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Check Out Greg Heffley's Latest Misadventure!

In the newest installment of this bestselling series, Greg and his family embark on an epic road trip.

A First Edition of Charlotte's Web Leads to a Hunt for Treasure

When Truly moved to Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, she never expected to be greeted by a mystery in her family's bookstore

A Month of Celebratory Blog Posts by Authors, Reviewers and Editors

Go behind-the-scenes on recent picture books and reminisce about old favorites.

Kidsreads.com Interviews The Curse of the Buttons Author to Celebrate National Button Day

Anne Ylvisaker talks about her book and her own quirky collection.

A Novel in Verse About One Seventh Grader's Journey From Bully to Bullied

"Both Kevin and Holt...tackle ideas and topics that many readers may never have seen addressed in poetry." Read the full review, here!

Join the Duck Dynasty Crew in These Fun Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Tales

You can travel through time or go to outerspace with the Robertsons in this wacky series. Learn more with our review, interview and excerpt!

Features and Contests

November's New Picture Books Roundup

Our November roundup includes THE LITTLE MOON RAVEN, the story of Little Raven who wants to fly to the moon by Marcus Pfister, author of the classic picture book THE RAINBOW FISH; MALALA: A Brave Girl from Pakistan by Jeanette Winter, the brave story of Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize; and PATCHWORK GOES UNDER COVER by Jacqueline Schmidt, about a stuffed bear looking for a cozy spot to sleep.

 

Cool & New Books

Our November roundup includes DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney, the latest adventure for Greg Heffley and his family; THE MAP TO EVERYWHERE by Carrie Ryan and J.P. Davis; the story of Fin and Marrill’s search for the famed map that will help them navigate a magical waterway; and THOMAS PAINE: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin, the real-life story of “The Father of the American Revolution,” Thomas Paine.

 

New in Paperback

Among the paperback titles released this month, we have WILL SPARROW'S ROAD by Karen Cushman, the story of a runaway boy in the rowdy world of Elizabethan England; THE US CONGRESS FOR KIDS: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking and Compromising, with 21 Activities by Ronald A. Reis, Henry A. Waxman and Kristi Noem, an interactive guide to the history of inner workings of the U.S. Congress; and FROZEN IN TIME: Clarence Birdseye's Outrageous Idea About Frozen Food by Mark Kurlansky, the true story of the man who revolutionized the frozen food industry.

Latest Reviews

Get Happy by Mary Amato - Fiction

Minerva has been raised by her single mother after her father left them both. On her 17th birthday, she is shocked to discover that he has been trying to keep in touch, but her mother has been sabotaging his attempts. Furious at her mom, she begins to investigate her dad, a famous marine biologist, only to discover that he has a new family, including a beloved, and perfect, stepdaughter--a girl Minerva already knows and despises. As she makes her way, trying to build her performing and songwriting career, her jealousy takes over and threatens to derail her life completely.

Eleven-year-old Maddy loved working in her parents' bookstore... especially when joined by her pet flying toad Ralph. But that was before the mysterious Thimblewitch turned her mom & dad into kangaroo rats! Now Maddy's on the adventure of a lifetime. To save her parents, she'll need to sneak past an army of spider-goblins, scarecrow warriors, and much more... Fortunately, an assortment of new friends await, including the cloud cartographers Harry and Silvio, a bear and raccoon who explore the world in their moon-balloon. They'll help her along the way, but in the end, the fate of everyone will depend on Maddy's courage, compassion, and creativity.

Clod is an Iremonger. He lives in the Heaps, a vast sea of lost and discarded items collected from all over London. At the centre is Heap House, a puzzle of houses, castles, homes and mysteries reclaimed from the city and built into a living maze of staircases and scurrying rats. The Iremongers are a mean and cruel family, robust and hardworking, but Clod has an illness. He can hear the objects whispering. His birth object, a universal bath plug, says 'James Henry', Cousin Tummis' tap is squeaking 'Hilary Evelyn Ward-Jackson' and something in the attic is shouting 'Robert Burrington' and it sounds angry. A storm is brewing over Heap House. The Iremongers are growing restless and the whispers are getting louder. When Clod meets Lucy Pennant, a girl newly arrived from the city, everything changes. The secrets that bind Heap House together begin to unravel to reveal a dark truth that threatens to destroy Clod's world.

COOL ART, a neat primer on all things art, introduces all the key characters, moments, and movements in the history of art to the present day. From Caravaggio to Banksy, the Renaissance to Minimalism, young readers can explore the ideas, meaning, and techniques behind the world's masterpieces, with a hefty dose of fun along the way. Much more than a basic history of art, this fascinating book explains how color works, how to have a profound experience in an art gallery (and what not to say while you're there), and how to tap into one's own innate creativity and become an artist. Packed with intriguing and playful images, this is an ideal gift for all ages—not only will it engage young people in creative ideas, it will also provide a feast of useful facts for adults to impress their friends with at dinner parties.

Now that Truly Lovejoy’s father has been injured by an IED in Afghanistan and is having trouble finding work back home, the family moves from Texas to tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, to take over Lovejoy’s Books, a struggling bookstore that’s been in the family for one hundred years. With two older brothers and two younger sisters clamoring for attention, her mother back in school, and everyone up to their eyebrows trying to keep Lovejoy’s Books afloat, Truly feels more overlooked than usual. So she pours herself into uncovering the mystery of an undelivered letter she finds stuck in a valuable autographed first edtion of Charlotte’s Web, which subsequently goes missing from the bookshop. What’s inside the envelope leads Truly and her new Pumpkin Falls friends on a madcap treasure hunt around town, chasing clues that could spell danger.
Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky - Young Adult Fiction

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: "he" is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection, or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit? 

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt - Youth Fiction

Tuk the bighorn sheep is told he will be the one to save his herd, but he is young and would rather play with his bandmates than figure out why the herd needs saving. As humans encroach further and further into their territory, there is less room for the sheep to wander, food becomes scarce, and the herd's very survival is in danger. Tuk and his friends set out to find Blue Mountain, a place that Tuk sometimes sees far in the distance and thinks might be a better home. The journey is treacherous, filled with threatening pumas and bears and dangerous lands, leading Tuk down a path that goes against every one of his instincts. Still, Tuk perseveres, reaching Blue Mountain and leading his herd into a new, safe place.

Feisty eleven-year-old Veronica Morgan believes that a furry lemon beagle from the neighborhood pet store will be the solution to the endless worries she has about life in general and friendship in particular. This is a problem, since her bumbling psychiatrist parents won’t buy her the puppy she wants or stop meddling in her life at her challenging new school. But things never turn out the way you plan, particularly if you never stop expecting the worst to happen, and haven’t taken a chance on being a true friend yourself. 

Centaur Rising by Jane Yolen - Youth Fantasy Fiction

One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur. The family has enough attention already as Arianne’s six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

Urban Outlaws by Peter Jay Black - Youth Fiction
Deep beneath the city live five extraordinary kids: world-famous hacker Jack, gadget geek Charlie, free runner Slink, communications chief Obi, and decoy expert Wren. Orphans bonded over their shared sense of justice, the kids have formed the Urban Outlaws, a group dedicated to outsmarting criminals and handing out their stolen money through Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.K.s). But the kids find themselves in serious trouble when they're caught in an epic battle to control Proteus, a genius super-computer. Proteus can crack any code in the world-and steal top-secret documents in nanoseconds. It's down to the Urban Outlaws to use their guile, guts, and skill to destroy the computer, avert world domination . . . and stay alive.
Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin - Youth Fiction
Rose Howard is obsessed with homonyms. She’s thrilled that her own name is a homonym, and she purposely gave her dog Rain a name with two homonyms (Reign, Rein), which, according to Rose’s rules of homonyms, is very special. Not everyone understands Rose’s obsessions, her rules, and the other things that make her different – not her teachers, not other kids, and not her single father. When a storm hits their rural town, rivers overflow, the roads are flooded, and Rain goes missing. Rose’s father shouldn’t have let Rain out. Now Rose has to find her dog, even if it means leaving her routines and safe places to search.

The hunt for Copernicus's first relic sent Wade, Darrell, Lily, and Becca to the far reaches of the world and put them in serious danger. But they never imagined Sara Kaplan—Darrell and Wade's mother—would be kidnapped by the conniving Galina Krause. Now they must race the evil Teutonic Order to find the Serpens relic and rescue Sara before it's too late.