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Cover: My Family Four Floors Up

Publishers Weekly - My Family Four Floors Up

Stutson (Blue Corn Soup) and Krampien (A Book of Bridges) follow a father and daughter through the ups and downs of a day in their city home—quite literally, since they live on the fourth floor of an apartment building. It’s an ordinary day, rather than an especially eventful one: the two… View »

 
Cover: Good Night, Reindeer

School Library Journal - Good Night, Reindeer

In simple, patterned language reminiscent of the classic Goodnight Moon, Mr. and Mrs. Claus say good night to each of their reindeer, saving Rudolph for last. Bucci’s paintings are full of humorous details that give each reindeer a distinct personality. “Good night, Donner./Good night, day./ View »

 
Cover: Blue Corn Soup

School Library Journal - Blue Corn Soup

Abuelita Mouse prepares a batch of blue corn soup one wintry day. Soon, the wafting smell reaches the nearby canyon animals, each of whom wonders if sopa is on the menu. Upon reaching the mouse’s home, the animals realize there is not enough food to share on this frigid day. But Mouse has… View »

 
Cover: K is for Kindergarten

School Library Journal - K is for Kindergarten

The alphabet frames this collection of activities for kindergarten, highlighting 26 (and more) words and challenges for youngsters anticipating the highlights of a school day. As rhyming verse introduces each activity, a sidebar lists Countdown and Challenge activities for more adventurous… View »

 
Cover: Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade

School Library Journal - Rettie and the Ragamuffin Parade

School Library Journal – Vivid artwork and a descriptive narrative re-create a vibrant 1918 New York City populated by immigrants struggling to survive an influenza pandemic at the tail end of World War I. Rettie is nine and the oldest of four siblings; she labors to keep their Lower East… View »

 
Cover: S is for the Stanley Cup: A Hockey Championship Alphabet

Booklist - S is for the Stanley Cup

Though featured in the title and reappearing throughout this colorful book, the Stanley Cup is just one of many hockey championship–related topics covered here. The information and stories include something for everyone, from anecdotes about the trophy and its storied travels to factoids… View »

 
Cover: Missile Toe: A Very Confused Christmas

Publishers Weekly - Missile Toe: A Very Confused Christmas

Puns and misheard Christmas carol lyrics abound in this goofy collection of a dozen holiday-themed poems from news anchor and children’s book author Scillian. Writing mostly in rhymed couplets, he contemplates the mysteries of what decking the halls means and what sugarplums are before… View »

 
Cover: Good Night, Reindeer

Publishers Weekly - Good Night, Reindeer

Readers get a behind-the-scenes look at the lives and habits of Santa’s reindeer in this bedtime-oriented Christmas story. As Santa and Mrs. Claus bid the reindeer good night (“Good night, reindeer./ Good night, Blitzen./ Time for bed./ Good night, Vixen”), the animals’ bedrooms give… View »

 
Cover: Murphy's Ticket: The Goofy Start and Glorious End of the Chicago Cubs Billy Goat Curse

School Library Journal - Murphy's Ticket

Most baseball and sports fan will know about the history-making win of the Chicago Cubs at the 2016 World Series, but do they know that the “Lovable Losers” were once believed to be cursed? The story of Murphy the Goat and the billy goat’s curse is the stuff of legends in the Second City… View »

 
Cover: Full Moon Lore

School Library Journal - Full Moon Lore

This picture book takes readers through a calendar year of full moons. A cursory introduction explains, “People long ago kept track of the seasons by giving each full moon a special name.” Each month’s unique moon is identified, from January’s Wolf Moon, to June’s Strawberry Moon, to… View »