Seb is determined to find some light for his sleepy coastal town. It is so far north, the sun does not shine in winter and the days are cold, dreary, and dark as night. So Seb embarks on a mission to find the sun. Along with his friend Walrus, he makes a plan, collects supplies, and rows far out to sea.

Will Seb be able to find the sun and bring its light and warmth back to his town?


Mae and the moon love to play together. Their favorite game is hide and seek. But when the moon disappears one evening and cannot be found, Mae wonders what happened and begins to worry. Determined to find her glowing friend, Mae takes matters into her own hands and sets off on a wonderful and curious voyage through her imagination.

This charming book, beautifully illustrated in soft moonlit hues, will capture the hearts of moon gazers everywhere.


The peddler stopped his cart and climbed down from his seat.

"It's a fine day,' he said.

"Truly," answered the little man,"and that's a fine bed you have there in your cart."

In this tale of kindness and giving, a peddler attempts to sell a fine, handcrafted bed, guaranteed never to squeak, to a poor man who has no bed at all. But the peddler's heart is moved by the man's generosity when it's time to get back on the road.

Listen to a recording of the story done by the DeWitt Community Library in DeWitt, New York here. The library offers a program to kids called Reader's Theater. The kids read a story, with each child reading a different character's dialogue or reading the narrator's part, as if reading from a play.


"The Gentleman Bat" is a fantastically illustrated foray into a nighttime stroll with an impeccable gentleman bat. Gently cadenced couplets of narrative verse describe the Victorian autumn evening setting of a London-like gentleman bat on a stroll to meet a lady bat who is a good friend. Touches of sly humor abound in both verse and picture, all in shades of gray with little glimmers of light. For example, a bespectacled vendor bat offers ear plugs for sale where the band will begin to play. The bat band play their instruments hanging upside down, while the gentleman bat and his lady friend dance in spats, suit, and hoopskirts, complete with batwings. When the evening drizzle progresses to a sinister, thundering downpour, the gentleman bat flourishes a clever, exotic, carved, teak cane that converts to an umbrella, protecting her fancy feathered hat and his silk top hat. Kissing the lady bat's cheek goodnight after their evening stroll in the rain, he returns to his cozy gentleman's home, closes the drapes to keep out the dawn, and goes to sleep upside down in bat pajamas. Children will be entranced with the lavish detail and vision of "The Gentleman Bat," a period fantasy children's book with a few funny twists cleverly integrated in both picture and verse. "The Gentleman Bat" is a treat to read for children ages 3-7.


Mr. Tanner runs a dry cleaning shop in Dayton, Ohio, where he spends his days greeting customers with his beautiful baritone voice. Friends and neighbors encourage him to sing professionally instead of cleaning clothes. He eventually takes a chance and travels to New York City to be heard by a concert agent and critics, only to find they aren’t hearing what he’s feeling.

The song “Mr. Tanner” was released in 1973 off Harry Chapin’s Short Stories album. The song was inspired by a mediocre New York Times review about a baritone singer. To read the original New York Times articles from 1971 and 1972 that this story was based on click here and here.

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Grandmother Thorn treasures her garden, where not a leaf, twig or pebble is allowed out of place. But when a persistent plant sprouts without her permission, Grandmother begins to unravel.

“Her hair became as tangled as the vines on her fence. Her garden fell into disrepair. One morning, she did not rake the path.”

A dear friend, the passage of seasons, and a gift only nature can offer help Grandmother Thorn discover that some things are beyond our control, and that sweetness can blossom in unexpected places.

Rebecca Hahn’s detailed multimedia illustrations capture the intricate beauty of nature and bring the rural Japanese village and its inhabitants to life in this folktale style story by debut author Katey Howes.


“This just will not do!” says Lizzy, flinging a rock from her shoe. A simple matter—getting a rock in your shoe—but what is small to one may be large and looming to another.

After encountering a number of characters and situations, the rock continues its tumbling excursion of what goes around comes around . . .

The illustrations by Kathryn Carr are hand-cut paper silhouettes. Designs are cut from white paper and arranged in a diorama. The stage is illuminated from behind and below and the scene is photographed. The result captures the warmth and depth of the art and invites the viewer to explore this creative story


First scene. There is a student dressed in a graduation gown and mortar looking out of a school window smiling. The wordless story continues with the setting through a bird’s view of a city block all in gray with a school yard in the center. Closer look. There are cracks all over the school building and concrete grounds. Next is a large graduation day banner. Then we see where the plot begins. The student is a victim of a group of children jeering at her, and one shoots a sunflower seed through a straw hitting her in the neck. She picks up the seed. They all go to the graduation ceremony, hear the speech, and throw their hats in the air. Kids are happy and go home with family members.

She walks alone down the school’s gray halls to her locker one last time where there is a jar full of sunflower seeds revealing to the reader just what type of life this young lady endured. She takes the jar and goes about the empty school grounds planting sunflower seeds in the cracks creating a beautiful bright yellow space.


There is nothing sweeter than arriving at the playground, seeing it empty, and knowing you have it all to yourself–the silent comfort of playing alone.

Maggie is overjoyed to have that solitude to make her Salad Pie. But then Herbert saunters over and wants to play too.

"I'm making salad. Salad Pie. And don't you touch it!"

Herbert just wants to help, even though Maggie makes it clear she won't let him.Then her imaginary pie takes a spill, and she realizes Herbert's intentions are not so bad after all.


Preparations are going smoothly for a new restaurant in town until the owners realize they are missing a key ingredient. Watch what happens when word gets out that tables are needed for opening day.

The premise is simple, silly, and unforgettably entertaining. Abraham Schroeder's second book from Ripple Grove Press is a delightful story that breaks from the carefully measured humor of his debut book, The Gentleman Bat. Here he teams up with illustrator Micah Monkey, whose colorful and expressive drawings throw readers into a chaotic world filled with just too many tables! The comical story and bright visuals will keep readers thoroughly entertained as they revisit the book time and time again.


In this enduring story from a time not so long ago, Annie and her sister help Mama with washing the clothes on Monday morning. From gathering and sorting the clothes, to washing and hanging them outside to dry, to folding and putting them away, the family works together to get the job done.

“First we work and then we play.” Mama smiles but walks with purpose to the porch.

Tessa Blackham’s warm, hand-painted cut-paper collages bring the reader to a time in the Midwest when doing the laundry was an all-day family chore.