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The Happy Little Engine

Judy Nayer (author) Roz Schanzer (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625817907

It was a beautiful Sunday morning and the Baker family decided to take a nice drive in their little red car. The Baker family loved the little red car because it was so much fun to ride in and it had a great little engine. Find out what happens when the little red car gets a flat tire, overheats, and then runs out of gasoline. Will the Baker family know what to do? A positive ending adds interest to this adorable story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Dumpy The Dump Truck

Cathy East Dubowski (author) Mark Samuels (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625817914

Dumpty the Dump Truck loves to work for his driver Joe. Nothing makes him happier than to carry a big load of rocks and dump it into a great big pile. But one day when Joe has a huge job to do, Dumpty learns that he isn’t the biggest, fastest, strongest, or the newest Dump Truck in town. This makes Dumpty sad. Find out what happens when Dumpty decides to not compare himself to others, but to work hard to get his job done. Children will learn a valuable lesson about working hard, and not comparing themselves with others. A positive ending adds interest to this adorable story and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Jokes & Riddles

Eugene Bradley Coco (author) Jeff Jarka (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625817921

Kids will love “Jokes & Riddles” filled with sound effects, whimsical music, and adorable illustrations. These easy-to- memorize jokes include: What goes over your head and under your feet, but doesn’t cover your body? Answer: A jump rope. Or, what has many teeth but never any cavities? Answer: A comb. And, I have a head and a tail but no body. What am I? Answer: A penny. These simple jokes and riddles will have the entire family laughing and repeating them over and over again. “Jokes & Riddles,” is positive, silly, funny, adorable, and perfect to encourage early literacy skills for young learners.

Pershey The Rabbit

Brenda Martin Eldrid (author) County Studio (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781625815446

When Jeremy’s father brings home a stuffed rabbit with red and blue polka dots on its ears, Jeremy is thrilled. Jeremy and Pershey go everywhere together. Find out what happens when Pershey is lost when the family goes to the beach on vacation. A happy ending adds interest to this special tale about a boy and his rabbit, and encourages a lifelong love for reading.

Hello, How Are You

Kim Mitzo Thompson (author), Sharon Lane Holm (illustrator)

Publisher: Twin Sisters ISBN: 9781619385245

Learn basic English phrases like, "How are you?" and "What time is it?" through this interactive book. Early learners will find the simple text, paired with reassuring illustrations, easy to understand.

Dorothy and the Glasses (Russian)

Ivona Brezinova (author), Mentor Llapashtica (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854658

Mommy, Daddy, and Dorothy's brother, Martin, all wear glasses. But not Dorothy. She knows that glasses make people see better, and she wants to see better, too. Never mind that she can see perfectly without them. She feels like an outsider in her own family, and so she draws glasses on her face and on all her toys. But when she tries on her Daddy's glasses, she gets a big surprise!

Don't Trip, Pip!

Marie Powell (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607536468

Follow the adventures of a boy named Kip and his clumsy dog, Pip, while learning words in the –ip word family.

Spring Blossoms

Carole Gerber (author) Leslie Evans (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607345756

Spring is in the air - and in the trees! Spring is here, and with the new season come trees full of life, color...and blossoms! From the creators of Leaf Jumpers and Winter Trees, Spring Blossoms introduces readers to a variety of different flowering trees. During a stroll through the forest, two children come across the small and white flowers on a crab apple tree, the rich, red buds on a red maple, and many more. Along the way, readers learn that some trees have both male and female flowers—each with a distinctive appearance. Back matter includes extended botanical facts and more information about trees and their life cycles.Told in lyrical rhymes with beautiful linoleum-cut illustrations, Spring Blossoms offers a unique blend of science, poetry, and art studies.

The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (Maybe Even) Magical Creatures

Judy Young (author), Laura Francesca Filippucci (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781585365937

Explorer Basil Bernard Barnswhitten (B.B.B.) has a list of creatures he needs to verify for an important report so he visits the Finchhaven Museum of Extraordinary Curiosities, Oddities & Improbabilities. But he finds that one of the glass exhibit cases is damaged - something appears to be missing. Or did it escape? To complete his report, B.B.B. travels around the world to track down each creature on his list, all the while asking the same three questions: Is it alive? Is it extinct? Did it ever exist? By deciphering the clues in his journal, young explorers can accompany B.B.B. as he tries to locate each mysterious creature. Finding them won't be easy; lushly detailed scenes serve not only as camouflage but also as habitats to other strange and mysterious marvels. In addition to writing children's books, Judy Young teaches poetry writing workshops for children and educators across the country. Her other books with Sleeping Bear Press include the popular R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and The Lucky Star. Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. Laura Francesca Filippucci was born in Milan, Italy, where she graduated in Illustration at the Istituto Europeo di Design. She later specialized in Children's Book Illustration at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She lives in Milan with her family.

Who Can?

Charles Ghigna (author) Vlasta Van Kampen (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459813700

Tongue-twisty teasers lead the reader through a miscellany of animals in this brilliantly illustrated hint-and-reveal book. Careful clues invite the child to guess what's coming next, and rhythm and repetition invite early readers to try out this little riddle book on their own. From toucan to centipede, all will delight in Vlasta van Kampen's colorful art and Charles Ghigna's whimsical words.

Forest Baby

Laurie Elmquist (author) Shantala Robinson (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459813342

From a carrier, a baby peers out at the trail. Leaves rustle overhead, and a turtle stretches toward the sun. Everything shimmers with light, including the jeweled wings of a dragonfly and the star-shaped lilies. This delightful board book takes the reader on a hike accented by the soft sound of footsteps on the trail and grounded by the rhythmic rocking of mother and baby moving through the forest. Travel along on their serene journey with Laurie Elmquist's lyrical verse and Shantala Robinson's warmly painted collages. A beautiful book that will be treasured by anyone who loves the outdoors.

Harry's Hiccups

Jean Little (author) Joe Weissmann (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459815636

Harry tries and tries to get rid of his hiccups. He tries drinking a glass of water upside down, he tries putting an ice-cold key down his back, he gleefully tries eating a spoonful of sugar. But nothing works! In this charming picture book, written by children's literature legend Jean Little and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Joe Weissmann, Harry is afflicted with a case of the hopeless hiccups. It's not until Harry has a surprise encounter with a different sort of neighbor that it seems like Harry might finally get some relief...hiccup, hiccup...

The Squeaky Clean Club

Patricia Armentrout (author)

Publisher: Blue Door Education ISBN: 9780983340751

A fun and informative book about keeping your body clean and germ-free. Great photos and illustrations.

What's Looking At You Kid?

J. Patrick Lewis (author), Rene Graef (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410310170

From acclaimed U.S. Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis comes a delightful exploration of the wildlife easily found in our backyards and along the seashore. Simple rhymes and riddles are used to help the youngest of readers identify our wildlife neighbors, including birds, small mammals, and insects.

You Are a Really Good Friend of Mine (Romanian)

Laura Liliom (author), Lilit Vagharshyan (illustrator)

Publisher: International Step by Step Association ISBN: 9781931854153

Her really good friend has moved far away to another country. What to do now? How can they stay friends without seeing each other? They learn that there is friendship in thinking about each other, in writing to each other, in remembering each others' favorite things, but most of all: it is in the heart.

Water Beds: Sleeping in the Ocean

Gail Langer Karwoski (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180012

This soothing bedtime story explains how ten different marine mammals--animals that live in water but breathe air--sleep in the ocean. Based on up-to-date scientific research, the brief portraits are explained in simple, poetic language. Water Beds invites children to drift into sleep on gentle waves of imagination. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes fun facts about marine mammal adaptations, and a "Design Your Own Marine Mammal" craft.

Peter Piper

Dawn Beacon (author) Dawn Beacon (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614731368

Peter Piper is hungry, and he has a craving for pickled peppers. Readers can join his adventures--and the tongue-twister--in this whimsical rhyme.

The Pied Piper of Hamelin: A German Folktale

Amanda St. John (author) Dianna Bonder (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614731139

The town of Hamelin is being overrun by rats! A mysterious traveling piper has the power to rid the town of the pests, but when he is cheated out of his payment, he gets revenge.

The Table and the Chair

Edward Lear (author) Jeff Ebbeler (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614731573

Edward Lear's classic poem about a table and chair's adventurous walk around town.

There Was a Crooked Man

Ronnie Rooney (author) Ronnie Rooney (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781614731375

Everything is crooked in this classic! Read along with the crooked man as he makes his way to his crooked house, where his crooked pets reside.

The Blue Bike Wins!

Joanne Meier (author) Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539365

Herbie Bear is sure his favorite blue bike is the fastest around. But can he win in a race against Samantha?

Paddle Perch Climb: Bird Feet are Neat

Laurie Ellen Angus (author) Laurie Ellen Angus (illustrator)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584696216

Meet the feet that help birds eat! You can learn a lot about a bird just by looking at its feet. The size, shape, and type give you important clues about where a bird lives, how it moves, and what it eats. Discover seven birds, each with a different type of foot, including a roadrunner with strong legs and feet running across the desert to snag a lizard for lunch, a cardinal with flexible toes perching on a branch to pick berries, and a heron with long legs and toes wading through a river to search for fish. Bright, bold illustrations and simple text invite children to guess what birds will be revealed on successive pages. But look out! Predators are lurking, and they’re hungry, too! "Fun Foot Facts," food chains, bird watching tips, and more are presented in Explore More for Kids, Teachers, and Parents in the back of the book.

I Am the Rain

John Paterson (author)

Publisher: Dawn Publications ISBN: 9781584696186

"Because of me the land is green. I’m why the sky is blue. All of life depends on me. I'm even part of you." Lyrical verses present water in its many colors, shapes, and forms as it follows its natural cycle through the seasons. From rain to rivers, from fog to thunderheads, from snowflakes to ocean waves - water is always changing. Along the way, water speaks for itself, connecting deeply with readers. The evocative illustrations highlight water’s many moods. "I can show you rainbows/ in mist or morning dew/ I can be a muddy flood/or a pool of aqua blue." Teachers and parents will appreciate the Explore More section in the back of the book that includes "The Science Behind the Poetry," STEM activities, water conservation tips, and more.

How Many Seconds?

Katherine Krieg (author)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781607538240

Introduces activities young readers experience in a matter of days, such as eating three meals or touring a city, while teaching ways to measure a day and how it compares to hours and weeks.

La Luna (Moon)

Lynn Stone (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781627174473

The Moon Is The Focus Of This Book And Provides The Most Current Information About Its Composition, Distance From Earth, Who Has Visited, And If There Are Future Plans To Return.