The Lighthouse Family Meets a Sea Lion | Early Elementary Audiobooks Coming in July

Baker, E.D. Magic Animal Rescue: Maggie and the Flying Horse. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501967009. Reader TBA.
Gr 2-5–Eight-year-old Maggie has a keen eye for noticing things in the Enchanted Forest that no one else does—like unicorns, griffins, and tiny flying horses with wings. One day while Maggie is herding sheep with her stepbrother, she stumbles upon an injured flying horse. Maggie’s heard of a stable that might be able to help, but it’s all the way on the other side of the forest. Maggie must set out on a journey full of dangerous trolls, goblins, and others who get in her way. Will Maggie reach the stable in time to save her new friend?

Rylant, Cynthia. The Sea Lion. Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501963407. Reader TBA.
Gr 2-5–One morning, the lighthouse family wakes up to find a baby sea lion in their kitchen. The baby, whose name is Topper, explains that his mother left him here and instructed him to wait for her return. Pandora the cat and Seabold the dog are happy to care for Topper, and mouse children Lila, Whistler, and Tiny are excited to make a new friend.

Shea, Bob. Ballet Cat: What’s Your Favorite Favorite? Recorded Books. ISBN 9781501966538. Reader TBA.
PreS-Gr 2–Ballet Cat and her cousin Goat are preparing a show for Grandma. Each is trying to outdo the other—Ballet Cat with an elaborate dance routine (of course), and Goat with his amazing (amazingly lame, that is) magic tricks. Neither act goes off quite as planned, but it doesn’t matter…because Grandma falls asleep during the performance.

Weatherford, Carole Boston. Freedom in Congo Square. Dreamscape. ISBN 9781520078526. Reader TBA.
Gr 1-3–As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th-century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when, at least for half a day, they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. There, they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. This nonfiction story about a little-known piece of African American history chronicles the daily duties of such slaves and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square.

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