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Pamela May and Robert Will Learn To Farm

$14.95

By Audrey Pannier and Theresa Fagundes Diener

Pam and her friends are up for an adventure at Papa and Nana’s farm. While learning about agriculture, Pamela and Robert begin to consider future career aspirations. Pamela learns a thing or two about the life of a farmer. Written by Speech-Language Pathologists, suggested activities are provided to help children engage in the story. Additional modifications are included so that Children with Apraxia of Speech can engage maximally for the full benefit from the story. Come along to the farm with Pamela and her friends! 

Looking for Lola/Taco

$13.95

A Two-in-One Flip Book By Jennifer Kuhns

 

Lola was a rescue dog waiting to be adopted. She was a sweet little adventurous dog who loved to explore. But Lola wished she had a forever home. One day her wish came true, and Lola was adopted and went home to live peacefully with a lady named Auntie Kay and her husband, Pete ... or so they thought.

All Taco, a chubby little guinea pig, ever did was sleep and eat taco shells and tortilla chips. But that changed when he became a kindergarten classroom's new pet. While studying about food and good nutrition, the kindergarten children realized that Taco needed to eat better food, food for guinea pigs, not people junk food. After being exposed to new and different foods, Taco slowly becomes healthier, happier, and even, well ... he thinks ... handsome.

Pam's Big Hit

$9.95

By Audrey Pannier and Theresa Fagundes Diener

Free-spirited and adventurous Pam stars in this short story designed for children who are ready for a storyline that include words that are motorically easy to say. While a fun read for many children, it is a great addition to the library of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and/or Dysarthria. Written by speech-language pathologists, Pam Learns books include strategies for motor speech learning and language enhancement.  Come learn and play with Pam and her friends!

 

Pam's Whaa

$9.95

By Audrey Pannier and Theresa Fagundes Diener

 

Free-spirited and adventurous Pam stars in this short story designed for children who are ready for a storyline that include words that are motorically easy to say. While a fun read for many children, it is a great addition to the library of children with Childhood Apraxia of Speech and/or Dysarthria. Written by speech-language pathologists, Pam Learns books include strategies for motor speech learning and language enhancement.  Come learn and play with Pam and her friends!

Amy Doesn't Listen

 $9.95

By Carolyn Stayton

Amy likes playing with her teddy bear and jumping on the trampoline. She also likes to swing and have pretend tea with her dolls. What Amy doesn't like is to listen when her Mommy and Daddy tell her to do something.

Follow Amy's exciting adventure as she learns that listening is a very important part of growing and being safe.

 

 

The Church That Stopped the Tide

$13.95   (also available as an Ebook)

By Carolyn Stayton

The tsunami was coming, and the entire village was in its path, but the elderly couple was too old and weak to flee like everyone else. Instead, they chose to take refuge in the only place they could think of. It was the same place they went every Sunday to worship. But the tiny church was also in the wave’s mighty path. Was kneeling at an altar in prayer enough for God to save them?

Based on a true story, written by Carolyn Stayton and beautifully illustrated by Bonnie Layton, THE CHURCH THAT STOPPED THE TIDE is a perfect story to teach young readers the important lesson of faith and trusting in God when things get scary.

I love this story. This is a great book with a greater message. I can’t wait to get a copy for our great grandchildren.”  -Major Mitchell, author of CHARLIE SHEPHERD

“This is more than a children's story.  It is a true and real story about forces and ideas greater than ourselves. It shows that all things are not explainable.  The illustrations support the story wonderfully with their "wavy" texture and pulls all the books elements together.”  -Jennifer Kuhns, Author of PAISLEY OR PLAID...being your very best you!

“Eloquently written, The Church That Stopped the Tide is a book that addresses realistic fears that children of all ages, including adults, can relate to. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it compelling, with a positive message. A great discussion starter for families to build upon with their children.”  - Jessica Niacaris, Early Childhood Director

Scooter, the Cow Dog

$13.95   (also available as an Ebook)

By Phil Mills, Jr.

Ten-year-old Katie Collins doesn't like to listen to her parents and do her chores.  Neither does her pet dog, Fifi. So when her parents decided to send her to her grandparents' ranch, she wasn't happy. But when Katie continues to disobey, it's a good thing that they have Scooter, the Cow Dog, on their side.

Bonnie Bunny's Big Adventure

$8.95

By Crystal Espinoza

Bonnie Bunny wants more than anything to be a real cowgirl like the humans she watches every day from her yard in front of her den. When she wanders from the safety of her yard while playing with her stick-horse, she learns the world can be a scary and dangerous place.

"A charming book about a bunny that wants to be a cowgirl...I will enjoy reading this book at the school"-.Karen Serpa, Oakdale Cowboy Museum

"A birthday present leads to a big adventure for Bonnie". - Dunkleberger Review

"Told by a child for children, Bonnie Bunny is a tale of what can happen when you wander too far away." - Deborah Cone, pre-school teacher

Procrastimonsters

$13.95

By Claudia Hull

 "I'll do that later!" "Not right now!" "In a minute!"

Sound familiar? Putting things off gets you a visit from a little green monster. The PROCRASTIMONSTER ... watch out, or he will grow to be your best buddy!

"A great teaching tool for parents and young readers." - Major Mitchell, author of CHARLIE SHEPHERD

Beam

$15.95

By Melodie Lewis

As Beam seeks to skip out on being a “little star,” he grows up just a *twinkle* too fast. Join Beam on his great adventure in the sky!

"The true gift of God’s creation is indeed at the heart of this story. Accepting His gifts and living for His will and purpose – not ours – is certainly the lesson that can be learned by all who enjoy this story of God’s little star." - Susan Mattos, Publisher of Mattos Newspapers, Inc.

"Beam is a delightful story that reminds us we are all important, no matter how big or small we are. Plus, how could you not love a character named Beam?" - Becky Beam, Children's Pastor

"What a star Beam is! The story is precious and the message is timeless. Children and parents alike will be warmed by Beam’s journey." - Karen Azevedo, Elementary School Principal

Miles to the Moon

$13.95                                                                                                                                                         

By Jennifer Kuhns

Miles to the Moon is a story about a boy named Miles who has a huge imagination and tons of hope. Miles also has something called Postural Orthostatic  Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. Even though POTS makes Miles' body tired and not work very well, in his dreams and his love of all things outer space Miles finds a way to help people with POTS.

Paisley or Plaid

$15.95 Soft Cover Edition

By Jennifer Kuhns

Paisley or Plaid…being your very best you,is a collection of seven stories and five poems for children visiting the topics of respect, manners, acceptance, sharing, bulling, dedication, trust and family to name a few.  With any luck, these stories and poems will bring about an awareness of life lessons.

"Grandma Sadie and the Respectometer was my favorite story. After my mom read it, I want to get my own Respectometer. I would like to get a Respectometer for my brother when he is naughty." - Marissa Keene, age five

"My daughter and I loved reading Paisley or Plaid… being your very best you. The variety of stories and poems were appropriate for my young daughter at the age of five and also great for my ten year old son. The stories were creative and thoughtful, and always with a lesson to be learned. I loved the poems and how they were placed throughout the book. The illustrations were adorable and very relatable. My daughter has enjoyed other books written by Jennifer Kuhns such as Hailey’s Dream"- Janice Keene, Preschool Teacher and mom of two.

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Paisley or Plaid

$23.95  Hard Cover Edition

By Jennifer Kuhns

 

A Box Full of Letters

$14.95 

Silver Medal winner as among the best in family-friendly media, from the Mom's Choice Awards!

By Jennifer Kuhns

While hunting and scavenging through steamer trunks and boxes long forgotten, Hailey and her friends find a shoe box full of letters from 1942. Within the pages of those letters, the children learn about more than family and family history. They learn that prejudice and discrimination has a very long history.

“A BOX FULL OF LETTERS is a delightful, entertaining and educational book for young readers. The witty story will keep readers engaged while learning about U.S. history, friendship, courage and acceptance.” – Francisco Jimenez, Author

Hailey's Dream

$13.95   (also available as an Ebook)

By Jennifer Kuhns

Hailey is a little girl in a wheelchair who wishes she could run and jump like her friends. She is in a wheelchair because she was born too early. Her brain didn't have enough time to grow all of the way, so the part that told her legs how to walk didn't work. Sometimes Hailey thinks she wants to be someone else "not" in a wheelchair. But does she really?

"I was fascinated in how she was wanting to be out of a wheelchair, but when she saw all the stuff she missed being in a wheelchair." - Haidyn, 4th grade

"I love how she can float out of her window in a dream, and I love the dogfish." - Josephine, preschool

"I love this book because Hailey learned that she's not missing out!" - Zach, 4th grade

"I like how Hailey likes to be something else and try new things, but likes to be her old self too." - Erica 2nd grade

"I really enjoyed the lesson Hailey learned. I think she learned that being in a wheelchair is actually a lot more fun than you would think." - Audra, 4th grade.

Were You Born in That Chair?

$15.95       Silver Medal winner -- among the best in family-friendly media, from the Mom's Choice        Awards!    By Jennifer Kuhns

Hailey is starting her first day at a new school where no one thinks they have ever had a disabled student before. Hailey is not only the new girl, but she is a girl in a wheelchair. She is a girl with strength, attitude and a great sense of humor who helps her teacher and her fellow classmates understand what a disability is.

“This story draws us in from the start with its humor and empathy...an excellent example of the power of narrative to deepen our understanding...” -  Dr. Keith Nainby, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus

I read WERE  YOU BORN IN THAT CHAIR? to my fourth grade students (and) was amazed they were engaged in listening to the entire story! The story is intuitive and insightful.”  - Marianne R. Gartenlaub, Fourth Grade Teacher

“A wonderful piece of writing from a perspective not many of us understand...” - Janet Lenards, Literacy Coach

“From the first page, I imagined myself as a third grade student. I love this book.” - Kris Costa, Journalist/Communications

Were You Born in That Chair? (Spanish Version)

(only available as an Ebook for $3.99)

Spanish Version, by Jennifer Kuhns

Hailey is starting her first day at a new school where no one thinks they have ever had a disabled student before. Hailey is not only the new girl, but she is a girl in a wheelchair. She is a girl with strength, attitude and a great sense of humor who helps her teacher and her fellow classmates understand what a disability is.

“This story draws us in from the start with its humor and empathy...an excellent example of the power of narrative to deepen our understanding...” -  Dr. Keith Nainby, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, California State University, Stanislaus

I read WERE  YOU BORN IN THAT CHAIR? to my fourth grade students (and) was amazed they were engaged in listening to the entire story! The story is intuitive and insightful.”  - Marianne R. Gartenlaub, Fourth Grade Teacher

“A wonderful piece of writing from a perspective not many of us understand...” - Janet Lenards, Literacy Coach

“From the first page, I imagined myself as a third grade student. I love this book.” - Kris Costa, Journalist/Communications

the witch on Oak Street

$13.95

A series of stories about a young girl in various life adventures with a Christian perspective, by Major Mitchell

Nine year-old Debbie Folino believes she can do most anything. But when she takes a dare to trick-or-treat the witch living in the spooky house at the end of Oak Street, she discovers eighty year-old Sara Baker, who changes her life forever and introduces Debbie to someone even more important, Jesus Christ.

  Five Stars from The Midwest Book Review:  "Written by Major Mitchell, THE WITCH ON OAK STREET is a wonderful series of original, imaginative, and entertaining tales in which a nine year old heroine named Debbie Folino learns amazing life lessons about true friendship, Christian faith, and ultimate belief.  Along with her friends she experiences the challenges, hard knocks, laughs, and joys of growing up with an unexpected ally - The witch on Oak street turns out to be a very wise lady who believes in Jesus and other good things.  Delightfully illustrated with humourous black and white drawings by Karen Borelli, THE WITCH ON OAK STREET is certain to find a solid readership among the 9-11 year old crowd.  The stories are effectively conveyed morality tales.  Each one deals with a certain problem or challenge faced by children, and ranges from selfishness and telling untruths, to phony popularity and even mortality.  THE WITCH ON OAK STREET is a great way to present natural growth to young readers, as well as a model for asking the important questions relevant to childhood." 

Charlie Shepherd

$15.95

By Major Mitchell

Charlie wants to be a member of the pack more than anything. But he will have to dig a hole under the fence to join the other dogs, which is something Bob, his human, doesn't want him to do. And being a member also means he would have to turn his back on his best friend, Samantha, because being friends with a cat is something the pack doesn't think a dog should do.

"As a former preschool teacher, I recommend this book for children preschool through kindergarten and first grade.  It is an ideal book for curriculum units based on friendship, differences, conflicts, and values.  Mr. Mitchell's heartwarming characters, Charlie Shepherd, Paco the Chihuahua, and Samantha the Siamese cat, guide us through these lessons to discover what true friendship is really about." - Deborah Cone 

"Charlie Shepherd is a tale that is entertaining and enjoyable for young children.  They will connect with the main character, Charlie, as the author creates vivid images of other dogs and cats who are feuding.  The clever, hand-drawn illustrations illuminate the story.  With active descriptive words, the author skillfully demonstrates the importance of bravery, friendship and love." - Edi Locke 

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