Animals in Winter
by Henrietta Bancroft & Richard G. Van Gelder
Illustrated by Helen K. Davie
When winter winds blow, people stay warm inside their homes. But what do animals do?
Animals have many methods of coping with winter. Some simply sleep it out: They hibernate. Others make tracks for warmer climates: They migrate. Still other animals don't plan ahead at all and must get through whatever weather comes their way.
Young animal lovers will be curious to discover what happens to their favorite creatures in winter.
The Right Touch: A Read-Aloud Story to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse
By Sandy Kleven, LCSW
Illustrated by Jody Bergsma
The Right Touch reaches far beyond the usual scope of a children's picture book. It is a parenting book that introduces a very difficult topic-the sexual abuse of young children. This gentle, thoughtful story is meant to be read aloud by a trusted caregiver.
In the story, young Jimmy's mom explains the difference between touches that are positive and touches that are secret, deceptive, or forced. She tells him how to resist inappropriate touching, affirming that abuse is not the child's fault.
The introduction provides valuable information about sexual abuse and guidance on what to do if your child experiences an abusive situation. Jody Bergsma's delightful illustrations soften the impact of the story, yet this portrayal of a dangerous situation is very realistic. If your child is old enough to sit still and listen to a story, he or she is old enough for The Right Touch.
Ant and Honey Bee: A Pair of Friends in Winter
By Megan McDonald
Illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Brrr! The leaves are off the trees, and frost is on the ground. It's time for bugs to hunker down and hide out for the winter.
But Ant isn't ready to hunker down. Ant isn't ready to be all by herself for months on end. The thought of a long chilly season without her best friend, Honey Bee, is enough to make Ant shiver with dread. Can Ant brave the cold for one last surprise visit before the snow flies?
Whatever the outside weather might be, a friendship is going to have hot days and cold ones. Just ask Ant and Honey Bee!
Fun Facts About Alligators!
By Carmen Bredeson
By Jane Cutler
Illustrated by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Is there an alligator in Shaw Park Lake?
Second-grader Edward Fraser things so, but at first nobody will believe him. Not his parents, not his teacher Mr. Fortney, and definitely not his older brother, Jason. But the enterprising Conroy sisters believe him, and they soon have the whole town talking. Veterinarians, Animal Rights people, a zookeeper, and even a television crew gather at the park to try and catch--or rescue, as some people insist--the scary reptile. Everybody's got a different story about the creature in the lake, none of which matches Edward's version. It's up to Edward and Earline, the granddaughter of a professional alligator catcher from Louisiana, to help solve the mystery.
Where My Wellies Take Me…
By Clare and Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill
Pippa goes for her favorite walk in the countryside, her head full of the poems she loves.
In their first ever book together, Clare and Michael Morpurgo have created a classic for their children of future generations, told with the help of their most beloved poets, including Shakespeare, William Blake, and Ted Hughes.
I Said No! A Kid-tokid guide to keeping private parts private
By Zack and Kimberly King
Illustrated by Sue Rama
Helping kids set healthy boundaries for their private parts can be a daunting and awkward task for parents, counselors and educators. Written from a kid's point of view, I Said No! makes this task a lot easier.
To help Zack cope with a real-life experience he had with a "friend", he and his mom wrote a book to help prepare other kids to deal with a range of problematic situations. I Said No! uses kid-friendly language and illustrations to help parents and concerned adults give kids guidance they can understand, practice and use.
Using a simple direct, decidedly "non-icky" approach that doesn't dumb down the issues involved, as well as an easy-to-use system to help kids rehearse and remember appropriate responses to help keep them safe, I Said No! covers a variety of topics including:
- What's appropriate and with whom.
- How to deal with inappropriate behavior, bribes and threats.
- When and where to go for help, and what to do if the people you're turning to for help don't listen.
- Dealing with feelings of shame and guilt.
I'm the Boss of Me!
By Laura Fogarty
Illustrated by Remi Bryant
"Laura Fogarty's I'm the Boss of Me is a 'must read' for all young children in today's challenging world. It is a wonderfully empowering book which can equip the most vulnerable and precious members of our community with the information and the affirmation they need to protect and defend themselves against one of the most insidious and potentially damaging elements in our society, the predatory adult who targets the very young. I highly recommend it to all parents and caregivers!"
--Roscoe Orman - actor and children's advocate, Internationally known for his 37 years as "Gordon" of SESAME STREET. Author: Sesame Street Dad. www.inkwaterpress.com
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Illustrated by Susan Jeffers
The poem that begins "Whose woods these are I think I know" surely holds a special place in American hearts. Frost was a poet who could and did speak to everyone, but rarely more memorably than in this evocation of the quiet delights of winter.
In this first picture book version of the poem, Susan Jeffers adds exactly the right visual dimension with the exquisite details and sweeping background of her frosty New England scenes.
And the kindly rotund figure with his "promises to keep" lends both humor and a Christmas feeling that should greatly enhance the enjoyment of the book. It is truly one to share with the whole family.
Animals After Dark Alligators and Crocodiles Hunters of the Night
By Eliane Landau
As the sun goes down, alligators and crocodiles quietly swim in the water. These animals use their great sense of smell, hearing, and sight to hunt for food. With their huge mouths, they can eat small animals whole, without taking one bite! Author Eline Landau tells the reader all about these scaly reptiles: how they are related, where they live and what they eat.
The Tree the Time Built - a celebration of nature, science, and imagination
Selected by Mary Ann Hoberman and Linda Winston
Ranging from the birth of the universe to the age of the dinosaurs to our own arrival on earth, this spectacular collection of poems will inspire you to praise our prehistoric past, thing like a tree, and marvel at the miracle of flight.
Selected by Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman and teacher Linda Winston, The Tree That Time Built will delight lovers of poetry and nature alike.
In the tradition of the New York Times bestsellers Poetry Speaks to Children and Hip Hop Speaks to Children, the included audio CD features readings of 44 poems, including 18 poets reading their own work, most heard here for the first time!
The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun
By Wendie Old
Illustrated by Paige Billin-Frye
Snowy Owls - Polar Animals Life in the Freezer
By Ruth Owens
Owly: The Way Home & the Bittersweet Summer
By Andy Runton
Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who's always on the search for new friends and adventure. The first graphic novel in the series contains two enchanting novellas, "The Way Home" & "The Bittersweet Summer," wherein Owly discovers the meaning of friendship, and that saying goodbye doesn't always mean forever. Relying on a mixture of symbols, icons, and expressions to tell his silent stories, Runton's clean, animated, and heartwarming style makes it a perfect read for anyone who's a fan of Jeff Smith'sBone or Mike Kunkel's Herobear and the Kid. -- 160-Page Graphic Novel, 5 1/4" x 7 1/2"
The Enormous Crocodile
By Roald Dahl
Illustrated by Quentin Blake
The Enormous Crocodile is incredibly hungry--and incredibly greedy. His favorite meal is a plump, juicy little child, and he intends to gobble up as many of them as he can! He is sure that his "secret plans and clever tricks" cannot be foiled. But when the other animals in the jungle join together to put an end to his wicked schemes, the Enormous Crocodile learns a lesson he won't soon forget.