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  • Perfect Game

    Fred Bowen

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2013)
    Baseball and basketball action abound in this Sports Story Series book from Washington Post KidsPost columnist and author Fred Bowen – perfect for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green.“Perfect Game is about the important lessons sports can teach: How to play for the love of the game.” ―Tim Shriver, Chairman of the Board, Special OlympicsWhen he volunteers with a team of developmentally disabled players, Isaac learns the true meaning of a “perfect” game.Isaac is determined to pitch a perfect game: no hits, no runs, no walks, and no errors. He can’t settle for less if he wants to make the summer all-star team. But when he allows a hit, Isaac keeps losing his cool on the mound and can’t get his head back in the game.Then Issac meets a very interesting Unified Sports basketball player who gets him thinking in a different way about the whole idea of a “perfect” game. But will this change in perspective help him be a better pitcher?Themes of kindness, friendship, perfection, and ability star in this inspiring installment of Fred Bowen’s Sports Story Series.Discussion Guide available.
  • The Scarecrow's Hat

    Ken Brown

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2001)
    A resourceful chicken seeks the help of her farm animal friends to solve a problem, while giving something of herself along the way.Chicken really admires Scarecrow’s hat. Scarecrow would gladly trade his hat for a walking stick to rest his tired arms. Chicken doesn’t have a walking stick to trade―but she knows someone who does. This begins her quest to find items to trade among her farm friends, all to obtain a walking stick to swap for Scarecrow’s hat. But why does Chicken want an old straw hat?With bright watercolors and a gentle tone to keep readers captivated, this clever story written and illustrated by Ken Brown poses a problem and offers a creative solution that young children will delight in discovering.
  • Murphy, Gold Rush Dog

    Alison Hart, Michael G. Montgomery

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 2014)
    An action-packed and heartwarming story of a dog in gold rush-era Alaska.After escaping from his brutal and merciless owner, Murphy is taken in by a young girl named Sally. She and her mother have just arrived in Nome, Alaska, intent on joining the other gold seekers and making a new life. Yet even with Murphy at their side, Sally and Mama find living in the mining town harsh and forbidding. When it seems they may have to give up, Sally and Murphy decide to strike out on their own, hoping to find gold and make a permanent home. But dangers await them― not only blizzards and grizzly bears, but also Murphy’s original owner, who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.In the second installment of their “Dog Chronicles” series, Alison Hart and Michael Montgomery bring readers an exciting tale exploring the roles that dogs played during the Alaskan gold rush.
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

    Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael Austin

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Sept. 1, 2007)
    Thanks to award-winning author and storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy, you’ll never look at a cockroach the same way again.“Lively and funny…this telling has magic all its own.” ―Kirkus Reviews“Spirited.” ―Publishers Weekly“Masterful.” ―BooklistThe beautiful Martina Josefina Catalina Cucaracha doesn’t know coffee beans about love and marriage, so when suitors come calling, what is she to do? Luckily, she has her Cuban family to help!While some of the Cucarachas offer Martina gifts to make her more attractive, only Abuela, her grandmother, gives her some useful advice: spill coffee on his shoes to see how he handles anger. At first, Martina is skeptical of her Abuela’s suggestion, but when suitor after suitor fails the Coffee Test, she wonders if a little green cockroach can ever find true love.After reading this award-winning retelling of the Cuban folktale, readers will never look at a cockroach the same way again. Also available in Spanish and in audio (read by the author), Carmen Agra Deedy delivers a delightfully inventive Cuban twist on the beloved Martina folktale, complete with a dash of café Cubano.Teacher’s Guide available!Pura Belpre Medal (Honor Book) – American Library AssociationOdyssey Award (Honor) – American Library Associationp>Best Children’s Books of the Year – Bank Street College of Education
  • The King of Bees

    Lester L. Laminack, Jim LaMarche

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2018)
    A gentle intergenerational tale for young readers about the importance of patience and the fascinating work of beekeeping. From award-winning author Lester Laminack and celebrated illustrator Jim Lamarche.“A gentle tale full of Southern charm…[LaMarche’s] ink-and-watercolor spreads are light and dreamy, with evocative sunrise shades and detailed looks at beekeeping equipment and the bees themselves.” ―Publishers Weekly“Informative and visually dazzling.” ―School Library JournalHenry wants nothing more than to be like his Aunt Lilla and work with the beehives on their Lowcountry farm. He watches her every day, working hard outside in her bee suit, but what amazes him the most is her ability to communicate with the bees. Henry feels certain he can, too. Then one day, Aunt Lilla tells him the bees are preparing to leave the hive and may leave the farm entirely. Henry believes it is up to him to communicate with the bees and convince them to stay, before it’s too late. An author’s note includes additional information about bees and bee conservation.Teacher’s Guide available!
  • Hero

    S.L. Rottman

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Oct. 1, 2007)
    What does it mean to be a hero?Heroes are hard to find, especially for Sean, who, at fifteen years old, has never had it easy. He’s estranged from his father and abused by his mother―Sean feels he has nowhere to turn. Suspended from school and with a mounting police record, he is one step away from serious trouble.Sentenced to community service for violating curfew, Sean is sent to Mr. Hassler’s farm, where he’s forced to confront his fears and take charge of his own life. When Sean is faced with a dangerous situation that tests his true character, he learns just what it means to be a hero.In an age where it seems that few heroes exist, S. L. Rottman has written a compelling and realistic portrayal of the conflicts that drive a young man toward his destiny.
  • You've Got Dragons

    Kathryn Cave, Nick Maland

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Sept. 1, 2003)
    Worries, fears, and anxieties are all dragons that sneak up on most of us at one time or another. Lots of people get dragons. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of. So what can a young boy with a bad case of the dragons do? He can pretend they are not there, or that they are really quite harmless. Hugs from his mom help. Looking his dragon straight in the eye at least once every day helps even more. But most reassuring of all is the reminder that dragons don’t stay forever.Kathryn Cave’s lighthearted writing style and illustrator Nick Maland’s appealing pen-and-ink drawings exaggerate the humor of the text without minimizing the seriousness of the underlying themes. It is the perfect read-aloud story for young children whose fears can sometimes get the better of them.
  • Yours for Justice, Ida B. Wells: The Daring Life of a Crusading Journalist

    Philip Dray, Stephen Alcorn

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2008)
    Journalist Ida B. Wells faces the greatest challenge of her life as a tireless crusader for justice and civil rights.In 1863, when Ida B. Wells was not yet two years old, the Emancipation Proclamation freed her from the bond of slavery. Blessed with a strong will, an eager mind, and a deep belief in America’s promise of “freedom and justice for all,” young Ida held her family together, defied society’s conventions, and used her position as a journalist to speak against injustice. But Ida’s greatest challenge arose after one of her friends was lynched. How could one headstrong young woman help free America from the looming “shadow of lawlessness”?Author Philip Dray tells the inspirational story of Ida B. Wells and her lifelong commitment to end injustice. Award-winning illustrator Stephen Alcorn’s remarkable illustrations recreate the tensions that threatened to upend a nation while paying tribute to a courageous American hero.
  • About Parrots: A Guide for Children

    Cathryn Sill, John Sill

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Aug. 1, 2014)
    This beginner’s guide offers a first glimpse into the natural world of parrots.In this addition to the acclaimed About… series, educator and author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what parrots are, what they do, and how they live. With beautifully detailed, realistic paintings, noted wildlife illustrator John Sill introduces readers to the diverse population of parrots – from the colorful Blue Lorikeets of the Polynesian Islands to the Rosy-faced Lovebirds of southwestern Africa. An afterword provides further details on the parrots featured and inspires young readers to learn more.
  • About Habitats: Polar Regions

    Cathryn Sill, John Sill

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Aug. 1, 2015)
    This beginner’s guide explores the major attributes of the Arctic and Antarctic biomes and showcases their striking beauty and remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe.In this addition to the About Habitats series, award-winning author Cathryn Sill uses simple, easy-to-understand language to teach children what the Polar Regions are and what kinds of animals and plants live there. John Sill’s detailed, full-color illustrations show how various species of animals and plants have adapted to life in these habitats. A glossary and afterword provide further fascinating details about Polar Regions to inspire readers to learn more.
  • Rodeo Red

    Maripat Perkins, Molly Idle

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2015)
    Rodeo Red and her hound dog Rusty are happier than two buttons on a new shirt―until Sideswiping Slim shows up.Red is sure that anyone who hollers that much will be hauled to the edge of town and told to skedaddle, but her parents seem smitten with the new addition to the family. When that scallywag sets his eye on Rusty, Rodeo Red had better figure out a way to save her best friend in the whole world. Can a cowgirl make a bargain with a varmint?A rip-roaring new sibling story from Maripat Perkins and illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Molly Idle.
  • Madeline Finn and the Library Dog

    Lisa Papp

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2020)
    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.