For Educators and Librarians
Picture Books and Early Readers
Middle-Grade and Young Adult
If Little Pea doesn't eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What's a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.
Acclaimed activist Philippe Cousteau and renowned author Deborah Hopkinson team up to offer a story of the powerful difference young people can make in the world. Meet Viv, who has a new home and a new school by the sea, and follow her as she finds her way in a new place and helps bring together a whole community to save the sea turtles of the South Carolina coast. Click through for an educator's guide exploring youth activism!
This is a book about what citizenship—good citizenship—means to you, and to us all: Across the course of several seemingly unrelated but ultimately connected actions by different children, we watch how kids turn a lonely island into a community—and watch a journey from what the world should be to what the world could be.
This genuine exchange between real kids provides a window into lifestyles and traditions that may differ from our own, as well as a mirror reflecting the common experiences that unite us all. Inspired by his own travels to write this book, Matt Lamothe will transport readers across the globe and back with this gorgeously illustrated picture book.
Deep in the forest, in the warm-wet green, one almendro tree grows, stretching its branches toward the sun—in and under those branches, all sustained by one tree, thousands of rainforest creatures are living. Tree of Wonder is an exciting introduction to the biodiversity of the rainforest biome. Click through for an educator's guide that offers discussion questions and further reading!
“A stone sat still with the water, grass, and dirt and it was as it was where it was in the world.” To some creatures it’s a pebble, to others a peak, to some a smell. Each animal that encounters the stone knows it to be something unique, but the stone itself is a constant in an ever changing world.
“The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws . . . and the child saw A CAT, and the dog saw A CAT, and the fox saw A CAT. Yes, they all saw the cat.” In simple, rhythmic prose and ingeniously stylized pictures, Brendan Wenzel takes young readers on a walk alongside a cat. But is it really a story about the cat, or is it about the creatures who see it?
The Statue of Liberty was conceived many years ago in the late 1800s, but its meaning—of unity, of welcome, of acceptance—has never been more relevant than today. This moving, profound book tells the story of one of the most significant architectural triumphs in the world: the Statue of Liberty. It’s a story that begins with one man’s idea for the statue and continues through its creation on both sides of the Atlantic as a team of visionaries join hands to build this monument to freedom.
Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn’t hers—it was her big brother’s—and it wasn’t strung right—she was left-handed. But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By eleven, she’d written “Freight Train,” one of the most famous folk songs. And by the end of her life, everyone from the California beaches to the rolling hills of England knew her music.
A picture book biography of Les Paul, considered to be the father of the solid-body electric guitar. With his irrepressible curiosity and an endless faith in what is possible, Les Paul created the world’s first solid-body electric guitar, countless other inventions that have changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll.
Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s signature sense of humor here—there’s also a subtle lesson for kids who don’t know when to let go of an argument. A smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on at least one thing: reading it again!
Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical picture book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant, and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
The darling, dancing Flora is back, and this time she’s found two new friends: a pair of peacocks! But amidst the fanning feathers and mirrored movements, Flora realizes that the push-and-pull between three friends can be a delicate dance. Will this trio find a way to get back in step? Click through for a series guide on this wonderful series about Flora and her feathered friends!
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!
Fox and Chick don't always agree, but Fox and Chick are always friends. With sly humor and companionable warmth, Sergio Ruzzier deftly captures the adventures of these seemingly opposite friends. With spare text and airy images, this early chapter book is also accessible to a picture book audience.
Charlie & Mouse showcases the creativity and silliness of two siblings in four irresistible stories. First, they talk to some lumps (that become people once they wake up). Then, they invite the whole neighborhood to an (imaginary) party at the park. After that, they sell some rocks. Finally, they invent the bedtime banana. Both parents and young readers will enjoy these heartwarming and silly stories of imagination and play, and the tender bond between siblings.
It’ s Career Day at Emerson Elementary School, and all the students have to choose what they want to be when they grow up. No problem. Ivy and Bean already have that all figured out. At least, they thought so, until they met Herman the Treasure Hunter. Now everyone in the second grade is looking for treasure—and finding it. Everyone except Ivy and Bean, that is. They need to get out their shovels and turn up some treasure on the double!
Mila, her sisters, and her brother, Oskar, live in a small forest cabin, surviving in a world gripped by frost and snow. When a mysterious man shows up on her doorstep, Mila and her family grant him shelter for the night. But in the morning, the man is gone—and he's taken Oskar with them.
In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law. But their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a landmark Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between the races. In spare and gorgeous verse, acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell tells the story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.