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Books in Rise and Shine series

  • My Little Island

    Frane Lessac

    Paperback (HarperCollins, June 26, 1987)
    Fiery colors and hundreds of details evoke the sun–drenched beauty, the sweet smells, and the joyful sounds of a jewel–like little Caribbean island that a young boy rediscovers while on a visit with his best friend. Ages 3–6
  • Desert Voices

    Byrd Baylor, Peter Parnall

    Paperback (Aladdin, March 31, 1993)
    On the hottest summer afternoons when desert creatures look for shade and stay close to the earth and keep their voices low I sit high on a cactus and fling my loud ringing trill out to the sun... So sings the Cactus Wren, one of the ten desert creatures that speaks for itself in the evocative and lyrical verses of Desert Voices. In both text and illustration, Desert Voices conveys a message of spirit and courage from the shy and quiet creatures of the beautiful desert land.
  • Library Book: Composting

    National Geographic Learning

    Hardcover (National Geographic School Pub, Aug. 9, 2010)
    Composting turns trash into fertile soil. Discover how composting works and learn how anyone can turn garbage into something good.
  • Head, Body, Legs: A Story from Liberia

    Won-Ldy Paye, Margaret H. Lippert, Julie Paschkis

    Paperback (Square Fish, Sept. 1, 2005)
    A magical retelling of a Liberian creation storyHead is all alone. Body bounces along. Arms swing about. Legs stand around. They can't do much by themselves, so they try to work together. But how? This vibrant, joyous retelling of a traditional Liberian creation story shows how much can be accomplished with a little cooperation.
  • The Upside Down Boy/El nino de cabeza

    Juan Felipe Herrera, Elizabeth Gomez

    Paperback (Children's Book Press, Sept. 8, 2006)
    Fresh from the country, Juanito is bewildered by his new school. Everything he does feels upside down: he eats lunch when it's recess and goes out to play when it's time for lunch, and his tongue feels like a rock when he tries to speak English. But a sensitive teacher and his loving family help Juanito find his voice through poetry, art, and music. Juan Felipe Herrera's playful language and the magical illustrations of Elizabeth Gómez capture the universal experience of entering a new school and feeling lost in a world that seems upside down — at first.
  • At the Crossroads

    Rachel Isadora

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, Feb. 18, 1994)
    The children of a South African village eagerly gather at the crossroads to welcome their fathers, who have been away for months working in the mines. The children wait, but the men don't come. So the children keep waiting. And waiting. They wait all through the night, until the dawn brings both the day and the longed-for loved ones.A "lively portrayal of young children in a South African village eagerly awaiting their fathers' homecoming after ten months of working in the mines....A unique glimpse...and one that deserves a place in all collections."--School Library Journal
  • Listen to the Wind: The Story of Dr. Greg & Three Cups of Tea

    Greg Mortenson, Susan Roth

    Hardcover (Dial Books, Jan. 22, 2009)
    Greg Mortenson stumbled, lost and delirious, into a remote Himalayan village after a failed climb up K2. The villagers saved his life, and he vowed to return and build them a school. The remarkable story of his promise kept is now perfect for reading aloud. Told in the voice of Korphe’s children, this story illuminates the humanity and culture of a relevant and distant part of the world in gorgeous collage, while sharing a riveting example of how one person can change thousands of lives.
  • Ocean Soup: Tide-Pool Poems

    stephen r. swinburne, Mary Peterson

    Paperback (Charlesbridge, Feb. 1, 2010)
    Dive in for a taste of tide pool soup!When the tide goes out, a briny soup is trapped among the rocks. Playful poems introduce readers to ten salty tide-pool creatures--from a self-satisfied anemone that brags about its home to barnacles that perform a rap about their feeding technique. The poems are brought to life by Mary Peterson's lighthearted illustrations.A secondary layer of factual text introduces children to the creatures that inhabit North American tide pools.
  • My Map Book

    Sara Fanelli

    Hardcover (HarperCollins, Aug. 7, 2001)
    Experience a child’s view of the world in this extraordinarily imaginative picture book about maps"An imaginative, child-centered title that should be examined and enjoyed, and one that will also make a wonderful springboard for teachers introducing the concepts of mapping or autobiography," said School Library Journal.In each spread of this bold and humorous picture book, children can examine their place in the world around them through detailed and engaging maps that are drawn from a child's perspective. Twelve beautifully illustrated maps, such as Map of My Day and Map of My Family, will fascinate children, teaching about both mapping and telling one's story. When finished reading the book, children can unfold the jacket—it turns into a poster-size map for them to use for drawing and creating.
  • I Love Our Earth

    Bill Martin Jr., Michael Sampson, Dan Lipow

    Paperback (Charlesbridge, Feb. 1, 2009)
    Readers explore our home in this joyous tribute to the environment through poetic celebration of Earth's colors, climates, and seasons. Panoramic photographs capture the majesty of nature from swirling deserts to curling ocean waves. Close-ups reveal quieter treasures like springy moss and sunlit leaves. Tying all these wonders together are the faces of children from around the globe, reflecting our shared connection to the planet. Readers will delight in the simple text and rich photographs that depict only a fraction of what there is to love about this earth.
  • Sail Away

    Donald Crews

    Paperback (Greenwillow Books, May 3, 2000)
    Sail AwayIt's a perfect day for sailing. Motor under the bridge, putt . . . putt . . . putt past the lighthouse, put up the sails, and whoosh! But watch out for a change in the weather. Seas will swell and waves will crash before you sail back home.
  • Hop Jump

    Ellen Stoll Walsh

    Paperback (HMH Books for Young Readers, Sept. 20, 1996)
    Tired of hopping and jumping, Betsy the frog sees the leaves float down from the trees and is inspired to leap and twirl--she calls it dancing. At first the other frogs tell her there is no room for dancing. But she eventually teaches everyone that there is room for hopping, jumping, and dancing. “A beautifully designed book that, like Walsh’s earlier efforts, yields new subtleties and visual delights with each reading.”--Kirkus Reviews