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Ella and Penguin Stick Together  – January 5, 2016
by Megan Maynor (Author), Rosalinde Bonnet (Illustrator)


* NSTA 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12 *
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors--with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas's glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success.


This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world--and best friends, too.




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Mother has one unbreakable rule: "No dessert until you finish your dinner." But how can Edgar, Allan, and Poe possibly clear their plates when there are Brussels sprouts to be swallowed, liver to be chewed and, worst of all, beets to be bitten? There must be a way to get rid of dinner without having to gobble up this foul food. Perhaps the loose floorboard under Poe's chair is the answer! This clever twist on Edgar Allan Poe's The Beating of the Tell-Tale Heart will resonate with anyone who has ever wished that certain foods could just disappear.

Edgar, Allan, and Poe, and the Tell-Tale Beets  – October 1, 2009
by Natalie Rompella (Author), Francois Ruyer (Illustrator)


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Max Speed  – October 11, 2016
by Stephen Shaskan (Author, Illustrator)

          



Punk Skunks   – February 9, 2016
by Trisha Speed Shaskan (Author), Stephen Shaskan (Illustrator)


Norbert's Big Dream   – August 1, 2016
by Lori Degman (Author), Marco Bucci (Illustrator)



This tender, rhyming picture book is a lively celebration of love.

Little ones adore being independent and trying new things. But they also need Mom and Dad’s reassurance and snuggles. With her spare, lyrical text, debut author Meg Fleming captures the exuberance, the affection, and the tender push-and-pull of life with a child. And illustrator Sarah Jane Wright’s evocative illustrations infuse the story with generous helpings of warmth and love.

The Inventor's Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford  – September 8, 2015
by Suzanne Slade (Author), Jennifer Black Reinhardt (Illustrator)


Join two rockin’ punk skunks in a fun story about friendship.

Kit and Buzz are BSFs—Best Skunks Forever. Every day they rock out together. But when Kit wants to sing a song about skating and Buzz wants to sing a song about painting, the BSFs get into a HUGE fight!

They try to hum, drum, and strum on their own, but it’s all wrong. Will Kit and Buzz find a way to make up?Type your paragraph here.

Norbert is a pig with a dream. It doesn't matter if the other farm animals snicker behind his back, Norbert has always dreamed of swimming the English Channel. He's been preparing and training and finally he's ready for the big swim! But where exactly is the English Channel?! Will Norbert have to give up on his dreams or will his friends come to the rescue after all? A sweet, funny story about dreaming big.

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Sometimes all you need is a good friend to help you be brave.

Ella has a surprise for Penguin—glow-in-the-dark stickers! But to see the stickers glow, Ella and Penguin must be in the dark. And the dark is so . . . dark! If only they could see the stickers glow in the light—but that won't work. Soon Ella and Penguin find out that if they stick together, they can face anything.

There is a ship, a navy ship. It is called the USS New York. It is big like other navy ships, and it sails like other navy ships, but there is something special about the USS New York. Following the events of September 11, 2001, the governor of New York gave the Navy a steel beam that was once inside one of the World Trade Towers. The beam was driven from New York to a foundry in Louisiana. Metal workers heated the beam to a high, high temperature. Chippers and grinders, painters and polishers worked on the beam for months. And then, seven and a half tons of steel, which had once been a beam in the World Trade Center, became a navy ship's bow. This powerful story reveals how something remarkable can emerge from a devastating event.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel Hardcover – August 1, 2016
by Janet Nolan (Author), Thomas Gonzalez (Illustrator)


Max, a tiny speed racer, is off on the adventure of a lifetime in this adorable new picture book that proves all you need for a big adventure is a little imagination.

As soon as Max has finished cleaning his room, he’s off racing his super-secret car at incredible speeds, soaring over rivers of lava, sky diving, and swimming with sharks. This picture book is perfect for every young speed racer, careening from one adventure to the next.

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I Heart You   – December 6, 2016
by Meg Fleming (Author), Sarah Jane Wright (Illustrator)