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Julie Andrew’s Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

Julie Andrew’s Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies

By Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Language Development and Reading: Short Stories/Anthologies, Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes: Anthology

Grades: P-17

In this comprehensive collection, coauthors Julie Andrews and daughter Emma Walton Hamilton share a diverse assortment of their most cherished poems, songs, lullabies, hymns, and more.

Featuring a wide range of beloved classics from William Shakespeare, Emily Dickenson, and Robert Frost to playful poems by Jack Prelutsky and Shel Silverstein, this is the perfect collection for families to share throughout the years. Julie and Emma additionally contribute a number of their own poems and reveal the stories behind some of their family favorites. James McMullan’s stunning watercolor paintings bring each page to glorious life with his spectacular vision and artistic point of view.

The Collection, now featuring a brand-new cover design, is packaged with a special CD featuring mother and daughter alternately recording twenty-one poems, some of which are recited together. This special keepsake anthology is one that readers of all ages will return to and treasure.


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“Lavishly illustrated with watercolors, this heartfelt volume will surely be popular as a read-aloud.” – Horn Book

“The broad potpourri of voices, given a modern yet comforting flair with the artwork, is bound to become a favorite.” – PW

“This is a warmly sentimental collection, leavened with humor and poignancy.” – SLJ



By Mary Ann Hoberman

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes: Language Development, Language Development and Reading: Literacy, Language Development and Reading: Short Stories/Anthologies

Grades: P – 17

When you learn a poem by heart, it becomes a part of you. You know it in your mind, in your mouth, in your ears, in your whole body. And best of all, you know it forever.

From the creators of the bestselling You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You series comes this new collection of poems especially suitable for learning by heart and saying aloud. With personal introductions by former Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman — as well as her own time-tested tips and tools for memorization and recitation — and vivid illustrations by Michael Emberley featuring his trademark wit and lively characters, Forget-Me-Nots includes more than 120 works from both classic and contemporary poets, from childhood favorites to lesser-known treasures.
This anthology will inspire a love of learning poetry!


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* “A multidimensional and thoughtful cross section of verse with keepers on nearly every page.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “A treasure trove of the familiar and the fresh…A wonderful gift book for poetry lovers, but even children who have never considered learning a poem by heart will find much to love here.” –The Horn Book, starred review

* “A readaloud treasury or readalone delight…[and] an ideal spur for memorization and recitation in any setting….Emberley’s art is an unassuming wonder, a playful masterclass in using the page to support and extend the verse visuals.” –The Bulletin, starred review

“[A] joyous collection.” –The New York Times Book Review

“Emberley’s appealing illustrations brighten every page of this large-format book. A handsome anthology of poems that children can learn by heart.” –Booklist

“A wonderful addition to any collection.” –School Library Journal

Praise for You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Fables to Read Together:
”Hoberman is really the master of unforced rhyme…and Emberley’s pencil-and-watercolor illustrations are as consistently spry as the poems.” –The Horn Book

Praise for You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together:
* “A delightful choreography of rhythm, rhyme, and repetition that begs to be read aloud.” –School Library Journal, starred review

Countdown To Summer: A Poem For Every Day Of The School Year

Countdown To Summer: A Poem For Every Day Of The School Year

By J. Patrick Lewis

Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Curriculum Subject: Family Life: School, Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes: School

Grades: 3 – 7


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Whether readers love poetry, riddles, and rhymes or just like to laugh, this richly varied collection of original poems is sure to keep them coming back for more! J. Patrick Lewis’s fun and accessible poetry features delightful wordplay and a variety of subjects and forms featured in a compendium that counts down from the first day of school to the last. Paired with Ethan Long’s lively art, these poems will have readers wishing there were more days in the school year!

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down

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By Andrea Davis Pinkney

Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Genre: Non-fiction

Curriculum subject: Social Studies: History; Social Studies: African Americn Heritage

Grades: All


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This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth’s lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.


Andrea Davis Pinkney uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the “whites only” Woolworth’s lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.



Carter G. Woodson Book Award Winner

Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist


★ “Food-related wordplay adds layers to the free verse… [and] at the core of the exciting narrative are scenes that show the difficulty of facing hatred… Even young children will grasp the powerful, elemental, and historic story of those who stood up to oppressive authority and changed the world.” – Booklist

Julie Andrews’ Treasury for All Seasons

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By Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

ISBN: 978-0-316-04051-8

Genre: Poetry

Curriculum Subjects: Songs/Poetry/Nursery Rhymes

Grades: Pre-K & Up



A vast array of poems old and new joyously celebrates each special day of the year, telling of New Year’s resolutions, Valentine’s Day love, Easter parades, Fourth of July fireworks, and more. From the cold of winter to the new hope of spring, the brisk fall to the steamy summer, Caldecott Honor illustrator Marjorie Priceman’s vibrant watercolor paintings ring in every month of the year, bringing each season to joyful life. Featuring verse from favorites like Walt Whitman, Jack Prelutsky, and Langston Hughes and poetic lyrics from the likes of Cole Porter and Oscar Hammerstein, plus heartfelt introductions by Julie Andrews describing favorite family holiday moments, this is the perfect collection for families to share together.



“Priceman’s bright, eye-catching, folksy watercolors complement the poems perfectly and seem tolift right off the pages. The holiday/month index in the back of the book makes it easy to find a poem appropriate for any season, holiday, or mood. A light, warm, and cheerful addition to any collection.” –SLJ


“Perfect for family sharing, this also makes a valuable resource for teachers and librarians in need of verses for special days.” –Booklist

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



By Kirsten Smith

Genre: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Poetry

Curriculum Subjects: Friendship, Personal Development, Poetry

Grade: 10-12


Sixteen-year-old Moe’s Shoftlifters Anonymous meetings are usually punctuated by the snores of an old man and the whining of the world’s unhappiest housewife. Until the day that Tabitha Foster and Elodie walk in. Tabitha Foster pretty much has everything she wants: money, friends, popularity, a hot boyfriend who worships her…and clearly also a yen for stealing. So does Elodie, who, despite her goodie-two-shoes attitude pretty much has “klepto” written across her forehead in indelible marker. But both of them are nothing compared to Moe.


Tabitha, Elodie, and Moe: a beauty queen, a professional wallflower, and a burnout– a more unlikely trio high school has rarely seen. And yet, when Tabitha challenges them to a steal-off, they set off down a road of strange friendship linked by the thrill of stealing and the reasons that spawn it.
★ “Funny, smart, and perceptive.” – PW

Call Me Hope

Call Me Hope

By Gretchen Olson

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Curriculum subjects: Parents/Siblings/Babies, Abuse, Character Development

Grade: 3-7

2008 KY Blue Grass Winner


As 11-year-old Hope struggles to live under the pressures of her verbally abusive mother, she’s tempted to run away but instead chooses resilience. She creates a secret safe haven and an innovative point system (giving herself points for every bad thing her mother says to her); finds comfort and inspiration from Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl; and gains a support team. Ultimately, Hope is able to confront her mother about her hurtful words and help her begin to change.


This is an engaging, satisfying novel, about an important and not widely-understood issue, that will touch and inspire readers.


★ “Hope is a winsome character whose bravery and determination will resonate with middle-grade readers.” Booklist