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Can I Bring My Pterodactyl to School, Ms. Johnson?

Lois B. Grambling (author), Judy Love (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891417

Kids are in for Jurassic-size laughs as they follow a boy in his quest to bring a pterodactyl to school. And not jsut any pterodactyl: this one wards off bullies, loves to read stories, and makes an excellent science display. Hilarious illustrations capture the madcap imagination of the determined hero and his creative pleas to his teacher.

Finding Home

Sandra Markle (author), Alan Marks (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891233

A remarkable story of survival The creators of A Mother's Journey and Little Lost Bat, Sandra Markle and Alan Marks team up again to chronicle the challenges faced by a mother koala: protecting herself and her joey from a raging bushfire, and finding food and a new home after their home range is destroyed. Based on a true story. Back matter includes facts about koalas, an author's note about Cinders, the real-life koala that survived two bushfires, and resources for learning more about koalas and their habitat.

Watch Out for Wolfgang

Paul Carrick (Illustrator) (author), Paul Carrick (Illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916892

Paul Carrick recycles The Three Little Pigs into a humorous fractured fairy tale about being yourself. An old mother robot sends her three sons, Rod, Slick, and Dudley, out into the world to seek their fortunes. But Wolfgang the Recycler is after them for their precious parts. How will the three robots protect themselves and their factories from clever Wolfgang?

Wiggle and Waggle

Caroline Arnold (author), Mary Peterson (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580893077

Wiggle and Waggle are two wormy best friends. Wiggle and Waggle live in the garden. They like to dig in the dirt. They work hard, but also make time for fun,Äîpicnics, swimmin

What Really Happened to Humpty?

Jeanie Franz Ransom (author), Stephen Axelsen (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580893916

Joe Dumpty, Humpty's brother and private detective, thinks Humpty Dumpty's fall was no accident. But who would have pushed him? Was it Little Miss Muffet? Old Mother Hubbard? Chicken Little? Joe has until five o'clock to question characters and catch the culprit.

Super Sam

Lori Ries (author), Sue Rama (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891714

Sam is a super brother. He can run. He can leap. He can climb tall cliffs! But when his baby brother gets hurt, Super Sam must try his hardest to save the day. This simple, charming story and its bold, energetic illustrations are just right for lap sharing and story hour.

The Ugly Vegetables

Grace Lin (author), Grace Lin (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570914911

It's easy to appreciate a garden exploding with colorful flowers and fragrances, but what do you do with a patch of ugly vegetables? Author/illustrator Grace Lin recalls such a garden in this charming and eloquent story. The neighbors' gardens look so much prettier and so much more inviting to the young gardener than the garden of "black-purple-green vines, fuzzy wrinkled leaves, prickly stems, and a few little yellow flowers" that she and her mother grow. Nevertheless, mother assures her that "these are better than flowers." Come harvest time, everyone agrees as those ugly Chinese vegetables become the tastiest, most aromatic soup they have ever known. As the neighborhood comes together to share flowers and ugly vegetable soup, the young gardener learns that regardless of appearances, everything has its own beauty and purpose.

Trout are Made of Trees

April Pulley Sayre (author), Kate Endle (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891387

A deft marriage of lyrical text and energetic collage illustrations, this book explores the intricate and often surprising ways plants and animals are connected in the food web, with endmatter describing conservation efforts and responsible stewardship. "The illustrations, done in mixed-media collage, are a testament to the fact that wondrous things can be created out of the pieces of other things, and thus, they reinforce the theme of interconnectedness that is the heart of this offering."

Bugs for Lunch

Margery Facklam (author), Sylvia Long (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881062724

Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. Bugs for Lunch caters to a full array of creatures,Äìanimal, plant, and human,Äìthat munch on bugs. From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to the honey-drenched fur of a big brown bear munching on a hive full of bees, Sylvia Long's vivid illustrations show close-up details of all sorts of creatures munching on their lunch. These colorful drawings of creatures that live to eat bugs will be your key to discovering a world of insectivores in your own backyard and beyond.

Fix it, Sam

Lori Ries (author), Sue Rama (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917226

Petey wants to make something wonderful-but he can't help making a mess along the way. It's a good thing his big brother Sam is always there to fix his mistakes.

Hello Ocean

Pam Munoz Ryan (author), Mark Astrella (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881069884

Told in the first person, the narrator describes the ocean as she experiences it through her five senses.

Our California

Pam Munoz Ryan (author), Rafael Lopez (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891172

Re-illustrated and re-designed, Our California is a lively tour of award-winning author Pam Munoz Ryan's home state. Spirited poems celebrate California's major cities and regions. Backmatter includes state symbols and additional information about each place. Bold paintings by illustrator Rafael Lopez capture the spirit of the land.

Soccer Counts! El Futbol Cuenta! (Bilingual)

Peter Alderman (Authors) Barbara Barbieri Mc Grath (author), Pau Estrada (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917943

Perfect for soccer stars, this book features simple rhymes to help young readers count to fifteen. One ball, two keepers, three referees, and more add up to a great game. Includes information about the history and rules of soccer.

Hello Ocean/Hola Mar

Pam Muñoz Ryan (author), Mark Astrella (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570913723

"Hello, ocean, my old best friend." Relive a day at the beach with this lovely book of memories. You can almost feel the salt spray on your face and smell the musky scent of ocean in the cool morning air. Remember how the sand squishes between your toes as the tide rushes to shore and taste the tang of the ocean on your lips. Hello Ocean is a joy-filled and playful poem about the draw of the shore and the effect the ocean has on all five senses. Spirited language evokes a sense of closeness and nostalgia for an old friend. The inspiration of the ocean will make learning the five senses as easy as a day at the beach. Crisp, realistic illustrations fill the pages with the rush of surf and the warmth of sun-baked sand. The sights and smells and sensations of the ocean become vividly clear in these beautifully rendered paintings.

The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred

Samantha R. Vamos (author), Rafael Lopez (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892421

A bilingual celebration with a delicious ending. This is the story of how the farm maiden and all the farm animals worked together to make the rice pudding that they serve at the fiesta. With the familiarity of "The House That Jack Built," this story bubbles and builds just like the ingredients of the arroz con leche that everyone enjoys. Cleverly incorporating Spanish words, adding a new one in place of the English word from the previous page, this book makes learning the language easy and fun. Rafael Lopez covers each page with vibrant, exuberant color, celebrating tradition and community. Back matter includes a glossary of Spanish words and a recipe for arroz con leche, perfect for everyone to make together and enjoy at story time.

Bugs for Lunch/Insectos Para el Almuerzo

Margery Facklam (author), Sylvia Long (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570915062

Bon appetit! Kudos to Chef Nature for dishing up these tasty morsels. No reader with a discriminating palate will be able to put this delicious menu of appetizing delicacies down. Bugs for Lunch caters to a full array of creatures–animal, plant, and human–that munch on bugs. From a mantis perched and ready to prey on ladybugs and butterflies, to the honey-drenched fur of a big brown bear munching on a hive full of bees, Sylvia Long's vivid illustrations show close-up details of all sorts of creatures munching on their lunch. These colorful drawings of creatures that live to eat bugs will be your key to discovering a world of insectivores in your own backyard and beyond.

Hello, Bumblebee Bat

Darrin Lunde (author), Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570914645

A series of questions and answers introduce children to the life and habitat of the exotic and endangered Bumblebee Bat. Scientifically accurate illustrations make these exotic animals accessible to young readers.

Meet the Meerkat

Darrin Lunde (author), Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891547

In a series of questions and answers, readers are introduced to a meerkat, its life, and habitat.

Boo Cow

Patricia Baehr (author), Margot Apple (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892995

Thump, creaak, clink-clunk . . . MOOOOO! Mr. and Mrs. Noodleman don't know what to do. They've left city life behind and moved to the country with hopes of being farmers. But their dreams turn grim when nightly visits from Boo Cow scare the Noodlemans' hens so much, they won't lay any eggs! These first-time farmers are at a loss. Why is Boo Cow haunting them, and how can they banish this ghostly bovine visitor? Baehr's fun and accessible text make this book a great read-aloud. With unexpected twists and turns, Boo Cow keeps readers guessing as they attempt to solve the mystery on the Noodlemans' farm. This book is good for your brain because: Great read-aloud, encourages audience participation, promotes the importance of learning about others before we judge them

Froggie Went A-Courtin'

Iza Trapani (author), Iza Trapani (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580890298

"The course of true love never did run smooth." (A Midsummer Night's Dream, William Shakespeare) Stand aside, Mr. Darcy. Keep walking, Rhett Butler. There's a new romantic hero in town. And, though he may not have all the ladies in the valley swooning with desire, he sure knows how to pitch the woo. Iza Trapani does it once again in this favorite song about a lovesick frog and his search for the perfect missus. Her exquisitely charming and truly funny illustrations that explore the lighter side of romance. Even Jane Austen would have to bow to this most amiable and irresistible story. After all, you might have to kiss a frog to find a prince.

Haunted Party

Iza Trapani (author), Iza Trapani (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892476

Count up and down for Halloween fun! This humorous, rhyming book invites readers to count eerie party guests (1 to 10) as they arrive at the haunted house of the ghost. When the partygoers are frightened by a group of young trick-or-treaters, readers count backwards as the guests depart. A surprise ending offers a delightfully spooky twist. Filled with Halloween party traditions, Iza Trapani's playful art is a treat for all. This book is good for your brain because: Halloween Customs and Traditions, Math/Counting

Here We Go Round Mulberry Bush

Iza Trapani (author), Iza Trapani (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916991

Iza Trapani's retelling of this favorite nursery rhyme features a determined gardener and a lively cast of critters who eat all her plants and vegetables. Delightful art depicts the antics of the mischievous animals as they lead the gardener on a chase 'round the mulberry bush.

Max and the Dumb Flower Picture

James Rumford Martha Alexander (author), James Rumford Martha Alexander (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891561

It's time to color outside the lines Max's teacher wants the class to color-in pictures for Mother's Day presents, but Max knows that his mother would not want a dumb flower picture drawn by someone else. Determined to express his creativity, Max runs off to draw his own picture. Max's drawing not only inspires the rest of the class to create their own original artwork but also enlightens the teacher. This book is good for your brain because: Early Childhood Literacy, Self-Expression

Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch

Jennifer Rofe Mary Peterson (author), Mary Peterson (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570914614

Piggies plot a peculiar path. Two little piggies run amok on the farm, as they travel from the pumpkin patch, through the garden, into the black bull's pen, and back to mama pig in time for a nap. The piggies' antics introduce young readers to prepositions of direction. Alliteration, assonance, and rhyme in each of the three stanzas make for a great read-aloud. Young and old alike will laugh out loud at the antics of these mischievous, fun-loving piggies. This book is good for your brain because: Strong picture/text support, Vocabulary development, Directional words, Mapping skills, Figurative language, Life Science, Organisms and their environments

Poodle and Hound

Kathryn Lasky (author), Mitch Vane (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580893220

Acclaimed author Kathryn Lasky explores the nature of friendship in three delightful stories for beginning readers. Creative, impulsive Poodle and loyal, dependable Hound are an unexpected pair. Together they star gaze, plant a garden and prove that two very different individuals can not only be compatible, they can complement and help one another. This book is good for your brain because: Friendship, Helpfulness, Language Arts