Our March picture book roundup includes STRIPES OF ALL TYPES/Rayas de todas las tallas by Susan Stockdale, a bilingual look at stripes in nature; THE SCRAPS BOOK: Notes from a Colorful Life by CHIKA CHIKA BOOM BOOM illustrator Lois Ehlert, which takes young ones on a colorful, gorgeous tour of the book-making process; and TROLL SWAP by Leigh Hodgkinson, where a messy little girl and a well-behaved troll come up with a master plan.
Our March roundup includes PRINCESS LABELMAKER TO THE RESCUE!, the latest installment in Tom Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, where the kids at McQuarrie Middle School are waging a war against test prep; AVA AND PIP by Girls’ Life columnist Carol Weston, about two sisters who couldn’t be more different; and STAY WHERE YOU ARE AND THEN LEAVE by John Boyne, which follows a boy who discovers his missing father is in a hospital suffering from shell shock during World War I.
Among the paperback titles released this month, we have ROOM 214: A Year in Poems by Helen Frost, which features a wide array of poems by fifth-grade students, interwoven with stories about their class; EMILY WINDSNAP AND THE LAND OF THE MIDNIGHT SUN by Liz Kessler, the latest book in the New York Times best-selling Emily Windsnap series about mermaids; and FLYING THE DRAGON by Natalie Dias Lorenzi, which follows two cousins in alternating chapters; Skye, who was born in the U.S. and doesn’t think much about her half-Japanese identity, and Hiroshi, who suddenly moves to the U.S. from Japan with his grandfather.
The detective Alan Knightley just woke up after a four-year coma. While he was out, his son Darkus read of all his old cases, and he's learned a lot about detective work. Good thing too --- because they find themselves caught up in a conspiracy. Because Alan is still recovering, he tends to fall asleep at the worst possible moments, meaning that young Darkus might just have to solve this mystery by himself.
Eleven-year-old Chip has always been her daddy's girl, so when he dies she pins her hopes on winning a beauty pageant to show her family of southern belles that she still belongs. But she'd rather be covered in mud than makeup! Can a rough-and-tumble girl ever become a beauty queen?
Madeleine wants nothing more than to save money for college, but her impractical, ex-hippie parents are broke. When the family unexpectedly inherits a sweet shoppe in England that has the potential to earn serious profit, they see an answer to all their problems. . . . Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Bunny—formerly of the detecting persuasion—are looking for new professions, and Mrs. Bunny decides she would like to be Queen. Soon they, too, are headed across the pond.
Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina's wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Chaos ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere in this page-turning tale.
When only one in a thousand turtle eggs for this critically endangered species will grow into an adult sea turtle, the odds are stacked against mother turtles and their offspring. Join the renowned author and photographer Steve Swinburne on a journey through history to learn how sea turtles came to be endangered, and what scientists like Dr. Kimberly Stewart are doing to save them.
Supported by thorough research, narrative accounts of actual historical persons as well as fictionalized characters comprise this historical novel. Follow 17-year-old Emma, her family, and potential Confederate spy, Charles Davis, as a chaotic community tries to survive a blazing firestorm, the actual fire that swept through Columbia, South Carolina, after the city surrendered to General Sherman.
James is going on vacation for a week. His best friend, Marvin the beetle, has to stay at home. Without James to keep him company, Marvin has to play with his annoying cousin, Elaine. Marvin and Elaine quickly find themselves in all sorts of trouble --- even getting trapped inside a pencil sharpener! But more importantly, will James still be Marvin's friend when he gets home or will he have a new best friend?
Hank is a kid who doesn't try to be funny, but he somehow always makes the kids in his class laugh. In the first book in this new series, Hank's class is putting on a play, and Hank wants the lead part: Aqua Fly. But he freezes in his audition and can only buzz like a fly. His teacher creates a special part for Hank, a silent bookmark. This may seem like an insignificant role, but when his enemy, Nick McKelty, freezes during the performance, it's up to Hank to save the play!
Mr Gum's back! But what's he up to this time? Seems he's found himself a brand new treat --- rancid kebabs just dripping with dirty grey sauce. And he just can't get enough of them. But not everyone's too happy about Mr Gum's new dinnertime arrangements and soon the town of Lamonic Bibber is gearing up for war. Can Polly and her friends save the town from being torn apart?
Deep in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, there's a WWII fighter plane named SECOND ACE that's been lost for years, a plane that Dylan's own grandfather barely escaped from with his life. In all this time, no one has ever been able to track down SECOND ACE --- but now Dylan and his uncle are going to try.
With this guide to maps and geography, you’ll wow your friends and teachers with clever facts: Did you know that the biggest desert in the world is actually covered in snow? Or that Christopher Columbus wasn’t the first to think that the Earth was round? With great illustrations, cool trivia, and fun quizzes to test your knowledge, this guide will have you on your way to whiz-kid status in no time!