Mother Earth’s Lullaby
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Heyer.
Tilbury House, 2018
Mother Earth’s Lullaby is a gentle bedtime call to some of the world’s most endangered animals. Rhythm, rhyme, and repetition create a quiet moment for children burrowing down in their own beds for the night, imparting a sense that even the most endangered animals feel safe at this peaceful time of day.
NOTE: Oops! Sometimes mistakes happen despite our best efforts! Upon publication, we discovered the backmatter information for the Ariel toucan was incorrect (actually, a completely different bird was inserted, the Amazon red-tailed parrot). Please note the following information for the beautiful Ariel toucans illustrated in the book:
Ariel toucans live in forested lowlands and foothills of Brazil, often near water. They nest and roost in tree holes, where they lay clutches of two to four eggs. Toucans eat mostly fruits and berries. Their declining population in recent decades is due largely to deforestation for cattle ranching and soy production. Forest removal affects their food sources and habitats.
Additionally, we realize that Vaquita are porpoises, not dolphins. This correction will also be made in future reprints.
Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Sue DiCicco.
Random House, 2018.
Just in time for spring training! Don’t take Big Dog Bill out to the ballgame! This hilarious Step 1 early reader is about a dog who loves T-ball! Well, he loves the ball.
Jack and Jill bring Big Dog Bill to their T-ball game. Crack! The moment the ball is hit, Big Dog Bill can be counted on to steal it, and hilarity ensues as everyone tries to catch him. Once Jill spies a hot dog cart, a bright idea to save the daypops into her head. Just like Jack and Jill and Big Dog Bill, written and illustrated by Martha Weston, this fun phonics reader helps children with alliteration, rhyming, and word families.
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words for children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading. Rhyme and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story.
My Busy Green Garden
Written by Terry Pierce. Illustrated by Carol Schwartz.
Tilbury House, 2017.
A lyrical tribute to the bugs, bees and birds that make the garden such a busy place. With each page turn, more visitors appear, and all the while the “surprise”—a chrysalis—changes unnoticed until, on the last page, a butterfly emerges and flies away.
School Library Journal: “The text is repetitive with strong rhyme and an abundant dance of action verbs, well-suited to the portrayal of the bustling garden… The visuals provide depth to the simple text, with vibrant colors and rich details…
Verdict: An engaging read-aloud for young children and new readers, with a lot to discover among the diversity of both the flora and fauna shown in the illustrations.”
The Midwest Book Review: “My Busy Green Garden is a rhyming children’s picturebook about the bustle of insect and natural life in a lush green garden. Charming illustrations perfectly complement the singsong rhyme, and a final page of fascinating animal facts round out this delightful storybook. My Busy Green Garden is just plain fun to read aloud, and highly recommended.”
CCBC 2018 Best of the Year List: CCBC Choices is a best-of-the-year list created annually by the librarians of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center and published by the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.