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Sacajawea of the Shoshone book
#1
Sacajawea of the Shoshone
Written by Natasha Yim and illustrated by Albert Nguyen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

One minute she was picking berries and the next her tribe was under attack. Running for her life, Sacajawea was scooped up and taken far away from her village and family—and into history. From her mountain home to the banks of the Missouri River, over the majestic Rockies to the pounding waves of the Pacific, Sacajawea would travel farther than any American woman of her time. Richly illustrated and smartly narrated, this book brings to life the story of the real and remarkable Shoshone princess who helped Captains Lewis and Clark navigate their way across the American West.

Sadie and the Silver Shoes book
#2
Sadie and the Silver Shoes
Written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When shoes are the only thing you get to pick out yourself, what happens when you lose one of them? A tale of self-expression and friendship, told with humor and charm. With three older brothers to pass along hand-me-downs, Sadie doesn't have much say in choosing her clothes. Her outfits always look interesting, though (even if some kids at school might not think so). But Sadie is allowed to pick her shoes, so one day she buys the most beautiful shoes ever -- shoes that sparkle in the sun, shoes she wears everywhere. That is, until Sadie and her brothers hop down a creek on an adventure, and one shoe falls off and is swept away. Whatever will Sadie do with one silver shoe? From a winning picture-book team comes a story of creativity, resilience, and like-minded souls that is sure to appeal to independent thinkers everywhere.

Sadie and the Snowman book
#3
Sadie and the Snowman
Written by Allen Morgan and illustrated by Brenda Clark
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

As spring gets closer and closer, Sadie realizes that the snowmen she makes won't last much longer.

Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat book
#4
Sadie's Snowy Tu B'Shevat
Written by Jamie Korngold and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Sadie wants to plant a tree for Tu B'Shevat. But it's the middle of winter! Her parents and grandfather assure her that a tree can't take root in the frozen ground. But with help from brother Ori and Grandma, Sadie learns why the tree-planting holiday is celebrated in winter and finds her own special ways to celebrate it.

Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast book
#5
Sadie's Sukkah Breakfast
Written by and illustrated by Julie Fortenberry, Jamie Korngold
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Waking up early in the morning on Sukkot, Sadie and Ori decide to serve breakfast in the sukkah. But when the table is set and the food is ready, they remember that a sukkah celebration needs guests. No one is awake, so who should they invite?

  1. Sadie: the Paper Crown Princess - Sadie is a spunky princess-in-training whose big ideas keep getting in the way of her earning her tiara. Her journey takes her from the Princess Academy on an around the world adventure where Sadie learns the meaning of being a real princess. With one last chance to prove herself worthy of a crown, Sadie follows her heart and discovers the beauty of being true to yourself.

  2. Sadiq and the Desert Star - Sadiq's father is going on a business trip, but before he goes he tells Sadiq a story of the Desert Star, which fits in perfectly with Sadiq's third grade class field trip to the planetarium, and inspires Sadiq to build a simple telescope to study the stars when his father returns.

  3. Sadiq and the Fun Run - Eight-year-old Sadiq wants to try out for the youth football team like his friends, but his parents feel he is too young, and instead suggest that he take up running and join the track club--Sadiq feels that running is wimpy, but the coach convinces him that running races can be fun as well.

  4. Sadiq and the Green Thumbs - Even though it is summer Sadiq goes to religious school four days a week to study the Quran; he and his friends find their teacher, Mr. Kassim, strict and intimidating, but when Sadiq finds out that Mr. Kassim has a injured shoulder he decides to volunteer to help with the gardening--and he convinces his friends to volunteer as well.

Sadiq and the Pet Problem book
#10
Sadiq and the Pet Problem
Written by Siman Nuurali and illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

Sadiq's third grade class decides that they want a classroom pet, and their teacher, Ms. Battersby, is okay with the idea, so the students form a club to decide what kind of pet to get, and to research how to take care of it.

Safari book
#11
Safari
Written and illustrated by Surya Sajnani
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Little fingers can easily learn how to move the sliders to reveal four favorite safari animals and their names in this interactive board book. Wee Gallery range This stunning new range of books for pre-schoolers marries fresh design with engaging educational content. The result of a partnership between Wee Gallery and QEB Publishing, the beautiful illustrations, high contrast black and white bold lines, whimsical animals, and repeating patterns are designed to stimulate visual development in young infants. Family-run Wee Gallery have over 10 years experience in graphic design and education, and so these books are guaranteed to excite and engage little minds. QEB is pleased to announce that this visually stimulating series will be available from Spring 2016.

Safari Adventure book
#12
Safari Adventure
Written and illustrated by Willard Price
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Hal and Roger Hunt have a problem: big game poachers threaten to wipe out the inhabitants of the world's largest national park. Although they capture a band of poachers red-handed, they have no idea who the leader, the elusive 'Blackbeard' is. Time is running out - they must find a way to stop him before the park is destroyed. . .

Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play) book
#13
Safari Animals (My First Slide-&-Play)
Written and illustrated by Xavier Deneux
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Eight slide-&-play pages feature puzzle pieces that never fall out and are safe for children of all ages. Toddlers will delight in discovering different animals and creating endless new designs. Go on safari with this slide-&-play book for toddlers!

Safari Babies (Animal Babies) book
#14
Safari Babies (Animal Babies)
Written by Kristen McCurry
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

This board book uses photographic images to show these darling animal babies in their natural habitat.

  1. Safari, So Good! - Visiting Africa with the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally meet an amazing variety of animals including giant cats, elephants and giraffes while learning an array of interesting facts. TV tie-in.

  2. Saint George and the Dragon - This special new paperback edition of St. George and the Dragon commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the Caldecott Award-winning picture book. Hodges retells an exciting segment from Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which the Red Cross Knight slays a dreadful dragon that has been terrorizing the countryside for years, bringing peace and joy back to the land. Featuring a fresh new cover design - with artwork that highlights the dragon adventure within - and distinctive embossed gold Caldecott Award sticker, this is the perfect way to introduce the classic tale to a whole new generation of readers.

  3. Salamatu and Kandoni Go Missing - Salamatu's goat follows her to school, leading to a series of misadventures. Provides an insight into life in Ghana and allows comparisons to our own country. Published in conjunction with Action Aid.

  4. Sally in the Sand - Adapted from the classic picture book Sally Goes to the Beach and featuring the late author's signature woodcut prints, the story of intrepid black Labrador Sally follows her seashore adventures with new friends, new scents and new games.

Salsa Lullaby book
#19
Salsa Lullaby
Written by Jen Arena
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

How to get baby to sleep? Mami and Papi will try anything in this bouncy, loving, bilingual lullaby that gently says good night in both Spanish and English. Mami starts a salsa song. Papi keeps the beat. Baby loves this lullaby, moves those dancing feet. Baila, baby, baila! Dance, dance, dance. When nighttime falls, it's time for baby to go to sleep. In this household, that means it's also time for mama, papa, and baby to baila/dance, canta/sing, salta/jump, and more all the way to bedtime! This bouncy bilingual text and gorgeous, inviting illustrations gently wind down to make this a bedtime favorite no matter what language families say "good night" in!

Salt in His Shoes book
#20
Salt in His Shoes
Written by Deloris Jordan, Roslyn M. Jordan and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Young Michael Jordan, who is smaller than the other players, learns that determination and hard work are more important than size when playing the game of basketball.

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole book
#21
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
Written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.

Sam & Eva book
#22
Sam & Eva
Written and illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Harold and the Purple Crayon meets Tom and Jerry in this sweet and funny picture book about a boy and girl who must balance their creativity and figure out how to cooperate after their drawings come to life. When Sam starts drawing a super cool velociraptor, Eva decides to join in. But Sam isn’t too happy about the collaboration. Soon Eva and Sam are locked in an epic creative clash, bringing to life everything from superhero marmots to exploding confetti. But when their masterpieces turn to mayhem will Sam stay stubbornly solo or will he realize that sometimes the best work comes from teamwork?

Sam and Jump book
#23
Sam and Jump
Written and illustrated by Jennifer K Mann
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sam and his stuffed bunny, Jump, are best friends, and they do everything together. One day, on a trip to the beach, Sam meets Thomas. Sam and Thomas play together all day and promise to do the same the next day. But when Sam gets home he realizes Jump is still at the beach! It’s too late and too dark to go find him, and Sam worries all night. What if Jump is nowhere to be found? Can Sam brave the world without his best friend? Little ones with their own cherished toys will be drawn to this reassuring story about losing something dear only to gain something even better.

  1. Sam and the Lucky Money - Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he's received for Chinese New Year.

  2. Sam, Bangs & Moonshine - Samantha (known as Sam) is a fisherman's daughter who dreams rich and lovely dreams--moonshine, her father says. But when her tall stories bring disaster to her friend Thomas and her cat Bangs, Sam learns to distinguish between moonshine and reality. Sam, Bangs & Moonshine is the winner of the 1967 Caldecott Medal.

  3. Same Sun Here - A twelve-year-old Indian immigrant in New York City and a Kentucky coal miner's son become pen pals, and eventually best friends, through a series of revealing letters exploring such topics as environmental activism, immigration, and racism.

  4. Same Way Ben - Ben likes things the same way every day at school—he sits at the same table, eats the same lunch, and likes the daily class routine. But when his teacher leaves to have her baby and a substitute teacher comes and changes everything, Ben gets upset. He liked everything the way it was before! But soon Ben starts to think differently about change and realizes that doing things another way can be fun.

Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things book
#28
Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
Written by Wendelin Van Draanen and illustrated by Brian Biggs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

While on her first hiking and camping trip, thirteen-year-old Sammy tries to solve a mystery involving endangered condors while avoiding scorpions, ticks, and embarrassment.

Sammy's Great Escape book
#29
Sammy's Great Escape
Written and illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Molly Mac's dream of becoming a famous animal trainer may come true! But only if her parents let her watch the class hamster for the weekend. When Molly finally brings the hamster home, he disappears! Will Molly and her best friend, Kayley, find the hamster? Or will Molly's dream be ruined?

Sammy Startup book
#30
Sammy Startup
Written and illustrated by Jason Harvey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

It's time to handle business with Sammy and his trusty management team as they embark on a new venture. A hot tamale and a meeting in the park provides the team with inspiration for a refreshing new business idea.

Sam's Hamburger book
#31
Sam's Hamburger
Written and illustrated by David Pelham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bite into the sequel to the best-selling Sam's Sandwich! Who's stealing Sam's sister's hamburgers? It's time for Sam and his sister to turn sleuth and catch the neighborhood burger thief. In a cheerfully gross companion to Sam's Sandwich, kids who dare will be prompted to fill in the blanks that are hinted at by the rhyming text -- then lift each flap to confirm just what squirming surprise the siblings have cooked up. Ewww! Readers will be so glad not to be eating this monstrosity! But then again, who is?

Samson in the Snow book
#32
Samson in the Snow
Written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One sunny day Samson, a large and friendly woolly mammoth, encounters a little red bird who is looking for yellow flowers for her mouse friend (whose favorite color is yellow). As she flies off with the flowers, Samson wonders what it must be like to have a friend. He wonders this for so long, in fact, that he falls asleep and wakes up to a world covered in snow. In the midst of a blizzard, Samson finds and shelters the little red bird and flower-loving mouse in a tender tale of kindness and unexpected friendship.

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