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Strega Nona and Her Tomatoes

Discover brand-new stories about Strega Nona, by acclaimed author and illustrator Tomie dePaola, in this Level 1 Ready-to-Read series that’s perfect for beginning readers!

Strega Nona is excited! The tomatoes in her garden are ripe, and she picks enough to fill a basket. She wants to give twenty-four tomatoes to the convent, and counts them out on the kitchen table. She is in the middle of counting when Signora Goat starts to eat the laundry. While Strega Nona is outside, Big Anthony sees the tomatoes and wants to help. Poor Big Anthony. He puts the tomatoes back in the basket!
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Marion  Dane Bauer
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Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of many books for young readers, including the Newbery Honor book On My Honor and the New York Times bestseller My Mother Is Mine. Her other titles include A Mama for Owen, If You Were Born a Kitten, Grandmother’s Song, and Thank You for Me! She has retired from the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults where she was the first Faculty Chair. She lives in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, and can be reached at MarionDaneBauer.com.

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Alyssa Satin Capucilli
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Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Alyssa Satin Capucilli is the award-winning creator and author of the Katy Duck and Biscuit series. A dancer as well as a writer, she lives with her family in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

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Kathryn O. Galbraith
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Kathryn O. Galbraith

Kathryn O. Galbraith is the author of more than fifteen books for children, including Where Is Baby?, Boo Bunny, and Planting the Wild Garden, which was the winner of a 2011 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She lives in Washington State with her husband, Steve, and her own little dog, Duffy.

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Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at JoanHolub.com.

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Deborah Hopkinson
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Deborah Hopkinson

Deborah Hopkinson is the author of numerous award-winning children's books, including Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, winner of the International Reading Association Award, Girl Wonder, winner of the Great Lakes Book Award, and Apples to Oregon, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She received the 2003 Washington State Book Award for Under the Quilt for the Night. She lives in Oregon. Visit her on the Web at www.deborahhopkinson.com.

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Stephen Krensky

Stephen Krensky is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including How Santa Got His Job (an ALA Notable Book) and Big Bad Wolves at School. He and his wife, Joan, live in Lexington, Massachusetts. You can visit him at StephenKrensky.com.

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Patricia Lakin
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Patricia Lakin

Patricia Lakin, a former elementary school teacher and an award-winning author, has written more than fifty published works. Her books, both fiction and nonfiction, span multiple age groups—from toddlers to middle graders. Patricia lives in New York City with her husband, Lee Koenigsberg. They have two grown sons, Aaron and Benjahmin. When not reading, writing, or researching, she can be found traveling with Lee to far-off places in the world.

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Anne Rockwell

Anne Rockwell has written numerous books for children, including At the Beach and The First Snowfall, both illustrated by Harlow Rockwell. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

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Lady Cecily Snodgrass

Lady Cecily Snodgrass has traveled to royal courts throughout Europe in a continuing quest for high-paying positions with absolutely no obligations or responsibilities. She is now taking her keen observations of the nobility and their atrocious child-rearing abilities and only thinly disguising them in her tales of the Really Rotten Princess. In her spare time she enjoys collecting the gold and silver dinnerware of her hosts.

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Ellen Weiss
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Ellen Weiss

Ellen Weiss is the author of many books for children, including Whatever You Do, I Love You, for Little Simon. She has also written extensively for children's television, and she lives in New York.

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Melissa Wiley
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Melissa Wiley

Melissa Wiley is the author of the Inch and Rolyseriesand other books for children, including The Prairie Thief and two series of novels about the ancestors of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lives in San Diego with her comic-book-writing husband, a half dozen kids, and about 3,000 books. She blogs about her family’s reading life at Here in the Bonny Glen: MelissaWiley.com/blog.

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Tomie dePaola
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Tomie dePaola

Tomie dePaola is one of the most popular children’s book authors and illustrators of our time. His humor, insight, and gentle art delight readers. A Newbery Honoree, he has written and illustrated a number of books for Simon & Schuster, including Caldecott Honor book Strega Nona as well as Andy, That’s My Name; Watch Out for the Chicken Feet in Your Soup; and Charlie Needs a Cloak. A native of Connecticut, Mr. dePaola studied at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in New London, New Hampshire.

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