Everyone has secrets, but students are surprised that their teachers have secrets. Secrets of family arguments are common and even teachers have these in their family. Students decide that they must find a way to get their two favorite teachers to make up and be sisters again .
Finding friends in middle school can be tricky. Who knew that a bowling shoe could be the start of an unlikely friendship? Miles loves bowling and Amy loves to write. Amy discovers the bowling alley that Miles' family owns and the rest is history. Unexpected friendships can be the best ones.
Do you believe that there could be Martians that come to visit us here on earth? Mylo never believed until he and his best friends set out to explore a flying saucer that lands next to the ranch in New Mexico where he lives with his parents.
Fans of Carl Hiaasen have a new book to enjoy with Squirm, a hilarious adventuresome story with snakes, a grizzly bear, and a task to save Billy's missing dad. Squirm tells a story of families, learning what is important to families, and learning to let go of some things and keeping other things.
Bryan Stevenson's adapted version of his acclaimed Just Mercy for ages 12+ is an introduction for young readers to our justice system and the countless wrongly incarcerated African-Americans in our country. History and laws come together in stories for the YA audience to explore this topic.
Being homeless when you are growing up is an all-too-familiar story for children today. Felix is almost thirteen and is experiencing this with his family with all of the adventures that come with this problem. If only he could win the writing contest with the cash prize!
Jennifer Holm's sequel to her best-selling The Fourteenth Goldfish is here with a great story for middle grade readers. Science and exploring the world are themes presented with a touch of humor and a surprising lesson. The Third Mushroom will spike an interest in science for young readers.
Young children often hesitate to sleep in their own beds and rooms. The Peter Rabbit collection has added a great new bedtime story to help parents ease a little one into their own bed in their own room. The new book is in board book form which little ones might like to take to bed with them.
Early childhood caregivers and parents know the importance of reading to even the youngest children. Infants and toddlers really enjoy having their own books and now another classic book has been created in board book form. Llama Llama Red Pajama is a favorite that is now in board book form.
Most families will face the time when a new baby sister or brother will arrive and the older sibling will be curious about what it takes to be a good big brother or sister to the new arrival. Come along with Big Brother Peanut Butter to learn about what it takes to be a great big brother or sister.
Has your school ever banned books that they do not want the students to read? Students want the freedom to read what they want and will do what they can to have this right. This fun read will empower young readers to have the books that they want to read.
Some little ones are just different when they are a bit precocious. Albie Newton is one of these and must learn how to make friends at preschool. He must find ways to win friends without making everyone angry with his love of inventing things.
What kind of adventures do you have with your dog? Young readers will want to share these adventures with Sophie the dog that is Bea Garcia's best friend. Sophie is not a brave doggy and cats are definitely out of her comfort zone.
These two delightful characters, Moe and Peanut, will provide some fun lessons with opposite words for young readers. Too Much! Not Enough! Messy, Neat, Noisy, Quiet, and more opposites make this a fun read with a vocabulary lesson included.
A new school year is fast approaching and many children will experience school for the very first time. Hello School is a delightful picture book with all of the elements of a typical day at school. An excited group of children are ready to meet their new teacher and lots of new friends.
What do children want to be when they grow up? There are so many choices! Dogs might have the same thoughts as they grow from a puppy to an adult dog. Dogs want to know that they will be accepted and loved no matter what they choose to be in this delightful story of choosing a profession.
An explosion brings children to new adventures in a new location. They cannot remember their past, but two of the chldren may be the only ones to save their new adopted land from all evil. Jaleigh Johnson has created a magical story that teaches a lesson of tolerance for new refugees.
Sadie lives in both the real world and her own little world. She has a secret world that she is afraid for others to discover when she finds herself in the hospital. This is a timely topic for a lot of teens in our society today with mental illness.
Teaching math with picture books is always fun for young children. Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn is a creative book to use in teaching a variety of beginning math skills in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Sorting, counting, and categorization are all skills that Sam learns as he gets organized.
Thirteen is a difficult age and when you lose your dad at this age, grief makes it more difficult. Briana loved her dad as a dad and as a great storyteller. Briana navigates through her grief and discovers that her dad's words to her come through her own heart. "Be Your Own" has meaning for her.
Miss Petitfour bakes, takes her sixteen cats on magical adventures, and travels in the most wonderful way by using her tablecloth to fly. Five adventures are told in five chapters of fun. Miss Petitfour also reads to her beloved cats as a quiet activity. Come along for fun adventures.
Imagination has become a difficult concept for children today because of the immersion in technology. Grandpa's stories in The Magician's Secret help bring back the power of imagination to a little boy in this creative picture book.
Hugs are needed in our world even more now than before. Young children will see the value of a hug in this delightful picture book that teaches that hugs can make a friend's day better.
Homelessness is unfortunately a timely topic for many children now and Melissa Sarno's new novel for ages 8-12 teaches a middle school girl that belonging can happen even in the worst conditions. Cora lfollows her late father's advice about thinking in "threes".
Everyone loves Anne of Green Gables and Kelly Hill has two delightful board books for infants and toddlers that can help pass along this favorite character that older children have loved for many years. Anne celebrates colors and numbers with a walk in nature and her first friend at Green Gables.
Board books are popular with parents who have infants and toddlers. What parent has not heard the request of "just one more" when young toddlers want to avoid giving up something they like? Jennifer Hansen Rolli's Just One More is a fun read aloud that joins in the fun of this popular request.
Fans of Liesl Shurtliff will be delighted with her new book GRUMP. A fairy tale with a hilarious twist on some old favorite characters from childhood will engage readers age 8-12 with Grump, a dwarf who gets mixed up with Snow White and the mean queen. Let the adventures begin!
Jeanne Birdsall closes her popular series about the Penderwick family in this final story about reunions, family members, and an upcoming wedding. Young readers will enjoy the send-off story with fond memories of the previous books and perhaps remember their own family times with similar events.
Middle school can be daunting for our children. Being a math genius does not make it any easier. Lucy must now actually go to school after being homeschooled until the age of 12. Lucy discovers that Pi can be a friend and not just a math concept.
J.E. Morris's Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors is just in time for those summer doctor visits to prepare for the next school year with exams and those dreaded shots. Use your imagination along with Maud to make your doctor visit less scary.
Children love to cook and this fun read aloud picture book that introduces Julia Child to young chefs will be a hit with young readers. Julia Child as a childhood chef offers inspiration for young chefs with fun illustrations along with the story of her childhood with friends and family.
How many dog owners would love to have a nanny for their dog? Miss Moon gets her first position as a governess to 67 rambunctious dogs and soon learns that being a governess to dogs is second to none as a fun start to her career. Wise Words from a Dog Governess is a fun read for dog lovers.
College admissions are looming for this season's busy students and new technology is at the forefront again for helping students connect with their chosen schools. The new apps from these two companies are designed for students who are beginning to look at colleges and getting admitted.
Young children who immigrate to America with their parents must learn to make new friends while at the same time experiencing grief at leaving their old home and possibly other family members. Sakura is from Japan and comes to America with her parents to have new experiences.
Do you have a daughter who likes science? Girls who are "geeks" are coming to the head of the line now in our society. Girls can be inventors and contribute to the engineering profession along with their male partners. Join Magnolia Mudd in her adventure to teach this lesson.
Parents who have children who are home schooled often purchase extra curriculum materials to enhance learning. Adventures in Science from Silver Dolphin Books has published a learning kit about the human body with fun stickers and a small plastic skeleton to assemble. The kit includes a book.
Introduce young children to art with this story about collecting objects that one loves and creating art with the beloved objects. Imagination comes into play during the childhood of renowned artist Joseph Cornell and children will be inspired by what he collects and creates.
Color is a huge part of art and people who are interested in color will find this unique book about colors to be one that you will want to add to your bookshelf. The book is simple with fun illustrations about the colors of our world. New vocabulary about colors is also a part of this book.
A gull, a little boy, and a starfish teach that nature is full of wonders and that nature takes care of the ecosystem in many ways. On Gull Beach is a beautifully crafted story with all of the exciting elements of a day at the beach and surprises in how nature works for the good of all creatures.
Sibling rivalry can become a reality with the arrival of a new baby sister or brother. Baby sisters or brothers can be downright annoying until they step up to help the older sibling.
Avery has special powers that she doesn't want anyone to know about. Adventures come when she has to decide to run or face her powers after causing an explosion at her dad's factory.
A secret admirer is leaving special pink gifts for Adele. Adele runs a cafe and loves all of her customers but sometimes when it rains they don't come. The secret pink gifts help when it rains.
Introduce colors to young readers with this picture book that celebrates both colors and equality. It is never too early to teach both boys and girls that both sexes can like the same thing.
Uncle Paul is missing and Samantha Spinner sets off with her brother to find him. Her mysterious gift of a rusty red umbrella left to her by her uncle is the key to his disappearance.
A village in Kenya is experiencing a severe drought. The orphanage is afraid that there will not be enough water for everyone. Kindness won over and a new well was dug to provide enough water.
Kelly McNelis' Your Messy Brilliance is right on target for the current topics that women are talking about. She writes with clarity about a multitude of ways to just be themselves.
Arlo the Armadillo is introduced to traveling by his grandfather through his travel journals. Arlo reads about Paris and travels there to explore the sights and sounds of this beloved city.
Personalized gifts are always appreciated. Valentines Day is approaching and this special company has a wonderful way to personalize a book for your loved ones. Valentines come with the book.
Fans of Alice in Wonderland will be drawn to Charis Cotter's The Painting, an engaging mystery that combines mystery with the angst of getting along with your mother as you grow up.
Richard Torrey writes with humor to teach the lesson that bossiness is no way to keep friends. Young readers will find this lesson to be valuable when facing a bully. It is more fun to play nicely.
Best friends do not have to be alike to be best friends. Differences make friendship interesting. Yak and Dove discover that they are more alike than they think as they explore their new friendship.
Young children often experience the problem of fitting in. Oliver learns the lesson that being oneself is the best way to fit in.
Justyce is an African-American boy who will soon attend an Ivy League college. His encounter with the police gives him a reason to look for how Dr. Martin Luther King would handle today's conflicts.
Young children sometimes use the "I can't" excuse when they have a task to do. Pirates in Cap'n Rex & His Clever Crew will inspire the "I can" attitude.
Frankie, a little bear, is afraid of the dark at bedtime and doesn't want to be alone. Mom finds a solution with a surprising object and comfort is achieved at bedtime.
Doesn't an octopus belong in the ocean? Inky makes his great escape from the aquarium and succeeds in finding his real home in the sea forever.
Legos and creativity are part of all young boys' lives. Who would think that legos would help navigate the pain of losing a brother and finding one's way through adolescence?
What activities do your children like to participate in during the winter season? Little mice discover that doing things with friends is more fun than doing things alone.
Children of Refuge is high drama for the YA audience. Fast-paced and good read that young adults in today's society will relate to.
Would your child be sad to miss Christmas? Little Bear needs help from friends who don't want him to miss Christmas.
What do your children want for Christmas this year? Children always have surprising requests for Santa and this hilarious story will be a huge surprise to be fulfilled. Merry Christmas!
Busy people like quick and simple equipment to cook with. I have found a great cooking tool that is innovative and fun to use. Hot Logic cooking trays will make cooking on the go or at home fun.
Parents can relate to this fun read aloud that can make bedtime an easier time. Young children need a consistent routine to transition from a busy day to a relaxing night. Little Bot can help.
Who wants to cook with a fire-breathing dragon? He might burn the food. Saving a friendship comes into play when the little knight pairs baking with a friend to solve the problem 0f having an enemy.
This new picture book is not your grandmother's story of Cinderella. This girl learns that you cannot believe everything you see in ads when she finds her fairy godmother.
Having a ghost for a friend can be an awesome experience. You can share fun activities and grow together through the years. A lifelong friendship can be a valuable possession even with a ghost.
Children wait for the perfect ice when the moon is right to have their first hockey game of the season. When the Moon Comes will delight both young readers and adults who love picture books.
Mr. Lemoncello, everyone's favorite game maker, is back with a fun read by Chris Grabenstein. Fun fact-finding puzzles to solve in order to win a new game teaches research skills to young readers.
Friendships between all kinds of animals helps our ecosystems in a variety of fascinating ways. This picture book with fun facts is a great teaching tool for science classrooms.
The Bald Eagle was removed from the endangered species list ten years ago. Beauty and the Beak is a timely release of this gorgeous picture book to remind us to take care of these incredible birds.
Teaching children about differences and teaching tolerance are hot topics in the classroom and in the home. Maurice the Unbeastly is a great choice for learning that different is a good thing.
The love of reading is shared with the beloved character Rufus the Pig in this delightful new picture book. Young readers will also enjoy the space concepts that come with Rufus's trip to Mars.
Family roots are important for teens. Lockhart's We Were Liars for the YA audience teaches young readers what the value of a family is and how to navigate the family roots that can be challenging.
Fans of the character Anne of Green Gables will appreciate this new fictional novel from Melanie J. Fishbane. She writes a fictional account of the life of the author of Anne of Green Gables.
Do you have a young bookworm in your family? Children often experience rejection by peers if they like reading, and this fun read will teach important lessons in handling this situation.
Gifts of food are always welcome. Illness, new parents, college students away from mom's cooking are all people who would love some prepared food. This is the perfect thing to send them.
Fans of Lucy and Andy Neanderthal are in for a fun read in Brown's second book that is filled with adventures in the Ice Age. Young readers will enjoy the new discoveries about the Stone Age.
Patterns are everywhere in daily life. Clothing is the perfect way to introduce patterns to your child. Explore patterns with Pepper as she chooses a new dress with the perfect pattern in the fabric
Everyone has heard the jokes about women drivers. But do you know the history of women and their cars? Motor Girls is a comprehensive guide to fascinating facts about women drivers in auto history
It's Open Mic Night at the Story Zoo. All dogs are encouraged to tell their own stories about their life from coming from a scary shelter into a loving home. Pet adoption is a central theme.
A little robot has a problem to solve. He must look for a replacement for his missing arm. Young readers will search along with him in this creative story and learn to use problem solving skills.
Coloring books are not just for children anymore. Adults also color to relieve stress and relax. Both children and adults will enjoy The Little Mermaid coloring book that includes the story.
Have you ever seen an alligator in ballet class? The girls accept it into the class and name it Tanya. Tanya gets a starring role with her own dance and the girls learn about diversity in our world.
Jennifer and Matthew Holm add another board book to their My First Comics series with I'm Silly. Toddlers and infants can relate to being silly and the tornado in this story will have them laughing.
Making a movie at your family's motel in Florida is a great idea to help bring in tourists. P.T. and Gloria have to come up with a good business plan to help the movie succeed.
Babymouse is beginning a new chapter in life and entering middle school. All sorts of adventures are waiting. Babymouse decides to make a movie and star in her own adventures in middle school.
It's moving day for a little girl and her family. She discovers a baby elephant that has escaped from an animal sanctuary hiding in the new house. Friendship begins until the elephant is returned.
Who knew that pizza could be a peacemaker? A sneeze turns the word "peace" into the word "pizza" in Mom's wish for peace, and everyone enjoys pizza from the sky instead of fighting and arguing.
Have you ever traveled to a magical land by way of a suitcase? Ivy Sparrow and her brother travel to the land of the uncommoners to solve the mystery of their grandma's family secrets.
It is never too early to introduce our environment to children. The care of our environment is a hot topic and children notice all kinds of changes. Has your child experienced foggy weather?
Parents face the difficulty of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at some point during the early-toddler years. Learning to sleep alone can be introduced to your child with this fun story.
Young children can get grouchy for a variety of reasons. Being bored is no fun. Beiser's new picture book is a fun read to help children find the bright side of any situation.
Cross-country road trips are always fun. Annie Magruder and her little dog Carson are traveling to Canada to visit her sister. Special sights are part of the trip and Carson has a surprise waiting.
Moore's updated edition of The Big Book of Canada is just in time for travelers to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. Beautiful photographs and a wealth of facts make this book a collectible.
Is your child ready for a pet? This delightful read aloud teaches that pets need a lot of care. You probably aren't getting a lion, but this book teaches the general theme of pet care.
Local shelters have a multitude of ongoing needs. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida is one of many where needs are being met in a variety of ways. It takes a village.
What is that awful smell ? Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are off on their next adventure to solve the mystery of a terrible odor in the fridge. A lesson of compassion is part of the solution.
Times are changing for what families want in a circus performance. Seb must find a way to save his family's world-renowned circus and his search for solutions to help his family also saves others.
Clapping, jumping, singing, and shouting are all part of childhood poems, stories, and songs. African American literature in this collection will delight families for years to come.
Lemonade Liberty Witt experiences the loss of her mom at the age of eleven and must learn resilience to navigate this loss. The elusive Bigfoot plays a part in her new adventures after loss.
Brashares' new book The Whole Thing Together brings the themes of step-families, first love, and new relationships to life for great summertime reading for the YA audience.
Ben Clanton is back with his characters Narwhal and Jelly in this fun read aloud that teaches the power of a superhero who brings out the best in his friends.
Lesley Gorin's Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is an inspiring story for young girls who are looking for their "girl power." If you have a girl ages 6-10, this fun read aloud is for them.
It is never too early to introduce classic fairy tales to young children. Publishers are adding classics in board book form now to introduce infants and toddlers to the joy of reading.
Getting little ones to sleep in their own beds is a common problem that every parent will face at one time or another. Let Hoot and Honk help with this fun read-aloud picture book.
If you have a young child who has an older sibling, you know the problems that arise when the little one feels left out because he/she is the youngest.
Chickens having fun are everywhere in this colorful counting book for young children. "Count Your Chickens" by Jo Ellen Bogart will have your children engaged in counting skills while they read.
The popular Okee Dokee brothers are back with a fun picture book that parents will find useful in teaching the important lesson about the topic of wants vs. needs. What do your children wish for?
Manatee County Animal Services Shelter in Palmetto, Florida is on the move again to help its animals live their best lives while waiting for their forever homes. Volunteer, donate, and adopt.
The Year of the Rooster is here with Chinese New Year 2017 beginning on January 28. The celebrations will continue for 15 days. This is a great time to introduce children to a new culture .
Moving can be stressful for children. Tammi Sauer's fun read aloud, "Your Alien Returns," is a great choice for young children to learn a lesson in fitting into a new community.
Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida is enjoying increased community support for animals that are in need of forever homes. Awareness of needs is increasing for precious lives.
Young children need superheroes in today's world. "Even Superheroes Have Bad Days" by Shelly Becker teaches children to keep going after encountering challenges.
Madeline is everyone's favorite little girl from France and she also celebrates Christmas. Her Christmas book is a fun way to combine reading and a cultural experience in baking for Christmas.
Christmas brings magical thinking to all children and Jennifer L. Holm's "Little BabyMouse and the Christmas Cupcakes" is the perfect book to begin the holiday season with its own magic that inspires.
Reading "The Night Before Christmas" is a tradition in many families. Add a personalized version to your collection this year to create a feeling of belonging and interest in this beloved story.
Children on the autism spectrum have special needs when it comes to processing loud noises, smells, and frightening events. Thunder storms fit into the category of frightening events. Fun apps help.
Parents who were children in the late 50's and early 60's will remember the classic folk tale of the teeny tiny woman and her bone. "A Teeny Tiny Halloween" brings back memories with this new book.
Pit Bulls, AKA the bully breeds, are making inroads into finally being accepted as loving pets with both community and worldwide activism to save these dogs from discrimination and being euthanized.
Do you have a future architect in your family? This engaging set with a book and included accessories will inspire little builders.
What does your young child love? Oskar the raven invites you into his world to share what he loves and to think about the things that the reader loves as you read along.
Young children often experience separation anxiety when attending childcare or school. An engaging story of a pup's mom that returns is a great tool for talking with your child about their fears.
A new adaptation of the successful "Da Vinci Code" is out that will intrigue young readers from the age of 12 and up. Young readers will find this adaptation filled with mystery and history.
Peer pressure can begin as early as the preschool and kindergarten years. Choosing fun read aloud books to discuss this concept can benefit your child when they encounter their first social groups.
Popular cartoon characters are often a fun way for girls to relate to when looking for a feeling of empowerment. Kathryn Lasky brings a cartoon character to life in this story of friendship.
Teaching young children to dress themselves can be a challenge. A fun read aloud with Rebecca Van Slyke's new book can help with the task. Young children can be hilarious with learning to dress.
A new series of fantasy will be welcomed by fans of the mystical worlds of Potter and the popular "Game of Thrones". "Impyrium" by Henry Neff will have readers eager to dive in to new magic.
Lou Anders brings his Throne and Bones trilogy to a conclusion with his new book "Skyborn". Fans of this adventurous series will be drawn in to read about the final battle to win back the Horn.
What do your children know about money? Jamie Kyle McGillian's new book "The Kids' Money Book" has all the latest information in an entertaining read that teaches that money is not just for spending.
Wildfires are in the news every summer with fires started either by natural sources such as lightening or by humans. Stunning photos and interesting facts of some of the largest fires are featured .
A book that gives back to society is a valuable tool in teaching children to contribute to worthy causes. The theme of giving back combined with animals makes this story a lovely reading experience.
Hard lessons can be easily taught to young children when choosing the right book. Teaching stranger danger to young children is one of those lessons. A fun story can help with this lesson.
How is your child's self-esteem? A little blue penguin in a great read aloud book will teach that how one looks on the outside is not as important as what is on the inside.
Can your child build a robot? Science Day at school brings the chance for children to create all sorts of things. This fun read aloud can inspire young children to invent something of their own.
Dinosaurs and birthday parties are always a favorite topic with young children. This fun read aloud combines both topics along with a life lesson in patience.
What if you had your own dragon to inspire you to live a great life? Jim Dilyard's "Ian and the Great Silver Dragon" answers this question for young teens with positive thoughts for living.
Soccer has become a game that children are participating in at a very young age. This delightful picture book reflects the fun that children experience by playing without drama of hard competition.
Small shelters in out-of-the-way locations encounter difficulties with getting their animals into good homes. Partnerships with an accessible venue is successful in finding home for deserving pet.
Young adults want good reads that feel real. A punk rocker's memoir about his battle with cancer is a compelling story that many in the YA audience will relate to. Cancer does not have to win.
Everyone knows many of the familiar gods and goddesses of Greek mythology. But do you know Kairos, the god of luck? Take a look at some myths that you have never heard and are full of surprises.
Summer Olympics 2016 are beginning soon, but each Olympic season can present opportunities for family time fun and learning life lessons for children. Games can be used to spark interests and ideas.
Parks and backyards provide a great resource for nature study. Children are drawn to outdoor environments and science learning is easily sparked by exposure to the variety of science concepts found.
Animals provide a great life lesson in friendship and other moral lessons. A great read aloud story that features animals as pets and potential pets can lead to the discovery that all animals count.
Children in our materialistic society today are exposed to apparel that is costly and not always appropriate for real childhood experiences. The concept of "less is more" can be a helpful lesson.
Children love digging in the dirt. Gardening can be a great family activity that even the youngest children can participate in. A fun read aloud about gardening completes the activity.
Communities around the country are joining in the movement toward saving more lives and helping people help animals with creative adoption events, fundraisers, and rescues that help shelter animals.
Pit bulls are not a distinct breed. Education is necessary to protect these dogs and give families the privilege of owning a pittie. These dogs can live amazing lives with education about adoption.
Children can discover the differences in their world with discussions that center around ordinary objects and transfer these concepts to learning that being different can bring us together as friends.
Reading engaging stories can be a great tool for parents with young children who need to solve problems that young children face. Young children easily relate to characters who are like them.
Green living is a hot topic with today's young parents. Parents want safe, non-toxic environments in their childcare center.
Early childhood teachers have learned that drawing leads to early writing skills. When a child begins to scribble, writing skills follow in a natural progression as the child becomes more proficient in holding a crayon, pencil, or marker. Drawing...
Cooking and early reading skills can go hand-in-hand. Children can relate a recipe with a rebus recipe card that is prepared with words, pictures, and numbers to a practical early reading experience.