Sunny book
Written and illustrated by Celia Krampien
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Most people would say there is nothing good about trudging to school on a rainy day. Most people would say that being carried away by the wind and dropped into the middle of a tumultuous sea is a very bad sort of situation. No, most people wouldn’t like that at all. But Sunny isn’t most people. Sunny likes to look on the bright side. And when things get exceedingly bleak? Well, isn't that what friends are for? From debut author/artist Celia Krampien comes an unforgettable, transcendent story about the true power of optimism.

Do You Really Want to Meet Ankylosaurus? book
Do You Really Want to Meet Ankylosaurus?
Written by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Daniele Fabbri
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Six new titles in this popular adventure series feature various dinosaurs that once roamed the earth. Child adventurers become time travelers and make firsthand observations about the dinosaurs. Delightful illustrations and carefully crafted text help the stories come alive, making these books both educational and entertaining. A young child adventures back in time to 66 million years ago to meet an Ankylosaurus, learning about what this dinosaur looked like, its diet, and how it used its clubbed tail to stay safe. This illustrated narrative nonfiction title includes a map of fossil findings, glossary, and further resources.

Atlas of Food book
Atlas of Food
Written by Genny Gallo and illustrated by Annalisa Beghelli
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-99

Discovering the flavors and traditions of cooking around the world! A worldwide trip among main and wellknown traditional dishes, to learn the tradition and the relation to nature of the people who created them. The drawings of the dishes on the maps take the reader on a journey through the flavours of the world, enriching their understanding of traditions and, why not, stirring the appetite.

The Dog Who Loved the Moon book
The Dog Who Loved the Moon
Written by Cristina Garcia and illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

When her dog becomes lovesick for the moon, a young Cuban girl and her uncle call the moon down to give the dog a kiss, with surprising results.

Dear Santa, Love, Washington book
Dear Santa, Love, Washington
Written by Forrest Everett and illustrated by Pham Quang Phuc
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On the night before Christmas, Santa mounted his sleigh. The presents were packed; Time to be underway! The night air was chilly, the hour was late-- When a letter came in from a faraway state. Santa is all ready to leave on Christmas Eve, but last-minute letters are arriving from Washington! From a little girl who is wishing for more sunshine to some mischievous bears inviting the reindeer over for a playdate, each letter contains a humorous request that gets even Santa chuckling. Even better, each letter comes tucked in its own pocket envelope with other delightful extras like cards, money for toll roads, and even a map of Washington! How will Santa respond? It's Washington Christmas magic you'll have to see!

  1. Animals Extreme Facts - With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!

  2. Pebble: A Story About Belonging - There once was a pebble on a rocky shore. It was small and round and nearly smooth. Amid a seascape dotted with endless rocks, one pebble yearns to be special. Can you find the pebble? Susan Milord's clear prose and exquisite collages offer a timeless message about finding one's place in the world.

  3. It's Okay To Be Different - It's okay to need some help. It's okay to be a different color. It's okay to talk about your feelings.

  4. Egg to Chicken - With this series children can explore some of the most interesting and important life cycles in the animal kingdom. With engaging language and an innovative use of design, this series makes the science behind life cycles accessible to reluctant confident readers alike.

How Many? book
How Many?
Written and illustrated by Christopher Danielson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"How Many? A Counting Book is a student book and accompanying teacher's guide that explore the essential mathematical ideas of units and place value."--

Schools Have Rules book
Schools Have Rules
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Rea Zhai
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

What rules do I need to follow at school? In Schools Have Rules, young readers learn that being part of a strong, diverse school community means raising your hand, taking turns, being kind, listening ... Paired with playful yet realistic illustrations, a 1st-person student narrator shows kids best practices, focusing on character education aspects.

On the Day You Were Born book
On the Day You Were Born
Written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Ron Brooks
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

'My daddy said, On the day you were born, I wrapped you up warm and took you for a walk to see the world ... A celebration of the glories of existence, the world as seen afresh on the birth of a new baby.

Mae Among the Stars book
Mae Among the Stars
Written by Roda Ahmed and illustrated by Stasia Burrington
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An Amazon Best Book of the Month A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison. A great classroom and bedtime read-aloud, Mae Among the Stars is the perfect book for young readers who have big dreams and even bigger hearts! When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA as the first African American woman to travel in space. This book will inspire other young girls to reach for the stars, to aspire for the impossible, and to persist with childlike imagination.

The Luckiest Snowball book
The Luckiest Snowball
Written and illustrated by Elliot Kreloff
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"Help! I'm melting!" A boy rescues a snowball again and again in this funny story about a snowball that gets to see all four seasons. A boy makes a snowball and is about to throw it when he hears "Stop! . . . Let's do something else." So the boy and the snowball make a snow angel, build a snow fort, and make a snowman instead. The boy decides to take the snowball home. When the snowball starts to melt, the boy rescues it by putting it in the freezer, where the snowball meets some very nice frozen foods and a tray of ice cubes too. The snowball meets flowers and butterflies in spring, sea and sand in summer, and apples and colorful leaves in fall. This is a great read-aloud. Children will enjoy shouting the refrain "Help! I'm melting!" There is back matter about the seasons and the three states of water.

  1. Inventions - With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!

  2. Fritter - When a mad scientist's experiment explodes in his kitchen, his food and appliances are brought to life! This includes an adorable hush puppy, our hero Fritter! Now, this super-powered pup and his sidekick, the boy Junior, vow to protect the town of Swampslvania. But first can they stop the evildoer Frau Frying Pan and her plans for world domination?

  3. On My Way to School - How do I get to school? While lots of students hop on a bus, On My Way to School explores some alternative methods used by kids around the world, including trains, subways, bikes, and boats. It's a transportation treat for young readers, narrated in 1st-person by a fellow student and accompanied by bright, full-color illustrations.

  4. Where's Jane - Can you find Jane Austen hidden in ten scenes from her beloved novels? This beautiful new book introduces young children to Austen’s intriguing Georgian and Regency-era world, filled with all the makings of the best stories—sparky humor, legendary showdowns, secrets, love and triumph. Children spot the main characters in ten major scenes from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, and Mansfield Park. First read a snappy synopsis of the story, then explore key stages through a simple, illustrated narrative as you meet the main characters. Next absorb the wonderfully detailed illustrations as you search for the characters and the elusive author in the big and bustling main artworks. Katy Dockrill creates the fun and engaging scenes that house Jane’s immortal characters, from imperious Lady Catherine to timid Fanny Price, wicked Mr Wickham to sensible Elinor Dashwood, and proud Mr Darcy to feisty Elizabeth Bennet. Getting to know them all will keep young readers enthralled for hours.

The Earth book
The Earth
Written and illustrated by Steffi Cavell-Clarke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-11

With this series, you will be able to impress your friends with extreme facts on all things science. Discover mind-blowing statistics and hair-raising truths that will leave your friends and family gob-smacked!

Emily Writes book
Emily Writes
Written by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Christine Davenier
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An imagined and evocative picture book account of Emily Dickinson’s childhood poetic beginnings. As a young girl, Emily Dickinson loved to scribble curlicues and circles, imagine new rhymes, and connect with the natural world around her. The sounds, sights, and smells of home swirled through her mind, and Emily began to explore writing and rhyming her thoughts and impressions. She things about the real and the unreal. Perhaps poems are the in-between. This thoughtful spotlight on Emily’s early experimentations with poetry offers a unique window into one of the world’s most famous and influential poets. Christy Ottaviano Books

A Race Around the World book
A Race Around the World
Written by Caroline Starr Rose and illustrated by Alexandra Bye
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

In 1889, New York reporter Nellie Bly—inspired by Jules Verne’s book Around the World in 80 Days—began an around-the-world journey that she hoped to complete in less time. Her trip was sponsored by the newspaper that employed her, The World. Just hours after her ship set out across the Atlantic, the publisher of another New York publication, The Cosmopolitan magazine, put writer Elizabeth Bisland on a westbound train. Bisland was headed around the world in the opposite direction, thinking that she could beat Bly’s time. Only one woman could win the race, but both Bly and Bisland completed their journeys in record time and experienced unforgettable adventures.

Chewbaaka book
Written by Dr. Laurie Marker and illustrated by Jessie Jordan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dr. Marker and Illustrator Jessie Jordan brought their knowledge and talent together to create Chewbaaka, a beautiful illustrated kids' book about the life and legacy of CCF's most famous cheetah ambassador.

Pharaoh's Boat book
Pharaoh's Boat
Written and illustrated by David L. Weitzman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Presents the story of a boat of ancient Egypt that was build in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza by the shipbuilders of their time to serve the pharaoh, Cheops, on his journey through the underworld.

  1. Peek-a-boo at the Zoo - Peek-a-boo is Baby’s favorite game, and what better place to play than at the zoo? From silly monkeys to trumpeting elephants, Daddy and Baby meet all kinds of animals. With beautiful, full-color illustrations by Claudia Tenorio-Pearl, this book by second-time author Kimberly Dixon is a fun way for children to learn about different types of animals and the sounds they make.

  2. But. . .who is Allah? - As a young girl observes that each of six women in her life wears her hijab and hair in a different way, she considers how to express her own style one day.

  3. Ava in Code Land - A little girl must use her coding skills to save her video-game home in this adorable debut picture book. Ava thinks living in a video game is pretty cool. She and her cat, Pixels, spend their days riding breakfast rollercoasters and heading to underwater discos. And if something isn't exactly perfect, Ava can reprogram the world to be just the way she likes it. But then the game's villain, Max Hacksalot, comes along on his magical pirate unicorn and breaks all of Ava's code. When Max manages to send them all to the Game Over screen, it's up to Ava and her coding skills to save the day!

  4. Hey Ho, to Mars We'll Go! - This musical mission to Mars will have young astronauts talking—and singing—about the science of space travel. Singing astronauts on a mission explore the science behind a trip to Mars, from launch to landing on the Red Planet. Set to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell," this jaunty journey follows five adorable, bobble-headed astronauts as they learn how to bathe in zero gravity, grow veggies in space, and entertain themselves on the six-month trip. This book defies gravity—text and art float free on the page, encouraging readers to turn the book sideways and upside-down. An interactive, innovative approach to interstellar fun.

Wide-awake Hedgehog book
Wide-awake Hedgehog
Written and illustrated by Rosie Wellesley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Isaac, the lovable hedgehog, isn't sleepy. In fact, he's quite the opposite – he's wide awake and wants to play. However, autumn is coming and all his little friends want to go into hibernation. They are so sleepy and struggling to keep their eyes open! Isaac tries to call on everyone he knows, but the only person who will play with him is an invisible friend. Will the games with his friend be enough to tire him out for a long, long sleep? From the author of The Very Helpful Hedgehog.

Hi, I'm Norman book
Hi, I'm Norman
Written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Norman Rockwell is best known for capturing the American spirit as a painter and illustrator in the late twentieth century. This beautifully illustrated, first-person narrative explores Rockwell’s life in episodes based on important moments in American history. Norman Rockwell is not only a great American artist, but he also successfully chronicled two generations of American life, making him one of the most beloved and well-known American artists of all time.

Tommy James the Littlest Cowboy in Reckon book
Tommy James the Littlest Cowboy in Reckon
Written by Maria Ashworth and illustrated by Andrea Peixoto Emmerick
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Tommy James may be little but he knows how to wrangle in a bully like Bo Jones. A cowboy's story about wit and determination. Tommy James may be the littlest cowboy in Reckon' but he has the heart and determination of a giant. Bullied by Bo Jones, he quickly figures out how to get around this local cowboy. This is the first in the series.

Where's My Jumper? book
Where's My Jumper?
Written and illustrated by Nicola Slater
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Rudy is looking for his jumper. He's searched everywhere - indoors, outdoors, upstairs and down. In the kitchen, in the bathroom-round and round and round. Wherever can it be? A super-cute, super-fun book with flaps, die-cut pages, and a counting element too.

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