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Ages 6-8Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Pottie People

Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People by Dav Pilkey
George and Harold have entered an absurd alternate reality where teachers are nice, kids are allowed to read banned books, and the cafeteria food doesn't smell like dirty diapers. Even worse, they've discovered alternate versions of themselves--Evil George and Evil Harold--who plan to unleash some preposterous plans on Piqua, Ohio. Now it's up to George and Harold to defeat the evil twins and their superhero, Captain Blunderpants!

Hooray for Diffendoofer DayFirst Day Jitters by Julie Dannenberg
Sarah Jane is worried about going to a new school. She refuses to get out of bed because she keeps imagining all the bad things that can happen. Readers will understand and sympathize with Sarah's feelings and laugh when they discover the surprise ending to this delightful story.

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day! By Dr. Seuss and Jack Prelutsky
This story stars an unsinkable teacher named Miss Bonkers and quirky little Diffendoofer School, which must prove it has taught its students how to think.

Horrible Harry and the Purple PeopleHorrible Harry and the Purple People by Suzy Kline
Harry has always had a vivid imagination, but now he's saying there are Purple People in the classroom that only he can see. No one believes Harry, but then strange and unexplainable things start happening in Room 2B. Is Harry playing a horrible trick, or are the Purple People real?

How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen
Everyone's favorite dinosaurs are back—and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!

How do dinosaurs go to schoolI Hate Rules by Nancy E. Krulik
When Katie gets caught breaking the rules, first passing a note, and later with a cell phone (that isn't even hers!), she loses her recess for the day. She's had it with the school rules! When she turns into the principal, Mr. Kane, she makes a new rule—that there are no rules! Things get out of hand and Katie turns back into herself before she can fix things. The real Mr. Kane loses his job because the parents and teachers are so angry. Will Katie be able to make things right and get Mr. Kane his job back?

Junie B. First Grader (at last!) by Barbara Park
Hurray, hurray for a brand-new school year! Only, for Junie B. Jones, things are not June B. First Grader (at last!)actually that pleasant. ’Cause first grade means having to get used to a whole new classroom. And a whole new teacher. And a whole new bunch of strange children. But here’s the worst thing of all: when Junie B. tries to read words on the chalkboard, she can’t seem to see what everyone else is seeing! Is it possible she might actually end up wearing glasses?

The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan
When a traveling minstrel foretells that he is to become a hero, Wiglaf sets out to fulfill his destiny: he signs up at the Dragon Slayers' Academy. But how can he ever hope to be a dragon slayer when he can't even stand the sight of blood?

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