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TOO MUCH TOUCH

Picture Window Books/Capstone, August 1, 2023

Illustrated by Gal Weizman

ISBN-10: 1484684400

ISBN-13: 978-1484684405

Taylor is back from summer camp, and he’s excited to see all his friends and family. So excited, in fact, that he forgets to keep his hands to himself. One by one, his friends become upset with him, and he cannot figure out why. Will Taylor come to realize that he’s invading their personal space?

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SOMETIMES I AM HOT LAVA

Beaming Books, April 2, 2024

Illustrated by Amelie Videlo

ISBN: 1506493459

Sometimes when I get mad . . . Bubble . . . Boil . . . Erupt!

Most of the time, Buddy is a regular kid. He has ups and downs. But when things don’t go his way, he can feel the magma bubble and boil inside of him until he erupts like a volcano. Fortunately, he knows a few ways to return to feeling as calm and cool as igneous rock.

Sometimes I Am Hot Lava shows kids like Buddy how to manage feelings of anger and frustration through mindful breathing techniques. Backmatter teaches readers about anger and helps us identify what we’re feeling, why we’re feeling it, and what we can do about it.

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CREEP, LEAP, CRUNCH! A Food Chain Story

Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House, December 12, 2023

Illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

ISBN: 0593565525

Follow along as a day in the life of the food chain begins. From the sun that shines on the grass and trees to the animals that feed each other, each element in nature has its place. But what happens when the food escapes? This cumulative, lyrical story will delight, with a surprise ending that all science lovers will enjoy.

Download the FREE Discussion Guide and Activities here

Download “This is the Food Chain” Song lyrics here

*Finalist for Oklahoma’s 2025 Donna Norvell Award for “a book that has made a significant contribution to the field of literature for children through second grade

*Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12″ NSTA (National Science Teaching Association)

*Starred Review, School Library JournalVERDICT: This is an excellent introduction to the food chain, and will be especially popular among elementary science teachers.

*Kirkus “A good and read-aloud-ready way of introducing an important natural process.”

*Publishers Weekly “In this useful look at the food chain, readers see predator and prey together but never the moment of devouring, making for a STEM portrait suited to even sensitive readers. Back matter provides more about the featured flora and fauna.”

*Find out about the book’s cumulative structure, back matter, and how the title came to be in this Interview on Picture Book Builders

*Interview about Jody’s and illustrator Christopher Silas Neal’s processes on Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s blog

*Imagination Soup says, “This is a perfect STEM read aloud introduction to food chains and forest biomeshere.

*We Are Teachers “Best New Books for Kids and Teens in December 2023” here

*Author Chat with Jody Jensen Shaffer, YA and Kids Book Central here

*Book review with Sal here

*Book review with YA (and kids’)Books Central here

*Youth Services Book Review here

*Listen to my interview on The TeachingBooks Blog here

*Book review on Frog on a (B)Log here

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911 DISPATCHERS ON THE CALL

The Child’s World, January 1, 2022

ISBN: 1503855880

Provides an inside look at the fast-paced, important, and stressful job of 911 dispatchers.

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ZEBRA MUSSELS (Animal Invaders)

Kaleidoscope, August 1, 2021

ISBN:  9781645195184

Zebra Mussels have taken over the rivers and lakes. Who will stand up to these invaders? This title tells the story of how Zebra Mussels invaded, their impact, and what can be done to remove them.

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PUP IS LOST

Highlights Press, March 15, 2022

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1644726823

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1644726822

Fox can’t find his black-and-white puppy–where could Pup be? In this Level P Highlights Puzzle Reader, kids can join in the search and then find hidden letters throughout the book. The simple text has lots of picture support that will keep readers turning the pages. With a bonus matching activity to reinforce vocabulary, kids will love playing along in this forest adventure.

Highlights Puzzle Readers offer an innovative approach to learning that integrates puzzles and stories to develop motivated, confident readers. These Level P books are perfect for kids just beginning to read simple sentences.

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CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH

Illustrated by Kathleen Petelinsek
The Child’s World, August 1, 2021
ISBN: 1503853896

Juneteenth, also called Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. Readers will discover the history behind the day and find out ways to celebrate on their own. Additional features to aid comprehension include activities and poetry, informative sidebars, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author and illustrator.”

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A HOUSE FOR MOUSE

Illustrated by Clair Rossiter
Highlights Press, April 13, 2021
ISBN: 1644723417

Mouse is looking for a new house, but everything Bear and Squirrel suggest isn’t quite right. In this Level P Highlights Puzzle Reader, readers can join in the search for a house for Mouse and then find hidden letters throughout the book. The simple text has lots of picture support that will keep readers turning the pages, while the puzzle encourages re-reading. With a bonus matching activity to reinforce vocabulary, kids will love playing along in this forest adventure.

Download Bear and Friends bookmarks here!

Read my August 2021 interview in the Courier Tribune!

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FOX WANTS A PET

Illustrated by Clair Rossiter
Highlights Press, September 21, 2021
ISBN: 164472460X

Fox is looking for a pet, but everything Bear, Mouse, and Squirrel suggest isn’t quite right. In this Level P Highlights Puzzle Reader, kids can join in the search and then find hidden letters throughout the book. The simple text has lots of picture support that will keep readers turning the pages. With a bonus matching activity to reinforce vocabulary, kids will love playing along in this forest adventure.

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WHERE IS BEAR?

Illustrated by Clair Rossiter
Highlights Press, April 13, 2021
ISBN: 1644723387

Mouse and Squirrel can’t find their friend, Bear. In this Level P Highlights Puzzle Reader, readers can join in the search for Bear and then find hidden letters throughout the book. The simple story text has lots of picture support that will keep readers turning the pages, while the puzzle encourages re-reading. With a bonus matching activity to reinforce vocabulary, kids will love playing along with this forest adventure.

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