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Win a Copy of Acclaimed Novelist Sandra Dallas's First Children's Book

"A wonderful tool for classrooms to use when discussing the hurtful effects of prejudice..." Enter the contest, read the review & read an excerpt, here!

See the Cover of this Hilarious, Dinosaur-Infused Book Before Anyone Else!

Cory Putman Oakes shares the cover of DINOSAUR BOY and a great guest article about all of the dinosaur-tastic details hidden throughout the book.

An Inspiring Tribute to Some of America's Most Accomplished Citzens

A visually stunning showcase of notable Hispanic American artists, athletes, scientists, politicians, humanitarians and more.

Two Picture Book Authors Celebrate National Grandparents Day

Lauren Castillo and Toni Buzzeo talk New York City, elephants, picture books and awesome memories with grandma and grandpa.

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!

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!

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September's New Picture Books Roundup

Our September picture book roundup includes ALADDIN: A Cut-Paper Book by Agnese Baruzzi, which brings the beloved folk tale to life in an intricate, lace-like, die-cut paper book; TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace, an uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game, with birds passing messages down the line; and ALEXANDER, WHO'S TRYING HIS BEST TO BE THE BEST BOY EVER by Judith Viorst illustrated by Isidre Mones, where the boy famous for having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day tries his hand at behaving.

Cool & New Books

Our September roundup includes YOKO'S DIARY: The Life of a Young Girl in Hiroshima During WWII, edited by Paul Ham, the real and poignant diary of a 13-year-old Japanese girl who lived near Hiroshima; BAD MAGIC, the first in a magical new series by Pseudonymous Bosch; and THOMAS JEFFERSON: PRESIDENT AND PHILOSOPHER by Jon Meacham, the illustrated biography of the life and political philosophy of one of our Founding Fathers, adapted from THOMAS JEFFERSON: The Art of Power. 

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have KIDS WHO ARE CHANGING THE WORLD by Anne Jankeliowitch, which features the inspiring stories of 45 young heroes who have made an impact on our planet; EL DEAFO by Cece Bell, a graphic memoir about Cece’s childhood hearing loss; and COUNTING BY 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, about an extraordinary girl who manages to push through her grief after her parents are killed.

Latest Reviews

Jack and Annie have survived all kinds of dangers on their adventures in the magic tree house. Find out how you can survive lots of scary situations, including sharks, earthquakes, fires, shipwrecks and many more! Features a compass embedded in the front cover. With full-color photographs and illustrations, facts about real-life survival stories and tips from Jack and Annie, this is a must-have for all survivors of the bestselling Magic Tree House series.

As a young boy, Derek Jeter dreams of being the shortstop for the New York Yankees. He even imagines himself in the World Series. So when Derek is chosen for the Little League Tigers, he hopes to play shortstop. But on the day of the assignments, Derek Starts at second base. Still, he tries his best while he wishes and dreams of that shortstop spot. And to help him stay focused on school, his parents make him a contract: keep up the grades or no baseball. Derek makes sure he always plays his best game --- on and off the baseball field!

When I saw him that first time I screamed --- a small and silent scream, all inside, in my gut. Eleven-year-old Kaia, who has felt isolated since her older brother committed suicide more than a year before, befriends a wild boy who mysteriously appears at her London school. Though the boy is mute and can only communicate with a flash of his gray eyes, he might be the friend Kaia needs to bring her through her grief.

Hook's Revenge written by Heidi Sculz, illustrated by John Hendrix - Youth Fiction
Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink. So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited. 

Candice Phee isn't a typical twelve-year-old girl. She has more than her fair share of quirks, but she also has the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to make sure everyone around her is happy—which is no easy feat when dealing with a pet fish with an identity crisis, a friend who believes he came from another dimension, an age-old family feud, and a sick mom. But she is on a mission. Her methods might be unique, but Candice will do whatever it takes to restore order to her world and make sure everyone is absolutely, categorically happy again.

Willie finds a mysterious wooden crate in the Duck Commander warehouse. Only John Luke is around, so the two of them open up the box and find a strange device. It turns out it’s a time machine that looks a bit like an outhouse. Willie and John Luke test out the machine and find themselves journeying back and forth in time. They have crazy adventures but know they need to make it back to West Monroe. But will they make the right choices to get back at the right time?

Many girls in elementary and middle school fall in love with the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. What they don’t always realize is that Wilder’s books are autobiographical. This narrative biography describes more of the details of the young Laura’s real life as a young pioneer homesteading with her family on many adventurous journeys. This biography, complete with charming illustrations, points out the differences between the fictional series as well as the many similarities. It’s a fascinating story of a much-celebrated writer.

Tell Me by Joan Bauer - Fiction

The unofficial town motto is "Nothing bad ever happens in Rosemont" where  twelve-year-old Anna has come to stay with her grandmother, Mim, hoping to forget her worries about her parents' troubled marriage.  She'll be busy with the town's annual Flower Festival, a celebration with floats and bands that requires weeks of preparations.

It’s not easy being Zarf. As a troll, he's stuck at the bottom of the middle school hierarchy, way below the prince and knights (populars), ogres and giants (jocks) and even the lowly minstrels (band geeks). Plus, trolls aren't exactly known for their brain power or cool demeanor. But it gets worse. When the king disappears and Zarf's archenemy, the prince, ascends the throne, he makes Zarf's life even more miserable. And so it is that Zarf and his two sidekicks (a neurotic, mutton-obsessed pig and the not-funny son of the court jester) set out to find the missing king as well as their way to middle school heroism. (Okay, the heroism part might be wishful thinking.)

12-year-old Charlie is a fantasy football guru. He may be just a bench warmer for his school's football team, but when it comes to knowing and loving the game, he's first-string. He even becomes a celebrity when his podcast gets noticed by a sports radio host, who plays Charlie's fantasy picks for all of Los Angeles to hear.

Magic is BAD. As in fake. Cheesy. Unreal. At least, that's what Clay, who has seen one magic show too many, thinks. When words from his journal appear mysteriously on his school wall as graffiti, he never imagines that magic might be to blame. And when the same graffiti lands him at Earth Ranch, a camp for "troubled" kids on a remote volcanic island, magic is the last thing he expects to find there.

Finally, Amira is twelve. Old enough to wear a toob, old enough for new responsibilities. And maybe old enough to go to school in Nyala-- Amira's one true dream. But life in her peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive. The terrifying attackers ravage the town and unleash unspeakable horrors. After she loses nearly everything, Amira needs to dig deep within herself to find the strength to make the long journey-- on foot-- to safety at a refugee camp. Her days are tough at the camp, until the gift of a simple red pencil opens her mind-- and all kinds of possibilities.

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the United States. He was one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence. But he was also a lawyer and an ambassador, an inventor and a scientist. He had a wide range of interests and hobbies, but his consuming interest was the survival and success of the United States.
 
This book contains a note from Meacham and over 100 archival illustrations, as well as sections throughout the text about subjects such as the Boston Tea Party, the Library of Congress, and Napoléon Bonaparte. Additional materials include a time line; a family tree; a Who’s Who in Jefferson’s world; sections on Jefferson’s original writings and correspondence, “inventions,” interests, places in Jefferson’s world, finding Jefferson in the United States today, additional reading, organizations, and websites; notes; a bibliography; and an index. This adaptation, ideal for those interested in American presidents, biographies, and the founding of the American republic, is an excellent example of informational writing and reflects Meacham’s extensive research using primary source material.