What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms, and Blessings

Caldecott honor-winning pamela Zagarenski's beautiful art captures a world of emotion and the essence of Sidman's words. Here are pleas on how to repair a friendship, to understand the mysteries of happiness, wishes to transform one’s life or to slow down time, charms to face the shame of a disapproving crowd, invocations to ask for forgiveness, and to bravely face a dark and different world.

She is intrigued by the idea of "words of power"—chants and charms that were once believed to have real influence in everyday life. This elegant gift book also includes a red ribbon for readers to mark their favorite poems. Poet extraordinaire joyce sidman won the newbery honor medal for Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night and continues to write poetry for children that has been called "fresh, " "inspiring, " and "accessible" to her young audience.

These words help us remember or grieve; they bolster courage and guard against evil; they help us celebrate and give thanks. What the heart knows: chants, charms, courage, and Blessings is a collection of poems to provide comfort, and humor at difficult or daunting moments in life. It conjures forth laments, songs, chants, blessings, spells, promises, invocations, and charms.

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The Whisper

Two-time caldecott honor artist Pamela Zagarenski debuts as an author in this tender picture book about the joy of reading. Step inside the pages of a little girl's magical book as she discovers the profound and inspiring notion that we each bring something different to the same story. Harcourt Brace and Company.

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Sleep Like a Tiger Caldecott Medal - Honors Winning Titles

Hmh books for Young Readers. 2013 randolph caldecott honor awardin this magical bedtime story, the lyrical narrative echoes a Runaway Bunny – like cadence: “Does everything in the world go to sleep?” the little girl asks. The caldecott honor artist pamela Zagarenski’s rich, luminous mixed-media paintings effervesce with odd, charming details that nonsleepy children could examine for hours.

In sincere and imaginative dialogue between a not-at-all sleepy child and understanding parents, ” she is ready to sleep, a nest of blankets, the little girl decides “in a cocoon of sheets, warm and strong, just like a tiger. A rare gem. Harcourt Brace and Company.


Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors Sidman, Joyce

With original and spot-on perceptions, sound, combining the senses of sight, Joyce Sidman's poetry brings the colors of the seasons to life in a fresh light, smell and taste. In this caldecott honor book, illustrator Pam Zagarenski's interpretations go beyond the concrete, allowing us to not just see color, but feel it.

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Henry & Leo

Harcourt Brace and Company. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry’s family believes Leo is real enough to find his way home. Leo isn’t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry’s best friend and brother. Harcourt Brace and Company. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the stars, the moon, the sun, and the wind.

Hmh books for Young Readers. With beautiful mixed-media paintings, the Caldecott Honor–winning artist Pamela Zagarenski explores the transcendent nature of friendship and love. Houghton Mifflin.


Zola's Elephant

When zola moves into the neighborhood, her new next-door neighbor is too shy to go over and introduce herself. Houghton Mifflin. Harcourt Brace and Company. Illustrated by two-time caldecott-honor winning artist pamela Zagarenski, this tender, witty friendship story of imagination gone wild, by New York Times bestselling author Randall de Sève, shows how assumptions often cause us to misjudge—and miss out.

Luckily, moving, she also discovers that being brave can lead to new friendships—and even richer imaginary worlds—in this heartwarming book about friendship, and the power of imagination by New York Times best-selling author Randall de Sève and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Pamela Zagarenski.

Hmh books for Young Readers. Plus, zola already has a friend to play with—an elephant!      What we imagine is not always true, as the little girl discovers. But with a little courage, new opportunities and new friendships can be made. Harcourt Brace and Company.


The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

Houghton Mifflin. Sibert medal winner bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be “born of mud” and to be “beasts of the devil. Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and observe them? One of the first naturalists to observe live insects directly, Maria Sibylla Merian was also one of the first to document the metamorphosis of the butterfly.

In this visual nonfiction biography,  richly illustrated throughout with full-color original paintings by Merian herself, the Newbery Honor–winning author Joyce Sidman paints her own picture of one of the first female entomologists and a woman who flouted convention in the pursuit of knowledge and her passion for insects.

Booklist editor’s choicechicago public library best of 2018kirkus best book of 2018 2018 Bulletin Blue Ribbon BookJunior Library Guild SelectionNew York Public Library Top 10 Best Books of 2018   Harcourt Brace and Company. Hmh books for Young Readers. Robert F. Harcourt Brace and Company.


This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

Harcourt Brace and Company. Houghton Mifflin. Some poets are deeply sorry; some not at all. Harcourt Brace and Company. In haiku, pantoums, snippets, and rhymes, two-part poems, Mrs. Merz’s class writes of crushes, overbearing parents, loving and losing pets, and more. Some are forgiven; some are not. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back.

When Mrs. In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book. Hmh books for Young Readers. Houghton Mifflin.


Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night

Depth - 1094. Height - 041. Where the roots of oak trees recover and repair from their time in the light. A 2011 newbery honor book come feel the cool and shadowed breeze, come smell your way among the trees, come touch rough bark and leathered leaves: Welcome to the night. Where snails spiral into shells as orb spiders circle in silk.

Come out to the cool, night wood, and buzz and hoot and howl—but do beware of the great horned owl—for it’s wild and it’s windy way out in the woods! This Newbery Honor-winning picture book combines beautifully written poetry with facts of the forest and elaborate illustrations to form a marvelously engaging collection.

Grades - 1, 3, 2, 4. Weight - 1. 02. Hmh books for Young Readers. Harcourt Brace and Company. Width - 1037. Welcome to the night, where mice stir and furry moths flutter. Houghton Mifflin. Houghton Mifflin. Where the porcupette eats delicacies—raspberry leaves!—and coos and sings.


This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness

Houghton Mifflin. Width - 1037. Height - 041. In haiku, snippets, and rhymes, two-part poems, pantoums, Mrs. Some poets are deeply sorry; some not at all. Merz asks her sixth grade class to write poems of apology, they end up liking their poems so much that they decide to put them together into a book. In each pair of poems a relationship, a connection, is revealed.

Depth - 1094. Not only that, but they get the people to whom they apologized to write poems back. Grades - 1, 3, 2, 4. Weight - 1. 02. Houghton Mifflin. Merz’s class writes of crushes, loving and losing pets, overbearing parents, and more. Some are forgiven; some are not. Hmh books for Young Readers. When Mrs. Harcourt Brace and Company.

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The Lost Words

Houghton Mifflin. Depth - 1094. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, newt, dandelion, bluebell, fern, otter, kingfisher, adder, heron, and willow. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. Height - 041. Among the words taking their place were attachment, broadband, cut-and-paste, bullet-point, blog, and voice-mail.

Grades - 1, 2, 3, 4. Weight - 1. 02. Houghton Mifflin. Width - 1037. Ten years later, and the beings they name, robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, from acorn to wren. In 2007, when a new edition of the oxford junior dictionary ― widely used in schools around the world ― was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped.

Harcourt Brace and Company. The lost words is that book ― a work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America. The news of these substitutions ― the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual ― became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

By the magic of word and paint, stories, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature.