Indie Titles For Elementary School Readers from IBPA: Fall 2018
Hello Librarian Friends,

We're loving the “Human Family” poem by Maya Angelou that includes this stanza, “I note the obvious differences/between each sort and type,/ but we are more alike, my friends/than we are unalike.” Words, poems, stories, books—their magic helps us see with new eyes.

We hope you'll find new magic for your readers to enjoy in this selection of books from our publishers, who have garnered rave reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Foreword Reviews, Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, and other leading reviewers. Their titles have also received numerous awards. The titles presented make up a variety-pack of fascinating reading, and each book is sure to appeal to many of your patrons.

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All of us at the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA)

Table of Contents:

Children's Picture Book Titles:

Animal & Pet | Education | Friendship | Health & Fitness

Multicultural | Nature & Environment | Parenting & Family

Young Reader Titles:

Parenting & Family | Science Fiction & Fantasy

Children's Picture Book: Animals & Pets 

Princess Cupcake Jones Series
by Ylleya Fields
Illustrated by Michael LaDuca
Belle Publishing

The 5th book of this national award-winning series, Ylleya delivers another engaging story helping children and families understand that helping one another is important, no matter your age.

Bored with her regular activities, Cupcake goes on her own adventure to ride her pony. Saddling up Lacey becomes a greater challenge than she expected. Each illustration has the traditional ‘hidden word’ that children delight in finding in all books.

ISBN: 978-0990998662 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Follett, Ingram Wholesale, Small Press United

by Jody Mackey
Champ Youth Publishing

A heart-warming story about an active young girl—beautifully illustrated book about horses and friendship. Perfect for young horse lovers.

“Graceful, Inspiring” — Kirkus Reviews

“Heart-warming, inspiring picture book story that is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young readers.” — Children's Bookwatch

ISBN: 978-0692646991 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Brodart

by JoAnn Sky
Illustrated by Ed Koehler
Dogs & Books

Santa’s best dog falls from the sleigh one Christmas Eve and finds a family who needs him.

“Should he return to Santa or stay with his new family? Sky handles this struggle deftly, giving Lance’s decision a satisfying resolution that’s filled with love... A sweet, powerful Christmas story.” – Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 978-0999843000 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Amazon,

Children's Picture Book: Education 

by Julia Cook
Illustrated by Jon Davis
National Center for Youth Issues

Each day, there are so many things to think about. Getting ready for school, band solo tryouts, soccer practice... and it is a long way from your head to your feet.

This hilarious story reinforces the concepts of being present and mindfulness wherever we are... and what can happen when we’re not.

ISBN: 978-1937870508 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Follett, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

A Story about Learning to Read Social Cues
by Kimberly Delude
Illustrated by Brian Martin
Boys Town Press

Poor Freddie keeps missing social cues. He gets in a mess every time someone (like the lunch lady or his pesky little sister) says one thing but actually means something else.

With help, he learns that to communicate effectively, he needs to connect voice, face, and body language.

ISBN: 978-1944882259 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Follett, Ingram Wholesale

A Story About Learning Values
by Jessica L. Simons
Jess Cares

A story to help kids learn important life lessons, and in a fun way, inspire them to be better people at home, at school, and in their communities. The Hugsmilers, two adorable characters, take children on a whimsical journey to do simple character building acts to improve their lives while helping others along the way. With each lesson they learn, they earn the great feeling that a hug can provide. The book aims to show children that they have the power to do great things every day to help make the world a better place, one hug at a time.

ISBN: 978-0692995372 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Amazon

by Robert Scott Thayer
Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos
Thompson Mill Press

“[In] this latest installment of science-and nature-based picture book series for young children, a curious manatee [Kobee Manatee] journeys with old and new aquatic friends to the site of a sunken ship, the SS Antonio López. Another creative blending of real-life oceanography and gentle fantasy in a smart and entertaining series.” – Kirkus Reviews

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ISBN: 978-0997123937 (Hardcover)
978-0997123906 (eBook)

Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Ingram Wholesalers, SPU-IPG


Children's Picture Book: Friendship 

by Linda Ragsdale
Illustrated by Marco Furlotti
Flowerpot Press

“There's no question the advice it offers is sound. This doe-eyed dragon may help children look to others who are different with compassion instead of fear, whether it be on the playground or in the world.”
Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1486714667 (Hardcover)
Ordering info: Baker & Taylor, Follett, Ingram Wholesale

Children's Picture Book: Health & Fitness 

by Charleszetta Smith Ford
Illustrated by Teresa Deanne Lopez
SPARK Publications

B3 is a flying superhero, and she gets you moving!

“This book admirably encourages kids to share any bullying they may experience with adults and shows a positive resolution ... and at book’s end, the author includes fun facts about monkeys and frogs, along with fun exercises kids can try.” – BlueInk Review

ISBN: 978-1943070282 (Hardcover)
978-1943070299 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

Children's Picture Book: Multicultural 

Rhyme, Laugh and Learn Series
by Ian Sadler
Illustrated by Adrienne Brown
Gelos Publications

Earth is soon to have visitors from far away galaxies. Everyone is getting ready to greet them as politely as they possibly can. Time is running out. Will they learn and remember their manners and be able to say Please, Thank You and Welcome in all the earthly languages?

Offers an easy-to-learn introduction to basic words in French, Spanish, Indian, and Chinese plus other activities to extend the learning. 4th in the national award-winning Rhyme, Laugh and Learn Series.

ISBN: 978-0996415781 (Hardcover)
978-0996415798 (eBook)
Ordering info: Follett, Ingram Wholesale, Midpoint Trade Books

Children's Picture Book: Nature & Environment 

The Treebobs Series
by Declan Harney,
Illustrated by Maa Illustrations
Tales 4 All

The enchanted forest comes alive with new, loud, awful sounds. The two wicked witches are up to their tricks as they cut down trees in The Treebobs forest home. Why are they doing this? How can they be stopped before they destroy everything? The Treebobs and magical fairies team up ... with quite dizzying results.

Includes activities for classroom/home to learn more about caring for the environment and working as a team to overcome challenges.

ISBN: 978-0995597112 (Hardcover)
978-0995597105 (Paperback)
978-0995597129 (eBook)
Ordering info: Brodart, Ingram Wholesale

Children's Picture Book: Parenting & Family 

by Katharine Yusuf
Illustrated by Marilyn Martin & Jean Bates
Prairie Moon Publishers

With captivating and comforting text plus vibrant illustrations, this children’s book helps families, teachers, and counselors open discussions and share what is happening when a friend or family member is diagnosed or lives with dementia and memory loss.

Valuable Questions and Activity pages extend the learning for home or classroom use. Strong endorsements from the medical community, educators, and families living with these difficult circumstances.

ISBN: 978-0999476505 (Hardcover)
978-0999476512 (Paperback)
978-0999476529 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale

by Jennifer Butenas
Illustrated by Charlotte Cheng
The Perfect Moment

“This adorable, colorful, energetic book will get the kids moving to the beat of its rhymed couplets. A perfect match for teaching small moment narratives. The plot is simple: A family of four on a Cape Cod summer day discover that there’s fun in the simplest of activities- dancing on the lawn, listening to music, snoozing in a rocking chair. And each one of those moments can be captured for all time with a camera and a little imagination. Charlotte Cheng’s illustrations are big and bright, while Jennifer Butenas’ rhymes are perfect to read aloud.” —Melanie Lauwers, The Cape Cod Times

ISBN: 978-0984003914 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Wholesale, Amazon, Barnes & Noble

Young Reader: Parenting & Family 

by Paul Aertker
Flying Solo Press

Friendship, perseverance, and the power of belief shine in this novel about a girl trying to stay connected to her late mother.

“A reminder that inclusiveness and kindness can always defeat fear.” — Kirkus Reviews

ISBN: 978-1940137971 (Hardcover)
978-1940137995 (Paperback)
978-1940137988 (eBook)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Ingram Wholesale, Amazon

Young Reader: Science Fiction & Fantasy 

by Cerece and Aryeh Rennie Murphy
Illustrated by Gregory Garay
LionSky Publishing

Ellis and The Magic Mirror is Book 1 in an early reader chapter book series that features: an action-packed storyline, colorful illustration on almost every page, and a diverse group of adventurous and smart kids.

“A book worth putting on your shelf.” —@Home Librarian

ISBN: 978-0985621063 (Hardcover)
978-0985621056 (Paperback)
Ordering info: Ingram Publisher Services, Ingram Wholesale, Overdrive

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