Wednesday, August 6, 2014

New Children's Books Available Today

I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora

Patriotism across the generations as a little girl and her great aunt learn the Pledge of Allegiance together.

Libby's great aunt, Lobo, is from Mexico, but the United States has been her home for many years, and she wants to become a U.S. citizen. At the end of the week, Lobo will say the Pledge of Allegiance at a special ceremony. Libby is also learning the Pledge this week, at school-at the end of the week, she will stand up in front of everyone and lead the class in the Pledge. Libby and Lobo practice together-asking questions and sharing stories and memories-until they both stand tall and proud, with their hands over their hearts.

For more information on Pat Mora and her latest works visit this website.

Sofia the First: Princesses to the Rescue by Catherine Hapka

While visiting the Kingdom of Wei-Ling, James and Prince Jin set off to search for the legendary treasure of the Jade Jaguar but soon find themselves trapped in the jaguar's den. 

It's up to Sofia, Amber, Princess Jun, and a very special Disney Princess to rescue their families!

For more information on Catherine Hapka and her latest works visit this website.

Sofia the First: The Enchanted Feast by Catherine Hapka

Cedric is preparing to show off his magical skills at the Enchanted Feast: a grand dinner for all of the kings and queens in the Tri-Kingdom Area. 

When an evil fairy named Miss Nettle disguises herself as a powerful sorceress and takes over the feast, Sofia forms an unlikely team with Clover, Cedric, and Wormwood to protect her amulet and save her family.

For more information on Catherine Hapka and her latest works visit this website.

E-I-E-I-O How Old McDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra

The Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting — and a legendary farm is born — in this rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.

Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard — a yard he didn’t want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! 

For more information on Judy Sierra and her latest works visit this website.

Bill Grogan's Goat by Mary Ann Hoberman

Bill Grogan's pesky goat has been eating clothes and getting into lots of trouble. When Bill gets rid of him he ends up on a train with an engineer and a group of raucous barnyard animals and sets off on a great adventure. 

This hilarious story is written in verse.

For more information on Mary Ann Hoberman and her latest works visit this website.

From tadpole to Frog by Kathleen Zoehfeld

Watch a tiny tadpole turn into an adult frog! The Scholastic Science Readers series was created especially to bring exciting nonfiction to beginning readers. Illustrated with full-color photos.

A simple explanation of how a tadpole becomes an adult frog. First, watch a tiny jelly egg become a tadpole with a tail. See the tadpole hatch and grow four legs, two at a time. Watch the tadpole's tail shrink, page by page. 

Finally, you'll see a full-grown frog! Full-color photographs show every stage of development.

For more information on Kathleen Zoehfeldand her latest works visit this website.

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

Who's that peeking out of the sleigh? 

As St. Nick and eight tiny reindeer descend through a brilliant night sky onto the roof of a Victorian house in a snowy New England village, the famous Christmas poem begins. The father of the family narrates the words just as Clement Moore wrote them, and artist Jan Brett captures the spirit in brilliant illustrations that reflect this memorable night. Visually she extends this favorite Christmas story for children, who will delight in watching the two mischievous stowaways from the North Pole enthusiastically exploring the sacks of gifts on the roof while St. Nick, unaware, journeys down the chimney... until the toys spill down onto the lawn and he turns with a jerk!

Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders in which sometimes the father, St. Nick, or the family cat and dog look on, as the story unfolds.

For more information on Clement C. Moore and her latest works visit this website.

Meet the Robinsons: Keep Moving Forward by Katherine Emmons

Lewis is an inventor . . . but his inventions never seem to work. He's ready to give up when a boy named Wilbur Robinson arrives in a Time Machine and whisks Lewis off to the future. 

The two boys embark upon an exciting adventure traveling through time. Along the way, Lewis learns to let go of the past and keep moving forward.

For more information on Katherine Emmons and her latest works visit this website.

Just Me and My Puppy by Mercer Mayer

It's a child's wish come true. Mercer Mayer's famous Little Critter character has brought home a puppy.

His parents will let him keep it if he takes care of the puppy himself. Little Critter agrees. He feels he is doing a good job, but the funny illustrations make it clear that the puppy is a lot of work -- and even a lot of trouble.

Does Little Critter think ithe puppy is worth it? Yes, yes, and yes, again.

For more information on Mercer Mayer and his latest works visit this website.

Happy Easter Little Critter by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer's popular Little Critter experiences all the joys of Easter, in spite of his little sister constantly tugging at his sleeve. The Critter family goes to church on Easter sunday. Afterward there is egg-dying and an egg hunt.

Little Critter doesn't like dressing up for 'Easter but otherwise enjoys a very special family holiday.

For more information on Mercer Mayer and his latest works visit this website.

Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements

There's double the word play and double the fun in, this read-aloud picture book about a wacky word warp that has Lulu's principal, teacher, and school nurse repeating every word word they they say say!

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