The Christmas Coat
Virginia's coat is too small and hardly protects her from the frigid South Dakota winter. As Christmas approaches, all the children on the Sioux reservation look forward to receiving boxes full of clothing sent by congregations in the East. Virginia spots a beautiful gray fur coat but holds back tears as it is claimed by one of her classmates. Later, Virginia can't believe what Mama brings home. Based on an event from the author's childhood, this picture book captures the true spirit of Christmas.
The Blue Hill Meadows
Willie Meadow lives with his mother, father, and brother in Blue Hill, Virginia. It’s peaceful there—a perfect place for growing up. And for the Meadow family, each season of the year holds something special. Like the puppies born to their beloved dog one summer, a fishing trip on a crisp October day, or the thrill of a rare winter blizzard. Delicate illustrations and evocative text in a book so full of warmth and charm that you might find yourself wishing you, too, could live in Blue Hill—or at least visit for a good long while.
Mrs. Peachtree and the Eighth Avenue Cat
In this heartwarming story set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, a stray cat appears at Mrs. Peachtree’s Eighth Avenue Tea Shop and becomes attached to the owner. Mrs. Peachtree insists the scruffy feline is not hers, but when the cat goes missing and Mrs. Peachtree searches for him in a storm, she discovers that the Eighth Avenue cat knows exactly where he belongs.
Brave Norman: A True Story
Norman is a dog who cannot see. One day, he is at the beach. He hears a girl in the water calling for help. Can a blind dog save someone's life?
Anne of Green Gables
When Anne Shirley arrives at Green Gables, with its shower of apple blossoms and fields of buttercups, she hopes it will be the place she can call home. It's everything she's ever dreamed of! So when Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert tell her they were expecting a boy orphan -- someone strong enough to help around their farm -- Anne despairs. Is it her flaming red hair they don't like? Or her matching temper? Or her nonstop chatter? If only they'd give her a chance to mend her ways. But spunky Anne has a knack for getting into mischief -- as much as she has for spreading happiness all around her. She's a unique girl. She's Anne of Green Gables.
The 18 Penny Goose
The British are coming! The American Revolution is being fought in the hills around Letty Wright’s family’s farm, and the Wrights must flee to safety. There is no time for Letty to bring Solomon the gander. Letty hopes the British don’t hurt Solomon, but hungry soldiers aren’t known for their kindness. Eight-year-old Letty tries the only thing she can think of to save him—and is as surprised as the other colonists when it works. Based on a remarkable, true story, this unusual tale will linger in the minds of all who read it.
Sybil Ludington's Midnight Ride
On a dark, cold, and rainy night in April 1777, Sybil Ludington sets out on a journey to warn American soldiers that danger is headed their way. The British are coming! They have already attacked a nearby town, and it is up to sixteen-year-old Sybil to make sure that she reaches the American soldiers before the British do. With only a large stick to defend herself, and her horse, Star, for company, Sybil rides off into the perilous night and changes the course of the American Revolution. The true story of Sybil's bravery and perseverance are faithfully related by Marsha Amstel's appealing text and Ellen Beier's finely crafted illustrations.
Olla Piska: Tales of David Douglas
Douglas's student, Sandy, who has run away from home to join the Hudson’s Bay Company, learns about the plants that Douglas methodically collected and identified for science. He befriends T’Catisa, the daughter of Chinook Chief Cockqua, and they spend time with Douglas as he explores a new landscape. Olla-piska is a good introduction for young people and adults alike to one of the most important scientists and explorers to visit the Columbia country. Winner of the 2005 Stevens Literary Prize.
Remember the Ladies: A Story About Abigail Adams
A chronicle of the life and achievements of our Nation’s second First Lady along with her advocacy for women’s rights.