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release date: Mar 01, 2010
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Chalk
Three children discover a magical bag of chalk on a rainy day
release date: Sep 01, 2010
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My Name Is Not Isabella

New York Times Bestseller!

Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream?
Ask Isabella...
She takes a wild ride-and discovers the sky's the limit!

"This story...speaks frankly about self-identity and self affirmation as Isabella decides at the end that she is actually herself...because she possesses the best parts of all of the women she looks up to."
-ForeWord Magazine

"The colorful mixed-media artwork reinforces the fanciful, upbeat tone of the book. Use this story to ignite young readers' interest in women's history."
-School Library Journal

Who Is Your Hero?

Isabella's include U.S. Astronaut Sally Ride, activist Rosa Parks, and sharpshooter Annie Oakley-but there's no bigger hero than Isabella's own mommy!

Join Isabella on an adventure of discovery-and find out how imagining to be these extraordinary women teaches her the importance of being her extraordinary self.

A rollicking read-aloud and terrific "read-to-myself" story, My Name Is Not Isabella is capturing hearts and awards, including:

  • Silver ForeWord Book of the Year Award for Picture Books
  • Gold Moonbeam Children's Book Award
  • Gold Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Amelia Bloomer List

Jennifer Fosberry is a science geek turned children's book writer. Until recently, she worked as a project manager in Silicon Valley in the high-tech electronic field. She currently divides her time between the San Francisco Bay Area and Costa Rica with her husband and three children.

Mike Litwin combines a variety of media to create scenes that serve the imagination and education of women. A graduate of the East Carolina University School of Art and Design, he plays both designer and illustrator with an often wacky, always delightful style that uniquely blends playful innocence with devilish mischief. Illustrating and telling stories for children is his passion, his entertainment, and his dream. He currently lives in Greenville, North Carolina, with his wife and three daughters.

release date: May 01, 2010
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Building on Nature

In a small village in Spain

lives a boy named Antoni Gaudí.



His home is in Catalonia, a place of jagged mountain peaks and silvery olive trees, splashed by the sparkling sea. The wild beauty of this landscape makes a deep impression. He thinks of it as the Great Book of Nature, and he will read from it all of his life.

Gaudí becomes an architect, learning the rules of form and structure that buildings are supposed to follow. But the shapes and colors of the natural world still inspire him, and he works them into his buildings. Leaves climb up walls. Pillars are giant animal feet. A long bench snakes around a playground.

Antoni Gaudí turned nature into art, and in the process he revolutionized the world of architecture.

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Avalon: Web of Magic Book 6

The road to Avalon - the mystical home of all magic - is finally within reach! Its location is revealed on a fairy map, a sparkling globe of wondrous power, that Kara now holds. She must use the map for the good of all the worlds, but the Dark Sorceress wants it too, and will stop at nothing to sieze it.

Trial By Fire is the sixth book in Avalon: Web of Magic, a twelve book fantasy series by Rachel Roberts for middle grade readers. Through their magical journey, the teenage heroines discover who they really are . . . and run into plenty of good guys, bad guys, and cute guys. Out of print for two years, Seven Seas is pleased to return the Avalon series to print in editions targeted for today's manga-readers, with new manga-style covers and interior illustrations.

release date: Jan 01, 2003
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John Denver
This exuberant adaptation of the famous song by John Denver is sure to make you smile, even on a dark and cuddly evening with your child. It helps if you can sing--the musical score is included--or just pop in the CD that comes with the hardback edition of the book. Sunshine On My Shoulders celebrates friendship, sunshine and the simple joy of being together. A charming little girl and her father (who looks a bit like John Denver) enjoy a day together in the sun with a guitar, butterflies, a cat, a mouse, and lots of other critters. The illustrations abound with light, color and lots of humorous detail. This is the first of the John Denver & Kids series.
release date: Apr 01, 1993
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Dogger
An enduring classic about how a little boy's stuffed dog is lost and found again, first published in the United States as David and Dog.
release date: Apr 27, 2010
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Super Chicken Nugget Boy and the Furious Fry
He's faster than fast food! Crispier than Chex Mix! He's . . . . Super Chicken Nugget Boy!

When Fern Goldberg arrived at Bert Lahr Elementary School, he was justan average kid: nearsighted, a touch on the skinny side. Then he fellinto the pool of radioactive green goo behind Bogie's Burger Barn. Nowwhenever his skin comes into contact with condiments, he transformsinto a bona fide, deep-fried superhero who's not afraid to take onvillains great and small, from the class bully to the giant, mutatedFrench fry who threatens to crush the whole school beneath his massive,starchy feet . . . . Villainous vegetables beware! Here comes the mostformidable food fighter in history!
release date: Sep 28, 1992
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The Widow's Broom
A widow finds herself in possession of an extraordinary broom left by a witch who fell into the widow's garden.
release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Traction Man Is Here!
Traction Man—wearing combat boots, battle pants, and his warfare shirt—comes in a box, but very quickly finds the way into the imagination of his lucky boy owner. This superhero searches for the Lost Wreck of the Sieve as the boy makes a game of doing the dishes, and later in the bathtub, he conquers the Mysterious Toes that are stealing his pet, the brave little Scrubbing Brush. These are just a few of the action-packed adventures played out by the boy and his new toy that may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but can vanquish all manner of villains lurking around the house. Mini Grey's story in words and pictures is an irresistible invitation to the private world of a child's play.

Praise for The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be:

“A rib-tickling U.S. debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative.”—Kirkus Reviews

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be delivers an entertaining spin and a great deal of visual wit.”—The Horn Book
release date: Jan 01, 2009
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A Is for Annabelle
A IS FOR ANNABELLE, GRANDMOTHER'S DOLL,
B FOR HER BOX ON THE CHEST IN THE HALL.

Learn the alphabet from A to Z with the help of Annabelle the doll. Each gorgeously illustrated spread features one of her favorite things. With an antique box, a parasol, and yarn for mending, children can learn the alphabet in grand style.
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Billy and Blaze
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Billy and his loyal pony Blaze explore the countryside together, and encounter new adventures at every turn.
release date: Jan 01, 1999
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My Little Sister Ate One Hare
In this uproariously funny counting book, illustrated by popular artist Kevin Hawkes, a ravenous little sister eats everything from one hare to ten peas. Now in Dragonfly, this is the perfect book for any kid who loves to giggle (and who doesn't?) and parents who love to hear them.  
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Mega-beasts
Lions and tigers and bears. . . . Stand back for a beast of a pop-up!

Within these dynamic pages lurk fearsome saber-toothed cats, bears taller than basketball hoops, and everyone's favorite Ice Age giant — the woolly mammoth. Prehistoric Yeti-like mammals, now-extinct birds, and giant flying lizards all come alive in a showcase featuring more than thirty-five astonishing pop-ups. In this third and final volume of the best-selling Encyclopedia Prehistorica series, 3-D masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart tackle the titans of the ancient world, awing us with a humbling close-up look at some startling mega-beasts that preceded us on planet Earth.
release date: Jun 30, 2004
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Lost In The Woods: A Photographic Fantasy
A beautiful springtime fantasy from the creators of the best-selling Stranger in the Woods. This New York Times bestseller is a quiet story about trust and patience. Nature lovers of all ages will appreciate the amazing photography and gentle words which weave a tale about a young fawn waiting for her mother's return. From a red-winged blackbird to a hissing goose,woodland creatures keep watch over a young fawn they believe is lost in the woods. But the book also delivers a message: most fawns found alone in the woods are not lost or abandoned. In fact, newborn fawns spend their first weeks without mom because her scent will attract predators to her young.
release date: Aug 01, 2011
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We Made You Out of Love
Jeffrey was a happy, content little boy, until the day he stumbled upon the greatest mystery of all...THE STORY OF HIS BIRTH!  Now, join him and his family as they travel through Jeffrey's imagination: battling giant robots, discovering slimy aliens and uncovering magical gingerbread men...all while trying to uncover where it is Jeffrey actually came from.  Board-certified pediatrician Dr. Greg Marconi and Michael Marconi have crafted a funny, exciting, and heartwarming story that will give children a satisfying answer to the question:  "Where did I come from?" years before they are ready to learn about the facts of life.

Parents who are not ready to get into the nitty gritty details of baby making will like "We Made You Out of Love", which offers a new and imaginative way of introducing the story of the "birds and the bees" and "the stork" to a whole new generation of children.

The book gives children ages 2 & up age-appropriate, non-sexual explanations for the never ending stream of questions that tend to begin around pre-school.  For younger children the book answers many questions they may have, but not deal with topics they're not old enough to comprehend.  For older children, "We Made You Out of Love" is a great way to broach the subject of reproduction, and it allows individual parents to decide how much or how little of the technical details they feel their child is ready for.

"We Made You Out of Love" is filled with breathtaking artwork, comedic situations and it combines the perfect amount of information and entertainment woven into a truly heartwarming story.  "We Made You Out of Love" is the perfect story and learning tool for all families, one that children are going to want to read again and again...for years and years to come.
release date: Nov 01, 1997
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Bubba the Cowboy Prince
A funny, western version of "Cinderella" - with an unexpected twist. "Upended fairy tales are pretty familiar now, but this one has sass and pizzazz." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
release date: Jul 25, 2006
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Alpha Oops!
It's backwards! It's inside out! It's every letter for itself! This laugh-out-loud romp is not your average alphabet book!

Z is tired of always having to be last when the alphabet family lines up. He is demanding fair and equal treatment! The letters (more or less) agree to go backwards, but it's not long before P has some ideas of his own. And so does H, for that matter. In fact, it seems as if almost every letter has a different opinion about how the alphabet should be arranged. It's chaos! It's pandemonium! And it's definitely not as easy as A-B-C! Filled with visually humorous details, Bob Kolar's colorful illustrations are the perfect foil for Alethea Kontis's snappy story about the comic confusion that comes when the letters of the alphabet, like a class of unruly children, step out of order and show that each one has a mind of its own.
release date: Oct 01, 1999
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Simon's Hook
Simon is having a bad day; a bad hair day. First his sister gives him a strange hair cut, then his friends tease him. Simon doesn't know what to do. Lucky for him he runs into Grandma Rose. After listening to his sorrowful story she helps him learn an important life lesson; how to handle teases and put-downs. By comparing teases to fishing hooks she tells him a tale of how fish learned not to bite. With fanciful characters such as Harmony Hippy Fish, Freddie Fang, Max the Mouse Fish and more, Simon learns that he, too, can swim free from the teasing hooks that people toss his way.
release date: Jan 01, 1990
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Slinky Malinki
From the creator of Hairy Maclary comes a new series starring a rascally cat named Slinky Malinki. “What was he up to? At night, to be brief, Slinky Malinki turned into a THIEF.” But by morning, Slinky comes to realize that crime doesn't pay.This story spins off a character first introduced in HAIRY MACLARY SCATTERCAT. Previously available in the U.S. only in library binding.
release date: Oct 01, 2008
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One
Blue is a quiet color. Red's a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don't like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.
release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Ish
A creative spirit learns that thinking "ish-ly" is far more wonderful than "getting it right" in this gentle new fable from the creator of the award-winning picture book THE DOT.

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere.

Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right." Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.
release date: Jan 01, 2003
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Pete's a Pizza

Pete's father starts kneading the dough. Next, some oil is generously applied. (Its really water.) And then some tomatoes. (They're really checkers.) When the dough gets tickled, it laughs like crazy.

release date: Nov 01, 2007
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Pinky and Peanut
Why can t we go home? Pinky asked her mom for the millionth time. Pinky knew that moving to a new town would be sad, boring and bad adventure. With only four weeks until second grade, would there be time to be happy again? Peanut couldn t believe it. She was moving to a new town and it just wasn t fair! Would her life ever be the same again? What kind of fun would Peanut find if summer was almost over? Would this be the worst summer of Pinky and Peanut s lives or was this the beginning of an adventure full of surprises and fun?
release date: Oct 19, 2008
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Cows Can't Jump
Full-size (9.2" x 6.3") Paperback edition with glossy pages. (There is also a full-size (9.2" x 6.3") Hardcover edition with durable boardbook covers/pages and a Stubby & Stout Boardbook edition with smaller size (5.5" x 3.75") durable boardbook covers/pages.) Is it really true that cows can't jump, gorillas can't swim and sloths can't leap? Yes, but discover what these and other animals can do, as they swing, scamper and glide through "Cows Can't Jump"! In this humorous and inspirational adventure, animals focus on what they do best, comfortably aware they can t do everything, but proud of their own special skills. Vibrantly illustrated, "Cows Can't Jump" will help young readers learn diverse and dynamic words, while absorbing a subtle yet powerful message that builds self-esteem and teaches respect and humility.
release date: Jan 01, 1992
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The Story of Holly and Ivy
Ivy, Holly, and Mr. and Mrs. Jones all have one Christmas wish. Ivy, an orphan, wishes for a real home and sets out in search of the grandmother she's sure she can find. Holly, a doll, wishes for a child to bring her to life. And the Joneses wish more than anything for a son or daughter to share their holiday. Can all three wishes come true? This festive tale is perfectly complemented by beloved Barbara Cooney's luminous illustrations, filled with the warm glow of the Christmas spirit.
release date: Oct 01, 2001
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The Complete Tales & Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh
In 1926, the world was introduced to a portly little bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Along with his young friend, Christopher Robin, Pooh delighted readers from the very beginning. His often befuddled perceptions and adorable insights won the hearts of everyone around him, including his close group of friends. From the energetic Tigger to the dismal Eeyore, A. A. Milne created a charming bunch, both entertaining and inspirational. These simple creatures often reflected a small piece of all of us: humble, silly, wise, cautious, creative, and full of life. Remember when Piglet did a very grand thing, or Eeyore's almost-forgotten birthday?

Gorgeous watercolor illustrations from Ernest H. Shepard appear in all their glory. With beautiful colors and simple lines, these images hold their own as classics. The tales, filled with superb story lines and lessons, will continue to capture the hearts of new generations.
release date: Dec 11, 2000
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The Rhyme Bible Storybook
Boys and girls -- even toddlers -- love the soothing sound of rhyme! And now they can enjoy thirty-five delightful, classic Bible stories retold in lilting verse and rollicking, read-aloud rhyme in The Rhyme Bible Storybook. Rhyming books are always among children's best-loved treasures, and The Rhyme Bible Storybook is certain to become a well-worn favorite! Filled with vivid, joyful illustrations, each story teaches important Bible truths while giving children a reading time that's packed with giggles, chuckles, and fun!
release date: Nov 01, 2007
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Library Lion
A deluxe edition celebrating ten years of a beloved classic: the New York Times best-selling ode to that wonderful place, the library.
 
Miss Merriweather, the head librarian, is very particular about rules in the library. No running allowed. And you must be quiet. As long as you follow the rules, you are permitted to enjoy the library. There are no rules about lions in a library, and why would there be? But one day, a lion walks into Miss Merriweather's library, and no one is sure what to do. It turns out that the lion seems very well suited for the library. His big feet are quiet on the library floor. He makes a comfy backrest for the children at story hour. And he never roars in the library—at least not anymore. But when something terrible happens, the lion helps in the only way he knows how. Could there ever be a good reason to break the rules? Even in the library?
release date: Jan 01, 2002
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The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey
The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid reissue of a Candlewick holiday classic, dressed in a radiant new cover.

The spirit of Christmas heals a sorrowing woodcarver's heart in this splendid edition of a holiday classic, complete with a CD masterfully narrated by James Earl Jones.
release date: Jul 01, 2004
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Miss Suzy
Miss Suzy is a little gray squirrel who lives happily in her oak-tree home until she is chased away by some mean red squirrels. Poor Miss Suzy is very sad. But soon she finds a beautiful dollhouse and meets a band of brave toy soldiers.

How Miss Suzy and the soldiers help each other makes a gentle, old-fashioned tale that has captured the imaginations of girls and boys alike for forty years. Arnold Lobel's enchanting pictures are sure to make the kind squirrel and the gallant soldiers the everlasting friends of all who turn these pages.

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