Introducing the Read & Bloom line for newly independent readers with a charming and quirky story about two unusual best friends . . .
Meet Agnes and Clarabelle!
Agnes the pig and Clarabelle the chicken are best friends through every season! Whether it's planning the perfect birthday party in the spring, spending a summer day at the beach, braving a big department store in the fall, or making the very best pizza in winter, they help each other through every up and down. For Agnes and Clarabelle, everything is better when they're together!
“An engaging visual design, charming characters, and funny, relatable story lines make this a lovely addition to chapter book collections.” - School Library Journal
“Designed for readers just graduating from leveled readers, this has sturdy paper; plentiful, full-color illustrations; large type; and lots of dialogue. . . . Humor mixes with these relatable tales of friendship, making this series starter fine fodder for fledgling readers.” - Booklist
“Palacios . . . decorates almost every spread with soft and warm-colored paintings . . . sure to entertain young readers transitioning to chapter books.” - Kirkus Reviews
“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
"There’s plenty to enjoy in this friendship guided by compromise, which gains added cheeriness from Palacios’s full-color illustrations." - Publishers Weekly
“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