Olympic gymnastics team, competing and winning the TV reality show Dancing with the Stars, and becoming youngest ever trophy winner. By sharing her story, she wants to encourage others to dream and dare to go after their goals. A glossary of gymnastic terms and several never- seen-before photos of her and her family are included in this autobiography. She also encourages readers to write down their goals and dreams in a journal so that they can believe they will accomplish them.
What can YOU do with an idea? A young boy has an idea. The young boy gradually starts to feel better and more confident about his idea. He feels happy as the idea becomes a part of everything in his life. Finally, the idea breaks open. The last line of the story is, "So what do you do with an idea? You change the world. This book will soon become a timeless classic! Wilkie, his mother, and grandfather run the Wonderland Motel in St. One scheme involves finding some stolen diamonds that were hidden somewhere in the motel years ago and collect the reward money before the crooks, fresh out of prison, come back for the same money.
Funny, laugh out-loud, short chapters, wacky characters, a little mystery, and lots of illustrations make this a fast-paced and quick read. The Toilet is is Clogged! Winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award in Children's Literature and a Newbery Medal Honor Book , this story follows three friends as they attempt to return a haunted doll, made from the ashes of a young girl who died years ago, to her grave. Despite the creepy premise there are not very many ghostly appearances by the deceased girl and only a few mildly scary scenes.
Doll Bones is a fun, well-written, coming of age journey- perfect for fans of Goosebumps and recommended for readers ages Snow White by Matt Phelan. Phelan has published a beautifully crafted, unique retelling of the classic Snow White story that is sure to please fans of both the graphic novel format and fairy tales. Snow White is set in s New York City and interestingly reads like a blend of historical fiction and realistic fantasy. Samantha White, nicknamed Snow, lost her mother at a young age. Slowly driven mad with jealousy from reading the messages on the tape, the stepmother hires a man to kill Snow.
She luckily is saved by a gang of seven orphaned boys, a clever twist on the seven dwarves. The stepmother eventually tricks Snow with a poison apple, but is saved by the dashing Detective Prince. Snow White is a stand-out graphic novel recommended for tween readers ages Ashenburg has written a very interesting, readable non-fiction title that outlines the history of human hygiene. That might sound boring at first, but this book is a really fun read!
Young readers and adults alike will be surprised at some of the facts in this book, such as how people living in France during the eighteenth century might not have bathed more than once a year! From the ancient Romans, medieval Europeans, and current practices in Zimbabwe and India- this book covers a wide variety of cultures and traditions. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen. Klassen returns to finish his award-winning hat picture book trilogy with this gem involving two turtles and a coveted ten gallon hat.
Readers who are familiar with I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat will not be surprised to discover the story revolves around both turtles wanting the hat, but unlike his previous hat books, these animals are friends. Divided into three parts, the story begins with the turtles discovering the hat but agreeing to leave it behind because there is only one hand.
Part two continues with the turtles watching the sunset together, though one of them is distracted by the nearby hat. Finally, in part three, the two friends go to sleep and the tale concludes with a beautiful dream sequence in which both turtles are wearing the great hat and floating in a dark, starry space. A sweet and funny story about friendship, and of course, stylish hats. Tek is a cave boy who loves his technology: his tablet, video games, phone, and TV. He stays in his cave all day long glued to his electronic devices and has missed much of the outside world including dinosaurs and the entire Ice Age.
However, when a volcanic eruption destroys his gadgets, Tek is forced outside into the prehistoric world. Will he be able to survive without his tech? Is there life and fun beyond technology? This clever book actually looks like a tablet from its cover to most of its inside pages. As Tek explores his new world without the use of technology, the tablet-like page format begins to morph into more of a traditional book format.
Gertie wants to be the best fifth grade student in the universe! She has lived with her father and her Great-Aunt Rae for most of her life after her mother left them and moved into another house on a different street. When Gertie learns that her mother is finally moving away from their town, she wants to show her mother how special and great she is. If she does, maybe her mother may not want to move away. Gertie develops a plan to become the best student in fifth grade. However, the new girl in school, Mary Sue, wants to be the best student too.
There is only room for one great student in fifth grade so what will Gertie do? Despite the hardships and hurts of daily life, Gertie faces each day with a brave and hopeful face. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown. This short and original story focuses on Roz, who is a robot. Roz finds herself alone in a secluded island wilderness after her shipping crate is lost at sea. She has many existential questions to deal with in this new place. Who is she and why is she here?
The various animals she encounters are incredibly weary of her and at times violent in their attempts to scare her away. AS she struggles to survive, she finds herself responsible for a tiny orphaned gosling orphaned due to Roz herself. The animals begin to give her a chance and she tries to build a life for herself amongst the wild animals. This is an interesting survival story that also addressed many emotional questions regarding our purpose, where we fit in, and who are families are.
The book is also sprinkled with various illustrations that add to the reading experience and will appeal to readers in grades especially. This time with books! Larry does not want anyone to touch his book. But when he allows you, the reader, to touch a page with one finger…. Fans of The Book with No Pictures and The Monster at the End of this Book will want to add this delightful book to their read aloud collection to share with preschool and kindergarten children. Love the book? The Bad Guys by Aaron Blabey.
Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. They want to start being known as the Good Guys and do some nice things for a change but their reputations and rap sheets stand in the way. First, they start small by helping to get a cat down from a tree but soon they develop a grand plan to free dogs from the Maximum Security City Dog Pound!
Written in a graphic novel-chapter book hybrid format, similar to the Captain Underpants series, this easy and fun book is a treat to read. Look forward to more books in the series in the future. This lovely picture book follows the everyday life of two ballet dancers, Julia a professional ballerina, and Emma a young ballet student. Readers see them from the moment they wake up, as they attend dance lessons, eat, read, and eventually meet at the end of the story when Emma gets her performance program autographed by the prima ballerina, Julia.
Both characters devotion to ballet is made evident and ballet lovers of all ages will enjoy this story, though it is especially sure to please young readers dreaming of dancing on stage themselves one day. Eerie Elementary is alive! Only 3 students, Sam, Lucy and Antonio, know that the school was brought back to life by the mad scientist, Orson Eerie.
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In book 5 of the series, a terrible snow storm hits the school forcing the students to be trapped inside for the night. Oh no! Eerie Elementary begins to freeze from the inside out! Can Sam, Lucy and Antonio save the other students before everyone freezes? Milne with decoration by Mark Burgess in the style of E. October 14, marked the 90th anniversary of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.
To celebrate the occasion, the Trustees of the Pooh Properties commissioned four authors to create a book filled with new stories about Pooh and his friends in the same magical style as A. Milne, the original author. This new collection follows Pooh throughout the year and also introduces a new character to the Hundred Acre Woods.
This delightful collection will surely charm readers of all ages and gain more followers that truly believe that Winnie the Pooh is the Best Bear in the World! With color illustrations by Mark Burgess similar in style to the art of Ernest H. Shepard, the illustrator of the original Pooh books, this sequel should not be missed. Ghost Ship by Erin Soderberg. Wally, a golden retriever puppy, and his human friend, Henry, are now official puppy pirates and part of the crew of the ship, the Salty Bone. Together with Captain Red Beard, a Chihuahua named Steak Eyes and 2 pugs they set sail on the seven seas in search of fun and adventures!
When the 2 pugs continue teasing Wally about being a brave pirate, he decides to show everyone on the ship how fearless he is by spending a night on an abandoned ship in a nearby cove. As the night progresses, Wally begins to think the ship is haunted! Will he be brave enough to stay the night? Although this is the first Super Special title, there are other books in the puppy pirate series sure to please young readers.
Kitten Pirates" game! This entertaining, early chapter book is a must read for second and third graders who love animals, especially dogs. This new book by Martin continues in the same style and manner as the original, fun Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books by Betty MacDonald. Since Missy spent lots of time with her great aunt as a child, she has learned many magic potions and spells.
When Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle goes away to find her missing pirate husband, she asks Missy to take care of her Upside-Down House, her farm, and her animals. Will Missy be able to help? This fun family read will win new fans and also appeal to the fans of the original series. Ciraolo has created a sweet picture book about grandparents, family, and sharing memories.
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This beautifully illustrated story follows a curious young child who asks her Nana about the many lines on her face. Her grandmother explains the lines are where she keeps her memories and the child proceeds to test Nana by asking about various wrinkles and lines. Nana replies with a specific memory for each line which is then depicted in a two-page illustration spread.
This title is ideal for a story time on the lap of a special grandparent or adult. Maybe a Fox by Kathi Appelt. Maybe a Fox is an emotionally charged realistic fiction novel, sprinkled with some of the supernatural, which explores themes of sisterhood, our connections to the natural world, and grief.
We also meet a young fox with a special connection to the spirit world whose own purpose in life is somehow tied to Jules. A wonderful story infused with magical realism, perceptive readers will find this tale poignant and affecting. You may be left pondering about this story long after you finish reading. Hungry Bird by Jeremy Tankard. How do YOU see a cat? For example, the child sees him as a friendly pet, but the fleas see him as forest of fur. The simple, repetitive text makes this a great read aloud and the illustrations are amazing.
Each page is completely different from the last! This remarkable book will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. It is already getting lots of buzz as a possible contender for the Caldecott Award! Part of the Franklin School friends series, this title is a great book for readers in grades who love stories of friendship, school, and animals! Cody really struggles with his reading, math, and spelling at school but he loves animals. How will he get all of his animals in the show? And will he win? Fans of the Clementine series and Ivy and Bean series will enjoy reading this book.
At first glance, Pax may appear to be merely a story about a boy and his fox. Peter must go to live with his grandfather so that his father can help with the war effort. Pax is the tale of these two friends and their quest to find each other again despite many obstacles. Caldecott medal winner Klassen adds his talented touch to the story by providing the many lovely illustrations. Highly recommended for year old readers. Sensitive readers should be prepared for some graphic depictions of injuries and intense scenes.
Ida, Always by Caron Levis. Illustrated by Charles Santoso. Levis has written a beautiful picture book that explores loss, grief, and how those we love are with us, always. Ida, Always follows zoo polar bears, Gus and Ida, who are the very best of friends. They spend all day together at the zoo, listening to the sounds around them and watching the people who visit.
Gus tries to spend as much time with Ida as he can as he prepares to say goodbye to his friend. Ida and Gus teach readers that although we may suffer great loss, true love and friendship remain with us long after our loved ones are gone. Inspired by real polar bears Gus and Ida at the Central Park Zoo, in New York City, this story will be a moving read and an important book to share with young children who may be coping with loss themselves.
Gerald and Piggie are best friends. This is the last book in the Elephant and Piggie series and they want to thank their readers and their friends in this book! But Gerald is afraid that Piggie will forget to thank someone important. Will he? Written and Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail.
Near the end of the story we meet a male lion who is wearing a grass skirt and also breaking stereotypes of how little boys should be. Full of bright colors, action, and an awesome message of embracing individuality, readers of all ages will enjoy this fun book. Recommended especially for preschoolers who may think outside the box themselves! Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate. This compelling novel from the Newbery-winning author of The One and Only Ivan explores some heavy topics, such as hunger, family homelessness, and unemployment, through a lens of magical realism.
Applegate's story carries readers into the life of year old Jackson whose musician parents are barely scraping by financially and facing a possible eviction. It was during this difficult time that Crenshaw, a very large talking cat with fingers, appeared to young Jackson as his imaginary friend. He now reappears as they are once again facing homelessness and Jackson struggles to deal with this reappearance and what it means for him. Applegate addresses the very realistic struggles that many families endure in our country with a gentle but effective tone.
Recommended for middle-grade readers, this title is sure to invite important conversation. George by Alex Gino George may look like a ten year old boy but deep inside, he knows he should be a girl. The author tackles this timely and important topic with dignity and grace, creating a story the reader will remember long after the last page is read. With the help of his best friend, Kelly, George comes up with a plan so that he can be Charlotte while also letting his family know who his true self is… a girl.
This is a fast, poignant read but more importantly a hopeful book. George gives the reader a glimpse into the life of a young transgender person who is looking for acceptance from his friends and family. This realistic book is more suitable for older readers due to the subject manner but it would also be an ideal book to be read and shared together as a family as an introduction to this controversial topic.
This graphic novel introduces us to Hilo, a robot that crashes to earth and is rescued by D. The longer he stays on Earth, the more Hilo remembers. Soon he realizes he may need the help of D. Fans of the Jedi Academy series will enjoy this fun, graphic novel suitable for grades This story has it all- humor, adventure, super heroes, science fiction and a great friendship.
DJ and Hilo are friends who would stop at nothing to protect each other. This real event happened in Winnie became a mascot for his regiment during the war. After the war, Winnie ended up in the London Zoo where a father and his son named Christopher Robin saw him.
Sound like a famous bear you might have read about before? Milne used this bear as his inspiration for the now classic friendship story of Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin. This endearing story, full of wonderful illustrations, will be enjoyed by readers young and old. The end of the book contains a photo album of the real life Winnie, Harry, and Christopher Robin. He is best known for his drawings of the Calaveras, amusing skeletons performing everyday activities. It also includes fascinating descriptions of the different techniques that artists use in their works for lithography, engraving and etching.
This biography book is perfect for readers in grades and gives readers insight to an important Mexican festival, the Day of the Dead. The illustrations are wonderful. This book has won the Pura Belpre Honor for its illustrations and the Sibert Nonfiction award for The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. Princess Pinecone lives in a kingdom of Viking-like warriors who are rough and tough. She wants to be rough and tough too, so she asks for a pony on her birthday to help her become a warrior.
It is short and round and definitely not very warrior-ish. Readers will laugh out loud as this pony charms her way into the lives of the warriors and especially Princess Pinecone. The Princess and her pony together are unbeatable! This picture book will make a great read aloud and is perfect for grades kindergarten through second. Are you afraid of spiders? After reading this easy reading nonfiction book about spiders, you will definitely look at arachnids spiders in a new way. Do you know that you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being fatally bit by a spider?
There are lots of other fascinating tidbits like this throughout the book to help you alleviate your fears. The endpapers contain interesting information about a variety of spider species. Yes, keep telling yourself that spiders are good. You may never want to step on spider again, right?
Written in a picture book format, this book has lots of information that will be helpful for those reports given to second and third graders. There is not an index or real photographs, but the non-scary drawings make this book a pleasure to read. Miss Petitfour is an eccentric baker, adventurer, cat lover, reader, stamp collector and best of all, a storyteller.
Her adventures with her sixteen cats will enchant readers young and old. Would you believe she flies with her cats and a magical tablecloth? The bright and colorful illustrations are delightful and also add to the charm of the story. This is a perfect book for second to fourth graders who love Mary Poppins or Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. Jacky Ha-Ha! Since she has a stutter, she has worked hard to be the class clown. She has a joke for everything. After all, it is always better to have everybody laugh "with" you rather than "at" you.
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It is also easier to crack a joke than worrying all of the time about her mother who is serving in the Gulf War and her father who is working hard but never home, leaving Jacky and her sisters alone most of the time. While serving a detention after school one day, her teacher suggests Jacky should try out for the school play. Can she do this with a stutter? Should she try? Readers will find this an easy book to read with its laugh out loud short chapters.
Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev; Illustrated by Taeen Yoo Young readers will enjoy this sweet picture book about friendship, differences and inclusion.
When a young boy and his tiny pet elephant are not welcome to the neighborhood pet club meeting, he ventures off and finds other children with odd pets who have been left out. They form their own pet club that welcomes everyone in the end! The various atypical pets the other children bring along are adorable and include a skunk and an armadillo. One child is even carting around a tiny narwhal in his wagon! Recommended for ages 5 and up. Horrible Bear! By Ame Dyckman.
Illustrated by Zachariah OHara. Unicorns Vs. Goblins by Dana Simpson. The third volume in the Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novel series delivers plenty of laughs for kids and parents alike. Readers will follow Phoebe and her narcissistic unicorn best friend, Marigold Heavenly Nostrils, on various adventures. A great, goofy read for children ages 8 and up.
This is a beautiful, interesting and touching piece of historical fiction for middle grade readers. The story takes place in England at the beginning of WWII and follows young, spirited and impoverished Ada, who was born with a clubfoot and endures horrible mistreatment from her mother. Due to the threat of German bombing, Ada and her younger brother, Jamie, are sent away from London to live in the country.
They are placed in the care of a lonely and apprehensive woman named Susan. She is not particularly happy about being forced to care for these two, but soon these three outcasts form a special family together. The book is not overly sentimental, but will inevitably tug a few heartstrings. You won't be able to stop yourself from smiling as you finish the last few pages. My New Mom and Me by Renata Galindo This very sweet, touching, and sparsely worded picture book tells the story of a newly adopted puppy and his new cat mom.
Mom and puppy are learning how to be a family together, and the story realistically exhibits both happy times and rough patches. The book will appeal to a variety of readers, but especially new parents with adopted children who may be dealing with adjusting to their home life. The lack of gender or ethnicity attributed to the child and mother will make this accessible for children of all backgrounds. The Only Child by Guojing.
This graphic novel is a quiet and magical read for all ages. She subsequently finds herself lost and this is when the magic begins. Eventually, she is returned safely to her parents thanks to a new, special friend. Bear lives in a little cave in the woods. One day, he finds a crunchy orange treat waiting outside his cave. He enjoys it so much that he sings a happy song. This begins an endearing exchange of gifts. Will bear ever meet his secret friend? Impressionistic illustrations and changes in background color set the tone for this sweet story. For ages The famous cool cat is back, this time with snippets of wisdom.
For ages 3 and up. Blankets, check. But when a storm chases them inside, how will they salvage their camping trip? For grades K The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale. This is a tale of the dark side of American history, but it also is the inspiring story of someone who did her best to relieve suffering.
It is the story of Harriet Tubman. The graphic novel shows and well as tells the horrors of slavery, the difficulty of escape, and the daring required to return as an abductor, leading others to freedom. Not for the faint of heart, grades Lucky for him, his class is taking a field trip to the Empire State Building. Unfortunately he ends up on the wrong subway train. Will he be able to meet up with his class?
This graphic novel is as much about the art as the plot. Drawings capture the spirit of the bustling subway and incorporate well known landmarks. If you long for a trip to the big city, this graphic novel is for you. The Nonsense Show by Eric Carle. Check out the newest offering from the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Nonsense abounds in this funny picture book, with a rabbit pulling a boy out of a hat, a mouse catching a cat, and much more. The pictures alone are enough to make kids giggle, and the rhyming text adds to the jokes. Carle uses his classic style of collage with some added crayon elements that give the book a youthful tone.
Readers will want to come up with their own nonsense scenarios. Great for sharing with the whole family! Beginning readers are sure to discover something new in this short graphic novel in which two kids and a bluebird interview a worm. Drawings on grocery bags illustrate each point. For children learning to read. Then Troy finds a beat up, abandoned trombone. His comparatively small size earns him the nickname Trombone Shorty and his playing leads to him becoming a world renowned jazz musician.
An inspiring picture book biography that a variety of ages will enjoy. By Jeffrey Ebbeler. Are you afraid of the sounds you hear at night around the house? After everyone is asleep in the house, a bird lamp on the bedside stand of the young boy comes to life when he is bothered by all the sounds he hears. Using his long legs to get off the stand, the bird lamp begins to investigate. As he rambles around the house using his light to shine on the all of the noise-making objects, he fixes them so that the noise stops.
He stops to fix a leaky faucet, moves a creaking rocking chair, sweeps some dust off the floor and closes a window to quiet the house. However, by the time he gets back to his bed stand, the morning sounds begin to wake the sleeping family and the house is no longer quiet. This imaginative, whimsical picture book is told entirely with illustrations and onomatopoeia sounds.
It should ease the fears of any child who may be afraid of some of the same nighttime sounds. This will be a wonderful bedtime story to share with others. While trying to catch an injured Goldie the Cat in the woods near the animal hospital where they volunteer, two best friends, Jess and Lily, discover a magic portal that takes them into the Friendship Forest where all the animals talk and magic is everywhere around. The girls quickly make friends with a cute baby, bunny named Lucy Longwhiskers but they soon discover that all is not perfect in the Forest.
The wicked witch Grizelda is trying to take control of the forest and animals. This is the first book in a new series, Magic Animal Friends. Short chapters with delightful black and white illustrations make this a perfect book for those readers in grades Thea Stilton, the sister of Geronimo Stilton, and the Thea Sisters are back for a new adventure mystery. While at a figure skating competition in Russia, Thea and the Thea Sisters try to help a new friend who has been falsely accused of theft at the championship. In their investigation, they discover some ancient love letters that could be the key to this skating mystery.
For readers in grades who love funny, clever books with a surprise ending. In the 4th book in the Land of Stories series, the Masked Man is trying to destroy the fairy tale world by recruiting all of the greatest villains in literature to fight for him by using a magical potion that allows him to travel between books.
The Fairy Council does not believe he will be a threat to their world so it is up to Alex and Conner Bailey to find a way to stop him. The story, although a little scarier and darker than the first three books in the series, is action- packed with lots of twists and turns and a major cliffhanger at the end. Readers will be begging for the next installment. Bagels the Brave! Bagels, a Sheltie, Whippet and Jack Russell mixed breed dog that was expelled from obedience school in the first book of the series, Bagels Come Home, is back for a new adventure!
The Bernstein family along with Bagels is off for a fun, relaxing camping trip at Sasquatch Lake. Could the real Sasquatch be alive and living at the lake? Written in a first-person narrative by Josh, readers of beginner chapter books in grades will laugh out loud by the crazy antics of Bagels. When sailor Stout Sam and his deckhand Pip find apig in a barrel washed ashore on the beach, they decide to keep her as a pet. Naming her Julie, the pair soon realizes that she is a pirate pig who has been trained to sniff out sunken treasures in the sea. The two sailors use her to find enough treasure to meet their needs on Butterfly Island where they live.
Word soon gets to Barracuda Bill and his pirates. They want to kidnap Julie and use her for their own evil purposes. How can Sam and Pip keep Julie safe? The charming, colorful, watercolor illustrations add to the story. This easy, early chapter book will be perfect for readers in grades who love fun and adventure on the high-seas.
What Pet Should I Get? This picture book is a new treasure for kids of all ages to enjoy. The brother and sister from One Fish, Two Fish are back. This time, they visit a pet store to choose a pet, but they have a deadline. How can they choose from all the pets throughout the store? There are cats, dogs, monkeys, turtles, fish, birds, rabbits and even a yent! How will they ever choose by 12 noon? In typical Seuss style, there are lots of silly rhymes and zany, colorful caricatures throughout the book.
The end pages include information about Dr. A wonderful addition to your Seuss collection to read again and again! Posted: October 20, What should the kids wear to go outside and play? Picture clues help new readers decipher the words. Illustrations of cats and frogs falling down with the rain add a silly aspect to this English-Spanish bilingual early reader.
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A Dirty Birdy finds friends to join him in the mud, in this counting book. Ages 1—4. A bored horse gets into trouble as he wanders off the farm, looking for some company. Four curious puppies have a lot of fun on their adventure until they encounter a cat. Mateo thinks his grandmother is bringing him a red velvet cape, but she brings a red velvet cake instead. A sick dragon creates havoc in the community until a Wizard can come to the rescue and cure him.
Feeling quite ordinary, a plain gray moth sadly compares itself to its more exotic kin. May I Come In? Afraid to be home alone during a thunderstorm, Raccoon takes shelter with a kind neighbor. Mela and the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk, illus. In this fable, Mela learns to do kind things for others and not expect anything in return. A bored princess wanders outside the castle and finds a way to serve her community and find her purpose in giving back. Seed Man by Aiko Ikegami Mar. Write On, Irving Berlin! Hardscrabble by Sandra Dallas Mar.
In , after losing their Iowa farm, the Martin family moves to Mingo, Colo. Anderson, illus. And Horace J. A rambunctious teenager trained as a top-secret guardian must join a famous boy band to protect his charge. In a near-future world where dogs are all but extinct and have been replaced with robotic versions, a teenage girl discovers a real puppy and finds herself unable to let it go.
Iris is determined to shut down production of the high-fantasy movie based on the famous books by her grandmother. Ages 12— A sixteen-year-old kid in a punk rock band learns that his rich prankster cousin will be staying with him for three months. Ages 14— Four sisters face a summer that will challenge their love for each other and change their lives. Seventeen-year-old Dylan hikes the Appalachian Trail to escape his family, learning to trust others and face his secrets along the way.
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Storymakers by Betsy Schow offers Banished Feb. Sweet Dreaming by Julia Rawlinson, illus. A mother helps her child fall asleep by encouraging her to use her imagination. In this series starter, year-old Frederik investigates a mysterious earthquake in his town with the help of a new friend.
Spelling genius India Wimple works hard and overcomes her stage fright to make it to the finals of the Stupendously Spectacular Spelling Bee. Katie Cox vs. Overnight singing sensation Katie Cox faces haters and rivals for the spotlight as she prepares for her first concert. How to Catch This YA time travel fantasy follows the fates of two identical girls living years apart—Sonnet in and Emma in —who mysteriously switch places in time.
Ages 13—up. A bear and a park ranger battle over campers leaving food out in the park, until they both end up losing and call a truce. Readers use clues and maps to help find Frank the French bulldog after he gets lost. Ages 3—up. Daddies Do by Lezlie Evans, illus. A group of animal daddies demonstrate all the things that dads do best. A mouse in the opera house helps a disrespectful diva learn some manners. This picture-book biography follows Steinem from childhood through her political awakening and beyond.
Ages 4—up. Selfie Sebastian by Sarah Glenn Marsh, illus. A fox travels everywhere from the Grand Canyon to the moon on a quest to take the perfect selfie. Albie Newton by Josh Funk, illus. Albie Newton, child genius, enters preschool with a plan for making friends that turns into a disaster. Exploring the World of Food by Whitney Stewart, illus. Photographs, illustrations, and recipes showcase the food culture of 14 countries, from Brazil and Spain to Morocco, India, and China.
The Haunted Serpent by Dora M. Spaulding Meriwether, the new kid in school and son of questionable television ghost hunters, investigates strange happenings, including his friends coming back to life. Three very different teens discover that they are donor siblings and take a multi-state road trip to find their biological father. A boy and his grandfather set off for adventure on a scorching hot day, in this companion to Snow and Rain. Ages 1—7. Mice in the City: London Mar.
Busy mice lead readers through the most famous landmarks of these cities via oversize, detailed illustrations. Ages 5— Ages 1—6. Rubio, son of a cheese shop owner, and Julienne, daughter of a fruit shop owner, are forbidden to see each other. Astronaut Annie by Suzanne Slade, illus. On career day, Annie reveals her out-of-this-world dream to everyone. Sylvia Rose uproots her favorite cherry tree to travel the world together, but back home, the animals begin to suffer without the food and shelter of their tree.
Through a vivid imagination, Laura—a. Masterpiece Robot—transforms her backyard into a dystopian city. Animal Planet Chapter Books ramps up with Dolphins! A grumpy gnome tries to protect his forest from being overcrowded with animals and invading humans. Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior, illus. A black girl learns to love her difficult-to-manage hair.
Great Dog by Davide Cali, illus. A pup and his father contemplate his grand future while looking at other great dogs in their family. Petra by Marianna Coppo Feb. Petra the rock imagines she can be anything—a mountain, an island, or even an egg. Backyard Fairies by Phoebe Wahl Mar. Nature-loving Fox goes in search of a rare and mysterious plant while observing the world around him. Latimer Feb. The Push by Patrick Gray, illus. Explorer by Christopher Lloyd, illus.
Makana the surfing lion finds courage and discovers the importance of never giving up. The track and field champion shares her experiences and advice with teens on what it takes to achieve impossible dreams, stay grounded in the face of success, and take wins and losses in stride. Champion surfer Hamilton shares insights alongside more than 60 photos from her documentary, Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable.
NFL running back and Dancing with the Stars champion Jennings shares his experiences, imparts practical advice, and encourages readers to follow their dreams. This is a lovely book for early readers and readers who might be new to English. My 9-year old has read this book at least 3 times already. It all begins when the two siblings and their mom move into a creepy inherited house after losing their father. They discover a magical amulet that warns the kid of the danger. But soon the siblings will be on an epic adventure to save their mom in an underground world of elves, demons, robots, and talking animals.
My year-old daughter loves this series that starts with Smile. Even though she gets her dream to work in the faire as a squire, she also just wants to be like the other girls at her school, too. Her journey is painful and honest as she figures out who she wants to be. The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner ages 8 — Her mom reluctantly reveals to Moth that her family of witches gets their powers around age Readers will enjoy this magical coming-of-age gem.
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani age 8 — Pashmina is about a girl finding her place in the world. She travels to India to meet her extended family and finds answers about the magical shawl her mother owns. This is a lovely coming of age middle-grade graphic novel conveyed in incredible, irresistible art.
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Guts by Raina Telgemeier ages 8 — WOW — another slice-of-life graphic novel story! As in her previous books, Raina shares her own life story, how in elementary school, her fears and anxieties led to terrible stomach aches, days of missed school, and time in therapy. My daughter and I both love when Raina bravely presents to her class a strategy she learned in therapy — deep breathing.
Later, another classmate uses what she learns from Raina about deep breathing before an intestinal surgery. Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale Hale hits it out of the park in this quirky, wild sci-fi adventure! Three theater friends take a weird trip to a taco drive-through that turns into oozing mutant creatures taking over the world. They meet a weird looking creature of many arms and legs named Wendy who tells them that it was her roommate who started the world-ending disaster.
Crazy mutant science experiments never looked so good. Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson ages 8 — Enchanting illustrations, warm-hearted characters, random Bible story references Jonah and the whale , and an action-packed plot make this a stand-out sci-fi graphic novel. What else does this book have?
I loved it! Well-written and relatable. This Rapunzel uses her long braids to lasso the bad guys in the wild west. Not only that, Anne learns that other girls also are also descendants of the first group of magical women, each connected to magical jewelry and specific birds. But just as Anne is trying to figure things out with the other girls, the group is attacked by a power-hungry woman with an army of robots.
The artwork is exceptional — very expressive of the action and emotions! The bird connection is so cool as is the realistic portrayal of the ups and downs of uniting a diverse group of girls. Sanity is a brilliant inventor — but her newest illegal creation, a three-headed kitten named Princess Destroyer of Worlds has escaped and is living up to her name — destroyer.
While the station is evacuated, the friends work hard to stop the duct weasels and the engine from overheating. I love the space station setting, the super-smart problem-solving main characters, and the non-stop action. Gorgeous artwork sets the tone for an otherworldly story. The five worlds are falling into chaos.
When one world attacks another, Oona Lee, a girl who is a sand dancer, rescues two boys and the three determine to lit the unlit Beacons and save the worlds. See the artwork from 5 Worlds on their Tumblr page here. Not fitting in and finding your place in the world never was so out of this world!
Avani hates her new school and the girls in her Flower Scouts troop who talk about makeup and boys. Once I did, I could fully immerse myself in the story. First she discovers an old man who visits the long abandoned zoo and paints murals of the animals that used to live there. Cici rallies her friends and family to help clean up the zoo, giving it new life.
As she ends that mystery and looks for another, her friends get mad at her for her dogged focus on her own interests. Entertaining with an excellent story arc and valuable life lessons. At the hospital, the bats lively conversations help the little brown bat learn more about bats — what they eat, how they fly, different species, echolocation, and where they live.