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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!

Features and Contests

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

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.

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail. 

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him. So he tries his best to do his worst --- and fails at failing.

Nest by Esther Ehlrich - Fiction

In 1972 home is a cozy nest on Cape Cod for eleven-year-old Naomi “Chirp” Orenstein, her older sister, Rachel; her psychiatrist father; and her dancer mother. But then Chirp’s mom develops symptoms of a serious disease, and everything changes. Chirp finds comfort in watching her beloved wild birds. She also finds a true friend in Joey, the mysterious boy who lives across the street. Together they create their own private world and come up with the perfect plan: Escape. Adventure. Discovery.

Though he thinks of himself as a cowboy, Tommy is really a bully. He's always playing cruel jokes on classmates or stealing from the store. But Tommy has a reason: life at home is tough. His abusive mother isn't well; in fact, she may be mentally ill, and his sister, Mary Lou, is in the hospital badly burned from doing a chore it was really Tommy's turn to do. To make amends, Tommy takes over Mary Lou's paper route.

Cast Away on the Letter A by Fred - Youth Graphic Novel

On an ordinary day in the countryside, Philemon falls into a well on his father’s farm and lands . . . on the Atlantic Ocean — literally on an A-shaped island complete with unicorns, centaurs, and exploding clocks. He begins a wild and whimsical journey home through a fantasy world as original as Alice’s Wonderland, as richly imagined as Little Nemo’s Slumberland, and as exciting to explore as Oz.

In the unique TOON Graphics line of visually compelling stories, this is a mythology comic done right! Master French cartoonist Yvan Pommaux introduces a wealth of historically accurate details that immerse readers in the context and culture of ancient Greece. The story is supplemented with character cards, maps, mazes, and an index of cited names that will keep readers coming back for more! The literary quality of this book will appeal to readers young and old, making it an excellent addition to every classroom and library.

Marlin is not slow, or mute; what he is is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. What he is also is a Rackham: the youngest son of the world-famous explorer Roland Rackham, who is the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well-to-do from all over the world can come to experience the last bit of the wild left in the world at the end of the nineteenth century.