A Way with Wild Things by Larissa Theule; Sara Elena Palacios Gutiérrez (Illustrator)Meet Poppy--if you can spot her among the wildflowers! Poppy loves nature, and can be found carrying on conversations with ladybugs or singing with cicadas, but good luck spotting her indoors and around people! She's a master of camouflage, always finding a way to blend into her surroundings. Some might call her a wallflower. At a party, Poppy stays out of sight. But when a very special bug lands on the cake, Poppy can't resist popping out to see it. Soon, the rest of the guests notice the beautiful dragonfly, and Poppy, too. Maybe she's not a wallflower after all, but awildflower. This poetic and evocative story celebrates the shy and introverted kids among us, as well as the other small creatures to be found if we look closely enough.
Publication Date: 2020-03-03
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson; Nina Mata (Illustrator)From Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Renée Watson, the first book in a young middle grade series about Ryan Hart, a girl who is pure spirit, kindness, and sunshine. Ryan Hart can be and do anything. Her name means "king", that she is a leader, and she is determined to keep growing into the name her parents gave her. She is all about trying to see the best in people, to be a good daughter, sister, and friend. But Ryan has a lot on her mind. For instance: Dad finally has a new job, but money is still tight. That means some changes, like moving into a new (old) house, and Dad working the night shift. And with the fourth-grad talent show coming up, Ryan wonders what talent she can perform on stage in front of everyone without freezing. As even more changes and challenges come her way, Ryan always finds a way forward and shows she is a girl who knows how to glow. Acclaimed author Renée Watson writes her own version of Ramona Quimby, one starring a Black girl and her family, in this start to a charming new series. Acclaim for Ways to Make Sunshine: A New York Times Best Children's Book of the Year | A Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year | A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year | A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year | A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year | A WORLD Magazine Best Book of the Year | An Amazon Best Book of the Year
Publication Date: 2020-04-28
We Got the Beat by Charlotte Caffey; Kaitlyn Shea O'Connor (Illustrator)An exuberant celebration of dance and play in picture book form, based on Charlotte Caffey's joyful classic made famous by the Go-Go's. See the people walking down the street Fall in line just watching all their feet They don't know where they want to go But they're walking in time They got the beat... We Got the Beat is a children's picture book based on the hit song by the 1980s new wave group the Go-Go's. Consisting of five members, the all-female band rocked the nation with their charisma and musical genius. Their hit song "We Got the Beat" spent three weeks at #2 on theBillboard 100 and became their signature song. Says theNew York Times: the Go-Go's "taught a new generation the power of the girl gang." With lyrics by Go-Go's member Charlotte Caffey and illustrations by Kaitlyn Shea O'Connor, this picture book tells the story of what it is like to live life dancing to the beat, while enjoying friends, nature, and the fun that surrounds you.We Got the Beat will make both parents and children get their groove on and show off their best dance moves. "Songs like 'We Got the Beat' were built with a timeless durability as solidly constructed as a Motown hit." --New York Times
Publication Date: 2020-10-06
We're Not Gonna Take It by Dee Snider; Margaret McCartney (Illustrator)This picture book of Dee Snider's classic song of empowerment and self-determination will strike a chord with kids everywhere. Oh we're not gonna take it No, we ain't gonna take it Oh we're not gonna take it anymore We're Not Gonna Take It is a playful picture book echoing 1980s hair band Twisted Sister's most popular antiestablishment anthem. As part of their triple-platinum albumStay Hungry, "We're Not Gonna Take It" spent fifteen weeks on theBillboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number twenty-one. With lyrics by Dee Snider and illustrations by Margaret McCartney, this picture book follows three toddlers on a mission to defy their parents, whether it be lunchtime, bath time, or bedtime.We're Not Gonna Take It is a story both parents and children can relate to, and a song they can enjoy together. Released in 1984, "We're Not Gonna Take It" is a signature rock anthem of the 1980s The song was a Hot 100 top forty hit and reached the top ten on theBillboard Mainstream Rock chart The album it appeared on,Stay Hungry, was the band's breakthrough and a US top twenty hit Its anthemic quality has propelled the song to become a US pop culture touchstone The song has an iconic music video "'We're Not Gonna Take It' was a watershed moment in hard rock. It delivered a defiant song that originally shook up the establishment." --Christa Titus,Billboard "'We're Not Gonna Take It' is an indelible hit, whose instantly recognizable hook practically invites the listener to shout along." --Rachel Martin and Phil Harrell, NPR
Publication Date: 2020-06-02
What Do You Wear? by Taro GomiWhen it comes to getting toddlers dressed, the struggle is real. Enter: Taro Gomi! The bestselling author/illustrator offers a creative and colorful look at animals, reimagining their fur, feathers, and fins as...clothes! A sheep wears a fluffy jacket, a zebra sports striped PJs, a snake is snug in a stocking, and a penguin looks dapper in a classic suit. Young children will be amused by the spirited take on animals, and they'll very likely be convinced that getting dressed is best!
Publication Date: 2017-03-07
What's Climate Change? by Robert M. HamiltonClimate change is an issue that affects all living things on Earth, but the specifics of the issue are often spoken and written about using complex scientific language, making it difficult for young people to fully grasp why it is such a critical problem. When presented in an accessible way, however, readers are able to gain a deeper understanding of the causes and effects of climate change, as well as why they should care about this issue. Striking, full-color photographs, detailed fact boxes, and informative graphic organizers help readers as they explore this hot topic.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
What's Gender Equality? by Katie KawaThe fight for gender equality has its roots in the past, affects the lives of all people in the present, and will shape the future in important ways. However, before young people can begin to join the fight for gender equality, they first have to understand it. What is feminism? Why are women still fighting for equal pay for equal work? As readers discover the answers to these questions, they become more familiar with this newsworthy topic. Their critical-thinking skills are strengthened through informative main text and fact boxes, as well as vibrant photographs and graphic organizers.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
What's Gun Control? by Kate RogersGun control is a popular topic of debate on news programs and online, but these debates are sensationalized and often do not fully explain the issue and the points of view of people on both sides of it. Readers are given a clearer picture of what gun control means and why people support and oppose it through fact-filled text and relevant, full-color photographs. Fact boxes and graphic organizers supply readers with additional details to help them develop their own informed opinion on this topic and understand those whose opinion differs from theirs.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
What's Intolerance? by Richard AlexanderIntolerance is a complex issue, but readers are introduced to it in a way that leaves them feeling enlightened and not overwhelmed. Informative, accessible text presents a basic definition of intolerance as well as relatable examples that readers could see in their daily lives and on the news. The main text is enhanced by the use of fact boxes, graphic organizers, and eye-catching photographs. These engaging elements come together to give readers a clear picture of what intolerance is, who it affects, and how they can fight against it.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
What's Racism? by Amy B. RogersRacism is a difficult issue to face, but people must confront it if they hope to move beyond it. Confronting challenging social issues such as racism often begins with education. As readers discover the roots of racism in America and how it still isolates people from one another, they learn what their generation can do to combat racism create a more inclusive society. This sensitive topic is presented in an age-appropriate an informative way, using fact boxes, graphic organizers, and full-color photographs enhance the reading experience.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson; Julie Flett (Illustrator)When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength. Also available in a bilingual Swampy Cree/English edition. When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award in the Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and was nominated for the TD Canadian's Children's Literature Award.
Publication Date: 2016-12-01
Who Are Refugees? by Joyce JeffriesHow do refugees differ from immigrants? Why do they leave their country, and what do they hope to find in a new place? These questions and more are answered as readers are given an in-depth look at refugees and their struggle to build a better life. This important topic is addressed using accessible text, enlightening fact boxes, full-color photographs and helpful graphic organizers. The relatable tone presents this issue to readers without condescension, fostering in them a deeper sense of social justice and empathy.
Publication Date: 2017-12-15
Wilma Rudolph by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara; Amelia Flower (Illustrator)In this book from the critically acclaimed, multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion. Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. But Wilma persisted with treatment, and she recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname "Skeeter" (mosquito) as she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in sprint events, but also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. She is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete's life. Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream. This empowering series offers inspiring messages to children of all ages, in a range of formats. The board books are told in simple sentences, perfect for reading aloud to babies and toddlers. The hardcover versions present expanded stories for beginning readers. Boxed gift sets allow you to collect a selection of the books by theme. Paper dolls, learning cards, matching games, and other fun learning tools provide even more ways to make the lives of these role models accessible to children. Inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world with Little People, BIG DREAMS!
Publication Date: 2019-06-04
Winged Wonders by Meeg Pincus; Yas Imamura (Illustrator)2020 Finalist AAAS/Subaru American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru2020 EUREKA Excellence in Nonfiction Awards - HonoreeWinner Best of 2020 Picture Book New Releases - Innovative Nonfiction CategoryThe Original Art 2020 NomineeFor decades, as the monarch butterflies swooped through every year like clockwork, people from Canada to the United States to Mexico wondered, "Where do they go?" In 1976 the world learned the answer: after migrating thousands of miles, the monarchs roost by the millions in an oyamel grove in Central Mexico's mountains. But who solved this mystery? Was it the scientist or the American adventurer? The citizen scientists or the teacher or his students? Winged Wonders shows that the mystery could only be solved when they all worked as a team--and reminds readers that there's another monarch mystery today, one that we all must work together to solve.
Publication Date: 2020-03-15
Winter Sleep by Sean Taylor; Alex Morss; Cinyee Chiu (Illustrator)In this cozy bedtime story, follow a child and his grandma through a winter landscape to explore how the Earth goes to sleep for winter. Spot the sleeping animals as the tale unfolds, then learn about their hibernation habits from the information pages at the end. Co-authors Sean Taylor (picture book author) and Alex Morss (ecologist, journalist, and educator) offer a gentle introduction to the concept of hibernation. In the frosty, quiet forest, the snow blankets the ground and the trees have shed their leaves. Where have all the animals gone? Are they asleep too? In each cutaway scene, see what the child cannot--that underground below his feet are dens with sleeping creatures, and within the hollow trunks of trees, animals are nesting. After the story, annotated illustrations explain the hibernation facts for each animal and what they will do when they wake up for spring. Cozy up as you expand your and your child's knowledge of the natural world.
Publication Date: 2019-09-17
Wolfboy by Andy Harkness (Illustrator)Perfect for fans ofGrumpy MonkeyandThe Bad Seed, this dynamic and hilarious picture book from an exciting new talent shows how feeling hangry can turn even the sweetest kid into a snarling, growling Wolfboy! Wolfboy is hungry! He's drooly and growly and fussy! As he stomps through the forest looking for rabbits, he grows hungrier and growlier by the minute. What will happen if Wolfboy can't find those rabbits? And what will happen if he does? With bold illustrations and energetic storytelling,Wolfboy perfectly captures the big feelings that come with beingvery hungry!Engaging for young readers and parents, this funny and fresh picture book will be an instant favorite for all families.
Publication Date: 2021-02-02
Yaffa and Fatima by Fawzia Gilani-Williams; Chiara Fedele (Illustrator)Two neighbors--one Jewish, one Muslim--have always been best friends. When they both fall on hard times, can they find a way to help each other? In Fawzia Gilani's retelling of this folktale--which has both Jewish and Arab origins--differences are not always causes for conflict and friendship can overcome any obstacle.
Publication Date: 2017-01-01
You Be You! by Jonathan Branfman; Julie Benbassat (Illustrator)Moonbeam Children's Book Awards Gold Medal Winner This is an illustrated children's book for ages 7-11 that makes gender identity, sexual orientation and family diversity easy to explain to children. Throughout the book kids learn that there are many kinds of people in the world and that diversity is something to be celebrated. It covers gender, romantic orientation, discrimination, intersectionality, privilege, and how to stand up for what's right. With charming illustrations, clear explanations, and short sections that can be dipped in and out of, this book helps children think about how to create a kinder, more tolerant world.
Publication Date: 2019-07-18
You Loves Ewe! by Cece BellA side-splittingly funny picture book about a silly donkey, a cranky yam, and an irresistible ewe, packed with hilarious homonyms and the distinctive humor of Newbery Honoree Cece Bell. For fans of P is for Pterodactyl. Hilarity meets homonyms in this high-comedy companion toI Yam a Donkeyby Cece Bell. A persnickety spud, Yam, introduces the grammar-challenged Donkey to a new friend, Ewe, a lady sheep. The confusion between "ewe" and "you" results in a fabulously funny series of who's-on-first misunderstandings, even though Yam explains the concept of homonyms to Donkey clearly enough for the youngest of readers to understand. Heightening the humor is an over-the-top love triangle, because everyone is in love with You. Err, Ewe. Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day!
Publication Date: 2019-11-26
You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! by Jonah Winter; Terry Widener (Illustrator)Many believe baseball great Willie Mays to be the best player that ever lived. He hit 660 home runs (fourth best of all time), had a lifetime batting average of .302, and is second only to Babe Ruth on The Sporting News's list of "Baseball's 100 Greatest Players." In Jonah Winter and Terry Widener's fascinating picture book biography, young readers can follow Mays's unparalleled career from growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, to playing awe-inspiring ball in the Negro Leagues and then the Majors, where he was center fielder for the New York (later San Francisco) Giants. Complete with sidebars filled with stats, here is a book for all baseball lovers, young and old. "The Say Hey Kid had style to spare, and so does this irrepressible book." --Booklist, Starred
Publication Date: 2013-01-08
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt; Louise Yates (Illustrator)Cynthia Voigt crafts a novel about discovery, perspective, and the meaning of home--all through the eyes of an affable and worried little mouse. Fredle is an earnest young fellow suddenly cast out of his cozy home behind the kitchen cabinets--into the outside. It's a new world of color and texture and grass and sky. But with all that comes snakes and rain and lawnmowers and raccoons and a different sort of mouse (field mice, they're called) not entirely trustworthy. Do the dangers outweigh the thrill of discovery? Fredle's quest to get back inside soon becomes a wild adventure of predators and allies, of color and sound, of discovery and nostalgia. And, as Fredle himself will come to understand, of freedom.