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  • It's a Firefly Night

    Dianne Ochiltree, Betsy Snyder

    Paperback (Blue Apple Books, July 25, 2018)
    New in paperback with a glittering cover! A little girl engages in a favorite childhood activity - catching fireflies - then lets them go one by one. This serves to engage the reader in counting up and then down from 10. Song-like rhyme pairs with glowing art to capture the magic of a firefly-lit summer night. Featuring a plethora of interesting firefly facts and new activities.
  • It's a Seashell Day

    Dianne Ochiltree, Elliot Kreloff

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, July 21, 2015)
    Winner of the Florida Book Awards' Gold/Reichert Award!Sunny-as-a-summer-sky rhymes chronicle a mother and son sharing a day of sand digging, seashell collecting, and seashore exploring. Kids will learn about a variety of shells and count along with the boy as he totals up his collection, puts his shells away, and then drifts off into a well-earned bedtime. A spread of seashell facts caps off the story.This captivating, narrative nonfiction title featuring nature and counting is an ideal fit for home, preschool and kindergarten bookshelves. Pair it with the author’s beloved It’s a Firefly Night for a delightful day-to-night duo.
  • Lines That Wiggle

    Candace Whitman, Steve Wilson

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, March 4, 2009)
    Follow the line that runs through this picture book and turns itself into all kinds of things: the waves above an octopus, the veins in a leaf, the wrappings curling around a mummy, and the trapping threads of a spiderweb. Candace Whitman's catchy rhyming text is brought to life by a host of creepy critters from first-time illustrator Steve Wilson.
  • Flip-A-Word: Crab Cab

    Harriet Ziefert, Yukiko Kido

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, March 11, 2014)
    Is that crab driving a cab? Will the pot stay hot? Flip a page and watch a crab turn into a dab! Crab Cab features these word families: -ab, -ot, -it Nouns or verbs from a word family are shown. Single words progress into short phrases ("hot spot") and then simple sentences. A die-cut at the bottom of the page encourages kids to turn - and see a new word from the same family, along with a new image (a b-un becomes a s-un). With playful, colorful art done in the "Hello Kitty" style, each book in this interactive phonics series features three different word families. Word families help children recognize similarities between words that rhyme and connect words with matching long, or short, vowel sounds. Kids can then read words that they haven't seen before. Flip-a-Word takes kids from a single word, to a phrase, to a simple sentence. From there, eye-catching illustrations will lead kids to imagine story scenarios only a child could dream up! Kids, parents, teachers - everyone flips for Flip-a-Word!
  • Time Out, Buzzy

    Harriet Ziefert, Emily Bolam

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, Aug. 3, 2006)
    Buzzy will not put his toys away. He will not take a bath. He will not brush his teeth. So Buzzy gets a time-out in his bedroom. First he sulks. Then he gets bored. And then he begins to play. He gives his trucks a time-out, and his bear a time-out, and his books a time-out, and his chair a time-out. By the time Mom calls an end to Buzzy's time-out, he's back to his old happy self and ready to cooperate. And he's gotten there himself!The Buzzy books help children explore their own feelings and discover solutions. Written in lilting rhyme and illustrated with great charm, these short but sweet forays into the landscape of childhood tumbles are sure to resonate with young children.
  • Bear In Long Underwear

    Todd H. Doodler

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, Oct. 11, 2011)
    The star of Bear in Underwear and Bear in Pink Underwear returns in another adventure. It's wintertime, and Bear and his friends go outside to play in the snow. As Bear sheds his clothes in order to dress his newly-built snowman, he's left--not with his signature tighty-whities--but with LONG underwear. And now, all his pals want cool long underwear of their own.
  • 40 Uses for a Grandpa

    Harriet Ziefert, Amanda Haley

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, Aug. 14, 2012)
    The re-issue of this strong-selling gift book (a companion to 41 Uses for a Grandma) will get a smile of recognition from both grandfathers and grandkids. From dance partner to handyman, the fun and functions of grandfathers are inventively explored. Some of the uses are straightforward, like the arms-circled-out-in-front "ball hoop." Other entries, such as grandpas' "uses" as entertainment center, butler, and mediator, supply kids with a fresh perspective. At the end, it all adds up to grandpa being a wonderful friend.
  • You Can't Buy a Dinosaur with a Dime

    Harriet Ziefert, Amanda Haley

    Paperback (Blue Apple Books, July 1, 2011)
    Clink, clink, clink, clink...Clink, clink, clinkity... Money saved in a bank makes your brain think-thinkity! Children are fascinated by moneyhow it looks, feels, smells, and most of all, what it buys. And Pete is no exception. The rhymed verse describes how Pete saves his allowance, spends too much of it, has second thoughts, and starts over. Young readers will not only applaud Pete's decisions, but join him in his computations as he saves, spends, and strategizes over future purchases. The lively combination of fact and fiction, plus humorous art, will prove both thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable.
  • Ruckus on the Ranch

    The Texas Tenors, Brian Fitzgerald

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, July 21, 2015)
    Winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess Award!World-famous, The Texas Tenors offer a tuneful, western-style romp on a ranch full of frisky critters. This charming story, illustrated vibrantly and playfully by Brian Fitzgerald, is the debut picture book by the wildly popular trio, who were the highest-ranking vocal group in the history of America's Got Talent in 2009.When the stallion, Wyatt, runs after the mare, Ruby, he starts a chain reaction as a cowboy, cowgal, and assorted ranch animals join the chase-around. What's all the hubbub about? Wyatt just wants to play a game with Ruby! He doesn't mean to cause such a ruckus!The Texas Tenors have performed in more than five hundred concerts worldwide over the last four years—and have recorded a song version of the story, and will be promoting it in their concerts, on their website, and in book signings.Whoa, Ruby! Whoa, Wyatt! Y'all get back in place!You're causin' a ruckus on the ranch!You're causin' a ruckus on the ranch!With the cowboy a-shoutin'And the cowgirl a-yellin'You're causin' a ruckus on the ranch!The longhorn's snortin',The dog went a-barkin',The hogs are gruntin',The chickens are a-cluckin',Getting in their way—Hey! Hey!
  • Who Said Moo?

    Harriet Ziefert, Simms Taback

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, July 10, 2012)
    This classic Ziefert–Taback board book was named one of the "10 Best Books for Babies" by Beginning with Books. The fun begins when a rooster's "cock-a-doodle-doo!" is answered with a "moo!" This enduring favorite combines interactivity with Caldecott-winning artist Simms Taback's endearing menagerie of animals. (App also available.)
  • Simms Taback's Dinosaurs

    Simms Taback

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, April 10, 2012)
    Uses the same signature format and style as the series' previous titles. The question "Who am I?" and a linked written clue invites kids to lift the first portion of the folded page to reveal another clue and more of the animal, and then a final fold-out shows the whole dino. The featured dinosaurs are: quetzalcoatlus, diplodocus, stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, ankylosaurus, triceratops.
  • Flip-a-Word: Pig Wig

    Harriet Ziefert, Yukiko Kido

    Hardcover (Blue Apple Books, Oct. 8, 2013)
    FLIP a page, find a rhyme!It’s learning through fun—every time!Even kids who can’t read a sentence can read one word, or a two-word phrase. By putting their hands on the pages, kids are pulled into the learning dynamic. They make the page turn, and they gain a new word that rhymes with one they just saw.Who can dig a pig in a wig?How’d that pet get wet?Will Pop stop, or will he hop?Are mice on ice twice as nice?With art in the Japanese anime style, each book in this interactive early reading series features a different word family. Word families help children recognize similarities between words that rhyme, and connect words that have matching long, or short, vowel sounds. By mastering this dynamic, kids can read words they don’t necessarily know. Offering a springboard into independent reading, Flip-a-Word takes kids from a single word, to a phrase, to a simple sentence. From there, eye-catching illustrations lead kids to imagine story scenarios only a child could dream up!For kids, parents, and teachers—everyone flips for Flip-a-Word!