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The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas

Keith Brockett (author), Joseph Cowman (illustrator)

Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press ISBN: 9781634704281

In The Nutcracker's Night Before Christmas preparations for a doomed stage production of the classic ballet goes from terribly bad to ridiculously worse. Sick stagehands, renegade cats, and crashing Christmas trees have everyone sure that the show won't go on. But it's Christmas Eve and help is on the way! Told in verse with wonderful whimsical illustrations, this story hits all the right notes for holiday reading.

Nos gusta salir

Linda Koons (author)

Publisher: Newmark Learning ISBN: 9781478836995

Mira algunos de los lugares donde van las familias. Teach early Social Studies concepts and foundational reading skills with this precisely leveled text.

Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

Aron Nels Steinke (author)

Publisher: Blue Apple Books ISBN: 9781609050931

Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Nels Steinke is back, and now he's gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!

The Girl in Red

Aaron Frisch (author), Roberto Innocenti (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566602464

The illustrations of award-winning artist Roberto Innocenti offer a modern take on the centuries-old tale of an innocent girl in a red riding hood who meets a wicked wolf in the dark woods.

Bigfoot

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608039

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of North America’s forest-dwelling Bigfoot, emphasizing reported sightings and seekers as well as footprint analyses.

Loch Ness Monster

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608060

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of Scotland’s water-dwelling Loch Ness Monster, emphasizing reported sightings and stories as well as scientific investigations.

Fairies

Laura K. Murray (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566608053

A high-interest inquiry into the possible existence of magical fairies, emphasizing reported sightings and stories as well as investigations into fairy rings.

The Riddle Horse

Mark Summers (author), Mark Summers (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607902

In this gentle riddle of a tale, a well-loved horse recounts its adventures and various riders throughout the long years of its curiously restricted yet imaginatively rich life.

The Million Stories of Marco Polo

Michael J. Rosen (author)Maria Cristina Pritelli (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607919

Among the millions of stories ever told, the tales of the legendary explorer Marco Polo are the most renowned. Listen as an old-time scribe tells his curious young neighbor about stories that are worth remembering.

Fuzzy, Furry Hat

Etienne Delessert (author)Etienne Delessert (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607889

A lonely bear who lives in a magical tree provides shelter for countless animals in his fuzzy, furry hat as they all withstand a deluge and become forever friends.

Wording and Tone

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607650

An introduction to the ways that authors form distinctive writing styles. Novel and short story excerpts and analysis help to explain the importance of rhythm and tone in writing.

Colons and Semicolons

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607667

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as colons and semicolons, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them in lists and in relation to independent clauses.

End Punctuation

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607681

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks found at the end of all sentences, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use statements, exclamations, and questions.

Hyphens and Dashes

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607698

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as hyphens and dashes, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Parentheses and Ellipses

Kate Riggs (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607704

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as parentheses and ellipses, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Commas

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607674

An illustrated guide to the punctuation mark known as the commas, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them.

Quotation Marks and Apostrophes

Kate Riggs (author), Randall Enos (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607711

An illustrated guide to the punctuation marks known as quotation marks and apostrophes, including descriptions and examples of how to properly use them

Narration and Point of View

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607643

An introduction to the ways that authors present stories. Novel and short story excerpts and analysis help to explain the importance of voice and different narrative points of view.

Dialogue and Characterization

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607629

An introduction to the ways that authors develop fictional characters. Novel and short story excerpts and analysis help to explain how to create effective characters and dialogue.

Imagery and Description

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566607636

An introduction to the ways that authors create scenes using words. Novel and short story excerpts and analysis help to explain the importance of strong sensory details in writing.

Sing a Season Song

Jane Yolen (author),Lisel Ashlock (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606974

Jane Yolen’s poetic and sensory ramble through the four seasons highlights the cyclical passage of time as artist Lisel Jane Ashlock portrays a changing natural environment.

Finding the Rhyme in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606806

An elementary exploration of rhyme and rhythm in poetry, introducing syllables, rhyme schemes, and sonnets as well as poets such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Includes a writing exercise.

Poking Fun in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author), Etienne Delesserte (illustrator)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606820

An elementary exploration of word play and attitude in poetry, introducing puns, stanzas, and limericks as well as poets such as Edward Lear. Includes a writing exercise.

Who Is a Poet?

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606837

An elementary exploration of the forms and themes of poetry, introducing famous poets William Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Pablo Neruda. Includes a writing exercise.

Picturing Words in a Poem

Valerie Bodden (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781566606813

An elementary exploration of images and personification in poetry, introducing similes, metaphors, and haiku as well as poets such as William Carlos Williams. Includes a writing exercise.