Baby Santa has so many Christmas adventures in this delightful collection of holiday stories. Five fun books reviewed and the set makes a great holiday gift. Baby Santa discovers the magic of giving. Santa goes around the world with Baby Santa as helper. Santa must find missing letters.
National Geographic's Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture is a stunning edition that schools will want to add to their library. Educators celebrate November as a month to teach about Native Americans and this beautiful book will add a wealth of information to the curriculum.
Christmas 2020 will definitely be different for most families. This creative picture book is a great tool to introduce social distancing to young children. The use of Zoom will be a part of many celebrations this year. Family traditions in all kinds of families are celebrated.
Hanukkah is fast approaching and Rachel and Max cannot find several items that are needed for the holiday. Their family moved into a new apartment and there are several unpacked boxes. What if they cannot find their menorrah or dreidel? Mom is sure that they will find all of the items.
New York City at Christmas offers an adventure for Claris, an adorable little mouse. Fashion is an interesting side theme of this adorable picture book. Young girls will be enchanted with the fashion theme. A burgler and a surprise ending create a delightful Christmas adventure for Claris.
Our oceans are filled with awesome things. National Geographic Kids Extreme Ocean is a valuable source of information and extraordinary photographs for ocean lovers. Children will experience the wonder of our oceans with this special edition.
Delightful animals in this picture book share their differences and the idea that each is important in our world. No animal is better than another. Big, small, short, tall, hopes and dreams, are all differences to be embraced in the jungle.
Who knew that bananas could have feelings about their appearance? Lumpy has brown spots and a lump. He is not a perfect banana. He becomes a hero to his sisters who engaged in bullying him after he comes up with a way to save them from being made into banana bread.
This collection of United States Atlases for beginners and advanced students is a must-have for parents who are homeschooling this year. Geography is often left out as other basics are taught, but this collection is invaluable for introducing children to our United States with fun facts and maps.
How would you feel as a baby tooth if you had to leave your home and fall out? This baby tooth is fearful of all new things and must learn that new things and events can actually be a good thing. This baby tooth finally agrees to fall out and go to the happy land of the tooth fairy.
Two training guides published especially for kids to learn to train their pets from National Geographic Kids Books are great tools to introduce kids to animal training and care. Expert advice for all kinds of training with beautiful photos of dogs and cats are part of these two training guides.
Would you like it if everyone was the same in the town where you live? In Bobville, everyone likes exactly the same thing and wears the same clothes. Everyone is named Bob. One Bob decides to change his name and learns a lesson that some people do not like change. But there is a bright side.
High school drama is typical with all the ins and outs of friendship, activities, competition, and relationships. Add a mystery to be solved that involves one of the teachers and The Mysterious Icicle is a page turner for teens.
What would you think if a bear attacked you? Newt Gomez must navigate through this terrible event and learn to accept the dreams that come with this . Newt has a lot of things that he wishes for but as life goes on, his wishes change. There is a lesson of the magic that can happen in our lives.
Awesome Dog has a new villain to fight in some hilarious new adventures. Fans of this fun robot dog will find this to be a page-turner as they read to find out how Awesome Dog 5000 wins against Mayor Bossypants. There is a life lesson of facing challenges to be learned.
How would you like to have a dog that could help you solve a mystery? Penny and Pat love dogs and can never have too many. They discover a new dog in town and set out to get this one. But there is a problem with Pat and Penny and their collection of dogs. There is a fun surprise ending.
Come along with Kiki who must decide if she wants to be a witch like her mom or become human. Kiki chooses to become a witch on her coming-of-age day but she wants to be her own person. She leaves home to find her own town and the adventures begin. Her beloved black cat comes along for the fun.
What if the ocean could speak about the problem of trash? The ocean does speak to Meera and her mom and they decide to make an effort to help save the ocean by cleaning up the garbage from beaches. Fun read to introduce the subject of cleaning up our oceans.
Summer online learning is the norm now in our new normal. Story Pirates, an renowned advocate for arts education has the answer this year for kids to dive into creative writing. Check out the weekly workshops this month for interactive sessions with the celebrity guests.
The LGBTQ community is celebrating Pride Month and Trista Mateer's collection of poetry from the heart is a great gift for someone in your life. She writes inspirationally and each poem has a theme for healing. Relationships and coping are particularly powerful.
Fans of Oona and her friends in this 4th installment from Mark and Alexis Siegel will find this a page turner as they read to discover if Oona can find the amber colored beacon in time to save an overheated world. The beacon that must be found is to be found in an amber case.
Ruby Red Shoes is a delightful read aloud story for relaxing at home. The simplicity of Ruby the bunny's life will bring to families and children during this time we are living in the realization that the simple things really are the best.
Environmental care is always an interesting topic for young students. Annalise discovers that she must save her beloved Lake Renn from a gooey green algae. She is spending the summer at her beloved lake when she discovers this algae. Saving the lake and the fish create an interesting project.
Adorable characters Tood and Taboon share three adventures of faith in this charming chapter book. A family meal gone awry, Christmas gifts and the meaing of gifts, and a scary blizzard all provide lessons in how faith can change things for the better.
Astronaut Mike Massimino tells his story of achieving his dream career in new adaptation of his autobiography for young readers. Adults will also enjoy this new edition. Young readers will learn what it takes to become an astronaut and be inspired by Massimino's spirit of teamwork and optimism.
Introduce your infant/toddler to this favorite classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears in board book form. Board books make it easy for parents to introduce the world of reading to infants and toddlers. Classic stories are always a good choice for family reading time.
Looking at the miracles around us is especially important for children to do during this unprecedented time that we are living in. A mama dog teaches her puppy to look around and see all of the beautiful things that God has created in nature. Come along with Maggie and Dudley as they explore.
Who would think that a toad and a baboon would be best friends? Friends can come in all forms. Tood and Taboon form a wonderful friendship and share all kinds of wonderful adventures in this chapter book. Feelings are explored and the concept of faith comes along with the adventures.
How would you like a lunchbox with strange objects that come out when you open it? Finn Foley has such a luncbox and adventures abound when he goes out to explore the galaxy. A strange sparkly objects comes out of Finn's lunchbox and attaches itself to his chest. Let the adventures begin!
Parents who homeschool will want to add these two items to their math curriculum. Math can be cool and engaging with the activites that are featured in the book. The hands-on activity of building a castle with the second featured item can spark an interest in architecture.
In this unprecented time in our life when we are all in our home, this delightful picture book lets children know that creativity is alive and well and we can have a studio for art or music anywhere in our home. read along with the animals that show us that any space will do for art and music.
Revisit the old favorite Teddy Bears' Picnic with this delightful picture book. A little girl's teddy bear loves his job as her favorite toy to cuddle with. He is a tiny bear, but going to the annual Teddy Bears' picnic teaches him that being small is not a problem. Being small matters too.
Unicorns can bring a little magic into our lives during these unprecedented times that we are living in. Here are several to choose from to brighten reading time at home with young chidlren. Celebrate National Unicorn Day today on April 9 with some of these delightful books and stories.
This beautifully illlustrated picture book about the connection that we all have to our vast universe is particularly relevant to the unprecedented time of the coronovirus that we are now living in. Young children need to know their place is special in the world and know that they belong.
Teens who are learning to love their bodies will love Maisie, a plus-size teen who discovers that her body is actually cool. She must face her insecurities along the way and learns that humor might be the way to go. Maisie explores relationshps as she learns to love her body.
Saving Fable is a dream come true for English teachers who teach ages 8-12. Indira travels to Fable, a land filled with stories. Her dream of becoming a character does not always go as planned as she arrives in Fable. She wishes to become the hero in her own story. Adventures await her .
The emotion of grief can be a difficult emotion to handle in children. Beautiful stories such as The Memory Box can be a wonderful tool to open a discussion with your child about the loss of a loved one. The companion journal can also help children with using words and drawings to express grief.
Fans of the world of Tolkien books will be delighted with this two-set collection from David Day. The books contain amazing descriptions of the characters of Tolkein fame along with illustrations. Both books are comprehensive with page-turning facts and interesting connections to architecture.
Everyone loves the story of the old lady who swallowed the fly. Now a dragon is here in a new version to swallow a knight and most of the kingdom. Hilarious rhymes will delight preschoolers. Counting the things swallowed by the dragon is an engaging activity for young readers.
Pippa Park is a young Korean girl who just wants to fit in with her peers in seventh grade. She has a chance to shine when she receives a basketball scholarship to a private school. She wants to keep her family's laundrymat business a secret in order to fit in at this prestigious school.
Mama Bunny must learn to let go when Lawrence wants to make his own decision about clothing. Young Lawrence is trying to develop his individual preferences in this hilarious picture book for young children. Mama Bunny is having difficulty with this new show of independence. Letting go is hard!
The popular Samantha Spinner has returned in this third book from Russell Ginns. Samantha has finally found her missing uncle and she has tons of questions about his disappearance and all kinds of scientific questions. But now her little brother has gone missing. Come along and solve new puzzles.
Truth or Dare? A new game is part of Bayview High and students are challenged to find a new gossip king or queen to follow Simon who has passed away. The game becomes serious and students are caught up in a somewhat dangerous atmosphere. High school gossip is alive and well in this new thriller.
A road trip to the South with his grandma introduces eleven-year-old Scoob to a past with disturbing attitudes about blacks that he had no knowledge of in his present life. Adventures are to be had when they travel to Memphis, Jackson, New orleans, Houston, and Dallas in Grandma's cool van.
Fans of Bill Doyle will have fun with his latest activity book for young readers that combines history with creative activities and interesting facts about Egypt. Young readers can use their artistic talents throughout the book. Pyramids, mummies, and ancient tombs are all part of the adventures.
A house in Barcelona is the inspiration for this imaginative tale of a dragon on the roof. Cecile Alix and Fred Sochard draw on their interest in the architect Gaudi and the intriguing house in Barcelona that he loved to tell this creative tale of a little girl and a dragon who visits her home.
Into the Deep with gorgeous coffee table book is one to be enjoyed by ocean lovers. Stunning photographs from under the sea will amaze readers with all of the odd creatures that live in our oceans. Explore our oceans as you turn each page and learn amazing facts about the ocean creature.
All Around Bustletown through all four seasons is a fun set of picture books to engage young chidlren in learning about the changes in our environment through the year. Creative illustrations will keep readers busy in finding all of the activities that each season brings.
The new year will bring new babies to a lot of parents. Board books for your infant are a great tool to begin bonding with a baby by cuddling for some reading time. These two board books in review are adorable. You will enjoy the interview with the author that is included.
What happens if you don't believe in Santa and Santa doesn't believe in you either? This is a major question in homes every season. Read along to discover what happens when belief is the question. Santa also has a problem with believing in Harold in this hilarious pecture book.
Celebrate Christmas in Camelot with Jack and Annie when they receive in invitation to spend Christmas in this magical place. Adventures for the holiday season are on the horizon for these two when they realize that they have the assignment to save Camelot from its fate.
Have you ever thought of Santa as a baby and growing up just like you? Yes, Santa was a baby and grew up in a wonderful way to become the jolly old elf as we know him. Read along to see all of the things Santa did as a child just like all children. Fun read for the holiday season.
Three adorable board books are fun to add to a collection of board books for your infant or toddler. The three in this collection are large with large illustrations and fun texts. Check out the review and these would be great for gifts.
The idea of being a taxi driver has always intrigued Victor. Being a taxi driver in space and riding around the galaxy is even better. He had a hard time with directions but he trived very hard with each ride. Victor had many passengers who wanted a variety of destinations. Surprise ending.
Everyone loves the Christmas markets that spring up during the holiday season. Have you ever picked up a reindeer in a Christmas market? Mia finds a magical reindeer at the holiday market and the adventures are amazing. Come along and experience some Christmas magic.
Introduce your kids to cooking dishes from around the world with this delightful story and picture book. Recipes for each dish are featured side-by-side the illustration of each person who is preparing the dish. Each recipe is illustrated with large and colorful ingredients and easy to follow.
Parents now have two collections of Disney stories to introduce little ones to these classics. The two collections have simplified versions of classic Disney stories for 2 and 3-year-olds in beautiful publications. Tradiitional Disney illustrations are engaging and stories are easy to read.
Our memories from childhood definitely play a part in the kind of adults we become. Jake is a 12-year-old who experiences some spooky events and discovers that our brain is a powerful tool to store our memories. Growing up can have unexpected results. A page-turner in reliving memories for Jake.
Monsters, noises, and wild imagination can be present at bedtime. What's a guy to do? Frankie is awake and imagining all kinds of things and trying to get to sleep. Mom comes to the rescue and Frankie learns that things are not as they seem. Interview with author included in review.
What's a princess to do when she has a knight to contend with? Can't we get along? This brother and sister take on the challenge of getting along with hilarious ending to the brother and sister difficulties that every family has.
How would you like to have a zombie in your life that is causing a small problem? How would you like to have a relative who stole a recipe? August DuPont must figure out a way to solve both problems in this fun read.
Give the magic of Christmas to a reader with this gorgeous storybook and ornament set. A Christmas ornament is found in the snow one year by a little boy. Now Dad is sharing the story with his children. Could this special ornament actually show Santa's workshop?
What would you do if you could take a magical ship to a land of ghosts where no one has ever gone? Oscar discovers that he can visit the city of ghosts while he is still alive. There is also a life lesson in being different and standing up to being bullied.
Every parent knows that babies and toddlers put everything in their mouth. Picture books offer great tools for teaching concepts and this adorable picture book teaches the concept of what goes in the mouth and what does not go in the mouth. This board book is sturdy enough to survive teething.
Everyone has something to overcome and the scars from life events people have can be either visible or invisible. A teen girl loses everything in a fire and has physical scars to remind her of the tragedy. Life becomes good again with perserverance. An interview with the author is included .
Families can have variety in its members. Do you think a kid is a child? A fairy godmother grants a wish for a child to the king and queen and they do get a kid, but not the kid they wished for. Read along to see how they cope with the new kid and have fun with the surprise ending.
This recently released collection of short stories from beloved author Margaret Wise Brown is a charming collection of bedtime and anytime stories for young children. A variety of subjects and characters will engage young children at bedtime and anytime reading periods.
A timely new novel with a compelling story of the experiences of refugee children in today's society. A new school year finds a new refugee boy from Syria in a new classroom and his new classmates learn of his experiences in fleeing the war. They want to help him reunite with his loved ones.
Hey Grandude is Paul McCartney's debut picture book with tons of adventures about a grandpa with a magical compass. The compass carries Grandpa and his four grandchildren all around the world to experience magical places. McCartney was inspired to write because of his own adventures as a grandpa.
Picture books are a favorite tool for teaching life lessons. Parents will want to add this one to your child's home library to learn about compassion and empathy in today's world Sharing is also a life lesson learned from this charming picture book.
Art, horses, and a trip to an art museum are all part of this new book by Dr. Seuss. The book was discovered in the home of Dr. Seuss and now published as a new treasure to be loved. The Cat in the Hat makes a special appearance in the book and visits the art museum with the children.
Parents who have a terminal diagnosis will want to pick up this touching picture book to read to their children. Lasting Love provides a sweet story from Caroline Wright who wrote this for her son. A friendly little fuzzy creature comes along beside a little boy to comfort him as his mom is dying.
Mio and Nao set out on a journey to discover what is threatening the river in their village in India. The Seekers has a life lesson for young readers in taking care of our environment and also introduces the literature form of mythology and legends to young readers.
A young girl tells her story with connections to the ocean that she loves in this new release from Melissa Sarno. Summer was found as a toddler and lived with Lindy who raised her. An accident with a riptide brings strange memories back to Summer and she is determined to find out about her past.
Introduce your young child to history with the history of Shakespeare, rock music characters, and an artist from Mexico with these three delightful boardbooks. It is never too early to read about famous people from our world and these creative stories are a great choice.
Fans of the Lost Kitties reading series will want to add these two to their collection. Both are recommended for children in the first grade-third grade. Each book has longer sentences and more difficult vocabulary to challenge early readers. New vocabulary words are color-coded in each adventure
Notable author Alan Katz introduces young readers to some historical contributors to the world of science and technology in his series of entertaining books. His Awesome Achievers books will introduce contributors to science and technology with fun facts and biographies.
Moon Babies travel out into space in this beautiful picture book written in fun rhynming text. This is the perfect read aloud to send your little ones off to sleep when read a bedtime. It is also a great choice to introduce young children to the amazing things that they can see in the sky.
Young entrepreneurs will want to read the history of Nike and Disney in these two cool business books from the Lowey Bundy School. The beginnings of these two companies, the ideas behind the founding of these companies, and fun facts are all written in easy text and short chapters.
BabyMouse is back with new adventures, a school field trip, a broken smartphone, and exploring a big city on her own. An art museum and BabyMouse's interest in art is a fun piece of this new adventure. A broken smartphone is an interesting twist to the story.
Eliza Carbone's sequel to her first historical novel with Poison in the Colony continues the story of the colony of Jamestown and the new life that the settlers made for themselves. This sequel is told through the eyes of a young girl who has a secret talent that must never be found out.
Books can take young children on many adventures. Foxy and Piggy go on a reading adventure and discover a wealth of interesting characters and places in the books that they choose to read. Sharing books with friends is also an adventure.
Cats are fun pets and sometimes the more the merrier might be applicable to some homes. But, what happens if one cat is bigger than the others? Surprise! This cat is a tiger! Read along to find out how the tiger is accepted into the home with all of the other cats.
Three new board books are available for preschoolers, toddlers, and infants to get a head start on learning. Leo Lionni is a notable children's author with colorful books that encourage fun early learning. His legacy lives on with the publication of these from Leo Lionni's Friends.
Father's Day is rapidly approaching and picture books for young children are always a fun choice for an activity to sit with Dad and read. Both picture books in this review show that dads are special and they love their children. Enjoy the animal dads and a classic Seuss book about loving your Pop.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the moon landing when Neil Armstrong took his first steps onto the moon with the famous words "the Eagle has landed". The important contribution of the special fabric for the astronauts' suits is noted in this special picture book to celebrate this event.
Fans of the fun-loving character Bea Garcia will be delighted with her new adventure to save an old oak tree on her school's campus. Bea and her friends must come up with ideas to save this tree before it is too late. Trees can be awesome and Bea sets out to prove the need for this special tree.
A giant pumpkin competition is the center of a popular activity at the end of summer on Madeline Island. Everyone wants to win this contest. Billie wants to win this year because her best friend won last year after he bumped her out of the race with her pumpkin just as she was at the finish line.
Do you have a young chef at your house? 20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a beautiful new cookbook with classic recipes that are simple and include healthy foods that kids will enjoy preparing and eating. This cookbook for kids makes a great gift for your young chef.
The first three of newly discovered books from Margaret Wise Brown, a beloved children's author that several generations have loved, are reviewed in my article. Fans of this beloved author will want to pick up copies for their children's bookshelf. All three are a delight to read.
1 in 4 children are on the the autism spectrum. Nova is a young girl on the spectrum who loves astronomy and all things associated with space. She is anxiously waiting for the launch of Challenger with the first teacher on board. Come along with Nova as she has hope for overcoming obstacles.
A talking doll takes young readers through a fairy-tale like novel that has amazing lessons of survival of the Holocaust during World War 2 in this creatively written story. History is mixed with the elements of a fairy tale to engage readers with the doll maker's story.
Dr. Seuss has been a favorite for several generations. These classics are in reprint now for parents of young children to scoop up and enjoy. Two of the books are Seuss classics and one is written in the style of Seuss. All three included in the article are books to add to your child's bookshelf.
How do you feel about the adjective "weird" to describe yourself? Being yourself is ok because everyone has some weird traits. Accepting each other is an important lesson for everyone to learn. Everyone can find something to help in standing out and winning friends.
A timely new release for young readers 8-12 with new adventures of a young Latina girl who immigrates from Puerto Rico to upstate New York. Carolina must learn to navigate her new life by meeting new friends and finding ways to fit in. A hidden cabin close to a farm is the beginning of a new life.
Eliza has a mystery to solve. Who or what is haunting the plant shop where she is helping her mom study plants? Read along and discover how to write your own mystery with tips from The Story Pirates. Can Eliza solve her mystery?
Every parent knows the problems that come with younger siblings that want to do everything that an older sibling is doing. "What are you doing" is a question that all older siblings are going to hear from the younger sibling. Read along with Benny to learn how to solve this sibling problem.
Sharks are fascinating creatures and young children will be fully engaged in this beautiful picture book to learn about these sea creatures. Sharks come in a variety of sizes and actually come in a variety of colors. They can also live in warm or cold water.
What better way to encourage young readers to use the library than to have library books come to life? The New York City Library's iconic lions visit a little boy and take him to the library to see the magic of books and reading. Come along to discover that reading is truly magical.
A favorite holiday for children is approaching with the coming of Easter. Parents always look for alternatives to all of that candy and small books for the little ones can be a great choice. Both little books included in this review/article are the perfect choice for your Easter baskets this year
The Easter Bunny might need some help, or so this kitty thinks. The cat decides that he might take over the Easter bunny's job and deliver all the yummy chocolate candy and eggs to the children this year. It all ends well and the Easter Bunny acquires a new friend.
Being the only deaf student in her class is a challenge for Iris. Iris does not let her disability stop her from being interested in all of the great technology that is available for learning to use. Iris creates a mission for herself to help a whale that cannot communicate with other whales.
Anne Frank is an important girl from the history books. Her story is one of learning about inclusion, political events of the past, and the love of a pet in her life. Young readers will be engaged in this beautiful picture book and story about Anne Frank and her life during the Nazi regime.
Sharing can be a rewarding experience if you get a friend from sharing. Not Your Nest is chock full of animals that learn to share after some try to take Bird's new nest. They all learn to live together after some hilarious actions. Young children will relate to the idea of sharing.
Oh my, rats have moved into the neighborhood! The bunnies must overcome their preconceived ideas about rats in order to accept them as neighbors. The little rats decide to invite the bunnies to their new apartment to have cake. A surprise ending lets everyone know that rats can be great neighbors
CJ has an interesting aunt who is a psychic medium. CJ lost her mom in childbirth and she wishes that she could talk with her mom. CJ thinks that her aunt can help her contact her mom and sets out to make that a reality. CJ encounters challenges but finally learns that reality can be good.
What animals make these sounds? Read along to guess which animal makes a sound and guess the guests that will attend the birthday party for Mouse.
Rabbit and Bear have a friendship that shares humor and fun. Readers will be reminded of Pooh Bear and his friends as they read about the adventures that Rabbit and Bear share in this easy reader.
The wonders of nature are always of interest to young children. The Home Builders with its engaging illustrations tell the story of animals of the forest and how they build their homes. Trees, underground tunnels, and caves are all featured as homes for the forest animals.
Young children like to explore everyday to find something interesting. The world around them holds a lot for future exploring. Read along to discover exciting activities such as climbing, exploring the forest to discover interesting creatures, and looking forward to every day in life.
All Aboard for a story and picture book for young readers to learn how the underground railroad brought a later dream of becoming a mechanical engineer to a little African-American boy. Elijah McCoy was the beneficiary of his parents' run for freedom and became a successful black inventor.
From the Heart of Africa is the perfect picture book to introduce young readers to African culture with the beautiful illustrations and favorite sayings that offer wisdom for solving problems in our world and in our community. The simple text is appropriate for young readers.
Valentines' Day is a great time to encourage reading with all of the choices that are available in easy-to-read books and picture books. Children love Valentines' Day and books that celebrate this fun day encourage reading. These two with Llama Llama and Charlie Brown characters are just a few.
Tom and Leila Hirschfield's It's Up to You, Abe Lincoln is designed for young readers who are reluctant to pick up a historical biography. This creative biography of Lincoln is filled with humor and easy reading about all of the important decisions that he made during his presidency.
All parents who have a child in kindergarten or who have one who will soon enter kindergarten will relate to this story of a little boy and mom who do not like being left at the door when school starts. What if you could be a miniature mom and stay with your child for the entire day?
The medieval period is not often a subject that young readers read about. Max is a fun character from popular author Lincoln Peirce that will take middle-grade readers on some adventures through the medieval period to experience knights and a magical sorcerer. Life lessons come along with the fun.
Museums can be introduced to young children win some creative ways. How about having a birthday party at a museum? Explore a science museum with Mason as he has his birthday sleepover at the local museum. he and his friends participate in a scavenger hunt to explore the museum.
Soccer has become a sport that even three-year-old children are now learning to play. Size does not matter if there is a passion to learn the sport. Young readers will learn about being able to stick with the game and win in the end.
Would you like to be an awesome T-Rex? Sal decides that being just an ordinary person is not very exciting. Being a T-Rex has its benefits. They eat whatever they want. You can be courageous. Sal also discovers that being a T-Rex has downsides. Being a T-Rex only part-time might be acceptable.
Students and teachers can all appreciate the kinds of fads that can get started in classrooms. Friendships can form when a fad gets started or friendships can disappear over fights with a fad. Grace and Ellie must decide the worth of their long-time friendship when a button fad gets started.
Do you love chickens? Kelly Jones writes with hilarity about a young girl who loves to raise chickens. Sophie must navigate a new home and school with new friends and she wonders if her chickens will get lonely in the new home. A few special chickens arrive that might have superpowers to help.
Award-winning author Irene Latham tells the story of how a young boy in Alabama called attention to a civil rights issue in Birmingham with his love for elephants. Determination to visit the elephant in Avondale Park brings adventure and success for Frank to make his dream come true.
Times are hard for many families now and young children may relate to James Otis's struggles with poverty because of the loss of his dad. Mama does the best that she can to provide. One day they learn of a family who lost everything in a fire. Giving becomes a lesson in compassion for others.
How many times has a teen or "tween" wished to be someone else? Skylar is a girl who wants to be cool. Ruby is a 12-year-old superstar and Skylar is a huge fan. A magical meeting on the set of Ruby's new show allows the girls to switch places and live each other's life.
Romance and crushes are part of the teen experience. Teens and preteens always dream of meeting the object of their celebrity crush. Mouse, a typical thirteen-year-old girl, learns that diving into a new activity can bring about surprising changes and Jack discovers the same.
Would you be able to rescue baby dragons if they needed to be returned to their magical world in order to be safe? Jax and his friends must be the heroes to accomplish this task. Unbelievable that a witch would ask him to help with the dragons! Jax steps up and the adventures begin.
Growing up for girls can be difficult. Girls want to follow their dreams for having new friends, finding a great hobby, and wondering what career that they should choose. Find Your Rainbow by Jenipher Lyn is a creative self-discovery book for ages 8-12 with fun activities to use for new ideas.
Penelope's town is melting! Penelope knows that she must be the one to save her town when she embarks on her adventure with her brother. She does not want the iceberg to take her town away. Bookworms can be a hero.
Young children always want to feel that they belong. The little fox also wants to belong but he knows that he is not actually a dog. He does not look like a dog. He can do things like a dog does, but that is not the same. He finally discovers that being different is ok and finds a home with love
Each animal has a fun fact that begins with a letter of the alphabet. Young readers will have fun learning fun facts while learning the alphabet. Easy associations with each animal make learning the alphabet an engaging activity in this fun picture book.
How would you like an inkblot for a friend? Inkling comes to life from Dad's drawing tablet and brings hilarity and love into the family's life. Inkling helps with several problems that Ethan and Dad have and everything works out in the end because of an inkblot.
The final chapter in the exciting trilogy of The Children of Exile by Margaret Peterson Haddix is here. Fans of Haddix will find this a page-turner as Kiandra must find a way to save herself, her brothers, and her friends from the alien planet that they find themselves on as captives.
Holiday gifts can be challenging for young children when they do not have any money. Love and things that one does out of love can be gifts that do not cost any money. Stacy McAnulty's LOVE is a fun picture book that is a good choice to teach that love is free.
Great things are happening at the Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida. It has been a long road for this shelter to overcome major challenges and its reputation. The dream team staff along with countless volunteers have made the difference. It is truly a miracle on 25th St
Does your child want something for Christmas that may be somewhat challenging? A monster for Christmas is the wish in this fun holiday picture book. Santa grants the wish and children and parents learn to save both the friendship with the monster and family life.
Hanukkah is a special time during the holiday season. There are lots of fun surprises for families who celebrate this holiday. A giant menorah is part of the celebration in the village and the villagers want to thank the mayor. A small boy comes up with the perfect "thank you" for the mayor.
Who would settle for an ordinary pet for Christmas if Santa could actually bring a dinosaur? William Trundle loves all things connected with dinosaurs. He could never imagine that Santa could actually bring a real live dinosaur for Christmas. Believing is the key that unlocks the seasonal magic.
The question of believing in Santa always comes up at this time of the year. What if Santa stopped believing in children? Santa chooses a little boy named Harold to test the belief question and the problem is solved. There really is a Harold.
Assessment tests bring a lot of stress to students in middle school, and all students know that they must find ways to ace their tests. School should not be all about scores on tests. Students at Lake View Middle School must find a way to ace their tests and someone comes up with a great idea.
Everyone has secrets, but students are surprised that their teachers have secrets. Secrets of family arguments are common and even teachers have these in their family. Students decide that they must find a way to get their two favorite teachers to make up and be sisters again .
Finding friends in middle school can be tricky. Who knew that a bowling shoe could be the start of an unlikely friendship? Miles loves bowling and Amy loves to write. Amy discovers the bowling alley that Miles' family owns and the rest is history. Unexpected friendships can be the best ones.
Do you believe that there could be Martians that come to visit us here on earth? Mylo never believed until he and his best friends set out to explore a flying saucer that lands next to the ranch in New Mexico where he lives with his parents.
Fans of Carl Hiaasen have a new book to enjoy with Squirm, a hilarious adventuresome story with snakes, a grizzly bear, and a task to save Billy's missing dad. Squirm tells a story of families, learning what is important to families, and learning to let go of some things and keeping other things.
Bryan Stevenson's adapted version of his acclaimed Just Mercy for ages 12+ is an introduction for young readers to our justice system and the countless wrongly incarcerated African-Americans in our country. History and laws come together in stories for the YA audience to explore this topic.
Being homeless when you are growing up is an all-too-familiar story for children today. Felix is almost thirteen and is experiencing this with his family with all of the adventures that come with this problem. If only he could win the writing contest with the cash prize!
Jennifer Holm's sequel to her best-selling The Fourteenth Goldfish is here with a great story for middle grade readers. Science and exploring the world are themes presented with a touch of humor and a surprising lesson. The Third Mushroom will spike an interest in science for young readers.
Young children often hesitate to sleep in their own beds and rooms. The Peter Rabbit collection has added a great new bedtime story to help parents ease a little one into their own bed in their own room. The new book is in board book form which little ones might like to take to bed with them.
Early childhood caregivers and parents know the importance of reading to even the youngest children. Infants and toddlers really enjoy having their own books and now another classic book has been created in board book form. Llama Llama Red Pajama is a favorite that is now in board book form.
Most families will face the time when a new baby sister or brother will arrive and the older sibling will be curious about what it takes to be a good big brother or sister to the new arrival. Come along with Big Brother Peanut Butter to learn about what it takes to be a great big brother or sister.
Has your school ever banned books that they do not want the students to read? Students want the freedom to read what they want and will do what they can to have this right. This fun read will empower young readers to have the books that they want to read.
Some little ones are just different when they are a bit precocious. Albie Newton is one of these and must learn how to make friends at preschool. He must find ways to win friends without making everyone angry with his love of inventing things.
What kind of adventures do you have with your dog? Young readers will want to share these adventures with Sophie the dog that is Bea Garcia's best friend. Sophie is not a brave doggy and cats are definitely out of her comfort zone.
These two delightful characters, Moe and Peanut, will provide some fun lessons with opposite words for young readers. Too Much! Not Enough! Messy, Neat, Noisy, Quiet, and more opposites make this a fun read with a vocabulary lesson included.
A new school year is fast approaching and many children will experience school for the very first time. Hello School is a delightful picture book with all of the elements of a typical day at school. An excited group of children are ready to meet their new teacher and lots of new friends.
What do children want to be when they grow up? There are so many choices! Dogs might have the same thoughts as they grow from a puppy to an adult dog. Dogs want to know that they will be accepted and loved no matter what they choose to be in this delightful story of choosing a profession.
An explosion brings children to new adventures in a new location. They cannot remember their past, but two of the chldren may be the only ones to save their new adopted land from all evil. Jaleigh Johnson has created a magical story that teaches a lesson of tolerance for new refugees.
Sadie lives in both the real world and her own little world. She has a secret world that she is afraid for others to discover when she finds herself in the hospital. This is a timely topic for a lot of teens in our society today with mental illness.
Teaching math with picture books is always fun for young children. Sam Sorts by Marthe Jocelyn is a creative book to use in teaching a variety of beginning math skills in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Sorting, counting, and categorization are all skills that Sam learns as he gets organized.
Thirteen is a difficult age and when you lose your dad at this age, grief makes it more difficult. Briana loved her dad as a dad and as a great storyteller. Briana navigates through her grief and discovers that her dad's words to her come through her own heart. "Be Your Own" has meaning for her.
Miss Petitfour bakes, takes her sixteen cats on magical adventures, and travels in the most wonderful way by using her tablecloth to fly. Five adventures are told in five chapters of fun. Miss Petitfour also reads to her beloved cats as a quiet activity. Come along for fun adventures.
Imagination has become a difficult concept for children today because of the immersion in technology. Grandpa's stories in The Magician's Secret help bring back the power of imagination to a little boy in this creative picture book.
Hugs are needed in our world even more now than before. Young children will see the value of a hug in this delightful picture book that teaches that hugs can make a friend's day better.
Homelessness is unfortunately a timely topic for many children now and Melissa Sarno's new novel for ages 8-12 teaches a middle school girl that belonging can happen even in the worst conditions. Cora lfollows her late father's advice about thinking in "threes".
Everyone loves Anne of Green Gables and Kelly Hill has two delightful board books for infants and toddlers that can help pass along this favorite character that older children have loved for many years. Anne celebrates colors and numbers with a walk in nature and her first friend at Green Gables.
Board books are popular with parents who have infants and toddlers. What parent has not heard the request of "just one more" when young toddlers want to avoid giving up something they like? Jennifer Hansen Rolli's Just One More is a fun read aloud that joins in the fun of this popular request.
Fans of Liesl Shurtliff will be delighted with her new book GRUMP. A fairy tale with a hilarious twist on some old favorite characters from childhood will engage readers age 8-12 with Grump, a dwarf who gets mixed up with Snow White and the mean queen. Let the adventures begin!
Jeanne Birdsall closes her popular series about the Penderwick family in this final story about reunions, family members, and an upcoming wedding. Young readers will enjoy the send-off story with fond memories of the previous books and perhaps remember their own family times with similar events.
Middle school can be daunting for our children. Being a math genius does not make it any easier. Lucy must now actually go to school after being homeschooled until the age of 12. Lucy discovers that Pi can be a friend and not just a math concept.
J.E. Morris's Fish Are Not Afraid of Doctors is just in time for those summer doctor visits to prepare for the next school year with exams and those dreaded shots. Use your imagination along with Maud to make your doctor visit less scary.
Children love to cook and this fun read aloud picture book that introduces Julia Child to young chefs will be a hit with young readers. Julia Child as a childhood chef offers inspiration for young chefs with fun illustrations along with the story of her childhood with friends and family.
How many dog owners would love to have a nanny for their dog? Miss Moon gets her first position as a governess to 67 rambunctious dogs and soon learns that being a governess to dogs is second to none as a fun start to her career. Wise Words from a Dog Governess is a fun read for dog lovers.
College admissions are looming for this season's busy students and new technology is at the forefront again for helping students connect with their chosen schools. The new apps from these two companies are designed for students who are beginning to look at colleges and getting admitted.
Young children who immigrate to America with their parents must learn to make new friends while at the same time experiencing grief at leaving their old home and possibly other family members. Sakura is from Japan and comes to America with her parents to have new experiences.
Do you have a daughter who likes science? Girls who are "geeks" are coming to the head of the line now in our society. Girls can be inventors and contribute to the engineering profession along with their male partners. Join Magnolia Mudd in her adventure to teach this lesson.
Parents who have children who are home schooled often purchase extra curriculum materials to enhance learning. Adventures in Science from Silver Dolphin Books has published a learning kit about the human body with fun stickers and a small plastic skeleton to assemble. The kit includes a book.
Introduce young children to art with this story about collecting objects that one loves and creating art with the beloved objects. Imagination comes into play during the childhood of renowned artist Joseph Cornell and children will be inspired by what he collects and creates.
Color is a huge part of art and people who are interested in color will find this unique book about colors to be one that you will want to add to your bookshelf. The book is simple with fun illustrations about the colors of our world. New vocabulary about colors is also a part of this book.
A gull, a little boy, and a starfish teach that nature is full of wonders and that nature takes care of the ecosystem in many ways. On Gull Beach is a beautifully crafted story with all of the exciting elements of a day at the beach and surprises in how nature works for the good of all creatures.
Young children often experience the problem of fitting in. Oliver learns the lesson that being oneself is the best way to fit in.
Busy people like quick and simple equipment to cook with. I have found a great cooking tool that is innovative and fun to use. Hot Logic cooking trays will make cooking on the go or at home fun.
Friendships between all kinds of animals helps our ecosystems in a variety of fascinating ways. This picture book with fun facts is a great teaching tool for science classrooms.
Teaching children about differences and teaching tolerance are hot topics in the classroom and in the home. Maurice the Unbeastly is a great choice for learning that different is a good thing.
Gifts of food are always welcome. Illness, new parents, college students away from mom's cooking—these are all people who would love some prepared food. This is the perfect thing to send them.
Who knew that pizza could be a peacemaker? A sneeze turns the word "peace" into the word "pizza" in Mom's wish for peace, and everyone enjoys pizza from the sky instead of fighting and arguing.
It is never too early to introduce our environment to children. The care of our environment is a hot topic and children notice all kinds of changes. Has your child experienced foggy weather?
Parents face the difficulty of getting their child to sleep in their own bed at some point during the early-toddler years. Learning to sleep alone can be introduced to your child with this fun story.
Young children can get grouchy for a variety of reasons. Being bored is no fun. Beiser's new picture book is a fun read to help children find the bright side of any situation.
Is your child ready for a pet? This delightful read aloud teaches that pets need a lot of care. You probably aren't getting a lion, but this book teaches the general theme of pet care.
Local shelters have a multitude of ongoing needs. The Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is a shelter where needs are being met in a variety of ways. It takes a village.
What is that awful smell ? Lady Pancake and Sir French Toast are off on their next adventure to solve the mystery of a terrible odor in the fridge. A lesson of compassion is part of the solution.
Times are changing for what families want in a circus performance. Seb must find a way to save his family's world-renowned circus and his search for solutions to help his family also saves others.
Lemonade Liberty Witt experiences the loss of her mom at the age of eleven and must learn resilience to navigate this loss. The elusive Bigfoot plays a part in her new adventures after loss.
Brashares' new book The Whole Thing Together brings the themes of step-families, first love, and new relationships to life for great summertime reading for the YA audience.
Ben Clanton is back with his characters Narwhal and Jelly in this fun read aloud that teaches the power of a superhero who brings out the best in his friends.
Lesley Gorin's Elly and the Smelly Sneaker is an inspiring story for young girls who are looking for their "girl power." If you have a girl ages 6-10, this fun read aloud is for them.
Getting little ones to sleep in their own beds is a common problem that every parent will face at one time or another. Let Hoot and Honk help with this fun read-aloud picture book.
The popular Okee Dokee brothers are back with a fun picture book that parents will find useful in teaching the important lesson about the topic of wants vs. needs. What do your children wish for?
Manatee County Animal Services Shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is on the move again to help its animals live their best lives while waiting for their forever homes. Volunteer, donate, and adopt.
Moving can be stressful for children. Tammi Sauer's fun read aloud, "Your Alien Returns," is a great choice for young children to learn a lesson in fitting into a new community.
Manatee County Animal Services shelter in Palmetto, Florida, is enjoying increased community support for animals that are in need of forever homes. Awareness of needs is increasing for precious lives.