Each month several books at different levels will be featured. Check scholastic, the school library, or with me for copies!
Moving Picture Books (movingpicturebooks.com) - Combines the best storytelling with leading edge technology to magically bring storybooks to life. We enhance the reading experience with the surprise of animation, narration, music and sound effects and offer English- and Spanish-language versions of the stories. Eency Weency Spider - Ten courageous spiders show off ten daring and exciting ways to climb the water spout. But the patient, littlest spider of them all, Eency Weency, does her best by not rushing, watching, and waiting. Who will get there first? Watch and see! Ages 2-7 years
In a world of rivets and drabness, a boy befriends a fantastical red creature that appears to be totally lost: based on the writer-director Tan's prize-winning children's book. Directed by Shaun Tan. This film is part of the Sydney Film Festival. June 2-14 2010. www.sff.org.au
A picture book about a boy who wants to take a book about Abe Lincoln out of a segregated library.
In their own special way, America's favorite dinosaurs do what kids do, and now in Jane Yolen and Mark Teague's newest addition to their playful series, dinosaurs act naughty but are forgiven. Parent-dino/child love reigns!
WATCH OUT, WORLD! ¡Gabí está aquí! (That means: Gabí is here!) With her friends and familia by her side, Gabí is ready for anything . . . sort of. Her worst enemy, Johnny Wiley, is driving her crazy. He makes fun of her name. He picks on her friends. And now, Gabí has to spend a whole, entire month working with him on a school project! Gabís so mad she can hardly even talk. Her English words keep getting jumbled with her Spanish words. Now shes speaking a mix of both, and no one know what shes saying! Will Gabí ever make sense again? Or will she be tongue-tied forever? Oh, and BTW, thats Gabí. As in Gah-BEE. With an accent. Not Gabi as in Gabby. Cause thats the way she likes it. And it does NOT rhyme with blabby! And she does NOT talk too much!
Chimmy Alphabet book (from A to Z) helps toddlers and children of all ages learn how to say, read and write basic words in 5 different foreign languages including English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. This early foreign languages development tool contains colorful and captivating pictures of Chimmy and his friends. It also contains an audio CD that teaches the correct pronunciation of each word, making the learning process interactive and fun for all. To Order go to www.Chimmy5in1.com
One Million Men and Me is a heartwarming picture book written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Peter Ambush that explores the Million Man March through the eyes of a little girl who was with her daddy the day black men made history. It is published by Just Us Books (www.justusbooks.com). You can find the book through online booksellers and in libraries and select bookstores around the country. It is an Accelerated Reader title.
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Author Phillip Hoose On March 2, 1955, an impassioned teenager, fed up with the daily injustices of Jim Crow segregation, refused to give her seat to a white woman on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Instead of being celebrated as Rosa Parks would be just nine months later, fifteen-year-old Claudette Colvin found herself shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that struck down the bus segregation laws of Montgomery and swept away the legal underpinnings of the Jim Crow South. Based on extensive interviews with Claudette Colvin and many others, Phillip Hoose presents the first in-depth account of an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure, skillfully weaving her dramatic story into the fabric of the historic Montgomery bus boycott and court case that would change the course of American history.
The Year of Goodbyes: A True Story of Friendship, Family, and Farewells. By Debbie Levy. Published by Disney-Hyperion Books for Children, 2010. "Artfully weaving together her mother's poesiealbum (autography/poetry album), diary, and her own verse, Levy crafts a poignant portrait of her Jewish mother's life in 1938 Nazi Germany that crackles with adolescent vitality." --Publishers Weekly (starred review) "An immensely powerful experience. . . ." --Kirkus (starred review) "This is a can't-put-down book that will spark discussions among readers both young and old." --IndieBound Children's Indie Next List
From acclaimed children's book author April Halprin Wayland and award-winning illustrator Stéphane Jorisch comes a new story about the Jewish new year.
An ordinary house cat has a secret life.
A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: is it a duck or a rabbit? From the award-winning author of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink comes Duck! Rabbit! Readers will find more than just Amy Krouse Rosenthal's signature humor here—there's also a subtle lesson for kids who don't know when to let go of an argument. Featuring illustrations by Tom Lichtenheld, Duck! Rabbit! is a smart, simple story that will make readers of all ages eager to take a side, Duck! Rabbit! makes it easy to agree on one thing—reading it again! Find out more about this title at Chronicle Books' catalog page: chroniclebooks.com Credits: Clinton Inselmann - Editor/Designer Earhole Studios - Music & Sound Design Jessie and Nate - Narrators
Author/illustrator DB Johnson was inspired by the art of MC Escher to create Palazzo Inverso (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 2010). With this innovative story, Johnson has turned the picture book on its head, literally. You can read it both right-side up and upside down. "Palazzo Inverso is not just for little kids," Johnson says. "Its for big kids who like figuring out puzzles, who can stand on their heads and look at the world upside down. I made this book for rebels who like a challenge and for the least of us, who with little opportunity, can imagine our way to noble heights."
Catch a glimpse of THE RUNAWAY DRAGON, a funny fantasy from children's book author Kate Coombs. Due out on September 1, 2009, the book is a sequel to The Runaway Princess, an ALA Notable Book in 2007. Jacket art by Jonathan Bean, publisher Farrar Straus and Giroux.
Trailer for children's book, ESTELA'S SWAP by Alexis O'Neill, illustrated by Enrique O. Sanchez, published by Lee & Low Books. A Latina girl tries to sell her music box that plays, "Cielito Lindo" to pay for dancing lessons at Ballet Folklorico. Kirkus Reviews says, ". . .wonderful for reading aloud . . ."
Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children (August 2009) Dumped in the River Charon, hunted by an accursed river creature and betrayed by the wicked Matron Pluckrose, Tensy Farlow is in mortal danger. She has no parents. Worse still, she has no guardian angel. When she is thrown into the Home for Mislaid Children a gloomy orphanage where ravens attack, Watchers hover over her bed, and even the angels cannot be trusted it seems that all hope is lost. Yet could it be that a plucky, flame-haired orphan with a mysterious past is precisely what this dark world needs? WINNER: APA Best Designed Children's Fiction Book 2010 www.jenstorer.com
Video trailer for children's picture book, ME WITH YOU; release date May 14, 2009 at bookstores nationwide and online; written by Kristy Dempsey, illustrated by Christopher Denise
www.gingerwadsworth.com One spring day Spider and her brothers and sisters spill out from their egg sac into the welcoming sun. Spider is eager to spin her own web, but first she must escape hungry predators--including her own siblings. It's a dangerous world, and a crowded one. So one windy day, Spider follows her instincts, climbs up high, and soars up, up, and away. http
www.methetree.com With enchanting images of nature and a lyrical storyline, Ann Louise Ramsey's children's picture book "Me, the Tree" is an inspiring tale about the power of believing in oneself. Great for all ages. http Copyright, Ann Louise Ramsey Song title: Long Distance Written by Linda Hickman. Performed by: Linda Hickman - tin whistle Jesse Winch - bodhran Nancy Conescu -guitar
In this fifth book of the acclaimed Henry picture book series, DB Johnson and Linda Michelin recreate the wonder of Henry David Thoreau's moonlit walks and show us Henry's magical encounter with the night bird. Houghton Mifflin Books For Children Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Book trailer for HOW TO SAVE YOUR TAIL, by Mary Hanson, praised by the Center for Children's Books as a "sparkling fractured fairy tale novel...both surprising and hilarious." Random House Inc. Charlie May SImon Book Award Nominee 2009-10; South Carolina Children's Book Award Nominee 2008-09; Cochecho Readers' Award Nominee 2009-10.
This wonderful multicultural children's book is the second of a series of books, written by actor and comedian Cheech Marin. Illustrated by Orlando L. Ramirez and published by Harper Collins/Rayo. The Cheecharrones, the kids who ride on Cheech's school bus, are challenged to a boat race. Ever try turning a bus into a boat? for more info visit: www.orlandoramirez.com or www.pinwheelmedia.com
This wonderful multicultural children's book is the first of a series of books, written by Bernae Okegbenro. Illustrated by Ronny Myles and published by Enrichment Reading Publications. Abi is no different from the other students in her fourth-grade class—at least she wants to believe. But with a name like Abimbola, she sticks out like a sore thumb and is often teased and bullied. When Abi becomes a big sister for the first time, she fears her parents will give the baby an uncommon name like Abimbola. To Abi's surprise, she has to wait an entire EIGHT days until the Naming Ceremony to find out! Abi soon begins her adventure to unfold the secret behind her baby sister's name, but what she discovers along the way is SO MUCH MORE! For more info visit: www.EnrichmentReading.com