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T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet

Kurt Browning Sonia Rodriguez (author), Wilson Ong (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307958

Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study. Following the alphabet, in T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet dancer Sonia Rodriguez, with husband Kurt Browning, introduces this dance form from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to basic positions and training to famous stage roles. L is for the Leotard that shows the dancer's form. Whenever they are rehearsing it becomes their uniform. Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being onstage as a sugarplum fairy or a king with a crown.

F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet

Helen L. Wilbur (author), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307798

Quilting has existed for thousands of years, spanning the globe, practiced by women as well as men, and bringing together communities and generations. F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet examines the subject of quilting, as an art form as well as an item of utility, tracing its early history from a cave in Mongolia to patchwork bedcoverings transported in overland wagon trains to present-day exhibits at renowned museums. Topics include patterns, inventions, and fabric choices, as well as quilts as vehicles of American history.

V is for Von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet

William Anderson (author), Linda Graves (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307491

From "Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens" to "Doe, a deer, a female deer," many people have grown up humming the tunes or singing the lyrics to the songs from the beloved movie The Sound of Music. But what is the real story behind the brave von Trapp family? V is for von Trapp: A Musical Family Alphabet gives a behind-the-headlines look at this real-life singing family made famous in the classic movie. Starting with their idyllic early life in Austria where their love of music and performing began, author William Anderson takes readers along on the family's courageous mountaintop escape from Nazi authorities to their new life in America and the famous von Trapp family lodge in the Vermont hills. Meet determined Maria, the dashing Captain, and their talented children; the famous von Trapps whose life story captivated thousands and continues to inspire with its legacy of hope and achievement. Author, historian, and lecturer William Anderson did extensive research and interviews with the von Trapp family. His previous book with Sleeping Bear is M is for Mount Rushmore: A South Dakota Alphabet. William lives in Lapeer, Michigan. Linda Graves is the illustrator of over 30 children's books, published worldwide. She was born in Eureka, California, and graduated with a degree in illustration from San Jose State University. Linda is a member of the Western Massachusetts Illustrators Guild, and lives in the woods of Berkshire County, Massachusetts.

Working at a Movie Theater

Susan Hindman (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781610800143

From the ticket takers to the people who make sure the movies start on time, it takes a wide range of workers to make sure moviegoers get the best experience possible. Readers will learn what it is like to be a member of the movie theater team.

Music

Ellen Labrecque (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781602796881

Describes how music reaches your home, from recording, to storage to transmissions.

Scribbles and Ink the Contest

Ethan Long (author), Ethan Long (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053512

Scribbles the cat and Ink the mouse are buddies and fellow artists. Ink is excited for them to enter a "Draw a Dinosaur" contest. The prize is two tickets to a mud-themed amusement park. Ink is secretly scared of drawing a dinosaur. He urges Scribbles to have a go at it--but thinks the resulting effort looks like a prehistoric chicken. Next, Ink draws...an egg--and insists there's a dinosaur inside it. He's right! As the egg-drawing hatches, a baby dino crawls out, and starts wailing for his mommy. Suddenly, the Chick-a-saurus comes in and scoops the baby into her feathery arms. Realizing that they won't win the contest, Ink creates a "Best Buddy" trophy for Scribbles and Ink and dino-duo throw a mud party for Ink!

Posey Paints Princess

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053697

Picture perfect and perfectly pink! Posey and her friend Nina want to paint. Mom sets them up and tells them how to blend primary colors to make "every color in the rainbow"--and more! Nina shows an upset Posey how a painting mistake can turn into something pretty. Each girl paints something on their side of a big piece of white paper. Nina paints a pickle, Posey paints a princess. What do they name their painting? Princess Pickle!

Violins

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543525

A very simple introduction to violins, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Trumpets

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543518

A very simple introduction to trumpets, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Taylor Lautner

Jody Jensen Shaffer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733973

Takes readers through Taylor Lautner's rise to fame and teen idol status as an actor in the Twilight film series; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Recorders

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543501

A very simple introduction to recorders, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Purple Paint Everywhere!

Joanne Meier (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539396

Herbie Bear loves to paint, but learns that some things are better off left as they are.

Pianos

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543495

A very simple introduction to pianos, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Lea Michele

Jody Jensen Shaffer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733959

Takes readers through Lea Michele's rise to fame as a singer and actress on the television show Glee; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Katy Perry

Jan Bernard (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733942

Takes readers through Katy Perry's rise to become a chart-topping pop star; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Johnny Depp

Dale-Marie Bryan (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733898

Takes readers through Johnny Depp's journey as an award-winning actor; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Justin Bieber

Jan Bernard (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733928

Takes readers through Justin Bieber's meteoric rise to fame as a musician; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Guitars

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543488

A very simple introduction to various types of guitars, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Emma Watson

Dale-Marie Bryan (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733904

Takes readers through Emma Watson's journey as Hermoine in the popular Harry Potter film series; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Drums

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543471

A very simple introduction to various types of drums, their history, what they sound like, what they look like, and how they are played.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

Jody Jensen Shaffer (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733935

Takes readers through 'The Rock's' journey from professional wrestling superstar to popular actor; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Daniel Radcliffe

Jan Bernard (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733911

Takes readers through Daniel Radcliffe's journey as the lead character in the popular Harry Potter film series; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

Charles Schulz

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543624

A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed cartoonist Charles Schulz.

Anne Hathaway

Dale-Marie Bryan (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614733874

Takes readers through Anne Hathaway's rise to become an award-winning actress; discusses life and career highlights from birth to present day.

5 Steps to Drawing Zoo Animals

Susan Kesselring (author), Susan DeSantis (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609737276

After explaining interesting facts about zoo animas in an introduction, this book shows readers how to draw giraffes, elephants, penguins, and more. The text also discusses drawing tips and the different ways to color finished pieces.