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Use Your Words

Lissa Rovetch (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643039084

Indi gets upset when Tex runs through the pile of leaves she's raked. As the anger escalates and they start pushing one another, Dad steps in to help. Everyone takes a deep breath, and the twins talk to one another and the conflict is resolved.

Jonathan's Gift

Maggie Murphy (author) Spike Maguire (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643039206

Jonathan makes Grandma thank-you cards.

Reading to Max

Heather Klassen (author) Renee Kurilla (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643037776

Ben discovers that reading gets easier when he reads to Max, a cat at the shelter. When Max is adopted from the shelter, Ben is disappointed--but then his neighbor has a surprise for Ben.

Little Bunny's New Neighbor

Eileen Spinelli (author) Rose Mary Berlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643037523

Little Bunny and his friends worry about their grouchy new neighbor. Little Bunny learns how simple kindness can turn a grouch into a friend.

No Turkey Required

Kate MacEachern (author) Hatem Aly (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643038490

Ashley can't wait to see her best friend for Thanksgiving since she hasn't seen her in 5 months. But then the weather strands Ashley and her mom at a rest stop, and they eat a Thanksgiving meal with strangers, including the cranberry pie Ashley had been anxious to share with her best friend.

Across the Playground

Linda Kao (author) Tracy Bishop (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781643038698

Annie figures out a way to comfort her little brother when he's feeling homesick on his first day of school.

Ollie on Stage

Keith Brockett (author) Ashley King (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138438

When Ollie the ogre sees a flyer for the local talent show, he feels the bright lights of the stage call to him. He just knows he'll win first place! Only, he's not too sure what exactly his talent is. With some help from his friends, Ollie learns to work with his strengths (which happen to be his strength!) rather than against them and finds that the best way to shine is to be yourself.

Little Yellow Truck

Eve Bunting (author) Kevin Zimmer (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138353

Riley has a dump truck, a flatbed truck, a concrete mixer, and a little pickup truck at his lumberyard. When he tells them that they will help him build a children's park, everyone is excited. There's a lot of hard work to do, from hauling trash to pouring concrete. But once the work gets started, everyone but Little Yellow Truck is busy. Is there nothing he can do to help? As it turns out, Riley has just the right task for Little Yellow Truck. This picture-book offering from author Eve Bunting reinforces the message that even the smallest helper can make a big impact.

A Boy Like You

Frank Murphy (author) Kayla Harren (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146259

There's more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.

One Red Sock

Jennifer Sattler (author) Jennifer Sattler (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146167

A little purple hippo faces a dilemma. While getting dressed one day, she realizes that she is missing a red sock. But as she searches throughout her sock drawer, she cannot find a suitable replacement. From blue to green and gray to white, nothing she finds will match. But does that really matter? This new picture-book offering from Jennifer Sattler (Bully) reminds readers of all ages of the enjoyment that may occur when one lets go and embraces imperfection.

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth

Karlin Gray (author) Steliyana Doneva (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122925

Feeling quite ordinary, a plain gray moth sadly compares itself to its more exotic kin, such as the Luna Moth, the Spider Moth, and the Hummingbird Moth. And the little moth feels even worse when a young girl sees it and says "Eww!" But things change when her brother explains that this particular type of moth is his favorite kind of insect. Maybe an ordinary moth is really extraordinary after all. Back matter includes fascinating moth facts, along with a special activity.

Little Sock

Kia Heise, Christopher D. Park (author) Christopher D. Park (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146181

Little Sock is tired of his routine. Day after day, it's the same old thing. He gets worn, he gets dirty, and he gets washed. Nothing ever changes. The other socks in the drawer don't seem to mind but Little Sock wants something different. He has heard of a place, Sock City, where everything is new and exciting, so one night he makes his escape from his drawer. Will Little Sock reach his destination? And what will he find there?

Tip and Tucker: Hide and Squeak

Ann Ingalls, Sue Lowell Gallion (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146198

Meet Tip and Tucker! These hamsters are best friends and like to stick together. But while little Tip is sometimes nervous about new situations, Tucker likes to explore and see new things. Everything changes when Mr. Lopez purchases them from the pet store and takes them to his classroom. In Hide and Squeak, Tip gets loose from their cage and lost in the school. Will Tucker be able to find him? In playful, simple stories written especially for the K-1 audience, Tip and Tucker will help beginning readers explore new feelings and learn to navigate classroom dynamics and relationships.

Can U Save the Day?

Shannon Stocker (author) Tom Disbury (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146280

B is an awfully boastful bloke and when he and the rest of the alphabet get together, he can't help but tease the vowels about their small numbers. So the vowels begin to take off, one by one. The consonants--and the rest of the farm--see just how important vowels really are. With disaster looming and B seeing the error of his ways, can U save the day and set the alphabet right again?

A Tuba Christmas

Helen L. Wilbur (author) Mary Reaves Uhles (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126398

With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin, and one brother plays the cello while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert. And her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn't interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish. But playing the tuba isn't as easy as it seems. And there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.

I Can Be Kind

Jessica Pippin (author), Marc Mons (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478804673

Mike spends the day at his favorite place, the aquarium! When he loses his favorite toy, he learns the importance of kindness. MySELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) helps children build social and emotional intelligence and literacy skills through shared reading of engaging texts that prompt discussions about real-world experiences. Child-centered themes support social and emotional growth, address Common Core Foundational Reading Skills Standards, and integrate family involvement with classroom instruction. Stories are written from the first person perspective and center around a diverse group of relatable children. Real-world photos, high-quality illustrations, and delightful narrators aid in teaching social and emotional skills without a heavy-handed approach.

The Doll's Nose (Armenian)

Miranda Haxhia (author), Ursula Kohrer (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854221

Mary wants to play with her friends Clara and Ana, but they're playing with their dolls, and Mary doesn't have a doll. Her mother suggests that she make one using wool and cotton and other things that they have around the house. So Mary makes a beautiful doll, but then she realizes: her doll has to breathe, and how will it sneeze? What can she use for her lovely doll's nose?

Donating

Jennifer Colby (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130692

Donating uses the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education by the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. The book provides the earliest of readers a background in the different ways to donate. Simple sentence structure and word usage help readers develop word recognition and reading skills. Includes a glossary and index.

The Red Flyer Roller Coaster

Kathy Yevchak (author), Judith Pfeiffer (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781578743377

Sophie Bean cannot bear to spend another summer watching Ryan and Parker ride The Red Flyer Roller Coaster. Unfortunately, all she keeps hearing from Measuring Man is "too small!" Students will relate to the plight of this lovable character.

The Scaredy-Cat Kitten

Roz Rosenbluth (author) Deborah Borgo (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625817877

Mother cat has two very different kittens. Herbie is curious and brave. But his sister Sarah is afraid of everything. When the kittens go for a walk Sarah is even afraid of her own shadow. Find out what happens when Herbie gets caught in briars and Sarah needs to go get Mother for help. A positive ending adds interest to this adorable story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Hello, How Are You

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781619385245

Learn basic English phrases like, "How are you?" and "What time is it?" through this interactive book. Early learners will find the simple text, paired with reassuring illustrations, easy to understand.

Dorothy and the Glasses (Russian)

Ivona Brezinova (author), Mentor Llapashtica (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854658

Mommy, Daddy, and Dorothy's brother, Martin, all wear glasses. But not Dorothy. She knows that glasses make people see better, and she wants to see better, too. Never mind that she can see perfectly without them. She feels like an outsider in her own family, and so she draws glasses on her face and on all her toys. But when she tries on her Daddy's glasses, she gets a big surprise!

Watch Out for Wolfgang

Paul Carrick (Illustrator) (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916892

Paul Carrick recycles The Three Little Pigs into a humorous fractured fairy tale about being yourself. An old mother robot sends her three sons, Rod, Slick, and Dudley, out into the world to seek their fortunes. But Wolfgang the Recycler is after them for their precious parts. How will the three robots protect themselves and their factories from clever Wolfgang?

The Adventures of Spot: Hungry, Hungry Spot

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374571

Spot is hungry but can't find anything to eat. Spot buries his biscuit to keep it safe. Spot sniffs around outside to capture different scents. Spot hears his favorite sound… dinner! Spot enjoys different times of day. Stories by Marileta Robinson.

Poppy's Best Paper

Susan Eaddy (author) Rosalinde Bonnet (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607349112

Fans of Olivia and Lilly will delight in Poppy, a little rabbit with big dreams - and an even bigger personality. More than anything, Poppy wants to be a verrrry famous writer. She's sure Mrs. Rose will pick her paper to read to the whole class! Trouble is, she has tall ambitions but is short on effort, and her jealousy takes over when her best friend's paper is chosen instead. In the end, Poppy discovers that she has to get out of her own way if her big dreams are going to come true. Rosalinde's adorable, expressive illustrations make memorable, quirky Poppy a real star!