Read & Bloom offers high interest, character driven stories for newly independent readers that feature full-color illustrations throughout and will transition kids from leveled readers to a lifetime of reading.
Celebrate with Agnes and Clarabelle!
Agnes the pig and Clarabelle the chicken are best friends who love to celebrate holidays! They wear flower crowns and dance around the Maypole, perform in the Fourth of July parade, make the spookiest Halloween costumes, and count down the New Year in style. Three . . . two . . . one . . . fun! For Agnes and Clarabelle, everything is better when they're together!
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About the Author
Adele Griffin is the author of a number of acclaimed series books for young readers, including the Witch Twins, Vampire Island, and most recently The Oodlethunks: Oona Finds an Egg and Steg-O-Normous. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her family and their small dog, Edith.
Courtney Sheinmel has written over a dozen highly celebrated books for kids and teens, including the Stella Batts series for young readers, the YA novel, Edgewater, and a new middle grade series, The Kindness Club. She lives in New York City.
Sara Palacios is the illustrator of the Pura Belpré Honor-winning picture book Marisol McDonald Doesn't Match. She lives in San Francisco and Mexico City.
"For those transitioning to longer texts, these simple, character-driven story lines are easy to follow, and the charming illustrations let kids make the bridge from picture books to chapter books. . . . An excellent addition to all chapter book collections, ideal for brand-new readers." - School Library Journal
"The full-color illustrations, softly textured with colored pencil and watercolor washes and enhanced with crisp digital shapes, emphasize the antic energy of the pair, creating distinctly readable expressions through posture, beak, and snout." - BCCB
"An engaging visual design, charming characters, and funny, relatable story lines make this a lovely addition to chapter book collections." - School Library Journal on AGNES AND CLARABELLE
"The authors effectively use common childhood experiences to share several important messages about caring, empathy, compromise, and what it means to look out for a friend. Children will easily relate to Agnes and Clarabelle's feelings and experiences, and parents/teachers will appreciate the positive messages of friendship and caring." - Kendra Hall-Kenyon, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, Brigham Young University
"Read & Bloom will be wildly popular. And I am very happy to see some new friendship books come along with the end of the Elephant and Piggie books." - Teri Lesesne, Professor of Library Science at Sam Houston State University
"Funny and appealing, the Read & Bloom books will charm readers." - Linda M. Pavonetti, Ed.D., professor of Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University