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The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter - 2003

The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites

Dr. Seuss - 2003
    11 complete stories at a great price!Featuring:The Cat in the Hat read by Kelsey GrammerHorton Hears a Who read by Dustin HoffmanHow the Grinch Stole Christmas read by Walter MatthauDid I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? read by John CleeseThe Lorax read by Ted DansonYertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag read by John LithgowThidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose read by Mercedes McCambridgeHorton Hatches the Egg read by Billy CrystalThe Cat in the Hat Comes Back read by Kelsey Grammer

The Snail and the Whale

Julia Donaldson - 2003
    Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the snail feels very small in the vastness of the world. But when the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-Up Adaptation

Robert Sabuda - 2003
    The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll's original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Willems - 2003
    As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.

My Lucky Day

Keiko Kasza - 2003
    Fox's door "accidentally," the fox can hardly believe his good luck. It's not every day that dinner just shows up on your doorstep. It must be his lucky day! Or is it?Before Mr. Fox can say grace, the piglet has manipulated him into giving him a fabulously tasty meal, the full spa treatment (with bath and massage), and . . . freedom.In a funny trickster tale of her own, Kasza keeps readers guessing until the surprise ending when they'll realize it was piglet's lucky day all along.

The Jungle Book

Walt Disney Company - 2003
    But what happens when he is told that he must go live in the Man-village? Find out in this Little Golden Book retelling of the classic Disney movie The Jungle Book.

Old Turtle and the Broken Truth

Douglas Wood - 2003
    Now Old Turtle returns in a timeless story about love, acceptance, and the nature of truth.Long ago, as truth descended onto earth, it split in two: one piece landing among the people and the other blazing through the sky. When the people discover the piece of truth, it gives them strength and happiness. But over time, it turns them arrogant and greedy. They do not share their truth with others, wars rage on, and the earth begins to suffer. Then a Little Girl eager for change journeys to find Old Turtle, seeking the precious piece of wisdom that will mend the people's broken truth, making it -- and them -- whole once again.Douglas Wood's stirring and eloquent fable, soulfully illustrated in luminous watercolor by Jon J Muth, offers readers of all ages inspiration, hope, and a healing vision of peace.

Curious George Visits the Library

Margret Rey - 2003
    But it’s not easy for a little monkey to sit still too long. From selecting books to getting his very own library card, George’s day at the library makes reading fun.

Snuggle Puppy! (Boynton on Board)

Sandra Boynton - 2003
    It is bright, chunky, a pleasure to hold, and has a die-cut cover that reveals a glimpse of the joy inside before it's even opened. Best of all, it's packed, of course, with pure Boynton: her inimitable language, her inimitable illustrations, her inimitable sense of fun. OOO, Snuggle Puppy of mine! Everything about you is especially fine. I love what you are. I love what you do. Fuzzy little Snuggle Puppy, I love you. Featuring a sweet and cuddly doggie cast and rhyming verse, Snuggle Puppy is the perfect bedtime book to read last, because of an ending that kids will want again and again: I started with OOO. . . . Now we'll end like this: [BIG SMOOCH!] Oversized lap edition also available—perfect for reading aloud!

You Choose

Pippa Goodhart - 2003
    Where would you live? Where would you sleep? Who would be your friends? What games would you play? Go on . . . you choose! With the help of Nick Sharratt's wonderfully detailed illustrations, Pippa Goodhart looks at a whole range of scenarios where choosing is made fun!

A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee

Chris Van Dusen - 2003
    Magee seriesA new adventure with Mr. Magee and his dog, Dee: In A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee, Mr. Magee and his trusty dog, Dee, are enjoying a peaceful camping trip when along comes a lumbering, marshmallow-loving bear and the excitement begins. The next thing the two campers know, they are plunging down a mountain, racing down a river, and teetering on the edge of a waterfall! How will Mr. Magee and Dee find their way out of this slippery situation? • Filled with charming, vibrant illustrations and playful, rhyming text. • Chris Van Dusen is the author and illustrator of Down to the Sea with Mr. Magee and Learning to Ski with Mr. MageeFans of the Mr. Magee series, Llama Llama Loves Camping and Curious George Goes Camping will love this outdoor adventure with Mr. Magee.A lesson on overcoming obstacles with an easy to follow storyline, fun illustrations, and likable characters • A fun read-aloud for families and elementary story time• Books for kids ages 3-6• Books for early and emergent readers

Falling for Rapunzel

Leah Wilcox - 2003
    Instead of her curly locks, she throws her dirty socks. Instead of silky tresses, out go lacey dresses. And you can predict the guaranteed-to-crack-kids-up clothing she sends down when the prince simply says hair. . . .Finally Rapunzel heaves out something that makes all the prince's dreams come true, showing how misunderstandings can lead to happily-ever-after.Hilarious text, clever page-turns, and vibrant, eclectic art make this a non-traditional Rapunzel kids will want to read about again and again.

Deltora Quest 3: Dragons of Deltora

Emily Rodda - 2003
    As the starving people weaken, Lief, Barda and Jasmine discover a terrible secret, that the Shadow Lord has left behind the seeds of death itself, destined to ruin Deltora. They are called the four sisters, one in each corner of the land, and the three set out to destroy the vile creations.The stunning conclusion series to the Deltora Quest story.

Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walt Disney Company - 2003
    Now new and old fans can relive the magic of this beloved film as it is retold in a beautiful full-color Little Golden Book!

Famous Five Collection 03 (books 7-9)

Enid Blyton - 2003
    It's going to be tough getting to the bottom of this mystery when there's only three of them.This 70th anniversary edition features the Classic editions of three Famous Five adventures (books 7-9) in one volume and contains the original cover art and inside drawings by Eileen Soper.

Stone Soup

Jon J. Muth - 2003
    Embittered and suspicious from the war, the people hide their food and close their windows tight. That is, until the clever strangers suggest making a soup from stones. Intrigued by the idea, everyone brings what they have until-- together, they have made a feast fit for a king! In this inspiring story about the strength people possess when they work together, Muth takes a simple, beloved tale and adds his own fresh twist.

Junie B. Jones Collection

Barbara Park - 2003
    Jones is back on audio with a collection of books that began the well-loved series. Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly BusRemember when it was scary to go to school? 'Cause it was your first day and you didn't know anything. Meet Junie B. Jones, kindergartner. She's so scared of the school bus and the meanies on it that when it's time to go home, she doesn't. Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey BusinessIt's pooey on B-A-B-I-E-S until Junie B. finds out that her new dumb old baby brother is a big fat deal. Her two bestest friends are giving her everything they own just to see him. And guess what else? Maybe she can bring him to school on Pet Day. Junie B. Jones and Her Big Fat MouthJunie B.'s having a rough week. First she got punishment for shooting off her mouth in kindergarten. And now she's in big trouble again! 'Cause Monday is Job Day, and Junie B. told her class that she's got the bestest job of all. Only, what the heck is it? Junie B. Jones and Some Sneaky Peeky SpyingJunie B. is the bestest spier in the whole world. That's 'cause she has sneaky feet. And her nose doesn't whistle when she breathes. But guess what? Junie B. might be real sneaky. And real peeky. But when she spies on Mrs., she could get into real trouble! Junie B. Jones and the Yucky Blucky Fruitcake In this audio, Junie B. wins the Carnival Night Cake Walk and chooses the bestest cake of all. How was she to know it was lethal weapon? Junie B. Jones and that Meanie Jim's Birthday Junie B. is NOT invited to Jim's birthday party in this great story.Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome WarrenJunie B. has to figure out how she can get the handomest guy she's ever seen to love her.Juine B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her BedJunie B. worries that Paulie Allen Puffer is right and she really does have monster under her bed.

The Man Who Walked Between the Towers

Mordicai Gerstein - 2003
    From a highly-respected picture book author/illustrator comes a lyrical evocation of Philippe Petit's 1974 tightrope walk between the World Trade Center towers.

I Knew You Could!: A Book for All the Stops in Your Life

Craig Dorfman - 2003
    I Knew You Could! provides familiar comfort in changing times and serves as a wonderful gift that will be treasured for years to come. Readers will revisit the story again and again as they move forward along life's path. From I think I can to I knew I could, The Little Engine That Could helps kids of all ages realize that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it!

Big Little

Leslie Patricelli - 2003
    Amiably illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli's spirited board book, Big Little, stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.


Matthew Van Fleet - 2003
    Engaging, cartoonish animals from tigers to pangolins romp across the pages as the rhyming text bounces along: “Tails fluffy, / Tails stringy, / Scaled tails strong and—clingy!” Pull tabs, lift-able flaps, tufts of fur, and even a scratch-and-sniff skunk tail provide plenty of tactile surprises. Along the way, youngsters will learn about counting, opposites, and how animals use their tails. A tried and true tail-wagger!

Flawed Dogs: The Year-End Leftovers At The Piddleton "Last Chance" Dog Pound

Berkeley Breathed - 2003
    Full color.

Yummy Yucky

Leslie Patricelli - 2003
    Sandwiches are yummy, sand is yucky.' With bold illustrations, Leslie Patricelli humorously introduces concepts to very young children. The book also has a double spread section featuring 'more yummy things' and 'more yucky things'.

Just a Minute!: A Trickster Tale and Counting Book

Yuyi Morales - 2003
    He requests that she leave with him right away. "Just a minute," Grandma Beetle tells him. She still has one house to sweep, two pots of tea to boil, three pounds of corn to make into tortillas -- and that's just the start! Using both Spanish and English words to tally the party preparations, Grandma Beetle cleverly delays her trip and spends her birthday with a table full of grandchildren and her surprise guest. This spirited tribute to the rich traditions of Mexican culture is the perfect introduction to counting in both English and Spanish. The vivacious illustrations and universal depiction of a family celebration are sure to be adored by young readers everywhere.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Jim Aylesworth - 2003
    Yes she did... " But worse is when she forget's not to do what she is told not to do. For sometimes that can lead to much more serious what happened the day of this story. McClintock's art, that is reminscent of 19th Century children's book art, perfectly compliments Aylesworth's playful, original, and very involving rendition of the classic Three Bears story.

Catwings Box Set

Ursula K. Le Guin - 2003
    Now readers can follow all of the adventures of the winged cats who escape the dangerous and dirty city to live in the countryside. From the original four cats, James, Roger, Thelma and Harriet, to their new friends, Jane and Alexander, the fantasy that is so wonderfully realistic is brought to life by S. D. Schindler's delicate, yet vibrant illustrations.

Guardians of Ga'hoole Boxed Set

Kathryn Lasky - 2003
    Deep in the Forest of Tyto the adventure takes wing!Soren is born in a forest kingdom where Barn Owls have lived in peace for eons. But evil now lurks in the owl world, an evil that will shatter Tyto's peace and change Soren's life forever.In the first four books of this popular series Soren and his band make their way to the Great Ga'Hoole Tree where they will join with like-minded owls - honest, brave, wise and true - to boldly face danger and be tested in ways they never imagined.

Amelia Bedelia 50th Anniversary Library: Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, and Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia

Peggy Parish - 2003
    This box set includes three of the most popular and bestselling Amelia Bedelia Level 2 I Can Read stories: Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia and the Surprise Shower, and Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia.Amelia Bedelia is all boxed up—literally! The Amelia Bedelia books are great for growing the vocabularies of beginning readers and making learning to read fun. A great gift and a wonderful way to introduce beginning readers to a favorite character!

Varjak Paw

S.F. Said - 2003
    But Varjak is forced out into the city when the sinister Gentleman and his two menacing cats take over his home. With help from his mystical ancestor, Jalal, Varjak manages to overcome challenges such as self-survival and a threat from the gangland cats, and he ultimately discovers the terrifying secrets behind the Vanishings. But can he save his own family from their fate? With wonderful integrated illustrations from acclaimed comic book artist Dave McKean, this book will appeal to all ages.From the Hardcover edition.

He Took My Lickin' for Me: A Classic Folk Tale

Timothy Robinson - 2003
    "Now, a rule is not much good without a punishment attached," said the teacher. "What should we do if someone breaks the rules?" The class's idea of justice, and what happens when they face it in all its fury, will become a meaningful type and shadow of the Savior's sacrifice for all of us.

Biscuit Wins a Prize

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 2003
    All his old friends are at the show, and Biscuit sees so many new friends that he can't sit still–even for the judge! The lovable yellow puppy's friendliness helps him win a big prize, and the hearts of his readers!

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone

Timothy Basil Ering - 2003
    . . plants the idea that with some strategy, good communication and goodwill, you can grow wonderful things." —PORTLAND PRESS HERALD"Frog Belly Rat Bone,one, two, three . . .the specks in the earthare protected by me.You must be patient andthen you will see. . . ."Once upon a time, in a dull, gray endless place called Cementland, there lived a very special boy who wished to find a treasure. After much searching among piles of greasy toaster ovens and wet smelly socks, he spies a box filled with specks and a wrinkled note that says, "Put these wondrous riches in the earth and enjoy." Horrified to learn that thieves are after his treasure, the boy scrounges the junkyard and conjures a creature to stand guard - a scarecrowlike gardener with crooked bony arms, a giant belly, a jaunty crown, and preternatural wisdom: Frog Belly Rat Bone, king and protector of the specks.With subtle, delicate tones, fantastical figures, and bursts of glowing color, the surreal artwork and hand-lettered text of Tim Ering’s picture book debut exude all the whimsy of an inspired imagination - and the wonders of a natural world that awaits discovery, even in Cementland.Included with each book: a whimsical full-color bookmark offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the artist, his technique - and his inspiration!

Daddy Kisses

Anne Gutman - 2003
    Cuddles and kisses will surely abound when reading this aloud!

Arnie the Doughnut

Laurie Keller - 2003
    One by one, doughnuts were chosen, placed in paper bags, and whisked away with their new owners. Some went by the dozen in giant boxes.Good-bye! Arnie yelled to each doughnut. Have a good trip!This is so exciting! Arnie beamed. I wonder who will choose ME?At first glance, Arnie looks like an average doughnut--round, cakey, with a hole in the middle, iced and sprinkled. He was made by one of the best bakeries in town, and admittedly his sprinkles are candy-colored. Still, a doughnut is just a doughnut, right?WRONG! Not if Arnie has anything to say about it. And, for a doughnut, he sure seems to have an awful lot to say. Can Arnie change the fate of all doughnuts--or at least have a hand in his own future? Well, you'll just have to read this funny story and find out for yourself. This title has Common Core connectionsArnie, the Doughnut is a 2004 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

I Took the Moon for a Walk

Carolyn Curtis - 2003
    Their unusual journey is described in lyrical verse, creating a magical story that celebrates the serene beauty of the world at night.

The Silverwing Trilogy (Boxed Set): Silverwing; Sunwing; Firewing

Kenneth Oppel - 2003
    Now Shade's many fans can follow his journeys once again in this handsome boxed set.Books in this set include:"SilverwingSunwingFirewing"

Brown Bear & Friends Board Book Gift Set

Bill Martin Jr. - 2003
    Now, for the first time, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?; Polar Bear, Polar Bear,What Do You Hear?; and Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? are available together in a boxed board book gift set—perfect for every baby's first library.This title has Common Core connections.

The Magic Paintbrush

Julia Donaldson - 2003
    She paints fish, pots and ladders and watches them come to life for the poor people in her village. But when the Emperor hears of this, how can Shen outwit his greedy plans?

Biscuit's Big Friend

Alyssa Satin Capucilli - 2003
    Biscuit wants to do everything that Sam does -- like running fast and fetching sticks. But it sure is hard for a puppy like Biscuit to keep up with such a big dog.In this encouraging story of friendship, Biscuit shows that small puppies can do big things! Biscuit’s Big Friend, a My First I Can Read book, is carefully crafted using basic language, word repetition, sight words, and sweet illustrations—which means it's perfect for shared reading with emergent readers.

I Am Too Absolutely Small for School

Lauren Child - 2003
    After all, why would she need to count higher than ten when she never eats more than ten cookies at a time? Once again, it's up to ever-patient big brother Charlie to persuade Lola that school is worthwhile — and that her invisible friend, Soren Lorensen, will be welcome, too.

Some Dogs Do

Jez Alborough - 2003
    Full color.

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

Jane Yolen - 2003
    Can you imagine dragging a very stubborn styracosaurus into the doctor's office? Or saying "Open wide" to a very sharp-toothed carnotaurus? From enormous sneezes to gigantic wails, the outrageous antics of the mischievous young dinosaurs in this book are sure to bring laughter to anyone - large or small - who has ever said atchoo!

Quiet Loud

Leslie Patricelli - 2003
    Amiably illustrated in a bright, graphic style, Leslie Patricelli’s spirited board book, QUIET LOUD, stars an obliging, bald, and very expressive toddler who acts out each pair of opposites with comically dramatic effect.

How I Became a Pirate

Melinda Long - 2003
    I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

Eight Silly Monkeys

Steve Haskamp - 2003
    Eight Silly Monkeys by Steve Hascamp reveals monkeys' antics.

The Cat in the Hat the Movie!: Cooking with the Cat

Bonnie Worth - 2003
    Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat movie.

Toes, Ears, & Nose! (A Lift-the-Flap Book)

Marion Dane Bauer - 2003
    Baby is bundled in a mountain of clothes! Peek under the flaps of clothing to find out what's underneath, and play this fun peekaboo book again and again!

"A" is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women

Lynne Cheney - 2003
    Now they turn their hands to A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women and bring the great women of American history to life. Filled to the brim with words and pictures that celebrate the remarkable (although often unmarked) achievements of American women, this is a book to relish and to read again and again. Mothers, daughters, schoolchildren, generations of families -- everyone -- will take Abigail Adams's words to heart and "remember the ladies" once they read the stories of these astonishing, astounding, amazing American women.

My Secret Bully

Trudy Ludwig - 2003
    THE SECRET'S OUT ON BULLYINGHere is the all-too-familiar story of Monica.  She and Katie have been friends since kindergarten.  Monica loves being around her when she's nice.  But there are times when Katie can be just plain mean.  And Monica doesn't understand why.Monica is a target of relational aggression, emotional bullying among friends who will use name-calling and manipulation to humiliate and exclude.  But with a little help from a supportive adult—her mother—Monica learns to cope and thrive by facing her fears and reclaiming power from her bully.Including a foreword by the founder of the The Ophelia Project, as well as helpful tips, discussion questions, and additional resources, My Secret Bully is a vital resource for children, parents, teachers, and counselors.

Sun, Moon and Stars

Stephanie Turnbull - 2003
    Includes internet links to carefully selected websites with video clips and activities.

SpongeBob AirPants: The Lost Episode (SpongeBob SquarePants)

Kitty Richards - 2003
    And this time he sets out to make his dream a reality. From a makeshift flying machine to a hapless bat costume, SpongeBob's airborne attempts are grounded until he accidentally invents a pair of superhero-like flying pants. But SpongeBob soon realizes that being a superhero isn't all it's cracked up to be. Will he ever be able to live as a mere mortal again? Find out in this aerodynamic adventure!

Serendipity and Her Friends (Serendipity Books)

Stephen Cosgrove - 2003
    So, journey to the magical, mystical land of Serendipity with seven of your favorite Serendipity stories gathered together in one charming hardcover edition. Illustrated by Robin James.

The Naming of Tishkin Silk

Glenda Millard - 2003
    The warm, loving home he shares with his father, grandmother and five big sisters (The Rainbow Girls) is marked by the aching absence of his mother and baby sister. Where have they gone and will they be coming home again? When Griffin starts school and meets Princess Layla the answers to his questions gently start to unfold.This unique, tender novel will captivate young readers and adults alike, with its warmth, honesty and beauty.

Little Quack

Lauren Thompson - 2003
    As his brothers and sisters splish, splash, and splosh their way into the pond behind their mama, he is left all alone on the shore. Little Quack wants to join his family. Can he find the courage to be a very small duck in a very big pond? Count along and find out! The QUACK-U-LATOR keeps score, adding a splash of math to all the fun!

From Lava to Life: The Universe Tells Our Earth Story

Jennifer Morgan - 2003
    The second in a trilogy of Universe stories -- the first being "Born with a Bang: The Universe Tells Our Cosmic Story"-- this book picks up the story with the first appearance of life on Earth. It's a thrilling story about how Earth triumphs over crisis to become bacteria, jellyfish, flowers...even dinosaurs! The author, Jennifer Morgan, studied evolutionary science and saw its storytelling possibilities when she explained it to her elementary-age son. Coupled with brilliant artwork by Dana Anderson, who also studied Cosmology, these books will intrigue children and adults alike with their storytelling style and colorful pages.

Can I tell you about Asperger Syndrome?: A guide for friends and family

Jude Welton - 2003
    Adam invites young readers to learn about AS from his perspective. He helps children understand the difficulties faced by a child with AS - he tells them what AS is, what it feels like to have AS and how they can help children with AS by understanding their differences and appreciating their many talents. This illustrated book is ideally suited for boys and girls between 7 and 15 years old and also serves as an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.

Everyday Graces: Child's Book Of Good Manners

Karen Santorum - 2003
    But good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers.Fortunately, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and teachers a wonderfully rich and instructive anthology to help instill good manners in our children—and stand against a decline of civility and a coarsening of our common life.Under such headings as “Honor Your Mother and Father,” “Please and Thank You,” “No Hurtful Words,” “Good Behavior in Sport,” and “Showing Respect for Country,” Everyday Graces features stories and poems that will develop and enrich the moral imagination. This marvelous anthology features classic selections from such well-known authors as Hans Christian Anderson, Beatrix Potter, Mark Twain, Frances Hodgson Burnett, C. S. Lewis, Max Lucado, and Arnold Lobel, as well as forgotten gems that deserve a new hearing.Mrs. Santorum writes that this anthology grew out of the frustration of not being able to find a book on manners that instructs through stories rather than by rules of dos and don’ts. She and her husband tried and tested many of these selections on their six children. Each of the selections is briefly introduced with a thoughtful commentary at the close, producing an informality and intimacy that is inviting and infectious.Find out why Everyday Graces has become a beloved feature in homes, schools, churches, and libraries across America.

Where's the Dragon?

Jason Hook - 2003
    Look inside this amazing picture book and feel the embossed pages. Can you see and touch the dragon? Can you find lots and lots of dragons? They’re everywhere! That’s because Mr. Jones is simply mad about the creatures. He carves them out of wood and he tells thrilling stories about them. But he’s never seen a real dragon, so he and his grandson George have set sail in search of one. Come along and help, using your sharp sense of sight and sensitive fingers to navigate through the pictures. But remember: to discover a really, truly fire-breathing dragon, you have to hunt high and low and always, always believe hard enough. A story kids will joyously read over and over again.

Millie Keith Boxed Set, Books 5-8

Martha Finley - 2003
    This boxed set of the popular fiction books for girls includes books 5-8 of the series: Millie's Steadfast Love (Book 5), Millie's Grand Adventure (Book 6), Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice (Book 7), and Millie's Fiery Trial (Book 8).'Excellent for Homeschool Use'

Space, Stars and Slimy Aliens

Nick Arnold - 2003
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Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?

Carmela LaVigna Coyle - 2003
    A girl asks her mother copious questions in this tale that encourages readers to follow their dreams.

Nightlights: Stories for You to Read to Your Child - To Encourage Calm, Confidence and Creativity

David Fontana - 2003
    It's a collection of twenty interactive meditation stories that have bene specially written to calm and relax your child at bedtime, while at the same time engaging and stimulating his or her imagination. These stories also help children in many other important ways. They help them to focus their minds and develop their powers of concentration and visualization, as well as learn more about emotions and feelings. Although not meditations in the strict sense, they do serve as a good preparation for learning real meditation later on. They also foster imagination and creativity, help children deal with their burgeoning anxieties, and help them take their first steps towards developing their own unique identity. In the Introduction, Civardi provides techniques to help parents develop their out-loud reading skills, shows how to create the right mood, and gives practical advice on how to talk with your child about what he or she has just heard. After each story, there is a brief list of affirmations which help to settle the message in the minds of both parent and child.

ABC: a Child's First Alphabet Book

Alison Jay - 2003
    . . but in Alison Jay's ABC, B also stands for basket, beehive,and butterfly. Featuring a simple format and bright paintings, this acclaimed alphabet book is perfect for toddlers. Older readers are encouraged to look and look again as each spread reveals a new perspective on what has come before and intriguing hints of what's still to come.

The Girls Collection

Jacqueline Wilson - 2003
    Falling in love, learning to like yourself, staying out late and coping with heartbreak - these friends help each other through it all.

Halibut Jackson

David Lucas - 2003
    He would prefer not to be noticed at all. But he loves to make his own suits, especially suits that help him blend into the background: He has a flowered suit for the park, a book-patterned suit for the library, and a fruit-adorned suit for the shops. But mostly he stays indoors. When Halibut's invited to a party at the palace, he's too bashful to go, until he decides to make a palace-patterned suit. "No one will even notice me!" he thinks. Except that it's a garden party . . . and everyone notices Halibut. Soon, he's the most popular guy in town, thanks to his skills with a needle and thread, and his fabulous fashion sense. This is a winning homage to shy people everywhere. Do you know a Halibut Jackson?

Dr. Seuss

Dana Meachen Rau - 2003
    Presents a brief overview of the life of the man who wrote "Green Eggs and Ham" and many other beloved children's books.

Sea Legs

Alex Shearer - 2003
    Eric (older and considerably wiser than Clive by about five minutes) and Clive decide that this time will be different. When their father leaves for his latest cruise, they will go with him! Only Dad doesn't know yet, because Eric and Clive are going to be stowaways! How can their plan possibly fail? Okay, so Clive is a compulsive liar, with a tendency toward disastrous mishaps. It's worth the risk. All they have to do is keep out of Dad's way and stay out of trouble -- for three whole weeks...

Elsie Dinsmore Boxed Set, Books 5-8

Martha Finley - 2003
    This boxed set of the popular fiction books for girls includes books 5-8 of the series: Elsie's True Love (Book 5), Elsie's Troubled Times (Book 6), Elsie's Tender Mercies (Book 7), and Elsie's Great Hope (Book 8).

How Groundhog's Garden Grew

Lynne Cherry - 2003
    From seed-gathering to planting, harvesting, and eating home-grown fruits and vegetables, children join Little Groundhog in learning about the gardening process. At the end, Little Groundhog invites his animal friends to a Thanksgiving harvest feast. Beautiful illustrations and thorough research on plants and insects make this sweet story an engrossing read, as well as a great picture-book introduction to how plants grow. Children and schools can follow Groundhog's lessons.


Suzy Lee - 2003
    Author and illustrator Suzy Lee masterfully creates a world where a little girl explores and dances — at first cautiously, later exuberantly — with her reflection in the mirror. When discord between the girl and her reflection surfaces, Lee's unforgettable story provides a gentle reminder that our actions have consequences. A beautiful book sure to be embraced by the many fans of Wave, Suzy Lee's Mirror strengthens her growing reputation as one of the most exciting new authors to watch.

Katie in London

James Mayhew - 2003
    At Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion, and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city.

The Judy Moody Mood Journal

Megan McDonald - 2003
    The book is full of fun illustrations, lists, quotes and questionnaires based on the books.

Macmillan Dictionary for Children

Christopher G. Morris - 2003
    Authoritative, accurate, and current, the Macmillan Dictionary for Children is the ideal resource for beginning readers and spellers.

Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat

Stephen Michael King - 2003
    . . and turn it into a Something. But in her plain old town full of bustling people, all Milli does is make plain, ordinary shoes. Until a pair of wandering minstrels come to town—Jack and the Dancing Cat. They teach Milli how to dance—the two-step, the three-step, and the tricky twisting backward sliding four-step—which makes her feel brave and free. Brave enough to create many wonderful Somethings: musical instruments with sounds never heard before, purple satin slippers with bells, and more. And Milli never again makes a plain, ordinary anything. From the creator of Emily Loves to Bounce comes a playful, inspired book about the need each of us feels to be ourselves.

Kit's Railway Adventure

Harriet Brown - 2003
    All aboard with Kit Kittredge for a memorable railroad adventure to Montana's majestic Glacier National Park! Order anything you like in the train's dining car, and sleep on the cozy upper bunk in a fancy drawing room compartment.

Little Bear's Little Boat

Eve Bunting - 2003
    He rows it around Huckleberry Lake, fishing and dreaming. But then Little Bear begins to grow and grow, until one day he doesn’t fit in his little boat anymore! All children who experience growing pains will appreciate Little Bear’s predicament. And they will smile with satisfaction as the solution to his problem unfolds in simple, lyrical words and charming pictures from two award-winning picture-book creators.

Join In and Play

Cheri J. Meiners - 2003
    This book teaches the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.Includes ideas for games adults can use with kids to reinforce the skills being taught.


Olivier Dunrea - 2003
    They try poking, listening, even sitting on top of his egg—but Ollie just won’t come out.Ollie is Ollie and he will decide when it’s time to hatch. Fans of Gossie and Gossie and Gertie will find Ollie just as charming and delightful as the first two books. Any toddler that has had to wait for a new brother or sister will find Ollie irresistible.

The Surprise

Sylvia van Ommen - 2003
    When it's long enough, he rides his moped to buy some red dye and dyes his wool and shaves it off. Sheep puts on a sweater and takes the wool to Poodle, who spins it into yarn. Back at home, Sheep knits a beautiful red sweater as a surprise present for Giraffe

Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel

Patricia Storace - 2003
    With only a pet green monkey named Callaloo for company, Sugar Cane is lonely-her only consolation is her love of music. Often she stands at her window and sings, imagining that the echo of her voice is someone answering her. Then one night, someone does hear her song, but could this young man with a gift for music break the spell of Madam Fate and help Sugar Cane set herself free? Patricia Storace's lyrical and poignant retelling of the Rapunzel tale in a Caribbean setting is perfectly matched with Raúl Colón's lush illustrations. An unforgettable feast for the senses.

Dear Tooth Fairy

Alan Durant - 2003
    She has a few questions to ask first, about how fairies operate and where her tooth will end up. Luckily, the obliging Tooth Fairy responds — five times! Readers will be tickled to reach inside real envelopes and find Holly's missives from the Tooth Fairy, including removable letters, a poster, a riddle-teller, and — finally — a shiny fairy coin.


Anna Milbourne - 2003
    Why do cats purr? How do cats say hello? Which cat has no tail? In this book you'll find the answers and lots more about the curious world of cats.

God Loves You Very Much

Cindy Kenney - 2003
    On each page of this fun, rhyming, board book shaped like Bob and Larry, kids meet their favorite VeggieTales characters who encourage them to remember that God loves them very much.Bob the Tomato says: God made you special, but here is the rest, He loves you so much he thinks you're the best!Kids will giggle their way through each page as Bob, Larry, and their Veggie friends share a special message that will last a lifetime!Through imaginative and innovative products, Zonderkidz is feeding young souls.

Magic Tree House: #25-28 [Collection]

Mary Pope Osborne - 2003
    There they meet William Shakespeare who’s having a hard time with some of the actors in his latest show. Are Jack and Annie ready to make a big entrance? Or will it be curtains for Shakespeare?Good Morning, GorillasGentle giants or giant monsters? That's the question Jack and Annie have about gorillas when the Magic Tree House sweeps them to the mountains of Africa. There they meet a group of amazing and sometimes frightening gorillas. Will the gorillas be able to teach him some special magic?Thanksgiving on ThursdayIt’s a time for giving thanks when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?"High Tide in HawaiiCatch the wave! That's what Jack and Annie do when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to a Hawaiian island of long ago. They learn how to surf and have a great time - until strange things start happening. Jack and Annie soon discover the cause: A tidal wave is headed their way! Can they help save their new friends in time?

Curious George and Friends: Favorite Stories by Margret and H.A. Rey

Margret Rey - 2003
    A. Rey features eight classic stories by the creators of Curious George. The book opens with an introduction called “Memories of the Reys” by Margaret Bloy Graham, the illustrator of the popular Harry the Dirty Dog and other books about Harry. Graham was a long-time friend and neighbor of Hans and Margret Rey. Throughout their lives the Reys created many lively books together. The character for whom the author-illustrator team became best known, Curious George, arrived as one of many monkey children in Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, Hans’s first book for children. Encouraged by their publisher and children throughout the world, the Reys continued with more books about Curious George. In the meantime, the Reys published a number of books showcasing their creative talents and their rare, immediate connection with childhood. These books feature characters, all with their own personalities, and a few with resemblances to George. Whether they come to you as new friends or old, they are sure to entertain children’s book lovers everywhere.

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Stephanie Turnbull - 2003
    The books have two reading levels, with a simple sentence on each page for beginners, and more complex information for more confident readers.

Richard Scarry's Favorite Storybook Ever

Richard Scarry - 2003
    Sixteen favorite stories are featured in this full-color, hardcover storybook collection.

Mr Twiddle Fetches Polly And Other Stories

Enid Blyton - 2003

A Triple Treat of Horrid Henry

Francesca Simon - 2003
    Bumper collection of three books in a top-selling series about an awesomely naughty child.

How to Draw 101 Monsters

Dan Green - 2003
    The books include simple step-by-step black and white illustrations to follow to make the learning process easy and fun. Once these titles have been mastered the budding young artists will be ready and prepared to try some amazing drawings of their own!

We All Go Traveling By (Sing Along With Fred Penner)

Sheena Roberts - 2003
    The I-Spy theme encourages reader/listener interaction, while the cumulative, repetitive text helps build sequencing skills. We All Go Traveling By is ideal for read-aloud and music and movement activities.

Good Night, Sweet Butterflies: A Color Dreamland

Dawn Bentley - 2003
    The nine glittery plastic butterflies in this sweet bedtime storybook correspond to the predominant color on each spread, reinforcing color identification skills in a soothing way.This is the ultimate novelty bedtime book -- one that little sleepyheads will clamor for each night. The best-selling format can't be beat, and the beautiful glittery butterflies and die-cut fun on every page add to the bed-time extravaganza!

What are You So Grumpy About?

Tom Lichtenheld - 2003
    But in this book, the things that make you grumpy can actually be funny. So be careful, or you'll end up laughing at your own grumpiness. And, as you'll soon find out, it's hard to be giggly and grumpy at the same time.

Green Light for the Little Red Train

Benedict Blathwayt - 2003
    Children love the bright, busy pages of the Little Red Train series.When Duffy the driver is told to keep going until the lights change, that’s exactly what he does -- and he doesn’t even notice that he’s driven Little Red Train right under the sea to France!

I Spy Ultimate Challenger: A Book of Picture Riddles

Jean Marzollo - 2003
    It's the Ultimate Challenge: the most difficult riddles combined with the most incredible photographs—culled from the original I Spy books—to create the most intriguing I Spy book ever!Think you know every I Spy book out there? Think you've found every last bauble, bow, striped cat, and cloudy ship?Think again!Jean Marzollo has written her most challenging riddles yet to accompany Walter Wick's fabulous photographs culled from the original I Spy books.You've never seen I Spy like this!

1001 Things To Spot In The Sea

Katie Daynes - 2003
    Simple text and colourful scenes bursting with things to spot combine to help children develop skills in reading, counting, matching and identification.

Fuzzy Bee and Friends

Roger Priddy - 2003
    This charming cloth book is perfect for your littlest ones! Features bright colors help to develop children's sensory awareness, as well as rhyming text helps kids improve their listening skills.

Albert the Bear

Nick Butterworth - 2003
    Jolly's toy shop, the other toys think he is the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. Determined to cheer him up, the toys spring into action. But underneath his frown, Albert the bear has a surprise of his own. . . .Nick Butterworth's vibrant illustrations and memorable characters tell a delightfully charming story filled with giggles -- and some very big laughs indeed!

A Blue So Blue

Jean-François Dumont - 2003
    The exquisitely written tale whisks children off of a fantastic journey across land and sea. Every page features breathtaking paintings, rich in color and detail. It is simply a magical tour de force of illustration and storytelling.The adventure begins with a little boy's marvelous dream of a perfect blue, a blue both soft and strong, a blue so blue you want to curl up inside it. Armed with a paintbrush, he travels the globe in search of this special color--from a famous art gallery to a mid-Atlantic fishing boat, from a remote blues club in the Mississippi Delta to a sun-drenched desert with a purple sky--only to realize that what he was looking for was right in his very own home after all.