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Classroom Picks . . . New Paperbacks for Spring!

Our Spring 2015 paperbacks all incorporate Common Core State Standards and are available in e-book format as well!

This Month's Picks


Bad Dog
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by David McPhail
David McPhail, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

Forgiveness and love triumph in this charming, easy-to-read story of a family dog who is rarely on his best behavior, but whose heart is always in the right place.

Tom the dog is being bad. He ruins Mom's flowers. He breaks the TV. He chases Kit the cat. Finally Dad says Tom must go. "No!" the children protest. "We love him so!" Luckily when Kit goes missing, it takes someone with four legs and a powerful nose to find her.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Clear, direct text focuses on Tom's many shortcomings. . . . For all his naughty habits, Tom remains a cherished, four-legged member of his family." —School Library Journal
"Humor abounds . . . Readers may also make an emotional connection to a beloved pet as they witness the unconditional love the children have for their 'bad' dog." —Booklist

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Can You See Me?
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Ted Lewin
Ted Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RI. 1, 4, 6, 9, RL. 1-10
1: L. 1, RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RI. 6, RL. 1-9, SL.4, W. 7-8
2: RL. 1-7, SL. 4, W. 7-8

In this easy-to-read picture book, Ted Lewin invites readers to explore animal camouflage in the rain forest with a seek-and-find game.
"I am a bird. Can you see me?" asks a toucan hidden amongst the trees. "I am a snake. Can you see me?" challenges a vine snake disguised by its surroundings.
Lush watercolor illustrations inspired by Lewin's trips to Costa Rica show how different animals blend into their habitats. The simple text encourages young readers to use their sharp eyes as they try to spot each creature.

Download the Ted Lewin Informational Books Educator's Guide, featuring classroom activities and Common Core Standards for ANIMALS WORK, CAN YOU SEE ME?, LOOK! and WHAT AM I? WHERE AM I?.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
★ "Simple declarative sentences encourage emerging readers to explore and, at the same time, develop a kinship for these creatures who 'are still here.' . . . An inviting exploration of a beautiful biome for budding nature lovers."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"It is such a pleasure to turn the pages of a book by Lewin. . . . The full-color illustrations on double-page spreads are soft and pleasing. . . . Lovely, engaging early-reader fare."—Booklist
"The big pictures make it perfect for storytime or for individual animal lovers."—School Library Journal

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Little Ducks Go
An I Like to Read® Book Level C
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

A walk in town turns into a harrowing adventure for six little ducklings when they are swept up in a gush of water and washed down an open drain.

"Quack," says their Mother, to reassure her babies that they will be okay. The little ducks go and go, sailing through the sewer pipes as Mother chases them from drain to drain. She tries to keep the ducklings calm as they race through town, and eventually her soothing quacks attract the attention of a kindhearted man. The little ducks are saved!

Using a combination of full-page spreads and vignette-style drawings, McCully's adorable watercolors enhance a simple, repetitive text—perfect for beginning readers.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Little ducks do indeed go: not only where their mother leads them but also where they shouldn't . . . ideal text for early readers."—School Library Journal
"It all ends with a very clever rescue scene and a nice lesson in generosity and cooperation to boot."—Booklist

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Ed and Kip
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Kay Chorao
Kay Chorao, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

It's playtime for Ed and Kip! The happy-go-lucky elephants have lots of fun rolling and kicking a rock around with their friend Bug, but the games come to a halt when one bad kick sends the rock straight into Crocodile's pond. Crocodile comes close to devouring the poor elephants before Bug uses some quick thinking to save his friends.

This delightful easy-reader is full of kid-friendly mischief, with beautiful illustrations of Ed and Kip's jungle adventure.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"An engaging tale of friendship, play and cooperation, replete with mild suspense and gentle humor."—Kirkus Reviews
"This fine title will give much pleasure—and satisfaction—to emergent readers."—School Library Journal

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Fix This Mess!
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Tedd Arnold
Tedd Arnold, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

Jake has dirty clothes on the floor, old candy wrappers in the couch cushions, and game pieces under the rug. He needs Robug to help clean up his mess!

"I am ready," says Robug. So Jake tells him, "Fix this mess!" But each time Robug "fixes" things, the mess is still there. Clothes, candy, and checkers fly from the living room to the bathroom to the roof, infuriating Jake. Finally, Robug comes up with the perfect solution: Jake can clean up his own mess.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Arnold offers emergent readers a predictable text, humorous cartoon-style illustrations, and a gentle reminder that we must all clean up after ourselves."—Booklist
"A fun read for everyone, the mantra 'I will fix this mess' will be repeated in well-practiced robot voices by children, teachers, and parents alike."—School Library Journal

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



I Said,
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Bruce Degen
Bruce Degen, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

Imaginative, funny, and charming, this is a perfect story for early readers—some of whom may still be waging bedtime battles of their own.

"Go to bed."
"No."
"I said, BED."
"I said, NO!"

Mom eventually wins this argument, but even after her son is all tucked in, his opinion hasn't changed. "Bed is bad," he whispers to his teddy bear. Teddy, however, disagrees. "This bed is GOOD," he says. "This bed can GO." Indeed, with a few alterations, the bed is suddenly mobile—and boy and bear are journeying down the road, out to sea, and ultimately, to outer space, where the boy concludes that this is one bed that's worth fighting for!


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Everything about this book is solid, from its picture-book size to its seamless melding of story and art. It raises the bar on what a beginning reader can be and will inspire any child to enjoy reading."—School Library Journal

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Ping Wants to Play
An I Like to Read® Book Level D
by Adam Gudeon
Adam Gudeon, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

1. What does Ping want to play? What words (Super-Ping) and illustrations does Adam Gudeon use to help you understand? RL.K-1.1, 4, 7
2. Use evidence from the story to tell why Ping and Pong are friends. RL.K-1.1
3. Compare and contrast Ping and Pong. RL.K-1.1, 9
4. Find verbs from the story (nap, jump, run, fly, play). Act out each verb and think of another word or phrase that has a similar meaning. RL.K-1.4 / L.K-1.1, 5

Ping and Pong are friends. They like to eat and walk together, but they have their differences too. Pong loves to nap, and he does it a lot. Ping just wants to play! She keeps herself busy, running and jumping around the yard while Pong sleeps the day away. Sometimes this boundless energy gets Ping into tricky situations. Luckily, Pong likes to help when he's not napping. These dogs are a great pair.

Adam Gudeon's lively illustrations capture Ping's and Pong's contrasting personalities in bold, childlike shapes and bright colors perfect for young readers.

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



The Big Fib
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Tim Hamilton
Tim Hamilton, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K: RF. 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, 4, RL. 1-10
1: RF. 1, 1a, 3, 3a, 3b, 3c, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b, 4c, RL. 1-9
2: RL. 1-7

After making a mess in a neighbor's yard, a boy learns the value of telling the truth and gains a new friend in the process.

Wow! A boy finds some humungous boxes outside. He and his dog use them to make a train that goes far, far, far; a race car that goes fast, fast, fast; and a plane that goes up, up, up. Litter is everywhere, and the boy blames the wind. But as he watches his elderly neighbor clean up his mess, the boy knows what he must do. Truth triumphs and the boy's honesty is rewarded with forgiveness, friendship, and cookies.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"This story tells of a child in a true-to-life situation that leads to a useful lesson. . . . Sure to evoke smiles and recognition from readers and could prompt class discussion."—School Library Journal
"This is light and enjoyable, and rare will be the kid who doesn't get a kick out of Hamilton's huge-headed, walleyed, and good-intentioned characters."—Booklist

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



The End of the Rainbow
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Liza Donnelly
Liza Donnelly, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

After the rain a rainbow follows, begging the question, What is at the end?
A young girl sets out to answer this question and along the way invites Rabbit, Bird, Turtle, and Horse to join her. The group is anxiously awaiting the rainbow's end, when suddenly, the arc is gone. While the group does not find the end of the rainbow, they realize that they have found something even better: wonderful new friends!

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Grace
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Kate Parkinson
Kate Parkinson, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Grace's name may be a bit of a misnomer, for graceful she is not. She wants to be a ballerina, but dancing is not her forte. "Give it up, Grace, the other girls tell her." Saddened, Grace turns to drawing—and when she does, she starts to feel better. Grace is good at drawing and the other girls love her artwork. Grace finds a way to be part of the ballet using her true talent—she paints the sets! But the indefatigable Grace also keeps dancing in this easy reader that encourages youngsters to celebrate their own special gifts.

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Look Out, Mouse!
An I Like to Read® Book Level E
by Steve Björkman
Steve Björkman, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Farmer Fred forgot to feed the horse! Mouse nibbles holes in the horse's feed bag and all is well for the horse, but not for Mouse. Look out, Mouse!
A cat, a snake, an owl, and a fox pursue him. But the horse neighs, the dog barks, chickens cluck, Farmer Fred comes out of his house, and Mouse is finally safe. Meanwhile, Mouse runs into the house but it is still dinnertime so, look out, house!

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



The Cowboy
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Hildegard Müller
Hildegard Müller, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Anna and her toy dog, Toto, are all set for the beach. Today Anna will give Toto a swimming lesson, and she has no time for the boy in the silly cowboy hat who watches them from the shore.
Toto is an excellent swimmer—but before long, he's bobbing out of reach. "TOTO!" Anna cries. None of the adults know what to do, but the boy in the silly cowboy hat has an idea. In no time at all, he has rescued Toto with his trusty lasso. Maybe that hat of his isn't so silly after all!
In this heartwarming story about mistaken first impressions, Hildegard Müller strikes the perfect endnote as the two new friends mosey off with Toto into a richly-hued sunset.

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Good Night, Knight
An I Like to Read® Book Level F
by Betsy Lewin
Betsy Lewin, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Knight and Horse are drifting off to sleep when Knight has a magical dream. In his vision, he sees the most scrumptious soft golden cookies he has ever laid his eyes on. The delicious treats call to him: Go and find the golden cookies. When Knight wakes up, he gets Horse ready for their journey, and they go trotting along in search of the golden goods. But the cookies are nowhere to be found! Knight and Horse finally return home to the castle, where a surprise in the kitchen rewards their valiant quest.
This kid-friendly Don Quixote-like knight's tale with a simple text and delightful illustrations by Caldecott Honor-winner Betsy Lewin is a mouthwatering treat for emerging readers.

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



3, 2, 1, Go!
An I Like to Read® Book Level G
by Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS

Ann is playing school with her friend Bess. "Oh, no. Here comes Min!" Ann says. "This is a school zone, Min. School is hard. You are not ready. Here is the line. You may not step over it."
Min is clever and resourceful. She gets a board, a tube, a rope, and a rock and builds and launches a rocket that catapults her right into the middle of her big sister's playdate without stepping over the line
Beginning readers will cheer underdog Min's triumphant landing in this easy-to-read book that celebrates ingenuity and perseverance.

About the Series
I Like to Read®
books are picture books written and illustrated so that even the newest reader can enjoy a satisfying, quality literary experience. The books in the series are written at kindergarten and early first grade reading levels.

"These books deftly combine text and art to create a positive experience for new readers."—School Library Journal

"This series dares to make entertaining reads from short texts and familiar vocabulary"—Kirkus Reviews

"Each one makes the hard world of learning to read enough fun to encourage children at this critical developmental moment to try another one."—Vicky Smith, Children's and YA Editor at Kirkus Reviews
Click here for flash cards for each book, educator's materials for the series and the complete listing of I Like to Read® books!



Row, Row, Row Your Boat
by Jane Cabrera
Jane Cabrera, Illustrator

Grades: PRESCHOOL

CCSS
K: RL. 1, 2, 3, 7

Row, row, row your boat
Slowly down the creek.
If you see the swimming mice,
Don't forget to squeak.
EEEEK!

Jane Cabrera has created a cozy rendition of a beloved song. In this picture book, a rosy-cheeked kitten and puppy come upon one delightful animal surprise after another as they paddle down a rain forest river. Sheet music, along with Cabrera's jaunty new verses, is included.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"Nursery rhymes and cheerful ditties have become Cabrera's forte. . . . This makes a fine addition to storytime collections where song variations are ever popular."—Booklist
"Each verse (nine, including the original) may also be found with musical notation on the final page . . . A general purchase for all libraries."—School Library Journal



Plants Feed Me
by Lizzy Rockwell
Lizzy Rockwell, Illustrator

Grades: KINDERGARTEN

CCSS
K-1: RI. 1, 2, 6, 7

1. Describe the details on the cover illustration and how they relate to plants. Create a class chart of all the observations and information that the students have about the picture. Ex) I see pears in a bowl. I like to eat pears. Pears are a fruit. RI.1-2.4, 7
2. What parts of a flower do we eat? Give examples from the book. RI.1-2.1, 2, 3, 4, 7
3. Are you a plant eater? Explain. RI.1-2.1, 2, 3, 8 / W.1-2.2
4. Ask a question about something in the book that you want to learn more about. Share questions with the group. Have students recall information from experiences or gather information in a shared research project to answer the questions. RI.1-2.1 / SL.1-2.6 / W.1-2.7, 8

An elegant, easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations describe the parts of plants that humans eat.

Watermelons are fruits. Cabbages are leaves. Walnuts are seeds. Carrots are roots. People eat many parts of plants. Even flowers!

Detailed illustrations teach new readers about the edible parts of different plants, including leaves, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. Labeled diagrams explain how an apple seed can grow into a new plant, reveal how a walnut is contained within its shell, and show how wheat seeds make flour.


AWARDS AND REVIEWS
Booklist Top 10 Crafts and Gardening Book
"This gentle, colorful picture book explains, simply and accurately, how food gets from the garden and farm onto dining-room tables."—Booklist
"Delicious on its own, and it will pair well with other books about gardens, plants, and healthy eating habits."—Kirkus Reviews



It's Raining!
by Gail Gibbons
Gail Gibbons, Illustrator

Grades: THIRD

CCSS
K-3: RI. 2, 6, 7

"Gibbons is a master of creating factual books through which young readers can explore details of nature an an accessible and engaging depth."—Booklist

Gail Gibbons puts her signature style to work as she looks at rain from a child's perspective: What is rain? Why is it necessary? Where does it come from? She takes the reader through different components of a storm, from the smallest raindrop to the loudest claps of thunder, and includes tips on how to stay safe and dry.

With clear facts, simple definitions, and fascinating details, Gibbons's exploration of rain is the perfect choice for curious young readers.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"This accessible introduction to rain-and-water cycle opens with a familiar neighborhood scene . . . As always, Gibbons gives young readers a solid overview."—Booklist
"Rain is essential for all life, and here Gibbons shows youngsters how it forms. . . . Useful as an introduction to units on weather and climate."—School Library Journal



The Story of Passover
by David A. Adler
Jill Weber, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K-3: RI. 2, 6, 7

The miraculous story of how Moses was narrowly saved as an infant and then grew up to lead his people out of slavery unfolds in a straight-forward text and in vibrant and boldly colored acrylic paintings.

Perfect for introducing young children to the Jewish holiday of Passover, this picture book presents the crucial events in Exodus in a format that is both accessible to children and beautiful to behold.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"This simple yet dramatic story retells the Children of Israel's exodus from slavery in Egypt . . . A great read-aloud for the Passover seder, this is a welcome addition to holiday book shelves."—School Library Journal
"A good choice for children who are attending Passover seders and want to know more. An author's note explains what happens at a seder."—Booklist



Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate
by Loreen Leedy
Loreen Leedy, Illustrator

Grades: FIRST

CCSS
K-1: RI. 1, 5, 6

1. What do you already know about Jack and the Hungry Giant? Compare and contrast the story of "Jack and the Bean Stalk" to Jack and the Hungry Giant Eat Right with MyPlate. Determine their central message, lesson, or moral. RL.2-3.2, 9
2. Describe each of the characters in the story. What were their actions, traits, and motivations? How did this influence the events? RL.2-3.1, 3
3. Explain how the illustrations contribute to what is being conveyed in words. RL.2-3.7
4. What was Loreen Leedy's purpose in writing this book? What did you learn from reading the story? How will you incorporate what you have learned into your life? RL.2-3.1, 6

Lucky for Jack, the giant he meets at the top of the beanstalk chasing him with a huge fork does not plan to eat him. He is more interested in nutrition than in devouring him. Using the USDA's MyPlate nutrition model, the giant makes Jack a scrumptious meal. As he cooks, he teaches Jack about food groups—grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and dairy—and how much of each should be on Jack's plate. Jack also learns that he should get plenty of exercise, which he does as he climbs back down the beanstalk. Includes further tips for healthy eating and other online nutritional resources.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"This is a great teaching tool; children will enjoy the twist on the familiar fairy tale; the clear, accessible information; and the colorful, cartoonlike digital illustrations."—School Library Journal



Triangles
by David A. Adler
Edward Miller, Illustrator

Grades: THIRD

CCSS
5: G. 3, 4

1. Determine the main idea of Triangles and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text. RL.3-4.2
2. Determine the meaning of points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. Explain how you determined the meaning. Did you use context clues or a dictionary? RL.3-4.4
3. Create and label a two-dimensional figure that includes all the following characteristics. Identify points, lines, line segments, rays, angles (right, acute, obtuse), and perpendicular and parallel lines. RL.3-4.4 / Math.Content.4.G.A.1
4. Describe the overall structure of the text. Did the structure enhance meaning? Explain. RL.1, 5

What is a triangle? How do we identify it? Where can we find triangles? How do we measure the angles in a triangle? In their sixth mathematical nonfiction collaboration, David A. Adler and Edward Miller tackle these questions and more with crystal-clear text and cheerful illustrations starring two friendly kids and one savvy robot.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
★ "Labels and diagrams make the learning easy. . . . With lots of layers of information, this is a book that can grow with kids."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
★ "A straightforward and easy introduction to triangles and angles. . . . A recommended purchase for any math collection, this title serves as a great update on the subject."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"A fine resource for kids learning about triangles and those reviewing what they've learned."—Booklist



Lords of Trillium
Book III of the Nightshade Chronicles
by Hilary Wagner
Omar Rayyan, Illustrator

Grades: FIFTH

CCSS
4-5 RL. 2
6-8: RL. 3, 5

When the albino rat Billycan left Trillium at the end of THE WHITE ASSASSIN, he fled to the island of Tosca. There, he learns that a former ally, working undercover in Nightshade City, is plotting to free Killdeer's imprisoned evil generals and seize power. He races back to Trillium to join in the coup—but on which side?

So begins the gripping conclusion to Hilary Wagner's Nightshade Chronicles. But something even more sinister is afoot in Trillium City. Rats are disappearing, and so Juniper leads a search party topside where they discover the alarming truth: Prince Pharmaceuticals, the insidious corporation that tortured so many rats, is back in business, still searching for the secret of Trillium rats' incredible strength, intelligence, and longevity. The fate of the Nightshade rats is in Billycan's hands, but can he be trusted? Can he use his connection to the human scientists to destroy their quest for the ultimate super drug and ensure the safety of the Lords of Trillium forever?


THE REVIEWS ARE IN
"The third volume of the Nightshade Chronicles (Nightshade City, 2010; The White Assassin, 2011) is as entertaining as it is satisfying . . . Fast-paced and full of intrigue, this is one fantasy lovers won't want to miss."—Kirkus Reviews
"Fans of Redwall and the Warriors series will love this heroic tale of good versus evil in a subterranean society of rats. . . . Expect great adventures in Nightshade City."—Rick Riordan, author of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, on Nightshade City
AWESOME LINKS!
Check out the official Nightshade Chronicles website.
Watch the LORDS OF TRILLIUM book trailer.



The Cat with the Yellow Star
Coming of Age in Terezin
by Susan Goldman Rubin and Ela Weissberger

Grades: FIFTH

CCSS

BACK IN PRINT!
This is the striking memoir of a young Holocaust survivor’s coming of age in the Terezin concentration camp.
Ela Stein was eight years old when she saw the words “Jews Out!” painted on her front door. She was eleven in February of 1942 when she was sent to the Terezin concentration camp. While there, a children's opera called Brundibar was performed, and Ela was chosen to play the pivotal role of the cat. Full of sorrow, yet persistent in its belief that humans can triumph over evil, this memoir pays tribute to the brave and devoted adults who helped the children of Terezin.

AWARDS & HONORS
ALA Notable Children’s Book
IRA Notable Book for a Global Society
Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People—Selector’s Choice
Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
American Jewish Libraries Notable Book
New York Public Library Children’s Books 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing.
THE REVIEWS ARE IN
★ "A true and immediate account, rich in detail . . . This finely tuned collaboration weaves together narrative and memories into one cohesive story of trauma, friendship, and survival."—School Library Journal, Starred Review
"Captures an astonishing Holocaust episode."—Kirkus Reviews
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Susan Goldman Rubin is the award-winning author of more than thirty-five books for children. Well known in the field of Holocaust studies, she speaks at conferences, in museums, and at schools and libraries across the country on this topic.
Ela Weissberger was liberated from Terezin in May of 1945. In 1949 she emigrated to Israel and later came to the United States, where she married and raised a family. Today, Ela spends much of her time speaking to audiences of all ages about her Holocaust experiences.