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Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Michael Dahl
Publisher: Picture Window Books (2013, Feb 1st).
From the arrival at the stadium to the last goodnight, Goodnight Baseball is a sweet, nostalgic tale-- told in gentle, funny rhyme-- about the thrill of the game and a day at the ballpark. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Paula Harrison
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2013, Nov 26th).
These are no ordinary princesses--they're Rescue Princesses!Princess Amina is excited that her fellow Rescue Princesses are visiting for her cousin’s wedding.When a wounded tiger is found in the hills, the girls know her cubs can't survive without their mother. The Rescue Princesses must find them, royal wedding or no royal wedding! moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Kari Dickson
Publisher: Enchanted Lion Books (2013, Feb 5th).
It's quieter than it's ever been. Unable to sleep, a young boy climbs into his father's arms. Feeling the warmth and closeness of his father, he begins to ask questions about the birds, the foxes, and whether his mom will ever wake up. They go outside under the starry sky. Loss and love are as present as the white spruces, while the father's clear answers and assurances calm his worried son. Here we feel the cycles of life and life's continuity, even in the face of absence and loss, so strongly and clearly that we know at the end that everything will, somehow, be all right.Born in 1953, Stein Erik Lunde has written sixteen books, mostly for children and young adults. His books have been published in many countries. This is his first book to be published in the United States. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jordan Sonnenblick
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (2006, Sep 1st).
From first-time novelist Jordan Sonnenblick, a brave and beautiful story that will make readers laugh and break their hearts at the same time.Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven's world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother's illness and his parents' attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heartwarming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis. 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.: Greg Farshtey
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (2013, Aug 27th).
The essential LEGO (R) Hero Factory Guide with all the newest figures and stories!This Guidebook is a MUST HAVE for any LEGO(R) Hero Factory fan! It includes character bios, details, backstories, vehicles, weapons, story highlights, and much more. It even features a section that highlights stats and secrets on the possible outcomes of battles pitting your favorite Heroes against villains. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Hendrik Willem van Loon
Publisher: Liveright; Updated edition (2013, Dec 9th).
The winner of the first John Newbery Medal, now updated by Robert Sullivan, remains a timeless classic for all ages.Originally written in 1921 for the author’s grandchildren, Hendrik Willem van Loon’s The Story of Mankind has charmed generations with its warmth, simplicity, and wisdom. Rather than the dry recitation of events so common in school textbooks, van Loon’s witty, amiable tone animates the story of human history as a grand and perpetually unfolding adventure. Beginning with the origins of human life and sweeping forward to illuminate all of history, van Loon’s incomparable prose and original illustrations present a lively rendering of the people and events that have shaped the world we live in today. This new version has been brought up to date by best-selling historian Robert Sullivan, who continues van Loon’s personable style, incorporating the most important developments of the early twenty-first century, including the war on terrorism, global warming, and the election of Barack Obama. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Publisher: Walker Childrens; 1 edition (2013, Jan 8th).
Ephraim Appledore-Smith is an ordinary boy, and up until his father's stroke he lived an ordinary life. But all that changes when his family moves to the Water Castle-their ancestral home in the small town of Crystal Springs. Mallory Green's family has always been the caretakers of the Water Castle-and the guardians of its secrets. She has been raised to protect the legendary Fountain of Youth, hidden on the estate grounds. But ever since her mom left, she's stopped believing in magic.Will Wylie's family has been at war with the Applegates for generations, all because of the Water Castle's powerful secrets. But Will has rejected legend and magic, putting all his faith in science. When Ephraim learns of the Fountain, he's sure finding it can cure his dad. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Allison Gutknecht
Publisher: Aladdin (2013, Nov 12th).
Eight-year-old Mandy Berr learns life lessons with patriotic pizazz in the first adventure of a new chapter book series.Eight-year-old Mandy Berr has a lot going on. She has to share her parents’ attention with her newborn twin siblings, who are always crying, and her little brother, Timmy, who is constantly in her way. And she also has to find a way to deal with her nemesis, Dennis, who has a knack for getting under her skin. At least Mandy has the upcoming Presidential Pageant to look forward to at school. She is determined to be President George Washington—she is perfect for the lead part, after all. But when Mandy’s teacher makes a surprising choice, it looks like Mandy will have to keep sharing the spotlight. Can she find her own way to shine? Mandy has some valuable life lessons to learns in this adorable chapter book—including the fact that white pants and polka dot underwear are never a good combination. moreMore Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Author/Actors/Director/etc.: Jinny Johnson
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (2008, Aug 12th).
When the wilderness calls-or even just the back yard-young nature lovers need a helpful guide to set them on the right track.More Info | Google Books | Check Availability
Now kids can learn about their favorite animals-from cheetahs to snakes-in a whole new way: from the signs they leave behind. What does a row of tracks signify? What can we tell from an accumulation of twigs left behind in the crook of a tree? What are those squiggly marks in the sand? Animal Tracks and Signs gives young readers the knowledge and expertise to interpret these mysteries.
This beautifully illustrated volume is a species-by-species guide to the clues left behind by over 400 animals on planet Earth. The inviting text helps readers identify what to look for when tracking animals (or imagining tracking them) in the wild or in the back yard: tracks and footprints; feeding signs; droppings and pellets; animal dens, nests, and hiding places; and other specific signs of animal behavior. The author also shares expert advice on how to observe animals in the wild anywhere in the world. Life-size illustrations of footprints (and droppings!) bring the wild alive on the page. Stunning wildlife photography and clear diagrams make this a visually powerful book sure to capture the imagination of every young reader. more