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CHILDREN'S FICTION  /  ANIMALS / ADVENTURE / WORKING DOGS / CHAPTER BOOKS

A Dog's Day Series

By Catherine Stier, illustrated by Francesca Rosa

Albert Whitman & Company 

96 pages, ages 7+

Available in hardcover, paperback, and audio book

 

 

I Am Jax, Protector of the Ranch (A Dog's Day Series, Book 1)

I Am Ava, Seeker in the Snow (A Dog's Day Series, Book 2)

I Am Sammy, Trusted Guide (A Dog's Day Series, Book 3)

I Am Bella, Star of the Show (A Dog's Day Series, Book 4)

 

Each title in the A DOG’S DAY Kirkus-starred-review chapter book series offers a well-researched story about a dog with a BIG job, told in an engaging, doglike voice. Spend the day with a sheep-guarding dog on the ranch, an avalanche rescue dog, a guide dog, and a dog that stars in films and commercials! Four fast-moving books in the series so far, with more to come! 

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION  /  POPULAR MUSIC

click to buyA Little Spark

By Chris Parsons

Zuroam Media

October 1, 2020

160 pages

available in hardcover

 

A Family Read-Aloud - fully illustrated chapter book complete with soundtrack and audiobook.

 

Featuring the protagonist Spark, the brave young mouse, a fireless fire-breathing dragon Daniel, a freezing world, and an enemy to conquer, action, fantasy and humor are weaved throughout the story. With displays of kindness, comradery, bravery, forgiveness and even some evil to allow for valuable takeaways, A Little Spark delivers teachable moments for children as a great “Family Read-Aloud” and for young readers ages 7 and above.

 

There are beautiful illustrations to help bring the text to life, an audiobook with delightful performances of each character, and an album of songs (that can be accessed through QR codes).

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION  /  PICTURE BOOK / ANIMALS / FRIENDSHIP

Adam Names the Animals

By Beth Wyndham, illustrated by Mary Hendricks Kelly

Material Media

March 9, 2020

34 pages ages 0-9

available in hardcover

 

God told Adam to name the animals. We don't know exactly how that happened but it is fun to wonder! In Adam Names the Animals, Adam starts out unsure and overwhelmed but realizes that part of his job is to become friends with the Animals. Through playful perseverance Adam gets the job done, makes new friends, and is full of gratitude for the wonderful world God created.

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK / OUTSIDER ART

Arthur Zarr's Amazing Art Car

By Cathey Nickell; illustrated by Bill Megenhardt

Twenty-Eight Creative

January, 2016

40 pages, ages 4-9

Available in hardcover

 

Arthur Zarr is a quiet man who lives alone. When he gets a creative idea to add everyday objects to his car's plain exterior, Arthur is noticed for the first time around town. Neighbors and other bystanders add their own artistic flair to the car, too. What happens when Arthur enters his bedazzled art car in the town's parade?

 

In this whimsical story about an art car, children learn about recycling, community, friendship building, and the power of imagination. ARTHUR ZARR'S AMAZING ART CAR includes a "History of Art Cars" for readers who are not familiar with this creative form of artistic expression.

 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK WITH AUDIO CD  /  CONCEPT BOOK / BILINGUAL

Click to BuyBun E. Learns to Count in French | Bun E. apprend à compter

By Cynthia S. Wildridge

Limestock Press

December, 2003

32 pages, Ages 0-9 (PreK - Grade 4)

available in hardcover and audio book

 

Can a bunny learn to count? In French? He was a long way from home…and he was very hungry. 

 

BUN E. LEARNS TO COUNT IN FRENCH is the bilingual story of a little American bunny that traveled to France—but he was hungry, and he did not speak French! By associating sights and sounds, he begins to learn the language through a clever bilingual counting scheme: one little red nose (un nez), two polka-dotted ears (deux oreilles)…seven baguettes in a basket on a bicycle (sept, baguette, bicyclette)…and of course, the well-deserved prize for his perseverance, ten beautiful carrots. With music and storytellers on the audio recording, this book is a joyous and amazingly effective tool for language learning.
 

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CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK SERIES  /  ELECTIONS & VOTING

Click to BuyA Vote Is A Powerful Thing

By Catherine Stier, illustrated by Courtney Dawson

FICTION

Albert Whitman & Co.

September 1, 2020

32 pages

Available in hardcover, library binding, and eBook

 

SLJ Starred Review! 

Callie knows there's a presidential election coming up. Her class is having an election, too, about an issue that affects them all - the class field trip! She's about to witness first-hand what a difference a vote can make - even a single vote - and along the way will find out about the election process and why people have fought for the right to vote throughout history. A great kids-eye look at the power of the vote.

 

Click to BuyIf I Ran for President

By Catherine Stier, illustrated by Lynne Avril

NONFICTION 

Albert Whitman & Co.

January 1, 2007

32 pages

Available in paperback, library binding, and eBook

 

 

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president.
Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation's problems, tell the American people about your platform and select a running mate. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed ―will you be the next president of the United States?
 

Click to BuyIf I Were President

By Catherine Stier, illustrated by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

NONFICTION 

Albert Whitman & Co.

January 1, 1999

32 pages

Available in paperback, library binding, and eBook

 

 

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to be president.

Imagine living in the White House, a mansion where you wouldn't have to leave home to go bowling or see a movie! Imagine a chef to cook anything you like. "Two desserts, Madam President? No problem!"

 

If you were president, there would be a lot of work to do too. You would be in charge of the armed forces, give important speeches, and work with Congress to create laws for the whole country!

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION / PICTURE BOOK / FOLKLORE 

Click to BuyHound Dawg

By Patricia Vermillion, illustrated by Cheryl Pilgrim

TCU Press

2015

32 pages, ages 4-8

Available in hardcover

 

Hound Dawg is a southern-style retelling of "The Little Red Hen," in which the lazy Hound Dawg refuses to help the other barnyard animals raise a corn plant, grind the corn, and then make cornbread. It is only when thieving Raccoon goes after the cornbread that Hound Dawg finally proves his worth and chases Raccoon away, thereby earning his fair share of cornbread.

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION / NATIONAL PARKS / PARK RANGERS / NATURE / CAREER

Click to BuyIf I Were a Park Ranger 

By Catherine Stier, illustrated by Patrick Corrigan

Albert Whitman & Company

April 1, 2019

32 pages

Available in hardcover

 

If you were a national park ranger, you'd spend every day in one of the most treasured places in America. You'd have an amazing job protecting animals, the environment, and our country's natural and historical heritage, from the wilds of Denali to the Statue of Liberty!

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION / PICTURE BOOK 

Click to BuyMia and Nattie: One Great Team!

By Marlene M. Bell, illustrated by Grace Sandford

Ewephoric Publishing

October 3, 2020

32 pages; recommended for ages Pre-K 3 to 7

Available in hardcover and eBook

Click for special autographed book + plushie offer

 

On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids her age.

 

When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor, Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around—one that will show the family just how special Nattie truly is.
 

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CHILDREN'S NONFICTION / PICTURE BOOK / PARENT & CHILD ACTIVITY / CONCEPT BOOK

Click to BuyCleo Can Tie A Bow: A Rabbit and Fox Story

By Sybrina Durant, illustrated by Pumudi Gardiyawasam

Sybrina Publishing

October 1st, 2020

38 pages, recommended ages: 3 to 8

Available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook

 

Cleo Can Tie A Bow. She learned what she knows from a rabbit and a fox. They can help you learn to tie one, too. There are many uses for a simple bow - shoelaces, hair bows, gift boxes, and ribbon sashes. Tie one around your finger to remember; or around a tree to welcome home a loved one. Velcro just doesn't cut it for decorative purposes. You gotta use a bow for that. And for goodness sake, don't forget to truss up that holiday turkey with a bow tied from twine! With so many uses for bows, make sure your child learns to tie them with this fun parent/child activity book. They will thank you for it.

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION / PICTURE BOOK / TEXAS FOLKTALE

Click to BuyTexas Chili? Oh My!

by Patricia Vermillion; illustrated by Kuleigh Smith

TCU Press

2013

32 pages, ages 3 to 8

Available in hardcover

 

 

 

Click to Buy¿Chili Texano? ¡Ay Dios!

by Patricia Vermillion, translated by Jezabel Guadalope, illustrated by Kuleigh Smith

TCU Press

2013

32 pages, ages 3 to 8

Available in Spanish, hardcover

 

Meet armadillos Bluebonnet, Mockingbird, and Sweet Olive, as they leave Mamadillo’s home and build dens out of native Texan materials. But watch out for Trickster Coyote, always looking for Armadillos to cook up in his Texas chili! Texas Chili? Oh, My! received a Publication award from the San Antonio Conservation Society.

 

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CHILDREN'S FICTION / PICTURE BOOK / YARN BOMBING

Click to BuyYazzy's Amazing Yarn

by Cathey Nickell, illustrated by Emily Calimlim

Twenty-Eight Creative

2019

32 pages, ages 4-9

Available in hardcover

 

Yazzy is a creative girl, always sketching out her next adventure. She loves yarn, and she loves to knit! Her neighborhood park is dull and rusty, but Yazzy has a grand plan. With a little help from her friends, Yazzy's knitted wonders transform Penny Park into a fuzzy rainbow of warmth and color. What yarn-tastic idea will Yazzy think of next? YAZZY'S AMAZING YARN includes a "History of Yarn Bombing" page for readers who are not familiar with this creative and whimsical type of art.

 

*MIDDLE GRADE* Click the covers to purchase.

 

FICTION / MIDDLE GRADE / ACTION-ADVENTURE / PARANORMAL / SUPERHERO

The Dead Club Series

By Manuel Ruiz

Cotton Press

Available in paperback and eBook

 

The Dead Club, July 5, 2015, 166 pages

Councils & Keepers, February 11, 2019, 196 pages

Underworld Rising, September 11, 2019, 211 pages

 

Grey Gomez is an eleven-year-old boy who is curious, a loyal friend, and just realized that he’s dead. He is joined in the afterlife by a tomboy, a baseball player, a beauty queen, and a science geek and together, they learn that Purgatory is broken and are soon thrust into a frantic search to find out what has unleashed chaos in their new world.

 

With the help of an Oracle and the Grim Reaper himself, Grey and his new friends must harness newly developed abilities to save the Underworld from its ultimate destruction.

 

The Dead Club series is for MG and up readers who enjoy adventure filled with action, humor and unusual creatures such as Artemis Fowl, The Last Kids on Earth and superheroes like Teen Titans. Assuming they’re all dead, of course.

 

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*YOUNG ADULT* Click the covers to purchase.

 

NONFICTION / YOUNG ADULT / ACTIVIST / INSPIRATIONAL

Click to BuyBetter Angels

By Sadie Keller with Michael McCaul

Gavia Books

May 30, 2020

250 pages

Available in paperback, eBook, and audio book

 

Sadie Keller is a 13-year-old cancer survivor turned advocate. She is an amazing little girl, with an extraordinary story, who was diagnosed at age seven with leukemia. 

Told in her own words, Sadie’s inspiring story will stir the soul of anyone who wants to find hope in the world. At age eight, she started a national year-round toy drive that has collected thousands of toys for kids battling cancer. 

Sadie teamed up with Congressman Michael McCaul on Capitol Hill and became his star lobbyist. Together they helped to pass a law that directed billions of dollars of research aimed at sparking next-level cures for childhood cancer. All net proceeds from the book will go to funding childhood cancer research. www.BetterAngelsBook.com

 

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FICTION / YOUNG ADULT / ROMANCE / COMING OF AGE

Pudge and Prejudice

By Allison Pittman

Wander, an imprint of Tyndale House Publishers

PRE-ORDER; coming January, 2021

352 pages

Available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook

 

Pudge and Prejudice is an homage to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, transported to the fictitious Northfield Texas High School in the year 1984. After moving to Northfield with her family, Elyse Nebbit faces the challenge of finding her place in a new school, one dominated by social status and Friday night football. When Elyse’s effortlessly beautiful older sister Jayne starts dating Charlie Bingley, the captain of the school football team, Elyse finds herself curious about Charlie’s popular and brooding best friend, Billy Fitz. Elyse’s body insecurities eventually complicate her relationship with Billy, leaving Jayne and Elyse’s exceedingly blunt friend, Lottie, to step in and help Elyse accept herself for who she is, pant size and all.

 

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FICTION / YOUNG ADULT / HEALTH & DAILY LIVING / SOCIAL ISSUES / DEATH & DYING

Click to BuyStuck

By Diane Windsor

Motina Books

October 20, 2020

230 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Cassidy and Angie have been best friends since Kindergarten. Now they're busy enjoying their junior year of high school, when Angie is diagnosed with leukemia. Like any best friend would, Cassidy vows to fight this battle with her. But when Cassidy unknowingly contracts the measles, she passes it along to Angie. In her immunocompromised state, Angie is unable to fight the disease - tragedy strikes.

 

 

 

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