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America, with all its diversity, is not easily defined. David J. Smith's If America Were a Village takes a snapshot - past, presen...t and future - to help define America for children. Using the same successful metaphor of the international bestseller If the World Were a Village, the book shrinks down America to a village of 100. The metaphor helps children easily understand American ethnic origins, religions, family profiles, occupations, wealth, belongings and more. Shelagh Armstrong's expansive illustrations imagine America as a classic, vibrant small town. Who are the people living in this vast and varied nation? Where did they come from? What are they like today? How do they compare with people in other countries? The book's simple statistical analysis provides a new way of learning about where people live in America, the state of their health, the shapes and sizes of families, what they use and more - forming a concise picture of a country. If America Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. Read More

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The Far North is a region shared by Canada, the U.S. (Alaska), Russia, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Finland. F...or those who don't live there, the region appears to be a bleak, desolate place of snow, ice, glaciers and bitter cold. But the Far North is home to many plants, animals and people who have developed remarkable ways of adapting to one of the harshest climates on Earth. This book in the Kids Book of series examines the region's fascinating history, modern life and fragile ecosystem with facts, stories, legends, illustrations, timelines and maps. Read More

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Celebrate Halloween in Woodland with stickers and more in this Franklin Activity Book.

Kids Can Press
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Have You Ever Seen a Hippo with Sunscreen? is a light-hearted introduction to animal adaptations. Have you ever seen a seal wear n...ose plugs while swimming? No? That's because seals have muscles that close their noses when underwater. With read-aloud?friendly text and bold illustrations, young readers will learn surprising facts about animal adaptations such as how animals protect their eyes from the sun, walk in deep snow, breathe underwater and more. The animal board game at the end of the book will provide hours of educational enjoyment. Read More

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$1.95 at Amazon

Franklin can slide down a riverbank all by himself. He can zip zippers and button buttons. And now Franklin is learning to read! I...n this Franklin Activity Book, children can learn to read along with their hero by following puzzles and playing games. Read More

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Kids Can Learn with Franklin! This primary workbook series features a fun collection of activities designed to reinforce basic mat...h, reading and writing skills. Each workbook also includes four different colorful Franklin collector cards so kids can build their very own set! Practice makes perfect -- in this workbook kids get lots of space to print, and print, and print ? Read More

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Adventures in Ancient Egypt mixes fact and fiction for fast, funny and fascinating romps through the past. Kids will love the book...'s contemporary comic-book look with its zany illustrations, speech balloons and guidebook. Parents and teachers will love the well-researched story lines and solid factual information. In this book, the Binkerton twins, Josh and Emma, and their little sister, Libby, stumble into the Good Times Travel Agency and take a once-in-a-lifetime trip back to Ancient Egypt! Read More

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$15.99 at Amazon

The weird and wonderful artistry of award-winner Wallace Edwards brings you The Painted Circus, a showstopper of a book where the ...eye is tricked, bamboozled, hoodwinked and flimflammed ? but finally rewarded when all mysteries are revealed after the grand finale! P.T. Vermin, ringmouse extraordinaire, ushers patrons into the Big Top to behold 22 astonishing stunts, including Norwegian Marching Ducks, the Spectral Sphere and the Flying Fishtastics, each featuring an eye-opening optical illusion. It's all here -- fabulous phenomena, impossible objects, moving patterns, visual distortions and topsy-turvy geometric illusions! Each page encourages kids to get into the act by solving the visual puzzles in every image -- and they will delight in spinning, flipping, tilting and making funny faces at the book as they do so. Entertainment for the whole family, Wallace Edwards's tour de force is a work of art that will leave readers spellbound by the power of perception and the magic of imagination. Read More

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$14.36 at Amazon

Full-color illustrations from the familiar stories of the lovable turtle make this first dictionary a valuable and engaging resour...ce. In addition to simple sentences and vibrant illustrations showcasing each word, Franklin's Picture Dictionary offers language-building exercises and suggestions for parents, teachers and librarians. This useful book also includes concept pages where kids will learn about numbers, days of the week, months of the year, seasons ? and even the parts of a turtle! Read More

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$5.95 at Amazon

Illustrated step-by-step painting projects include bustling street scenes, sunny fields of flowers, night skies popping with firew...orks and more. Budding artists will proudly say, "I can paint!" Encouraging play and experimentation with everyday materials and tools, Starting Art unlocks the creative spirit in every young child. This excellent new series offers unique clear and inspiring step-by-step illustrated techniques for creating fun and appealing art projects that lead to discovery and a real sense of accomplishment. Starting Art introduces art concepts such as color, form and texture, reinforced and put into practice through the creative process. Each book includes a visual glossary of key art terms and a note to parents and teachers on how to ensure a good art experience every time. Read More

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$7.40 at Amazon

In this fifth book in the Three Thieves series of graphic novels, Dessa convinces the smuggler Quinn to transport her, Topper and ...Fisk to the mysterious Island of Astaroth. Dessa is convinced her twin brother, Jared, who was abducted years earlier by the Queen's chamberlain, is being held on the island. However, soon after setting sail, they are overtaken by a pirate ship commanded by the King of Pirates, whom they discover is interested in only one treasure on board: Dessa's map to the location of Astaroth! Will Dessa's plan for finding her brother be thwarted? Meanwhile, Captain Drake, still hot on the trail of Dessa and her cohorts, is startled when he comes face-to-face with a young boy delivering him a new horse. Why does the boy look so shockingly familiar? The titles in author-illustrator Scott Chantler's extremely well-reviewed Three Thieves fantasy adventure series consistently deliver a fast-paced storyline and cinematic artwork that crackles with energy. Here, the twists and turns of the plot, along with further development of the characters, continue to intrigue, while the slapstick comedy and exciting action keep things rollicking and fun. This series works beautifully in the classroom for reluctant readers, both boys and girls. The illustrations give it visual appeal and provide valuable contextual clues to the meaning of the narrative, while the literary elements help develop language skills and vocabulary. Offering children graphic novels as alternatives can help foster a love of reading, and motivated readers become strong readers. Read More

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$3.95 at Amazon

Always in search of adventure, Sam sneaks onto a school bus. Discovered by a couple of schoolkids, they smuggle the puppy into the...ir classroom, where they hope to keep her hidden. Never one to miss out on all the fun, however, Sam is soon causing mayhem, chewing books and walking over students' wet paintings. This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition. Read More

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$13.41 at Amazon

Canada has a rich and fascinating history. In this informative overview, kids will discover the people, places and events that hav...e shaped our country. Featuring fact boxes, mini-profiles, maps, a timeline and more, this title in the acclaimed Kids Book of series offers a comprehensive and engaging look at Canada's development, change and growth. Kids can read about * the potlatch ceremonies of the west coast Aboriginal people * the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway * the battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I * the role of Canadian women in World War II * the establishment of Nunavut, Canada's newest territory, and more ... Read More

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$9.46 at Amazon

Six of the much-loved Pup and Hound first readers by Susan Hood have been collected here into one manageable volume. The stories i...ncluded are: Pup and Hound, Pup and Hound Move In, Pup and Hound Stay Up Late, Pup and Hound in Trouble, Pup and Hound Play Copycats and Pup and Hound Hatch an Egg. The stories follow one another with only a title page separating them, so they can be read one after the other, or separately. Each is a gentle and humorous rhyming tale about two lovable dogs and the adventures they get into around the farm where they live. Though the older, wiser (and much bigger!) Hound often needs to help little Pup out of a scrape, he also finds he has a lot more fun when he looks at the world the way energetic Pup does. And, of course, all always ends well for the two good friends. These Level 1 first readers have easy vocabulary, simple sentences and lots of repetition and rhyme. "Pup gobbled up all the meat. He left nothing for poor Hound to eat! Never mind. Hound chewed the stick. Then Hound gave Pup a goodnight lick." The playful illustrations by Linda Hendry provide visual clues to any unfamiliar words. Part of the Kids Can Read series, the Pup and Hound stories are a perfect choice for the youngest beginning readers who are making their first forays into the world of sentences and word recognition. Read More

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$4.32 at Amazon

In this conclusion to the Elephants Never Forget graphic novel trilogy, big-hearted hero Otto and his parrot pal Crackers have lan...ded in Hollywood, the final stop in their journey across America in search of their good friend Georgie the chimpanzee. They've been hot on Georgie's trail since he was abducted from Africa by the sinister Man with the Wooden Nose, and now they're sure they've finally found his location. Reaching him is going to be tough, however, with a dishonest acting agent, a shadowy villain, disgruntled wannabe animal actors and some elephant-rights activists, among others, regularly thwarting their plans. It seems that greed and the quest for fame "can do awful things to folk" here in Tinseltown, as a wise old elephant tells Otto. Can true friendship possibly win in the end? This is an immensely entertaining adventure story, with fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin that is detailed, energetic and packed with visual humor throughout. It's a perfect fit for emerging and reluctant readers looking for a strong visual narrative to help them through a book. The hilarious storyline offers lots of sly, clever jokes driven by high-velocity action and a heartwarming and lovable main character. In fact, what helps set the books in this series apart is that, through all of the misadventures that get in his way, Otto's good nature and generosity remain constant, and his commitment to finding his friend never wavers, providing wonderful character education lessons on friendship, perseverance and teamwork. Read More

Kids Can Press
$6.95 at Amazon

Martin Bridge returns for more slice-of-life adventures in the sixth book in this widely acclaimed chapter-book series. In the fir...st story, Gibson -- who is a lot luckier than he deserves to be -- is in Martin's group for the science fair project. Everything comes easily to Gibson, while Martin and the rest of the group are working overtime. How far can Gibson's lucky streak go? In the second story, Martin's new bike is stolen -- and he'd only taken one ride! His Great Aunt Laverne, who's visiting, doesn't have a lot of sympathy for Martin. She thinks kids these days are spoiled senseless. But Aunt Laverne makes a suggestion that helps a downcast Martin realize the importance of volunteering his time to help kids who aren't as lucky as he is. Join the freewheeling Martin Bridge as he gears up and down but always rides to a satisfying ending. Read More

Kids Can Press
$17.98 at Amazon

From artists and inventors to astronauts and engineers, Canadian women have played an extraordinary role in the development of Can...ada. In this title in the Kids Book of series, meet more than 130 women and read about their amazing feats in exploration, science, the arts, politics and many other fields. Some made their mark hundreds of years ago, while others are changing Canada today. In this groundbreaking overview, you'll find names both famous and less familiar. But every one of these great women needed determination and courage to succeed, and their stories continue to inspire. Kids can read about wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc, who won five gold medals at the 2004 Paralympic Games; singer Sarah McLachlan, whose all-women Lilith Fair musical festivals raised more than $7 million for charity; and Harriet Brooks Pitcher, who made important discoveries in the field of radioactivity at a time when it was difficult for women to get a university education. Read More

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$8.96 at Amazon

This entertaining title in the Books for Girls series shows girls -- and boys, too -- that math is part of everyday life. They can... try the math puzzles and activities to see for themselves how useful -- and how much fun -- math can be. They will also meet real women who use math in their jobs every day. Kids can learn why fractions are important when they bake a cake, develop spatial visualization skills by building a geodesic dome big enough to play in, use geometry to design unique wrapping paper, discover how grids simplify drawing pictures, and much more. Read More

Kids Can Press
$6.25 at Amazon

By following the easy and fun instructions in this book in the Kids Can Do It series, kids can finally make the colorful beaded he...mp jewelry they've always admired in stores and craft stalls. Combining knots and beads, kids can fashion their own personal look by making bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings and more. Read More

Kids Can Press
$5.95 at Amazon

Illustrated step-by-step sculpting projects include a toothy crocodile, a sunbathing sea lion, a flock of feathered friends and mo...re. Budding artists will proudly say, "I can sculpt!" Encouraging play and experimentation with everyday materials and tools, Starting Art unlocks the creative spirit in every young child. This excellent new series offers unique clear and inspiring step-by-step illustrated techniques for creating fun and appealing art projects that lead to discovery and a real sense of accomplishment. Starting Art introduces art concepts such as color, form and texture, reinforced and put into practice through the creative process. Each book includes a visual glossary of key art terms and a note to parents and teachers on how to ensure a good art experience every time. Read More

Kids Can Press
$15.26 at Amazon

Jack Lime, a hard-boiled, amateur private eye, sees his role at Iona High in simple terms. "What I do is fix problems for people w...ho need their problems fixed." Of course, fixing his fellow students' problems is not always an easy job, especially when they involve some of the most notorious characters in the high school. In this follow-up to the popular The Adventures of Jack Lime, he investigates three new cases (missing: a painting, a comic book and a quarterback), and is up against thugs, smart alecks, heroes and, most annoying of all, a wisecracking girl reporter. Though the cases can each stand on their own, they build progressively through time, delving deeper into what's really going on at Iona High, as alliances appear to shift and truths get revealed. That is, until the final page of the book, when one big truth is left hanging. With wit and terrific pacing, author James Leck gives his adolescent readers exactly what they want in this highly entertaining book: fast-moving scenes, spot-on teenage attitudes and cleverly plotted intrigue. With intelligence, sarcasm and his own style of offbeat humor, Jack chronicles his gumshoe adventures like a pro, and keeps the pages flying. This would be an ideal choice for a language arts lesson about the concept of literary genres in general or detective fiction specifically, as the full gamut of characteristics and motifs are depicted here perfectly. Read More

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$7.95 at Amazon

This is the third installment in Caroline Adderson's well-reviewed, illustrated chapter book series about the adventures of the en...thusiastic and extremely likable -- and poetically named -- Jasper John Dooley. Here, poor Jasper struggles to deal with the excessive attentions of his classmate Isabel, who just won't leave him alone. In the schoolyard, she badgers him and his friends Ori and Leon to play babies. In the classroom, she forces him to be her reading buddy. And, worst of all, after school, she invites him over for a playdate! When Jasper complains to his parents that he's too sick to go to her house, his dad says he must have a case of "girl-itis." However, once he arrives, Jasper is thrilled to discover Isabel has a trampoline, where he gets a "flip-floppy feeling" that is better than anything else in the world. Can Jasper find a way to keep using her trampoline and get her to stop being in love with him? This truly relatable story handles with deftness and humor the concerns and confusion elementary school children face as they try to navigate their everyday social world, particularly the issues surrounding the emerging differences between boys and girls of this age and where the lines are beginning to get drawn for their interactions with each other. It is sure to keep early readers engaged. Featuring a boy's point of view broadens the appeal. Line illustrations by Ben Clanton add depth and wit to the charming story. Read More

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$5.95 at Amazon

Cakes -- especially homemade ones -- make any celebration special! This book is filled with 19 easy-to-do cake designs and decorat...ing tips simple enough for kids to try on their own. Decorating with candies, cookies and other goodies means that no fancy pastry bags or labor-intensive parental supervision is required. The illustrated step-by-step instructions, full-color photos and delicious cake and icing recipes in this book in the Kids Can Do It series help kids take cakes from plain to WOW in no time flat! Kids can make a * scary dinosaur * bright butterfly * spooky jack-o'-lantern * cuddly cat * lucky rainbow * terrific tiger Read More

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$11.79 at Amazon

This charming picture book follows a group of happy animal travellers as they spend a year exploring the True North. Each month ge...ts its own colourful spread highlighting a different Canadian festival, seasonal event or activity. The trip begins in January with a visit to Ottawa's Rideau Canal and ends in December with a dogsled ride in Nunavut. Along the way, the group partakes in such Canadian delights as the Quebec Winter Carnival, the Canadian Tulip Festival and the Calgary Stampede. Yee haw! Artist Per-Henrik Gu?rth presents early-learning concepts using all-Canadian images and an adorable animal cast of characters. Encompassing all major regions of Canada, each book is an eye-pleasing coast-to-coast journey. The bold, bright art and simple text give pre-readers an introduction to the alphabet, numbers and colour -- and to their beautiful country. Read More

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$5.95 at Amazon

In this Franklin Classic Storybook, Franklin is determined to ride his bike without training wheels, and he can't understand why i...t seems so easy for his friends -- or why it's so hard for him. Read More

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$16.95 at Amazon

Otto the elephant continues his search for his childhood friend Georgie, a chimpanzee who was abducted from their forest home in A...frica and shipped to the wilds of America by the Man with the Wooden Nose. When Otto sees a circus poster with a chimp that looks just like Georgie, he and his parrot friend, Crackers, follow the trail of the traveling circus. Along the way, they crash a football game, steal a peanut-shaped car and get thrown in jail. Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Or will trouble find them first? Big Top Otto is the second book in the Elephants Never Forget series chronicling the hilarious adventures of the tenacious pachyderm, Otto, and his wisecracking parrot pal, Crackers. Told with gentle humor and lots of visual gags, this series is an action-packed celebration of friendship and perseverance. Read More

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$7.95 at Amazon

In the second book in the Sam & Friends Mystery graphic novel series, canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cot...tage weekend at Sagawa Lake - until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret.This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge - and the creepy cave nearby? Something lurks in the depths of the lake. All they need is proof, which Sam is determined to obtain at all costs. As always, the mystery-solving trio of Sam, Jennie and Beth blow up events to scary proportions and young graphic novel readers will furiously turn pages to reach the climax - and a surprising solution to the mystery. Read More

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$14.14 at Amazon

Stanley's thrown his party -- and braved his wild ride. Now Stanley and his pals embark on an adventure that makes sea?dogs of the...m all! It's picnic time in the park -- but not for Stanley. He knows he's not supposed to beg, but his people are always eating. And Stanley is always hungry! After he's told to "get," Stanley wanders down by the river where he runs into Alice, Nutsy and Gassy Jack. Soon their keen noses lead them to a delicious treat on a small boat with no people in sight. When the boat's mooring comes loose, they float away with the current down the river, under a bridge and then out to sea! It's a scary new world where the sky stretches in every direction and big waves crash. The dogs know that when you're Outside, sooner or later you always come to a fence. When suddenly through the mist they see what looks like a very tall fence, they know they've come to the End of Outside! But what kind of fence is this? Read More

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$10.19 at Amazon

Franklin, the beloved turtle whose books have sold 65 million copies worldwide, recently made his TV debut on Treehouse and Nick J...r. Ranking second among viewers aged 2 and up in its first month on Nick Jr., Franklin & Friends inspired the new TV tie-in books collected here for the first time. Read More

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$8.21 at Amazon

In the Tales of Prehistoric Life series, award-winning author and illustrator Daniel Loxton uses stunningly realistic, state-of-th...e-art, computer-generated images to vividly re-create the undersea world of the Jurassic period. Featured here are creatures called plesiosaurs, marine reptiles distantly related to land-based dinosaurs. We follow the tale of a baby Cryptoclidus, a type of plesiosaur, whose curiosity about her new world in the ocean leads her to wander away from her mother and the rest of her protective pod. As the baby happily explores and plays, she is suddenly confronted by an enormous Liopleurodon, a predatory and much larger plesiosaur. In a highly dramatic scene, the baby, with the help of the rest of her pod, makes a narrow escape from becoming the Liopleurodon's dinner. The exciting adventure story and high-impact digital illustrations, each covering a two-page spread, will captivate children of this age, particularly boys, who are huge fans of prehistoric animals. But the book is also a terrific source of factual scientific information about the lives of plesiosaurs, their ocean habitat, the ocean's other inhabitants and the ways these creatures interacted with each other. As a special bonus, there is an information page describing these plesiosaurs at the back of the book. With its photo-realistic illustrations, this book would make an excellent resource for life science lessons on prehistoric animals and their environments, evolution and how modern scientists use their discoveries to make deductions about the animals of the distant past. Read More

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$4.65 at Amazon

This Franklin Activity Book features more than 30 stickers for kids to help Franklin and his friends decorate Easter eggs, dress u...p for an Easter parade and celebrate the season with an Easter egg hunt! Read More

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$16.95 at Amazon

In this conclusion to the Elephants Never Forget graphic novel trilogy, big-hearted hero Otto and his parrot pal Crackers have lan...ded in Hollywood, the final stop in their journey across America in search of their good friend Georgie the chimpanzee. They've been hot on Georgie's trail since he was abducted from Africa by the sinister Man with the Wooden Nose, and now they're sure they've finally found his location. Reaching him is going to be tough, however, with a dishonest acting agent, a shadowy villain, disgruntled wannabe animal actors and some elephant-rights activists, among others, regularly thwarting their plans. It seems that greed and the quest for fame "can do awful things to folk" here in Tinseltown, as a wise old elephant tells Otto. Can true friendship possibly win in the end? This is an immensely entertaining adventure story, with fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator Bill Slavin that is detailed, energetic and packed with visual humor throughout. It's a perfect fit for emerging and reluctant readers looking for a strong visual narrative to help them through a book. The hilarious storyline offers lots of sly, clever jokes driven by high-velocity action and a heartwarming and lovable main character. In fact, what helps set the books in this series apart is that, through all of the misadventures that get in his way, Otto's good nature and generosity remain constant, and his commitment to finding his friend never wavers, providing wonderful character education lessons on friendship, perseverance and teamwork. Read More

Kids Can Press
$7.72 at Amazon

While in hot pursuit of an alien invader (a bug), Binky accidentally falls out the space station porthole (bathroom window) and fi...nds himself in outer space (outside) for the very first time. But just as Binky begins to explore, he discovers that his copilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), is trapped beneath an enemy warship (wasps' nest)! Binky must rescue Ted from the clutches of these evil aliens. Will he be able to save his best friend? Can Ted survive his ordeal? Does Binky still suffer from space gas? This book will delight graphic novel readers of all ages. Read More

Kids Can Press
$5.35 at Amazon

Illustrated step?by-step print?making projects include patterns, folds, relief, etched prints and more. Budding artists will proud...ly say, "I can make prints!" Encouraging play and experimentation with everyday materials and tools, Starting Art unlocks the creative spirit in every young child. This excellent new series offers unique clear and inspiring step-by-step illustrated techniques for creating fun and appealing art projects that lead to discovery and a real sense of accomplishment. Starting Art introduces art concepts such as color, form and texture, reinforced and put into practice through the creative process. Each book includes a visual glossary of key art terms and a note to parents and teachers on how to ensure a good art experience every time. Read More

Kids Can Press
$3.95 at Amazon

Kids Can Learn with Franklin! This primary workbook series features a fun collection of activities designed to reinforce basic mat...h, reading and writing skills. Each workbook also includes four different colorful Franklin collector cards so kids can build their very own set! In this workbook children develop fine motor skills and learn to manipulate a pencil. Some letters are introduced and related to shapes. Also contains how-to sections on circles and stick-and-ball letters such as a, b and d. Read More

Kids Can Press
$8.89 at Amazon

Binky the space cat and his team of space pets are left at the vet's office while their humans are away. Binky plans an escape, on...ly to stumble on a secret experiment that could give vicious aliens the upper hand! It's up to Binky and his friends to save the humans ... and themselves! Binky: License to Scratch is the final book in the Binky Adventure series, where dry humour and sci-fi slapstick are mixed with lots of heart. Read More

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$14.18 at Amazon

Follow the farmyard adventures of two lovable dogs in these humorous stories about friendship. With simple, rhyming text and playf...ul illustrations, the Pup and Hound books are perfect for the beginning reader. Hound discovers Pup curled on the ground in need of dinner. Will Hound find a way to make his new friend feel better? This Level 1 first reader contains short stories, simple sentences, easy vocabulary, simple visual clues and lots of repetition. Read More

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$5.95 at Amazon

Illustrated step-by-step projects include drawing people, self-portraits, shapes, expressions, textures and more. Budding artists ...will proudly say, "I can draw!" Encouraging play and experimentation with everyday materials and tools, Starting Art unlocks the creative spirit in every young child. This excellent new series offers unique clear and inspiring step-by-step illustrated techniques for creating fun and appealing art projects that lead to discovery and a real sense of accomplishment. Starting Art introduces art concepts such as color, form and texture, reinforced and put into practice through the creative process. Each book includes a visual glossary of key art terms and a note to parents and teachers on how to ensure a good art experience every time. Read More

Kids Can Press
$16.17 at Amazon

Binky the space cat and his team of space pets are left at the vet's office while their humans are away. Binky plans an escape, on...ly to stumble on a secret experiment that could give vicious aliens the upper hand! It's up to Binky and his friends to save the humans ... and themselves! Binky: License to Scratch is the final book in the Binky Adventure series, where dry humour and sci-fi slapstick are mixed with lots of heart. Read More

Kids Can Press
$16.95 at Amazon

In the second book in the Sam & Friends Mystery graphic novel series, canine sleuth Sam is bored at the prospect of spending a cot...tage weekend at Sagawa Lake - until she hears that the lake has a deep, dark secret.This is exactly what Sam wants to hear and sure enough, with help from Jennie and Beth, Sam finds an old diary hidden in the wall of their cabin and what they read there is chilling. Is it the key to the secret of Sagawa Lake? What about the strange face painted on the rock, near the water's edge - and the creepy cave nearby? Something lurks in the depths of the lake. All they need is proof, which Sam is determined to obtain at all costs. As always, the mystery-solving trio of Sam, Jennie and Beth blow up events to scary proportions and young graphic novel readers will furiously turn pages to reach the climax - and a surprising solution to the mystery. Read More

Kids Can Press
$7.95 at Amazon

Otto the elephant continues his search for his childhood friend Georgie, a chimpanzee who was abducted from their forest home in A...frica and shipped to the wilds of America by the Man with the Wooden Nose. When Otto sees a circus poster with a chimp that looks just like Georgie, he and his parrot friend, Crackers, follow the trail of the traveling circus. Along the way, they crash a football game, steal a peanut-shaped car and get thrown in jail. Will Otto and Crackers find Georgie? Or will trouble find them first? Big Top Otto is the second book in the Elephants Never Forget series chronicling the hilarious adventures of the tenacious pachyderm, Otto, and his wisecracking parrot pal, Crackers. Told with gentle humor and lots of visual gags, this series is an action-packed celebration of friendship and perseverance. Read More

Kids Can Press
$13.18 at Amazon

Canada's Aboriginal peoples have shaped this country in countless ways. Their story is central to the nation's identity -- indeed,... the word "Canada" is derived from the Huron-Haudenosaunee word "kanata," which means "our village." This title in the acclaimed Kids Book of series is a balanced, in-depth look at the cultures, struggles and triumphs of Canada's first peoples. Exhaustively researched and reviewed by specialists in the field, this groundbreaking book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind. The detailed illustrations based on museum artifacts, written records of long ago and contemporary scholarship help bring the traditional ways to life for young readers. Read More

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$7.15 at Amazon

It's a vibrant autumn day in Kitten's second adventure, as the ever-curious Kitten explores the woods near her farm and meets the ...creatures who live there. She finds a chipmunk chewing on a seed, a caterpillar munching on a leaf, a frog catching flies and many more creatures snacking on this and that to ready themselves for winter. While the simple rhyming couplets make this a perfect read-aloud, young readers will enjoy picking out seasonal details in the mixed-media art and searching for and finding Kitten on every page. Read More

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$14.35 at Amazon

The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages ? updated with new content and insight...s about the world's people. First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting "world-mindedness" by imagining the world's population ? all 6.8 billion of us ? as a village of just 100 people. Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own. If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. Read More

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$5.35 at Amazon

Masks are a great way for kids to explore, play and have fun. The step-by-step instructions in this book in the Kids Can Do It ser...ies make the 13 unique masks featured a snap to create and decorate. Whether it's for a Halloween party, a school play or just for dress-up, a little imagination is all it takes for children to conceal their faces -- and reveal someone new in their places! Mask designs include * a jolly jester * a dangerous dinosaur * a lordly lion * a grumpy gargoyle Read More

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Come one, come all to the animal masquerade! The lion is going as an elephant, the elephant as a parrot, and the parrot as a turtl...e! Each costume gives way to another, yielding new surprises on every page, and revealing a menagerie of familiar and unusual animals. Young children will delight in the absurd and amusing images (who wouldn't love a ladybug dressed as a hippopotamus?) and will also appreciate the gags (a fish costumed as a cat is dubbed a "catfish") and other bits of silly sweetness. Recapping this reading adventure: a detailed panorama at book's end, showing all the party guests in their fanciful finery. Read More

Kids Can Press
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In the fifth Mysterious You book, Achoo!, kids probe the secrets of illness and sniff out what germs are, why they sometimes make ...us sick, how our bodies battle them and how vaccines protect us against them. This unique series explores the mysteries of the human body using a mix of thoroughly researched factual information, amazing anecdotes and surprising try-it activities. Read More

Kids Can Press
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From "One gray mouse in a black mouse house" to "Ten red snails in a gray snail pail," learning to count has never been so much fu...n! A colorful cast of characters, cleverly shaped from Fimo, helps young children learn colors, animals and the numbers from one to ten. Kids will have fun following the adventurous mouse as he scampers from picture to picture, gathering objects from every page. Read More

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"There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who were the best of friends, though they often disagreed." So when the three friends... go canoeing together one sunny day, it doesn't take long for them to start quarreling with one another. First, they can't decide who should get to steer the canoe. Later, they debate how best to get across a beaver dam that blocks their way. But when they can't agree on the proper course for maneuvering through the white-water rapids they suddenly find themselves in, the consequences become truly perilous. It takes a long, uncomfortable night spent stranded on a rock to remind the bear, the moose and the beaver what they often forget: everything turns out better when they work together as a team. As with his other popular books in the Life in the Wild series, featuring these three lovable animal characters, author-illustrator Nicholas Oldland has created a funny romp of a picture book adventure for young children that will be a favorite choice in the classroom. Oldland's distinctive, simple and playful artwork tells much of the tale on its own, with lots of visual humor in the characters' facial expressions and the numerous asides throughout. At its core, this is a fun, contemporary fable that champions the importance of teamwork, cooperation and communication while also promoting the joys to be found in nature, specifically the wilder parts of the outdoors. This book could serve as an introduction to discussions on animals and their environments in the early grades as well. Read More

Kids Can Press
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In this unique nonfiction picture book, the main character is a bicycle that starts its life like so many bicycles in North Americ...a, being owned and ridden by a young boy. The boy, Leo, treasures his bicycle so much he gives it a name -- Big Red. But eventually Leo outgrows Big Red, and this is where the bicycle's story takes a turn from the everyday, because Leo decides to donate it to an organization that ships bicycles to Africa. Big Red is sent to Burkina Faso, in West Africa, where it finds a home with Alisetta, who uses it to gain quicker access to her family's sorghum field and to the market. Then, over time, it finds its way to a young woman named Haridata, who has a new purpose for the bicycle -- renamed Le Grand Rouge -- delivering medications and bringing sick people to the hospital. This book makes an excellent choice for cultural studies classes; author Jude Isabella has provided several terrific suggestions in the back of the book for projects large and small, while a map shows the distance the bicycle traveled across the Atlantic Ocean. Award-winning illustrator Simone Shin's digitally composed artwork includes evocative depictions of Alisetta's and Haridata's communities in rural Africa, creating vivid comparisons between Leo's life and their lives. Youngsters will learn how different the world is for those who rely on bicycles as a mode of transportation, and how one ordinary bicycle -- and a child's desire to make a difference -- can change lives across the world. This book also offers an excellent opportunity for expanding character education lessons on caring, compassion and empathy to include the wider world. Read More

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