From the gray skies that are the first signs of rain to the moment when the sun dries the last drops, vivid photo-illustrations paired with poetic, often playful, descriptions demonstrate how Raindrops Roll ( Beach Lane, $17.99), cling, magnify, and reflect. Award-winning author, April Sayre invites young readers and budding scientists to wonder and investigate the nature of rain. Well-researched backmatter and sources for further reading complete this impressive “splash of science.” Ages 3-8. Mary Alice Garber

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By April Pulley Sayre, April Pulley Sayre (Photographs by)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481420648
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Published: Beach Lane Books - January 6th, 2015

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

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780060092757
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 26th, 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

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ISBN: 9780316210485
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - August 12th, 2014

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