When a hungry young man is refused a meal from a greedy old woman, he asks her for a stone. “I can make soup from a stone,” he says. “Soup from a stone,” cried the old woman “Fancy that!” McGovern’s version of this classic folktale has been in print since 1965 and sold millions of copies! Illustrated by Winslow Penney Pels. Ages 3-8
Children’s Choice – International Reading Association Notable Children’s Trade book.
TOO MUCH NOISE
Peter complains that his house is too noisy, so the wise man advises him to get animals who moo, hee-haw, cluck and baa. How he solves his problem will amaze you. This book has been delighting young readers for over 40 years! Illustrated by Caldecott Medalist, Simms Taback. Ages 2-7
“This is a funny book – a very funny book.” Publishers Weekly
THE LADY IN THE BOX
It is wintertime in the city. Ben and Lizzie want to help the lady who lives in a box instead of a home. Christmas is coming and it’s freezing cold. They must do something! A warm-hearted story. Illustrated by Marni Backer. Ages 6-12
“A touching story. A heartening note that the smallest kindnesses can make a difference.” Booklist
Winner of the Cuffie Award for “Best treatment of a social issue.”
“The next time your kids ask a question about homelessness, share this moving story with them” –Judy Blume, Author
Little Wolf is an Indian boy who will not hunt and shames his father. He brings home injured animals and birds and makes them well again. When the chief’s son falls ill, Little Wolf becomes a hero in a surprising way. Illustrated by Nola Langner. Ages 4-7
Selected by The American Humane Association as a Recommended Book.
WHO HAS A SECRET?
There is nothing more pleasing than discovering a secret. This book reveals some of the very best secrets in such a way that the youngest child can share their mystery. Illustrated by Nola Langner. Ages 3-5
“Fine for the youngest reader.” The New York Times
ZOO, WHERE ARE YOU?
There was no zoo in Josh’s town. When he decided to make a zoo of his own, it’s like no other zoo you’ve ever seen or imagined. Illustrations by Ezra Jack Keats, Caldecott Medal winner. Ages 4-8
“A happy collaboration by a famed author and artist. What a team!” Best Books
NICHOLAS BENTLEY STONINGPOT III
Nicky’s very rich parents love to sail on their fancy boat but Nicky longs for adventure. One night their boat is shipwrecked in a storm and Nicky lands on an island where he makes friends with a monkey, two goats and parrots. He has even more adventures than he can handle. Illustrated by Tomie de Paola. Ages 5-8
“Best and brightest of the year.” Chicago Sun Times
“This clever story should catch the fancies of young Robinson Crusoes and inspire dreams and conversation about their own would-be island adventures.” Booklist
A Reading Rainbow selection
EGGS ON YOUR NOSE
Eggs on the floor, eggs on the door. Eggs on the stair, eggs on your teddy bear, eggs everywhere! When a little boy starts eating eggs for the first time, eggs are all over the place in a very funny book. Illustrated by Maxie Chambliss Ages 2-7
“Preschoolers and beginning readers will love the exaggerated humor.” School Library Journal
“In the style of Dr. Seuss, McGovern creates “fluff and fun,” celebrating a toddler’s messy eating habits.” Library Journal.
MR. SKINNER’S SKINNY HOUSE
Lonely Mr. Skinner has two pets – Hot Dog, a long dog and Slinky, a thin snake. But Mr. Skinner needs a person to share his skinny house. He invites a plant grower, an actor who plays Pinocchio, and a rock group but nobody works out. He’s about to give up when a happy surprise occurs. Illustrated by Mort Gerberg. Ages 5-9
“Everything fits in McGovern’s disarming and original comedy. Inspired touches in the telling and zippy illustrations throughout the book make it endearing as well as very funny” Publishers Weekly
HAPPY SILLY BIRTHDAY TO ME
Who doesn’t like birthday parties, especially silly ones? In rollicking rhyme, here are parties in a hot-air balloon, on a jungle floor, under the sea, in a circus – and more! Illustrations by Sue Dreamer. Ages 2-7
“Children will want to have ALL the parties – and to hear them read over and over again.” Book Bag