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The Christmas Tree Ship

Carol Crane (author), Chris Ellison (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410365750

On November 21, 1912, the schooner Rouse Simmons set sail from a small northern Michigan town across Lake Michigan. Affectionately dubbed the "Christmas Tree Ship," this was an annual trek for the Rouse Simmons. With its cargo of Christmas trees, the ship was bound for Chicago. There Captain Herman Scheunemann would sell the trees for 50 cents or $1.00 and even gave many away to needy families. But the schooner never makes its destination. The Rouse Simmons, with all hands and cargo, disappears into the cold waters. The ship's wreckage is not found until 1971. Drawing from stories told by her grandfather, author Carol Crane weaves a fictional tale based on the true events of the doomed schooner. And she explains how the captain's widow went on to continue his tradition of delivering holiday trees to Chicago. Carol Crane's many books for Sleeping Bear Press include the best-selling P is for Pilgrim: A Thanksgiving Alphabet and The Handkerchief Quilt. As a literacy advocate, Carol speaks at schools and conferences. She lives in North Carolina. Chris Ellison has illustrated children's picture books and adult historical fiction for nearly 20 years. His book Let Them Play was a 2006 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People. Chris lives in Mississippi.

A Christmas Spider's Miracle

Trinka Hakes Noble (author), Stephen Costanza (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307941

Long ago in a faraway place there lived two mothers. One, a humble peasant woman who struggled daily to provide for her children. And the other, a mother spider who also worked hard to care for her family. And although it would appear they were as different as night and day, these two mothers had more in common than would first seem. As the only holiday gift she can give her children, one cold Christmas Eve the peasant woman goes to the forest to get a tree, never noticing that someone has made a home among its branches. During the night, the mother spider spins webs decorating the tree, resulting in a Christmas that neither mother will ever forget. Based on an old Ukrainian story, Trinka Hakes Noble (The Orange Shoes) crafts an original heartwarming tale of the grace that can be found in the true spirit of Christmas. Trinka Hakes Noble's numerous picture books include The Scarlet Stockings Spy (IRA Teachers' Choice 2005), The Last Brother, The Orange Shoes (IRA Teachers' Choice 2008), and Apple Tree Christmas. Ms. Noble lives in northern New Jersey. Stephen Costanza attended the Philadelphia College of Art. His picture books are Mozart Finds a Melody, Noodle Man: The Pasta Superhero, and Ten Big Toes and a Prince's Nose. He lives in Belfast, Maine.

Small, Medium & Large

Jane Monroe Donovan (author), Jane Monroe Donovan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585366248

It is the season of Christmas, and that means it is time to trim the tree, decorate the halls, and, most importantly of all, write to Santa with a heartfelt wish for the perfect present. While other children may be dreaming of new toys under the tree or stockings filled with treats, one little girl simply asks Santa for a friend to share her holiday. But this is a pretty tall order for the jolly old man. Can Santa make her Christmas wish come true? Readers of all ages will be cheered to see that Santa manages to find not just the perfect present, but three special gifts. Charming artwork brings to life the joy felt in making snow angels, the satisfaction of a rousing snowball fight, the pleasure of baking holiday cookies, and finally, the inner peace one feels sitting quietly in front of a warm fire - all the more special when done with a new friend. Jane Monroe Donovan has illustrated numerous titles for Sleeping Bear Press, including Black Beauty's Early Days in the Meadow; the bestselling Winter's Gift; and all of the "Likes to Say" books. Jane makes her home in Pinckney, Michigan.

First Dog's White House Christmas

Beth Zappitello J. Patrick Lewis (author), Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410307545

Once upon a time a dog traveled the globe in search of the perfect home. He visited many countries, learned interesting facts, and made new friends. And he did find that perfect home ...at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, to be precise. A very special address with a very special family. And now at Christmastime, Dog learns that his new home hosts a very special holiday party. With a lot of important visitors on the guest list, it's going to take a lot of preparation to get this "house" ready for the holidays. It's all paws on deck to make sure everything is in order, from the sparkling tree in the Blue Room to the delicious gingerbread house in the State Dining Room. But Dog is curious about how the rest of the world celebrates and he asks his international guests to share their favorite holiday traditions. And when the festivities start there's no stopping these tail-wagging partygoers! J. Patrick (Pat) Lewis lives in Westerville, Ohio, and is the author of 60 books for children. He visits elementary schools and speaks at literature conferences. This is his second book with his daughter, Beth Zappitello. Beth has a marketing company and lives in Portland, Oregon. Tim Bowers has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.

We Celebrate Independence Day in Summer

Rebecca Felix (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631376894

This Level 1 guided reader examines how people celebrate Independence Day. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about the history and significance of this holiday as well as how people celebrate it each year.

We Celebrate Arbor Day in Spring

Jenna Lee Gleisner (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624317101

This Level 1 guided reader examines how people celebrate Arbor Day. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about how and why we celebrate Arbor Day.

We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Spring

Jenna Lee Gleisner (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624317118

This Level 1 guided reader examines how people celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about Cinco de Mayo activities, music, and food.

We Celebrate Earth Day in Spring

Jenna Lee Gleisner (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624317125

This Level 1 guided reader examines how people celebrate Earth Day. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about why we celebrate Earth Day and activities we do to celebrate.

Wishing Traditions around the World

M. J. Cosson (author), Elisa Chavarri (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781623234218

Explores wishing traditions from around the world, including rainbows, wishing wells, the moon, birthday candles, and wishbones.

New Year Traditions around the World

Ann Malaspina (author), Elisa Chavarri (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781623234256

Explores global traditions surrounding the arrival of a new year, including food, parties, finding good luck, and making resolutions.

National Day Traditions around the World

Susan Kesselring (author), Elisa Chavarri (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781623234249

Explores national day (patriotism day) traditions from around the world, including independence days and patriotic holidays.

Holiday Jokes

Pam Rosenberg (author), Mernie Gallagher-Cole (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609731236

Want to know what kind of sounds a space turkey makes? Ever wonder what games monster children play? You'll find the answers to these silly questions in this book. From Valentines Day through Christmas, you can keep your family and friends ho-ho-ho-ing throughout the holidays with these great jokes.

Christmas Traditions around the World

Ann Ingalls (author), Elisa Chavarri (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781623234195

Explores Christmas traditions from around the world, including foods, gift-giving, and religious celebrations.

Halloween Danny

Mia Coulton (author)

Publisher: MaryRuth Books ISBN: 9780971351844

Danny tries on different costumes in order to decide what he's going to be for Halloween.

Danny's Groundhog Day

Mia Coulton (author)

Publisher: MaryRuth Books ISBN: 9780971351899

Danny looks for a groundhog to see if there will be six more weeks of winter.

Chinese New Year

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624962714

In Chinese New Year, early readers will learn about this Chinese holiday and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Chinese New Year, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Chinese New Year online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Chinese New Year also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Halloween

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624962721

In Halloween, early readers will learn about the holiday of Halloween and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Halloween, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Halloween online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Halloween also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Thanksgiving

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624962738

In Thanksgiving, early readers will learn about the American holiday of Thanksgiving and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Thanksgiving, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Thanksgiving online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Thanksgiving also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Valentine's Day

Rebecca Pettiford (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624962745

In Valentine's Day, early readers will learn about the holiday of Valentine's Day and the ways people celebrate it. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage emergent readers as they explore this unique holiday. A labeled diagram helps readers understand the symbols of Valentine's Day, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about Valentine's Day online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Valentine's Day also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Celebrations Throughout the Year: Holiday Folklore

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292600

Special days are times for fun and togetherness. They also link us to the Earth's seasons, and they help us keep track of how time passes. Most of all, they are deeply rooted in folk tradition. Learn more about: the winter holidays, like Christmas and Hanukkah; spring celebrations like Easter and Asian New Year; fall festivals, like Halloween and the Day of the Dead; and summer celebrations, like the Fourth of July. Holidays and festivals draw us together. They remind us of who we are, where we come from, and what we believe. As we travel through the year, folk festivals give us strength. And they make life more fun!

Mother's Mother's Day

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724021

Hazel and her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all go to visit each other on Mother's Day. But where's great-great-grandmother?

Sometimes It's Turkey, Sometimes It's Feathers

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724083

Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg and raises the poult for Thanksgiving dinner, but will her new friend become her dinner or a guest?

Alicia's Happy Day

Meg Starr (author), Cornelius Van Wright Ying Hwa Hu (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723758

It is Alicia's birthday and as she walks through her Latino neighborhood all her neighbors and friends help to make the day very special.

Bah! Humbug?

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723840

Margie's bossy older brother thinks that believing in Santa Claus is humbug--and he plans to prove it by trapping him. But in the end, he's not so sure.

Christmas Eve Blizzard

Andrea Vlahakis (author), Emanuel Schongut (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180036

A young boy and his abuelo push aside their Christmas preparation to rescue a beautiful cardinal during a blizzard. The bird quickly responds to their kindness, regains it strength, and flies off. The cardinal sweetly and unexpectedly rewards the boy, his grandfather, and their entire village with a lifetime of Christmas cheer. The "For Creative Minds" section contains instructions to create a bird-friendly backyard, simple bird feeder crafts, a "Cardinal Numbers" math game, and information on what to do if you find an injured bird. Encourages children to care for animals.