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  • Monsoon Afternoon

    Kashmira Sheth, Yoshiko Jaeggi

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Aug. 1, 2018)
    It is monsoon season in India. Outside, dark clouds roll in and the rain starts to fall. As animals scatter to find cover, a young boy and his dadaji (grandfather) head out into the rainy weather.The two sail paper boats. They watch the peacocks dance in the rain, just as the colorful birds did when Dadaji was a boy. They pick mangoes and Dadaji lifts up his grandson so he can swing on the roots of the banyan tree, just as Dadaji did when he was young. Finally, when the two return home, hot tea and a loving family are waiting.Author Kashmira Sheth’s affectionate, sensitive story provides a look into Indian life and the shared moments and memories that bind generations together. Illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi’s colorful and fanciful watercolor illustrations recreate the lush Indian landscape during monsoon season, and capture the bond of love that unites a grandfather and his grandson.
  • Little Red

    Bethan Woollvin

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2016)
    The inventive, award-winning debut picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Bethan WoollvinNew York Times Best Illustrated Book The big bad wolf has a plan…but so does Little Red!On her way to Grandma’s house, Little Red meets a wolf. Which might scare some little girls, but not this little girl. She knows just what the wolf is up to, and she’s not going to let him get away with it.In this updated fairy tale with a feminist twist, author-illustrator Bethan Woollvin (creator of Hansel & Gretel, Rapunzel, and Bo the Brave) uses sly humor, striking visuals, and a bit of bravery and ingenuity to turn a familiar tale on its head for modern readers.Also by Bethan Woollvin:Bo the BraveHansel & GretelRapunzelTeacher’s Guide and Activity Kit available!CCBC Choices (Folklore, Mythology, and Traditional Literature) – Cooperative Children’s Book CenterBest Children’s Books of the Year – Bank Street College of Education
  • First Grade Stinks!

    Mary Ann Rodman, Beth Spiegel

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, Sept. 1, 2008)
    No share time! Only one recess! Writing is hard! The stories don’t end right! FIRST GRADE STINKS!It is the first day of school and Hayley is excited. Things are different now. She is a first grader. Hayley quickly finds out that first grade is different from kindergarten, but in all the wrong ways! The classroom isn’t as bright and colorful. Ms. Gray doesn’t seem to smile as much as her kindergarten teacher did, and there isn’t enough time to play outside. Finally, Hayley has had enough. “First grade stinks!” she shouts. The classroom is suddenly very quiet. But to Hayley’s surprise Ms. Gray doesn’t look mad at all.Young readers will immediately empathize with Hayley and her increasing apprehension, as she explores new expectations and challenges on the first day of a new school year.
  • Sona and the Wedding Game

    Kashmira Sheth, Yoshiko Jaeggi

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2015)
    Experience the magic of a traditional Indian wedding!Sona’s big sister is getting married and she’s been given an important job to do. She has to steal the groom’s shoes. She’s never attended a wedding before, so she’s unfamiliar with this Indian tradition―as well as many of the other magical experiences that will occur before and during the special event. But with the assistance of her annoying cousin Vishal, Sona finds a way to steal the shoes and get a very special reward.With gently amusing text and gorgeous, vibrant watercolors, author Kashmira Sheth and illustrator Yoshiko Jaeggi present a heartwarming story with inspiring themes of family bonding and the importance of ritual and tradition.
  • Countdown: 2979 Days to the Moon

    Suzanne Slade, Thomas Gonzalez

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Sept. 1, 2018)
    *2019 NSTA Best STEM Book *2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book*Starred Reviews: Booklist, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal*Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine "Best Children's Books" listPowerful free verse and stunning illustrations tell the true story of the American effort to land the first man on the Moon.In 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced that the United States would try to land a man on the Moon by the end of the decade. During the two thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine days following his speech, eighteen astronauts climbed into spaceships; three of them died before even leaving the ground. Eight rockets soared into space. And four hundred thousand people―engineers, technicians, scientists, mathematicians, and machinists―joined Project Apollo in hopes of making the dream a reality.Award-winning author and mechanical engineer Suzanne Slade joins up with New York Times best-selling illustrator Thomas Gonzalez to tell the powerful story of the successes, failures, triumphs, tragedies, and lessons from Apollos 1 through 10 that led to the first Moon landing.
  • Rough Waters

    S.L. Rottman

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, May 1, 2012)
    Two grieving brothers learn the importance of family and the power of white water.When their parents are killed in a car accident, Scott and his brother Gregg are sent to live with an uncle they never knew they had. Hurt, angry, and confused, they leave a comfortable life in the California suburbs and head to the remote Colorado Rockies, where their uncle runs a white-water rafting company. Scott, forced to confront his loss and face an uncertain future, determines to make the best of a difficult situation. But his brother Gregg, burying his grief deep inside, begins to drift away from the only family he has left. As they become acquainted with the power and unpredictability of the river and begin to learn the skills of maneuvering the rapids, the brothers discover that it is harder than they ever dreamed to master the art of survival―both on and off the water.Award-winning author S. L. Rottman has crafted an absorbing young adult novel that powerfully depicts the complexity of grieving and the value of family.
  • Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

    Carmen Agra Deedy, Michael Austin

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2014)
    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
  • Stanley the Mailman

    William Bee

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2016)
    Stanley is delivering letters and packages to all of his friends!It’s going to be a busy day for Stanley! He gets up early to sort through the mail in his post office. Then he sets off through town to deliver it all. Myrtle, Little Woo, and Charlie all receive exciting gifts and letters. But will everyone be happy with what’s in Stanley’s mailbag?William Bee’s wonderful series featuring Stanley, an adorable hamster, is great for readers at a transitional age between board books and picture books. Stanley’s Diner will appeal to young children wanting to know about occupations and machines.
  • Zebra on the Go

    Jill Nogales, Lorraine Rocha

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2017)
    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages… The circus is beginning! Fierce Lion and speedy Zebra are stepping into the ring to perform their act―but wait! Things aren’t going quite according to plan…Zebra is on the go―with Lion in hot pursuit!Jill Nogales’s rollicking text keeps readers on their hooves― er, toes―while Lorraine Rocha’s vibrant illustrations bring the whole circus to life.
  • The Monster Who Ate My Peas

    Danny Schnitzlein, Matt Faulkner

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, March 1, 2010)
    What do you dread eating the most? For the hero of this story, it’s peas, and he thinks he’s discovered a solution.“I closed my eyes tightly and sent out a wishThat the peas would somehow disappear from my dish.And something quite strange and mysterious occurred,As if somehow… somebody… somewhere had heard.”He makes a bargain with a fiendishly funny monster. First the deal is simple: the monster will eat the boy’s peas in exchange for his soccer ball. But with each new encounter, the monster’s demands escalate. Eventually, our hero faces a daunting decision―can he conquer his loathing for peas or will he lose his most prized possession?Matt Faulkner’s uproariously detailed illustrations and Danny Schnitzlein’s Seuss-inspired verse combine to create a clever story about how far we are willing to go to avoid doing the things we hate.
  • Claude At the Beach

    Alex T. Smith

    Paperback (Peachtree Publishing Company, April 1, 2016)
    Claude is no ordinary dog – he leads an extraordinary life!Claude and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock (who is both a sock and very bobbly), pack their bags and go on vacation to the beach. They rescue a man from a shark, win a sandcastle-building competition, and hunt for pirate treasure. Of course, they make it back home just before Mr. and Mrs. Shinyshoes come home from work.Quirky, delightfully odd, and positively surreal, Alex T. Smith’s illustrated early chapter book series promises giggle-filled bedtime reading and a laugh-out-loud option for readers transitioning from picture books to chapter books.
  • William Still and His Freedom Stories: The Father of the Underground Railroad

    Don Tate

    Hardcover (Peachtree Publishing Company, Nov. 1, 2020)
    <p>The remarkable, little-known story of William Still, known as the Father of the Underground Railroad from award-winning author-illustrator Don Tate</p> <p>William Still's parents escaped slavery but had to leave two of their children behind, a tragedy that haunted the family. As a young man, William went to work for the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, where he raised money, planned rescues, and helped freedom seekers who had traveled north. And then one day, a strangely familiar man came into William's office, searching for information about his long-lost family. Could it be? </p> <p>Motivated by his own family’s experience, William began collecting the stories of thousands of other freedom seekers. As a result, he was able to reunite other families and build a remarkable source of information, including encounters with Harriet Tubman, Henry "Box" Brown, and William and Ellen Craft. </p> <p>Don Tate brings to life the incredible, stranger-than-fiction true story of William Still’s life and work as a record keeper of enslaved people who had fled to freedom. Tate’s powerful words and artwork are sure to inspire readers in this first-ever picture book biography of the Father of the Underground Railroad.</p>