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A Gift for Gram

Cecilia Minden (author) Becky Down (illustrator)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781534171763

Bella and Dan give Gram a surprise gift. Read about Gram and her new pet cat, Pepper. This A-level story uses engaging text to raise confidence in early readers. The book uses a combination of sight words and short-vowel words in repetition to build recognition. Original illustrations help guide readers through the text. Author Cecilia Minden, PhD, a literacy consultant and former director of the Language and Literacy program at Harvard Graduate School of Education developed a specific format for this series. Books in this series include author biography, phonetics, and teaching guides.

High and Dry

Eric Walters (author) Sabrina Gendron (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459823112

Dylan lives on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest with his parents, but when they have to go to the mainland, his grandfather weathers a storm to come spend time with him. Grandpa’s brought Dylan a number of gifts, and one comes in handy the next day while they are exploring the coast. In fact, this gift leads the duo to a dangerous discovery: a young orca got stuck on the rocks during the storm. Racing against the sun and the heat, Dylan and Grandpa need to work together to figure out how to save the calf while his pod circles nearby.

Genius Jolene

Sara Cassidy (author) Charlene Chua (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459825307

On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings. But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and has a good heart. She’s ready for new adventures and to stand up for what’s right—both on and off the road.

Sammy's Special Day

Kathleen Urmston (author) Gloria Gedeon (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641324571

Everyone in the family has a gift for Sammy and a special surprise planned! Repetitive text will help readers build fluency.

Just Like Mom

Monica Hiris (author) Holly Sierra (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641323970

A boy wants to do everything Mom does on their camping trip.

Just Like Dad

Monica Hiris (author) Paul Drzewiecki (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641323963

Readers will relate to this story of a boy who wants to be just like his parent.

Going to Grandpa's House

Marilyn K. Frankford (author)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781641323680

A young boy packs the most important items for a sleepover at Grandpa's house.

Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity

Jenni Desmond (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053482

We've all seen kids who kick and scream and lose their cool. But when Eric loses his temper over his annoying little sister Alice, he floats up to the ceiling! And so we have a fresh and funny twist on temper tantrums created by star-on-the-rise Jenni Desmond. Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity, with an amusing story and expressive painterly art, captures a spot-on understanding of how children feel when they get out of control and how they need help to pull themselves together - or, as in Eric's case, back to the ground. There will always be annoying brothers and sisters and things one wants, but can't have. This book gives children and parents an entertaining way to gain perspective and talk about these issues. For all of them, Eric offers a wise, witty, and uplifting tale that kids won't want to put down!

Lalo Wants a Real Name

Julia Mercedes-Castilla (author) Stephanie Harlow (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623957100

Lalo is tired of being Lalo Ramos, so he tries another, more "normal" name on for size. When his Hispanic grandparents start calling him by his new name, Lalo is worries that he may be losing his identity.

Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe

Irene Smalls (author) Cathy Ann Johnson (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623955878

A cooking story for young and old (including an original recipe for Lemon Bar Cake), this is a delicious blend of cooking and caring. It celebrates the love between a grandson and his grandfather. Join Pop Pop and his grandson as they beat, batter and bond baking the young boy’s favorite Lemon Bar Cake. With full color, lovingly painted step-by-step instructions and a full ingredient list, this book is a sweet recipe for the hearts of lemon cake eaters young and old.

I Love You!

Calee M. Lee (author) Tricia Tharp (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954734

I love you like a skipping stone...I love you like a doggy's bone... Celebrating the love between a parent and a child, this rhyming book features a host of animals and the things they love about each other.

Hello

Juliana O'Neill (author) Soraya Bartolomé (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781532412608

Time to say hello. A child says hello to family and pets as a way to start the day. Hello is part of the Reading Stars series. Reading Star books are for kids at the very beginning of a lifetime love of reading. Each book features less than 50 words and uses repetition to build confidence. Hello is 24 pages long features 16 different words for your child to master.

Memoirs of a Tortoise

Devin Scillian (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166806

Oliver the tortoise has had his human, Ike, for a very, very long time now. In fact, they're the same age--80 years old--and practically twins. They both enjoy the slowness of the garden, cool water from the hose on a hot day, and a nice slice of honeydew melon. But when Ike stops visiting the garden, Oliver wonders why his pet has left him so soon. So he makes the long journey to see his mother ten gardens away--she will certainly have the answer. This tender story from the author and illustrator that brought us Memoirs of a Goldfish reminds us to cherish all the days we have with our pets and loved ones.

Breakfast

Xist Publishing (author)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623951283

Rise and shine! It's time to have breakfast. Mouthwatering photos of pancakes and waffles, bacon and eggs make this picture book a delightful treat for children who wonder why can't we always have breakfast for dinner. Used as a jumpstart for interaction, Discover Series Picture Books are a great way to introduce new images, words and concepts to kids.

Baby Things

Xist Publishing (author)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623951122

Is there a new baby in the house? Will there be one soon? From bottles to diapers to toys and strollers, this book is an excellent way to engage a baby or toddler in word acquisition with familiar items or to introduce an older child to some of the things that their new little brother or sister will need. Used as a jumpstart for interaction, Discover Series Picture Books are a great way to introduce baby items, their names and colors to kids.

Little Hoo Goes Camping

Brenda Ponnay (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781532415531

It's time for the Hoo family to go on their annual camping trip, but Little Hoo is a little bit nervous. From setting up a tent, to cooking dinner over the fire, to sleeping with spooky noises, camping has a lot of new things for Little Hoo to experience. With characteristic gentleness, this book takes little ones along with Little Hoo on an adventure that eventually turns out to be a fun, and not scary, time. Little Hoo Goes Camping is part of the Little Hoo series featuring cute and reassuring texts for toddlers and preschoolers.

My Nana and Me

Irene Smalls (author) Cathy Ann Johnson (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623955854

A joyful story celebrating the love between a granddaughter and her grandmother. This delightful picture books follows a young girl and her grandmother through a day of tea parties, dancing, hide and seek, pat-a-cake, bath time, story time, and bedtime. At the end of the story the little girl discovers why she is so extra special.

Sleep, My Little One

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Carol Schwartz (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599228228

Listen to the story! Read the story! Sing the Story! “Sleep, My Little One,” includes the Read-along version of the story followed by the same story sung in an adorable song. As night draws near, mom and baby share precious moments during bath time and bedtime. “Up the stairs and in the bath I’ll wash those little toes. Tickle your tummy as you splash, then, I’ll kiss your sweet, wet nose.” Bedtime is a special time for bonding and saying, “I love you.” Gentle illustrations and rhyming text will make this a favorite for young children. This book is the perfect way to end a busy day. Titles in the Read & Sing Along Series include: A Is For Alligator, A Pilot Flies Her Plane, At The Farm, Diez En La Cama, Down Through The Chimney, Duerme, Mi Pequenito, Hickory Dickory Dock & More, Humpty Dumpty & More, Huge Machines, I Like Colors, I Thank God For You, It’s Night-Night Time, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Llego La Noche, Me Gustan Los Colores, Ten In The Bed, Two By Two & The Wheels On The Bus.

Cookies for Danny

Mia Coulton (author)Mia Coulton (illustrator)

Publisher: MaryRuth Books ISBN: 9781933624334

Danny is having a bad day. Grandma Ruth knows just what to do to cheer him up.

Grandma Ruth’s Glasses

Mia Coulton (author)Mia Coulton (illustrator)

Publisher: MaryRuth Books ISBN: 9781933624310

Grandma Ruth has misplaced her reading glasses. She looks in all of the usual places around the house to find them. Perhaps Danny knows where they are.

Little Monkey

Julie Abery (author) Suzie Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681525662

Little Monkey swings through the jungle until—Oops!—he falls out of a tree. Mama catches him and comforts him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.

Little Hippo

Julie Abery (author) Suzie Mason (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781681525648

Little Hippo grazes on African plains, falling behind his herd, when a flock of oxpecker birds won’t leave him alone. Mama helps him and all becomes right again. A sweet story of youthful adventure and motherly love, told with short rhyming lines and warm illustrations.

Christmas With Grandma

Frank McClanahan (author) Noelle Giddings (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815415

In this precious rhyming story, a little boy reflects on spending Christmas each year with his Grandma. From making decorations together for the Christmas tree, to drinking hot chocolate and staying up late talking by the fireplace; the little boy and his Grandma make sweet memories. When it’s time to leave, and Grandma becomes teary-eyed, the little boy ensures her that she’s the best part of Christmas. “So whenever my face feels the first flakes of snow, wherever I am, it’s to Grandma’s I go. Where it’s always been Christmas, and always will be, for Christmas at Grandma’s is Christmas to me.”

I Don't Like Tomatoes!

Shelley Swanson Sateren (author) Amy Wummer (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389300

Victoria is certain she doesn't like tomatoes until she tries to prove that her younger brother doesn't like them either.

Papa's New Pants

Lila Julius (author) Niki Leonidou (illustrator)

Publisher: Highlights ISBN: 9781682389508

After saying they're all too busy these family members end up helping hem Papa's new pants a little too much.