The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur:  A Prehistoric Tale

by Cheryl Bardoe                                                www.cherylbardoe.com

Once upon a time, seven tiny duck beaks pecked their way out of their eggs, but the eighth egg was a little bit different. What emerged wasn't a duck at all--he was a dinosaur!  Everyone notices how different he is. He doesn't waddle! His teeth are too big! Feeling ugly and outcast, the dinosaur duckling leaves his family and ventures out on his own. Again and again he tries to make friends, but everyone runs away! Over time he grows bigger and bigger but still can't seem to find his rightful place. One day he unexpectedly comes across other dinosaurs that look just like him, and he discovers he's really a T. rex!   This humorous and charming take on The Ugly Duckling also includes an author's note about the dinosaurs depicted and the early ancestors of modern ducks who lived side by side, and features scientifically accurate illustrations of the creatures.

Another Brother

by Matthew Cordell                                        www.matthewcordell.com

Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey.  When Davy sang, Petey cried.  When Davy created a masterpiece, Petey spat up on it.  And then he got another brother, Mike!  And another, Stu!  And another, Gil!  Until he had TWELVE LITTLE BROTHERS!  And that was only the beginning!

Henry & the Buccaneer Bunnies

by Carolyn Crimi                                                 www.carolyncrimi.com

Step aboard, buccaneers and book lovers!  On the Salty Carrot sails a wild, rowdy band of Buccaneer Bunnies, led by Barnacle Black Ear, the baddest bunny brute of all time.  His son, Henry, would rather read books than shout "Shiver me timbers!" or make prisoners walk the plank, even if it means swabbing the decks as punishment. But when a crashing, thrashing, bashing wildcat of a storm threatens them all, will Henry and his landlubbin’ library save the day?

Bugs and Us

by Patricia J. Murphy                                      www.patriciajmurphy.com

Whether you find bugs icky or fascinating, one thing is for sure… bugs can be very helpful.  This books shows all the ways bugs are useful to humans.

Chicks and Salsa
by Aaron Reynolds                                              www.aaron-reynolds.com

What happens at Nuthatcher Farm when the chickens get tired of the same old chicken feed? The rooster hatches a plan! With a pinch of genius, a dash of resourcefulness, and a little pilfering from the farmer's garden, the chickens whip up a scrumptious snack of chips and salsa. When the rest of the barnyard gets a whiff of the spicy smells and want to join in, it can mean only one thing . . . FIESTA! But when the big day arrives, all their spicy southwestern supplies are gone! Could Mr. and Mrs. Nuthatcher have caught on to the flavor craze?

Tooth Tales From Around the World
by Marlene Targ Brill                                              www.marlenetargbrill.com

From the tooth mouse to the tooth fairy, children around the world have followed special customs for disposing of lost baby teeth.  This is a look at customs, both past and present, from 17 different countries.