2021 Back to School Promotion

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Back to School is exciting for students and educators alike! Whether you’re together in person, remotely, or somewhere in between, we have books to engage and enlighten readers from concepts to social emotional learning to STEM. We invite you to get started and kick off the new school year!

First Day of School / New School

Let's be Friends

My Friend / Mi Amigo: Let’s Be Friends! / Seamos Amigos! by René Colato Laínez, illus. Nomar Perez

It’s the first day of school and two students who speak two different languages, Joe and José, meet for the first time. As the two get to know each other, whatever Joe says in English, José says in Spanish. The students learn to paint together, embracing both their similarities and differences along the way in this bilingual picture book.

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Carmen Learns EnglishCarmen Learns English
Amira’s Picture DayAmira’s Picture Day
Beatrice Bly’s Rules for SpiesBeatrice Bly’s Rules for Spies


Game On!
Educator's Guide
Teacher’s Guide


Educator’s Guide (coming soon)

Star Striker: Game On! by Mary Amato

Cut from the soccer team, 13-year-old Albert Finney’s dreams of playing soccer are over . . . on Earth that is! The Zeenods from the Fŭigor Solar System have different plans. Albert accepts the position of star striker on the Zeenods’ intergalactic team. However, as threats against his life from mysterious forces begin to mount, he quickly learns that the rules of soccer in outer space are the least of his worries.

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More Sports
I Hop I Hop
Lucas at the ParalympicsLucas at the Paralympics
Lucas Makes a ComebackLucas Makes a Comeback
Playing to WinPlaying to Win


Soccer Trophy Mystery
Educator's Guide
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Educator’s Guide (coming soon)

Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

“This companion to Caldecott Honor book Green . . .  and its sequel, Blue . . ., explores the color red as symbol of our conflicted responses to nature. . . . Lush illustrations, sensitive interconnections, and subtle visual clues unite all three outstanding volumes.”ーKirkus Reviews 

Anger and love. Fear and passion. A young fox’s journey to find its family explores and illustrates the different ways we view the color red.

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More Concepts
Numbers Everywhere Numbers Everywhere
One of These Is Not Like the OthersOne of These Is Not Like the Others

Reading and Writing

You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer!

You Are a Reader! / You Are a Writer! by April Jones Prince, illus. Christine Davenier

Two books in one! From plotting, to pondering, to writer’s block, the start-to-finish journey of writing is documented in this unique story. Turn the book around and the story of the reader comes to life as well.

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More Reading and Writing
The Lost LanguageThe Lost Language
The Story of a StoryThe Story of a Story

SEL Social Emotional Learning

Not Little

Not Little by Maya Myers, illus. Hyewon Yum

“Charming.” ーShelf Awareness

Dot is used to both children and adults underestimating her for her size. However, she takes on her greatest challenge yet as a bully finds a new target in herself and her new classmate Sam. Dot may be small, but she’s certainly not little!

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More Social Emotional Learning 
And Then Came HopeAnd Then Came Hope
Bear OutsideBear Outside
Go Be WonderfulGo Be Wonderful
The Space We’re InThe Space We’re In
Twig and Turtle 4: Make New Friends, But Keep the OldTwig and Turtle 4: Make New Friends, But Keep the Old
Twig and Turtle 5: Time for TeamworkTwig and Turtle 5: Time for Teamwork


Jadie in Five Dimensions
Educator's Guide
Educator’s Guide

Jadie in Five Dimensions

Educator’s Guide (coming soon)

Jadie in Five Dimensions by Dianne K. Salerni

Jadie Martin has gotten used to life in different dimensions. Abandoned at a young age and later rescued by interdimensional beings known as the Seers, Jadie acts as their agent of positive change. However, things aren’t always as they seem and four dimensions may not be enough to uncover all the secrets of her past.

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1, 2, 3 Pull!1, 2, 3 Pull!
Solids, Liquids, Gases, and PlasmaSolids, Liquids, Gases, and Plasma
The Ups and Downs of GravityThe Ups and Downs of Gravity
Violet and the Pie of LifeViolet and the Pie of Life

Food / Nutrition / Health

I Want an Apple

I Want an Apple by David L. Harrison, illus. David Catrow

I want an apple. Smart brain, help me find one. Sniffy nose, smell the apple. Bright eyes, help me see it.

Legs, feet, arms, teeth, tongue, tummy . . . and long intestine too . . . all snap into action when a child decides she wants an apple. A clever and humorous introduction to body parts and their function.

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More Food / Nutrition / Health
And Then Came HopeAnd Then Came Hope


Stitch by Stitch
Educator's Guide
Educator’s Guide

Stitch by Stitch

Educator’s Guide (coming soon)

Stitch by Stitch by Connie Schofield-Morrison, illus. Elizabeth Zunon

In 1832, a 14-year-old Elizabeth Keckly was enslaved and sent to work as the sole servant for a prominent Virginia family. Despite grueling work and harsh treatment, Elizabeth fostered incredible talent in dressmaking. Elizabeth’s journey from enslavement and forced silence to activism and recognition as the personal modiste of Mary Todd Lincoln comes to life with precise narration and ornate illustrations.

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More History
The History of Western Art in Comics Part One: Prehistory to the RenaissanceThe History of Western Art in Comics Part One: Prehistory to the Renaissance
The History of Western Art in Comics Part Two: Renaissance to Modern ArtThe History of Western Art in Comics Part Two: Renaissance to Modern Art
Kate’s LightKate’s Light
Song for JimiSong for Jimi
What Isabella WantedWhat Isabella Wanted

Graphic Novels and I Like to Read® Comics

Salt Magic
Educator's Guide
Educator’s Guide

Salt Magic

Educator’s Guide (coming soon)

Salt Magic by Hope Larson, illus. Rebecca Mock

ILTR Comics

From the creators of the New York Times best-selling Compass South comes a striking, new graphic fairy tale: when a jealous witch curses her family’s well, it’s up to Vonceil to set things right in an epic journey that will leave her changed forever.

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More Graphic Novels
Carlton Crumple Creature Catcher 3: Reptoids from SpaceCarlton Crumple Creature Catcher 3: Reptoids from Space
Black Sand Beach #1: Are You Afraid of the Light?Black Sand Beach #1: Are You Afraid of the Light?
Black Sand Beach #2: Do You Remember the Summer Before?Black Sand Beach #2: Do You Remember the Summer Before?
A Giant MessA Giant Mess
Kraken Me UpKraken Me Up
Noodleheads Do the ImpossibleNoodleheads Do the Impossible

Gail Gibbons

Monarch Butterfly
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Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly by Gail Gibbons

“Gail Gibbons has taught more preschoolers and early readers about the world than any other children’s writer-illustrator.”—The Washington Post

The incomparable Gail Gibbons’s trove of beloved books for science fans includes the new and updated edition of her best-selling classic which introduces young readers to the fascinating and colorful process of how caterpillars become butterflies.

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More Gail Gibbons
Elephants of AfricaElephants of Africa
Giant PandasGiant Pandas

Check out all the Gail Gibbons books, including board books, paperbacks, and hardcovers—and lots of New and Updated Editions!