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Bugs

Bugs by the Numbers

The creators of the award-winning Alphabeasties And Other Amazing Types are back, this time with an amazing array of insects: butterflies to termites, dragonflies to walking sticks. While the 'alphabeasties' were comprised of letters, these incredible insects are ingeniously engineered out of numerals. Each entry also includes fascinating numeric facts about its subject. It's an eye-catching and imaginative look at the insect world.


My Dog Thinks

My Dog Thinks I'm a Genius

Not every dog can paint a masterpiece!

Louie loves watching his young master paint, and when the boy puts his finishing touches on a particularly good self-portrait, Louie barks enthusiastically. One day, when the boy is at school, Louie tries his own paw at painting a still life. Is this purely an accident, or is Louie a “genius,” just like his master? Children will delight in Barroux’s whimsical illustrations of Louie dipping his nose and paws into colorful paint.

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Balloon Toons: A Day in the Office of Doctor Bugspit

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Looking like a cross between a slug and a sock puppet, alien Doctor Bugspit plies his trade. He blithely dispenses jars of “Fix-It-Up Syrup” (made from sock juice, dead flies, moldy meat, pickle juice and ear wax) and other nostrums to extraterrestrial patients complaining of maladies ranging from split brains (“You have two smaller brains,” the doctor diagnoses, “like a cow”) to an all-body outbreak of toes. Despite nap and lunch breaks (“my favorite sandwich: slug slime and glow-in-the-dark jelly”) it’s an exhausting routine but the good doctor is up to it—until, that is, the gooey results of a sneeze (“some yellow stuff is coming out of my nose!”) send him into panic-stricken calls for “a REAL doctor!” Presented in a loose assortment of graphic panels, page-sized or smaller, this Balloon Toons entry will exert a strong draw on budding graphic-novel fans as well as children fascinated by yucky stuff.


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Balloon Toons: The Super Duper Dog Park

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Super Crazy Cat Dance creator Aron Nels Steinke is back, and now he’s gone to the dogs! All aboard for the Super Duper Dog Park, an awesome amusement park where dogs ride bikes, fly kites, and have an unforgettable day!


Boy Knight

Balloon Toons: The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

A young boy and his best buddy Butterscotch search for hidden treasure, save the city from an angry monster, and patrol a kingdom. Amazing adventures ensue as brave boy knight saves the day!


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Balloon Toons: Prickles vs. the Dust Bunnies

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

In this charming tale, Daniel Cleary introduces Prickles the cat, who likes to keep the house squeaky-clean, and Squeeky the mouse, who has befriended a cluster of unwelcome dust bunnies. When Prickles threatens to throw the dust bunnies out, Squeeky saves the day with a wacky plan to disguise his friends.


Turkey Diary

Diary of a Pet Turkey

Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale of a suburban family and their pet turkey. Joanne Ingis takes readers on an unbelievable journey, from the hatching of the egg, to the naming of the turkey, to its incorporation into the family’s daily life. Young readers will love the story of a turkey being cared for, rather than eaten at a holiday dinner. A perfect Thanksgiving gift that is sure to appeal throughout the year.


Grandma

Grandma is an Author

Rusty’s Grandma Margo is a writer. She and Rusty even write stories together. But when Rusty discovers that Margo sometimes suffers from writer’s block, he worries. What can he do to help her? This unique story tackles an issue that not only affects grown-ups. Kids, too, suffer from writer’s block and are often overwhelmed in their attempts to express themselves.


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Doodles at Breakfast

Doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke presents 36 new placemats, featuring doodles for breakfast diners young and old. Zemke has taught many readers—and eaters—how to make fun, easy, and personality-filled doodles from letters and numbers, and both her Doodles at Dinner and Doodles at Lunch placemats are hits!

Bound together as a pad—so there's always another placemat ready—this set makes the perfect gift and will liven up mealtime at home, in restaurants, at birthday parties, or anywhere!


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Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

A duckling grows and becomes a duck, so can a car grow into a truck? This beguiling book about growth will sparks kids' imaginations, as gatefolds playfully transform a watch into a clock and a shovel into a plow. The interactive format of question and answer will entrance young readers as living things that grow are compared to inanimate objects that don't. Ingenious!


Atoz

Take Care of Me from A to Z

How can you take care of me? Let me "alphabetize" the ways. Photographs of whimsical, handmade dolls by textile artist Tatiana Oles accompany a lively text. Readers will delight in following the zany, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted animals through a variety of commands that all center on me! From the timeless "Play with Me" to the contemporary "E-mail Me," this book begs the reader for attention. An ideal gift for a loved one of any age or gender.


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Grandma's Wedding Album

Who wouldn't want to hear about how two people met, fell in love, and married—especially if they're your beloved grandparents? A beautiful wedding album is shared between a grandmother and her curious grandchildren who see the enduring memories of their grandparents' wedding day. Karla Gudeon's exquisite illustrations capture Harriet Ziefert's timeless story about love, marriage, family, friends, and tradition.


Zoe

Balloon Toons: Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend

In Ryan Sias's Zoe and Robot - Let's Pretend, a young girl tries to teach her robot how to pretend, but how do you use your imagination when you're a robot? Sias's vivid cartoons lend wit and warmth to a funny friendship.


Doggie

Balloon Toons: Doggie Dreams

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Do dogs really dream? In Mike Herrod's hilarious Doggie Dreams, they do! And this pooch has dreams of grandeur: dining in a fancy restaurant, being a rock star, and becoming a brave knight.


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Balloon Toons: Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long makes his Balloon Toons debut with the story of Rick & Rack, two friends who embark on three hilarious (mis)adventures in the great outdoors.


Glurb

Balloon Toons: Adopt a Glurb

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons™ are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Graphic designer Elise Gravel is an expert in Glurbs. What's a Glurb? A funny little monster who yells really loud, eats ten times his body weight daily, and loves unrolling toilet paper. Kids will discover everything it takes to keep a Glurb healthy and happy.


Catdance

Balloon Toons: The Super Crazy Cat Dance

With simple text and cartoon artwork, Balloon Toons™ are the the perfect way to engage and encourage new readers. Award-winning and up-and-coming cartoonists lend their inimitable and illustrative talents to entertaining stories kids will enjoy again and again.

Breakout artist Aron Nels Steinke's rollicking tale has cats of all shapes, sizes, and colors who populate a little girl's world and inspire her to create a crazy and kooky dance. It's the cat's meow!


Amazing

Alphabeasties Amazing Activity Book

Join the Alphabeasties and draw, color, read, write, and sticker from A to Z. Kids will be engaged with playful, intelligent activities, including mazes, word searches, and rebus puzzles. Packed with over 300 full-color stickers!

The award-winning design team behind the best-selling Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types has created this fresh, original activity book for kids and typography enthusiasts of all ages.


Monsters

Monster Comics

Drawing monsters is fiendishly fun in Mike Herrod's newest addition to his bestselling Comics to Go! series. The "invisible ink" pen and light reveal both the hidden images printed within the pages and the drawings and doodles kids create themselves. Fans of monsters can complete the comics or make up their own stories and will delight in the ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires that fill the pages of this creepy collection.


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Extraordinary Pets

A dog, a cat, a bird, a fish...
great pets to have. But if you had your wish...
why not choose one out of the ordinary?
Why not a pet who's EXTRAordinary?

Acclaimed artist Barroux makes his Blue Apple Books debut with a book about an amazing array of animals. Cats are cuddly, but elephants? Exceptional! A Chihuahua is cute, but tarantulas? Terrific! Flaps cleverly transform everyday animals into exotic, one-of-a-kind, perfect pets.


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Chicken Doodle Soup

Doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke presents a playful addition to her best-selling series Doodles at Dinner and Doodles at Lunch, featuring 36 new placemats with wacky doodles for diners young and old. Zemke shows readers how to take animals and food and turn them into crazy doodlicious concoctions.


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Doodles at Lunch

Liven up lunchtime with these placemats, which teach kids how to turn an A into an Alligator, a Z into a Zebra, and a number 9 into a hot air balloon. The tear-off pad means there's always a new placemat when you need one.


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Doodles at Dinner

Deborah Zemke has shown many would-be artists how to make fun, easy, and personality-filled doodles with her books D Is for Doodle, Doodle a Zoodle, 2 Is for Toucan, and Doodles to Go. Now children can doodle at mealtimes with these placemats, featuring 36 doodles from her books. Bound together as a pad—so there's always another placemat ready when one has been used—this set makes the perfect gift and will liven up dinners at home and in restaurants, picnics, and birthday parties!


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Wrapped in Love

Mom and Dad tuck Snoozer into bed, but before he falls asleep, he hears strange noises: Creak creak. Thump thump. Squeak. Snoozer is afraid, but Mom and Dad comfort and reassure him. Feeling securely protected by his parents' love, Snoozer's fear of the dark diminishes. A repetitive refrain soothes Snoozer and reader alike.


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One Red Apple

Follow the life cycle of an apple: from fruit growing on the tree to market, to picnic, to seed, to sapling and tree, and finally to a new apple. This simple, joyful book with radiant illustrations introduces readers to the amazing and delectable way the earth provides food.


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Please Don't Eat Me

Were you thinking of having fish for dinner? The fish in this story may talk you out of it! After all, fish are pretty bony . . . and have you seen what they eat? Flaps lift up to reveal funny surprises, and Roger De Muth's bright and zany illustrations present a quirky look at the food chain.


Alphabeasties

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types

From an alligator made of A's to a zebra made of Z's, the alphabeasties in this book are ingeniously built out of multiple typefaces. Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss's best-selling book is the recipient of many awards, including a Parents' Choice Silver Award, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Best Books Award, and New York Book Show Merit Award. Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types offers kids a wondrous and witty way to look at--and learn--the ABC's.


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41 Uses for a Grandma

Grandma is much more than just the matriarch of the family. Whether she's keeping time during a race, building the perfect toy, turning the pages while you play your music, or just warming your hands, there are many reasons why a grandmother is great. Breaking traditional stereotypes, this book encourages children to imagine their grandmother in a host of contemporary situations: grandmas as sports enthusiasts, yoga instructors, and e-pals.


Grandmas Are For

That's What Grandmas Are For

"If we want pizza and Grandma would rather have Chinese food, she will eat pizza. That's what grandmas are for." "If I stop for gas and it's self-serve, my granddaughter will hold the nozzle. If I'm washing my car, my grandson will help rinse it and wipe it dry. That's what grandchildren are for." A grandmother and her grandkids tell what makes the other special. This exuberant celebration of the love between grandmothers and their grandchildren will warm your heart and make you smile.


Broadway

Broadway Barks

In a park in New York City lives a lonely little dog. He remembers when he used to get taken for walks, fed dinner every night, and told he was a good dog. Now, he's all alone and must fend for himself. But everything changes one day when he sees a lady reading in the park and decides to follow her—all the way to a place where he might become a star!

With a story by actress Bernadette Peters and mixed-media collage illustrations by Liz Murphy, Broadway Barks is a warm and appealing story of loss, reunion, and nurturing, complete with a happy ending.

This beautiful package includes a jacket with foil touches as well as an exclusive CD featuring a reading of the story and an original song written and sung by Bernadette Peters.

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Our Broadway Barks app tells the original tale, with some added fun & games! Parent's Choice gave it an Approved award and said of it:

"Broadway Barks is a storybook app that animal lovers young and old will adore. The app is based on the book by Bernadette Peters about a dog who, after losing his home, is left living in Central Park with no one to care for him. The graphics are well done and the narration (spoken and sung by Peters) is great. Children can watch and listen to the story in autoplay mode, or they can click 'read to me' and make it more interactive. In the read to me version, children control the pace of the story. The app guides them to click on certain things for interactive animations, and there is also a cute game called “Showtime” in which they get to dress the dog up and help him perform in the dog show. The game is simple, but fun. Other features include a longer version of the song that the dog's new owner sings to him, which children can listen to as they watch pictures of the dog and his new friend. The endearing story will encourage young readers to return to it and follow the words on the screen as they are read by Peters or a parent.

Broadway Barks is a touching story that will encourage children to think about stray and shelter animals. It gives families a great opportunity to speak with kids about the importance of helping these animals, and teaches them about a real life charity that finds homes for them. It is an inexpensive, fun, touching and cute app that will make a fantastic addition to your digital library."

Get the app HERE!


Comics To Go

Comics To Go

Mike Herrod's playful illustrations give the beginnings of many different stories, and it's up to the reader to complete them by adding just the right villain, musical instrument, ice cream cone. Once all the stories have endings, kids can make up their own comics from the start, using the blank pages at the end of the book. It's the perfect gift for an aspiring comics artist!


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Coupons for Kids

Who can resist a gift of love? The chance to stay up late, a special dessert, a sleepover — there isn't a boy or girl who wouldn't want to receive a coupon for one of these special treats. Grown-ups will make forty memorable gifts available to the children in their lives when they easily remove the coupons from the book and address them to the recipients in the write-in space on the back of each coupon. Rebecca Doughty's warm and clever drawings highlight each gift of love.


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A Dictionary of Dance

Dance is not just an art, it's a whole different language! In A Dictionary of Dance, readers will learn about arabesques, break dancing, choreographers, and the zones of the body — everything that comes together to make a dance, whether it's ballet or the polka. Liz Murphy's dynamic and expressive artwork is sure to inspire readers of all ages to get up and dance!


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Doodle at Every Meal! Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Three 36-placemat sets give step-by-step instructions on how to draw simple, humorous items and animals. BREAKFAST brings doodles that transform an egg into an emu. LUNCH is an alphabet soup of animal doodles. DINNER-time doodling shows how combinations of letters and numbers can become an enticing assortment of critters and buildings.


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Posey Plans a Party

Posey doesn't just love pink (and purple) and painting; she loves to throw a party! Will Posey serve pink or purple treats? Will the decorations be pink or purple? What will Posey wear, and whom will she invite? Hard decisions . . . but whatever Posey decides, there are sure to be plenty of P words—pizza, pasta, and piano performances—and the end result will be perfect!


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Posey Prefers Pink

Meet Posey. She wears pink clothes, has a pink room, rides a pink bike, and prefers pink desserts. Everything in her pink world is just the way she likes it . . . but what if another color catches her eye? With adorable anime-like illustrations from Yukiko Kido, this book is sure to strike a chord with opinionated little girls and their parents.


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Posey Paints a Princess

Posey is back and learning how to paint! In this charming story, the heroine of Posey Prefers Pink gets a lesson in painting from her mom. While mopping up spills and mixing colors, Posey learns how to turn a mistake into a work of art!


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Dogshark Readers: Red Set

Children love stories. That simple truth underlies this bold and fun reader program. Carefully designed to maximize childrens ability to decode words, each of the eight storybooks matches simple sentences to zany illustrations that reassure emerging readers that theyve successfully understood the text.
Based on the best of contemporary educational theory, combining a whole-language respect for the integrity of stories while building on proven principles of phonics-based literacy, DogShark Readers will have kids tearing into books.


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Dogshark Readers: Blue Set

Building on the foundation of the Dogshark Red Set, these seven new readers are a step more difficult, but they're based on the same Dogshark foundation: Children love good stories! Designed to encourage a child's ability to decode words, each book carefully matches text and illustration to maximize understanding.
Based on the best of contemporary educational theory, Dogshark Readers combine a whole-language respect for the integrity of stories with proven principles of phonics-based literacy. Illustrated by an award-winning film animator, Dogshark Readers will have kids tearing into books.


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Round Like A Ball!

Is it a meatball? A basketball? A pearl? As the round hole through the pages of this book grows larger, readers will come closer and closer to guessing the identity of the object that's round like a ball, hot and cold, every color, always moving, and home to us all. With a simple text and glorious collage artwork, Lisa Campbell Ernst offers a gentle tribute to our planet and a timely reminder that we all need to take care of it.


Baxter

Balloon Toons: Baxter, The Tweeting Dog

The Twooferverse proves invaluable when Baxter's doggy pal goes missing. All the neighborhood pups provide Twitter-ish clues they find while going about their daily routines to help locate the missing mutt.


We're Opposites

You and Me: We're Opposites

In this lighthearted opposites book, the toucan wants to let the anteater know which one of them is up and which is down. The flamingo thinks that she's nice . . . and that the gorilla is grouchy. And the giraffe is peering over the fence to let the penguins know he's tall and they're short.

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Be sure to check out the award-winning app of the book, developed by CJ Educations.

Parent's Choice says of the app:

"CJ Education's adaptation of Harriet Ziefert's text and Ethan Long's illustration is a cheerful playful lesson about opposites. Colorful zoo animals display fourteen pairs of opposites (clean/dirty, big small, fast/slow) as preschoolers swipe and tap their way from screen to screen. Opposite pairings are fun, and have personality traits that word lovers of all ages will appreciate.

Options offered are auto play and read to me. Bonuses include a song and a game that tasks children to match the opposite pairs."

Available HERE from Apple.


Lucy

Lucy Rescued

When Lucy is adopted from the local animal shelter, her new family thinks that they have chosen a perfect pet. And she is, right up to the minute she starts to howl, and howl, and howl some more. Treats, tricks, a soft red bed, lullabies, and even doggy therapy cannot stop her "Wah-ooo-ooo-roo!" It is the little girl who figures out that Lucy needs a comfy friend (her own stuffed animal) and Lucy who figures out that she needs as many as she can get her paws on. And then, all is well.


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Dinosaurs: A Giant Fold-Out Book

Uses the same signature format and style as the series' previous titles. The question "Who am I?" and a linked written clue invites kids to lift the first portion of the folded page to reveal another clue and more of the animal, and then a final fold-out shows the whole dino. The featured dinosaurs are: quetzalcoatlus, diplodocus, stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, ankylosaurus, triceratops.

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Boat

Boat Works: A Giant Fold-Out Book

With a ship-shape format perfect for exploring boats that float, sail, tug, house, and transport, this latest addition to the acclaimed Giant Fold-Out Book series offers an engaging, hands-on guessing game. Kids can read simple clues, unfold pages and—ta da!—who knew there was an entire ocean liner hidden under there? After kids gain a grasp of the characteristics and functions of six kinds of boats, a rock-the-harbor fold-out offers a rewarding finale.


Pass It

Pass It On!

Bee's friend Cow is stuck in a fence and asks for his help. Bee cannot help Cow by himself, so he decides to get the word out to as many farmyard friends as possible. But when he tells Frog about Cow's predicament and asks him to "Pass it on!", the message that gets passed to Pig is: "Cow put duck in a tent!" From there, the message morphs into the tent falling on a woodchuck, Cow having good luck, a penny, some money, some honey, etc. In the end, understanding dawns, Cow is dis-lodged, and he and Bee thank their friends with fresh milk and honey.


Mole

Mole Had Everything

Mole is happy and fulfilled by his simple life and limited possessions ("one bed, one pillow, one shelf for books, one cup for tea") till a friend "who has everything" persuades him that he doesn't have nearly enough. And so he sets out on a journey of acquisition, tunneling under and popping up in swamps and forests, in caves, junkyards, and underwater, and always managing to find another thing that he absolutely must have. Once he has everything, it must be transported back and stuffed into his small home. Having so much to attend to, and dust, and fix and, fidget with leaves no time to do the things he really likes, so Mole decides that maybe he already had everything he wanted, and not a thing more than he needed. After a grand giveaway, Mole pares his life down to just those things that make him happy and fulfilled.


Poopendous

Poopendous!

Rhyming couplets feature Professor Poopdeck and two young friends as he takes them on a type of poop safari. Words for poop (e.g., guano, number two, ca-ca), its forms and styles (cubes, tubular, wet and dry), and myriad of uses (souvenirs, a means of tracking and marking, housing insulation, food, fertilizer, fuel, etc.) are all conveyed with humor and a certain demand for respect. It's a book that says: Don't just flush this stuff away! While it may dismay and stink, there's more to this stuff than you might think!


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How Things Work in the House

In How Things Work in the House, Lisa Campbell Ernst delves into how common household objects—such as soap, scissors and house keys—work. The detailed but easy-to-understand language describes the functioning of everyday items, and Ernst's meticulous and cleverly labeled pictures are fascinating. How Things Work in the House is a marvelous companion to the much-praised How Things Work Around the Yard. It also stands on its own as kid-compelling non-fiction.


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Honey Bear's Blue Bathing Suit

Honey Bear is having a summertime birthday party at the beach. After her friends pick out the perfect birthday present—a blue swimsuit and beach-y accessories—they head to the shore for volleyball, a scavenger hunt, and, of course, birthday cake! Young readers will enjoy best-selling author/illustrator Todd Goldman's signature style and popular characters, this time in a summer setting. Honey Bear's Blue Bathing Suit is a perfect addition to Bear in Underwear, Bear in Pink Underwear, and Bear in Long Underwear.


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My First Activity Books: Draw + Learn: Places

Colorful pages include white space for kids to fill in what's missing, or just to add color to certain elements. 

In Places, houses, rooms, and animal habitats are featured. Some pages show places that are partially completed (such as a kid's bedroom) and left for the child to fill in, and in others, light direction is given to help the child make his or her own creation. The sequence of activities moves from home (inside and out) to neighborhood places, and then further afield—a house for a bird, a rabbit, a horse, a car, a fire engine, etc. Throughout, artistic license rules!


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Scribbles and Ink

Two artists, two styles, and one book that may not be big enough for the both of them. See, Ink (the mouse) likes things to be clean and precise. Scribbles (the cat) is the opposite. But while there should be plenty of room for each of them to make their art without getting in each other's way, or on each other's nerves, THEY CAN'T MANAGE THAT! And from there paint splatters, ink goops, pencils get broken, and brushes go wild until...it's not a work of art, IT'S A MESS! Discovering that they are no longer having any fun, the duo tentatively tries to collaborate instead of clobber, and, thus, a disasterpiece becomes a masterpiece. 

Download your free Scribbles and Ink Sketchbook here!

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List O Mania

List-o-mania!

A write-it-yourself book of lists! What kid wouldn't be interested in a book that's all about everything they like, wish for, think about, dream, fear, aspire to, etc.? Includes a cardstock cover and an attached elastic band for keeping the book closed (and private) and holding interior pages open for writing. Inside the pages are illustrations, fun topic-related trivia, and more than four dozen kid-accessible topics—favorite food, sports, music, books, vacations, thoughts about school, friends, family, and the near and farther-away future.


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My First Activity Books: Draw + Learn: People

Colorful pages include white space for kids to fill in what's missing, or just to add color to certain elements. 

In People, emerging artists will see a page that shows basic body parts, then pages where kids can fill in missing arms, legs, hands, trunks, feet, etc. They can also add these things to a robot and a monster to further extend their facility and fun.


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Please Pass the Doodles

Thirty-six placemats give step-by-step instructions on how to draw silly animals offering hilarious and often ironic advice on table manners. Zemke includes fascinating facts about each animal's eating habits on every placemat. For example, a boa constrictor advises, "Chew your food before you swallow," despite the fact that snakes have expandable jaws that enable them to eat food larger than their mouths and eat it whole!


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Balloon Toons: Pooltime

Elephant, Alligator, and Stork share poolside hijinks as they mix up their towels, tussle over ice cream, and compare diving styles. Best-selling author/illustrator Ethan Long brings his energetic and engaging style to this delightful story of poolside fun and summertime friendship.


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Eggs 1, 2, 3: Who Will Be the Babies Be?

Ten spreads with gatefolds and a culminating dramatic fold-out lead young readers from a single penguin egg to an ostrich's clutch of 10 eggs. Song-like, non-rhyming verse gives clues as to who might hatch. The answer to the repeated refrain, "Who will the babies be?", is found beneath a flap. Besides discovering the animal baby or babies, kids will also pick up a lot of nature terminology and interesting facts about animals, their birthing environments, and habitats.


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Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan

The Tony Award-winning actress Phyllis Newman, wife of the late Adolph Green, contributes a personal introduction to the songs. With this and luminous illustrations, including a lavish gatefold of the "flying" scene, this is an extraordinary book to give, to cherish, to share.

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Listen to the music below as you read along!


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Alphasaurs and Other Prehistoric Types

The award-winning creators of Alphabeasties and Bugs but the Numbers have gone prehistoric! Using letters in an artful assortment of type, the famed duo create a menagerie of dazzling dinosaurs and pack each page with captivating dino-facts. 

This sophisticated rendering of dinosaur-ologu will leap out from other dino-books to entrain, engage, and educate aspiring paleontologists.


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Blast Off With Doodle Tom

Take one little pencil for drawing... add one giant book of space-tacular doodle for kids... and blast off into an activity book that boldly goes where no pencil has gone before!

An innovative combination of art-meets-space-stuff will make this fact-and-fun-packed book stand out in the robust doodle book market. Size, ease of use, space-tastic content and a dash of creative goofiness make for a uniquely exciting draw-and discover experience.

Do nebulae look like glow-in-the-dark pizzas? What kind of aliens are sunbathing on Mercury? Come draw every comet and corner of a universe that's simply out of this world!


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Hello, My New Baby

As a new baby is showered with gifts and attention, a big brother or sister often feels left out. Here's the perfect gift to accompany the baby's presents. Inside its colorful pages are fun activities for creating an album of big sister, or brother, experiences. Creative, positive, and realistic, it also provides kids with ways to express their good an not-so-good feeling about their infant siblings. Two pages of stickers add to the decorating and drawing fun.

Give this perfectly-priced, stylish book to any new sister or brother, and they'll discover the many great things about being an older sibling!


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Balloon Toons: Hiccup!

Jamie has hiccups on the day of his school play! His best friend and co-star is determined to find a cure–no matter how silly, icky, or weird it might be! Will the show-HIC!-go on?

Hiccups–everyone's had  'em, and nobody wants  'em. The familiar dilemma drives this comically exaggerated story of a boy-rabbit battling the inconvenience and embarrassment of a jumpy diaphragm. Hiccup! is an ideal choice for kids who are more attuned to sweeter brand of slapstick humor.


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Balloon Toons: Dinosaurs In Space

Dinosaurs and Life in Space–c'mon, what could be a funnier combination? And what a rip-snorting rocket ride it is in this three-story collection chronicling the hilarious adventures of the dino-denizens of Planet Meatball and Plant Lettuce.

For kids ready to move into read-alone books, this provides perfect fuel for developing independent reading, with a galaxy of laughs to boot!


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Dolls of the World Coloring Book

Dolls of the World offers stylish design and three things girls love: dolls in traditional outfits, coloring, and stickers–lots of them! Thirteen different countries and regions are represented by dolls on pages that are partly colored and partly blank, allowing for plenty of creative options. And if a girl wants to take some creative license with her masterpiece–why not? Who says a girl from Sweden can't be paired with a Mexican pinata? This chic and fun gift is a perfect fit for any girl.


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Kokeshi Dolls Coloring Book

Kokeshi dolls have much of the adorable appeal and charm of the ubiquitous Hello Kitty, but with much more extensive wardrobe. This exotic coloring book features black-outlined drawing of Kokeshi (traditional Japanese wooden dolls), each with its own distinctive costume, signature color, and personal haiku. Kids are invited to color in Kimonos, sashes, fans, and other accessories, accenting their masterpieces with any of 75 stickers. Each spread has one doll with a specific personality trait and favorite color. The yellow spread is Kukiko, whose signature trait, expressed by an accompanying haiku, is joy, and the blue spread introduces Oki, who embodies creativity.

It's a high-style book with an affordable price designed to provide hours of absorbing creativity and a dash of cultural flair.


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D Is 4 Doodle

Best-selling doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke is back with a go-anywhere activity book that is sure to be a hit with young aspiring artists. Turn an A into an alligator, a K into a kangaroo, and a Z into a zebra! Using letters as a starting point, this entertaining drawing book provides step-by-step instructions for doodling over 50 pictures. Kids will also read cool facts about the creatures and objects they learn to draw.


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Red Cat Blue Cat

Every kid sometimes wants to be someone else. And so, it turns out, do some cats. Kids will relate to how hard it is for each cat to try to be like the other. They'll also love the true-to-life way that, after the fur stops flying, an unexpected change occurs, making both cats happy to be just exactly who they are.


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The Princess and the Pea

Most of the time she is good Princess Rosebud. But when there's a hole in her sock, or her sweater is itchy, or–ick!–the peas on her plate are smushed up right next to the carrots, this strong-willed little miss becomes the picky and prickly Princess Fussy. Sound Familiar?

The clever rendition of The Princess and the Pea offers a funny, insightful reflection of how important having certain things be "just so" can be to certain kids. Everyone will cheer the surprising twist that reveals why Rosebud cannot get comfy at bedtime. Is it simply the return of Princess Fussy? Or might there be a more royal reason for her finicky convictions?


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Scribbles and Ink Doodles For Two

Those battling cartoon-artists from Scribbles and Ink are back, this time hosting a bright and funny "let's draw it together" activity book. Scribbles, the cat and Ink, the mouse, invite two kids (or a kid and a grownup, etc.) to tap int each other's creativity. On each spread, a silly sentence about a silly subject accompanies a space where the partners can draw. While there's helpful instructions, no exact result is demanded. The open-ended approach, coupled with subject matter such as robots, rock starts, monsters and monkeys, will draw kids into the fun to be found at the end of a pencil.


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40 Uses for a Grandpa

The re-issue of this strong-selling gift book (a companion to 41 Uses for a Grandma) will get a smile of recognition from both grandfathers and grandkids. From dance partner to handyman, the fun and functions of grandfathers are inventively explored. Some of the uses are straightforward, like the arms-circled-out-in-front "ball hoop." Other entries, such as grandpas' "uses" as entertainment center, butler, and mediator, supply kids with a fresh perspective. At the end, it all adds up to grandpa being a wonderful friend.


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ABC Doctor

From Appointment, Bandages, and Check-ups through X-rays and feeling Yucky, this book helps kids know 26 letter-specific things about the equipment, personnel, and procedures they might encounter on a typical visit to the doctor. Murphy's accessible collage artwork complements Ziefert's informative text. This new edition includes an addendum with activities, frequently asked questions, and suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize the book's usefulness.


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ABC Dentist

From Appointments, Bibs, and Cavities through X-rays and how to combat icky Yellow film on teeth, this book takes kids on a reassuring tour of a trip to the dentist's office. Bright, friendly collage artwork pairs with informative facts on equipment and procedures. This new edition includes an addendum with activities, frequently asked questions, and suggestions for parents and teachers on how to maximize the book's usefulness.


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Pocket Pack: Alpha-Doodles

Practical-meets-clever in these nifty packable packets of 25 alphabet or number-themed doodle activities. Crafted by doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke, each activity includes: 

  • interesting info about the featured subject matter
  • drawing instructions
  • pages to create mini-doodle masterpieces!
Kids can turn a 2 into a toucan, a U into an umbrella, and hey, who knew a K could become a kangaroo?

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Pocket Pack: Doodles 2 Do

Pocket Pack Doodles provide kids with an engaging, creative outlet that's no further away than their pockets. These kid-pleasing activity books are just as portable and convenient as the smartest phone, but a lot more fun and affordable. You gotta pick up a Pocket Pack–or two!

  • interesting info about the featured subject matter
  • drawing instructions
  • pages to create mini-doodle masterpieces!

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Balloon Toons: My Friend, Fred (The Plant)

Here's an offbeat story about a catboy who's best friend is a sunflower named Fred. When Fred and his buddy pass by a skeptical skateboarding cat-kid, he asks sneering questions about Fred and the duo's friendship. After a near miss with wilting heat and a fun, rain-soaked flower dance, the former skeptic decides that his new friends aren't so weird after all . . . at least no weirder than he is! This charming addition to the Balloon Toons series offers a canny portrait of how kids project personalities and feelings onto toys and other objects, and conveys the satisfaction felt when making an unexpected friend.


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Balloon Toons: The Radically Awesome Adventures of the Animal Princess

An awesome series takes root! Animal Princess first appeared in The Totally Awesome Epic Quest of the Brave Boy Knight and was described as "a girl with strange powers and a subversive sense of humor" (Kirkus). Now she has her own trio of fulsomely funny adventures (with a cameo by Brave Boy Knight) set in a magical funkadelic kingdom ruled by Queen Mom and King Dad. Though they sometimes force her to wear awful, frilly dresses, Animal Princess prefers magical pajamas, quests, and battling three-headed wizards. Pink? Not her thing! It's radically awesome, big, funny fun!


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Travels with Charlie: Way Out West

Part travelogue, part I SPY, part Where’s…Charlie!
Find a pirate museum. Look for Key West. Then find Miami where the beach is the best!
Is he on a Bourbon Street balcony? Riding the Ferris wheel on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier? Hiding out in a Nevada ghost town?
This three-book series invites kids to take trips with Charlie the traveling pup, who goes to hundreds of places in the American South, West, and Northeast. For each featured state there are rhyming clues to help find Charlie, and all sorts of interesting,historical, and offbeat attractions and locations.
Picture-style maps and sidebars offer cool state-related trivia. From deep in the Grand Canyon, to Elvis’s mansion, to the field where the Wright brothers took to the skies, this incredibly charming trio of travelogues can be used for:
• book reports
• trips
• beyond-the-backyard exploration
and…
• firing up kids to discover all the real,not just the virtual, world has to offer.
Where can these books take kids?
Just ask Charlie—he’ll know!


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Flip-a-word: Wet Pet

Can you dig a pig in a wig? How'd that pet get so wet? Will Pop stop or will he hop? Flip a page and watch a bun and a a kid on a run turn into a sun and a kid having fun! With bright art done in the Japanese anime style, each of these interactive early reading books features a different word family. When kids flip the die cut pages, they get a new word and image within that word family. Word families help children recognize similarities between words that rhyme, and help them connect words with similar long or short vowel sounds. This familiarity helps kids read a word they don't necessarily know.


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Travels with Charlie: Travelin' the Northeast

Part travelogue, part I SPY, part Where’s…Charlie!
Find a pirate museum. Look for Key West. Then find Miami where the beach is the best!
Is he on a Bourbon Street balcony? Riding the Ferris wheel on Atlantic City’s Steel Pier? Hiding out in a Nevada ghost town?
This three-book series invites kids to take trips with Charlie the traveling pup, who goes to hundreds of places in the American South, West, and Northeast. For each featured state there are rhyming clues to help find Charlie, and all sorts of interesting,historical, and offbeat attractions and locations.
Picture-style maps and sidebars offer cool state-related trivia. From deep in the Grand Canyon, to Elvis’s mansion, to the field where the Wright brothers took to the skies, this incredibly charming trio of travelogues can be used for:
• book reports
• trips
• beyond-the-backyard exploration
and…
• firing up kids to discover all the real,not just the virtual, world has to offer.
Where can these books take kids?
Just ask Charlie—he’ll know!


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Scribbles and Ink, The contest

Will a prehistoric chicken win the prize?
They’re drawn back together again for more artistic shenanigans! This time, Scribbles the cat and his
buddy, Ink, decide to enter a “Draw a Dinosaur” contest.
The prize? Two tickets to Mudsplash Mountain—“The Muddiest Place on Earth!” But as in art and life, nothing goes as planned. Will a chick-a-saurus, a big egg, and a bigger surprise dash their dreams?
The Contest offers four short chapters that keep this 72-page story within reach of emerging independent readers—kids who want to move beyond picture books but are not ready for text-heavy chapter books.
For kids with an artistic inclination, the book portrays the pleasures and pitfalls of creative collaboration.
For all kids, there are plenty of surprises, silliness, and the discovery that one-plus-one is twice as fun!


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Let Freedom Sing!

On benches just for 'colored,'
black folks obeyed the rules.
Rosa Parks at the front of the bus,
she let her light shine.

In the 1950's and 1960's, the struggle for civil rights forever changed the landscape of America. In her debut Blue Apple book, Vanessa Newton candid images illuminate anew the inequality that affected Americans, young and old.

With an introduction by Ruby Bridges and text to the tune of "This Little Light of Mine," Newton's rich, mixed-media illustrations create a vivid message of hope.


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Fairy Doodles

Fairies are this year’s vampires—and much more fun to share a meal with!
With a theme that will draw a flurry of fairy fans, Fairy Doodles invites girls to draw as they dine, and to enjoy fairy facts and trivia. Each featured fairy, from the Apple and Baby Fairy to the Yew Tree and Zinnia Fairy, shows kids how to turn letters into enchanting little beings with wings.


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Sports Doodles

Attention sports fans, Sports Doodles is on deck and on the table!
Each sports-themed placemat features numbers that kids can turn into a doodle—of an athlete, sports equipment, etc. There’s also cool trivia tied to that number.
Turn a zero into a baseball, and learn how pitchers throw fastballs—which have been clocked at 100 miles per hour!
Pack this one up to go for a slam-dunk, home run!
Perfect for fairy- or sports-themed birthday parties, or to give as a reward, thank-you gift, or just a nice little mealtime surprise for a resident fairy or sports fan! These placemats are easy to pack-and-go (to restaurants, etc.) and easy on the pocketbook!
Mixing fun with smart, these cleverly-conceived doodles sharpen kids’ skills, knowledge, and creativity, and empower both girls and boys to draw things in which they have a strong interest.
Blue Apple’s color-and-learn doodle placemats offer dozens of doodle activities featuring different themes (food, animals, letters, numbers, sports, etc.) and related trivia. There are mats for every kid and kids for every mat—we kid you not!


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Flip-a-word: Stop Pop

Can you dig a pig in a wig? How'd that pet get so wet? Will Pop stop or will he hop? Flip a page and watch a bun and a a kid on a run turn into a sun and a kid having fun! With bright art done in the Japanese anime style, each of these interactive early reading books features a different word family. When kids flip the die cut pages, they get a new word and image within that word family. Word families help children recognize similarities between words that rhyme, and help them connect words with similar long or short vowel sounds. This familiarity helps kids read a word they don't necessarily know.


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Flip-a-word: Ice Mice

Can you dig a pig in a wig? How'd that pet get so wet? Will Pop stop or will he hop? Flip a page and watch a bun and a a kid on a run turn into a sun and a kid having fun! With bright art done in the Japanese anime style, each of these early reading books features a different word family. When kids flip the die-cut pages, they get a new word and image within that word family. Word families help children recognize similarities between words that rhyme, and help them connect words with similar long or short vowel sounds. This familiarity helps kids read a word they don't necessarily know.


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Inside, Outside, Upside down

Fun from every angle, beginning to end!
While touchscreens and apps are here to stay, so is the magical alchemy of what happens when a child touches pencil to paper. With nearly a hundred brain-entertaining activities to tackle, this drawing book offers compelling challenges à la Sudoko and I Spy—and will not be “used up” quickly.
It’s portable, no-batteries-required entertainment that’s perfect for those times when kids need something quiet and absorbing.
By focusing on key concepts like long/short, inside/outside, empty/full and upside down, each drawing assignment (“Draw the necklace around the rabbit’s neck”) helps kids figure out these important language elements. Identifying differences, word meanings, and looking at things from a variety of perspectives are likewise incorporated into silly-meets-smart drawings of wacky rabbits, zany bears, and daffy ducks.
It’s Inside, Outside, Upside Down and ready to go any and everywhere!


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Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List - A Jump Into Chapters Book

Will his to-do list be too hard to do?

Mr. Ball loves to make to-do lists! But he NEVER finishes them. Will the easiest to-do list ever help him break his unfortunate history of didn’t-do failures? Angry bees, a funky skunk, and a bathtub full of tomato sauce provide challenging obstacles as Mr. Ball tries to finally check EVERYTHING off his list! Featuring a kid-perfect brand of silliness, real-kid concerns and feelings are reflected in a story that offers a simple text, endearing characters, and the right amount of action.

Character-based and comics-style, Mr. Ball Makes a To-Do List is Mr. Townsend’s debut adventure
in the new JUMP-INTO CHAPTERS! series created to inspire independent reading and offer plenty of nutty fun. The well-rounded Mr. Ball bounces in to entertain and strengthen the skills of emerging readers. Look for Mr. Ball Is Sad, a hilarious new Ball-escapade rolling onto shelves in Fall 2014.


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Okay, Andy! - A Jump Into Chapters Book

Behold and welcome to Andy and preston’s very first adventure!

Andy is Preston’s best friend. Preston is sure of this. Is Preston Andy’s best friend? Hmm...that is much harder to tell. Is Andy okay? Preston always thinks Andy is super-okay! Does Andy think Preston is okay? Maybe... but he will NEVER admit it!

One thing for sure, they spend a lot of time not catching rabbits, falling over cliffs, and trying to decide the difference between an owl and a bear. And that’s just in the first book! Okay, Andy is this series’ debut title in Blue Apple’s JUMP-INTO-CHAPTERS! series. For kids who want to tackle a “big kid” book, but aren’t quite ready for text-heavy reading, JUMP-INTO-CHAPTERS! offers a perfect bridge—and a pair of buddies they’ll want to follow. Sharply funny and engaging, Andy and Preston offer emerging independent readers a lot of story, told in an easy-to-read style, and without too many words.

What’s next? In Fall 2014, the pals star in Andy, Also—in which Preston sort of pays homage to Andy.


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Scribbles and Ink: Out of the Box - A Jump Into Chapters Book

Drawn together again for more artistic shenanigans— and cheese!

The artistic duo returns in a tale about a box. Just a box? Well, it’s brown and square and looks just like a box. That is, until Scribbles and Ink get ahold of it. Then it’s....
• a rocket ship
• a monster-head
• a skyscraper
• a pair of pants!
The problem is, there’s just one box—and Scribbles and Ink both want it! Which of the battling buddies will out-box the other? Or will their friendship rip apart like so much corrugated cardboard?
Inspiring both artistic creativity and independent reading, Out of the Box is the second Scribbles and Ink book in the JUMP-INTO-CHAPTERS! series. The longer story with a simple text, vivid characters, and lots of action is ideal for kids who are ready for more than a picture book.


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The Banana Bunch and The Birthday Party

No capes or superpowers, nothing supernatural - just all the everyday-wonderful, so called ordinary stuff of growing up. This is what kids will find in the adventures of six kids and one dog, who are the Banana Bunch.

First up, the bunch is arguing over changes to their clubhouse. But they all agree on one thing: throwing a Birthday Party for Scruffy, their favorite poochy-pal, is a great idea! All the familiar fun and foibles of party planning are given a Banana Bunch spin as they get together presents, treats, and a baseball game.

Next, there are picnics, games of SPUD and hide-and-go-seek, and a race to catch up with the ice cream truck! But when the bunch fattening up - presto! - it's time for The Magic Show. they gather props, practice card and coin tricks, and perfect their mind-reading skills. But can they really make Scruffy vanish into thin air?

Common Core Correlation

  • Characters' response to challenges
  • Differences in characters' POV
  • Characters' actions contributing to sequence of events
  • Chapter breaks describing story progression

(Grades 2-3 Literature)


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Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity

We've all seen kids who kick and scream and lose their cool. But when Eric loses his temper over his annoying little sister Alice, he floats up to the ceiling! And so we have a fresh and funny twist on temper tantrums created by star-on-the-rise Jenni Desmond.

Eric, The Boy Who Lost His Gravity, with an amusing story and expressive painterly art, captures a spot-on understanding of how children feel when they get out of control and how they need help to pull themselves together - or, as in Eric's case, back to the ground. There will always be annoying brothers and sisters and things one wants, but can't have. This book gives children and parents an entertaining way to gain perspective and talk about these issues. For all of them, Eric offers a wise, witty, and uplifting tale that kids won't want to put down!


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How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum

Dinosaurs roamed the earth for millions and millions of years. Museum visitors are awed by the massive creatures on display. But how did the fossils of a colossal diplodocus make the 145-million-year journey from the prehistoric plains of Utah to the Smithsonian Institution of today?

Acclaimed author and illustrator Jessie Hartland (How the Sphinx Got to the Museum) beautifully presents this informative and fascinating history of the diplodocus: from its discovery in 1923 in Utah to its arrival in the hallowed halls of this world-famous museum. Essential reading for junior paleontologists.

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Jump-Into-Chapters: The Boulder Brothers: Meet Mo and Jo

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Mo and Jo Don't Stink!

Mo and Jo are fun-loving cavemen whose antics will surely delight kids, especially boys. Follow them as they attempt to de-stink themselves, play hide-and-seek, and make fire. The latest title in Blue Apple's Jump-Into-Chapters series, this book is designed to increase reading proficiency by offering a longer page count than picture books, but a lower word count than chapter books.

Mo and Jo, aka the Boulder Brothers, join JUMP-INTO-CHAPTERS with a series of pre-hysterical escapades. In the first chapter, Me Stink?, something’s smelly! Is it Jo? Is it Mo? Is it both? Though kids will know who’s the real odor-offender, they’ll have fun watching the caveboys try to figure out the source of the stench.

Hide and Peek, Chapter 2, has Jo teaching Mo how to play his favorite game. But does Mo really not understand the rules? Or is he a peek-and-cheater? And who will have the best ideas for warming up in Me Cold!? Will a prehistoric beastie mind when they try to borrow some fur?

Though Mo and Jo both speak caveman-ese, educators can be assured that the accompanying narration will offer kids a correct rendition of grammar and sentence structure.

But don’t be surprised to hear Boulder Brothers’ fans declare, “Me want more MO AND JO!”

Series Description 

Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple’s publisher and founder, was among the pioneers in creating early readers that help kids transition out of being read to and into becoming independent readers. A crucial step in this process is to offer books with more pages and more plot, while retaining a spare word count and text style.

Enter Jump-Into-Chapters, a new series of readers created to fill the gap between picture books and text-heavy chapter books. The first three books in the series have anywhere from 72 to 96 pages, but very few words per page. In short, the page count is longer WITHOUT piling on the words.

These books are designed to fill an important gap in reading materials. It’s important to have books that challenge the new reader to remember what happened more than 80 pages after he/she began. Best of all, each of the books features fresh-and-funny, character-driven stories. Kids will feel like they’ve made some great new friends who reflect their lives and feelings, book after book.


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Travels with Charlie: Across the Midwest


Mount Rushmore, the Motown museum, a dinosaur trail, and a hot rod showplace are among the fascinating array of well-known, historical, and wonderfully oddball destinations on Charlie's travels.

For every state, a selection of Did You Know... facts adds colorful information about the stops along the way.

Did you Know...

  • why Missouri is called the "Show-Me- State"?
  • where Kool-Aid was invented?
  • where you can find a 600-pound ball of stamps?

And do you think you'll be able to spot the hidden Charlie in every state?

The Travels with Charlie series offers a fun introduction to geography. Additionally, the books are an ideal choice for those times when young travelers might get a little squirmy and need something to hold their interest.

Where will Charlie go next? That's still in the planning stages!

This brand-new addition to the Travels With Charlie series completes the on-the-go pup's tour of the US with visits to 13 Midwestern states!


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How the Sphinx Got to the Museum

Within New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the sphinx of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut holds court. But how did this ancient artifact get to the museum? Acclaimed author and illustrator Jessie Hartland beautifully presents this informative and fascinating history of the Hatshepsut sphinx, from its carving in ancient Egypt to its arrival in the hallowed halls of this world-famous museum. This is essential reading for junior Egyptologists!


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How the Meteorite got to the Museum

It came from outer space—and is crashing onto bookshelves!

Part history, part science, part mystery and part entertainment—this third book in the highly successful “Museum” series chronicles how a rock from outer space broke free from its billion-year orbit, crashed into a teenager’s Chevy Malibu, and landed in New York City’s American Museum of Natural History.

Acclaimed author Jessie Hartland brings a space rock’s story close to home by tracing its route above a stadium of football fans, late-night diners, a TV-watching teen, a puzzled group of firefighters, and to a final connection with the team of experts that made it available to millions of museum visitors. Fascinating meteor facts and information round out this galactic-fantastic true story.

As new meteors make headlines, How the Meteorite Got to the Museum offers a great way to bridge past and present, science and entertainment.


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Jump-Into-Chapters: Andy Also!

Book Description
Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, an enthusiastic coyote pup. Three chapters link together to tell the overall story. In "Andy Also," Preston decides to re-name himself "the new Andy." In "Clang-Clang- Bing," the second Andy (Andy, also) goes back to being Preston, and makes a lot of noise. In "100 Rabbits," Preston asks Andy innumerable questions.

Series Description
Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple’s publisher and founder, was among the pioneers in creating early readers that help kids transition out of being read to and into becoming independent readers. A crucial step in this process is to offer books with more pages and more plot, while retaining a spare word count and text style. 

Enter Jump-Into-Chapters, a new series of readers created to fill the gap between picture books and text-heavy chapter books. The first three books in the series have anywhere from 72 to 96 pages, but very few words per page. In short, the page count is longer WITHOUT piling on the words.
These books are designed to fill an important gap in reading materials. It’s important to have books that challenge the new reader to remember what happened more than 80 pages after he/she began. Best of all, each of the books features fresh-and-funny, character-driven stories. Kids will feel like they’ve made some great new friends who reflect their lives and feelings, book after book


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Jump-Into-Chapters: Mr.Ball An EGG-cellent Adventure

Mr. Ball is delighted when he takes on a giant fire-breathing bird as his new pet. He is also completely oblivious to that fact that the bird has taken on Mr. Ball as her egg. Hilarity ensues, as throughout, Mr. Ball attempts to train his pet. Finally, Mr. Ball's faithful friends come to his rescue.

Series Description
Harriet Ziefert, Blue Apple’s publisher and founder, was among the pioneers in creating early readers that help kids transition out of being read to and into becoming independent readers. A crucial step in this process is to offer books with more pages and more plot, while retaining a spare word count and text style.

Enter Jump-Into-Chapters, a new series of readers created to fill the gap between picture books and text-heavy chapter books. The first three books in the series have anywhere from 72 to 96 pages, but very few words per page. In short, the page count is longer WITHOUT piling on the words.

These books are designed to fill an important gap in reading materials. It’s important to have books that challenge the new reader to remember what happened more than 80 pages after he/she began. Best of all, each of the books features fresh-and-funny, character-driven stories. Kids will feel like they’ve made some great new friends who reflect their lives and feelings, book after book.

Downloadable activity and discussion materials for kids, parents, and educators are available on the Blue Apple Books website.


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FastCar Doodles Placemats

Vroom-vroom!
Fast cars are on the track and on the table!

Each car-themed placemat leads kids through a step-by-step creation of a classic, fast-and furious, or crazy-cool car. Kids who might think they can’t draw can get to the finish line when all they have to do is start with one simple line, a curve, or a circle.

There are also fast car facts. Tires on a monster truck are taller than most ten-year-olds! Airfoil wings on a Formula One racer help keep it on the ground! For theme or birthday parties, or just as a nice surprise, every page is ready, set…DOODLE!

Series Description
These placemats are useful–and cool! Mixing fun with smart, these cleverly conceived doodles sharpen kids’ skills and creativity, and empower both boys and girls to draw things in which they have a strong interest. With dozens of themes—sports, food, animals, numbers, fairies, letters, etc.—and related trivia, there are mats for every kids, and kids for every mat!


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Cool Cat Doodles Placemats

Each tear-off placemat in doodle dynamo Deborah Zemke's best-selling series offers a fun drawing, light doodling instructions, and interesting trivia about what's being drawn.

In Cool Cat Doodles, kids turn letters into A to Z cat-themed drawings: from Astrocat to Bengal Tiger, to Kungfu Kitty and Mountain Lion, to Wiccan-kitty and Zodiac-cat–and more.

Series Description
Blue Apple's color-and-learn doodle placemats offer dozens of doodle activities featuring different themes (food, animals, letters, numbers, sports, etc.) and related trivia. Each tear-off placemat includes interesting info about the featured subject matter and drawing instructions to create a mini-doodle masterpiece. There are placemats for every kid and kids for every placemat--we kid you not!


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The Banana Bunch and the Magic Show

No capes or superpowers, nothing supernatural - just all the everyday-wonderful, so called ordinary stuff of growing up. This is what kids will find in the adventures of six kids and one dog, who are the Banana Bunch.

First up, the bunch is arguing over changes to their clubhouse. But they all agree on one thing: throwing a Birthday Party for Scruffy, their favorite poochy-pal, is a great idea! All the familiar fun and foibles of party planning are given a Banana Bunch spin as they get together presents, treats, and a baseball game.

Next, there are picnics, games of SPUD and hide-and-go-seek, and a race to catch up with the ice cream truck! But when the bunch fattening up - presto! - it's time for The Magic Show. they gather props, practice card and coin tricks, and perfect their mind-reading skills. But can they really make Scruffy vanish into thin air?

Common Core Correlation

(Grades 2-3 Literature)

  • Characters' response to challenges
  • Differences in characters' POV
  • Characters' actions contributing to sequence of events
  • Chapter breaks describing story progression


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What Ship is Not a Ship?

Clever word groupings list three alike things and one that it is different. For example, there are living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms--but a mushroom is not a room! Picture clues will help kids figure out which "of these things is not like the other" and will begin to grasp the more fine-tuned nuances of word parts, roots, and meanings.


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The Book That Zack Wrote

This is the frog… that kissed the fox… that chased the pig…that oinked in the book that Zack wrote. A fresh and funny re-telling of “The House That Jack Built” with a rhyming refrain, a kooky cast of characters and comic-style illustrations. Includes a separate composition book for kids to create their own illustrated story.