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Knock Knock

Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

By Daniel Beaty

Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Personal Development: Responsibility, Family Life: Parents/Siblings/Babies

Grade: K-1


Every morning, I play a game with my father.

He goes knock knock on my door

and I pretend to be asleep

till he gets right next to the bed.

And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”


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But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.



Winner of the 2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

2014 Boston Globe-Horn Book Picture Book Honor


★ “By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review


“The desire for guidance encountering life’s experiences is told from a small child’s point of view with candor, as well as hope….” —Booklist


“The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” —The Horn Book


“A poignant [and] heart-wrenching tale of love, loss, and hope.” —School Library Journal


“Challenging but ultimately uplifting, Knock Knock is a thoughtful meditation on grappling with the sometimes uneasy legacy passed down to us by our parents.” —The Huffington Post

The Dark

The Dark

By Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Fears, Emotions

Grade: P-1


Laszlo is afraid of the dark.

The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn’t come into Lazslo’s room. But one night, it does.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

With emotional insight and poetic economy, two award-winning talents team up to conquer a universal childhood fear.




Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner


★ “In its willingness to acknowledge the darkness, and the elegant art of that acknowledgment, The Dark pays profound respect to the immediacy of childhood experiences.” – Booklist


★ “Kids comfortable with delicious shivers will find this an enjoyable thrill.” –BCCB


★“Fresh, kid-savvy and ultimately reassuring.” –SLJ


★“While it might not combat fear of the dark, it’s an ingenious introduction to horror movie-style catharsis, and a memorable ride on the emotional roller coaster that great storytelling creates.” –PW

You WILL Be My Friend!

You WILL Be My Friend!

By Peter Brown

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subject: Character Education

Grade: PreK-1


Today is the day the exuberant Lucy is going to make a new friend! But she finds it’s harder than she had thought–she accidentally ruins the giraffe’s breakfast and is much too big for the frogs’ pond. Just when she’s about to give up, an unexpected friend finds her, and loves her just the way she is.


This heartwarming story offers a unique and humor-filled spin on the all-important themes of persistence and friendship.



2012 Irma Black Award Finalist


“Readers will be wone over by this witty, slapstick story of friendship found.” –SLJ





Substitute Creacher

Substitute Creacher

by Chris Gall

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Personal Development: Lessons, Adventure: Monsters, Personal Development: Manners, Holidays: Halloween

Grade: PreK-1st


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The troublemaking students of Ms. Jenkins’ class arrive at school one day to discover a substitute creacher has come to put a stop to their monkey business! He regales them with mind-boggling stories about his former students who didn’t follow the rules: Keith the glue-eater, Zach the daydreamer, and Hank the prankster, to name a few. But even this multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster’s cautionary tales about the consequences of mischief-making can’t seem to change the students’ wicked ways until he reveals the spookiest and most surprising story of all: his own.



★ “This is a delicious little shocker of a picture book that ought to whip… crowd[s] of youngsters into a shrieking, laughing frenzy.” – Booklist


★ “Combines humor and a touch of magic…. certain to provide more than a few laughs.” – Kirkus Reviews


“Explosive, cinematic panels; retro Ben-Day dot patterns allude to classic funnies.” – Publishers Weekly


“Colorful and catchy… [a] gleeful cautionary tale.” – School Library Journal

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry!

Martha Doesn’t Say Sorry

By Samantha Berger, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Discipline, Character Development, Lessons, Manners

Grade: P-1


Adorably clad in her pink dress and matching headband, Martha is ready to do just about anything-except say those three little words: I am sorry. But when this sweet but stubborn otter learns that niceties like cookies, piggyback rides, and hugs are for people who apologize our mischievous heroine learns the ultimately rewarding feeling that comes with saying she’s sorry.


Parents and kids alike will embrace the hilarious watercolor illustrations and the irreverent humor throughout in this pitch-perfect picture book that offers the gentlest of lessons.


★ “Youngsters will recognize Martha’s struggle, and they’ll appreciate this additional perspective on the fact that, in life as in Elton John, “sorry” can be the hardest word.” —The Bulletin (BCCB)


Martha Doesn’t Share!

Martha Doesn’t Share

By Samantha Berger, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

Genre: Picture Book

Curriculum Subjects: Manners, Lessons, Friendship

Grade: P-1


Martha has a new favorite word.
  And that word is MINE!


Martha has officially mastered apologizing. Unfortunately, she still has a lot to work on when it comes to sharing. And while she doesn’t learn to love it, she does discover that having her toys to herself means having to play with them all by herself, too. Not so fun! 

This hilarious follow-up to Martha doesn’t say sorry! shows readers that sharing isn’t all that bad when you take it one (small) toy at a time–like Martha does. It gets easier every day. Well, almost every day.



Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington

By Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Genre: Picture Book, Biography

Curriculum Subjects: African American Heritage, History

Grade: P-1


Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, with only fifty cents in his pocket and a dream in his soul, Booker walked five hundred miles to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. The young slave who once waited outside of the schoolhouse would one day become a legendary educator of freedmen.


Award-winning artist Bryan Collier captures the hardship and the spirit of one of the most inspiring figures in American history, bringing to life Booker T. Washington’s journey to learn, to read, and to realize a dream.


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2012 Kirkus Best Books for Children

★ “An inspirational life, memorably presented.” -SLJ

★ “An outstanding achievement and a life worthy of note. ” – Kirkus

★ “Asim’s lyrical narrative is succinct yet illustrative, and, combined with the artwork, makes an impressive addition to any biography collection.” – Publishers’ Weekly







By Ruth Sanderson

Genre:  Picture Book

Curriculum subjects: Folk/Fairy Tales: Principles

Grade: P-1


Beloved illustrator Ruth Sanderson offers a fresh, heartwarming twist to the classic story. In the new happy ending, Goldilocks makes up for her presumptuous infractions on the Three Bears’ household by helping them make muffins with the berries she’s picked from the woods near their home. Charming artwork–topped off with a tried-and-true recipe for homemade blueberry muffins–make this new edition of Goldilocks a story time treasure that is just right.




★ “An invitation to an old-fashioned world of enchantment…Luminous and elegant.”PW