Picture Books

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Red Truck

“With a well-crafted text spiced with sound effects, this appealing picture book is highly recommended for reading aloud to the truck loving crowd. Pair it with perennial favorite, The Little Engine That Could.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“Crisp, rhyming and straightforward text liberally splashed with onomatopoeia describes the truck’s valiant efforts, and vibrant, colorful illustrations will draw young listeners in and make them right at home.”— Kirkus Reviews


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Yellow Copter

Yellow Copter takes flight in Publisher’s Weekly!


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Blue Boat

Blue Boat, a book awash with adventure and nautical fun!


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Firefighters to the Rescue!
Published by Viking

“This exciting look at firefighting is steeped in 1950’s style and engaging rhyme… The men race through the purple-hued streets of an American small town toward the billowing smoke… Our cities and lives have changed over the decades, but this story makes it clear that firefighting has not. With just the right amount of tension and a large amount of admiration, Hamilton and Davis have created a sure fire hit.”—Kirkus Reviews


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Police Officers on Patrol
Published by Viking
What do Police Officers do? Where can they be found? What should you do if you need help? This rollicking picture book answers these questions and more with a reassuring, rhyming text and silly, cheerful illustrations. And by the time it’s finished, everyone will know that the situation is under control.

“Decidedly less flat-footed than most introductions to the police, this picture book uses a bit of story to show what officers do and amiable artwork to make them seem more approachable. A nice read-aloud pick for community-helper units. Preschool-Grade 1.” —Carolyn Phelan, Booklist


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The Butterfly Book: A Kids Guide to Attracting, Raising, and Keeping Butterflies
John Muir Publications

“Hamilton’s wide-format paperback surveys the life stages, body structures, and habits of butterflies. Readers interested in raising butterflies from egg, caterpillar, or chrysalis will find useful information on the safe handling and temporary keeping of butterflies before returning them to the wild….Hamilton warns not to keep butterflies in glass jars, where they can injure their wings. She also shows how to mend a broken wing…. Full of intriguing facts presented in a readable way, this guide will appeal to children studying butterflies in the classroom or the backyard.”  — Booklist

This book is full of classroom friendly activities, such as building a Caterpillar Corral to protect your garden caterpillars from birds and wasps, constructing a Butterfly Tent Trap to allow students to get close enought to examine butterflies, and how  how to catch a butterfly without harming it!


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This is the Ocean
Boyds Mills Press

“The (water cycle) is beautifully presented in this rhyming book for young audiences…. Siomades’ gorgeous, three-dimensional textured-paper collages enhance the easy poetic handling of the subject. A great crowd pleaser for read-alouds. ”   — Booklist