Even the smallest acts of kindness can impact the lives of others. This truth is beautifully demonstrated as we follow the far-reaching effects of a little girl's compassionate smile, as it touches an entire community.
From the same team that brought you My Momma Likes to Say comes this delightful interpretation of maxims, idioms, proverbs, and clichs many students remember hearing on a regular basis in the classroom. From "Do you have ants in your pants?" to "Stick together!" and "Great minds think alike," readers will be intrigued by the history of these adages, told in poetry form as well as expository text, and amused by the witty illustrations, depicting these sayings as a child might imagine them. Growing up with six sisters and one brother, there has never been a dull moment in Denise Brennan-Nelson's life. She continues to keep the pace lively as a motivational speaker, children's author, and mother. She is the author of My Momma Likes to Say and Buzzy the Bumblebee, also from Sleeping Bear Press. Denise lives with her family in Howell, Michigan. Jane Monroe Donovan's parents encouraged her to follow her heart and it led to her love of sketching and painting. In addition to My Teacher Likes to Say, Jane also illustrated Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book and My Momma Likes to Say. She is currently working on a Christmas title for Sleeping Bear Press. Jane lives with her family in Pinckney, Michigan.
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.
“Down by the Station” features adorable art and a repetitive verse that can go faster and faster as the train goes faster and faster along the winding tracks! “Down by the station early in the morning see the little pufferbellies all in a row. See the engine driver pull the little handle. Chug, chug. Toot, toot. Off we go!”
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.
Each night after Mr. and Mrs. Clampton go to bed, the Mouse Family comes out of their home to feast on the cheese left in the kitchen. Find out how life changes for Mabel Mouse, her brother Morton, and her mom and dad, when Mrs. Clampton brings home a farm cat. A quick-thinking Mabel has a plan to outsmart Tiger, the cat, and make sure her family is able to enjoy cheese from the Clampton’s kitchen once again. A positive ending adds interest to this suspenseful story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Teddy and his parents are planning a fun picnic at Silver Lake Park. When the Bear’s little red car hits a bump in the road, Teddy topples out and lands in a soft pile of leaves. But, how will Teddy find Silver Lake Park and be reunited with his parents? Find out what happens when Teddy Bear meets a real bear in the woods. A positive ending adds interest to this suspenseful story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
A funny story talks about when Montague Morton Meriwether Smith arrives at a new school. What will happen during show and tell when one student’s pet snake gets out of the box? Follow along through each day of the week, and discover how this cool kid makes a special, new friend. A positive ending adds interest to this silly story 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.
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.
Black and white art and bursts of color will capture baby’s attention with simple pictures that encourage learning. “Meow,” Says The Kitten! is a perfect introduction for babies and toddlers to learn animal sounds and encourage early literacy and a love for reading!
Black and white art and bursts of color will capture baby’s attention with simple pictures that encourage learning. This fun story is a perfect introduction for babies and toddlers to learn simple directions, while encouraging early literacy and a love for reading!
Black and white art and bursts of color will capture baby’s attention with simple pictures that encourage learning. Words include: pail, shovel, starfish, sea shells, crab, sandcastles, beach ball, sea gull, and sunglasses. “At The Beach” is a perfect introduction for babies and toddlers to learn the sounds of things associated with the beach, and encourage early literacy and a 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.
From A to Z, dance and sing along with the little children as they learn their ABCs! Complete with delightful illustrations, this book makes it easy for early learners to follow along!
What words begin with the letter b? Ball and bat and baby! Learning all about consonant sounds is fun with this catchy rhyme.
Count along as the playful little ducks swim around the pond and find their friends! How many will they find?
Learn the ABCs with the neighing horses, oinking pigs and barking dogs on Old MacDonald's farm! All of your favorite farm friends come to life in this adorably-illustrated book.
Children will explore fun facts about different zoo animals with this colorful book featuring real photographs and sounds. Studies show that young learners find it easier to associate real-life animals to photographs than to illustrations. Did you know a family of lions is called a pride? Or, that the cheetah is the fastest land animal. From a lion to a parrot, this book teaches children about all of their furry zoo friends! Other books in the Photo Fun Fact Series includes: Monster Machines, Rescue Ready, and Barnyard Babies.
“A Child’s Garden of Verses” includes 15 sweet, rhyming poems paired with adorable art. Included are “At the Seaside,” “Autumn Fires,” “The Swing,” “The Land of Nod,” and more! A perfect way to encourage early literacy skills, the rhyming verses will soon become a family favorite.
Mother cat has two very different kittens. Herbie is curious and brave. But his sister Sarah is afraid of everything. When the kittens go for a walk Sarah is even afraid of her own shadow. Find out what happens when Herbie gets caught in briars and Sarah needs to go get Mother for help. A positive ending adds interest to this adorable story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.
Perfect for reading together, here's a series of stories and rhymes about the things children love -- fire engines, teddy bears, trucks, dinosaurs, dolls, kittens, rabbits, and more. Lovable characters, compelling stories, and beautiful illustrations make these books the ones children want to read over and over again.