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.
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.
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.
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.
School’s not cool for Liam and Ling. But when they try to find others to play with, they learn that work has its own rewards. And following rules is cool after all.
Sammy has a knack for getting into mischief. Will taking a bath be any different? Students will enjoy predicting the outcome.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
After visiting the town’s pet shop day after day, a boy’s dream finally comes true when his mom says he can get a puppy! There are many different puppies to choose from, but this little boy knows exactly the one he wants. It wasn’t the biggest or the littlest. It wasn’t even the prettiest or the most handsome. But this puppy was the friendliest! And that’s what the puppy’s name became—Friendly! Find out what happens when Friendly decides to play with Daddy’s shoes and Mommy’s favorite sweater. This tender story of a love between a boy and his dog will have little ones asking for their own puppy. A positive ending encourages a lifelong love for reading.
A trip to the grocery store has never been more fun! When a young boy heads to the grocery store with his mom, he is surprised at what he discovers. Bold, captivating illustrations and fun sound effects will keep kids entertained as they listen to “The Grocery Jungle.” From flamingos in the freezer to an “ele” in the deli, each aisle becomes a magical journey of imagination and creativity. Silly sentences with rhyming text will encourage listening and early literacy skills important for young readers.
Kids will learn the importance of words like: reduce, reuse, and recyle with this fact-filled book about respecting the earth. Fun facts called “Bug Bites” are presented by a silly bug that encourages kids to think about the importance of recycling aluminum, glass, and paper. Did you know that aluminum beverage containers can be recycled into new cans and put back onto the store shelves within 60 days? Or, did you know that the average home uses around 107,000 gallons of water each year? Bold, captivating illustrations and fun sound effects will keep kids learning and entertained as they listen to “Go Green!” Practical ideas are presented in a fun way for kids of all ages to learn about respecting our planet for future generations. Also, “Go Green” is a great way to celebrate “Earth Day”!
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.