Concept Books

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All is quiet in the deep blue sea, when a rumor bursts forth about a “great big fish hiding in the deep!” One by one, new fish are sucked into the growing story—the red octopus was really rattled, which petrified the purple puffer fish, and startled the blue shoal, until they all flee…into a deep, dark cave. Uh-oh! That’s no cave at all, but the mouth of a whale!

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★ “An absolute zoo of an ABC book―in the best possible way.”Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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“[A] winning vocabulary builder for young readers.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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★ “Simple line drawings, bright colors, and engaging animal characters make learning to count good fun in this charming board book.”Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

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First Day of School / New School

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“A real-life world in which a likable kid must face the everyday terrors of childhood: enormous bullies, looming teachers and thick gym coaches with huge pointing fingers…. Readers will be waiting to see how Charlie faces his next challenge in a series that marks a lovely change of pace from the sarcasm of Wimpy Kid.”Kirkus Reviews

This laugh-out-loud series from Grammy Award-winning author Bill Harley is perfect for reluctant and transitional readers. Humor and heart combine with relatable problems and themes of family, friends, and school.

In this book, Charlie Bumpers’s worst fear is confirmed: he has Mrs. Burke for fourth grade. How will he survive the strictest teacher in school?

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“Rodman handles the turmoil of school transitions with realism and humor. A good jumping-off book for discussions about differences and change.”Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

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“Stanley the hamster welcomes a cast of preschool rodents to his school as they enjoy a day of fun and learning together…. Fans of the gentle hamster will want to know: What occupation will Stanley tackle next?” —Kirkus Reviews

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“Anglophiles, music and theater nerds, and those looking for some classic will-they-won’t-they romance will all find something to enjoy here.”Kirkus Reviews

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Food and Nutrition

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“The premise of this story will delight preschoolers…. a fun fall pick for interactive storytelling.” —Kirkus Reviews

Amara is hosting a potluck for friends on her farm, and her snacks won’t be complete without pumpkins. She’s searched and searched, but she’s grown so many plants that she needs help finding them. What do we know about pumpkins? They’re large, round, and orange—and, wait a minute, is that a pumpkin? No, that’s an apple. Where, oh, where could those pumpkins be?

Author JaNay Brown-Wood uses simple, playful text to guide young readers through Amara’s farm, exploring the unique characteristics of the apples, cauliflower, eggplant, okra, persimmons, and more that grow there.

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★ “With a cheerful, observant voice, Bee models different social interactions, like apologizing, for children to imitate. Simple, clear-cut characters and detailed objects are easily identifiable in their bold, unfiltered colors.”School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Join hamster Stanley as he visits his local market to shop for items he needs to fill up his lunch box. He’ll get bread from Gabriel, cheese from Hattie, and fruit from George. What will Stanley make for his lunch?

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History

“Hopkinson skillfully shapes Carter’s childhood, family history and formative experiences into a cohesive story.…the inclusion of notable figures from black history reinforces the theme (a key is in the backmatter). An important and inspiring tale well told.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Carter G. Woodson was born to two formerly enslaved people ten years after the end of the Civil War. Though his father could not read, he believed in being an informed citizen, so Carter read the newspaper to him every day. As a teenager, Carter went to work in the coal mines, and there he met Oliver Jones, who did something important: he asked Carter not only to read to him and the other miners, but also research and find more information on the subjects that interested them.

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“Bowman’s upbeat telling is infused with folksy humor, and Schindler’s superb watercolor-and-ink illustrations effectively capture the time period.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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“Fun, factual, and well written.” ―School Library Journal

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“This handsomely packaged introduction to one of the most important progenitors of the Civil Rights Movement is just the ticket for young readers.”Kirkus Reviews

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Reading and Writing

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“Delightfully celebrates the art of librarianship.” —Kirkus Reviews

It’s another busy day at Stanley’s library, and Stanley has stocked his bookmobile with lots of great books to take to the local park.

All of Stanley’s rodent friends stop by to borrow a book that Stanley selected just for them, and later at the main branch, he hosts an out-of-this-world author visit from Agatha Mouse! The day concludes with Stanley’s comforting nighttime routine of supper, bed, and bath.

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“A funny, inventive tale ideal for booklovers.”Booklist 

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“So adorable readers may attempt to hug the page.”Kirkus Reviews

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Social-Emotional Learning

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“Inspired by the writings of a Holocaust survivor, Booth’s graceful, understated text is open to interpretation according to the listener’s experiences, but the fundamental theme of accepting one’s sadness can resonate at any age. . . A beautiful, moving picture book.”—Booklist, Starred Review

A small boy creates a shelter for his sadness where he can visit it whenever he needs to, and the two of them can cry, talk, or just sit. The boy knows that one day his sadness may come out of the shelter, and together they will look out at the world and see how beautiful it is.

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“Who is the ‘Best Friend in the Whole World’? After reading this sweet, sensitive tale, children can decide for themselves.”The New York Times

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“A sweet and entertaining series opener about family and friendship.”Kirkus Reviews

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Sports

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“Bowen has written another hit entry in his Sports Story series, with engaging characters, lots of sports action, and a unique mystery. An excellent choice for readers looking for a more modern-day Matt Christopher story.”—Booklist

Thirteen-year-old twins Aiden and Ava and their good friend Daniel, all avid soccer players, have just learned their county league soccer trophy mysteriously disappeared forty years ago from the town library. It was never recovered. So between games and practices for the town’s soccer championships, the three friends try to solve the case.

But will these amateur detectives be able to unravel the mystery and find someone who had both motive and opportunity to commit the crime? Will their teams make it all the way to the championships?

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STEM

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★ “Doherty’s joyous, inventive, action-packed language begs to be shouted out loud….A delightful, rollicking, joyous romp.”Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

An inquisitive bear ventures into People Town, where he makes quite the curious discoveryWhat is this? A springy thing—a bouncy thing—a sit-on-it, jump-on-it thing! It’s a bit too cumbersome to bring back to the woods, however, so Bear runs home to tell his friends. But none of his friends are willing to help, so Bear invents a “Rolly-Rumpity” to wheel home the “Thingity-Jig.” Through trial and error—and lots of shooing away from sleepy friends—Bear finally wheels the “Thingity-Jig” home to the woods, where he graciously shares his find.

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“Breathtaking.” —Booklist, STARRED REVIEW

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★ “ Engaging and information rich, this is wonderfully well woven.”Kirkus ReviewsSTARRED REVIEW

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“The story intricately explores the teenagers’ quirky relationships and the notion of what it takes to feel comfortable in one’s own skin.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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