• Children's & YA
      August 2012


      by Seema Gupta

      The Ramayana is the tale of Rama, the prince of Ayodhya. The Ramayana is perhaps one of the best known epics in the world which transcends all barriers of time, caste, creed and space. The reason for Ramayana’s great popularity is that it is one story entwined in so many amazing stories woven so beautifully that not even for a moment you feel out of place. The exciting characters, their problems, their values and the crafty situations transform you into another world. You feel like one among them. Their joys make you laugh and their pains and sorrows make you cry. They take you on a journey beyond comprehension. Rama, the son of Dahsratha, goes to the forest for fourteen years to honour his father’s words. His wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana accompany him. Their sojourn with forest life is full of adventures as they make new friends and meet weird foes. Their happy life is disturbed when Ravana, the king of Lanka, abducts Sita. Rama takes help of Sugriva, Honuman and with the monkey army he manages to rescue her. In the battle that ensued Ravana is killed. But that is not the end of the story. The tale further describes Rama Rajya, Sita’s banishment and the birth of Rama’s sons Luva and Kusha. So here’s this vivid and vibrant ancient epic of Ramayana which is laced with adventures, excitement, love and war in the amazing stories intertwined with the main story line. This delightfully retold epic is sure to steal your heart. Jai Sri Rama

    • 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.

    • Children's & young adult reference material
      April 2016

      Kings & Queens of England and Scotland

      by Pamela Egan

      This fascinating, full-colour book illustrates and describes all the English monarchs since William the Conqueror and all the Scottish monarchs since Robert the Bruce, right up to Queen Elizabeth II. Each spread features a family tree together with biographies of the monarchs and a description of key events of the period. An A3 pull-out poster shows a continuous timeline of all the monarchs in succession, along with the dates of each one’s reign.

    • Children's & young adult reference material
      March 2016

      Castles and Forts

      by Miriam Moss

      POINTERS is an exciting range of information books with beautiful illustrations and engaging text. From the earliest times, people gathered into fortified camps for protection against enemies. These forts developed into castles, some of which were magnificient and beautiful homes. This book looks at famous forts and castles around the world, including Iron Age hill forts, Norman keeps and medieval castles, and describes what life was like for the people that lived there.

    • Children's & young adult reference material
      March 2016

      Rocks, Minerals and Fossils

      Investigate and Understand

      by Neil Curtis

      Investigate the world of rocks, minerals and fossils with this beautifully illustrated book. Our planet is made of rocks, which in turn are composed of minerals. Find out how different kinds of rocks and minerals are made and how they are used. Discover how fossils formed and the best places to look for them. ‘Spotlight’ illustrations at the bottom of every page encourage readers to look out for easy-to-find rocks and minerals that can be seen in museums or in the countryside.

    • Science & technology: general interest (Children's/YA)
      January 2016


      by Rose Johnson

      Eureka! We have it and so can you--a discovery-packed book that makes the world of physics understandable, engaging, and fun! And that's a very good thing, because physics is all around us, responsible for everything from why balls bounce to why the stars in the sky shine--so we might as well understand and enjoy it. Chock-full of photos and diagrams, this book and its useful images further explain and expand upon the clear and informative text. (Oh, and as for who reportedly shouted "Eureka!" while sitting in his wooden bathtub, see page 7 of this engaging volume.) Our understanding of the world has been built up by observation, deduction and experimentation carried out over thousands of years. This series looks at the discoveries that have changed the way people think about science. It shows how scientists build on the work of earlier thinkers and how a breakthrough can spark a chain of scientific discovery. The books will inspire and inform budding scientists.

    • History & the past: general interest (Children's/YA)
      August 2016

      The Reformation

      by Enzo George

      Primary Sources in World History introduces readers to key times in history by exploring objects, buildings, documents, texts and artworks from the period. Each source is illustrated, accompanied by text that explains what it tells historians about how people lived at that time. Primary Sources in World History is linked to common core standards and curricula that require students to be able to interpret a range of primary sources as evidence about the nature of the past, understanding history as a construct of many individual “facts” that can be considered in various ways. Primary sources are the raw materials of historical research. They bring history and cultures to life by providing direct evidence of how people lived, their views and attitudes and their understanding of their place in the world. Each volume in the series focuses on a particular period in history. An introduction gives an overview of the period to provide a wider context. This is followed by a series of self-contained spreads, each of which is based on a single primary source, be it an object, an image, or a written account. Each source is illustrated, accompanied by text that explains what it tells historians about the time—but also suggests instances where there are doubts or conflicting views about how a source should be interpreted. The text explains the background of the source and explores its significance, investigating what it tells us about the people who created it and how they lived and saw their world. Subsidiary boxes look at how the source relates to others from the period, provide additional eyewitness quotes or highlight important individuals. Each book has a full introduction and concludes with a timeline, glossary, and list of resources for further information.

    • 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.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2006

      Encyclopedia of Infant and Toddler Activities

      Written by Teachers for Teachers

      by Charner, Kathy

      Feel confident and competent when it comes to choosing and implementing the most appropriate technology tools for your early childhood classroom! Whether you are a technology enthusiast looking for new ideas and guidance about developmentally appropriate practices, or you are new to the idea of using technology with young children, this book is for you. Digital Decisions provides everything you need to make your own technology plan based on your experiences and beliefs, the needs of the children, the context of your curriculum and the resources available to you. This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. A reference every childhood program will want to have, Digital Decisions is brimming with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.

    • Children's & YA
      May 2010

      Preschool Art

      It's the Process, Not the Product

      by Kohl, MaryAnn

      Winner of the National Parenting Press Award, One in Thirteen offers a sobering examination of the teen suicide epidemic in America. This frank portrait of coming-of-age in contemporary American society examines why more children are killing themselves now than in any other time in recorded history.

    • Children's & YA
      July 1996

      Start Smart!

      Building Brain Power in the Early Years

      by Schiller, Pam

      Written for teachers of hearing children from birth to age six, Simple Signing with Young Children is the perfect introduction to American Sign Language. Organized by age, there are chapters for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, with age-appropriate signs. The chapter written for teachers of infants focuses on using beginning signs as a bridge to language, while the toddler chapter focuses on signs to promote expression, enrich vocabulary, and teach social skills. The preschool chapter places an emphasis on using signs to enhance emergent literacy skills.

    • Educational material

      Seasons of Play

      by Rusty Keeler

      In Seasons of Play, Rusty Keeler takes readers on a photographic journey though real child care centers that have embraced his philosophy that natural play spaces create new opportunities for children to learn and develop.

    • Children's & YA
      August 2016


      Integrating Inquiries into Learning Centers

      by Diedre Englehart, Debby Mitchell, Junie Albers-Biddle, Kelly Jennings-Towle, Marnie Forestieri

      STEM Play provides varied activities for the most common centers: Art, blocks, dramatic play, literacy, math, science, music and movement. Full of beautiful, fullcolor photos that show the activities in real early childhood classrooms, teachers can easily use the book’s ideas immediately in their curriculum. STEM Play also includes a “How To” section for teachers who wish to expand on the STEM focus and use themed activities in their learning centers.

    • Educational material
      January 2017

      Amazing Animals

      A Spin & Spot Book

      by Liza Charlesworth/Illustrator Brandon Reese

      Introducing Spin & Spot, an exciting new novelty book series that’s part search- and-find, part vocabulary book, and all fun! Each Spin & Spot story teaches kids new words! With colorful illustrations and a spinning wheel on every spread to help guide readers on their adventure, here's an interactive way for kids to learn and play! In Amazing Animals, be on the lookout for polar bears in the Arctic, elephants in the savannah, chickens on the farm, and more.

    • Children's & YA
      September 2017

      The Nantucket Sea Monster

      A Fake News Story

      by Darcy Pattison

      A JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD SELECTION Do you believe everything you read in the newspaper? Early in August 1937, a news flash came: a sea monster had been spotted lurking off the shore of Nantucket Island. Historically, the Massachusetts island had served as port for whaling ships. Eyewitnesses swore this wasn’t a whale, but some new, fearsome creature. As eyewitness account piled up, newspaper stories of the sea monster spread quickly. Across the nation, people shivered in fear. Then, footprints were found on a Nantucket beach. Photographs were sent to prominent biologists for their opinion. Discussion swirled about raising a hunting party. On August 18, news spread across the island: the sea monster had been captured. Islanders ran to the beach and couldn’t believe their eyes. This nonfiction picture book is a perfect tool to discuss non-political fake news stories. Back matter discusses the freedom of the press guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Quotes from Thomas Jefferson make it clear that fake news has always been one of the costs of a free press. A Timeline lists actual events in the order they occurred. A vocabulary list defines relevant words.

    • Children's & YA
      March 2018


      Ernst Chladni's Sound Experiments

      by Darcy Pattison | Peter Willis

      2019 US National Science Teacher's Association Outstanding Science Trade Book Elementary Science – Sound and Sound Waves What if your science experiments were so interesting that even an Emperor wanted to know more? In 1806, scientist Ernst Chladni (KLOD-nee) left Germany for a three-year road trip, entertaining Europeans with his science. He made wires, columns of air, and solids vibrate. He wrote about this in his native German language, but his French scientist friends wanted to read about it in French. How could he get the cash he needed to write his new book? In February, 1809, Chladni’s friends took him to the Tuliere Palace. This elementary science picture book dramatizes the exciting meeting between a German scientist and French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. Like Bill Nye, the Science Guy today, Chladni popularized science. But during his work as an entertainer, he struggled to find the time and finances do actual research. This story provides a glimpse at the life of Ernst Chladni, the Father of Acoustics. It’s an amazing example of how scientists collaborate internationally. The story is based on Chladni's own description of the event.

    • The Arts
      March 2018

      Vision & Strategy

      Strategic Thinking for Creative and Social Entrepreneurs

      by Doris Rothauer

      Creative and social entrepreneurs are at the forefront of building a new economy and shaping our future by being highly visionary and following their path persistently. Visions are the driving force for social innovation. But, without a strategy on how to achieve our vision, the vision stays a vision and consequently will have zero impact. Therefore, visions need strategies. Vice versa, strategies need to be based on visions in order to be powerful. Business development without following a visionary strategy leaves the future to chance. In times where complexity and the pace of change is constantly rising this does not work anymore. This book helps to understand the connection between strategy and vision, strategy and creativity. It follows an approach to strategy as a meaningful, playful, experimental and therefore creative way to design a sustainable and impactful future. Included are a selection of effective tools and methods on how to develop a strategic thinking.

    • Educational material
      September 2018

      Folk Tales in China

      by Research institute

      This is a book of folk tales for children basing on the four books published before as the first edition. In order to lead children to return to the world of folk tales, to get the interest from traditional Chinese folk tales, more knowledge by reading, deeper impression on reading, the author of the book collected over thirty folk tales of which the most famous are Nine-Colored Dear, Seven Fairies and Nezha Stirs Up the Sea. The plots of some stories were rewritten on purpose to suit the understanding of children, fine illustrations and pictures were put in the book. This book brings a vaster world of life for children!

    • Science & technology: general interest (Children's/YA)
      May 2019


      Darwin's 130 Year Prediction

      by Darcy Pattison/Peter Willis

      How long does it take for science to find an answer to a problem? On January 25, 1862, naturalist Charles Darwin received a box of orchids. One flower, the Madagascar star orchid, fascinated him. It had an 11.5” nectary, the place where flowers make nectar, the sweet liquid that insects and birds eat. How, he wondered, did insects pollinate the orchid? It took 130 years to find the answer. After experiments, he made a prediction. There must be a giant moth with a 11.5” proboscis, a straw-like tongue. Darwin died without ever seeing the moth, which was catalogued by entomologists in in 1903. But still no one had actually observed the moth pollinating the orchid. In 1992, German entomologist, Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Ph.D. traveled to Madagascar. By then, the moths were rare. He managed to capture two moths and released them in a cage with the orchid. He captured the first photo of the moth pollinating the flower, as Darwin had predicted 130 years before. Backmatter includes information on the moth, the orchid, Charles Darwin, Lutz Wasserthal. Also included is Wasserthal’s original photo taken in 1992.

    • Historical fiction
      June 2013

      Across Great Divides

      by Monique Roy

      Across Great Divides is a timeless story of the upheavals of war, the power of family, and the resiliency of human spirit. When Hitler came to power in 1933, one Jewish family refused to be destroyed and defied the Nazis only to come up against another struggle—confronting apartheid in South Africa. The novel chronicles the story of Eva and Inge, two identical twin sisters growing up in Nazi Germany. As Jews, life becomes increasingly difficult for them and their family under the Nazi regime. After witnessing the horrors of Kristallnacht, they realize they must leave their beloved homeland if they hope to survive. They travel to Antwerp, Belgium, and then on to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, chasing the diamond trade in hopes of finding work for their father, a diamond merchant. Finally, they find a home in beautiful South Africa and begin to settle down. But just as things begin to feel safe, their new home becomes caught up in it’s own battles of bigotry and hate under the National Party’s demand for an apartheid South Africa. Eva and Inge wonder if they will ever be allowed to live in peace, though they cling to the hope for a better day when there will be “an understanding of the past, compassion for all humanity, and …hope and courage to move forward across great divides.” Worldwide rights are available for this novel. I would like to sell Across Great Divides in Europe, Africa and Asia. The readership for Across Great Divides are history buffs, both female and male, and all ages, from late teens through adult.

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