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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.

Me Gusta Los Colores

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781599228709

Enseñar los colores a los niños es muy fácil leyendo juntos. A los niños les encantarán las fotografías brillantes y coloridas y el ritmo de las palabras. (Teaching children the colors is as easy as reading together. Children will love the bright colorful photographs and the rhythm of the rhyming words.)

A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet

Richard Michelson (author), Ron Mazellan (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536356

From Abraham to Zaydee, and from ancient times to modern day, A is for Abraham: A Jewish Family Alphabet encompasses the history of Jewish traditions and customs and how they are practiced today. Following the alphabet, a poem identifies the letter topic while sidebar text provides background information. C could be the challah that my bubbe used to braid, or C could be the chicken soup, when I was sick she made, or chocolate coins on Chanukah we added to our coffers. But I say C should be for Chai "To Life" and all it offers. This joyful celebration of family and heritage includes the meaning behind celebrations such as the Festival of Lights, Passover, and Sukkot; important names and stories from the Old Testament; and how modern-day families continue to celebrate their heritage. Richard Michelson's children's books have received distinctive awards such as a New Yorker Best Book Award and a Jewish Book Council Book of the Month. His titles include Too Young for Yiddish; Across the Alley; and Tuttle's Red Barn (a Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2007). He lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. Ron Mazellan's work has been featured in film and advertising, as well as books and magazines. His work for young readers includes The Harmonica (an IRA Children's Choice Award winner) and The Longest Season (a New York Times top ten bestseller). Ron teaches at Indiana Wesleyan University and lives in Marion, Indiana.

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.

Mi rutina (My Routine)

Carl Nino (author) Brett Curzon (illustrator)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781641561099

Sam has a morning routine. Every morning he wakes up and gets ready to go out. Where is he going every day?

Sammy Gets a Bath

Karen Evans (author), Gloria Gedeon (illustrator)

Publisher: Kaeden Books ISBN: 9781578743995

Sammy has a knack for getting into mischief. Will taking a bath be any different? Students will enjoy predicting the outcome.

The Doll's Nose (Armenian)

Miranda Haxhia (author), Ursula Kohrer (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854221

Mary wants to play with her friends Clara and Ana, but they're playing with their dolls, and Mary doesn't have a doll. Her mother suggests that she make one using wool and cotton and other things that they have around the house. So Mary makes a beautiful doll, but then she realizes: her doll has to breathe, and how will it sneeze? What can she use for her lovely doll's nose?

Burro's Tortillas

Terri Fields (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180203

What do you get when you cross The Little Red Hen with a burro and his friends? Burro's Tortillas! In this humorous Southwestern retelling of a childhood favorite, Burro finds it difficult to get any help from his friends as he diligently works to turn corn into tortillas. Young children will love the repetition; older children will enjoy the book's many puns. In addition to its Southwestern "flavor," the delightful story imparts an accurate picture of the traditional way that tortillas are made. A Spanish/English glossary and a simple recipe for making tortillas are included in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Four Seasons of Fun: Egg Hunts! Fireworks! Pumpkins! Reindeer!

Pamela Duncan Edwards (author) Sylvie Daigneault (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126435

Set against the backdrop of a magnificent apple tree, this book uses poetry to cycle through the changes of the four seasons. Beginning with springtime, rhyming couplets take young readers through seasonal activities such as kite flying in the spring, summertime picnicking, fall trick-or-treating, all the way to building snowmen in the winter, before cycling back to spring again. One verse in each season references a major holiday, including Easter and Christmas.

Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee

Barbara Joosse (author) Renée Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534123540

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting the city of Milwaukee. There are so many fun things to see and do, like canoeing, visiting a lighthouse, riding surrey-bikes, going to a fish fry, and even gearing up and burning rubber at the Harley-Davidson Museum! Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this first book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Milwaukee, visiting well-known sites and attractions as well as unexpected gems.

Junk: A Spectacular Tale of Trash

Nicholas Day (author) Tom Disbury (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126466

Sylvia Samantha White is very good at finding--she just doesn't know exactly what all her "junk" is good for, not yet at least. But when completely ridiculous disaster strikes, she springs into action and uses her junk to create solutions to the town's troubles. A charming ode to collecting, creating, and following your bliss--even when you're not entirely sure where it will lead you.

Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

Rachel Kolar (author) Roland Garrigue (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126480

From "Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary" to "Wee Willie Werewolf," this collection of classic nursery rhymes turned on their heads will give readers the chills--and a serious case of belly laughs. With clever rhyme and spooky illustrations, Mother Ghost is perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Boo!

Nature's Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

Lindsey McDivitt (author) Eileen Ryan Ewen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126459

The art and writing of Gwen Frostic are well known in her home state of Michigan and around the world, but this picture book biography tells the story behind Gwen's famous work. After a debilitating illness as a child, Gwen sought solace in art and nature. She learned to be persistent and independent--never taking no for an answer or letting her disabilities define her. After creating artwork for famous Detroiters and for display at the World's Fair and helping to build WWII bombers, Gwen moved her printmaking business to northern Michigan. She dedicated her work and her life to reminding people of the wonder and beauty in nature.

With Love, Grandma

Helen Foster James (author) Petra Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534103160

Every grandma knows that her love for her grandchildren can span great distances! So when Grandma heads out on an adventure of her own, she stays in touch with her grandchild through a series of sweet letters and memories. Grandchild follows Grandma through her notes until Grandma finally returns home--and opens up Camp Grandma for a visit full of fun, grandma snuggles, and games. This tender story from the author and illustrator team behind Grandma Loves You! proves that a grandma's love knows no bounds.

Oranges for Everybody

Daiga Zake (author), Elena Stojanova (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781601950147

When Jimmy's mother brings home a bag of five beautiful oranges, he wants to keep them all for himself. But his instinct to share with his family and friends is too strong to resist - until he has no oranges left at all! This day, Jimmy will learn a lot about the gift of generosity.

Are You My Brown Bear?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Christina O'Donovan (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055790

The Hola, English! bilingual books make each story personal, and being personal makes each story interesting to every child. Are You My Brown Bear? uses descriptive adjectives to differentiate between lots of bears (I am hairy bear. I am scary bear. I am boy bear. I am toy bear.)

Meme's First Day At School

Janie Reinart (author) Jackie Binder (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781640332393

When Mama tells Meme it’s her first day of school, she is not sure she will like it. But after meeting Mr. Fuzzo, her furry teacher, Meme has a great day. She learns where she can skip and run, where she can yodel and sing, where she can play and explore, where she can draw and paint, where she can wash and clean, where she can crunch and munch, and then it’s time to go home! What a fun day Meme, the furry little monster, has at school. When Meme tells her Mama that she likes school, her Mama is not surprised at all. Fun, repetitive text will encourage listening and early literacy skills important for young readers.

Down By The Station

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (authors) Ivy Dad (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781640335714

“Down by the Station” features adorable art and a repetitive verse that can go faster and faster as the train goes faster and faster along the winding tracks! “Down by the station early in the morning see the little pufferbellies all in a row. See the engine driver pull the little handle. Chug, chug. Toot, toot. Off we go!”

Picture Perfect Vacation

Joanna Jarc Robinson (author) Leslie Breen Withrow (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781640332409

Vacations are so much fun! Follow along as a young boy takes pictures as he travels to his aunt Roxie’s cottage at the lake. How will they get there? What will they see along the way? Who will be there when they arrive? What will they do during the day and at night? Parents and kids alike will be dreaming and planning for their next vacation!

Thumbelina

Rebecca Bondor (author) Lydia Halverson (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815453

When a good-hearted poor peasant gives her last loaf of bread to a beggar, she is given a corn seed in return. Imagine the peasant woman’s surprise when in the morning a beautiful flower appears with a tiny young lady inside its petals. The peasant woman names her Thumbelina. Find out what happens when an old ugly frog takes Thumbelina to be his son’s wife. A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Little Red Riding Hood

Rebecca Bondor (author) Diana Magnuson (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815491

When Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother becomes sick, she decides to visit her and bring her a basket of her favorite things. Her mother warns her to not talk to any strangers on her journey. But Little Red Riding Hood soon forgets her mother’s warning and talks to a wolf along her way. The clever wolf races ahead to Grandmother’s house because he wants a tasty supper. Find out how a nearby woodcutter saves Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother. A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

The Princess and the Pea

Hans Christian Andersen, Kari James (authors) Barbara Lanza (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815477

Prince Fastidious travels the world to find his perfect princess. But something is not quite right about any of them. They either talk too much, or not at all. Some are too old for him, or too young. Others are spoiled or have too many noisy, little dogs. Find out what happens when Princess Rose accidentally comes to the castle at night because of a fierce storm. How does she prove to the Queen that she’s a real princess? A happy ending adds interest to this fairy tale and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

A New Friend For Me

Cass Hollander (author) George Ulrich (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818713

A funny story talks about when Montague Morton Meriwether Smith arrives at a new school. What will happen during show and tell when one student’s pet snake gets out of the box? Follow along through each day of the week, and discover how this cool kid makes a special, new friend. A positive ending adds interest to this silly story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

The Boy Who Wouldn't Eat Breakfast

Eugene Bradley Coco (author) Ann Iosa (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818720

Saturday morning at the farm is a busy, noisy place! Once Robby the Rooster wakes up and loudly exclaims “Cock-A-Doodle-Doo,” Zach is up and ready to play. When Zach runs into the kitchen to eat breakfast, he decides he doesn’t have time for this important meal. So off Zach runs to see Horace the Horse. But Horace can’t play with Zach because he is busy eating his breakfast of hay. Find out what happens when Zach finds Clara the Cow and Cori the Chicken.

My First Day At School

Emmi S. Herman (author) Ruth J. Flanigan (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625818737

It’s Amy’s first day of school and she is a little nervous. So Amy’s mother gives her a big hug and shows her a folded piece of paper. Then she quickly puts the paper in Amy’s pocket and tells her to open it if she needs a little help. Follow Amy throughout her day as she meets new friends, eats lunch, and plays on the playground. What will happen when Amy falls, scrapes both of her knees, and has to go see the school nurse? Will she look at the folded piece of paper in her pocket? A positive ending will add interest and help calm young students’ nerves about attending the first day of school.