Books by Theme
Remembering and Giving Thanks
November is a month to remember those who have served to keep others safe. It is also a harvest month and a special time to give thanks. In these books youíll join two children who are reunited with a parent; meet the man who helped create a parade that has gone on for more than 80 Novembers; and laugh with characters who prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving!
A Little Peace
"All it takes is
one hand/One smile/A single voice
" to achieve it; and children everywhere can "spread a little peace". Full color photographs taken around the world (and sourced at the end) along with a concluding note from the president of the U.S. Institute of Peace concludes this exceptional concept book.
Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade
Tony Sarge grew from a boy who liked to figure out how to make things move to the man who invented marionettes controlled from below. It was Sarge who invented huge "articulating" balloons that have been the focus of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1928. Mixed media art combines with lively text to present Tony Sarge, his creativity, and contributions.
Biscuit Is Thankful
Biscuit, a small yellow puppy, is grateful for many things. He appreciates his little girl, their daily walks, and more. Straightforward illustrations and the clear-cut narrative presented on sturdy pages is just right to share with younger children.
Coming on Home Soon
When Ada Ruth's mother goes to Chicago for a much-needed job during World War II, Ada Ruth stays with her grandmother in Grandma's rural home. Being apart is tough even though Ada Ruth knows it is in response to the war. Words and illustration combine to present a stirring portrait of longing, family, and love until mother and child are reunited. Also available in Japanese.
Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)
Junie B and her classmates are back, trying to be the first graders who win the school contest for the best list of things for which to be thankful. Junie hasn't changed much — she's still energetic and at times a bit impolite — but Thanksgiving with Junie is sure to make children chuckle as they recognize the humor in Junieís situations.
Splat Says Thank You
Splat, a likeable, fuzzy cat is grateful for many things, especially his friend Seymour. To show him, Splat makes more than a card; he makes a thank you book! Expressive, textured illustrations on open backgrounds show Splatís range of emotions as he thinks about his buddy.
Strega Nona's Harvest
When the good Italian witch, Strega Nona carefully adds a touch of magic to her well-tended garden it grows beautifully. Her bumbling assistant, Big Anthony, is not as careful with near-disastrous results. A creative solution to the overabundance winds up helping many - but will Big Anthony ever learn?
The Letter Home
A medic writes his son about his time in Europe in 1918 during the First World War. The man tells his son that he wanted to wait until he could also say he was coming home. Understated text combines with black/white line drawings for a sophisticated, evocative, and touching glimpse of war, sure to generate conversation between readers.
A boy describes the trip he takes with his father to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Together, they look for the name of his grandfather, who died before he was born.
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