Star Bright

Publisher: Star Bright Books

Star Bright Books is an independent publishing company dedicated to producing the highest quality books for children. To inspire a life-long love of books, it is important for children to begin building that relationship at the earliest possible age. Star Bright Books believes that all children should see themselves in print and we make a concerted effort to include children of all colors, nationalities, and abilities in our books. In addition to seeing themselves, children should also hear familiar language in the books they choose; in pursuit of that goal, Star Bright Books publishes engaging books in twenty languages.

About this collection: 

Fiction titles where children should see themselves in print - children of all colors, nationalities, and abilities are included.

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Bee My Valentine
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Bee My Valentine

Author: Cohen, Miriam

Although the children are told to send a card to everyone in their class, George gets fewer cards than everyone else. But his classmates quickly rally round and successfully cheer him up.

ISBN: 9781595723864
Cohen, Miriam
32 389 sec 3-5 0 450L Fiction
First Grade Takes a Test
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First Grade Takes a Test

Author: Cohen, Miriam

The children in the first grade must take a test and they are worried. When the results come back, some children feel bad. Their gentle, understading teacher assures the children that a test doesn't tell any of the important things about them--if they are creative, kind, or are a good friend.

ISBN: 9781595723826
Cohen, Miriam
32 448 sec 2-5 0 400L Fiction
Jim's Dog, Muffins
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Jim's Dog, Muffins

Author: Cohen, Mary

When Jim returns to school after his dog, Muffins, has died, his friends try to comfort him, but Jim wants to be left alone. His classmates are hurt by his rejection, but their teacher explains that Jim needs time to himself. An excellent book for a child who has lost a pet.

ISBN: 9781595723093
Cohen, Mary
32 331 sec 3-5 0 360L Fiction
Layla's Head Scarf
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Layla's Head Scarf

Author: Cohen, Miriam

After wondering about the new girl’s hijab, the class learns just how much they all have in common.

ISBN: 9781595723109
Cohen, Miriam
32 503 sec 3-3 2.3 380L Fiction
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Author: Cohen, Miriam

When the class finds out that the new boy, Alex, exaggerates and even lies, no one wants anything to do with him. But when Alex helps Jim, he decides to befriend him, and soon Alex learns that to be accepted, you just need to be yourself.

ISBN: 9781595724007
Cohen, Miriam
32 362 sec 2-5 2.7 490L Fiction
Tough Jim
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Tough Jim

Author: Cohen, Miriam

Jim's "Strongest Man in the World!" costume gives him the confidence he needs to stand up to a third-grade bully and save the day.

ISBN: 9781595724151
Cohen, Miriam
32 452 sec 3-5 2.4 410L Fiction
A Donkey Reads
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A Donkey Reads

Author: Mandell, Muriel

A fanciful adaptation of a Turkish folktale that tells the story of a poor villager, a donkey, and a wise man whose clever plan outwits a tyrannical Mongol ruler.

ISBN: 9781595723789
Mandell, Muriel
32 446 sec 1-5 4.2 780L Fiction
A Garden for a Groundhog
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A Garden for a Groundhog

Author: Balian, Lorna

Every year Groundhog gets to eat most of the O'Leary's garden. They decide to plant a garden just for him in the hope that he will be satisfied. But Groundhog has other ideas!

ISBN: 9781595723062
Balian, Lorna
32 355 sec 1-4 3.4 560L Fiction
Brothers and Sisters
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Brothers and Sisters

Author: Dwight, Laura

At least one sibling in each family shown in this book has a disability. And like all siblings they play, squabble, and work together to solve their differences.

ISBN: 9781595723871
Dwight, Laura
40 645 sec 1-8 0 660L Nonfiction
Building Stories
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Building Stories

Author: Hill, Isabel

Captivating and unusual images that adorn buildings, from musical instruments to a pencil, and a big wheel with wings will invite children to look closely at buildings in their own neighborhoods and to want to learn more about them.

ISBN: 9781595723772
Hill, Isabel
40 261 sec 2-7 3.7 890L Nonfiction
Cyril the Mandrill
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Cyril the Mandrill

Author: Greco, Francesca

Cyril is shunned by other animals in the zoo because he looks so different from them. However, when winter comes Cyril's colors and stories remind them of the beauty of the natural world and that spring will soon return.

ISBN: 9781595723895
Greco, Francesca
32 303 sec 1-5 0 570L Fiction
Good Night, Little Sea Otter
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Good Night, Little Sea Otter

Author: Halfmann, Janet

Little ones will soon settle down for bedtime just like Little Sea Otter as she snuggles with Mama in a cozy bed of sea kelp and calls good night to all her ocean friends.

ISBN: 9781595723949
Halfmann, Janet
24 266 sec 1-3 2.7 680L Fiction
How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile?
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How Do You Get a Mouse to Smile?

Author: Grubman, Bonnie

Lyle goes to outlandish extremes to try to get his pet mouse to smile, but it is his little sister who understands that all that is needed is CHEESE.

ISBN: 9781595723079
Grubman, Bonnie
32 240 sec 1-5 0 730L Fiction
Humbug Witch
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Humbug Witch

Author: Balian, Lorna

What can a little witch do when her witchy spells and potions don't turn out right? She just keeps on trying until it's time for bed. The readers then discover her true identity. A lovely surprise!

ISBN: 9781595723970
Balian, Lorna
32 282 sec 1-4 3.2 700L Fiction
Hunter and His Dog
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Hunter and His Dog

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

A hunter has trained his dog to retrieve sticks so that when he goes hunting the dog will retrieve the ducks he shoots. The tenderhearted dog brings the hunter sticks and carries the wounded birds to a safe haven to recuperate. When the hunter discovers what his dog is doing he changes his ways and helps his dog nurse the birds and releases them when they are well.

ISBN: 9781595723741
Wildsmith, Brian
32 238 sec 1-5 0 680L Fiction
In the Dark Cave
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In the Dark Cave

Author: Watson, Richard

A cricket, a rat, and a bat live happily in a dark cave. Each one has a unique way of navigating without light, but one day, an explorer enters the cave and brings light. Written in rhyme, this is a good beginner reader.

ISBN: 9781595723086
Watson, Richard
40 246 sec 1-5 0 580L Fiction
Leprechauns Never Lie
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Leprechauns Never Lie

Author: Balian, Lorna

Ninny Nanny and Gram decide to catch a leprechaun and use his pot of gold to solve their problems. But finding the fortune is a lot of work! Told in a sweet lilting Irish brogue.

ISBN: 9781595723994
Balian, Lorna
32 561 sec 1-5 4.2 850L Fiction
Professor Noah's Spaceship
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Professor Noah's Spaceship

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

Inspired by the need for environmental protection, Brian Wildsmith explores what would happen if Professor Noah were able to build a spaceship to remove animals from their endangered habitats and find them pristine forest homes.

ISBN: 9781595723185
Wildsmith, Brian
32 559 sec 1-5 3.6 680L Fiction
Small Medium Large
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Small Medium Large: A Book About Relative Size

Author: Jenkins, Emily

Young readers will discover the wonderful world of relative sizes—an important stepping stone to early math skills, when they meet Small, Medium, Large and their friends in this super-sized learning adventure featuring a double gatefold that can hardly contain all the fun!

ISBN: 9781595723796
Jenkins, Emily
36 211 sec 1-4 0 370L Nonfiction
Termites on a Stick
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Termites on a Stick

Author: Coxon, Michele

After observing his mother use a stick to fish for termites in an anthill, a young chimpanzee learns how to do the same.

ISBN: 9781595723222
Coxon, Michele
32 214 sec 1-5 0 670L Nonfiction
The Bremen Town Musicians
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The Bremen Town Musicians

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

A retelling of the Grimm Brothers beloved tale about five animals who travel together to Bremen, and encounter an unexpected result along the way.

ISBN: 9781595724328
Wildsmith, Brian
40 456 sec 2-5 0 820L Fiction
The Cats of Mrs. Calamari
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The Cats of Mrs. Calamari

Author: Stadler, John

A week of fun begins when Mrs. Calamari and her many cats move into a new apartment and the landlord—who has lost his glasses—declares “No cats are allowed!”

ISBN: 9781595723888
Stadler, John
32 578 sec 1-3 0 170L Fiction
The Little Wood Duck
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The Little Wood Duck

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

Little Wood Duck can only swim in circles because his one foot is larger than the other, so he swims alone. When the nasty fox comes sniffing for a meal, the little duck can't paddle away, he can only swim in circles. This makes the fox so giddy he can't catch any of the ducklings.

ISBN: 9781595723116
Wildsmith, Brian
32 447 sec 1-5 0 600L Fiction
The Owl and the Woodpecker
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The Owl and the Woodpecker

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

Woodpecker's schedule interrupts Owl's daytime sleeping starting a feud that is only resolved when the noisy bird can intervene and save his night-time neighbor.

ISBN: 9781595723246
Wildsmith, Brian
32 344 sec 1-5 0 650L Fiction
Tim and the Iceberg
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Tim and the Iceberg

Author: Coates, Paul

On a very hot day at the beach, Tim “sails” off to the North Pole to get his grandpa an iceberg. But when Tim arrives back at the beach the surprise is not what he expected it to be!

ISBN: 9781595724144
Coates, Paul
32 504 sec 3-5 3.2 580L Fiction
Twilight Hunt
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Twilight Hunt

Author: Oliver, Narelle

At twilight, the Screech Owl tracks its prey, but natural camouflage makes it invisible. This seek-and-find book invites children to discover amazing beings hidden among the trees. A key and information guide is included.

ISBN: 9781595724168
Oliver, Narelle
40 216 sec 1-5 0 710L Nonfiction
Urban Animals
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Urban Animals

Author: Hill, Isabel

Donkeys, boars, geese, and even elephants! These are some of the fascinating animals that decorate the buildings in our cities. Introduced by simple rhyming text, vibrant photographs and playful illustrations, this book invites children (and adults) to look up and around and discover the urban zoo that shares their city.

ISBN: 9781595723819
Hill, Isabel
40 221 sec 2-7 0 990L Nonfiction
When Someone is Afraid?
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When Someone is Afraid?

Author: Gorbachev, Valeri

Using animal behavior as an example, this book proves that everyone is afraid sometimes.

ISBN: 9781595724199
Gorbachev, Valeri
32 140 sec 1-4 0 500L Fiction
Witches
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Witches

Author: Christian, Cheryl

Little witches abound in this rollicking, rhyming adventure that features all of the fun, fantasy, and treats—but none of the tricks—of a Halloween night to remember!

ISBN: 9781595723833
Christian, Cheryl
24 128 sec 1-3 0 710L Fiction
Zachary's Dinnertime
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Zachary's Dinnertime

Author: Levinson, Lara

When it’s dinnertime at home, Zachary wishes he didn’t have to help. When he visits his multi-ethnic friends, he is not asked to help, but discovers the many foods and traditions of their culture. He returns home eager to share his traditions with them, and to help with the chores!

ISBN: 9781595724311
Levinson, Lara
32 327 sec 1-5 3 570L Fiction
Alicia's Happy Day
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Alicia's Happy Day

Author: Starr, Meg

It is Alicia's birthday and as she walks through her Latino neighborhood all her neighbors and friends help to make the day very special.

ISBN: 9781595723758
Starr, Meg
32 116 sec 1-5 2 510L Fiction
Anna & Natalie
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Anna & Natalie

Author: Cole, Barbara

Anna is never on any team at school. But she is determined to be part of the annual wreath-laying team at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington. Not until the end of the story do readers discover that Anna is blind.

ISBN: 9781595723017
Cole, Barbara
32 885 sec 3-6 4.2 720L Fiction
The Aminal
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The Aminal

Author: Balian, Lorna

Patrick finds an "aminal" and on the way home, he describes it to his friends who think he has a giant aminal/monster and they need to save him.

ISBN: 9781595724373
Balian, Lorna
48 582 sec 1-5 0 800L Fiction
Bah! Humbug?
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Bah! Humbug?

Author: Balian, Lorna

Margie's bossy older brother thinks that believing in Santa Claus is humbug--and he plans to prove it by trapping him. But in the end, he's not so sure.

ISBN: 9781595723840
Balian, Lorna
32 219 sec 1-4 0 1070L Fiction
Be Quiet, Marina!
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Be Quiet, Marina!

Author: DeBear, Kirsten

Marina and Moira like playing together, but Marina is noisy and Moira like quiet. How two preschoolers, one with Cerebral Palsy and one with Down syndrome, become best friends is beautifully told in words and photographs.

ISBN: 9781595723857
DeBear, Kirsten
32 291 sec 1-5 3.4 450L Nonfiction
BW Amazing Animal Alphabet
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BW Amazing Animal Alphabet

Author: Wildsmith, Brian

From A to Z--from alligator to zebra--young readers will learn the alphabet while they learn the names and a few facts about the animals.

ISBN: 9781595723031
Wildsmith, Brian
40 789 sec 1-3 0 Nonfiction
The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe
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The Girl on the Yellow Giraffe

Author: Himler, Ronald

As a little girl pedals her wooden giraffe through her neighborhood to the park, everyone she meets and all the sights around her are transformed into imaginary images that capture the action and fun of living in a city.

ISBN: 9781595723932
Himler, Ronald
32 156 sec 1-4 0 180L Fiction
The Great Eggscape
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The Great Eggscape

Author: Glass, Susan

Clever word play and comic-book style illustrations showcase the adventures of two "bad eggs" who run amok until Chip--one smart cookie--steps in!

ISBN: 9781595723802
Glass, Susan
32 333 sec 2-7 0 350L Fiction
Kitten's Adventure
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Kitten's Adventure

Author: Coxon, Michele

A lively kitten explores the sights and sounds of the farmyard and discovers many animals along his way.

ISBN: 9781595723987
Coxon, Michele
32 117 sec 1-4 0 170L Fiction
Madison's Patriotic Project
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Madison's Patriotic Project

Author: Braver, Vanita

Confident that her scrapbook will win first prize, Madison is upset when Jonathan wins instead. With consolation from her parents and Courage, her toy lion, she does the right thing and congratulates Jonathan on his success.

ISBN: 9781595723130
Braver, Vanita
32 494 sec 1-5 0 560L Fiction
Madison and the Two Wheeler
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Madison and the Two Wheeler

Author: Braver, Vanita

Madison wants to ride her bike without training wheels, but after her first fall she loses confidence and doesn't want to try again. Her parents and Hope, her toy bluebird, urge her to keep practicing until she finally manages to ride without training wheels.

ISBN: 9781595723147
Braver, Vanita
32 459 sec 1-5 0 420L Fiction
The Magic Flute
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The Magic Flute

Author: Kyra Teis

All of the elements of a classic fairy-tale are present in this simple retelling of the Mozart opera.

ISBN: 9781595723239
Kyra Teis
32 922 sec 2-5 0 590L Nonfiction
Mother's Mother's Day
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Mother's Mother's Day

Author: Balian, Lorna

Hazel and her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all go to visit each other on Mother's Day. But where's great-great-grandmother?

ISBN: 9781595724021
Balian, Lorna
32 146 sec 1-5 0 570L Fiction
My Big Brother
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My Big Brother

Author: Cohen, Mary

The narrator of this story idolizes his older brother. But when big brother leaves for the army, the narrator tries his best to fill big brother's shoes for his younger brother.

ISBN: 9781595723154
Cohen, Mary
32 248 sec 1-5 2 420L Fiction
My Brother Needs a Boa
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My Brother Needs a Boa

Author: Weston, Anne

When a rat moves into Benito's store, his customers go elsewhere. Benito needs a boa constrictor to get rid of his problem, but how will he find the right one?

ISBN: 9781595723161
Weston, Anne
32 703 sec 1-5 3.2 640L Fiction
The Pig and Miss Prudence
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The Pig and Miss Prudence

Author: Stanek, Linda

Miss Prudence's attempt to save her prized pansies from a hungry pig leads her on a mad ride--on piggy back--through the city.

ISBN: 9781595724045
Stanek, Linda
32 743 sec 2-5 0 700L Fiction
Pinwheel Days
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Pinwheel Days

Author: Tarlow, Ellen

Four easy-to-read stories in one book featuring Pinwheel, the donkey, and many of his friends will engage beginning readers from cover to cover.

ISBN: 9781595723178
Tarlow, Ellen
56 1107 sec 2-5 2 210L Fiction
Rata-pata-scata-fata
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Rata-pata-scata-fata

Author: Gershator, Phillis

Helping mom is no fun for Junjun, so instead of doing as she asks, he utters the "magic" words "rata-pata-scata-fata." By chance or magic, Junjun's wishes come true and all of his chores get done. Is Junjun's magic just a coincidence?

ISBN: 9781595724052
Gershator, Phillis
32 661 sec 1-5 0 530L Fiction
The Socksnatchers
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The Socksnatchers

Author: Balian, Lorna

The Socksnatcher family is secretly living in the Perkins family's cellar. They rely upon the Perkin's smelly socks to add flavor to their soup. But the cat has discovered their secret hiding place!

ISBN: 9781595724076
Balian, Lorna
32 368 sec 1-5 0 600L Fiction
Sometimes it's Turkey
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Sometimes it's Turkey, Sometimes it's Feathers

Author: Balian, Lorna

Mrs. Gumm finds a turkey egg and raises the poult for Thanksgiving dinner, but will her new friend become her dinner or a guest?

ISBN: 9781595724083
Balian, Lorna
36 451 sec 1-5 0 760L Fiction
Sweet Touch
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Sweet Touch

Author: Balian, Lorna

A modern day version of King Midas' Touch. When the gumball machine delivers a ring instead of bubble gum, Peggy can't hide her disappointment. After turning the ring round and round on her finger, a genie appears and grants her one wish for the "sweet touch."

ISBN: 9781595724106
Balian, Lorna
40 510 sec 1-5 3.9 780L Nonfiction
A Sweetheart for Valentine
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A Sweetheart for Valentine

Author: Balian, Lorna

When a very large baby is left on the steps of Town Hall, the villagers decide to raise the girl as their own. Oversized, but not under loved, Valentine wonders if there's a match for her anywhere in the world.

ISBN: 9781595724113
Balian, Lorna
32 666 sec 1-5 0 620L Fiction
Trosclair and the Alligator
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Trosclair and the Alligator

Author: Huggins, Peter

Trosclair loves to row to Bee Island, although he knows that Gargantua, a giant alligator, is lurking there. Using his wits and a beehive, Trosclair rids the swamp of Gargantua for good.

ISBN: 9781595723253
Huggins, Peter
32 507 sec 1-5 3 680L Fiction
Wash Day
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Wash Day

Author: Cole, Barbara

Miss Ett does the laundry on wash day while Grandpa tells stories. As he plays his trumpet, the children march around and sing to the music. This is a touching story about friendship and overcoming the barriers of age and race.

ISBN: 9781595724175
Cole, Barbara
32 599 sec 1-8 4 850L Fiction
Valentino Finds A Home
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Valentino Finds A Home

Author: Whiteside, Andy

Valentino, a guinea pig, runs away from his native home, Bolivia. He stows away and after many adventures, he finally meets Maddie, who is longing for the perfect pet.

ISBN: 9781595724304
Whiteside, Andy
24 320 sec 1-4 2.6 450L Fiction
Always By My Side
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Always By My Side

Author: Kerner, Susan

Always By My Side is a comforting, rhyming story written to help children understand that a father’s love is forever. Even if they grow up without his presence in their lives.

ISBN: 9781595725097
Kerner, Susan
32 187 sec 1-5 0 680L Nonfiction
Beach Socks
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Beach Socks

Author: Daley, Michael

With minimal text and engaging illustrations, Beach Socks captures all the wonder, awe, and excitement of a young child’s day at the beach.

ISBN: 9781595724410
Daley, Michael
18 118 sec 1-2 0 Fiction
Smelling Sunshine
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Smelling Sunshine

Author: Anderson, Constance

All around the world in cities, towns, and villages, clothes are washed Smelling Sunshine captures some of the special moments of this day-to-day chore—a wonderful, heart-warming time shared between parent and child and an experience young readers will relate to.

ISBN: 9781595725103
Anderson, Constance
36 150 sec 1-5 0 890L Nonfiction
Friends at School
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Friends at School

Author: Bunnett, Rochelle

Photographs of happy multi-ethnic children at a mixed-ability preschool, busily working and playing, illustrating the true meaning of inclusion.

ISBN: 9781595723925
Bunnett, Rochelle
32 309 sec 1-5 0 350L Nonfiction
Mole Catches the Sky
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Mole Catches the Sky

Author: Tarlow, Ellen

Mole lives underground, but she wishes she could catch the sky and bring the cool breeze, and the sun’s warmth and light into her home. Her friends, Squirrel, Bird, and Frog, try to help by grabbing handfuls of sky—as a special gift for Mole. Mole’s friends help to make her dream come true, and Mole discovers that the best gift of all is the friendship they share.

ISBN: 9781595725110
Tarlow, Ellen
32 372 sec 1-4 0 440L Fiction
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