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  • Night of the Spadefoot Toads

    Bill Harley

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2012)
    A classroom favorite!An inspiring story of intergenerational friendship, activism, and how our actions can drastically impact our environment. “Harley’s appealing story shows readers that adults and children can connect in meaningful friendships, and reminds them that conservation can begin in their own backyards.” ―Kirkus ReviewsWhen his father takes a new job in Massachusetts, Ben Moroney must leave behind his best friend Tony, a western banded gecko named Lenny, and worst of all, the Arizona desert home he has loved and explored.Ben’s adjustment to his new environment is not going well until he unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in his eccentric fifth-grade science teacher, Mrs. Tibbets. She introduces him to the rare and elusive Eastern spadefoot toads that make their home on her rural property. When Ben discovers that Mrs. Tibbets’s land may be sold to developers, he knows he has to do something. As Ben’s obsession with saving the spadefoot toads’ habitat grows, his schoolwork and his relationships with his family and new friends suffer. But just when it seems things can’t get any worse, Ben finds a way to meet his responsibilities to the people around him and demonstrates the importance of even the smallest efforts to save the earth’s rapidly disappearing habitats.A beloved exploration of important environmental themes, this appealing middle grade novel comes from renowned storyteller and two-time Grammy Award winner Bill Harley.Green Earth Book Award (Children’s Fiction) – Newton Marasco FoundationTeacher’s Guide available!
  • Going Down Home with Daddy

    Kelly Starling Lyons, Daniel Minter

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2019)
    A 2020 Caldecott Honor Book "On reunion morning, we rise before the sun. Daddy hums as he packs our car with suitcases and a cooler full of snacks. He says there’s nothing like going down home.” Down home is Granny’s house. Down home is where Lil Alan and his parents and sister will join great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Down home is where Lil Alan will hear stories of the ancestors and visit the land that has meant so much to all of them. And down home is where all of the children will find their special way to pay tribute to family history. All the kids have to decide on what tribute to share, but what will Lil Alan do? In this rich and moving celebration of history, culture, and ritual, Kelly Starling Lyons' eloquent text explores the power of family traditions. Stunning illustrations by Coretta Scott King Honor-winner Daniel Minter reveal the motion and connections in a large, multigenerational family.
  • Izzy Gizmo

    Pip Jones, Sara Ogilvie

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2018)
    For all the little makers and inventors comes a STEAM-infused tale of determination, ingenuity, and friendship starring a feisty, diverse female engineer. “This story of a girl engineer is sorely needed and has potential to develop and nourish readers’ interest in STEAM subjects.” ―Kirkus ReviewsIzzy Gizmo’s inventions are marvelous, magnificent . . . and often malfunction. Despite the fact that she loves to invent, it never seems to work out in her favor. But when she finds a crow with a broken wing, she has to help! Izzy tries again and again to build a new pair of wings, but nothing is working. Can Izzy overcome her failures? Or is her friend destined to live as a crow who can’t fly?From author Pip Jones, this inspiring story of creativity and perseverance in the face of failure showcases a sweet friendship and is illustrated with bright, zany art from the acclaimed Sara Ogilvie.Also available: Izzy Gizmo and the Invention ConventionActivity Sheets and Teacher’s Guide available!Parents’ Choice Fun Stuff Award – Parents’ Choice Foundation
  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

    Lisa Papp

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 2016)
    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. Reading out loud to Bonnie isn’t so bad; when Madeline Finn gets stuck, Bonnie doesn’t mind. 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.With endearing illustrations, Lisa Papp brings an inspiring and comforting book to all new readers who just need a little confidence to overcome their fears.
  • King & Kayla and the Case of the Missing Dog Treats

    Dori Hillestad Butler, Nancy Meyers

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2018)
    A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery.Kayla made peanut butter treats for Jillian’s new puppy Thor. But now the treats are missing. What does Kayla know? ―There are three treats missing. King was in the kitchen. King's breath doesn't smell like peanut butter. What does King know? ―There's an intruder in the house. How will they solve the mystery?
  • 14 Cows for America

    Carmen Agra Deedy, Thomas Gonzalez, Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Aug. 1, 2016)
    In June of 2002, a very unusual ceremony begins in a far-flung village in western Kenya. An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed upon the American men, women, and children, and he is there to accept it. The gift is as unexpected as it is extraordinary. A mere nine months have passed since the September 11 attacks, and hearts are raw as these legendary Maasai warriors offer their gift to a grieving people half a world away. Word of the gift will travel newswires around the globe, and for the heartsick American nation, the gift of fourteen cows emerges from the choking dust and darkness as a soft light of hope―and friendship.This New York Times best seller recounts the true story from Wilson Kimeli Naiyomah of a touching gift bestowed on the United States by a tribe of Maasai Warriors in the wake of the September 11th attacks. With the stunning paintings of Thomas Gonzalez, master storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy hits all the right notes in this elegant story of generosity that crosses boundaries, nations, and cultures.
  • Saturdays and Teacakes

    Lester L. Laminack, Chris Soentpiet

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2004)
    A lyrical picture book memoir of one boy and his beloved grandmother. From award-winning author Lester Laminack. Every Saturday, a young boy rides his bicycle up and down country roads, past farms and a filling station, until he reaches his beloved Mammaw’s house. She is waiting for him. There, the young boy helps her. She picks tomatoes and he pushes the lawnmower through the dew-wet grass. But the best part of the day is helping his Mammaw make teacakes from scratch and eating the hot, sweet cakes fresh from the oven. Lester Laminack’s richly detailed prose perfectly portrays the special relationship of a young boy and his grandmother. Award-winning illustrator Chris Soentpiet’s detailed watercolor images beautifully capture the era.Teacher’s Guide available!
  • Stanley’s Fire Engine

    William Bee

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Aug. 1, 2020)
    It's another busy day for Stanley and friends! Stanley keeps his fire engine in tip-top condition. It needs to be ready for anything. It has a tall ladder, a big water tank, and a long hose. Uh-oh. The fire station has a phone call: Charlie's barbecue is out of control. CLANG! CLANG! CLANG! Out of the way! Stanley's on the job! With bright illustrations, adorable characters, and a padded-cover format, William Bee’s Stanley series is perfect for readers transitioning from board books to picture books.
  • Three Hens and a Peacock

    Lester L. Laminack, Henry Cole

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Feb. 1, 2014)
    A hilarious read-aloud favorite about some foolish farm animals who decide to trade roles―and discover just how hard it is to do someone else’s job. From award-winning author Lester Laminack and celebrated illustrator Henry Cole.“Good farm fun.” ―Kirkus ReviewsThe Tuckers’ farm is a peaceful place where everyone has a job and no one complains. That is, until a hapless peacock falls off the back of a passing truck and stirs things up. Soon, customers are flocking to the farm to see what all the fuss is about. But the hens don’t like the newcomer getting attention while they do all the hard work. When a wise old hound sees the problem, he helps orchestrate a job swap. What follows is the riotous tale of three hens who get in way over their feathered heads, and one very distressed peacock who just can’t figure out how to lay an egg.Lester Laminack has created a comical look at envy, finding your strength, and what happens when we underestimate the value of others’ work. Henry Cole’s delightful illustrations heighten the story’s humor and will have readers of all ages laughing out loud.Teacher’s Guide available!Children’s Choice Book Awards Kindergarten to Second Grade Book of the Year – Children’s Book CouncilChildren’s Choices – International Reading Association, Children’s Book CouncilBest Children’s Books of the Year (Starred) – Bank Street College of EducationRead Aloud Book Award – Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction
  • King & Kayla and the Case of the Secret Code

    Dori Hillestad Butler, Nancy Meyers

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2018)
    A lovable dog helps his human girl solve a mystery.Kayla and Mason both got mysterious letters, written in code. What does Kayla know? ―The same person left both letters. It's someone she and Mason both know. The two letters are the same, except for the second word.What does King know? ―Jillian left the letters. What do the letters say?
  • SeaMan: The Dog Who Explored The West With Lewis & Clark

    Gail Langer Karwoski, James Watling

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2003)
    It is 1804, the year that Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the Corps of Discovery set out for their now-legendary exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, departing St. Louis to travel across the continent to the Pacific Ocean and back.This fictionalized biography of Lewis and Clark’s journey introduces Seaman, a 150-pound Newfoundland dog and unheralded member of the Corps, to young historians. Seaman travels the long journey with the Corps, playing a key role in the expedition’s success by catching and retrieving game, and protecting the team from wild animals and hostile Native Americans.Gail Langer Karwoski’s thrilling account of Lewis and Clark’s expedition with the Corps of Discovery, Seaman, and eventually Sacagawea, full of accurate details drawn from Lewis’s own diary entries, will draw readers into one of the most exciting chapters in American history.
  • Death Mountain

    Sherry Shahan

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 2007)
    An afternoon hike in the Sierra Mountains turns into a struggle for survival when two teenage girls become hopelessly lost in an electrical storm and must rely on their own wits and strength to endure.Almost a year ago, Erin’s mother Lannie suddenly left home without any explanation. Now Lannie wants to see her, but Erin feels miserable and unsure about seeing her mother again.After “losing” her bus ticket on the way to visit her mother, Erin hitches a ride with Mae and her older brother, Levi. Along the way, she joins the two siblings for a hike along the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When a deadly storm suddenly descends upon the mountain and lightning strikes, everyone on the crowded trails scrambles for safety and Erin and Mae become separated from the others. As the days pass, the two stranded and lost girls must rely on their own determination and skills, as well as each other, to survive.Author Sherry Shahan’s dramatic story displays perceptive insights into the conflicted hearts and minds of teenagers, as well as a thorough understanding of the natural world and technical details of mountaineering. An afterword includes details of Shahan’s own harrowing alpine adventure that inspired the novel.