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!"