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Cover: Ancient Transportation Technology: From Oars to Elephants

Technology in Ancient Cultures

How did early peoples around the world approach construction, communication, computing, transportation, agriculture, machinery, medicine, and warfare? This fascinating, easy-to-read series gives young readers a close-up look at how the ancients got things done. Each book takes a basic… View →

 
Cover: Thanku: Poems of Gratitude

Thanku

How do you give thanks? Gratitude isn’t something we need to save up for a special holiday. What are you grateful for right now, today? This anthology brings together a diverse group of poets who express gratitude for everything from a puppy… View →

 
Cover: That's Not a Hippopotamus!

That's Not a Hippopotamus!

A class trip to the zoo descends into a chaotic hunt for the missing hippopotamus. Teacher, zookeeper and all the children join the search. The noise and drama reaches a pitch, and no one thinks to listen to quiet Liam, who really might know where the hippo is hiding. … View →

 
Cover: The ABC of Musical Instruments

The ABC of Musical Instruments

Join a cast of lovable animals as they make music on instruments from A to Z in this perfect first alphabet book. This book is a fun and innovative way of learning the alphabet whilst also identifying musical instruments. It expands children’s minds through music, View →

 
Cover: The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book

The Absolutely, Positively No Princesses Book

Some kids like frills and sparkles and bows and lots of pink. And some don’t. The girl who started “The Absolutely, Positively No Princess Book” is sure that she wants a story full of nature and adventure. But when a princess barges into the pages with her own opinions… View →

 
Cover: The Secret Animal Kingdom

The Adventures of Dusty Dabbert

Dusty Dabbert travels through the countryside, helping all those he meets with his magical knapsack, which mysteriously contains exactly what he needs for any circumstance. The Dutch equivalent of Asterix, these beloved popular graphic novels are available in the US for… View →

 
Cover: Jack the Castaway

The Berenson Schemes

Jack Berenson, a phobia-plagued, checklist-making sixth grader, just wants a normal childhood. But he keeps getting caught up in his globe-trotting parents’ get-rich-quick schemes. Throughout the humorous, adventure-driven series, Jack has to survive a smorgasbord of international… View →

 
Cover: Sphynx Are the Best!

The Best Cats Ever

The Best Cats Ever takes a fan-club approach to introducing the characteristics and history of different cat breeds, letting readers know what distinctive features make their favorite breed “the best.” The books also provide balanced information on pet ownership and present… View →

 
Cover: Dachshunds Are the Best!

The Best Dogs Ever

The Best Dogs Ever takes a fan-club approach to introducing the characteristics and history of different dog breeds, letting readers know what distinctive features make their favorite breed “the best.” The books also provide balanced information on pet ownership and present… View →

 
Cover: The Best Mom

The Best Mom

There are so many AMAZING moms in the world: the chefs, the singers, the athletes, the costume makers… “My friends have the BEST moms. I’m hoping I might trade. They’re never late for anything. They know View →

 
Cover: The Big Bang Book

The Big Bang Book

The Big Bang presents the mystery of how the universe began in a way we can all understand. Written by an astrophysicist, the pages describe what we know—and what we don’t—in a compelling, accessible way. Moving out into the farthest reaches of space, then back home on… View →

 
Cover: The Big Book of Animals of the World

The Big Book of Animals of the World

A large format board book of animals from all over the world, illustrated with charm and humor. Each spread in this big book focuses on a continent or ocean and features animals unique to that part of the world. Simple but charming, this is a great mix of world tour and day at the zoo,… View →

 
Cover: The Chilly Adventures of Mr. Small

The Chilly Adventures of Mr. Small

Mr. Small, a little hamster who encounters adventure whenever he leaves his cage, meets a snowflake and together they explore a winter wonderland and make many new friends. View →

 
Cover: The Christmas Mitzvah

The Christmas Mitzvah

Al Rosen, a Jewish man, takes on the jobs of his Christian neighbors on Christmas Eve and day so they can spend the holiday with their families, starting a tradition that lasts for decades. View →

 
Cover: The Crumbling Castle

The Fabulous Cakes of Zinnia Jakes

Zoe Jones is Zinnia Jakes, a nine-year-old secret pastry chef! She makes the tastiest and most wonderful cakes. Together with her magical cat, Coco, her best friend Addie, and her aunt Jam, they get into incredible adventures. View →

 
Cover: The Flight of Swans

The Flight of Swans

Based on the Brothers Grimm’s fairy tale Six Swans, The Flight of Swans follows Ryn’s journey to save her family and their kingdom. Princess Andaryn’s six older brothers have always been her protectors—until her father takes a new Queen, a View →

 
Cover: Freedom to Worship

The Four Freedoms

In 1941, on the eve of the nation’s entry into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke to Congress and the world. In the speech, he outlined four universal freedoms that people around the world deserved. The Four Freedoms shows why these freedoms were important to fight View →

 
Cover: The Girl Who Saved Yesterday

The Girl Who Saved Yesterday

When the girl, Silence, is sent by the trees to save Yesterday, she doesn’t know what her task is, only that it is important. Returning to the village that cast her out, Silence recognizes her purpose: to join the dead with the living in an act that celebrates their memory. View →

 
Cover: Their Skeletons Speak: Kennewick Man and the Paleoamerican World

Their Skeletons Speak

On July 28, 1996, two young men stumbled upon human bones in the shallow water along the shore of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington. Was this an unsolved murder? The remnants of some settler’s or Native American’s unmarked grave? What was the story behind this… View →

 
Cover: Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds

The Jane Doe Chronicles

For countless centuries, the people of Bluehaven worshiped the Manor―trekking through its gateway to the Otherworlds, returning with tales of adventure―until the Night of All Catastrophes, when the Manor sealed its doors. On that very night, two strangers arrived in Bluehaven: John Doe… View →

 
Cover: The Life Heroic: How To Unleash Your Most Amazing Self

The Life Heroic

Heroes are superhuman. Or at least it’s easy to assume that when you read ripped-from-the-news stories of derring-do. But in reality, almost anyone who’s motivated can be a hero, and the heroes who make the biggest impact aren’t always the ones who make headlines. This… View →

 
Cover: The Little Pirate Queen

The Little Pirate Queen

Lucy sails across the sea, fixing and mending her small rickety raft, hoping to reach Far Away Island. But when a gigantic wave sweeps all the other children away, except Lucy, the Little Pirate Queen is determined to rescue everyone no matter what. “With… View →

 
Cover: The Little Tree

The Little Tree

When the Little Tree sees the world around her narrowing, she worries about what life will be like for her Little Seed. She decides to take the biggest risk of all, and let Little Seed find a richer life on her own. View →

 
Cover: The Long, Long Journey: The Godwit’s Amazing Migration

The Long, Long Journey

Crackle! Crackle! Crunch! What’s hatching from that egg? It’s a young bar-tailed godwit. She will spend the summer in Alaska learning to fly, find her own food, and escape from scary predators. Her long, long journey begins in October when she flies to New Zealand. This… View →

 
Cover: The Manic Panic

The Manic Panic

Some grown-ups have so much screen time that they just can’t cope when the wifi goes out. Luckily the grown-ups in Manic Panic live with a smart kid who loves to read and an adventurous grandma who knows how to have fun without the internet. Manic Panic is a wry… View →

 
Cover: The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project

Riley lives in TropeTown, where everyone plays stock roles in novels. Riley, a Manic Pixie Dream Boy, is sent to group therapy after going off-script. Riley knows that breaking the rules again could get him terminated, yet he feels there must be more to life than recycling the same… View →

 
Cover: The Many Faces of George Washington: Remaking a Presidential Icon

The Many Faces of George Washington

“No picture accurately resembled him in the minute traits of his person . . . there was an expression of his face that no painter had succeeded in taking.”—London’s New Monthly Magazine in 1790 George Washington’s face has been painted,… View →

 
Cover: The Case of the Poisoned Pig (Book 2)

The Milo & Jazz Mysteries ®

Got a mystery? Milo and Jazz are on the case! With the help of master detective Dash Marlowe, the two friends are ready to solve any mystery that comes their way. The zany duo hone their detecting skills as they track down clues, stake out suspects, and become top-notch super sleuths.… View →

 
Cover: The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

A warmhearted and tender true story about a young girl finding beauty where she never thought to look. Drawn from author Kao Kalia Yang’s childhood experiences as a Hmong refugee, this moving picture book portrays a family with a great deal of love and… View →

 
Cover: The Old Man

The Old Man

Day breaks over the town. Get up, everybody! It’s time to go to school. For the old man too, it’s time to wake up. The night was icy and he’s hungry. His name? He doesn’t know . . . This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no home—a… View →

 
Cover: The One Great Gnome

The One Great Gnome

In the spirit of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, this story introduces readers to the hidden magical—and mysterious—world of gnomes, elves, and trolls. Eleven-year-old Sarah moves with her family from New York City to rural Hadley,… View →

 
Cover: The Pea Patch Jig

The Pea Patch Jig

Despite being picked with the lettuce and almost ending up in a salad, Baby Mouse refuses to stay out of Farmer Clem’s garden. Story inspired by the traditional song. View →

 
Cover: The Secret Life of Kitty Granger

The Secret Life of Kitty Granger

Sixteen-year-old Kitty Granger has always known that others consider her peculiar. She hates noise and crowds, tends to fixate on patterns, and often feels acutely aware of her surroundings even as she struggles to interpret the behavior of people around her. As a working-class girl in… View →

 
Cover: The Secret of Priest's Grotto: A Holocaust Survival Story

The Secret of Priest's Grotto

According to legend, a group of Jewish families survived the Holocaust by hiding out for months in the 77 miles of caves in Ukraine known as Priest’s Grotto. Cavers Taylor and Nicola chronicle their trip to explore the caves and uncover the story of the survivors. View →

 
Cover: The Spacesuit: How a Seamstress Helped Put Man on the Moon

The Spacesuit

An inspirational true-story about the a group of seamstresses who designed the spacesuit for the first men to walk on the Moon! “Ellie’s team was small, and they only had six weeks. Many believed that the seamstresses could never win. But Ellie… View →

 
Cover: The Tiny Woman's Coat

The Tiny Woman's Coat

The tiny woman makes a coat of leaves with the help of friends in this vibrant, rhyming tale. The trees, geese, porcupine, horse, and plants all share something so the tiny woman can snip, snip, snip and stitch, stitch, stitch a coat to keep herself warm. Resourcefulness and friendship… View →

 
Cover: The Truth Is

The Truth Is

Named one of the best YA Latinx books of 2019 by Remezcla and HipLatina. A Bustle Book Club Selection A powerful exploration of love, identity, and self-worth through the eyes of a fierce,… View →

 
Cover: The Uprising: The Mapmakers in Cruxcia

The Uprising

The land holds the truth … the maps will reveal it. Sal, Joe, Francie and Humphrey Santander are mapmakers looking for their father, a famous explorer who disappeared on his last expedition. Their search takes them to Cruxcia, where the people are fighting View →

 
Cover: The Wall

The Wall

Tom is a little boy who LOVES to explore. “The world is a beautiful place, Tom thought. When I grow up, I will be a great explorer.” But one day, he hears the grown-ups talking about the monsters that live in the big wide world. Before… View →

 
Cover: The Wall and the Wild

The Wall and the Wild

When Ana tries to take control by creating a perfect garden, she comes to realize that nature is inherently wild. In a plot of land at the edge of town, Ana grows only perfectly sized plants and perfect-looking flowers; she throws all the irregular shoots and… View →

 
Cover: The White Zone

The White Zone

Nouri and his cousin Talib can only vaguely remember a time before tanks rumbled over the streets of their Baghdad neighborhood—when books, not bombs, ruled Mutanabbi Street. War has been the backdrop of their young lives. And now Iraq isn’t just at war with Americans. It’s… View →

 
Cover: The Yark

The Yark

A very funny and cheerfully subversive chapter book about a monster who eats children—until one day he makes a friend. The Yark loves children . . . with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets—ham of boy, orphan gratin, breaded babies, girl… View →

 
Cover: Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness to the Battle of Gettysburg

Tillie Pierce

Imagine being fifteen years old, facing the bloodiest battle ever to take place on U.S. soil: the Battle of Gettysburg. In July 1863, this is exactly what happened to Tillie Pierce, a normal teenager who became an unlikely heroine of the Civil War (1861-1865). Tillie and other women and… View →

 
Cover: A Day at an Airport

Time Goes By

Let’s spend a whole day (or a whole year) in the same place and watch events unfold. Eight large-scale illustrations combine with simple text to tell the story. A clock or calendar shows time passing, while a “search and find” feature encourages readers to study the… View →

 
Cover: Timeline: A Visual History of Our World

Timeline

A big visual introduction to the history of our world for children, young and old. Travel through time with this cleverly illustrated 80-page journey of our planet’s culture and events, from the Big Bang to the iPod and into the future. Take a… View →

 
Cover: A Timeline History of Early American Indian Peoples

Timeline Trackers: America's Beginnings

Examine key periods in US history through easy-to-navigate timelines of events. Showcasing both achievements and setbacks, the timelines help readers study chains of events, breaking points, and pivotal moments that have long-reaching effects. View →

 
Cover: A Timeline History of the California Gold Rush

Timeline Trackers: Westward Expansion

Investigate key topics in US history through easy-to-follow timelines of major events. Covering achievements as well as setbacks, the timeline approach allows readers to follow the trail of US history. Each title builds an understanding of how major historical developments emerged… View →

 
Cover: Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Tomboy

A memoir about friendship, gender, bullies, growth, punk rock, and the power of the perfect outfit . . . Growing up, Liz Prince wasn’t a girly girl, but she wasn’t exactly one of the guys either (as she learned when her little league baseball coach exiled her to… View →