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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.

Balloon Toons: 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!

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.

How Things Work in the House

Campbell Ernst (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051891

Lisa Campbell Ernst fastened onto the inspiring notion that "amazingness is going on around us every nanosecond of the day" and invites kids to marvel at things as close to home as - their own house! Learn about thermal heat and how there once was a Bureau of Missing Socks, the non-pig origins of piggy banks, and why dirt and oil are no match for soap. Discover the nifty amazingness all around us, and especially right where we live.

Eggs 1, 2, 3

Janet Halfmann (author), Betsy Thompson (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609051914

What will peck and poke, and swim, or fly, or wobble out of each egg? Ten spreads with gatefolds and a dramatic fold-out finale lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of ten. Throughout, kids expand their grasp of nature - animals who hatch from eggs, their birthing environments, and what they're like when newly hatched.

Does a Tiger Go to the Dentist?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054519

Does a tiger brush and floss? Does a wolf get his fangs cleaned? Who gets the most cavities, people or puppies? How animals and people use and maintain their teeth is explained in this Think About title. Using comparisons between animals and people, the widely praised Think About . . . series helps children understand what makes humans human. Each includes a final spread with activities to reinforce the material. This title explores why animals in the wild don't go to dentists, and why it's important that humans do.

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.

Monster Needs One More

Natalie Marshall (author), Natalie Marshall (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053574

More is better! Natalie Marshalls goofy monsters made their debut in a book about monsters and manners - Monster Be Good! This time, its monsters and math, as every monster-member of this funny, grumpy, not-too-scary gang counts jelly beans, teddy bears, apples, donuts, toys, and even kisses. What do they all have in common? They all want ONE MORE! As each monster gets his wish, kids can chime in with the new number that ONE MORE adds up to. When the next-to-last monster gets TEN goodnight kisses, ONE mom-ster hug is just enough to cap off this tale of merry monster-math! Entertaining as it educates, Monster Needs One More! offers a perfect primer for introducing preschoolers to counting and addition. Who could ask for more?

Does an Owl Wear Eyeglasses?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054700

Does a worm need sunglasses? Would a goat rather wear, or eat, a pair of glasses? This latest title in the Think About series presents a series of goofy questions about the visual capacity of various animals and equally silly pictures of eyeglass-wearing oysters, owls, monkeys, etc. Simple, clear explanations about the eyesight of these animals lead into an exploration of why some people need glasses, and other vision-related conditions and products. In line with the Common Core's emphasis on compare-and-contrast, the Think About . . . series includes activities and discussion points for kids, parents, and educators that further extend each topic's range and application. This title explores the eyes and sight abilities of various animalsand why most don't need or won't ever wear glasses.

Does a Woodpecker Use a Hammer?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054281

This title in the Think About series explores and explains that while some animals do indeed use tools, only people have developed implements that make it possible to do things that their bodies cannot. A funny, kid-like question - "Does a woodpecker use a hammer?" - is paired with a silly scenario (a woodpecker in a tool belt), and a few facts about how some animals use parts of their bodies as tools. Animals that might use a stick, or rock, as a tool lead to an exploration of how people create tools to solve problems and accomplish tasks.

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).

Does a Bear Wear Boots?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054243

How people protect themselves from the elements, as well as the functions of human clothing, are explored in this Think About title.

Does a Beaver Sleep in a Bed?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054236

This book explores the places where animals sleep and how they differ from the many types of human beds.

Does a Camel Cook Spaghetti?

Harriet Ziefert (author), Emily Bolam (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609054229

How animals and humans get food and feed themselves is explored in this Think About title.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Red Cat Blue Cat

Jenni Desmond (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052485

The accurately-named Red Cat and Blue Cat share a house and mutual antagonism. But each also secretly wishes that they could have some of the other's signature traits--Blue Cat is a smartypuss who's good at opening cans and the fridge; Red Cat can bounce across rooftops and zoom up the drapes. After two attempts to change to the other's color don't pan out, each instructs the other in the art of being the cat that they are not. And though Blue Cat and Red Cat try very hard to be a different sort of cat, the real change happens when they become friends. Until they spot Yellow Cat...who sings...really, really well...and the friends consider whether a new hue might be the way to go!

Posey Prefers Pink

Harriet Ziefert (author), Yukiko Kido (illustrator)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609053673

Posey Prefers Pink introduces an "it-must-be-pink" little girl named Posey and her patient-about-pink family. The story uses a lot of "p-word" alliteration in conveying Posey's preferences for pink furniture and decor, foods, clothes, and toys. She will throw a pink-hot tantrum when her parents try to insist on incorporating other colors into her clothing or food choices. But during a trip to the mall Posey surprises everyone--especially herself--when she suddenly prefers...a purple dress!

How the Meteorite Got to the Museum

Jessie Hartland (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609052522

This science-as-entertainment book chronicles how a meteorite ended up in the American Museum of Natural History, detailing the steps that brought it from outer space, across the eastern US, to the roof of a car in Peekskill, New York, and thereafter to be verified, tested, and exhibited in the hallowed halls of the AMNH. Hartland describes the space rock's path by showing how it connected to people--e.g., fans at a football game noticed it, the police attributed its crash to vandals, firefighters cooled it off, etc.