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About Colleen Madden
The weird fourth kid in a family of 8, Colleen Madden made it through childhood pretending to be a wookie and doodling in her cardboard box art studio. Colleen spent some time acting and training at The Second City in Chicago, then went on to graduate from a small liberal arts school on the East coast. Colleen is currently working on her next author/illustrator titles for publication.
Colleen eats and works (and works and works and works) in the Philadelphia area. :-D
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What if everybody chose to be kind?
If you tell someone that they can’t play with you, there’s no harm done, right? But what if everybody said that? What if everybody forgot to be kind…and made fun of other kids’ artwork at school, or told a fib, or refused to share with a person in need? The world wouldn’t be a very nice place to live. But what if everybody thought before they spoke, so the world would be a kinder place?
With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the power of words and shows kids that the things we say matter.
What if everybody were more thoughtful before they judged someone?
If you see someone in a wheelchair, you might think he or she couldn’t compete in a race. But…you might be wrong. What if you see a child with no hair? Do you think she is embarrassed all the time? How about a kid who has a really hard time reading? Do you think that means he’s not smart? You might think so. But…you might be wrong.
With clear prose and lighthearted artwork, this companion book to the bestseller What If Everybody Did That? explores the preconceived notions we have about the world and encourages kids to be more thoughtful.
On the first day of kindergarten, a new student finds ONE classroom cubby of his very own. On the second day, he sees TWO yummy snacks. The third day? THREE friends! Each of the first 12 fun-filled days of kindergarten are illuminated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Pre-kindergartners and their parents and teachers will love spotting all the fun things to find in the classroom. It’s a great way to calm first-day-of-school jitters by talking about what to expect once school is under way.
Also available in the series: The 12 Days of Halloween.
"Warm and comforting, it shows kids what to expect during their first days at school."—ReadBrightly.com
A little too much Christmas cheer…
Kerry’s family goes completely berserk with Christmas every year. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, her home becomes a whirlwind of lights, music, and elves, elves, elves!
Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming.
This year, Kerry is desperate for some peace and quiet. Heading outdoors, she realizes a lot of her neighbors are having a Christmas too big. But not Mrs. Flores. She’s having a much quieter Christmas, complete with decorations and music from the country where she used to live. It sparks an idea: maybe there’s a way for Kerry to create her own Christmas traditions.
But will anyone in her crazy Christmas house understand? Join Kerry as she finds her voice in this delightful holiday tale.
Help Kids Discover Their Own Inner Hero
We often teach children that heroes are famous because of something they did, but it's just as important to teach them that heroes are remembered for who they are. In Be Your Own Hero, Lisa King reveals what it takes to be a real-life hero. And it has a whole lot more to do with character and kindness than anything else! Being a hero takes having the courage to believe in yourself, overcome obstacles, and make the world a better - and brighter - place for everyone around you. And the good news is, we all can do that!
It's Hero Week at school, and Quinn Wilson can hardly contain her excitement! Each day, her class will meet a real-life hero, and on Friday they get to dress up as their favorite hero from the past or present. Every other kid in the class knows who they want to be, except for Quinn! There are so many heroes she looks up to! How can she choose just one?
But when Quinn's teacher, Mr. Finley, teaches the class some important truths about heroes, Quinn discovers something unexpected. In her search to find a hero in someone else, she actually finds the hero in herself!
Count the first 12 days of first grade! On the first day of first grade, a teacher shares ONE favorite book. On the second day, she shares TWO guinea pigs. The third day? THREE cool crowns! The first 12 fun-filled days of first grade are illuminated and celebrated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on "The 12 Days of Christmas."
Those about to start first grade and their parents and teachers will love spotting all the fun classroom activities and accessories. The fun-to-read text and bright, colorful illustrations will help calm first-day-of-school jitters by teaching children what to expect. And the book includes stickers--perfect treats for the first 12 days of school!
How many days till Thanksgiving?! Count the twelve days leading up to the big family feast in this fun-filled, cumulative rhyme based on "The 12 Days of Christmas".
On the first day of Thanksiving, I was thankful for . . . This festive story starts with ONE cozy evening at home with family, then adds TWO sacks of apples, THREE fall squash, and so on through the twelve days leading up to Thanksgiving. Young readers and their parents will enjoy counting all the details of the fun preparation for the big day.
Celebrate the first 12 days of preschool! On the first day of preschool, all the kids learn how to share ONE fuzzy teddy bear. On the second day, the kids share TWO toy trains. The third day? THREE tricycles! Each of the first 12 fun-filled days of preschool are illuminated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on "The 12 Days of Christmas."
Preschoolers and their parents and teachers will love spotting all the fun things to find in the classroom. It's a great way to calm first-day-of-school jitters and to reinforce the idea of sharing by talking about what to expect once preschool is underway.
Also available: The 12 Days of Kindergarten, The 12 Days of Halloween, and The 12 Days of Valentine's.
The first day of Valentine’s starts with ONE warm, fuzzy hug. On the second day, the crafts begin with TWO cups of sparkles. On the third day, let’s make our cards with THREE pink pens! Each of the 12 busy days leading up to Valentine’s Day are celebrated in this cumulative rhyming storybook based on “The 12 Days of Christmas.”
Kids will love spotting all the fun ways a family gets ready for Valentine’s Day.
Also available in the series: The 12 Days of Kindergarten and The 12 Days of Halloween.