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The Explorer

Katherine Rundell

Parents’ Choice Recommended

From Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes.

Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they’re on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

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The Great Monkey Rescue: saving the golden lion tamarins

Sandra Markle

Golden lion tamarins are found only in Brazilian forests. These small, remarkable monkeys once had plenty of space to roam and claim family territories. But years of deforestation caused their numbers to shrink. They were in serious danger of becoming extinct.

To help, scientists studied the animals in zoo settings. But they faced several mysteries. Why weren't golden lion tamarins reproducing in zoos? If scientists reintroduced zoo-raised tamarins to the wild, would those monkeys survive? And how could scientists give tamarins enough forest area for the population to grow? Find out how scientists and concerned citizens worked together to give golden lion tamarins a hopeful future.

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The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids

Matthew Locricchio

This cookbook includes more than 60 recipes from India, Greece, Thailand, and Brazil that children and their families can make together as they follow easy step-by-step directions. Stunning full-color photographs accompany each recipe, and there are dishes for every time of day, from breakfast through dinner. Chef Matthew Locricchio emphasizes the use of fresh, organic vegetables and includes special sections on safety in the kitchen, cooking terms, and definitions. A great introduction to international cooking.

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Capoeira: game! dance! martial art!

George Ancona

CAPOEIRA -- it's a game, a dance, a martial art! It's a way of expressing oneself through movement and music. With action-packed photographs and accessible text, readers are introduced to this exciting, popular game.

At Madinga Academy in Oakland, California, a group of girls and boys practice the acrobatic moves of capoeira. Then they begin to play games to the infectious, rhythmic beat of traditional music and singing.

On to Brazil to experience capoeira in its historic birthplace, where it dates back four hundred years. Capoeira developed as a way of fighting among enslaved Africans, was outlawed the the government, and was permitted once again in 1930 as a martial art and game.

Back in Oakland, at an end-of-year ceremony, students receive their colored ropes indicating their levels of accomplishment. They also look forward to next year, and the fun of expressing themselves through the game, dance and martial art of capoeira.

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Patrick Cunningham

Five new titles have been added to this unique series that lets young readers experience what life is like in other countries, told through letters that children have sent to their pen pals. Each book describes the child's home, a typical school day, playtime activities, favorite meals, a recipe for a common cultural food, and more.

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A to Z: Brazil

Justine Fontes

Presents alphabetically arranged categories and relates them to Brazil, including animals, food, history, and yearly festivals.

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Rio de Janeiro

Deborah Kent

Provides a physical description and history, along with a discussion of the people and customs, of the second largest city in Brazil.

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Adventures of Riley: Amazon River Rescue

Amanda Lumry

The third chapter in the sensational Adventures of Riley Amazon River Rescue reads like the classic children's books of old, with morally-centered characters, dramatic plot twists and enought captivating science to hold the attention of even the most reluctent reader.

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The Quest for Z: the true story of explorer Percy Fawcett and a lost city in the Amazon

Greg Pizzoli

From an award-winning author comes a picture book biography that feels like Indiana Jones for kids

British explorer Percy Fawcett believed that hidden deep within the Amazon rainforest was an ancient city, lost for the ages. Most people didn't even believe this city existed. But if Fawcett could find it, he would be rich and famous forever. This is the true story of one man's thrilling, dangerous journey into the jungle, and what he found on his quest for the lost city of Z.

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The Fabulous Flying Machines of Alberto Santos-Dumont

Victoria Griffith

While the Wright Brothers were gliding over Kitty Hawk, the charming Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont was making his own mark on the history of flight.

Alberto loved floating over Paris in his personal flying machine called a dirigible. He would tie it to a post, climb down, and spend the day shopping or meeting friends for coffee. But he wanted to make his invention even better. By 1906, Alberto had transformed his balloon into a box with wings! But now there was competition. Another inventor challenged Alberto to see who would be the first in flight. Alberto’s hard work paid off, and his airplane successfully soared into the air, making him the first pilot to lift off and land a completely self-propelled plane.

The book includes an author’s note about Santos-Dumont, a bibliography, an index, and photographs of his flying machines.

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The Great Kapok Tree: a tale of the Amazon rain forest

Lynne Cherry

The author and artist Lynne Cherry journeyed deep into the rain forests of Brazil to write and illustrate her gorgeous picture book The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest (1990). One day, a man exhausts himself trying to chop down a giant kapok tree. While he sleeps, the forest's residents, including a child from the Yanomamo tribe, whisper in his ear about the importance of trees and how "all living things depend on one another" . . . and it works. Cherry's lovingly rendered colored pencil and watercolor drawings of all the "wondrous and rare animals" evoke the lush rain forests, as well as stunning world maps bordered by tree porcupines, emerald tree boas, and dozens more fascinating creatures.

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Geronimo Stilton: Rumble in the Jungle

Geronimo Stilton

Each Geronimo Stilton book is fast-paced, with lively full-color art and a unique format kids 7-10 will love.

I, Geronimo Stilton, was off to the wildest part of Brazil -- the Amazon jungle! I ended up on a hunt for an rare crystal treasure, which was stolen from a native tribe in the heart of the forest. I'd encounter alligators, snakes, piranhas, and other dangers on my way. Holey cheese! What an adventure!

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Boat of Dreams

Rogério Coelho

How does a boy come to live alone in an apparently deserted city? Are they separated by distance or by time? Does the man dream the boy? Does the boy dream the man? Is a blank paper in a floating bottle an invitation to imagine our futures? Is the man's flying boat an encouragement to the boy to dream? Are the man and the boy the same person--the boy dwelling in the man's memory? Is a message in a bottle the earthbound dreams of the elderly? Is a flying boat the unconstrained dreams of the young? This wordless, many-layered 80-page picture book invites all these interpretations and more. The intricately detailed illustrations reveal new wonders with each viewing. Neither children nor adults will ever tire of this wonderful testament to imagination, memory, and dreams.

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Curious George: Mother's Day Surprise

H. A. Rey

A level 2 early reader based on Curious George, the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show, all about surprises, helping friends, and--of course--celebrating mothers!

It's Mother's Day and George's friends Marco and Cecilia want to surprise their mami with a party! George is excited to help Marco make a pinata and other festive decorations while Cecilia and the Man with the Yellow Hat prepare delicious treats. But when Marco and Cecilia see their mami arriving early, they have to scramble to get ready. Will the crew be able to pull the party together in time to make this one Mother's Day she'll never forget?

It's all about teamwork in this level 2 early reader based on the Emmy Award-winning PBS TV show. This book includes a bonus activity with instructions for making your own paper flowers to give to mom!


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Katie's Happy Mother's Day

Fran Manushkin

When Katie's mom starts to feel under the weather, it's up to the spunky schoolgirl to help her get better. And with Mother's Day coming, Katie wants to get a super-special gift for her super-special mom. But sometimes the best gift isn't a thing you can buy or make . . . it's being a kind and thoughtful daughter!

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Zeke Meeks Vs the Mother's Day Meltdown

D. L. Green

Mother's Day is coming up and all of Zeke's classmates are planning great gifts for their moms. But not Zeke. He's tired of his mom's healthy food and all her rules, and he doesn't think she deserves a thing. But when he starts thinking about all the good things his mom does, he starts to feel a little guilty. Will he have time to make the perfect gift, or will Mother's Day be a big meltdown?

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What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother's Day

Martha Seif Simpson

A little boy offers advice about what not to give a mom on Mother's Day unless she is a certain kind of animal, sharing such examples as "Don't give her a rotting log unless she's a salamander," and "Don't give her a bunch of flies unless she's a spider."

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Gus Makes a Gift

Frank Remkiewicz

From the bestselling illustrator of the FROGGY picture books.

It's Mother's Day, and Gus has a great idea. During art time at school, he'll make Mom a special present. But things don't go exactly as he plans. Will Mom like Gus's gift?

This sweet, simple Pre-Level 1 story takes brand-new readers on an adventure with lovable rhino Gus.

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Mother's Day Surprise

Stephen Krensky

Violet is a young snake who likes to play with the other animals in the forest. But when spring arrives, her friends get very busy making presents for Mother's Day. Violet is glad everyone's working so hard, but what can she do for her own mother? Without arms or legs or teeth, she can't make gifts as the other animals can. Then Violet discovers that there is one thing she can do that's different--and comes up with the most original gift of all!

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Eloise's Mother's Day Surprise

Lisa McClatchy

Knowing that only the best will do for her mother on Mother's Day, Eloise heads out to the fanciest shops in New York City, along with Nanny and Weenie, in order to find the most perfect gift for her most perfect mom! Original.

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T. Rex and the Mother's Day Hug

Lois G. Grambling

Mother's Day is here, and T. Rex wants to plan something extra special for his mama. He really wants to do something instead of just giving something. T. Rex is sure he has a perfect gift idea, but will Mama Rex love it, too?

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I Like Noisy, Mom Likes Quiet

Eileen Spinelli

Little Raccoon likes 'clomping and stomping and romping'. He likes noise. He likes messes. But Mama Raccoon, like most mothers, likes a little peace and quiet. She likes sitting on the porch and sketching the cat. She likes tidy rooms. One day, Little raccoon makes an effort to help his mom and makes Mother's Day a very special day.

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Mother's Day Crafts

Arlene and Herbert Erlbach

A great way for kids to participate in holidays, this series of craft books includes step-by-step instructions with photos and requires inexpensive materials that can be found at home or in the classroom.

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Sophie and the Mother's Day Card

Kaye Umansky

Sophie Rabbit makes a beautiful Mother's Day card at school, but disaster strikes when the daffodil is torn off the front of it. Can Dad come up with a solution in time for Mother's Day? This story, part of the "Read-It-Yourself" series, is intended to help children learning to read alone.

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Things to Make for Mother's Day

Rebecca Gilpin

Imaginative craft books use simple methods and easy-to-follow directions for making a wide variety of projects, including cards, decorations, and presents, and each includes stickers to add even more fun to the projects.

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Mother's Day

Anne Rockwell

Each child in Mrs. Madoff's class knows just how to celebrate Mother's Day. Jessica and her mom go hiking together. Sam helps pick out a new kitchen table. Sarah and her dad take Grandma to her favorite restaurant. And when a surprise visitor comes to class, the kids learn how to make a handmade gift that's straight from the heart. Here's a loving tribute to all the mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be everywhere, perfect for sharing any day of the year.

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Henry and Mudge and the Funny Lunch

Cynthia Rylant

This year Henry and Mudge are out to make the best Mother's Day lunch ever.
It has to be juicy, crunchy, and perfect for family sharing.
When they select a gorgeous golden pineapple, the menu is shaping up to be anything but dull.
Dad is helping them carve something almost too pretty to eat.
So how will Henry ever stop Mudge from devouring the surprise before Mom sees it?

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Mother's Day Mess

Harry and Emily are ready for Mother's Day. They plan some great surprises for their mother. But whoops! Emily's flower seeds don't grow into flowers, and Harry's special pancake batter sure looks funny. What a mess! Yet Harry and Emily still have a Mother's Day to remember in this heart-warming easy reader. Holiday House Readers are created for children just beginning to read. They feature large type, simple vocabulary, and short, manageable chapters. Level 2 books are intended for children in first and second grades.

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I Love You, Mama!

Isabel Gaines

Roo wants to make Mother's Day extra special for Kanga, but on the big day, he realizes he has forgotten to get her a present and must come up with an alternative gift. Simultaneous.

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A Present for Mom

Vivian French

A new charmer by Vivian French celebrates the innocent gift of a child's love.

Mother's Day is tomorrow, and all of Stanley's siblings have something special to give to Mom. Everyone except Stanley, that is. Being the baby of the family, Stanley is having a very hard time finding just the right gift. But after a night of fretful dreams - when it's almost too late - Stanley comes up with an idea for a present that will last forever. With winsome illustrations by Dana Kubick, Vivian French's story of a memorable Mother's Day will resonate with children and parents all year long.

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A Gift for Mama

Esther Hautzig

As soon as Sara sees the beautiful black satin slippers in the shoe store window, she knows they're the perfect Mother's Day gift for Mama. Sara has always made gifts for her family on special occasions, but this time she's determined to give a store-bought present- just like grown ups do. But grown-ups have spending money, and Sara does not. Until she makes a plan...

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Happy Mother's Day

Steven Kroll

One day when Mom returns home she is greeted by surprise after surprise from each of her six children and her husband.

Lenny, Linda, Laurie, Louise, Larry, baby Lester, and Dad all pitch in to surprise Mom on Mother's Day and surprise her with gifts from each of them.

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The Mother's Day Mice

Eve Bunting

Three little mouse brothers go into the meadow to find a present for their mother but it is the littlest mouse that comes up with the most unusual gift of all.

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Hooray for Mother's Day!

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

In searching for a Mother's Day present that will be just right for his mother, Alaric Chicken demonstrates that he is just as cautious and particular as she is.

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Crayola Cinco de Mayo Colors

Robin Nelson

Bright piñatas, colorful costumes, festive parades--colors are everywhere during Cinco de Mayo! This book explores the customs and culture that make Cinco de Mayo a joyous celebration full of color. Crayola (R) colors and a reproducible coloring page inspire readers to notice and celebrate the colors of their world.

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Super Simple Holiday Treats: easy no-bake recipes for kids

Nancy Tuminelly

Let's cook! The holiday treat recipes in this book are for young chefs. No stovetop required! Cooking teaches kids about food, measuring, and following directions. From Valentine crispies to Halloween pumpkin pie, they'll love sharing their tasty creations with family and friends. If you are familiar with the Checkerboard Cool series, you'll find this to be the "Cool junior" series. Super simple says it all!

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Cinco de Mouse-O!

Judy Cox

Mouse wakes up to wonderful smells and follows his nose to an outdoor Cinco de Mayo celebration. All day long folks eat wonderful food and dance. After dark the fireworks light up the sky! Then, wonder of wonders, Mouse spots a burro-shaped pinata swinging from a high tree. Mouse can smell the candy hidden inside but how can he get some? What mouse doesn't notice is that Cat is stalking and planning a wonderful celebration of his own, with Mouse on the menu!

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Cinco de Mayo: celebrating the traditions of Mexico

Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

Every Cinco de Mayo, Rosa and her family cheer at a parade and enjoy delicious Mexican food. But what exactly is Cinco de Mayo? Although many people think May fifth marks Mexico's independence, the holiday is actually the anniversary of a decisive battle against foreign occupiers. Today, Cinco de Mayo is celebrated by many. Follow Rosa, a vivacious Mexican-American girl from California, as she learns about he heritage and celebrates the holiday with her family, friends, and community.

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Celebrate! It's Cinco de Mayo!

Janice Levy

It's Cinco de Mayo! Everyone is celebrating the holiday in their own way. "Mama marches in the parade. Papa plays in a mariachi band. Abuelita cooks a special meal." Why do we celebrate Cinco de Mayo? A very simple history of the holiday is interspersed with the story of a young boy celebrating Cinco de Mayo with his family. This bilingual book features a section with "find what's missing" pictures and simple crafts perfect for any child's Cinco de Mayo celebration. Loretta Lopez's engaging and cheerful pictures complement Janice Levy's child-friendly introduction to this important Mexican holiday.

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Cinco de Mayo Crafts

Carol Gnojewski

It is Cinco de Mayo and everyone is in the mood to celebrate. Using these easy-to-follow directions and traceable patterns, readers can make sun stone sun prints like the Aztecs did, blooming flowers to decorate their house, a sombrero to get in the spirit of the holiday, and more.

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Cinco de Mayo: celebrating Hispanic pride

Carol Gnojewski

Cinco de Mayo is probably the most significant Hispanic holiday celebrated today. Author Carol Gnojewski introduces the history, customs, and practices of this holiday commemorating the victory of the Mexican army over the French on May 5, 1862. Full-color photographs and a craft section help the reader understand more about the culture and the celebrations held today.

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Seed to Seed: seed saving and growing techniques for vegetable gardeners

Suzanne Ashworth

Seed to Seed is a complete seed-saving guide that describes specific techniques for saving the seeds of 160 different vegetables. This book contains detailed information about each vegetable, including its botanical classification, flower structure and means of pollination, required population size, isolation distance, techniques for caging or hand-pollination, and also the proper methods for harvesting, drying, cleaning, and storing the seeds.

Seed to Seed is widely acknowledged as the best guide available for home gardeners to learn effective ways to produce and store seeds on a small scale. The author has grown seed crops of every vegetable featured in the book, and has thoroughly researched and tested all of the techniques she recommends for the home garden.

This newly updated and greatly expanded Second Edition includes additional information about how to start each vegetable from seed, which has turned the book into a complete growing guide. Local knowledge about seed starting techniques for each vegetable has been shared by expert gardeners from seven regions of the United States-Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast/Gulf Coast, Midwest, Southwest, Central West Coast, and Northwest.

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Heirloom Vegetable Gardening: a master gardener's guide to planting, growing, seed saving, and cultural history

William Woys Weaver

"This book is sure to be a modern classic and is one of the most important books on gardening in the current century."
—Jere Gettle, founder, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom Vegetable Gardening has always been a book for gardeners and cooks interested in unique flavors, colors, and history in their produce. This updated edition has been improved throughout with growing zones, advice, and new plant entries. Line art has been replaced with lush, full-color photography. Yet at the core, this book delivers on the same promise it made two decades ago: It’s a comprehensive guide based on meticulous first-person research to these 300+ plants, making it a book to come back to season after season.

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Seed Sowing and Saving: step-by-step techniques for collecting and growing more than 100 vegetables, flowers, and herbs

Carole B. Turner

Those pricey transplants set out on display every spring are so tempting with their leafy faces pleading, "take me home!"  But beware, you never know where those seedlings have been - Crammed in a pest-infested greenhouse?  Packed for days in a sweltering truck?

Start your plants from seeds and you know that's your precious vegetable, herb, or flower has been nurtured with tender loving care every day of its life.  And better yet, when you harvest seeds for next year's crop, you'll get even more plants absolutely FREE!

In this book you'll find everything you need to know to successfully harvest seeds from more than 100 common vegetables, annuals, perennials, herbs, and wildflowers, then dry and store them for maximum viability. You'll also learn how to start seeds indoors to get a jump start on the season, and to prepare your soil beds for planting.


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The Seed Garden: the art and practice of seed saving

Lee Buttala

Winner of the American Horticultural Society Award for Excellence In Garden Book Publishing

Winner of the Silver Medal for Best Reference from the Garden Writer’s Association

Filled with advice for the home gardener and the more seasoned horticulturist alike, The Seed Garden: The Art and Practice of Seed Saving provides straightforward instruction on collecting seed that is true-to-type and ready for sowing in next year’s garden. In this comprehensive book, Seed Savers Exchange, one of the foremost American authorities on the subject, and the Organic Seed Alliance bring together decades of knowledge to demystify the time-honored tradition of saving the seed of more than seventy-five coveted vegetable and herb crops—from heirloom tomatoes and long-favored varieties of beans, lettuces, and cabbages to centuries-old varieties of peppers and grains.

With clear instructions, lush photographs, and easy-to-comprehend profiles on individual vegetable crops, this book not only teaches us how to go about conserving these important varieties for future generations and for planting out in next year’s garden, it also provides a deeper understanding of the importance of saving these genetically valuable varieties of vegetables that have evolved over the centuries through careful selection by farmers and home gardeners.

Through simple lessons and master classes on crop selection, pollination, roguing, and the processes of harvesting and storing seeds, this book ensures that these time-honored traditions can continue. Many of these vegetable varieties are treasured for traits that are singular to their strain, whether that is a resistance to disease, an ability to grow well in a region for which that crop is not typically well suited, resistance to early bolting, or simply because it is a great-tasting variety. In an age of genetically modified crops and hybrid seed, a growing appreciation for saving seeds of these time-tested, open-pollinated cultivars has found a new audience from home vegetable gardeners and cooks to restaurant chefs and local farmers.

Whether interested in simply saving seeds for home use or working to conserve rare varieties of beloved squashes and tomatoes, this book provides a deeper understanding of the art, the science, and the joy of saving seeds.

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Starting & Saving Seeds : grow the perfect vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers for your garden

Julie Thompson-Adolf

Are you ready to become a seed-starting and -saving champion? Author and gardening expert Julie Thompson-Adolf will walk you through every step of the journey, making the entire process a joy. In this book you'll find: Extensive plant entries that cover all the most popular vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers; Tips and hints, such as how to encourage stubborn seeds to germinate; Lists to help you find the best plants to add to your garden, whether you want heirloom tomatoes for hot, humid climates or a rainbow of eggplants; Simple DIY projects to aid your seed-starting and -saving adventure; And much more! Whether you're an experienced gardener new to seed starting and saving or a brand-new grower, you'll soon have health, productive, beautiful plants for your garden.

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The New Seed-Starters Handbook

Nancy Bubel

Starting plants from a seed grants earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier seedlings, lower costs, and the undeniable sense of satisfaction and reward. 

For the most complete, up-to-date information on starting plants from seed, turn to The New Seed-Starter's Handbook. Written by a gardener with 30 years of experience, this updated, easy-to-use reference explains everything you need to know to start seeds and raise healthy seedlings successfully.

You'll find:

- The latest research in seed starting

- The best growing media

- The newest gardening materials

- Solutions to seed-starting problems

- Source lists for seeds and hard-to-find gardening supplies

The robust encyclopedia section lists more than 200 plants—including vegetables and fruits, garden flowers, wildflowers, herbs, trees, and shrubs—with details on how to start each from seed. 

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Gardening With Heirloom Seeds: tried-and-true flowers, fruits, and vegetables for a new generation

Lynn Coulter

Heirloom seeds are more than the promise of next summer's crookneck squash or jewel-colored zinnias. They're living antiques handed down from one generation to the next, a rich inheritance of flavor and beauty from long ago and, often, far away. They are sometimes better adapted to pests and harsh conditions than many modern varieties and often simply smell or taste better. Gardening with Heirloom Seeds serves as a resource for gardeners, cooks, and plant lovers of all levels of expertise who want to know more about finding, sharing, and propagating the seeds of heirloom flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

In these beautifully illustrated pages, Lynn Coulter describes fifty treasured heirloom species, from Frenchman's Darling, a flowering herb whose seeds were pocketed by Napoleon Bonaparte when he invaded Egypt in 1798, to Snow White beets, an old Dutch favorite that will not stain the cook's fingers red. Most of the plants included here will grow all across the United States; a few are best suited for warmer climates.

The text is sprinkled throughout with practical advice from heirloom gardeners and lists sources for finding the seeds of many old varieties. Because it also provides ample room for making notes, Gardening with Heirloom Seeds can be used year after year and can become an heirloom in its own right--a personal journal to pass along to the next generation of gardeners.

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Growing Herbs and Vegetables: from seed to harvest

Mark Silber

An indispensable, wonderfully motivating growing guide, based on three decades of gardening experience, from the cofounders of Hedgehog Hill Farm in Sumner, Maine.

The Silbers tell us how to go about searching for just the right seeds, plants, and information; how to determine the number of plants we need; how to set up a germinating area; how to seed and transplant; how to use cold frames and other methods of "hardening off" our seedlings. They take us into the garden and explain how to evaluate soils and break up top growth. We learn about setting out plants; about direct seeding in mulched areas and open ground; about weeding, watering, and fertilizing. They share their wisdom about controlling insect damage and battling plant diseases; about accommodating animals while protecting crops; about harvesting, fall cleanup, and collecting, saving, and storing seeds from our own gardens.

Specific, detailed instructions are given for growing 37 vegetables--alphabetically arranged from asparagus to turnips--and 51 herbs, from angelica to woad. Well-organized charts make it easy to find essential information quickly, and drawings and photographs provide visual direction. Conveniently located sidebars give us guidance on such topics as growing hot peppers, planting mesclun, making sauerkraut, braiding onions, blanching cauliflower, growing moth-repellent herbs, making herb tempura and vinegars, and crystallizing flowers.

Here is a book guaranteed to inspire us to dig into the gardening catalogues and then into the earth to begin the adventure of producing our very own bountiful harvest.

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The Making of Asian America: a history

Erika Lee

The definitive history of Asian Americans by one of the nation’s preeminent scholars on the subject.

In the past fifty years, Asian Americans have helped change the face of America and are now the fastest growing group in the United States. But as award-winning historian Erika Lee reminds us, Asian Americans also have deep roots in the country. The Making of Asian America tells the little-known history of Asian Americans and their role in American life, from the arrival of the first Asians in the Americas to the present-day.

An epic history of global journeys and new beginnings, this book shows how generations of Asian immigrants and their American-born descendants have made and remade Asian American life in the United States: sailors who came on the first trans-Pacific ships in the 1500s; indentured “coolies” who worked alongside African slaves in the Caribbean; and Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, and South Asian immigrants who were recruited to work in the United States only to face massive racial discrimination, Asian exclusion laws, and for Japanese Americans, incarceration during World War II. Over the past fifty years, a new Asian America has emerged out of community activism and the arrival of new immigrants and refugees. No longer a “despised minority,” Asian Americans are now held up as America’s “model minorities” in ways that reveal the complicated role that race still plays in the United States.

Published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the passage of the United States’ Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 that has remade our “nation of immigrants,” this is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans. But more than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today.

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On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

Ocean Vuong

Poet Ocean Vuong's debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born -- a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam -- and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard.

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years.

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Forgotten Country

Catherine Chung

Learning on the night of her sister's birth that a daughter has been lost in every generation of her Korean family, Janie assumes a protective role over her sister while learning more cautionary stories from her optimistic father and mythology-minded mother.

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The Refugees

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen'sThe Sympathizer was one of the most widely and highly praised novels of 2015, the winner not only of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but also the Center for Fiction Debut Novel Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, the ALA Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the California Book Award for First Fiction. Nguyen's next fiction book,The Refugees, is a collection of perfectly formed stories written over a period of twenty years, exploring questions of immigration, identity, love, and family.

With the coruscating gaze that informedThe Sympathizer, inThe Refugees Viet Thanh Nguyen gives voice to lives led between two worlds, the adopted homeland and the country of birth. From a young Vietnamese refugee who suffers profound culture shock when he comes to live with two gay men in San Francisco, to a woman whose husband is suffering from dementia and starts to confuse her for a former lover, to a girl living in Ho Chi Minh City whose older half-sister comes back from America having seemingly accomplished everything she never will, the stories are a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. The second piece of fiction by a major new voice in American letters,The Refugees is a beautifully written and sharply observed book about the aspirations of those who leave one country for another, and the relationships and desires for self-fulfillment that define our lives.

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The People in the Trees

Hanya Yanagihara

Joining an anthropologist's 1950 expedition to discover a lost tribe on a remote Micronesian island, a young doctor investigates and proves a theory that the tribe's considerable longevity is linked to a rare turtle, a finding that brings worldwide fame and unexpected consequence.

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When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain

Nghi Vo

From Crawford Award Winner Nghi Vo

The cleric Chih finds themself and their companions at the mercy of a band of fierce tigers who ache with hunger. To stay alive until the mammoths can save them, Chih must unwind the intricate, layered story of the tiger and her scholar lover—a woman of courage, intelligence, and beauty—and discover how truth can survive becoming history.

Nghi Vo returns to the empire of Ahn and The Singing Hills Cycle in When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain, a mesmerizing, lush standalone follow-up to The Empress of Salt and Fortune.

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Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng

The #1 New York Times bestseller

From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren--an enigmatic artist and single mother--who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood--and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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The Island of Sea Women

Lisa See


“A mesmerizing new historical novel” (O, The Oprah Magazine) from Lisa See, the bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, about female friendship and devastating family secrets on a small Korean island.

Mi-ja and Young-sook, two girls living on the Korean island of Jeju, are best friends who come from very different backgrounds. When they are old enough, they begin working in the sea with their village’s all-female diving collective, led by Young-sook’s mother. As the girls take up their positions as baby divers, they know they are beginning a life of excitement and responsibility—but also danger.

Despite their love for each other, Mi-ja and Young-sook find it impossible to ignore their differences. The Island of Sea Women takes place over many decades, beginning during a period of Japanese colonialism in the 1930s and 1940s, followed by World War II, the Korean War, through the era of cell phones and wet suits for the women divers. Throughout this time, the residents of Jeju find themselves caught between warring empires. Mi-ja is the daughter of a Japanese collaborator. Young-sook was born into a long line of haenyeo and will inherit her mother’s position leading the divers in their village. Little do the two friends know that forces outside their control will push their friendship to the breaking point.

“This vivid…thoughtful and empathetic” novel (The New York Times Book Review) illuminates a world turned upside down, one where the women are in charge and the men take care of the children. “A wonderful ode to a truly singular group of women” (Publishers Weekly), The Island of Sea Women is a “beautiful story…about the endurance of friendship when it’s pushed to its limits, and you…will love it” (Cosmopolitan).

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After the Quake: stories

Haruki Murakami

In 1995, the physical and social landscape of Japan was transformed by two events: the Kobe earthquake, in January, which destroyed thousands of lives, and the poison-gas attacks in the Tokyo subways in March, during the morning rush hour. Following these twin disasters, Haruki Murakami abandoned his life abroad and returned home to confront his country’s grief. The subway attack led to his recent Underground. And out of the quake come these six stories, set in the months between natural catastrophe and man-made terrorism. His characters find their resolutely normal everyday lives undone by events even more surreal (yet somehow believable) than we have come to expect in his fiction. An electronics salesman, abruptly deserted by his wife, is entrusted to deliver a mysterious package but gets more than he bargained for at the receiving end; a Thai chauffeur takes his troubled charge to a seer, who penetrates her deepest sorrow; and, in the unforgettable title story, a boy acknowledges a shattering secret about his past that will change his life forever. But the most compelling character of all is the earthquake itself—slipping into and out of view almost imperceptibly, but nonetheless reaching deep into the lives of these forlorn citizens of the apocalypse. The terrible damage visible all around is, in fact, less extreme than the inconsolable howl of a nation indelibly scarred—an experience in which Murakami discovers many truths about compassion, courage, and the nature of human suffering. From the Hardcover edition.

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Ted Chiang




In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity's oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.

In "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In "Exhalation," an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In "Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom," the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will.

Including stories being published for the first time as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic--revelatory.

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Interpreter of Maladies: stories

Jhumpa Lahiri

Navigating between the Indian traditions they've inherited and the baffling new world, the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri's elegant, touching stories seek love beyond the barriers of culture and generations. In "A Temporary Matter," published in The New Yorker, a young Indian-American couple faces the heartbreak of a stillborn birth while their Boston neighborhood copes with a nightly blackout. In the title story, an interpreter guides an American family through the India of their ancestors and hears an astonishing confession. Lahiri writes with deft cultural insight reminiscent of Anita Desai and a nuanced depth that recalls Mavis Gallant. She is an important and powerful new voice.

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The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.

Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction masterpiece of enormous scope and vision.

The Three-Body Problem Series
The Three-Body Problem
The Dark Forest
Death's End

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Eat a Peach: a memoir

David Chang

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - From the chef behind Momofuku and star of Netflix's Ugly Delicious--an intimate account of the making of a chef, the story of the modern restaurant world that he helped shape, and how he discovered that success can be much harder to understand than failure.

"David puts words to so many of the things we all feel, sharing generously of his own journey so we can all benefit in the process."--Chrissy Teigen

In 2004, Momofuku Noodle Bar opened in a tiny, stark space in Manhattan's East Village. Its young chef-owner, David Chang, worked the line, serving ramen and pork buns to a mix of fellow restaurant cooks and confused diners whose idea of ramen was instant noodles in Styrofoam cups. It would have been impossible to know it at the time--and certainly Chang would have bet against himself--but he, who had failed at almost every endeavor in his life, was about to become one of the most influential chefs of his generation, driven by the question, "What if the underground could become the mainstream?"

Chang grew up the youngest son of a deeply religious Korean American family in Virginia. Graduating college aimless and depressed, he fled the States for Japan, hoping to find some sense of belonging. While teaching English in a backwater town, he experienced the highs of his first full-blown manic episode, and began to think that the cooking and sharing of food could give him both purpose and agency in his life.

Full of grace, candor, grit, and humor, Eat a Peach chronicles Chang's switchback path. He lays bare his mistakes and wonders about his extraordinary luck as he recounts the improbable series of events that led him to the top of his profession. He wrestles with his lifelong feelings of otherness and inadequacy, explores the mental illness that almost killed him, and finds hope in the shared value of deliciousness. Along the way, Chang gives us a penetrating look at restaurant life, in which he balances his deep love for the kitchen with unflinching honesty about the industry's history of brutishness and its uncertain future.

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My Mother is Mine

Marion Dane Bauer

"My mother is special.

My mother is fine.

All sorts of cuddly baby animals

sing their mothers' praises, inspiring

a child to create a greeting card that

shows why her mother is special too.

That card is attached to the back of

this book, which is a loving tribute

to mothers throughout the year.

My mother, my mother,

my mother is mine!"


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World's Best Mama

Isabel Gaines

Everyone in the Hundred-Acre Wood has thought of a great Mother's Day present for Kanga -- everyone except for Roo. Roo needs to find the perfect present to show Kanga that she's the very best mom in the whole world. But Kanga tells Roo that having him for a son is the best present she could ever receive. This is the perfect first reader to share on Mother's Day.

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Ms. Leakey Is Freaky!

Dan Gutman

The weirdness never stops!

Oh no! Kids are getting too unhealthy, so Ella Mentry School has hired a health teacher to help the kids eat right and exercise. Ms. Leakey is a real health nut. She makes a punching bag filled with junk food! She designs a robot that smokes and drinks! She opens up a fast food restaurant that sells broccoli burgers! She puts sunscreen on her car!

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Miss Fox's Class Shapes Up

Eileen Spinelli

Miss Fox's class is back, and this time the students are lethargic and cranky until they learn to eat better, exercise, and get more sleep. "This class is going to get fit!" Miss Fox says. "So we can be ready for Field Day?" asks Frog. "Not just Field Day," says Miss Fox. "For every day!"

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Llama Llama Hoppity-hop!

Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama TOUCH!
Llama Llama TAP!
Llama Llama Red Pajama

Can you move like Llama Llama? Watch Llama hop, stretch, touch, and tap in this third board book by Anna Dewdney. Then you can do it, too!

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Get Up and Go!

Nancy L. Carlson

We all come in different shapes and sizes, and it doesn't matter if you are tall, short, skinny, or round.Your body is your own, and you need to take care of it.

Whether it's a New Year's resolution or simply time for a change, this book is the perfect catalyst to get readers moving. Vibrant, fun-filled illustrations and an encouraging text explain the many great reasons to exercise, from making new friends to going new places, or just because it's good for your body. Nancy Carlson's gleeful, kid-friendly story is sure to make readers young and old get up and exercise!

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The Monster Health Book: a guide to eating healthy, being active & feeling great for monsters & kids!

Edward Miller

Beginning with a concise discussion of each food group and the newly redesigned food pyramid, and including sections on exercise, drugs, and self-esteem, this informative and lively book will help kids pick up nourishing foods and get into wholesome habits. Gr. 2-4. Miller, who illustrated Barbara Seuling's" From Head to Toe "(2002), contributes both words and pictures in another book about kids and their bodies, which focuses on healthy lifestyle choices. Opening spreads introduce the basic food groups, followed by pages about the day's early meals (breakfast, lunch, and snack), with menu suggestions for each. Later sections touch on physical and mental health: exercise, sleep, moods, and things to avoid (drugs and alcohol). The text is sometimes confusingly brief, and children will need adults to expand on such subjects as eating disorders and steroids, as well as on some sophisticated vocabulary defined). The jumbled format, with brief text boxes and bright pictures cr

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The Pooped Troop

Judy Delton

Let the Fitness Festival Begin!
The Pee Wee Scouts are getting into shape. It's exercise and sports galore! Mrs. Peters, their troop leader, explains each event and tells the Scouts how to earn the Fitness badge. Molly gets excited. About the bicycle race. Softball. Push-ups too.
But push-ups are hard when your underwear's too light. And Molly's not sure about aerobic dancing with Mrs Betz. What should she wear?
Step and skip. Step and skip. Soon the Scouts are all worn out. Knees high! Try, try, try. Can this pooped troop of Pee Wees get that badge?

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Mr. Putter & Tabby Run the Race

Cynthia Rylant

Mrs.Teaberry has persuaded Mr.Putter to sign up for the seniors' marathon.First prize is golf clubs, but second prize is ...a train set! Mr.Putter really wants that train set.Never mind that he can't even touch his toes.Somehow, he has got to find a way to place second....

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I.Q. Gets Fit

Mary Ann Fraser

It's going to be an active month in I.Q.'s classroom, it's Health Month! And when the school announces that those who pass the fitness test will get a gold ribbon, I.Q. knows right away that he wants to win one.

In class, Mrs. Furber teaches the students all about a balanced diet and the food pyramid, drinking the right amount of water, exercising for fitness, and balancing that activity with good rest. But I.Q. can't run as long or jump as far as the other students, and he's worried that he won't win a ribbon. Will I.Q.'s hard work pay off as he goes for the gold?

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Get Moving With Elmo!

Elmo (with his mommy as spotting for safety) demonstrates a somersault, cartwheel, and tripod-into-handstand to show toddlers how much fun it can be to move around, shake things up, and get some exercise! The tone is full of energy and emphasizes enjoyment of physical activity rather than imparting a weighty message. Sturdy board pages will hold up to repeated readings, which this engaging book is sure to get.

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Wash Your Hands!

Katie Marsico

Wash Your Hands explores the importance of good hand-washing practices in a simple, engaging way that will help readers develop word recognition and reading skills.

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Stop the Germs!

Mari Schuh

Yuck, germs! Germs can make us sick. How do we stay healthy? With engaging text and colorful photos, readers find out how to keep the germs away. Stop the Germs! includes a glossary, read more section, kid-friendly internet sites, and an index.

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Clean and Healthy

Louise Spilsbury

Why keep clean? -- What are germs? -- How hand-washing helps -- Cleaning nails -- Super skin! -- Healthy hair -- Taking care of teeth -- Eyes and ears -- Know your nose! -- Clean clothes -- Keeping your room clean -- Get into a routine -- Make a bath bomb

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Healthy Eating

Jane Sieving Pelkki

Learn how to choose healthy foods that taste good and why home cooking is an important part of being healthy.

Eating the right foods is a big part of staying healthy. However, it's not always easy to figure out just what the right foods are. Readers (Grades 3-5) will learn about the history of nutrition science and discover what roles different nutrients play in the body.

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Yoga Calm for Children: educating heart, mind, and body

Lynea Gillen

Filled with photos, illustrations, lesson plans, and an extensive quick-reference bibliography, this detailed manual is an indispensable guide for introducing yoga in public school and therapeutic settings, as well as a great handbook for parents who would like to share yoga with their children. Easy to use and appropriate for children and teenagers, it includes information on integrating the Yoga Calm technique with regular classwork, modifications for specific classroom situations, alignment and safety principles, anecdotal examples from the authors' direct experience, and “emotional first aid tips” to help young people maintain a calm center when they most need it.

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10 Ways I Can Live a Healthy Life

Sara Antill

Learning healthy habits starts in childhood, and this book shows kids simple ways to stay healthy. Chapters encourage young readers to get active, cut down on junk food, and to take control of taking care of themselves. The book empowers kids to live a healthy life and to help others by sharing the healthy habits they learn.

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The Smurf Championship Games


Just in time for the Olympic Games, the Smurfs are having a contest of their own! Hefty Smurf wants to get the Smurfs excited about exercising, so he organizes the first-ever Smurf Championship Games. Weakling Smurf trains very hard but he is very weak. Can he find the confidence he needs to win?

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The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World

Teresa Anne Power

"The ABCs of Yoga for Kids around the World" takes children, parents and educators on a fun-filled tour of over 30 countries. This beautifully illustrated hardcover book uses the alphabet, charming rhymes, and kid-friendly facts to introduce children to yoga while teaching them more about different areas of the world (including how to say "hello" in the language of each country). A follow-up to the international, bestselling "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids," this book also features simple yoga poses that are suitable for children (and adults) of all ages and athletic abilities. Written in honor of International Kids Yoga Day, "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids around the World" celebrates both our diversity and oneness at the same time. "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids" books and learning tools are used in schools, libraries, childcare facilities, yoga studios and homes all around the world. Additionally, select poses form the foundation for the 5-minute yoga routine performed on International Kids' Yoga Day each year. Written by Teresa Anne Power, kids' yoga expert, Kids Yoga Day founder, and head of the nonprofit organization World Yoga Power, "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids Around the World" has something for everyone, sharing new yoga poses and fun facts about this wonderful world in which we live.

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Keeping Fit

Megan Borgert-Spaniol

Relevant images match informative text in this introduction to keeping fit. Intended for students in kindergarten through third grade

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Good Night Yoga: a pose-by-pose bedtime story

Mariam Gates

Kids love yoga—and it’s great for them, so much so that the President’s Council has added the practice to the fitness activities in the annual President’s Challenge. For parents and caregivers looking for a fun and effective new routine for bedtime, innovative educator Mariam Gates presents Good Night Yoga, a playful yet wholly practical book for preparing for sleep.

This beautifully illustrated, full-color book tells the story of the natural world as it closes down for the night, while teaching children a simple flow of yoga postures inspired by their favorite characters from nature. Moving from "Sun Breath" to "Cloud Gathering" to "Ladybug & Butterfly" and more, readers learn techniques for self-soothing, relaxing the body and mind, focusing attention, and other skills that will support restful sleep and improve overall confidence and well-being.

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Good Morning Yoga: a pose-by-pose wake-up story

Mariam Gates

Calm and awake, "I can do this!"

is all I need to say.

A deep breath in, a long breath out—

I am ready for the day!

This "wake up" story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!

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The Care and Keeping of You 2: the body book for older girls

Cara Familian Natterson

This thoughtful advice book will guide girls through the next steps of growing up. Written by Dr. Cara Natterson for girls 10 and up, The Care & Keeping of You 2 follows up the original bestseller with even more-in-depth details about the physical and emotional changes girls are going through. With illustrations and expert contributors, this book covers new questions about periods, her growing body, peer pressure, personal care and more.

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Sports & Fitness: how to use your body and mind to play and feel your best

Therese Kauchak Maring

Team sport or solo activity? To compete, to have fun with your friends, to express your creativity, or to feel good in your own skin? Whatever you play, whatever your reason, whatever your level, this book is for you. You'll find: exercises to make you stronger and last longer - confidence-building tips and brainpower drills - how to keep your body healthy, and why - team- and spirit-building activities - advice for talking with coaches and parents - tips for playing with heart - tons of ideas from girls like you.

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Be Fit, be Strong, be You

Rebecca Kajander

Tweens learn effective, easy-to-use self-care skills to take control of their fitness and diet while developing healthy self-esteem. Whether they are underweight, overweight, or just the right weight, this book shows kids how to take a positive, holistic approach to their health and wellness.
Be Fit, Be Strong, Be You provides kid-friendly tools healthy kids need: knowledge about exercise and nutrition for kids and self-care skills they can use to stay positive and focused.

Specific tips on eating, exercise, and self-esteem include planning meals and healthy on-the-go snacks, food journaling, building exercise into the day, and using affirmations. These are accompanied by self-care skills such as belly breathing, positive imagery, aromatherapy, acupressure, and yoga. Kids learn how their body, mind, and spirit are connected and work together to make a whole, healthy self. You can count on finding sound, accessible kids? health ideas, activities, and self-care skills.


  • learn how the right food can help them be healthy
  • find the right weight for their bodies
  • increase their self-confidence
  • feel better for school, sports, hobbies, and other activities
  • look their best
  • discover fun ways to be active
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Speed: get quick!

Ellen Labrecque

Text and photographs show simple exercises to stay fit.

Let's get fit! -- What is speed? -- Start slow -- Running on a full tank -- Running right -- Frankenstein walk -- Backside kick -- Find a hill -- Basketball slides -- Slow...fact -- Knowing when to stop -- Eating well -- Big challenge.

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