I Like to Help
Helping Mom and Dad is something young children love to do—it makes them feel valued, and important. The rhythmic lines of this farm-based story will encourage toddlers and preschoolers to read along with their parents as they return again and again to the fun details in each scene: feeding mother hen and her chicks, planting seeds in the garden, spotting the ducklings hiding in the reeds, and counting all ten piglets who have escaped from their pen. (Ages 1-4)
Sand Dollar Shopper
A young boy’s imagination soars as he and his mother collect Sand Dollars at the beach.
“Sand Dollar, Sand Dollar, what will I buy?” With his “dollars,” he imagines buying a surf-board turtle, a singing seal, or a treasure boat to hoist up sunken jewels. When the boy discovers he can trade his Sand Dollars for real dollars at the beachside store, he makes a surprising and heartwarming choice. (Ages 2-6)
Serafina Ballerina Beats the Blues
Serafina’s bedroom is yellow, the happiest color of all. But when the family moves to a new town, Serafina’s new bedroom is blue! Serafina feels blue too, after a terrible day at her new school. She might get her happy back if she enrolls at her new town’s ballet studio, where colorful leotards are the dress code—but Serafina is done with all things new. She decides to hold her own dance class with her ferret, Bindi, but ballet with Bindi is a comic failure. Dancing with the rainbow ballerinas might help Serafina find the sunny-side of blue—if she can find the courage to be the new girl, again. (Ages 4-8)
Upper Middle Grade
Thirteen-year-old Dani, her younger sister Lily, a crush, and two friends are separated from their classmates when an earthquake in the Santa Cruz mountains buries their return path in a rockslide. The group finds an alternate trail where they meet a married couple who gives them shelter—but their shelter soon becomes a trap when the couple turns out to be on-the-run criminals who kidnap Dani and Lily! To escape their captors, the girls first need to heal deep cracks in their relationship: one year earlier, their older sister died in a tragic accident, and Dani and Lily silently blame each other. They must learn to trust again before they, along with the stealthy help of Dani’s crush and friends, attempt to outwit the kidnappers in a cat-and-mouse game of survival.