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Books published by publisher Harcourt Childrens Books

  • Pyramids of Ancient Egypt

    John D. Clare

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, Sept. 1, 1992)
    Numerous photographs and dramatic living history reenactments document the construction of the great pyramid of Chephren at Giza, the ritual and practices surrounding the burial of a pharaoh, ancient Egyptian culture and religion, and more.
  • Oodles of Animals

    Lois Ehlert

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, May 1, 2008)
    In this exuberant collection, Lois Ehlert celebrates the animal kingdom with quirky, playful rhymes and bold collage illustrations that perfectly capture the spirit of each creature. Sixty-four of her favorite animal friends are here, from hamsters to monkeys, geckos to mountain goats--and with its clever combination of fact and wordplay, this stunning volume is as fun to read as it is to look at. Includes an author's note. Visit for activity sheets and more!
  • The Garden of Eve

    K. L. Going

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, Oct. 1, 2007)
    Evie reluctantly moves with her widowed father to Beaumont, New York, where he has bought an apple orchard, dismissing rumors that the town is cursed and the trees haven't borne fruit in decades. Evie doesn't believe in things like curses and fairy tales anymore--if fairy tales were real, her mom would still be alive. But odd things happen in Beaumont. Evie meets a boy who claims to be dead and receives a mysterious seed as an eleventh-birthday gift. Once planted, the seed grows into a tree overnight, but only Evie and the dead boy can see it--or go where it leads. The Garden of Eve mixes spine-tingling chills with a deeply resonating story that beautifully explores grief, healing, and growth.
  • Big Anthony and the Magic Ring

    Tomie dePaola

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, April 25, 1979)
    In this sequel to Caldecott Honor winner Strega Nona, “Big Anthony romps through a case of spring fever with an ill-gotten magic ring, against the architectural background and blue skies of la bella Italia.”--Booklist
  • Crickwing

    Janell Cannon

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, Sept. 1, 2000)
    Crickwing never set out to be a bully. All he wants is to create his art in peace. But it's not easy being different--a cockroach with a cricked wing and a flair for sculpture is a ready target for the bigger creatures in the forest. Crickwing just wants to even the score, and leafcutter ants are so easy to pick on. . . .Big mistake. Nobody angers the leafcutter queen and gets away with it. In this epic adventure beneath the foliage, Crickwing and the leafcutter ants go head-to-head. Then a swarm of ferocious army ants threatens, and suddenly everyone is in danger. Crickwing has to do something, but what? He's an artist, not a fighter. What the leafcutters need is a hero. Or, maybe, a cockroach with a really clever idea. . . .
  • Hoptoad

    Jane Yolen, Karen Lee Schmidt

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, May 1, 2003)
    A boy, his dad, and his dog are out for a drive on a beautiful sunny day. Unfortunately, a hapless toad is trying to make its way across the very same road. Talk about bad timing. Is there any hope of avoiding toad-al disaster? Maybe. See what a sharp-witted and caring boy can do to save the day. Storyteller Jane Yolen has written a deceptively simple tale that's fun, exciting, and perfect for reading aloud again and again. Illustrator Karen Lee Schmidt has created an irresistible creature--and everyone who meets this toad will root for a happy ending!
  • The High Rise Glorious Skittle Skat Roarious Sky Pie Angel Food Cake

    Nancy Willard, Richard Jesse Watson

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, Sept. 1, 1990)
    As she is preparing a special angelfood cake for her mother's birthday, a girl is surprised by three angels who have dropped in for a taste.
  • The Summer Birds

    Penelope Farmer

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, June 1, 1962)
  • Dogs in Space

    Nancy Coffelt

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, May 1, 1993)
    In a fact-filled exploration of space, a playful group of canines travels to each planet in the solar system and has fun by flying kites on Jupiter and playing hide-and-seek on the moons of Saturn.
  • Gunga Din

    Rudyard Kipling, Robert Andrew Parker

    Library Binding (Harcourt Childrens Books, Nov. 1, 1987)
    An illustrated edition of the classic poem, in which a British soldier recalls his experiences in the army in India and pays homage to the courage of the Indian water carrier Gunga Din
  • The Whale Rider

    Witi Ihimaera

    Hardcover (Harcourt Children's Books, May 1, 2003)
    Eight-year-old Kahu, a member of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, fights to prove her love, her leadership, and her destiny. Her people claim descent from Kahutia Te Rangi, the legendary "whale rider." In every generation since Kahutia, a male heir has inherited the title of chief. But now there is no male heir, and the aging chief is desperate to find a successor. Kahu is his only great-grandchild--and Maori tradition has no use for a girl. But when hundreds of whales beach themselves and threaten the future of the Maori tribe, it is Kahu who saves the tribe when she reveals that she has the whale rider's ancient gift of communicating with whales. Now available in simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions. Feature film in theaters in June 2003!
  • Kipper's Toybox

    Mick Inkpen

    Hardcover (Harcourt Childrens Books, Oct. 1, 1992)
    When Kipper locates a hole in his toybox, he finds that he has two too many toys, but as he counts and recounts his toys, he discovers that two little mice have taken up residence among his stuffed animals.