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It’s Not a School Bus, It’s a Pirate Ship

2020

by Mickey Rapkin and Teresa Martinez

"A boy overcomes his first-day-of-school fears by imagining his school bus is a pirate ship taking him on a high-seas adventure. In this follow-up to It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine, a young boy is worried about the bus ride to his first day of school. Who will he sit with on the bus? How will he make friends? The bus driver knows the first day of school is intimidating, and she has a secret to share: This is not a school bus—it’s a pirate ship! And its pirate crew has one motto: “All for fun and fun for all!” The boy sets sail with his classmates on an epic adventure—making new friends and vanquishing his first-day jitters along the way! It’s Not a School Bus, It’s a Pirate Ship explores social anxiety in a relatable way, showing that with a little imagination, new experiences are just new adventures." -- publisher

Any Child Cross Group

It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine

2019

by Mickey Rapkin and Teresa Martinez

"This clever picture book makes bedtime less scary when your dreams transform your bed into a time machine that takes you on exciting adventures every night. Bedtime can be frightening—a dark room, spooky shadows, silence. Our narrator worries about what’s hiding in the dark, until his stuffed bunny, Floppy, tells him a secret: His bed is really a time machine. And they set off on an adventure into the past, to the coolest time ever—the age of the dinosaurs—to meet the coolest animal ever—the tyrannosaurus rex! This night’s sleep will span millions of years, but it’s so fun it’ll feel like it’s over in the blink of an eye. It’s Not a Bed, It’s a Time Machine is the ultimate goodnight picture book, showing that going to sleep is nothing to be afraid of. Instead, it’s just the beginning of a time-spanning adventure." -- publisher

Any Child

Mario and the Hole in the Sky

2019

by Elizabeth Rusch and Teresa Martinez

"The true story of how a scientist saved the planet from environmental disaster. Mexican American Mario Molina is a modern-day hero who helped solve the ozone crisis of the 1980s. Growing up in Mexico City, Mario was a curious boy who studied hidden worlds through a microscope. As a young man in California, he discovered that CFCs, used in millions of refrigerators and spray cans, were tearing a hole in the earth’s protective ozone layer. Mario knew the world had to be warned—and quickly. Today Mario is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. His inspiring story gives hope in the fight against global warming." -- publisher

Biography Cross Group Informational

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