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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. Sonia Rodriguez has been the Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada since 2000. Her husband, Kurt Browning, is a four-time world champion figure skater. Kurt is also the author of A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. They live in Toronto, Ontario.Known for his fluid movement and confidence on the ice, four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning spins, jumps, and glides his way through the alphabet with A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. Kurt was the first figure skater to be named as Canada's outstanding male athlete, was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures from Canada, and is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Completing the first quadruple jump in competition earned Kurt his way into the Guinness Book of Records. Kurt presently skates professionally with Stars on Ice and lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Wilson Ong went to Brigham Young University, receiving a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. He furthered his studies at the Art Students' League in New York City. He lives in Corning, New York.

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!

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.

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.

Safety Posters

Mary Lindeen (author), Pamela D. Thayer (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478821465

Teach early Creative Expression concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

Look at Me

Petra Craddock (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478821496

Teach early Creative Expression concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

I Can Draw

Pamela D. Thayer (author), Pamela D. Thayer (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478821502

Teach early Creative Expression concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

The Rainbow

Judy Kentor Schmauss (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478821519

Teach early Creative Expression concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

Get the Music

Mary Lindeen (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478821397

Teach early Creative Expression concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

I Can Hear It!

Judy Kentor Schmauss (author), Elisa Rocchi (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478816935

Teach early Physical Development concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

Power Chord

Ted Staunton (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554699032

At a Battle of the Bands event, Ace and his best friend Denny notice that girls like musicians, no matter how dorky the dudes might be. Having, so far, been severely challenged when it comes to meeting girls, they decide to start a band. Ace discovers that he loves playing guitar and electric bass. While Denny tweets their every move and their clean-freak drummer, Pig, polishes everything in sight, Ace tries to write a song that will win at the next local teen songwriting contest. It's more difficult than he thought it would be. When Denny brings a great tune to rehearsal, Ace is devastated that Denny, who rarely practices, is a better songwriter than he is. The contest is only days away when Ace discovers that Denny stole the song, and Ace has to decide if winning is worth the lie.

Farmed Out

Christy Goerzen (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781554699100

Maddie has big-city dreams, and this summer she's found her chance to visit New York. An art magazine is holding a portrait painting contest, and the first prize is an all-expenses-paid trip to the Big Apple. Maddie plans to win, but her mother has different plans for her: a mother-daughter adventure in organic farming. Maddie is furious. How will she find an inspiring subject for her portrait amid the goat poop and chickens? And worse, her new age mother's attempts at pig reiki are an embarrassment. But Maddie befriends the farmer's daughter, Anna, and between dodging her mother and doing her chores, she finds the perfect subject for the portrait contest.

Jeffrey and Sloth

Kari-Lynn Winters (author), Ben Hodson (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 1551439743

Discover the awesome powers of the written word. Jeffrey can't think of a thing to write, so he doodles instead, only to have his doodle begin to order him about. Jeffrey struggles with the situation until he discovers that the most strong-willed doodle is powerless against a well-told tale. Jeffrey and Sloth is bound to have children rushing for their colored pencils and their pens to see who and what they can create.

La banda escolar

Kathleen Urmston/Karen Evans (author)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781611814156

Introduce words that name the instruments in the band within an easy-to-read patterned text.

The Marching Band

Kathleen Urmston/Karen Evans (author)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781611813814

Introduce words that name the instruments in the band within an easy-to-read patterned text.

Up on the Housetop

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Wendy Edelson (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599227764

Children experience the joy and magic of the season with this festive holiday book! The classic Christmas song becomes a favorite children's story!

Down Through the Chimney

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), R.W. Alley (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599227757

The magic of Christmas comes alive as a little boy watches Santa eat the cookies left out for him, then sees Santa wink to him before climbing back up the chimney. This cute rhyme is sure to become every child's favorite!

First Music

Erin Bennett Banks (author), Erin Bennett Banks (illustrator)

Publisher: August House ISBN: 9780874837766

When the animals get together in the jungle, they discover that the noise that they have been making is indeed music. Celebrated author and master storyteller, Dylan Pritchett weaves a tale that helps us discover that we all have music inside just waiting to come out when the time is right. This original award winning story is based on the model of traditional African folktales.

I've Been Burping in the Classroom

Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9781416929468

Get ready to sing your way through class with this fun songbook all about school. Each page contains color illustrations that add even more appeal to an already charming collection. This book is sure to fill any musical occasion with giggles because these songs are about smelly lunchboxes, the prettiest girl in school, messy lockers, and the day the teacher was sent to detention.

Oh My Darling, Porcupine

Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9781416987505

This book contains crazy new lyrics to favorite campfire songs, such as "Clementine" and "Alouette." 500 school children tested these songs and graded them all "hilarious." Because the tunes are familiar, kids can easily read and sing along. Each page contains charming full-color illustrations by Stephen Carpenter.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Baby Genius (author), Baby Genius (illustrator)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9781416976455

Young readers will learn about life on the farm when Old MacDonald (Vinko the Dancing Bear) shows readers what a day in the life of a farmer is all about--milking the cows, shearing the sheep, washing the pigs, feeding the hens, and collecting eggs. Kids will fall in love with these adorable animals while learning about the sounds they make.

The Wheels on the Bus

Baby Genius (author), Baby Genius (illustrator)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9781416976448

Six Baby Genius characters join together in this lively, interactive book to show kids how to move when they sing this popular children's song. Each character cleverly illustrates how to move hands and arms to simulate the actions throughout the book. What makes this book so much fun is that the children will be singing, learning, and moving with their favorite Baby Genius characters!

For Baby (For Bobbie)

John Denver (author), Janeen Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584694519

Everyone loves babies, and John Denver's love song For Baby (For Bobbie), interpreted as a children's picture book by award-winning illustrator Janeen Mason, reminds us that these feelings are universal. Captivating images lead us around the globe, from Sri Lanka to the Arctic, and deepen the experience of John Denver's enduring song, a legacy of love.