Best Selling Books by Kathy-Jo Wargin

Kathy-Jo Wargin is the author of Look and See Michigan with Me (2007), The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls (2001), The Legend of Minnesota (2006), Frank and Beans and S'More Trouble (2010) and other 47 books.

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Look and See Michigan with Me

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Look and See Michigan with Me
Pairs of colorful, similar photographs offer young readers visual puzzles to find the differences while exploring the many wonders that the state of Michigan has to offer. 15,000 first printing.

The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Michigan Reader for Boys and Girls
A collection of stories, poems, facts, riddles, and more all about Michigan.

The Legend of Minnesota

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The Legend of Minnesota
This gorgeous picture books reveals how the powerful friendship, kindness, and compassion between a Ojibwe girl and a Dakotah boy gave the state of Minnesota its name.

Frank and Beans and S'More Trouble

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Frank and Beans and S'More Trouble
While trying to make the best of a rainy day indoors, Frank and Beans, his dog, are taught about patience by S''more the cat.

Frank and Beans and the Grouchy Neighbor

release date: Jan 01, 2010
Frank and Beans and the Grouchy Neighbor
When their grouchy neighbor joins Frank, his parents, and Beans on a fishing trip, things go from bad to worse, until Frank realizes the cause of his neighbor''s unfriendliness.

The Legend of Wisconsin

release date: Jan 01, 2007
The Legend of Wisconsin
"Gitchee Manitou sends Nanabush the Giant Hare to the new north country to give the first animals their names and special markings. Legend says a game between the Nanabush and Amik the Giant Beaver etches out the islands, ponds, and lakes of Wisk-on-sin,which means place of the beaver"--Provided by publisher.

The Legend of the Lady's Slipper

release date: Jan 01, 2001
The Legend of the Lady's Slipper
One winter, when the people of her village become terribly ill, Running Flower braves the snow and freezing cold to race to the village on the other side of the forest for medicine. Based on an Ojibwe legend.

Frank and Beans and the Scary Campout

release date: Aug 11, 2015
Frank and Beans and the Scary Campout
A Lesson in Knowing God is Always with You. Frank and Beans are camping in the backyard. But when the sun goes down, Frank hears all kinds of scary noises. And Beans is so scared he runs right out of the tent! What will Frank do now that he’s alone?

F Is for Fireflies

release date: Feb 28, 2012
F Is for Fireflies
“God made the Fireflies light up the night, A flash and a flicker—His love is so bright!” Explore God’s warmest, wonder-filled season from A to Z. Build sandcastles, share picnics with others, and gaze at the starlit summer sky. And all the while, know that God delights in us and our summertime fun, too.

North Star Numbers

release date: Jan 01, 2008
North Star Numbers
An exciting counting book, using simple number concepts, introduces readers to the countless treasures the great state of Minnesota has to offer.

K Is for Kite

release date: Nov 08, 2010
K Is for Kite
As soft April showers make our hearts sing, let''s find the sweetness of God''s gentle spring. Discover both God''s world and the alphabet through the refreshing newness of springtime experiences. Beautiful illustrations and playful poetry fill this book with everything spring from A to Z. From the first April shower to flying kites and playing in puddles, young readers will delight in the uplifting seasonal message and will grow in their appreciation of the spring season and the miracle of new beginnings.

P Is for Pumpkin

release date: Jan 01, 2008
P Is for Pumpkin
Presents rhyming sentences for each letter of the alphabet that remind the reader of God''s blessings in autumn.

The Michigan Counting Book

release date: Aug 24, 2004
The Michigan Counting Book
Students who have learned their ABC''s will now have even more fun learning to count with this delightful addition to their library. Michigan flora and fauna take a starring role in this new title, taking students from "one Karner Blue butterfly" to "twelve jugs of maple syrup." Teachers and parents alike will find themseleves reading and counting over and over again while everyone learns fun Michigan facts. This is a wonderful companion book to "M is for Mitten: The Michigan Alphabet Book."

The Legend of the Loon

release date: Jun 01, 2003
The Legend of the Loon
After being shown the wonders of nature by Grandmother Lom, two children venture out in her boat alone, find themselves in danger, and are rescued by a mysterious bird.

S Is for Snowman

release date: Sep 20, 2011
S Is for Snowman
“White snowy Angels with wide sweeping wings — Let’s find the wonders that God’s winter brings.” Children explore the delights of winter from A to Z in this charming book that celebrates the season’s blessings: from the sparkle of lights to the warmth of a quilt and the scent of fresh-baked cookies. As children review the alphabet, they discover the joy and beauty of wintertime, whether revealed in the bustle of the holidays or the quiet of a snowy walk. S is for Snowman is the latest installment in Ms. Wargin’s alphabet-centered picture book series that includes K is for Kite, F is for Fireflies, and P is for Pumpkin.

Otter Out of Water

release date: Jan 01, 2014
Otter Out of Water
A playful otter follows two children home and eats popcorn for lunch, swings on the curtains and eventually encounters the ranger, who reminds everyone that this otter belongs in the water.

Once Upon a Christmas Eve

release date: Jan 01, 2005
Once Upon a Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve, Hannah leaves the warm farmhouse and heads into the snowy forest, hoping to hear the animals speak on this special night.

Minn from Minnesota

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Minn from Minnesota
When a white-footed mouse is snatched from the northwoods cabin she shares with an elderly animal rescuer, she endures many dangerous adventures and narrow escapes throughout the state of Minnesota as she tries to find her way back home.

Prairie Numbers

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Prairie Numbers
Using numbers, readers are introduced to Illinois state symbols, industry, animals, and more, in a title written for two levels--using poetry and numbers to introduce each topic at a lower level and expository text to provide more detailed information.

A Mother's Wish

release date: Mar 28, 2006
A Mother's Wish
A young girl and her mother both make secret wishes on butterfly wings, and learn years later that the legend of the butterfly is real and that both of their wishes have come true.

The American Reader

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The American Reader
"Modeled after traditional primers, this book includes individual stories and poems about America''s history, character, conservation, famous people, and national symbols"--Provided by publisher.

The Legend of the Petoskey Stone

release date: Jan 01, 2004
The Legend of the Petoskey Stone
Recounts the life of Petosegay, an Ottawa Indian chief, who gave his name to the small town in northern Michigan--Petoskey--where a unique stone can be found along its shores.

I Spy with My Little Eye

release date: Jan 01, 2008
I Spy with My Little Eye
Poetic puzzles are perfectly paired with dual photos of Minnesota scenery and landmarks to acquaint beginning readers with the great state of Minnesota and its wonders. By the author of V Is for Viking: A Minnesota Alphabet.

L Is for Lincoln

release date: Aug 01, 2004
L Is for Lincoln
Illustrations and rhyming text introduce people, places, and things associated with the state of Illinois, each accompanied by a more detailed explanation.

The Legend of Mackinac Island

release date: Jan 01, 1999
The Legend of Mackinac Island
Retells the story of the great turtle Makinauk that enlists the aid of other animals to help create the special place known as Mackinac Island.

Mitt & Minn's Illinois Adventure

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Mitt & Minn's Illinois Adventure
Brother and sister white-footed mice experience exciting and scary adventures as they desperately search the Midwest for their parents, who they think are in Chicago, Illinois.

The Legend of Old Abe

release date: Jan 01, 2006
The Legend of Old Abe
Tells how an eagle caught in Wisconsin as a hatchling became the mascot for the 8th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment and describes his courageous actions during the Civil War.

The Great Lakes Cottage Book

release date: Jan 01, 2000
The Great Lakes Cottage Book
With luminous color photos, The Great Lake Cottage Books takes readers on visual visit to some of the most pristine, private cottages on the Great Lakes. The authors capture the emotion and nostalgia of life at these cottages.

Win One for the Gipper

release date: Jan 01, 2004
Win One for the Gipper
Young George Gipp was an exceptional athlete, and his future seemed assured when he won a scholarship to the University of Notre Dame, but then cruel fate intervened. $25,000 ad/promo.

Mitt, the Michigan Mouse

release date: Jan 01, 2006
Mitt, the Michigan Mouse
Mitt, a white-footed mouse, lives in a mitten that is his only reminder of the family he once had, and when it is stolen, Mitt sets out for the city to find the owner of the dog that took his home.

Little Wisconsin

release date: Jan 01, 2012
Little Wisconsin
Riddles in rhyme and illustrations invite readers to identify the animals and sights typical of Wisconsin. On board pages.

Mitt & Minn at the Wisconsin Cheese Jamboree

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Mitt & Minn at the Wisconsin Cheese Jamboree
Two white-footed mice, one who lives in Michigan and one in Minnesota, are both seeking home and family when they meet at a cheese-eating contest in Wisconsin.

M is for Melody

release date: Jan 01, 2004
M is for Melody
Explores instruments, composers, terms, and musical styles from A to Z in easy rhymes and explanatory text.

Moose on the Loose

release date: Jan 01, 2009
Moose on the Loose
Rhyming text poses a series of questions about how the reader would deal with a moose that is on the loose, in the yard, in the house, or taking a bath. By the author of The Legend of the Loon.

The Legend of Leelanau

release date: Jan 01, 2003
The Legend of Leelanau
A young maiden is entranced by the Spirit Wood, where playful fairies known as the Pukwudjininees live, and wants to keep visiting there despite being forbidden to do so by her family.

V is for Viking

release date: Jan 01, 2003
V is for Viking
The letters of the alphabet are represented by words, set in short rhymes with additional information, relating to the state of Minnesota.

The Voyageur's Paddle

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Voyageur's Paddle
Follows the yearly cycle of the voyageur Edouard as he travels to Grand Portage, trading furs for goods that he uses to purchase more furs during the winter months from the native villages.
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