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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?

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.

Butterfly Birthday

Harriet Ziefert (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050153

Butterfly Birthday completes a quartet of books - Snow Party, Mermaid Dance and By the Light of the Harvest Moon - that celebrates the many and miraculous wonders of the changing seasons. On the first day of spring, bugs—dressed in their finest attire—greet one another after the long, cold winter and hold a spectacular party to welcome the vernal equinox.

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.

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.

Tea with the Queen

Chrissi Hart (author) Stephen Macquignon (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623956097

When mice turn 100 years old (in mouse-years, of course) they get to visit the Queen of England. When Charlie journeys across the countryside for his grandmother’s visit, he discovers that even little creatures can have big adventures.

Wash Your Hands

Nate Yoke (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645802693

“Wash Your Hands” is perfect for teaching young learners the importance of washing their hands. Children are encouraged to lather up and wash their hands for about the time it takes to sing the ABC Song. What a great way to reinforce this important healthy habit!

If You Know The Sound Of...

Kim Mitzo Thompson, Karen Mitzo Hilderbrand (author) Iesha Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781645802594

“If You Know The Sound Of” is perfect for teaching young learners initial consonant sounds for letters B, C, D, F, and G. Bright photographs and adorable art will engage young children as they sing and follow along with each page. It’s a great introduction to teach letter sounds to kids.

The Dream Dragon

Kathyrn England (author) Valeria Issa (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623957964

A dragon protects a child’s dreams from nightmares in this picture book perfect for bedtime. Bedtime stories inspire a series of dream protectors for a little boy. The dream dragon keeps the nightmares away and is joined by dinosaurs, pirates, super heroes and more in the quest to keep nighttime safe.

Laloo the Red Panda

Lauren Freeman (author)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623956349

A whimsical children's book about a red panda cub's adventures in India. Laloo the Red Panda is a coming of age tale about a red panda cub on a journey of self discovery in India. Laloo’s adventure begins when he escapes from Gambo, a dimwitted animal poacher, in the middle of the bustling streets of Mumbai! Laloo makes friends with a cast of lovable dogs who help him make his way through India back to his home in the Himalayas. Along the way, he learns an invaluable lesson about being true to yourself.

Petunia, the Girl who was NOT A Princess

M.R. Nelson (author) Holly Liminton (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623955915

Petunia is NOT a princess. She doesn't want to be fancy or frilly and she certainly doesn't want another little princess moving in next door. But, when the newest neighbor likes pink and climbing trees, maybe Petunia can make a new friend and stay true to her self.

Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe

Irene Smalls (author) Cathy Ann Johnson (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623955878

A cooking story for young and old (including an original recipe for Lemon Bar Cake), this is a delicious blend of cooking and caring. It celebrates the love between a grandson and his grandfather. Join Pop Pop and his grandson as they beat, batter and bond baking the young boy’s favorite Lemon Bar Cake. With full color, lovingly painted step-by-step instructions and a full ingredient list, this book is a sweet recipe for the hearts of lemon cake eaters young and old.

Why Blue?

Josh Tuininga (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623955540

When a little girl wonders that age old question, “Why is the sky blue?” her imagination takes her on a beautiful journey of color, science and friendship.

We're Going to the Farm

Nancy Streza (author) Adam Pryce (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954918

A sing-along-story set to the cadence of The Farmer in the Dell, featuring horses, chickens and lots of farming fun! It’s time to go to the farm, but what will we do there?

I Love You!

Calee M. Lee (author) Tricia Tharp (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954734

I love you like a skipping stone...I love you like a doggy's bone... Celebrating the love between a parent and a child, this rhyming book features a host of animals and the things they love about each other.

My Cat, My Dog

Katrina Streza (author) Brenda Ponnay (illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954529

A child compares pets in this silly look at cats and dogs. "My cat can sleep. My dog can sleep. My cat can sleep on top of my dog."

Who's Coming for Dinner, Little Hoo?

Brenda Ponnay (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954437

It's time for Thanksgiving dinner, and Little Hoo and his friends and family are gathering for a feast. Introduce your little ones to the fun of bringing a community together for Thanksgiving with Little Hoo and all of his woodland friends.

Colors

Brenda Ponnay (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623954321

What's the best way to learn your colors? With a yellow yak, a brown brachiosaurus, and plenty of other wacky animal friends! Secret Agent Josephine presents her quirky illustrations paired with hilarious captions, sure to engage older children who may already know the difference between red and blue, but can't wait to see what crazy color comes next!

Our World is Whole

Gail Bush (author) Jennie Poh (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166790

One little girl knows that our world is whole because the connections between us all makes it so--from the family cat to the chatty neighbor to Mom and Dad and cousin Jerry. Our World is Whole is a lyrical meditation on mindfulness that celebrates interconnectedness and the ways we support one another and keep our world whole and spinning.

Memoirs of a Tortoise

Devin Scillian (author) Tim Bowers (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534166806

Oliver the tortoise has had his human, Ike, for a very, very long time now. In fact, they're the same age--80 years old--and practically twins. They both enjoy the slowness of the garden, cool water from the hose on a hot day, and a nice slice of honeydew melon. But when Ike stops visiting the garden, Oliver wonders why his pet has left him so soon. So he makes the long journey to see his mother ten gardens away--she will certainly have the answer. This tender story from the author and illustrator that brought us Memoirs of a Goldfish reminds us to cherish all the days we have with our pets and loved ones.

Camping

Xist Publishing (author)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781623951368

Let's go camping! We’ll pack the tent, sleeping bags, food, firewood...why don’t we just read a book about camping? Used as a jumpstart for interaction, Discover Series Picture Books are a great way to introduce new images, words and ideas to kids.

Annabel on the Go

Amy Mullen (author, illustrator)

Publisher: Xist Publishing ISBN: 9781681952963

Annabel is a little girl with a big imagination. She’s a busy as can be pretending to be all sorts of things in this fun book for toddlers and preschoolers.