• Children's & YA
      October 2013

      We Love California!

      by Gabriella Francine with Solara Vayanian

      Join Olivia and Avery as they take a make-believe journey through the Golden State to learn more about the history and symbols of California.

    • Children's & YA
      February 2015

      I Want a Dog

      My Opinion Essay

      by Darcy Pattison

      I Want a Dog: My Opinion Essay By Darcy Pattison, Illustrated by Ewa O’Neill Hurrah for Essays! All writing lessons should be this much fun. When cousins Dennis and Mellie decide to get a dog, they consider carefully what breed would be best for each family. For example, Dennis wants a big dog, but Mellie wants tiny. He has no other pets, but she has other pets that a dog must get along with. They consider different dog personalities, family situations, and personal preferences. Dennis writes an opinion essay for his teacher, Mrs. Shirky. But will his essay convince his parents to get the dog of his dreams? This story takes a popular subject—kids getting a pet—and adds dogs of all sizes and shapes: all writing lessons should be this much fun. In the end, it’s cousins and the dogs that keep a reader turning the page. What kind of dog will Dennis choose? Will Mellie want the same kind of dog? PRAISE FROM DOG EXPERTS “Darcy Pattison does a remarkable job on several fronts with her wonderful new book I Want A Dog: My Opinion Essay. She introduces the value of the written text at an early age to children. This cannot be emphasized enough in our early classrooms. With this comes an important lesson regarding the responsibility of owning and caring for a dog. As President of the Labrador Retriever Club representing the breed with the largest number of dogs I know how imperative responsible dog ownership is and Darcy does a wonderful job instilling this at an early age. This is a remarkable children’s book that has a lesson.” –Fred Kampo, President of the Labrador Retriever Club This story hits many notes: A family story about cousins, Dennis and Mellie Information on dog breeds Responsible dog ownership Mentor-text for teaching writing Model opinion essay for elementary students Models the writing process, especially the importance of pre-writing or planning before you write Completes the writing process by showing the results of Dennis’s essay I WANT A DOG almost makes opinion essays look too easy. For STEM classes, a good study of dog species. See other books in THE READ AND WRITE series I Want a Cat: My Opinion Essay My Crazy Dog: My Narrative Essay (forthcoming) ABOUT THE AUTHOR Growing up, author Darcy Pattison (www.darcypattison.com) wanted to be an astronaut. Instead, she writes about aliens in her early chapter book series, ALIEN, INC. SERIES (Mims House), which includes Kell, the Alien; Kell and the Horse Apple Parade; Kell and the Giants; and Kell and the Detectives. Published in eight languages, her middle grade novels include: Saucy and Bubba: A Hansel and Gretel Tale (Mims House); The Girl, the Gypsy and the Gargoyle (Mims House); and Vagabond (Mims House). Recent nature books for children include: Abayomi, the Brazilian Puma: The True Story of an Orphaned Cub (Mims House); Wisdom, the Midway Albatross (Mims House), a Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly; Desert Baths (Arbordale), an NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book 2013; and, Prairie Storms (Arbordale). Darcy Pattison is the 2007 recipient of Arkansas Governor’s Arts Awards for her work in Children’s Literature. For more see darcypattison.com/about ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR In her debut picture book, Ewa O’Neill (ewaoneill.com) creates art that is luscious, inventive, and colorful, bringing the story energy and humor. A dog-lover herself, Ewa (pronounced Eh-vuh) gives each breed a personality that helps kids begin to tell dog breeds apart.

    • Personal & social issues: disability & special needs (Children's/YA)
      April 2016

      MyaGrace Wants To Get Ready

      a true story promoting inclusion and self-determination

      by Jo Meserve Mach, Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, Mary Birdsell

      MyaGrace loves music and dancing. Her school is having a big dance and she wants to do with her friend Emily. She has so much to do to get ready. What should she wear? How should she fix her hair? What color should she paint her fingernails? Will she get ready in time? (MyaGrace has Autism, Cerebral Palsy and intellectual disabilities. She was adopted from India.)

    • Children's & YA
      May 2016

      Aquila The Eagle

      :Welcome Aquila

      by Yaa Asabea Boafo

      Aquila The Eagle is a story of a special eagle. This is the first book of a three book series about a special golden eagle's interaction with two children, Benji & Faithlyn, as they embark on many adventures. Each story teaches a virtue for people of all ages.

    • Picture storybooks
      April 2016

      A Little Owl Called Hooty

      by Diana Vickery & Danny Deeptown (Illustrator)

      When Hooty’s brothers and sisters are old enough to leave the nest, little Hooty stays behind. He has a big problem for he is afraid of heights. Can Swankypants and Chatterbox find Hooty the help he needs?

    • Picture storybooks
      June 2016

      The Mysterious Apples

      by Diana Vickery & Danny Deeptown (Illustrator)

      Yasmin and Yo-Yo are two naughty squirrels. One day in late summer they see a beautiful apple tree that’s laden with juicy apples, just perfect for their winter food store. They set out with their basket to pick them all then something rather mysterious happens...

    • Children's & YA
      September 2018

      The December Adventure

      by Karin Linderoth

      Sometimes things don't work out quite as you had hoped they would... Valle the gnome and Maja the field mouse live at a farmstead in the county of Småland, but somehow they end up in Norrbotten, in the far north of Sweden, completely by mistake. How will they make their way back and will they get home in time for Christmas? Luckily they bump into Herman, a kind old gnome and with the help of Herman's friends, some Norwegian lemmings and a beautiful old hot-air balloon, they set off on a long journey. This is a sort of advent calendar story, which will take the reader through all the different counties of Sweden. One chapter a day will keep you entertained right up to Christmas Eve. The book is richly illustrated with beautiful watercolours adding a magic touch to this special fairytale. Swedish geography and interesting facts about each county will be shared with the reader in a fun and light-hearted way. There is also a map at the back of the book where you can keep track of each leg of Valle's journey from start to finish.

    • Picture storybooks

      Messy Martin

      by Neil Griffiths

    • Picture storybooks

      The Big Skip

      by Viv. Sayer

    • Picture books, activity books & early learning material

      Seren Lowri

      by Klaus Baumgart

    • Picture storybooks

      Tuck Your Vest in

      by Daniel. Morden

    • Picture storybooks

      Banana Surprise

      by Viv. Sayer

    • Picture storybooks

      Albert's Tuneful Trunk!

      by Neil Griffiths

    • Children's & YA
      May 2012

      Ringo the Flamingo

      by Neil Griffiths

    • Picture storybooks

      Fatou, Fetch the Water

      by Neil Griffiths

    • Humour & jokes (Children's/YA)

      Anifeiliaid

      Animals

      by Elin Meek

      A booklet of Dwli the Dragon's leisure activities, for 4-7 year-old children.

    • Picture storybooks

      Itchy Bear

      by Neil Griffiths

    • Picture storybooks

      A Boy Called Dewi

      by Steffan. Lloyd

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