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Children’s Books

A Kindness Remembered: A Fable 

$14.95$19.95

In this modern fable, a blackbird yearns for more beautiful feathers, but ends up with a broken wing while flying toward the sun in search of beauty. While many pass by the injured bird, a young boy takes him into his home and heals him until the bird is able to fly back to his family. The selfless actions of the boy teach the blackbird—and young readers—important lessons about the power of a single act of kindness.

Clover and the Shooting Star

$9.95

When the brief brilliance of a shooting star touches Clover the Rabbit’s heart, he wants to share it with his friends. But when he finds that neither Mole, Raccoon nor Possum saw it, Clover is sad because he thinks the beautiful shooting star will be forgotten. Then wise Owl shows him how shooting stars, like loved ones we lose too soon, are remembered forever. Clover and the Shooting Star is a story of wonder and hope.

Five Hungry Mice

$16.95$24.95

Five hungry mice set their sights on a box full of rice, but danger lurks in the night. Follow the adventures of these five clever mice as they zig and they zag, as they criss and they cross, in pursuit of the prize in this delightful retelling of a classic 19th century tale.

Written by Mrs. Frances A.B. Dunning in the mid-1800s, and retold and beautifully illustrated for contemporary children by Heather Lynn Harris, it is hoped that Five Hungry Mice, retold and brought to life with vivid illustrations, will revive a lost gem to the delight of children everywhere. This book is a classic that will be treasured by even the youngest of readers.

Winner of the 2018 Moonbeam Award, Silver in the Preschool Category 

From Finland to Niagara Falls: Pehr Kalm in North America 1748-1751

$19.95$29.95

The fascinating untold story of Finnish scientist and explorer Pehr Kalm, who in 1750, became the first scientist to visit and study Niagara Falls. Sent by the famous Swedish natural historian Carl Linnaeus to research the New World, Kalm’s task was to collect samples and write descriptions for Linnaeus. His exciting expedition lasted three and a half years, and its impact on the natural sciences was groundbreaking. Kalm described all that he saw: the landscape and geography, colonists’ settlements and customs, Indians and slaves, and of course, many plants and animals. His scientific report on Niagara Falls was the first, and it was published by Benjamin Franklin. Two states have named their state flowers after him, and the Virginia creeper, which he brought back from his travels, now grows all over Finland.
The book’s brilliant illustrations offer an accurate and engaging picture of Kalm’s journey, and the text is enriched by passages from Kalm’s own travel journal. From Finland to Niagara Falls is an illustrated history book for the young and the curious of all ages.

Give a Book! (Donation)

$10.00

Be a light.

Read books. Share books. Give books. 

Add this to your cart to donate a book to a child in need!

In the “Notes” section of your order, please let us know if you would like to be credited as the donor inside the book. If you would, please let us know what name you’d like the book to be donated by. If you’d like to remain anonymous, please write “Anonymous” in the “Notes” box.

Example: 

Donated by John Doe

May 20, 2020

The first beneficiary of City of Light’s Give a Book program will be Oishei Children’s Hospital. For every book you virtually donate a book between now the end of June, a child will receive a brand new, beautiful book.

 

 

Kite to Freedom

$12.95$16.95

The Story of a Kite-Flying Contest, the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, and the Underground Railroad

Release date: March 1, 2021

 

Can a kite change history? Katie and Homan’s did.

 

When engineers were faced with the challenge of bridging the vast Niagara Gorge, the solution was a kite-flying contest. After Katie and Homan’s kite crosses the gorge and wins the contest, construction begins on the first suspension bridge to connect the United States and Canada. The two friends are there as it becomes an important link on the Underground Railroad, helping slaves escape to freedom.

 

Even as her parents try to shield her from the ugly existence of slavery and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, Katie discovers that the scary truth is closer to home than she could have imagined.

 

Kite to Freedom is an action-packed, fictionalized account of actual events that occurred during the construction of the Niagara Falls International Suspension Bridge, which still connects the United States and Canada at Niagara Falls.

 

Cross Your Fingers

102 pages 

Suitable for readers between 8 and 12 years old 

Max Meets the Mayor

$16.95$24.95

When Max’s grandpa drives Max and his brother past City Hall, Max decides he wants to meet the mayor. So his grandpa sets up an appointment with Buffalo’s mayor, Byron Brown. But when a blizzard hits Buffalo the night before the appointment, it looks like the meeting may be canceled. Can Max and his grandpa find a way to meet the mayor?

 

My Little Light

$16.95$24.95

My Little Light tells the bedtime routine of a happy and thankful little girl. As Mom reads her a bedtime story and Dad gives her a piggyback ride, she is safe in the glow of her bedside lamp, her “little light.” Drifting off to sleep, she remembers all that she is thankful for. Whether it is read as a bedtime story, or a quiet, evening prayer, My Little Light is enjoyable for the entire family. This story will remain in young hearts through each night and for a lifetime.

The Chickadees and the Moon Above

$14.95 Available January 1, 2021.
Not yet a mother, Sara Simon wrote her first story to pay homage to every mother in her life, especially her own. She imparts the comforting notion that no matter how far away your loved ones may go, all you need to feel connected is to look up at the moon. Now that Sara is a mother herself, she is discovering the profound truth of her own words. She is hopeful that The Chickadees and the Moon Above will touch the hearts of mothers and children of all ages.

CrissCross AppleSauce

40 pages
6.5 x 6.5″
Hardcover Only
ISBN: 978-1-952536-03-8

The Monster in My Basement

$14.95$19.95
There’s a monster in Dave’s basement! His name is Howard and he’s very hungry. Howard invites Dave to dinner. But will Dave eat dinner or BE dinner? The thought makes Dave shake a little bit, shake a little bit, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. Has Dave made a big mistake?

The Monster in My Basement began as a song called Howard the Monster. (The author is a children’s musician too!). Visit Howard the Monster here and read along with the music and lyrics printed in the back of the book!

Enjoy The Monster in My Basement book trailer!

The Monster in My Basement Book Trailer from Heather harris on Vimeo.

The Mystery of the Barking Branches and the Sunken Ship, Book One of the Cayuga Island Kids series

$12.95$16.95 Available March 15, 2021.

Available now for pre-sale. Release date: March 15, 2021

What happens when a group of friends sets off on a hunt for a certain kind of tree and uncover a buried cannonball instead? Who knew that the island they live on is also home to a whole lot of history? And, it turns out, a whole lot of mystery, too…

Meet the Cayuga Island Kids! It’s summer vacation, and that means there’s plenty of time for a hunt, a mystery, and an exciting adventure. Are you ready? Open the book and join the fun. Find out what the Cayuga Island Kids are up to in this mystery story based on historical events on Cayuga Island near Niagara Falls!

Story by Judy Bradbury l  Illustrations by Gabriella Vagnoli

130 pages

ISBN: 978-1-952536-14-4 (softcover)

ISBN: 978-1-952536-16-8 (hardcover)

Check out the Cayuga Island Kid’s trailer:

The Swing

$12.95$19.95

The endearing, classic poem by Robert Louis Stevenson is brought to life by a charming little boy enjoying the experience of swinging. With his dog by his side, the child believes he can fly. And in his swing, he just might be right! Beautifully illustrated for contemporary children by Heather Lynn Harris, it is hoped that The Swing, will revive a lost gem to the delight of children everywhere. This book is a classic that will be treasured by even the youngest of readers.

Treasure in the Trunk, A Wordless Picture Book

$14.95$19.95
Stuck inside on a rainy day, two siblings and their beloved Boston Terrier learn about the wonders of exploration as they journey upstairs into a gloomy attic. Follow this intrepid trio as they discover an old trunk and the remarkable treasure hidden inside, and enjoy an interactive storytelling experience perfect for multilingual families and classrooms.

Watch the author Linda MacRitchie Graf read Treasure in the Trunk on Instagram Storytime Live

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