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Melvin the Mouth

Katherine Blanc (author) Jeffrey Ebbeler (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897143

Meet young Melvin (the future Mel Blanc of Looney Tunes fame) as he drives everyone a little nuts with the noisy soundtrack to his day-to-day life. Melvin is an imaginative and noisy little boy who grows up to be Mel Blanc, Looney Tunes cartoon character pioneer and the voice behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Woody Woodpecker, the Tasmanian Devil, and so many more familiar personalities. Readers are treated to a typical day for young Melvin, when ordinary tasks like getting ready for school, riding the bus, and completing his chores are charged with sound effects and accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. His knack for making funny noises and using the versatility of his voice was like no other - much to the relief of his teachers. Penned by Blanc's daughter-in-law, this first-person fiction-based-in-reality story is a fun romp and is sure to inspire young readers to turn trouble into triumph!

Me and My Dragon

David Biedrzycki (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781607343097

Dragon lovers will jump at the chance to see what raising a friendly dragon just might look like in this hilarious read aloud about a boy and his pet.  While dragons may not be the most traditional of pets,  the boy explains how his dragon, Sparky, would be the perfect pet and pal. He details tips for how to pick a dragon, what to do when your dragon misbehaves, and what NOT to feed them (broccoli).  Clever and wry text paired with bright and comedic illustrations will make Me and My Dragon a storytime favorite for kids and adults alike.

Pig & Goose and the First Day of Spring

Rebecca Bond (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580895941

In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime. Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

Princess and the Peas

Rachel Himes (author)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580897181

In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she'll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first. Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.

Lola Plants a Garden

Anna McQuinn (author) Rosalind Beardshaw (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580896955

Readers who loved Lola at the Library, Lola Loves Stories, and Lola Reads to Leo are in for a backyard treat. After Lola reads a book of garden poems, she wants to plant some flowers. She gets books from the library and chooses her plants. Then Lola and her mommy buy the seeds, make the garden, and mark the rows. Now it's time to wait...

Kindergarten Bus

Mike Ornstein (author) Kevin M. Barry (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126374

Yo ho ho! It's the first day of kindergarten. Just imagine all the fun things to learn and experience! And who better than a pirate captain to drive the bus to school? He's ready to share all the rules one needs to know to ride the bus and to get along with mates at school. But with the anticipation of the first day of school there also comes a bit of anxiety. And it turns out that being a big, blustery pirate captain is no guarantee against feeling insecure and a little frightened in strange and uncomfortable situations. Who can help a rough and tough pirate captain get over his fears and back to driving the school bus? Using humor and pirate-speak, Kindergarrrten Bus addresses some of the concerns and anxiety that many children feel on their first day of school or at the start of any new undertaking.

Good Night, Forest

Denise Brennan-Nelson (author)Marco Bucci (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534123014

Even the forest has to sleep! This sweet walk through the forest says good night to flora and fauna alike, from the quiet bunny to the howling coyote. With silly, colorful illustrations and soft rhyme that is sure to lull littles ones off to sleep, this will be a favorite bedtime pick.

Bully

Jennifer Sattler (author) Jennifer Sattler (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126381

Bully the bullfrog lives in a pond full of lilies. The flowers are beautiful, fragrant, and enjoyed by the many other creatures that also inhabit the pond. The pond is a very pleasant place to live. Or it should be. Instead, Bully decides that only he should be able to enjoy the beautiful lilies. He demands that the other inhabitants of the pond leave. And once Bully has the flowers to himself, his selfish behavior almost destroys them. Can anyone stop Bully and his bullying ways? As it turns out, the answer is YES! Using humor and whimsy, author-illustrator Jennifer Sattler masterfully shows young readers that standing up together can make all the difference in the world.

Hanukkah Hamster

Michelle Markel (author) André Ceolin (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534126428

The holiday season is a busy time, with people bustling about. And it's a busy time for Edgar, a cabdriver who conveys passengers around the city. All day long Edgar drives his cab; many people going to many different places. At the end of one busy day, Edgar is so tired he climbs into the backseat of his cab to take a nap. But he discovers he is not alone. A little hamster has somehow been left behind from one of the many fares Edgar has driven. Edgar dutifully reports the hamster to the cab company's Lost and Found department, but in the meantime the little creature needs to be taken care of. Edgar brings the hamster to his apartment, making it a bed, feeding it, and even giving it a name, Chickpea. As Edgar starts his Hanukah observance, with no family nearby to share in it, the little hamster becomes more than a casual companion to the lonely man. But what happens when Chickpea's owner is found?

Write On, Irving Berlin!

Leslie Kimmelman (author) David C. Gardner (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781534122963

Escaping persecution for being Jewish, the Baline family fled Russia and arrived by ship in New York City harbor in September 1893. Little Israel Isidore Baline is only five years old. After arriving at Ellis Island, the first stop for all immigrants, Israel and his family are ready to begin a new life in America. His family settles in the Lower East Side and soon Israel (now nicknamed Izzy) starts school. And while he learns English, he is not a very good student. According to his teachers he daydreams and sings in class. But while these may not be traits that are helpful in the classroom, these are wonderful tools for a budding singer and composer. And by the time that Izzy (now known as Irving) is a young man, he is well on his way to becoming one of the most well-known composers in America. This vivid picture-book biography examines the life of Irving Berlin, the distinguished artist whose songs, including "God Bless America," continue to be popular today.

South Carolina

Holly Saari (author)

Publisher: The Child's World ISBN: 9781609730895

Explore the colorful customs, people, and places of South Carolina. With straightforward text and captivating photos, this book is a great introduction to the state. Maps and symbols are included to enrich the student's understanding of geography and state identity.

Casas alrededor del mundo (Homes Around the World)

Dona Herweck Rice

Publisher: Teacher Created Materials ISBN: 9780743992275

In this book, students are introduced to the different types and sizes of homes and learn that some homes are made to protect families from different weather conditions. From pictures of mobile homes to castles, readers will explore different ways of living and discover vocabulary about places to live.

Tuktuk: un cuento sobre la tundra

Robin Currie (author), Phyllis Saroff (illustrator)

Publisher: Arbordale Publishing ISBN: 9781628558838

En cuanto el sol empieza a ponerse, los animales del rtico se preparan para el oscuro y fro invierno. Tuktuk, el lemino, est casi listo para pasar la larga noche invernaltodo lo que l necesita es pelaje caliente para revestir su nido. Cuando una bota kamik afelpada resbala fuera del trineo de un conductor Inuit, TukTuk est de suerte! Pero, mientras la arrastra hacia su hogar, Putak el oso polar, Aput la zorra del rtico, y Masak la Carib obvservan el premio de este pequeo lemino y se lo quieren quitar. Podr Tuktuk ser ms inteligente que los otros animales y convencerlos que una bota kamik afelpada no es buena para nign animal que sea ms grande que un lemino?

Mambas

Colleen Sexton

Publisher: Bellwether Media Inc. ISBN: 9781600143175

Reaching speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, mambas are considered the world's fastest snakes. Readers will see what mambas look like, where they call home, and why they are one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Blastoff! Series

Buscando rayas

Chris Michaels (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781612698687

Que cosas de la playa tienen rayas?

Art at the Ocean

Sharon Lewis (author), Matt Hill (illustrator)

Publisher: Snap! Learning ISBN: 9781620468739

Readers of this book follow the delivery truck as it collects fish from the seashore. Illustrations and snappy dialog moves the story alone.

A Savanna Habitat

Rebecca Sjonger Bobbie Kalman (author)

Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company ISBN: 9781427165091

The grasslands of Africa are home to some of the most interesting plants and animals in the world. A Savanna Habitat uses beautiful photographs, detailed illustrations, and clear language to teach young readers all about this amazing habitat. This book teaches children about the small and huge animals that graze on the grasses the carnivores found in the savanna and how they hunt how animals find food, water, and shelter on the savanna

Flamingos

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566605267

A basic exploration of the appearance, behavior, and habitat of flamingos, the long-legged wading birds. Also included is a story from folklore explaining how flamingos came to live at salt lakes. This popular and newly expanded series continues traveling the planet to study these and other fascinating animals. Beautiful photos are paired with accessible text to examine the featured creature’s appearance, habitat, behaviors, and life cycle. Each book also presents a folk story that people have used to help explain the animal’s appearance or behavior.

French Bulldogs

Kristine Spanier (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967719

In French Bulldogs, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of French bulldogs. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog’s features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about French bulldogs online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. French Bulldogs also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Boxers

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967672

In Boxers, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of boxers. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog’s features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about boxers online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Boxers also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Dachshunds

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967696

In Dachshunds, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of dachshunds. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog’s features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about dachshunds online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Dachshunds also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

German Shepherds

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967733

In German Shepherds, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of German shepherds. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog’s features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about German shepherds online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. German Shepherds also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Beagles

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967658

In Beagles, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of beagles. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog’s features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about beagles online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Beagles also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Great Danes

Nadia Higgins (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967771

In Great Danes, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of Great Danes. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog's features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about great danes online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Great Danes also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.

Golden Retrievers

Kaitlyn Duling (author)

Publisher: Jump Library ISBN: 9781624967757

In Golden Retrievers, young readers will learn about the physical features and characteristics of golden retrievers. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text engage beginning readers as they learn about this dog breed. A labeled diagram highlights the dog's features, while a picture glossary reinforces new vocabulary. Children can learn more about golden retrievers online using our safe search engine that provides relevant, age-appropriate websites. Golden Retrievers also features reading tips for teachers and parents, a table of contents, and an index.