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Nine...a mousey investigation into the number nine (US)

Felicia Law (author), Charlotte Cook (illustrator)

Publisher: BrambleKids Ltd ISBN: 9781909711303

Introduction and definition of the number nine.

Good Night, Forest

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author)Marco Bucci (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534123014

Even the forest has to sleep! This sweet walk through the forest says good night to flora and fauna alike, from the quiet bunny to the howling coyote. With silly, colorful illustrations and soft rhyme that is sure to lull littles ones off to sleep, this will be a favorite bedtime pick.

Bully

Jennifer Sattler (author) Jennifer Sattler (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126381

Bully the bullfrog lives in a pond full of lilies. The flowers are beautiful, fragrant, and enjoyed by the many other creatures that also inhabit the pond. The pond is a very pleasant place to live. Or it should be. Instead, Bully decides that only he should be able to enjoy the beautiful lilies. He demands that the other inhabitants of the pond leave. And once Bully has the flowers to himself, his selfish behavior almost destroys them. Can anyone stop Bully and his bullying ways? As it turns out, the answer is YES! Using humor and whimsy, author-illustrator Jennifer Sattler masterfully shows young readers that standing up together can make all the difference in the world.

Kindergarrrten Bus

Mike Ornstein (author) Kevin M. Barry (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126374

Yo ho ho! It's the first day of kindergarten. Just imagine all the fun things to learn and experience! And who better than a pirate captain to drive the bus to school? He's ready to share all the rules one needs to know to ride the bus and to get along with mates at school. But with the anticipation of the first day of school there also comes a bit of anxiety. And it turns out that being a big, blustery pirate captain is no guarantee against feeling insecure and a little frightened in strange and uncomfortable situations. Who can help a rough and tough pirate captain get over his fears and back to driving the school bus? Using humor and pirate-speak, Kindergarrrten Bus addresses some of the concerns and anxiety that many children feel on their first day of school or at the start of any new undertaking.

Prickles vs The Dust Bunnies

Daniel Cleary (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050801

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again. In this charming tale, Daniel Cleary introduces Prickles the cat, who likes to keep the house squeaky-clean, and Squeeky the mouse, who has befriended a cluster of unwelcome dust bunnies. When Prickles threatens to throw the dust bunnies out, Squeeky saves the day with a wacky plan to disguise his friends.

Mama's Right Here

Susan Kerner (author)Estelle Corke (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725257

Mama’s Right Here is a delicate, affectionately written reminder that a mother’s love never disappears. Even when a mother is absent, her presence is constant in a child’s heart. With comforting rhyme and gentle illustrations, Mama’s Right Here brings the important message to children that a mother’s love is always with them— in the way they look, and in everything they do. A companion book, Always By My Side, tells of a father’s ever-present love, also written by Susan Kerner.

A isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet

Wendy Ulmer (author), Laura Knorr (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627535830

Experts know that sometimes the best way to teach a child what something is is to teach him what it isn't. Educator Wendy Ulmer applies that principle in her jaunty, out-of-the-box alphabet A isn't for Fox: An Isn't Alphabet. Running through the alphabet, beginning readers are given a letter and then told what the letter topic isn't. A isn't for box; it isn't for fox. A is for ants that crawl over your socks. Laura Knorr's colorful, engaging artwork perfectly captures the wit and whimsy behind the alphabet that isn't what it seems but is so much more!

Lady Ginny's Tea Parties

Susan R. Jolliffe (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781551439198

When ear-scratcher (the duke) and Calls-Me-Sweetie-Pie (the Duchess) do not return in time to host their family's famous series of tea parties, Lady Ginny (the poodle) and Codger (the cat) must step in. Codger slows them down a bit, but with the help of Cook and two tiny and unusual characters, they entertain eleven gatherings of guests from mountain lions to butterflies, with just the right treats for each, elegantly prepared, and (almost) flawlessly presented. Lady Ginny's Tea Parties is Lady Ginny's scrapbook, documenting her heroic attempts: the menus, the mishaps and the haute couture.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Rebecca Hu-Van Wright (author), Ying-hwa Hu (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725189

Three Billy Goats Gruff live on a hillside, and are always hungry. One day, across the valley they see a field of delicious looking green grass. They decide to go there but have to cross an old bridge guarded by a terrible troll.

The Fire Truck Adventure

Joanne Meier (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539587

Herbie Bear has an imaginary adventure on a fire truck after local firefighters visit his school.

Princess Frog

Galia Bernstein, Enid Richemont (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427175557

A princess, bored with her princess duties and fancy clothes, longs for freedom and adventure. Actually, she would prefer to be a frog! But then she falls in love.

The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

Keith Brockett (author), Joseph Cowman (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704281

In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on. But it's Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.

Balloon Toons: 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!

Wetlands

Quinn M. Arnold (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608459

A kindergarten-level introduction to wetlands, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and defining features.

Sheep

Quinn A. Arnold (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608305

A kindergarten-level introduction to sheep, covering their growth process, behaviors, the farms they call home, and such defining features as their woolly fleece.

The Riddle Horse

Mark Summers (author), Mark Summers (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607902

In this gentle riddle of a tale, a well-loved horse recounts its adventures and various riders throughout the long years of its curiously restricted yet imaginatively rich life.

Fuzzy, Furry Hat

Etienne Delessert (author)Etienne Delessert (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607889

A lonely bear who lives in a magical tree provides shelter for countless animals in his fuzzy, furry hat as they all withstand a deluge and become forever friends.

Rainforests

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607797

A kindergarten-level introduction to rainforests, covering their climate, plant and animal life, and such defining features as their tall trees.

Where Do I End and You Begin?

Shulamith Oppenheim (author)Monique Felix (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606271

A sweetly poetic tribute to the interconnectedness of creatures and the natural world as well as humans and our loving relationships with one another is delicately rendered by artist Monique Felix.

Rescue Boats

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606103

A kindergarten-level introduction to rescue boats, covering their divers, equipment, role in rescuing, and such defining features as their lights.

Worms

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606127

A kindergarten-level introduction to worms, covering their growth process, behaviors, the ground they call home, and such defining features as their bands.

Night Circus

Etienne Delessert (author)Etienne Delessert (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605632

Author and illustrator Etienne Delessert reflects on his lifelong pursuit of art using the dreamlike scenario of a circus procession filled with fairy-tale allusions and literary inspirations.As each car passes, a different act represents a “stage” in life, and the performers direct a question to the bystander,prompting him to participate and follow the caravan into the great unknown. Lighting a candle, he affirms his own contribution to the artistic tradition and invites readers to play their part in the game of life.

Mocha Dick

Brian Heinz (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566604994

Believed to have been active from 1810 to 1859, Mocha Dick was infamous for the ferocity of his retaliations against those who attempted to capture him. From the first recorded encounter near the South American island of Mocha till the fatal harpoon blow, the sperm whale was a legend in his own time. In language befitting a sea lore, author Brian Heinz describes characteristic episodes of the great whale’s life, as illustrator Randall Enos animates the tale in a textured style evocative of scrimshaw. Narrative nonfiction with back matter resources.

Time to Build

Kate Riggs (author), Laszlo Kubinyi (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605106

How does a pile of materials become a fantastic tree house? Time to Build offers up a fun, foundational introduction to six common tools that are sure to fascinate every preschool learner. Simple, rhythmical text introduces each device and how it fits into a particular part of the construction process. Detailed illustrations, meanwhile, present the tools being used to complete a special project. Set within a durable board book format, this is a title all young readers will use to build their skills!

Homer Henry Hudson's Curio Museum

Zack Rock (author), Zack Rock (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566604963

With a nose for adventure and an eye on history, Homer Henry Hudson travels the world for pieces to add to his exhibits at the Curio Museum. Author and illustrator Zack Rock crafts a tale brimming with curiosities, not the least of which is the true identity of the museum’s canine caretaker, who, as he reflects on the exotic collection at his paws, becomes inspired to venture out into the unknown once again.