Amicus

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    AMICUS READERS

    Amicus Readers provide an inviting variety of nonfiction leveled books for K-2, serving young learners in pursuit of reading skills—just like Amicus pursues the big red ball.

  • Illustrated

    AMICUS ILLUSTRATED

    Amicus Illustrated offers fiction and nonfiction for preschool to grade 6 with highly visual information and stories that students—and our pal Amicus—are after!

  • High Interest

    AMICUS HIGH INTEREST

    Like many students, Amicus likes to pursue what's of interest to him. Amicus High Interest books serve individual interests of those in grades 2-6.

  • Ink

    AMICUS INK

    Amicus Ink features board books, picture books, and paperbacks that encourage young children to explore facts, examine ideas, and imagine new ways of understanding the world.

  • Spot

    SPOT

    Spot books pair key words with engaging images at the beginning, middle, and end—making it fun to read, spot, and learn.

  • Sequence

    SEQUENCE

    Sequence books explain the processes and timelines behind kids' favorite things. Each title connects products and knowledge step-by-step from idea, through creation and discovery, to the end user.

Author Q&A: Amber Hendricks

We’re celebrating #WorldKindnessDay (November 13) all week!  Amber Hendricks, the author of Extraordinary Ordinary Ella, is here to talk about writing, kindness, and Ella.  

Q: Amber, what inspired you to write Extraordinary Ordinary Ella?

AH: Growing up, I felt just like Ella. While I was good at most things, I never excelled in anything and I yearned for something to make me special. What I wish I knew then and what I hope kids see now, is just how extraordinary ordinary can be!

Q: What’s your favorite scene in the book? Did it look how you imagined it?

AH: It’s so hard to pick a favorite as Luciana did such a phenomenal job of bringing my words to life. I love the spread where Ella tries and fails at multiple talents only to discover opportunities to help her friends. Luciana blew me away with how well she interpreted and illustrated the scene.

Q: What was your favorite book that you read as a child?

AH: I loved the Boxcar Children books! There was something so appealing about a group of intrepid siblings going on adventures and solving mysteries.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

AH: Keep going! Keep pushing, honing, and growing as an author. Your yes may be just around the corner!

Q: What do you hope people learn from reading Extraordinary Ordinary Ella?

AH: Simple, ordinary acts of kindness cost nothing and can have an extraordinary impact!

To encourage kids to do their own acts of kindness, check out the kindness journal and certificate at the illustrator’s website.

photograph of author Amber Hendricks
Book cover image Extraordinary Ordinary Ella