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HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS

All through December we'll be highlighting some of our Department Favorites.

A “boy with dog and grandfather with beard go for a walk” in the big city. It is Dusk (Margaret Ferguson, $17.99) and the boy is sad that the day is ending. But during the companionable walk with his grandfather, the boy soon realizes that dusk can be an enjoyable and productive time of day. Shoppers prepare for Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa with celebratory fervor. With gentle prose and charming illustrations, author Uri Shulevitz shows that though nature’s light may be extinguished at dusk, colorful city lights extend the day’s hustle and bustle, particularly during holiday festivities. Ages 4-8. Renée Bosco

Dusk (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780374319038
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9/2013

$39.99
ISBN-13: 9783836544009
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Published: Taschen, 11/2014

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9780892369904
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Published: Getty Publications, 10/2009

Chanukah Lights (Hardcover)

$34.99
ISBN-13: 9780763655334
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2011

A Christmas Memory (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780385392761
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 10/2014

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780312621346
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Published: Feiwel & Friends, 10/2014

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780823431946
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Published: Holiday House, 7/2014

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780375837593
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 9/2007

$29.99
ISBN-13: 9780763643959
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2013

Deep in the Sahara (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375870347
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 10/2013

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780807588727
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 9/2013

Dusk (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780374319038
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9/2013

Nutcracker (Hardcover)

$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780385348645
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Published: Crown, 11/2012

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780547558639
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 10/2012

Home for Christmas (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399256530
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 11/2011

The Third Gift (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547201955
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Published: Clarion Books, 11/2011

Princess Magnolia does everything that a princess should. She sleeps in a tower, wears glass slippers, and serves tea to her esteemed guests, but Princess Magnolia has a secret. While entertaining Duchess Wigtower, the Princess’s glitter stone monster alarm goes off and she must become The Princess in Black (Candlewick, $14.99). Since princesses don’t wear black, no one suspects Magnolia’s secret identity, thus allowing her to fight monsters with her signature “twinkle twinkle little SMASH” move. Beloved author Shannon Hale and husband Dean Hale prove that princesses as well as other little girls don’t fit in any box and illustrator LeUyen Pham brings Magnolia’s story to life. This is truly a read for the whole family.  Ages 5-8. ARW

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763665104
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014

Six-year-old Dory can’t convince her older brother and sister to let her play with them, or answer her questions, or have any respect for her imaginary friend/under-the-bed monster, Mary. Instead, they call Dory “Rascal” and try to scare her out of acting like a baby by telling her about Mrs. Gobble Gracker, who is five hundred and seven years old, has sharp teeth, and robs baby girls. When Mrs. Gobble Gracker walks into the house, Dory uses her wits, bravery, and Mary to defend herself. Abby Hanlon’s charming, heavily illustrated Dory Fantasmagory (Dial, $14.99) will draw new readers in with its charm and humor, or delight the whole family as a read-aloud.  Ages 6-8.  EAE

Dory Fantasmagory (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740884
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Published: Dial, 10/2014

Leroy Ninker is tired of sitting idly by taking notes from the cowboy westerns he watches while working at the local drive-in. He knows deep down that he is meant to be a cowboy, meting out justice and maintaining order. He even has a ten-gallon hat, a lasso, and boots. But Leroy is missing one essential element—a horse. It’s Leroy’s lucky day, because in this first volume of his adventures, a neighbor happens to be giving away a horse. With a “yippie-i-oh,” Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Candlewick, $12.99) and is ready to fulfill his destiny. However, it takes a lot to keep his new horse, Maybelline, happy, including loads of sweet-talking charm and spaghetti. Author Kate DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen (Mercy Watson) are back again for a whole new set of tales, with familiar faces that readers know and love, and new cowboy hijinks sure to entertain.  Ages 6-9. KLG

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2014

The latest installment in British author and illustrator Alex T. Smith’s series of books about Claude, a very fashionable dog, is a charming introduction to avalanches and their consequences. Keep an eye out for Claude on the Slopes (Peachtree, $12.95), as he’s a bit of a reckless skier. But, together with his best friend Sir Bobblysock, Claude helps rescue skiers stranded by dangerous snowfalls, pulling the necessary tools from his snazzy red beret. Retro and lively illustrations decorate this book about an adorable dog’s winter adventures.  Ages 6-9.  KLP

$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781561458059
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Published: Peachtree Publishers, 10/2014

What if your mom went back to work, and hired a nanny to watch you? What if she was no ordinary nanny, but someone who made peanut butter and anchovy sandwiches (yuck!), and talked into diapers (weird!), and—it turns out—is part of the little-known covert agency NAP: Nanny Action Patrol. Well, if you’re anything like Jake and Ali and your nanny is like Nanny X (Holiday House, $16.95), your life would be about to get a lot more exciting! Local author Madelyn Rosenberg has written a thrilling and hilarious chapter book, enlivened by illustrator Karen Donnely’s off-the-wall illustrations, about a couple of Northern Virginia kids whose home life starts to resemble the double life of a secret agent.  Ages 7-10.  EAE

Nanny X (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780823431663
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Published: Holiday House, 8/2014

In the first book in her new Masterpiece Adventures series, The Miniature World of Marvin and James (Holt, $15.99), Elise Broach introduces younger readers to the beloved characters Marvin and James from her award-winning 2008 novel Masterpiece. Marvin and James are best friends, but sometimes their relationship is complicated, because James is a boy and Marvin is a beetle. In this story, Marvin is sad because James is going to the beach on vacation, but he manages to find adventure—and danger—with his cousin Elaine, in an electric pencil sharpener. Ages 6-9. Heidi Powell

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780805091908
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 2/2014

A quiet, rather indifferent young boy poses a new challenge for Lulu and the Rabbit Next Door (Albert Whitman, $13.99). Lulu and her cousin, Mellie, worry that the new neighbor is not properly caring for his pet rabbit. Through a variety of ingenious plots, the girls ensure a happier existence for the rabbit and gradually develop a friendship with the new boy. With spirited illustrations by Priscilla Lamont, this newest title in Hilary McKay’s series about a young girl who loves all animals is as engaging as the first book. Ages 6-9. Mary Alice Garber

$13.99
ISBN-13: 9780807548165
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 3/2014

Archie Morningstar is thrilled to finally get to ride in his dad’s taxi for Take Your Kid to Work Day. He has to wake up extra early (at midnight!), and the adventure only gets weirder when he finds out that his father’s taxi is no ordinary one. It’s a Space Taxi (Little, Brown, $14.99 hardcover, $5.99 paperback) and the customers are aliens. In between navigating around planets and wormholes, Archie and his father get mixed up in an intergalactic crime mystery. This is the first installment in a series from Wendy Mass (beloved by older readers for Pi in the Sky, Mango-Shaped Space, and the Willow Falls series, among others) and science teacher Michael Brawer. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780316243209
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2014

Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $15.99) just cannot get enough of numbers and word problems. She absolutely adores figuring things out mathematically. She loves math so much she even names her dog Prime. And when there is a math contest at school involving the popular number game Sudoku, third-grader Annika is determined to win and be the one to send the lovable principal into the dunk tank as her reward. However, first, Annika must best her clever classmate, fellow math enthusiast Simon. With high jinks and humor, Claudia Mills’s second book in the Franklin School Friends series (following Kelsey Green, Reading Queen) is sure to entertain. Ages 7-10. Kasie Griffitts

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780374303358
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 5/2014

In third-grader Ellray’s mind, problems transform into giants to battle. Ellray Jakes and the Beanstalk (Penguin, $14.99 HB/$5.99 PB) involves much more than Ellray’s interpretation of a fairy tale for school. Small for his age and prone to errors of judgment, he is bewildered and hurt when his close friend starts skateboarding with a longtime archenemy. Ellray is convinced that learning to skateboard will regain his friend’s attention, but the solution is not quite so simple. Sally Warner perfectly portrays the challenges of navigating friendships, home life, and the playground in this early chapter series with playful illustrations by Brian Biggs. Ages 7-10. MAG
$5.99
ISBN-13: 9780142423592
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Published: Puffin, 9/2013

Billy’s stay-at-home dad has declared that this is The Year of Billy Miller (Greenwillow, $16.99), and Billy quite likes the idea.  But he is starting second grade and thus faces new challenges, including a school project and a poetry slam, along with the old ones (namely, his ever-present little sister). Award-winner Kevin Henkes has written and illustrated a funny, human, and realistic take on what it is like to be in elementary school.  Ages 7-10. KLP
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780062268129
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 9/2013

Think of the most sickly-sweet book you ever received from your Gran-Gran, then double the saccharine quotient by adding a glassy-eyed, crook-eared bunny who thinks his birthday has been forgotten. This is Alexander’s terrible birthday gift, until he rescues the book from its overly friendly, forest-creatured fate. With Alex’s doctoring, Birthday Bunny morphs into supervillain Battle Bunny (Simon & Schuster, $14.99). A few swipes of Alex’s pencil, and eye-patched Battle Bunny rampages through the forest, chopping (not hopping) through trees. With robot killer bees, ninja turtles, and 1,104 fighting styles, Battle Bunny appears unstoppable – except the President thinks maybe Alex can help. Authors Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett and illustrator Matthew Myers pack every page with awesome details in this clever, laugh-out-loud funny, just-twisted-enough book for young readers. Ages 6-9. ACD

Battle Bunny (Hardcover)

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 10/2013

Young Precious Ramotswe has a big heart and a special talent for solving the mysteries that occur in her rural home in Botswana. When she makes friends with two new classmates, sister Teb and brother Pontsho, she has a chance to do so once again when their family’s cow disappears. This time, though, Precious may need some help from a furry comrade to solve The Mystery of Meerkat Hill (Anchor, $6.99). Alexander McCall Smith’s second book for young readers about his famous heroine from the adult series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency is a delight for both fans of and strangers to Precious. His lilting prose combines with Iain McIntosh’s stunning red-and-black illustrations to create a gem of a novel. Ages 7-10. JLM
$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780345804464
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Published: Anchor, 10/2013

Award-winning author-illustrator David Macaulay is well known for his ability to convey complex concepts through words and pictures.  Now Macaulay is introducing younger readers to the wonders of human beings and the things we make in a series called How It Works. The latest installments in the series, Eye and Toilet (David Macaulay Studio, $15.99 HB/$3.99 PB each), make for fascinating reading.  Learn about the Eye through the lens of a little girl who’s playing soccer.  How do her eyes adjust to light? How does she recognize her teammates?  And why did Sarah just run into her even though Sarah has flashy new sports specs? Toilet provides a comprehensive narrative and visual description of waste disposal, starting with the question, “What is […] waste and where does it come from?” Readers learn how the toilet works, but equally interesting are the different ways in which wastewater is treated.  Each book contains a glossary, a list of suggested books and other media, and an index.  Ages 6-9. HWP

Eye: How It Works (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437814
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Published: David Macaulay Studio, 9/2013

When her owners give her a skull-and-crossbones scarf on their seaside vacation, Poppy the Pirate Dog (Candlewick, $14.99) is sure that the pirate life is for her. Poppy can’t wait for her ocean adventures to begin, and she immediately sets out to find the perfect ship. Unfortunately, boats aren’t quite what Poppy expected. They move and splash unexpectedly, which she doesn’t like at all. How is Poppy going to become a pirate if she is afraid of boats? This is a fun and engaging early chapter book from the best-selling author Liz Kessler with charming illustrations by Mike Phillips. With large type and abundant illustrations, it’s the perfect confidence-building book for early readers moving into chapter books. Ages 6-8. CEB
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763665692
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2013

Oliver’s parents are finally resigned to settling down, under the impression that there’s nothing left to explore. They haven’t even unpacked into their home in Deepwater Bay when something strange appears—actually, several strange things: islands. Mr. and Mrs. Crisp are immediately hauling the inflatable dinghy to the water to go and explore the new islands. Within hours the islands disappear, along with Oliver’s parents, so he sets out to find them. Along the way, he befriends a near-sighted mermaid, a feisty albatross, and one of the living Rambling islands, Cliff. They’re headed to the Hallowed Shallows for the Seawigs contest. Will Oliver rescue his parents from a wicked sea captain and his army of sea monkeys? And can he help Cliff win the Seawigs contest? Author Philip Reeve and illustrator Sarah McIntyre’s Oliver and the Seawigs (Random House, $12.99) is not your typical high seas adventure. Ages 7-10. HWP

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780385387880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Jon Scieszka is making us laugh once again, this time in partnership with the talented Brian Biggs. Frank Einstein, a kid, an inventor, and a genius, sets out to win Midville’s science prize in Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Amulet, $13.95). However, there’s a lot standing between Frank and first place, including his mischievous robots Klink and Klank and a nemesis named T. Edison. The book is filled with Scieszka’s contagious humor, which is amplified by Biggs’ cartoonish illustrations. Kids will love the story and parents will love the way in which science is made fun and accessible.  Ages 8-12.  KLP

$13.95
ISBN-13: 9781419712180
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Published: Amulet Books, 8/2014

Newbery Medal author Lynne Rae Perkins intertwines the adventures of four squirrels in a gleeful, tall tale richly told with zany, informative asides and footnotes. Jed, a quick-thinking squirrel, talked his way out of the talons of a hawk and is now “realms” away from home and in a land of reddish squirrels who speak a regional dialect. At the same time, Jed’s friends are preparing to follow the “buzzpaths” and “frozen spiderwebs” to rescue him. Black and white drawings with fascinating details complete this extravagant yarn. In the language of squirrels, Nuts to You (Greenwillow, $16.99) translates to “WOW.”  Ages 8-11. MAG

Nuts to You (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780060092757
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Published: Greenwillow Books, 8/2014

In the newest novel from Newbery Honor author Cynthia Lord, Lucy’s family moves to a house on a lake. Lucy is an aspiring photographer, inspired by her father, a famous photographer, and she turns her lens on their new home. When she finds out that her father is judging a photography contest, she enters anonymously to try to win his approval. All she needs is Half a Chance (Scholastic, $16.99). While finding subjects for her photographs, Lucy befriends her neighbor, Nate, and learns more about herself along the way.  Ages 9-11. CEB

Half a Chance (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545035330
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Published: Scholastic Press, 2/2014

Just who is The Madman of Piney Woods (Scholastic, $16.99)? A monster? An ex-slave? Part lion? Rumors abound in two small 1900s Canadian towns. Slowly, the truth is revealed through the eyes of dual narrators: Red, an Irish-Canadian boy whose passion for science is rivaled only by his fear of his bitter cane-swinging grandmother, and Benji, an African-Canadian woods-loving prankster whose aspirations alternate between being a hermit and being the world’s youngest newspaperman. Told against the backdrop of families and places healing from the injustices of history, the story depicts the growing friendship between two boys. A deep study of character, Christopher Paul Curtis’s companion to Elijah of Buxton revisits the same geographical territory, exploring human reactions to fear and trauma while weaving a suspenseful tale of adventure and community.  Ages 9-12.  ACD

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780545156646
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Published: Scholastic Press, 9/2014

Mysti Murphy loves stories and creating them. However, her imagination cannot assuage the challenges she faces at home and school: keeping the secret that her mother is agoraphobic has become a greater burden since her dad was hospitalized with a severe head injury; she is relegated to the “loser island” during lunch since her best friend deserted her. However, an unexpected friendship and conquering her own fears provides Mysti with Courage for Beginners (Little, Brown, $17) as she maneuvers the rocky terrains of home and middle school. Karen Harrington packs humor and heart into this rewarding story of family and friendship.  Ages 9-12. MAG

$17.00
ISBN-13: 9780316210485
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Gabriel Finley is a twelve-year-old boy with a penchant for riddles. They remind him of the word games he used to play with his father, who disappeared three years ago. In George Hagen’s Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99), he starts to learn the story behind that disappearance—he and his family are caught up in a long battle against evil, stretching back to Odin and his two ravens, Munnin and Huginn. Gabriel meets some curious allies on his search for answers, including a raven. It’s a good thing, too, because Gabriel’s going to need all the help he can get to save the world from his evil uncle Corax.  Ages 9-12. SB

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385371032
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 8/2014

The Family Fletcher is a wild crowd, and you don’t want to miss their story. In The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher (Delacorte, $15.99) Sam, Eli, Jax, and Frog are facing a new school year full of big decisions. To be or not to be a thespian? How do you deal with a new neighbor who isn’t very neighborly? With the help of their dads—and the funny and wise notes they leave on the fridge—the Fletcher boys find the answers to these questions and more, growing along the way. Dana Alison Levy’s  expert balancing act celebrates the energy of childhood and how parents manage to keep up.  Ages 9-12. SB

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780385376525
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Published: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, 7/2014

Twelve-year-old Wilhelmina (Will) relishes her free and wild life on a farm in the “hottest corner of Zimbabwe.” She spends her days riding horses across the dusty African landscape, baking her food over open fires, and stealing bananas right from the tree for herself and her monkey. When Will’s beloved father dies of malaria and her house is sold, she is sent to boarding school halfway around the world, though it might as well be another planet entirely. The girls at the elite London school call her a savage and take every opportunity to humiliate her. But a curious boy and his understanding grandmother teach Will that having the courage to face new challenges is like Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (Simon & Schuster, $16.99). Katherine Rundell deftly weaves the Shona language into her lyrical prose, which illustrator Melissa Castrillon brings to life.  Ages 9-12. HWP

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442490611
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

Neither Rose’s dad nor her teachers understand the challenges this bright girl faces due to her obsessive behaviors. Rose makes sense of her world by collecting homonyms and prime numbers, and rigidly adhering to rules. Because of her struggles, Rose is quite lonely—apart from time spent with her empathetic uncle—until her dad brings home a stray dog. In keeping with her love of homonyms, Rose names the dog, Rain Reign (Feiwel & Friends, $16.99). When Rain goes missing after a storm, Rose’s ability to be flexible and her sense of fairness are tested. Newbery Honor award winner Ann M. Martin’s incisive, heartrending story of a resilient girl is ultimately one of hope.  Ages 9-12. MAG

Rain Reign (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780312643003
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Published: Feiwel & Friends, 10/2014

Violet is biracial, brown skinned in a family of blonds. Her father died before she was born, and she has never known her African-American relatives. Eleven years old and abandoned by her best friend for the summer, Violet decides it’s time to explore her roots and sets out to meet her father’s side of the family. The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) is a tricky and fascinating place. Readers will root for Violet as she perseveres in this story of family and self-discovery, confronting racism and stereotypes along the way. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters, Brenda Woods’s novel is a heartwarming tribute to family.  Ages 9-12. CEB

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399257148
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 1/2014

Neither Karn nor Thianna, the two heroes of Thrones and Bones: Frostborn (Crown, $16.99), really fits into their world. Karn is a merchant’s son who would rather be playing his favorite board game than learning how to haggle. Thianna is a half-giantess who is mocked by her peers for her comparatively short stature. When their paths cross at the annual market of the humans and the giants, however, they start to recognize their strengths. That is, when they aren’t on the run, trying to survive duplicitous uncles, clever dragons, undead kings, and even fouler beasts. They make an unlikely duo, but author Lou Anders makes them, and their world of trolls and wyverns, gripping and emotionally resonant.  Ages 9-13.  ENR

Frostborn (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385387781
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

Marah is one of the Sparkers (Viking, $16.99), or non-magicals, in a world ruled by a magical elite. As a member of the lower caste, her exceptional gifts with languages and the violin are not enough to provide her with standing in society. When a plague strikes the city of Ashara, turning the eyes of its victims black before they ultimately weaken and die, Marah stumbles upon a possible cure in an ancient, untranslated text. To make the cure, Marah must break the law, befriending a rich magician as they race against time to beat the illness that threatens their loved ones. Eleanor Glewwe’s debut novel is a beautifully drawn and suspenseful story sure to captivate readers.  Ages 10-13. CEB

Sparkers (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780451468765
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Published: Viking Juvenile, 9/2014

In a profoundly moving memoir, multi-award winning author Jacqueline Woodson reflects on her childhood, living both in South Carolina and New York during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Laden with stories of life with a loving family and pierced by the realities of the time, this is the journey of a Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen, $16.99) as she discovers her voice as a writer. This beautiful reflection told through stirring verse is complemented with a family tree, pictures, and notes from the author, and is handsomely crafted with deckled pages. It is a tour de force—not to be missed.  Ages 10 and up. MAG

Brown Girl Dreaming (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399252518
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books, 8/2014

Great Scott! Gadzooks! A chocolate river, hair toffee, lickable wallpaper. With language as zany and energetic as its plot, and characters readers will love and love to despise, Roald Dahl’s classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Knopf, $17.99) is as good on its tenth reading as its first. The newly issued 50th-anniversary collector’s edition features Joseph Schindelman’s original illustrations, cross-hatched sketches that emphasize the humanity of Charlie’s family, the eccentricity of Willy Wonka, and the fatal cartoonish flaws of Charlie’s greedy peers. It’s both a theatrically satisfying read-aloud and an engrossing independent read, and there isn’t a child—or adult—who won’t find fun in the outlandish exploits of Willy Wonka and the well-deserved luck of the unsuspecting hero Charlie.  Ages 8-11. ACD

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780394810119
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

Shh! We Have a Plan (Candlewick, $15.99). Don’t scare the birds away! Four friends bundled up in hats and coats and carrying nets are stalking birds. Well, three friends are: the littlest one has a different idea that might have more successful results. Author-illustrator Chris Haughton uses a combination of collage and digital artwork with stunning results. His bold use of shades of blue and indigo with splashes of reds, yellows and greens to depict the brilliant and gorgeous birds makes this picture book both remarkable and accessible. And if they don’t manage to catch any birds, well, there are always squirrels.  Ages 4-7. KLP

Shh! We Have a Plan (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763672935
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2014

Baby wants kisses, and one by one baby gives and receives sweet smooches from her household’s inhabitants. Outside, baby gets kisses from the sun and the wind, and the “flowers send kisses past bees and trees.” In both English and Spanish Mami, Papi, and even the family perro [dog] have Besos for Baby (Little, Brown, $6.99). Author Jen Arena will charm readers with her simple, lyrical sentences, paired with contrasting colors by illustrator Blanca Gomez. This bilingual book is a beautiful addition to a baby’s first library.  Ages 0-3. KLG

$6.99
ISBN-13: 9780316230377
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Published: LB Kids, 9/2014

Author Christopher Franceschelli and illustrator Peskimo tackle numeric territory in Countablock (Abrams Appleseed, $16.95), an interactive journey from one to 100. The book’s cut-out numbers will entice little hands, and its durable pages can withstand months of preschool exploration. Numbers one to 10 receive two-page spreads, and each page turn reveals an exciting transformation: One acorn becomes one tree! Three boxes become three forts! The cause-and-effect play continues as the text counts by 10s to 100. The occasional silly subversion of expectations—40 eggs become 39 chicks and one dinosaur—will appeal to young and old. Though the book will inspire frequent re-reading, adults need not fear: Peskimo’s distinctive retro style is a pleasure to peruse again and again.  Ages 2-5.  ACD

Countablock (Board Books)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419713743
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 8/2014

What makes you happy? You’re bound to find something in Amy Schwartz’s new picture book, 100 Things That Make Me Happy (Abrams Appleseed, $16.95). Using simple rhymes and vibrant illustrations, Schwartz shares her favorite things, from city lights and starry nights—each of which covers an entire page—to pony rides/shiny slides and submarines/jelly beans, playing across a single page. Children will enjoy this colorful tribute to many things they recognize, and look forward to visiting their favorites again and again. Ages 2-5. HWP

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419705182
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Published: Abrams Appleseed, 10/2014

In This Book (Chronicle, $17.99) young children are gently exposed to the relationship between objects or persons and their physical environment. Author Fani Marceau uses repetitive and rhythmic text to make comparisons in size: “I am in the web, said the spider,” and situation: “I am in the dark, said the child.” Occasional two-page layouts accentuate the grandiosity of particular animals, such as a mighty tiger in the jungle and a whale in the vast ocean. In This Book will not disappoint those who may recognize Joelle Jolivet’s vibrant color-block illustrations from an earlier endeavor, the over-sized Zoology.  Ages 3-5. RBB

In This Book (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452125886
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Published: Chronicle Books, 8/2014

Chicken doesn’t mind living alone out in the middle of the woods, but when someone moves into the house next door, he’s excited to find out Who’s Next Door? (Owlkids, $16.95) in this charming new picture book by Mayuko Kishira. Unfortunately, Chicken’s new neighbor is Owl and the two neighbors are on completely opposite schedules. The bright colors and cheerfully simple illustrations by Jun Takabatake provide the perfect counterpoint to the clever story of Chicken and Owl determinedly trying to meet even as they seem doomed to repeatedly miss each other. Children will root for this endearingly mismatched pair, each struggling to make a new friend.  Ages 4-7. CEB

Who's Next Door? (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781771470711
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Published: Owlkids Books, 8/2014

One night, Sylvie notices a door in the wall of her bedroom that she has never seen before. How utterly enticing! Author and illustrator John Burningham, two-time winner of the Kate Greenaway medal, leads readers on The Way to the Zoo (Candlewick, $15.99). Once Sylvie realizes that she has a secret passage to the zoo, she starts bringing creatures home who may or may not be able to sleep in her bed with her. All goes well until one morning she wakes to the realization that she forgot to close the door. Find out about the ensuing chaos in this special read-aloud accompanied by Burningham’s trademark muted pen and pencil drawings with watercolor accents. Ages 3-6.  KLP

The Way to the Zoo (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763673178
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2014

Language and elegance come together in Firebird (Putnam, $17.99), a poetic story of dance, hardship, and success by prima ballerina Misty Copeland. A young girl watches Copeland soar as the iconic Firebird and dreams of finding her own feet dancing on that stage. Copeland encourages the young dancer, telling her, and the reader, the story of her struggle to the top. Together with award-winning illustrator Christopher Myers, Misty Copeland artfully guides readers through a world of dance, poetry, and breathtaking beauty.  Ages 4-7. ARW

Firebird (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399166150
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 9/2014

This sweet and simple picture book, written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc (translated from the French by Claudia Z. Bedrick), celebrates true friendship, and its flexibility. The Lion and the Bird (Enchanted Lion Books, $17.95) meet in autumn, when the bird’s wing is injured and he can’t fly south with his flock. The lion takes him in and nurses him back to health and they spend a winter together staying warm, becoming friends. When spring returns, the bird’s flock flies through and he migrates with them. The lion, though sad to see him go, wishes his friend well on his journey. As the book moves through the seasons, Dubuc’s sparse text and evocative illustrations beautifully convey the emotions of the two animals. When autumn returns, so does the bird, and the two friends spend another winter together, staying warm.  Ages 4-7. ENR

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781592701513
Availability: Not currently shipping from publisher – Subject to future availability
Published: Enchanted Lion Books, 5/2014

Being small can be a challenge, especially in a place as large as New York City. Elliot is a petite elephant, a bit unlike the others you may know, with polka dots and a big appetite for sweet treats. He takes the difficulties he faces daily in stride, rarely allowing minor inconveniences to dampen his kind-hearted spirit. However, when Elliot is unable to purchase a cupcake because he can’t reach the counter, he feels downtrodden until he meets someone even smaller than he and learns a valuable lesson about friendship and hope. Debut author and illustrator Mike Curato shows readers that the smallest creatures can have the biggest hearts. Little Elliot, Big City (Henry Holt, $16.99) is a delight, with charming illustrations and a classical feel.  Ages 4-7. KLG

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780805098259
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9/2014

On Monday, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole (Candlewick, $16.99), determined not to stop until they discover something “spectacular”. Aided by their faithful pooch, the pair plows into the earth until the hole is taller than they are. Thinking that they’re going nowhere fast, they start digging sideways instead of down, hoping this change of direction will lead them to something great. Every so often they switch their angle of approach again, but with no better luck. Author Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen—with help from Sam and Dave’s dog—show readers that spectacle is often just out of reach and can be found in the most unexpected of places.  Ages 4-8. ARW

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick, 10/2014

Based on his experience in the winter of 1978, John Rocco’s latest picture book recounts the days of a great Blizzard (Hyperion, $17.99) and the heroism it inspires in the young protagonist. Furiously falling snow overtakes a small town, yet no plows appear. Initially, the deep snow is thrilling. The narrator and his sister scramble out windows into drifts, digging tunnels and secret rooms. But as supplies dwindle and cabin fever mounts, the intrepid narrator must develop a plan of action. With a little ingenuity and some tennis racquets, he takes care of the neighborhood’s needs. Rocco’s text recreates the suspense of a storm, and his illustrations’ attention to detail and color build a wondrous world, in which a hero still stops to make snow angels.  Ages 4-8. ACD

Blizzard (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781423178651
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Published: Disney-Hyperion, 10/2014

We can smell it in the air and see it in the changing colors of the leaves: Winter is Coming (Simon & Schuster, $17.99). In this beautifully illustrated picture book, a young artist and budding naturalist observes changes in nature during autumn from her treetop perch.  She watches as wild animals search for food and prepare for the coming cold. Each page of Tony Johnston’s story reads like a poem to nature and its wonders. Jim LaMarche’s stunning illustrations vividly capture the colors, the wind, and the animals’ lives in autumn.  Ages 4-8.  KLP

Winter Is Coming (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442472518
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books, 8/2014

Hana signs up to play the violin in her school’s talent show. Her older brothers find this hilarious; she is a beginner! But Hana doesn’t expect to play like a concertmaster, she just wants to honor her grandfather, who was once a professional musician in a great symphony orchestra. At the performance, the audience may expect Bach or Mozart from Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin (Kids Can, $16.95) but what they hear, and enjoy, are the unique sounds of nature that Hana remembers from a recent trip to Japan, and reproduces on her instrument. Author Chieri Uegaki and illustrator Qin Leng collaborate on this delightful story of honor and dedication.  Ages 5-8.  RBB

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781894786331
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Published: Kids Can Press, 8/2014

On the day of the class talent show a boy is excited to perform. He’s practiced and practiced, so he isn’t the least bit nervous. The children before him juggle balls, dance, and do handstands with ease. As the line shortens, the boy becomes more alarmed, gradually curling into a ball, until only his cowlick is visible over the neck of his sweater. When he finally stands up in front of his classmates he gets all jumbled up, “reading [his] toes” and “dancing [his] hands,” before managing to sing his song. In And Two Boys Booed (Farrar Straus Giroux, $16.99) veteran author Judith Viorst creates another lovable character, while illustrator Sophie Blackall perfectly captures the stage fright the boy feels. With clever lift-the-flaps, readers will laugh, cheer, and be encouraged by the boy’s ultimate success.  Ages 4-8. KLG

And Two Boys Booed (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780374303020
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9/2014

Basketball and verse? An unexpected collaboration of subject and literary composition, but Kwame Alexander delivers with Crossover (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99). Josh Bell—known as Filthy McNasty—is always “agitating / combinating / and elevating” his game. His twin brother Jordan is also a “baller” but is recently distracted by another equally engrossing game: girls. Alexander’s verse weaves, pump fakes, and slam dunks across the page, adding visual excitement to this “running gunning / shooting” story of sibling rivalry and, ultimately, brotherly love. Ages 11-14. Renée Bosco

The Crossover (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780544107717
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Published: Houghton Mifflin, 3/2014

Who dug the Panama Canal, sacrificing their homelands, families, and safety, and risking mudslides and malaria?  Who made the rules, assigning jobs based on skin color, ensuring unequal wages, hours, sanitation, clothing, and food?  Who witnessed the destruction of their rainforest home, howling, flapping, shrieking, and falling?  Although Margarita Engle’s powerful book is a tribute to the low-wage workers known as The Silver People (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99), the book contains all of these voices from the Panama Canal. Using free verse, Engle expertly weaves the distinct voices into a compelling historical narrative.  Ages 12-15. Heidi Powell

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544109414
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 3/2014

The smugglers who frequent Milo’s parents’ inn usually give his family Christmastime off, but not this holiday season. In Kate Milford’s Greenglass House (Clarion, $17.99), Milo tries to figure out what has brought not one, not two, but five strangers to his home. In the process, he confronts his insecurities about being adopted, learns more about the history of his house, and makes friends with a ghost. This tale will warm readers with its wise meditations on family, friendship, and the feeling of belonging.  Ages 11-14. SB

Greenglass House (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780544052703
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Published: Clarion Books, 8/2014

It’s 1892 and Abigail Rook is off to seek her fortune. After discovering archeology isn’t quite as interesting as she’d imagined, she finds herself in New England in need of a job. Fortuitously, that’s when she meets the peculiar Jackaby (Algonquin, $16.95), a man with a gift for seeing the supernatural. He’s a detective by trade, but his talent for spotting fairy nests and troll droppings means he sometimes misses the more mundane, but still crucial, details. That’s where Abigail comes in. It’s not even her first day as Jackaby’s assistant when they find themselves on the trail of a serial killer, who may be a little more than human. William Ritter’s first novel is a clever and ghoulish take on the tried-and-true detective narrative.  Ages 12-16. ENR

Jackaby (Hardcover)

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781616203535
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 9/2014

In Marcus Sedgwick’s unique thriller, She is Not Invisible (Roaring Brook, $16.99), Laurenth is sure that her father is missing, even if the rest of her family isn’t convinced. He’s taken off for New York City to research his newest novel, and back home in England, Laurenth starts to gather evidence about his disappearance and put the pieces together. Something has gone horribly wrong. With the help of her 7-year-old brother, Laurenth hops a plane to New York, hoping to rescue her dad, who may be on the brink of insanity. For any 16-year-old, entering an unfamiliar city on a high-stakes adventure is scary enough. For Laurenth, everything is twice as risky because she’s blind.  Ages 12-17. ARW

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596438019
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 4/2014

Richard and his cousin Malley are best friends, so when Malley takes off with a loser she met online to escape boarding school, Richard is desperate to find her. Luckily, it’s just then that he meets Skink. Some readers may recognize this curious character as the soldier/ex-governor/eco-terrorist/drifter featured in author Carl Hiaasen’s adult novels. Well, Skink is back!  For a vagabond, he’s surprisingly well-connected and resourceful, and it isn’t long before the unlikely duo is hot on Malley’s trail. Skink—No Surrender (Knopf, $18.99) is full of adventure with an environmentally conscious twist, but what really drives it is the special relationship between the cousins and their idiosyncratic ally.  Ages 12 and up.  RBB

Skink--No Surrender (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780375870514
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

What if England won the Revolutionary War? In her latest novel, Author Andrea Cremer imagines a world where that came to pass. Armed with mechanical creations beyond imagination, England has tirelessly tracked and destroyed all supporters of the Revolution, forcing them into hiding and their descendants into years of indentured servitude. The rebellion continues to stir beneath the surface, however, and sixteen-year-old Charlotte is impatiently waiting to join the resistance. When she finds a young man in the woods, with no memory, everything Charlotte knew to be true is called into question. Not sure whom to trust, with secrets lurking all around her, Charlotte discovers that The Inventor’s Secret (Philomel, $18.99) could change the outcome of the revolution.  Ages 13-16. KLG

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780399159626
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Published: Philomel, 4/2014

Years after the conclusion of Garth Nix’s iconic fantasy trilogy, Nix makes a fast-paced and thrilling return to the world of the Old Kingdom. More than just a prequel, this new novel broadens Nix’s world, introducing a conflicted and fascinating new heroine in Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen (HarperCollins, $18.99) and an earlier setting swirling with dark magic. Something is afoot in the Old Kingdom: a dangerous Free Magic creature stalks the city; there is a plot against the king; and Clariel is drawn into the turmoil against her will. Fans of Nix’s Old Kingdom series and newcomers alike will delight in this tale of necromancy and intrigue.  Ages 13-18. CEB

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780061561559
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Published: HarperCollins, 10/2014

Meg Wolitzer’s first young adult novel, Belzhar (Dutton, $17.99), is inspired by Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar. tenth-grader Jam Gallahue has lost the love of her life and fallen into an overwhelming depression. In desperation, her parents have sent her to a boarding school for those deeply affected by personal losses. Wolitzer’s tale is grounded in reality, with an element of the fantastic. At the school, Jam is selected for a special course which requires journal-keeping in a unique diary, provided by the teacher. Jam and her fellow students forge friendships and share the strange experiences they have while writing in their journals, which ultimately reveal much about the tragedies they have suffered.  Ages 14-18. KLP

Belzhar (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780525423058
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Published: Dutton Juvenile, 9/2014

Emily Bird wakes up in a hospital with the world crumbling around her. The West Coast has been struck by the deadly v-flu—rumored to be a biochemical attack—and her hometown of Washington, D.C. is under a strict quarantine. If only Bird could remember what happened to her the night she ended up in the hospital, the night she was drugged at a party with her elite prep school friends by a Homeland Security Agent, maybe she could make sense of what’s going on. Alaya Dawn Johnson’s thriller, Love is the Drug (Arthur A. Levine, $17.99) is not just a gripping tale of intrigue, but also a story about finding yourself against all odds.  Ages 14-17. ENR

Love Is the Drug (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545417815
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 9/2014

The Secret Sky (Philomel, $17.99) is a tale of forbidden love set in author Atia Abawi’s native Afghanistan. Fatima, a Hazara, is a questioning, ambitious, yet still obedient young woman. When her childhood friend, Samiullah, a Pashtun, returns home from his religious studies a romance kindles between the two. However, tremendous religious, tribal, and cultural barriers threaten to keep the two apart. Violence is sparked by the response of the insecure, jealous and bitter Rashid, Samiullah’s cousin, who uncovers their illicit relationship. Abawi sprinkles the text with Dari and Pashto words included in a glossary and has added a note on the complexities of life in modern Afghanistan.  Ages 14-18. KLP

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780399160783
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Published: Philomel, 9/2014

Jandy Nelson’s second book, I’ll Give You the Sun (Dial, $17.99), is a linguistic feast. Narrated alternately by twin siblings Noah and Jude, at ages thirteen and sixteen, respectively, Nelson’s novel is emotionally captivating. At thirteen the twins were incredibly close, but three years later a number of tragedies have befallen them, and their family is torn apart. Jumping back and forth in time, Nelson reveals the twins’ story piece by piece in narrative voices so distinct and original you’ll be reading sentences over just to enjoy them a second time.  Ages 14 and up. ENR

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803734968
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Published: Dial, 9/2014

In Bombay Blues (Push, $18.99), the companion novel to Born Confused, Tanuja Desai Hidier revisits the adventures of Dimple Lala, now 19. Dimple is going back to India for the first time since her grandfather died, and seeking closure. She hoped she’d get to explore what India means to her with boyfriend Karsh, but it seems like life has other plans. Hidier’s lyrical language is a mix of teenage slang, music, and poetry. This stunning novel is as beautiful for its prose as its story.  Ages 15 and up. SB

Bombay Blues (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780545384780
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Published: Push, 8/2014

When life flies past you in miles instead of minutes, sometimes it takes 100 Sideways Miles (Simon and Schuster, $17.99) to make sense of it all. Finn Easton’s life hasn’t been normal since his mother was killed by a falling horse, the same accident that left Finn with unpredictable epileptic blackouts. To top it all off, Finn’s father writes a popular work of science fiction that incorporates all of Finn’s symptoms. The only person who keeps Finn grounded is his best friend Cade. That is, until Julia Bishop moves to town. With her arrival Finn begins to see that life needn’t always be ordinary. Andrew Smith’s newest work is the perfect balance of absurdity and heart that will have readers rooting for Finn’s success.  Ages 16-18. KLG

100 Sideways Miles (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442444959
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

Lionel convinces his best friend, Anisa, for a lark, to sneak through a construction site on their way home. But this jaunt to kill time on a long day of summer vacation turns serious when they hear crying and discover a baby abandoned in the site. Danette Vigilante gives the reader a compelling and believable narrator in Lionel, as he relates what happens in the aftermath of this discovery. Lionel is determined that this baby will know she is loved, so he sets about Saving Baby Doe (Putnam, $16.99) and learns a lot about himself and the remarkable characters around him along the way.  Ages 11-14. Eowyn Randall

Saving Baby Doe (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780399251603
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Published: Putnam Juvenile, 3/2014

Fifth grade is looking good for Kate: her best friend is in her class, she’s excited for a new round of scouts, and she’s the top flute player in the band. But then Kate’s crabby neighbor, Nora, starts showing up wherever Kate is. In Kate the Great, Except When She’s Not (Crown, $12.99), author and illustrator Suzy Becker creates laugh-out-loud fun, giving readers a glimpse into Kate’s diary, where she doodles and writes about her daily adventures. With the help of her closest friend and her supportive family, Kate makes it her mission to get Nora to smile, and maybe even become friends along the way.  Ages 8-11. ARW

$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780385387422
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers, 8/2014

Cece is a new kid at school. She’s also the only deaf kid. Young readers will recognize and identify with Cece’s struggles to fit in and make friends, and while her additional challenge may be unfamiliar, readers will certainly still empathize. Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir—filled with bright illustrations and rabbit characters—starts by showing how she lost her hearing and acquired a clunky hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. The real action begins when Cece straps the Phonic Ear to her chest, finds herself imbued with super hearing, and becomes El Deafo (Amulet, $21.95 HB / $10.95 PB). Not only does the Phonic Ear amplify the teacher’s voice in the classroom, but Cece can also hear her teacher throughout the entire school. Although superheroes’ unique abilities make them awesome, they’re often lonely. Things start looking up, however, when Cece’s classmates learn of her unique superpower and she makes a true friend. Ages 8-12. HWP

El Deafo (Hardcover)

$10.95
ISBN-13: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 9/2014

Retold in graphic novel form by the French comic artist Yvan Pommaux, the tale of Theseus and the Minotaur (TOON Books, $16.95) is an enthralling adventure story set against the fascinating backdrop of Greek mythology. The retelling comes alive in Pommaux’s detailed and intricate art. Complete with historical information about the world of the ancient Greeks, as well as a variety of maps and character lists, this is a rich addition to the library of any mythology lover.  Ages 9-12. CEB

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781935179610
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Published: Toon Books, 8/2014

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. In The Shadow Hero (First Second, $17.99), Gene Leun Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Sonny Liew’s Sticks and Stones are tongs that literally break Hank’s bones, while he attempts to defend his dad from their extortion schemes in a 1940s Chinatown. At his mother’s insistence, he becomes a superhero who tries to bring American justice to old-world Chinese thugs, all the while attempting to keep his dignity as cops sling racist words at him. This is a classic golden-era superhero tale, with the spirit guardians of China lurking in the shadows.  Ages 12-18.  EAE

The Shadow Hero (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second, 7/2014

Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. In Shadow Hero (First Second, $17.99), Gene Leun Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers and Saints) and Sonny Liew’s Sticks and Stones are tongs that literally break Hank’s bones, while he attempts to defend his dad from their extortion schemes in a 1940s Chinatown. At his mother’s insistence, he becomes a superhero who tries to bring American justice to old-world Chinese thugs, all the while attempting to keep his dignity as cops sling racist words at him. This is a classic golden-era superhero tale, with the spirit guardians of China lurking in the shadows. Ages 12-18. Emily Ellerbe

The Shadow Hero (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second, 7/2014

Nick Bertozzi details an epic expedition in his latest graphic novel, Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey (First Second, $16.99). Through rich artwork laced with fun and informative graphics, Bertozzi delves into the bleak, fast-paced adventures of Ernest Shackleton, one of the most notable explorers to traverse the South Pole, as he and his team members fight for survival and journey from coast to coast. Hunger, disease, and brutal weather conditions are all part of this harrowing tale, as Shackleton struggles to succeed in his lifelong goal and bring all his men back home alive. Ages 12-18. Kasie Griffitts (Available in June)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781596434516
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Published: First Second, 6/2014

Illustrator Jillian Tamaki and author Mariko Tamaki have crafted a gorgeous graphic novel of adolescent summer friendship. Rose and Windy try to enjoy This One Summer (First Second, $21.99 hardback, $17.99 paperback) at Awago Beach despite the harsh realities of family life and their entry into adolescence. Thoughtful and introspective, Rose diverts her attention from her mother’s not entirely explained withdrawal from the family by observing the island’s older teens and their activities. Open, loud, and whimsical, Windy gossips with Rose about possibilities, and they try to enjoy a light-hearted summer vacation. Jillian’s artwork places you firmly into summer at the lake; dramatic and beautiful depictions of the water contrast with dynamic panels of Windy’s dancing exploits, full of movement and life. Ages 15-18. Kerri Poore

This One Summer (Paperback)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437746
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Published: First Second, 5/2014

There are two sides to every story, and award-winning author Gene Luen Yang has gracefully captured that truth in his graphic novel accounts of the Boxers (First Second, $18.99) and the Saints (First Second, $15.99), also available as a boxed set (First Second, $34.99) that is a finalist for the National Book Award. Led by Little Bao, the Boxers are fed up with foreign missionaries and the violence that has rocked the Chinese countryside. To battle Western forces, Little Bao calls on ancient Chinese gods and recruits and trains Chinese men in Kung Fu. In Saints, young, rejected Four-girl, the fourth daughter in her family (four being a number which is synonymous with death), is desperate to find a place to belong. Eventually she does with the Saints, who even christen her with a proper name. These riveting stories of the Boxer Rebellion show that history is never as straightforward as textbooks make it seem. Ages 15 and up. KLP
$34.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439245
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Published: First Second, 9/2013

Theodora Duck lives a quiet life, doing everything a duck Should Do, plus just a little bit more (like swimming with a teacup on her head for good posture). When new neighbor Chad moves in, she pities him for being an Odd Duck (First Second, $15.99) who dyes his feathers, but soon learns that he thinks the same thing about her. Cecil Castellucci (Rose Sees Red) and Sara Varon (Robot Dreams) have teamed up to create a charming tale of two odd ducks who have a lot to learn from each other. Ages 6-10. EAE

Odd Duck (Hardcover)

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435575
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Published: First Second, 5/2013

When war disrupts the happy life of Azzi and her family, she finds herself an immigrant in a new country, surrounded by a foreign language and culture and without her beloved grandmother. Sarah Garland’s thoughtful and strikingly illustrated graphic novel Azzi in Between (Frances Lincoln, $17.99) presents the excitement and pain of adapting to a new way of life. As Azzi and her family build a new home and community for themselves, she must find a way to both embrace this new beginning and hold on to her memories of home. Ages 7-11. CEB

Azzi in Between (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781847802613
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 4/2013

Timmy Failure (Candlewick, $14.99) is a detective whose only obstacles to success are his mother, his school, his “idiot best friend,” and his polar bear. The polar bear, Total, is Timmy’s inept partner in their detective agency, Total Failure, Inc. Timmy tries to manage his caseload despite his interfering teacher and competition from a girl he’d rather not talk about. Stephan Pastis’s illustrated novel, his first for young readers, conveys Timmy’s total obliviousness with humor and warmth as it introduces readers to this intrepid detective. Ages 8-12. HWP

$14.99
ISBN-13: 9780763660505
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Published: Candlewick, 2/2013

When Ely’s pet dog Tommy dies, he is devastated, but luckily he soon finds a new animal friend in Doug TenNapel’s comic Tommysaurus Rex (Graphix, $10.99 pb/$19.99 hb). In an abandoned cave behind his grandfather’s house, Ely stumbles upon a full-grown, living Tyrannosaurus rex. The two soon become fast friends, but the town proves less immediately accepting of this new “pet”. In TenNapel’s bold signature style, this graphic novel interweaves the surreal with the realistic and humorous, creating a tone that is relatable and entertaining. This is a unique and intriguing story that is both clever and readable. Ages 9-12. CEB

Tommysaurus Rex (Paperback)

$10.99
ISBN-13: 9780545483834
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Published: GRAPHIX, 6/2013

Opening with a euphoric childhood dream of flying, Little White Duck (Graphic Universe, $9.95) turns immediately afterwards to a scene of grief at the death of Mao Zedong in 1976 as remembered by the three-year-old protagonist. This sets the tone for the majority of the story, in which the mythologies and fantasies of childhood are drawn alongside and often inform gritty reality. A memoir in graphic novel form, Na Liu and Andres Vera Martinez present a seemingly simplistic vision of childhood in six self-contained yet interrelated sketches drawn liberally from Liu’s life. The evocative artwork and brief, vivid memories are layered without any strict linear causal narrative. Though appropriate in content for younger readers, Little White Duck’s understated charm and deceptive simplicity are best appreciated by those familiar with the historical context. Ages 12 and up. CEB
$9.95
ISBN-13: 9780761381150
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Published: Graphic Universe, 10/2012

For seventh grader Callie Marin, middle school is all about Drama (Graphix, $10.99): she’s the set designer for her school’s theater productions. This year, Callie is determined to create a spectacle worthy of Broadway. But competition among students inside and outside the drama department means that tensions are running high. Things get even more complicated when cute identical twin brothers appear on the scene. Raina Telgemeier (Smile) introduces a diverse group of characters that portrays the ups and downs of middle-school life. The author explores friendships, crushes, and sexual identity with honesty and humor. Ages 11-14. HWP

Drama (Hardcover)

$23.99
ISBN-13: 9780545326988
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Published: GRAPHIX, 9/2012

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales “tell the thrilling, shocking, gruesome, and TRUE stories of American history” in a riotous new series. One Dead Spy (Amulet, $12.95) introduces Nathan Hale (yes, his name is the same as the author’s), whose famous words “I regret that I have but one life to give for my country” earn him a place in U.S. history books. After he utters this very phrase from the gallows, in fact, a giant history book swallows him up. Hale, the hangman, and a British soldier are transported through time and experience the past, present, and future. Readers follow Hale from his youth and learn about both how he became a spy and the important events leading up to the American War of Independence. In Nathan and company’s second adventure, Big Bad Ironclad! (Amulet, $12.95), it’s the Civil War and the North and South are competing to make the best iron-covered warship. Both novels are full of adventure and laced with humor. Readers will find out what happens next in two upcoming volumes, due out in the summer of 2013. Ages 10-13. HWP
$12.95
ISBN-13: 9781419703966
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 8/2012

If you want to visit an amazing city, you should join Arlo, An Armadillo in Paris (Tundra Books, $17.99). Using his grandfather Augustin’s journal as a guide, Arlo sets off to explore the city’s art, history, and life, with an eye toward finding his grandfather’s favorite thing in Paris, the Iron Lady. Each place Arlo visits holds a clue about the Iron Lady. Cafe Gustave, where Arlo enjoys a croissant, is named after her architect. The Louvre displays posters from the 1889 World’s Fair where the Iron Lady was the “official greeter.” After spending a day traversing the city, learning about the Iron Lady, Arlo finds himself standing in front of her, gaping up in amazement. Author and illustrator Julie Kraulis notes that Paris is Arlo’s first adventure. Here’s hoping he has many more.  Ages 5-8. HWP

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781770495265
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Published: Tundra Books, 10/2014

When you look at the world just the right way, Everything is a Poem (Creative Editions, $24.99). Poet J. Patrick Lewis teams up with illustrator Maria Cristina Pritelli to show readers that the key is recognizing the beauty in little things. Lewis delivers humor, action, and even peace to the youngest readers of and listeners to poetry, writing about everything from animals and sports to epitaphs and postcards.  Ages 6-10. ARW

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ISBN-13: 9781568462400
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Published: Creative Editions, 8/2014

In the late 19th century, no one believed in Mr. Ferris and His Wheel (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $17.99). But George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr., an ambitious young mechanical engineer, knew that his idea for a star attraction at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair could rival the Eiffel Tower. Gilbert Ford’s ink and watercolor drawings illustrate Kathryn Gibbs Davis’s story of an inventor whose determination and perseverance turned skeptics into believers. After the first group braved the 20-minute ride, word quickly spread that the Monster Wheel was safe. During the 19 weeks the wheel was in operation, 1.5 million passengers rode it. Constructed of steel, powered by steam engines, and adorned with 3,000 electric light bulbs, the Monster Wheel, soon renamed the Ferris wheel, was a modern wonder. Ages 7-10. HWP

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780547959221
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company, 9/2014

With dramatic, visual story-telling and bilingual text, Pura Belpre author and artist Yuyi Morales pays tribute to the inimitable Frida Kahlo. Morales uses posed puppets and acrylic paintings to portray Kahlo across double-page spreads. Different perspectives on Morales’s art, photographed by Tim O’Meara, accentuate the extraordinary nature and experiences of the artist. This introduction for elementary age children includes a personal summary of Kahlo’s life by Morales, whose own development as an artist was influenced by Kahlo. Share Viva Frida (Roaring Brook, $17.99) with all who extol art.  Ages 7-10. MAG

Viva Frida (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 9/2014

Editor John N. Serio’s collection of poems encourages readers to notice the distinct pleasures of each season. The selections are accompanied by a brief biography of the poet and Robert Crockett’s evocative paintings, which reflect the essence of the poems. Whether it’s Nikki Giovanni conjuring memories of Southern summers with vivid descriptions of food and people, or Langston Hughes comparing hope to a warmth that keeps out the chill of winter, Poetry for Young People: The Seasons (Sterling, $14.95) reminds us of the importance of seasons in our lives.  Ages 10 and up. SB

The Seasons (Hardcover)

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781454913474
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Published: Sterling, 8/2014

“Let’s play!” No better summertime invitation exists. And that’s exactly how editors Debjani Chatterjee and Brian D’Arcy invite readers into their latest compilation of poetry, Let’s Play! Poems about Sports and Games from around the World (Frances Lincoln, $19.99). This joyful collection travels the globe, the game spectrum, and time. It highlights play as diverse as tobogganing, kung fu, and Snakes and Ladders, poetic forms from shape poems to simple rhymes, and even reaches into the 19th century for a spirited remembrance of a cricket match. Shirin Adl’s accompanying illustrations are equally exuberant, employing collage and drawing to create bright representations of the joy of play, in whatever form, in whatever place. Ages 5-10. Amy Dickinson

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781847803702
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 6/2014

From Emily Dickinson to William Carlos Williams, Paul B. Janeczko has gathered work by some of the finest poets to mark the changing of the seasons in this collection of “very short poems,” Firefly July (Candlewick, $16.99). Melissa Sweet’s evocative and whimsical illustrations match the poems beautifully, capturing the famous fog that “comes on little cat feet” and the glowing fireflies of the collection’s title poem. This is a book to be savored in little bits, or swallowed whole. However you approach it, it makes a wonderful and accessible exploration of the breadth of poetry’s capabilities for the earliest readers, and a reminder of the power of word and image for us all.  Ages 6-10. Eowyn Randall

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763648428
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Published: Candlewick, 3/2014

“It’s a magic wand. It’s yours to fling, to strum a fence, to draw the sun. A STICK IS AN EXCELLENT THING” (Clarion, $16.99). In this summery collection, Marilyn Singer celebrates all the wonders of playing outside. With upbeat rhymes, she explores the simple joy of rolling down a hill or blowing bubbles. LeUyen Pham’s cheerful illustrations complement the poems’ carefree spirit. This is a perfect book to read before a day out enjoying nature. Ages 4-7. AJK
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547124933
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Published: Clarion Books, 2/2012

Architectural photographer Isabel Hill depicts a menagerie of Urban Animals of Washington DC (Star Bright, $17.99) and composes verses to accompany them. Denizens of the city will delight in finding both new and familiar creatures in the buildings around them, and will be inspired to to take an even closer look to find hidden details. With its bold photographs and text, this book is sure to please both visitors to and residents of the nation’s capital.  Ages 3-6. ENR
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781595726582
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Published: Star Bright Books, 9/2013

“Our voices are rising,” intones the DreamYard Prep Slam Team, members of which joined with Caroline Kennedy to select Poems to Learn By Heart (Hyperion, $19.99). An anthology both grand and accessible, its poems range from the clipped power of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” to the lush reverie of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan,” from the silly wordplay of Jack Prelutsky to the furious rhythm of Yusef Komunyakaa. Careful attention to juxtaposition results in delightful groupings, and meticulous sectioning ensures treatment of life’s most important themes: family, the self, nature – and, of course, fairies, ogres, and witches. Jon Muth’s versatile paintings shift from surreal to lightly humorous to grave, emphasizing the poems’ tones in turn. The title doesn’t lie: this swath of the poetic landscape deserves to be memorized. All ages. ACD
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780316129473
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 4/2012

Each page of My Mother Goose (Roaring Brook, $19.99) is a moment to be enjoyed with the tyke on your lap. The unmistakable rhythm and absurdity of Mother Goose is a crucial part of early childhood, from Wee Willie Winkie and Jack Sprat to some less well-known rhymes like “Jerry Hall, / He is so small, / A rat could eat him, / Hat and all.” David McPhail has created an edition worthy of being read again and again, with colorful, appealing illustrations, and interspersed with early concept pages like “my 123s,” “getting dressed,” and “going places.” Ages infant-7. EAE
$19.99
ISBN-13: 9781596435261
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2013

From a fly sipping a spilled drop of milk to the regal “gilded eyes” of a toad, author Valerie Worth and illustrator Steve Jenkins capture the tiny and grand magic of insects and animals, domestic and wild, in Pug and Other Animal Poems (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99). Worth’s simple yet rich language, close observations, and occasional soft rhyme create a tone of awed curiosity that pairs beautifully with Jenkins’s strikingly detailed cut-paper illustrations. When the poet wonders if the Bengal Tiger might break from his cage and “run his lightning/into the world,” the accompanying illustration appears poised to leap from the page. Visually and lyrically compelling, this book will thrill both young language lovers and animal enthusiasts. Ages 4-9. ACD
$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780374350246
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 3/2013

There are few lovelier ways for a mom to put her child to bed than with a lullaby. Sean Qualls has taken Langston Hughes’s classic poem Lullaby (For a Black Mother) (Harcourt, $16.99) and brought it to life with sweet pastel illustrations. As bedtime draws closer, the pictures go from scenes of mother and baby playing in the sunlight, to the baby sliding across the night sky on music note bar lines, to both of them curled up asleep in a rocking chair. Hughes’s poem itself is both accessible and lyrical, and this edition is sure to be treasured as a nighttime family read-out-loud. Ages newborn-4. AJK

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780547362656
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Published: Harcourt Children's Books, 1/2013

Everyone who has a cat at home knows that felines have no trouble expressing themselves; the only think they can’t do is speak. Mother-daughter team Patricia Maclachlan and Emily MacLachlan Charest lend them a voice in the delightful collection Cat Talk (Katherine Tegen, $17.99). Each poem is written from a different cat’s point of view: Tough Tom relates the love he found after a life on the street, while Tuck describes his penchant for waking up his humans by licking their toes. Barry Moser’s watercolors portray the dignity, beauty, and utter goofiness that make cats such treasured companions. Ages 5-10. JLM

Cat Talk (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780060279783
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books, 3/2013

Opening with a concise yet powerful introduction by Arnold Rampersad on the history of African American Poetry (Sterling; $14.95) and edited by Rampersad and Marcellus Blount, this volume in the Poetry for Young People series is a necessary and powerful addition to every child’s library. Each new poet introduced in the volume is accompanied by significant biographical information and, when appropriate, the poems include a small glossary to help young readers interpret the language.  The collection includes a sampling of works by African American artists from the 1700s to present day, including but certainly not limited to Phillis Wheatley, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Claude McKay, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, Nikki Giovanni and Elizabeth Alexander. Karen Barbour’s dramatic and colorful illustrations fully complement the compilation. Ages 10-13. – Kerri Poore

$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781402716898
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Published: Sterling, 1/2013

Famed rock and roller Keith Richards makes his first foray into children’s literature with Gus and Me (Little, Brown, $18), the charming story of his own introduction to the guitar. As a boy, Keith idolized his grandfather, Gus, and was fascinated by his guitar, which he’d been forbidden to touch until he was older. When he’s finally old enough, his grandfather brings the guitar down and presents it to him, unaware of the impact the instrument will have on Keith’s life. Together with his daughter Theodora Richards’s simple yet evocative artwork, Richards’s story emphasizes his own love of music, as well as the magically childlike feeling of discovery. Ages 4-8. CEB

$18.00
ISBN-13: 9780316320658
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

Henri Matisse’s surroundings were colorless. Rain-drenched weather plagued his hometown, with only gray skies for miles around. But inside his home his mother made sure color flowed through their lives. Their curtains and rugs were of varying hues, hand-painted plates adorned the walls, and there was always The Iridescence of Birds (Roaring Brook, $17.99) on the window ledge, not far from Henri’s sight. Newbery award-winning author, Patricia MacLachlan explores what might have inspired this great artist to paint such vivid images. Coupled with vibrant illustrations by Hadley Hooper, this book is sure to make readers yearn to know more about Matisse and his colorful works of art.  Ages 4-8. KLG

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596439481
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2014

Melba Doretta Liston was a trailblazing jazz musician, one of the first women to become a renowned trombone player and composer, but this picture book biography starts before all that, when it was just Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Lee & Low Books, $18.95). Melba was born in 1926 in Kansas City, “where you could reach out and feel the music.” Author Katheryn Russell-Brown traces Melba’s story from teaching herself to play the ungainly instrument and playing on the local radio station at eight, to the struggles she faced touring in the South with Billie Holiday. Illustrator Frank Morrison’s rich oil paintings bring Melba’s story to life, and for the readers eager to hear Melba’s sound for themselves, or do some further reading, there are a Discography and Bibliography included in the end notes.  Ages 4-8. ENR

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781600608988
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Published: Lee & Low Books, 4/2014

Start “frisking the whiskers,” we’re going to “hit on all sixes” and learn our ABC’s! J is for Jazz (Bright Connections Media, $16.99) begins with a “ducky” introduction to jazz and ends with the “bee’s knees” of a glossary of jazz slang. Using individual letters, the body of the picture book acquaints budding musicians with the history and elements of this celebrated musical genre, including G is for Benny Goodman and his “licorice stick” (clarinet) and M is for Miles Davis, one cool cat! Author Ann Ingalls packs her latest with “solid” information, and illustrator Maria Corte Maidagan’s bright geometrical figures are a perfect complement. “Get a wiggle on” and don’t miss this great book!  Ages 5-7. RBB

J Is for Jazz (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781622670260
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Published: Bright Connections, 9/2014

Benny Goodman grew up in the early 1900s on Chicago’s West Side, playing his clarinet in the synagogue marching band. Teddy Wilson grew up around the same time in Tuskegee, Alabama, playing multiple instruments, but especially piano. Influenced by jazz and blues, Goodman and Wilson each performed at segregated venues until they met and, in 1936, made history by performing together. With free verse and vivid illustrations, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring to life the historic period when swing was born, in Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History (Holiday House, $16.95). Ages 6-11. Heidi Powell

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780823423620
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Published: Holiday House, 1/2014

Fifty years after The Beatles (Frances Lincoln, $18.99) took the United States by storm, sparking countrywide Beatlemania with their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, it is remarkable to look back at the origin stories of the four Liverpool lads who would become the Fab Four. Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s irreverent yet thorough approach to the story allows the personalities of the musicians to shine through, particularly their uniquely British sense of humor. Chronologically arranged with a mix of cartoon illustrations and blocks of explanatory text, The Beatles is perfect for old and new fans alike. Ages 8-12. Courtney Burtraw

The Beatles (Hardcover)

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9781847804518
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Published: Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 3/2014

Long before he was a famous abstract artist, Vasya Kandinsky spent hours learning to be a “proper Russian boy,” studying etiquette and being seen but not heard. When he was given a paint box to encourage an appreciation of art, no one expected the explosion of creativity it inspired. To his parents’ dismay, Vasya painted symphonies rather than landscapes and portraits. Bold sweeping colors and shocking shapes cascaded in a cacophony of expression from The Noisy Paint Box (Knopf, $17.99), because Vasya thought that “art should make you feel… like music.” Mary Grandpré's exuberant acrylic painting and paper collage alludes to Kandinsky's style, but never feels derivative, in Barb Rosenstock’s joyous celebration of originality. Ages 5-8. Courtney Burtraw

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780307978486
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2/2014

In late 19th- and early 20th-century Biloxi, Mississippi, George E. Ohr was ahead of his time. Ohr, who dubbed himself The Mad Potter (Roaring Brook, $17.99), experimented with glazes and shapes, creating “art ware” that future generations would admire and even covet. He was a showman who created a persona to lure tourists and locals to flashy demonstrations at his potter’s wheel. But few of Ohr’s contemporaries recognized his genius, preferring to purchase his clay trinkets. Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan (Ballet for Martha) introduce readers to this underappreciated artist and his art with engaging text and captivating photographs. Today you can see Ohr’s work at the Gehry-designed Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art in Biloxi.  Ages 9-12. Heidi Powell

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596438101
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 10/2013

Unless they’ve time to slip into a dreamy reverie, readers had best steer clear of Goodnight Songs (Sterling, $17.95), a collection of previously unpublished poems by famed children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. The book casts a spell. Each poem has been reimagined in song by Tom Proutt and Emily Gary, whose mellifluous soundscape, included on CD, works as an extended lullaby while intricately pairing instrumentation to lyric: the yawning trombone of “Sleep like a Rabbit,” Celtic rhythms in the sea tale of “Song for Estyn.” Twelve preeminent illustrators gathered to produce the art. Though diverse in media and style—from Carin Berger’s tiny 3-D stage to Eric Puybaret’s acrylic on linen—the pictures create a mood of mystery and whimsy, filled with details sure to enchant adults and children. If any book can capture the hushed comfort of that moment between awake and asleep, this one has done it. Ages 3-6. Amy Dickinson

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781454904465
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Published: Sterling, 3/2014

Imagine for a moment your favorite instrument or style of music. How does it sound? What emotions does it evoke? Take another moment to remember that there is Music Everywhere! (Charlesbridge, $7.95), and join Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, and Cynthia Pon on a tour of culture, sound, and pure joy. Though the instruments of Indonesia and Venezuela may be different and the beats of Ghana and France unique, all children clap, sing, pluck, rattle, and scrape, and ultimately find refuge in the comfort that their music brings. “Music has many moods.” It brings people together from the United Kingdom to Timor-Leste; it is a language that we can all understand. Ages 4-8. Allison Trotter

Music Everywhere! (Hardcover)

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9781570919367
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Published: Charlesbridge, 2/2014

Bottle caps, old ice-fishing decoys, broken toys… items destined for the wastebasket? Hardly! Author and illustrator Lois Ehlert considers such items tools of her trade and inspiration for her colorful and quirky illustrations. In The Scraps Book (Beach Lane, $17.99), Ehlert uses her signature collage technique to tell her own story, and includes photographs of her family, childhood home, and workspace. Ehlert’s whimsy and sense of humor are evident as she describes her blending of miscellany from nature, discarded household items, and just plain color, from wherever the source. References to her inspiration for particular books and a spread of all her book covers will delight current fans and send others to the bookstore! Ages 5-9. Renée Bosco

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442435711
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 3/2014

For an interactive introduction to Pablo Picasso (Princeton Architectural, $24.95) and Alexander Calder (Princeton Architectural Press, $24.95), try the Meet the Artist series. Both books include innovative lift-the-flaps, pull-tabs, and pop-ups, which bring the artists and their work to life. Try your hand at a Calder-style wire portrait. Or make a cubist collage like Picasso. Spanish author and illustrator Patricia Geis has created text, illustrations, and interactive elements that inspire children to learn, dream, and reflect on the history and work of these great artists.  Ages 8-12. Kerri Poore

$24.95
ISBN-13: 9781616892517
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Published: Princeton Architectural Press, 2/2014

As writer, Marcus produced Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing (Frances Foster, $24.99), the story of the British illustrator for whom the Caldecott Medal is named. This biographical account chronicles Caldecott’s journey from humble bank clerk to famous children’s book illustrator in a detailed and compelling style, with ample space devoted to an examination of the newly industrialized, Victorian society in which he lived. A multitude of full-color reproductions of Caldecott’s work combines with the text to make Marcus’s tome a worthy introduction to the “father of the modern picture book”. 11 and up. JLM
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780374310257
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 8/2013

Children’s literature historian Leonard S. Marcus had a busy year. Aside from making two appearances at Politics & Prose, he released Maurice Sendak: A Celebration of the Artist and His Work (Abrams, $45), published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name at the Society of Illustrators in New York. This collection, edited by Marcus, features never-before-seen work by the late Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen) as well as tributes from prominent children’s authors and illustrators. The richly illustrated pages capture both Sendak’s genius and the lasting influence he had on his colleagues. Ages 15 and up. JLM
$45.00
ISBN-13: 9781419708268
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 6/2013

Going into a museum full of famous paintings may seem intimidating to young visitors. Luckily, the National Gallery of Art has just published a book that shows the younger demographic that they, too, have An Eye for Art (Chicago Review, $19.95). This large, full-color volume is thoughtfully laid out into chapters on topics such as portraits, nature studies, and challenging tradition. Within each section, works from the National Gallery’s collection by prominent artists including Raphael, Georgia O’Keefe, Jacob Lawrence, and Dan Flavin are introduced with short artist biographies, questions about the work, and suggestions for activities relating to it. This book will spark creative young people’s desire to visit the National Gallery and see these masterpieces in person. Ages 11 to 15. JLM

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781613748978
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Published: Chicago Review Press, 9/2013

Take flight with 15 different avian species and discover what there is to find On the Wing (Candlewick, $16.99). Award-winning author David Elliott’s clever poems provide remarkable insights into many different types of birds, from the exotic to the common. Complimented by the gorgeously layered artwork of illustrator Becca Stadtlander, this is an entertaining and educational read. Perfect for budding bird watchers and the more casually intrigued alike, this new picture book provides a diverting and insightful look into the details of the avian world. Ages 4-7. CEB

On the Wing (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763653248
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2014

Welcome, one and all, to the Animalium (Big Picture Press, $35), a marvelously rich and enchanting Natural History Museum of a book. Presenting different species and subspecies of animals in the same meanderingly linear manner that one might find wandering through exhibits at a museum, Jenny Broom’s new animal encyclopedia is engagingly original. Illustrator Katie Scott’s art is strikingly gorgeous and layered, and scientific in its detail. Bursting with facts that range from the general to the more obscure, this is a book that demands and deserves hours upon hours of attention.  Ages 8-12. CEB

Animalium (Hardcover)

$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press, 9/2014

There is nothing in the world like the boundless curiosity of small children. And Nicola Davies, in her usual informative manner, has written a delightful book to help growing and quizzical minds comprehend Tiny Creatures: The World of Microbes (Candlewick, $15.99). A fabulous tool for parents and teachers alike, this book explains the existence of microbes, puts their size into perspective, and talks about their role in our bodies and on our planet.  Emily Sutton’s illustrations are equally bright, cheerful, and informative. Any children with inquiring minds—and isn’t that all of them?—will enjoy learning what the microbes living on their skin and in their stomachs do, how many microbes can fit on an ant’s antenna, and many other intriguing tidbits.  Ages 4-8. KLP

$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780763673154
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Published: Candlewick, 8/2014

Environmental degradation and climate change pose one of the biggest threats to humanity today, but the issues are complex and often confusing, making it difficult to know how to take meaningful action against such large problems. In Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines (Candlewick, $17.99), Paul Fleischman presents the environmental issues we are confronting in a manageable way, explaining the dangers they pose, and offering a variety of ways to make a difference. The unintimidating language and conversational tone make his writing approachable without over-simplifying the issues at stake, making this a great resource both for those new to the topic and those with some science background. Ages 14-18. CEB

$9.99
ISBN-13: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick, 9/2014

Think birds make sound only with tweets and chirps? Think again. Some birds trill by rubbing their feathers. Melissa Stewart’s Feathers: Not Just for Flying (Charlesbridge, $17.95) compiles an array of facts intriguing enough to make ornithologists of the most science-averse readers. Sarah Brannen’s detailed watercolors softly tease out every ridge, hue, and wisp of the dozens of featured feathers. Together, the illustrations and text create analogies between the versatile work of feathers and various human inventions, from kayaks to parasols. The book is nearly as versatile as the feathers it describes: it’s well suited to early elementary classroom exploration, a summer hike, or an afternoon spent daydreaming near the window, watching the action in the trees. Ages 4-7. Amy Dickinson

$7.95
ISBN-13: 9781580894319
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Published: Charlesbridge, 2/2014

They may be pesky and unwelcome in the garden, but as any child who has picked dandelions knows, Weeds Find a Way (Beach Lane, 16.99). With vibrant and brightly colorful depictions, Carolyn Fisher’s illustrations capture the way these often dreaded plants can be colorful and beautiful, peeking up through cracks in our industrial landscape, while the poetic prose of Cindy Jenson-Elliot highlights their hardiness and adaptability. Unlikely heroes they might be, but in this non-fiction picture book it is hard not to root for the weeds, relentlessly and optimistically poking their heads up despite the odds. Ages 4-8. Courtney Burtraw

Weeds Find a Way (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9781442412606
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Published: Beach Lane Books, 2/2014

Broccoli, lightning, and mountain ranges cannot be described as cylinders, spheres, or cones, so what shape are they? Sarah C. Campbell uses stunning photography and clear language to describe and explain the Mysterious Patterns (Boyds Mill, $16.95) that make up these and many other natural phenomena: fractals. First described by Benoit Mandelbrot, shapes comprised of repeating parts of different sizes make up much of the world around us, from the Colorado River to Queen Anne’s lace. An afterword by mathematician Michael Frame, who worked with Mandelbrot, describes how humans have harnessed nature’s mysterious shape for technologies from the internet to the invisibility cloak. Ages 6-10. Emily Ellerbe

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781620916278
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Published: Boyds Mills Press, 4/2014

Fossils, bunkers, gems, and farms. These are just a few of the things that lie steps, or miles, below our known world. In Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath your Feet (Kids Can, $18.95), author Jane Price invites readers to explore the tunnels of cave cities, the tombs of pharaohs, French catacombs, terra-cotta soldiers, and other underground worlds that you may not have encountered before. From hibernating bears and complex subway systems to buried treasure and underground science labs, immerse yourself in James Gulliver Hancock’s intricately detailed illustrations and descend into the unknown. Ages 9-12. Allison Trotter

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9781894786898
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Published: Kids Can Press, 4/2014

Macaroni, books, spoons, dogs: for Young Frank, Architect (Abrams, $16.95), every material is a building material—until his grandfather, Old Frank, informs him that “real architects” don’t make wiggly buildings or dream up entire cities. Yet when his grandfather suggests a visit to the museum, both Franks discover that architecture does include wiggly buildings, and much more than either of them imagined. Frank Viva’s text perfectly captures Old Frank’s even tone, and his illustrations humorously play on their straight-laced family resemblance, right down to the matching bowties in which they sleep. An endnote with short biographies of innovative architects (not all named Frank) will pique young readers’ imaginations and likely prompt a flurry of cardboard construction. Ages 4-9. ACD
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780870708930
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Published: ABRAMS, 9/2013

What “looks like a cross between a hippo, an elephant, and something prehistoric”? A tapir, of course! This endearingly goofy-looking creature is so stealthy that many people do not even know of its existence, which is being threatened by habitat loss. Luckily, Patricia Medici, The Tapir Scientist (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99), is learning more about this mysterious animal than anyone has before. Author-photographer duo Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop traveled to Brazil to see Pati and her team at work. The resulting book, the newest installment of the Scientists in the Field series, is a fascinating look not only at tapirs but also at the Pantanal wetland where they live. Ages 10-14. JLM
$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780547815480
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 7/2013

Lita Judge poses the question, How Big Were Dinosaurs? (Roaring Brook, $17.99) in her delightful new book. Comparing dinosaurs with animals alive today, Judge uses bright illustrations to show readers exactly how large different species of dinosaurs were. This nonfiction volume is filled with truly fun facts about these vanished creatures that will keep young paleontologists poring over it again and again. Ages 5-9. KLG
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781596437197
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Published: Roaring Brook Press, 8/2013

Sometimes being upside down is more than just fun. To evade predators, the hog-nosed snake flips over and plays dead; a bit of theatrical blood even trickles from its mouth. Sticky liquid seeps from the tiny hairs on a housefly, which allow it to walk up walls and across ceilings. In Animals Upside Down (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $24.99), Steve Jenkins and Robin Page compile a fascinating compendium of animal facts. Rife with flaps to lift, pop-ups to unfold, and tabs to pull, the interactive illustrations of 26 animals will engage early readers, introduce them to a rich array of survival mechanisms, and perhaps propel them to explore life from a different angle. Ages 4-7. ACD
$24.99
ISBN-13: 9780547341279
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 8/2013

In one Lifetime (Chronicle, $17.99), how many fleeces will an alpaca grow? How many beads will a rattlesnake add to its rattle? How many eggs will an alligator lay? Lola M. Schaefer was curious about these and other numerical aspects of animal lives but couldn’t find the answers in books or on the Internet, so she talked to animal experts and used some math to figure them out. The results, presented in a gentle format and accompanied by Christopher Silas Neal’s gorgeous illustrations, make a unique read-aloud for younger readers, while the in-depth back matter will fascinate older animal- and math-lovers. (The answers, by the way, are 20, 40, and 550.) Ages 4-9. EAE
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452107141
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Published: Chronicle Books, 11/2013

Rosie Revere, Engineer (Abrams, $16.95), is dreadfully shy. All she dreams about is being a great engineer and building contraptions to make her family’s life easier. When she is laughed at for one of her inventions, however, Rosie puts away all her devices and begins to build in secret, afraid of being ridiculed. Rosie’s dreams are too persistent to be put away, however, so with the help of her great-great-aunt Rose she faces her fears and follows her dreams. Andrea Beaty’s cadence coupled with David Roberts’s illustrations is a perfect combination, allowing readers to follow Rosie’s dreams and, if they read closely, to learn about real women pioneers. Ages 5-9. KLG
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781419708459
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 9/2013

First there were short videos. Then there was an Animal Planet documentary. Now there’s A Little Book of Sloth (McElderry, $16.99), perhaps the most adorable book of the year. Sloths and cuteness abound at Aviarios del Caribe, a Costa Rican sanctuary founded by Judy Arroyo. There, she and her assistants dress orphaned baby sloths in onesies made out of sports socks so they don’t get cold at night and give them stuffed animals to snuggle with. Lucy Cooke’s story about Aviarios del Caribe, dubbed Slothville in the book, teaches young readers about the differences between two-toed and three-toed sloths, describes the animals’ day-to-day activities, and introduces actual sloths currently living at the sanctuary. The many photographs, taken by Cooke and others, make this volume almost as good as a trip to Slothville itself, which will receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book. Ages 5-8. JLM
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781442445574
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 3/2013

Few baseball fans can resist Yankee pinstripes, especially when they cover a new picture book about Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio (Atheneum, $17.99). With casual, folksy prose and James E. Ransome’s detailed illustrations, author Jonah Winter portrays DiMaggio’s early years, living near the San Francisco waterfront. DiMaggio’s baseball prowess led to a meteoric rise to fame as the New York Yankee’s center-fielder. His quiet demeanor added to his mystique, and Joe handled his stardom with great dignity, even after setting a record of hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. This record still endures today, along with the respect for this American legend.  Ages 4-8. RBB

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781416940807
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

It’s 1948, and on the track Midge “Toughie” Brasuhn and Gerry Murray are Roller Derby Rivals (Holiday House, $16.95). Off the track, it’s a different story. The two women are good friends who play up their roles as competitors to feed the crowds’ frenzy. Sue Macy imagines what a bout between these two players and their respective teams might have been like in this exciting picture book. Matt Collins’s detailed and vivid illustrations make readers practically hear the roar of the crowd—nearly 5,000 strong. This book gives an illuminating peek into an era of sports history that is often forgotten, and includes detailed resources for the curious reader who wants to do some further digging.  Ages 5-8. ENR

Roller Derby Rivals (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780823429233
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Published: Holiday House, 7/2014

Young Californian Jordan Romero found No Summit Out of Sight (Simon and Schuster, $17.99), literally. As a nine-year-old, he set out to climb the highest mountain on all seven continents, including Mt. Everest, a feat known as climbing the Seven Summits. With the support of his parents, professional endurance competitors who accompanied him every step of the way, he achieved his goal by the time he was 15. Though this memoir is an exciting read, it also educates young readers about the geography and cultures of the various summit locations.  More importantly, in Jordan’s words, it encourages one to dream big and “find your Everest.”  Ages 12 and up. RBB

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781476709628
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 5/2014

Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world, with players and leagues from Brazil to Nepal all trying to make a Goal! (Holt, $17.99). Author Sean Taylor travels from country to country, using Caio Vilela’s photographs to illustrate how different children play the sport all over the world, with whatever they have on hand. While many kids use the traditional ball, some make do with round fruits, and sticks and rocks stand in nicely for goal posts. Taylor’s exploration of soccer also provides the basic rules and some interesting history of the game, perfect for the burgeoning World Cup star in your household. Ages 4-7. Kasie Griffitts

Goal! (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781627791236
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 5/2014

Baseball Is… (Margaret K. McElderry, $17.99) a beloved game that means something special to each devoted fan. One may value the memories and historical significance of particular players: Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, or Roberto Clemente. Or maybe the ambiance of an actual venue is the attraction: a favorite old ballpark, an impressive scoreboard displaying innumerable statistics, or simply the green expanse of a freshly-chalked field. It is obvious that author Louise Borden knows the game. Her precise prose coupled with Raúl Colón’s recognizably textured illustrations puts you ten rows above first base, anticipating the first pitch of the evening. Ages 5-10. Renée Bosco

Baseball Is... (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781416955023
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2/2014

In the summer of 1941, a nervous American population watched the European conflict from afar. But New York Yankee Joe DiMaggio offered a welcome respite from the worries of a concerned nation. The Streak (Calkins Creek, $16.95) began quietly. Using his special bat, nicknamed Betsy Ann, DiMaggio hit successfully in game after game. The record was broken at 42, but Joe continued to make contact. His ultimate record of 56 games thrilled a nation and is unlikely ever to be broken. Author Barb Rosenstock adds poignancy to this often-told historical achievement as she portrays the mental anguish DiMaggio endured during the streak. Terry Widener’s impressionistic illustrations are spectacular. This book is, well… a “hit.” Ages 7-10. Renée Bosco

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590789926
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Published: Calkins Creek Books, 3/2014

If the first athlete you think of when you hear the name “Babe” is Babe Ruth, no one could really blame you, but after reading Babe Conquers the World (Calkins Creek, $16.95) you might have some misgivings about who is the most important Babe in sports. This biography of Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Rich Wallace and Sandra Neil Wallace is fast-paced and entertaining, just like Babe herself. Babe was a complicated figure: she won many Olympic gold medals, set many world records, and tore down many barriers against women in sports, but she was also brash and egotistical. The Wallaces don’t just chronicle Babe’s deeds, they depict her in all her complexity, and include important moments from history as well, bringing Babe’s era to life and contextualizing how impressive her achievements were.  Ages 9-12.  Eowyn Randall

$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781590789810
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Published: Calkins Creek Books, 3/2014

Stats! The Greatest Numbers in Sports (Sports Illustrated, $14.95) is a must for any sports fan. Impressive photographs and appealing graphics highlight the extraordinary feats of athletes past and present. Cy Young really won 511 games in his professional baseball career? And Secretariat, one of only eleven horses to win the Triple Crown, still holds the course records at all three venues… forty years later? Unbelievable! Each reader will finish the book with a favorite statistic, but be impressed by nearly all the awesome feats compiled by Sports Illustrated Kids. Ages 7-15. RBB
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781618930392
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Published: Sports Illustrated, 7/2013

If you have a young biker in your life, you should pick up a copy of My First Bicycle Book (Cico Kidz, $14.95). The four sections— Biking Basics, Bike Maintenance, Have Fun on Your Bike, and the Science of Bikes— of this bright, comprehensive guide from Susan Akass will give any young rider confidence and independence. From practical information like the mountain biking “attack position” and how to pump tires and put your chain back on, to fun activities and challenges like how to pop a wheelie and customize your bike, this “first” volume is packed with enough information and fun to be your last. Ages 7-12. EAE
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781782490371
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Published: Cico, 8/2013

Both Satchel Paige and Joe DiMaggio have Something to Prove (Carolrhoda Books, $16.95) in Robert Skead’s first picture book. As an African American, Satch, one of baseball’s greatest pitchers, is not allowed to play in the major leagues; Joltin’ Joe is a promising rookie who has yet to substantiate his touted abilities. An actual exhibition game played in 1936 gave each the chance to highlight his extraordinary skills. Despite the final score, each athlete expressed sincere appreciation for the other’s past and potential contributions to the game. Enhanced by Floyd Cooper’s illustrations, this is a beautiful picture book and a worthy addition to any baseball fan’s collection. Ages 7-11. RBB
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9780761366195
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 4/2013

Babe Ruth’s prowess on the baseball diamond is legendary. Fewer fans, however, know of his turbulent childhood, the story Matt Tavares both authors and illustrates in Becoming Babe Ruth (Candlewick, $16.99). Young George Ruth was a troublemaker and found himself enrolled in Baltimore’s Saint Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. The combination of a strict regimen and the caring guidance of Brother Mattias, a baseball player himself, provided just what George needed to channel his bigger-than-life personality and exceptional athletic ability onto the path to stardom. As a professional player, Babe Ruth continued to support Brother Mattias and his school. This volume celebrates Babe’s extraordinary talents as well as his lesser-known kindness and generosity. Ages 7-10. RBB

Becoming Babe Ruth (Hardcover)

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780763656461
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Published: Candlewick, 2/2013

Really? You Never Heard of Willie Mays?! (Schwartz & Wade, $17.99) The down-home, familiar voice of this new book’s narrator gives the reader the impression that he is sitting next to an old baseball fan, munching on Cracker Jacks at the local ballpark. Jonah Winter tells Willie Mays’ extraordinary story, from his humble Birmingham childhood to his awesome career as centerfielder for the San Francisco Giants. Terry Widener’s surreal illustrations are particularly engaging and capture the angst and glory of Mays’ unparalleled career. Winters includes statistics on Mays and other baseball figures, which add interest and depth to this winning biography for baseball fans both young and not-so-young. Ages 7-10. RBB
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780375868443
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Published: Schwartz & Wade, 1/2013

Surprisingly, Jackie and Me: A Very Special Friendship (Sky Pony Press, $16.95) is not about prejudice in the Major Leagues or even baseball. It is about the kindness and understanding Jackie Robinson showed author Tania Grossinger, who struggled to feel accepted growing up at her cousins’ famous resort in the Catskills of New York. Acutely aware of how it felt to be excluded, Jackie initially befriended this lonely girl during a ping-pong game and, over the next twenty years, helped her gain self-confidence and a sense of worth. Charles George Esperanza’s illustrations add a unique poignancy to this true story of a cherished friendship. Ages 5-9. RBB
$16.95
ISBN-13: 9781620876831
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Published: Sky Pony Press, 4/2013

James Naismith never wanted to teach gym class—he only started doing so at his college in 1891 because no one else was available. The world is lucky he did, though, because it was there that he invented the game of basketball. After trying unsuccessfully to play games indoors that both wore out his group of rowdy boys and kept them mentally engaged, James decided to come up with one of his own. The Hoop Genius (Carolrhoda, $16.95) finally developed a game everyone loved after he recalled games he played as a child and constructed the first basketball hoops out of peach baskets. John Coy’s delightful story about the importance of creativity and invention is well paired with Joe Morse’s bold illustrations. Ages 6-9. AJK
$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780761366171
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 3/2013

Is anyone up for a bout of chessboxing? Yes, this “sport” is comprised of a chess match followed by a three-minute round of boxing! How about a pumpkin race (rowing in a large, hollowed-out pumpkin) or extreme ironing (absolutely beyond description)? Author Marie Birmingham must have had a blast compiling the material for her new book Weird Zone: Sports (Owlkids, 13.95). Each description of a sport is accompanied by photographs, humorous illustrations, and trivia, including the science behind the sport and its amusing history. This book is just plain fun and may inspire the reader to dream up his or her own outlandish new sport. Ages 8-12. RBB

Weird Zone: Sports (Paperback)

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ISBN-13: 9781926973616
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Published: Owlkids Books, 4/2013

When two temperamental and creative personalities such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera marry, the relationship is sure to be tumultuous. The biography Frida and Diego:  Art, Love, Life (Clarion, $18.99) reads like a good novel, chronicling their dramatic union while informing readers of the art scene and political issues of the mid-twentieth century. Author Catherine Reef includes numerous photographs, which portray Kahlo’s introspective style, found in her symbolic self-portraits and Rivera’s robust technique, exhibited in his powerful and expansive murals. This story of turbulent love and extraordinary artistic talent is both gripping and inspiring.  Ages 12 and up. RBB

$18.99
ISBN-13: 9780547821849
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Published: Clarion Books, 8/2014

What’s New? The Zoo! (Arthur A Levine, $17.99). Or maybe not, as we quickly come to learn in this engaging account of zoos throughout history. From ancient to modern days, and all around the world, one thing is clear: zoos have been around for a very long time. Highlighting a different historical zoo on each page, and packed with fascinating facts about the animals each contained, Kathleen Krull’s new history is anything but dry. With playful illustrations by Marcellus Hall to match the off-beat text, this is sure to be a favorite, and even includes a shout-out to our own National Zoo, the first to state as its mission the preservation of endangered species.  Ages 5-8. CEB

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780545135719
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books, 6/2014

Thanks to Peter Roget, you can always find The Right Word (Eerdmans, $17.50). Born in 1799, Englishman Peter Mark Roget spent his childhood making and organizing lists of words. As an adult, Roget was passionate about the power of words and literacy for everyone, from doctors to fishmongers. His compulsion to collect and organize words resulted in the publication of the first thesaurus in 1852. It has remained in print ever since. Thesaurus means “treasure house,” and collaborators Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (A Splash of Red, A River of Words) have built one in this picture-book biography. Woven into Sweet’s stunning collage illustrations are words, vintage images and fonts. Young readers will celebrate this Renaissance man who above all loved language and learning.  Ages 6-10. HWP

$17.50
ISBN-13: 9780802853851
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 9/2014

What do a Nobel Prize winner, a Supreme Court justice, and a baseball legend have in common? According to Juan Felipe Herrera, they are the heroes of marginalized history: that of Hispanic Americans. In Portraits of Hispanic American Heroes (Dial Books, $19.99), Herrera works to correct this. Enriched by Raúl Colón’s beautiful paintings, each of Herrera’s heroes get a fun and informative entry. Readers learn that Adelina Otero-Warren—the first Hispana to run for congress—conducted lessons for her eleven younger siblings despite having only two years of formal schooling herself.  And that the Navy created the rank of admiral especially for David Glasgow Farragut—the first person to say “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead.”  This book presents an often overlooked cast of heroes to inspire children.  Ages 8-12. SB

$19.99
ISBN-13: 9780803738096
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Published: Dial, 8/2014

Travel books have a reputation for being humorless, information-laden bores. For more than half a century, however, Miroslav Sasek’s classic travelogues have provided an antidote with broad appeal. This is the World (Universe, $35) is a selection of the best moments from his This Is… series of books. In Sasek’s hands, the travel book is aimed neither at children nor at adults, but has broad appeal. Witty descriptions of the culture and sites of different cities and countries pair with illustrations ranging from impressionistic cartoons to ultra-realistic renditions. With this book in hand, you can make a trip around the world from your couch. Ages 8 and up. SB

$35.00
ISBN-13: 9780847843961
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Published: Universe, 9/2014

At a time fraught with racial inequalities and a raging war overseas, 2,000 black American men from New York answered their country’s call to arms. Regarded as men “playing [soldier]” by many of their American peers, the Germans would later rename these brave men the Harlem Hellfighters (Creative Editions, $18.99). J. Patrick Lewis uses free verse poems to convey the important role these men played in the history of World War One, while giving readers a more intimate look at the role jazz band leader Big Jim Europe played in recruitment, morale, and the unity of the regiment. Gary Kelley’s illustrations have a haunting reverence that complements Lewis’s free verse, making this a beautiful, important, and educational book not to be missed.  Ages 9-12. KLG

Harlem Hellfighters (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9781568462462
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Published: Creative Editions, 8/2014

The path to becoming a prima ballerina is difficult for anyone. To begin this endeavor as a starving orphan in war-torn Sierra Leone makes the obstacles to this dream appear nearly insurmountable. After enduring a horrific early childhood, quite graphically described in Taking Flight (Knopf, $16.99), Michaela is adopted by a remarkable American family. With incredible drive and her family’s unwavering support, Michaela overcomes the racial inequality found in the competitive world of professional ballet. Michaela DePrince’s memoir, penned with the help of her mother Elaine DePrince, aims to inspire young dancers of all ethnicities and backgrounds.  Ages 12 and up. RBB

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780385755115
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers, 10/2014

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Russell Freedman has crafted a compelling history of that movement and the freedoms we gained Because They Marched (Holiday House, $20). Freedman depicts the hard work that went into the slow progression from social injustice to legal victory, focusing primarily on Selma, but giving insight into how communities across America moved to address the issues of economic and civil injustices. This book provides a great launching pad for discussing how these issues are still relevant today.  Ages 10-14. SB

$20.00
ISBN-13: 9780823429219
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Published: Holiday House, 8/2014

Bold and forthright, Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices (Annick Press, $19.95) provides a vibrant panorama of what it means to be young and native in North America. With dramatic graphic design and layout, the book showcases the works of established and emerging artists and addresses the struggle of moving forward while remaining true to one’s culture. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, this welcome anthology confronts stereotypes of native people and never shies from difficult topics.  Ages 13 and up. MAG

$19.95
ISBN-13: 9781554516872
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Published: Annick Press, 7/2014

Legendary, multi-award winning author and national ambassador for young people’s literature, Katherine Paterson shares Stories of My Life (Dial, $17.99), a remarkable collection for devotees of children’s literature and lovers of storytelling. Filled with family photographs, personal letters and a helpful timeline, Paterson’s book recounts many memories, among them, growing up with missionary parents in China, her life in Japan, and finding time for writing as she raised her family. Full of humor and love of family and life, these stories are a gift for all readers.  Ages 14 and up. MAG

Stories of My Life (Hardcover)

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780803740433
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Published: Dial, 10/2014

Courageous does not begin to describe the people who risked their lives during Freedom Summer (Holiday House, $18.95). College students from all over the country volunteered; local blacks welcomed the civil rights workers into their homes and churches. The plan was to register blacks to vote and to establish Freedom Schools. The state’s institutional racism was legendary: many law enforcement officers were members of the Ku Klux Klan, and white Mississippians felt threatened by the goals of the project. Susan Goldman Rubin tells the compelling, heartbreaking, and inspiring story of Freedom Summer. She provides historical context while deftly moving the narrative forward by focusing on the disappearance of and search for three civil-rights workers. Parents and their children should share and discuss this important book during this 50th-anniversary year.  Ages 12 and up.  Heidi Powell

$18.95
ISBN-13: 9780823429202
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Published: Holiday House, 3/2014

From Kiana and Allen in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Abby in Apia, Samoa, author Clotilde Perrin takes readers on a journey throughout the world. At the Same Moment, Around the World (Chronicle, $17.99) illustrates the various tasks and customs of children throughout their average days. Nadia in Dubai watches construction workers build a new tower at ten in the morning. At the same moment, Pablo is fast asleep in Mexico City, where it’s well past his bedtime. Employing illustrations that depict each country’s traditional way of life, Perrin imparts cultural knowledge and an elegantly simple demonstration of how time zones work. Beautifully illustrated, with a fold-out world map at the end, the book allows readers to learn something new on each page.  Ages 4-8. Kasie Griffitts

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9781452122083
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Published: Chronicle Books, 3/2014

“Sugar Hill (Albert Whitman, $16.99), Sugar Hill where life is sweet/And the “A” train stops for the black elite” begins Carole Boston Weatherford’s snappy ode to Harlem’s historic neighborhood and its residents. R. Gregory Christie’s bold, vibrant illustrations reflect the positive mood of Sugar Hill in its heyday, the Harlem Renaissance. Sugar Hill contained an impressive collection of African-American artists, writers, performers, and intellectuals, “Where Duke and Count plunk out new tunes/and Zora spins stories by the moon.” All residents of Sugar Hill, particularly its children, benefited from the culturally rich environment, “Where Talent blooms in pageants, choirs;/and prized Books fuel creative fires.” Together, Weatherford and Christie offer young readers a lively introduction to the Harlem Renaissance in the context of a unique neighborhood. Ages 4-8. Heidi Powell

$16.99
ISBN-13: 9780807576502
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company, 2/2014

Fifty years ago, Marian Anderson subtly but meaningfully changed the lyrics of “America” (better known by its first line, “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee”) as she performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial—an anniversary that has been poignantly celebrated this year. Claire Rudolf Murphy’s meticulous research brings to life the history of this song, demonstrating that Marian Anderson was neither the first nor the last to manipulate the lyrics for the cause of civil rights. From suffragettes to slaves to American Indians, it seems that every protest movement in our nation’s history has embraced My Country, ‘Tis of Thee (Holt, $17.99) as an anthem. The great Bryan Collier’s signature collages enhance this important but accessible approach to the history of civil rights. Ages 5-10. Emily Ellerbe

$17.99
ISBN-13: 9780805082265
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 6/2014

Elizabeth Freeman, known as Mumbet, was born a slave in the 18th century and owned by a family living in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. She was horribly mistreated and constantly dreamed of freedom. Living during the time of America’s quest for freedom from Britain, she questioned why she was excluded from independence. When the Massachusetts Constitution was finally passed, it was time for Mumbet’s Declaration of Independence (Carolrhoda, $17.95) and she went to court to win her freedom. Gretchen Woelfle’s engaging account of Mumbet is boldly and dynamically illustrated by Alix Delinois. Ages 7-10. Mary Alice Garber

$17.95
ISBN-13: 9780761365891
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Published: Carolrhoda Books, 2/2014