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A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet

Richard Michelson (author), Ron Mazellan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536356

From Abraham to Zaydee, and from ancient times to modern day, A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet encompasses the history of Jewish traditions and customs and how they are practiced today. Following the alphabet, a poem identifies the letter topic while sidebar text provides background information. C could be the challah that my bubbe used to braid, or C could be the chicken soup, when I was sick she made, or chocolate coins on Chanukah we added to our coffers. But I say C should be for Chai "To Life" and all it offers. This joyful celebration of family and heritage includes the meaning behind celebrations such as the Festival of Lights, Passover, and Sukkot; important names and stories from the Old Testament; and how modern-day families continue to celebrate their heritage. Richard Michelson's children's books have received distinctive awards such as a New Yorker Best Book Award and a Jewish Book Council Book of the Month. His titles include Too Young for Yiddish; Across the Alley; and Tuttle's Red Barn (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2007). He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ron Mazellan's work has been featured in film and advertising, as well as books and magazines. His work for young readers includes The Harmonica (an IRA Children's Choice Award winner) and The Longest Season (a New York Times top ten bestseller). Ron teaches at Indiana Wesleyan University and lives in Marion, Indiana.

Spotlight on Argentina

Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427192189

Spotlight on Argentina introduces children to this fascinating country in South America, which stretches from Bolivia to the southern tip of South America - the island of Tierra Del Fuego. The country's vast grassy plains, called the Pampas, are famous for cowboys called gauchos. To the south, the landscape looks more like Antarctica with large glaciers, including the famous Perito Moreno. Children will learn about Argentina's land, history, the daily lives of its people, and how they celebrate their culture.

Cultural Traditions in China

Lynn Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427179784

This intriguing book describes how the traditions, beliefs, and rituals of people across the vast country of China are observed in the many different festivals celebrated today. Young readers will also learn how the Chinese people celebrate family occasions.

Friends for Freedom

Suzanne Slade (author) Nicole Tadgell (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607346517

No one thought Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass would ever become friends. The former slave and the outspoken woman came from two different worlds. But they shared deep-seated beliefs in equality and the need to fight for it. Despite naysayers, hecklers, and even arsonists, Susan and Frederick became fast friends and worked together to change America.

Irma Rangel

Katie Marsico (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130593

Irma Rangel in The My Itty-Bitty Bio series is a biography for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Irma Rangel in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. The series celebrates diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions. Includes a timeline, primary sources, glossary, and index.

Benjamin Banneker

Katie Marsico (author) Jeff Bane (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534130470

Benjamin Banneker in The My Itty-Bitty Bio series is a biography for the earliest readers. This book examines the life of Benjamin Banneker in a simple, age-appropriate way that will help children develop word recognition and reading skills. The series celebrates diversity, covering women and men from a range of backgrounds and professions. Includes a timeline, primary sources, glossary, and index.

Next Stop: The Caribbean

Ginger McDonnell (author)

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9781433399831

Welcome to the Caribbean! Readers are invited along to learn about a tropical paradise in this nonfiction reader that features vibrant, colorful photos, informational text, charts, and maps. From the delicious fruit to the exotic animals, children will be engaged from beginning to end.

P is for Peach: A Georgia Alphabet

Carol Crane (author), Mark Braught (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366200

As you travel through the Okefenokee Swamp, keep an eye out for Tiger Swallowtails and Brown Thrashers, and be sure to pick some Yellow Confederate Daisies before taking a nap under a Live Oak Tree. This is the Georgia that becomes a wondrous reality within the beautiful rhyming verses of Carol Crane and the colorful images of Mark Braught. At the same time the rhymes entertain and inform younger readers, Crane's in-depth expository text will appeal to older ones, creating a two-tiered teaching tool for educators in the Peach State and across the country.

Are You My Brown Bear?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Christina O'Donovan (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055790

The Hola, English! bilingual books make each story personal, and being personal makes each story interesting to every child. Are You My Brown Bear? uses descriptive adjectives to differentiate between lots of bears (I am hairy bear. I am scary bear. I am boy bear. I am toy bear.)

Rachel Carson: Environmentalist

Christina Leaf (author)

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781626179431

It wasn’t long ago that pesticides threatened a national environmental crisis - until Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring turned the tide. A shy, serious girl, young Rachel became a biologist when few women went to college, and grew up to be one of the most influential scientists and writers of our time. Budding environmentalists will love this biography for early readers!

Passover Family

Monique Polak (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459818538

Teach babies and toddlers about this important Jewish festival by exploring what happens during the Passover seder with this delightful photographic board book. This primer features family and friends coming together to share a meal, tell stories and sing songs, and encourages little ones to participate in this special time. Children of all faiths will enjoy the bright photos and primary text that focuses on bringing family together to celebrate and observe a holiday tradition.

Holi Colors

Rina Singh (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459818507

Experience Holi with every color of the rainbow! This Hindu celebration known as the festival of colors and the festival of love signifies the end of winter, the arrival of spring and the victory of good over evil. A time to laugh, play, visit friends and get messy! Little ones will love exploring the colors of Holi through the vibrant photographs and Singh's playful rhymes in this brilliant concept book. By the author of Diwali (Orca Origins), which has been called "an exceptionally valuable resource" by Kirkus Reviews and "a standout volume" by School Library Journal.

Dragons Race in the Water and Other Real Chinese Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374991

China! Natasha Yim tells of her experiences of watching dragon races in Hong Kong. Discover the art of a handwriting technique called calligraphy. How is silk made? Discover the women who make silk by hand in Hotan, China. Learn how people in China honor their loved ones who have gone before them. Stories by Natasha Yim, Linda Petrucelli, Gary Hoff, Josanne LaValley, and Christine Liu Perkins.

Eyes of the Dragon and Other Scaly Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374816

Scaly dragons! A Chinese folktale tells about a grateful dragon who gives a girl an impossible gift. Lily brings Dragon in to school. A little girl follows a treasure map past a dragon! Tex and Indi go to a festival in Chinatown to see a parade and a dancing dragon. What would you do if you met a dragon? Would you try to make friends? Stories by Camille S. Phillips, Lissa Rovetch, Marilyn Kratz, and Eileen Spinelli.

Feeding Fuzzy Tail and Other Winter Survival Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374915

Bundle up! Maria and Grandma watch as a squirrel prepares for winter. Dad and Isabel watch different types of wild animals getting ready for the chilly winter. A fable tells of a little bird that cannot fly south for the winter. Each year before the river freezes, barges bring supplies for the long Alaskan winter. What will the barge bring for Ben? The arctic squirrel hibernates underground to survive the harsh winter. Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Bonnie Highsmith Taylor, Diana C. Conway, and Karen G. Ballen.

Puppy's Scary Halloween and Other Spooky Stories

Highlights for Children (author)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781684374946

Halloween! A pirate, skeleton, and witch are coming towards Puppy's house. What can Puppy do? When space monkeys invade on Halloween, the townspeople soon discover the monkeys' love for doughnuts. Toby realizes that the only way to get them to leave is to give them Chuck's famous doughnut recipe. David and his family prepare for Halloween, Fox's costume dilemma is resolved, and a new neighbor provides unusual Halloween treats. Stories by Lois J. Szymanski, Peter McCleery, Highlights for Children, Barbara Owen, and Glenn G. Coats.

Cultural Traditions in the United States

Molly Aloian (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427174895

Many holidays and festivals celebrated in the United States honor religious events and important dates or people in the country's history. This interesting book shows how Americans celebrate holidays and family occasions, as well as the traditions of the cultures from which their families first came.

Questions and Answers/Preguntas y Respuestas

Kathleen Petelinsek (author) Nichole Day Diggins (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602537019

Both Spanish and English translations present readers with common questions and various common answers and their corresponding ASL signs.

Family and Friends/Familia y Amigos

Kathleen Petelinsek (author) Kathleen Petelinsek (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602536982

Want a new way to show someone who your best friend is? How about using signs to tell your classmates about your family? Young readers will be delighted to learn a new way to discuss their favorite people. Both Spanish and English translations encourage kids to explore different languages and methods of communication.

St. Patrick's Day

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964893

In St. Patrick's Day, early readers will learn about this American festival and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique celebration. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of St. Patrick's Day, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about St. Patrick's Day online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. St. Patrick's Day also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Mardi Gras

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964886

In Mardi Gras, early readers will learn about this American festival and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique celebration. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Mardi Gras, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Mardi Gras online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Mardi Gras also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Holi

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964862

In Holi, early readers will learn about this Hindu festival and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique celebration. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Holi, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Holi online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Holi also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Lantern Festival

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964879

In Lantern Festival, early readers will learn about this Asian festival and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique celebration. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of the Lantern Festival, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about the Lantern Festival online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Lantern Festival also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Day of the Dead

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624964855

In Day of the Dead, early readers will learn about this Mexican festival and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique celebration. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Day of the Dead, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Day of the Dead online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Day of the Dead also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index

Different Appearances

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624965456

In Different Appearances, beginning readers will learn to celebrate diversity by appreciating the many ways people look different from one another. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage young readers as they draw inferences about how diversity makes our society stronger and more interesting. An infographic helps readers recognize how many similarities underlie people’s physical differences, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about diversity online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Different Appearances also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.