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Editors of Sports IllustratedMy First Book of Hockey: A Rookie Book5-7 yrsThe puck drops, skates flash, and sticks fly-a hockey game is underway! My First Book of Hockey introduces readers to the basics. Kids will learn how power plays work, how the three-period game flows, what a hat trick is, what's up with the referee's crease, and more.
Emily Winfield MartinThe Wonderful Things You Will Be5-7 yrsA sweet story about just how important each and every child is.
Jane YolenOwl Moon5-7 yrsA girl and her father go owling on a moonlit winter night near the farm where they live. Bundled tight in wool clothes, they trudge through snow "whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl"; here and there, hidden in ink-blue shadows, a fox, raccoon, field mouse and deer watch them pass. An air of expectancy builds as Pa imitates the Great Horned Owl's call once without answer, then again. From out of the darkness "an echo/ came threading its way/ through the trees."
Giovanna ZoboliProfessional Crocodile5-8 yrsMr. Crocodile loves his job. Every morning he gets up with an alarm. He brushes his teeth. He chooses the right tie to match his outfit, eats a quick slice of toast, and heads off to work on a crowded train. But what exactly is his job? The answer may surprise you!
James RussellThe Dragon Tamers (Dragon Brothers Series #2)5-8 yrsWhen brothers Flynn and Paddy unearth an ancient map of their island home marked with magical-sounding places like "Ridge of Rising Flame" and "Dragon Hatchery," they know it's time to go exploring! One exciting adventure later, they come home with more than just an epic story...
Javaka SteptoeRadiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat5-8 yrsJean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean—and definitely not inside the lines—to be beautiful.
Kate MessnerOver and Under the Pond5-8 yrsOver the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered...over and under the pond.
Kobi YamadaWhat Do You Do With a Problem?5-8 yrs"What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.
Laurel SynderCharlie & Mouse5-8 yrsJoin Charlie and Mouse as they talk to lumps, take the neighborhood to a party, sell some rocks, and invent the bedtime banana.
Nate BallLet's Investigate with Nate #1: The Water Cycle5-8 yrsEver wonder where water comes from and where it goes? Or why sometimes it rains and sometimes it snows? Then join Nate Ball and his crack team of curious scientists as they shrink down smaller than a raindrop to see firsthand what the water cycle is all about.
Nate BallLet's Investigate with Nate #2: The Solar System5-8 yrsEver look up at the sky and wonder how many planets there are? Or want to know how many Earths could fit within the Sun? Take a ride 3.6 billion miles away to answer these questions and more while exploring the solar system with Nate and his team of adventurous scientists! Walk on the moon, fly with a satellite, gaze at comets, and discover why Pluto isn’t a planet anymore.
R.J. PalacioWe're all Wonders5-8 yrsOver 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.
Robert KrausLeo the Late Bloomer5-8 yrsLeo isn't reading, or writing, or drawing, or even speaking, and his father is concerned. But Leo's mother isn't. She knows her son will do all those things, and more, when he's ready. 'Reassuring for other late bloomers.
Samantha BergerMonster's New Undies5-8 yrsMonster is JUST FINE with his old undies, thank you very much. But when his undies fall apart, what's a monster to do? His mommy takes him shopping, of course! But finding the perfect pair of undies is not going to be easy. . .
Vera BrosgolLeave Me Alone!5-8 yrsOne day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME ALONE!" and leaves her tiny home and her very big family to journey to the moon and beyond to find peace and quiet to finish her knitting. Along the way, she encounters ravenous bears, obnoxious goats, and even hordes of aliens! But nothing stops grandma from accomplishing her goal—knitting sweaters for her many grandchildren to keep them warm and toasty for the coming winter.
Hanane KaiRefugees and Migrants6-10 yrsRefugees and Migrants discusses the questions "What does it mean to be a refugee—or a migrant? Why would people leave their homes?" It answers kids' questions, offers reassurance, and empowers them with ways they can help those affected.
Nate BallAlien in My Pocket: Blast Off! (Series #1)6-10 yrsWhen a four-inch-tall alien crash-lands through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack is sure he's about to become the first victim in a new War of the Worlds. But when the alien turns out to have weapons that are more ticklish than terrifying, Zack realizes that rather than protect the world from the alien, it's up to him to protect the alien in his pocket from the world.
Nate BallAlien in My Pocket: Ohm vs. Amp (Series #5)6-10 yrsZack and his alien friend, Amp, discover that leverage can be an Earth-saving thing when they build a rocket-launching atlatl! Zack McGee's life has been filled with trouble since Amp, an alien scout, crash-landed into Zack's bedroom. But now it's Amp's turn to be in the hot seat. When his commander, Ohm, arrives to take Amp back home, the aliens feud. Amp has to get his cranky counterpart off Earth before they all end up in a world of trouble!
Nate BallAlien in My Pocket: On Impact! (Series #4)6-10 yrsWhen Zack McGee crashes his bike, he's stuck at home with his arm in a sling and his baseball season on the line. What's worse, his bike crashed because his four-inch-tall houseguest, Amp, experimented on the brakes! Now Zack is easy prey for his little brother, Taylor, who's determined to find out once and for all what mysteries Zack has hidden in his pocket.
Mary Pope OsborneA Big Day for Baseball (Magic Tree House Series #29)6-9 yrsPLAY BALL! Jack and Annie aren’t great baseball players . . . yet! Then Morgan the librarian gives them magical baseball caps that will make them experts. They just need to wear the caps to a special ballgame in Brooklyn, New York. The magic tree house whisks them back to 1947!
Mary Pope OsborneMagic Tree House Fact Tracker #37: Baseball7-10 yrsWhen Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #29: A Big Day for Baseball, they had lots of questions. When was baseball invented? What are the rules? Who was Jackie Robinson? Who are some other baseball greats? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about America’s national pastime.
Hugh LoftingThe Voyages of Doctor Dolittle7-9 yrsDoctor Dolittle is a very special vet—because he knows how to talk to the animals! So when he hears that there’s a terrible sickness hurting all the monkeys in Africa, the good doctor knows he must go and help them. Soon he’s off on an exciting adventure across the seas.
E.D. BakerThe Truest Heart (Fairy-Tale Matchmaker Series #3)8-12 yrsBorn to be a tooth fairy, Cory Feathering has been busy proving there's another life meant for her -- one of matchmaking! When Cory has a vision of Mary with one particular boy, Cory knows exactly what to do. But it's Cory's own personal life that needs help. The Fairy Guilds are constantly hounding her, furious that she's abandoned the guild she was born into in favor of choosing her own path. They won't stop until justice has been served. As Cory prepares to fight for what she believes in, she must decide once and for all if she's prepared to take on the responsibility of her biggest role yet, one that will change her destiny forever.
James RileySecret Origins (Story Thieves Series #3)8-12 yrsOwen and Bethany have sworn off jumping into books for good. But they didn’t make any promises about not jumping through strange portals that lead to a comic book world. Jupiter City was once filled with brightly costumed superheroes and villains, but nowadays, there’s nothing left but the Dark. Even the villains are terrified of the Dark’s shadows, and most of the heroes have either disappeared or been lost to mind control. The one hero who might have stopped all of this, Doc Twilight, has been imprisoned by the Dark. Bethany and Owen will definitely need the help of some old friends and new allies to bring the light back to Jupiter City, and find out the truth behind the Dark.
Laurie FriedmanMallory Makes a Difference8-12 yrsMallory spearheads a school food drive for families in need—with the incentive of a homework-free week for the class that brings in the most cans. But as logistical problems pop up and her fellow students get obsessed with winning the prize, Mallory fears disaster. Just when it seems the spirit of Thanksgiving is getting lost in all the hype, Mallory's friend Devon shares a secret that reminds her what her project is really about. And it's not too late for Mallory to save the day!
Lemony SnicketThe Grim Grotto (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11)8-12 yrsThe charming, intelligent and grossly unlucky Baudelaire orphans continues to provoke suspicion and despair in readers the world over. In the eleventh and most alarming volume yet in the bestselling phenomenon A Series of Unfortunate Events, the intrepid siblings delve further into the dark mystery surrounding the death of their parents and the baffling VFD organization.
Lemony SnicketThe Penultimate Peril (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 12)8-12 yrsThe second to last in the fantastically popular A Series of Unfortunate Events, reunites the beleaguered Baudelaire orphans with a host of characters from previous adventures as they gather at Hotel Denouement (with rooms organized according to the Dewey decimal system) to await the delivery of--the sugar bowl. Well, fans will get the drift, despite the fact that this inventive go-round seems more dizzying and stuffed with definitions than usual. But even as the series draws to a close, new questions arise--the most important one being, are the kids valorous volunteers or villains after all?
Melissa de la CruzThe Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel (The Descendants)8-12 yrsEvil tree. Bad Apple? Twenty years ago, all the evil villains were banished from the kingdom of Auradon to the Isle of the Lost--a dark and dreary place protected by a force field that makes it impossible for them to leave. Stripped of their magical powers, the villains now live in total isolation, forgotten by the world. In their quest for the Dragon's Eye, the four kids begin to realize that just because you come from an evil family tree, being good ain't so bad.
R.J. Palacio365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts8-12 yrsThis companion book to Wonder, features conversations between Mr. Browne and Auggie, Julian, Summer, Jack Will, and others, giving readers a special peek at their lives after Wonder ends.
Robert BeattySerafina and the Splintered Heart (Serafina Series #3)8-12 yrsSomething has happened to Serafina. She has awoken into a darkness she does not understand, scarred from a terrible battle, only to find that life at Biltmore Estate has changed in unimaginable ways. Old friends do unthinkable things and enemies seem all around.
Tracey BaptisteThe Jumbies8-12 yrsCorinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything. Not scorpions, not the boys who tease her, and certainly not jumbies. She knows that jumbies aren’t real; they’re just creatures parents make up to frighten their children. But on All Hallows’ Eve, Corinne chases an agouti all the way into the forbidden woods.