Author Jean Reagan and illustrator Lee Wildish have already taught you How to Babysit a Grandma and How to Babysit a Grandpa — now it's time for kids to take charge of reading time! If you're going to read to a grandparent, you need to find just the right book and snuggle into the perfect reading spot. Practice your best reading-out-loud voice, too, so they can hear every word! When you're done, they'll be proud of your reading — and you'll be proud to share the books you love. This addition to the laugh-out-loud How To... series is a celebration of shared storytime and the pride a child feels when they can read to loved ones.
In the 1940s, Helen Martini's husband Fred worked at the Bronx Zoo, while she stayed at home. Then, Fred brought home a lion cub that had been rejected by his mother. Helen, who had baby supplies on hand in hopes that the couple would have a child someday, named the cub MacArthur and raised him in their home. And soon she was raising more cubs! Before long, she had moved to the zoo, where she set up a nursery in an unused storage room and creating a glass enclosure where visitors could see the cubs at play. And when zoo officials discovered the work she had done, they made her the first female zookeeper and keeper of the nursery. Adorable illustrations and engaging stories about Martini's work with the tiger cubs make this the perfect book for little animal-lovers.
As a child, little Audrey enjoys ice skating and dancing near her home in Holland. Then World War II breaks out, and her life changes dramatically: under occupation by the Nazis, food is so scarce that she and her family eat "green-pea bread, dog cookies, and tulip bulbs." Despite hardship, Audrey doesn't lose hope, and instead imagines a possible future: one in which she is an actor beloved by the world, the mother of children she adores, and a humanitarian helping millions of people. Written by Audrey Hepburn's son and daughter-in-law Sean and Karin Hepburn Ferrer — who are donating all their author proceeds to EURORDIS, the Voice of Rare Disease Patients in Europe — this is a whimsical and dreamy look at Hepburn's childhood and how it shaped her future.
It's early in the morning, and Ruth Ellen and her family are leaving for New York without the permission or knowledge of their sharecropping landlord: "No more working someone else’s land," Mama says. They board the Silver Meteor train with suitcases and a box full of food, since they have to sit in the segregated section of the train, which has no dining car. But as they continue to travel north, the curtain between the cars is removed, and when they venture into the rest of the train, they eventually find white fellow travelers who welcome them. Gentle verse and vibrant collage artwork ornament this story of the Great Migration, but it's Ruthie's narration that stands out as she imagines a new life ahead.
As a child on the Canadian prairie, Joni Mitchell was expressive and artistic... even when she felt like she didn't fit in. When a teacher in junior high school encouraged her to write poetry, Joni "painted with words" and knew she wanted to share her music — and her feelings — with the world. This poetic picture book biography explores Mitchell's life through the emotions of some of her most famous songs, and celebrates her creative and independent spirit. Author/illustrator Selina Alko has created a moving portrait that's sure to inspire music lovers and dreamers, complete with an author's note and a full discography to help kids explore the music that Mitchell used to ignite a generation.
When Betty Robinson was spotted running for a train, she was invited to join a high school boys' track team — and proved she had the speed to succeed. At only 16, she ran in the 1928 Olympics, the first one that allowed women to compete in track and field, and she won gold, become famous around the world. She set her sights on more records... but when her biplane crashed, leaving her severely injured, she was told she'd never run again. Robinson refused to give up, though, and relearned how to stand, walk, and run — and won another gold in the 1936 Olympic Games. This inspirational biography celebrates the unbeatable spirit of this pioneering champion who knew that "All that matters is the runner and the track."
Elizabeth Warren always had a plan, but that doesn't mean her life always followed it! She wanted to be a teacher, but then she was fired when she became pregnant. So she pursued a career in law, and combined that passion with her interest in teaching to become a professor. And when she realized that the laws needed to be changed, she knew the best way to do that was to enter politics — first as a senator, and then as a presidential candidate. This inspiring picture book biography celebrates Warren's dedication, hard work, and principles, and encourages kids to imagine where their own big, bold plans could take them. For another book about Warren's life and career, check out Elizabeth Warren: Nevertheless, She Persisted.
Little Ghost is ready to give someone the fright of her life when she opens her mouth... and nothing comes out! She's lost her BOO! Determined to solve the problem (and get back to her spooking) Little Ghost consults with animals who make similar sounds — but the owl's "whoo-whoo," the pigeon's "coo," the cow's "moo," and the rooster's "cock-a-doodle-doo" aren't nearly as scary as her boo. Fortunately, Little Ghost knows one more person she can ask... and with the help of the reader, rediscovers her perfectly scary BOO! With cheerful rhyming text and adorable illustrations, this is a charming story of friendship and perseverance that's perfect for Halloween.
"Deep secret brown" is how one little girl describes the river near her grandmother's house — and her own eyes. "Feathery brown," says another, "Like the jagged shadows of hemlock branches thrown over me and Daddy on a gentle mountain hike." There are so many shades of brown out there, both in the beautiful world in which we live, and on the beautiful people around us! Lyrical verse and rich illustrations combine to create a gorgeous celebration of the joy of loving your own skin and recognizing your place in a community and a wide world that's out there for you to find.
Fans of picture books like Cece Loves Science and Adventure can leap into reading independently with this Level 3 I Can Read reader starring their favorite character! Cece's teacher is introducing the class to the opposite forces of push and pull, and to give them the chance to experiment, she sets them a challenge: make a treat dispenser for Cece's dog that uses both forces. Cece and her classmates will have to get creative and work together — and along they way they'll learn a lot about science! With basic scientific vocabulary and fun activities, this is the perfect book for science-loving emerging readers.
Ollie and her cat Pumpkin are playing outside on a cold fall day when they find a tiny, shivering kitten. After warming the kitten up, she's eager to play, and soon the trio wear themselves out! But when the kitten is ready to play more, Ollie runs off after her into the woods, leaving Pumpkin behind... and discovers "Lost Kitten" posters hanging on the trees. Ollie is determined to help the kitten find her way home — but now she's lost herself! Fortunately, Pumpkin shows up in the nick of time to see her home — and the next morning, Ollie finds a special thank-you from the little kitten's owner (who some sharp-eyed readers may see flying through the air on a broom!). Illustrated in limited color with lovely gold foil and interactive die cut pages, this charming story by the author of The Little Reindeer and The Little Rabbit is a celebration of friendship, fall, and Halloween.