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Victoria Jamieson, aka Winnie the Pow, is a real-life Roller Girl (Dial, $12.99), and she channels her love of the game into her first middle-grade graphic novel. 12-year-old Astrid spends most of her free time with her best friend Nicole. When Astrid’s mom introduces them to roller derby, Astrid’s sure they’ve found their new passion and there’s no looking back. But, while Astrid commits herself to roller derby and hones her skills at derby camp, Nicole moves on to other interests. This comic realistically reflects pre-teen life and friendship, not shying away from all the angst and fears they contain, but also celebrating the possibilities and accomplishments they’re full of. Jamieson’s bright art jumps off the page, vividly capturing both Astrid’s every-day routine and the thrilling action on the roller rink. Ages 10-14. KLP

$12.99
ISBN: 9780803740167
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Published: Dial Books - March 10th, 2015

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Blast from the Past

Luke is waiting for his dad to finish up a booooooring conversation when he spots a flock of pigeons. With nary a thought to the worry he’ll cause his dad, or the havoc he’ll wreak as he chases the birds with a single-minded determination through the city, Luke tears off! It’s Luke on the Loose (Toon Books, $4.99), as he dashes through the park in pursuit of the pigeons. Author/illustrator Harry Bliss captures the exact combination of gleeful abandon and narrow attention of a child at play. Set against the backdrop of NYC, this early graphic novel is full of details that reward a careful reader, and slapstick comedy for those who read more broadly. Ages 4-6. SB

$4.99
ISBN: 9781935179054
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Published: Toon Books - October 12th, 2010

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By Joanna Walsh, Judi Abbot (Illustrator)
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - December 16th, 2014

By Jerry Spinelli, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
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By Melissa Guion, Melissa Guion (Illustrator)
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By Maria Catherine, Pascal Campion (Illustrator)
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By Nick Bland, Freya Blackwood (Illustrator)
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - December 24th, 2013

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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

$15.99
ISBN: 9780763672935
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

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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

By Tony Johnston, Jim LaMarche (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781442472518
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Amy Schwartz, Amy Schwartz (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781419705182
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 7th, 2014

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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

By Jen Arena, Blanca Gomez (Illustrator)
$6.99
ISBN: 9780316230377
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Published: LB Kids - September 2nd, 2014

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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

$16.95
ISBN: 9781419713743
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Published: ABRAMS - August 5th, 2014

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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

By Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, LeUyen Pham (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780763665104
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 14th, 2014

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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

$14.99
ISBN: 9780803740884
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Published: Dial Books - October 9th, 2014

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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

By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Alex T. Smith, Alex T. Smith (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781561458059
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Published: Peachtree Publishers - October 2014

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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

By Madelyn Rosenberg, Karen Donnelly (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823431663
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Published: Holiday House - August 2014

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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

By Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780385387880
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - July 22nd, 2014

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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

By Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrator)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781419712180
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Published: Amulet Books - August 19th, 2014

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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

$16.99
ISBN: 9780060092757
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Published: Greenwillow Books - October 2014

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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

$16.99
ISBN: 9780545035330
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 25th, 2014

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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: 9780545156646
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Published: Scholastic Press - September 30th, 2014

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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

$16.99
ISBN: 9780544107717
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 18th, 2014

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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

By Kate Milford, Jaime Zollars (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780544052703
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Published: Clarion Books - August 26th, 2014

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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: 9780544109414
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - March 25th, 2014

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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

$16.95
ISBN: 9781616203535
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - September 16th, 2014

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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: 9781596438019
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - April 22nd, 2014

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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: 9780385387422
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - August 5th, 2014

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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

By Cece Bell, David Lasky (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781419712173
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

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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

By Yvan Pommaux, Yvan Pommaux (Illustrator), Richard Kutner (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781935179610
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Published: Toon Books - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

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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

By Gene Luen Yang, Sonny Liew (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436978
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Published: First Second - July 15th, 2014

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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: 9781770495265
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Published: Tundra Books - October 14th, 2014

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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

$24.99
ISBN: 9781568462400
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Published: Creative Editions - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Kathryn Gibbs Davis, Gilbert Ford (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780547959221
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Published: Harcourt Brace and Company - September 2nd, 2014

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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

By Yuyi Morales, Tim O'Meara (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596436039
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 2nd, 2014

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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

By John N. Serio (Editor), Robert Crockett (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781454913474
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Published: Sterling - August 5th, 2014

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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: 9781596439481
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 14th, 2014

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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: 9780316320658
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 9th, 2014

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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: 9781600608988
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Published: Lee & Low Books - September 2014

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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

$16.99
ISBN: 9781622670260
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Published: Bright Connections - September 30th, 2014

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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

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ISBN: 9780823423620
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Published: Holiday House - January 14th, 2014

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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

By David Elliott, Becca Stadtlander (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763653248
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 9th, 2014

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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

By Nicola Davies, Emily Sutton (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763673154
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Jenny Broom, Katie Scott (Illustrator)
$35.00
ISBN: 9780763675080
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Published: Big Picture Press - September 9th, 2014

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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

By Paul Fleischman, Various (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763675455
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 23rd, 2014

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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

By Melissa Stewart, Sarah S. Brannen (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781580894319
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Published: Charlesbridge Publishing - February 25th, 2014

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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

By Jonah Winter, James E. Ransome (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416940807
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

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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

By Sue Macy, Matt Collins (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780823429233
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Published: Holiday House - July 2014

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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

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ISBN: 9781476709628
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 6th, 2014

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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

By Sean Taylor, Caio Vilela (Illustrator), Caio Vilela (Photographer)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627791236
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - May 6th, 2014

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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

By Louise Borden, Rolon Colon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781416955023
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - February 18th, 2014

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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

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ISBN: 9780547821849
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Published: Clarion Books - August 26th, 2014

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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

By Kathleen Krull, Marcellus Hall (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545135719
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - June 24th, 2014

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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

By Jen Bryant, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
$17.50
ISBN: 9780802853851
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Published: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers - September 15th, 2014

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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

By Juan Felipe Herrera, Raul Colon (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780803738096
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Published: Dial Books - August 7th, 2014

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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: 9780847843961
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Published: Universe - September 9th, 2014

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