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Children’s Books from Harper Collins Publishers + Read Across America Day

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Today, March 2, is Read Across America Day! Created by the National Education Association, Read Across America Day is the nation’s largest reading event, occurring each year on or near Dr. Seuss’ birthday (March 2nd). Now in its 18th year, the program focuses on motivating and encouraging our children to keep reading and learning.

Celebrate at home with some of these great new children’s books published by the Children’s Division of Harper Collins Publishers, and keep instilling a love of reading in your children!

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Flat Stanley and the Very Big Cookie

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  • By Jeff Brown
  • Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Soft cover: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-218978-3
  • I Can Read! Level 2

From the Back: “Mr. Pete’s bakery is in big trouble! He comes up with a BIG idea to save his bakery, but he needs help from Flat Stanley and Arthur! Will they succeed or will everything just fall flat?”

Review: Filled with bright, descriptive illustrations and beginning level words, this latest adventure in the much-loved Flat Stanley series is sure to be a hit with your beginning reader! 

On Sale: 1/27/2015 

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Splat the Cat and the Hotshot

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  • Written and Illustrated by Rob Scotton 
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN:  978-0-06-229416-6
  • I Can Read! Level 1

From the Back: “When Splat meets the new cat, Scott, he’s in awe of what Scott can do. Scott’s the best at everything! Even though Splat can’t build the biggest fire or tie the best knot,he’s talented in his own way. Soon Splat learns to appreciate his own talents — and the power of teamwork! Beginning readers will laugh along with Splat as he discovers his cool cat talents.”

Review: Filled with rhyming words and colorful illustrations, beginning readers will love following Splat along on his adventures as a Cat Scout, while at the same time learning the “-ot” word family, and the fact that everyone is good at something in their own way! 

On Sale: 2/3/2015 

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Charlie the Ranch Dog: Stuck in the Mud

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  • By Ree Drummond
  • Illustrated by Diane deGroat
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-234775-6
  • I Can Read! Level 1

From the Back: “It’s not easy being a cattle dog, but Charlie knows he’s right for the job! When Abigail the calf gets stuck in the mud, Charlie springs into action…until he gets stuck too! Will Charlie find a way out of this sticky situation? Beginning readers will love this playful adventure with Charlie the Ranch Dog!”

Review: Join Charlie, the adorable Basset Hound inspired by Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond’s own pup, as he does the job he does best – being a cattle dog! Large print, easy words and beautiful illustrations will have your beginning level reader reading this book again and again!

On Sale: 1/6/2015 

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Pete the Cat: CaveCat Pete

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  • Written and illustrated by James Dean 
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Soft cover: 22 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-219863-1

From the Back: “Meet CaveCat Pete!Pete lives happily among the dinosaurs. He’s friends with everyone. But when Pete organizes a picnic with all of his friends and some herbivores and carnivores can’t seem to get along, it’s up to CaveCat Pete to show them that they can all have fun together.”

Review: The latest in the Pete the Cat escapades, this adventure takes place during in the Jurassic era where colorful pictures help tell the story of CaveCat Pete’s picnic with the dinosaurs. Children will enjoy getting to know the different types of dinosaurs invited, and will absolutely love the included stickers!

On Sale: 1/20/2015 

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Who Wants a Hug?

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  • Written and illustrated by Jeff Mack 
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-222026-4

From the Back: “Everyone likes hugs. Especially when bear gives them! Everyone, that is, except for Skunk. Bear really gets on Skunk’s nerves. He’s too happy…and he’s always giving way too many hugs! Skunk has the perfect plan to keep Bear from giving any more hugs. Will it work?”

Review: Introducing two new hilarious characters — Bear and Skunk! Young readers will be laughing aloud as they follow along with Skunk as he plots his many smelly plans in the hopes of keeping Bear from spreading the love! Filled with bright and colorful illustrations, this book will quickly become a favorite!

On Sale: 1/6/2015 

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Blown Away

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  • By Rob Biddulph
  • Age Range: 4 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0-06-236724-2

From the Back: “Come on an unexpected journey with a fearless blue penguin and meet the friends he makes along the way.”

Review: Children will be captivated by Penguin Blue, the fearless penguin starring in this debut picture book by Rob Biddulph. Rhyming text and beautiful illustrations tell the story of a brave young penguin who takes a kite flight to a tropical paradise, only to realize that home is where the igloo is.

On Sale: 1/20/2015 

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