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I Love You Through and Through

Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak - 2005
    A perfect first book for toddlers with sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover with rounded corners for safe handling by little ones.

The Gift of Nothing

Patrick McDonnell - 2005
    He wonders what he can buy the dog who has everything and decides that the answer, of course, is nothing. This simple story features characters from the Mutts comic strips and is the first book for children.

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Anna Dewdney - 2005
    Mama isn’t coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret. In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn’t come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right. Children will relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents will appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.

Zen Shorts

Jon J. Muth - 2005
    "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addy he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three ancient Zen tales that are sure to strike a chord in everyone they touch.

Our Tree Named Steve

Alan Zweibel - 2005
    . . . I remember there was one tree, however, that the three of you couldn't stop staring at. . . . After the family spares him from the builders, Steve the tree quickly works his way into their lives. He holds their underwear when the dryer breaks down, he's there when Adam and Lindsay get their first crushes, and he's the centerpiece at their outdoor family parties. With a surprising lack of anthropomorphizing, this is a uniquely poignant celebration of fatherhood, families, love, and change.

Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse

Judy Schachner - 2005
    In his room for a time-out, Skippyjon Jones lets his imagination take him to a shack where his Chihuahua friends are yipping and yapping and hiding out from the bad Bobble-ito, who has taken over their doghouse. How El Skippito chills the Chihuahuas and banishes the Bobble-ito will make more amigos for this endearing and irresistible rascal, who made his first appearance in the favorite Skippyjon Jones.

Eloise Wilkin Stories

Eloise Wilkin - 2005
    This collection, which contains nine of her best-loved books, will be cherished by collectors, parents, and children for years to come. It contains Wilkin’s most famous Little Golden Books (such as Baby Dear), as well as lesser-known Little Golden Books, prayers, poems, Mother Goose rhymes, and an introduction written by Wilkin’s daughter.There are various authors of the books contained in the treasury, including Jane Werner Watson, who edited and wrote hundreds of Golden Books. She called Eloise Wilkin "the soul of Little Golden Books."

Imagine a Day

Sarah L. Thomson - 2005
    Imagine a day when you can ride your bike up a path of falling leaves into the very tree they are falling from. Imagine a day when you release a handful of blue balloons into a cloudy, gray sky to create a postcard-perfect day. Imagine a day when the ordinary becomes the extraordinary...a day when anything is possible. Imagine a Day is the companion book to the critically acclaimed Imagine a Night, which School Library Journal declared "a fascinating foray into the imagination." Renowned Canadian artist Rob Gonsalves once again stretches the limits of visual exploration with his breathtaking paintings and encourages parents and children alike to look beyond the limits of the everyday world and imagine.

The Flower Man

Mark Ludy - 2005
    The characters' stories are woven together to create a tale that spans borders and nationalities and will refresh the human spirit with principles of compassion, honesty, integrity, and generosity. Children will also delight in searching for Squeakers the mouse, hidden somewhere on every page.

He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Kadir Nelson - 2005
    Most importantly, he wished to portray the world as a child might see it--vast and beautiful.

Just a Little Critter Collection

Mercer Mayer - 2005
    This 176-page hardcover collection is a wonderful way to introduce Mercer Mayer’s beloved tales of growing up to a whole new generation.

Show Way

Jacqueline Woodson - 2005
    She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie -- who was born free -- taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read.From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives.

Little Pea

Amy Krouse Rosenthal - 2005
    She is the author of Encyclopedia of Our Ordinary Life. This is her first children's book"Picky eaters will enjoy the subtle humor of this topsy-turvy tale." — School Library JournalFans of Little Oink, Little Hoot, and Duck! Rabbit! will enjoy the sweet musings of Little Pea and his loving family adventures.• Great family read-aloud book • Books for kids ages 2-4• Books for preschool and up

The Princess and the Pea

Lauren Child - 2005
    Full color.

Fancy Nancy

Jane O'Connor - 2005
    From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy and using fancy words.How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm—with or without the frills.Perfect for fans of the Eloise and Olivia books.Ooh la la! Fancy Nancy is starring in her own fabulous TV show on Disney Junior. READ THE BOOKS THAT STARTED IT ALL!Fancy NancyFancy Nancy and the Posh PuppyFancy Nancy: Bonjour, ButterflyFancy Nancy: Splendiferous ChristmasFancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion BoutiqueFancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletFancy Nancy: Fanciest Doll in the UniverseFancy Nancy and the Wedding of the CenturyFancy Nancy 10th Anniversary EditionFancy Nancy: Saturday Night SleepoverFancy Nancy: Oodles of Kittens

Americas White Table

Margot Theis Raven - 2005
    Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit.As a special gift to her Uncle John, Katie and her sisters are asked to help set the white table for dinner. As their mother explains the significance of each item placed on the table Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, and each member of the Armed Forces and their families, may be called to give. "It was just a little white table...but it felt as big as America when we helped Mama put each item on it and she told us why it was so important."We use a Small Table, girls," she explained first, "to show one soldier's lonely battle against many. We cover it with a White Cloth to honor a soldier's pure heart when he answers his country's call to duty.""We place a Lemon Slice and Grains of Salt on a plate to show a captive soldier's bitter fate and the tears of families waiting for loved ones to return," she continued."We push an Empty Chair to the table for the missing soldiers who are not here...""Margot Theis Raven has been a professional writer working in the fields of radio, television, magazines, newspapers, and children's books for 30 years. Margot's first children's book, "Angels in the Dust," won five national awards, including an IRATeacher's Choice Award. Her first book with Sleeping Bear Press, "Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot," was the runner-up for the 2004 Texas Bluebonnet Award. She lives with her family in Charleston, South Carolina.Mike Benny's illustrations have appearedin" Time, GQ, New Yorker" and "Sports Illustrated"Magazines. He has also been awarded two Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators. This is Mike's first children's book. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Mary Ann and daughter Adele.


Philip Waechter - 2005
    Especially this bear, who takes pleasure in the little things in life, and, of course, the big things as well. He is generous to a fault, and if we are to take his word for it, a rather clever fellow.But, like many of us, even our bear has days when he feels dreadfully aloneFortunately, he knows exactly what to do about it. Philip Waechter responds to this very human dilemma by creating a wonderful character, drawn with a delicately spare line but informed with great compassion and love.

Kamishibai Man

Allen Say - 2005
    They were all watching their new televisions instead. Finally, only one boy remained, and he had no money for candy. Years later, the Kamishibai man and his wife made another batch of candy, and he pedaled into town to tell one more story—his own. When he comes out of the reverie of his memories, he looks around to see he is surrounded by familiar faces—the children he used to entertain have returned, all grown up and more eager than ever to listen to his delightful tales. Using two very different yet remarkable styles of art, Allen Say tells a tale within a tale, transporting readers seamlessly to the Japan of his memories.

An Undone Fairy Tale

Ian Lendler - 2005
    But the story will be ruined if you turn the page right now. So please don't. A beautiful pie-making princess is trapped in a tower. Can Sir Wilbur rescue her? And more importantly, can he do it while wearing a tutu? He's going to try! But if you read the story too quickly, Ned won't be able to make the pictures or costumes in time. And happily-ever-after may start to go a bit haywire. Join Ian Lendler and Whitney Martin for a fairy tale that takes off into hilarious uncharted territory -- all because you won't slow down!


Nicola I. Campbell - 2005
    Finalist for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz AwardIn just four days young Shi-shi-etko will have to leave her family and all that she knows to attend residential school.She spends her last days at home treasuring the beauty of her world -- the dancing sunlight, the tall grass, each shiny rock, the tadpoles in the creek, her grandfather's paddle song. Her mother, father and grandmother, each in turn, share valuable teachings that they want her to remember. And so Shi-shi-etko carefully gathers her memories for safekeeping.Richly hued illustrations complement this gently moving and poetic account of a child who finds solace all around her, even though she is on the verge of great loss -- a loss that native people have endured for generations because of the residential schools system.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy

Janet Stevens - 2005
    When the prairie dogs discover that they can pluck and pull the fuzz into fabulous fashions, their fear quickly turns to curiosity, then delight, then pure greed.The frenzy that erupts threatens to tear apart the prairie-dog town forever. But when mean ol' Big Bark is kidnapped after taking all the fuzz for himself, the prairie dogs come to the rescue and remember the true meaning of community.

Little Critter Storybook Collection

Mercer Mayer - 2005
    When Little Critter is your friend, even the most ordinary day can turn into an adventure!This storybook collection features these seven favorite Little Critter books:Bye-Bye, Mom and DadGood for Me and YouJust a Tugboat Just a School ProjectJust a Dump TruckJust a Snowman Just Big Enough

Let's Talk about Race

Julius Lester - 2005
    So are you. So is everyone.Julius Lester says, "I write because our lives are stories. If enough of those stories are told, then perhaps we will begin to see that our lives are the same story. The differences are merely in the details." Now Mr. Lester shares his own story as he explores what makes each of us special. Karen Barbour's dramatic, vibrant paintings speak to the heart of Lester's unique vision, truly a celebration of all of us.

The Bake Shop Ghost

Jacqueline K. Ogburn - 2005
    But now Cora Lee haunts the shop she used to own.When new bakers arrive to take over her empty bake shop, Cora Lee scares them away, each and every one. Then Annie Washington comes to town . . .Jacqueline K. Ogburn and Marjorie Priceman combine their talents to give us an enchanting baker’s battle in this story about how to unlock the secrets of the perfect recipe and a lonely heart.

What I Like About Me!

Allia Zobel Nolan - 2005
    And guess what? They love it! Some adore the fact that their braces dazzle and gleam—others feel distinguished when they wear their glasses. Still others wouldn't trade their big feet for a lifetime of free video games. This fun-loving book features entertaining flaps, pull tabs, and touch-and-feel elements such as embedded foil yarn and more. And it proves to kids that in a world where fitting in is the norm, being different is what makes us special.

I Can't Wait

Davide Calì - 2005
    As various as the tree in Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, the thread represents the emotional bond between husband and wife, the bit of color on a bleak day, the bow in her hair, the wave good-bye. It pushes and pulls, it gets tangled and taut, it embraces and secures, it gets yanked, rent, and lets go. All the momentous events and the heart of ordinary life—the joy, the sadness—are captured in 150 words and 25 two-page illustrations, executed in simple black lines and red embroidery thread. This virtuoso performance by an award-wining artist and his collaborator—both masters of the minimal—is at once profound, witty, warm, and wise. This is a gift book for any occasion.

The Giant Hug

Sandra Horning - 2005
    Valeri Gorbachev’s adorable artwork pairs beautifully with Sandra Horning’s charming text, and makes for a fun, funny, and educational read-aloud. An unexpected twist at the end will delight readers and have kids asking for this book again and again.

The Enchanted Dolls' House

Robyn Johnson - 2005
    Can it be a surprise that over the many centuries a gentle romance has blossomed between Albert and Lucinda?Pages are crammed with doll lore and historical detail. Lovingly rendered, highly detailed drawings of dolls, their clothing and furnishings, accessories and accoutrements grace each page and spread. Each of the four dimensional dollhouses just begs for readers to peek through windows anddoors or lift away the walls to find hidden details and characters. Tactile treats are everywhere: journals to open, letters to pull out and read, jewelry boxes to explore, fabric to touch.and much, much more. A Children's Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection as well as crossover selection of several BMOC adult clubs.

The Paper Bag Princess: The Story Behind the Story

Robert Munsch - 2005
    To celebrate the 25th birthday of this modern classic, Annick presents the familiar story of The Paper Bag Princess along with more than 30 pages of never-before published behind-the-scenes features all presented in a new bigger format. Jump into The Paper Bag Princess 25th Anniversary Edition and learn the story behind the story. Discover how Munschonce on a path to becoming a priestbecame one of the most famous children s authors of all time. Learn how an extra space on a gallery wall landed Martchenko his first, and most legendary, children s book gig ever. Meet the real Elizabeth and see what she s up to today. You ll also find never-before published sketches and paintings that take you through the process of the book s creation. Further sections explore the book s critical success, international popularity, and responses from fans old and new, including some who ll surprise you. Whether you re a long-time admirer or only just discovering The Paper Bag Princess this very special edition is sure to capture your heart more than any flashy prince ever could."

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!

Mo Willems - 2005
    How does it feel to be a Pigeon? Well, the bus driver is trying to get him to act happy, but as we all know, this is one bird that is not going to be told what to do! Throughout this hilarious board book, Pigeon runs through his signature gamut of emotions while attempting to thwart his old nemesis.

Don't Be Silly, Mrs. Millie!

Judy Cox - 2005
     Mrs. Millie has lots of fun teasing her kindergartners. She tells them to hang up their goats, eat gorilla cheese sandwiches, and to remember to wear their bats and kittens when they go outside for recess. Coupled with hilarious artwork that literally interprets each of Mrs. Millie’s "mistakes," this lighthearted read-aloud sets a typical school day on its ear, even as it teaches a subtle lesson on wordplay.

Dr. Seuss Pops Up

Dr. Seuss - 2005
    Seuss’s bestloved classics–The Cat in the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; The Sneetches; I Can Read with My Eyes Shut; One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish; Fox in Socks; and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back!An extravaganza of paper-engineering captures the Seussessence of each book using selections from the original text and art. Bold, sturdy pop-ups, gargantuan gatefolds, and spritely slide tabs bring these classics toSeussational life–from the Cat in the Hat balancing a cake, an umbrella, and the fish to the Sneetches getting stars on their bellies, the tweetle beetles battling with their paddles in a puddle, Mr. Gump riding his seven humped Wump, and more! The magic of Dr. Seuss pops right off the page to thrill children of all ages!

Wet Pet, Dry Pet, Your Pet, My Pet

Dr. Seuss - 2005
    Seuss Nursery Collection introduces the most beloved Dr. Seuss characters to the littlest of listeners. Based on Dr. Seuss's signature art and rollicking rhymes, each book introduces the most popular characters of the title on which it's based in a bold and simple format, which will engage babies and toddlers at each stage of development.

Katie's Sunday Afternoon

James Mayhew - 2005
    Children will come away with a deeper appreciation for fine art, as they join in Katie's museum romp.It's a Sunday afternoon, and Katie is bored. But Grandma knows just what will cheer her up -- a visit to the art museum. There, Katie once again finds herself on an unbelievable adventure through the paintings of renowned post-impressionist painters Georges-Pierre Seurat, Camille Pissarro, and Paul Signac. Children will enjoy learning about art, as they join in on Katie's exciting journey.

Earth Mother

Ellen Jackson - 2005
    As she walks the land, swims the seas, and climbs the mountains, nurturing all of creation, she comes across Man, Frog, and Mosquito. They each give her thanks for nature's bounty, yet can't help but give her advice about making their lives better. Everybody’s got an opinion, it seems, and Earth Mother is amused when it becomes clear that the circle of life is not without a healthy dose of cosmic humor. Leo and Diane Dillon lend their formidable talents to Ellen Jackson's original folktale about the unexpected and sometimes humorous ways that life is interconnected.

Do You Have a Secret?

Jennifer Moore-Mallinos - 2005
    But sometimes, children have secrets that make them feel bad, and these secrets are best shared with their parents, or with some trusted older person. A child who is bullied might be inclined to keep it secret, but it's always best to tell parents about it. Or children who are touched intimately and improperly by an older person will soon feel better if they reveal the secret to parents. This book helps kids distinguish between good and bad secrets. Even very young children have concerns and anxieties, and Let's Talk About It! books are written and illustrated especially for them. Parents are advised to read these books aloud while their preschooler listens and looks at illustrations of the boys and girls in each story. Many children in early grades will be able to read the stories for themselves. Let's Talk About It! books encourage children to explore their feelings, and then to speak openly about things that trouble them.

When I'm Feeling Sad

Trace Moroney - 2005
    Read along, and you too might find that a great big hug is all you need to make the sadness go away.

Little Yoga: A Toddler's First Book of Yoga

Rebecca Whitford - 2005
    . .Yoga Baby wobbles like a little bird . . . Yoga Baby says "time for rest—ahh, shh, shh"A perfect introduction to yoga for toddlersHere is a playful introduction to nine simple yoga exercises for young children. Toddlers will enjoy moving along with Yoga Baby as they follow the basic poses. Unlike most books on the subject, Yoga Baby is aimed directly at preschoolers. This interactive picture book also includes helpful information for parents and educators. Fun, accessible, and colorful—it's a great way for little ones to discover yoga.

Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds)

Geoffrey Kloske - 2005
    So the grown-up picked up this book and read this flap and took the book home and read it out loud and they both laughed and fell fast asleep fast. Just like you. The end.


Norman Messenger - 2005
    . . a ladder without steps, a clock without hands, a racket without strings, a kiss without a mouth. Imagine a world where the hills have faces and wherever you went, you'd have someone to talk to. Imagine flipping a series of flaps to form fantastical creatures or turning a wheel to fit the top of one face on the bottom of another. Imagine that Norman Messenger's quirky, humorous suggestions, ingenious visual puzzles, and beautifully crafted illustrations will open your eyes and mind and reveal that -- with a little imagination -- the world can become a different and mysterious place, where anything is possible.

When I Was a Girl . . . I Dreamed

J.P. Matott - 2005
    This book describes the woman surrounded by mementoes of her adventures, bringing to question whether or not those dreams came true.

The Boy Who Grew Flowers

Jen Wojtowicz - 2005
    Shunned at school because he sprouts flowers every full moon, Rink Bowagon makes a special pair of shoes for a classmate who is able to appreciate his unique abilities.

Dream Big: Starring Olivia

Ian Falconer - 2005
    Olivia books are available in 23 foreign editions and 19 languages around the world. The timeless charm and popularity of Ian Falconer's diva pig ensure her status as a children's classic.Dream Big, Starring Olivia, is great for graduation, encouragement, or for anyone starting a new chapter in life. Whether she's taming a lion or building a sandcastle as tall as a skyscraper, Olivia's boundless imagination and courageous spirit are an inspiration to all. Dream Big pairs more than 30 of Ian Falconer's illustrations with motivational musings from really big dreamers like Eleanor Roosevelt, Oscar Wilde, and Walt Disney.The Olivia children's books are huge hits with preschoolers-and their parents. The first book, Olivia (2000) was the event of the season in children's publishing. Two more books followed, Olivia Saves the Circus (2001) and Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy (2003), both repeating that success.Olivia book series facts and figures:* Olivia: Caldecott Honor; Book Sense Children's Book of the Year; 107 weeks on the New York Times Children's best-seller list* Olivia Saves the Circus: New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2001; Book Sense Children's Book of the Year;New York Times best-seller for 55 weeks*Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy: Book Sense Children's Book of the Year finalist; Parent's Choice Gold Award Winner; New York Times best-seller for 21 weeks.

While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat

Amy Reichert - 2005
    And she tries. She really does. But downstairs someone's yoo-hooing, and the doorbell keeps ringing. Soon the house is full of wild guests and weird foods, magic and music. And Mama is still on the phone! What's a little girl to do? Rose finds out, and so will you, in While Mama had a Quick Little Chat.

The Blue Day Book for Kids: A Lesson in Cheering Yourself Up

Bradley Trevor Greive - 2005
    But this special edition for children is accompanied by compassionate words of wisdom written especially for children 12 and under. As BTG says, "Hey, even little people have big blue days."The deceptively simple, imaginative story line reflects a child's sensibility about the symptoms, causes, and cures for those times when children feel tired, grumpy, left out, or think that nothing ever goes as they planned. Even on days when brussels sprouts are served at dinner . . . a cherished toy must be shared . . . a homework avalanche looms . . . or a silly mistake is made in front of friends or family, The Blue Day Book for Kids provides children with a literary umbrella to laugh off the unexpected rain life can bring.

Kisses for Daddy

Frances Watts - 2005
    'No!' said Baby Bear. 'No kiss for Daddy.' 'Oh dear,' said Daddy, carrying Baby Bear up the stairs. 'How about a koala kiss instead? Baby koalas give their daddies cuddly, clingy kisses, like this . . .'" This warm, affectionate story is perfect for children and their daddies to share!

I'm Special, I'm Me!

Ann Meek - 2005
    He wants to play at being captain, but the other children say he's too short, he must be a deck hand. He's too small to be a lion, and not handsome enough to be the prince. But Milo's mum makes him see that the other roles can be even more fun.


Vaunda Micheaux Nelson - 2005
    Enslaved African Americans worked in fields, in barns, and in the homes of the white people who owned them. Then a message arrived. Freedom! Slavery had ended! The Civil War had actually ended in April. It took two months for word to reach Texas. Still the joy of that amazing day has never been forgotten. Every year, people all over the United States come together on June 19th to celebrate the end of slavery. Join in the celebration of Juneteenth, a day to remember and honor freedom for all people.

Mrs. McBloom, Clean Up Your Classroom!

Kelly DiPucchio - 2005
    Her accumulation of instructional materials have inspired twenty two janitors to grumble, "Mrs. McBroom, clean up your classroom!" And Mrs. McBloom has planned to...see, it's right there on her to-do list, before "take a fancy-shmancy cruise." But with retirement looming, in true veteran fashion, she entrusts her students with finding a solution. They've got a doozy: the biggest garage sale that the town has ever seen. What will Mrs. McBloom do with the proceeds? Read this clever ending to find out!

The Skin You Live In

Michael Tyler - 2005
    Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children.

Because of You

B.G. Hennessy - 2005
    As children grow and learn, they can teach others and share feelings, ideas, and things. Just as each of us sometimes needs help, we can also find ways to help others. The author and illustrator of MY BOOK OF THANKS reunite to show, through everyday examples, how acts of kindness, understanding, and generosity — no matter how small — can make all the difference in the world.

Grandmama's Pride

Becky Birtha - 2005
    She doesn't realize how segregated the south is because Grandmama is too proud to put up with those things. They walk to town instead of sitting in the back of the bus.

How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

Jane Yolen - 2005
    Jane Yolen runs through the gamut of mealtime bad behaviour, satisfyingly concluding with impeccably behaved dinosaur guests.

When I'm Feeling Happy

Trace Moroney - 2005
    Read along, and you too might find that happiness is contagious!

Little Bunny Kung Fu

Regan Johnson - 2005
    Set in China, this bunny doesn't like to play with field mice. Instead, he prefers chopping down bamboo.

The School is Not White!

Doreen Rappaport - 2005
    In Drew, Mississippi, in 1965, the schools were still segregated. The "all-black" schools were separate and unequal to "white" schools, lacking resources and support from the government. The Carters, a family of sharecroppers, had had enough. Mae Bertha and Matthew wanted their children to have an equal opportunity for a good education. So they sent their kids to the "all-white" schools.Teasing, death threats, and rebuking followed-from the white children and the white adults and teachers. It was not easy to be black and wage a fight for equality, but that's just what the Carters did. Their faith in a higher power and in the goodness of people helped them battle through ignorance and prejudice. As President John F. Kennedy said, "When Americans are sent to war, we do not ask for whites only. American students of any color should be able to attend any school." For the Carters, it would be the fight of their lives.This is a true story of faith, courage, and honor: qualities Americans of any color can learn from the Carters.

The Hiccupotamus

Aaron Zenz - 2005
    . . he'd fall upon his bottomus!Calamity ensues when an elephant, a centipede, and a rhinoceros try finding a cure for hippo's colossal case of hiccups. Zenz's creativity shines through with his use of colored pencil in this off-the-wall read-aloud. HIC! HIC! HIC!

Fox Makes Friends

Adam Relf - 2005
    So when Mama suggests that he make some, Fox sets out to do that...literally. "What can I make a friend out of?" he wonders. Soon, he's gathered all the materials he things he needs--sticks, stones, fruit, and more--and built his first friend. "Are you my friend?" Fox asks. "Can you come and play?" But it doesn't reply and it doesn't move. What could be wrong? Only when a variety of curious animals come round to help that Fox discovers what pals are all about.

Ten in the Den

John Butler - 2005
    But as the animal friends roll over to make more room, one animal after another gently tumbles out of the cozy den...until Little Mouse is left all alone. But Little Mouse misses his friends, so he comes up with the perfect solution to his problem.John Butler's charming version of a children's favorite countdown to bedtime features a simple but playful text and soft, pastel-colored illustrations of bright-eyed baby animals. The result is an irresistible read-aloud story that will invite delighted responses from young children.

Charlie Cook's Favorite Book

Julia Donaldson - 2005
    Charlie Cook has a favorite book. It's about a pirate, who also has a favorite book . . . about Goldilocks, who also has a favorite book . . . about a knight, who also has a favorite book. . . . This hilarious pattern continues throughout the story, right to the surprising conclusion. Told in rollicking rhyme, this tale is sure to please the read-aloud crowd.Book Details: Format: Paperback Publication Date: 7/31/2008 Pages: 32 Reading Level: Age 3 and Up

Toot & Puddle: Wish You Were Here

Holly Hobbie - 2005
    But just before returning home, Toot gets stung by a bee and comes down with a case of the Violet Virus! With determination and persistence, Opal discovers the only cure for Toots ailment: tea made from the purple Slimecap Stinkhorn. Will Opal and Puddle be able to help Toot return to his piggy pink color? Of course! Read Toots postcards from Borneo, and see how Opal and Puddle save the day in this the latest book in Holly Hobbies New York Times bestselling Toot Puddle series.

Little Smudge

Lionel Le Neouanic - 2005
    But what happens if the response is NO?Lonely Little Smudge is searching everywhere for a friend—and when it sees a group of shapes playing together it thinks the wish has come true. But the colorful squares, triangles, diamonds, and circles all think Smudge is just too different…until it shows them all the amazing shapes it can form, and how magical its difference can be. With bold, bright, and always surprising images—which range from abstract to cubist—this very special picture book not only celebrates the power of the individual but provides an appealing introduction to modern art.

Dougal The Garbage Dump Bear

Matt Dray - 2005
    He never got to play with the other toys in the house because they were all new and clean and perfect and he was not. He often wished he could be new like them...Then one rainy afternoon, Dougal is left outside and ends up in the garbage bin. How much can a teddy bear? But even though he's down, Dougal is not out. He finds a new life and learns that sometimes bad luck can be your best friend.

One Fish, Two Fish, Three, Four, Five Fish!

Dr. Seuss - 2005
    Seuss Nursery Collection introduces the most beloved Dr. Seuss characters to the littlest of listeners. Based on Dr. Seuss's signature art and rollicking rhymes, each book introduces the most popular characters of the title on which it's based in a bold and simple format, which will engage babies and toddlers at each stage of development.

Raggedy Ann Andy: A Read-Aloud Treasury

Johnny Gruelle - 2005
     Ninety years ago a story about a rag doll found in a grandmother's attic captured the hearts of Americans. Through many generations Raggedy Ann and Andy and their stories have been shared between parents and children and grandparents and grandchildren. This new collection combines those stories of adventure, friendship, and devotion in one volume that begs to be read aloud!

The Letter Home

Timothy Decker - 2005
    There he writes a letter to his young son describing in careful words what he does, the people he meets, and what he sees. Stark and beautiful drawings depict more fully what the letter only hints at. The Letter Home is a fable of war for all time. It marks the debut of a startling new talent.

Big Sister Little Sister

LeUyen Pham - 2005
    The Little one gets hand-me-downs. The Big one does everything first. The Little one is always catching up But the little one can do some things well, and can even teach the older one a thing or two?. Big sisters and little sisters alike will agree: this is a sassy and touching celebration of sisterhood for all ages.

Yoko's World of Kindness: Golden Rules for a Happy Classroom

Rosemary Wells - 2005
    Previously published as individual readers, six school-based tales fill a treasury about learning skills and building confidence; about teasing and differences; and about making and keeping friends.

I'm Not Afraid of This Haunted House

Laurie B. Friedman - 2005
    Although his friends are running scared at every turn, brave Simon is not afraid of anything. That is, until he finds himself taken by surprise.

Being Mean

Joy Berry - 2005
    Companion CD includes songs and read-along with Joy.

In God's Hands

Lawrence Kushner - 2005
    The cool air of distant hills mingles with the sweet scent of baking bread. The moon rises and glows softly. It's the sort of place where miracles could happen."David and Jacob live in the same little, ordinary town, but it's almost as if they're from different worlds. David is so poor he can barely feed his family. Jacob is so consumed with staying rich he thinks about nothing but money. But the two men have one thing in common: they both believe that miracles are big, magical things that can only happen somewhere else, to someone else.But when Jacob wakes up from a nap in synagogue one day, sure that God has demanded twelve loaves of bread from him, all this changes in amazing ways you'd never expect.A delightful, timeless legend based on Jewish tradition, In God's Hands tells of the ordinary miracles that occur when we really, truly open our eyes to the world around us.

Seen Art?

Jon Scieszka - 2005
     I didn't see him. So I asked a lady walking up the avenue, "Have you seen Art?" "MoMA?" asked the lady. "Uh . . . no, he's just a friend." "Just down Fifty-Third Street here. In a beautiful new building. You can't miss it." When this address turns out to be the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, confusion and hilarity ensue. As the narrator continues looking for Art inside MoMA, he is introduced to well-known pieces of art such as Van Gogh's The Starry Night, Matisse's The Red Studio, as well as works by Picasso, Klee, Lichtenstein and others. In a dynamic collaboration that features comical text and playful illustrations alongside full-color reproductions of the artwork, Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith give readers the perfect companion for a visit to MoMA, and an introduction to some of the world's best works of modern art.

Precious and the Boo Hag

Patricia C. McKissack - 2005
    You see, "nothing or nobody" could turn out to be something awful: the Boo Hag! The Boo Hag's got a voice that rumbles like thunder and hair that shoots out like lightning. And she can disguise herself to look like anything. So when the Boo Hag comes calling, will Precious be clever enough to outwit even the trickiest trickster? Here's an oh-so-funny -- and not-too-scary -- story from Newbery Honor-winning author Patricia C. McKissack and Onawumi Jean Moss that's paired with spirited, folksy illustrations by Kyrsten Brooker.

Learning to Fly

Sebastian Meschenmoser - 2005
    Of course they can't. Can they? A wayward penguin is found by the side of the road and convinces his rescuer he crashed while flying. The unusual pair tries all sorts of methods to return the penguin to the sky (all remarkably unsuccessful) until the day when the penguin finally rediscovers the secret of flight within himself. This charming, simple, and understated parable is ideal for children starting school, graduates, job-seekers, newlyweds, and anyone else who s learning to fly in unfamiliar skies.


Gennady Spirin - 2005
    The veterinarian told the boy that it would never fly again. "Put it to sleep!" he urged the parents. But the wild crow-Martha, they called her-was full of surprises. She most certainly made their home, her home, and one day she did fly! Would there be one more surprise? When she flew away that fall, would she return again? With Gennady Spirin's beautiful and delicate watercolor illustrations and the sweet memory of Martha's year as his guide, Martha takes flight once again.

Chirri & Chirra: On the Town

Kaya Doi - 2005
    When they're done, they find a wonderful surprise hidden in the branches of a tree. Memorable for Doi's luminous appreciation of the natural world as well as her respect for beautiful edibles, this new installment is sure to delight!

Dougal's Deep Sea Diary

Simon Bartram - 2005
    Count the hidden mermaids and mermen guiding Dougal on his search for the lost city of Atlants. Man on the Moon was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award in 2003 Full description

Slide Already!

Kit Allen - 2005
    . . Here’s the perfect book for anyone who’s ever been afraid to go into the deep end, off the high dive, or go down the big slide. Come on—slide, already!Children will be drawn to the bold, cheerful art and the soft, puffy cover. The rounded corners and strong paper stock will make it difficult for children to rip.

The House That Jill Built

Phyllis Root - 2005
    Full color.

Mom and the Polka-Dot Boo-Boo

Eileen Sutherland - 2005
    Winner: 2008 National Health Information Award, Gold; 2008 Mom's Choice Award, Gold, Health & Safety ——— An informative and reassuring story, this book helps families talk about breast cancer, gently preparing children for what lies ahead in the weeks and months following their mother’s diagnosis.

Who Carved the Mountain?: The Story of Mount Rushmore

Jean L.S. Patrick - 2005
    Patrick reveals how the mountain was carved and why George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt were chosen. Rich illustrations by Renée Graef make the unique history of Mount Rushmore come alive for children.

1001 Bugs to Spot

Emma Helbrough - 2005

Sunrise, Sunset

Ian Schoenherr - 2005
    Ian Schoenherr's beautifully rendered illustrations lovingly depict growing up in a caring family and a supportive community.

Sammy: The Classroom Guinea Pig

Alix Berenzy - 2005
    B stopped writing on the blackboard. "For heaven's sakes!" she exclaimed, "What's the matter, Sammy?" "WEEEAAP! WEEEEEAAP!" he shrieked . . .Learn all about guinea pigs with the kids in Ms. B's class Something is wrong with Sammy, the beloved pet in Ms. B's class, and no one is sure what to do.Usually Sammy is happy in his cage, with his little house and his soft blue sock, but today is different. What could it be?Join Ms. B and the children as they try to figure out what is the matter with Sammy, and learn a little more about guinea pigs.

America Is...

Louise Borden - 2005
    It is a flag of stars and stripes. It is farmers, miners, factory workers, bakers, and bankers. It is Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon, swamps and desert. It is the stories of all of us, told together.

Root Beer and Banana

Sarah Sullivan - 2005
    Her only dilemma is what flavor to choose — until she meets a girl named Miracle, with her brightly patched dress, who's a nickel shy of buying her own frozen treat. With some quiet help from Granddaddy, Squirt makes just the right choice and ends up with something even better than TWO Popsicles: a new friend.

The Tale Of The Poisonous Yuck Bugs: Based On Proverbs 12: 18

Aaron Reynolds - 2005
    The red-and-blue-spotted Yuck Bugs have been firing hurtful words back and forth, nearly killing each other, when the Watch-What-You-Utterfly bug stops nearby to rest. By using kind and charitable words, she keeps the Yuck Bugs from being poisoned and saves the day. The delightful poem illustrates the truth of Proverbs 12:18, and is loosley based on the Promiseland(R) Metamorphosis curriculum from Willow Creek. Children ages eight and under learn in a fun way that saying unkind things about the other people is like poisoning them.

The 100th Customer

Byung-Gyu Kim - 2005
    But their very first customers, an old woman and her grandson, order just one small, inexpensive pizza. Suddenly, Ben and Chris have an idea. They pretend this young man is really their 100th customer of the day!

The Way Home: A Princess Story

Max Lucado - 2005
    When she seeks to satisfy her curiosity, she falls under the influence of the Lowlanders and begins to resemble their haggard style. Never to let a child slip away that easily, the king follows her, and trades his life for hers in order to provide her with a way back home. Despite the king's sacrifice, the choice to return home is ultimately Anna's to make.The underlying truth is unmistakable asMax has crafted this powerful story that will speak to all of the King's children and implore them to follow the path that leads home."

Amazement Park

Roxie Munro - 2005
    Each maze in this collection travels through an amusement park and offers two ways for the reader to follow, an easy route and a more difficult one, and includes various objects to look for in each spread.

Here Comes Darrell

Leda Schubert - 2005
    Darrell makes sure each family has what they need for every season—which means he rarely has time for his own home. So when a fierce storm blows into town, how will Darrell, too, end up safe and sound?Vibrant woodcuts accompany this warm, gentle story of neighbors helping neighbors in a small-town community set in the North.

Railway Rhymes

Wilbert Awdry - 2005
    Travel all over the island, at all times of year in this wonderful first book of poems with the Thomas touch.

The Heart's Language

Lois-Ann Yamanaka - 2005
    With his heart he can speak to animals, trees, and creatures of the sea. But he cannot be understood by the people around him, even those who love him most-his mother and father. One day, when he is feeling sad and alone, he is visited by a magical blue bird. With the bird's encouragement, the boy finds a way to make himself heard. And when his parents try to speak the boy's language, they are finally able to express their love, and truly communicate with the shared language of the heart. This lyrical story of love and understanding will speak to anyone whose life has been touched by an exceptional child.

The Boy Who Ran With the Gazelles

Marianna Mayer - 2005
    Full color.

The Usborne Big Book of Fantasy Quests

Andy Dixon - 2005
    - Stunning fantasy-adventure scenes filled with things to find, mysteries to solve and colorful creatures and characters to outwit.

I Love You Dude

Vladimir Radunsky - 2005
    A doodle named Dude. Unfortunately for Dude, no one likes a doodle on a clean white wall, even if he is a blue elephant with lovely brown shoes. So our hero is chased off and forced to search for a new home. Rejected by the circus, pursued by hunters, and nearly washed out to sea, Dude never loses hope. Finally, by remaining true to his heart, he finds the love and respect he deserves. The highly acclaimed creator of The Mighty Asparagus brings us a compelling tale of courage, perseverance, and finding beauty in unexpected places.

Love, Lizzie: Letters to a Military Mom

Lisa Tucker McElroy - 2005
    While they are apart, Lizzie and her mom write letters to each other to help make the separation easier.


Lauren A. Mills - 2005
    Children can identify with the plucky heroine who uses cleverness instead of size and strength to make her own way in the wide, wide world. Lauren Mills's delicate watercolors create a miniature land where a walnut shell covered with violet petals serves as a bed, a leaf becomes a suitable umbrella, and field mice and birds are Thumbelina's unlikely companions. Enchanting details drawn from nature bring this imaginative story to life. Author Biography: Lauren Mills is the talented author and illustrator of many original tales such as Fairy Wings, winner of the Golden Kite Award for Illustration, and The Rag Coat. She lives with her husband, artist and author Dennis Nolan, and their daughter, Evie, in Massachusetts.

Tickle the Duck!

Ethan Long - 2005
    Despite his protests, does the duck really like being tickled after all? This modern day version of Pat the Bunny will have its audience laughing, and maybe even snorting, -Do it again!+ Like Ten Little Lady Bugs and Tails, this treasure of interactive fun is sure to engage parents and children for hours of tickling and giggling.

The Dream Jar

Lindan Lee Johnson - 2005
    Original, quirky, and rich illustrations complement this sparkling story that deals with the very real problem of children’s nightmares. Discover the Dream Jar and the power of your imagination—and turn your terribly horrible dreams into dreamy ones.