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Samba! The Heartbeat of a Community: Ailton Nunes's Musical Journey

Philip Hoelzel (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781668945230

Even as a toddler, Ailton Nunes was drawn to the joyful, energizing sounds of samba music, with its clinks, bongs, and bangs filling the air. It was part of his heritage and practically the heartbeat of his Mangueira neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But samba was more than music; it was a way to connect with the past and dream of the future. And samba united not only Ailton's neighborhood--it united all of Brazil, especially at the annual Carnaval festival with its samba parades and competition. The samba school in Ailton's neighborhood was his home away from home. He was mesmerized by the drummers, the bateria, and dreamed of joining their ranks when he got older. And with hard work and determination, Ailton not only joins the Mangueira bateria, he helps lead them to victory at the Carnaval festival. Vibrant, colorful artwork from Brazilian artist André Ceolin brings to life the story of samba director Mestre Ailton Nunes, who followed his passion and his dreams, and continues to share the magic of samba today.

Women in the Arts

Rebecca Phillips-Bartlett (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321631

From music and movies to books and fashion, art is all around us. And some of history’s most amazing artists have been women. They have used art to face challenges and express themselves. Many female artists broke through barriers with strength, bravery, and courage to make a difference. Inspiring text paired with photos and colorful illustrations explore women who dared to make HERstory in art.

How to Draw Manga Warriors

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321426

Manga warriors can be silent and stealthy or fiercely in your face. Learn to draw five manga warriors, including a nunchuck warrior, super samurai, and SWAT soldier. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga warrior, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the fighters they are creating.

How to Draw Manga Superheroes

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321419

Manga superheroes can save the day with wonderful weapons and awe-inspiring powers. Learn to draw five manga superheroes, including a fearless flier, superstrong hero, and hero with laser vision. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga hero, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the fighters they are creating.

How to Draw Manga Monsters

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321402

Manga monsters can be spooky and scary or cutely creepy. Learn to draw five manga monsters, including a cute ghost, a growling werewolf, and a cursed mummy. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga monster, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the creatures they are creating.

How to Draw Manga Dragons

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321396

Manga dragons can be however you want! They can fly and breathe fire or be incredibly cute. Learn to draw five manga dragons, including a springing dragon, a fierce flier, and a water dragon. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga dragon, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the creatures they are creating.

How to Draw Manga Dinosaurs

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321389

Manga dinosaurs can be fanged and fierce or spikey and sweet. Learn to draw five manga dinosaur, including a terrifying T. rex, crested Hadrosaurus, and menacing Megalosaurus. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga dino, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the creatures they are creating.

How to Draw Manga Animals

Sarah Eason (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321372

Manga animals can be fanged and fierce or cute and cuddly. Learn to draw five manga animals, including a munching panda, rearing horse, and striking cobra. Alongside the step-by-step instructions for mastering each manga animal, helpful hints teach aspiring artists techniques of the trade and fun facts explore more about the creatures they are creating.

Woodwind Instruments

John Wood (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321150

It’s time to play . . . in the band! Some woodwind instruments make deep, loud sounds and others ring out high-pitched melodies. Which instrument is your favorite. Learn how woodwind instruments make sound, explore the history of instruments, then learn about the different woodwind instruments to pick your favorite. It’s time to join the band with a woodwind instrument.

String Instruments

John Wood (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321143

It’s time to play . . . in the band! Some string instruments make soft, elegant sounds and others are rock out with an amplifier. Which instrument is your favorite. Learn how string instruments make sound, explore the history of instruments, then learn all about different string instruments to pick your favorite. It’s time to join the band with a super string instrument!

Percussion Instruments

John Wood (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321136

It’s time to play . . . in the band! Some percussion instruments make deep, pounding sounds and others make tinkling rhythms. Which instrument is your favorite? Learn how percussion instruments make sound, explore the history of instruments, then learn all about different percussion instruments to pick your favorite. It’s time to join the band with a powerful percussion instrument!

Brass Instruments

John Wood (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798892321129

It’s time to play . . . in the band! Some brass instruments make deep, booming sounds and others ring out high and loud. Which instrument is your favorite? Learn how brass instruments make sound, explore the history of instruments, then learn all about different brass instruments to pick your favorite. It’s time to join the band with a buzzing brass instrument!

Walt Disney

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840478

Walt Disney was known as a movie maker and theme park creator, but what about before that? What happened when Disney was younger? What did he do then that led to his being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Mark Twain

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840492

Mark Twain was known as one of the greatest writers of his time, but what about before that? What happened when Twain was younger? What did he do then that led to his being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Louisa May Alcott

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840508

Louisa May Alcott was known as a beloved writer of such books as Little Women, but what about before that? What happened when Alcott was younger? What did she do then that led to her being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Dolly Parton

Stephen Krensky (author) Bobbie Houser (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039840515

Dolly Parton is known as one of the most famous singer/songwriters in country music, but what about before that? What happened when Parton was younger? What did she do then that led to her being famous later on? Also includes a page for caregivers and teachers that suggests guiding questions to help aid in reading comprehension. Downloadable Teacher Notes available.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes

Twin Sisters (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645808664

Kids will love to tap their heads, shoulders, knees, and toes while reading this classic children’s song. Repetition encourages early literacy skills and bright art showing diversity help children form a sense of acceptance and understanding of different races and individual differences.

Fender

Sara Green (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9798886879025

Fender instruments are responsible for some of the world’s most famous songs. Since its early days, this company has been at the cutting edge of music. This engaging title for young readers uses detailed text and photos to help readers discover the history of Fender, from its earliest creations to its modern innovations. Features map the company’s headquarters, highlight top products, profile the founder, call out charitable giving, and more.

Room 555

Cristy Watson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459820593

Fourteen-year-old Roonie loves hip-hop almost as much as she loves her grandmother. Roonie cannot wait to compete in her school's dance competition, but as her grandmother's health deteriorates, Roonie becomes more and more reluctant to visit her in the care home. These feelings of guilt and frustration cause Roonie to mess things up with her hip-hop dance partner and best friend, Kira.

Upstaged

Patricia McCowan (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459810051

Ellie is used to getting leading roles in her small-town school’s musicals, but her place at center stage disappears when her dad becomes the host of a breakfast TV show, and they have to move to the big city. When Ellie auditions for and lands a spot with the Youth Works Theater Company, she comes up against a tight-knit group of talented, experienced and competitive triple-threat performers. Not only does she not get a lead, but she has to share a role with Marissa, a company veteran who seems determined to do all she can to outshine Ellie.

The Frail Days

Gabrielle Prendergast (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459804654

Sixteen-year-old drummer Stella, guitarist Jacob and bassist Miles need a wild singer for their old-school rock band. When they discover nerdy Tamara Donnelly, who nails the national anthem at a baseball game, Stella is not convinced Tamara’s sound is right for the band. Stella wants to turn Tamara into a rock goddess, but Tamara proves to be a confident performer who has her own ideas about music and what it means to be epic cool. When their band, the Frail Days, starts to build a local following, Stella and Tamara clash over the direction the band should take, forcing them to consider what true musical collaboration means.

Shimmy

Kari Jones (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459807655

Lila has always wanted a career in belly dance, so she is thrilled when she is invited to join Dana Sajala’s competitive and prestigious studio. But dancing at the new studio isn’t quite what she expected. Dana Sajala is a tough teacher, and Lila finds the constant criticism stressful. On top of that, Lila misses the dancers from her old troupe, and a rift is developing between her and her best friend, Angela, who is not altogether sympathetic to Lila’s struggles.

Rock the Boat

Sigmund Brouwer (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459804562

Webb believes that if you want to reach your dreams, you have to live life loud. Bring the roof down. Rock the boat. Make sure that when you look back, you have no regrets. But when a shady music producer steals one of Webb’s songs, Webb finds out how hard it is for a kid on his own in Nashville to get justice. With the help of an unlikely ally, Webb discovers that he has what it takes to succeed: talent, determination and some good friends.

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature

Margriet Ruurs (author) Robert Bateman (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819948

Celebrated artist Robert Bateman is renowned internationally for bringing the natural ?world to life on the canvas. A naturalist and painter from his youth, Robert has for decades used his recognition to shed light on environmental issues and advocate for animal welfare. Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature is the story of how a young child achieved his dream of painting the world around him and became one of Canada's most famous artists. Using Robert's own personal photographs, sketches and artwork, author Margriet Ruurs weaves a simple story of inspiration and encouragement. A story to motivate all the budding artists and naturalists in your life, with proceeds benefiting The Bateman Foundation.

Raw Talent

Jocelyn Shipley (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459818354

Fourteen-year-old Paisley loves to sing. She dreams of being a pop star just like her idol, Denzi, who also grew up in the small town of Stonehill. The problem is, Paisley suffers from severe stage fright. She can only sing in private. When word gets out that a famous Stratford actor who has worked with Denzi is staying at a local B&B, Paisley decides it's time to face her fears. She convinces the actor to tutor her and signs up to sing in a high-profile fundraiser.