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New Red Bike
Tom enjoys the thrill of riding his brand-new bike and then shares it with a friend.
The story of the Little Red Hen with a clever Mexican twist.
A clever Rabbit tries to trick Snake out of his birthday presents.
Count on Culebra
A hilarious story makes counting to ten in Spanish as easy as uno-dos-tres.
See Me Run
Happiness is a day in the park for this pack of joyful canines who are sure to delight beginning readers.
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move
From bobbing on waves to spinning like helicopters, seeds travel in curious ways.
Danny wonders what would happen if he sailed away on a pirate ship, and his mother reassures him that she would find him no matter what.
Reading to Peanut
Mom and Dad help Lucy learn to read and write so she can make a birthday card for her dog Peanut.
Down on the Farm
Follow the trail of one naughty little goat through a day in the life of a very busy, very noisy farmyard crew.
One Little Chicken: A Counting Book
Count -- and boogie -- up to ten and join the feathery fun as chickens shake, shimmy and samba till the cows come home.
One Tractor: A Counting Book
Children can count the airplanes, cranes, trucks, and trains as they soar, hoist, dig and zoom in this fantastical number book.
Tag along with a lively young girl and her homemade stuffed Plaidypus as they find and lose each other in the park, the lake, and the supermarket candy aisle.
The Beckoning Cat
This retelling of a Japanese folktale explains how the beckoning cat became a symbol of good luck.
The Erie Canal Pirates
A boat captain and his men battle Bill McGrew and his pirate crew on the Erie Canal in a rhyming tale inspired by a folk song.
From apples to cows, kettles to scarecrows, warm country images abound in this delightful alphabet poem.
Carmen Learns English
It is the first day of school, and Carmen is nervous because no one in her class speaks Spanish except her teacher whose Spanish is muy terrible.
What a Treasure
Mole digs for treasure and finds one -- a new friend.
The Three Bears Christmas
After taking a walk on Christmas Eve while their freshly baked gingerbread cools, Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear arrive home to encounter another trespasser who does not have golden hair but wears a red suit and leaves presents.
Greedy Apostrophe is on the loose and causing all kinds of trouble.
The Story of Hanukkah
Recounts the events of more than two thousand years ago that Hanukkah commemorates.
Surrounded by Sea
What life is like season by season on a New England fishing island.
Patty Cat wants to play ball, but Max the Rat has stolen the bat.
Bitty Fish wishes for a big dish in which she can swim and swish with a friend fish.
Lucky Duck gets stuck in a muddy puddle. Has this duck ran out of luck?
Zeely Zebra dreams of making the All Star Racing Team: how will she achieve her goal?
Tiny Tiger takes some advice from a wise lion and learns not to be so shy.
Joey Goat likes to play jokes on folks until he learns how it feels to have a joke played on him.
Suzy Mule has the flu and is feeling blue. Then she gets a super idea: go south!
Marty Aardvark sets off to sea - and finds more excitement than she expected.
Bouncy Mouse bothers his Dad until his noisy musical antics lead to stardom.
Perky Otter and busy Bert the Beaver learn that they have a few things in common after all.
Wally Walrus is scared of bully Squawky Hawk until Wally wins him over in a spectacular way.
The Blast Off Kid
Can James collect 10,000 energy bar wrappers and win a trip to Space Camp? Everybody gives him their wrappers. But how can he count them all? Will he have enough?
The Case of Vampire Vivian
Watch out! The new girl in town Vivian wears a bat T-shirt and bat earrings. Suddenly there are bats flying all around at night. Does she have something to do with them? Is she really a vampire?
Their two older siblings tease Jenna and Kyle constantly. After noticing shadows during a day at the beach, Kyle devises a plan to get back at the older kids. All it takes is a flashlight, a lobster costume, and a little creativity.
New Dog in Town
Nick and his dog set out to explore their new neighborhood. But "No Dogs Allowed" signs are everywhere! What will they do?
The Real Me
To win a brand-new bike, Duffy has to write about himself in fifty words or less. Piece of cake! Right?
Strange adventures await a young explorer as he follows a safari of marching ants.
Cinco De Mouse-O!
Mouse follows a delicious smell down the street and finds himself at a Cinco de Mayo festival.
The Night Before Christmas
This classic edition of the ever-popular poem is illustrated by Tomie dePaola with a mid-nineteenth century setting.
Asleep in the Stable
A baby owl learns about the Nativity story.
One is a Feast for a Mouse
When the Thanksgiving feast is over, Mouse pops out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea -- the perfect feast for one mouse.
A Picture Book of Cesar Chavez
He dedicated his life to helping American farmworkers.
Thank You, Miss Doover
Miss Doover teaches Jack and his class how to write a thank you note.
Roscoe and the Pelican Rescue
A boy and his dog learn how to rescue oil-covered animals on the Louisiana coast following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
If Frogs Made Weather
In this lyrical poem, a young boy muses on the favorite weather of ten different animals.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
This charming story told in lyrical verse will inspire young readers to share the best of themselves. An industrious black sheep has wool aplenty but little else for her friends. Horse needs hay, Mouse needs cheese, and Pig needs slop, but the poor black sheep has none of these. When her dissatisfied friends confront Sheep about her inability to share, they find that their lovely friend has knitted a special gift for each of them with her very own wool.
Bugs for Lunch
Children learn about the habits of a variety of insectivorous bug-eating creatures presented in simple verse and close-up double page illustrations.
The Bumblebee Queen
A bumblebee queen only lives one year, but in that short time she can create colonies of hundreds of bees. Follow one queen as she finds a nest, gathers nectar, lays eggs, and tends her colony through spring, summer, and fall.
The Day-Glo Brothers
Learn about the extraordinary journey that led two brothers to the discovery of a whole new kind of color one that glows with an extra-special intensity--Day-Glo.
Deep in the Swamp
Lively rhyming text modeled after the song, "Over in the Meadow" by Olive A. Wadsworth counts from one to ten while introducing readers to animal moms and their babies found in the Okefenokee Swamp.
Hello, Baby Beluga
A series of questions and answers introduces children to the life and habitat of the baby beluga. Also includes additional child-friendly facts.
Into the Deep
A picture-book biography charting the life of the famous conservationist and naturalist William Beebe.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Everyone knows the Itsy Bitsy Spider song, but Trapani has re-written it adding some bells and whistles. This all-new itsy bitsy spider has exciting encounters with a fan, a mouse, a rocking chair, a cat, and a big maple tree.
Heidelberg Street was in trouble: it was full of trash, vacant lots, and abandoned houses. Tyree Guyton was sad to see the street he grew up on - his beloved childhood home where Grandpa Sam taught him to paint the world - in such a state. Paintbrush in hand, Tyree transforms his decaying, crime-ridden neighborhood into the Heidelberg Project, an interactive sculpture park.
Meet the Meerkat
In a series of questions and answers, readers are introduced to a meerkat, its life and habitat.
The Multiplying Menace Divides
Rumpelstiltskin and Matilda the witch are dividing the kingdom into frogs. Now Peter and his dog Zero must use division, division of fraction, and division rules for questions involving the number zero to break the Great Divide and bring everything back to normal.
Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin
Rumpelstiltskin is mischief in the making with his multiplying stick. Can Peter unlock the secret of the stick in time to save the kingdom?
Ocean Soup: A Book of Tide Pool Poems
Playful poems introduce readers to ten salty tide-pool creatures--from a self-satisfied anemone that brags about its home to barnacles that perform a rap about their feeding technique.
A series of light-hearted haikus combines with clear scientific prose to present an informed and appealing introduction to the seasons. The science is conveyed in a question-and-answer format with each season answering a question about weather, the natural world, and the physical effects of the seasons. Topics include wind, water, vapor, frost, humidity, and more.
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch
Two little piggies run amok on the farm, introducing young readers to prepositions of direction. Alliteration, assonance, and rhyme in each of the three stanzas make for a great read-aloud.
Priscilla and the Hollyhocks
Based on a true story, Priscilla and the Hollyhocks follows a young slave girl named Priscilla from her early years on a Southern plantation to her forced march along the Trail of Tears to the chance encounter that leads to her freedom.
The Searcher and Old Tree
When a tired raccoon returns home after a long night of foraging, Old Tree welcomes him with a safe place to sleep. The tree protects the slumbering raccoon throughout a wild raging storm in this simple, yet powerful allegory about the safety of home.
Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
When Sir Cumference turns into a dragon, Lady Di of Ameter helps him hide while Radius searches for the cure, the magic number that is the same for all circles.
Trout Are Made of Trees
How can a leaf become a fish? Join two young children and their dads to find out as they observe life in and around a stream.
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
A little blonde girl gazes out of her window at a twinkling celestial object, greets it with the traditional childhood rhyme of the title, and requests that she might have her wish that night. Her wish comes true when the smiling star appears in her window and takes her on a magical ride through the sky.
Up, Up, and Away!
Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators but also from their very own siblings.
A Very Improbable Story
Ethan wakes up one morning with a talking cat on his head. The cat refuses to budge until Ethan wins a game of probability. Without looking, Ethan must pick out a dime from his coin collection, or two matching socks from his dresser, or do something else improbable.
While You Are Sleeping
As one child goes to bed, another child is waking up on the other side of the world. With each page, readers see the same moment in time in nine different countries, including the United States, Nigeria, Japan, Mexico, India, Thailand, Haiti, England, and Brazil.
Young readers join a boy and his dog as they use their senses of sight and touch to identify seven common trees in the snow-covered forest. Additional information about trees and their life cycles is included.
Write on, Carlos!
Carlos wants to write his name like some of his friends can. After he practices over and over again, Carlos is proud to show his friends what he can do.
What Will You Be, Sara Mee?
Sara Mee is turning one and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game called the toljabee which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up.
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
When Anansi the Spider discovers a moss-covered rock that has special powers, he uses its magic to trick other animals.
A Dog Like Jack
An older dog is adopted and loved by a family which must cope with its failing health and death.
The Gingerbread Man
The Gingerbread Man eludes and escapes many animals until he meets a clever fox.
The Cloud Book
The ten most common clouds along with related myths and popular weather sayings.
The classic Brothers Grimm tale of the lovely girl raised by a witch and locked up in a tall tower, retold by Barbara Rogasky.
The Quicksand Book
A fun book that explains all about quicksand, with instructions for a quicksand experiment.
Moose on the Loose
What would you do with a moose on the loose? What would you do with a moose in your yard? Or in your house? How about in your room? Or in your tub? Would you give him two boats? Would you see if he floats? What would you do? Colorful comic artwork highlights the hilarity that ensues when wildlife wanders indoors.
Colors of Me
Intriguing collage illustrations frame this timeless story of a young child who questions the significance of color. Speaking in verse, the child wonders if the natural world believes any particular color to be more important than another. The child comes to see the importance of a world filled with and accepting of all colors.
Who Will Plant a Tree?
A squirrel buries an acorn. A dolphin pushes a coconut into an ocean current. A camel chewing a date spits out the seed. What do they all have in common? Each one in its own way has helped to plant a tree. In myriad ways and diverse environments, Mother Nature is given a hand in dispersing seeds that eventually grow into trees.
I Like Gum
The rhyming likes and dislikes of this gum-chewing kid will have young reader bursting with laughter.
When the television weatherman predicts a big snowfall, the narrator gleefully imagines the fun-filled possibilities of an unscheduled holiday from school.
Scare a Bear
Do you know how to scare a bearWould you bang pots and pansWould you rattle some cansWould you shoutWould you yellWould you ring a loud bellDo you know how to scare a bearHow would you scare a bear out of your cabin Or out of your fishing boat How about away from your campfireAnd what if he climbed in your bunkWould the bed go kerplunkFrom the author-illustrator team who created Moose on the Loose comes yet another example of the high jinks and hilarity that happens when wildlife wanders indoors
A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln
A biography of the man born in a one-room log cabin, whom some say was our greatest president. Lincoln led the country through the Civil War, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, setting all slaves free in the Confederate States.
A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee
A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Robert E. Lee went on to heroically lead the forces of the southern Confederate army during the United States Civil War.
A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison
Restless but curious as a child, Thomas Alva Edison grew up to be the inventor of the electric light bulb, and was issued 1,093 patents, more than any other inventor.
Once upon a time a dog was looking for a home. Not just any home -- the perfect home, to be exact. So he decides to travel the world, visiting different countries and seeing how other dogs live. On his travels Dog meets a Newfoundland in Newfoundland, an English bulldog in England, a poodle in Paris, and many other different kinds of dogs. And he learns about what they do and how they live. But sadly, none of these places are what Dog has in mind. Can Dog find the perfect home? YES, HE CA
Goodnight Baby Bear
Baby Bear shares special moments with all the important people in his life. With Momma, he gets to spend time in the garden, picnicking and planting butterfly bushes. With Daddy, he spends time on the farm, helping to fix the tractor and dig holes for planting. With Big Brother, he goes to the beach where they sail kites and chase each other on the sand. Aunt Grace takes him to the aquarium and answers all his questions, while Uncle Roy shows him how to be a clown. And its always
Bambis First Day
He came into the world in the middle of the thicket, in one of those little, hidden forest glades which seem to be entirely open but are really screened in on all sides. So begins one of the most beloved nature stories. Felix Salten wrote Bambi: A Life in the Woods in 1923.It was translated into English in 1928, becoming a Book-of-the-Month Club hit. Though not originally written for children, the film rights were sold to the Walt Disney studios and the animated movie was released in 1942.
St. Patricks Day
In addition to the story of Patricks life, here is information about how St. Patricks Day is celebrated.
Paulie Pastrami Achieves World Peace
Paulie Pastrami is your average kid. He can not whistle, he has trouble matching his socks, and he is usually picked last in sports. But by the time Paulie turned seven, he managed to achieve world peace. Through simple acts of kindness--from reading to the trees and being nice to his little sister to cheering up the school Principal--Paulie learns that spreading peace is not that hard after all.
Flowers for Pudding Street
When Miss Violet from the garden club presented the residents of Pudding Street with a special award for Prettiest Flowers, no one knew who was responsible, except for a very clever dog and a very busy bird!
This basic introduction shows how tools are used to measure, cut, scrape, pound, and make holes so that we can make things.
All about the fall celebration that started from ancient beliefs and customs, and that today provides all kinds of spooky fun!
A Picture Book of Christopher Columbus
A biography of the famous explorer who is credited with discovering the New World.
A series of simple questions triggers a playful, imaginative exchange between a child and his father.
Expressive illustrations and simple language demonstrate how a single expression of friendship can have profound effects.
In this sweet, rhyming picture book, a little boy thinks about all the special things he does with his dad--schoolwork, reading, swimming lessons, haircuts, and more--and decides to craft a present, a homemade blue ribbon, to show his dad how much he loves him. The boy counts down the hours until his dad comes home, recalling their favorite memories and preparing the special gift.
A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin
A picture book biography of the statesman, writer, scientist, and inventor, who is considered one of the greatest Americans.
A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman
A picture book biography of the woman who escaped slavery and became a conductor on the Underground Railroad and brought hundreds of slaves to freedom.
A Picture Book of George Washington
A picture book biography of the first president of the United States, who was the best-loved and most well-known leader of his time.
This charming book tells the story of Diego Rivera as a young, mischievous boy who demonstrated a clear passion for art and then went on to become one of the most famous painters in the world. Duncan Tonatiuh also prompts readers to think about what Diego would paint today.
A Picture Book of Helen Keller
The life and achievements of the woman who overcame the disabilities of being both blind and deaf.
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