A sensitive story about divorce during winter when Izzie's father moves out.
Grandpa and Chelsea take care of their garden together, and Chelsea learns how to tell when the carrots are ready.
This girl realizes that it's no fun to be with a cranky person.
Everyone is too busy to listen to Teddy--except his baby brother.
Flora and Grandpa go to the fair. They have an exciting day eating ice-cream petting the animals and going on the rides.
Jimmy learns that a long-awaited special dessert is not the most important part of his family's Thanksgiving celebration.
In this Norwegian folktale Halvor discovers what treasure his mother would like best.
Angelo finds fun in his aunt's kitchen project.
Kristen thinks her cousin Maya is Gramma's favorite until Maya reveals the main topic of Gramma's letters.
Isabel has saved her family from a lifetime of having strawberry shortcake for dessert but . . .
Josefina proves to Papa that she can be a helpful cowgirl.
Sometimes it is great to have a mom who is different from the rest.
Rupert is lonely and a little scared at his grandmother's country home. How can an empty cupboard in the toolshed make him feel at home?
When Arizona ruins Abuela's scarf on a ski trip, she has to muster the courage to admit it and apologize.
A series of misadventures turn into fun for Derrick and Steve.
Ollie wants to do something special for Abuela for Mother's Day. When Arizona and Ollie find out Abuela's favorite treat is homemade ice cream, they have just the thing.
When the twins help out at the family store, Indi has an accident while bagging a customer's groceries. Everyone helps clean-up the mess and Indi is helped to see that she can learn from her mistake.
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.
Athena's family's custom of picking and cooking dandelion greens embarrasses Athena. But when she sees her new friend try the food, she realizes she could be more open-minded herself.
The twins sprout bean seeds in their kindergarten classroom. After planting their seeds in pots, seedlings appeared, just in time to take them home for a special Mother's Day gift.
Annie figures out a way to comfort her little brother when he's feeling homesick on his first day of school.
When Gran and Poppy have to cancel their annual trip due to Gran's knee surgery, Arizona is very disappointed. But after "talking things over" with her cat, Cow, she realizes she can keep in touch with her grandparents in other ways.
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.
When ten-year-old Cyrus sees a For Sale sign plunged into his front lawn, it’s a complete and utter disaster. Usually, his younger brother, Rudy, is the scaredy-cat, but for the first time in his life, Cyrus is terrified. He’s lived at 637 Petunia Boulevard since he came to live with his adoptive mom and dad at two months old. Won’t he go hurtling into outer space without these four familiar walls to hold him in? Luckily, Cyrus has a few sneaky tricks up his sleeve to stop this moving business before it even gets started.
Ally isn't able to live with her mother. Instead she lives far, far away, on the other side of the country, with her gram and great-aunt. But one summer Ally goes to stay with her aunt and uncle in the "big city by the ocean" and gets to spend time with her mom. While exploring the shore, watching whales from the boat dipping into the salty water, Ally finds out something important: her mother loves to swim as much as she does. This is a very personal story. Ally is based on the author’s niece, Jeanie, and Ally's mother is based on the author's sister, Sarah, who went missing from the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in 1998. Jeanie is like a seal in the water, and Sarah was just the same, but they never got to swim together. In this story, they do. Swimming with Seals is a story that was written for the thousands of children who long to live with their birth parents and will never fully understand why they can't.