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Meet Jeff Stone, author of Phoenix

Jeff Stone lives in the Midwest with his wife and two children and practices the martial arts daily.

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Anna Jane Hays has had first hand experience with seven preschoolers–her own two children and five grandchildren–as well as over 30 years experience in creating educational picture books, storybooks, and print activity books for preschoolers.

She joined Children’s Television Workshop in 1970 and used her creativity and expertise to help develop publishing based on SESAME STREET, the then-new, innovative, PBS preschool educational television series. She was first Managing Editor of the Sesame Street Magazine start-up and developed original Sesame Street Book publishing in partnerships with Golden Press and Random House.

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Happy Alphabet!
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Joe Mathieu
Trade Paperback

A string of wacky people, animals, and objects, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, gather to celebrate a birthday! Each page presents a letter of the alphabet, and every phrase rhymes with the next to help beginning readers anticipate words! Read More
 





Here Comes Silent E!
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Joann Adinolfi
Trade Paperback

Research shows that early instruction in phonics is the first step to reading success. Well, here “e” comes! This Step 2 Phonics Reader uses rhyme and visual clues to illustrate the important concept of the “silent e”—personified here in our main character!
Anna Jane Hays is a former editorial director and child... Read More
 





Kindergarten Countdown
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Linda Davick
Trade Paperback

"MY SCHOOL STARTS in one week soI have SEVEN DAYS to go. Mom says be patient, do not worry. But I can't wait! I'm in a hurry!"In this delightful book a little girl counts off the days by naming what she'll do in kindergarten. "I'll be ready, I'll be smart. I... Read More
 





Kindergarten Countdown
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Linda Davick
eBook

"MY SCHOOL STARTS in one week soI have SEVEN DAYS to go. Mom says be patient, do not worry. But I can't wait! I'm in a hurry!"In this delightful book a little girl counts off the days by naming what she'll do in kindergarten. "I'll be ready, I'll be smart. I... Read More
 





The Pup Speaks Up
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Valeria Petrone
Trade Paperback

Pal is a pup who’s a bit on the quiet side. But after some gentle prodding and encouragement from a few “talkative” friends, the pup finds the courage to speak up and take his final bow-wow! Read More
 





Silly Sara: A Phonics Reader
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom
Trade Paperback

Silly Sara spills and slips and trips! Sara is sick of being silly, so she decides to become Super Sara in this beginning phonics reader that promotes word recognition through rhyme. Read More
 





Smarty Sara
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Sylvie Wickstrom
Trade Paperback

SARA HAS A surprise for her friends. With her journal at her side, Sara plots and plans, draws maps, and writes a poem as she makes her way from home to the secret destination. This sweet, sunny, rhymed reader—a companion book to the Step into Reading Phonics Reader Silly Sara— celebrates... Read More
 





So Big! (Sesame Street)
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Christopher Moroney
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This book is based on the familiar game So Big or How Big is Baby? Using repetition and imitation, it ends with a triumphant finale in which the parent and child answer the question "how big is baby?" by announcing : Sooooo big! The book features Baby Elmo and a big... Read More
 





Spring Surprises
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Hala Swearingen Wittwer
Trade Paperback

It's time to say goodbye to winter and celebrate all the fun and exciting surprises springtime offers—like flying kites, making mud pies, watching new baby animals take their first steps, and dancing among the raindrops. This joyful ode to all things spring is filled with easy-to-decode rhymed text and bright, inviting... Read More
 





Spring Surprises
Written by Anna Jane Hays
Illustrated by Hala Swearingen Wittwer
eBook

It's time to say goodbye to winter and celebrate all the fun and exciting surprises springtime offers—like flying kites, making mud pies, watching new baby animals take their first steps, and dancing among the raindrops. This joyful ode to all things spring is filled with easy-to-decode rhymed text and bright, inviting... Read More
 

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