From New York Times Best-Selling Author and Illustrator, Mo Willems, comes a brand new story about how serendipitous events help to mold our lives.
Because a man named Ludwig wrote beautiful music - a man named Franz was inspired to create his own.
Because someone’s uncle caught a cold - someone’s aunt had an extra ticket for someone special.
In Row C, Seat 14 - sat the girl with the uncle’s ticket.
She heard the beautiful music written by the man named Franz - and it changed her.
Life is a series of consequences, some intended and some unintended, but some are truly inspiring. (ages 3-7)
From the Caldecott Honor winning author/illustrator Aaron Becker comes a new Journey to find The Light. This colorful die cut board book, You Are Light, focuses on a beautifully illustrated yellow sun surrounded by colored circles. His sparse use of language allows the reader to fully appreciate the images and the colors of this book, yet his message is clear: the light helps to create all the brilliant wonders of the world, including ourselves. (ages 2+)
I was not expecting to like this book, as I am not a huge Elvis fan, but I LOVED it! I love the way it is organized into little, short chapters each one announcing a major event in his life: “The Moment in the African American Church,” and “Shazam! A Blond Boy Turns into a Black-Haired Teenager!” By transforming his looks and his movements on stage, he is catapulted to the “King of Rock and Roll!” (ages 6+)
A beautifully written biography of the woman we now know as Harriett Tubman. The story traces her life from the elderly Harriett to the conductor on the Underground Railroad. The beauty of the poem pairs perfectly with the watercolor illustrations by Lesa’s husband, James.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book
A Christopher Award winner
A Jane Addams Children's Honor Book
A Booklist "Top of the List" selection
From the award-winning author and illustrator of "The Boss Baby" comes Little Brown, a cranky shelter dog who does not have any friends to play with him. No one is sure if he is cranky because no one will play with him or no one will play with him because he is cranky. He finally decides to take matters into his own paws and steals all of the toys in the park. As he sits on top of his loot, like a King of the Mountain, the dogs do not know what to do. Neither does Little Brown. If he gives them back will he play with them, or will they continue to ignore him? The rain starts, the dogs go back inside thinking, "Maybe tomorrow... they would know what to do." A simple message for children about the dynamics of the playground and how these sometimes make people feel sad. (up to age 7)
In this beautifully illustrated and cleverly constructed book, Gardner explores some of the scariest, and often most misunderstood, creatures who share this planet with us. It shows us the not often seen characteristics of some awe-inspiring animals.
Adam Rex, the New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, does it again. Darth Vader is confronted with a number of scary creatures, including werewolves, vampires, and witches, all of whom have no effect on him. That is until their true identities are revealed at the end. Read to see who truly has the power over Darth Vader in this hilarious book.
Ben watches through his window as a new family moves in across the street and can hardly believe his luck when he sees a kid his age. "Maybe a friend?" he thinks, but this notion vanishes when he notices that the kid has a dog: "A big dog. Big jaws. Big teeth." But when Ben finally meets Max, he learns that Max is an “old scaredy-dog.” Can Max overcome his fear and make two new friends? Great for kids with anxiety around dogs.
Everyone gets sad sometimes, even a prickly Hedgehog. Hedgehog thinks that a hug will make him feel better, but all of his friends have excuses to not hug him: Rabbit doesn’t want to give him his cold, Raccoon doesn’t want Hedgehog to smell his “garbage breath”, and Fox gets a surprise when he tries to give him a “kiss.” Then he hears soft sobs and finds a kindred spirit who needs a hug too.
A child shoots a child. His baby sister. What does that do to him? This is the topic Barry Lyga tackles in his new novel BANG. Considering the important topics addressed, there is nothing political about this book. It is pure emotion and the characters are fully developed and completely lovable. And the PIZZA, so much pizza. Lyga gets into the mind of this young man and helps us to understand him and the people around him. A fantastic read.
Meet Chester. He comes from a long line of Service Dogs. Unfortunately, he flunks out of Service Dog School. But he still desperately wants a person. Meet Gus. He is a young man with autism. He doesn't know it yet, but he needs someone too. Chester meets Gus and their story begins. Told from Chester's point of view, this is a favulous book about friendship and understanding and knowing your purpose and working hard to accomplish it. Absolutely fantastic.
Who doesn’t love the beach? Sukie the dog, that’s who! Sukie thinks the beach is a very scary place “the stairs are big and sandy, and the waves are big and whooshy, and the balls are big and beachy. And besides, there might be LOBSTERS!” A fabulous book about love and friendship and overcoming our fears.
Giants will be Giants , “hurling and heaving, smashing and bashing.” Before he knows it, everything, and everyone, is gone and he is alone. When a little yellow bird comes back, he tries to keep him in a cage, but soon realizes if he wants things the way they were, he must fix the forest. A great story with lovely illustrations and lessons about responsibility and the environment.
Two greats from the world of children’s literature combine their talents to bring us Life, a book that celebrates life, from the smallest beginnings to the greatest storms, from the most wonderful to the sometimes difficult. Rylant’s message of hope is paired beautifully with Wenzel’s perfectly brushed illustrations. A wonderful addition to any children’s library.
Award-winning author Deanna F. Cook presents her irresistible companion to the best-selling Cooking Class. Baking Class features 50 easy-to-follow recipes kids love, including muffins, breads, biscuits, pies, and crackers. The book introduces kids to everything they need to know about baking with pictures of tools, bakery basics, and baking vocabulary. It includes a lesson on measuring and kitchen safety. Each recipe is marked with 1, 2, or 3 rolling pins based on the difficulty and amount of help kids might need to complete each one. There are also many extras included, such as sugar sifting and cookie cutter templates. A great gift for any budding baker, regardless of age!
The Dog is a wonderful story of how therapy dogs can help children with life-threatening illnesses. Just the presence of a dog can make anyone feel better.
“When I felt sad I patted her and she liked it. When I cried she licked my face.”
The words are very simple and the illustrations clearly capture how illness affects the children and their families. Inspired by Poppy the therapy dog at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice in Vancouver, Canada, partial proceeds from sales of The Dog will benefit that program.
Author-illustrator Matt Tavares brings us what is destined to become a new Christmas classic. Based on the love shared by two cardinals, this beautiful book follows that love from their home in the evergreen tree to Rockefeller Center in New York City. When their beautiful tree disappears with Lulu in it, Red is determined to find her. It will take a miracle, but luckily, it’s just the season for miracles.
“Way out west, the warm winds blow,
The grass grows high, the sun hangs low.
I’ll find a ranch, there I’ll go…
And I’ll become a cowgirl.”
Angela DiTerlizzi captures every little girl’s dream in a beautifully imaginative and illustrated picture book about pretend play and all of the places it can take us. This little girl transforms her world with her pompom spurs andjump rope lasso, all with her trusty pup by her side.
From the New York Times Bestselling Author of On the Night You Were Born comes a book about what it means to be you. Her illustrations depict many different children paired with different animals and doing the things that they do best. It encourages children to try their own “bells and whistles” until they find “The amazing astonishing story of you.”