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1 GIANT LEAP

1 GIANT LEAP

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The exciting story of the first-ever moon landing--a perfect way to introduce young readers to that pivotal moment in human history!

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person in history to set foot on the moon. As he did so, he uttered his famous declaration: "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But how did he and Buzz Aldrin reach the moon? What was their journey like? In this gorgeously illustrated book, readers join the crew of Apollo 11 as they race into space and reach incredible new heights. With a message that anything is possible if you try, and a large trim size that works nicely for group reads, this is a wonderful classroom or story-time read-aloud and a great way to share the story of the first moon landing with young readers. To commemorate this extraordinary moment in human history, Robert Burleigh and Mike Wimmer have created a breathtakingly beautiful tribute that transports readers to the stars, where they will experience the moon landing just as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did.

1619 Project: Born on the Water

1619 Project: Born on the Water

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The 1619 Project's lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.

A young student receives a family tree assignment in school, but she can only trace back three generations. Grandma gathers the whole family, and the student learns that 400 years ago, in 1619, their ancestors were stolen and brought to America by white slave traders.
But before that, they had a home, a land, a language. She learns how the people said to be born on the water survived.


And the people planted dreams and hope,
willed themselves to keep
living, living.

And the people learned new words
for love
for friend
for family

for joy
for grow
for home.

With powerful verse and striking illustrations by Nikkolas Smith, Born on the Water provides a pathway for readers of all ages to reflect on the origins of American identity.

A IS FOR ACTIVIST

A IS FOR ACTIVIST

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This bestselling ABC book is written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for. A continuous bestseller for Triangle Square, we heard from booksellers around the country who clamored for a large format edition that would appeal to children over the age of 5. This engaging book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children and parents to action.
A IS FOR ACTIVIST-BOARD

A IS FOR ACTIVIST-BOARD

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One of NPR's Top 100 Book for Young Readers

"Reading it is almost like reading Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, but for two-year olds--full of pictures and rhymes and a little cat to find on every page that will delight the curious toddler and parents alike."--Occupy Wall Street

A is for Activist is an ABC board book written and illustrated for the next generation of progressives: families who want their kids to grow up in a space that is unapologetic about activism, environmental justice, civil rights, LGBTQ rights, and everything else that activists believe in and fight for.

The alliteration, rhyming, and vibrant illustrations make the book exciting for children, while the issues it brings up resonate with their parents' values of community, equality, and justice. This engaging little book carries huge messages as it inspires hope for the future, and calls children to action while teaching them a love for books.

A Whale of a Time

A Whale of a Time

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A collection of 366 hilarious poems about animals, families, school, food, holidays, and much more!

From the creators behind the award-winning anthologies Sing a Song of Seasons and Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, this rib-tickling illustrated anthology is filled with unforgettable classics and new discoveries, including poetry in translation. The spectacular range of poems for children includes work by

  • John Agard
  • Maya Angelou
  • Brian Bilston
  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Lucille Clifton
  • Wendy Cope
  • Nikki Grimes
  • Nikki Giovanni
  • Langston Hughes
  • Edward Lear
  • Ogden Nash
  • Linda Sue Park
  • Michael Rosen
  • Judith Viorst
  • William Carlos Williams
  • Jane Yolen
  • Benjamin Zephaniah
  • And many more!

  • Each poem is brought to life by Matt Hunt's comical and vibrant artwork. Whether shared out loud or read alone, this is the perfect book to bring a smile--every day of the year!

    With a ribbon marker and glossy double-page spreads, this is the perfect gift for any occasion.

    ABCS OF BLACK HIST

    ABCS OF BLACK HIST

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    A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

    B is for Beautiful, Brave, and Bright! And for a Book that takes a Bold journey through the alphabet of Black history and culture.

    Letter by letter, The ABCs of Black History celebrates a story that spans continents and centuries, triumph and heartbreak, creativity and joy.

    It's a story of big ideas--P is for Power, S is for Science and Soul. Of significant moments--G is for Great Migration. Of iconic figures--H is for Zora Neale Hurston, X is for Malcom X. It's an ABC book like no other, and a story of hope and love.

    In addition to rhyming text, the book includes back matter with information on the events, places, and people mentioned in the poem, from Mae Jemison to W. E. B. Du Bois, Fannie Lou Hamer to Sam Cooke, and the Little Rock Nine to DJ Kool Herc.

    AMAZING MACHINES: CLEAN GREEN

    AMAZING MACHINES: CLEAN GREEN

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    Save a lot of energy
    and keep our world clean.
    For every kind of living thing
    let's try to be more green.

    Zippy wordplay and zappy art make learning about eco-friendly inventions fun as Rabbit, Bird, and Mouse encounter electric cars, solar-powered planes, wind turbines, and much more. Each page is filled with details that machine-mad kids will love.

    From tractors and trucks to robots and rockets, the bestselling Amazing Machines series is the perfect way for children to learn about all sorts of machines and vehicles! Each book introduces a new vehicle or machine and the many jobs it can do. Ant Parker's bright, engaging artwork, and Tony Mitton's simple, rhyming text combine to make these fantastic books for young children. Kids will love getting to know the friendly animal characters who feature throughout the series and reading about their fast-paced adventures!

    Continue to explore all things that go with the rest of the Amazing Machines series, including Amazing Airplanes, Patrolling Police Cars, Roaring Rockets, and many more.

    An Earth Song (Petite Poems)

    An Earth Song (Petite Poems)

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    Discover the power and joy of poetry in the picture book An Earth Song, a simple, modern introduction to Langston Hughes, featuring an ode to spring and long-awaited new beginnings, and heartwarming full-color art by Tequitia Andrews.

    In this illustrated adaptation of a beloved Langston Hughes poem, a child delights as the world around him awakens from winter and comes to life with the long-awaited arrival of spring and new beginnings of all kinds.

    Includes a biography and photograph of Langston Hughes, one of the most prolific leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, and information about the poem An Earth Song

    Art Book for Children

    Art Book for Children

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    A perfect introduction to art for children everywhere, The Art Book for Children (Yellow Book) brings the clarity and innovation of Phaidon's bestselling Art Book to younger readers. 30 artists, from Raphael and Thomas Gainsborough to Winslow Homer and Gerhard Richter, have been selected from the original Art Book for their significance in art history as well as their appeal to children.

    The Art Book for Children (Yellow Book) is a fun and informative guide to 30 great artists and their most famous works, designed for both parent and child to enjoy together. The book encourages children to look closely at art and use their imagination to understand why artists choose to create the work they do and in the way that they do it. From the intricate details of the Limbourg Brothers' illuminated manuscripts to the dazzling Californian skies of David Hockney, every aspect of the works included here are discussed in an assessable and friendly style. This book will appeal particularly to children from age seven and upward, but will be of interest to readers of all ages.

    At the Poles

    At the Poles

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    The author of At the Pond and In the Woods takes readers to the most remote regions of our planet in this beautifully illustrated poetic ode to the creatures that inhabit the North and South poles.

    The stark, cold landscapes of Earth's poles may seem inhospitable, but their snowy hollows and glacial waters hide an astounding variety of creatures, from the tiny, fascinating tardigrade to the mysterious giant squid, from the fleet-footed Arctic hare to the majestic polar bear. Perfectly adapted for the climes they call home, these animals defy logic and invite awe. New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns his eye--and his pen--to the Arctic and Antarctic with lively poems filled with humor, admiration, and love, while illustrator Ellen Rooney's vivid multimedia art brings touches of warmth and beauty to the austere landscapes of the poles. Complete with notes on each animal in the back matter, At the Poles speaks to the preciousness of life at the ends of the Earth.

    Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior

    Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior

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    From New York Times bestselling picture book author Carole Lindstrom and illustrator Bridget George comes Autumn Peltier, Water Warrior, an inspiring picture book biography about two Indigenous Rights Activists, Josephine Mandamin and Autumn Peltier.

    The seventh generation is creating


    A sea of change.

    It was a soft voice, at first.
    Like a ripple.
    But with practice it grew louder.

    Indigenous women have long cared for the land and water, which in turn sustains all life on Earth--honoring their ancestors and providing for generations to come. Yet there was a time when their voices and teachings were nearly drowned out, leaving entire communities and environments in danger and without clean water.

    But then came Grandma Josephine and her great-niece, Autumn Peltier.

    Featuring a foreword from water advocate and Indigenous Rights Activist Autumn Peltier herself, this stunning picture book from New York Times-bestselling author Carole Lindstrom and illustrator Bridget George gives voice to the water and asks young readers to join the tidal wave of change.

    BACKPACK EXPLORER BIRD WATCH

    BACKPACK EXPLORER BIRD WATCH

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    The third book in the Backpack Explorer series from the Editors of Storey Publishing invites budding naturalists to head outside for a walk -- in the woods, a park, or right in their backyard -- to spot feathered friends. Backpack Explorer: Bird Watch leads kids aged 4 and up through the basics of birding, from identifying common birds to learning about habitat and migration and listening for bird songs. The pages are packed with prompts and activities, including 12 interactive field guides (for common birds, nests, eggs, tracks, and more), sensory scavenger hunts, activities such as building a bird nest, matching games, and simple discovery zone pages about food chains and the life cycle of birds. Equipped with a real magnifying glass, stickers, and a birding log for recording sightings and encounters, this book is the perfect take-along for any nature adventure.

    Also available in this series: Backpack Explorer: Beach Walk and Backpack Explorer: On the Nature Trail.

    Backpack Explorer: Discovering Plants and Flowers

    Backpack Explorer: Discovering Plants and Flowers

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    In this Backpack Explorer nature book, kids can search for wildflowers, ferns, grasses, seeds, and more, and learn basic plant science through activities that includes scavenger hunts, a plant log, stickers, and a real magnifying glass.

    Head outside and learn about the amazing plants and flowers all around! In the seventh book of the Backpack Explorer series, junior naturalists search for ferns, wildflowers, grasses, water plants, edible plants, and more in this take-along nature book. Backpack Explorer: Discovering Plants & Flowers is packed with prompts and activities, including 12 interactive field guides, sensory scavenger hunts, activities such as Paint with Dandelions, Watch a Flower Grow, and discovery zone pages with tips for identifying plants and flowers, plant science, leaf shapes, seeds, pollination, and more. With a real magnifying glass, stickers, and a log for recording plant finds, this book is the perfect take along for outdoor-loving kids for their next nature adventure.
    BBO BLOOMS

    BBO BLOOMS

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    In The Big Book of Blooms, the next installment in the wildly successful TheBigBook series, Yuval Zommer's charming illustrations bring to life some of the most colorful, flamboyant, and unusual flowers from across the globe.

    In the opening pages, readers will learn all about botany, including how to recognize different types of flowers. Subsequent pages illustrate the various habitats that are home to flora such as pitcher plants, the giant water lily, and the weirdly wonderful corpse flower. Readers will discover which flowers are endangered and why some blooms are fragrant or colorful, not to mention grisly details about carnivorous and poisonous flowers.

    This title pairs picture-book charm and concise, informative text to create a beautiful book for children to return to. Zommer's quirky illustrations appeal to young readers, who will relish these fun and amazing facts about the world's most exciting plants.

    BEATLES: A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

    BEATLES: A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

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    Help your little one dream big with a Little Golden Book biography about one of the greatest bands of all time--The Beatles! Little Golden Book biographies are the perfect introduction to nonfiction for young readers--as well as fans of all ages!

    This Little Golden Book about The Beatles--four friends from Liverpool who became the best-selling music act of all time--is an inspiring read-aloud for young children, as well as their parents and grandparents who are fans of the Fab Four. Experience Beatlemania all over again when reading about the band--from their humble beginnings to their unforgettable arrival in the U.S.

    Look for more Little Golden Book biographies:
    - Willie Nelson
    - Beyoncé
    - Dolly Parton
    - Taylor Swift
    - Tony Bennett

    BEFORE COLORS: WHERE PIGMENTS

    BEFORE COLORS: WHERE PIGMENTS

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    From award-winning author Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrator Madison Safer, Before Colors is an oversize nonfiction picture book exploring pigments and dyes made from natural sources--across time and around the world.

    Colors don't come out of nothing.
    They always start somewhere . . .
    With something . . .
    With someone.

    Discover how color is harnessed from nature in this survey of dyes and pigments from around the world. Organized by color--from yellow to purple to red and more--Before Colors marries a lyrical core text with tons of informational material for curious readers.

    In the narrative text, readers will encounter markers and artists as they source and process materials, transforming the most unexpected things into vibrant pigments and dyes. The sidebars offer much more to discover, including extensive lists of specific shades, short bios of colorful characters, and more.

    BEHOLD OUR MAGICAL GARDEN: POE

    BEHOLD OUR MAGICAL GARDEN: POE

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    Witty and inspiring, Allan Wolf's upbeat poems are poised to cultivate a new crop of gardeners, aided by Daniel Duncan's bountiful illustrations.

    In our garden, can you see?
    A grand adventure? And it's free!
    A green delicious fantasy?
    Behold our magical garden.

    There's a lot more to gardens than meets the eye! In this collection of buoyant poems filled with fun facts, young nature enthusiasts and budding gardeners are called on to help solve a mystery by the compost bin, join a Wild West-style standoff between some good bugs and a few bad ones, interview the sun to find out what happens when it drinks a glass of water, and learn the fancy names of plants to spice up dinner conversation. They'll be spurred to grab their own gardening tools, drop in some seeds, encounter a few insects, gather fresh vegetables, and find a whole lot of magic. Allan Wolf's playful poems and Daniel Duncan's whimsically detailed, welcoming illustrations combine in a charming celebration of the many wonders and lessons to be learned from a school garden. For further inspiration, engaging notes on the poems and an author's note on jotting down observations can be found in the back matter.

    BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN

    BESSIE THE MOTORCYCLE QUEEN

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    Hop on the bike with Bessie Stringfield, the motorcycle queen of Miami, in this powerful picture book from Coretta Scott King medalist Charles R. Smith, Jr. and debut picture book illustrator Charlot Kristensen.

    The folks they lined up to meet the Motorcycle Queen, seated sidesaddle on her motorbike machine.

    In 1929, 18-year-old Bessie Stringfield hopped on her motorcycle and headed out on an adventure, an unusual choice for a young Black woman at the time. Paying her way by winning motorcycle races, she criss-crossed the country through small towns, big cities, and wide open spaces.

    But not everyone was happy to see Bessie's brown face peeking out from underneath her helmet. And more than once, Bessie found herself making some quick exits on the back of her bike to escape Jim Crow. A trailblazer in the world of women's racing and motorcycling, Bessie Stringfield was a figure who will inspire all children to pursue their dreams.

    From the first line, award-winning author Charles R. Smith Jr.'s poetry evokes emotion, excitement, fear, and wonder in equal measures. Charlot Kristensen portrays Bessie and the American landscape with vivid imagery that is sure to capture the attention of young readers.

    A much-needed story about a Black woman who paved the way for future generations, for fans of The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson and My Papi Has a Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña.

    Big Book of Vehicles

    Big Book of Vehicles

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    Learn many interesting facts about how vehicles on the ground, in the air, and on water feature in our everyday lives and discovery of the world.

    What is the importance of electric vehicles? What can you find out at sea?

    These huge-format, 40-page books, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup, feature fun-filled vehicles. Bursting with information, humor, and color, they teach children about all the different vehicles that exist.

    BLACK BEACH: A COMMUNITY, AN O

    BLACK BEACH: A COMMUNITY, AN O

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    This true story of the first Earth Day - told through the eyes of a fictional child - will inspire readers of all ages to stand up for their planet.

    "A beautiful and motivating way to look into the makings of the very first Earth Day. Black Beach shows how far we've come and still how much work we have left to do." -Dave Matthews, Musician and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador

    "[A] perceptive view of a major milestone in the environmental movement. . . . this story offers a template for the sort of internal sea change required to spark real concern for environmental - or any other - issues." -Kirkus Reviews

    Twenty million people across the country made their voices heard on the first Earth Day.

    Some came out to celebrate the environment, while others protested and demanded change.

    A movement was born.

    In 1969, Union Oil caused an oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara that would change the world. Hazardous crude oil from the blowout flooded the Pacific Ocean, harming wildlife and devastating habitats. But from this ecological disaster sprang a new wave of environmental activism that continues to this day.

    Based on actual events, Black Beach: A Community, an Oil Spill, and the Origin of Earth Day follows Sam and her classmates as they fight back. Sam initially feels powerless watching her parents and neighbors try to clean up the oil spill. But as her awareness grows, she learns she's not alone in caring for the Earth. The impact of the spill seeps into living rooms and classrooms across the nation. People everywhere are motivated to act, and a movement to protect and celebrate the environment is born.

    BODIES ARE COOL

    BODIES ARE COOL

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    This cheerful love-your-body picture book for preschoolers is an exuberant read-aloud with bright and friendly illustrations to pore over.

    From the acclaimed creator of Dancing at the Pity Party and Roaring Softly, this picture book is a pure celebration of all the different human bodies that exist in the world. Highlighting the various skin tones, body shapes, and hair types is just the beginning in this truly inclusive book. With its joyful illustrations and encouraging refrain, it will instill body acceptance and confidence in the youngest of readers. "My body, your body, every different kind of body! All of them are good bodies! BODIES ARE COOL!"

    Brothers at Bat

    Brothers at Bat

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    "A wonderful illustration of what a great game baseball is and how it brings families together. Brothers at Bat is a story any baseball fan will enjoy and one that we all should know." --Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr.

    "A captivating story, impeccable layout, and glorious illustrations make this historical account an unqualified winner." --New York Times Book Review

    The amazing true story of the longest-running all-brother team in history!Full of action, drama, and excitement, the never-before-told tale of the Hall of Fame team is vividly brought to life in expert storytelling and stunning vintage-style art.

    The Acerra family had sixteen children, including twelve ball-playing boys. It was the 1930s, and many families had lots of kids. But only one had enough to field a baseball team . . . with three on the bench! They loved the game, but more important, they cared for and supported each other and stayed together as a team. Nothing life threw their way--not even a World War--could stop them.

    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History

    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History

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    Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History isan epic, oversize nonfiction picture book and companion to Sharks: A Mighty Bite-y History that is all about bugs and their prehistoric predecessors.

    Insects are some of the oldest creatures on Earth, evolving well before other land animals, alongside ferns and trees. This epic survey follows bugs and their cousins from their earliest appearance in the Paleozoic era up through today.

    Along the way, readers will meet many different kinds of insects from various points in history, such as the trilobite of the Cambrian explosion and the more-recent and familiar termite. The text explores insect skills including camouflage, communication, metamorphosis, and much more, and a bug hall of fame captures the smallest, largest, fastest, and cutest bugs around today.

    With lush, colorful illustrations from Gordy Wright and meticulous research from author Miriam Forster, Bugs: A Skittery, Jittery History is sure to delight bug enthusiasts, science fans, and any reader who loves to discover new wonders about the world around them.

    CAN I RECYCLE THIS?: A KID'S G

    CAN I RECYCLE THIS?: A KID'S G

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    You probably know that you're supposed to recycle--but you may not know how or why. This adaptation of the successful adult book, written by a lawyer and sustainability expert, will answer all your recycling questions.

    Can I Recycle This? skips over preaching and platitudes common to books on environmentalism and instead gets right to the real information that kids need.

    It takes readers through every step of the recycling process, from the moment that they throw an item in the bin to its journey through the recycling machinery and on its way to its new life. It gives kids the answers and resources they need to be far better informed than their parents, many of whom were raised on the un-nuanced and often inaccurate "recycling solves everything" mantra. It shows how sorting concepts that kids already know and practice can be applied to waste. And it empowers even early elementary school children to make smarter choices about consumption and disposal, using ideas and examples that they can understand.

    Adapted from the adult nonfiction book of the same title, Can I Recycle This? is a both fun and educational book to teach the littlest readers the hows and whys of recycling, and to introduce them to the responsibility that we all have to protect the environment.