The Cranky Ballerina by Gravel


Today is ballet class day and Ada greets the day with a scowl. She doesn’t like her tutu, she despises her leotard, and things don’t get any better when she gets to class. Her pirouette is a disaster and ultimately causes her to careen out of control right out of class.

Luckily for Ada, she lands right in front of a man who seems to be dressed in his pajamas. He asks her to demonstrate her technique for his class. They love her pirouette! This is no dance class but it is where Ada belongs.

The Water Princess by Verde


Every morning, you turn on the faucet and get a drink of water.  You brush your teeth, you take a shower.  Water is easy, water is everywhere.  Not in the world of the Water Princess.  Her kingdom is the African sky and she has many powers.  But even she cannot command the water.

Each morning before the sun is even up; Princess Gie Gie and her mother walk many miles to collect water for the day’s use.  They are not alone at the watering hole; there are many others, some who walk even further than Gie Gie.  She wonders “Why is the water so far?”

Based on the childhood experience of African Model Georgie Badiel, this is a touching story of a world many have no familiarity with.  Georgie is the founder of the Georgie Baiel Foundation, which works with Ryan’s Well, another foundation working to bring clean water to many communities in Africa.

What a beautiful morning by Arthur A. Levine

Summer days at his grandparent’s house are the best for Noah.  They began with a booming song and just got better as the day went on. “What’s on the docket today?” Grandpa always asked.  And the docket was always jammed with fun things to do together.

But one day, Grandpa began to change.  Grandpa didn’t remember to ask what was on the docket.  He began to forget how to do simple things and one day, he didn’t even know who Noah was.  Angry, frightened and confused, Noah runs out of the house.

With the help of his Grandmother, he learns to accept the changes and to find new ways to “complete the docket”.  This touching story is sure to warm your heart.

The Night Gardner by Fan & Fan


“The wise owl had appeared overnight, as if by magic.” This delightful tale is about a town transformed and brought together by delightful topiaries that appear overnight. Young William awakens each morning and searches for the next amazingly sculpted tree. It could be a rabbit, bird, or even a fire-breathing dragon, yet he wonders, who is the artist?

The normally grey and dark town is replaced with a magical landscape of color and beauty. The people join together in a celebration of these enchanting additions to their town. Along the way, William discovers he has an important part to play in this world of wonder.

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