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Cover: AdoraBULL

AdoraBULL

A story of friendship, identity and change. AdoraBULL is a funny and heartfelt tale of care between a boy and a bull. Alfred visited a hair salon. He strutted home and waited for the barn animals to swoon and sigh at his adorableness. But… View →

 
Cover: A Home for Luna

A Home for Luna

When Luna washes up on a strange shore, she is scared and lonely. She shelters under a wooden crate and dreams of a home from long ago. She soon discovers there is beauty in her new land. “A smell filled the air. A smell like home, but not exactly.”… View →

 
Cover: Amira's Suitcase

Amira's Suitcase

Amira’s Suitcase is a gentle, thoughtful story about a little girl who arrives at a settlement camp with her family and a few suitcases. Before long, she finds a sprouting seed growing inside her suitcase and lovingly begins to nurture and… View →

 
Cover: Dilly Dog's Dizzy Dancing

Animal Antics A to Z ®

From Alexander Anteater to Zachary Zebra, it’s one adventure after another for Alpha Betty’s students. Get to know these zany characters as they find new friends, test their talents, go on exciting explorations, and have a rip-roaring, super-sensational, totally tremendous… View →

 
Cover: Be a Maker

Be a Maker

How many things can you make in a day? A tower, a friend, a change? Rhyme, repetition, and a few seemingly straightforward questions engage young readers in a discussion about the many things we make—and the ways we can make a difference in the world. This… View →

 
Cover: Bears Don't Wear Shoes

Bears Don't Wear Shoes

A laugh-out-loud book about an inventive, proactive little girl who decides she needs a new friend. When Suzy’s family moves, she finds that everybody is too busy to play with her. So, taking matters into her own hands, she puts up a “ View →

 
Cover: Bear Was There

Bear Was There

LOVE is the first thing Mouse feels as he lies in the warmth of his mother’s fur. Then one day, little Mouse meets big Bear. He feels frightened, but what if Bear is not as scary as he seems? A gentle and sensitive story of a… View →

 
Cover: Bicycling to the Moon

Bicycling to the Moon

Purdy the cat and Barker the dog live together in a sky-blue house on a hill. But while the two friends share a house, they are as different as cat and dog can be. Purdy has big dreams, while Barker likes to putter in the garden. Purdy likes to eat fish, but it is Barker who must scoop… View →

 
Cover: Boo Loves Books

Boo Loves Books

Phoebe is nervous about reading—she is embarrassed that she will say things wrong, so she just doesn’t read at all. “Phoebe worried when she didn’t know the sound of a letter. And letters that were joined together made her freeze.” When Mrs.… View →

 
Cover: Busy Busy!

Busy Busy!

Parents may think their toddlers are simply playing or making messes, but really they’re building cities, going on exciting adventures, and creating masterpieces. View →

 
Cover: Cock-a-Doodle-Oops!

Cock-a-Doodle-Oops!

A humorous story of a community of farm animals working together as they try to help out a rooster in need of a vacation. When the daily attempts to wake up Farmer McPeeper fail, the animals realize just how difficult it is to “cock a doodle squeal” or “cock a doodle… View →

 
Cover: Dandy and Dazza

Dandy and Dazza

Dandy and Dazza are different in so many ways. Dandy is a best-in-show sort of hound. Dazza is a rough-and-tumble sort of mongrel. Can these very different dogs EVER be friends? “Dandy was a five-star food sort of hound. Dazza was… View →

 
Cover: Detective Gordon: The First Case

Detective Gordon

Detective Gordon is a friendly, philosophical, humorous, and thoughtful detective series following the adventures of the rather tired—and often hungry—Detective Gordon and his chirpy assistant, Buffy. Detective Gordon is something of a humanist, and keeps an View →

 
Cover: Dibs!

Dibs!

Teaching your little brother his first word—dibs—is funny. Until he starts calling dibs on everything, from your parents’ bed to a real airplane to the White House. What’s next? Calling dibs on the moon? Sure enough, Julian’s little brother, Clancy, calls dibs on View →

 
Cover: Don't Cross the Line!

Don't Cross the Line!

The guard always follows the general’s orders without question. This time, the order is that no one must cross the line! The right-hand page of this book must be kept blank for the general. As the crowd builds up on the border, the guard is under pressure. If no one is allowed onto View →

 
Cover: Don't Turn the Page

Don't Turn the Page

Like most children, Sami puts off going to bed for as long as possible. But reading a story about Little Bear’s bedtime ritual inspires Sammy, just as the young reader will be inspired by this soothing story and clever book-within-a-book concept. A bedtime book that both parent and View →

 
Cover: Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

Dulcinea in the Forbidden Forest

Dulcinea has been forbidden since she was small to enter the dangerous magic forest where the witch has her castle. But her father hasn’t come home from collecting blueberries for her birthday pancakes. Did the witch cast a spell on him? Dulcinea must brave the dark forest and… View →

 
Cover: Bibble and the Bubbles

Early Bird Readers — Blue (Early Bird Stories ™)

Fuel the imaginations and reading skills of emergent readers! These fun stories combine age-appropriate text and kid-friendly illustrations perfect for reading levels E-G. View →

 
Cover: Cara the Cowgirl

Early Bird Readers — Gold (Early Bird Stories ™)

Meet a knitting werewolf, a lonely ghost, and a baby Freezosaurus! Early fluent readers will improve on their reading independence with these quirky stories featuring charming characters, all within guided reading levels L-K. View →

 
Cover: George and the New Craze

Early Bird Readers — Green (Early Bird Stories ™)

Emergent readers at guided reading levels G-I will delight in these books that blend charming, leveled text and illustrations. Silly characters will delight children and a reading quiz helps readers with text comprehension. View →

 
Cover: A Box of Socks

Early Bird Readers — Orange (Early Bird Stories ™)

Engaging, leveled text at guided reading levels H-J help build literacy skills. From animals who learn about playing well with others to pirates who just want to drive diggers, these whimsical stories are sure to entertain. View →

 
Cover: Meg and Rat & Puff! Puff! Puff!

Early Bird Readers — Pink (Early Bird Stories ™)

Each book in this series features two fun stories. Delightful illustrations and text leveled to GRLs A-C appeal to emergent readers while helping them develop reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Early Bird Readers — Purple (Early Bird Stories ™)

Readers will engage their imaginations and reading skills with these fully illustrated stories at guided reading levels J-K. From royal mishaps to cookies in outer space, these silly stories are sure to capture young readers’ attention. View →

 
Cover: Seeds & Stuck in the Tree

Early Bird Readers — Red (Early Bird Stories ™)

Emergent readers will delight in these silly, simple, and carefully leveled stories, featuring guided reading level C-D. With two tales in each book and charming illustrations, readers will have fun while developing reading skills. View →

 
Cover: Izzy! Wizzy!

Early Bird Readers — Yellow (Early Bird Stories ™)

Discover silly, fun, and simple stories perfect for building reading skills. Capture the attention and imaginations of emergent readers with charming art and age-appropriate text for guided reading levels C-E. Suggested activities to test reading comprehension add to the fun! View →

 
Cover: Elmer's Special Day

Elmer

Elmer, the patchwork elephant, has been a favorite of children around the world for decades. Join Elmer and his friends as they have adventures and learn valuable lessons about helping others and embracing differences. Charmingly written and vividly illustrated by acclaimed… View →

 
Cover: T Sounds

First Step Nonfiction — Hard Consonants

Engaging photos fully support readers as they learn simple words that use sounds of seven hard consonants. The words come together on the page to build a complete sentence. Students will feel the joy of building their reading skills as they successfully identify each word and read the… View →

 
Cover: Let's Find Ads on Signs

First Step Nonfiction — Learn about Advertising

Build critical thinking skills in young readers by helping them understand the concept of advertising. Simple texts focus on the places where kids encounter advertising and explain how ad messages influence viewers. This series supports media literacy standards and shows students how to… View →

 
Cover: Lying Around

Funny Bone Readers ™ — Developing Character

Funny Bone Readers™—Developing Character books help beginning readers learn through laughter by introducing key concepts for success in school and at play. View →

 
Cover: The Runner King

Funny Bone Readers ™ — Living Healthy

Funny Bone Readers help beginning readers learn through laughter by introducing key concepts for success in school and at play. The twelve-book series addresses bullying, physical and dental health, safety, and healthy eating. View →

 
Cover: Gus's Garage

Gus's Garage

Gus’s workshop is chock-full of odds and ends. When his friend Rico comes over with a problem—his scooter seat is way too small for a rhino—Gus finds just the thing to fix it. One by one Gus’s friends bring him their vehicles and Gus solves their troubles with… View →

 
Cover: Hair Story

Hair Story

With rhythmic, rhyming verse, this picture book follows two girls—one non-Black Puerto Rican, one Black—as they discover the stories their hair can tell. Preciosa has hair that won’t stay straight, won’t be confined. Rudine’s hair resists rollers, flat irons, and View →

 
Cover: Have You Seen Elephant?

Have You Seen Elephant?

The brilliantly interactive, bestselling picture book that tickles the funny bones of both children and adults. Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too. But you’ll need to try your best—he’s VERY good! He can even… View →

 
Cover: Safety Superhero: Watch for Dangers at Home

Health Smarts (Early Bird Stories ™)

What are your healthy habits? From personal hygiene to stress management, young readers will learn about a variety of ways to stay healthy with the help of diverse characters. These appealing stories feature critical-thinking and comprehension questions to encourage reader engagement. View →

 
Cover: Sparky Helps Mary Make Friends

Helper Hounds

An early chapter book series about specially trained emotional support dogs who help the kids who need them most. Meet these uncommon heroes with wet noses and big hearts. These stories are told from the point-of-view of the helper hound so that young readers can easily relate to the… View →

 
Cover: Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Hildie Bitterpickles Needs Her Sleep

Hildie Bitterpickles is a witch who needs her sleep. Her quiet neighborhood has been turned upside down with the sudden arrival of the old woman in her shoe, big bad wolf, and other fairy tale characters. What will Hildie have to do to get a quiet night’s sleep? View →

 
Cover: In a Village by the Sea

In a Village by the Sea

Written in a spare, lyrical style using fresh, evocative imagery, Village by the Sea tells the story of longing for the comforts of home. A perfect book for teaching about diverse cultures and lifestyles through rich pictures and words, moving from the wide world to the snugness View →

 
Cover: In My Dreams

In My Dreams

A child’s imagination takes him on a wild and wondrous journey as he sleeps soundly at night. “In my dreams, I can float on marshmallow clouds, splash in jelly puddles and showers of strawberry rain, lick the stripes off rainbows, tasting the flavors of my… View →

 
Cover: Inner

Inner

Inner is about a young girl on her journey to question the universe about the secrets of life. The questions she poses to the universe, “Is there any kindness in the world? I’m looking for kindness,” can only be found… View →

 
Cover: Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Roman is a lone wanderer and the wild is his to explore. “If he heard a grasshopper chirp, he would follow it everywhere. Roman craved wonder and surprise . . . and wandered further.” Yet despite his amazing adventures and fascinating… View →

 
Cover: Let's Go on a Digger

Let's Go!

This new board book series features a mode of transportation in each book. It encourages children to explore the great outdoors. It is a fun and engaging read, perfect for toddlers and early learners as they begin the years of discovery. The fun illustrations perfectly complement the… View →

 
Cover: Janey Crane: Long Vowel a

Let's Read Together ®

Award-winning author Barbara deRubertis merges phonics and rhyme in delightful stories that build phonics and decoding skills. An audio component and comprehensive resource guide make Let’s Read Together® the perfect series for all emergent readers. View →

 
Cover: Lola Goes to School

Lola

Lola the lovable therapy dog faces common childhood problems and offers clear ways of handling them in stories even the youngest readers will relate to. The appealing photographs are popular with preschoolers and kindergartners who recognize themselves in Lola. View →

 
Cover: Lola Goes to Work

Lola Goes to Work

Meet Lola, a little terrier with a big job. Children will identify with the feisty Lola as she struggles going to school, passing tests, and finally achieving her Big Dog dream. If Lola can make it in a world of Great Danes and Labradors, so can anybody who’s feeling like a runt. View →

 
Cover: Lovely

Lovely

Big, small, curly, straight, loud, quiet, smooth, wrinkly. Lovely explores a world of differences that all add up to the same thing: we are all lovely! View →

 
Cover: Luis Paints the World

Luis Paints the World

Luis wishes Nico wasn’t leaving for the Army. To show Nico he doesn’t need to go, Luis begins a mural on the alleyway wall. Their house, the river, the Parque de las Ardillas—it’s the world, all right there. Won’t Nico miss Mami’s sweet flan? What about… View →

 
Cover: A Hubbub: Book 2

Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox

When a hunter’s dog chases Mrs. Fox and her daughter, Ginger, out of their home, the Fox family moves into the tunnel of Mr. Badger, his two squabbling sons (Bristle and Grub), and his toddler daughter, Berry. The result is a story of the ups and downs of forming a blended family,… View →

 
Cover: Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy is a rather reserved and gentle duck, with all the qualities of an English aristocrat. He likes to tip his hat and say “Good Morning” and he would never want to bother anybody. He lives alone on the edge of Pemberley Park and… View →