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release date: Jun 10, 2002
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What About Me?
Ed Young once again turns a fable into a saucy collage treat in this tale about a boy who is just looking for a little bit of knowledge! Told he can have knowledge if he gets the Grand Master a carpet, he begins a journey on which everyone-from Spinner to Goatkeeper-tells him their problems. What about me? they demand. In the search for the answers, the boy discovers he has all the knowledge he needs.

A wonderful, circular tale that makes a terrific read-aloud, What About Me? is also a story with a wise moral. Ed Young's deceptively simple cut-paper images seem to jump off the page.
release date: Aug 01, 2000
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Sip Of Aesop
A verse retelling of thirteen familiar Aesop's fables includes ""The Fox and the Grapes,"" ""The Tortoise and the Hare,"" and ""The Dog and the Bone,"" and delivers each story's moral with a humorous twist.
release date: Jan 15, 2001
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The Other Side
Clover's mom says it isn't safe to cross the fence that segregates their African-American side of town from the white side where Anna lives. But the two girls strike up a friendship, and get around the grown-ups' rules by sitting on top of the fence together.

With the addition of a brand-new author's note, this special edition celebrates the tenth anniversary of this classic book. As always, Woodson moves readers with her lyrical narrative, and E. B. Lewis's amazing talent shines in his gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
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The Bunyans
Let the Scholastic Bookshelf be your guide through the whole range of your child's reading experience -- laugh with them, learn with them, read with them!

You may know that Paul Bunyan was taller than a redwood tree and stronger than fifty grizzly bears--but you may NOT know that he also had a wife and two kids who helped him create some of the most striking natural wonders of North America! With warmth, humor, and dazzling landscapes, award-winning writer Audrey Wood and acclaimed illustrator David Shannon team up to present the tall-tale beginnings of Niagara Falls, the Rocky Mountains, Old Faithful, and more. The Bunyans are a family you will never forget!
release date: Jan 01, 2001
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Wait! No Paint!

The three little pigs go off to build their separate houses one out of straw, one out of sticks, and one out of bricks.

But wait! Who just spilled juice on the first little pig′s house? Why are the pigs turning green? And what is that mysterious Voice the pigs keep hearing?

Ages 4 - 8

release date: Jan 01, 1998
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Bound for Oregon
Amanda and Lollipop love playing make-believe at Amanda's house, but Amanda would rather go over to Lollipop's. Except when Amanda finally gets to sleep over at her best friend's house, she realizes that maybe she really does like her own home best.
release date: Jan 01, 2009
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Good Night, Good Knight
The Good Knight is on his watch when he hears a sound. Roar! Is it a dragon? A great big dragon? He searches the woods and finds a surprise. Three very little dragons are almost ready for bed. But who will read to them, tuck them in, and kiss them good night? Is this a job for the Good Knight? Young readers, like the young dragons, will quickly fall under the Good Knight's spell.

"Stories of valiant knights slaying fearsome dragons are going to fall sadly flat after one reading of this bewitching tale." (Kirkus Reviews, pointer review)
release date: Jan 01, 2007
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Dear Mrs. LaRue
A beguiling dog laments his fate at obedience school through a series of hilarious letters home--by the best-selling illustrator of HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOOD NIGHT?

When Ike Larue is "imprisoned" at the Igor Brotweiler Canine Academy, he tries everything to get sent home--weepy letters to his owner, even illness. In reality, Brotweiler is more like camp than prison, but still, Ike's not cut out for life w/o Mrs. Larue & his creature comforts. Finally, he runs away only to find himself back in Snort City--just in time to save Mrs. Larue's life.Teague is at the top of his fetching form in this madcap comedy where the real world of Brotweiler & the one Ike imagines are brilliantly depicted thru split-screen visuals, the former in color & the latter in b&w.
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The First Thing My Mama Told Me
When I was born,
the first thing my mama told me
was my name.
Lucy remembers lots of things about her name. When she was two, Uncle David painted it on her step stool. When she was three, she scribbled it on the floor with an orange crayon. When she was four, she ate her very own plate of L-U-C-Y pancakes, one letter at a time.
Lucy is seven now. She can reach the sink without a stool, and she doesn't write on the floor anymore. But her name still goes with her everywhere. Lucy loves her name--and she loves Mama and Dad, who chose it just for her.
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The Gardener

By the author-and-illustrator team of the bestselling The Library

Lydia Grace Finch brings a suitcase full of seeds to the big gray city, where she goes to stay with her Uncle Jim, a cantankerous baker. There she initiates a gradual transformation, bit by bit brightening the shop and bringing smiles to customers' faces with the flowers she grows. But it is in a secret place that Lydia Grace works on her masterpiece -- an ambitious rooftop garden -- which she hopes will make even Uncle Jim smile. Sarah Stewart introduces readers to an engaging and determined young heroine, whose story is told through letters written home, while David Small's illustrations beautifully evoke the Depression-era setting.

The Gardener is a 1997 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and a 1998 Caldecott Honor Book.

release date: Jul 01, 2002
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Animals Nobody Loves
In 26 giant photographs-of a roaring grizzly, a piranhas razor-sharp teeth, a rattlesnakes poisonous fangs- Seymour Simon reveals the truth about nature's most misunderstood animals and lets the reader decide what to really think about natures grossest, fiercest, and most fascinating survivors.
release date: Mar 20, 2003
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Free from Death Road
General Davis was once described by the media as one of the most infamous criminals to emerge in Central New York. In the late seventies and early eighties, he was one of the key figures in the creation and running of the Corleones a gang of inner city youth whose members were responsible for committing various crimes in and around the city of Syracuse. As the leader of the gang, and for almost two decades, he led a life of crime. General Davis was arrested several times and charged with a number of crimes, many of them serious enough to warrant long jail sentences, had he been convicted. Yet in spite of many highly publicized trials, he succeeded in beating most of the charges, and didn't serve any long jail sentences. He was unstoppable, it seemed, until several members of the gang were implicated in a daring armed robbery that General Davis found himself facing a jail sentence. Even then, he managed to secure for himself a short jail sentence. In prison, he found religion and decided to dedicate himself to helping to teach, counsel and guide the youth to stay away from crime, violence, drugs and the streets, and to stick to getting an education. It is a poignant life story that delves into the gangster lifestyle and reveals the inner most feelings of a young African American who figured out a way to survive shoot outs with rival gang members, ambushes, constant harassment from law enforcement agencies, and finally dealing with the frustration of life as an ex-convict and ex- gang leader.
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Nate the Great and the Big Sniff
Beginning readers are introduced to the detective mystery genre in these chapter books. Perfect for the Common Core, kids can problem-solve with Nate, using logical thinking to solve mysteries! 

Nate the Great solves crimes with his dog, Sludge. But this time, Sludge can't help. Sludge is lost! Nate looks high and low. But every clue leads to a dead end until . . . Nate realizes Sludge can help after all!

Check out the Fun Activities section in the back of the book! 

Visit Nate the Great and Sludge!
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"Another satisfying entry in a consistently entertaining series."--Booklist 

"These simple chapter books build confidence in children who are just starting to read and who look forward to a new mystery."--Kirkus Reviews
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The Frog Prince, Continued
After the Princess kissed the frog, he turned into a handsome prince and they lived happily ever after... or "did they?" The Princess can't stand the Prince's froggy habits - the way he hops around on the furniture, or sneaks off to the lily pond. The Prince is unhappy, too, and decides that it would be best if he were changed back to a frog. But finding a witch who will do the job is harder than he expects. They all seem to have other spells in mind...
release date: Sep 01, 1999
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If You Hopped Like A Frog
Did you know that a frog can jump 20 times its body weight? Or that an ant can lift an object 50 times its weight? By applying these ratios and proportions to their own bodies, readers will discover what they could do if they had the amazing abilities of animals.
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The Monster Who Ate My Peas
How far would you go to avoid eating your vegetables? A young boy thinks he's discovered a way out of eating his peas—he makes a bargain with a fiendishly funny monster. First the deal is simple: the monster will eat the boy's peas in exchange for his soccer ball. But with each new encounter, the monster's demands escalate. Eventually, our hero faces a daunting decision—can he conquer his loathing for peas or will he lose his most prized possession?

Matt Faulkner's uproariously detailed illustrations and Danny Schnitzlein's Seuss-inspired verse combine to create a clever story about how far we are willing to go to avoid doing the things we hate.

release date: Mar 01, 2002
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Army Ant Parade
An evocation of an army ant parade set in the rain forest.

One morning there is a strange stillness in the forest. A few birds call. There is a rustling, like rain. Suddenly insects scurry into view. The army ants are coming!

They swarm over the ground in a thick stream, searching for food. Antbirds follow them to eat the insects that flee from the swarm. Most animals escape the army ant attack, but one frog isn't so lucky: it becomes a meal. The hungry army ants move on, and soon the forest is quiet again.

Simple, evocative text and vibrant illustrations capture the drama and excitement of an army ant parade.
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Marvin Redpost
This chapter book in Newbery Honor–winning and bestselling author Louis Sachar's Marvin Redpost series offers a sidesplitting take on being the new kid at school.
 
When Marvin and Stuart sleep over at Nick Tuffle's house for Nick's birthday, they set up sleeping bags in the back yard. Stuart and Nick go right to sleep, but Marvin tosses and turns. Then he hears a noise and something glowing zooms over his head. Is it really a flying birthday cake? Or could it be something even more bizarre? The next day, a very strange new kid shows up at school….
 
Hilarious and relatable, Marvin Redpost is perfect for kids who love to bond with quirky characters like Junie B. Jones and George Brown, Class Clown.
release date: Sep 06, 2005
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The High-Rise Private Eyes #3: The Case of the Puzzling Possum

The Beat Goes On

One day, the trombone is missing from Mr. Riley's music store. The next day, it's back. Then it's gone again. Who could be taking it -- and why?

This sounds like a case for the High-Rise Private Eyes -- Bunny Brown and Jack Jones, ace detectives and very best friends!

release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Henry and Mudge and the Tall Tree House
Henry gets a new tree house—but can his dog Mudge enjoy it too?—in this twenty-first Ready-to-Read book of their adventures.

Henry's Uncle Jake has built him a tree house. Henry loves tree houses, but Mudge can't climb trees. What fun is a tree house if you can't share it with your best friend?
release date: Jan 01, 2004
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Little Panda: The World Welcomes Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo
Meet Hua Mei
With fewer than one thousand giant pandas left in the world, the birth of Hua Mei at the San Diego Zoo in 1999 was a cause for celebration. Little Panda chronicles the adorable panda's first year, as she grows from a four-ounce newborn to a curious, playful cub.
Award-winning writer Joanne Ryder's appealing, simple yet scientifically accurate text and irresistible, exclusive photographs from the World-Famous San Diego Zoo combine to make Little Panda a treasure for animal lovers of all ages.
by: Ron Roy
release date: Feb 26, 2002
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A to Z Mysteries: The Panda Puzzle

Help Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve mysteries from A to Z!
 
Kids love collecting the entire alphabet and super editions! With over 8 million copies in print, the A to Z Mysteries® have been hooking chapter book readers on mysteries and reading for years. Now this classic kid favorite is back with a bright new look!
 
P is for Panda . . . There's panda-monium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But soon, the baby is panda-napped for a million-dollar ransom. Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose solve the puzzle before Green Lawn has to pay up?

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release date: May 08, 2001
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Bugs Are Insects

Is a spider an insect? Is a ladybug a bug? Lean how to tell what is an insect and what isn't, and discover the fascinating world of the tiny creatures who live in your own backyard.

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Martin's Big Words

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world's most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin's Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.
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Dragon's Fat Cat
Dragon finds a fat cat in the snow outside his house, brings it inside, and soon has a family.
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The Caboose Who Got Loose
Katy caboose doesn't like her life at the back of the train. Stuck with clouds of billowing smoke from the engine and a bumpy, jolting ride, she longs for some peace and quiet. When her rusty bolts bust loose, Katy finally gets the life she wants in a way she never expected!
This Read-Along Book and CD Favorite includes a paperback edition of the book and a compact disc in a newly designed reusable package. Perfect for car trips, classrooms, and bedtime listening, these recordings feature lively sound effects and original music. The CD includes one reading with page-turn signals as well as an uninterrupted reading.
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Snakes: Amazing Photos & Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series)
Bestselling children's author Kay de Silva presents “Snakes”. The book uses captivating illustrations and carefully chosen words to teach children about "the farmer's friend”.

This series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color kindle. The description in the large text beneath is simple enough for early readers or for a parent to guide a child through.

There are also picture captions that provide more information to talk about with your child. Alternatively, a child of any age (even the child in you) can just look at the images and appreciate their beauty.

This book depicts the wonder of the world of Snakes in all its glory. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of this beautiful reptile: its anatomy, feeding habits and behavior. The following Snakes are featured:
* The magnificent Anaconda
* The fearsome Boa Constrictor
* The majestic Cobra
* The gentle Corn Snake
* The social Garter
* The fierce Inland Taipan
* The awesome Python
* The ominous Rattlesnake
* The stealthy Sea Snake

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*** Your child will love it - this is guaranteed.***
release date: Jul 29, 2003
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Amelia Bedelia
Everyone's favorite literal-minded housekeeper, Amelia Bedelia, celebrates her 40th Anniversary in a three-book I Can Read box set.
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