Thursday, July 28, 2016

Back to School Must-Reads

Newly sharpened pencils, fresh notebooks and notepads, bright red apples—are you thinking what we're thinking? We're almost back to school! Whether you're looking for books to get your kids back into the school mood, or need some great stories to welcome students back into the classroom, check out our back to school must-reads.

I Want to Help
by Diane Adams
illustrated by Nancy Hayashi
The irrepressible heroine Emily Pearl is back and she's ready for school! She wants to be the perfect helper for her new teacher, Ms. Glenn in this fun and relatable picture book. (If you love Emily, be sure to check out her adventures in I Can Do It Myself as well!)


The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
by Carla Morris
illustrated by Brad Sneed
Every day after school Melvin goes to the library. His favorite people—Marge, Betty, and Leola—are always there behind the reference desk. As the years pass, Melvin can always find the answers to his questions—and a lot of fun—in the library. Then one day he goes off to college to learn new things and read new books. Will he leave the library and his friends behind forever? Enjoy this wonderful and humorous picture book about the joy of learning and all the help to be found at the library.




The Library Dragon
by Carmen Agra Deedy
illustrated by Michael P. White
Sunrise Elementary School has a BIG problem. Their new librarian, Miss Lotta Scales, is a real dragon. Can an open book temper the flames of the school's hotheaded librarian? (Also be sure to check out Return of the Library Dragon for more dragon and library fun!)

Madeline Finn and the Library Dog
by Lisa Papp
Madeline Finn does NOT like to read. But she DOES want a gold star from her teacher. But, stars are for good readers. Stars are for understanding words, and for saying them out loud. Fortunately, Madeline Finn meets Bonnie, a library dog. As it turns out, it’s fun to read when you’re not afraid of making mistakes. Bonnie teaches Madeline Finn that it’s okay to go slow. And to keep trying.

Little Rabbit Goes to School
by Harry Horse
The indomitable Little Rabbit is starting school and discovering the challenges of independence in this heartwarming story. All young readers will identify with the young character's conflicting desires for independence and reassurance.




First Grade Stinks!
by Mary Ann Rodman
illustrated by Beth Spiegel
It is the first day of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. She isn't a kindergartener anymore; she is a big kid. She is a first grader. Hayley quickly finds out that first grade is different from kindergarten, but in all the wrong ways! No share time! Only one recess! Writing is hard! The stories don't end right! Young readers will immediately empathize with Hayley as she tries to negotiate new expectations and challenges on the first day of a new school year.



Jake's 100th Day of School
by Lester L. Laminack
illustrated by Judy Love
What will Jake do when he forgets to bring the special collection he's going to share at the celebration of the 100th day of school? Lester Laminack's well-crafted story shows schools in their best light and Judy Love's charming illustrations brightly capture the excitement of a busy school day.


Late for School
by Mike Reiss
illustrated by Michael Austin
Smitty is never late for school. Not when his shoes get stuck in a sea of thick, black tar. Not when the sky rains snowmen down on the city streets. Not when he uses his coat for a sail to catch a gale and is swallowed up by a whale. Or when he encounters a robot from Mars eating up cars…or a very, very hungry T. Rex! The surprise ending will delight young readers as they cheer on Smitty and his heroic efforts to beat the school bell.

The Monster Who Did My Math
by Danny Schnitzlein
illustrated by Bill Mayer
A math-phobic boy faces another dreaded evening of multiplication when a monster suddenly appears in his room and offers him a deal he cannot refuse. After a quick signature on a contract, the boy’s problems are solved, and his homework is ready to turn in the next day. When the bill comes due, will our hero have the money—and the math skill—to subtract that wicked monster from his life once and for all?


Mr. President Goes to School
by Rick Walton
illustrated by Brad Sneed
When the president of the United States has a frustrating day, he decides to go back to the place where he learned the most important lessons of all. Children will delight in Rick Walton’s laugh-out-loud story and its over-the-top take on conflict resolution.



Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year
by Bill Harley
illustrated by Adam Gustavson
Charlie Bumper's worst fear is confirmed: he has Mrs. Burke for fourth grade. How will he survive a year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake?




The Trouble with the Rules
by Leslie Bulion
Sometimes, breaking the rules is the best thing you can do, especially when the rules don't allow you to be yourself. Author Leslie Bulion’s sensitive, realistic look at adolescence and her humorous slant on its unique struggles will resonate with young readers who will recognize themselves and their own dilemmas in her well-drawn characters and their responses to a complicated world.


Look for these titles and more at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble!


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Book Wednesday: About Marine Mammals

About Marine Mammals

Delve into the world of marine mammals on August 1 with Cathryn Sill’s About Marine Mammals!

An addition to the award-winning About... series written by Cathryn Sill and illustrated by John SillAbout Marine Mammals introduces readers to the commonalities and characteristics of different aquatic mammalsfrom sea otters and Spinner Dolphins to West Indian Manatees, and much more. 

Complete with an afterward and glossary for curious readers, About Marine Mammals includes gorgeous illustrations and simple but interesting details about eighteen diverse species across the world, perfect for children between the ages of three and seven. (And check out the teacher's guide for the About... series here!)

“A lovely study of more than a dozen aquatic mammals, all captured in wildlife illustrator John Sill's handsome watercolors.” ―Publishers Weekly

“A solid nonfiction treat for budding naturalists.” ―Booklist

Look for it at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Interested in what other books we are publishing this season? Check out our list of new books here!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Free Book Friday: Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Free Book Friday is back!

With our new season of titles coming out this fall (check out the full list), we have some great new books to give away! Starting today, enter our Goodreads giveaway for a chance to win one of 20 unbound copies of Seven and a Half Tons of Steel.

Powerful text from Janet Nolan is paired with stunning illustrations from New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez (14 Cows for America) in this inspiring story about how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, a beam from the World Trade Center Towers was given to the United States Navy. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana, where the seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship’s bow.



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Seven and a Half Tons of Steel by Janet Nolan

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Book Wednesday: Seven and Half Tons of Steel

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel

Powerful text from Janet Nolan is paired with stunning illustrations from New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez (14 Cows for America) in this inspiring story about how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.

Following the events of September 11, 2001, a beam from the World Trade Center Towers was given to the United States Navy. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana, where the seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became the bow of the USS New York.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel presents fascinating insight into the shipbuilding process, as well as introduces a story from history that will be new to most young readers. Back matter provides additional facts and information on the Navy and its ship, with even more materials and tools available in the teacher's guide.

While Janet Nolan provides the true story about the transformation of the beam into the ship's bow in this picture book, the story of the USS New York continues in the real world as it sails around the world transporting U.S. Marines to dozens of countries and bases. If you are interested in learning more about what this historic and symbolic ship has been doing since its creation, check out these resources: 

- This New York Times article describes the beginning of last leg of the new warship's journey from the foundry in Louisiana back to New York City. Learn a little bit about the crew that manned the ship for the very first time.

- Read in this article about the ceremony and excitement that accompanied the USS New York's arrival in New York City. Hear from crew members about their experience of that homecoming. 

U.S.S. New York Arrives in Namesake City
- The official website for the USS New York is also a great resource to see more pictures of the real ship and find out what the ship is doing around the world. 

- The USS New York was just one piece of the many projects that grew out of a desire to rebuild from the ashes of the events of 9/11. Read about the last 15 years of reconstruction that has been happening in New York City and throughout the country in the New York Times 9/11 Reconstruction archives.


Seven and a Half Tons of Steel comes out August 1! Look for it at your local library, indie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble. Interested in what other books we are publishing this season? Check out our list of new books here!