Ben Franklin's Big Splash

by Barb Rosenstock                             barbrosenstock.com

Ben Franklin loved to swim and, at the age of 11, he was determined to swim like a fishNwith fins and all! This fascinating and lively account of young Ben's earliest invention follows the budding scientist's journey as he tests and retests his swim fins. Includes Franklin quotes, a timeline, bibliography, and source notes. Full color.

Carnivores

by Aaron Reynolds                                www.aaron-reynolds.com

The lion is king of the jungle!  The great white shark is sovereign of the seas!  The timber wolf is emperor of the forests!  But . . . it's lonely at the top of the food chain. It's difficult to fit in when plant eaters can be so cruel—just because you ate a relative of theirs that one time! What's a carnivore to do? Aaron Reynolds's roaringly funny text is perfectly paired with Dan Santat's mouthwatering illustrations, creating a toothsome book that's sure to stand out from the herd.

Edward Hopper Paints His World

by Robert Burleigh, il. Wendell Minor               www.robertburleigh.com

As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST.  He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft.  And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist.  He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.  Edward Hopper’s story is one of courage, resilience, and determination.  In this striking picture book biography, Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor invite young readers into the world of a truly special American painter (most celebrated for his paintings “Nighthawks” and “Gas”).

Little Lucy Goes to School

by Ilene Cooper                                                   www.ilenecooper.com

With over 1.6 million Lucy books sold, this beguiling beagle has captured the hearts of both beginning readers and early chapter book fans!   Learn to read with Ilene Cooper’s adorable beagle puppy, Lucy!  What does Bobby do all day at school? Lucy wants to know! So when Bobby’s mom takes her there, Lucy takes off! She finds the lunchroom. She finds the library. But can she find Bobby?  Step 3 (Reading on Your Own) is for children who are ready to read independently. Step 3 titles have stories with easy-to-follow plots and engaging characters.

Lion, Lion
by Miriam Busch, il. Larry Day                    www.miriambuschauthor.com

For fans of Ezra Jack Keats, this perfect read-aloud is a timeless story featuring plenty of animal.  A little boy is looking for Lion. Lion is looking for lunch.  And so our story begins. But look closely. . . .  In this tale, nothing is quite as it seems.  Children will delight in this classic picture book with a mischievous twist.

Tales For Very Picky Eaters
by Josh Schneider                                           

James is a very picky eater.  His dad has to get creative—very creative—in order to get James to eat foods he thinks he doesn’t like.  He presents James with a series of outlandish scenarios packed with fanciful and gross kid-friendly details—like pre-chewed gum as an alternative to broccoli and lumpy oatmeal that grows so big it eats the dog—in an effort to get James to eat.  But it is eventually James himself who discovers that some foods are not so bad, after all, if you’re willing to give them a try. This irreverently hilarious early reader, illustrated in full color, explores a universal point of contention between parent and child in a playful, satisfying way.