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If I were still teaching in the primary grades, students would definitely find FARM FRIENDS ESCAPE! (Animal Planet Adventures#2) by Gail Herman and DOLPHIN RESCUE (Animal Planet Adventures #1) by Catherine Nichols on my bookshelves. Each 10-chapter book introduces readers to a pair of protagonists (cousins Luke and Sarah in Farm Friends Escape, and siblings Maddie and Atticus in Dolphin Rescue) who, using their problem-solving skills, work together to help animals and solve a mystery.

These engaging chapter books, part of a new series from Animal Planet, offer traditional narrative stories with color illustrations alongside engaging photo and fact-filled sidebars. The books have a recommended reading level of 3rd grade, but I can easily see them holding the interest of older, reluctant readers as well as make a perfect choice for younger, fluent readers.  Kids will enjoy the bonus flipbook feature which accompanies each book.

Two new books, PUPPY RESCUE RIDDLE and ZOO CAMP PUZZLE are forthcoming in September 2017.


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WE Have a Cybil’s POETRY Winner!!!

February 15, 2017
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Somebody Loves You…

February 13, 2017

  Valentine’s Day comes once a year, but isn’t every day the perfect day for letting somebody know you care? Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, illustrated by Paul Yalowitz (S&S, 1991) is what I like to call an “oldie but goodie.” It’s been shared with children for over 25 years! In a time in our […]

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Bears, Bees, and Flamingos

February 8, 2017

  Poetry is perfect for any age, and today’s post introduces readers to a new series of board book poetry perfect for young readers.  Flamingos Fly and Bears are Big are just two of the four books in the “Animals Play” series by Douglas Florian (Little Bee Books, 2017). Brightly colored illustrations by Barbara Bakos bring a […]

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Stef Soto, Taco Queen

February 1, 2017

  Estefania “Stef” Soto has been trying to get her Papi to stop bringing her family’s taco truck, Tía Perla, to Saint Scholastica School for months. Doesn’t he understand that hardly anyone gets picked up from school by their parents anymore?  Stef just wants to be like all the other kids. When Julia, her once-upon-a-time friend, calls […]

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MISSING NIMAMA – when a child grieves for a parent

January 29, 2017

This picture book by Melanie Florence and illustrated by Francois Thisdale tells the story of Kateri, a young Cree girl who is motherless and being raised by her grandmother, Nohkom. Kateri’s story is based on the stories of the missing indigenous women of the U.S. and Canada. Told in alternating voices, the absent mother follows […]

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Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

January 25, 2017
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