August 8, 2022

Scaredy Bat and the Frozen Vampires: A Vampire Detective Story

In the first illustrated chapter book in this early reader series, a tween vampire and three friends solve the mystery of who put a royal wedding party and their guests on ice.

Twelve-year-old Ellie Spark, christened by her sister “Scaredy Bat” for her fears of spiders, monsters, and more, is excited to be attending the […]

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October 18, 2021

The Girl Who Wrote Her Own Fairytale

A restless young woman leaves home and learns priceless life lessons in Lee DeNoya’s stunning picture book The Girl Who Wrote Her Own Fairytale.

In an unspecified pre-automobile era, a grandmother sits down to read a story to her granddaughter, the “I-am-not-sleepy little girl.” This framing device establishes the story-within-the-story, told in clever rhyming verse, […]

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October 18, 2021

Grandmother Moon and Roy G. Biv and Seeing without Seeing

This volume, which the author calls “a bedtime story for all ages,” is comprised of two distinct stories. In one, the benefits of natural healing methods are explained through Grandmother Moon’s visits to a lonely, skeptical man. In the second, Grandmother Moon undertakes a global search for non-drug interventions in attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children.

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October 11, 2021

What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur?

What’s Wrong with a Pet Dinosaur? is a collection of humorous poems appropriate for children ages four through ten, written in a style and tone reminiscent of the famous poet Shel Silverstein. Simple line drawings created by the author complement the text.

The poems address everyday childhood experiences and queries with a zaniness that will […]

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August 30, 2021

Incredible Beaver-Chewed Walking Sticks and Other Nature Tales

Eleven stories explore the crossroads between nature and human civilization in Ron Chandler’s middle-grade collection, Incredible Beaver-Chewed Walking Sticks & Other Nature Tales.

In the book’s first two stories, an 11-year-old girl’s pluck and determination save her favorite horse from the slaughterhouse, and a boy who’s hunting geese with his father decides to spare a […]

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July 26, 2021

Tales of the Monkey King

Set in a world depicted throughout Chinese mythology, Tales of the Monkey King spins the author’s version of stories she was told as a child—of a clever, strong-headed monkey with magical powers and his many adventures.

This book is presented in chapters, most only two or three pages long. In them, Monkey King gathers a […]

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July 12, 2021

The Story of Doctor Dolittle: Revised, Newly Illustrated Edition

This book revises the beloved classic, written by Hugh Lofting in 1920. In the preface, author Melissa Dalton Martinez notes that “great literary works” should be revised only when necessary “to update archaic or potentially offensive prose for the modern reader – in The Story of Doctor Dolittle, this was the case.”

After 100 years, […]

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January 4, 2021

My First Day at School/Mi Primer Dia en la Escuela

Dr. Liz Zafra Evans presents a dual English/Spanish children’s picture book in My First Day at School/Mi Primer Dia en la Escuela, in which a brother and sister get ready for school and enjoy their day with their teacher and friends.

Half the book tells the story in English; when the book is flipped, the […]

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November 9, 2020

Adventures of the Saci Kids

In Pamella A. Russell’s children’s chapter book, a young girl finds an old barrel on the beach with strange noises coming from it. Wanting to explore it further, she brings it home, unaware the barrel contains a mythical elfin-like figure—who is alive.

Eleven-year-old Holly is the newest foster child in her family. Along with three […]

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