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My Teacher Dances on the Desk

Eugene Gagliano (author), Tatjana Mai-Wyss (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627536417

Former teacher Eugene Gagliano had a front-row seat to the everyday trials of school life. In honor of all students who have ever grappled with show-and-tell missteps and problematic classmates, he's penned a clever poetry collection, My Teacher Dances on the Desk. Episodes from every aspect of school life, from visiting the school nurse to sitting next to the wrong student, are told through humorous verse. Move Me Soon I don't like sitting next to Rose. She's always picking at her nose, And chews her fingernails way down, And always wears a pouty frown. Black-and-white line drawings punctuate these school-year reflections. Students young and old will fondly recall their own school "daze" in My Teacher Dances on the Desk.Eugene Gagliano is known as "the teacher who dances on his desk." The recipient of the IRA's 2004 Wyoming State Literacy Award, Gene travels to schools and conferences with presentations as entertaining as they are informative. Tatjana Mai-Wyss was born in Switzerland. Her black-and-white work is usually done in India ink with a dip pen. Tatjana lives in South Carolina.

Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy

Judy Young (author), Michael Glenn Monroe (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781633621282

Using a charming combination of poetry and prose, author Judy Young explains the bedtime habits of some common North American animals, including moles, moose, and beavers. Young readers will learn not only where certain animals make their beds but also how and why they sleep as they do. Each animal is introduced with a rhythmic singsong-y, tongue-twisting poem guaranteed to bring smiles and encourage reader participation. The accompanying expository text includes information about the animal's unique sleeping habits. Finally, at book's end, the reader is gently guided back to a soft cozy bed of her own.

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.

The Little Kids' Table

Mary Ann McCabe Riehle (author), Mary Uhles (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704267

Everyone knows that the little kids table is the place to be for any holiday or family gathering. They just know how to have fun! This silly, rhyming story follows a group of rambunctious cousins from table setting to dessert. A universal theme, The Little Kids Table will have kids--and parents!--howling with laughter.

The Christmas Humbugs

Colleen Monroe (author), Michael Glenn Monroe (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781627532075

Christmas is coming but someone is playing tricks! Torn stockings and broken candy canes reveal that The Christmas Humbugs have arrived at this holiday home. But do not fear, lively rhymes and merry illustrations by Colleen and Michael Glenn Monroe lift spirits and let readers know that not even the Humbugs can dampen Christmas cheer.

An Apple a Day: Folk Proverbs and Riddles

Gus Snedeker (author)

Publisher: Mason Crest ISBN: 9781422292587

Have you heard these common proverbs? Let sleeping dogs lie. Where theres smoke theres fire. You can lead a horse to water, but you cant make him drink. Or what about these riddles? What is black and white and red (read) all over? Why did the chicken cross the road? Why is 6 afraid of 7? Proverbs and riddles are tiny, bite-size pieces of folklore. They make us think. They tease our brains. They may make us laugh. But most of all, they tell us something about who we are and how we see the world.

My Dog Ate My Homework!

Bruce Lansky (author), Stephen Carpenter (illustrator)

Publisher: Meadowbrook Press ISBN: 9781416989134

This is the first collection of Bruce Lansky's poetry ever published. It has more smiles, chuckles, giggles, and guffaws than any other book of poetry written by a single author (except for Lansky's If Pigs Could Fly...). It is a great collection of poetry on subjects kids find hilarious.

Words Are Like Faces

Edith Baer (author), Kyra Teis (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724212

The reissue of Edith Baer's classic poem is a celebration of the power of kind words.

A Child's Garden of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson (author), Brian Wildsmith (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723000

Brian Wildsmith's wonderful illustrations create a stunning backdrop to this beloved collection of classic poems. In print for over 100 years, there is hardly an adult who does not remember these poems from their own childhood.

Deep in the Desert

Rhonda Lucas Donald (author), Sherry Neidigh (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607181453

Catchy desert twists on traditional children's songs and poems will have children chiming in about cactuses, camels, and more as they learn about the desert habitat and its flora and fauna. Tarkawara hops on the desert sand instead of a kookaburra sitting in an old gum tree. And teapots aren't the only things that are short and stout--just look at the javelina's hooves and snout. Travel the world's deserts to dig with meerkats, fly with bats, and hiss with Gila monsters! Whether sung or read aloud, Deep in the Desert makes learning about deserts anything but dry.

¿Dónde debería estar la tortuga?

Susan Ring (author), Laurie Allen Klein (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180449

"¡La pequeña tortuga estaba perdida! Libre de su huevo, subió a un nuevo mundo, grande, hermoso. Perdido y solo, se preguntó — ¿A dónde realmente pertenezco? El oso le dijo que viviera en el bosque; la rana le dijo, “¡En el pantano!” Pero la Tortuga no se sentía en casa. Ella necesitaba ayuda, pero ¿dónde la podría encontrar? La autora Susan Ring ayuda a la tortuga en esta historia caprichosa de autoexploración y de naturaleza, ¿Dónde debería estar la tortuga? Las ilustraciones detalladas de Laurie Allen Klein dan a estos animals personalidad, y al final, una ayuda inesperada para que la Tortuga encuentre su lugar en el nuevo mundo."

La selva creció y creció

Susan K. Mitchell (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359525

La imaginación se eleva del suelo de la selva, a través del toldo y regresa, siguiendo el círculo de la vida en esta hábil adaptación de la canción Y la hierba verde creció y creció. La selva se hace viva en la medida en que los niños aprenden sobre una amplia variedad de animals y plantas que viven en la exuberante selva del Amazonas. Investiga cada página para encontrar en las ilustraciones, gusanos y mariposas de la selva.

Patas, garras, manos, y pies

Kimberly Hutmacher (author), Sherry Rogers (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180432

Comienza con el pie derecho! Únete a los animales con el retozo divertido de pies: corriendo, saltando, brincando, y luego descansando, justo como lo hacen los bichos y las criaturas que figuran en Kimberly Hutmacher, Patas, garras, manos, y pies. Acompáñanos en este sueño a un viaje emocionante desde la mañana hasta la noche usando las manos y los pies justo como las ardillas, monos, ratas, arañas, ranas, pingüinos, elefantes, leones, canguros, pandas, y águilas. Viaja a la selva exuberante, a la sabana africana, al interior australiano, y a la region congelada de la antártica. Finalmente, mientras el sol baja, acurrúcate bajo las cobijas y mientras dormitas recordarás a los animales jugando, inspirado por las ilustraciones imaginativas de Sherry Rogers. Después de todo, hasta los animales salvajes necesitan algún tiempo para descansar ¡después de un día de juego rápido con los pies!

La madre águila pescadora: Canciones infantiles para boyas y gaviotas

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180517

¿Y si Juan y Julia hubieran estado jugando en una duna de arena suave en vez de en esa colina peligrosa? Y suponte que el animal de María no era realmente un cordero. Y si María tuviera una pequeña... ¿almeja? Estas preguntas — y otras — serán contestadas de una forma graciosa en La madre águila pescadora: Canciones infantiles para boyas y gaviotas. Esta colección vuelve a contar las rimas del Ganso madre y enaltece las costas y canales de América — desde el mar al mar brillante. Los lectores jóvenes encontrarán pelícanos juguetones, gaviotas y nutrias. Ellos montarán ponis salvajes isleños, conocerán piratas, y con seguridad aprenderán la importante diferencia entre “orca” y “ quingombó.” Con un giro inesperado y viejos estándares, La madre águila pescadora hace un saludo a las brisas de mar, la arena, y también algunas tonterías.

En mi jardín trasero

Valarie Giogas (author), Katherine Zecca (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359549

Los cachorritos del perro pertenecen a una camada, pero ¿cómo se les dice a los bebés de los zorrillos y cuál es el nombre de su grupo? Esta brillante, y rítmica historia nos cuenta justamente ésto. Contando del uno al diez, la historia nos presenta a los animales de nuestro jardín trasero que nos son familiars por sus bebés y sus nombres de grupo.

El banquete de moras

Terry Pierce (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359679

Mmm-mm! Los animales de la foresta chillan, pían y sorben ruidosamente por la fruta dulce y madura de un arbusto de moras silvestres. Pero ¿Qué pasa cuándo un oso llega para participar en el banquete? Los chiquitos disfrutarán la historia haciendo los sonidos del animal mientras la leen y el caos que sucede por la llegada del oso provocará seguramente la risa. El texto en rima es fantástico para leer en voz alta.

Un día en la marisma salada

Kevin Kurtz (author), Consie Powell (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781934359563

Disfruta un día en uno de los más dinámicos medio ambientes del planeta: la marisma salada. Este libro es divertido para leer, introduce a los lectores a los cambios que suceden por hora en la marisma mientras la marea sube y baja. Observa como los animales se han adaptado a este medio ambiente en constante cambio mientras cazan la comida, y juegan en el sol, y aprenden como la hierba de la marisma sobrevive aunque esté cubierta de agua de sal dos veces al día.

The Rainforest Grew All Around

Susan K. Mitchell (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180173

Imaginations will soar from the forest floor, up through the canopy and back down again, following the circle of life in this clever adaptation of the song "The Green Grass Grew All Around." The jungle comes alive as children learn about a wide variety of the animals (jaguars, emerald tree boas, leafcutter ants, sloths, poison dart frogs, toucans, and bats) and plants (kapok trees, liana vines, and bromeliads) living in the lush Amazon rainforest. Delve even deeper into the jungle using sidebars and the three-page "For Creative Minds" educational section.

Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls

Lucy Nolan (author), Connie McLennan (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180616

What if Jack and Jill had been playing on a nice soft sand dune instead of that treacherous hill? And suppose Mary's pet wasn't really a lamb. What if Mary had a little . . . clam? Those questions -- and more -- are gleefully answered in Mother Osprey: Nursery Rhymes for Buoys & Gulls. This collection retells Mother Goose rhymes and celebrates America's coastlines and waterways -- from sea to shining sea. The "For Creative Minds" educational section includes: Poem related fun facts and a Map activity.

My Even Day

Doris Fisher & Dani Sneed (author), Karen Lee (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180241

In this delightful, rhythmic sequel to One Odd Day, the young boy awakens to find that it is another strange day--now everything is even, and his mother has two heads! This time, a school field trip to the zoo is dealt with in an odd, but even-handed manner. And, like its predecessor, children will spend hours looking for all the hidden objects in the incredible art. Square it all off with more "number fun" in the "For Creative Minds" section.

Blackberry Banquet

Terry Pierce (author), Lisa Downey (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180296

Mmm-mm! Forest animals squeak, tweet, slurp, yip and chomp over the sweet, plump fruit of a wild blackberry bush. But what happens when a bear arrives to take part in the feast? Young children will enjoy following the story by making the animal sounds, and the chaos that strikes upon the bear's arrival will surely bring on the laughter. The cumulative, rhyming text makes for a great read-aloud.

In My Backyard

Valarie Giogas (author), Katherine Zecca (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781607180197

Baby dogs are puppies and they belong to a litter, but what is a baby skunk called and what is the name of its family group? This clever, rhythmic story tells us just that! Counting from one to 10, familiar backyard animals are introduced by baby and family group name. Each stanza also tells a bit more about each animal by providing clues as to what they eat, how they sound or where they live. The "For Creative Minds" section includes more animal fun facts, information on keeping a nature journal and how to watch for wildlife in your own backyard.

In Every Moon There is a Face

Charles Mathes (author), Arlene Graston (illustrator)

Publisher: Illumination Arts ISBN: 9780970190741

The face in the moon draws us into a gentle that brings peace to the mind, joy to the heart, and allows the spirit to soar. Arlene Graston's spell-binding paintings flow perfectly with Charles Mathes's gentle lyrics, inviting us to embark on a voyage of discovery and delight. This is a story that words cannot tell, so be sure to listen with your heart.

The Whoosh of Gadoosh

Pat Skene (author), Doug Keith (illustrator)

Publisher: Illumination Arts ISBN: 9780985541743

The air sizzles with excitement when kids catch sight of Gadoosh and her wild purple hair. As her floppy inside-out shoes leave the ground, the whooshing caper begins and magic buttons fly everywhere. Although it's a mystery where Gadoosh comes from, best friends Jaimy and Jake think they know exactly what she needs. Follow along as they lead their classmates and perplexed teacher on a topsy-turvey hullabaloo of an adventure to find a home for Gadoosh. Wacky as Dr. Seuss and reminiscent of Mary Poppins, this enchanting tale whisks us into a world of love and laughter. The delightfully dazzling illustrations perfectly capture the whimsical yet powerful message of Gadoosh.

Dreams to Grow On

Christine Hurley Deriso (author), Matthew Archambault (illustrator)

Publisher: Illumination Arts ISBN: 9780970190727

Every child wonders, What will I be when I grow up? In Dreams to Grow On, we follow an imaginative young girl as she explores exciting possibilities for her future. A teacher? Or a doctor? Or a writer?