Birthdays for Pre K – 6 yo

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Stories to listen to and a project to build. Listen, learn, and create.

We urge you to buy these books for your child AND yourself.

Birthday project

New! Rolling Egg Dragon

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Build a dragon with a hole in the middle. Choose a head. Choose a tail. Why the hole? Watch the dragon's egg tumble in his tummy when he rolls along.

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Beyond Humpty Dumpty

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Did you ever wonder what happened to Humpty Dumpty after his fall? What if the kings horses and king's men were able to put Humpty back together again?

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New! Dancing Pirate

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A pirate, a parrot, a motor, an eccentric wheel and battery.

Arghhh! Dancing.

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Strictly No Elephants

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Strictly No Elephants, a book by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. A story of true friendship and one that demonstrates that friends, like pets, come in all shapes and sizes.

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Life on Mars

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A young astronaut lands on Mars to search for signs of life but is comically unaware of the Martian following him on his explorations. An introduction to the kind of book where the reader knows more information than the main character does. Jon Agee's Life on Mars is a treasure.

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Dear Dragon: A Pen Pal Story

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A story of friendship and looking past perceived differences. Josh Holt's Dear Dragon: a Pen Pal Tale is a friendship story in rhyme to help all of us appreciate the person underneath physical differences.

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Pete the Cat

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Another favorite makes homage to Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons. A great counting story, and you'll find the song truly infectious.

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Dexterity Games

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More than a century ago Mark Twain marveled that, surrounded by a world of inventions, children devoted their time to games: handheld marble games, to be specific.

Those games still appeal. Design a game with it’s beginning middles and end. Hammer in pegs. Stretch a web of rubber bands. Play.

One marble is not a challenge. Three marbles become a game.

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Little Hoot

Little Hoot <em>story</em>

Little Hoot the owl is our 2016 design to accompany the charming book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace about a little owl who can't wait to grow up and let his kids go to bed as early as they want. Sweet and funny. Little Hoot

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Frog Sings Songs

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New in 2015 and inspired by a Vietnamese folk toy and a book by Yvonne Winer and Tony Oliver, Frog Sings Songs, we celebrate the joy of frog sounds and colors in the hope that they will live on undisturbed in their natural habitats.

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The Clumsy Dragon

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Inspired by Tomie dePaola's The Knight and the Dragon. A sweet story of a sheepish knight and a clumsy dragon who discover there's more to life than fighting.

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Leo the Late Bloomer

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Robert Kraus' Leo the Late Bloomer is the story of how a little tiger named Leo bloomed in his own good time is another one of our favorites.

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Not Time for Sleeping

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Nearly any book with a dog is beloved but we found one about a little boy who is struggling not to go to bed, and is playing with his dog while he tries to stay awake. It is Not Time for Sleeping, is a perfect story about a little boy, his dog, and........sleep.

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