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Secrets I Know

Perfect for fans of Liz Garton Scanlon's All the World and Amy Krouse Rosenthal's I Wish You More, this charming, whimsical story about one imaginative little girl’s magical world is sure to enchant readers young and old.

Follow the girl throughout a day spent in her own backyard, and you'll discover lots of secrets only she can tell. For example, did you know that whispers hide in trees? Or that trees make great umbrellas?

With a simple, poetic text from Kallie George and extraordinary illustrations from debut artist Paola Zakimi, here is a book families will read again and again and treasure for years to come.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Paola Zakimi
Published in the USA by Schwartz & Wade (ISBN: 9781101938935)

Secrets I Know

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The Doll Hospital

When toys need a little (or a lot of!) TLC, they head to the Doll Hospital in this endearing picture book in the tradition of Doc McStuffins. Don’t worry, toys, Dr. Pegs will have you feeling better in no time!

It’s a quiet morning at the Doll Hospital until…
DING-A-LING-A-LING!
The emergency bells ring!
Here comes a patient who needs Dr. Pegs’s help.

Dr. Pegs is about to get to work when…
DING-A-LING-A-LING!
Here comes another patient! And another!

How will Dr. Pegs take care of them all? Looks like the doctor needs some help herself!

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Sara Gillingham
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers (ISBN: ISBN 9781534401211)

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The Lost Gift

In this charming Christmas-themed picture book that feels like a classic, four animals delivera a lost package for Santa.

It’s Christmas Eve, and Bird, Rabbit, Deer, and Squirrel are eagerly waiting for Santa to fly overhead. When he does, a gift tumbles out of his sleigh, landing in the woods.

The friends find the gift and read the tag: “For the new baby at the farm. Love, Santa.” And so, in spite of Squirrel’s grumbling—“It’s not our baby”—they set off on a long journey to deliver it.

Sweet, poignant, and starring a cast of truly adorable characters, this is a story sure to be shared year after year at Christmastime.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Published in the USA by Schwartz & Wade (ISBN: 9780553524819)

Awards and Recognition
>   Nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award 2018

 

The Lost Gift

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur

Three eggs in a nest begin to wiggle and wobble, until CRACK! CRACK! CRACK! It’s a duck . . . duck . . . DINOSAUR!

Meet Feather, Flap, and Spike. They’re three unlikely siblings who each want to stand out. But together, they make the biggest splash! Perfect for families of all kinds, this playful, clever story has a dino-sized heart.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Harper Collins (ISBN: 978-0062353085)

Awards and Recognition
>   Association for Library Service to Children Summer Reading List Pick

 

 

 

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur.

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night

Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They feel very big and brave until . . . Grrore! A frightening sound keeps waking them up.

Can they figure out what’s making the noise at night? Feather, Flap, and Spike shared a story. They shared a snuggle. Then they fell asleep. Until . . . Grrore!

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Harper Collins (ISBN:978-0062353177)

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Bubble Blast

It’s bath time for two little ducklings and one big dinosaur! Spike loves soap, but Feather and Flap don’t want to scrub.

What will Spike do to make getting clean fun for everyone? This short, sweet, and very bubbly story will help show kids how much fun bath time can be.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Bubble Blast is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Harper Collins (ISBN:978-0062353115)

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Bubble Blast

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin

Feather, Flap, and Spike are on the hunt for the perfect pumpkin to decorate in this sweet story about autumn fun.
Spike thinks all the pumpkins they find are perfect, indeed: for juggling, leaping over, and bowling!

But what will they do when Spike accidentally squishes all the perfect pumpkins that the ducklings find? These silly siblings learn one way a squished pumpkin can still be perfect—for making pumpkin pie! 
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Harper Collins (ISBN:978-0062353146)

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin

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Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Snowy Surprise

What could be more fun than a snow day? But Feather and Flap are too cold to play outside with Spike. To keep them outside, Spike surprises them with gifts—skates, a sled, and a snowman. When these aren’t enough to keep his siblings from shivering, Spike comes up with the best gift of all: warm scarves and hats!

Playing in the snow with your family can be cool, but thoughtfulness toward others makes playtime a blast for everyone.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Snowy Surprise is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Oriol Vidal
Published by Harper Collins (ISBN: 978-0062353184)

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Perfect Pumpkin

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Splash

One day a tiny sea serpent was born.
She swam to the surface.
SPLASH! went her tail.
“Shush!” said Mama.
“Hush!” said Papa.
But her tail twitched and splished and SPLASHED. “Splash!” cried the little sea serpent.
And that became her name.

Splash is a little sea serpent who makes big splashes. But sea serpents need to be quiet sometimes. Will Splash learn how to keep calm?

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Genèvieve Côté
ISBN: 978-1-927018774
Published by Simply Read Books: www.simplyreadbooks.com

Awards and Recognition
>   Chocolate Lily Award Nominee, 2016

 

Splash.

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Flare

One day a tiny phoenix was born.
There was a big flame.
Then a nest of ash.
In the nest, there was an egg.
Out of the egg hatched a bird. A magical bird.

Flare is a tough little phoenix. He never cries. But everyone needs to cry sometimes. Will his guardians, Cloud and Wind and Sun, find a way to show him how? This second book in the series provides comforting reassurance that it’s okay to express our emotions.
Coming August 2014!

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Genèvieve Côté
ISBN: 978-1-927018507
Published by Simply Read Books: www.simplyreadbooks.com

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Spark

One day a tiny dragon was born.
“What a pointy tail,” said Mama.
“What a big snout,” said Papa.
“And look!” added Mama. “He is making sparks. Let’s name him Spark.”

Spark is a little dragon with a big problem. He can’t control his fiery breath. Even practicing doesn’t help. Will Spark ever be able to tame his flame? This first book in the Tiny Tails series is a gentle reminder that there is a perfect time for everything.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Genèvieve Côté
ISBN: 978-1-927018-24-8
Published by Simply Read Books: www.simplyreadbooks.com

Awards and Recognition
>   A Junior Library Guild Selection!
>   A Best Book for Kids and Teens Pick, Spring 2014, Canadian Children's Book Centre

 


 

Spark.

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The Melancholic Mermaid

Deep in the sea, where whales drift like dark clouds above a coral kingdom, a beautiful merbaby was born with not one, but two shimmering tails…

Maude likes her two tails, until the other merchildren begin teasing her for being different. She doesn't think things can get worse. But then she is captured by a fisherman. Meanwhile, on land, Tony faces difficulties of his own. Born with webbed fingers, he too is an outcast.

Hoping to find acceptance, he joins a circus. But the Ring Mistress is cruel and life there is unbearable. Until the circus purchases the mermaid.

Tony and Maude slowly become friends. Will they find a way to escape not only the terrible circus, but also their own sorrows?

Two unique characters and two different worlds mean twice the adventure in this new fairy tale with stunning art by Abigail Halpin.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Abigail Halpin
ISBN: 978-1-897476536 | $16.95 US | $18.95 Cdn
Published by Simply Read Books: www.simplyreadbooks.com

Awards and Recognition
>   Nomination ~ Best book, Cybils Award, 2012

 

The Melancholic Mermaid

The Melancholid Mermaid - Korean edition   Korean edition available from Mentor Press,
Fall 2012

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Mr. M ~ The Exploring Dreamer

Mr. M is an art book of surrealistic images and musings of a dreamer who travels through mind and space as he explores in search of belonging. Created from a selection of Soizick Meister’s Mr. M paintings that seemed to tell a story of their own, the story incorporates idioms based on the artwork as well as arcane words. Like Mr. M, such word usage is imbued with mystery. The intention is to encourage alternative readings of Mr. M’s journey and introduce the intrepid dreamer to an audience beyond the art gallery, allowing readers to imagine his journeys and adventures, his struggles and searches, for themselves. Visit www.soizimage.com for more Mr. M art.

By Sozick Miester with words by Kallie George
ISBN: 978-1-897476-51-2 | $16.95 US | $18.95 Cdn
Published by Read Leaf: www.readleaf.ca

Mr. M ~ The Exploring Dreamer

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The Heartwood Hotel
Book 1: A True Home

When Mona the Mouse stumbles across the wondrous world of the Heartwood Hotel in the middle of a storm, she desperately hopes they'll let her stay. As it turns out, Mona is precisely the maid they need at the grandest hotel in Fernwood Forest, where animals come from far and wide for safety, luxury, and comfort. But the Heartwood Hotel is not all acorn souffl and soft moss-lined beds. Danger lurks, and as it approaches, Mona finds that this hotel is more than a warm place to spend the night. It might also be a home.

This delightfully enticing start of a new chapter book series tells a tale of friendship, courage, and community, with exquisite black-and-white illustrations throughout.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Published in the USA by Disney-Hyperion 978-1484731611
Published in Canada by HarperCollins 978-1443443937

Awards and Recognition
>   Junior Library Guild Selection
>   A Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book
>   Chosen for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District's Horned Toad Tale list (2018-2019)
>   Nominated for a BC Book Prize 2018

 

Heartwood Hotel: A True Home

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The Heartwood Hotel
Book 2: The Greatest Gift

Mona the mouse has finally found a place to call home, the cozy Heartwood Hotel, where she works as a maid and sleeps snuggled up in a room with her best friend. Following the festive St. Slumber celebration, most of the guests have settled in to hibernate, and the staff is looking forward to a relaxing winter. But disruptions abound, from a difficult duchess to a mysterious midnight snacker. As the snow stacks higher, Mona will have to gather friends both old and new to keep the peace, finding help in some of the most unexpected places.

The second book in the enchanting Heartwood Hotel series, The Greatest Gift will warm your heart with its endearing characters and exquisite illustrations.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Published in the USA by Disney-Hyperion 978-1484732342
Published in Canada by HarperCollins 978-1443443968

Awards and Recognition
>   Junior Library Guild Selection
>   Cybils Award Finalist 2017

 

Heartwood Hotel: The Greatest Gift

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The Heartwood Hotel
Book 3: Better Together

Spring has come to Fernwood Forest, and the Heartwood Hotel is all a-bustle. With Mr. Heartwood off on vacation, it's up to Mona and the rest of the staff to keep everything running smoothly. When rumors buzz of a rival hotel, Gilles is determined to prove that the Heartwood is the very best with the splashiest Spring Splash the forest has ever seen. Guests check in from near and far to compete for the Cutest Egg, the Tiniest Talent, and the Best Blossom. Newcomer Henry is all too happy to help out, making Mona start to feel unsure of her place. Does the Heartwood really need her as much as she thought? But soon there's more to worry about than whose egg has the sweetest speckles. Some decidedly uninvited guests have been drawn to the festivities. Can Mona find a way to bring everyone together in time to save them all from danger? 

Readers will cheer for these kind, brave, beloved characters as they embark on their next adventure in the third book of the charmingly illustrated Heartwood Hotel series.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Paperback: 9781484746400
Hard Cover: 9781484732359

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The Heartwood Hotel
Book 4: Home Again

It's summer at the Heartwood Hotel, and everyone is in a flurry getting ready for Ms. Prickles's wedding to Mr. Quillson! Meanwhile, a new mouse guest named Strawberry comes to stay. She's sweet and soft-spoken like Mona, and gifted in the kitchen just as Mona's mother was-could Strawberry be a long-lost relative?

But when lightning strikes part of Fernwood Forest and starts a fire, all thoughts go to the guests and staff hurrying to leave to make sure their homes and families are safe. Mona works to protect the Heartwood from harm, but as the fire rages on, it's becoming dangerous to stay. Can Mona and her friends save their home before it's too late?

In the final installment of the Heartwood Hotel series, Mona faces her greatest challenge yet, and she might discover just what family truly means.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin
Published by Disney-Hyperion
Paperback: 9781484746806
Hard Cover: 9781484732366

Heartwood Hotel: Home Again

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The Magical Animal Adoption Agency

Book 1: Clover's Luck

Despite her name, Clover has always felt decidedly unlucky. So when she stumbles upon a mysterious cottage in the Woods, she can hardly believe her good fortune. It's the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and it houses creatures of all kinds. Fairy horses, unicorns, and a fiery young dragon are just the beginning!

Mr. Jams, the Agency's owner, agrees to hire her as summer helper and Clover hopes her luck has finally changed.

But when she's left alone to care for the Agency, a sneaky witch comes after the magical creatures! Will Clover outsmart her in time to protect the animals?

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published in the USA by Disney-Hyperion (ISBN: 978-1423183822)
Published in Canada by Harper Collins (ISBN: 978-1443419802)

Awards and Recognition
>   A Cybils Finalist
>   OLA Best Bets Award Winner, 2016
>   A Silver Birch Express Honour Book
>   SYRCA Shining Willow Winner
>   Shortlisted for the Sunburst Award
>   Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy Nominee
>   Beehive Book Award Nominee 2017-2018

 


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Book 2: The Enchanted Egg

There's a new resident at the Magical Animal Adoption Agency-but this one hasn't hatched yet! Mr. Jams brought home an enchanted egg from his last journey, and Clover can't wait to find out what kind of creature the polka-dotted shell contains.

But one morning when Clover checks on the cozy nest of feathers she's made for the egg, she finds it empty, and the baby animal is nowhere in sight! Clover is anxious to find the creature, but the Agency is full of visitors looking for pets of their own. Will Clover be able to match them with their perfect companions and save the mysterious animal before Mr. Jams returns from his trip?

With charming illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, the second book in Kallie George's The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series celebrates the magic of new friends and the power of seeing with your heart.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published in the USA by Disney-Hyperion (ISBN: 978-1484701218)
Published in Canada by Harper Collins (ISBN: 978-1443419833)

Awards and Recognition
>   A Children's Book Council Hot Off the Presses pick
>   A Northshire Books staff pick
>   A Silver Birch Express Nominee

 

 

The Enchanted Egg.

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Book 3: The Missing Magic

A new volunteer has joined the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and Clover's not too happy about it! Oliver Von Hoof is supposed to be an expert on magical animals, but he's barely older than Clover. How can he be an expert on anything? And it doesn't help that Mr. Jams keeps turning to Oliver instead of Clover for help with the animals.

When Mr. Jams is called away from the Agency on a secret mission, Clover and Oliver are put in charge of the Agency once again. But when Picnic the invisible puppy starts turning visible, and the Agency's green cat, Dipity, begins to look white, Clover and Oliver realize that all of the amazing creatures are becoming ordinary.

Even Oliver's trusty magical wands aren't enough to cure them! Will Oliver and Clover learn to work together in time to restore the animals' magical powers? Alexandra Boiger's delightful illustrations shine in the third book of Kallie George's The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series where an open heart can best the nastiest of spells.

Written by Kallie George, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published in the USA by Disney-Hyperion (ISBN: 978-1423183846)
Published in Canada by Harper Collins (ISBN: 978-1443419864)

Awards and Recognition
>   Nominated for the Red Cedar Award
>   Nominated for the Chocolate Lily Award 2018


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