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When Stars Arise

E.G. Alaraj (author) Martyna Czub (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459835672

The world grows restful, but don’t sleep yet, wait until the grassy meadow is quiet and the forest creatures are hidden away. Until the farm animals are snug in the barn and the toys are tidied in their proper spots. Until the bath warms your toes and the blanket tucks you in tightly. Only when we finish our story and the stars are in the sky is it time to sleep.

A Plan for Pops

Heather Smith (author) Brooke Kerrigan (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459816152

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelchair, not just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad, and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.

Making a Difference at School

Hermione Redshaw (author)

Publisher: Bearport Publishing ISBN: 9798885095952

Earth is our home, and we must take care of it. How? There are many things you can do from school! From recycling worksheets to carrying lunch in reusable containers, learn what you can do to help our planet. Colorful illustrations paired with bright photos help young readers learn about saving the world.

Arriba de un árbol

Laurie Friedman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039690226

In this rhyming counting book, young readers will venture alongside a young boy as he climbs a tree. When he gets to the top, he's excited to take in the view. But an unexpected encounter with a buzzing beehive sends him back down more quickly than he went up!

The Dad Surprise

Laurie Friedman (author) Thais Bolton (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039652248

Luna's dad is having a birthday, and Luna has a lot of surprises planned to help him celebrate, including a pancake breakfast, a trip to the pet store, a treasure hunt, and a princess tea party. She keeps Dad busy all day with a string of fun surprises. But Luna gets a surprise herself when dad falls asleep during a late night movie. Kids who love to stay up late and sleepy parents will laugh out loud as they find out who gets the final surprise.

Up a Tree

Laurie Friedman (author) Rea Zhai (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039652217

In this rhyming counting book, young readers will venture alongside a young boy as he climbs a tree. When he gets to the top, he's excited to take in the view. But an unexpected encounter with a buzzing beehive sends him back down more quickly than he went up!

Fishing in Magic Lake

Laurie Friedman (author) Jennica Lounsbury (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039652262

Elements of magical realism turn a grandmother/grandson day of fishing into an extraordinary experience. When this duo casts out their lines, they catch some fish and a snapping turtle. But with a little time and patience, they catch all sorts of unexpected things in Magic Lake--rollerblades, fuzzy slippers, a fire-breathing dragon, and a ferry that takes them to faraway places. The young boy learns that life is an adventure filled with the magic of possibility.

Olive and Charlotte

Laurie Friedman (author) Asma Enayeh (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039652231

In this charming tale of two princess sisters, Charlotte is a perfect princess and Olive is, well, just Olive. She tries to be more like her older sister, but despite Olive's best efforts, she always seems to fall short. Will Olive ever shine like Charlotte? Readers will root for loveable Olive on her journey toward self-acceptance.

Cows in the House

Laurie Friedman (author) Anna Laera (illustrator)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781039652224

Maggie loves living on a farm, but she isn't happy when the cows move into her cozy house. They cook in her kitchen, play dress-up in her closet, take bubble baths in her tub, and have no interest in leaving! Can Maggie find a way to get the cows to go? In this humorous rhyming picture book, Maggie shows readers that anything is possible with a little out-of-the-box thinking.

Kunoichi Bunny

Sara Cassidy (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459827813

This wordless picture book in graphic novel format tells the story of Saya, her dad and her well-loved stuffed bunny, Kunoichi, to go to the park. On their way, Saya stealthily stops a fight by flinging her floppy four-legged ninja-bunny between two snarling cats. Later on, on the bus, Saya throws Kunoichi under the wheels of a child’s stroller, halting its dangerous roll toward the stairs. Dad doesn't notice as Saya uses Kunoichi to save the day time and time again on their outing and on the bus home, proving small actions can have a great impact.

Journey of the Midnight Sun

Shazia Afzal (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459827615

In 2010 a Winnipeg-based charity raised funds to build and ship a mosque to Inuvik, one of the most northern towns in Canada’s Arctic. A small but growing Muslim community there had been using a cramped trailer for their services, but there just wasn't enough space. The mosque travelled over 4,000 kilometers on a journey fraught with poor weather, incomplete bridges, narrow roads, low traffic wires and a deadline to get on the last barge heading up the Mackenzie River before the first winter freeze. But it made it just in time and is now one of the most northern mosques in the world. This beautiful picture book reminds us that the collective dream of fostering a multicultural and tolerant Canada exists and that people of all backgrounds will come together to build bridges and overcome obstacles for the greater good of their neighbors.

How Much Wood Could a Woodchuck Chuck?

Cecilia Smith (author) Irena Rudovska (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781532432439

In this silly STEM Twister, two kids explore how much wood a woodchuck really could chuck, if it could chuck wood, of course. Paired with resources for teachers and caregivers, this book brings math concepts to life and gets kids excited about concepts like calculation and measurement.

Pershey The Rabbit

Brenda Martin Eldrid (author) County Studio (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815446

father brings home a stuffed rabbit with red and blue polka dots on its ears, Jeremy is thrilled. Jeremy and Pershey go everywhere together. Find out what happens when Pershey is lost when the family goes to the beach on vacation. A happy ending adds interest to this special tale about a boy and his rabbit, and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Some Bodies

Sophie Kennen (author) Airin O’Callaghan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534112087

Our bodies! Our amazing, astounding, and all-around awesome bodies! Bodies come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and can do extraordinary things. Our bodies are uniquely our own yet they connect us to the world around us in so many ways. Through playful rhymes and colorful engaging artwork, all the things that make our bodies special--from the texture of our hair to the color of our eyes--are celebrated. This sweet and inclusive book encourages young readers to acknowledge and accept differences, and offers the perfect opportunity to open up conversations about body acceptance. Every body is different and all bodies are good. Back matter includes tips and conversation starters for parents and educators to use with children.

Let's Build a Little Train

Julia Richardson (author) Ryan O'Rourke (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534112032

From the boiler to the coupling, build a little train along with an engineer and her workers. This rhyming story will have readers chugging along with the team as the train takes shape. Just don't forget the caboose! Woot woot!


Rebecca Gardyn Levington (author) Kate Kronreif (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534112001

When it's time to write in class, one child feels like she has absolutely nothing to say. But suddenly--ker-plink--one drop, one tiny thought, hits her. And before long she's caught in a shower of funny phrases, a whirlwind of adjectives and verbs, a downpour of huge ideas. Boom, CRASH! A regular brainstorm of creativity for her to soak up and play in! With writing prompts and a glossary in the back matter, this is a story to inspire imagination and ingenuity in all readers.

A Parliament of Owls

Devin Scillian (author) Sam Caldwell (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534111981

From a mischief of mice and a shiver of sharks to a caravan of camels and a rhumba of rattlesnakes, animals from around the globe gather a group and sashay, swim, slither, or sail through this party of animal plurals. The only question is "What to call this animal arcade? This critter convention? This zigzag zoo? This purring and preening parade?"

My 'c' Sound Box

Jane Belk Moncure (author) Rebecca Thornburgh (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781503829015

Little c has an adventure with items beginning with her letter's sound, such as a cat, a canary, and a clown in a castle. Additional features to aid comprehension include rebus icons for word recognition, a word list for review, activities for further learning, a note to parents and educators, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.

Le Silence se glisse près de toi

Alison Hughes (author) Ninon Pelletier (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459822092

Voici une histoire tout en douceur, aux illustrations vaporeuses et au texte réconfortant, sur la façon de trouver le calme dans l’agitation qui nous entoure. Quand la fête est finie et que le bébé s'endort enfin, quand le chien a épuisé ses jappements et que les écrans sont éteints, le Silence s'avance à pas feutrés sur ses pattes poilues. Le Silence—une présence chaleureuse et réconfortante—se blottit douillettement comme un chat dans un rayon de soleil et nous aide à lire, à réfléchir et àtre calmes. Le Silence est un ami de l’Obscurité. Ensemble, ils adoucissent les contours déchiquetés laissés par le passage du Bruit et relâchent doucement dans la nuit les bateaux chargés de nos rêves. Quand la journée devient pénible ou que certaines émotions prennent trop de place, le Silence se glisse à côté de nous.

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

Heather Smith (author) Rachel Wada (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821040

When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his father . . . and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting people to their lost loved ones. Makio calls to the sea to return what it has taken from him and ultimately finds his voice and solace in a phone that carries words on the wind. The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden is inspired by the true story of the wind phone in Otsuchi, Japan, which was created by artist Itaru Sasaki. He built the phone booth so he could speak to his cousin who had passed, saying, "My thoughts couldn't be relayed over a regular phone line, I wanted them to be carried on the wind." The Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the town of Otsuchi, claiming 10 percent of the population. Residents of Otsuchi and pilgrims from other affected communities have been traveling to the wind phone since the tsunami.

The Silence Slips In

Alison Hughes (author) Ninon Pelletier (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459817074

With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you. When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep, when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night. When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence slips in.

Baa, Baa Tap Sheep

Kenda Henthorn (author) Lauren Gallegos (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534198159

As a trio of tired tots settles into bed for the night, the sheep who should be helping them count down to slumber kick up their hooves instead in an energetic dance performance. Starting with one little lamb and counting up to 10, these "sleep" sheep tap, waltz, tango, and even boogie as they get their nighttime groove on. But finally, after their energy is danced out, nap sheep lull everyone to sleep.

Too Many Pigs in the Pool

Wendy Hinote Lanier (author) Iris Amaya (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534197916

On Sunday, Mr. Jenkins welcomes one pig into his pool (as a guest of his neighbor Ms. Peal, who's brought along her famous seven layer dip as well). Really, how much trouble could one little pig be? But one pig becomes two and two become four... And by Saturday there are just TOO MANY PIGS IN THE POOL! This funny math-based story will have readers laughing along with pigs Percy and Wanda while learning about multiplication and the doubling sequence.

Bug on the Rug

Sophia Gholz (author) Susan Batori (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534198074

Pug is snug on his rug. But what happens when along comes BUG?! With a claim to the rug?! The two engage in a hysterical, rhyming battle of wits and strength until Slug asks the necessary questions and helps them find common ground. Rhyming is an important developmental reading skill. It teaches phonics (decodable text) and helps young readers infer content. This is a fun story to build those skills--and is an epic read aloud!

Ten In The Bed

Kim Mitzo Thompson; Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Dorothy Stott (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599229904

What happens when ten adorable teddy bears cuddle, laugh and roll over together in the big, comfy bed? Children will laugh as they learn to count from 1-10 and from 10-1 as the sleepy bears keep rolling over and falling off of the bed! Beautiful illustrations and repetitive text make this the perfect book before bedtime…or anytime!