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Betsie Valley District Library

PoWer Book Bags at the Betsie Valley District Library!

Thanks to a collaborative effort by the Advocates for Benzie County’s Education Task Force along with the four public libraries of the county, PoWeR Book Bags are going out this summer to Benzie County children from pre-school on up. PoWeR stands for Play, Write, and Read. Each bag contains books, writing materials, and a finger puppet to encourage play.

PoWer Book Bag smiling bag with a book logoPoWer Book Bag Program flyer

If your child(ren) would like to receive a bag and up to SIX free books for their home library, simply sign-up by clicking on link shown on this page or call 231-378-2716 for more information. You and your child decide the reading level you are most comfortable with, regardless of age.

For toddlers and preschoolers, you can help your child select books from the board books, picture books and early reader books. Also, elementary and up kids will have the opportunity to select their own books. Books and bags are handed out on a first come, first serve basis, so select your books TODAY! See book list below (please note, that the list shows  the number of books that we have for each title).

Click here to sign-up and select your books. For your book selection, be sure to indicate the title and author. After signing up to receive a bag, or call us with your selections, you will be contacted to schedule pick up.

PoWeR Book Bags is a non-profit started in Suttons Bay in 2016, with a two-fold mission: to increase children’s language and literacy experiences AND to grow the number of books in their personal collections. The focus is on giving literacy materials to underserved children in Northern Michigan. To learn more about PoWeR Book Bags, please visit their website at

Power Book Bag Booklist

Board Books, Toddler Books
Baa, Baa Black Sheep & Other Nursery Rhymes by Make Believe Ideas, LTD              6
A Busy Creature’s Day Eating! Mo Willems                                                                     6
Disney’s Inside and Out: Disgust by Brittany Candace                                                    1
Here, George! By Sandra Boynton                                                                                   1                                                   
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! By Mo Willems                                                                 1
Standroid and Dandroid Make a Mess by Michael Scott                                                1
Tomo and His Animal Friends by Trevor Lai                                                                   7
Toy Story 4: Hang In There, starring Ducky and Bunny by Suzanne Francis                 1
Toy Story 4: Listen to Your Inner Voice, starring Buzz by Suzanne Francis                   1
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli                                                                           1
Whisker Haven: Sultan’s Triumphs, Five Tiny Tales by Robin Epstein                           1
Who Goes Moo? by Veronique Petit                                                                               2
Winter Colorland by Natalie Shaw                                                                                  7     
Wish by Matthew Cordell                                                                                                1


Pre-K – 2nd Grade

Aladdin: A Friend Like Him by Suzanne Francis                                                            2
Aladdin: Diamond in the Rough by Eric Geron                                                               1
A is For America by Tanya Lee Stone                                                                             1
Amazing Dolphins by Sarah L. Thompson                                                                      2
The Camping Trip That Changed the World by Barb Rosenstock                                  1
Captain Awesome and the Mummy’s Treasure by Stan Kirby                                        1
Captain Awesome Saves the Winter Wonderland by Stan Kirby                                   1
Caveboy is Bored! By Sudipta Bardhen-Qualen                                                            5
Company’s Going by Arthur Yorinks                                                                              5
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat                                                                                 3
Critter Club: Liz and the Sand Castle Contest
by Caliie Barkley                                   2
Dancing Dinos at the Beach by Sally Lucas                                                                  4
Disney Duck Tales: Launch Pads Note Pad: Jokes to Quack You Up!
                                                                                 By Steve Behling                          9
Disney Princess: My First Bedtime Stories
by Disney Press                                        1
Doc McStuffins: Chilly Catches Cold by Sheila Sweeny Higginson                              1
Doc McStuffins: Engine Nine, Feelin’ Fine by Bill Scolon                                             1
Doc McStuffins: Snowman Surprise by Andrea Posner-Sanchez                                 1         
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!
By Mo Willems                                                       2
Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli                                                                          1
The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? By Mo Williams                                                              2
The Eager Bunny by Janice Knuth Gordon                                                                   1
Easter Has Eggs by Amanda Haley                                                                              1
First Pitch by David Sabino                                                                                            6
Fairy Freedom Fighters: The Attack of the Giant Hound by Nick Page                         2
Five True Dog Stories by Margarent Davidson                                                             1
Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie by Lori Haskins Houran                                     5
Flat Stanley: His Original Adventure #12 by Jeff Brown                                               1
Flat Stanley: Stanley’s Christmas Adventure by Jeff Brown                                         1
Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures: Escape to California by Josh Greenhut            4
Frozen Fever Storybook and CD by Meredith Rusu                                                     2
Furry Freedom Fighters: The Attack of the Giant Hound by Nick Page                        2         
The Good For Nothing Button! by Charise Maericle Harper                                         4
Harold & Hog Pretend for Real! By Dan Santat                                                            2
Happy Birthday to You, You Belong in a Zoo by Diane de Groat                                 1
Hear This! By Lynette Evans                                                                                        2
Henry Hugglemonster: Snow Day by Bill Scolon                                                          2
Here’s Hank: Stop That Frog! By Henry Winkler                                                          5
Hotel Transylvania: The Drac is Back! By Lauren Forte                                               1
If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff                                                                2
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Amanda Haley                                                     1
The Itchy Book by LeUyen Pham                                                                                  5
I Lost My Tooth by Mo Willems                                                                                      7
I Love You Bunnies by Laura Driscoll                                                                            2
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alsison Jackson                                    6
I Really Like Slop by Mo Willems                                                                                  1         
It’s Shoe Time! By Bryan Collier                                                                                    4
Jack and Jill and T-Ball Bill by Terry Pierce                                                                   5
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? By Nancy White Carlstrom                                     1
Journey to Pluto by Jordan D. Brown                                                                           3
Jump Shot! By David Sabino                                                                                        5
Kiwi Cannot Reach by Jason Tharp                                                                             1
The Little Red Caboose by Kristen L. Depken                                                             7
A Magical Match by Sheila Sweeny Higginson                                                            2
Mama Loves by Molly Goode                                                                                       5
Mary Poppins by P. Lo. Travers                                                                                    2
Mary Poppins Returns by Bonnie Steele                                                                      2
Mary Poppins Returns: Everything is Possible by Nancy Parent                                 2
Miles from Tomorrowland: Might Merc by Sheila Sweeney Higginson                         2
Mission to the Moon! By D. Brown                                                                               2
Moana Storybook with CD by Bill Scolon                                                                     1
Nuzzles and the Easter Egg Mix-up Storybook with CD, by Rico Green                     2
The Night Before My Dance Recital by Amy Wumer                                                   1
The Night Before The New Pet by Natasha Wing                                                        2
Olympig! By Victoria Jamieson                                                                                    3
The Pigeon Has to Go to School!
By Mo Willems                                                       9
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! By Mo Willems                                                                  3
Sammy the Seal by Syd Hoff                                                                                       6
Santa Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins                                                                                  2
Skippy Jon Jones Class Action by Judy Schachner                                                    3
The Smallest Cow in the World by Katherine Paterson                                               2
Snoopy, First Beagle to the Moon! By Charles M. Schultz                                           2
Snow Day by Candice Ransom                                                                                   1
Thomas & Friends: A Bad Day for Harry by Rev. W. Awdrey                                      2
Three Little Words by Amy Novesky                                                                            2
Tiberius and the Rainy Day By Keith Harvey                                                               2         
Today I will Fly! (Elephant and Piggie) By Mo Willems                                                1
Twelve Days of Kindergarten by Debora Lee Rose                                                     1
Watch Me Throw the Ball! by Mo Willems                                                                   1
We are In a Book (Elephant & Piggie) by Mo Willems                                                 3
Whisker Haven: Sultan’s Triumphs –Five Tiny Tales                                                   1
Winnie the Pooh and Friends: All About Tigger by Jude Exley                                    1
Winnie the Pooh and Friends: Owl by Jude Exley                                                       1
Zootoopia Storybook with CD by Vickie Saxon                                                            2

3rd and 4th Grade

101 Holiday Jokes
by H. N. Kowitt                                                                               1
Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Eiffel Tower Incident
by Steve Stephenson                    2
Ambassador by Willam Alexander                                                                               1
A To Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy                                                      2
A To Z Mysteries: the Deadly Dungeon by Ron Roy                                                   1
A To Z Mysteries: Falcon’s Feathers by Ron Roy                                                        1
A To Z Mysteries: The Haunted Hotel by Ron Roy                                                      1
A To Z Mysteries: The Jaguar’s Jewel by Ron Roy                                                     1
A To Z Mysteries: The Kidnapped King by Ron Roy                                                   1
A To Z Mysteries: The Ninth Nugget by Ron Roy                                                        1
A To Z Mysteries: Runaway Racehorse by Ron Roy                                                   2
A To Z Mysteries: White House White-Out by Ron Roy                                              1
Bad Pets on the Loose by Alan Zuello                                                                        1
Black Lagoon Adventures: The Class Election from the Black Lagoon
                                                                                   by Mike Thaler                          2
Black Lagoon Adventures: Valentine’s Day from the Black Lagoon
                                                                                    by  Mike Thaler                        1
Bots the Good, the Bad, and the Cowbots by Russ Botts                                           5
Bailey School Kids: Skeletons Don’t Play Tubas by Marcia Thornton Jones              1
Bailey School Kids: Snow Monsters Do Drink Hot Chocolate
                                                                           by Debbie Daday                              1
Calendar Mysteries: September Sneakers by Ron Roy                                              1
Calendar Mysteries: November Night by Ron Roy                                                      1
Calendar Mysteries: New Year’s Eve Thieves by Ron Roy                                         1
Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith                                                                   1
Clementine by Sara Penny Packer                                                                              1
Clementine’s Letter by Sara Penny Packer                                                                  3
Disney Princess Beginnings: Belle’s Discovery by Tessa Roehl                                  4
Esio Trot by Roald Dahl                                                                                                1
Fantastic Fidget Spinners: Everything You Need to Know! Plus Amazing Tricks!
                                                                     by Emily Stead                                         1
George Brown Class Clown Trouble Magnet by Nancy Krulik                                      1
Hamster Saurus Rex by Tom O’Donnell                                                                       2
Happy Burger: A Play by Chuck Runberg and Parick Daley                                        1
Horrible Harry and the Battle of the Bugs by Suzy Kline                                              5
Homework Machine by Dan Gutman                                                                            2
It’s Halloween, I’m Turning Green by Dan Gutman                                                       1
Judy Was in a Mood by Megan McDonald                                                                    1
Kids’ Book of Gross Facts by Todd Strasser                                                                 1
Magic Puppy: Spellbound at School by Sue Bentley                                                    1
Magic School Bus: The Great Shark Escape by Jennifer Johnston                              1
Magic School Bus: The Search for the Missing Bones by Eva Moore                          1
Magic Tree House #28, High Tide in Hawaii by Mary Pope Osborne                           1
Magic Tree House #26, Good Morning, Gorillas by Mary Pope Osborne                     1
Magic Tree House, Merlin Missions # 13: Moonlight on the Magic Flute by
                                                                  by Mary Pope Osborne                                1
Magic Tree House, Merlin Missions #15, Leprachaun in Lake Winter
                                                                  by Mary Pope Osborne                                1

Marley Frye Private Eye: The Case of the Stolen Poodle & Other Mysteries
                                                                  by Janet Tashjian                                          5
Marvin Redpost: Class President by Louise Sachar                                                       1
A Miss Mallard Mystery: Taxi to Intrigue by Robert Quackenbush                                  1
Peter Powers and His Not-so-super Powers! By Kent Clark                                           5
Piper Green and the Fairy Tree: Pie Girl by Ellen Potter                                                 5
Rainbow Magic: Amy the Amethyst Fairy by Daisy Meadows                                         1
Rainbow Magic: India and the Moonstone Fairy by Daisy Meadows                              1
Rainbow Magic: Lydia the Reading Fairy by Daisy Meadows                                         1
Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary                                                                                  1
Ready Freddy: Haunted Hayride by Abby Klein                                                              1
Runaway Ralph by Beverly Cleary                                                                                  1
Secret Agent Jack Stalwart: The Escape of the Deadly Dinosaur
                                                                by Elizabeth Singer Hunt                                 4
Secrets of Droon: Journey to the Volcano Palace
by Tony Abbott                                  3
Simply Sarah: Eating Enchiladas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor                                         4
Star Wars, Adventures in Wild Space: The Heist by Cavan Scott                                   1
Star Wars: The Rise of a Hero, Luke Skywalker by Louise Simonson                            2
Superfudge by Judy Blume                                                                                              1
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume                                                             1
The Talented Clementine by Sara Penny Packer                                                            1
The Truth and Myths About Weird Animals by L. A. Peacock                                         5
Warren and Dragon: 100 Friends by Ariel Bernstein                                                      5
Weirder School 12: Mrs. Lane is a Pain! By Dan Gutman                                              1
Who is Stealing the Five Days of Christmas? By Martha Freeman                                1
Winter According to Humphrey by Betty G. Birney                                                         2

5th – 6th Grade Novels
The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton                                                                        4
Beasts of Olympus: Books 1 – 3, The Heroic Collection by Lucy Coats                         3
Benjamin Franklin You’ve Got Mail by Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel                    5
The Best Worst School Year Ever by Barbara Robinson                                                1
Bluish by Virginia Hamilton                                                                                             1
Call It Courage by Armstrong Sperry                                                                              1
Cesar Chavez by Josh Gregory                                                                                      1
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens                                                                           1
A Circle of Elephants by Eric Dinerstein                                                                         1
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander                                                                             1
A Descendant’s Novel: Return to the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz                2
Dragon Slayers Academy: The Early Adventures, 4 Books in One by Kate McMullan  1
Dragon Slayers Academy: Revenge of the Dragon Lady by Kate McMullan                  2
Falcons in the Glass by Susan Fletcher                                                                          1
The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson                                               1
Frenzy by Robert Lettrick                                                                                                1
Frindle by Andrew Clements                                                                                           1
The Gift of the Magi and Other Stories by O. Henry                                                       1
The Good Cadillac: A Fancy New Car and an Unforgettable Drive
                                                                         by Mildred D. Taylor                                1
Happily Ever After: Crushed by Orli Zuravicky                                                                1
Help! I’m Trapped in the First Day of Summer Camp by Todd Strasser                          1
The Hidden Girl: A True Story of the Holocaust by Lola Rein Kaufman                          1
Just Jamie by Terri Libenson                                                                                           1
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery                                                                2
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan            1
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan           1
My Corner of the Ring by Jesselyn Silva                                                                         1
On the Far Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George                                          1
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1: The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan                1
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #3: The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan                     1
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4: The Battle of the Labyrinth by R. Riordan          2
Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #5: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan                   4
Pippi Long Stocking by Astrid Lindgren                                                                            1
Schooled by Gordon Korman                                                                                            2
Shark Lady: True Adventures of Eugenie Clark by Ann McGovern                                   1
She’s the Liar by Alison Cherry                                                                                         1
Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz                                                             1
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar                                                 1
Sounder by William H. Armstrong                                                                                     1
The Star Fisher by Laurence Yep                                                                                      1
Stormrunners by Roland Smith                                                                                         1
Tangerine by Edward Bloor                                                                                                2
Ten True Tales: The Secret Agent and Other Spy Kids by Allan Zullo                               2
What Are You Glad About? What Are You Mad About? Poems for When a Person 
                            Needs a Poem
by Judith Viorst                                                              5
Whatever After: Cold as Ice by Sarah Mlynowski                                                              1

High School Level

Teens at War: Ten True Tales by Alan Zullo                                                                      1
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey                                                                           1