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My String Broke

Harriet Ziefert (author) Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781949801095

Do re mi—what can that be? It’s the sound of children preparing for music class. Make pretty music fill the air. Bravo! 

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…

Stella is a Star

Bernadette Peters (author), Liz Murphy (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050085

Bernadette Peters and Liz Murphy, the terrific team behind the New York Times best-selling Broadway Barks are back with a story about Stella, a pup who would rather be a graceful pig ballerina than what she really is: a dog no one seems to like. Stella learns the lessons of self-acceptance, following her heart's desires and, most important, that it's okay just to be herself.

The Princess and the Peas and Carrots

Harriet Ziefert (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052508

Most of the time she is good Princess Rosebud. But when there's a hole in her sock, or her sweater is itchy, or–ick!–the peas on her plate are smushed up right next to the carrots, this strong-willed little miss becomes the picky and prickly Princess Fussy. Sound Familiar? The clever rendition of The Princess and the Pea offers a funny, insightful reflection of how important having certain things be "just so" can be to certain kids. Everyone will cheer the surprising twist that reveals why Rosebud cannot get comfy at bedtime. Is it simply the return of Princess Fussy? Or might there be a more royal reason for her finicky convictions?

How the Sphinx Got to the Museum

Jessi Hartland (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050320

Acclaimed author and illustrator, Jessie Hartland, beautifully presents this informative and fascinating history of the Hatshepsut sphinx: from its carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival in the hallowed halls of New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is essential reading for junior Egyptologists!

Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity

Jenni Desmond (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053482

We've all seen kids who kick and scream and lose their cool. But when Eric loses his temper over his annoying little sister Alice, he floats up to the ceiling! And so we have a fresh and funny twist on temper tantrums created by star-on-the-rise Jenni Desmond. Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity, with an amusing story and expressive painterly art, captures a spot-on understanding of how children feel when they get out of control and how they need help to pull themselves together - or, as in Eric's case, back to the ground. There will always be annoying brothers and sisters and things one wants, but can't have. This book gives children and parents an entertaining way to gain perspective and talk about these issues. For all of them, Eric offers a wise, witty, and uplifting tale that kids won't want to put down!

Can You Whoo, Too?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Sophie Fatus (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055240

In farmyards, jungles, and oceans, almost every animal has something to say! Roosters cock-a-doodle-do. Can you cock-a-doodle, too? Here's a book that invites kids to make some noise. Young readers will love the interactive experience of reading about, then mimicking, animal sounds. And as kids say honk, squawk, moo, and whoo, they'll be learning, too! Science and nature facts are featured in sidebars—why do whales sing? What does a rooster want us to know? This unique combination of language arts, science, and noisy fun is a dynamic duet with cacophonous kid-appeal.

Biggest Job of All

Harriet Ziefert (author), Lauren Browne (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781593541002

When Lulu grows up, she wants "a really, really big job." She doesn't want to wash elephants - she'd get all wet. She doesn't want to be a doctor - she doesn't like shots. She doesn't want to drive a big rig - hard hats itch. She wants the biggest, most important job of all, but what should it be? A mommy? An author? Nothing is out of the question for Lulu! Her simple game of "What's the biggest job of all?" will open young readers to the many possibilities before them too.

Bigger Than Daddy

Harriet Ziefert (author) Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051358

In this story about the relationship between a boy and his father, Edward yearns to be big like his dad and fast like a fire truck. He and his dad go to the park, then walk home, play, and have dinner before Edward has a bath and is tucked into bed. Along the way, the boy demands the chance to engage in grown-up activities, ranging from the doable (pressing the elevator button) to the less doable (outrunning a big red fire truck). Capturing the teasing affection between a young preschool boy and his dad, the simple language shows the humor, energy, and bossiness of the young child, and the father's love for his son shining through. Parents will recognize Edward's many familiar pleas, while kids will appreciate his frustrations and the spirited way that he deals with them.

Bear in Love

Samantha Davis (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050443

Just one look was all it took for Bear to fall in love with Bunny. But how should Bear show this love? With candy? Or song and dance? With delightful illustrations by award-winning artist Sophie Fatus, warm and witty words perfectly express how love casts its spell on man and beast!

41 Uses for a Grandma

Harriet Ziefert (author) Amanda Haley (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051068

Grandmas get their due in this companion to 40 Uses for a Grandpa. "Don't be surprised when little ones demand to take Grandma and Grandpa through these books, page by charming page," declares Cricket magazine. From one to forty-one, great grandmothers are celebrated in this perfect-for-giving-and-getting homage.

35 Uses for a Daughter

Harriet Ziefert (author), Deborah Zemke (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781593540999

Daughters come in all colors, sizes, and shapes, with all kinds of enthusiasms, abilities, and talents. But whether they're acting as the family's computer guru, movie critic, taste tester, fashionista, tennis partner, or dog walker, or are just using up all the cell phone minutes, every daughter is special. Deborah Zemke's whimsical illustrations show families from all walks of life.

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.

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.)

Honey Bear's Blue Bathing Suit

Todd H. Doodler (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052034

Honey Bear is having a summertime birthday party at the beach. After her friends choose the perfect birthday presents - a blue swimsuit and beach-y accessories - they head to the shore for volleyball, a scavenger hunt, and, of course, birthday cake! Young readers will enjoy best-selling author/illustrator Todd Goldman's signature style and familiar characters, this time in a summer setting. Bear in Blue Bathing Suit is a perfect addition to Bear in Underwear, Bear in Pink Underwear, and Bear in Long Underwear.

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.

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!

Does a Seal Smile?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054496

How does a chimp say, Glad to meet you!? Does a coyote give a high five? Who hugs? The methods and meanings of how humans and animals communicate via facial expressions and body language are examined. Each title in the twelve-book Think About . . . series opens with a helpful letter to parents and educators explaining ways to use the books with their kids. This title explores body and facial expressions in animals and people. Waves, smiles, frowns, hugs, kisses, handshakes, and common greeting expressions are featured.

Ten Little Fish

Harriet Ziefert (author), Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055783

Teachers and parents of ESL students will cheer when they discover the Hola, English! series, as will those seeking to expose English-speaking kids to Spanish. Ten Little Fish combines numbers with simple adjectives (fish above, fish below; seven fish, fast and slow) and simple verbs (swim and dive fish, here are five fish).

It's Raining Cats and Frogs

Harriet Ziefert (author), Ethan Long (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055813

This bilingual series will appeal both to Spanish-speaking ESL students and English-speaking kids who are learning Spanish. Its Raining Cats and Frogs features plural words and idiomatic expressions. It explores the difference between real and pretend and engages young children in selecting appropriate clothing for wet weather.

Sleepy Barker

Harriet Ziefert (author), Elliot Kreloff (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609055837

The Hola, English! series provides children with reasons to talk and things they will want to talk about. In Sleepy Barker, Barker the dog is awakened by one sound after another (howl, hoot, boom) but finally falls asleep after being reassured that mom and dad are there for him.

Posey Paints Princess

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053697

Picture perfect and perfectly pink! Posey and her friend Nina want to paint. Mom sets them up and tells them how to blend primary colors to make "every color in the rainbow"--and more! Nina shows an upset Posey how a painting mistake can turn into something pretty. Each girl paints something on their side of a big piece of white paper. Nina paints a pickle, Posey paints a princess. What do they name their painting? Princess Pickle!

Travels with Charlie: Down South

Miles Backer (author), Chuck Nitzberg (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053536

Pack it up and take a trip down south on every page! It's part travelogue, part I Spy, part Where's...Charlie! Each spread covers a state in the region and lists a mix of interesting, historical, well-known, and offbeat tourist spots. The illustrations show the locations mentioned and include a dog named Charlie "hidden" within each pictorial.

ABC Dentist

Harriet Ziefert (author), Liz Murphy (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053208

From Appointments, Bibs, and Cavities through X-rays and how to combat icky Yellow film on teeth, this book takes kids on a reassuring tour of a trip to the dentist's office. Bright, friendly collage artwork pairs with informative facts on equipment and procedures. This new edition includes an addendum with activities, frequently asked questions, and suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize the book's usefulness.

Posey Plans a Party

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053680

Posey Plans a Party has a lot of "p-word" alliteration and asks kids to count how many "p" words are in the story. The plot portrays Posey and her family planning, assembling, and enjoying a tea party. It's a perfectly pink primer on party planning--the menu, preparations, decorations, the invitation, dress code, entertainment, activities, etc.