I Can Read

Hopping a train, boarding a train, riding a train, but training a train? That’s exactly what Jason Carter Eaton suggests we do if we really love trains. After all, trains make awesome pets. In this hilarious how-to manual, Eaton guides us through our top choices (freight train? monorail? steam engine?) and how to catch it (by making the call of the wild train, "Chugga-chugga, chugga-chugga"). Once we get to know it, we can even teach it tricks like rolling over or jumping through a ring of fire. Rocco’s eye-catching art captures to hilarious effect the gargantuan size of the train in contrast to its small but enthusiastic owner. A sure hit that will keep your little train lover giggling and demanding to hear it again. Ages 3–7.

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By Jason Carter Eaton, John Rocco (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763663070
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 24th, 2013

Penny (star of the endearing Penny and Her Song) finds a blue marble on a green lawn and pockets it, knowing it probably belongs to someone else. Incrementally, she is consumed by guilt. Her parents, recognizing a problem, encourage her to tell them about what is troubling her, but Penny handles this alone, and the next morning she returns the marble to the spot where it was found. A small, terse--yet humorous--I Can Read drama written on the same reading level as Frog & Toad. For ages 4–7. Available in paperback and hardcover.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780062082053
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 27th, 2013

In this enjoyable, sweet, low-key drama, Billy Miller carefully navigates his way through his second-grade year: happy sometimes, worried sometimes, accepting and understanding change. We empathize with his anxieties and celebrate his successes, just as we are amused by the very different style of his sister. Sal is 3 years old and utterly sure of herself, toting her pillowcase, which contains the pale-yellow plush whales she refers to as the Drop Sisters (Raindrop, Dewdrop, Gumdrop, etc.). Henkes writes so well about the small difficulties and pleasures one experiences in the school year. Ages 7–9, 3rd-grade reading level.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books - September 17th, 2013

On left-hand pages, young children build with blocks, cups, pillows, sand—whatever’s available—as simple concrete poems describe the constructions. Right-hand pages are photographs of architectural marvels (the Guggenheim, Fallingwater) that echo the kids’ structures; endnotes provide additional information. This celebration of play, creation, and imagination is visually appealing and wholly original. —Horn Book. Grades K–2
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$18.95
ISBN: 9781600606519
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Published: Lee & Low Books - October 1st, 2012

Graham’s carelessly cozy, unfussily domestic art brings Borrowers-esque charm to this tale of a young girl and her sister who follow in the tooth fairy tradition of their parents by going on their very first commission. —Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books. Ages 5–8.
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By Bob Graham, Bob Graham (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780763663476
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - April 9th, 2013

Little mouse-girl Penny has a song in her heart. Well, it’s not just in her heart, because she likes to belt it out. Henkes understands the way families make memories in his first easy reader, an adorable opener to the Penny series. —Booklist. Grades K–2.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$3.99
ISBN: 9780062081971
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

This memorable second easy reader about mouse Penny explores the universal childhood experience of naming things, with Penny pondering what to call the new doll Gram has sent her. Henkes skillfully develops his

characters and story using three brief chapters,

accessible language, intentional repetition, subtle clues, and expressive illustrations to great effect. —Horn Book. Grades K–2.

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By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062081995
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 21st, 2012

Lulu’s teacher doesn’t want any more animals in class, but when an unhatched egg winds up in Lulu’s pocket, she finds an unexpected ally. Lulu, a biracial girl in a multicultural classroom, stars in a story great for moving transitional readers to chapter books. —Booklist. Grades 1–3.
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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807548080
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 1st, 2012

Cousins Lulu and Mellie are best friends. In this modern-day, seaside adventure, the girls are vacationing with Lulu’s parents and their beloved old dog, Sam. Having rented a cottage from a persnickety owner, the family hopes for the perfect week full of reading, kite-building, and marathon-training. However, a wayward stray bounds into their lives and turns their plans upside down (along with a few trash cans along the way). McKay hits the nail on the head in this beginning chapter book. Children will delight in the story of how this thieving menace turns into a brave hero and loyal friend, wiggling its way into the hearts of the characters and readers alike. This book is just right for youngsters ready for chapters, with cheerful black-and-white illustrations on almost every other page. Younger children will also enjoy this story as a read-aloud. The plot is universal and the vocabulary hints of a European setting. Family members sticking together to overcome obstacles is the prevalent theme and the happy ending is hoped for, if not expected. This title should be a staple in any early-chapter-book

collection. —School Library Journal. Grades 1–3.

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By Hilary McKay, Priscilla Lamont (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780807548202
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - March 1st, 2013

Before becoming The Babe, George Ruth was just a regular kid growing up in Baltimore. Tracing Babe Ruth’s formative years and his first exposure to baseball at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, this picture book brings history to life showing that even when Babe made it big, he never forgot where he came from. “The art captures Ruth’s irrepressible personality and joy in playing baseball. Yes, the eyes definitely twinkle.” —Booklist, starred review. Ages 6+

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By Matt Tavares, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763656461
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - February 12th, 2013

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