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The Perfect Gift
by Mary Newell DePalma
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2010
Lori has the perfect gift:
a bright red strawberry
that Grandma will love!
But what happens when
hip! hop! plop!
the berry falls into the river
where a crocodile lurks?
All of Lori's friends work together
to find a happy ending
that will last as long
as a lovingly made book.
Coloring Pages
Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Medal Book 2010

The Nutcracker Doll
by Mary Newell DePalma
Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2007
A young dancer appears in her
first Nutcracker ballet! My
daughter Kepley really did have
that magical opportunity at the
age of eight--in Boston Ballet's
The Nutcracker.The Nutcracker
is based on that exciting
experience.more info...
Curriculum guide
Paper doll activity sheet

A Grand Old Tree
by Mary Newell DePalma.
Arthur A. Levine/
Scholastic, 2005.
The beautiful life story
of a grand old tree.
IRA/CBC Children's Choices 2006

Curriculum guide
Publisher's comments

My Chair

Uh-Oh cover image

Cover of Bow-Wow Wiggle-Waggle

My Chair
by Betsy James.
Arthur A. Levine /Scholastic, 2004.
Children gather their chairs and
their imaginations to welcome
a new neighbor.

NYPL's Children's Books 2004
IRA Children's Choices 2005
How did I draw that?

Curriculum guide
Author's website

by Mary Newell DePalma
Eerdmans, 2011

A mischievous little dinosaur lands himself in one scrape after another in this charming, nearly wordless book.

Book Trailer

Curriculum Guide
Coloring Pages and Puppets
2011 PAL Award

by Mary Newell DePalma.
Eerdmans, 2012.

A playful game of fetch between a boy and his dog turns into a wild goose chase in this delightful romp of a story.

Bank Street College
Best Children's Books 2013

Texas 2x2 Reading list 2013
blog post
Curriculum guide

Happy 100th Day book cover

Now It Is Winter bookcover

cover image of Now It Is Summer

Happy 100th Day!
by Susan Milord
Scholastic Press 2011
Celebrate the 100th Day of school with Graham and his class. Count 100 items in illustrations throughout the book.

Now It Is Winter
by Eileen Spinelli.
Eerdmans, 2004.
A playful reminder of the joys
and beauty of winter.
Bank Street College
Best Children's Books 2005

Author's website

Now It Is Summer
by Eileen Spinelli
Eerdmans Books, 2011
In this delightful tale, Eileen Spinelli reminds readers to be content in the moment and to look for happiness wherever they are.
Author's website

Happy school Year
by Susan Milord
Scholastic Press 2008
It is the first day of school!

cover and interior of Swimming Sal

Swimming Sal
by Carol Molski
Eerdmans Books, 2009
Sal wants to be the 'swimmingest dog in the world!'


The Strange Egg

The Strange Egg
by Mary Newell DePalma.
Houghton Mifflin, 2001.

A bird, an orange, and a monkey.
A tale of friendship and discovery.

What is the strange egg?

Curriculum guide



Estelle Takes a bath, cover and interior image

Estelle Talkes a Bath
by Jill Esbaum
Henry Holt, 2006

Estelle is taking a lovely relaxing bath when she sees a mouse!
Oh my!

Author's website
Interview with the author:
blog entry September 18,2006

The squeaky door cover

The Squeaky Door
by Margaret Read MacDonald
HarperCollins, 2006

A silly spooky folktale.
Washington Post Bookworld
Best Children's books 2006

Squeaky Door Reviews
Author's website



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