The Battle for the Castle book
#1
The Battle for the Castle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Twelve-year-old William is beginning to wonder if Jason is still his best friend. When Jason challenges William to “jump the trains,” William is terrified but feels he must prove himself. The opportunity arises when his former housekeeper sends him a magic token that once again takes him back to the mystical world of Sir Simon’s castle, this time with Jason. There they face a dangerous army of rats and their gigantic leader. Once, William was a hero in the castle. Now it’s up to him to destroy the rats and save the kingdom in the final battle for the castle.

Chinese New Year Colors book
#2
Chinese New Year Colors
Written and illustrated by Richard Lo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This bilingual color concept book celebrates a rainbow of traditional objects seen during the Chinese New Year. Hóng is the color of explosive firecrackers! Jīn is the hue of lucky coins. Zŏng is the shade of sweet peanut puffs. Welcome to the festivities of the Chinese New Year, where symbolic gifts, foods, and objects come together in a celebration of beautiful colors. This vibrant, simple, and highly graphic bilingual book is the perfect introduction to Chinese and English words for colors as it honors one of the biggest holidays around the world. Includes informative back matter.

I See book
#3
I See
Written and illustrated by Joe Cepeda
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A book that’s just right for first-time readers!

I see an ant. I see a snail. I see a butterfly. I see a nest. I see eggs. I see birds. With high-energy artwork by an award-winning author-illustrator, this book is perfect for first-time readers and kindergarten readers.

This book is a companion to Joe Cepeda’s Up, a Guided Reading Level B I Like to Read book and I Dig, a Guided Reading Level C I Like to Read book

Hello Winter! book
#4
Hello Winter!
Written and illustrated by Shelley Rotner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Vivid photographs of frozen wonderlands and cold-weather fun come together in a lively tribute to winter by an acclaimed author-photographer. In crystal clear photographs and a spare text, Shelley Rotner notes changes in the physical earth as winter approaches as well as animal and plant adaptations. Rotner’s acclaimed photography beautifully captures the curiosity and engery of a diverse group of youngsters as they explore and learn about the natural world. This third book in the celebrated, STEM-focused Hello Seasons! series is the perfect guide to take children from the shortest day of the year to the arrival of spring. A glossary is included.

Betsy Ross book
#5
Betsy Ross
Written by Becky White and illustrated by Megan Lloyd
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Betsy ripped. Rip, rip.Seven rich, crimson strips. Inch by inch, bit by bit, Betsy Ross clips, dips, and stitches the first American flag. Based on a sketch Betsy’s friend George Washington gave her in 1776, the flag had thirteen stripes and thirteen stars, which Betsy showed George how to make with a single clip of her scissors. Included activity shows children how to make their own Betsy Ross star.

  1. Superheroes Without Capes: Discover the Super Powers of 20 Famous People, and Find Your Own, Too! - What is a superhero? Meet 20 real people who have accomplished incredible things—and discover your own special powers! You don’t need a mask or cloak to be a hero, and you don’t need superpowers, either– just courage, determination, and hard work. Throughout history, there have been many so-called “ordinary” people who used their talents to make our world a better place. Here are 20 such men and women, from suffragettes and scientists to aviators, artists, and activists. Some had to overcome great challenges, and others had to try and try again, but all ultimately succeeded in their revolutionary achievements. Best of all, you can be a superhero, too—with or without your cape! Featuring: Emmeline Pankhurst The Wright Brothers Marie Curie Mahatma Gandhi Albert Einstein Coco Chanel Amelia Earhart Frida Kahlo Mother Teresa Rosa Parks Nelson Mandela Anne Frank Martin Luther King, Jr. Neil Armstrong Dian Fossey Valentina Tereshkova Stephen Hawking Muhammad Ali Bobbi Gibb * Malala Yousafzai

  2. Cats Are Cats - Miss Bell loved cats. One day she bought a tiny kitten. He had stripes like a tiger, a tail like a tiger, and a smile like a tiger. So Miss Bell named him Tiger. He was very cute, and she loved him a lot. But Tiger grew and grew. He grew into a huge tiger! Exuberant watercolor illustrations chronicle the transformation of Tiger from tiny kitten to giant jungle beast and his doting owner’s efforts to accommodate his “growing” needs in this warmhearted story that celebrates unconditional love.

  3. The Best Kind of Bear - When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn’t entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out. But none of the different bears he meets on his travels are like him. Grizzly bears don’t have stitching; polar bears don’t have tags attached to their bottoms; spectacled bears are not as soft and bouncy as Bear is; and sun bears never wear bow ties. Disheartened, he returns to Nelly . . . only to discover what kind of bear he is — her own special bear!

  4. One More Hug - A tree branch tapping on a window, a pretend sword breaking in two, the skreeeetch of a school bus door: one more hug by mom is always needed to comfort and reassure a young boy that he has the inner confidence to carry on. As time passes, and he outgrows his childhood fears, he returns the favor by giving his mother one more hug as he goes on his way. This timeless tale of unconditional love and comfort for an anxious young boy as he leaves the nest and starts his journey through life is a perfect story for mothers to share with their sons to show them that it’s okay to have fears and needs—even as they get older—and it’s okay to share those feelings with the people who love them.

Coral Reefs (New & Updated Edition) book
#10
Coral Reefs (New & Updated Edition)
Written and illustrated by Gail Gibbons
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What is life like in a coral reef? What do corals eat? Why are corals more colorful at nighttime? Learn about some of the most beautiful locations in the natural world Marine biologists believe coral reefs existed 400 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Today this active environment is home to about 20,000 kinds of brilliantly colored corals, plants, and animals—more sea creatures than are found anywhere else in the world. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is so large that astronauts can see it from outer space! Children in early elementary grades will enjoy Gibbon’s informative text and clear, detailed illustrations on this journey into the unique lives of coral reefs.

Where Is Mommy? book
#11
Where Is Mommy?
Written and illustrated by Pat Cummings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A girl follows clues that lead to Mommy! This Level D book is perfect for new readers. A girl, her mother, and their cat are snuggled up on a couch and reading a book. The girl falls asleep, and when she wakes up, Mommy is gone. Where could she be? The girl searches the house, picks up clues (including a recipe for kale and a sunhat and gardening gloves that come and go). And she figures out where Mommy is—in the garden! Level D, for late kindergarten, features longer sentences and greater variety in sentence structure than levels A, B, and C. May include questions. When Level D is mastered, follow up with Level E.

Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma book
#12
Solids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma
Written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Anna Raff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Explore physics in this early introduction to the states of matter, starring a goofy dog and his all-too-human family. Zippy art and clear explanations introduce the basic characteristics of four states of matter and how they change from one state to another. Totally up-to-date, this book for elementary school children includes plasma, now covered in all curricula. Straightforward text presents the facts and Raff’s infographic illustrations demonstrate the science and tell a humorous story. There are hands-on activities, such as using a chocolate bar to demonstrate material consistency and using a balloon to prove gases have weight, to reinforce the learning. A glossary defines density, plasma, vapor, and more essential terms.

A Hole in the Wall book
#13
A Hole in the Wall
Written and illustrated by Hans Wilhelm
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the Dog looks inside a hole in the wall, he spies another dog! Dog can’t wait to tell Warthog, Lion and Elephant the news. But when his friends look in the hole for themselves, none of them find the dog. In fact, they each see something different! An argument ensues. Each animal is sure the others are wrong, because everyone can’t be right . . . can they? After a little reflection, readers will be delighted to discover that the hole in the wall is not a hole at all but a mirror. At the end of the day, friendship and harmony prevail. Hans Wilhelm has created a humorous interpretation of Mark Twain’s A Fable.

Who Am I? book
#14
Who Am I?
Written by Tim Flach
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Gorgeous nature photography introduces readers to endangered species in this picture book from Tim Flach Who is that peeking through the page? Is it a giant panda munching on bamboo? Or perhaps a yellow-eyed tree frog hiding in a tropical forest? Who Am I? uses clever riddles and stunning images by esteemed photographer Tim Flach (taken from his Abrams adult book Endangered) to introduce ten vital species-at-risk to readers. With its engaging and timely message, this beautifully crafted picture book is perfect for the youngest animal enthusiasts.

  1. Tiny Feet Between the Mountains - Soe-in is a tiny child in a village full of large people. She struggles with completing chores due to her size, but she never gives up. One day, when the sky grows dark and full of smoke, Soe-in volunteers to travel into the tall mountains to investigate. She’s surprised to find a spirit tiger there and learn he has swallowed the sun by mistake! To help the spirit tiger and her village, Soe-in must come up with a clever idea to solve this gigantic problem. And while she’s at it, she just may prove that the smallest people often have the biggest, bravest hearts.

  2. How Do Computers Follow Instructions? - Have you ever wondered how computers follow instructions so well or how they do math so quickly? Basic principles of coding, including variables, binary code, loops, programming languages, and more, are explored through diagrams, photos, and informative and engaging text.  About the How Do series: These fully-illustrated nonfiction picture books are a great introduction to various STEM topics. Each title includes facts and figures, simple diagrams and hilarious illustrations and is written in a question-and-answer format to encourage readers to ask questions and guess the answers before exploring the science behind the correct answers.

  3. The Human Body at a Glance - Kids can learn all about their bodies in an engaging new way, thanks to this unique illustrated handbook. Each page bursts with colorful infographics that explore our cells, brain, skeleton, muscles, skin, blood, heart, lungs, digestive system, sight, hearing, smell, taste, reproduction, and genetics. Comparisons of humans to animals throughout, plus fun facts about our most bizarre characteristics, make science accessible and entertaining.

  4. The Superlative A. Lincoln - Tallest, wisest, most studious—Lincoln was simply superlative! Get to know the personal side of Honest Abe (his LEAST FAVORITE nickname) through fresh and funny poems expressing his superlative nature. Abraham Lincoln is famous for many extremes: he was the TALLEST president, who gave the GREATEST SPEECH and had the STRONGEST conviction. But did you know that he was also the MOST DISTRACTED farmer, the MOST TALENTED wrestler and inventor, and the CRAFTIEST storyteller?

Brothers Grimm: The Most Beloved Fairy Tales book
#19
Brothers Grimm: The Most Beloved Fairy Tales
Written by and illustrated by Manuela Adreani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The magical world of the Brothers Grimm comes alive as never before in elegant, cinematic artwork by a world-renowned artist.

With their unforgettable characters, the fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm have touched the imaginations and hearts of children everywhere. This stunning collection brings together eight of their most popular stories: The Frog Prince, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Briar Rose, Snow White, and The Six Swans. Renowned illustrator Manuela Adreani’s delicate, dramatic art will help young readers fall in love with these powerful tales.

Wild Honey from the Moon book
#20
Wild Honey from the Moon
Written and illustrated by Kenneth Kraegel
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In an epic adventure like no other, an unflappable mother will stop at nothing to find a cure for her ailing young son — even if it means traveling to the moon itself. “Where are you going?” “To the moon. A quick trip.” “But you can’t fly.” “Darling, I am your mother,” she said, and gave him one last kiss. On a cold winter’s eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets about her sick young son. His head is cold and his feet are hot, and there is only one thing that can cure him: wild honey from the moon. Mother Shrew does not stop to wonder how she will make such an impossible journey. Instead, she grabs her trusty red umbrella, gives her darling son a kiss, and sets out into the unknown. Along the way, Mother Shrew encounters one obstacle after another, from a malevolent owl to a herd of restless “night mares” to an island humming with angry bees. But each can prove no match for a mother on a mission. From the mind of the uniquely talented Kenneth Kraegel comes an utterly original ode to the limitlessness of maternal love.

A Day for Skating book
#21
A Day for Skating
Written by Sarah Sullivan and illustrated by Madeline Valentine
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

In a sweet rhyming tale, a young child’s first skating adventure on a frozen pond ends with a cozy bedtime story. Tap and step, then slide and turn. Whoops! Fall down. That’s how we learn. On a brisk winter’s day, the frozen pond is crisscrossed by figure skaters, hockey players, new skaters, and old pros, all gliding across the ice. It’s time to bundle up, lace your skates, and give it a try — then head inside for cocoa and snacks when your cheeks grow rosy and your toes are cold. Back at home, warm bedtime rituals make for the end of a perfect day. But when darkness falls at the pond, who will come out to skate?

What's Next? book
#22
What's Next?
Written by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Jane McGuinness
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

An inquisitive baby badger is drawn to discover the world outside his den in an endearing, delightfully illustrated father-and-child story. Baby Badger sleeps all day in his snuggly burrow. When he wakes, he explores every nook of his home and wants to know “what’s next?” So Daddy takes him to the dark forest above to roll in soft moss and snuffle in bluebell bulbs and watch the silvery moon setting, a signal that night is ending and it’s time to go home. But if daytime is “what’s next,” how can Baby Badger sleep without seeing that? So he slips out alone to see the brilliant flowers and birds and to feel the yellow sun hot on his fur. Cozy illustrations and a child-friendly text depict a curious little creature dazzled by the world’s natural wonders — and a doting father who is there to guide him back if “what’s next” turns out to take him a bit too far.

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship book
#23
Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship
Written by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon and illustrated by Salina Yoon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

International tidying superstar and New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo brings her unique method to young readers in this charming story about how tidying up creates space for joy in all parts of your life, co-written and illustrated by beloved children’s book veteran Salina Yoon.

The KonMari Method inspires a charming friendship story that is sure to spark joy! Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make space for what has always sparked joy—each other?

  1. Roly Poly - Roly Poly the polar bear gets a little brother he did not ask for, in this charming story about sibling rivalry and the bonds of family from the beloved picture book creators of Time for Bed, Mem Fox and Jane Dyer. Roly Poly the polar bear loves being an only child. His bed is only his. The fish he catches are only his. And he doesn’t have to share his toy walrus tooth with anyone. But then along comes baby Monty. Roly Poly did not ask for a little brother and he certainly does not want one now! What is Roly Poly to do when Monty starts making him share his bed and fish and walrus tooth?

  2. P Is for Poppadoms! - From C for chai to Y for yoga, this fresh, rhyming alphabet book takes young readers on a spirited journey to discover the people, places, lifestyles, and language of India. Lush illustrations from debut illustrator Hazel Ito bring to life the beauty, wonder, and diversity of this vast and vibrant country.

  3. Snowy Farm - There’s a snowy white windmill on a snowy white farm with a frosty old house and a snow covered barn. And so begins this enchanting story of a family in a frozen land whose quiet and simple way of family life is all they need. This fantastical picture book from debut author Calvin Shaw and internationally renowned illustrator Oamul Lu is sure to warm hearts and become a perennial family favorite.

  4. Go, Girls, Go! - Girls can race…and girls can fly. Girls can rocket way up high! Piloting fire trucks, trains, tractors, and more, the girls in this book are on the go! Join them for an exuberant journey that celebrates how girls can do—and drive—anything.

Most of the Better Natural Things in the World book
#28
Most of the Better Natural Things in the World
Written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Angel Chang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A tiger carries a dining room chair on her back. But why? Where is she going? With just one word per page, in lush, color-rich landscapes, we learn about the features that make up our world: an archipelago, a dune, an isthmus, a lagoon. Across them all, the tiger roams. This enigmatic investigation of our world’s most beautiful places from bestselling author Dave Eggers is beautifully illustrated by debut artist Angel Chang.

Insect Superpowers book
#29
Insect Superpowers
Written by Kate Messner and illustrated by Jillian Nickell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Head-to-head combat! Astounding weapons! Extraordinary skills! Within the pages of this book, 18 awesomely real insect superheroes and supervillains come to life, each possessing powers far beyond the average human (or bug). Meet the Malevolent Mimic, who wickedly disguises itself as a harmless pink orchid, only to shred unsuspecting butterflies! Or the Great Glue Shooter, who can shoot a smelly glueùfrom its face! Award-winning nonfiction author Kate Messner teams up with the talented Jillian Nickell in this action-packed comic-inspired exploration of the incredible TRUE insect abilities found in the natural world.

Mario and the Hole in the Sky book
#30
Mario and the Hole in the Sky
Written by Elizabeth Rusch and illustrated by Teresa Martinez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

The true story of how Mexican-American scientist Mario Molina helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s and went on to become a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming. Full color.

A Trapezoid Is Not a Dinosaur! book
#31
A Trapezoid Is Not a Dinosaur!
Written and illustrated by Suzanne Morris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In this wildly amusing, unconventional shape concept book, Trapezoid is here to declare that he’s a shape, too. He’s NOT a type of dinosaur! Shape up, shapes! Triangle is hosting auditions for all the best shapes to be in his play. Circle, Square, and Star each get a part. But Trapezoid just doesn’t “fit in.” Is he even a shape? The others think he sounds like a type of dinosaur. Determined to show off his usefulness, Trapezoid tries to act like the other shapes, to no avail. Eventually, though, Trapezoid celebrates his own distinct shape properties in order to become part of the performance.

Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book book
#32
Not a Butterfly Alphabet Book
Written by Jerry Pallotta and illustrated by Shennen Bersani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

This nature alphabet book from best-selling author Jerry Pallotta features moths (not butterflies!) of all shapes and sizes. Meet dozens of moths—and a few bonus creatures—with engaging text and a laugh-out-loud narrative, from A (Atlas Moth) to G (Green Lips Moth—no kissing allowed!) to J (Jersey Tiger Moth, whose underwings are a completely different color than their upper wings, not to be confused with their underwear) to Z (Zigzag Moth). Readers of all ages will be entertained (and learning!) with every page turn.

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