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Volume 29, Number 11 November 2019 Home | CBW Index

Table of Contents

Reviewer's Choice Social Issues Shelf Activity Shelf
Graphic Novel Shelf Music CD Shelf Fantasy/SciFi Shelf
Mythology Shelf Pets/Wildlife Shelf American History Shelf
World History Shelf Picturebook Shelf Easy Reader Shelf
Board Book Shelf Science Shelf Environmental Shelf
Self-Help Shelf Music Shelf Dance Shelf
Multicultural Shelf Christian Shelf Islamic Shelf
General Fiction Shelf Books in Series Story Monsters Ink Shelf

Reviewer's Choice

Adventures on Earth
Simon Tyler
9781843654278 $19.95 hc / $8.99 Kindle

Adventures on Earth is an amazing book for children and young adults brimming with fascinating true stories about the extremes of Earth's environment, and human efforts to explore even the most inhospitable corners of the planet. From the deepest cave on earth, to the "Empty Quarter" of sandy desert, to the Himalayas and more, Adventures on Earth is as thrilling as it is educational from cover to cover. Highly recommended, especially for school and public library children's nonfiction collections.

The Forest in the Trees
Connie McLennan
Arbordale Publishing
612 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., Suite A2, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
9781643513508, $17.95, HC, 32pp,

What's in the tops of Earth's tallest trees? "The Forest in the Trees" by Connie McLennan deftly introduces young readers ages 7-10 to a world within the world of the majestic coast redwoods -- a green ocean filled with plants and animals living on branches hundreds of feet above the ground. This second lofty forest is home to other species of trees and shrubs, fern mats "soggy and heavy," Humboldt flying squirrels, and sow bugs and pill bugs, "the only crustaceans that live on land." Informative sidebars accompany a cumulative verse, and vivid illustrations reveal a hidden habitat most human eyes have never seen, making "The Forest in the Trees" an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school and community library picture book collections for young readers.

Ruby's Hope
Monica Kulling, author
Sarah Dvojack, illustrator
Page Street Kids
c/o Page Street Publishing
9781624148187, $17.99, HC, 40pp,

Dust storms and dismal farming conditions force young Ruby's family to leave their home in Oklahoma and travel to California to find work. As they move from camp to camp, Ruby sometimes finds it hard to hold on to hope. But on one fateful day, the famous American photographer Dorothea Lange arrives with her camera and takes six photographs of the young family. When one of the photographs appears in the newspaper, it opens the country's eyes to the reality of the migrant workers' plight and inspires an outpouring of much needed support. Bleak yet beautiful illustrations by Sarah Dvojack depict this fictionalized story by Monica Kulling of a key piece of history, about hope in the face of hardship and the family that became a symbol of the Great Depression. A truly impressive picture book story of the Great Depression that is told and shown with great and thoroughly 'kid friendly' elegance, "Ruby's Hope" is unreservedly and especially recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 6-10.

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer
Michael Wong
Picco Puppy
9781925973013, $0.99 Kindle,

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer is based on the true story of a little boy who wanted to play soccer despite his inability to run or score a goal.

His dilemmas over the game are presented in rhymes that outline his troubles with hot days and running, coordination, and all the other components that make up a successful soccer effort.

As Picco Puppy sees peers scoring goals, running, and effectively playing the game, he becomes discouraged, but his parents and both sides of the team encourage him to keep trying, and things slowly change.

Picco Puppy Loves Soccer is about more than persevering against all odds. It adds a story of encouragement that provides a gentle lesson not just to those who want to achieve against all odds, but friends and family, who should be gently supportive.

This picture book is an excellent choice for read-aloud and for boosting fragile egos that face failure from activities they would otherwise love.

Arkhan Studio's big, bright pictures enhance the encouraging tale of a little dog who perseveres, is supported in his goals, and eventually achieves his dream in a surprising way.

The Social Issues Shelf

Who Do You See When You Look at Me?
Angela Ray Rodgers & Grace Anna
BroadStreet Publishing Group
9781424558360, $9.99, HC, 32pp,

Though she lives with the daily challenges of disability, Grace Anna is a typical kid with big dreams. With imaginative text and charming illustrations, "Who Do You See When You Look at Me?" is a unique and engaging picture book story that teaches children ages 4-8 to let go of first impressions and see themselves and others for who they really are. Thoroughly 'kid friendly' in tone and presentation, "Who Do You See When You Look at Me?" is a unique, unreservedly, and especially recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers.

Our Future: How Kids are Taking Action
Janet Wilson
Second Story Press
9781772601039 $18.95

Featuring full-color photography throughout, Our Future: How Kids are Taking Action is a picturebook about young people around the world who are working to make a difference and change society for the better. Here are brief, real-life vignettes about Autumn Peltier of Canada, who has spoken to the UN about the need for clean drinking water; Jaelun Parkerson, an American school athlete who along with his football team chose to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police shootings of black men; Melati and Isabel Wijsen of Indonesia, who staged a hunger strike to protest the overuse of plastic bags and plastic pollution; and many more. Our Future: How Kids are Taking Action is desperately needed to inspire the next generation of activists for social change, and highly recommended especially for school and public library children's collections.

Snowballs for Severance
Richie Frieman, author/illustrator
Omnibus Publishing
9781733598514 $14.95

"Snowballs for Severance: The Terrifically True Story of Dane Best and the Snowball Ban" is the inspiring story of how nine year old Dane Best was able to accomplish change in a hundred-year old law banning throwing snowballs in Severance, Colorado. Dane was supported and encouraged by his family, friends, teachers, and community. His successful effort is "not only a victory for kids, but a win for anyone who has been told their voice isn't big enough, simply because of their age." "Snowballs for Severance" is written by a talented, creative author who has overcome a severe learning disability involving obstacles to reading and comprehension. His mantra is central to the story at the heart of "Snowballs for Severance!": "Look at the stars, then close your eyes. Breathe in deep and realize, if you wish enough and see it through, that wish you wished will come true." (Richie Frieman) "Snowballs for Severance!" is further completed by creative pages including Color with Dane activity pages, a copy of the Severance Town Law Chapter 10, Article 5, Section 80, and discussion questions. "Snowballs for Severance!" is an exciting example of the power of belief on oneself, even for kids.

The Activity Shelf

All You Need Is a Pencil
Mark Shulman, author
Joe Bartos, illustrator
Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
9781623540944, $7.99, PB, 144pp,

"All You Need Is a Pencil: The Totally Sick Sick-Day Activity Book" is a perfect, device-free remedy to what to do when the kids are home from school sick, offering hours of unplugged entertainment. Ideal for resting in bed, recuperating on the couch, or curling up with the dog on a sick day, "All You Need Is a Pencil" is a compendium of fun activities that will provide the housebound child with hours and hours of fun with no screentime or electronic device required. "All You Need Is a Pencil" is comprised of dozens and dozens of quizzes, games, doodles, and puzzles will keep kids ages 7-10 busy when a temperature has kept them home from school. The kids will learn about famous doctors, unscramble medical marvels, and solve sickly problems while on the mend. "All You Need Is a Pencil" is an ideal alternative for parents concerned about their children spending too much time on electronics-based entertainment.

The Graphic Novel Shelf

Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom Graphic Novel
Story by Tui T. Sutherland
Art by Mike Holmes
c/o Scholastic
9781338344059 $12.99 pbk / $7.99 Kindle

Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom Graphic Novel adapts the third fantasy novel in the "Wings of Fire" series set on a continent ruled by dragons, about five young dragonets striving to end a disastrous war between rival dragon queens. In "The Hidden Kingdom", the dragonets have escaped with their poisoned former caretaker, and look for help from the RainWing dragons. RainWing dragonet Glory hopes to find out more about her family and where she came from, but the RainWings have their own problems. Over a dozen RainWing dragons have mysteriously vanished from the safety of their rainforest home, but the RainWing queen is too indolent to take action! While searching for the missing dragons, Glory and her friends stumble upon a secret that could force the peaceful RainWings into war - but when the alternative is allowing the RainWings to disappear one by one, what choice do any of them have? The gorgeous, full-color art perfectly complements Sutherland's character-driven saga, in this "must-have" for dragon fans of all ages. Wings of Fire: The Hidden Kingdom Graphic Novel is a choice pick for both personal and public library graphic novel collections, and is also available in a Kindle edition ($7.99). Also highly recommended are the graphic novel adaptations of the first two Wings of Fire books, "Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy" (9780545942157, $12.99) and "Wings of Fire: The Lost Heir" (9780545942201, $12.99).

Leonardo da Vinci
Tammy L. Enz, author
Dave Shephard, illustrator
B.E.S. Publishing Company
9781438012032, $12.99, PB, 128pp,

Using a graphic novel format, Leonardo da Vinci: A Graphic History of the "Renaissance Man" is a part of the non-fiction biography series 'Great Lives' from the B.E.S. Publishing Company. Children ages 9-12 will discover the ways that imagination, curiosity, and courage made Leonardo into the painter, dreamer, and inventor that the world remembers today. The 'Great Lives' series is specifically intended to help older children learn about some of the most exciting men and women who have ever lived and present it in a way that they'll actually enjoy! Each book follows the lives of scientists, artists, and activists that made enormous contributions to the world. Following these people from their early childhood days right up until their most extraordinary achievements, kids will discover the many incredible ways that they have impacted our world. These books (Albert Einstein; Marie Curie; Martin Luther King Jr.) offer a wonderful way to engage reluctant readers -- and create a lifelong reader instead. Leonardo da Vinci: A Graphic History of the "Renaissance Man" is unreservedly and especially recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library biography collections for young readers.

The Music CD Shelf

Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories
Various Artists
$11.99 CD / $11.49 MP3

Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories is a tribute album in which a variety of different artists honor the legacy of Fred Rogers, known for hosting the educational children's television show "Mister Rogers", by performing classic songs from the show as well as little-known treasures from Rogers' repertoire of 200-plus music pieces. A trip down memory lane for adults, and a delightful music fest for children, Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories is highly recommended. The tracks are "Won't You Be My Neighbor", "You Can Never Go Down the Drain", "Sometimes People Are Good", "Perfectly Beautiful Day", "Many Ways to Say I Love You", "Some Things I Don't Understand", "This Is My Home", "Let's Be Together Today", "Please Don't Think It's Funny", "It's Such a Good Feeling", "When the Day Turns into Night", "Podemos ser Amigos?", and "Thank You for Being You". 45 min.

Best Friends
Kid Pan Alley
Kid Pan Alley Records
$14.98 CD / $9.49 MP3

Best Friends is a music CD created to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Kid Pan Alley. The songs are co-written by students in ten different schools, and feature a broad assortment of guest vocals. Eclectic and delightful, Best Friends is a joy to experience and share, highly recommended especially for both public and school library children's music collections. The tracks are "Life is Good", "School's Out!", "Best Friends", "Quit This Job", "I've Got An Apple Pie In My Book Bag", "A Happy, Happy Birthday Song", "I Forgot To Charge My Phone Today", "Sister for Sale", "My Shadow Leads A Double Life", "Santa's On Vacation", "Who Decided", and "La Vida Es Bella".

Sharon & Bram and Friends
Casablanca Kids Inc.
$8.99 digital

Sharon & Bram and Friends is a family-friendly album of select, popular singles by award- winning children's musicians Sharon Hampson and Bram Morrison. Also included are the brand new song "Old Coat" and the debut release of a sing-along version of "The Colour Song". An upbeat, delightful children's album with an emphasis on participation, Sharon & Bram and Friends is highly recommended. The tracks are "Everybody Talks", "The Colour Song (ft. Colin Mochrie)", "Old Coat", "The Drum Song", "The Hug Song", "Different", "Sharon & Bram's Color Song", "Talk About Peace (ft. Jim Cuddy)", and "Skinnamarinky Two". 31 min.

Seeing Life in 2020
Michael & The Rockness Monsters
Privately Published
$7.00 CD / $8.99 MP3

Seeing Life in 2020 is a family-friendly music album that explores music from the past century, with a different song selected to represent each decade. The title track "Seeing Life in 2020" is the album's one original track; each of the others is a specially selected classic. Parents, children, and listeners of all ages will enjoy Seeing Life in 2020, especially as a rousing way to welcome the new year! The tracks are "Seeing Life in 2020", "Side by Side (Feat. Lucy Kalantari)", "You Are My Sunshine", "Mairzy Doats", "Choo 'n Gum", "All Together Now", "Yes We Can Can", "Jump", "You've Got A Friend in Me", "Move Your Feet / D.A.N.C.E. / It's a Sunshine Day", and "A Life That's Good".

The Fantasy/SciFi Shelf

The Princess Who Flew with Dragons
Stephanie Burgis
Bloomsbury Children's Books
175 Fifth Avenue, 8th floor, New York, NY 10010-7728
9781547602070 $16.99 hc
9781547605613 $11.89 ebook

The Princess Who Flew with Dragons is a charming fantasy novel for young adults about a young princess on a quest to save her kingdom. Twelve-year-old Princess Sofia of Drachenburg has little patience for her older sister's political machinations, and dubious about her mission to behave diplomatically in the far-away land of Villene. When an accident results in her exile from Villene, she has the opportunity to meet her dragon pen-pal Jasper for the first time - and then Jasper's sister works magic to turn him into a human boy! Matters take a turn for the dangerous when fearsome ice giants attack; can they find a way to save their families and their homelands from being eternally frozen? The Princess Who Flew with Dragons is a joy for young readers, featuring a plucky and resourceful heroine. Also highly recommended are the previous two novels set in the same world, "The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart" and "The Girl with the Dragon Heart".

Explorer Academy: The Double Helix
Trudi Trueit
Under the Stars
c/o National Geographic Press
101 West 104th Street, Suite 8, New York, NY 10025
9781426334580, $16.99, HC, 216pp,

A mysterious person alerts Cruz to impending danger while he and a few trusted pals explore ancient ruins in Petra, Jordan, and search for another piece of the puzzle his mother left behind. Worst of all, now his father has gone missing, which prompts Aunt Marisol, his number one protector, to leave the ship in search of him. Who is the new professor who takes her place? How does the new technology he introduces help or hurt Cruz's quest? Why is Nebula determined to stop Cruz before he turns 13? The clock is ticking as his first teen birthday draws near -- a milestone that will change his life forever, one way or another. The adventure continues for Cruz, Emmett, Sailor, and Bryndis as they continue their studies at sea and travel to exotic locations around the world in "Explorer Academy: The Double Helix" by Trudi Trueit. A thoroughly reader engaging and entertaining read from first page to last, "Explorer Academy: The Double Helix" is unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Science Fiction collections for young readers ages 8-12. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Explorer Academy: The Double Helix" is also available in a paperback edition (9781426338274, $9.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Code of Rainbow: Soaring Flame and the Dragon-Transcending Magimal
Weiqi Wang, author
Bonnie Karrin, editor
4900 LaCross Rd., North Charleston, SC 29406
9781726214803, $10.99, PB, 275pp,

Soarame has a pair of special eyes. He can see magic elements in this world, which are supposed to be invisible. This enviable gift of his could reveal the truth of the world, but it also put him in danger. Many animals in this world possess magic power, so they are called "magimals" -- dragons are an example. Soarame fortunately got a baby magimal as his best friend, but they got into troubles together -- troubles that were a lot bigger than dragons. Could they survive? An impressively original and thoroughly entertaining read from cover to cover, "Code of Rainbow: Soaring Flame and the Dragon-Transcending Magimal", the first of a trilogy, showcases author Weiqi Wang's natural flair for a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style. While unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Fantasy Fiction collections, it should be noted for the personal reading lists of fantasy fans ages 8-11 that "Code of Rainbow: Soaring Flame and the Dragon-Transcending Magimal" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $0.99). Also very highly recommended are the other two volumes in this simply outstanding trilogy, "Code of Rainbow: Ancient Barons and the Returned Assassin" (9781986623780, $12.99 PB, $2.99 Kindle) and "Code of Rainbow: Legends of Azure and the Masked Planet" (9781075509322, $14.99 PB, $0.99).

The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted
Conor Grennan
Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400215348, $16.99, PB, 368pp,

Jack Carlson is dreading a class presentation when he suddenly finds himself transported to the Hadley Academy, a secret institution that tracks teens with unlikely gifts and trains them to protect the world from an unseen squad of killers. But Jack isn't the only one who doesn't know what he's doing at Hadley. Despite indications that he is the one prophesied to end the ancient Reaper War, Jack appears to have no extraordinary abilities. So when dark, mysterious forces grow, Hadley is in a confused panic. Much to everyone's dismay, humanity seems to depend on Jack and his new teammates. Can Hadley's rawest recruits push past personal struggles and enormous doubts, develop their dormant powers, and stop the spreading evil? And are they willing to commit to Hadley's motto, "One Life for Many," and make the ultimate sacrifice? The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted might be just the place for Jack after all. For ages 10 and up, "The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted" is dystopian fantasy novel follows a boy's unlikely journey to save humanity as he unravels his true identity and the responsibility it comes with. While especially recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Science Fiction & Fantasy collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Hadley Academy for the Improbably Gifted" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781974980611, $22.99, CD).

The Mythology Shelf

Steve Kershaw, author
Victoria Topping, illustrator
Wide Eyed Editions
c/o Quarto Knows
9781786031938 $30.00 hc / $20.73 Kindle

Mythologica is a hardcover book for young adults that displays gods, monsters, and legendary mortals from ancient Greek mythology. Each two-page spread is devoted to a different deity or creature of fable, illustrated with striking, stylized artwork and elucidated with a brief summary of associated major myths or stories. Captivating and educational, Mythologica is a welcome addition to public and school library children's collections.

The Pets/Wildlife Shelf

Even More Lesser Spotted Animals
Martin Brown
Scholastic, Inc.
9781338349610, $18.99

Even More Lesser Spotted Animals: More Brilliant Beasts You Never Knew You Needed to Know About documents rarely spotted creatures in the animal kingdom that pair animal facts with fun jokes for hilarious results. Good reading skills and an interest in natural history will end to young reader enjoyment of this survey of dingiso kangaroos from New Guinea, a South American Tamandua termite destroyer, California's Giant Kangaroo Rat, and more. The comedy paired with fun drawings and colorful maps, along with puns and jokes, make for a fun survey that even adults will find appealing.

Amazing, Misunderstood Bats
Marta Magellan
Eifrig Publishing
PO Box 66, Lemont, PA 16851
9781632332110, $9.99, PB, 32ppm

You wouldn't want to live in a world without bats. They pollinate plants, help forests grow, eat millions of bugs, and more. Yet, bats are so misunderstood. When people think of bats, they often think of Halloween or vampires. Look inside Marta Magellan's "Amazing, Misunderstood Bats" to read the truth about bats and see some close-up photos of this truly amazing animal. A thoroughly 'kid friendly' compendium of information about bats, "Amazing, Misunderstood Bats" also features a glossary, a list of selected references, and an index. While very highly recommended for the personal reading lists, it should be noted for elementary school and community library Pets & Wildlife collections that "Amazing, Misunderstood Bats" is also available from Eifrig Publishing in a hardcover edition ($14.99) and in a digital book format ($3.99 Kindle).

The Baby Otter Rescue
Michelle Sloan
c/o Floris Books
9781782505921, $6.95, PB, 104pp,

If there's a wild animal in trouble, the Animal Adventure Club are here to help! Isla, Buzz, Gracie and Lexi love helping the rangers at their local nature reserve -- and they love animals! So when they find a baby otter that's been flooded out of his riverside home, they spring into action to look for his mom. But there's a surprise waiting for them! Part of the Animal Adventure Club series for young readers ages 7-9, "The Baby Otter Rescue" is a heart-warming adventure story about friendship and nature is perfect for all animal-loving children who enjoy "The Critter's Club" and "Magic Animal Rescue" books. The latest book in this exciting new series for young environmentalists follows the adventures of the Animal Adventure Club as they care for wild animals in Scotland, and learn about themselves along the way. While very highly recommended for elementary school and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Baby Otter Rescue" is also available in a digital book format ($4.99).

The Wandering Wildebeest
Martin Coleman, author
Tim Slater, illustrator
Hubble & Hattie Kids
c/o Veloce Publishing, Ltd.
9781787113862, $9.99, PB, 32pp,

"The Wandering Wildebeest" is a wonderful comic rendering of the adventure of migration undertaken by the wildebeest in Africa in search of water and fresh grazing. Written in witty verse and illustrated in an eye-catching comic style, "The Wandering Wildebeest" tracks the annual migration pattern of the hungry and thirsty wildebeest of Africa. Just when the wildebeest herd can't push much farther, they come upon: "A grazing herd of buffalo !" But then the wildebeest must cross a raging river full of hungry crocodiles to get to the tempting fresh grazing on the other side. Then an unlikely buffalo calf plays the part of a hero to the thirsty, hungry wildebeest: "A buffalo, who's six that day, excitedly steps up to say... "Yoo hoo! Hello all you crocs! Look at my new birthday socks!" The buffalo calf distracted all the hungry crocodiles with his fancy footed socks, and meanwhile all the wildebeest were able to cross the raging river on the backs and heads of crocodiles like stepping stones! The migratory tale ends with an upbeat note: "So, for thankful wildebeest, tummy size has now increased! But they'll keep wandering, I fear, ... and do it all again next year." Written for young readers age 3-8 years, "The Wandering Wildebeest" is an upbeat, funny verse story about a brave buffalo calf's unexpected rescue of an entire herd of migrating wildebeest.

A Home for Sally
Stenetta Anthony, author/illustrator
Covenant Books, Inc.
9781640037267, $12.95 PB, $9.99, 30pp,

"A Home for Sally" is a moving story about a young poodle who longs to be adopted into a forever home despite her birth defect of having no front left paw. This heartwarming story teaches many valuable lessons in compassion to all its readers. Filled with warm colored illustrations and a sensitive, descriptive narrative, "A Home for Sally" takes young readers on the agonizing quest for a forever home of a young 9 month old puppy who cannot help her handicap of being born without a front left paw. Sally watches at the Lovin Care Kennel as all her siblings are adopted into forever homes. Finally one day a little boy came to the pet shelter and chose Sally to be his puppy. His parents inquired about Sally's missing paw and were reassured that Sally was born with the paw missing, had all her vaccinations, passed all her obedience classes, and was very good with children. Sally was overjoyed to hear the boy's parents agree to her adoption. Sally had a forever home at last! "A Home for Sally" is completed by a mini dictionary of terms, plus a list of pet adoption resources. "A Home for Sally" is an excellent book for children age 4 and up, teaching compassionate, humane values for both animals and human beings.

The American History Shelf

Gettysburg Kids Who Did the Impossible
Gregory Christianson, author
Tom Rooney and Dale Gallon, artists
Tom Rutherford and Gerald Christianson, contributors
Savas Beatie
989 Governor Drive, Ste. 102, El Dorado Hills, CA 95672
9781611213997, $19.95 PB, $11.97 Kindle, 143pp,

"Gettysburg Kids Who Did the Impossible" traces the historic background of the Civil War battle of Gettysburg for the author's two children, Jaden and Liam. In addition to color and black and white to sepia photographs of historic moments of July, 1863 at Gettysburg, "Gettysburg Kids Who Did the Impossible" features mini profiles of real kids who witnessed and participated in the events of the Battle of Gettysburg and thereafter. Much historic content is conveyed through photographs and artistic renderings, plus compassionate portraits of real people on both sides of the Civil War. Many actual stories of events in the surrounding area of Gettysburg, PA during the year of 1864 are traced and presented as a multi-viewpoint outlook on the entire panorama. The inspiring introduction to the book covers its content and goals: "Gettysburg Kids Who Did the Impossible!" tells the exciting stories of ordinary kids caught in an extraordinary situation - the Battle of Gettysburg, 1863. But they are up to the challenge and perform heroically..." This amazing collection of anecdotes and events surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg is completed by suggested reading for young adults, and adults, plus an invitation to participate in the Living Legacy Tree Planting Project, which enables individuals or groups to honor fallen soldiers by having a tree planted in their memory. Each tree is geotagged and loaded onto a website where you can access pictures and other information about each fallen soldier.

The World History Shelf

Suffragette: The Battle for Equality
David Roberts
Walker Books
c/o Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
9781536208412, $25.00, HC, 128pp,

Imprisonment, hunger strikes, and suffering were all part of the decades-long fight for women's right to vote -- which was at times a ferocious one! In "Suffragette: The Battle for Equality" artist David Roberts gives these important, socially transformative times their due in a colorfully illustrated history that includes many of the important faces of the movement in portraiture and scenes that both dignify and enliven. "Suffragette: The Battle for Equality" follows the trajectory of the movement in the U.K. and the United States, and visits some key figures and moments as it presents the stories of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, Emmeline Pankhurst, Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, and many more heroic women and men. "Suffragettte: The Battle for Equality" is an especially informative addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers ages 7-10, highly recommended. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Suffragette: The Battle for Equality" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $23.75).

The Picturebook Shelf

Mother Goose Of Pudding Lane
Chris Raschka, author
Vladimir Radunsky, illustrator
Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
9780763675233, $17.99, HC, 48pp,

Children love to hear Mother Goose rhymes and riddles. But they probably don't know that there was a real Mother Goose who lived in Boston more than three hundred years ago. In 1692, Elizabeth Foster married a widower with ten children. His name was Isaac Goose, and after they married, Elizabeth became Mother Goose. She and Isaac had four more children together, and to help her care for such a big and boisterous family, Mother Goose sang songs and lullabies and made up rhymes and poems. Her nursery rhymes and stories were published at a print shop on Pudding Lane in Boston -- though no copies of her book exist today. "Mother Goose Of Pudding Lane" features some of Mother Goose's best-loved works as illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky's bright and humorous artwork and author Chris Raschka's rhyming poems telling the little-known story of the Goose children, Isaac, and Elizabeth herself! Unique and entertaining, "Mother Goose of Pudding Lane" is an especially recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8.

Have You Seen Mr. Robinson?
Arwen Huang
Starfish Bay Publishing
c/o Independent Publishers Group
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781760360818, $15.95, HC, 40pp,

A little girl named Anna is a shy bibliophile whose only friends are the characters in her books, but when Grandpa suggests she go outside to play, Anna has trouble talking to the other children. That is until she meets a boy who wants to find a cat named Mr. Robinson. A sweet and entertaining story about a friendship between two reserved children, "Have You Seen Mr. Robinson?" is an especially recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 5-7.

Super Socks
Connie Bowman, author
Kelly O'Neill, illustrator
Brandylane Publishers
5 South First Street, Richmond, VA 23219
9781947860735, $22.95, HC, 34pp,

Molly's little sister, Katie, was born with Down syndrome, but that's never stopped her from doing anything! She helps with chores, makes new friends, and every morning without fail, she helps Molly pick out the wackiest, mis-matchiest socks she can find to wear to school. In "Super Socks", children ages 5-7 can join Molly and Katie on a journey of kindness, acceptance, and finding the courage to be different, no matter what! Deftly written by Connie Bowman and charmingly illustrated by Kelly O'Neill, and also available in a paperback edition (9781947860742, $14.95), "Super Socks" is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet
Jon Scieszka, author
Steven Weinberg, illustrator
Chronicle Books
680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
9781452171197, $14.99, HC, 220pp,

AstroWolf, LaserShark, SmartHawk, and StinkBug are animals that have been hybridized to find other planets for humans to live on once we've ruined Earth. So off they rocket to the Plant Planet! Will that planet support human life? Or do Plant Planet's inhabitants have a more sinister plan? Author Jon Scieszka's "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" is laugh-out-loud tale packed with science, adventure, and a whole lot of fun for young readers ages 9-12. An outer space adventure that allows kids to learn about our planet and environment while laughing and having fun, "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" features full-color illustrations by Steven Weingber throughout as well as a spectacular gatefold. Of special note are the how-to-draw pages are included in the back to help further engage young readers and inspire their creativity. "AstroNuts Mission One: The Plant Planet" is especially recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.

Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than-Bigmouth Bass
Mary Ann Fraser
Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472
9781623540982, $16.99, HC, 32pp,

On one side of a frozen lake, Odie imagines all the fish he'll catch today. On the other side of the lake, Milton is doubtful he'll catch anything at all. As each otter imagines what lurks (or doesn't lurk!) under the ice, opposites attract, attitudes change, and a friendship of opposites is formed in "Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than-Bigmouth Bass" by author and illustrator Mary Ann Fraser. While especially and unreserved recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Milton & Odie and the Bigger-than-Bigmouth Bass" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Cleopatra Bones and the Golden Chimpanzee
Jonathan Emmett, author
Ed Eaves, illustrator
Kane Miller
c/o EDC Publishing
4901 Morena Blvd, Suite 213, San Diego, CA 92117
9781610678025, $7.99, PB, 32pp,

Explorer Cleopatra Bones has found a treasure map leading to the precious golden chimpanzee statue. Now the race is on to see which fast and furry explorer (and in what kind of weird and wacky vehicle) will get there first! A wonderfully entertaining and original picture book for children ages 3-7, and a part of author Jonathan Emmett and illustrator Ed Eaves' 'Fast and Furry Racers' series, "Cleopatra Bones and the Golden Chimpanzee" will prove to be an impressively popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

The Gift of Time
Jean Tolfa Hansen, author
Jill Tolfa, illustrator
Dog Ear Publishing
8888 Keystone Crossing, Suite 1300, Indianapolis, IN 46240
9781457570346, $19.95, HC, 34pp,

Buttercup is a quirky caterpillar that is in no hurry to become a butterfly. Her wish for time to learn, to discover, and to play is granted by star fairies who love her earnest heart. Buttercup chooses a path of discovery that is different from the other caterpillars. With love and guidance from the star fairies, Buttercup transforms into a beautiful butterfly and joins her friends. A thoroughly charming, refreshingly original, delightfully entertaining picture book story for children ages 4-7 by author Jean Tolfa Hansen and illustrator Jill Tolfa, "The Gift of Time" will prove to be an enduringly prized addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Gift of Time" is also available in a paperback edition (9781457570209, $12.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Dinopotamus Goes to School
Lois Wickstrom, author/illustrator
Look Under Rocks
9780916176372 $12.00 pbk / $2.99 Kindle

"Dinopotamus Goes to School" is the whimsical story of a special dinosaur who liked playing with kids and decides to go to school with them to learn. Filled with sweet, detailed crayon drawings of a fantastic orange dinopotamus and school playmates of all kinds, "Dinopotamus Goes to School" presents a humorous slant on routine learning activities at school for students, especially underlined by the calm attitude of the teacher, who accepts her new, large, orange student without a beat of hesitation. When the children learn to count their toes, Dinopotamus counts his, coming up with three instead of ten. did someone make a mistake? The teacher reassured everyone, "You counted perfectly." This attitude of calm acceptance pervades the pages of "Dinopotamus Goes to School," conveying an underlying value that learning is for all, even a huge orange dinopotamus who cannot talk, but roars instead. Kids of all ages will enjoy reading "Dinopotamus Goes to School."

Dash and Victoria Find True Love
Vicki Tashman, author
Wendy All, illustrator
Historical Tails
9780997209433, $6.99, PB, 48pp,

"Dash and Victoria Find True Love" tells the story of Dash, Queen Victoria's dog who feels cast aside when Prince Albert comes to the palace but learns that his heart is bigger than he thought. Dash needs to learn a lesson in love! This illustrated beginning reader for ages 4-8 is a charming story that brings warmth to common fears and jealousies through the historical story of a beloved queen and her cherished dog. A thoroughly entertaining picture book story with an important underlying message about affectionate relationships between pets and their owners, "Dash and Victoria Find True Love" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

By the Light of the Moon
Frann Preston-Gannon, author/illustrator
Templar Books
c/o Candlewick Press
99 Dover Street, Somerville, MA 02144
9781536208108, $16.99, HC, 40pp,

A little frog is singing to himself in the swamp one night. His song doesn't seem complete, so he invites other animals to join in. Nothing sounds right until they are joined by the littlest voice in the swamp -- that of a tiny firefly. "By the Light of the Moon" is a wonderfully illustrated picture book by U.K. author and artist Frann Preston-Gannon carries the important message that small voices need to be heard, too! Wonderfully original and entertaining, "By the Light of the Moon" is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 3-7. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "By the Light of the Moon" is also available in a paperback edition (9781787413863, $10.99) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $7.99).

Slap Happy Jack
Dorrance Publishing Company
585 Alpha Drive, Suite 103, Pittsburgh, PA 15238
9781480960374, $24.00, HC, 32pp,

"Slap Happy Jack" is an original and thoroughly entertaining picture book by author and illustrator Mickijo that tells the tale of a young boy named Jack and his best friend, Smack (who is a rabbit of unusually large proportions) as they travel around the Old West growing famous for their slap jack skills and generosity with their winnings. "Slap Happy Jack" charmingly captures the author's memories of her grandparents telling stories of "the old days" and is especially recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections for children ages 5-10. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Slap Happy Jack" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

Had a Little Rooster
John M. Feierabend, adaptor
Jaime-Lynn Morrow, illustrator
GIA Publications, Inc.
7404 South Mason Avenue, Chicago, IL 60638
9781622773596, $16.95, HC, 32pp,

"Had a Little Rooster" is the latest lavishly illustrated children's song tale picture book from GIA Publications, Inc. A cumulative song that has been shared for more than 100 years, each verse of "Had a Little Rooster" introduces a new character and a new sound that must be added to the previous verse. Cumulative songs are tons of fun for kids, challenging singers to use more and more breath and to remember an ever-increasing cast of characters and sounds. The song can be downloaded with a code included in the book. "Had a Little Rooster" is the collaborative effort John M. Feierabend (Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Music Education Division of The Hartt School of the University of Hartford) and Jaime-Lynn Morrow (who has illustrated a whimsical barnyard soiree in mixed media inks that embodies her style and artistic approach). While a unique and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections for children ages 3-5, it should be noted that "Had a Little Rooster" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $15.99).

The Lost Homework
Richard O'Neill, author
Kirsti Beautyman, illustrator
Child's Play
250 Minot Avenue, Auburn, ME 04210
9781786283467, $16.99, HC, 32pp,

"The Lost Homework" by author Richard O'Neill and illustrator Kirsti Beautyman is the picture book story of Sonny, a young boy who devotes his weekend to helping his neighbors and fellow Travellers with a variety of tasks. Sonny uses many skills, from calculating the amount of fuel needed for a journey, to restoring a caravan. In fact, the only thing he doesn't do over the weekend is his homework because his workbook is missing! What will his teacher say? With its underlying message that many skills learned at home are as important as those learned at school, "The Lost Homework" is an especially recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Lost Homework" is also available in a paperback edition (9781786283450, $7.99).

Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party
Kimberly Dean, author
James Dean, author/illustrator
HarperCollins Children's Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
9780062404374, $17.99, HC, 40pp,

It's a party, a party, a perfect pizza party! -- That's what Pete thinks as he piles the pie high with his favorite topping - pepperoni. But then his friends come over and add their own toppings to the pizza. Will Pete's perfect pizza be ruined? There's only one way to find out! "Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party" is picture book for children ages 4-8 that is full of fun alliterations and tasty foods by the team Kimberly and James Dean as Pete, the gang, and young readers learn that the best kind of pizza is one you share with your friends! While unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Only You Can Be You!
Nathan and Sally Clarkson, authors
Tim Warnes, illustrator
Tommy Nelson
c/o Thomas Nelson Publishers
PO Box 141000, Nashville, TN 37214
9781400211432, $16.99 HC, $9.99 Kindle, 32pp
9781400211449, $12.99 Board Book, 20pp,

"Only You Can Be You!: What Makes You Different Makes You Great" is a story that promotes celebration of differences. Written in amusing, intriguing rhyme and filled with appealing, comic and whimsical color illustrations, "Only You Can Be You!" encourages children to find and celebrate every unique characteristic that they have, and to accept and appreciate all such differences in others. a fast paced tour through many individual differences creates a cavalcade of images: "Maybe you're Fast and can win every race, Or maybe you're measured and keep a sate pace. maybe you're handy - with tools you're a pro! or maybe you plant seeds to help gardens grow. Maybe you're dark or maybe you're light. Maybe you're Big, or maybe you're slight. Each person's unique. Only you can be you! You're perfectly different - no other will do. Everyone's different, and that's okay. The Maker of everything made us that way." "Only You Can Be You!" is an experience in reading that teaches children to treasure their unique differences, and to celebrate diversity in others. it is destined to become a children's classic.

Boomer At Your Service
Vanessa Keel, author
Adriana Hernandez Bergstrom, illustrator
9781950169207, $16.99, HC, 32pp,

When disaster strikes at Boomer's Service Dog Graduation Day, he sets off to find a family on his own. Catastrophe after calamity leave him feeling hopeless until a furry feline changes his fate forever. Boomer discovers friendship, his happily-ever-after home, and his special purpose in life -- but it's not what you think! With its underlying message that all dogs deserve a home, "Boomer At Your Services" is a heart-warming and humorous picture book for children ages 5-8 that follows a dog on his dream of finding a family to serve -- and is unreservedly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections.

Ariba: An Old Tale About New Shoes
Masha Manapov
Enchanted Lion Books
67 West Street, Studio 317A, Brooklyn, New York, NY 11222
9781592703005, $17.95, HC, 40pp,

Marcus' joy over his new pair of shoes reminds his grandfather of an old story about a boy named Ariba who has the most unusual relationship with an extraordinary pair of shoes. Because no matter how many times Ariba tries to get rid of his shoes, they always seem to find their way back to him. After all, why would shoes caked, baked and layered with stories ever want to find a new owner? For in life, just as we claim a few precious things as our own, there are also those rare things that claim us. A delightfully original, entertaining and elegantly illustrated picture book for children ages 6-10, "Ariba: An Old Tale About New Shoes" is unreservedly recommended for elementary school and community library collections.

Riker's Taxi Trouble
Tracy Sides, author
Kevin Cannon, illustrator
Beaver's Pond Press
9781643439532, $17.95, HC, 32pp,

It is a day like any other in sunny Oak Grove -- until Riker the poodle comes squealing around the corner in his bright yellow taxi! Mr. Mouse, Mrs. Dragonfly, Professor Squirrel, and even Riker's very best friend witness the terrible taxi trouble he's causing, but what can they do? Leave it to Riker to offer up a playful and imaginative solution! The collaborative work of author Tracy Sides and illustrator Kevin Cannon, "Riker's Taxi Trouble" is a wonderfully entertaining and original picture book story for children ages 5-6, making it especially appropriate and recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections.

Spencer's New Pet
Jessie Sima
Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 4th floor, New York, NY 10020
9781534418776, $17.99, HC, 56pp,

When Spencer gets a new pet, he's excited to do all the things that pets do -- taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There's just one hitch: Spencer's new pet is a balloon. And that means No. Sharp. Objects. Also, no drooling dogs at the park, no prickly porcupines at the vet, and absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys! "Spencer's New Pet" is an utterly charming, whimsical and original picture story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life's sharpest and most unexpected twists! While especially recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 4-8, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Spencer's New Pet" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $10.99).

Ellie Marches On
Audra Notgrass
Storybook Genius Publishing
9781949522457, $29.95, HC, 24pp,

Ellie is a normal little kid. She goes to school, plays games, and has a very best friend. Ellie's friend is Nafia, a new immigrant who is bullied at school because she is different. Ellie learns the importance of friendship and activism when she and her new best friend participate in a march that highlights inclusion, diversity and love. With its underlying message promoting tolerance and inclusion, "Ellie Marches On" is a charmingly entertaining and original story that is unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for children ages 5-7. It should be noted for personal reading lists is that "Ellie Marches On" is also available in a paperback edition (9781949522440, $10.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).

Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round
Rosanna Battigelli, author
Tara Anderson, illustrator
Pajama Press
9781772780925, $17.95, HC, 24pp,

What could be better than an autumn trip to the pumpkin patch with a cast of cat characters ready to celebrate Halloween? In bouncy rhyme, the folksy felines choose their pumpkins, wheel them home, and work together through all the steps of carving a jack-o-lantern. With the lanterns' spooky and cheerful faces shining bright, now is the time to dress up and head out for trick-or-treating. The collaborative work of author Rosanna Battigelli and illustrator Tara Anderson, "Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round" will prove to be a unique and appreciated addition to the Halloween reading lists of children ages 3-6 -- as well as an enduringly popular inclusion into family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections.

Henry's Mysterious Voice
Nancy L. Hurley, author
Kathleen Warno, illustrator
WestBow Press
c/o Thomas Nelson & Zondervan
1663 Liberty Drive, Bloomington, IN 47403
9781973660019, $23.95, PB, 54pp, Ages 6-8,

"Henry's Mysterious Voice" is the story of an amazing, imaginative encounter between a cuddly brown mouse named Henry and a mysterious Voice who offered him guidance and protection in his adventure to go outside his home to explore the world. pages describe Henry's wonderful experiences in exploration of the world outside his family home. He grows closer to the mysterious Voice he hears as he finds more bountiful experiences and adventures in the outside world. Finally after many days of exciting encounters and adventures, Henry decides it is time to return to his home. With the help of the Voice, he is able to find a way back into his house, where he can sleep and rest in his own little mouse bed and listen to his family's evening stories around the dinner table each night. Henry is curious about the identity of the mysterious Voice, who helped him to find safety and joy in the outside world. Henry listened to the Voice: "You are the Lord's wonderful, cuddly little brown mouse. He wants you to know that you can call on me anytime you need help and I will be here for you. You will hear my Voice in your heart. I will always be with you just as He is. Now, my little friend sleep well and be the best you can be knowing you are safe and loved. We love you. Good night, little one. Remember - I am here for you." Sometime the most precious and holy experiences might be best viewed through a tiny perspective for fresh insight. "Henry's Mysterious Voice" promises such insights to young readers and their loving caretakers.

The Wall
Giancarlo Macri and Carolina Zanotti
Fox Chapel Publishing
9781641240383, $16.99

The Wall: A Timeless Tale provides a 40-page picture book easy reader on the topic of walls and presents the story of what happens when a wall separates a kingdom that has one been prosperous. Its king realizes that many people in his kingdom look different, so he banishes them, only to find that his once-blossoming kingdom is lonely and dull without its variety. These two Italian authors provide a powerful message about diversity which pairs well with bright, colorful drawings by Mauro Sacco and Elisa Vallarino Zanotti, making for an appealing story that deserves read-aloud and discussion between adults and kids.

Thank You!
Charo Pita
9780802855244, $16.99

Thank You! receives realistic, fun drawings by Anuska Allepuz and will reach young readers with good reading skills as it follows a conversation between Isabella and her grandmother, who seems to know almost everything about the world. When Isabella begins venturing into territory her grandmother doesn't know, her grandmother must confess she doesn't know all the answers. But, she does know what to do about all these mysteries! A fun story of a grandmother's love and a granddaughter's journey of discovery will prove particularly inviting for parent/child read-alouds.

Bad Day
Ruby Roth
North Atlantic Books
9781623173517, $16.95

Bad Day focuses on meltdowns and tantrums as it presents the feelings of Hennie, who faces all kinds of problems that lead him to sulk, fume, and feel rage. Kids ages 3-7 will readily relate to Hennie's determination to disappear from a world he doesn't understand, and from feelings he can't seem to comprehend or control. Parents will find Bad Day an exceptionally pointed yet simple story of how one child confronts his bad day and attitude towards life. It encourages kids to recognize and take ownership of their feelings, and to understand them in new ways.

Little Smoky
Robert Neubecker
Random House/Knopf
9781984851048, $17.99

Little Smoky tells of a brave firefighting airplane who hasn't quite figured out her place in fighting a blaze that is approached in different ways by other planes. She wants to help, but the bigger, more experienced planes seem to be in control, until one day she is called upon to display skills and courage that none of them can match. An engrossing story of a new little plane who must earn her name emerges to delight kids who enjoy stories about vehicles and courage.

Sergeant Billy
Mireille Messier
9780735264427, $17.99

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War features fun drawings by Kass Reich to accompany the story of a goat who journeyed from a small prairie town to World War I and back. Ages 4-8 will appreciate the blend of fictional drama and nonfiction reality that helps the book read like a fun tale while maintaining the true facts about the goat's journey into war. Good reading skills will enhance this fun experience and survey.

Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays
Jon Stahl
Scholastic Press
9781338125511, $17.99

Dragons Eat Noodles on Tuesdays receives bright, zany drawings by Tadgh Bentley which powers an equally fun tale about a blue monster who wants to tell a story about a kid who is eaten by a dragon. His yellow monster friend maintains that this is not a good idea and that the story should be told differently, but his blue buddy thinks that "nice is boring" and that the story should have more angst. Who is right? There are many possible sides to the potentially controversial tale in this fun account of monsters who refine their perceptions based on a dragon's input.

The Easy Reader Shelf

Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds
Studio Fun International Editorial Staff
SFI Readerlink Dist.
9780794444341, $12.99, HC, 192pp,

"Disney Stories for 2-Year-Olds" includes fourteen stories with short, simplified text and bright illustrations, perfect for youngsters to follow along as parents and caregivers introduce them to the adventures of Mickey Mouse and his friends. Whether it's a camping adventure, the story of when Mickey first met Pluto, or a case of missing flowers from Minnie's garden, this collectible makes a perfect gift for anyone turning two! Toddlers can join Mickey, Minnie, and all their friends in this collection of stories just right for 2-year-olds which is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collections.

Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds
Studio Fun International Editorial Staff
SFI Readerlink Dist.
9780794444358, $12.99, HC, 192pp,

From Peter Pan to 101 Dalmatians, three-year-olds will be introduced to wonderful Disney adventures in "Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds". This enjoyably entertaining storybook treasury showcases fourteen classic Disney stories retold and simplified for a younger audience. With the same spirit as the extended versions and paired with colorful illustrations, "Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds" is ideal for parents and caregivers wanting to introduce children to classic Disney adventures. With fourteen stories to choose from, children can be treated to a favorite Disney classic story anytime! "Disney Stories for 3-Year-Olds" is an especially recommended and certain to be an enduringly popular addition to family, daycare center, preschool, kindergarten, and community library collections.

The Board Book Shelf

Love Is Kind
Laura Sassi, author
Lison Chaperon, illustrator
c/o HarperCollins Children's Books
10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022
9780310754848, $9.99, Board Book, 28pp,

"Love Is Kind" is a heartwarming story about Little Owl who hopes to buy his grammy a heart-shaped box of chocolates for her birthday. On his quest for the chocolates, he's thwarted at every turn, but ends up discovering the real meaning of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13. Told in simple prose by author Laura Sassi and charmingly illustrated by Lison Chaperon, this heartfelt and humorous board book for children ages 4-7 is a sweet reminder that real love isn't found in a box - even one filled with chocolates. Very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, Sunday School, and community library board book collections, "Love Is Kind" takes a charming and gentle approach to teaching kids the true meaning of love, while celebrating the bonds that kids have with their grandparents, and the many forms that love and happiness can take.

An ABC of Equality
Chana Ginelle Ewing, author
Paulina Morgan, illustrator
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781786037428, $14.99, Board Book,

A is for Ability, B is for Belief, C is for Class. All people have the right to be treated fairly, no matter who they are, what they look like, or where they come from. An ABC of Equality introduces complicated concepts surrounding social justice to the youngest of children. From A to Z, simple explanations accompanied by engaging artwork teach children about the world we live in and how to navigate our way through it. Each right-hand page includes a brightly decorated letter with the word it stands for and an encouraging slogan. On the left, a colorful illustration and bite-size text sum up the concept. Cheerful people from a range of backgrounds, ethnicities, and abilities lead the way through the alphabet. Especially recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections, "An ABC of Equality" is a very special board book that will help young children how to celebrate their differences, ask more questions, share kindness, and learn to understand the world.

My Turn, Your Turn
Nancy Loewen, author
Hazel Quintanilla, illustrator
Words & Pictures
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780711244443, $12.95, Board Book, 10pp,

Malik and Cora both want to fly the same toy plane. Watch frustration give way to joy as they try the sharing game proposed by their teacher in "My Turn, Your Turn: A Story About Sharing". With simple stories and engaging illustrations, this Bright Start board book opens conversations about emotions and mental well-being, providing the tools and language needed to develop and nurture emotional intelligence in a child ages 5-6. While very highly recommended for family, preschool, elementary school, and community library board book collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "My Turn, Your Turn" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $12.30).

Kane Miller
c/o EDC Publishing
4901 Morena Blvd, Suite 213, San Diego, CA 92117

'Tiny Hands' From Kane Miller is a new four volume series of board books for children ages 1-3. Charmingly written by Annabel Blackledge and colorfully illustrated by Anne Passchier, this colorful and fun series is comprised of See a Rainbow: A Little Book of Colors (9781610678179, $5.99, 12pp); Make a Noise: A Little Book of Sounds (9781610678162, $5.99, 12pp); Count to Five: A Little Book of Numbers (9781610678148, $5.99, 12pp); Jump Around: A Little Book of Movement (9781610678155, $5.99, 12pp). Offering a thoroughly 'kid friendly' approach to developing fine motor skills, engaging with familiar developmental concepts, this simply outstanding series is unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library board book collections.

Charlesbridge Publishing
85 Main Street, Watertown, MA 02472

Two new board books for babies toddlers and preschoolers from Charlesbridge Publishing are certain to appeal parents and caregivers as well. In "Baby Loves the Five Senses: Hearing!" (9781623541026, $8.99, 20pp) explores the science of sound and hearing. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. "Baby Loves the Five Senses: Sight!" (9781623541033, $8.99, 20pp) explores the science of vision, light, and color. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Both of these thoroughly 'kid friendly' board books by the team of author Ruth Spiro and illustrator Irene Chan are very highly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, and community library collections.

The Science Shelf

When We Became Humans
Michael Bright, author
Hannah Bailey, illustrator
Words & Pictures
c/o Quarto Group Children's Books
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9781786038876, $19.95, HC, 64pp,

"When We Became Humans: Our Incredible Evolutionary Journey" is a large-format, highly illustrated picture book guides young readers ages 8-11 through the key aspects of the human story, from the anatomical changes that allowed us to walk upright and increased brain size in our ancestors, to the social, cultural, and economic developments of our more recent cousins and our own species. Along the way, the focus spreads to take a closer look at some of the key species in our history, from the ancient Australopithecus Afarensis, 'Lucy', to our recent cousins the Neanderthals and ourselves, Homo sapiens. Looking beyond the anatomical evolution of humans, "When We Became Humans" explores how our culture and way of living has evolved, from how trails of cowry shells reveal early trade between tribes, to how and why humans first domesticated dogs, horses, and farm animals, and began settling in permanent villages and cities. Through digestible information and absorbing illustration, children will be given an insight into their own origins, and what it really means to be a human being. Impressively illustrated by Hannah Bailey, "When We Became Humans" by author Michael Bright is an extraordinarily informative and unreservedly recommended addition for elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.

Science in a Jar
Julia Carstecki
Quarry Books
c/o Quarto Publishing Group USA
400 First Avenue North, Suite 400, Minneapolis, MN 55401-1722
9780760364789, $17.99, Flexibound, 128pp,

With "Science in a Jar", kids and grown-ups need only gather a jar and a few other inexpensive and readily available household objects to begin investigating and confirming the science at work all around them. The 35+ experiments included cover various scientific disciplines: life science, earth science, physical science, weather, and more. Some activities, like creating a cloud in a jar, are quick experiments that can be performed over and over again. Others, like the earthworm habitat, will be enjoyed over time. "Science in a Jar" also features several projects that help demonstrate how science and art intertwine -- the sometimes overlooked "A" in STEAM! Each experiment is headed by a supplies list and difficulty level, as well as a short description of the project to be undertaken and the scientific principles with which the readers will interact. Directions and photographs guide readers through the scientific method in each experiment, while short features offer multileveled reading opportunities with explanations of terms, interesting quick facts, and brief descriptions of how scientists apply the specific concepts that readers just witnessed in the larger world today. In addition to providing readers with a better understanding of basic scientific concepts, "Science in a Jar" ignites curiosity, increases confidence to investigate scientific concepts, and fosters a love of science. Ideal for a homeschooling curriculum textbook, "Science in a Jar: 35+ Experiments in Biology, Chemistry, Weather, the Environment, and More!" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $17.99) and is unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library DIY science collections for children ages 8-12.

The Acadia Files
Katie Coppens, author
Holly Hatam, illustrator
Tilbury House, Publishers
12 Starr Street, Thomaston, ME 04861
9780884486015, $13.95, HC, 88pp,

Acadia Greene wants answers. Who keeps stealing her blueberries just as they ripen on the bushes? Why is her hair curly? Why does the sun wake her up so early in the summer? Why does the tide submerge her sandcastles? How do rocks become sand? Acadia doesn't set out to do science, but she has these important questions and her scientist parents refuse to simply feed her the answers. "Conduct an experiment," they tell her. "Use the scientific method." So Acadia gathers evidence, makes hypotheses, designs experiments, uses the results to test her hypotheses, and draws conclusions. Acadia does science. "The Acadia Files: Summer Science" is the debut title of a new, original, and entertaining series that will encourage children ages 8-11 learn in a fun and original way. Very highly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library collections, young readers will look eagerly forward to the future Arcadia Files titles for autumn, winter, and spring.

The Environmental Shelf

Go Green!
Liz Gogerly, author
Miguel Sanchez, illustrator
Free Spirit Publishing
6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55427-3674
9781631984303, $18.99, HC, 48pp,

In "Go Green!", three friends set out to learn about how to protect the environment. After a birthday party sparks their awareness of environmental issues such as wasted food, discarded paper and plastic, and the trash that ends up in landfills, they begin seeking ways to better care for the planet. As they talk to adults about these ideas, the children ask questions such as, "What is climate change?" "How can we conserve natural resources?" "What are renewable energy sources?" and "How can we help wildlife?" Together they take action at school, at home, and beyond to reduce, reuse, and recycle, and to educate others about the importance of going green. Colorful art featuring a diverse group of children illustrates "Go Green!" and brings to life a wide range of ideas for protecting the earth. Of special note is how "Go Green!" concludes with an index, a glossary of terms, and a list of resources for further information. Very highly recommended as an addition to family, elementary school, middle school, and community library collections for children ages 8-12, "Go Green!" by author and former teacher Liz Gogerly (who is a writer and an editor of children's information books) and illustrator Miguel Sanchez (who studied fine art in Valencia and uses warm and vibrant use of color), it should be noted for personal reading lists that "Go Green!" is also available in a paperback edition (9781445158501, $16.99).

Sammy Shark's Stomach Ache
Jennifer Storelli, author
Sarah Butkovic, illustrator
Moorefield House Publishing
9781947014060 $9.78 PB, $3.95 Kindle,

"Sammy Shark's Stomach Ache" is an award winning story about the cost of garbage pollution of the oceans in sea dwellers' compromised health. Young children will learn about marine ecological conservation while enjoying the story of Sammy Shark and his stomach ache caused by consuming shiny, nonfood items like a chain, a tin can, and a license plate. Sammy is accompanied by his friends Stanley Shrimp and Stacy Starfish to see Nurse Shark Natalie who diagnosed Sammy's stomach problem as consumption of dangerous human garbage. Then the friends learned more bout how they could protect themselves by not eating nonfood garbage, but also the need for humans to control their pollution of the oceans with dangerous garbage is emphasized. "Sammy Sharks' Stomach Ache" is creatively illustrated with crayon drawings of appealing marine characters, and also displays the Readers' Favorite Five Stars seal, completing its wide appeal for kids age 4 years and up.

The Self-Help Shelf

Angry Like a Monster
Shley Allis, author
Matthew Rapp, illustrator
Moorefield House Publishing
9781947014121 $9.95, PB, 36pp,

"Angry Like a Monster" is an unusual, empowering story that helps kids with anger issues or tantrum behavior to regain and rebuild internal controls over their monster transformation tendencies. Jeffrey sometimes loses his temper and becomes an angry roaring monster when he does not get what he wants. He scares his younger brother Johnny and his schoolmates as well. His mother tells him to go to his room, when Johnny tells her "Mom, the monster is back." The rest of the story is presented as an internal conversation between Jeffrey and his internal monster. Jeffrey concludes that though he'd prefer to think that others made him go into monster mode by frustrating him in some ways, he actually doesn't like it when he transforms into a monster. Instead of being angry like the monster, Jeffrey would rather feel curious like a detective, active like an athlete, goofy like a clown, or smart like an inventor. None of Jeffrey's friends or family like to be around him when he is the monster. So he creates the Monster Destructo Machine 5000, which has a button to press that brings out coping tools that help to get rid of the monster. A diagram of Johnny's invention show the following coping tools; deep breaths, taking space in his room, talking about his feelings, asking for help, drawing, singing, and counting to 10. All of these tools help Jeffrey with his angry feelings, taking from 5 to 20 minutes to work sometimes. Basically, Jeffrey likes using his Monster Destructo Machine 5000 because it helps him transform his angry monster feelings so that, "I don't feel angry like a monster, I FEEL LIKE ME!" "Angry Like a Monster" is a wonderful resource for kids and adults to help kids learn to channel their angry feelings and behaviors into more humane results.

Try: Building Confidence for Children
Joseph S. DiMare, author
John Wilson, illustrator
Schiffer Kids
c/o Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
4880 Lower Valley Road, Atglen, PA 19310
9780764357787, $16.99, HC, 48pp,

The collaborative work of author Joseph S. DiMare and illustrator John Wilson, "Try: Building Confidence for Children" is a fun, uplifting, feel-good picture book read for children ages 5-6 with a positive message about trying new things. From tying a tie to climbing the highest mountain, kids are encouraged to try their best, no matter how big or small their dreams may be. Playful suggestions teach children to believe in themselves and help encourage curiosity without fear of failure. Of special note is that at the end of "Try" are special pages for readers to brainstorm and draw things they'd like to try, as well as what they're proud of having already done. Also included are simple, step-by-step directions for some activities named, such as baking a pie and catching fireflies. Especially recommended for family, elementary school and community library collections, "Try" builds children's confidence, feeds their curiosity, and expands what they imagine they can do! It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Try" is also available in a paperback edition (9780764358814, $9.99).

The Music Shelf

The History of Rock
Rita Nabais, author
Joana Raimundo, illustrator
Triumph Books
814 North Franklin Street, Chicago, IL 60610
9781629377339, $19.95, HC, 112pp,

"The History of Rock: For Big Fans and Little Punks" by rock music researched and professional DJ is a magical mystery tour through popular music history, featuring trailblazing acts from the 1950s to the present. Colorful, stylish illustrations bring to life artists like Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Joan Jett, and Madonna, plus bands such as The Beatles, The Clash, Beastie Boys, and Pearl Jam, all of whom have inspired countless boys and girls to become musicians over the past 70 years. Profusely and colorfully illustrated throughout by Joana Raimundo, "The History of Rock" is especially recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library Music History collections for young readers ages 9-12.

The Dance Shelf

Everybody Can Dance!
Kara Navolio, author
Ruth-Mary Smith, illustrator
Brandylane Publishers, Inc.
5 South First Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219
9781947860391 $13.95

The invigorating, appealing rhythm of the verse narrative of "Everybody Can Dance!" works magic on readers of all ages. Embellished by the whimsically sweet water color illustrations of dancers of all styles, "Everybody Can Dance!" shows convincing evidence that there is a style of dance that is right for anyone, including people in wheelchairs, and even people sick in bed or in a hospital. "You can glide or slide, whither big or small, You can swish or sway, whether short or tall, Shuffle and stomp or shimmy and shake, waltz or hop; you have what it takes, Everybody twist and twirl!" "Everybody Can Dance!" encourages even the shyest, most reluctant dancer to participate. At the end of the verse/song/story of dance is an illustrated index of Styles of Dance, defining American jazz, ballroom, belly dance, bollywood, contemporary, country western, flamenco, hip hop, Irish stepdance, jazz, hula/Polynesian, and tap dance are described and illustrated, and incorporated in the pages of "Everybody can Dance!"

The Multicultural Shelf

Korean Celebrations
Tina Cho, author
Farida Zaman, illustrator
Tuttle Publishing
364 Innovation Drive, North Clarendon, VT 05759-9436
9780804846943, $14.99, HC, 48pp,

Deftly written by Tina Cho and charmingly illustrated by Farida Zaman, "Korean Celebrations: Festivals, Holidays and Traditions" takes young readers ages 8-12 on an exciting exploration of Korea's colorful festivals and family celebrations -- wonderful days that are filled with exciting activities and delicious foods. "Korean Celebrations" allows children to experience Korean culture firsthand by involving them in games, crafts, stories, foods and other activities like the following: Preparing and enjoying delicious Songpyeon - sweet dumplings that everyone loves to eat on Chuseok (Korea's version of Thanksgiving); Folding a paper carnation - a favorite Parent's Day gift!; Making your own board game to play Yut-Nori - a game of luck and strategy that's played during Seollal, Korea's all-important New Year celebrations; Writing simple Korean phrases using the Hangul alphabet, Korea's written language - which is celebrated with its own holiday (Hangul Day)!; Making a paper fan - something kids always like to do when the hot summer holidays roll around!; Making your own Pepero chocolate cookies or pretzel treats - which have their own just-for-fun festival day called Pepero Day. Korean Celebrations allows kids to immerse themselves in the lives of their Korean counterparts with these interactive multicultural activities and will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to elementary school, middle school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "Korean Celebrations" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $11.32).

The Christian Shelf

My Bedtime Bible Prayers
Karoline Pahus Pedersen, author
Gavin Scott, illustrator
Kregel Publications
2450 Oak Industrial Drive, NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505
9780825446337, $10.99, HC, 96pp,

"My Bedtime Bible Prayers" is comprised of 44 prayers, each one of which is based on a Bible verse and Bible story, along with a takeaway question. The whimsical illustrations featured throughout depict both Bible scenes and contemporary life. With this caring guidance, children ages 6-8 will learn to share their hearts and thoughts with God -- while also discovering how much He loves them! Very highly recommended for all children within the Christian community, "My Bedtime Bible Prayers" is specifically and creatively designed to encourage Bible reading and prayer as a natural part of any nighttime routine.

The Islamic Shelf

The Guiding Light
Moulana Nabi R. Mir (Abidi), guiding editor
Kisa Kids Publications
9781683120841, $3.99, HC, 12 pages,

"Discovering Allah" is the first volume from the Guiding Light: Discovering Allah - A Collection of Quranic Verses and Sayings from the 14 Ma'soomeen Series for Muslim children age 8 years and up which is written "to help children learn that Islam is a holistic religion that shows the best way to lead our lives in all different areas including family, nutrition, cleanliness, friendship, and hospitality."

There are simple colored illustrations accompanying each chapter story. Each page begins with one or more saying from the Quran, written first in Arabic and then in English. then there are accompanying stories and explanations or enlightenments. Each verse or saying from the Quran is simply translated and quoted with chapter and verse listed, framed in a delicate dark rectangle with rounded edges. Gentle humor shines through these translations and accompanying stories along with a shining reverence for kindness to others.

An example of the quoted texts form the Duran is: "Be content (with what you have), and you will be at peace." This is accompanied by another quotation: "And Allah knows what you do not know."

There is an explanatory story about a father who visits two daughters who request conflicting prayers from him. The father loves both his daughters, so he prays: "O Allah, we don't know what is best for us, so please do whatever You think is best, because You know everything."

There are five separate lessons, titled as follows: Lesson 1: Begin with Bismillah, Lesson 2: Always Remember Allah, Lesson 3: Ask Allah for Health, Lesson 4: Allah Watches Us, and Lesson 5: Be Happy with Allah's Decisions. At the end of the book is a Quiz Yourself! section which contains six questions related to each chapter and all of the chapters. Kids may send their answers to QUIZZES [at] KISAKIDS [dot] ORG and they can receive a certificate. "Discovering Allah" is an excellent study guide and key to the practice of Islam for children age 8 years and up.

Also highly recommended are the following titles by the same author/editor, Moulana Nazi R. Mir (Abidi), from the Guiding Light Series: "Family in Islam (9781683120919)," "Friendship in Islam (9781683120872)," "Guests in Islam(9781683120889)," "Cleanliness in Islam (9781683120865)," "Knowledge in Islam (9781683120896)," "Nutrition in Islam (9781683120858)," and "Spirituality in Islam (9781683120902)."

Animals in the Quran: Prophet Saleh (A) & the Camel
Moulana Nabi R. Mir (Abidi), guiding editor
Al-Kisa Foundation
Kisa Kids Publications
9781683120735, $3.99, hardback, 12pp,

"Prophet Saleh (A) & the Camel" is volume one of the Animals in the Quran series, 10 volumes for children age 6 years and up which highlight different animals mentioned in the Quran, the Islamic Holy Book. The story begins with a tribe called Thamud who lived and enjoyed many blessings in the land of al-Qurba. Allah send the Thamud a wise prophet named Saleh (a) to help them learn to thank Allah for all their blessings. But many of the Thamud were stubborn and instead of believing th prophet, they clung to their worship of idols.

Prophet Saleh (a) asked the leaders of the Thamud unbelievers to meet with him and pray to have their wishes granted. The Thamud would pray to their idols to grant Saleh (a)'s wish and Saleh (a) would pray to Allah to grant any wish the Thamud wanted. If either wish came true, the parties would agree to worship the granting deities, Allah or the idols. So they met and prayed and Prophet Saleh (a) made his wish which the Thamud expressed to the idols. Nothing happened.

Then Prophet Saleh (a) said "See, your idols did not grant my wish! Now it's your turn. Tell me your wish, and I will ask Allah to grant it." Finally the Thamud leaders decided to ask for Allah to make a large rock into a beautiful she camel, pregnant with a 10 month old calf. They vowed if this happened, they would believe in Allah.

Miraculously, Prophet Saleh (a) prayed to Allah and the wish was granted. But the unbelievers were stubborn, and refused to honor their vow and believe in Allah. Because of their rejection of the miracle, they eventually decided to kill the she-camel, who was beloved of the people who were believers.

Prophet Saleh (a) became very angry and warned the unbelievers they had three days to ask for forgiveness or they would be punished by Allah. Still they refused to believe, even though their faces turned yellow, then red, then black in the three days. They even planned to kill Prophet Saleh (a), but instead, Allah caused a huge storm with black clouds and lightning, which struck the disbelievers and destroyed them. Allah protected Prophet Saleh (a) and his followers.

There are many lessons taught in this story, and four study questions are suggested at the end to parents and guardians for discussion with their children. "Prophet Saleh (a) & the Camel" is highlighted by vivid, cartoon style animated colorful illustrations as well as a quotation from the Quran written first in Arabic, then translated into English. This volume of the Animals in the Quran series is powerful example of the power, justice, and beauty of Allah to all believers.

Other titles in the Animals in the Quran series by the same editor/author that are also highly recommended include: "Prophet Musa (A) & the Sacrifice (9781683120704, $3.99)," "Prophet Ismaeel (A) & the Sheep (9781683120742, $3.99)," "Prophet Musa (A) and the Serpent (9781683120759, $3.99)," "Prophet Sulayman (A) & the Hudhud (9781683120773, $3.99)," "Prophet Musa (A) & the Signs (9781683120780, $3.99)," "Prophet Sulayman (A) & the Ants (9781683120803, $3.99)," "Prophet Ibrabim (A) & the Birds (9781683120797, $3.99)," "Prophet Yunus (A) & the Whale (9781683120810, $3.99)," and "The Elephant Army (9781683120834, $3.99)."

The General Fiction Shelf

The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan
Sherry Thomas
Tu Books
c/o Lee & Low Books
95 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016
9781620148044, $19.95, HC, 352pp,

All her life, Mulan has trained for one purpose: to win the duel that every generation in her family must fight. If she prevails, she can reunite a pair of priceless heirloom swords separated decades earlier, and avenge her father, who was paralyzed in his own duel. Then a messenger from the Emperor arrives, demanding that all families send one soldier to fight the Rouran invaders in the north. Mulan's father cannot go. Her brother is just a child. So she ties up her hair, takes up her sword, and joins the army as a man. Thanks to her martial arts skills, Mulan is chosen for an elite team under the command of the princeling -- the royal duke's son, who is also the handsomest man she's ever seen. But the princeling has secrets of his own, which explode into Mulan's life and shake up everything she knows. As they cross the Great Wall to face the enemy beyond, Mulan and the princeling must find a way to unwind their past, unmask a traitor, and uncover the plans for the Rouran invasion -- before it's too late! An epic adventure set in China, 484 AD, "The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to middle school, high school, and community library YA Fiction collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Magnolia Sword: A Ballad of Mulan" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99).

The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow
Emily Ilett
Floris Books
9781782506072, $9.95, PB, 224pp,

On the morning of Gail's birthday, she watches her shadow slip under the kitchen door. She's not surprised it decided to leave. Her dad has gone for good. Her big sister Kay, once Gail's best friend, has disappeared into sadness -- and now her shadow has left too! Determined to make things right, Gail chases after the shadows. But her adventures take her to unexpected places and Gail discovers that where there are shadows, there's darkness, and she's not the only one looking for something missing. In a world of light and shadow, despair and hope sit side by side. Can Gail recover what the sisters have lost? An entertaining and original novel specifically written for young readers ages 11-13 and showcasing the power of courage and friendship, "The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow" is unreservedly recommended for elementary school, middle school, and community library collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Girl Who Lost Her Shadow" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.99).

A Slip of a Girl
Patricia Reilly Giff
Holiday House
425 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017
9780823439553, $16.99, HC, 240pp,

For Anna, the family farm has always been home. But now, things are changing. Anna's mother has died, and her older siblings have emigrated, leaving Anna and her father to care for a young sister with special needs. And though their family has worked this land for years, they're in danger of losing it as poor crop yields leave them without money to pay their rent. When a violent encounter with the Lord's rent collector results in Anna and her father's arrest, all seems lost. But Anna sees her chance and bolts from the jailhouse. On the run, Anna must rely on her own inner strength to protect her sister -- and try to find a way to save her family. Written in verse, "A Slip of a Girl" by Patricia Reilly Giff is a poignant and deftly written story of adversity, resilience, and self-determination by a master of historical fiction, painting a haunting history of the tensions in the Irish countryside of the early 1890s, and the aftermath of the Great Famine. While especially recommended for family, elementary school, middle school, and community library collections for young readers ages 10-14, it should be noted for personal reading lists that "A Slip of a Girl" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $9.99) and as a complete and unabridged audio book (Dreamscape Media, 9781974986149, $22.99, CD).

Scholastic Press

Five new young adult reads are highly recommended works for leisure readers looking for something absorbingly different. Mason Deaver's I Wish You All the Best (9781338306125, $17.99) tells of Ben, who comes out to his parents as 'nonbinary' in a move that unexpectedly changes everything for them. His parents are thrown out of their house and he is sent to a new school in what feels like a disaster, but turns out to be a blessing in disguise when his senior year is enhanced by a meeting with the funny Nathan. A moving story of courage, changes, love, and heartbreak will interest any teen examining issues of homosexuality, non-binary identity, and love. Alice Broadway's Spark (9781338355994, $18.99) tells of Leora's world, where 'blanks' (those who don't display tattoos identifying their origins) are banned from the city. When she speaks out at a public ceremony, she's called a traitor and banished to a blank settlement as a spy, where she begins learning the reality of their lives and place in society. This story of truth and struggle offers teens a fine, thought-provoking story. Paul Griffin's Skyjacked (9781338047417, $17.99) tells of five teens returning from a camping trip on a family's private plane, but their return is thwarted when a replacement pilot hijacks the craft and Cassie falls ill. The friends are trapped in a hijack situation, face suspicion over who is involved in the plot, and must work together to save their lives in this riveting minute-by-minute thriller. Ceylan Scott's On a Scale of 1 to 1 (9781338323764, $17.99) tells of Tamar, admitted by a psychiatric hospital for teens and questioned about too many things, especially her vanished friend Iris. Tamar's struggle to answer questions from within herself makes for an engrossing study in mental illness akin to I Never Promised You A Rose Garden. Dave Shelton's The Book Case (9781338323795, $17.99) is an Emily Lime mystery that takes place at St. Rita's Scholl for Spirited Girls, where Daphne loves to read and is interviewing to be an assistant librarian. When she uncovers a host of mysteries surrounding St. Rita's, her aspirations pale in comparison and she becomes a helper to Emily Lime, a crime-solving genius who needs a sidekick. A funny investigative story evolves with many unexpected twists and turns.

Books in Series

Colton's Pocket Dragon, Book 11: Aunt Linda
Rebecca Massey, author
Hancock Press
9781948000475, $15.99, PB, 68pp,

"Colton's Pocket Dragon Book 11: Aunt Linda" is the latest series title about a boy who loves dragons and has a pocket dragon named Maisy. Colton goes on many adventures with his Aunt Linda, including a wild ride on Aunt Linda's truck, a wild ride on Aunt Linda's motorcycle, and a trip to Dragon Land flying on Maisy's back. All sorts of excitement and dangers are encountered and overcome by Colton and Maisy, while he finishes teaching the young dragon more about breathing fire, flying, and doing other dragon things. Kolton reunites with his friend Kolta the dragon and Maisy learns a great deal about being a dragon. Finally Colton rides back to his home on Kolta's back, while Maisy flies along side. Colton loves his dragon friends and can't wait for his next adventure flight with them. "Aunt Linda" is a story that helps kids imagine all sorts of problems and solutions, exploring through fantasy and applying practical everyday skills to problems that arise. This favorite dragon series has continued appeal for kids of all ages. Another title from this series that is highly recommended is "Colton's Time Machine, Book 3: Jefferson, Adams and Franklin (9781948000420)," by Rebecca Massey.

Top Video Gamers In The World series
The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010
$31.75 hc / $11.75 pbk each

Top Video Gamers In The World is a series of hardcover books about individuals who have earned immense fame and fortune through video games. Each volume has accessible text, full- color photography, a bibliography and an index. Adam Furgang's "Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins: Twitch's Top Streamer with 11 Million+ Followers" (9781725346017) examines the rise of the Twitch superstar; Kevin Hall's "Ruben 'El Rubius' Gundersen" (9781725346109) is about a YouTube Gaming sensation; Kevin Hall's "German Garmendia" (9781725346079) is about a creator who has made two different enormously successful YouTube channels; and Philip Wolney's "Mark 'Markiplier' Fischbach" (9781725346109) is about a YouTube star with a knack for comedy that rivals his skill at gaming. While all four books celebrate the meteoric careers of these gaming superstars, all four also highlight the extreme difficulty of breaking into stardom on YouTube or Twitch, and the importance of balancing content creation for either platform with other life responsibilities including school. Top Video Gamers In The World is an excellent series about modern-day celebrity superstars, highly recommended for school and public library collections for children and young adults.

PowerKids Press
29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

'Holiday Histories' is new eight volume series from PowerKids Press specifically for young readers ages 7-10. Showcasing the history behind eight major holidays this impressively illustrated and exceptionally informative series is comprised of: "The Story Behind April Fools Day" (9781725300347, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Cinco De Mayo" (9781725300385, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Day of the Dead" (9781725300422, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Groundhog Day" (9781725300460, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Halloween" (9781725300507, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Juneteenth" (9781725300545, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind Kwanzaa" (9781725300583, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp); "The Story Behind St. Patrick's Day" (9781725300620, $23.60 LB/$8.25 PB, 24pp). With a reading level of grades 1-2 and an interest level of grades 1-3, 'Holiday Histories' is a throughly 'kid friendly' and inherently fascinating addition for any elementary school or community library collections.

The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
29 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

'Looking Forward' is a new six volume series showcasing contemporary social issues from Rosen Publishing that is especially recommended for students in grades 7-12. The series consists of "Filter Bubbles and Targeted Advertising" (9781642822694, $53.26 LB/$23.47 PB, 224pp); "Crowdfunding (9781642822571, $53.26 LB/$23.47 PB, 224pp); "Energy Technology: The Tools of the Industry" (9781642822632, $53.26 LB/$23.47 PB, 224pp); "Extraterrestrials and U.F.O.s" (9781642822663, $53.26 LB/$23.47 PB, 224pp); "Military Spending" (9781642822724, $53.26 LB/$23.47 PB, 224pp). Included in each volume are media literacy questions to encourage students to assess each article critically, identify sources and perspectives, and evaluate the ways in which information is presented. An ideal resource for home schooling curriculums, the complete set of the "Looking Forward" series is especially and unreservedly recommended for both school and community library collections.

Gareth Stevens Publishing
111 East 14th Street, Suite 349, New York, NY 10003

'We Can Be Responsible' is a new six volume series of personal responsibility books for young readers ages 4-7 by Lynda Amez are available in a library binding edition and in a paperback format. Unreservedly recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections this colorfully entertaining series is comprised of "We Get Dressed" (9781538239094, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp); "We Help Clean Up" (978-1538239131, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp); "We Make Lunch" (978-1538239179, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp); "We Stay Healthy" (9781538239285, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp); "We Stay Clean" (9781538239216, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp); "We Take Care Of Pets" (9781538239322, $22.60/$16.95, 26pp). Colorfully illustrated and thoroughly 'kid friendly' in tone and commentary, each of these titles is ideal for home schooling curriculums as well. Although each title is available individually, it should be noted for school and community libraries that the entire 'We Can Be Responsible" series is what is best recommended for their collections ($135.60 LB / $101.70 PB).

Red Chair Press
PO Box 333, South Egremont, MA 01258
The Lerner Publishing Group (distributor)

'Earth's Amazing Animals' is a six volume series by Joanne Mattern for children ages 7-10 by Red Chair Press. Showcases the 'Animal Top Ten' in both a library binding edition and in digital book format, the series consists of Smartest Animals (9781634406918, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp); Most Dangerous (9781634406901, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp); Animal Appetites (9781634406949, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp); Animal Athletes (9781634406932, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp); Animal Tricksters (9781634406956, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp); Ugliest Animals (9781634406925, $25.32 HC/$4.99 Kindle, 40pp). Each individual title includes a 'Smartest Animals Runners-Up' list, a glossary, a Learn More in the Library section, and an index -- making it unreservedly and especially recommended for elementary school and community library Pets/Wildlife collections for young readers.

Cavendish Square
243 5th Avenue, Suite 136, New York, NY 10016

Written and illustrated with full color photography by Derek Miller, 'The Making of Everyday Things" is a new six volume series from Cavendish Square for young readers ages 4-7 on how things are made. This fun and informative series is comprised of Books (9781502647030); Baseballs (9781502646842); Crayons (9781502646965); Ice Cream (9781502646927); Pencils (9781502647009); Sneakers (9781502646880). Although each title in this simply outstanding series is available individually ($24.21 List / $16.95 S&L, Library Binding, 24pp), the unreserved recommendation for daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections is that the 'Making of Everyday Things' should be acquired as an intact series (9781502647634, $145.26 List / $101.70 S&L).

Cavendish Square
243 5th Avenue, Suite 136, New York, NY 10016

'The Fourth Estate: Journalism in North America' is an eight volume series published by Cavendish Square specifically for students ages 12 to 17 and in grades 7-12. Comprised of The African American Press; Colonial And Early American Journalism; International Journalism And Fake News; The Muckrakers And Progressive Reformers; Television News And The 24-Hour News Cycle; Vietnam And The Rise Of Photojournalism; Watergate And Investigative Journalism; Yellow Journalism, Sensationalism, And Circulation Wars, each individual volume features biographies of groundbreaking journalists, primary-source articles and information about publications and mediums that changed the course of journalism, and historical information that provides context for major stories. Each individual 112 page title features full color photographs and illustrations, a bibliography, a glossary, sidebars, timelines, thematically relevant websites, and an index. Published in both library binding and paperback editions, (and although each titles is available individually), junior highschool, senior highschool, and community libraries should acquire the complete eight volume set ($342.32 LB/$239.60 PB).

Greenhaven Publishing
353 3rd Avenue, Suite 255, New York, NY 10010

The outstanding 'Opposing Viewpoints' series from Greenhaven Publishing for students in grades 10-12 has just added six new titles to their lineup: Automation of Labor (9781534505070); The Blockade of the Gaza Strip (9781534505087); Development, Land Use, and Environmental Impact (9781534505100); DNA Testing and Privacy (9781534505001); The Future of Space Exploration (9781534505025); Toxic Masculinity (9781534505049). Each individual title features guided reading questions to enhance comprehension; brief text sidebars; charts, maps, graphs and editorial cartoons; discussion questions to foster critical thinking; an annotated list of organizations to contact; a periodical bibliography for each chapter; a bibliography of thematically relevant books; and a subject index. Available in a library binding edition ($48.80) and in a paperback format ($34.80), each of these six titles is especially suited for home schooling curriculums and is unreservedly recommended for school and community library Contemporary Social Issues collections.

Greenhaven Publishing
353 3rd Avenue, Suite 255, New York, NY 10010

'Global Viewpoints' is a new twelve volume series that is specifically published by Greenhaven Publishing for students in grades 9-12. The individual titles comprising this exceptionally well constructed Contemporary Social Issues series includes: Chemical and Biological Warfare; Citizenship in the 21st Century; Climate Change and Population Displacement; Gender Diversity in Government; Reproductive Rights; The Rise of Authoritarianism; Anti-Semitism and the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement; Collective Guilt: Slavery, the Holocaust, and Other Atrocities; The Food Chain: Regulation, Inspection, and Supply; Islam in Society; Life After Death?: Inheritance, Burial Practices, and Family Heirlooms; Violence Against Women. Each volume features a world map, guided reading questions to enhance reading comprehension, brief text sidebars, charts, maps, graphs, editorial cartoons, discussion questions to foster critical thinking, an annotated list of organizations to contact, periodical bibliographies, a bibliography of books, and a subject index. Available in both a library binding and a paperback edition, (as well as individually), both school and community libraries should acquire the entire set ($152.16 LB/$190.20 PB).

Crabtree Publishers

Six new series additions represent some top picks from this educational publisher and are highly recommended additions to any elementary-level library collection. Sonya Newland's The Genius of the Ancient Egyptians (9780778765714, $27.60) adds to the 'Innovations from Past Civilizations' series and supports CCSS-Reading Informational Text Grades 4 and 5 and the C3 Framework as it reveals the innovations and lives of ancient Egyptians, who developed farming and medicine techniques still in use today. Maps and bright illustrations lend vivid images to the history which will engage young readers on different levels. Holly Duhig's Life in the City (9780776764687, $23.60) joins others in the Human Habitats series that support Next generation Science Standards and other programs. Full color photos and engaging descriptions follow the lives of people in cities around the world, examining different urban environments and climates. Rachel Tonkin and Stephanie Fizer Coleman's addition to the 'Follow the Life Cycle' series, Acorn to Oak Tree (9780778763796, $23.60) will reach Grade 2 readers with a fine survey that supports CCSS and Next generation Science Standards objectives as it considers an oak tree's life cycle and processes. A color illustration page faces clear facts about roots, shoots, young trees and seedlings. Izzi Howell's Biodiversity EcoFacts (9780778763444, $27.60) joins others in the Ecofacts series for Grade 5 readers and supports various programs and learning objectives as it examines biodiversity concepts and how its loss affects food chains and natural habitats. Definitions of ecosystems, keystone species, special environments and threats from pollution and other sources are all covered with bright, attention-grabbing illustrations throughout. Max Wainewright's Scratch Code Robots (9780778765325) joins others in the Scratch Code Challenge series, examining different systems and how they work with robots. Youngsters are introduced to the concept of algorithms and different methods of creating robot-specific code in an introduction which excels in charts and step-by-step coding directions. Kristy Holmes' Code Confusion! (9780778763284, $23.60) adds to the 'Code Academy' series for Grade 2 and covers the basics of how computers communicate. Easy sentences and examples of binary code make it easy for younger grades to understand coding and it's fun applications. All are excellent additions to series that should be considered for their lasting educational value.

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How to Be on the Moon
Viviane Schwarz
9781536205459 $16.99

Christine Irvin

In this second book featuring best friends Anna and Crocodile, the adventurous pair plan a trip to the moon. When Anna suggests a trip to the moon, Crocodile gives her a litany of reasons why they shouldn't go. Then he says, "It will be almost impossible." But Anna doesn't let that stop her. The duo polish up on their math skills, build a rocket, pack sandwiches for their long journey, and do everything they need to get to the moon and back. (Ages 2-5)

The Cutest Thing Ever
Amy Ignatow, author
Hsinping Pan, illustrator
Harry N. Abrams
9781419733574 $16.99 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Dr. Dawn Menge

Have you ever wondered what the cutest thing in the world was? Do you think it's a monster or a kitten? Just follow along as this author gives you glimpses of monsters dressed in hats, and then adds on a kitten or two. What about all of these adorable images riding on a unicorn over a rainbow? The animated illustrations will keep your little one engaged as you turn the pages to discover who won the cutest thing ever contest. The end will be a delightful surprise and teach your child to always believe in themselves and to not compare themselves to others. (Ages 3-5)

Max's Box
Brian Wray, author
Shiloh Penfield, illustrator
9780764358043 $16.99 hc / $9.99 pbk

Darleen Wohlfeil

This insightful story is most helpful in sorting out the tangles of emotion. In reading it, I must admit, I had to take inventory of my own coping techniques. Though this is a children's book, it is meaty enough to spread quite a large table, and beneficial for any reader. Equipping us with understanding, we are better able to guide our children through the emotional jungle of childhood, and maybe even re-navigate some of our own dead-ends. (Ages 3-6)

Roo's Stew
Ashley Cason, author
Patric Corrigan, illustrator
Warren Publishing Inc
9781733994545 $16.95 hc / $9.95 pbk

Darleen Wohlfeil

This delightfully rhyming tale explores friendship. It's fun, cheery, and light with all its pleasant exchange. Along with an investment of self, the willingness to go beyond our norm. A daring that arises to press into more, all for the sake of a friend we adore! Illustrations are colorful and lively, and sure to delight any reader. (Ages 3-7)

How Do You Dance?
Thyra Heder
Harry N. Abrams
9781419734182 $16.99 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Diana Fisher

In this children's picture book about the importance of movement, self-expression is encouraged through silly, zany, anything-goes dancing. Loosen up and join the dance - unless you don't want to. It's all good! But even the most stubborn non-dancers may find themselves wiggling, jiggling, and bebopping as the story unfolds. How Do You Dance? encourages the reader to let go, get moving, and join in the fun. (Ages 3-7)

The Happy Book
Andy Rash
Viking Books for Young Readers
9780451471253 $17.99 hc / $10.99 Kindle

Larissa Juliano

Oh, what a remarkable, clever, and amazing book to read with children. Unique and fun, this story reminds us how all our feelings matter, whether they are happy, sad, angry, scared, or anything in between. I can think of so many different occasions that I would share this book with readers...going back to school, experiencing a life change, having a new sibling, starting a new unit/program in school, trying out a sport, and also to simply and beautifully share with little (and big) readers that feelings can differ from friend to friend. (Ages 3-7)

Snack Attack!
Terry Border
Philomel Books
9781524740115 $17.99 hc / $10.99 Kindle

Darleen Wohlfeil

Well, Terry Border has given us a laugh out loud role-reversal. In this eerily good-humored tale, the kitchen tables are turned, and the snack becomes the prey. Three snacks sneak away to discover the wonders outside the safety of their packages, in spite of the warning tales of monster kids that lurk about. Will they survive their curiosity? Everyone should read and find out! (Ages 3-7)

I Am Love: A Book of Compassion
Susan Verde, author
Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator
Harry N. Abrams
9781419737268 $14.99 hc / $9.99 Kindle

Dr. Dawn Menge

A celebration of love in all its forms, I Am Love asks readers to look inward when they feel afraid. Love allows us to act with compassion and kindness, to live with gratitude, and to take care of ourselves. We all go through hard times in our lives. This book teaches our children to acknowledge others' pain and to offer compassion and care in various forms to them. (Ages 3-7)

Our Favorite Day
Joowon Oh
9781536203578 $16.99

Darleen Wohlfeil

Every morning Papa follows his normal routine. He drinks his tea, waters his plants, tidies up, and takes the bus into town. Papa enjoys his daily tasks, but there's one day each week that is extra special. This tender story reveals the mutual benefits of a routine visit between a grandpa and his granddaughter. (Ages 3-7)

Do Penguins Have Pediatricians?
Patrick O'Donnell, Erik Mehlen
9780764357770 $14.99 hc / $9.99 pbk

Dr. Dawn Menge

Does your child have anxiety about going to the doctor? If so, pick up your copy of this delightful book that centers on animals as examples of who needs to go to the doctor and why. Can penguins catch pneumonia? Can a caribou get chicken pox? Kids will find out. As an added bonus, the author includes a brief description of each animal in the back of the book. Is this a great read for your child. Yes, it is. (Ages 3-8)

Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market
Huda Essa, author
Merce Tous, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
9781534110106 $16.99 hc / $16.14 Kindle

Darleen Wohlfeil

Huda Essa reminds us of the importance of embracing our differences. Young Adam, in his delight with the market's interesting sights, becomes separated from his parents. Confusion quickly becomes fear, and one may not know where to turn for help. But in a healthy community, there is connection, even when we look, dress, or talk differently. Love and kindness are common denominators across all cultures, and can be easily accessed in times of need. (Ages 4-7)

The Box Cars
Robert Vescio and Cara King
EK Books
9781925335835 $17.99

Larissa Juliano

Adults know that when birthday or holiday time arrives, most kids just want to play with the box! It's a universal childhood norm, and this adorable book embraces this sweet, box-loving experience, along with themes of friendship, imagination, and trying new things. Children will love reading about these box car adventures. Note: Be sure to have boxes of all sizes close by, since this tale will surely inspire some super special box creations. (Ages 4-8)

The Secret Woodland Activity Book
Mia Underwood
Button Books
9781787080270 $14.99

Diana Fisher

Whimsical illustrations depict a magical world of secret "woodfolk" in this diverse activity book for kids. Full of wonder and playfulness - mazes, projects, crafts, puzzles, and more promote imagination, awareness of the natural world, critical thinking, visual acuity, math and drawing skills. Adorable creatures populate the woodland, and fun facts introduce kids to mythology and nature. An answer key and over 150 stickers are included. (Ages 4-8)

The Hideout
Susanna Mattiangeli, author
Felicita Sala, illustrator
Harry N. Abrams
9781419734168 $16.99 hc / $10.35 Kindle

Christine Irvin

Where is Hannah? She's nowhere to be found. That's because she's busy in her hideout, preparing her bed of leaves and making a bow and arrow. There are so many things to do that she gets lost in her little world and is oblivious to what's really going on around her. There's a nice, little twist at the end of the story that shows what Hannah is really up to. (Ages 4-8)

Alison Donald, author
Alex Willmore, illustrator
Maverick Arts Publishing
c/o Independent Publishers Group (dist.)
9781848864122 $17.99 hc / $11.43 pbk

Darleen Wohlfeil

The tender love bond between Alfred (the bull), and Tom (the farmer's son) is heartwarming. When Tom starts school, leaving Alfred home without him, he sets his affections on finding the most adorable pet one can have. Alfred's insecurity sets in with fears of being replaced, and sets out to be the most "adorabull" he can be. Among the chuckles and laughter, one is reminded how easily love and intentions become blurred by our insecurities, causing us unnecessary pain and silly behavior. A great book for teaching and broadening a beneficial life lesson. (Ages 4-9)

Ollie on Stage
Keith Brockett, author
Ashley King, illustrator
Sleeping Bear Press
9781585364015 $16.99 hc / $16.14 Kindle

Christine Irvin

Ollie the ogre wants to be on stage. When he sees a sign at the local theatre advertising a talent show, he's ready to perform. But, he has a problem: He can't sing, he can't dance, and he has no obvious talents. Will he be able to compete? (Ages 5-8)

So You Want a Puppy?
Raven Howell, author
Ann Pilicer, illustrator
Handersen Books
9781947854598 $17.95 hc
9781947854581 $11.95 pbk
9781947854604 $TBA ebook

Darleen Wohlfeil

Pets play an important role in the life of a child. And with them comes great lessons in responsibility. The initial moments of excitement and joy lapse, but the work and dedication to a living thing remains. Our shelters are overwhelmed with the proof of it. This helpful book shares the joy and the necessities of owning a pet. Bringing a perfect balance and understanding to our decision to add a furry dependent into our family. A pet will never outgrow their need for you. They will always look to you to love and provide a full life for them. (Ages 4-10)

Experiment #256
Marty Kelley
Sleeping Bear Press
9781534110137 $16.99 hc / $12.73 Kindle

Darleen Wohlfeil

This hysterically funny story is sure to capture the imagination of every budding inventor in your family, as well as bring belly laughs and gasps to all the innocent watchers nearby. The Illustrations are terrific, and Ian's perception and faithful documentation of his experiment will provide a rip-roaring good time! Inside flap notes are as enjoyable as the story and provide a website invitation for more. You'll want more! (Ages 5-7)

Tripi Visits France: The Amazing Adventures of Tripi the Fly
Lori London, author
Heather Bonnstetter, illustrator
Lori London Entertainment LLC
9780997536874 $23.31 hc / $3.99 Kindle

Darleen Wohlfeil

Sometimes, we are challenged in our everyday natural functionality, and that can be hard. Tripi the fly loves adventure and longs to travel and experience the wonders all around him. But he is faced with one big problem: Tripi can't fly! We can surrender to our lack, or we can reach beyond it and find another way. Tripi has managed to do that, and share his wonderful adventures with us. Enjoy this little fly's big heart as he shows us the treasures of France. Cute and inspiring. It also has a CD for an audible experience. (Ages 5-10)

The Kooky Kinkajou: The Nocturnals
Tracey Hecht, author
Josie Yee, illustrator
Fabled Films Press
9781944020255 $12.99 hc / $5.99 pbk

Christine Irvin

There's much to like about this Level 3 early reader. Dawn the fox and her friends, Tobin the pangolin and Bismark the sugar glider are bored. There's just nothing to do... until Karina the kinkajou shows up and shows them how to use their imaginations, opening up a whole new world of possibilities. In addition to learning about friendship and imagination, readers will learn about nocturnal animals (fox, pangolin, sugar glider and kinkajou), as well as fireflies. There's also a list of "Kooky Words" and their definitions, such as "ballyhoo" and "switcheroo" included in the back of the book. (Ages 6-8)

Daddy Can I Cry?
Kenneth Braswell
Fathers Incorporated
9780692185759 $20.00

Darleen Wohlfeil

There is so much to glean from this story. It is difficult to decide which life-breathing morsel to begin with. Trauma, grief, sorrow, and loss are tough to maneuver, especially when they make an abrupt appearance. Is anyone ever truly prepared? When Cory's emotions are critically attacked and he is struggling to regain composure, his father shares in his grief. Weeping with Cory brought a lasting message of strength, unity, and love. Solidifying acceptance with manhood. Truly a touching story to help children navigate life's hard places. A helpful resource guide is also provided. (Ages 7-9)

Wolfie Monster and the Big Bad Pizza Battle
Joey Ellis
c/o Scholastic
9781338186048 $24.99 hc
9781338186031 $12.99 pbk / $7.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

Monster brothers Wolfie, Jackson, and Roy are in for some serious competition when the gigantic corporation, Happy Leaf, moves into their hometown of Oak Hollow and wants to buy their pizza parlor. But not all is on the up-and-up when they discover the villainous CEO, Lord Mudpant, wants to turn the townspeople into zombies. Can the boys set aside their squabbles long enough to thwart Mudpant's nefarious plans? This graphic novel is funny and adventurous with mysteries to solve and codes to unravel. A fun story that also teaches lessons on perseverance and competing. (Ages 7-10)

Fiasco at the Fair
Pamela Traynor, author
Maaz Farzaan, illustrator
PAAT Productions
9780998061764 $4.99 pbk / $2.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

Can a missing library book really cause that much trouble? Jason found a glow in the old school library. With help from his cousin Beth, he discovers the glow is linked to a missing book. Is the library haunted by a vengeful ghost? Is the missing book causing problems at the fair? Can Jason and Beth track down the book and get it back on the shelf before it's too late? I loved this story, especially how it played out. The clues are perfectly placed and the plot is well-paced, picking up in intensity and raising goosebumps as one reads on. For young readers who love mysteries and danger - this is the book for you! (Ages 7-10)

The Dog Who Lost his Bark
Eoin Colfer, author
P.J. Lynch, illustrator
9781536204421 $16.99 hc / $9.00 Kindle

Diana Perry

Patrick has been desperate for a dog of his own for as long as he can remember, and this summer, with his father away, he longs for a canine friend more than ever. Meanwhile, in his short doggy life, Oz has suffered at the hands of bad people. Somewhere out there, he believes, is an awesome boy - his boy. And maybe, when they find each other, Oz will learn to bark again. A beautiful story that all children should read. (Ages 7-10)

Marvin's Monster Diary 2 (+ Lyssa): ADHD Emotion Explosion
Dr. Raun Melmed with Caroline Bliss Larsen, authors
Arief Kriembonga, illustrator
9781641701365 $12.99 pbk / $8.69 Kindle

Diana Perry

Meet Marvin, a lovable monster with a 12-stringed baby fang guitar, a rambunctious case of ADHD, emotions that sometimes overwhelm him (and others), and a diary to record it all. While Marvin got it together in Marvin's Monster Diary: ADHD Attacks, his lab partner Lyssa's emotional roller coaster is a bit out of control. Can he help her and win the Science Scare-Fair before she explodes? I was impressed with the exciting and surprising ending. The book includes tips for kids on how to manage anxiety. What a great book for every young reader. This should be in every library, school and home. (Ages 7-11)

Level 13: A Slacker Novel
Gordon Korman
9781338286205 $16.99 hc / $10.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

Cameron Boxer, king of the slackers, has found something worth his time. By playing video games online in front of an audience he can find both fame ND fortune. The only problem? Things keep getting in Cam's way. Like school. And the club he accidentally started. And the misguided people in his life who don't think beavers should be playing video games. It's going to take some trickery, some close calls, and a fierce devotion to slacking in order for Cam to get to his goal: conquering the game's infamous Level 13. But if any slacker can do it, Cam can. This is the ultimate video game story; any young gamer will relate. I found this a fun story with an ending I never expected. (Ages 8-12)

Discovering Architecture
Berta Bardi I Mila, author
Eduard Altarriba, illustrator
Button Books
9781787080294 $17.99 hc

Christine Irvin

Have you ever wondered how buildings are put together? What makes an arch stand up? Who invented concrete? What types of materials are used for building houses and other structures? The answers to these questions and more are found in this delightful book. It gives readers a pictorial lesson on the different types of architectural structures and methods. Readers can visually explore buildings around the world and learn about the people who designed and built them. (Ages 8-12)

The Amber Giant
Giulietta M. Spudich
Handersen Publishing
9781941429631 $14.99 hc
9781941429495 $7.95 pbk / $4.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

When Caroline finds a book describing a mythical creature frozen in ice, all she wants to do is wake him up. High in the Himalayan Mountains she will have the chance. But will the Amber Giant be the kind vision from her dreams or something more terrifying? This story has many layers resulting in one great ending. Young Readers will find this book quite the adventure. (Ages 8-12)

Cinderella: A Love Story
Gina LoBiondo, author
Donna Sterpe, illustrator
Nephthys Publications
9780982264812 $20.00 pbk / $2.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

Gina LoBiondo tells the classic fairy tale in a new version, set circa mid-16th century. Younger readers will love the borrowed magic that enables Ella to attend the ball, while older readers will connect with the inseparable bond between mother and child - a bond that transcends time and space and even death itself. Colorful illustrations give visuals to the story. A great bedtime story for early readers. (Ages 8-12)

Tangled in Magic: The Karakesh Chronicles
Kim Ellis, author
Alison Gagne Hansen, illustrator
Handersen Publishing
9781941429808 $17.99 hc
9781941429518 $9.95 pbk / $4.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

Agatha's entire family perished in a terrible flood when she was only 12. Now at age 15, she's the sole housekeeper for Hawk Hill Manse. Soon she will be married off to Santer, a half-warlock ... and also the man who murdered her family. When Agatha learns that her brother Malcolm may still be alive, she slips away in the night to search for him. But powerful magic and fantastic beasts are soon tracking her every move. Will the twins find each other and reclaim Hawk Hill? Middle-graders and young adults will find this a most adventurous fairy tale. A great book to curl up with. (Ages 10-14)

The Orangutan Rescue Gang
Joyce Major, author
Ann Creel, editor
Steve Mead, illustrator
Alegro Publishing
9780578438313 $9.99 pbk / $2.99 Kindle

Diana Perry

When 11-year-old Jaylynn moves from Seattle to Sumatra, she discovers an endangered baby orangutan chained to a wall by his mean owner, Maniac Man. Quickly she pieces together her mission: steal the baby orangutan, then return him to the rain forest. Unable to rescue him on her own, she asks Bima and Zaqi, two Sumatran friends, to join her rescue gang. But first they must outfox Maniac Man. Includes an index with an action plan for readers and conservation lesson plans for teachers. All profits will go to orangutan conservation. I found this to be a most educational book and a must-have for every school and library. (Ages 10-14)

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