Orca: Picture Books

Orca publishes stunning board books and picture books to captivate the youngest of readers. These high interest, low reading level (hi-lo) fiction in the Orca Currents, Orca Sports, Orca Soundings, Orca Limelights and Rapid Reads series sets the standard for those facing literacy issues, and our middle-grade fiction and teen novels are receiving international recognition.

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Amazing illustrations and fun topics abound in this collection of picture books for Elementary and PreK students.

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This collection includes all titles on the list below.

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Elliot's Fire Truck
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Elliot's Fire Truck

Author: Beck, Andrea

Elliot Moose and his friends all want to be firefighters so they can ride on the fire truck. When the truck gets going too fast, it's Elliot's two smallest friends who save the day.

ISBN: 9781459802568
Beck, Andrea
32 461 sec 1-5 0 500L Nonfiction
Richard was a Picker
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Richard was a Picker

Author: Beck, Carolyn

Richard's nose-picking leads to trouble when he gets sucked up inside his own nose and can't get out.

ISBN: 9781459802575
Beck, Carolyn
32 538 sec 1-5 0 540L Nonfiction
Mechanimals
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Mechanimals

Author: Tougas, Chris

When a tornado blows away all the animals on the farm and leaves behind a mountain of scrap metal, the farmer comes up with an inspired idea.

ISBN: 9781459802582
Tougas, Chris
32 179 sec 1-5 0 400L Nonfiction
Pierre le Poof
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Pierre le Poof

Author: Beck, Andrea

Pierre, a pampered poodle, is torn between his love for his owner and his dream of running wild in the park.

ISBN: 9781459802599
Beck, Andrea
32 516 sec 1-5 0 760L Fiction
Kishka for Koppel
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Kishka for Koppel

Author: Davis, Aubrey

In this fresh take on a classic tale, a magic meat grinder helps a poor Jewish couple learn a little gratitude after the three wishes it grants them go awry. A cautionary story that questions today's consumerism and excessiveness, Kishka for Koppel, like the best folktales, can help children and adults alike to look both beyond and within.

ISBN: 9781459803459
Davis, Aubrey
32 517 sec 2-5 0 380L Nonfiction
Doors in the Air
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Doors in the Air

Author: Weale, David

Doors in the Air is the story of a boy who is fascinated by doors. He marvels at how stepping through a doorway can take him from one world to another. He is especially enthralled by the doors of his imagination, which he refers to as "doors in the air." He delights in discovering that when he passes through these doors, he leaves behind all feelings of boredom, fear and unpleasantness. Doors in the Air is a lilting journey through house doors, dream doors and, best of all, doors in the air.

ISBN: 9781459803442
Weale, David
32 239 sec 2-5 0 Fiction
Night Boy
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Night Boy

Author: Carter, Anne Laurel

Night is a boy who knows it's much more fun to play than go to sleep. When the sun sets, he travels through the night sky in a spaceship with his teddy. Night's favorite game is hide-and-go-seek, which he plays each evening with his older sister, Day. But why can't he ever find her? Night Boy is a unique playful picturebook about a brother and a sister named Night and Day. The rhythmic text and rich illustrations make for a bedtime story that is sure to lull children who say "I can't sleep" into dreamland. Through the personas of a brother and sister, Night Boy offers a unique explanation of how night turns to day astronomically.

ISBN: 9781459803435
Carter, Anne Laurel
32 305 sec 2-5 0 410L Nonfiction
The Matatu
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The Matatu

Author: Walters, Eric

Kioko had been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he could remember. But today, for his fifth birthday, he climbs aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, the village dogs chase after them. When Kioko asks his grandfather why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus, his grandfather tells him an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with many unexpected turns and twists along the way.

ISBN: 9781459803428
Walters, Eric
32 1133 sec 2-5 0 510L Nonfiction
Sack Full of Feathers
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Sack Full of Feathers

Author: Ryan, Darlene

Yankel loves to tell stories, as long as they are someone else's. He does not see the hurt that his stories cause, the way they spread and change. Then the rabbi hands him a bag of feathers and tells him to place one on every doorstep in the village. Yankel is changed by what happens and finds himself with his best story yet, one of his very own.

ISBN: 9781459805026
Ryan, Darlene
32 726 sec 2-5 0 690L Nonfiction
Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe
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Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe

Author: Edwards, Wallace

Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe, inspired by the familiar nursery rhyme The House That Jack Built, follows the course of one very unusual shoe as it travels through a fascinating, imaginative world to encounter an assortment of quirky characters. The imaginative text and cumulative story are sure to enthrall young readers, as will the detailed illustrations.

ISBN: 9781459805033
Edwards, Wallace
32 230 sec 2-5 0 Fiction
Can Hens Give Milk
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Can Hens Give Milk

Author: Stuchner, Joan Betty

Tova lives with her family on a small farm in the famous town of Chelm, a mythical village populated, according to Jewish folklore, by fools. Tova's farm has hens and even a rooster, but no cow. Her mother, Rivka, wishes they could afford to buy a cow, so they could have fresh milk and butter every day. One night Tova's father has a dream about how to get milk without actually owning a cow. He asks Tova to help him find a way to get milk from their hens, and the results are hilarious. Finally, to the family's joy and the hens' relief, the problem is solved by none other than the wise Rabbi of Chelm himself, and a little extra help from Tova.

ISBN: 9781459805040
Stuchner, Joan Betty
32 464 sec 2-5 0 540L Nonfiction
Perfect Man
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Perfect Man

Author: Wilson, Troy

Michael Maxwell McCallum lives in a world just like ours, but peopled by superheroes. When Michael's hero, Perfect Man, quits his job without warning, Michael isn't worried. He knows that Perfect Man will come back. He always does. So that September, when a new teacher shows up in his classroom, a teacher with a number of special powers, Michael figures it out right away. Mr. Clark is Perfect Man. Mr. Clark doesn't say yes and he doesn't say no to Michael's endless questions, but he does encourage Michael to find his own super powers.

ISBN: 9781459805057
Wilson, Troy
32 492 sec 2-5 0 440L Fiction
Buttercup's Lovely Day
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Buttercup's Lovely Day

Author: Beck, Carolyn

In poetry that winds and wends like a creek through a farmer's field, we journey through one lovely day in Buttercup's life. Whether she is ruminating on the mud beneath her feet or the moon and the stars in the blue-black sky, she draws us deep into her rich and wonderful world.

ISBN: 9781459805064
Beck, Carolyn
32 503 sec 2-5 0 540L Nonfiction
Room Enough for Daisy
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Room Enough for Daisy

Author: Waldman, Debby

Daisy has more toys than she knows what to do with. In this story, inspired by an Eastern European folktale about a house that's too small, Daisy thinks she needs a bigger bedroom for all the gifts on her birthday list. Her clever mom helps her realize less is more, and Daisy decides to donate many of her things to a Mitzvah Day rummage sale. In the process, Daisy learns about sharing and the satisfaction that comes from choosing what's important.

ISBN: 9781459805071
Waldman, Debby
32 576 sec 2-5 0 550L Nonfiction
Seal Song
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Seal Song

Author: Spalding, Andrea

Finn loves to swim with the seals in a secret cove. He arrives at the cove one day and rescues a young seal tangled in netting. Finn wishes the seal could live on land. That night the seals sing. "No good comes from seal songs," says Finn's father. When Sheila, a mysterious girl no one has ever seen before, appears on the cannery docks, the fisher folk are uneasy. They believe the newcomer is a magical selkie, a shape changer.

ISBN: 9781459805088
Spalding, Andrea
32 582 sec 2-5 0 500L Nonfiction
Clever Rachel
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Clever Rachel

Author: Waldman, Debby

In this retelling of a Jewish folktale, Jacob tries to stump Rachel with his best riddles but fails repeatedly. When a young woman in need of help presents Rachel and Jacob with the trickiest riddles of all, they discover the only way to solve them is to work together.

ISBN: 9781459805095
Waldman, Debby
32 730 sec 2-5 0 600L Nonfiction
Best Friend Trouble
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Best Friend Trouble

Author: Itani, Frances

Hanna is fed up with her best friend, Lizzy, who is always trying to be better than her. When Lizzy tells Hanna she can throw her ball farther and succeeds, it’s the last straw. Hanna is tired of feeling second best, but what she doesn’t realize is that sometimes she makes Lizzy feel that way too. Maybe there’s a way they can still be best friends after all.

ISBN: 9781554698929
Itani, Frances
32 486 sec 2-5 3 500L Fiction
Jessie's Island
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Jessie's Island

Author: McFarlane, Sheryl

A young girl writes to her cousin about the natural wonders of her island home. Told with lyric simplicity, this story is a celebration of West Coast life and a reminder of the joy of childhood. In a time when our children's entertainment has become increasingly formal and high-tech, Jessie's Island reminds us of the joy of unstructured play and the pleasures to be found in the natural world around us.

ISBN: 9781459804715
McFarlane, Sheryl
32 205 sec 2-5 4.2 710L Fiction
Mooncakes
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Mooncakes

Author: Seto, Loretto

Mooncakes is the lyrical story of a young girl who shares the special celebration of the Chinese Moon Festival with her parents. As they eat mooncakes, drink tea and watch the night sky together, Mama and Baba tell ancient tales of a magical tree that can never be cut down, the Jade Rabbit who came to live on the moon and one brave woman's journey to eternal life.

ISBN: 9781459801080
Seto, Loretto
32 423 sec 2-5 3.9 700L Fiction
Once Upon a Balloon
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Once Upon a Balloon

Author: Galbraith, Bree

Theo is brokenhearted when he accidentally lets go of the string of his party balloon. As he watches it float out of sight, Theo wonders where his balloon might have gone. Luckily, his older brother Zeke knows everything about everything. Zeke explains that it is a little-known fact that all lost balloons end up in Chicago, the Windy City. Then he tells Theo about Frank, who is responsible for collecting all the balloons in the world. Theo is so touched by Frank's story that he decides to send him a message of hope the only way he knows how.

ISBN: 9781459803251
Galbraith, Bree
32 476 sec 2-5 4.3 800L Fiction
Pierre in the Air
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Pierre in the Air

Author: Beck, Andrea

Pierre is excited about his trip to Paris for the poodle championship, and he can't wait to see the sights. But when his beloved Miss Murphy leaves him in the hotel room, Pierre takes matters into his own paws. He slips out of their room and makes his way to the top of the Eiffel Tower! When a storm erupts, Pierre catches hold of an umbrella and is swept into the sky over Paris.

ISBN: 9781554690336
Beck, Andrea
32 356 sec 2-5 3.3 590L Fiction
Pierre's Friends
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Pierre's Friends

Author: Beck, Andrea

Pierre, a pampered pooch, misses his friends, Sparky and Lou. But how will he ever find them? They live in a park on the other side of town. Pierre has a plan, and one afternoon while Miss Murphy naps, he slips out of their apartment and sets off to bring his friends home.

ISBN: 9781554690312
Beck, Andrea
32 372 sec 2-5 2.9 580L Fiction
Today, Maybe
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Today, Maybe

Author: Demers, Donminque

A little girl waits for someone, a friend, she doesn't yet know who it will be. In a series of surprising and humorous encounters, several well-known characters of children's literature arrive at her door. But none of them are the one she is waiting for, and she graciously sends them all away. With her bird to keep her company and hope filling her heart, weeks and then months pass as she waits and waits. When there is a scratch at the door one night, certainty fills the little girl's heart, and she opens the door to discover true friendship is indeed worth waiting for.

ISBN: 9781554694013
Demers, Donminque
32 332 sec 2-5 3.5 620L Fiction
Unnatural Selections
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Unnatural Selections

Author: Edwards, Wallace

Welcome to the world of Professor I.B. Doodling, a traveling artist who creates fantastical hybrid animals, from the stately Whalephant to the talented Lizabouboon. Sure to inspire the imagination.

ISBN: 9781459805569
Edwards, Wallace
32 267 sec 2-5 0 580L Fiction
Waiting for the Whales
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Waiting for the Whales

Author: McFarlane, Sheryl

In this timeless story set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea and tends his garden. And waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day, his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth of knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear.

ISBN: 9781459804739
McFarlane, Sheryl
32 444 sec 2-5 4.7 670L Fiction
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