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Little Cloud

Johanna Wagstaffe (author) Julie McLaughlin (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821859

Follow our little cloud on an adventure through the sky and learn the science behind how it transforms from a simple cumulus cloud to a full-blown hurricane. Beautifully detailed illustrations from award-winning artist Julie McLaughlin integrate science with storytelling. Children will enjoy finding new gems of information even after several reads, thanks to a whimsical and rich layout. And meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe weaves a comprehensive narrative about a powerful weather system that’s so compelling readers won’t even realize they are on their way to becoming budding meteorologists.

Grandmother School

Rina Singh (author) Ellen Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459819061

Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have suppressed the rights of girls and women and kept many from getting an education and equal standing in society. Based on a true story from the village of Phangane, India, this brilliantly illustrated book tells the story of the grandmothers who got to go to school for the first time in their lives.

A Girl Like Me

Angela Johnson (author) Nina Crews (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578913

Empower young readers to embrace their individuality, reject societal limitations, and follow their dreams. This inspiring picture book brings together a poem by acclaimed author Angela Johnson and Nina Crews's distinctive photocollage illustrations to celebrate girls of color.

Let's Explore the Sense of Taste

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582668

Young readers will devour this accessible introduction to taste featuring vivid photos that complement the accessible text.

Let's Explore the Sense of Touch

Candice Ransom (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582675

Text carefully leveled for emergent readers and bright photographs pair up for an inviting introduction to the sense of touch.

A Garden in Your Belly

Masha D'yans (author) Masha D'yans (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728401454

Your belly is full of tiny creatures—and they love to eat! Along the river of your gut, tiny creatures move, eat, and grow. Learn more about the garden of microscopic flora growing inside the body and come on a journey that explains an important biological concept: the microbiome, the health of which affects everything in our bodies. Did you know that some foods are better for your microbiome (and you!) than others? Striking, original watercolor illustrations keep things from getting too gross. Informational back matter goes further into the science of the microbiome and reveals amazing facts about the gut.

Let's Explore the Sense of Sight

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582644

Carefully leveled text and eye-catching photos invite young readers to explore the sense of sight.

Let's Explore the Sense of Smell

Candice Ransom (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582651

Engaging and accessible text and inviting photos introduce the sense of smell to young readers.

Let's Explore the Sense of Hearing

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582637

Introduce emergent readers to the sense of hearing through carefully leveled text and a tight text-to-photo match.

Play Like an Animal!

Maria Gianferrari (author) Mia Powell (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541583788

Dash! Hide! Splash! Ride! Exuberant text celebrates all the different ways animals play, from rhinos taking mud baths and parrots somersaulting through the air to kangaroos boxing and dolphins diving through the surf. Additional text explains how playing benefits animals. Fascinating back matter gives more information about the featured animals in the book and encourages readers to make time to play every day!

Homes Like Mine

Marie-Therese Miller (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781728400150

There are many different kinds of homes to suit many different kinds of families. Discover types of homes like apartments, single-family homes, mobile homes, and more, and learn how they are the perfect fit for the people who live in them.

A First Look at Fairies

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599734

Emergent readers will delight in learning the different stories people have told about fairies throughout history! Carefully leveled text and a close text-to-photo match supports readers as they learn.

A First Look at Unicorns

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599772

Where do stories about unicorns come from? Emergent readers will love learning about how we imagine unicorns through carefully leveled text and engaging images.

A First Look at Dragons

Emma Carlson-Berne (author)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599727

Stories about dragons come from around the world. With carefully leveled text and close text-to-image match, this title provides emergent readers with a fun and accessible look at dragons.

The Most Beautiful Thing

Kao Kalia Yang (author) Khoa Le (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541599376

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from the author's childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and little money. The book moves from the jungles of Laos to the family's early years in the United States. When Kalia becomes unhappy about having to do without and decides she wants braces to improve her smile, it is her grandmother—a woman who has just one tooth in her mouth—who helps her see that true beauty is found with those we love most.

A Is for Another Rabbit

Hannah Batsel (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541582200

A rabbit-obsessed narrator makes an owl increasingly irate by refusing to play by the rules of a conventional alphabet book. Every entry is about bunnies, from "delightful, dynamic, daredevil rabbits" to "xylophone rabbits and rabbits on drums!" Readers will pore over scenes of bunnies at the circus, in a tiny town, at the museum, even in a motorcycle gang. Author-illustrator Hannah Batsel takes readers on a delightful romp through the alphabet and keeps them laughing all the way to the ridiculously fun conclusion.

Flash and Gleam Light in Our World

Sue Fliess (author) Khoa Le (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541581173

The soft glow of a candle, the blink of a firefly, a burst of fireworks—light is everywhere in our world! Rhyming text and luminous illustrations follow four children as they experience many different forms of light.

If We Were Gone

John Coy (author) Natalie Capannelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group ISBN: 9781541578920

Water, air, sunlight, plants . . . we need these elements to live in this world. But does the world need us? And what would happen to the world if humans were gone? Back matter gives further context and discusses what kids (and all of us) can do to truly help our planet.

Me! Me! ABC

Harriet Ziefert (author)Ingri Von Bergen (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801231

A unique set of big-eyed, handmade, vinyl characters animate an action alphabet. Follow all seven characters in a variety of activities from A to Z. 

Fooba Wooba John

Harriet Ziefert (author)Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781948621786

A flea kicking a tree, a rat wearing a hat (sitting on a baseball bat) and a moose drinking juice in a big red caboose: what strange and wonderful things are happening here? Maybe it’s all a little boy’s dream…

ABCs at the Haunted House

Jennifer Marino Walters (author) Nathan Jarvis (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634408769

Come along to the haunted house. Let's see how many letters of the alphabet we spot along the way. Beware of the cobwebs!

Duck, Duck, Goose

Wiley Blevins (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634404198

Mimi is on a field trip to a farm. There are so many animals. Young readers help Mimi discover patterns as she encounters all the animals on the farm.

I'm a Lot of Sometimes: A story of Identity

Jack Guinan (author) Lars Rudebjer (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781634401777

Growing up can be oh-so confusing! Shhh, don't be so loud. Speak up! You've got to be the BIG brother now. You're much too little to go on the big rides. No matter where you are at any moment in your life, it's best to just be YOU.

Lulu & Rocky in Indianapolis

Barbara Joosse (author) Renée Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167322

Lulu and her cousin Rocky are visiting Indianapolis! There are so many fun things to see and do, like visiting the Dinosphere at the Children's Museum, exploring the curiosities of Central Canal, and of course, going to see the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Written by Barbara Joosse and illustrated by Renée Graef, this fourth book in the Our City Adventures series explores the city of Indianapolis, visiting well-known sights like the Eiteljorg Museum and Monument Circle, as well as unexpected gems.

Sing Some More

Deborah Diesen (author) Howard Gray (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534167438

Before the sun even rises, a confident group of birds is warming up their vocal chords preparing for a full day of singing. They perform solos and acapella and arpeggios. And they sing and sing--and sing some more! Until the day comes to an end and they decide…they're actually pretty exhausted. But come morning, they have big plans to SING SOME MORE!!!