Kidsreads.com Newsletter - April 2017
Two Great Programs: Children's Book Week and Reading Without Walls
Next week is Children’s Book Week, an annual celebration of books and the joy of reading. Established in 1919 (yes, that is 98 years ago), Children’s Book Week is the longest-running national literacy program in the country. Every year, events are held nationwide at schools, libraries and bookstores. This year, Book Week has more than 700 event locations nationwide! You can click here to learn about Book Week events happening near you! Also note that the Children’s Choice Book Awards voting is open through the end of the week, so be sure to cast your vote if you haven’t already done so.
In January 2016, we were delighted to learn that author and illustrator Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador for Children’s Literature. Since then, Gene has been working on launching his new program, Reading Without Walls, a fun, creative way for you to approach reading by stepping out of your personal experience. Reading Without Walls officially launched this month, and Kidsreads has the full scoop. Curious about how you can join in the fun? Here’s your challenge:
Read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like you. Remember, diversity exists in race, religion, gender, geography and so much more.
Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about. If you’re looking for some suggestions, try checking out our Nonfiction Picture Books Bookshelf.
Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This is a great opportunity to give graphic novels, audiobooks or books in verse a try!
Click here to learn more about Reading Without Walls and see how you can get in on the fun!
Now that you have some goals set for the next few months, let’s look at some fun books you can try reading. Up first, we are hosting a Special Feature and Contest for SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors, a really exciting book based on a brand new Netflix original series debuting on May 5th.
Set in the Wild West, SPIRIT RIDING FREE follows Lucky, a young girl who has never really fit in in her fancy boarding school, as she and her family travel west for her father’s work. Thrilled by the action and grit of the West, Lucky is even happier when she meets a wild stallion with whom she shares a powerful connection. But when the going gets tough, these two outsiders will have to band together to make their way in the Wild West. In celebration of the release of SPIRIT RIDING FREE, we are giving away copies of the book to 50 lucky readers like you. Click here to enter the contest and scroll below to learn more about the book in our special feature.
If you’re ready to approach books a little differently, we are also hosting a Special Feature and Contest for the ALEXANDER HAMILTON COLORING BOOK, illustrated by Steven James Petruccio. If you’ve heard lots of people talking about the Broadway play Hamilton, this is your chance to find out what all the fuss is about by coloring your way through history --- and learning a few things along the way! Click here to enter the contest, where we’re giving away 20 copies of the book. Make sure you enter right away, as this contest will be closing on Tuesday, May 2nd at noon ET.
Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday is Indie Bookstore Day, a day when we celebrate small, independent bookstores and the work they do to bring great books, authors and events to readers like you. Many indie bookstores across the country will be celebrating with ongoing activities for kids and adults, so your whole family can attend and enjoy. To find a participating store near you, click here.
As always, be sure to check out our series update below --- we've added new titles for a whopping 43(!!) different book series this month.
--- Rebecca Munro (Rebecca@bookreporter.com)
Special Feature and Contest: SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors
We have 50 copies of SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins by Suzanne Selfors to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which is out May 2nd. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, May 30th at noon ET. If you are under 13 years old, you must print out this form, get a parent or guardian's signature and send it to the Kidsreads.com office by Tuesday, May 30th at noon ET.
-Click here to read the official contest rules.
SPIRIT RIDING FREE by Suzanne Selfors (Fiction)
Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she’s only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave the city and travel to their new home out west --- the Wild West. SPIRIT RIDING FREE: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find their place in the West?
Don’t forget to tune in to the new Netflix original series on May 5th!
-Click here to read more about SPIRIT RIDING FREE.
-Click here to read an excerpt from SPIRIT RIDING FREE.
-Click here to read our interview with Suzanne Selfors.
Special Feature and Contest: ALEXANDER HAMILTON COLORING BOOK illustrated by Steven James Petruccio
We have 20 copies of the ALEXANDER HAMILTON COLORING BOOK illustrated by Steven James Petruccio to give away to readers who would like to read the book, which is now available. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, May 2nd at noon ET. If you are under 13 years old, you must print out this form, get a parent or guardian's signature and send it to Kidsreads.com office by Tuesday, May 2nd at noon ET.
-Click here to read the official contest rules.
ALEXANDER HAMILTON COLORING BOOK illustrated by Steven James Petruccio (Coloring Book)
Kids can color as they learn about the legendary Alexander Hamilton, whose fascinating life has spawned numerous books, articles and a Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical. Captions accompany the well-researched illustrations, which recount the Founding Father's life and times, starting with his childhood in the West Indies and arrival in America. The realistic images portray Hamilton's roles as a soldier, lawyer and statesman, climaxing in a depiction of the duel that ended his life.
-Click here to view an excerpt from the ALEXANDER HAMILTON COLORING BOOK
Vote in the Children's Choice Book Awards!
It's time to vote for the Children's Choice Book Awards! It is the only national book awards program where kids choose the winners. From now until May 7th, you have the chance to share your opinion by casting your vote for the best book of 2016. Tell your teachers and librarians about this, too!
ARMSTRONG & CHARLIE by Steven B. Frank (Historical Fiction)
Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a white school in the Hollywood Hills, all he wants to know is "What time in the morning will my alarm clock have the opportunity to ring?" When these two land at the same desk, it's the Rules Boy next to the Rebel, a boy who lost a brother elbow-to-elbow with a boy who longs for one. Reviewed by Alizé J., Teen Board Member.
PRISONER OF ICE AND SNOW by Ruth Lauren (Fantasy)
When 13-year-old Valor is sent to jail, she couldn't be happier. Demidova's prison for criminal children is exactly where she wants to be. Valor's twin sister, Sasha, is serving a life sentence for stealing from the royal family, and Valor is going to help her escape...from the inside. Never mind that no one has escaped the prison in centuries. Valor has a master plan and resources most people could only dream about. But she didn't count on having to outsmart both the guards and her fellow prisoners. If Valor's plan is to succeed, she'll need to make some unlikely allies. Reviewed by Audrey Slater.
THE WINGSNATCHERS: Carmer & Grit, Book 1 by Sarah Jean Horwitz (Fantasy)
Aspiring inventor and magician’s apprentice Felix Carmer III would rather be tinkering with his latest experiments than sawing girls in half on stage, but with Antoine the Amazifier’s show a tomato’s throw away from going under, Carmer is determined to win the cash prize in the biggest magic competition in Skemantis. When fate throws Carmer across the path of fiery, flightless faerie princess Grit (do not call her Grettifrida), they strike a deal. Reviewed by Audrey Slater.
PATRICK AND THE PRESIDENT by Ryan Tubridy and P. J. Lynch (Historical Fiction)
When the beloved president visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life. And for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. This warmly told, bighearted picture book captures the fevered excitement in the buildup to the president’s visit, all seen through the eyes of a young boy named Patrick who wants to know more than anything what it would feel like to shake the president’s hand. Rooted in historical fact and marking the centennial of John F. Kennedy's birth. Reviewed by Aimee Rogers.
THE ENEMY: Detroit, 1954 by Sara Holbrook (Historical Fiction)
Set in 1954, this compelling historical novel tells the story of a young girl’s struggles and triumphs in the aftermath of World War II. In Detroit, Michigan, twelve-year-old Marjorie Campbell struggles with the ups and downs of family life, dealing with her veteran father’s unpredictable outbursts, keeping her mother’s stash of banned library books a secret and getting along with her new older “brother." When a new girl from Germany transfers to Marjorie’s class, Marjorie finds herself torn between befriending Inga and pleasing her best friend, Bernadette. In all this turmoil, Marjorie tries to find her own voice and figure out what is right and who the real enemies actually are. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.
UNDEFEATED: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin (Nonfiction)
Before these men became legends, they met in 1907 at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, where they forged one of the winningest teams in American football history. Called "the team that invented football," they took on the best opponents of their day, defeating much more privileged schools such as Harvard and the Army in a series of breathtakingly close calls, genius plays, and bone-crushing hard work. Reviewed by Aimee Rogers.
THE DOG ENCYCLOPEDIA FOR KIDS by Tammy Gagne (Nonfiction)
Icelandic Sheepdogs are born with extra toes. Dalmatians are born without spots. Some Siberian Huskies have one blue eye and one brown eye. Learn all about the characteristics of various dog breeds and much more! Packed with amazing photographs and fun facts, dog owners and fans will get an in-depth look at these curious, lovable canines. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
YOURS TRULY (A Pumpkin Falls Mystery) by Heather Vogel Frederick (Mystery)
Even Truly Lovejoy has to admit that teeny-tiny Pumpkin Falls, New Hampshire, has its charms --- like the annual maple festival, where tourists flock from all over to sample the local maple syrup, maple candy, maple coffee and even maple soap! But when someone tries to sabotage the maple trees on her friend Franklin’s family farm, Truly has to rally the Pumpkin Falls Private Eyes to investigate. Meanwhile, she uncovers another, more personal mystery under the floorboards of her very own home --- a diary written centuries ago by her namesake, the original Truly Lovejoy. Reviewed by Matthew Burbridge.
New Series Books for April
What's better than a book (and no, we don't mean ice cream)? It's a whole series of books! At Kidsreads.com, we know that a lot of you are all about series. Once you find characters, topics or a fictional world you love, you don't want to leave! That's why we add new books to our series features every month. Read below to see this month's updates, and click here to visit our Series page!
The Bad Guys, Book 3
THE BAD GUYS IN THE FURBALL STRIKES BACK (The Bad Guys #3) by Aaron Blabey
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS: Welcome to Bear Country by Mike Berenstain
The Book Scavenger, Book 2
THE UNBREAKABLE CODE by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
The Boxcar Children Great Adventure, Book 2
THE CLUE IN THE PAPYRUS SCROLL by Gertrude Chandler Warner with illustrations by Anthony VanArsdale
Bridget Wilder, Book 3
BRIDGET WILDER #3: Live Free, Spy Hard by Jonathan Bernstein
Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet, Book 2
COUNTING SHEEP: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet by Jacqueline Kelly with illustrations by Teagan White and Jennifer L. Meyer
Carmer and Grit, Book 1
THE WINGSNATCHERS by Sarah Jean Horowitz
CatStronauts, Book 2
RACE TO MARS by Drew Brockington
Cody, Book 3
CODY AND THE RULES OF LIFE by Tricia Springstubb with illustrations by Eliza Wheeler
Crafty Cat, Book 1
THE AMAZING CRAFTY CAT by Charise Mericle Harper
Curiosity House, Book 3
CURIOSITY HOUSE: The Fearsome Firebird by Lauren Oliver, H. C. Chester
Donny's Inferno, Book 3
DOWN IN FLAMES by P. W. Catanese
The Explorers, Book 1
THE EXPLORERS: The Door in the Alley by Adrienne Kress
Flashback Four, Book 2
FLASHBACK FOUR #2: The Titanic Mission by Dan Gutman
Home Team, Book 3
POINT GUARD by Mike Lupica
I Funny, Book 5
I FUNNY: School of Laughs: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein with illustrations by Jomike Tejido
Jack and the Geniuses, Book 1
JACK AND THE GENIUSES: At the Bottom of the World by Bill Nye and Gregory Mone with illustrations by Nicholas Iluzada
Mr. Lemoncello's Library, Book 2
MR. LEMONCELLO'S LIBRARY OLYMPICS by Chris Grabenstein
Lola Levine, Book 5
LOLA LEVINE AND THE VACATION DREAM by Monica Brown
Marguerite Henry's Ponies of Chincoteague, Book 8
THE ROAD HOME by Catherine Hapka
The Masterpiece Adventures, Book 3
TROUBLE AT SCHOOL FOR MARVIN & JAMES by Elise Broach with illustrations by Kelly Murphy
My Life, Book 6
MY LIFE AS A NINJA by Janet Tashjian with illustrations by Jake Tashjian
The Nameless City, Book 2
THE STONE HEART: The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks with contributions by Jordie Bellaire
Outlaws of Time, Book 2
OUTLAWS OF TIME #2: The Song of Glory and Ghost by N. D. Wilson
The Prizewinners of Pledmont Place, Book 2
ESCAPE FROM FUNLAND by Bill Doyle
Recess Warriors, Book 1
RECESS WARRIORS: Hero Is a Four-Letter Word by Marcus Emerson with illustrations by Marcus Emerson
Ruby Redfort, Book 5
RUBY REDFORT PICK YOUR POISON by Lauren Child
Seaborne, Book 2
STRANGERS IN ATLANTIS by Matt Myklusch
Secrets of the Seven, Book 2
THE EAGLE'S QUILL by Sarah L. Thomson
Stick Cat, Book 2
STICK CAT: Cats in the City by Tom Watson
Tales From the Scaremaster, Book 4
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE by B. A. Frade
The Tapper Twins, Book 4
THE TAPPER TWINS GO VIRAL by Geoff Rodkey
The Thickety, Book 2
THE THICKETY #4: The Last Spell by J. A. White with illustrations by Andrea Offermann
Timmy Failure, Book 6
TIMMY FAILURE: The Cat Stole My Pants by Stephan Pastis with illustrations by Stephan Pastis
The Treehouse Books, Book 5
THE 65-STORY TREEHOUSE by Andy Griffiths with illustrations by Terry Denton
Under Their Skin, Book 2
IN OVER THEIR HEADS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Unnaturals, Book 2
UNNATURALS #2: Escape from Lion's Head by Devon Hughes
WARRIORS: Legends of the Clans by Erin Hunter
A Wells & Wong Mystery, Book 3
FIRST CLASS MURDER by Robin Stevens
WHAT WAS THE WILD WEST? by Janet B. Pascal with illustrations by Stephen Marchesi
WHO ARE THE ROLLING STONES? by Dana Meachen Rau with illustrations by Andrew Thomson and Nancy Harrison
WHO WAS PRINCESS DIANA? by Ellen Labrecque with illustrations by Jerry Hoare and Nancy Harrison
Wishing Day, Book 2
THE FORGETTING SPELL by Lauren Myracle
The Witches of Benevento, Book 4
RESPECT YOUR GHOSTS by John Bemelmans Marciano with illustrations by Sophie Blackall
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