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Where's the Party?

Katharine Crawford Robey (author), Kate Endle (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892681

The birds in Kate's neighborhood have a secret: there's a party today! But where? Kate listens to the clues in the calls of her neighborhood birds and discovers an impromptu birthday party for week-old ducklings.

Will You Be Mine? A Nursery Rhyme Romance

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (author), Phyllis Limbacher Tildes (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892452

A hardworking cat, an ingénue dog, and a collection of familiar and unfamiliar Mother Goose rhymes combine in this charming Valentine picture book. Our romantic leads meet, court, propose, and wed, then honeymoon to London to visit the Queen. Careful readers will notice the little mouse (sometimes obvious, sometimes hiding) in every illustration.

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras?

Julie Ellis (author), Phyllis Hornung Peacock (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570911507

Young Pythagoras can't seem to stay out of trouble. Every time he tries to help, people get angry. What's a curious kid to do? On a trip to Egypt, Pythagoras' curiosity helps him discover the secret of the right triangle. A clever introduction to the Pythagorean Theorem.

Teddy Bear Counting

Barbara Barbieri McGrath (author), Tim Nihoff (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892155

Bears tumble in! Count teddy bears from one to twelve, name their colors, and even form three primary shapes--square, circle, and triangle. Then count down to zero as the bears trot away. Back matter includes a review of the counting and math skills presented. Perfect for use with bear counters and other classroom manipulatives. This book is good for your brain because: Numeration, Counting, Simple Addition, Subtraction, Shapes, Using Manipulatives

Tita y Ben

Lori Ries (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570919350

Daddy takes Ben on a surprise trip to the pet store. Ben doesn't want a mouse, a snake, or even a cat. But when a certain puppy makes Ben laugh, a lasting friendship is formed. Three short chapters trace a day in the life of Ben and his new puppy, Aggie. This book is good for your brain because: Early Reader, Chapter book, Responsibility, Friendship

Up, Up, and Away

Ginger Wadsworth (author), Patricia J. Wynne (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580892223

One spider's search for a home of her own. Each spring hundreds of spiders hatch from their egg sacs and begin their struggle to survive. They must protect themselves not only from predators, but also from their very own siblings! Ginger Wadsworth and Patricia J. Wynne chronicle the real-life drama of one spider as she eats, grows, spins a dragline of silk, and soars up, up, and away to find a home of her own. This book is good for your brain because: Early Childhood Literacy, Insects and their Environments

Not So Tall for Six

Dianna Hutts Aston (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917066

Brave and smart and big at heart. Kylie Bell may be the smallest one in her first-grade class, but when it comes to standing up to mean ol' bully-boy Rusty Jacks, her courage is monumental. Life isn't easy when you can't reach the water fountain, but Kylie Bell's big heart and good manners prove that sometimes it takes the most courage to do what's right. Frank Dormer's playful art extends the funny animal metaphors and appeals to both girls and boys. This book is good for your brain because: Building character, Problem solving, Bullying

Pythagoras and the Ratios

Julie Ellis (author), Phyllis Hornung Peacock (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917769

A Math Adventure! Julie Ellis and Phyllis Hornung Peacock team up once again to explore Pythagorean ratios in this humorous sequel to What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? Pythagoras and his cousins want to win a music contest, but first they must figure out how to play their instruments in tune, something that's never been done before. While trying to fix the problem, Pythagoras makes an important discovery--notes that sound pleasant together have a certain mathematical relationship. When Pythagoras applies this ratio to his cousins' pipes and lyres, the result is music to the ears. This book is good for your brain because: Mathematical problem solving, Ratios, Measuring, Musical Theory, History of Instruments

Que nervios

Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891264

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. First Day Jitters is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has every anticipated a first day of school.

Good Dog, Aggie

Lori Ries (author), Frank W. Dormer (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916465

SIT . . . STAY . . . FETCH! In this sequel to Aggie and Ben, the best friends are back for more boy-and-his-dog fun. Young readers will laugh out loud at Aggie,Äôs irrepressible antics and Ben,Äôs determined attempts to train her. Three short chapters, just right for beginning readers, follow Aggie and Ben on their adventures in doggie training, obedience, and friendship. Frank Dormer,Äôs spirited and expressive illustrations are as unrestrained as Aggie herself. Praise for the first book in the series, Aggie and Ben: ,ÄúIt,Äôs an impressive and original effort, and bodes well for a sequel.,Äù ,Äî Publishers Weekly, starred review ,ÄúKids can,Äôt be dogs, but Ben and Aggie let them know they can be readers.,Äù ,Äî The Horn Book, starred review This book is good for your brain because: Pets, Friendship, Early Readers

Hip-Pocket Papa

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

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570917080

Little papa, big job. Sandra Markle and Alan Marks, creators of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Award-winning A Mother's Journey, offer an up-close look at the miniature world of the hip-pocket frog. The male Australian hip-pocket frog, no bigger than an adult human's thumbnail, cares for his children as they grow from tadpoles to young froglets inside the pouches on his legs. This book is good for your brain because: Life Cycles, Endangered Animals, Ecosystems and Habitats, Nonfiction Narrative

Last Day Blues

Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891042

It's the last week of school, and Mrs. Hartwell's class is excited to leave for summer vacation. The only problem is that the kids don't want their teacher to miss them while they're gone. Once again Julie Danneberg and Judy Love bring to life the crazy antics of Mrs. Hartwell and her class and show that teachers and students are more alike than different.

Cowboy Slim

Julie Danneberg (author), Margot Apple (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891998

A cowboy poet who can't rope, whip, or ride? Who ever heard of that? Slim knows he could be a real cowboy if the ranch hands would just give him a chance. Action-filled drawings capture the excitement of a cattle run to Dodge City. This book is good for your brain because: Poetry, Problem Solving, Determination

Emma's Question

Catherine Urdahl (author), Janine Dawson (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891462

A question scritches and scratches at the back of Emma's throat. Emma is a curious kid. She loves to ask questions,Äîand she loves the silly answers that her grandmother always gives. But now Emma has a very important question, one that she is bursting to ask, one that scritches and scratches at the back of her throat. Her grandmother is sick and has to stay in the hospital. Emma wonders if Grandma will still be able to read to her kindergarten; if she will still make up funny stories over bagels on Wednesdays; if she will still be able to watch her after school. But mostly Emma wonders if Grandma is going to die. Emma,Äôs Question helps families to answer the question that all kids face at one time or another. Geared toward young children, the story uses gentle humor and simple explanations to describe what is happening to Grandma in the hospital. Funny, sweet illustrations show the depth and closeness of Emma and Grandma,Äôs relationship. Dealing With Loss, Family, Intergenerational

First Day Jitters

Julie Danneberg (author), Judy Love (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580890618

Everyone knows that sinking feeling in the pit of the stomach just before diving into a new situation. Sarah Jane Hartwell is scared and doesn't want to start over at a new school. She doesn't know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah Jane reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. She is quickly befriended by Mrs. Burton, who helps smooth her jittery transition. This charming and familiar story will delight readers with its surprise ending. Fun, energetic illustrations brighten page after page with the busy antics surrounding Sarah Jane. First Day Jitters is an enchanting story that is sure to be treasured by anyone who has every anticipated a first day of school.

Little Lost Bat

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

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916571

A baby Mexican free-tailed bat clings to the ceiling of a crowded noisy cave, waiting for his mother to return from her daily hunting trip. After three days of searching and waiting, he is rescued by a bat that is in a strangely similar circumstance. A surprising story of adoption in the animal kingdom base on current research.

Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches

Steven J. Simmons (author), Cyd Moore (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881069761

Alice is a good witch. And Greta... well, Greta and trouble are never far apart. Alice spends her time helping others by weaving her enchanting spells. All Greta does is wreak havoc. But when a forgotten spell comes back to haunt her, Greta's stuck learning something she should have learned long ago. Vibrant, colorful, and full of whimsical detail, Cyd Moore's illustrations complete the magic of this clever tale.

Alicia y Greta: Un cuento de dos brujas

Steven J. Simmons (author), Cyd Moore (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9780881061338

Children follow the adventures of two witches with very different personalities, one kind and one mischievous, as they learn the golden rule.

Metal Man

Aaron Reynolds (author), Paul Hoppe (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781580891516

Devon visits the Metal Man at his fiery workshop every day, despite the scorching heat of the city where he lives. At the Metal Man's shop, sparks fly from his welding torch as he cuts and melts together old pieces of junk into works of art. Devon is fascinated by the Metal Man's creations. Then one day, the Metal Man lets Devon put his own imagination to work. Aaron Reynolds's urban voice and the gritty illustrations of Paul Hoppe bring an exciting beat and pulse to the story of a young boy discovering his own voice and vision in art with a kind mentor to lead the way.

Pippo the Fool

Tracey E. Fern (author), Pau Estrada (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916557

The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence was a marvel of art, architecture, and engineering. But it lacked a finishing ornament, a crown--a dome! The city fathers had a solution: to invite the finest masters to compete for the chance to design a dome. The rumors of this contest reached the ears of Filippo Brunelleschi, better known in Florence as Pippo the Fool. As soon as he heard about the contest, Pippo knew it was the chance he had been waiting for. "If I can win the contest, I will finally lose that nickname once and for all!"

Fiona's Luck

Teresa Bateman (author), Kelly Murphy (illustrator) (illustrator)

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916434

The greedy Leprechaun King has locked away all the luck in Ireland and the whole country has fallen in to despair. Through clever charades, Fiona outwits the Leprechaun King and restores luck to the land. Luminous illustrations add to the magic and wonder of this original folktale.

A Mother's Journey

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

Publisher: Charlesbridge ISBN: 9781570916229

Acclaimed nonfiction author Sandra Markle presents the daring story of a mother emperor penguin's struggle to reach the sea, find food, avoid predators, and make her way back to her mate and their newborn chick before they starve. Alan Marks' luminous illustrations highlight the harsh conditions and stunning landscapes of Antarctica.

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?