2011 Children's Choices-Beginner Readers (Grade K-2)

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Each year 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 500 

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Taking Care of Mama
It?s not easy to fill mom?s shoes!

Mama raccoon is sick in bed, so Papa and the kids pitch in to do the cooking and cleaning and take care of Baby Mabel. It should be a breeze, right? But taking care of a family is harder than it looks. As the lovable raccoons bumble their way through the household chores, doing their best to take care of Mama, too, readers will laugh out loud at the mess they manage to make?and clean up just in the nick of time.

Mitra Modarressi?s endearing illustrations of the raccoon family in its cozy tree house are the perfect accompaniment to this tribute to mothers everywhere.

release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Shark vs. Train
Shark VS. Train!
WHO WILL WIN?!

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

[star] "This is a genius concept." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

[star] "Lichtenheld's snarling shark and grimacing train are definitely ready for a fight, and his scenarios gleefully play up the absurdity. The combatants' expressions are priceless when they lose. A glum train in smoky dejection, or a bewildered, crestfallen shark? It's hard to choose; both are winners." -- Kirkus, starred review
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Roly Poly Pangolin
Roly Poly, very small, doesn?t like new things at all.

Meet Roly Poly Pangolin?a little pangolin who?d rather stick close to his mama instead of facing anything unfamiliar. Whether it?s a line of ants, a friendly monkey, or a loud noise, Roly Poly runs the other way. Then he hears something that really scares him. So he does what all pangolins do when they?re frightened?he rolls up into a tiny ball. But Roly Poly is surprised when he finally peeks out, because another ball is peeking back . . . it?s a small pangolin just like him!

Anna Dewdney has created another irresistible character to reassure children about the world around them.

release date: Mar 01, 2010
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Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects.

Don't miss Pete's other adventures, including Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, Pete the Cat Saves Christmas, and Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Mr. President Goes to School
Everyone has bad days. Even the President.

So when his day starts off badly, Mr. President decides he is in need of a time-out from running the country. Disguising himself, he sneaks out of the White House, hurries down the street to the local school and enrolls in Mrs. Appletree s kindergarten class.

There Mr. President slides his fingers through globs of finger paint. He spins around and around on the merry-go-round at recess. He learns to say please, to raise his hand and to take turns.

Back at the White House he is greeted by a panicked Secretary if State and two angry world leaders on the brink of war. But Mr. President remembers what he learned that day in Mrs.Appletree s class and he knows just what to do to avoid an international crisis.

Children will delight in Rick Walton s laugh-out-loud story and its over-the-top take on conflict resolution. Illustrator Brad Sneed s watercolor illustrations capture the humor of the story with their exaggerated, outsized characters and playfully distorted compositions.
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Miss Brooks Loves Books (And I Don't)
With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy's classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.”

Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, er, discriminating child? William Steig's Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride—of course!

Barbara Bottner and Michael Emberley pay playful homage to the diverse tastes of child readers and the valiant librarians who are determined to put just the right book in each child's hands.
release date: Apr 01, 2010
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Memoirs of a Goldfish
Day OneI swam around my bowl. Day Two I swam around my bowl. Twice. And so it goes in this tell-all tale from a goldfish. With his bowl to himself and his simple routine, Goldfish loves his life..until one day... When assorted intruders including a hyperactive bubbler, a grime-eating snail, a pair of amorous guppies, and a really crabby crab invade his personal space and bowl, Goldfish is put out, to say the least. He wants none of it, preferring his former peace and quiet and solitude. But time away from his new companions gives him a chance to rethink the pros and cons of a solitary life. And discover what he's been missing. Devin Scillian is an award-winning author and Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist. He has written more than 10 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including the bestselling A is for America: An American Alphabet and Brewster the Rooster. Devin lives in Michigan and anchors the news for WDIV-TV in Detroit. Early in his career Tim Bowers worked for Hallmark Cards, helping to launch the Shoebox Greetings card line. He has illustrated more than 25 children's books, garnering such awards as the Chicago Public Library's "Best of the Best" list. He also illustrated the widely popular First Dog. Tim lives in Granville, Ohio.
release date: Jun 10, 2010
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Little Pink Pup
Pink was the runt of the pig litter. He was so small that the Kerby family didn?t think he would survive? so they brought him into the house where he met Tink, a new dachshund mom. When Tink saw Pink, she immediately adopted him into her family, and helped nurse him back to health. Pink thrived in his new family: the puppies didn?t mind that Pink looked nothing like them?he was just their size.

This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink?s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.

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Let's Save the Animals
Bold illustrations, big flaps, and an ingenious die-cut design invite young readers to peek at the lives of endangered animals — and learn how to help.

Did you know that a giant panda likes to do somersaults? That a black rhinoceros can run faster than an Olympic sprinter? That a monarch butterfly flies up to eighty miles a day? All of these animals — and many more, from tigers to elephants to polar bears, orangutans to dolphins, penguins to sea turtles — are disappearing, threatened by deforestation, poaching, fishing nets, global warming, and more. After enjoying the book's eye-catching, dramatic format, kids can follow the simple suggestions offered to help save the animals.
release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?

Your buffalo is growing up. He plays with friends. He shares his toys. He's smart! But is he ready for kindergarten? (And is kindergarten ready for him?)

Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? is a hilarious look at first-day-of-school jitters from author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Daniel Jennewein.

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If You're A Monster And You Know It
A brand-new monster twist on a classic song by Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley and his daughter, Rebecca Emberley.

Children will stomp their paws, twitch their tails, snort and growl, and wiggle and wriggle along with this bright and bold picture book twist on "If You're Happy and You Know It." Rebecca Emberley has written a rollicking text, which she has illustrated in collaboration with her father, Caldecott Medalist Ed Emberley. Includes a fun sing-along song by Adrienne Emberley which can be downloaded at www.scholstic.com/ifyouramonsterandyouknowit


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How Rocket Learned to Read
Learn to read with this New York Times-bestselling picture book, starring an irresistible dog named Rocket and his teacher, a little yellow bird. Follow along as Rocket masters the alphabet, sounds out words, and finally . . . learns to read all on his own!

With a story that makes reading fun—and will even help listeners learn to read—this book is ideal for kindergarten classrooms and story hour or as a gift for that beginning reader. Fresh, charming art by Tad Hills, the New York Times bestselling author/illustrator of Duck & Goose, will make this a favorite.

And don't miss the instant #1 New York Times Bestseller, Rocket Writes a Story.
release date: Jan 01, 2010
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Hot Rod Hamster
From Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord and NYT bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson comes an INTERACTIVE read-aloud picture book for the very young-featuring an extremely lovable and adorable hams

Old car, new car, shiny painted blue car
Rust car, clean car, itty-bitty green car.
WHICH WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

Newbery Honor-author Cynthia Lord and New York Times bestselling illustrator Derek Anderson put the pedal to the metal in this endearing, rhythmic, rip-roaring race to the finish line where a hamster creates a sizzling hot rod with a little help from his new furry friends and YOU!

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Hattie The Bad
Hattie was bad?from frogs in the fridge, to paint everywhere, to the occasional sale of her little brother at the yard sale. Yes, Hattie was SO bad, no one was allowed to play with her. And let?s face it: Being bad by yourself is no fun. So Hattie decides to become good. Hattie the Good cleans her room, goes to bed early, and is an angel at school. Now everyone is allowed to play with her?but no one wants to. After all, what fun is a girl SO good that she makes everyone else look bad? Hattie is in a fix. What?s a good, bad little girl to do?

From the talent behind Bridget Fidget and the Most Perfect Pet! comes a hilarious, lovable little imp, who?like most kids?is both bad and good. Who can?t relate?

release date: May 13, 2010
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Furious George Goes Bananas
George is an ape—not a monkey—and he is perfectly happy living his simple life in the jungle, until one day the man in the funny hat kidnaps him and brings him to the big city. Poor George! Forced to live in a cage at the zoo, then work hard manual labor and be mocked on stage—George has every reason to be upset. In fact, after all the maltreatment, he's downright furious! So it's a good thing George is one clever ape. Perhaps getting mad is not the only answer. Readers will laugh out loud when George comes up with a way to outsmart the man in the funny hat.
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Frankie Stein Starts School
Frankie Stein looks nothing like his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stein, or the spooky-looking kids at Miss Wart's Academy for Ghouls & Goblins. His clean-cut looks make it hard for him to make friends. But Frankie knows a thing or two about being scary. He can make grotesque faces, paint bone-chilling pictures, and yelp as loud as a coyote. When he experiments with potions in the classroom and grows two fangs, he wins over the other kids, showing that popularity depends on more than how you look. Once again, Frankie Stein proves that he's happiest when he's true to himself. Kevan Atteberry's digital illustrations lend a hand to this back-to-school spook-tacular story!
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Even Monsters Need Haircuts

Just before midnight, on the night of a full moon, a young barber stays out past his bedtime to go to work. Although his customers are mostly regulars, they are anything but normal-after all, even monsters need haircuts. Business is steady all night, and this barber is prepared for anything with his scissors, rotting tonic, horn polish, and stink wax. It's a tough job, but someone's got to help these creatures maintain their ghoulish good looks.

Perfect for Halloween, this is a hilarious story about a boy who follows in his father's footsteps . . . in his own monstrously unique way.

release date: Jun 15, 2010
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Dogs Don't Do Ballet
Meet Biff, an adorable little puppy who will stop at nothing to become a ballet dancer.
release date: May 01, 2010
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Daddy's Little Scout
A comforting story about moving and finding a new home--with foil on the cover and the last spread!

It's springtime, and Little Fox and Daddy Fox are visiting the animals of the forest to see their new homes. Mrs. Finch is building a new nest. The rabbit family is making new rabbit holes. And Mr. Mole is digging new tunnels.

Little Fox is outgrowing their old den, and the Foxes will need a new home, too. Little Fox is glad that their new home will not be high in a tree, in a prickly bush, or in a cold wet stream. Little Fox realizes that the best home is snug and warm in a den . . . with Daddy Fox!
release date: Jun 08, 2010
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City Dog, Country Frog

In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. "You'll do," Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog's rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time.

Mo Willems' spare, poignant text and Jon J. Muth's expressive watercolors team up to tell a story that will resonate with readers of all ages.
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Born Yesterday
July 8

Imagine! A day ago I?d never even heard of the world, and suddenly here I am in it. There?s so much to write about?macaroni, Fun World, and a big sister who has it all figured out. Which is why boys adore her. I need to get her attention back on me? and quick. But how? Should I take up sumo wrestling? Stunt flying? All I know how to do is write.

But don?t tell anyone. This diary you?re looking at is TOP SECRET? just for you and me!

Renowned illustrator Simon James brings sweetness and charm to James Solheim?s hilarious diary of a baby?and the result is a one-of-a-kind picture book no one will be expecting!

by: Ed Vere
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Banana!

Two monkeys. One banana. What's to be done?

Ed Vere's hilariously eye-popping art tells the story of two monkeys learning to share in this stunning, nearly-wordless picture book.

One banana. Two monkeys. Perfect!

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