlfriend, Tessie, to see who Santa will choose to lead his reindeer this Christmas. Santa surprises the Ordinary Reindeer with a special Christmas gift.




The 2018 New York Book Rights Fair

The 2018 National Educational Association

The 2018 Frankfurt International Book Fair

The 2018 Sharjah International Book Fair

The 2019 London International Book Fair

The 2019 American Library Association Annual

The 2019 American Association of School Librarians

The 2019 The Word On The Street Festival