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Zazu Dreams

by Cara Judea Alhadeff

Zazu Dreams is a tale about the adventures of a Sephardic boy and his imaginary friend, a malamute husky, as they traverse the globe on a humpback whale across time and space, experiencing the marvels and mayhem of the relationship between humans and their environments (human ecologies). Crossing temporal dimensions and international borders, past, present, and future overlap through phantasmagorical encounters with historical figures like Jacques Cousteau, Spinoza, Rachel Carson, and ibn Sina. For cross-generational audiences, Zazu Dreams includes lush illustrations and detailed endnotes (“The 21st Century Arcades Project”). Together, the narrative, images, and Arcades unravel the intersections between the sciences and humanities—global ecological extinction and cultural extinction of ethnic minorities. Zazu Dreams explores migration and transformation from waste to useful by-product—including toxic sludge to critical compost, desertification to oasis, cusp of extinction to restoration, body-phobia to biophilia. Symbiotic relationships from the natural world coincide with the histories of diasporic peoples from Iberia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The authors integrate two seemingly unrelated topics: Jewish and Arabic philosophies with consumer-convenience petro-culture. This cautionary fable incites transgenerational audiences to question the vast implications of the vital yet precarious concept of “sustainability.”

Published: 21 December 2016 | 140 pages | Categories: / / /

Zazu Dreams: Between the Scarab and the Dung Beetle

Walter and the Wallet

by Billy Bloom

Walter Whippingdale is having a bad day. A very very bad day. But then he finds a wallet stuffed with money lying in the street. And just like that, everything changes.

Published: 1 September 2016 | 28 pages | Categories: /

Walter and the Wallet

Himalayan Kidnap

by Jane Wilson-Howarth

When sixteen-year-old Alex’s parents ask him to deliver a mysterious package to their animal research camp in the Nepalese jungle, he and his twelve-year-old brother James do not have a clue about the trouble they are about to face. An unsuccessful ransom payment leads to an arduous journey through the crispy forests of the wild west of Nepal in pursuit of the terrorists who have captured their parents. Even with the help of their friend Atti, how can three children rescue the parents from armed kidnappers?

Published: 15 November 2016 | 176 pages | Categories: / /

Himalayan Kidnap: The First Alex and James Eco-Aventure in Nepal

Benito to the Rescue

by Brooke Welsh

Gabriela was beginning to think she would never fit in and make friends at her new school. Could a rescue dog provide her with a much needed friendship? Join Gabriela and her four-legged friend as she learns some life lessons she will never forget.

Published: 5 August 2016 | 28 pages | Categories: /

Benito to the Rescue

Wie man Monster zähmt

by Sven Kinzel and Oliver Renner

Ein kleines Mädchen namens Sue ist gemein zu anderen Kindern und voller Wut, und dadurch ist sie einsam. Sie kommt aus diesem Kreislauf nicht mehr heraus. Ein Monster besucht Sue und nimmt sie humorvoll mit auf eine Reise zu sich selbst. Es ist als würde sie sich selbst zuschauen können, wie sie wütend ihre Zeit verbringt. Mit Hilfe des Monsters kann Sue sich aus ihrer Wut befreien. Und zu guter Letzt können andere Kinder nun von Sue lernen.

Published: 5 August 2016 | 30 pages | Categories: / / / /

Wie man Monster zähmt

Mermaid and the Star

by Sherrie Conaway

A beautiful goodnight story to be enjoyed over and over. As Star falls from the heavens and plummets into the ocean, a terrible fate awaits him - if he is not rescued by Mermaid before hitting the ocean’s floor. He could become a “star that crawls, but dreams no more” and forget how he once twinkled “up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky.” This favorite lullaby is transformed by a young girl dreaming about the night sky and the mysteries of the vast sea, and it reminds us - kids and adults alike - how important our innate sense of child-like wonder is as we explore our world and keep our dreams alive.

Published: 15 June 2016 | 32 pages | Categories: / /

Mermaid and the Star

Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another

by Janice Milusich

Look out Humble, here comes Cleo. Cleopatra W. Darby’s ideas are big, and her inventions are out of this world. So when Cleo moves into her new old house in the country, the small town of Humble isn’t quite ready for her, especially Ms. Mason and her daughter Emmie. Cleo is worried that Humble just isn’t the place for her. All of her inventions have flopped since she’s arrived. But Mom, Dad, Albert, and Mrs. Swell believe in her, and Cleo is not one to give up. If she can’t find a friend, she’ll invent one. And after her invented friend, Hope, falls apart, Cleo is still able to save the day. After all, one good idea always leads to another...

Published: 20 July 2016 | 84 pages | Categories: / /

Cleo's Big Ideas: One Thing Leads to Another

Perfectly Imperfect Parker

by Dana Fonash

For years, Gangly Fir has watched so many of the other spruces be chosen by family after family as they search the tree farm for their perfect Christmas trees. But with his gaping holes and crooked trunk, he is certain he has no hope of being given a real name by a family and given the chance to light up their home for the holidays. But maybe one small child will realize that is not a perfect tree they are looking for, but rather the perfect tree for their family, with all of character traits that Gangly Fir has...maybe underneath his crooked boughs, he really is Perfectly Imperfect Parker.

Published: 23 November 2016 | 32 pages | Categories: /

Perfectly Imperfect Parker

Nana's Favorite Things

by Dorothy H Price

Sasha loves to shoot hoops and ride her bike. Those are her favorite things to do. But she also enjoys her Nana’s yummy treats. One day, Sasha learns her Nana has diabetes and can no longer eat the tasty snacks they have baked together over the years. With quick thinking, Sasha comes up with a clever plan to help her Nana become more active and healthy. Before long, Sasha and Nana realize they both have some new favorite things.

Published: 8 February 2016 | 28 pages | Categories: / / /

Nana's Favorite Things

Wings in the Water

by Cathy Marine

Step aboard the Ono V and join Mote Marine Lab Senior Biologist Kim Bassos-Hull as she cruises the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico looking for spotted eagle rays. Popular in public aquariums, and found in warm and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, the spotted eagle ray is an amazingly beautiful animal. Sometimes referred to as “flat sharks,” these elasmobranchs are easily identified by spot patterns on their dorsal side. Photos and a fast-paced text show how Kim and other scientists investigate the behaviors and habitats of these rays from pups to mature adults in order to develop a conservation plan for this near-threatened species.

Published: | 42 pages | Categories:

Wings in the Water

The Crumbles Chronicles: Snout vs. Snowman

by Laura Scott Schaefer

Narrated by Crumbles himself, Snout vs. Snowman takes kids on another adventure with this nervous rescue pup. This time, Crumbles must defeat the evil snowman army before they freeze all of his humans and turn them into snow humans too! Filled with humor, teamwork and crisis management, Book 2 brings back familiar characters and introduces a few new ones. You will get to know Rodie, Crumbles’ new bumbling but good-hearted brother, and Bagel, the dog obsessed with playing who has peculiar eating habits. Of course, Crumbles shares more of his Crumbles Code Rules, such as “Don’t startle me. I pee” and “I drink warm bathwater. Don’t judge.” Can this nervous rescue save his humans from a frozen fate? Will he ever realize what it means to have a brother? Bark along with Crumbles to find out! And remember, anyone can be a hero.

Published: | 102 pages | Categories: / /

The Crumbles Chronicles: Snout vs. Snowman

A Happy a Day Keeps the Grouchies Away!

by Sandy Cameli

We all have good days and bad days, some make us smile while others make us frown. How would you like to turn those frowns upside down? I like to think about happies when the grouchies try to sneak in and make me growl! A rainbow in the sky can easily make me smile when I’ve left my keys behind, or a birdy’s sweet tweets can help tune out the honking horns in traffic. Now you try! This book will give you some ideas of how everyday activities can put on a smile on your face, a dance in your step, and a giggle in your belly! And, after you have read about other people’s happies, you can create your own on the last pages!

Published: 15 July 2016 | 28 pages | Categories: /

A Happy a Day Keeps the Grouchies Away!

Big and Strong, I Belong!

by Bonnie Morris

Sometimes kids are bigger (or thinner or shorter or taller) than other kids at school. But don’t they still all belong? Here’s a story about a big girl whose hurt feelings started a conversation... about being different.

Published: 15 July 2015 | 28 pages | Categories: /

Big and Strong, I Belong!

Off-the-Grid Kid

by Bronwyn Preece

I live in a cabin by the sea, on the small and beautiful island of Lasqueti. In the middle of the Georgia Strait, on this off-the-grid isle our home we make. Welcome to this true account of life on Lasqueti Island, where this “off-the-grid kid”, the author, and the illustrator all make their homes, forming part of a creative and vibrant community, inspiring new ways of living sustainably!

Published: 22 April 2015 | 32 pages | Categories: None

Off-the-Grid Kid

Tilikum's Dream (book and soundtrack)

by Tracey Lynn Coryell

It is time to set him free! Tilikum has been living in a cement pool since he was about two, when he was ripped from his mother’s side off the coast of Iceland in 1983. Tracey Lynn Coryell joins the Blue Freedom movement to free orcas like Tilikum, and other gorgeous and intelligent sea animals, with this book and music by singer-songwriter Tracey, accompanied by legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell. Tilikum’s Dream adds one more voice to the Blue Freedom campaign to give “a voice to the voiceless whales and dolphins who have been captured and forced into a life of captivity, where they are made to endlessly perform tricks or cooperate with swim programs for the profit of marine parks.” (www.bluefreedom.org)

Published: 22 April 2015 | 30 pages | Categories: None

Tilikum's Dream (book and soundtrack)

Madam President: Five Women Who Paved the Way

by Nichola Gutgold, Abigail Kennedy, and illustrated by Jane Ramsey

Whoever that first woman president may be, she will be indebted to the other women who trailblazed before her. We have had over forty presidents in the United States since the country began, and all of them have been men. But did you know that many women also have run for president? They have been trying for decades, and will keep trying. Someday soon, a woman will be elected President of the United States. It could be you!

Published: | 32 pages | Categories: None

Madam President: Five Women Who Paved the Way

The Crumbles Chronicles: Battle of the Paper Bags

by Laura Scott Schaefer

Narrated by Crumbles himself, Battle of the Paper Bags tells a humorous “tail” about how an insecure rescue pup faces his arch nemesis (well, one of them) - big brown paper bags! But can a nervous pup such as Crumbles really battle the bags and win? Bark along with this hapless hero as he deals with his own identity crisis, his overwhelming fear of everyday objects, and a yearning to have a real super power. Along the way, Crumbles meets Napoleon, a tiny poodle with a big attitude, Chip, a frantic rodent, and Whisper, the wise bunny. Crumbles also shares his amusing Crumbles Code Rules, such as “ I pee on Myself. Deal with it.” and “Don’t Touch My Tail. Ever.” Hilarious but heartwarming, Crumbles shows us that anyone can be a hero. Proceeds benefit local SPCAs.

Published: 14 February 2015 | 104 pages | Categories: / /

The Crumbles Chronicles: Battle of the Paper Bags

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Europe

by Andrea Strongwater

(Moonbeam silver medalist, Foreword Review silver medalist): Lost Synagogues is a collection of vibrant paintings depicting synagogues that were eradicated before and during WWII. Andrea Strongwater has researched Jewish communities across Europe to connect archival photos with written records that together tell the story of European Jewish life before the holocaust. Ideal for children.

Published: 19 April 2012 | 48 pages | Categories:

Where We Once Gathered, Lost Synagogues of Europe (hardcover)

But, Where are the Eggs?

by Mary Beth Bamat

Eight-year-old Sam was so excited to spend the day on the farm with Farmer Pete. He was proud when Farmer Pete asked him to collect and count the eggs for breakfast.

Published: | 30 pages | Categories:

But, Where are the Eggs?

Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out

by Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

(Moonbeam Silver Medalist 2014) Weirdo Calhoun was the weirdest of all from the day he was born. Before long, his joyful strangeness spread like a dance craze and inspired other kids to find their inner weird. Then, in a blaze of gleaming smiles, the Ad Men rolled into town and sponsored a wild and crazy talent show, and the outcome might just change the city of Squaresville forever! By Emmy-award-winning kindie hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Published: 23 September 2014 | 32 pages | Categories: None

Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out (Book, CD & Instant Download)