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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Eric Carle
Publisher: Philomel (2013, Nov 19th).
From the creator of the all-time classic VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR comes a sweetly resonant story about the power of friendship. When a best friend moves away, it can be painful for the child who is left behind. But the spunky boy in this upbeat story makes up his mind to find his missing playmate. Young readers will cheer on the boy as he braves currents, climbs mountains, and dashes through rain before, finally, reuniting with his friend. A story alive with love and perseverance, brightened with vibrant art and Eric Carle's trademark fostering of imagination. This deeply personal story for Eric is dedicated to his longtime wife, Bobbie, and it is their bond that inspired the book. For anyone who has ever scaled mountains to be with the one he loves, or for anyone who has simply known the love and joy of a great friendship, this book will strike a resonant chord. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Wanda Coven
Publisher: Little Simon (2013, Oct 1st).
When Heidi gets in some Christmastime trouble, it will take more than magic to restore the holiday spirit!Christmas is around the corner, and Heidi is very excited. She loves Christmas decorations, Christmas cookies, and, best of all, Christmas presents! But when she takes her mom’s special charm bracelet without asking—and then loses it—Heidi fears that her mom will be angry with her. And when she finally finds the bracelet, it has been totally crushed by a snowplow. Heidi tries to fix the broken bracelet with a spell, but that only makes things worse! Will Heidi have the courage to come clean and tell her mom the truth—and will there still be room for Christmas cheer? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Christopher Holt
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (2013, Nov 5th).
A science experiment gone horribly awry has granted Max, Rocky, and Gizmo the unique ability to read and understand human words. Armed with this know-how, they continue to journey south, on the lookout for beacons planted by a trusted friend's owner -- beacons that promise to lead the trio to their people.When the companions reach the ocean's edge, they find a free-spirited beachfront community. Reunited with long-lost friends (and introduced to a new delicacy -- cat kibble), Max, Rocky, and Gizmo gain the motivation they need to keep going. But danger lies ahead. . . . As their travels take them deep into the spooky swampland, can they discover what's driven the humans away? Or have they finally reached the end of the long road?The Last Dogs: The Long Road is the third book in a thrilling series about three unlikely friends on an epic quest to find their people -- and bring them home. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Watty Piper
Format: Board book
Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; Brdbk Abr edition (2012, Mar 15th).
The classic story in a board book format One of the true classics in children's books is now available in a sturdy board book edition perfect for little hands! The story has been slightly abridged and features the famous illustrations from the original Hauman edition. Now toddlers can cheer on the little blue engine and that "can-do" attitude that keeps her chugging along! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Steve Brusatte
Publisher: HarperFestival (2013, Nov 5th).
The Walking with Dinosaurs Encyclopedia is filled with facts about the dinosaurs from the movie as well as facts about the world the dinosaurs inhabited and theories about their rise and fall. With full-color images from the film and photos of paleontologists at work, this encyclopedia is a must-have item for Walking with Dinosaurs fans.Walking with Dinosaurs, a six-part documentary on the BBC, is now the most watched cable documentary ever, as well as a long-running live stage show. The long-awaited 3D motion picture comes out this December, and is sure to thrill fans. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: David Aguilar
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (2013, Nov 12th).
Are we alone? Or could life on alien worlds really exist? David A. Aguilar, space artist extraordinaire, shows readers what creatures living on extrasolar planets might be like, using real science and stunning otherworldly illustration. Just as Earth creatures have adapted to use the air, water, gravity, and other elements of Earth, creatures on planets orbiting distant stars would adapt to their environments. In Alien Worlds, David A. Aguilar explores seven types of alien-friendly worlds and the fun ways the creatures would adapt to the conditions. Accompanied by beautiful photo-realistic artwork, this book will open any kid's eyes to the likelihood that we are not alone. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: R. L. LaFevers
Publisher: Sandpiper; Reprint edition (2012, Oct 23rd).
Praise for Theodosia and the Serpents of Chaos:“A sure bet for Harry Potter fans…” –Booklist, starred review Eleven-year-old Theodosia of twentieth-century England sets off to Egypt with her cat, Isis. Her plan is to return the Emerald Tablet, embedded with the ancient world’s most guarded secrets. Then she’ll explore the mysteries surrounding her own birth and, oh, yes—help her mother dig up treasures on her archeological expedition. When the Serpents of Chaos get involved, however, Theo finds she’s digging up a lot more than she expected! Visit www.theodosiathrockmorton for more about the indomitable Theodosia Throckmorton. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Meg Kearney
Publisher: Scholastic Press (2013, Oct 29th).
A moving story of a three-legged stray dog who finds a loving boy to call his own--illustrated by Caldecott Honor Book artist E.B. Lewis. Based on a true story.Trouper ran with a mob of mutts who tripped over trash cans and pawed the cold streets for bones. They howled and cried and wished for a home. Until one day, the dogs are captured from off the streets and put in cages in a shelter as they wait to be adopted. Trouper watches sadly as, one by one, each of his dog friends are chosen. He's the only one left until finally, one lucky day, just the right boy comes around and finds that this three-legged mutt is the perfect pet for him! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Brian Eames
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (2013, Nov 12th).
Kitto’s adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called a “quest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike.”On the high seas of the Caribbean in the 1600s, a twelve-year-old boy, Kitto, stands wrongly accused of his father’s murder and is forced into adulthood too quickly as he tries to prove his innocence. After a brutal shark attack, Kitto must take refuge on a forsaken island that holds a store of valuable nutmeg, with its power to make men as rich as kings. When he encounters the notorious Alexandre Exquemelin, known as X, he discovers a dark secret about his own past and identity. Will the events of Kitto’s past determine his fate, or will he have the courage to forge his own destiny? A tale of friends and fiends, good and evil, pirates and predators, and the thrill of the high seas, The Dagger X is an exciting adventure and classic story of the search for manhood and identity. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Lisa Owings
Publisher: Child's World (2013, Aug 1st).
Retells the story of Ursa Minor as the nurse of Zeus and recounts the tale of Zeus's birth and rise to power, discusses the astronomical features of the constellation Ursa Minor and the star Polaris, and describes the history of the constellation and its myths in world culture. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability