Book List in Order:90 titles

  • “A lovely, beautifully illustrated story of a child's dream fulfilled.” —Kirkus Reviews “Beautifully illustrated with a strong conservation message.” —School Library Journal “A lyrical panoramic beauty of a book.” —BookPage From awa...


  • A boy wins over an abused, stray dog with persistence and love in this heartwarming story.Thoughtful care goes into a child's efforts to help an abused dog learn to trust humans again. Stooping near the bush where the dog is hiding, offering scraps o...


  • Letters are MAGIC. When you know their secrets, like a bright bird, you take flight. Hop along with a playful rabbit emcee and see for yourself!Letters are everywhere in this delightful book that embraces the power of words and what they can do, how ...


  • Twelve-year-old Manuel leaves his small town in Mexico to join his older brother in Los Angeles. To cross the US border, he must become a “beast rider” -- someone who hops on a train. The first time he tries, he is stopped by the Mexican police, ...


  • When two jellyfish brothers are separated at sea it takes all of the ocean’s creatures to help them reunite in this heartwarming tale of brotherly love. Spencer and Vincent are jellyfish brothers who live together in the sea, their wet and shini...


  • Loving hands lift, carry, hold, and give in a tender meditation on the everlasting bond between a parent and a child. Hands wave hello, hands hold, hands heal. Hands say, "I am here for you always." In simple, stirring rhymes, author Tony Johnston...


  • Lizzie and her mom go to the park. That's where Lizzie meets an elderly man and his companion, Cecile, a dog about her size. But Lizzie is afraid of dogs, so she'll have to rely on her new friend to help her take things one step at a time. Get...


  • From award-winning author Tony Johnston and David Walker comes the perfect book for first time First Graders! Kindergarten? Done! "I'm zooming off to first grade now. I need about five friends to play good games like hide-and-sneak and where...


  • Witness the changing of a season through a watchful child’s eyes in this story of nature and discovery from award-winning author Tony Johnston and New York Times Best Illustrated artist Jim La Marche. Day after day, a girl goes to her favorite p...






  • In a busy urban neighborhood, six very different individuals who don’t know each other have something in common: they all relish the companionship of a friendly cat that roams the area. From a librarian to a homeless war veteran to a little girl wh...


  • From Caldecott Medalist Stephen Gammell and beloved writer Tony Johnston, this joyous picture book celebrates the sound of a baby’s laughter. The family gathers round to hear the sweet sound of the new baby’s sweet laugh! But just because ever...


  • Wild West chaos and creative problem solving are the force behind a well-loved American institution. What’s a California miner to do when gold dust sifts right out of his holey pockets? With such a raggedy wardrobe, he may as well be mining in t...


  • A picture-book classic available for the first time in paperback. When day is done, the sun streaks the desert sky with flame. Soon the stars come out, and with them, a host of creatures. Bats spill from a hillside cave; insects seek out the sweet f...



  • In clever, teasing verse and minutely observed paintings, Johnston and Minor offer a loving and lovely tribute to our feline friends. These playful meditations invite us to explore the many moods and passions of tabbies and calicos, animals whose fam...



  • FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK in 1950s Tennessee. Tony Johnston draws on her own childhood memories to limn a portrait of a sensitive and compassionate boy fighting for a friendship his father forbids.David's daddy is determined that his son wil...


  • Award-winning author Tony Johnston and illustrator Melissa Sweet create a joyful story about the first day of kindergarten!"I'm off to kindergarten now.I'd better take my bear.He likes to sit beside me soI'll take a little chair. . . ."So begins the ...


  • A young boy's summer begins like every other summer . . . but everything changes when his family finds out that his younger brother, Joey, is dying. Tony Johnston's poignant words and Barry Moser's intimate pictures invite us to share the experience ...


  • SCHOOL'S GETTING WEIRDER BY THE GIANT SPOONFUL! The Bloggins School boiler room isn't glamorous, but it's home-steamy-home for Martha Snapdragon, the janitor's daughter. Life at Bloggins has never been exactly normal, but lately, things have taken...




  • Outside her home in Michoacán, Mexico, grows eight-year-old Isabel's greatest treasure: an oyamel tree. Every autumn, a miracle happens-for Isabel's tree is the wintering place for thousands upon thousands of monarch butterflies that migrate from th...


  • Come and dance the whole green world!I've got a little pair of shoes.(Comfy, cozy little shoes.)Got a little pair of shoesto walk the whole round world.After putting on her red shoes, a girl and her shaggy dog set out to plant the whole world. During...


  • A restless little chicken is flap, flap, flapping her way through a kitchen. But why is she there? What could she be looking for? Follow the excitement and find out all the little reasons that have driven this chicken to peck and pick and poke!...


  • This silly rhyming story about ten turkeys teaches children how to count backwards."Looky!" says a silly turkey swinging from a vine. Gobble gobble wibble wobble.Whoops! Now there are nine.Girls and boys will gobble up this hilarious story about ten ...


  • The Worm family loves being wormy. They're skinny--they're squiggly--they're very long--and they sing loud worm songs. They're nothing like their glossy, bossy, buggy neighbors. And the neighbors don't like that one bit. What are the Worms to do? Jum...


  • When the Nazis invaded Poland, a family is split apart. The parents are sent to one concentration camp, their son to another. Only his father's gift, a harmonica, keeps the boy's hopes alive and, miraculously, ensures his survival.Tony Johnston's pow...


  • Popular author Tony Johnston's second novel follows a mummy boy from the pyramids of Egypt to a famous museum in New York City as he searches for his mummy mom in this clever, funny book.A young mummy boy named Ramose is awakened one day by the sound...







  • Outside her home in Michoacan, Mexico, grows eight-year-old Isabel's greatest treasure: an oyamel tree. Here, every autumn, a miracle happens-for Isabel's tree is the wintering place for thousands upon thousands of monarch butterflies that migrate fr...


  • Boo-hoo-hoo! Baby hasn't a thing to eat. Mama and Papa don't know what to do. POOF! A witch appears. She knows what to do, but she's not telling. Not until Mama and Papa promise her her heart's desire! When the blubbering parents agree, the witch sen...


  • Award-winning picture-book author Tony Johnston presents the poignant story of a loving Mexican-American family in East L.A. in her first novel for young readers.Los Angeles is a place of movie stars and fast cars and people who are too rich and peop...


  • Ready-to-Read Level 3 Reading Proficiently Rich vocabulary More-challenging stories Longer chapters Possum loves hanging upside down. It makes him feel new. When Alien tries hanging upside down, the electricity rushes to its head. But these friends s...


  • When Possum, a grey creature who enjoys his cabbage, meets up with a multi-colored alien who dines on high voltage, an unexpected and special friendship forms in this easy reader with full-color illustrations. Reprint....


  • When Pa decides to leave New Hampshire for a new life in the west, the family packs up and gets on the move, but their journey becomes more treacherous than they had expected and they have to stay united to make the trip successful....



  • Tony Johnston's THE BARN OWLS recalls in quiet tones the memory of a barn that has stood alone in a wheat field for one hundred years at least. The owls have nested there and have hunted in the fields and circled in the night skies as time slowly sli...


  • "I'm a desert dog, a desert dog. / I work from sun to sun. / I'm a skinny dog, as tough as wire. / I own myself alone." In a voice as old and earthy as desert rock, a gruff, hard-working canine tells his tale of a day spent herding goats. From the mo...



  • In this inspiring story, young Carlos learns that change effects everyone, even his uncle. Uncle Tomàs does not speak English and does not adjust well to his new life in Los Angeles. To him, English is "El Blah-blah," and he is frustrated and ashame...


  • In the old growth forest, a dashing Bigfoot prince searches for his Bigfoot princess. Rrrrrella, who also lives in the forest, would be a perfect match. But can she get past her ugly stepsisters to win the prince's heart? Full-color illustrations....


  • Above a small town in Mexico, the sun rises like a great marigold, and one family begins preparations for an annual celebration, El día de los muertos, the Day of the Dead. Soon they will go out into the night, join their neighbors, and walk to the ...




  • A young boy is sustained by his family as he endures the difficulties of being a slave, but when he finally gains his freedom, his joy is tempered by the death of President Lincoln. Reprint. 15,000 first printing....


  • Amber's mountain is beautiful, but it is a lonely place—until the day Anna arrives, bringing both her friendship and the will to teach Amber how to read. Suddenly, Amber's world is filled with a new magic and new challenges. But when Anna returns t...


  • Poor Coyote! What’s he doing, hanging upside down in the farmer’s house, next to a pot of boiling water? How’d he wind up underneath the jicara tree, getting bonked by rock-hard fruit? Who tricked him into whacking a wasps’ nest with a stick?...







  • The two first-grade friends from Sparky and Eddie: The First Day of School return to learn a valuable lesson about winning and losing when they compete against each other in the school rodeo. Simultaneous....




  • An early reader storybook is set on a small farm and explores how the farmer, the pig, the frog, the cricket, the earthworm, the tree, the flower, and the scarecrow each involve themselves with the dirt in a special way. Original....



  • The people of the pueblo like the huge maguey that grows on the land of Don César. But Miguel likes it most of all. To him it is the best plant in the world. So at Christmastime, when Don César threatens to chop down the maguey to make room for a v...


  • Sibling rivalry exists even between snakes, and Slither and Joe McCreep are no exceptions. “Some of the pictures-whether of the mother entangled on the telephone or of brother Joe leering at his favorite rock group, Bal Boa and the Vindow Vipers, h...



  • For the narrator, his sister, and his best friend, an approaching T&NO train means flattening Indian pennies on the tracks, sitting on the plush seats of emptied-out cars, and checking the aisles for leftover sugar candy, and when the train pulls out...


  • This hilarious retelling of The Princess and the Pea with a Wild West twist is perfect for a read-aloud!Farethee Well is a woman of strong mind and bodacious beauty, but when suitors come to ask for her hand in marriage, can she tell a real cowboy f...


  • A young boy, originally embarrassed by the traditions of his Japanese grandfather, comes to an understanding one day as he observes him during a fishing trip and notes that the old man and his ways are not silly at all but are actually rather magical...




  • In a whimsical "Baba Yaga meets Santa Fe" tale, young Manuela finds herself in the cooking pot of Alice Nizzy Nazzy, and when all attempts to win her freedom fail, Manuela is spared because good children taste bad to witches. BOMC Main....







  • Lorenzo, a green parrot who lives in a Mexican garden, serves as a watchbird, protecting his family from birthday party guests, presents, and even San Nicola+a7s on Christmas Eve. By the author of Slther McCreep and His Brother, Joe. ...



  • "There can never be enough Halloween stories. This one is appealing, participatory, fast-paced, and a delight in the telling. A 700-year-old woman and an 800-year-old man, both witches, search out their lost pumpkin only to find it under the hat of a...


  • Plucking a green gourd before it is ripe, a North Carolina woman finds herself pursued over mountains and through rivers and valleys by the gourd and she must rely on the smarts of a little boy to help her....













  • A classic Halloween story about a pumpkin gone missing is certain to delight readers of all ages!When a 700-year-old woman and an 800-year-old man want to make pumpkin pie on Halloween, they can’t find their pumpkin. “Our pumpkin’s been snitche...


  • As a lonely, shy mouse sits nibbling at Christmastime, wishing she could see the snowy outdoors, a black cricket introduces her to the forest, and they watch Christmas carolers make their way to the mouse's door...




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