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The Boy Who Grew a Forest: The True Story of Jadav Payeng

Sophia Gholz (author) Kayla Harren (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138421

As a boy, Jadav Payeng was distressed by the destruction deforestation and erosion was causing on his island home in India's Brahmaputra River. So he began planting trees. What began as a small thicket of bamboo, grew over the years into 1,300 acre forest filled with native plants and animals. The Boy Who Grew a Forest tells the inspiring true story of Payeng--and reminds us all of the difference a single person with a big idea can make.

Ollie on Stage

Keith Brockett (author) Ashley King (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138438

When Ollie the ogre sees a flyer for the local talent show, he feels the bright lights of the stage call to him. He just knows he'll win first place! Only, he's not too sure what exactly his talent is. With some help from his friends, Ollie learns to work with his strengths (which happen to be his strength!) rather than against them and finds that the best way to shine is to be yourself.

Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?: Footprints at the Shore

Susan Wood (author) Steliyana Doneva (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138384

When a family spends a day at the beach, the children investigate various footprints to see what type of creatures live along the shoreline. Rhyming text turns a sandy beach into an outdoor classroom. The tracks and habits of local wildlife, including hopping sandpipers, scuttling crabs, and burrowing turtles, are identified and explained for young ecology detectives. Even Daddy's feet make an appearance! And at day's end, it's time for tired feet to make their way home. STEM-based back matter includes information on how clues like footprints can identify the type of wildlife inhabiting any given habitat.

Badger's Perfect Garden

Marsha Diane Arnold (author) Ramona Kaulitzki (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138339

It's springtime and Badger is ready to plant the perfect garden. He has spent months gathering and sorting seeds. It's been a lot of work but it's worth it. His friends Red Squirrel, Dormouse, and Weasel come to help. They weed. They rake. And finally they plant. Afterward, everyone celebrates, and Badger can already imagine the perfect rows of flowers and vegetables. But then a rainstorm comes and washes away the beautiful seeds. Badger's perfect garden is ruined. Or is it? Author Marsha Diane Arnold's gentle story will encourage young readers to think beyond plans and expectations and imagine the wonderful possibilities that may occur when life and nature have other ideas.

Good Night, Library

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138445

Even the library has to sleep! This calming bedtime story says good night to the library and all the fun it holds--from books and story time to computers and comics. A charming ode to everyone's favorite community space and a perfect good night for budding book lovers.

Grandma's Christmas Wish

Helen Foster James (author) Petra Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704298

There is nothing like a grandmother's love. This sweet story celebrates the special bond between grandma and grandchild at Christmas time. With a bedtime-friendly singsong rhythm and adorable holiday illustrations, this books is sure to charm children and grandmothers alike!

Chip and Curly: The Great Potato Race

Cathy Breisacher (author) Joshua Heinsz (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138469

Chip the potato chip is sure he has the annual Spud City Festival sack race in the bag--he's been practicing all year. The Home Fries (local baseball team) and Sweet Potatoes (cheer squad) are all rooting for him. The French Fries even bring their tots over for an autograph. But when Curly the springy curly fry shows up, Chip knows he's in trouble. This totally funny story is filled with clever potato puns--and subtle themes of sportsmanship and persistence. It will have kids and adults alike laughing out loud.

Little Yellow Truck

Eve Bunting (author) Kevin Zimmer (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138353

Riley has a dump truck, a flatbed truck, a concrete mixer, and a little pickup truck at his lumberyard. When he tells them that they will help him build a children's park, everyone is excited. There's a lot of hard work to do, from hauling trash to pouring concrete. But once the work gets started, everyone but Little Yellow Truck is busy. Is there nothing he can do to help? As it turns out, Riley has just the right task for Little Yellow Truck. This picture-book offering from author Eve Bunting reinforces the message that even the smallest helper can make a big impact.

A Boy Like You

Frank Murphy (author) Kayla Harren (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146259

There's more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring, and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the wonderful ways to be a boy.

Digger and Daisy Go Camping

Judy Young (author) Dana Sullivan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138414

Meet Digger and Daisy! They are brother and sister. These dogs like to explore their world and see new things. Sometimes they agree with each other. Sometimes they disagree. But no matter the situation, one thing always stays the same--their love for each other. In playful, simple stories written especially for the K-1 audience, author Judy Young explores the dynamics and nuances of the sibling relationship. In Digger and Daisy Go Camping, it's summertime and the siblings head out to the woods to camp. Daisy says it will be fun but Digger isn't too sure. There might be bears. Digger and Daisy hike and swim and camp. But when it comes time for bed, Digger has a hard time falling asleep. Is it a bear?

Santa's Secret

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author) Deborah Melmon (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146310

Everyone knows that when Christmas rolls around Santa employs a legion of helpers to ensure the season goes off without a hitch. But between the santas on parade, the santas at the malls, and the ones ringing bells in front of busy department stores...one intrepid investigator wants to know exactly WHO the real Santa is. Armed with a notebook, pencil, and a barrage of questions, can this young detective get to the bottom of Santa's secret?

An Extraordinary Ordinary Moth

Karlin Gray (author) Steliyana Doneva (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122925

Feeling quite ordinary, a plain gray moth sadly compares itself to its more exotic kin, such as the Luna Moth, the Spider Moth, and the Hummingbird Moth. And the little moth feels even worse when a young girl sees it and says "Eww!" But things change when her brother explains that this particular type of moth is his favorite kind of insect. Maybe an ordinary moth is really extraordinary after all. Back matter includes fascinating moth facts, along with a special activity.

A Fist for Joe Louis and Me

Trinka Hakes Noble (author) Nicole Tadgell (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146174

Gordy and his family live in Detroit, Michigan, the heart of the United States automobile industry. Every night after coming home from work at one of the plants, Gordy's father teaches him how to box. Their hero is the famous American boxer Joe Louis, who grew up in Detroit. But the Great Depression has come down hard on the economy. Detroit's auto industry is affected and thousands of people lose their jobs, including Gordy's father. When his mother takes on work with a Jewish tailor, Gordy becomes friends with Ira, the tailor's son, bonding over their shared interest in boxing and Joe Louis. As the boys' friendship grows, Gordy feels protective of Ira, wanting to help the new boy fit in. At the same time, America is gearing up for the rematch between Joe Louis and the German boxer, Max Schmeling. For many Americans this fight is about good versus evil (US against Nazi Germany). Against the backdrop of the 1938 Fight of the Century, a young boy learns what it means to make a stand for a friend.

Back Roads, Country Toads

Devin Scillian (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146273

When country toads, Hank and Buckeroo, hear some folks talking about going "fly-fishing," they know they have to tag along. What could be better than fishing for flies?! So they stow away in a picnic basket and prepare for the feast of their lives. But what will happen when they realize fly-fishing isn't exactly what they expected? This knee-slapping story is from Devin Scillian and Tim Bowers, the same team that brought you Memoirs of a Goldfish and the rest of the hysterical Memoirs series.

Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market

Huda Essa (author) Mercè Tous (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146297

Adam and his family spend an exciting day at the colorful and bustling Eastern Market. But when Adam gets briefly separated from Mom and Dad, he mistakes a friendly, diverse cast of characters for his parents in their traditional Muslim clothing--and shows that we all have more in common than you might think. This nearly-wordless picture book celebrates diversity and community in vibrant, dynamic art.

Invisible Lizard in Love

Kurt Cyrus (author) Andy Atkins (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146235

Napoleon, the spiffiest chameleon in the jungle, is a pretty happy guy. And why shouldn't he be? After all, he loves living on his spiffy limb, and blending in with its colorful foliage. And after a few missteps, he now has friends. Mike the monkey and Polly the parrot often come to play. The spiffy limb shakes with fun and it seems like the laughter will never stop. Except it does when Mike meets Mooka and Polly meets her Pedro. His friends have found their perfect mates and Napoleon is now back to being on his own. What will it take for the loneliest chameleon in the jungle to find his own true love?

Miep and the Most Famous Diary: The Woman Who Rescued Anne Frank's Diary

Meeg Pincus (author) Jordi Solano (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146303

The story of Anne Frank and her diary is one of the world's most important and well-known, but less is known about the woman who sheltered Anne and her family for years and, ultimately, rescued Anne's diary from Nazi clutches. Miep Gies was a woman who rose to bravery when humanity needed it and risked everything for her neighbors. It is because of Miep we know Anne Frank--and now, this is Miep's story.

Lulu & Rocky in Detroit

Barbara Joosse (author) Renée Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146204

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting the city of Detroit, the Motor City! There are so many fun things to see and do, like visiting Campus Martius to make sand castles, eating cherries at the Eastern Market, riding the carousel at the Riverfront, and seeing the works of Diego Rivera at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this second book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Detroit, visiting well-known sites like Comerica Park, Fox Theatre, and "Hitsville, U.S.A," where the Motown sound came alive, as well as unexpected gems.

Tip and Tucker: Hide and Squeak

Ann Ingalls, Sue Lowell Gallion (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146198

Meet Tip and Tucker! These hamsters are best friends and like to stick together. But while little Tip is sometimes nervous about new situations, Tucker likes to explore and see new things. Everything changes when Mr. Lopez purchases them from the pet store and takes them to his classroom. In Hide and Squeak, Tip gets loose from their cage and lost in the school. Will Tucker be able to find him? In playful, simple stories written especially for the K-1 audience, Tip and Tucker will help beginning readers explore new feelings and learn to navigate classroom dynamics and relationships.

Can U Save the Day?

Shannon Stocker (author) Tom Disbury (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146280

B is an awfully boastful bloke and when he and the rest of the alphabet get together, he can't help but tease the vowels about their small numbers. So the vowels begin to take off, one by one. The consonants--and the rest of the farm--see just how important vowels really are. With disaster looming and B seeing the error of his ways, can U save the day and set the alphabet right again?

A Tuba Christmas

Helen L. Wilbur (author) Mary Reaves Uhles (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126398

With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin, and one brother plays the cello while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert. And her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn't interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish. But playing the tuba isn't as easy as it seems. And there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.

Marty's Mission: An Apollo 11 Story

Judy Young (author) David Miles (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534138346

It's 1969 and Marty's family lives on the U.S. island of Guam, where his father manages the NASA tracking station. It's important work and never more so than during the Apollo 11 space mission, where the tracking station relays signals back and forth between the astronauts and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. Along with the rest of the world, Marty listens to every mission update, including the historic landing on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong's first steps. But during Apollo 11's return to Earth, something goes wrong. There is a problem with the tracking station's antenna during the final hours of the mission. The problem must be resolved--the antenna is the only way Mission Control can communicate with the astronauts before Apollo 11 splashes down. Marty finds himself playing a key role in helping bring the craft safely back to Earth. Based on actual events, young readers get a front-row seat to this historic event in this new entry in the Tales of Young Americans series.

Snow Globe Wishes

Erin Dealey (author) Claire Shorrock (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534146327

As the worst snow storm of the year rolls in, one family hunkers down together in a cozy blanket fort for the night. A little girl makes a wish on a snow globe and, in the morning, the sun rises on a winter wonderland--beckoning all outside. And what if, on this snow-filled day, families shake their busy lives and everyone goes out to play? A lyrical holiday story about wishes and community and snow--lots and lots of snow.

It's a Firefly Night

Dianne Ochiltree (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052911

Part glittery counting book, part endearing daddy-daughter story! A favorite childhood activity—catching fireflies—glows from the pages of this story, plus counting. Lilting rhymes chronicle a little girl's capture and release of fireflies, one by one, capped off by a collection of fascinating firefly facts.

I Can Be Kind

Jessica Pippin (author), Marc Mons (illustrator)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478804673

Mike spends the day at his favorite place, the aquarium! When he loses his favorite toy, he learns the importance of kindness. MySELF (Social Emotional Learning Foundations) helps children build social and emotional intelligence and literacy skills through shared reading of engaging texts that prompt discussions about real-world experiences. Child-centered themes support social and emotional growth, address Common Core Foundational Reading Skills Standards, and integrate family involvement with classroom instruction. Stories are written from the first person perspective and center around a diverse group of relatable children. Real-world photos, high-quality illustrations, and delightful narrators aid in teaching social and emotional skills without a heavy-handed approach.