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35 Uses for a Daughter

Harriet Ziefert (author), Deborah Zemke (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781593540999

Daughters come in all colors, sizes, and shapes, with all kinds of enthusiasms, abilities, and talents. But whether they're acting as the family's computer guru, movie critic, taste tester, fashionista, tennis partner, or dog walker, or are just using up all the cell phone minutes, every daughter is special. Deborah Zemke's whimsical illustrations show families from all walks of life.

Grandma Is an Author

Melissa Conroy (author), Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050399

Rusty's Grandma Margo is a writer. She and Rusty even write stories together. But when Rusty discovers that Margo sometimes suffers from writer's block, he worries. What can he do to help her? This unique story tackles an issue that not only affects grown-ups. Kids, too, suffer from writer's block and are often overwhelmed in their attempts to express themselves. Melissa Conroy's engaging story perfectly captures the frustrations and successes of the creative process and celebrate the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, as well as the imaginations of kids.

Chocolate Mud Cake

Harriet Ziefert (author) Maxine Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621113

Ken and Jen are a brother-and-sister pair who pretend to bake a cake while playing outside. Will their parents go along with the fun and eat the mud cake?

Grandpas Are for Puddle Jumping

Harriet Ziefert (author) Deborah Zemke (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801026

What makes a grandfather special to his grandchildren and his grandchildren special to their grandfather? It's the little things that matter in this loving tribute to grandpas and grandkids everywhere. 

A Monster for Grandma

Melissa Conroy (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801064

Rusty and his Grandma Margo--who's an author--like to write stories together. But when Rusty discovers that she sometimes suffers from writer's block, he worrie, and wonders what he can do to help her.

Are We There Yet?

Harriet Ziefert (author) Dale Gotlieb (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621939

When a trip to the city includes a visit to the toy store, the ride seems to take forever. Along a country road, through the tunnel, and over a bridge, the excitement builds--but are we there yet? is the question two eager kids keep asking their dad.

Father's Day

Harriet Ziefert (author) Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621762

Father’s Day is almost here! Bobo, a small rabbit, wants to find the perfect present. But none of his ideas (a kitten, a puppy, a chick) work out. Then Bobo comes up with a new plan: a very special hat he makes all by himself! 

Good Dog

Harriet Ziefert (author) Sanford Hoffman (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621793

Andy and Amy just can't wait: today, they're going to adopt a dog. But what kind should they choose? He wants a big one; she wants it small. She wants a white dog; he wants a black. Will they find a pet that can make everyone happy--Mom and Dad too? Maybe Rover will be just right.

Sleepy Barker

Harriet Ziefert (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621564

Barker the dog is awakened by one sound after another (howl, hoot, boom) but finally falls asleep after being reassured that mom and dad are there for him.

Robin Where Are You?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Noah Woods (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051921

When it comes to birds, Lucy's grandpa knows every beak and squeak. With binoculars in hand, Lucy and her grandpa begin to search for a robin redbreast. But the bird isn't making it easy for them! A squawk-y, bossy bird? That's a blue jay. Birds with round beaks good for scooping? Canadian geese. Hey, will that nest with the three blue eggs lead to a happy discovery in this spot-the-robin mystery?

The Littlest One

Halya Kruk (author), Manana Morchiladze (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854542

It's very difficult to be the youngest, littlest one in the family. Yurchyk's sister and brother are too old to play with him now; they prefer to do other things. And his parents are too busy. His companion is just a puppy, a little dog named Klapovukh. Yurchyk's father says that being big isn't just about growing taller but about doing big things! It takes courage to do big things: Is little Yurchyk brave enough?

The Perfect Piñatas

Kirsten McDonald (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781624021831

Carlos and Carmen’s Abuelita has come to visit. She joins the twins, Mamá, and Papá as they go from store to store, searching for the perfect piñatas. When they finally find them, the twins fall in love with their new piñata pets. They don’t want to smash them! Luckily, Abuelita knows just what to do. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards.

The Sweet Treasure

Kirsten McDonald (author)Fátima Anaya (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532135248

Carlos and Carmen want to make this year's Father's Day really special for Papá. At first they don't know what to do, but working together, they come up with the perfect idea-a treasure hunt. Luckily for Papá, the twins are with him every step of the way making sure that he solves the clues, follows the map, and finds the sweet treasure. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

New Baby

Christine Platt (author)Junissa Bianda (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532136689

Ana & Andrew are expecting a sibling! The family is very excited. Mama's family arrives from Trinidad, and everyone helps to get ready. When the baby arrives, Ana & Andrew learn from Granny that in African American culture, a baby's name often tells an important story. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

Perfect Pet

Christine Platt (author)Junissa Bianda (illustrator)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781532136696

Ana & Andrew are getting a new pet! They research different pets before choosing the best pet for their family. Then they pick a name for it! With the name Ana & Andrew choose, they learn from a famous African American that skin color does not affect a person's abilities. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.

My Adoptive Family

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781098202705

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Readers will learn all about adoptive families through everyday and relatable situations. They may just find out that an adoptive family isn't so different from their own! Title is complete with sweet, colorful photos and easy-to-read text with bolded glossary terms.

My Single Parent

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781098202729

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Readers will learn all about single-parent families through everyday and relatable situations. They may just find out that a single-parent family isn't so different from their own! Title is complete with sweet, colorful photos and easy-to-read text with bolded glossary terms.

My Two Homes

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781098202743

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Readers will learn all about kids who split their time between two households through everyday and relatable situations. They may just find out that this special family situation isn't so different from their own! Title is complete with sweet, colorful photos and easy-to-read text with bolded glossary terms.

My Military Parent

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781098202712

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Readers will learn all about military families through relatable situations. They may just find out that a military family isn't so different from their own! Title is complete with sweet, colorful photos and easy-to-read text with bolded glossary terms.

My Two Dads

Julie Murray (author)

Publisher: ABDO ISBN: 9781098202736

Families come in all shapes and sizes. Readers will learn all about families with two dads through everyday and relatable situations. They may just find out that a two-dad family isn't so different from their own! Title is complete with sweet, colorful photos and easy-to-read text with bolded glossary terms.

This is the House that Jack Built

Felicia Law (author) Jen Khatun (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781913688486

The House that Jack Built opens a new avenue for 4-6 year old non-fiction. The text is written in simple rhyme and follows the (sing-song) rhythm of the original (Mother Goose) rhyme.

Grandmother School

Rina Singh (author) Ellen Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819061

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

Noodle Helps Gabriel Say Goodbye

Caryn Rivadeneira (author) Priscilla Alpaugh (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781634409216

After losing her first two forever homes, Noodle the goldendoodle knows all about the sadness of goodbyes. But in her new home with Andrea and as an official Helper Hound, Noodle helps Gabriel deal with the loss of his grandfather and to discover that our loved ones can be found in the little things all around us even when they're gone.

Parents Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400167

A child's parents can be a mom and dad, dad and dad, single parents, stepparents, and more. Explore the many ways that different parents care for their children.

Families Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400136

Families can include one child and one parent, multiple parents and grandparents with many children, and everything in between. Explore diverse families and the many ways that they care for one another.