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An 11-Year-Old Irish Boy Gets Thrown Into an Epic Battle of Good and Evil

When Jack wakes up, he finds himself in a fantastical world --- and he's destined to both save and destroy it. Click here to win a copy!

The Author/Illustrator of Little Elliott, Big City Takes Us Behind The Scenes

Learn how the character of Mouse came to be, and get a sneak peek at some early sketches of Elliot and Mouse!

Two Dads, Four Boys and a Whole Lot of Misadventures

Between Sam, Jax, Eli and Frog, cats, a turtle and an invisible cheetah, nothing is boring in the Fletcher family.

Hilarity Ensues in the Fifth Book Featuring Kevin Spencer

When Kevin decides to plan a double wedding in his backyard, things get delightfully out of control.

Go Behind the Scenes of THE BRILLIANT WORLD OF TOM GATES

This bestselling British series finally makes it to the United States, and we couldn't be more excited!

Celebrate National Dollar Day With Two Money-Themed Books

THE HISTORY OF MONEY and CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO MAKING MONEY are informative and hilarious, respectively.

31 Days of Harry Potter

July 31, 2014
Happy birthday Harry Potter! The Boy Who Lived has come a long way from his days receiving used socks as presents from his cruel aunt and uncle on Privet Drive, and we want to celebrate. What’s...
July 30, 2014
When trying to figure out my favorite Harry Potter memory, I was stuck. Really, truly stuck. So I took the easy way out, and made a compilation instead. Here’s a top five:
July 29, 2014
Stephanie Burgis --- author of the Kat, Incorrigible series --- knows a thing or two about magic; in the first book, 12-year-old protagonist Katherine Ann Stephenson discovers that she inherited her...

Features and Contests

New Harry Potter Story!

Just in time for our "31 Days of Harry Potter" feature, J.K. Rowling published a new story about Harry and the gang as adults! Check out the story --- which was first released on Pottermore on July 8th --- here.

 

 

Tribute to Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers, the prolific and award-winning writer of DOWN TO THE LAST OUT, THE CRUISERS, DARIUS & TWIG and more, passed away on July 1st. Click here to read our tribute.

 

July's New Picture Books Roundup

Our August picture book roundup includes BONJOUR CAMILLE by Laia Aguilar, Felipe Cano, which follows young Camille’s whirlwind morning and boundless imagination in bold colors and collage-style illustrations; QUEST, a wordless picture book about friends who must rescue an enchanted king by Aaron Becker, the illustrator behind the Caldecott Honor book JOURNEY; and DAY DREAMERS by Emily Martin, a wistful ode to letting one’s mind wander. 

Cool & New Books

Our August roundup includes 365 DAYS OF WONDER  by R.J. Palacio, the follow-up to the bestselling novel WONDER that shares words of wisdom from beloved character Mr. Browne; THE BADGER KNIGHT by National Book Award winner Kathryn Erskine, which follows an albino boy’s epic journey through England and Scotland at the height of Medieval times, and PORTRAITS OF HISPANIC AMERICAN HEROES by Juan Felipe Herrera, illustrated by Raúl Colón, a visually stunning tribute to Hispanic Americans who have made outstanding contributions to the arts, politics, science, humanitarianism and athletics.  

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperbacks this month we have THE MUSEUM BOOK by Jan Mark and illustrated by Richard Holland, a mixed-media ode to museums and the practice of collecting; the graphic novel SISTERS, the companion to SMILE that highlights the complexities of author Raina Telgemeier’s relationship with her younger sister, Amara; and the AMELIA BEDELIA Chapter Books Boxed Set by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril, which includes all four AMELIA BEDELIA chapter books along with 60 exclusive stickers.

Latest Reviews

Percy Jackson's Greek Gods Written by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco - Mythology

 

"A publisher in New York asked me to write down what I know about the Greek gods, and I was like, Can we do this anonymously? Because I don't need the Olympians mad at me again. But if it helps you to know your Greek gods, and survive an encounter with them if they ever show up in your face, then I guess writing all this down will be my good deed for the week." So begins PERCY JACKSON'S GREEK GOD, in which the son of Poseidon adds his own magic--and sarcastic asides--to the classics. 

An Irish boy’s life explodes into a fantastical adventure when he travels through time and must face his fears, discern good from evil, and develop into a strong leader if he is to fulfill his destiny—to save the world or destroy it.

What is a museum? Why would anyone amass shells, words, clocks, teeth, trains, dinosaurs, mummies . . . or two-headed sheep? Find out where the word "museum" comes from and what unusual items (unicorn horns? mermaids?) some early museums placed on view. Jan Mark’s humorous and conversational insights take readers through museums’ multifaceted history, while Richard Holland’s eye-catching mixed-media illustrations lend their own quirky flair. With vivid examples from all around the world, this wonderful book puts museums — and the many artifacts lovingly stored there — on display in a whole new light.

After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC . . . but of course it won’t be that easy! This trip to the nation's capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an “origami-free zone.” Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey's sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness?

Bracken and Nettle are the last young witches in the valley. Their mothers disappeared years ago in search of the secret Door to a world without humans, leaving the girls in the care of thirteen ancient witches. When the magical veil that protects their valley from humans is broached and the Wellspring Water needed to repair it is polluted, it is up to the girls to save the coven. Seeking stones, a wishing necklace, a wily raccoon, human Witchfriends, and their lost mothers help Bracken and Nettle on their quest.

Twelve-year-old Mysti Murphy wishes she were a character in a book. If her life were fictional, she'd magically know how to deal with the fact that her best friend, Anibal Gomez, has abandoned her in favor of being a "hipster." She'd be able to take care of everyone when her dad has to spend time in the hospital. And she'd certainly be able to change her family's secret.

Ali and her middle school classmates are raising flocks of fairies to make their wishes come true. But growing a flock is harder than it sounds: the fairies eat only human hair, and the rules for dealing with them are confusing, misleading, and subject to change. As Ali and her friends struggle to earn their wishes, mistakes are made, spells go awry, and soon Ali is up against hundreds of two-inch-tall imps who have very big plans --- to replace all the parents in town! --- and the power to carry them out.

A treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, new parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter book biz, WILD THINGS! draws on the combined knowledge and research of three respected and popular librarian-bloggers. It chronicles some of the feuds and fights, errors and secret messages found in children’s books and brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know.

Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan!

Even though sorcery is forbidden in Oz, Zerie Greenapple is determined to use her magic. When the Flying Monkeys find Zerie and her friends using magic, one of their gang is captured. Three friends go on the run through the wild landscapes of Oz to try and find Glinda the Good, who they hope will save them from the evil Princess Ozma. But will magic be enough to lead these three friends to safety? This exciting tale of adventure and fantasy will surround readers in a world of complexity, where the truth is always shifting and the integrity of friendship is constantly questioned.

IF is an endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David J. Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). By simply reducing everything to human scale, Smith has made the incomprehensible easier to grasp, and therefore more meaningful.