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Building Blocks of Mathematics

Author/Illustrator: Joseph Midthun and Sam Hiti Publisher: World Book Grade levels: K-1, 2-3, 4-5 Subject: Math Genre: Humor, How To Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Teaching Comics Synopsis: Building Blocks of Mathematics is a great new series of mathematics books from World Book! Quirky characters drawn in exciting comic-book style introduce and demonstrate critical basic mathematics concepts in this new six-volume series books. Story problems help to develop students’ conceptual understanding of the mathematical operations and teach them techniques for solving real-life math problems. Designed in collaboration with elementary mathematics education experts, this series is appropriate for kids who are just learning these concepts and […] Read More

Hocus Pocus series

Author/Illustrator: Sylvie Desrosiers, Remy Simard Publisher: Kids Can Press Grade levels: Pre-K, K-1 Genre: Adventure, Humor Special Attractions: Wordless, Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters Titles in this series: • Hocus Pocus: This zany tale pits a grouchy pooch against Hocus Pocus, a mischievous blue bunny who lives in a magician’s hat. When Hocus Pocus spots a bunch of tantalizing carrots poking out of a shopping bag, he decides he must have them. But to reach the kitchen counter, he must risk waking Dog, a pet canine who snoozes nearby. Tiptoeing in a pair of bunny slippers works beautifully at first — until a peanut […] Read More

Tippy and the Night Parade

Author/Illustrator: Lilli Carre Publisher: Toon Books Grade levels: PreK-K, K-1 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Early Reader, Child Lead Characters Synopsis: When Tippy wakes up, there’s a peacock in her bedroom, a bird in her hair, and mice dancing on the headboard… Yet all Tippy remembers is falling asleep. In her first book for children, award-winning cartoonist Lilli Carré takes Tippy on an nocturnal adventure up a mountain, down a hole, and back home for endless bedtime enjoyment. (from publisher’s site) Kirkus review ICV2 review Publisher’s Weekly review Author’s site Publisher’s book page (includes lesson plan)


Author/Illustrator: Thereza Rowe Publisher: Toon Books Grade levels: PreK-K, K-1 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters Synopsis: When Penelope the Fox drops her heart into the sea, she’s swept off on a perilous journey dodging sharks and royal cat-guards, until a cartwheeling chicken leads her to the garden of lost things. Young readers will fall in love with Thereza Rowe’s bold and playful designs. And as they follow Penelope (and her heart!), they will learn what is truly precious. (from publisher’s site) School Library Journal review Kirkus review Diamond Bookshelf lesson plan Author’s site Publisher’s book page (includes lesson plan)

Magic Trixie series

Magic Trixie Cover

Author/Illustrator: Jill Thompson Publisher: Harper Collins Grade levels: K-1, 2-3 Genre: Fantasy Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters, Social Issues Magic Trixie: Magic Trixie has a problem; everyone loves her baby sister, Abby Cadabra, and no one is paying attention to Magic Trixie! On top of that, she has to come up with a “wow” for show and tell day at Monstersorri School to impress her friends; Loupe Garou, the sassy werewolf girl; Stitch Patch, the sweet Frankenstein’s monster; and Nefi, the beautiful mummy girl. When Magic Trixie finds a way to fix both problems at once, she learns that sometimes […] Read More

Ed’s Terrestrials

Ed's Terrestrials

Author: Scott Christian Sava Illustrator: Diego Jourdan Publisher: Blue Dream Studios Grade levels: K-1, 2-3 Genre: Science Fiction Special Attractions: Child Lead Characters Ed is a dreamer. He loves his comics and make-believe and isn’t really interested in the grown up world. That is, until a space ship full of intergalactic refugee slaves comes crashing down into his tree house. The three aliens quickly set up shop in an effort to teleport their people to Earth, one by one, to save them from their bonds of slavery at the hands of the intergalactic food court. Others have a different idea. […] Read More

Owly Series

Author and Illustrator: Andy Runton Publisher: Top Shelf and Simon & Schuster Grade levels: Pre-K, K–1, 2–3, 4-5 Genre: Fantasy, Humor Special attractions: Wordless, Early Reader, Anthropomorphic Characters, For adults too Owly is a kind, yet lonely, little owl who’s always on the search for new friends and adventure. 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’s Bone or Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid.  (from publisher’s website)   Books in the series: • Owly Vol. 1: The […] Read More