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Signs of September

Change is in the air. Pull up a chair and dip into this September-inspired basket of books!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss


By: Nikki McClure
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Single words in apple red combine with bold black-lined illustrations to tell tales of apples, autumn, seasons, and more. A brief note about apple trees and composting conclude this unique and attractive look focused around one of fall’s favorite fruits.

Apples A to Z

By: Margaret McNamara
Illustrated by: Jake Parker
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

A spiffy fox and friends and the alphabet are used to introduce apples — from blossoms, to how they grow, apple varieties, and more. Rich words (such as "deciduous") are used, briefly but effectively introducing sophisticated concepts. Back matter extends the fun, activities, and information.

Awesome Autumn

By: Bruce Goldstone
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Autumn is a season during which there are many changes: leaves turn colors, air becomes cooler, and crops are harvested. These and more seasonal signals are presented in conversational language and vivid photographs. Easy-to-do autumn activities conclude this attractive and appealing book.

Dog Loves Drawing

By: Louise Yates
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When the story-loving small white dog – the owner of a bookstore (first introduced in Dog Loves Books) — receives a blank book, he’s puzzled. Inside, there’s a note from Dog's aunt saying that "the lines [Dog] draws open a door to some wonderful adventures." His imagination and creativity sparkle as Dog tells a story with line and color. Dog's engaging story within a story is sure to inspire art and artists.

I Spy: School

By: Jean Marzollo
Illustrated by: Walter Wick
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Newly independent readers will figure out the riddles (culled from other books in the "I Spy" series) and enjoy locating the objects. Words and photographs on one side of each double page spread provide clues for decoding as well as what to look for in the more intricate photographic scene on the opposing page.

Ollie's School Day: A Yes-and-No Book

By: Stephanie Calmenson
Illustrated by: Abby Carter
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Children share Ollie's school day beginning with getting dressed for school (will he wear a bathing suit? A space suit? A police officer’s uniform? Shirt and pants?) as well as everyday activities until the he gets home. Young listeners will laugh as they participate in this inviting, comical, and lively presentation.

Pirates Go to School

By: Corinne Demas
Illustrated by: John Manders
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

What happens when pirates and their parrots go to school? Aargh! They learn to follow rules (like cleaning up their messes and enjoying story time) just like the regular kids in class. Wacky, exaggerated illustrations combine with the rhyming tale for a funny romp and different take on a typical school day.

Rocket Writes a Story

By: Tad Hills
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Rocket, the small dog (How Rocket Learned to Read), loves words and wants to use them in a story. His teacher — a patient yellow bird — helps Rocket write. Not only does Rocket write (and revise) a story, he finds a friend. Concrete strategies for successful writing are presented with a light and always appealing touch.

The Big Something

By: Patricia Reilly Giff
Illustrated by: Diane Pallmisciano
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Best friends, Jilli and Jim fret, when Jilli's dog, Fiercely, digs under the fence and into another yard. The children muster their courage and some gummy bears to confront the witch but discover that she's a trusted teacher who’s preparing for school. This gentle, easy-to-read story, provides readers with an important reminder.

The Case of the Incapacitated Capitals

By: Robin Pulver
Illustrated by: Lynn Rowe Reed
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Upper and lowercase letters worry that Mr. Wright's students no longer know when to use capitalization! A student letter to the principal about Teacher Appreciation Day is all wrong, prompting the small letters to send an SOS (Save Our Sentences). The kids (and readers) learn when to capitalize and a bit of letter history in this bright, humorous classroom tale.

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