Tell and Show®Books

Readers of all ages will get a kick out of these stories. Each book offers a sophisticated vocabulary, a well-crafted story line, great characters, and perhaps most important, humor. A sophisticated sense of humor, expressed at an early age, is often a characteristic of gifted individuals — which makes these stories great for kids in grades K–2 who are reading (or listening) at a much higher grade level.

 Our newest!

“Julie Maxey-Allison's … easy style makes the telling of an intriguing story very readable." 
     — Larry D. Brooks, President, Del Mar Historical Society

“Anyone who has had the pleasure of visiting the perfectly restored Edelweiss house must wonder about its history.  
Julie does a great job of telling … how it is inextricably linked to the unique history of Del Mar. It’s a great read!” 
     — Bob Gans, President, Del Mar Foundation

Perfect for kids 4 & up

3 Tales, 4 Dogs
Jack David, Noisiest Kid
“… a cheerful and realistic book about a harmonious multicultural, multigenerational family … Vibrant illustrations, along with the scattering of Spanish words and phrases throughout the story, reflect the charm and diversity of modern Latino families.” — Mara Price, award-winning author of Grandma’s Chocolate
    “… a fun upstairs, downstairs search that reveals a surprising culprit. Children will relate well to this sweet story.” — Maria de la Luz Reyes, author of How Will I Talk to Abuela? (International Latino Book Award Winner)

Hound's Glenn stories

Ideal for budding artists and readers. Read a page, make a picture, put your name on the cover to claim your fame!

Meet these four delightfully quirky dogs, and track their travels on Neighborhood Maps

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Desert ecology thru the eyes of a tortoise

Follow Tank and Topo on their neighborhood search for pups to play with. Includes a family guide to "Dog Park Etiquette."

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Spanish language edition

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This book tells the fascinating story of life in the desert as seen through the eyes of Renaldo, a Sonoran desert tortoise. Photos, drawings and Renaldo’s clear explanations help readers of all ages and backgrounds understand desert ecology. “I am more than 80 years old,” begins Renaldo, “and I’ve lived here all my life. I want to tell you about some of the things I’ve seen.”

Jorge and the Lost Cookie Jar

A gift of local history . . .

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Playmates for Puppies

Nature & Environment