Books

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Making Contact!: Marconi Goes Wireless
illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
Tundra Books, 2013
ISBN 978-1770493780

As a boy, Guglielmo Marconi loved science and invention. Born in 1874 in Bologna, Italy, to a wealthy family, Marconi grew up surrounded by books in his father's library. He was fascinated with radio waves and learned Morse code, the language of the telegraph. A retired telegraph operator taught him how to tap messages on the telegraph machine. At the age of twenty, Marconi realized that no one had invented a wireless telegraph. Determined to find a way to use radio waves to send wireless messages, Marconi found his calling. And, thanks to his persistence, on December 12, 1901, for the first time ever, a wireless signal traveled between two continents. The rest is history.

Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity

Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity
illustrated by Esperança Melo
Tundra Books, 2013
ISBN 978-1770493964

Mr. Dash may not have a pedigree (he can count five different breeds of dogs as family), but from his furry head to his wagging tail, he is a gentleman. His fine manners make him a perfect companion to Madame Croissant and the perfect one to help deliver Madame Croissant's world-famous cupcakes. All is well until Daphne, Madame Croissant's rather lively niece, arrives to turn the cupcake world upside down. Filled with humor, this delectable story will appeal to dog-lovers and cupcake-lovers the world over.

Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain
illustrated by Dean Griffiths 
Pajama Press
Pub date Canada, Oct 2012
Pub date USA, April 2013
ISBN 978-1927485002

Lumpito and the Painter from Spain is inspired by the true story of Pablo Picasso's love affair with a dachshund named Lump, who came for a visit, refused to leave, and became immortalized in a number of the artist's paintings and drawings.

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Lumpito and the Painter from Spain

Going Up! Elisha Otis’s Trip to the Top
illustrated by David Parkins 
Tundra Books, 2012
ISBN 978-1770492400

A short, fully illustrated biography in the award-winning Great Ideas series, about the man who invented the elevator, Elijah Otis. Otis’s invention, the elevator safety brake, enabled the high-rise, and other feats of modern architecture.

 

Going Up! Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top

Francis Scott Key’s Star-Spangled Banner
illustrated by Richard Walz
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2011
ISBN 978-0375867255

Francis Scott Key was a well-respected lawyer and a poet. He was often called upon to help keep the peace as the War of 1812 raged on. One fateful night Francis and his friend helped talk the British Navy into releasing a prisoner of war. But they couldn't return home as planned because the Battle of Fort McHenry was starting! If the British captured the fort, America might very well lose its independence. Francis and his friends could only sit on a boat and observe the battle. What Francis saw, over the next 25 hours, inspired him to write a poem that would become America's national anthem.

Francis Scott Key's Star-Spangled Banner

In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
illustrated by David Parkins
Tundra Books, 2011
ISBN 978-1770492394  

The third book in Tundra’s Great Idea series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three, and by the time she was twelve, she was working at the local cotton mill alongside her two older brothers. One day, she saw a worker get injured by a shuttle that had come loose from the giant loom, and the accident inspired her to invent a stop-motion device. It was the first of her many inventions.

Margaret Knight devoted her life to inventing, and is best known for the clever, practical, paper bag. When she died in 1914, she had ninety inventions to her name and over twenty patents, astounding accomplishments for a woman of her day.

Awards and Recognition: 2012 Once Upon A World Children's Book Awards, Simon Wiesenthal Center/Museum of Tolerance Library & Archives; Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Great Science Books for Kids; ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award 2011, juvenile nonfiction finalist

 

In the Bag!

Merci Mister Dash!
illustrated by Esperança Melo
Tundra Books, 2011
ISBN 978-0887769641

Mr. Dash may not have a pedigree (he can count five different breeds of dogs as family), but from his furry head to his wagging tail, he is a gentleman. His fine manners make him a perfect companion to Madame Croissant. Their life together is graceful and civilized, what with walks in the park, stamp-collecting, and a passion for flowers.

But the well-ordered household is turned on its head whenever Madame Croissant’s granddaughter, Daphne, comes to visit. She’s as wild as Mr. Dash is courtly, and she makes the poor dog’s life miserable. But when she finds herself in real trouble, Mr. Dash proves that he is not only well-mannered but as brave as any knight.

Awards and Recognition: Canadian Toy-Testing Council, 10 Great Books for 2012

 

Merci Mister Dash!

All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine
illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2010
ISBN 978-0887769450  

In the second of Tundra's Great Idea series, biographies for children who are just starting to read, Monica Kulling presents the life of an extraordinary man.

There were few opportunities for the son of slaves, but Elijah McCoy's dreams led him to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. He learned everything there was to know about engines—how to design them and how to build them. But when he returned to the United States to look for work at the Michigan Central Railroad, the only job Elijah could get was shoveling coal into a train's firebox. Undaunted, he went on to invent a means of oiling the engine while the train was running, changing the face of travel around the world.

Awards and Recognition: ForeWord Reviews' Book of the Year Award 2010, juvenile nonfiction finalist

 

All Aboard!

It’s A Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph
illustrated by Bill Slavin
Tundra Books, 2009
ISBN 978-0887768811

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photo introduces a new series for Tundra Books—the Great Idea series—a must-have for schools, libraries, and parents alike.

In 1877 in Rochester, New York, George Eastman adopted a new hobby. Taking pictures! He packed up glass plates, a plate holder, a tent, a heavy tripod, a thick piece of black cloth, a water jug, and chemicals and set off to take his first photograph. The task was cumbersome, to say the least. How could George make picture-taking easier and more fun? He invented dry plates! They were such a success that he opened his own dry-plate company in 1881. George went on to invent film and the Brownie camera, thereby, making picture-taking even easier. The rest, as they say, is history.

 

It's a Snap!

Listen Up! Alexander Graham Bell’s Talking Machine
illustrated by Richard Walz
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2007
ISBN 978-0375831157

It's 1876 and the whole country is celebrating the 100th birthday of the United States. The biggest party is in Philadelphia at the World's Fair, where the latest and greatest inventions are on display for all to see. Alexander Graham Bell is headed to the fair to demonstrate his invention—a talking machine he calls the telephone. But will anyone come to see him at the world's most important science fair? And more importantly, will his machine work? This Step 3 reader celebrates the resilient, quirky spirit of inventors.

 

Listen Up!

Eat My Dust! Henry Ford’s First Race
illustrated by Richard Walz
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004
ISBN 978-0375815102

It’s 1901 and Henry Ford wants to build a car that everyone can afford to own. But first he needs the money to produce it. How will he get it? He enters a car race, of course! Readers will love this fast-paced, fact-based story.

Eat My Dust!

Go Stitch, Go!
illustrated by Denise Shimabukuro 
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2002
ISBN 978-0613506120

What happens when a lonely little Hawaiian girl adopts a pet that is actually an experiment-gone-wrong from an alien planet? Join the fun with the ever-lovable Lilo and Stitch in this captivating Step into Reading book!

 

Go Stitch, Go!

Horses
illustrated by Betina Ogden
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2001
ISBN 978-0375812170

There’s a new horse on the farm! He was just born yesterday, but he already weighs 100 pounds and can stand all by himself. Readers will follow this little colt through his first two years of life in this very young nonfiction Pictureback that’s simple and fun enough to be read as a story. Young horse enthusiasts will especially appreciate the horse vocabulary and care information.

 

Horses

Escape North! The Story of Harriet Tubman
illustrated by Teresa Flavin
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2004
ISBN 978-0375801549

An easy-to-read, page-turning account of Harriet Tubman's life—from her childhood in slavery to her years as a conductor on the Underground Railroad to her later work as a suffragette and as a spy in the Civil War. This remarkable true story brings to life one of America's greatest female role models.

 

Escape North!

The Great Houdini: World Famous Magician & Escape Artist
illustrated by Anne Reas
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2003
ISBN 978-0679885733

Harry Houdini, born Erich Weis, was and remains a fascinating, compelling character. Houdini was a great escape artist, but perhaps his greatest trick was becoming the famous magician that we have come to know. As a child, Houdini worked hard—and even quit school—to help support his family. But his dream was to become a great magician and performer. He practiced day and night, thinking up new tricks and dangerous stunts. His intense ambition paid off, and soon Harry Houdini became known worldwide. This kid-appealing Step 3 traces Houdini's life from his poor beginnings to his eventual success as the most famous magician and escape artist of all time.

 

The Great Houdini

Elephants: Life in the Wild
illustrated by Michael Maydak
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2000
ISBN 978-0307263322

How do elephants live in the wild? For example, did you know that an elephant can weigh as much as 15,000 pounds? Or that elephants eat for 20 hours a day? This easy-to-read book is full of such exciting facts told in simple, easy-to-read prose.

Elephants: Life in the Wild

Alligators: Life in the Wild
illustrated by Marty Roper
Random House Books for Young Readers, 2000
ISBN 978-0307263254

How do alligators live in the wild? For example, did you know that an alligator can lay up to forty eggs at a time? Or that alligators "talk" to each other? Find out more amazing alligator facts in this exciting, easy-to-read book.

 

Alligators: Life in the Wild

Queen in Disguise
illustrated by John Alvin 
LucasBooks for Young Readers, 2000
ISBN 978-0375804298

Queen Amidala's handmaidens are trained to protect her if she is in danger. But Queen Amidala wants to learn to defend herself. She joins the training disguised as Padmé so her handmaidens won't worry. Can she handle the training?

Queen in Disguise

Sea of Ice: The Wreck of the Endurance
illustrated by John Edens
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1999
ISBN 978-0375802133

In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton set out with his crew aboard the ship the Endurance. He wanted to sail to Antarctica, but 100 miles from the South Pole, the Endurance became trapped in a sea of ice. Against all odds, Shackleton undertook a journey that led to the rescue of this crew after almost two years of nail-biting survival. Based on a true story!

 

Sea of Ice

Eleanor Everywhere: The Life of Eleanor Roosevelt
illustrated by Cliff Spohn
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1999
ISBN 978-0679889960

Even Eleanor Roosevelt was a little girl once. This inspiring Step-Into-Reading tells the true story of how a shy girl was able to conquer her fears and lead a life full of adventure.

From flying with Amelia Earhart and hosting her own radio show to becoming First Lady of the United States, Eleanor Roosevelt did it all and became one of the most admired women in the world.

 

Eleanor Everywhere

Edgar Badger's Butterfly Day
illustrated by Neecy Twinem
Mondo Publishing, 1999
ISBN 978-1572556041  

This is the fourth book in the beloved Edgar Badger series. Edgar is sad because summer has come to an end. He escapes the impending reality of Fall by going to bed and staying there, and if it weren’t for his friends Edgar would stay there until next summer. But his friends come to cheer him up and soon the depressed Edgar is back in the thick of life.

 

Edgar Badger's Butterfly Day

Edgar Badger's Fishing Day
illustrated by Neecy Twinem
Mondo Publishing, 1999
ISBN 978-1572556034 

In this third book in the beloved Edgar Badger series, Edgar Badger and his best friend Duncan Bear have a squabble when they go on a fishing trip. Will the friends, and neighbors, ever speak to each other again?

 

Edgar Badger's Fishing Day

Bears: Life in the Wild
illustrated by Jean Cassels
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1998
ISBN 978-0307263032

How do bears live in the wild? For example, what should you do if a Grizzly attacks? Should you run away? Should you fight back? Should you lie down and play dead? Find out in this fact-packed nonfiction book that's full of fascinating information about all sorts of bears, including the eerie Ghost bear, the friendly Black bear, and the toothless Sloth bear.

 

Bears: Life in the Wild

Marmee's Surprise: A Little Women Story
illustrated by Diane Paterson
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1997
ISBN 978-0679875796

Each of the four March sisters is special in her own way. Meg is a dreamer, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and thoughtful, and Amy is a bundle of energy. But despite their differences, the girls pull together to get through a difficult winter holiday. Based on the first chapter of the enduring classic Little Women, this enchanting retelling will introduce a new generation of "little women" to the works of Louisa May Alcott.

 

Marmee's Surprise

Edgar Badger's Fix-It Day
illustrated by Neecy Twinem
Mondo Publishing, 1997
ISBN 978-1572554740

In this second book in the beloved Edgar Badger series, Edgar Badger annoys his neighbor, Duncan Bear by saving everything in what seems, to some, to be a big pile of junk. But Edgar surprises and delights his friends with unique creations, using the bits and pieces of junk in his yard, which solve their problems and wins him friends.

 

Edgar Badger's Fix-It Day

Edgar Badger's Balloon Day
illustrated by Carol O'Malia
Mondo Publishing, 1997
ISBN 978-1572552203

In this first book in the beloved Edgar Badger series, Edgar Badger hops out of bed, eager to see what his friends will bring him for his birthday. But his friends all seem to be too busy doing other things to remember it’s his special day. Does anyone remember that it's Edgar's birthday, and that he loves balloons?

 

Edgar Badger's Balloon Day

Fairy Tale: A True Story Movie Storybook
illustrated with photographs from the movie
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1997
ISBN 978-0679888116

Based on the hit movie by Paramount. Elsie and Frances knew all about the wonderful fairies of Cottingley Glen. But other people, especially grownups, didn't believe in the tiny sprites. They didn't know where or how to look for them. If only the girls could photograph the fairies and show them to the world. The problem was not that they couldn't. The problem was that they did.

Fairy Tale

Fairy Tale: A True Story Movie Novelization
illustrated with photographs from the movie
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1997
ISBN 978-0679888123

Based on the hit movie by Paramount. Elsie and Frances knew all about the wonderful fairies of Cottingley Glen. But other people, especially grownups, didn't believe in the tiny sprites. They didn't know where or how to look for them. If only the girls could photograph the fairies and show them to the world. The problem was not that they couldn't. The problem was that they did.

 

Fairy Tale

The Body Snatcher
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1998
ISBN 978-0679886259

Scotland, 1815. Fettes, a young medical student, is learning more than he ever wanted to know about corpses. He is shocked when he realizes that the corpses they are using in class are not donated, but rather stolen from fresh graves—and now he must get himself a new one. Fettes thinks he's up to this terrifying task, but he can't anticipate what will happen that night—or the body that will haunt him for the rest of his life. Adapted from the short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, this easy-to-read, edge-of-your-seat version will grab reluctant readers who expect a good scare! 

 

Body Snatcher

Great Expectations 
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1996
ISBN 978-0679874669

Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith’s apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip’s dreams come true. Pip’s lonely life is about to change forever. Will his great expectations be realized? Or will he learn that money and power are worthless without love and friendship? Adapted from the novel by Charles Dickens, this easy-to-read version will grab reluctant readers as they are introduced to one of the truly great books of British literature.

 

Great Expectations

Vanished!: The Mysterious Disappearance of Amelia Earhart
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1996
ISBN 978-0679871248

On June 2, 1937, Amelia Earhart set out to fly around the world—something no one had done before. But on July 2, somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, she vanished—without a trace. What happened to Amelia Earhart? Read all about the unsolved mystery of her disappearance, which ranks among the "top ten news stories of the century," according to the Associated Press. This Step 4 book contains twelve black-and-white photographs and three full-color maps.

Vanished!

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1995
ISBN 978-0679880707

Join Tom Sawyer's wild adventures along the banks of the Mississippi River in this exciting addition to the Step into Classics line. Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, share exciting make-believe escapades as treasure hunters, swashbuckling pirates, and soldiers in battle. They also unwittingly become real-life witnesses to a terrible crime!

 

Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Les Misérables
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1995
ISBN 978-0679866688

Sensational, dramatic, packed with rich excitement and filled with the sweep and violence of human passions, Les Misérables is not only superb adventure, but a powerful social document. The story of how the convict Jean-Valjean struggled to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity, in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance, became the gospel of the poor and the oppressed. Adapted from the novel by Victor Hugo, this easy-to-read version will grab reluctant readers as they are introduced to one of the truly great books of French literature.

 

Les Miserables

Little Women
Random House Books for Young Readers, 1994
ISBN 978-0679861751

Louisa May Alcott's story about the four March sisters who learn the hard lessons of poverty and of growing up in New England during the Civil War. Adapted from the novel by Louisa May Alcott, this easy-to-read version will grab reluctant readers as they are introduced to one of the truly great books of American literature.

 

Little Women

Waiting for Amos
illustrated by Vicky Lowe
Simon and Schuster, 1993
ISBN 978-0027512458

As the morning passes, Homer the frog sits on the gray-brown rock, awaiting the arrival of his friend, Amos, lingering patiently despite his friends' teasing and Amos's notorious forgetfulness and tardiness.

 

Waiting for Amos

I Hate You, Marmalade!
Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
Viking Children’s Books, 1992
ISBN 978-0670844807

Roger is not sure if he is going to like the new family cat. Marmalade sits in Roger’s chair, takes up his whole bed, and even takes over his new fire truck. But then, Marmalade does a surprising thing. She comes to the rescue in a time of crisis, and friendship with this new member of the family is now a definitely possibility.

 

I Hate You, Marmalade!