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Steve "Sneeze" Wyatt was born to invent things, and his latest gadget— the Nice Alarm, which wakes you up with a gentle tap on the... shoulder—promises to make him rich and famous! All Sneeze needs to do is attend the Invention Convention, and he will be catapulted into stardom. So, when Sneeze’s convention plans are nixed by his parents, who have enrolled him in a creative writing class instead, he is appalled. For his first writing project, Sneeze starts a list of ways to bug his parents. It keeps growing until he hits upon a brilliant plan—a plan that will enable him to attend the convention with or without his parents. . . . read more

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When Humphrey hears that school is ending, he can't believe his ears. What's a classroom hamster to do if there's no more school? ...It turns out that Mrs. Brisbane has planned something thrilling for Humphrey and Og the frog: they're going to Camp Happy Hollow with Ms. Mac and lots of the kids from Room 26! Camp is full of FUN-FUN-FUN new experiences, but it's also a little scary. There are fur-raising wild sounds and smells, and there's something called the Howler to watch out for. Humphrey is always curious about new adventures, but could camp be too wild even for him? read more

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This delightful poem with art from renowned illustrator Tomie dePaola is a perfect first book for sharing with young children.Cric...kets creak. Mice squeak. Sheep baa. But I SPEAK!Three children lead us through a menagerie of animals and the sounds they make. Young children won't be able to resist roaring, hooting, and neighing along!* "DePaola's exuberant illustrations in his best folk-art style will have kids joining in and shouting out the words."—Booklist, starred review read more

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A true classic with a timeless message! All the other bulls run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights. Ferdinand, on the ...other hand, would rather sit and smell the flowers. So what will happen when Ferdinand is picked for the bullfights in Madrid? The Story of Ferdinand has inspired, enchanted, and provoked readers ever since it was first published in 1936 for its message of nonviolence and pacifism. In WWII times, Adolf Hitler ordered the book burned in Nazi Germany, while Joseph Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, granted it privileged status as the only non-communist children's book allowed in Poland. The preeminent leader of Indian nationalism and civil rights, Mahatma Gandhi—whose nonviolent and pacifistic practices went on to inspire Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.—even called it his favorite book. The story was adapted by Walt Disney into a short animated film entitled Ferdinand the Bull in 1938. Ferdinand the Bull won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). read more

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An IRA-CBC Children’s Choice Book. The drama of this unbelievable but true story is enhanced by Ted Rand’s stunning illustrations....In June 1783, three-year-old Sarah Whitcher wanders into the woods and disappears. For three long days, friends and neighbors search fruitlessly for her. Then a stranger leads the desperate family to a pine tree beneath which the child lies. Sarah tells her rescuers of the “big black dog” that kept her warm every night—but the bear tracks encircling her tell a different tale.    “A treat for ‘pioneer story’ buffs.”—School Library Journal read more

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Let the beloved author of Pippi Longstocking take you on an adventure to Noisy Village! Go crayfishing in the summer at Nocken, “d...ipping in the pot” at Christmastime with Lisa and Karl, and join Britta and Anna who know the best way to go about “nutting” for the New Year. In this gently humorous tale, master storyteller Astrid Lindgren takes us through a year in the lives and customs of six Swedish children living on a group of three farms in the countryside.   “A timeless story . . . Each chapter has its accounts of highly inventive fun and distinctly merry Swedish festivities around the year.”—Horn Book read more

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Danny Dragonbreath knew girls were trouble. But the new foreign exchange student, Suki the Salamander, is beyond trouble. Not only... has she reduced his best friend, Wendell, to a blithering, lovesick tadpole, but she?s apparently the object of an elaborate ninja frog kidnapping plot. Danny is never one to pass up an adventure (especially one involving ninja frogs), and so he and Wendell and Suki set out on a dangerous quest through the mythical Japanese bamboo forests to find out what these fearsome frogs want. Danny may not be able to breathe fire like a normal dragon, but he and Wendell have watched lots of kung fu movies and can totally take on a bunch of ninja frogs. Or, um, so he hopes . . .Using her trademark hybrid style of comic-book panels and text, Ursula Vernon has packed this second book in the hilarious Dragonbreath series with lots of kung fu, a little bit of loooove, and plenty of everyday school drama. A perfect fit for fans of Wimpy Kid and Bad Kitty.  read more

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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong. In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tal...e picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” “In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith's simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”—Children’s Literature “Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”—School Library Journal read more

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Shout it once! Shout it twice!Friends forever! Skog and mice!Since its publication in 1973, The Island of the Skog has been a favo...rite of children everywhere-and of the author himself! We're delighted to remind you of this beloved book on its thirtieth birthday. Jenny and her city-mouse friends take to the seas in search of a more peaceful place to live. But when they arrive at what first seems the island of their dreams, they have a giant problem to contend with: the island's only inhabitant, the Skog. Judging by his enormous footprints, he seems a more terrible threat than a hundred urban cats and dogs. How will the mice master their new domain?Funny, exciting and sweet, The Island of the Skog is a timeless tale of cooperation and compromise. It won the Michigan State Young Readers Award, and was included on Booklist's Books for Every Child and the CBC Books for Peace list. read more

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Tom hates having to spend the summer on a farm . . . until he discovers the midnight fox. No one asked Tom how he felt about spend...ing two months on his Aunt Millie’s farm. For a city boy, the farm holds countless terrors—stampeding baby lambs, boy-chasing chickens, and worst of all, loneliness. But everything changes when Tom sees the midnight fox. He can spend hours watching the graceful black fox in the woods. And when her life—and that of her cub—is in danger, Tom knows exactly what he must do. “An exceptional book.”—Booklist A Library of Congress Children’s Book of the Year read more

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Zap! Zip! Zoop! Froggy’s back!   Spring is finally here, and Froggy can’t wait to go on a bike trip with his dad. But first he nee...ds to find his bicycle helmet, butterfly net, and trading cards—will Froggy get on the road before sunset? With kid-pleasing sound effects and punchy illustrations, Let Go, Froggy! Is the perfect choice for the read-aloud crowd.   “A fun-for-all, tongue-tangling, giggle-getting, rousing read-aloud. . . . Should be a storytime favorite.” —School Library Journal"Remkiewicz's illustrations are as punchy as ever, and his exaggeratedly expressive characters are almost infectiously eager." —Publishers WeeklyAn IRA-CBC Children's ChoiceA Children's Book of the Month Club Main SelectionA Junior Library Guild Selection read more

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Zzzziiiinnngggg splash!Everyone’s favorite frog learns to swim! Frogs are supposed to be great swimmers. "Not me!" says Froggy, wh...o's afraid of the water. But with a little encouragement, some practice, and the help of a silly song or two, Froggy becomes an expert frog-kicker! “Froggy’s childlike dialogue and the sound words—‘zook! Zik!’; ‘flop flop . . . splash!’ make this a wonderful read aloud.” —School Library JournalAn IRA/CBC Children’s ChoiceA Junior Library Guild Selection read more

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Caldecott Honor BookWhat happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!Kuplink, kuplan...k, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter.  Meanwhile Sal's mother is being followed by a small bear with a big appetite for berries! Will each mother go home with the right little one?With its expressive line drawings and charming story, Blueberries for Sal has won readers' hearts since its first publication in 1948."The adventures of a little girl and a baby bear while hunting for blueberries with their mothers one bright summer day. All the color and flavor of the sea and pine-covered Maine countryside."-School Library Journal, starred review. read more

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Once upon a time there was a place called Sam-sam-sa-mara, where the animals and the people lived and worked together like they di...dn't know they weren't supposed to. There was a little boy in Sam-sam-sa-mara named Sam...So begins this delightful telling of one of the most controversial books in children's literature, Little Black Sambo. Julius Lester and Jerry Pinkney reveal at the heart of this story a lively and charming tale of a little boy who triumphs over several hungry tigers. "Lester and Pinkney have stripped away the ugly racism and...reclaimed a great classic for children. AThe? expansive black storytelling voice is both folksy and contemporary, funny and fearful." --Booklist read more

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Perfect for introductory science and biology lessons! What do mammals have in common? They have fur. They nurse their young. They ...breathe fresh air. But what else?Explore nature and discover a variety of mammals—also known as viviparous animals—and the many ways that they are unique from one another. “Here are twenty double-page spreads all bright with mammals. Large, tiny, prehistoric, unusual—they are all here in repeatable rhymes, and a million-dollar word (viviparous) is tossed in for good measure.”—The Provident Bookfinder“Both simple and surprising, Heller's sprightly picture books use verse and unusually harmonious pictures to introduce the animal kingdom. Chickens lists some of the many good things that come in egg packages, while Animals mentions all manner of mammals.”—Publishers Weekly About the Explore! series: Dedicated to helping children learn a variety of nonfiction subjects, the Explore series uses pitch-perfect rhyming text and brilliantly illustrated images to make learning fun.Books in the series:Explore Language1. Behind the Mask: A Book About Prepositions2. Cache of Jewels: And Other Collective Nouns3. Fantastic! Wow! and Unreal!: A Book About Interjections and Conjunctions4. Kites Sail High: A Book About Verbs5. Many Luscious Lollipops: A Book About Adjectives6. Mine, All Mine!: A Book About Pronouns7. Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns8. Up, Up and Away: A Book About Adverbs Explore Nature1. Animals Born Alive and Well: A Book About Mammals and Their Young2. Chickens Aren't the Only Ones: A Book About Animals Who Lay Eggs3. The Reason for a Flower: A Book About Flowers, Pollen, and Seeds4. Plants that Never Ever Bloom: A Book About Fungi, Ferns, and Other Plants Without Flowers read more

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Froggy's mother knows that everyone's nervous on the first day of school. "Not me!" says Froggy, and together they leapfrog to the... bus stop -- flop flop flop. Froggy's exuberant antics will delight his many fans and reassure them that school can be fun."This is a great read-aloud with sounds and words that encourage active participation....A charming story to calm those pre-school jitters." -- School Library JournalJonathan London is the author of many books for children, including I See the Moon and the Moon Sees Me, Like Butter on Pancakes and four other books about Froggy. read more

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When a baby raccoon is swept downstream in an abandoned canoe, he feels afraid. But soon he notices all kinds of things he has nev...er seen before, and from the safety of his little boat, he begins to explore the world around him. Paralleling the exciting-and often frightening-experience of a child's first adventure away from home, Raccoon on His Own offers little ones a glimpse of being on their own for the very first time. read more

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At the end of Five Children and It the five children promised not to ask the Psammead for another wish as long as they lived, but ...expressed a half wish to see it again some time. They find 'it' again in a pet shop in Camden Town, and their magic adventures start over again. 'It' leads them to a magic amulet - half of it actually - which they use it to try and find the other half. It takes them back to ancient Egypt and Babylon. The Queen of Babylon visits them in London, bringing all her ancient customs with her - which is awkward. They visit the lost continent of Atlantis. They see Julius Caesar in the flesh, but none of these adventures run smoothly, and if they forget the 'word of power' or lose the amulet, what would happen to them? read more

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How to build great paper airplanes and learn what makes them fly! What keeps a paper airplane in the air? How can you make a paper... airplane go for a really long flight? How can you make a cool stunt plane that loops, turns, and dives at will?Learn the answers to these questions and many more!This book details not only how to design amazing paper airplanes, but also the principles of flight and how planes are able to fly. The Paper Airplane Book is full of experiments and suggestions that will allow readers to design their own airplanes while introducing them to the physics and science of flight.“Lots of information about the principles of flight and the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of airplane design.”—Children’s Literature“The principles of flight and airplane design are elucidated in this book of entertaining experiments with paper airplanes.”—Booklist read more

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Mrs. Mallard was sure that the pond in the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live....  The problem was how to get them there through the busy streets of Boston.  But with a little help from the Boston police, Mrs. Mallard and Jack, Kack, Lack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack arive safely at their new home.   This brilliantly illustrated, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move has won the hearts of generations of readers.  Awarded theCaldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children in 1941, it has since become a favorite of millions. read more

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When day is gone, and shadows begin to deepen, it is time for Grandfather Twilight to close his book, put on his jacket, and go fo...r a walk through the forest.Little birds hush as he walks by, and the rabbits and other small creatures watch in silence as he performs his very special evening task and returns to his house among the trees. Small readers and listeners, too, will sense the serenity of this poetic story, and will be comforted to learn that the twilight is a gentle, friendly time.Exquisite pictures extend and illuminate the text, to reveal the nightly miracle so faithfully performed by Grandfather Twilight. Perfect for reading aloud and for sharing at bedtime, this beautiful and reassuring book will be cherished by old and young alike. read more

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What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it?s no ordinary battle since ...the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor?s things to find out how to fight a knight!?Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate?A top springtime choice.? --Booklist?There?s a swirl of good-humored life to the book.? --The New York Times Book Review read more

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