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Dr. Suess

KIDS BOOKS

NOTE: We have the current list and stock of the Battle Books for the Pikes Peak region.
For your convenience when looking up series for children: http://www.mymcpl.org/books-movies-music/juvenile-series

Tiger Wild
By Gwen Millward (Penguin Random House $17.99)

Lily is a little girl with big emotions. And sometimes she can’t keep herself from acting out and being naughty. Or rather, her imaginary friend, Tiger, is the naughty one. So when Tiger convinces her to run away, they have a blast stomping and jumping and going wild. But what is Lily to do when their adventure starts to feel a bit too wild?Tiger Wild gently illustrates how sometimes we all need a little help when certain feelings are hard to express. For there is a time to be wild and a time to be mild.

The World Needs More Purple People
By Kristen Bell  (Penguin Random House  $17.99)

What is a purple person? Great question. I mean, really great! Because purple people always ask really great questions. They bring their family, friends, and communities together, and they speak up for what’s right. They are kind and hardworking, and they love to laugh (especially at Grandpa’s funny noises)! A purple person is an everyday superhero! How do you become one? That’s the fun part! Penny Purple will lead you through the steps. Get ready to be silly, exercise your curiosity, use your voice, and be inspired.

Pearl Goes to Preschool
By Julie Fortenberry (Candlewick Press $16.99)

Pearl loves attending dance classes at her mother’s ballet school. Even though Pearl is the youngest and smallest ballerina, she knows how to count her poses and follow along. When her mom suggests that Pearl try going to preschool, Pearl has a lot of questions: What will she learn? Will there be dancing? A sweet and reassuring story about trying something new that’s perfect for young children with separation anxiety — or who just love to dance!

Grampa, Will You Tell Me a Story?
By Diane Young (Baobab Press $17.95)

Jor over twenty-five years, Crane’s comic strip, Pickles, has been delighting readers around the world, and for the first time Brian Crane brings his beloved characters into a book intended specifically for children. Crane’s crotchety but endearing senior, Earl Pickles, can be humorous and often touching, and when his precocious grandson, Nelson, asks his gramps to tell him a story, Earl’s imagination takes over. The two embark on a journey filled with whales, hot dogs, and an intense but lovable ostrich in a raincoat. Written by acclaimed Canadian children’s author Dianne Young, this quirky tale is sure to entertain children, fans of the strip, and anybody who enjoys a rollicking adventure.

After Squidnight
By Jonathan Fenske  (Penguin Random House $12.99)

When the clock strikes midnight, a squad of squids creeps out of the ocean–and over to your house! Their mission? To leave their inky mark by drawing on walls, the floor, and even your toys. This rhyming tale showcases a crew of creative creatures as they make art (or maybe just a mess) and leave you to deal with the consequences!

Prairie Days
By Patricia MacLachen (Simon & Schuster $17.99)

 

Cool summer mornings begin with the rose orange sun and the smell of earth, and fade into hot summer nights with a yellow moon, covered in a quilt of stars. There are wagon rides, farm dogs, trips into town, and games of kick the can. These are prairie days.

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Row, Row, Row Your Boat (in Colorado)
By Christopher Robbins  ( Familius $12.99)

Old MacDonald had a farm . . . in Colorado! In this delightful Colorado twist on the familiar farm tune, the pika goes eep eep here, the cutthroat trout goes splash splash there, and everywhere there’s lots of Colorado pride! This chunky layered board book cleverly reveals each Colorado animal and, when closed, forms an adorable pickup truck! Friendly Colorado animals and scenery fill the pages of this irresistible book for kids.

Row, row, row your boat . . . in Colorado! The sights and scenery of Colorado spring to life in this adorable twist on the favorite children’s song. Each die-cut page of the layered board book reveals an imaginary boat sailing past Mesa Verde, Pikes Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park, ski resorts, and more! A delightful children’s introduction to the iconic places of Colorado. And when you’re done with your journey? Row, row, row your boat back around the bend. If you love Colorado, sing the song again!

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Doodleville
By Chad Sell  (Penguin Random House $12.99)

Drew is just a regular artist. But there’s nothing ordinary about her art. Her doodles are mischievous . . . and rarely do they stay in Doodleville, the world she’s created in her sketchbook. Instead, Drew’s doodles prefer to explore the world outside. But after an inspiring class trip to the Art Institute of Chicago–where the doodles cause a bit too much trouble–Drew decides it’s time to take her artistic talents to the next level. Enter the Leviathan–Levi, for short. He’s bigger and better than anything Drew has ever created before. He’s a monster, but a friendly one. That is, until Levi begins to wreak havoc on Drew’s other doodles–and on the heroes her classmates have dreamt up. Levi won’t be easily tamed, and it seems there is a link between the monster’s bad behavior and Drew’s feelings. With the help of her loyal art club friends, will she be able to save Doodleville– and Levi–before it’s too late?

The Secret Explorers’ series
By SJ King  (Penguin Random House $5.99)

his group of brilliant kids comes together from all four corners of the globe to fix problems, solve mysteries, and gather knowledge all over the planet – and beyond. Whenever their help is needed, a special sign will appear on a door. They step through to the Exploration Station and receive their mission…

 

In The Secret Explorers and the Comet Collision, space expert Roshni leads a mission that’s out of this world – literally! With rainforest expert Ollie, she is set the task of fixing the space probe orbiting Jupiter before a comet hits the planet. With the clock ticking, it’s a race against time for the Secret Explorers as they dodge asteroids, complete daring spacewalks, and use all their skills to complete their mission.  Packed with fun illustrations and facts about real-life missions to Jupiter, this thrilling adventure is perfect for young readers. Informative diagrams tell kids all they need to know about important elements of the story, such as how spacesuits work. The action-packed narrative keeps kids engaged and makes learning about space even more fun!

Stepping Stones
by Lucy Knisley  (Penguin Random House $12.99)

Jen did not want to leave the city. She did not want to move to a farm with her mom and her mom’s new boyfriend, Walter. She did not want to leave her friends and her dad.  Most of all, Jen did not want to get new “sisters,” Andy and Reese. As if learning new chores on Peapod Farm wasn’t hard enough, having to deal with perfect-at-everything Andy might be the last straw for Jen. Besides cleaning the chicken coop, trying to keep up with the customers at the local farmers’ market, and missing her old life, Jen has to deal with her own insecurities about this new family . . . and where she fits in.

Play Like A Girl:  Life Lessons from a Soccer Field
By Kate T. Parker (Workman Publishing $15.95)

A collection of black-and-white and color images of girls’ and women soccer players, across a broad spectrum of age and skill from those just learning to kick a ball to the athletes who represented the United States on the 2019 World Cup championship team–from the New York Times bestselling author of The Heart of a Boy and Strong Is the New Pretty Chapters are organized around life lessons derived from the game of soccer and include quotations from each of the subjects photographed.