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Books published by publisher Dragonfly Books

  • The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

    Virginia Hamilton, Leo Dillon, Diane Dillon Ph.D.

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Jan. 6, 2015)
    Virginia Hamilton's Coretta Scott King Honor book is the breathtaking fantasy tale of slaves who possessed ancient magic that enabled them to fly away to freedom. And it is a moving tale of those who did not have the opportunity to “fly” away, who remained slaves with only their imaginations to set them free as they told and retold this tale.Leo and Diane Dillon's powerful illustrations accompany Hamilton's voice as it sings out from the pages with the soaring cadences that echo the story tellers of her childhood as the granddaughter of a fugitive slave. Awards for The People Could Fly collection: A Coretta Scott King Award A Booklist Children’s Editors’ Choice A School Library Journal Best Books of the Year A Horn Book Fanfare An ALA Notable Book An NCTE Teachers’ Choice A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year
  • Confessions of a Former Bully

    Trudy Ludwig, Beth Adams

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, July 10, 2012)
    After Katie gets caught teasing a schoolmate, she's told to meet with Mrs. Petrowski, the school counselor, so she can make right her wrong and learn to be a better friend. Bothered at first, it doesn't take long before Katie realizes that bullying has hurt not only the people around her, but her, too. Told from the unusual point of view of the bullier rather than the bullied, Confessions of a Former Bully provides kids with real life tools they can use to identify and stop relational aggression.
  • The Squiggle

    Carole Lexa Schaefer

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, June 15, 1999)
    What magic can be found in a piece of string? The magic of a million incarnations--when the string is found by an imaginative little girl who spies it on the sidewalk. Slither, slish--it could be the dance of a scaly dragon. Or, push-a-pat--the top of the Great Wall of China. Unique illustrations, inspired by Asian brush-stroke paintings, transform the simple thread into fireworks, thunderclouds, and even the moon.
  • How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A.

    Marjorie Priceman

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 6, 2013)
    Fancy a slice of cherry pie? Let's get started. . . . What, no bowl? No pie pan? No pot holders?Join our young baker (and her little dog!) as they travel the United States—from New Hampshire to Hawaii, from Alaska to Texas—in search of the coal, cotton, clay, and granite they need to create all their baking tools.In a companion to her bestselling How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, two-time Caldecott Honor illustrator Marjorie Priceman takes us on a round-the-U.S.A. journey by riverboat, taxi, train, and plane in a culinary adventure—and a playful celebration of America's natural resources.
  • Grandfather Tang's Story

    Ann Tompert, Robert Andrew Parker

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 12, 1997)
    This folktale told using ancient Chinese puzzles and watercolor illustrations has been beloved for over twenty-five years and is the perfect addition to your Father's Day reading list!When Little Soo asks for a story, Grandfather Tang arranges the tangram pieces and two magic fox fairies spring to life. The foxes change shapes as quick as a wink, from rabbits to dogs to squirrels and geese. But their game turns dangerous when a hunter raises his bow. . . . Originally published in 1990, Grandfather Tang’s Story will continue to delight new readers as the wonder of the tangram puzzle—and an endearing game between a grandfather and his granddaughter—reveals a story of magic, clever animals, and, ultimately, true friendship. An NCSS-CBC Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies An NCTE Notable Children’s Trade Book in the Language Arts “Ingenious.” —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
  • Rainbow Crow

    Nancy Van Laan

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, July 2, 1991)
    Illus. in full color. This story of how the Rainbow Crow lost his sweet voice and brilliant colors by bringing the gift of fire to the other woodland animals is "a Native American legend that will be a fine read-aloud because of the smooth text and songs with repetitive chants. The illustrations, done in a primitive style, create a true sense of the Pennsylvania Lenape Indians and their winters."--School Library Journal.
  • Diego

    Jonah Winter, Jeanette Winter

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 9, 1994)
    This story of Diego Rivera, the greatest muralist of Mexico--and of the world--is told in Spanish and English. Vibrant miniature paintings convey the sense of adventure and magic that marked Rivera's early years. And the story shows how his passion for painting and love for his country combined to make a powerful art celebrating the Mexican people----------Es la historia de Diego Rivera, el gran muralista Mejicano--y del mundo--y est&#225 contada en Espa&#241ol y en Ingl&#233s. Vibrantes pinturas en miniatura transmiten el sentido de magia y aventura que marcaron los primeros a&#241os de Rivera y la historia nos muestra como al combinar su pasi&#243n por la pintura y el amor por su pa&#237s logr&#243 un poderoso arte que reconoce al pueblo Mejicano.
  • Little Rabbit's Loose Tooth

    Lucy Bate, Diane DeGroat

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Dec. 12, 1988)
    Children are sure to relate to this story of losing one's first tooth! What should Little Rabbit do with her loose tooth when it comes out in a dish of chocolate ice cream? Throw it away? Wear it on a necklace? Draw stars around it and hang it on the wall? Or leave it under her pillow for the tooth fairy?Little Rabbit solves her dilemma in this gentle classic that captures all the excitement of losing a first tooth. "Delightfully familiar family dialogue surrounds the momentous loss of a first tooth by a rabbit girl. Large-scale three-color drawings depict the same warm, homey details lodged in the text and clinch the book's sure appeal." —Booklist, Starred
  • Cornelius

    Leo Lionni

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, March 22, 1994)
    The beloved fable about being yourself from four-time Caldecott Honor-winner Leo Lionni.Unlike other crocodiles, Cornelius walks upright, sees things, and does tricks no other crocodile can. His friends aren't impressed. "So what?" they say when he demonstrates standing on his head or hanging from his tail. At first, Cornelius is disappointed, but things aren't always what they seem, and life on the riverbeach is about to undergo some big changes. Children will draw inspiration from this tale of a crocodile who marches to his own drummer.
  • Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

    Ian Whybrow, Adrian Reynolds

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, July 13, 2010)
    Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic. He cleans them up and makes them his own, carefully (and accurately) naming each one. Harry and his dinosaurs go everywhere together. But one day, after an exciting train ride, Harry accidentally leaves the dinosaurs on the train. Silly, charming illustrations accompany this whimsical text of a child being a child.
  • I Pledge Allegiance

    Pat Mora

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Sept. 20, 2016)
    Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school—at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together—asking questions and sharing stories and memories—until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.
  • My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits

    Hanoch Piven

    Paperback (Dragonfly Books, Aug. 28, 2012)
    How do you draw a playful daddy? Or a smelly dog? For any kid who's ever been asked to "draw a picture of your family," here's an unusual and much more fun take on the project! Using objects to represent personality traits, acclaimed illustrator Hanoch Piven creates simple and funny portraits that perfectly describe all the members of one girl's family. Children of all ages will be inspired to make their own family portraits after reading this book.