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The Lucky Star

Judy Young (author), Chris Ellison (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410365781

It is 1933 and the Great Depression has ravaged the nation. Millions of people are out of work; thousands of families are struggling to keep a roof overhead and food on the table. But Momma still finds ways to count her blessings (lucky stars) from Ruth's new shoes to Poppa's new job. But where Momma sees the 'bright,' Ruth only sees the dark. Her shoes are hand-me-downs from a neighbor and Poppa's new job keeps him away from home for months. And now their town can't afford to keep the school open. Ruth will not be going to fourth grade even though she's one of the brightest students in her class. How can anyone find the good in that? But when Ruth stops thinking of her own problems and focuses on someone else's, she realizes that being a lucky star is the best way to start seeing your own lucky stars. 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 Lazy Days of Summer. Judy lives near Springfield, Missouri. This is Chris Ellison's third book in the Tales of Young Americans series. He also illustrated Rudy Rides the Rails and Pappy's Handkerchief. His first book with Sleeping Bear Press, Let Them Play, was named a 2006 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Chris lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Riding to Washington

Gwenyth Swain (author), David Geister (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308467

Janie is not exactly sure why her daddy is riding a bus from Indianapolis to Washington, D.C. She knows why she has to go-to stay out of her mother's way, especially with the twins now teething. But Daddy wants to hear a man named Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speak and, to keep out of trouble, Janie is sent along. Riding the bus with them is a mishmash of people, black and white, young and old. They seem very different from Janie. As the bus travels across cities and farm fields to its historic destination, Janie sees firsthand the injustices that many others are made to endure. She begins to realize that she's not so different from the other riders and that, as young as she is, her actions can affect change.Though fiction, Riding to Washington is a very personal story for Gwenyth Swain as both her father and grandfather rode to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 1963 civil rights march on the nation's capital. Ms. Swain's other books include Chig and the Second Spread and I Wonder As I Wander. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. Artist David Geister has entertained audiences for years with his costumed portrayals of historic characters from the nineteenth century, and his artwork reflects his interest in history and dramatic storytelling. Riding to Washington is his third title with Sleeping Bear Press. David lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Let Them Play

Margot Theis Raven (author), Chris Ellison (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308153

Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina -- all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state's annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially "played" and won their state's tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final. Author Margot Theis Raven recounts the inspiring tales of the Cannon Street All-Stars as they arrived in Williamsport, PA and never got the chance to play for the title thanks to the bigotry and ignorance of the South Carolina teams. Winning by forfeit, the Cannon Streeters were subsequently not allowed to participate in Williamsburg because they had not "played" their way into the tournament. Let Them Play is an important civil rights story in American history with an even more important message about equality and tolerance. It's a tale of humanity against the backdrop of America's favorite pastime that's sure to please fans of the sport and mankind. This summer will mark the 50th year since the fans' shouts of Let Them Play fell on deaf ears and 14 boys learned a cruel lesson in backwards politics and prejudice. This book can help teach us a new lesson and assure something like this never happens again.

Friend on Freedom River

Gloria Whelan (author), Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781410308337

In 1850 the Detroit River was a major track along the Underground Railroad -- the last step to freedom. The journey across the river was dangerous, especially in winter and especially for a 12-year-old boy. When Louis's father left him in charge of the farm he offered his son this advice, "If you don't know what to do, just do what you think I would have done." Louis relies upon his father's words of wisdom when a runaway slave and her two children come looking for safe passage. In the second title in our Tales of Young Americans series Gloria Whelan -- author of National Book Award winning Homeless Bird -- beautifully creates a suspenseful coming-of-age story while illuminating a difficult time in America's past. Ms. Whelan's narrative again shows the human spirit will forever shine brightly in dark times. Freedom River - part of our Young Americans series - will quickly become a favorite for its important message and look at history from a youngster's eye. Artist Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen - a Sleeping Bear Press favorite - treats the material as only he can. Each illustrated page demonstrates the same mastery and devotion to his craft as the young heroes he brings to life.

Cash Kat

Linda Joy Singleton (author), Christina Wald (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628557497

Gram Hatter and Kat set off on an adventure. Gram quickly folds up a pirate hat and places it on Kats head and they begin their mission to help clean up the city park. Volunteering turns into a treasure hunt as Kat finds pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and even a dollar. With each discovery Kat gets a new hat and Gram Hatter teaches Kat how to count her coins as they pick up litter at the park. When Kat adds up her money, theres enough for ice cream. Or should she donate the money to support the park instead?

Citizenship

Lucia Raatma (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312205

Being a good citizen is an important part of living in a community. Readers of this book will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about what citizenship is and how they can help play an important role in their own communities. Additional text features and search tools, including a glossary and an index, help students locate information and learn new words.

Sportsmanship

Lucia Raatma (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781624312243

Whether playing a board game with a friend or playing in a professional sporting event, being a good sport is an important part of competing. Readers will find out why sportsmanship is important and how they can display it in different situations. They are also encouraged to observe sportsmanship in others and reflect on how their actions will make others feel.

Plan Ahead!

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781610805230

Learn the importance of being prepared with this easy-to-read story.

Kids Can Reuse

Cecilia Minden (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781602799295

Level 3 guided reader that helps educate young readers on the importance of reusing items and the role that plays in saving Earth's resources.

UNICEF

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881176

UNICEF is a very important international organization. Around the world this agency's volunteers and staff are working to provide children with access to medical treatment and education. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like UNICEF help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? UNICEF to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

The Red Cross

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881145

The Red Cross is a very important international organization. Around the world this agency's volunteers and staff are working to provide provide disaster relief, run blood drives, and supply medicine and food to those in need. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like the Red Cross help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? The Red Cross to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

The Salvation Army

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881152

The Salvation Army is a very important international organization. Around the world this agency's volunteers and staff are working to provide food, clothing and support to the needy. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like the Salvation Army help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? The Salvation Army to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

The United Nations

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881183

The United Nations is a very important international organization. Around the world this agency's staff and volunteers are working to provide children with access to medical treatment and education. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like UNICEF help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? UNICEF to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

The World Health Organization

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881169

The World Health Organization is a very important international agency. Around the world this group's volunteers and staff are working to treat disease outbreaks, provide immunizations and health education. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like the World Health Organization help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? The World Health Organization to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

Doctors Without Borders

Katie Marsico (author)

Publisher: Cherry Lake Publishing ISBN: 9781631881138

Doctors Without Borders is a very important international organization. Around the world this agency's volunteers and staff are working to provide urgent medical care, immunizations and treat disease outbreaks. Have you ever wondered how this important work gets done? How do organizations like Doctors Without Borders help? What kinds of problems do they have to solve? Read How Do They Help? Doctors Without Borders to learn more about many people who help in your community and around the world.

I'm Not Moving!

Wiley Blevins (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781939656087

Dad says we have to move. He has a new job. Mom says I'll like my new room. Well, I'm not moving! Change isn't easy for young boys and girls. And when change means moving to a new school, a new house, and away from friends, well that can be downright complicated!

Saying 'Thank You'

Cecilia Minden (author), Bob Ostrom (illustrator)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781602539471

Herbie Bear wonders how best to show family members his appreciation for all they do.

Rosa Parks

Cynthia Amoroso (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609543662

A very simple introduction to the life and accomplishments of famed civil-rights activist Rosa Parks.

Mom's New Friend

Mattia Cerato (author), Mattia Cerato (illustrator)

Publisher: Red Chair Press LLC ISBN: 9781936163960

Mom has a new friend who comes around a lot. Why do I have to like him? His name is Dan, just like the stinky kid at my school.It's not easy for a young boy or girl to handle a new friend in their parent's life. But when they all go on a road trip together, things begin to look a little better.

Search and Rescue Animals

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301237

Readers will learn how search and rescue animals are used around the world in many dangerous situations.

Rescue and Shelter Dogs

Alex Summers (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301206

Readers will learn how adopting a dog from a rescue or shelter helps save the life of an unwanted, abandoned, or neglected animal.

People Who Care for Animals

Precious McKenzie (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301251

Readers will learn about the people who make sure all animals have the required nutrition and exercise needed to maintain a healthy existence, and people who raise and take care of animals that have been abandoned, neglected, or abused.

Companion and Therapy Animals

Kelli Hicks (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301244

Readers will learn how these animals are trained with the skills needed to save lives and maintain the safety of their human companions.

Animal Sanctuaries

Kelli Hicks (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301220

Readers will learn how animals are reintroduced into their natural-world setting that they might have never known.

Rescue and Shelter Cats

Alex Summers (author)

Publisher: Rourke Publishing ISBN: 9781634301213

Readers will learn how adopting a cat from a rescue or shelter helps save the life of an unwanted, abandoned, or neglected animal.