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The Eerie Inspiration Behind THE SUMMER EXPERIMENT

Cathie tells Kidsreads why her book is set in Allagash, Maine...and why it's not so unbelievable that protagonist Roberta spots a UFO! 

Observe This Important Month with Some Great Titles

Check out these excellent books, including AL CAPONE DOES MY SHIRTS!

Celebrate This Mermaid-Filled Series with a Guest Article from Author Liz Kessler

Liz Kessler tells us her top 10 favorite things about the beloved half-mermaid --- come see if your favorites made her list!

Celebrate Our Favorite Bookish Institutions with Two Great Reads!

It's School Library Month, National Library Week and National Librarian Day --- so pick up THE FORBIDDEN LIBRARY and THE NINJA LIBRARIANS!

Piper Has Never Seen the Mark of the Dragonfly...Until Now

If Piper returns the girl with the intricate tattoo on her arm to the Territories, she'll get a huge reward. But getting there won't be easy.

Features and Contests

April's New Picture Books Roundup

Our April picture book roundup includes IT’S AN ORANGE AARDVARK written and illustrated by Michael Hall, a book full of bright colors and die-cut holes that follows a group of five ants as they try to uncover the source of a mysterious noise; DUCK AND GOOSE GO TO THE BEACH by Tad Hills, the follow-up to DUCK, DUCK, GOOSE that follows the two winged friends as they explore the ocean; and LONDON FOR CHILDREN by Matteo Peocoli, an adaptation of his gorgeous LONDON UNFURLED that takes kids on a trivia-filled, architectural tour of England’s capital city.

Cool & New Books

Our April roundup includes FILE UNDER: 13 Suspicious Incidents by Lemony Snicket, where readers are invited to accompany the sleuthful young Lemony as he investigates strange incidents occurring in Stain’d-By-The-Sea; The second Life of Ty book by Lauren Myracle --- LIFE OF TY: Non-Random Acts of Kindness --- where the second-grader has to contend with his baby sister, crazy classmates and upcoming public speaking assignment; and THERE WILL BE BEARS by Ryan Gebhart, where  13-year-old Tyson sneaks his grandfather out of a nursing home so they can go on a hunting trip together.

New in Paperback

Among the paperback titles released this month we have HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowelll, where Hiccup must find a prized jewel in order to save his people; HORRIBLE HARRIET’S INHERITANCE by Leigh Hobbs, where the most endearingly evil girl in picture books bursts into chapter books for the first time to tell the story of her family tree;  and THE MARK OF ATHENA, the third book in Rick Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series, where Greek and Roman demigods must defeat giants and find the Doors of Death.

Latest Reviews

When seven-year-old Claire shows up, she turns Ash's carefully constructed life upside down. Ash must protect a carefully hidden secret: she has discovered a magical jar in her basement. It has the power to send her back in time and provides a window into another friendship between two girls. Discovering her own connection to the girls' story shows Ash that her life is full of surprises and friends she never saw coming.
Everyone in Lucy’s family sings. Opera. Rap. Lullabies. Everyone, except Lucy. Lucy can’t sing; her voice just won’t come out. Just like singing, helping Aunt Frankie prepare for flooding season is a family tradition --- even if Frankie doesn’t want the help. And this year, when the flood arrives, danger finds its way into the heart of Lucy’s family, and Lucy will need to find her voice to save her brother.

When his dad’s book turns out to contain deadly secrets, twelve-year-old Furious Jones is thrust into a web of mystery and danger in this gripping page-turner.

Furious Jones, the twelve-year-old son of a famous thriller writer, lives with his grandfather after his mother was mysteriously gunned down right in front of him a year ago. Curious to know more about his estranged dad, he goes to see him speak about his upcoming novel to a packed audience—and to his shock and horror, he witnesses his father get shot as well.

When Furious discovers that his dad’s upcoming novel contains dangerous and fiercely protected secrets, he sets out to discover who killed his father, and what exactly they were trying to cover up.


Swimming in the tidal pool, Kate and Luke peers through her mask at the undersea world below. Kate finds a structure of rocks adorned with seaweed, shells, and starfish --- it looks like an underwater fairy castle! Exploring the Isles of Shoals, the two friends discover the magic along these rocky shores; while out at sea, a secret new world of adventure awaits, where pirates, ghosts, and a feisty seal are just the beginning.

Paintings have been falling off of walls, a loud and loyal dog has gone missing, a specter has been seen walking the pier at midnight -- strange things are happening all over the town of Stain'd-By-The-Sea. Called upon to investigate thirteen suspicious incidents, young Lemony Snicket collects clues, questions witnesses, and cracks every case. Join the investigation and tackle the mysteries alongside Snicket, then turn to the back of the book to see the solution revealed.

This riveting account of the murder of three civil rights crusaders in Mississippi offers new interviews with volunteers from that fateful summer and many never-before-seen photographs. 

One hundred years after the start of the “Great War,” World War I for Kids provides an intriguing and comprehensive look at this defining conflict that involved all of the world’s superpowers. Why and how did the war come about? What was daily life like for soldiers in the trenches? What roles did zeppelins, barbed wire, and the passenger ship Lusitania play in the war? Who were Kaiser Wilhelm, the Red Baron, and Edith Cavell? Young history buffs will learn the answers these questions and many others, including why the western front bogged down into a long stalemate; how the war ushered in an era of rapid military, technological, and societal advances; and how the United States’ entry helped end the war. Far from a dry catalog of names, dates, and battles, this richly illustrated book goes in depth into such fascinating topics as turn-of-the-20th-century weaponry and the important roles animals played in the war, and explains connections among events and how the war changed the course of history.

When Booker T. Washington, the famed African American educator, asked Julius Rosenwald, the wealthy president of Sears, Roebuck and Company and noted philanthropist, to help him build well-designed and fully equipped schools for black children, the face of education in the South changed for the better. It was the early 1900s, a time of discrimination, racial segregation, and inadequate education for African Americans. Rosenwald created a special fund that in just twenty years built more than 5,300 schools attended by 600,000 black students.

One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America’s South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award-winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it.

Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust written by Loic Dauvillier, illustrated by Greg Salsedo and Marc Lizano - Youth Historical Fiction
Dounia, a grandmother, tells her granddaughter the story even her son has never heard: how, as a young Jewish girl in Paris, she was hidden away from the Nazis by a series of neighbors and friends who risked their lives to keep her alive when her parents had been taken to concentration camps.
Dounia and her mother rediscover each other as World War II  ends . . . and a young girl in present-day France becomes closer to her grandmother, who can finally, after all those years, tell her story.