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Born From The Heart

by Berta Serrano Alfonso Serrano

“Rose dreamed of her baby every night . . . She couldn't wait to share hugs and giggles.” Every child is born from the heart—whether or not the mother gave birth to that baby. This poetic and magical parable celebrates the richness of family as Rose and Charlie embark on the search for the child they so desperately want. As Rose's dream gets closer to coming true, her heart grows and grows . . . until it bursts with happiness, laughter, and wonder when she finally kisses the beautiful face of her new baby. First time author Berta Serrano and her brother Alfonso Serrano are the author-illustrator team behind this warm and quirky love letter for Berta's adopted son.

Brick By Brick

by Floyd Cooper Charles R. Smith

The compelling true story behind the building of the White House, a powerful part of history rarely taught. From Coretta Scott King Award winners Charles R. Smith Jr. and Floyd Cooper. <P><P>The home of the United States president was built by many hands, including those of slaves, who undertook this amazing achievement long before there were machines to do those same jobs. <P><P>Stirring and emotional, Floyd Cooper's stunning illustrations bring to life the faces of those who endured hard, brutal work when the profit of their labor was paid to the master, not the slave. The fact that many were able to purchase their freedom after earning money from learning a trade speaks to the strength of those individuals. They created this iconic emblem of America, brick by brick. <P><P>Includes an insightful author's note and a list of selected resources.

Charlie The Ranch Dog: Charlie's Snow Day (I Can Read! #Level 1)

by Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond (also known as The Pioneer Woman) and Charlie the Ranch Dog return in this snow-filled I Can Read title. When Charlie wakes up to a world covered in snow, he can't wait to go outside.

Charlie The Ranch Dog: Where's The Bacon? (I Can Read! #Level 1)

by Ree Drummond

Charlie the Ranch Dog isn't sure what he thinks about visitors. But Charlie will try to give the new dog on the farm a chance--so long as he stays away from Charlie's favorite things!

The Day The Crayons Quit

by Oliver Jeffers Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking--each believes he is the true color of the sun.<P> What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?<P> Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers' Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.

Don't Say a Word, Mama / No Digas Nada, Mama

by Joe Hayes Esau Andrade Valencia

Mamá says she has the best daughters in the world. The two women live near their mother-Rosa with her husband and children, Blanca by herself. They both have flourishing gardens. Rosa and Blanca are so generous and kind and thoughtful-well, everyone, including Mamá, ends up with too much corn, tomatoes, and red hot chiles! It's crazy! It's also Joe Hayes at his finest, telling one of those stories young kids love, full of mishaps, surprise endings, and happy mommas! In fact, one seven-year old-after hearing Joe tell Don't Say a Word, Mama!-came home and told her mother, "I heard a story today that I think changed my life!" That's a pretty fantastic endorsement!

An Easter Prayer

by Amy Parker

Preschoolers can't help but notice all the new wonders of springtime, and An Easter Prayer emphasizes that God is the One to thank! Sweet rhymes and adorable art are perfect for young listeners, who will ask to read this colorful, die-cut board book even when spring is long past. Families will want to collect all the titles in the Time to Pray series, including A Pumpkin Prayer and An "I Love You" Prayer. Meets national education standards.

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

by Chris Raschka

"[Raschka's] marvelous sequences, fluid style, and emotional intelligence capture all of the momentum and exhilaration of this glorious accomplishment," raves School Library Journal in a starred review. Learning to ride a bike is one of the most important milestones of childhood, and no one captures the emotional ups and downs of the experience better than Chris Raschka, who won the 2012 Caldecott Medal for A Ball for Daisy. In this simple yet emotionally rich "guide," a father takes his daughter through all the steps in the process--from choosing the perfect bicycle to that triumphant first successful ride. Using very few words and lots of expressive pictures, here is a picture book that not only shows kids how to learn to ride, but captures what it feels like to fall . . . get up . . . fall again . . . and finally "by luck, grace, and determination" ride a bicycle!

Fancy Nancy: Too Many Tutus (I Can Read! #Level 1)

by Jane O'Connor

Nancy's mom says Nancy has too many tutus! But what happens when her class hosts a swap-and-shop and Nancy finds the perfect tutu?

Froggy's Worst Playdate

by Jonathan London Frank Remkiewicz

A play date with a girl? Froggy is horrified! What will his friends say? But when Dad bribes him with the promise of a movie outing, Froggy has to agree, even if he won't sit next to Frogilina. She might try to kiss him. EEWW! This could be the worst play date ever. Children have enjoyed the misadventures of trouble-prone Froggy in more than twenty books. Froggy just never learns--and that's why we love him!

Henry Helps Make Cookies

by Beth Bracken

One of eight "Henry Helps" books, this text shows children how helpful they can be and gives ways to encourage cooperation in family life.

I See Kitty

by Yasmine Surovec

Love that Kitty! The most adorable picture book of the year invites the very youngest cat lovers to find Kitty in the world around them. Chloe loves kitties. She wants a cat so much that she sees Kitty everywhere she goes: at the bus stop, in her backyard, in the starry night sky, even in her dreams. From debut children's book illustrator Yasmine Surovec comes a story so adorable that if you don't already love cats you will by the time you're done reading it. In the tradition of iconic preschool books like Where's Spot?, I See Kitty uses bright, bold artwork to appeal to very young readers and charm them for generations to come.

Locomotive

by Brian Floca

It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America's brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.<P> Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country!<P> The Caldecott Medal Winner, Sibert Honor Book, and New York Times bestseller Locomotive is a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America's early railroads, from the creator of the "stunning" (Booklist) Moonshot.

Monkey & Robot

by Peter Catalanotto

Monkey and Robot are friends--the best kind. They simply belong together, and it never matters that silly Monkey is furry, or that kind Robot can rust. What matters is their sharing: movies and popcorn, games of hide-and-seek, a fish tank for...a hippopotamus? Joining the ranks of such noteworthy pairs as Bert and Ernie, Frog and Toad, and Henry and Mudge, Monkey and Robot celebrate their friendship in this chapter book of four charming tales that are ideal for young readers.

Pete the Cat: Pete's Big Lunch (I Can Read! #My First Shared Reading)

by James Dean

Pete the Cat is hungry. What should he make for lunch? Pete decides to make a sandwich! But this isn't an ordinary sandwich. . . . Pete has some pretty groovy ideas about what should go inside. And the bigger this sandwich gets, the more ideas Pete has! But what happens if Pete's sandwich gets too big for him to eat?

Round Is a Tortilla

by John Parra Roseanne Thong

In this lively picture book, children discover a world of shapes all around them: rectangles are ice-cream carts and stone metates, triangles are slices of watermelon and quesadillas. Many of the featured objects are Latino in origin, and all are universal in appeal. With rich, boisterous illustrations, a fun-to-read rhyming text, and an informative glossary, this playful concept book will reinforce the shapes found in every child's day!

Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Halloween: A Safety Guide for Scaredies (Scaredy Squirrel Series)

by Mélanie Watt

"Halloween is creeping up quickly," warns everyone's favorite worrywart, "and it's time to gather the courage to face the ghoulish festivities!" And according to Scaredy Squirrel, the best way to do that is by being prepared. So he's compiled this essential guide full of ideas, strategies and plans to help readers survive Halloween "all in one piece!" From costume suggestions rated with Scaredy's own specially designed SCARE-O-METER (it helps gauge the fear factor), to instructions for visiting a haunted mansion (tip: don't make eye contact when passing the graveyard), to recommendations for outwitting infamous Halloween monsters (example: challenge Frankenstein to count), his advice covers every Halloween danger imaginable (plus many more you never thought of!). Of course, if all else fails, Scaredy has a surefire backup plan: play dead. Because on this, the scariest day of the year, Scaredy Squirrel's leaving nothing to chance! <P><P>Lexile Measure: AD670L

Shopkins: The Ultimate Collector's Guide

by Jenne Simon

Meet Shopkins(TM) -- the newest collectable craze!<P><P> Now available in ebook!<P> Shopkins(TM) are the hottest new collectible toy! Each fun figurine looks like a miniature grocery store product. There are cute fruits, tasty treats, adorable beauty products, and more. There are more than 140 Shopkins to collect in Season 1, and Season 2 of Shopkins will launch in Spring 2015.<P> This Ultimate Collector's Guide is the essential handbook for every Shopkins fan! Learn about Apple Blossom, Strawberry Kiss, Cheeky Chocolate, and their friends. This book contains all the Shopkins from Seasons 1 and 2, including rare and special editions. Plus, it comes with a cool collector's checklist.<P> So grab your cart and collect them all--because once you shop, you can't stop!

Splat the Cat: Blow, Snow, Blow (I Can Read #Level 1)

by Rob Scotton

Splat decides to create his own from ice cubes, feathers, and a fan. When that doesn't work, he tries to persuade the snow to fall by dressing in his snowsuit and waiting with his sled.

The Storm Whale

by Benji Davies

Noi and his father live in a house by the sea. Noi's father works hard as a fisherman, and Noi often has only their six cats for company. <P><P>So when, one day, he finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm, Noi is excited and takes it home to care for it. He tries to keep his new friend a secret, but but there's only so long you can keep a whale in the bath without your dad finding out. <P><P> Noi is eventually persuaded that the whale has to go back to the sea where it belongs, but now very much aware of his son's loneliness, his father helps and in the weeks that follow the whale's return, finds time to do more with him, be it colouring or going on a picnic. <P><P> For Noi, even though he can't keep it, the arrival of the whale changes his life for the better - the perfect gift from one friend to another.

Warning - Do Not Open This Book!

by Adam Lehrhaupt Matthew Forsythe

CAUTION! This book contains monkeys, alligators, and a whole lot of silliness. You really shouldn't be opening this book. I'm serious. Just put it back on the shelf. Right... now. You're still reading this? Well, don't say I didn't warn you... It looks like a book, it feels like a book, and it even smells like a book. But watch out... madness and mayhem lie within! <P><P> Debut author Adam Lehrhaupt urges you NOT to take a walk on the wild side in this humorous, interactive romp with inventive and engaging illustrations from Eisner Award-winning comic artist and rising star children's book illustrator Matthew Forsythe. Warning: Do Not Open This Book? won the E. B. White Read-Aloud Honor award and was a 2013 Huffington Post Best Picture Book honorable mention and an ALA Notable Children's Book. This quirky, subversive creation begs to be enjoyed again and again and again.

Weather (National Geographic Readers)

by Kristin Baird Rattini

NIMAC-sourced textbook <P><P>What causes thunder and lightning? How do different clouds form? What makes a tornado twist? Kids will discover the answers to these questions and more in this colorful, photo-packed book. In this inviting and entertaining format, kids will discover what causes the weather they experience every day. This level 1 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the meteorologists of tomorrow!

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (The Land of Oz #1)

by L. Frank Baum

From Dorothy's modest Kansas farm, to the yellow-brick road, from the Wicked Witch of the West to the Emerald City, unforgettable icons abound in L. Frank Baum's classic The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. One of the most memorable stories in American history, this tale has spawned plays, sequels, and most notably the innovative 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts for K-1 at http://www.corestandards.org.]

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by Dan Santat

2015 Caldecott Award Winner! <P> This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.<P> New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.

Biscuit Loves the Library (I Can Read! #My First Shared Reading)

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli Pat Schories

There is so much to do--and there are so many friends to see--at the library!

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