Charlie Bumpers

What is it: Charlie Bumpers is a series of chapter books about a 4th grader and his problems at school. There are audiobook versions of the stories, read by the author, that are fun to listen to in the car. BOOK 1 Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year BOOK 2 Charlie Bumpers vs.… Continue reading Charlie Bumpers

The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes

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Holes

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The Roald Dahl Audio Collection

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Geronimo Stilton

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The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster

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The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me – Roald Dahl

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How to Be a Viking

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The Giant Jam Sandwich

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