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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
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

Girls and Boys Come Out to Play
By Tracy Campbell Pearson (Holiday House $18.99)

Parents looking for bedtime stories with a fresh twist on a familiar nursery rhyme need look no further. Using the popular Girls and Boys Come Out to Play Mother Goose poem as a backdrop, illustrator Tracey Campbell Pearson spins an exciting visual narrative in which Mother Goose invites children on a city block to come out and play, taking them on a moonlit adventure in verse. Young readers will love pouring over Tracey’s richly detailed artwork full of diverse kids, animals, and beloved nursery rhyme characters, including Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, and Old King Cole. After the fun is over, Mother Goose leads everyone home to sleep snug in their beds.

The One Thing You’d Save
By Linda Sue Park  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt $16.99)

When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates’ responses. A lively dialog ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another–and themselves. With her ear for authentic dialog and knowledge of tweens’ priorities and emotions, Linda Sue Park brings the varied voices of an inclusive classroom to life through carefully honed, engaging, and instantly accessible verse.

Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast: And Other Tasty Poems
By Jack Prelutsky (Harper Collins $18.99)

From a lizard playing a mandolin (although not very well) to the surprised guest of honor (at a birthday party he threw for himself), there’s something for everyone in Jack Prelutsky’s Hard-Boiled Bugs for Breakfast. Illustrator Ruth Chan’s lively and hilarious black-and-white art jumps off the page and illuminates a wide array of poetic forms, from haiku to concrete poems and everything in between.  This collection is full of the wit, humor, and imagination that has made Jack Prelutsky a household name and one of the most beloved poets for children. His poetry books for kids include such favorites as A Pizza the Size of the Sun and The New Kid on the Block.

Jungle Night
By Sandra Boynton (Workman Publishing $7.95)

A new Boynton board book for bedtime (and for a silly read-aloud any time and all the time!), with a downloadable soundtrack performed by Yo-Yo Ma on cello. It’s nighttime in the jungle and the animals are gently snoring…until the elephant joins in!

 

Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock.

 

A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock!  Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.

Countablock
By Christopher Franceschelli  (Abrams $16.95)

eaturing pages cut into the shape of each numeral, this board book creates a guessing game around the number form itself. Children will familiarize themselves not only with the numbers 1-100 and associated quantities, but with each numeral’s physicality and angles, holes, and curves, both front and back. 

 

Bond with your baby and help them grow as you recite and sing these timeless rhymes:

 

Hey, Diddle Diddle; Baa, Baa, Black Sheep; This Little Piggy; Hush Little Baby; Hickory, Dickory, Dock; Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star; Little Bo-Peep; Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; The Itsy Bitsy Spider; London Bridge; Mary Had a Little Lamb; One, Two, Buckle My Shoe; Humpty Dumpty; Rub-a-dub-dub; Pat-a-Cake; I Saw a Ship A-Sailing; Old MacDonald; Rock-a-Bye Baby; The Wheels on the Bus; I’m a Little Teapot; This Old Man; Jack and Jill; The Muffin Man; Little Miss Muffet; The Owl and the Pussy-cat; Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush; Old Mother Hubbard; Pop! Goes the Weasel; Are you Sleeping?

Mabel and Sam at Home
By Linda Urban  (ChronicleKids  $17.99)

 

his playful and endearing book celebrates imaginative play as Mable and Sam move into a new house and make it their own. They sail the high seas of their new home, tour the intriguing museum of their living room, journey through outer space to the safety of their own beds, and discover how far afield–and how close to home–imagination can take them. Funny and engaging, this celebration of moving in and settling in is both heart-warming and house-warming.

 

Misty is so captivated by the tale and its heroine, Swanilda, she decides to audition for the role. But she’s never danced ballet before; in fact, this is the very first day of her very first dance class!

 

Though Misty is excited, she’s also nervous. But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends who encourage her to do her very best. Misty’s nerves quickly fall away, and with a little teamwork, the bunheads put on a show to remember.

It’s Okay
By Shiow-Min Tsai  (Reycraft Books $10.95)

A little boy and his mother draw together– lines, circles, squares, and triangles in beautiful colors. But with each attempt, the boy makes a mistake. His mother shows him how to turn these mistakes into wonderful drawings of whales, marching chickens, and so on. But what happens when his mother makes a mistake? What will the boy turn that into?

Perfect for fans of I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; The Wonderful Things You’ll Be by Emily Winfield Martin; Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss; and Be Brave Little One by Marianne Richmond.

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!

Something’s Wrong

by Jory John  (Farrar, Straus, Grioux $18.99)

Jeff the bear is sure he has forgotten something when he sets out from home, but none of the animals he meets initially inform him that he is only wearing his underwear, until he reaches his friend Anders the hare–who quickly thinks of a way to avoid embarrassing Jeff, by starting a fashion trend.

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

How to Go Anywhere (And Not Get Lost)
By Hans Aschim (Workman Publshing $14.95)

Get outside with this interactive book that shows how explorers have found their way around the planet for thousands of years. Read about the ancient Polynesians who tracked the stars and waves to sail precise paths through the ocean. Or the Age of European Exploration navigators who use compasses and dead reckoning to reach the New World. And learn the science behind radar and modern-day GPS satellites. Then discover how to do it yourself! With illustrated activities as well as handy tips throughout, you’ll learn the fascinating history and seriously useful skills to become a true navigator.
Up your adventure game and learn to:
–Find north and south by reading the trees
–Make a simple compass
–Use the stars to tell time
–Build a basic sextant
–Get your bearings using the sun
–Go treasure hunting with GPS

Definitely Dominguita
By Terry Catasus Jennings (Simon & Schuster $5.99)

All Dominguita wants to do is read. Especially the books in Spanish that Abuela gave to her just before she moved away. They were classics that Abuela and Dominguita read together, classics her abuela brought with her all the way from Cuba when she was a young girl. It helps Dominguita feel like Abuela’s still there with her.  One of her favorites, Don Quixote, tells of a brave knight errant who tries to do good deeds. Dominguita decides that she, too, will become a knight and do good deeds around her community, creating a grand adventure for her to share with her abuela. And when the class bully tells Dominguita that girls can’t be knights, Dom is determined to prove him wrong. With a team of new friends, can Dominguita learn how to be the hero of her own story?

Houdini and Me
by Dan Gutman  (Holiday House $16.99)

Eleven-year-old Harry Mancini lives in the house where Houdini spent his final years, so he has always been interested in the famous magician, and has even learned a few simple magic tricks; he just never expected Houdini to contact him from beyond the grave–and what Houdini wants him to do could well cost Harry his own life.

Choose Your Own Adventure – Lost Dog
By R.A. Montgomery (Chooseco $7.99)

Homer is your dog, and best friend. You two have a great time together. But Homer is not a dog who likes to sit at home with a bone in front of the television. One day, Homer vanishes. There are a trail of clues, but you’ll have to decide where to look. And who will keep Homer out of trouble? YOU choose what happens next. One title in this new series for younger readers.

 

 

Winterhouse

by Ben Guterson ( MacMillan $8.99)

​Orphan Elizabeth Somers’s malevolent aunt and uncle ship her off to the ominous Winterhouse Hotel, owned by the peculiar Norbridge Falls. Upon arrival, Elizabeth quickly discovers that Winterhouse has many charms–most notably its massive library. It’s not long before she locates a magical book of puzzles that will unlock a mystery involving Norbridge and his sinister family. But the deeper she delves into the hotel’s secrets, the more Elizabeth starts to realize that she is somehow connected to Winterhouse. As fate would have it, Elizabeth is the only person who can break the hotel’s curse and solve the mystery. But will it be at the cost of losing the people she has come to care for, and even Winterhouse itself?  Mystery, adventure, and beautiful writing combine in this exciting debut richly set in a hotel full of secrets.

Fantastic Failures

by Luke Reynolds (Simon & Schuster $12.99)

There is a lot of pressure in today’s society to succeed, but failing is a part of learning how to be a successful person. In his teaching career, Luke Reynolds saw the stress and anxiety his students suffered over grades, fitting in, and getting things right the first time. Fantastic Failures helps students learn that their mistakes and failures do not define their whole lives, but help them grow into their potential.  Kids will love learning about some of the well-known people who failed before succeeding and will come to understand that failure is a large component of success. With stories from people like J. K. Rowling, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Sonia Sotomayor, Vincent Van Gogh, Julia Child, Steven Spielberg, and Betsy Johnson, each profile proves that the greatest mistakes and flops can turn into something amazing. Intermixed throughout the fun profiles, Reynolds spotlights great inventors and scientists who discovered and created some of the most important medicines, devices, and concepts of all time, including lifesaving vaccines and medicines that were stumbled upon by mistake.