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Puppy Is Lost

Harriet Ziefert (author), Noah Woods (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050894

Max's dog, Puppy, is lost! She was here, and now she's gone. Where can Puppy be? Max can't sleep! Max can't eat! He calls for her, plasters posters all over town, and searches everywhere for his beloved pet. It's not until both Max and Puppy have the same idea that they finally find each other.

Lucy Rescued

Harriet Ziefert (author), Barroux (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051877

Lucy has been adopted by a nice family. "Wha-ooo-ooo-roo!" Lucy howls - all day, all night, and even in between. What does Lucy need? A comfy bed, special treats, lullabies? Lucy has a family, but helping her feel at home is a little trickier. This story portrays that growing-up-moment when a kid steps outside of her own concerns and tries to help someone she doesn't totally understand. Add in a dash of drama and mystery, a little canine craziness, and a session with a dog psychologist, and you've got a bright and funny "new pet" story that's simply wise and wisely simple.

Pass It On

Marilyn Sadler (author), Michael Slack (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051884

Cow is stuck in the fence and needs some help. But when Bee passes the word on, it turns into: "Cow put Duck in a tent!" Later renditions convey a woodchuck having a tent fall on him, Cow getting good luck, a penny, some money, some honey, and - with messages like these, will this poor cow ever get out of that fence?

Zachary's Dinnertime

Lara Levinson (author), Cornelius Van Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724311

When it's dinnertime at home, Zachary wishes he didn't have to help. When he visits his multi-ethnic friends, he is not asked to help, but discovers the many foods and traditions of their culture. He returns home eager to share his traditions with them, and to help with the chores!

Valentino Finds a Home

Andy Whiteside (author), Catherine Hnatov (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724304

Often mistaken for a rat . . . or, worse yet, a meal, Valentino is a guinea pig trying to find a home where he can live happily ever after. He runs away from his native home in Bolivia as a stowaway and he has many adventures until good fortune lands him in a pet shop. Soon after, he finally meets Maddie--a little girl with a lot of love to share who is hoping for the perfect pet. Who says dreams never do come true or there's no such thing as a happy ending? Just ask Valentino and Maddie!

The Bremen Town Musicians

Brian Wildsmith (author), Brian Wildsmith (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724328

A retelling of the Grimm Brother's beloved tale about five animals who travel together to Bremen, and encounter an unexpected result along the way.

Anna & Natalie

Barbara H. Cole (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723017

Anna is never on any team at school. But she is determined to be part of the annual wreath-laying team at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. Not until the end of the story do readers discover that Anna is blind.

Poodle and Hound

Kathryn Lasky (author), Mitch Vane (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580893220

Acclaimed author Kathryn Lasky explores the nature of friendship in three delightful stories for beginning readers. Creative, impulsive Poodle and loyal, dependable Hound are an unexpected pair. Together they star gaze, plant a garden and prove that two very different individuals can not only be compatible, they can complement and help one another. This book is good for your brain because: Friendship, Helpfulness, Language Arts

Raj, the Bookstore Tiger

Kathleen T. Pelley (author), Paige Keiser (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892308

Books make everything better. Being a bookstore tiger is hard work. There's much patrolling, and a lot of sitting in laps at story hour, and then there's sleeping in the window display. But Raj is up to the task. He is fierce and proud, until Snowball comes along. The new cat in the bookstore informs Raj that he's just a marmalade kitty-cat. Times get tough then for the bookstore tiger. But bookstore and Raj owner Felicity, with the help of poet William Blake, knows how to fix things. In turn, with a very special book, Raj is able to fix things with Snowball. Paige Keiser's quirky, intimate illustrations invite readers to curl up and share a story, with their own tigers or a friend.

The Patch

Justina Chen Headley (author), Mitch Vane (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891707

The kids at school want to know why Becca is wearing glasses and a patch. Instead of telling them she has amblyopia, Becca leads her friends imaginative adventures to explain her new fashion accessory. Mitch Vane's illustrations capture the spunky exuberance of this resourceful heroine.

The Searcher and Old Tree

David McPhail (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892230

After a long night of foraging, a tired raccoons returns home to sleep in Old Tree's branches. Oblivious to the rain and wind of a raging storm, the raccoon is protected and sheltered by the tree.

Aggie the Brave

Lori Ries (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916359

A trip to the vet requires bravery. They met and became best friends in Aggie and Ben. They learned to behave in Good Dog, Aggie. Now Aggie and Ben must conquer their fears in their third book for beginning readers. Aggie has to go to the vet, but it's Ben who needs to be brave as he deals with a night without his best friend. When Aggie returns home, she is unable to play. Ben must do his best to take care of her and make her feel better. Frank W. Dormer's expressive illustrations tell the story of the special bond between a boy and his loyal dog. Young readers will love the continuing adventures of Aggie and Ben.

Aggie Gets Lost

Lori Ries (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916335

Aggie and Ben are back with another adventure in three short chapters just right for beginning readers. Ben and Aggie are playing fetch in the park. When Ben throws too far, Aggie doesn't come back! Ben looks and looks, but he cannot find her. It is the worst day ever. Ben's sadness turns into determination as he retraces his steps, makes posters, and enlists other people to help turn Aggie from a lost pup a found one.

Aggie and Ben: Three Stories

Lori Ries (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916496

Daddy takes Ben on a surprise trip to the pet store. Ben doesn't want a mouse, a snake, or even a cat. But when a certain puppy makes Ben laugh, a lasting friendship is formed. Three short chapters trace a day in the life of Ben and his new puppy, Aggie.

The Big Box: a lesson on being honest

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529185

The friends find a treasure that doesn't belong to them. Should they keep it? Or should they try to find the owner? Character concepts: being responsible, being honest, working together

Fun in the Mud

Anna Prokos (author), Dave Clegg (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163021

Pig is having fun in the mud. But when his barnyard friends what to play in the mud too, will he learn it's more fun to share or will he hog all the mud to himself? This adorably illustrated story teaches young readers the value of taking turns and sharing.

The Magic Words

Anna Prokos (author), Hector Borlasca (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163076

Old Scruff is having it rough with the fleas until two sly cats teach him new tricks. Young readers will learn, through this humorous and beautifully illustrated story, the key to earning respect: always saying please and thank you.

Space Cat

Jeff Dinardo (author), Ken Bowser (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163083

When Dog is down on Cat's plans, will Cat give up or keep after her dream? Character concept: Responsibility: Never give up.

Helping Hands

Anna Prokos (author), Nathan Jarvis (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163106

Ocho the Octopus is best at helping others. And he enjoys it. But how will the others react when Ocho can use help? Children will learn that being kind is easy with this beautifully illustrated story.

Turbo Turtle to the Rescue

Jeff Dinardo (author), Jim Paillot (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163113

Duck Girl is planning a stick-up when the Bunny Troop comes by. But will Turbo Turtle be able to help the troop in time? Young readers will learn that anyone can be a super-hero just by helping others!

The Clean Team

Anna Prokos (author), Debbie Palen (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163137

Garbage is everywhere! And Nick spots the culprit littering the city. Will Neat Nick have to clean up the streets all by himself or will Sloppy Joe learn to change his ways? This fun and lively rhyming story shows young readers that protecting the environment can be cool!

Play with Me!

Anna Prokos (author), Debbie Palen (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163540

The yard may not be big enough for Bulldog and all his friends if he keeps up the snarling and snapping! They’re scared and upset. But one friend decides he might make a stink.

Field Day: a lesson on empathy

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529017

The friends are happy it is Field Day! But then they learn there is no race for turtles. How can the friends help the turtles have fun too?

Ted's Surprise: a lesson on working together

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529024

It's Ted's birthday and everyone's forgotten the important date! How do the friends save the day and come up with the perfect gift? It's a surprise you'll have to discover. Character concepts: being responsible, empathy, being a good friend, working together.

Pip's Picnic: a lesson on responsibility

Suzanne I. Barchers (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781937529031

Pip has a problem. Tab promised to make lunch for the big picnic. But when Pip arrives, nothing is ready. How do Pip and Tab work together to make the picnic a success? Character concepts: being a good friend, working together, being responsible.