Picture Books and Early Readers

Kong and Me

Kong and Me


Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani
Legendary Comics
2021

Young Kong fans will be able to follow along as the mighty Titan and his pal Jia spend a day of fun and adventure exploring the many wonders of Skull Island—proving that friendships come in many sizes. No matter how different we are, no one is too big or small to find a true friend.

How to Grow a Monster

How to Grow a Monster


Illustrated by Barbara Bongini
Boyds Mills and Kane
2020

Last year, Gabe’s mom grew way too many zucchinis. This year, Gabe and his sister have a secret plan to take control of the garden. They have to stop the zucchini madness! Tying into the popular Makers Movement, Makers Make It Work is a series of fun easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on action. This charming story explores the Makers theme of Gardening and includes explanatory sidebars and a gardening-related activity for young makers to try themselves!

The Runaway Chicken

The Runaway Chicken


Illustrated by Maine Diaz
Kane Press
2018

There’s a chicken on the loose! Maddy takes it home, but chickens are not good house pets. Can Maddy find—or make!—a better place to keep it?

Makers Make it Work is a series of fun, easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on skills.

The Lost and Found Weekend

The Lost and Found Weekend


Illustrated by Barbara Bongini
Kane Press
2019

Gia and her dad are off to hike a mountain! But then Gia’s dad loses his keys. And his phone. And his glasses. Gia can fix a lot of things with her sewing kit. Now she just needs to fix her dad!

Makers Make it Work is a series of fun, easy-to-read stories that focus on problem-solving and hands-on skills.

“The message is empowerment through making and creativity, encouraging kids to learn and use their many interests and special skills. Highly recommended.” – Midwest Book Review

Up: My Name is Dug

Up: My Name is Dug


Illustrated by Ronnie del Carmen
Disney Press
2009

Dug the dog needs your help! He’s been given a special order by his master to find a rare, exotic bird in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. But when he comes across squirrels, frogs, and other dogs in his pack, Dug gets distracted. Even the scent of peanut butter makes him forget his mission. Now it’s up to you to help Dug stay on course—and find the bird!