About the Author
Deborah Diesen is the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Pout-Pout Fish", named by "Time Magazine" as one of the Ten Best Children's Books of 2008, and "The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark". Diesen grew up in Midland, Michigan, and started writing poems at a young age. She has worked as a bookseller and a librarian, and now works for a small nonprofit organization, but her greatest joy comes from writing for children. She lives with her family in Grand Ledge, Michigan.
DAN HANNA has over ten years' experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on BBC America and the Cartoon Network. He lives in Santa Barbara, California. He is the illustrator of the Pout-Pout Fish books.
"A gift should be "big,"
And a gift should be "bright."
And a gift should be "perfect"-
Guaranteed to bring delight.
And a gift should have "meaning"
Plus a bit of bling-"zing,"
So I'll shop till I drop
For each just-right thing "
Will Mr. Fish find perfect gifts for everyone on his list? Will he finish his shopping in time?
Swim along with Mr. Fish on his holiday shopping quest. He might just discover that the best gifts of all come straight from the heart.
About the Author
Emily grew up a navy brat living all over the country but has deep roots in Mississippi. After graduating from Ole Miss in 2002, she married her Bulldog in 2004. She and her husband have 2 children and now live in their loving house divided in Madison, MS where Emily is the owner of Ruff Draft Papers, an online custom stationery business. She credits her Lord and Savior for everything!
It's 1964 in Jackson, Mississippi, deep in the civil rights movement, and the one black person twelve-year-old Trip Westbrook knows well is Willie Jane, the family maid, who has been a second mother to him. When Trip invites her son, Dee, to play football in the yard, Trip discovers the ugly side of his smiling neighbors. Even his loving grandparents don't approve. But getting to know Dee and playing football, being part of a team, changes Trip. He begins to see all the unspoken rules he lives by but doesn't agree with, such as "respect your elders." What if he thinks their views are wrong? This engaging, honest, and hopeful novel is full of memorable characters, and brings the civil rights-era South alive for young readers.
"Hound Dawg" is a retelling of "The Little Red Hen," southern style. Bessie, Calico, and Penny work their fingers to the bone down on the cotton farm.
But Hound Dawg, he's a couch potato . . . lazy, lazy, lazy.
Hold on now . . . something has caught Hound Dawg's eye . . . something that changes his life forever.
Miller's Opening Night is the story of a little mouse family who lives in an old abandoned theater in Augusta, Georgia. It's a story of dreams, aspirations, and possibilities. Anyone -- young or old -- will relate to the characters in this tale. A most interesting feature of the book is that it's based on a real-life campaign to reopen the beautiful, historic Miller Theater in Augusta, Georgia, closed since 1985. Author Levi Hill says there are many aspects of realism in this story as feelings of doubt and disappointment have at times challenged the team in its efforts to restore the landmark in downtown Augusta. The author wrote the book with the intent of donating the proceeds of its sale to restore the theater. His idea is to inspire those who buy the book, knowing that they too are playing a role in bringing the theater back to life. "It's big project," said Hill, "but together we can do it. Together, let's do something big!"
Founders Force is a team of American heroes tasked with creating a great country while conquering their own trials. The Winged Warrior, Benji, TJ, and the Champion Duo work together to solve problems in their own awesome ways. In this adventure, join Winged Warrior as he fights to free the colonies from the evil King! These characters traits have been exaggerated but they were just regular Americans like you and me. They simply found their callings and let nothing get in their way. They were everyday heroes, and you can be an everyday hero too!
Square Books, Jr. is looking for some dedicated readers for our Junior Advisory Board. The children on the Board will be tasked with reading and reviewing books for the store with monthly meetings to talk about the books everyone is most excited about. To apply send in a review to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your review should meet the following specifications:
It should be no more than 150 words
It should be about a book you have read in the last year
It should include the title of the book and the author
It should also include your name, age, and an email address where you may be reached
All reviews should be submitted by July 31st.
A special Story Time with local author Sarah Frances Hardy who will be launching her new picture book, DRESS ME!
Identical twins, Kathy and Maggie, yearned to camp out in their backyard with their older brother, Billy, one long, hot summer night. Only thing is, it's Billy's tenth birthday and the campout is part of his birthday wish. Kathy grouses until she gets her wish granted-and, as the saying goes, you better watch what you wish for! Let the adventures begin! The twins invite a guest over for the campout and outnumber the boys 3-2. Hoping the odds are in their favor, the girls team up against the boys. The boys have other ideas and have planned a night full of misadventures to try out on the girls. A scavenger hunt involving rabbit poop and live roaches is just the beginning. It's the haunted house across the creek and the ghost story that creep the girls out. But Kathy has plans to fight back and revenge is oh, so sweet! Home is where the heart is rings true for Margaret and Katherine King - in Oxford, Mississippi. Their first three books are nonfiction stories from their childhood-rascals being rascals because, as identical twins, they could get away with everything, and did! Booklovers ages 6 to 106 can enjoy the twins' antics as readers laugh through the crazy tales in Y'all Twins?, Which is Which? and Our Josephine. Follow the twins, Kathy and Maggie, in a Halloween misadventure in Boo!, to be released in August, 2015. And five-year-old identical twins, Kit and Kat, go Kicking and Screaming to get their immunizations, a requirement before going to kindergarten. "Who made up that crazy ol' rule?" Kit wanted to know. And so it goes! Kicking and Screaming will be released in June, 2015. More zany tales to come for Kit and Kat and Maggie and Kathy.
Have you ever taught an octopus to roll over? It's harder than it looks. Discover why octopuses make the best pets in this charming picture book about friendship and embracing individuality
Izzy has always wanted a pet. So when an adventurous octopus squiggles into town, Izzy decides to keep him. After all, a real pirate captain has to have a mascot. Oscar is not very good at going for walks or playing fetch. (Although he is amazing at hide and seek). And he's definitely not like other pets...
But he is just right for Izzy.
Readers will be tickled by Izzy's attempts to teach Oscar to behave like a dog, a parrot, a pony-and gratified by Izzy's realization that in the end we love others for who they are...eight arms and all