In this clever twist on the Night Before Christmas story, a gingerbread boy cookie is carefully crafted and placed on a plate. He was made special to serve as Santa's nighttime snack, a homemade thank-you for all the presents he will deliver. The cookie wonders if he is brave enough to face up to his holiday duty. But instead of spending the evening contemplating his fate, the gingerbread boy finds himself facing two rambunctious puppies experiencing their very first Christmas. Their mischief includes a tug-of-war with presents, leaving a big mess. And it's up to the gingerbread boy to save the dayand Christmas!
What do you do when you plan your birthday party? Do you order a big cake and have goodie bags for your friends? This engaging e-book prompts students to determine greater than, less than, or equal to quantities by looking at the number of friends invited versus the number of cupcakes, chairs, and party favors available at the party. Early readers will not only learn the importance of quantities, but each engaging photograph allows students to use their oral language skills to collaborate together to create a story about the birthday party in the e-book.
As Americans, we have much to be thankful for. Many brave men and women serve in the armed forces. They uphold our values and protect our borders. On Veterans Day, we take time to thank these people. Colorful images, supporting text, a glossary, table of contents, and index all work together to help readers better understand the content and be fully engaged from cover to cover.
Do you have something to celebrate? You can celebrate by making papel picado! Featuring vibrant step-by-step photo instructions, this nonfiction book helps introduce children to another culture through craft-making and designs.
Each year, the Coles look forward to their family reunion. This year, the Coles are in charge of all the planning. They use two-digit subtraction in a lot of the planning, especially when deciding how much food to buy and figuring out how many people are coming. Look inside to see more subtraction in action!
Do you like birthday parties? The children in this book are planning their birthday party. They need to figure out how many friends to invite, how much food to buy, how many party favors they need, and more. Their mom is helping them count and make lists. Can you help them, too?
There are all sorts of things to do before a birthday party! Make math practical and fun for young readers as they read the story of children planning a birthday. The children will have to consider the number of guests and count things to buy, like invitations, food, and confetti. Young readers will practice their counting skills with the help of engaging images, clear tally marks, and mathematical charts. This fun and practical book will keep children engaged as they learn early STEM themes and help them feel confident and ready to have more fun with math!
Early readers will gain insight and understand why we celebrate George Washington's inspiring life and incredible accomplishments in this appealing nonfiction title. With captivating images, supportive text, and an accessible table of contents, glossary, and index, readers will be engaged from cover to cover!
Early readers learn about the first Thanksgiving and compare the similarities and differences between the past and present in this charming nonfiction title. Featuring colorful images, easy-to-read text, and a helpful glossary and index, this book will have children engaged and ready to share what they're thankful for.
In this nonfiction title, readers are introduced to the ideas of freedom and celebrations as they learn about the history of and the way that Americans continue to celebrate the Fourth of July. Early readers will love the bright colors and images and the clear, informational text as they move through from cover to cover.
Day of the Dead sounds like it should have a morbid, depressing tone. But the Latin American holiday is really focused on love and remembrance. Yes, people gather in cemeteries, but for dancing and decorating graves! This book shows kids a holiday that honors the lives of lost loved ones.
Earth Day is a call to be “green.” This means thinking like a conservationist about everything from what grocery bag to use to what type of transportation to take. Elementary students just might be inspired to clean up a park or plant a tree after this read.
A groundhog named Phil is possibly the most sought-after meteorologist on February 2nd. Many people wait for his forecast to know how long winter might last. If he sees his shadow, the season will likely drag on for six more weeks. This title introduces beginning readers to an unusual weather-prediction tradition.
For kids, Halloween is all about the fun of pretending to be someone or something else. Many dress up like a funny character, scary creature, or famous person. Then they parade themselves door-to-door to fill bags of candy. This book gathers the basic facts about Halloween for young readers to enjoy!
Independence Day, or the Fourth of July, is a national holiday that celebrates the land of the free and the home of the brave. It marks the 1776 signing of America’s Declaration of Independence. This children’s title on the occasion explodes with red, white, and blue patriotism on each page!
Saint Patrick’s Day is the best day of the year to be Irish. The March 17th holiday celebrates Irish heritage and all its symbols—shamrocks, leprechauns, and more! Beginning readers will be seeing green in this origin story of Saint Patrick’s Day.
This holiday is a salute to the men and women who have served in the United States military, both in times of war and times of peace. It is a day to express thanks for their willingness to wear the uniform. Through this book, kids will deepen their respect for and understanding of the armed forces.
The name of this Mexican holiday gives away the date it is always celebrated. Cinco de Mayo means “fifth of May” in Spanish. This title gives young readers a history lesson about the Battle of Puebla, the fight the holiday honors, while also showing off festive Cinco de Mayo gatherings.
This title for young readers describes the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. Through peaceful protests and education, King’s leadership cleared the path for the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act. Every third Monday of January, citizens of the United States recognize the leader’s mission of equality for all on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Many people have given their lives to protect the United States of America. Memorial Day, celebrated on the last Monday of May, is the day Americans honor those who have sacrificed their lives for their country. This title offers facts about the history and traditions of this important holiday for beginning readers.
In the United States, Presidents’ Day is a special day to honor those leaders who have held the country’s highest office. Every third Monday of February, citizens learn about the lives of the nation’s presidents, visit national monuments, and hold historical reenactments. This title will inform young readers of this holiday’s history and how its celebrations have transformed through the years.
Valentine’s Day is often thought of as a day of cards and candy. But this holiday has an ancient history! Readers of this heart-filled title will follow the holiday’s history through the centuries to learn about the day’s beginnings, traditions, and more.
It’s the Fourth of July! That means fun, flags, and fireworks for the Garcia family. Unfortunately, those fireworks are a problem for Mamá and Carlos. Neither of them likes the loud booms and cracks that come with the sparkles. Readers will laugh when they see how the twins figure out a way for everyone to enjoy the sparkly night. Aligned to Common Core standards and correlated to state standards. Calico Kid is an imprint of Magic Wagon, a division of ABDO.
In Celebrations and Special Days, young readers will join children around the world as they celebrate religious festivals and special family days, such as weddings and coming of-age ceremonies. From Holi to Hanukkah, Easter to Ramadan, readers will join families as they prepare special meals, decorate their homes, and take part in the special times that shape our lives.
Who lit the first jack-o'-lantern? What creature of the night must return to his grave by dawn? And why do we holler "Trick or treat"? J is for Jack-O'-Lantern: A Halloween Alphabet invites you to come along on this A-Z adventure and celebration of all things that "go bump in the night." Poetry and prose combine to entertain and educate. H is for Haunted House A haunted house; you better beware. Only enter if you dare. Monsters lurking, looking mean-- Just can't wait to make you scream! Classic autumn games, jokes, and recipes (including gooey deviled egg eyeballs!) help round out the Halloween festivities. Atmospheric artwork blends just enough fun with fright to provide the perfect backdrop. One of Denise Brennan-Nelson's favorite Halloween memories is of her daughters wearing homemade skunk costumes, since the girls are "Mommy's little stinkers." Her other books include Willow and Buzzy the bumblebee. When she's not visiting schools to speak to schoolchildren and teachers, Denise is at home in Howell, Michigan. Born in Hong Kong, Donald Wu grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He studied illustration at the California College of the Arts. Donald's current focus is in children's book illustration, but he also has experience with portraiture and editorial artwork. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.