Edmund Unravels

Written and illustrated by Andrew Kolb

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This delightful debut picture book celebrates both the joy of venturing into the unknown and the value of staying connected to loved ones back home. It stars a little ball of yarn who can’t resist the tug of adventure, the twists and turns of discovery, or the comfort of family and friends. Edmund is a ball of yarn and a ball of energy! From the time he could roll, he’s been bouncing down his front steps to explore, and his parents have always been right there to reel him in and roll him back up. But now that he’s bigger, Edmund is ready to discover the wonders of the world. Everything is new and exciting—but sometimes, even a little ball of yarn gets lonely, and there’s nothing better than the comfort of being around those he cares about.

The Bug Girl

Written by Sarah Glenn Marsh and illustrated by Filippo Vanzo

Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated with insects. But when Maria was a girl in the mid-1600s, superstitions about bugs prevented most people from taking a close look. People thought bugs were evil--and anyone interested in such creatures was surely evil too. That didn't stop Maria. Filled with curiosity, she began to study and paint them. She even witnessed silkworms form cocoons and transform into moths--discovering metamorphosis! Painting and drawing as she studied, Maria pushed the boundaries of what girls were expected to do, eventually gaining recognition as one of the first entomologists and scientific illustrators. This gorgeously illustrated biography celebrates a fascinating female pioneer who broke boundaries in both the arts and sciences.

Island in the Salish Sea

Written by Sheryl McFarlane and illustrated by Leslie Redhead

This gorgeously illustrated picture book is a celebration of summer vacation and West Coast island life. Every day is different on Gran’s island in the Salish Sea as granddaughter climbs big-leaf maples, eats blackberries, explores tide pools and sandstone caves and examines ancient middens and petroglyphs. She and Gran watch harbor seals sunning themselves and Gran’s neighbor carving an eagle out of a piece of cedar while drinking fresh nettle tea. And on her way home, our young narrator sees a pod of orcas, breaching,tail lobbing and spy-hopping as she says goodbye to the island for another summer.

What's the Difference?

Written by Emma Strack and illustrated by Guillaume Plantevin

What distinguishes a mandarin orange from a clementine, an iris from a pupil, a tornado from a cyclone, and a bee from a wasp? The difference is in the details! This content-rich illustrated extravaganza distills the distinctions between an impressive collection of pairs—from animals to food to geography and more—offering enlightening trivia, amusing tidbits, and unforgettable facts in a highly browsable format. Young readers can dip in quickly to feed their curiosity, or delve into the details and stay awhile. With a bold, graphic art style and an accessible, smart text, this miscellany collection will enrich probing minds (or is it "brains"?!).

Off & Away

Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson

How would you get mail if you lived in the middle of the sea? It's Jo's dad's job to deliver it, taking bottles wherever they need to go. He always comes home with exciting stories to tell-but Jo is far too afraid to go out on the ocean herself. Until Dad gets a bad sea cold, that is. With no one but Jo to deliver the bottles, she must find her courage and set sail alone. As she embarks on her mission, her fears just might be replaced with new friendships . . . and grand stories of her own. With beautiful, atmospheric art and endearing new characters by author-illustrator Cale Atkinson, this picturebook is a treasure.

Rosa Draws

Written and illustrated by Jordan Wray

Take a fantastical ride through Rosa's imagination where you’ll meet a purple moose, a very posh goose, a peacock wearing socks and a super-speedy fox! Rosa loves to imagine and she really loves to draw. But as her drawings grow and grow, will they get her into trouble? This delightfully fun story, told with playful text and inventive characters, has a positive message and a heart-warming final twist that will resonate with both children and parents. Perfect for encouraging creativity and exploration in any child who’s ever picked up a pen or pencil.

Allegro: A Musical Journey Through 11 Musical Masterpieces

Written by David Miles and illustrated by Anita Barghigiani

Classical music comes to life like never before in this magical journey through 11 beloved classical pieces. Meet Allegro, an ordinary boy who can’t stand practicing the piano. Those black dots on the page drive him crazy—until the music itself whisks him away on a breathtaking journey. Each beautifully illustrated scene on Allegro’s journey is accompanied by a famous classical theme that can be played with the press of a button. Hear Grieg’s “Morning Mood” while meandering through a misty meadow, Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” while exploring uncharted lands, Debussy’s “Claire de Lune” while pondering a shimmering night sky, and 8 more! Beautiful gold foil, lavish illustrations, and high-quality sound make this a musical masterpiece to treasure forever.

Pocket Rocks

Written by Sheree Fitch and illustrated by Helen Flook

In this picture book, a young boy with learning difficulties finds solace in the rocks he collects. and endearing illustrations. In rhyming text that winds like a creek through a farmer’s field, the book takes readers on a journey through one lovely day in Buttercup’s life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or on the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world, reminding us all to be grateful for life’s simple pleasures. As a child, Carolyn Beck spent her summers in fields and meadows. Now she spends as much time as she can at her cottage in the Muskokas. This is the second book she has worked on with her sister, Andrea. Carolyn lives in Toronto, Ontario. Andrea Beck, creator of the Elliot Moose series, loves animals. She had a beagle named Toby, whose black spots reminded her of the patches on a cow. She wishes all cows lived Buttercup’s life. Andrea lives in Unionville, Ontario. She worked on this book using acrylic paint on watercolor paper. For more information, visit www.andreabeck.com. Keywords: rhyming, humor, cows, farm Pocket Rocks Sheree Fitch Illustrated by Helen Flook A pocket full of rocks helps Ian Goobie keep his feet on the ground. No matter how hard he tries, even with the help of his classroom aide, Ian Goobie can’t do the things that the other children in his class can do. Every day he dreads going to school. Then he finds a rock, a rock that touches all his senses and whisks him away into a whole other world. From then on, as long as he has a rock in his pocket, Ian Goobie can manage his daily challenges. That is, until Ian has to face his biggest challenge yet.

Natural World

Written and illustrated by Amanda Wood, Mike Jolley

A first introduction to the natural world that looks at the myriad ways in which plants and animals have adapted to give themselves the best chance of survival. Natural World explores and explains why living things look and behave the way they do in a series of visually compelling information charts.

Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystal

Written by Gloria Snively and illustrated by Karen Gillmore

Siblings Crystal and Sam and their aunt Kate and uncle Charlie continue to explore the ecosystems of Eagle Cove, a sheltered inlet on the Pacific Northwest coast. In this adventure, the children stick close to home on the rocky shore and discover that you don't need to go far out to sea to encounter some remarkable creatures! With the help of their neighbor Ada, Sam and Crystal explore the tide pools and shoreline through the eyes of an ancient fish, who draws a connection between the physical and mythical worlds. Beautifully illustrated with colorful and scientifically accurate drawings and paintings, Explore the Rocky Shore with Sam and Crystalis both an entertaining story and a useful learning tool.

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