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Feathers in the Wind

by Sally Grindley Bloomsbury Publishing (September 13, 2012)

Two children accompany their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction. As their parents work alongside international agencies, the children have their own thrilling adventures....


Paw Prints in the Snow

by Sally Grindley Bloomsbury Publishing (February 02, 2012)

Two children accompany their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction. As their parents work alongside international agencies, the children have their own thrilling adventures....


Danger in the Dust

by Sally Grindley Bloomsbury Publishing (July 04, 2013)

Two children accompany their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction. As their parents work alongside international agencies, the children have their own thrilling adventures....


Shadows under the Sea

by Sally Grindley Bloomsbury Publishing (May 10, 2012)

Two children accompany their parents as they travel the world helping animals on the verge of extinction. As their parents work alongside international agencies, the children have their own thrilling adventures....


Chasing Stars

by Helen Douglas Bloomsbury Publishing (June 05, 2014)

The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his.

To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the...


The City Jungle

by Felix Salten & Whittaker Chambers Aladdin (October 14, 2014)

Get to know the lives and longings of animals in a city zoo in this time-honored tale from the author of Bambi.

The animals of the city zoo miss their homes. While they appreciate the company of one another,...


The Secrets of the Storm Vortex

by Anne Cameron & Victoria Jamieson Greenwillow Books (May 05, 2015)

The funny, fast-paced third book in The Lightning Catcher series! Part Storm Chasers and part The 39 Clues, this school adventure story about twelve-year-old Angus McFangus and his dangerous gift for predicting...


Two Tiny Mice

by Alan Baker Sky Pony (September 02, 2014)

This delightfully sweet storybook follows a duo of harvest mice as they explore the countryside. A unique mouse-eye view shows creatures in their natural habitats as the two meet a quiet rabbit, get a peek in...


Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

by Anna Branford & Elanna Allen Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 02, 2014)

In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact.

Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And...


The Legend of Thunderfoot

by Bill Wallace Aladdin (August 12, 2014)

The day of the Naming is an important one for young roadrunners. That's when roadrunner parents judge the speed, courage, and hunting skill of their offspring and choose fitting names for them.

One proud fledgling...


The Hound of Florence

by Felix Salten & Huntley Paterson Aladdin (June 03, 2014)

It’s a dog’s life for a boy when he magically turns into a hound in this classic story from the author of Bambi.

On a routine walk through the streets of his hometown of Vienna, Lucas Grassi sees an archduke’s...


Ancient, Strange, and Lovely

by Susan Fletcher Atheneum Books for Young Readers (September 21, 2010)

In a slightly futuristic, polluted world, fourteen-year-old Bryn watches an ancient egg hatch, and her life changes forever. Like her family before her, Bryn can “ken” with birds, so at first she doesn’t...


The Little Raindrop

by Joanna Gray & Dubravka Kolanovic Sky Pony (March 04, 2014)

From cloud to puddle, and puddle to stream, the Little Raindrop is making its way on the remarkable journey that is Earth’s water cycle. In this inviting story—illustrated with pastels for a soft, full color—readers...


Hector Afloat

by Elizabeth Shreeve & Pamela R. Levy Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

One night Hector falls asleep to the sound of rain rat-a-tat-tatting on the roof of his wumblebug hole. And even though the rain has been coming down for days, Hector is not worried. He's safe and snug.

But...


Bambi's Children

by Felix Salten, Richard Cowdrey, Barthold Fles & R. Sudgen Tilley Aladdin (February 18, 2014)

Meet the new fawns in the forest: the descendants of Bambi discover the woods in this refreshed edition of the sequel to Bambi, complete with new illustrations.

Twin fawns Geno and Gurri are the children of Faline...


Jak's Story

by Aaron Bell Dundurn (September 06, 2010)

Jak Loren is a typical boy with the usual problems that a big family presents. When Jak goes to the ravine near his home in Brantford to get away from a bully, he discovers the ravine has a history thats much...


Why the Crocodile Has a Wide Mouth: and Other Nature Myths

by Florence Holbrook Dover Publications (December 21, 2012)

These 54 wonder-filled stories describe in simple folktale style how many amazing creatures of the earth were created and why they look and act as they do. 29 illustrations.


The American Boy's Handy Book: Turn-of-the-Century Classic of Crafts and Activities

by Daniel Beard Dover Publications (May 20, 2013)

Used by generations of Boy Scouts, this classic features scores of projects — from stocking aquariums and performing puppet shows to sculpting snowmen and making sleds. 254 black-and-white figures. 63 illustrations....


Gaia Girls Way of Water

by Lee Welles & Carol Coogan Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)

Miho's backyard had always been the sea. The creatures within it were an endless source of fascination. But when the sea steals away her small family, she finds herself the ward of an uncle she has never met...


Gaia Girls Enter the Earth

by Lee Welles & Ann Hameister Chelsea Green Publishing (June 13, 2007)

Elizabeth Angier was happy to be at the end of the school year. She thought her summer on the family farm would be full of work and play with her best friend, Rachel, and her other best friend, her dog, Maizey....


A Forest World

by Felix Salten, Paul R. Milton & Sanford Jerome Greenburger Aladdin (October 15, 2013)

The forest is a whole different world…Felix Salten’s classic story of wild and tame animals coming together is brought vividly to life in this refreshed edition, ideal for collecting.

To the animals of Lodge...


The Storm Tower Thief

by Anne Cameron & Victoria Jamieson Greenwillow Books (May 27, 2014)

The funny, fast-paced second book in The Lightning Catcher series! Science, weather, and the fantastical combine for a school adventure story, part Storm Chasers and part Percy Jackson, about twelve-year-old...


The Garden Green

by Mark Anton eBookIt.com (August 23, 2013)

For over ten years, the Garden Green has been delighting children of all ages in its many custom hardcover gift book editions. In keeping with the original fundraising for Sustainability and Environmental causes,...


Our House Is Round

by Yolanda Kondonassis & Joan Brush Sky Pony (February 28, 2012)

Called “the perfect children’s introduction to environmental issues” by Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, Our House Is Round gently guides young readers through a smartly narrated...


The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

by Kathi Appelt Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 23, 2013)

“Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp is” (The New York Times). Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man...


Creature Crossing

by Betty Levin & Jos. A. Smith Greenwillow Books (November 02, 2010)

Ben, Kate, and Foster, the trio of friends from Starshine and Sunglow return in this satisfying sequel in which Ben finds a tiny creature in a ditch and is convinced he's stumbled upon something really big --...


Wildfire Run

by Dee Garretson HarperCollins (August 31, 2010)

The president's retreat, Camp David, is one of the safest places in the United States. So why can't the President's son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie stay there without Secret Service agents constantly...


Lost on a Mountain in Maine

by Donn Fendler & Joseph Egan HarperCollins (December 23, 2013)

Based on the true account of a boy's harrowing journey through the vast wilderness of the Katahdin Mountains, Lost on a Mountain in Maine is a gripping survival story for all ages.

Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler...


Dot and the Kangaroo (Mermaids Classics)

by Ethel C Pedley eBookIt.com (March 27, 2013)

Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C Pedley (1860-1898) is an 1899 Australian childrens book classic where it follows the story of a young five year old girl named Dot who gets lost in the outback of Australia and...


Bird Lake Moon

by Kevin Henkes Greenwillow Books (July 02, 2013)

Spencer thought the house might be haunted.

Mitch knew it wasn't. And he knew why.

The whole time Spencer and Mitch hung out together at Bird Lake that summer, there were secrets keeping them apart.

And maybe a...


My Super-Awesome Vacation to Planet Earth

by Steve Ferris eBookIt.com (March 10, 2013)

A young alien boy from another world gives this presentation of his family's trip to planet Earth. Learn about how amazing Earth is from his point of view as he tells us amazing facts and shares drawings of...


Ripley's RBI 02: Dragon's Triangle

by Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Ripley Publishing (December 06, 2011)

Join the RBI—a group of teen agents with special gifts—on a series of action-packed adventures as they travel the world!

The coast of Japan is being terrorized by a mysterious creature. The RBI are sent to...


Bambi: A Life in the Woods

by Felix Salten & Richard Cowdrey Aladdin (February 19, 2013)

The beloved story of a deer in the forest reaches a new generation of readers with a fresh new look.

Bambi’s life in the woods begins happily. There are forest animals to play with and Bambi’s twin cousins,...


Journey of the Sea Glass

by Nicole Fazio Down East Books (June 01, 2012)

What happens to sea glass between the time it falls into the sea and it washes up on the beach? This charming and inventive book explores a possible course of events, tracing a Coca-Cola bottle that is dropped...


Just So Stories

by Rudyard Kipling, Paul Bransom & J. M. Gleeson Racehorse (September 20, 2016)

For Mowgli movie fans, the must-have companion to The Jungle Book!

Children all around the world are fascinated by the animal kingdom, and that’s what makes the Just So Stories a perennial classic… Elephants,...


The Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling & Ángel Domínguez Racehorse (June 14, 2016)

Mowgli movie fans will fall in love with this beautifully illustrated classic!

Since its inception in 1894, The Jungle Book has enchanted readers—both young and old—with its invaluable moral lessons. By bestowing...


The Day the Great Lakes Drained Away

by Charles Ferguson Barker Sky Pony (July 04, 2017)

A fascinating—and entertaining—cautionary story about what the Great Lakes would look like without water. What’s down there (garbage, lost sunglasses). And what would happen with no water (boats would...


Boys Camp: Zack's Story

by Cameron Dokey & Craig Orback Sky Pony (January 06, 2015)

So, Zack Wilson thought, almost laughing at himself. I’ve been at Camp Wolf Trail, what? Ten minutes? And already I’m having an adventure. At last! Being at Camp Wolf Trail is a dream come true for city...


The One Safe Place

by Tania Unsworth Algonquin Young Readers (April 29, 2014)

“What is this place?”

In a drought-stricken world, Devin and his grandfather have barely scraped out a living on their isolated farm. When his grandfather dies, Devin knows he can’t manage alone and heads...


The Becket List

by Adele Griffin & Leuyen Pham Algonquin Young Readers (April 02, 2019)

Everything is changing for Becket Branch.

From subways to sidewalks to safety rules, she is a city kid born and raised. Now the Branch family is trading urban bustle for big green fields and moving to help their...


My Big Wimmelbook—Animals Around the World

by Stefan Lohr The Experiment (September 04, 2018)

Designed for a color e-reader with a touch screen.

Welcome to Wimmelworld—a land of few words, yet endless entertainment!

This one-of-a-kind picture book features six panoramic scenes that are bursting with...


A Spring to Remember

by Megan Atwood & Natalie Andrewson Aladdin (January 15, 2019)

Spring has sprung and the orchard crew tries their hand at matchmaking in this final novel of a sweet series about the bonds of friendship.

The orchard is putting on a Valentine’s Day dance! And the town is...


Bus to the Badlands

by Margriet Ruurs & Claudia Dávila Orca Book Publishers (September 11, 2018)

Josh, Mark, Angela and their friends have been waiting for years to go on the class trip to Drumheller, Alberta. Now they are finally the oldest kids at Pleasant Valley grade school and can get excited about...


Little Otter Learns to Swim

by Artie Knapp & Guy Hobbs Ohio University Press (September 12, 2018)

In this endearing and beautifully illustrated picture book, a baby river otter learns to swim, dive, and play in her natural habitat. Encouraged by her mother, the little otter soon sets out to explore on her...


Justine Mckeen vs. the Queen of Mean

by Sigmund Brouwer & Dave Whamond Orca Book Publishers (November 01, 2014)

Justine McKeen is back, and she’s on a deadline. With only days left before Earth Day, Justine enlists the help of her classmates to count flower buds, frogs, spiders and ants in their natural habitat as part...


Justine McKeen, Pooper Scooper

by Sigmund Brouwer & David Whamond Orca Book Publishers (November 01, 2012)

Meet Justine McKeen, the Queen of Green. She talks a little too much, bosses a little too much, and tells the truth, just not all at once. She's trying to save the planet, one person at a time, and when she...


The Little Pine Cone

by Ella Syfers Schenck, Laween & Chris Bauman Blynbeek Publishing (January 12, 2018)

The Little Pine Cone wants nothing more than to stay where she is, playing in the wind all day long at the top of Mother Tree.  She continues to see all that happens to her sister pine cones and begins to imagine...


The Garden of Wisdom

by Liphshiz Odelia & Michael John Caduto GREEN HEART BOOKS (January 14, 2018)

Recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling, in recognition of the transformative properties of storytelling on individuals and communities.

Traditional stories,...


Maxwell Snacks Well

by Dawn Pape, Maxwell Pape & Tatiana Panova Good Green Life Publishing (January 26, 2018)

After Maxwell learns the hard truth that eating junk food isn’t as glamorous as he envisions, he not only embraces healthy-eating, he defends it! Maxwell takes the readers on an adventurous tour of the foods...


Hurricane

by Terry Trueman HarperCollins (July 24, 2012)

The powerful story of a boy's fear and courage in the face of a force of nature too huge to even imagine.

Based on Hurricane Mitch's devastation of Honduras in 1998, Terry Trueman's acclaimed Hurricane is a...