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Mama's Right Here

Susan Kerner (author)Estelle Corke (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725257

Mama’s Right Here is a delicate, affectionately written reminder that a mother’s love never disappears. Even when a mother is absent, her presence is constant in a child’s heart. With comforting rhyme and gentle illustrations, Mama’s Right Here brings the important message to children that a mother’s love is always with them— in the way they look, and in everything they do. A companion book, Always By My Side, tells of a father’s ever-present love, also written by Susan Kerner.

First Grade Takes a Test

Miriam Cohen (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723826

The children in the first grade must take a test and they are worried. When the results come back, some children feel bad. Their gentle, understading teacher assures the children that a test doesn't tell any of the important things about them--if they are creative, kind, or are a good friend.

How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile?

Bonnie Grubman (author), Cornelius Van Wright (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723079

Lyle goes to outlandish extremes to try to get his pet mouse to smile, but it is his little sister who understands that all that is needed is CHEESE.

El da ms feliz de Alicia

Meg Starr (author)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781932065015

Everyone in the Latino neighborhood where Alicia lives helps to make her birthday special.

Un fiasco de bruja

Lorna Balian (author)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595720115

What can a little witch do when her witchy spells and potions don't turn out right? She just keeps on trying until it's time for bed. The readers then discover her true identity. A lovely surprise!

Amigos en la escuela

Rochelle Bunnett (author)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595720412

A photo essay that shows pre-school children of mixed abilities busily working and playing at school, illustrating the true meaning of the word inclusion.

Rata-pata-scata-fata

Phillis Gershator (author), Holly Meade (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724052

Helping mom is no fun for Junjun, so instead of doing as she asks, he utters the "magic" words "rata-pata-scata-fata." By chance or magic, Junjun's wishes come true and all of his chores get done. Is Junjun's magic just a coincidence?

What Animals Need a Wig?

Neil Wollman Abigail Fuller (author), Frances Baldwin (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725202

What Animal Needs a Wig? invites readers to the world of animals and riddles, the ultimate combination that children love. Riddles are based on the word play of animals names and zoological facts. Readers are encouraged to turn the pages to see the answers, which accompany fascinating facts about animals.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Rebecca Hu-Van Wright (author), Ying-hwa Hu (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725189

Three Billy Goats Gruff live on a hillside, and are always hungry. One day, across the valley they see a field of delicious looking green grass. They decide to go there but have to cross an old bridge guarded by a terrible troll.

Baby, Come Out!

Fran Manushkin (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723024

Baby is happy in Mama's belly and no matter what enticement her family offers she won't come out until Daddy offers her a kiss. Delightful for expectant brothers, sisters, and mothers.

Trosclair and the Alligator

Peter Huggins (author), Lindsey Gardiner (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723253

Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, although he knows that Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. Using his wits and a beehive, Trosclair rids the swamp of Gargantua for good.

Where in the World is Henry?

Lorna Balian (author), Lecia Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724205

Henry is under the quilt, on the bed, in the bedroom, in the house, and so on up to his place in the wide universe.

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.

Harriet Can Carry It

Kirk Jay Mueller (author), Sarah Vonthron-Laver (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725158

Harriet delivers the mail each day, carrying loads of letters and packages in her humongous pouch. After a long week of work, she decides to take time off to go to the beach with her little Joey. Along the way, she encounters a group of hilarious marsupials who ask Harriet to carry their stuff -- from swim fins to a kayak. Poor good-natured Harriet cannot say no until . . .

Have You Fed the Cat?

Michle Coxon (author), Michle Coxon (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723956

Everyone loved Sam and took care of him when he was a kitten, but now that he has grown and comes looking for attention all they do is feed him. So Sam gets fatter and fatter until Mother takes charge. This book teaches an important lesson about caring for pets.

Humbug Witch

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723970

What can a little witch do when her witchy spells and potions don't turn out right? She just keeps on trying until it's time for bed. The readers then discover her true identity. A lovely surprise!

Kitten's Adventure

Michle Coxon (author), Michle Coxon (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723987

A lively kitten explores the sights and sounds of the farmyard and discovers many animals along his way.

The Little Wood Duck

Brian Wildsmith (author), Brian Wildsmith (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723116

Little Wood Duck can only swim in circles because his one foot is larger than the other, so he swims alone. When the nasty fox comes sniffing for a meal, the little duck can't paddle away, he can only swim in circles. This makes the fox so giddy he can't catch any of the ducklings.

Madison and the New Neighbors

Vanita Braver (author), Jonathan Brown (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725165

Madison refuses to visit Seemas house to sell candy because Seema speaks with an accent. But once she opens her heart to Seema, Madison finds out they can be best friends. This story illustrates the virtue of accepting and respecting others who are different from us.

Madison and the Two Wheeler

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723147

Madison wants to ride her bike without training wheels, but after her first fall she loses confidence and doesn't want to try again. Her parents and Hope, her toy bluebird, urge her to keep practicing until she finally manages to ride without training wheels.

Madison's Patriotic Project

Vanita Braver (author), Carl DiRocco (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723130

Confident that her scrapbook will win first prize, Madison is upset when Jonathan wins instead. With consolation from her parents and Courage, her toy lion, she does the right thing and congratulates Jonathan on his success.

Mole Catches the Sky

Ellen Tarlow (author), Tomek Bogacki (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595725110

Mole lives underground but wishes she could catch the sky and bring the cool breeze, and the sun's warmth and light into her home. Her friends, Squirrel, Bird, and Frog, try to help by grabbing handfuls of sky as a special gift for Mole.

Mother's Mother's Day

Lorna Balian (author), Lorna Balian (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595724021

Hazel and her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all go to visit each other on Mother's Day. But where's great-great-grandmother?

The Owl and the Woodpecker

Brian Wildsmith (author), Brian Wildsmith (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723246

Woodpecker's schedule interrupts Owl's daytime sleeping starting a feud that is only resolved when the noisy bird can intervene and save his night-time neighbor.

Six Is So Much Less Than Seven

Ronald Himler (author), Ronald Himler (illustrator)

Publisher: Star Bright Books ISBN: 9781595723192

Warm illustrations convey the deep bond between an old man and his six cats while teaching the reader about the cycle of life.