But wait! There's even more fun. In an impressive gatefold finale, kids help a firefighter, astronaut, artist, and more come together to follow their dreams. With interactive holes on every page and a satisfyingly funny touch-and-feel cover, this charming board book offers a uniquely entertaining way to play and read together. The Newbery Award—winning author of Dead End in Norvelt shares advice for how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical creative writing guide perfect for all kids who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book.
With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. Incorporating his own misadventures as a developing writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories. Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside Gantos's own illustrations, sample stories, and snippets from his childhood journals. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who—many unwittingly—inspired Gantos's own writing career.
Derek Fallon gets the chance of a lifetime when he is asked to test software for new video games, but he soon discovers that his dream job isn't all it's cracked up to be. In this board book, Eric Carle and fourteen other best-loved picture book artists answer the classic kid question: what's your favorite color? Everybody has a favorite color. Some like blue balloons or brown buildings or mint green ice cream cones. Eric Carle loves a yellow sun because children often include one in the corner of their pictures.
Beautiful, funny, and heartfelt, these artists' charmingly personal answers to "what's your favorite color? Stead, Melissa Sweet Godwin Books. An Amazon Best Book of the Month! Superfudge meets The Lemonade War in this funny, heartwarming series debut about change, adventure, family, and of course, doughnuts.
Tristan isn't Gifted or Talented like his sister Jeanine, and he's always been okay with that because he can make a perfect chocolate chip cookie and he lives in the greatest city in the world. It's like suddenly they're supposed to be this other family, one that can survive without bagels and movie theaters. His suspicions about his new town are confirmed when he's tricked into believing the local general store has life-changing chocolate cream doughnuts, when in fact the owner hasn't made them in years.
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And so begins the only thing that could make life in Petersville worth living: getting the recipe, making the doughnuts, and bringing them back to the town through his very own doughnut stand. But Tristan will soon discover that when starting a business, it helps to be both Gifted and Talented, and It's possible he's bitten off more than he can chew A thirteen-year-old master chef has a lot to prove as she tries to run a five-star restaurant, cook the perfect dragon cuisine, repay a greedy loan shark, and outsmart the Elven mafia in this entertaining novel that combines all of the best ingredients—fantasy, humor, adventure, action, cute boys, and a feisty heroine!
Lailu Loganberry is an expert at hunting dangerous beasts. For years Lailu has trained to be the best chef in the city. Her specialty? Monster cuisine. But her celebration is cut short when she discovers that her mentor borrowed money from Mr. Boss, a vicious loan shark. Boss for the rest of her life. Worst of all, her only hope in outsmarting Mr. Boss lies with the one person she hates—Greg, the most obnoxious boy in school and her rival in the restaurant business.
A board book edition of a popular picture book combines vibrant illustrations and engaging personal stories in a celebration of favorite animals that includes contributions by such popular children's book artists as Jon Klassen, Tom Lichtenheld, Lucy Cousins and Mo Willems. There are lots of clubs for Rory to join at his new school, but none seem quite right for him. So when his parents suggest he start his own club about something he loves, Rory knows exactly what it will be: a Reptile Club!
He's positive that there are other kids out there who share his passion.
He sets up his first meeting and then waits and waits for students to show up. Just as he is about to give up, Rory hears whispering in the hallway and hurries over to see who it is. To his astonishment, it's not his schoolmates who have arrived to attend the first meeting, but a crocodile, an anaconda and a gecko! Wisps of cloth would fall from their worktables like confetti, and Ann would scoop them up and turn them into flowers as bright as roses in the garden.
Her great grandma had been a slave, so her family knew about working hard just to get by. As soon as Ann Cole Lowe could walk, her momma and grandma taught her to sew. She worked near her momma in their Alabama family shop in the early s, making glorious dresses for women who went to fancy parties. When Ann was 16, her momma died, and Ann continued sewing dresses. But the work she did set her spirit soaring, as evidenced in the clothes she made, including Jackie Kennedy's wedding dress and Olivia de Havilland's dress at the Oscars when she won for Best Actress in To Each His Own.
Ever since Tillie Green's car accident left her with a severe limp, she's kept herself hidden behind her camera. Through the lens, she watches her family and classmates, spotting the small details and secret glances that tell a much bigger story than what people usually see. Students call her "Lost and Found," because her camera knows when you last had your headphones. Tillie is good at finding things, but she isn't prepared for Jake's request: to find his father.
In a matter of days, Tillie goes from silent observer to one half of a detective duo, searching the college-town community for clues to explain Jake's dad's disappearance. When the truth isn't what Jake wants it to be, and taking photographs starts exposing people's secrets, Tillie has to decide what and who is truly important to her. Not anymore. Barnes, Derrick.
Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut This book celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair. Chabon, Michael. The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man A young superhero describes his awesome powers, which he then demonstrates as various foes arrive on the scene. Fan, Terry. The Night Gardener William and the elderly gardener help transform their town by creating anonymous topiary artwork.
Davies, Nicola. Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes A look at all of the different microbes that inhabit the Earth and an explanation of the various jobs they do. Kheiriyeh, Rashin. Saffron Ice Cream Rashin is an Iranian immigrant girl living in New York, excited by her first trip to Coney Island, and fascinated by the differences in the beach customs between her native Iran and her new home--but she misses the saffron flavored ice cream that she used to eat. Drawn Together When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence.
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Brown, Jeff. Flat Stanley After a bulletin board falls on Stanley while he's sleeping, he finds that being flat has its advantages. Bunting, Eve. Chaconas, Dori. Good Sports Cork is a short muskrat who likes to win at games. Fuzz is a tall possum who also likes to win at games.
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Two best friends. Both like to win. What will happen when they play games against each other? Kimmelman, Leslie. Sam and Charlie and Sam too! LaVoy Reynolds, Shauna. Sylvia shares poems with her birch tree. Lobel, Arnold. Mouse Tales When Papa's seven little mouse boys ask for a bedtime story, Papa does even better than that--he tells seven stories, one for each boy!
Chapter Books Brown, Monica. Lola Levine is not Mean! Second-grader Lola has a wonderful family, a great teacher, and the best friend ever, Josh, and they all help her feel better after she is teased and forbidden to play team sports at recess for having accidentally hurt classmate Juan during a soccer game. Dahl, Roald. The Fantastic Mr. Fox Three farmers, each one meaner than the other, try all-out warfare to get rid of the fox and his family. Draper, Sharon. English, Karen. Dog Days Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.
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In this compilation of four separately published books, Pakistani American second grader Yasmin learns to cope with the small problems of school and home, while gaining confidence in her own skills and creative abilities. Hale, Shannon. Princess in Black Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black! Look, Lenore. Ruby Lu, Brave and True Almost-eight-year-old Ruby Lu spends time with her baby brother, goes to Chinese school, performs magic tricks, learns to drive, and has adventures with old and new friends.
The Story of Diva and Flea In the bustling city of Paris, a small yet brave dog, Diva, and an adventurous cat named Flea become two unlikely friends. Brown, Monica. She is determined to change things and the contents of her sparkly handbag that her grandmother gave her come in handy on that quest. Gavin wants to make a good impression at Carver Elementary, where no one knows he excels at soccer and skateboarding, but an annoying big sister, a bully, and his great aunt's Pomeranian are not helping.
Florence, Debbie Michiko. Jasmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen Eager to do something her big sister has not done first, Jasmine Toguchi, eight, decides to pound mochi with the men and boys when her family gets together for New Year's. Gaiman, Neil. Fortunately, the Milk While picking up milk for his children's cereal, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on a wild adventure through time and space. Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of Everything.
Pastis, Stephan. And his lazy sidekick, Total, a 1,pound polar bear. Smith, Alexander McCall. Vernon Ursula. Harriet the Invisible Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.
EllRay Jakes the Recess King! Eight-year-old EllRay Jakes of Oak Glen Primary School is looking for a new best friend, and he decides that the best way to find one is to come up with a bunch of amazing things to do at recess. DePrince, Michaela. Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer Chronicles the life story of Michaela DePrince, a young orphan from war-torn Sierra Leone who was adopted by an American family and followed her dream of becoming a ballerina.
Duncan, Alice Faye. Martin Luther King Jr. Foreman, Michael. Jenkins, Steve. Kamkwamba, William. Lyons, Kelly Starling. Martin, Jacqueline Briggs. Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix Describes the popular street cook's life, including working in his family's restaurant as a child, figuring out what he wanted to do with his life, and his success with his food truck and restaurant.
Rabinowitz, Alan. A Boy And A Jaguar. Renowned cat conservationist Alan Rabinowitz reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice in order to be their advocate.
Rosenstock, Barb. Why did you decide to study law, and what made you leave it? Amy: Well, I panicked. There was a lot that I liked about being a lawyer, but I really missed doing art — just the way Belinda missed dancing. Amy: I waitressed in a pizza place in a big city.
When things got busy we were frantic trying to get everyone served, and some of the customers treated us as if we were barely human. Just not my cup of tea. Globals: Now the rapid-fire questions…things that kids and grownups who are just big kids need to know! I like so many books, and different books suit different moods.
Amy: Wow. Amy: That would be eleventh grade math class. I was the only one who got the answer to one of the homework problems, and I was asked to go up in front of the whole class and explain how I did it. So I did, but it turns out my method was all wrong and really pretty stupid.
There was this terrible awkward silence, and a few people tittered, and I really did wish I could sink into the floor and just disappear. The funny thing is that now it would take a whole lot more than that to embarrass me. I like to laugh at myself, and it makes life a lot more fun. Amy: Yes, but I would rather pat one and feed it and brush it and tell it how lovely it is, instead of riding it. Amy: That I will be in the middle of a big presentation and my slides or PowerPoint will fail me. I guess I would manage, but it would not be good.
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