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Who Sank the Boat?

Harriet Ziefert (author) Laura Rader (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621915

Five animal friends set out in a raft, and there's plenty of space. Then a voice pleads "Move over! Move over! Make room for me." So they all move over--and no one falls out. But then another pal begs to come in. And another. Yet even with Hippo aboard, all is well. But sometimes it's the tiniest creature that makes the biggest difference of all. 

The Turnip

Harriet Ziefert (author) Laura Rader (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621601

What a BIG turnip—it’s so huge, the old man can’t pull it out of the ground. So he calls the old woman…and she calls the girl, who calls the dog, who calls the cat. Kids will love this amusing cumulative tale.

Say Cheese

Harriet Ziefert (author) Sanford Hoffman (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621847

A day at the zoo can be lots of fun when you have a camera to catch the crocs, parrots, zebras, and other wild animals who live there. But what if your big sister is the photographer, and not you? Why, then you've got plenty of time to get into some mischief. 

I Won't Go to Bed

Harriet Ziefert (author) Andrea Baruffi (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801651

Jake should be asleep, but he's decided to stay up all night long. Will he make it until morning?

Hair…Monday to Sunday

Harriet Ziefert (author) Tamara Petrosino (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801033

Wear her hair like an ordinary girl? No way! Brenda will change it every day. She’ll dress it up with barrettes, give it bangs like spaghetti, and adorn it with headbands, gold dust, and confetti.

Cats Messy, Cats Clean

Harriet Ziefert (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621724

Tic and Tac are cleaning up their dirty house! Soon every room is squeaky clean. There’s just one problem: what can they do without messing everything up again? Their solution has sure kid-appeal.

It's Me, Clover

Lola M. Schaefer (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055028

Introducing Clover, the newest character in Blue Apple's Jump-Into-Chapters series! Kids will make a great new friend-on-the-page when they meet the sunny-funny, no-holds-barred Clover in her debut school-centered adventures. Whether she's trying to sit still during story time, or singing a little louder during music hour, or cracking the tough-girl shell of a new kid who says she's "bad news," Clover is a fizz-and-pop girl! The school setting and everyday activities provide a relatable backdrop to the growing-up experiences showcased by Clover and other characters.

Can You Whoo, Too?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Sophie Fatus (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055240

In farmyards, jungles, and oceans, almost every animal has something to say! Roosters cock-a-doodle-do. Can you cock-a-doodle, too? Here's a book that invites kids to make some noise. Young readers will love the interactive experience of reading about, then mimicking, animal sounds. And as kids say honk, squawk, moo, and whoo, they'll be learning, too! Science and nature facts are featured in sidebars—why do whales sing? What does a rooster want us to know? This unique combination of language arts, science, and noisy fun is a dynamic duet with cacophonous kid-appeal.

41 Uses for a Grandma

Harriet Ziefert (author) Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051068

Grandmas get their due in this companion to 40 Uses for a Grandpa. "Don't be surprised when little ones demand to take Grandma and Grandpa through these books, page by charming page," declares Cricket magazine. From one to forty-one, great grandmothers are celebrated in this perfect-for-giving-and-getting homage.

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.

The Prince's Tooth Is Loose

Harriet Ziefert (author) R. W. Alley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801705

Poor little prince! He's got a loose tooth, so the whole kingdom springs into action to help.

Where Are You Going?

Harriet Ziefert (author) Laura Rader (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621892

What could be funnier than a pig in a wig dancing a jig? Youngsters will be in hog heaven reading about a sweet, silly pig who's running away from home. What will he do--he's not so big. Will he decide to dig? Or drive a rig?

Wish for Fish

Harriet Ziefert (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621670

Get out the reel, get out the rod, get out the wriggly worms: Sammy has a wish to catch a fish. A very, very big fish. The biggest fish in the whole lake. But instead he snags a sneaker, a shirt, and a tube. Will his luck change? 

Shoes Need Feet, Feet Need Shoes

Harriet Ziefert (author) Larry Stevens (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621540

A bright and wildly colorful book with lots of clowns slipping, sliding, riding, and playing around. Delightful drawings bring the simple question-and-answer text to life, and every page offers plenty of amusement.

A Day in the Office of Dr. Bugspit

Elise Gravel (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050924

An out-of-this-world story about a creature who is visited by an assortment of wacky patients.

Please Don't Eat Me!

Harriet Ziefert (author)Roger De Muth (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621526

Were you thinking of having fish for dinner? The fish in this story may talk you out of it! After all, fish are pretty bony . . . and have you seen what they eat? 

Plain and Fancy

Harriet Ziefert (author) Barroux (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621519

This is a charming book about opposites, featuring a pair of lovable twins who are double the trouble and double the fun.

Families Have Together

Harriet Ziefert (author)Deborah Zemke (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621991

A rollicking, rhyming description of the ins and outs, and ups and downs of every family. The upbeat text is certain to bring smiles and chuckles to everyone, because everybody has family, and everybody likes to moan and groan about family life, and laugh at it, too. 

Fooba Wooba John

Harriet Ziefert (author)Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621786

A flea kicking a tree, a rat wearing a hat (sitting on a baseball bat) and a moose drinking juice in a big red caboose: what strange and wonderful things are happening here? Maybe it’s all a little boy’s dream…

The Princess and the Peas and Carrots

Harriet Ziefert (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052508

Most of the time she is good Princess Rosebud. But when there's a hole in her sock, or her sweater is itchy, or–ick!–the peas on her plate are smushed up right next to the carrots, this strong-willed little miss becomes the picky and prickly Princess Fussy. Sound Familiar? The clever rendition of The Princess and the Pea offers a funny, insightful reflection of how important having certain things be "just so" can be to certain kids. Everyone will cheer the surprising twist that reveals why Rosebud cannot get comfy at bedtime. Is it simply the return of Princess Fussy? Or might there be a more royal reason for her finicky convictions?

Biggest Job of All

Harriet Ziefert (author), Lauren Browne (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781593541002

When Lulu grows up, she wants "a really, really big job." She doesn't want to wash elephants - she'd get all wet. She doesn't want to be a doctor - she doesn't like shots. She doesn't want to drive a big rig - hard hats itch. She wants the biggest, most important job of all, but what should it be? A mommy? An author? Nothing is out of the question for Lulu! Her simple game of "What's the biggest job of all?" will open young readers to the many possibilities before them too.

The Super Duper Dog Park

Aron Nels Steinke (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050931

Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Nels Steinke is back, and now he's gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!

My Friend, Fred (the Plant)

Daniel Cleary (author), Kanako Usui (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052959

Here's an offbeat story about a catboy who's best friend is a sunflower named Fred. When Fred and his buddy pass by a skeptical skateboarding cat-kid, he asks sneering questions about Fred and the duo's friendship. After a near miss with wilting heat and a fun, rain-soaked flower dance, the former skeptic decides that his new friends aren't so weird after all . . . at least no weirder than he is! This charming addition to the Balloon Toons series offers a canny portrait of how kids project personalities and feelings onto toys and other objects, and conveys the satisfaction felt when making an unexpected friend.

You Can't Taste a Pickle with Your Ear

Harriet Ziefert (author), Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054182

Why can't you hear a siren with your eyes? Spot an airplane with your hands? And how come a pickle on your ear isn't delicious? In You Can't Take a Pickle with Your Ear kids discover how each of their five senses is hard at work all day long, providing them with information and helping them get the most out of their daily lives. Whenever you think, "I'm oh-so-sweet," Pull off your socks and smell your feet! Sections such as "Hold Your Nose" and "Stick Out Your Tongue" (not the same time!) encourage hands-on investigations of what's happening inside kids' bodies and why a tongue is best for pickle tasting.

You Can't Build a House If You're a Hippo!

Fred Ehrlich (author), Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054830

This title in the You Can't . . . series explores the kinds of homes animals live in and compares these with people houses. Fascinating facts, punctuated by humorous poems, feature animals whose bodies create their home and those that live in nests, burrows, dens, etc.