How do you grow?
• Do you button yourself to a leaf and wriggle into a chrysalis?
• Do you wait quietly, hidden in soft ferns, until your legs become strong and fast?
• Do you shed downy fluff for feathers that let you fly?
Or do you talk, play, and learn, as you grow into your true self?
There are many different ways to grow. But no matter how we do it, growing up can be wondrous.
This beautiful picture book, illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman, is a triumphant celebration of how young animals -- and people -- grow into unique individuals.
published by Boyds Mills & Kane
With a gust of wind a dandelion seed takes off soaring through the sky. Who knows where it will land? Seeds use ingenious methods to travel to new places, from bobbing along through waves to spinning like green helicopters. A glossary is included.
Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move has received the following honors:
* Growing Good Kids - Excellence in Children's Literature Award from the American Horticultural Society and the National Junior Master Gardener Program
* Kansas State Reading Circle 2009 Recommended Reading List
* Honorable Mention, Tofte/Wright Children’s Literature category, Council for Wisconsin Writers 2008 Annual Awards Competition
In Write a Poem Step by Step, you'll find the tools you need to write and revise your own poems, a plan you can follow from choosing a good idea to polishing a final draft, and model poems written by elementary school students in my poetry writing workshops.
Thousands of students use this helpful method to create their own poems. Now you can, too!
Ask Baby what birds say, what horses say, or what dogs say, and Baby has only one answer: "Moo!"
Ride along with Baby and family from the busy, dizzy city to the quiet countryside. They just might spot the animal that actually makes Baby's favorite sound!
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What's that I hear?
Wind whistles in the treetops, thunder rumbles, and lightning flashes and dashes between raindrops. Snug inside, a mother and child listen, watch, and wonder what the animals will do during the storm.
Paired with beautiful illustrations evoking the moods and mysteries of the natural world, this lyrical call-and-response text is a lullaby to stormy weather--and to the warmth and safety of home.
Waiting Out the Storm won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Book Award in two categories, Preschool Years and Early School Years!
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Sing-Along Song, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Busy buzz, dizzy fuzz!
Bumble like a bee does!
What's that you hear? From a robin chirping in the morning to a lazy dog snoozing on the kitchen floor, from a squirrel's chitter chat to Daddy's home-at-last footsteps in the evening, everyday sounds can inspire the sweetest melodies.
Vibrant illustrations and a toe-tapping, sing-it-out-loud story are sure to make this a young child's favorite book any time of the day.
ISBN: 0-670-05890-4 Age Level: 3 & up
Illustration copyright © LeUyen Pham 2004.
Read about the inspiration for the book!
Cats on Judy
by JoAnn Early Macken
Illustrated by Judith DuFour Love
Within the pages of this book, Judy and her fabulous furry felines will fill your heart with fun and frivolity. Join in on this hilarious romp through a day in young Judy's cat-filled life.
Illustration copyright © Judith DuFour Love 1997.
Gary Paulsen’s life is a story of determination. He had to learn to take care of himself when he was still a child. As a teen, he often escaped to the woods, trapping, hunting, and fishing for food. He has sailed alone on the Pacific Ocean and mushed thousands of miles with a dogsled team. He has also been nominated for, and won, many awards for his writing.
In his long and prolific career, Paulsen has authored hundreds of books, short stories, and magazine articles, as well as several plays. Drawing upon his own real-life experiences as an outdoorsman and traveler has helped Paulsen captivate countless readers, both young and old. These readers find hope in his tales of adventure and survival.
This biography of author Gary Paulsen was published in 2007 as part of the Enslow Publishers series Authors Teens Love.
Nonfiction Series for Beginning Readers
Seasons Can Be Fun series (Red Chair Press, 2018): What We Do in Spring, What We Do in Summer, What We Do in Fall, What We Do in Winter
Around the World series (Black Rabbit Books, 2011): Flags Around the World, Landmarks Around the World/
Everyday Science and Technology series (Black Rabbit Books, 2010): Construction Science, Toy Technology
My Community series (Black Rabbit Books, 2010): A Day on the Town, The Dinosaur Museum, Road Signs, Shopping at the Mall
Construction Zone series (Capstone Press, 2008-2009): Building a Bridge, Building a House, Building a Road, Building a Skyscraper, Construction Crews, Construction Tools, Demolition!, Digging Tunnels
Seasons of the Year series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2006): Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter
Animals That Live in the Mountains series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2006): Bighorn Sheep, Condors, Cougars, Elk, Golden Eagles, Mountain Goats
Things with Wings series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2006): The Life Cycle of a Bat, The Life Cycle of a Cicada, The Life Cycle of a Dragonfly, The Life Cycle of a Flamingo, The Life Cycle of a Hummingbird, The Life Cycle of a Moth
Where on Earth? World Geography series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2006): Deserts, Lakes, Mountains, Plains, Rivers, Seas
Animals That Live in the Desert series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2005): Coyotes, Gila Monsters, Jackrabbits, Rattlesnakes, Roadrunners, Vultures
Water Habitats series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2005): Beaches, Coral Reefs, Lakes, Ocean Floors, Rivers, Wetlands
Animals That Live in the Forest series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2005): Black Bear, Deer, Moose, Opossum, Owl, Porcupine
After-School Fun series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2005): Art Classes, Bike Riding, Gymnastics, Karate, Music Lessons, Swimming
Animals That Live on the Farm series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2004): Chickens, Cows, Goats, Horses, Pigs, Sheep
Let’s Read About Pets series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2003): Goldfish, Guinea Pigs, Kittens, Parakeets, Puppies, Rabbits
People in My Community series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2003): Mail Carrier, Nurse, Sanitation Worker, School Crossing Guard, Teacher, Veterinarian
Animals I See at the Zoo series (Weekly Reader Early Learning Library, 2002): Bears, Camels, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippos, Lions, Monkeys, Penguins, Sea Lions, Snakes, Tigers, Zebras
Animal Worlds series (Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2002): African Animals, Farm Animals, Polar Animals, Rain Forest Animals
Books for Older Readers
Take a Closer Look at series (Red Chair Press, 2016): Plastic, Oil, Bees, The Internet
Poet’s Workshop series (Crabtree Publishing, 2014-2015): Read, Recite, and Write Cinquains; Read, Recite, and Write Haiku; Read, Recite, and Write List Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Concrete Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Free Verse Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Limericks; Read, Recite, and Write Narrative Poems; Read, Recite, and Write Nursery Rhymes
Science Leveled Readers (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 2006-2007): Invertebrates: Life without a Backbone, Auroras and White Nights: Light at Earth’s Poles, Ecosystems: Full of Energy
Easy Biographies (Scholastic, 2006-2007, coauthor)
Abraham Lincoln: Road to the White House
George Washington: Founding Father
Abigail Adams: Young Patriot
Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Doctor
Paul Revere: Son of Liberty
Ben Franklin: Extraordinary Inventor, Brave Leader
Thomas Edison: Incredible Inventor
The Wright Brothers: The Flight to Adventure