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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.
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Cold Turkey
By Cory Rosen Schwartz  (Little Brown and Co. $17.99)

Sheep is shivering, Chicken is chilly, and Cow is quivering! Lucky for them, bundled-up Turkey is generous and shares his warm clothes with each of his barnyard friends. But once he’s down to just his birthday suit, what’s a cold turkey to do? (Not to worry–his friends will have him toasty again in no time!)

 

With rollicking rhythm and giggle-inducing illustrations, this heartwarming story of kindness is sure to be a hit with young readers at Thanksgiving, through snowy winter months, and all year-round!

Cool Bean
By Jory John (Harper Collins $18.99)

Everyone knows the cool beans. They’re sooooo cool. And then there’s the uncool has-bean. Always on the sidelines, one bean unsuccessfully tries everything he can to fit in with the crowd–until one day the cool beans show him how it’s done”–Provided by publisher.

Unicorn Night
By Diana Murray (Sourcebooks $17.99)

​Unicorns love to prance and dance the day away. But it’s exhausting! Now it’s time for unicorns to brush their manes, fluff their pillows, and sing the unicorn lullaby in this companion to the best-selling Unicorn Day.

Fuzzy jammies, flower beds,
Sweet dreams swirling in our heads,

Neigh, neigh, neigh,
Played all day,
Time to sleep the night away!

Hey, A Colorful Mystery
By Kate Read (Peachtree Publishing $17.99)

All is quiet in the deep blue sea, when a rumor bursts forth about a “great big fish hiding in the deep!” One by one, new fish are sucked into the growing story–the red octopus was really rattled, which petrified the purple puffer fish, and startled the blue shoal, until they all flee…into a deep, dark cave. Uh-oh! That’s no cave at all, but the mouth of a whale!

Little Bear:  An Inuit Folktale
By Amanda Hall  (Wisdom Tales $17.95)

In this lyrical retelling of an Inuit folktale by Dawn Casey, a lonely old woman adopts a polar bear cub with no mother of his own. Amanda Hall’s luminous artwork celebrates the radiant snow lands of the north, and the warmth of the relationship between a human being and a wild animal. With tender themes of loving and letting go, and the need to honor the wild, Little Bear will touch the heart of young readers.

Change Sings:  A Children’s Anthem
By Amanda Gorman (Penguin Random House $17.95)

 

In this stirring, much-anticipated picture book by presidential inaugural poet and activist Amanda Gorman, anything is possible when our voices join together. As a young girl leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, they learn that they have the power to make changes–big or small–in the world, in their communities, and in most importantly, in themselves.

Bug Atlas

By Lonely Planet Kids (Lonely Planet $18.99)

The third in Lonely Planet Kids’ award-winning Atlas series, this book takes a tour of the magical miniature world of creepy crawlies. We travel around the globe to uncover all sorts of fascinating bugs: from zombie ants and giant millipedes to beautiful butterflies. Full-page gatefolds and small flaps reveal extra wonders and fascinating facts.

5 Minute Really True Stories for Family Time

by Britannica Group (Britannica $12.99)

What did the world’s first playgrounds look like? What do families all over the world eat for breakfast? How did dinosaurs look after their babies? In this compendium of 5-minute really true stories you will meet all types of family–human and animal!–and learn about the many ways they spend time together. From family bicycle rides to animal migrations, and from tidy up time to cosying up with pets, discover the amazing science and history of family activities. With up-to-the-minute, expert information and stunning illustrations, this book will bring out the joy of the everyday things we do at family time.

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Kaleidoscope
By Brian Selznick (Scholastic $19.99)

A ship. A garden. A library. A key. In Kaleidoscope, the incomparable Brian Selznick presents the story of two people bound to each other through time and space, memory and dreams. At the center of their relationship is a mystery about the nature of grief and love which will look different to each reader. Kaleidoscope is a feat of storytelling that illuminates how even the wildest tales can help us in the hardest times.

 

Pony
By R.J. Palacio  (Penguin Random House $17.99)

Twelve-year-old Silas is awoken in the dead of night by three menacing horsemen who take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared, and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. When a pony shows up at his door, Silas makes the courageous decision to leave his home and embark on a perilous journey to find his father. Along the way, he will face his fears to unlock the secrets of his past and explore the unfathomable mysteries of the world around him.   R. J. Palacio spins a harrowing yet distinctly beautiful coming-of-age story about the power of love and the ties that bind us across distance and time. With the poignant depth of War Horse and the singular voice of True Grit, this is one of those rare books poised to become an instant classic for readers of all ages.

City of Dragons:  The Awakening Storm
by Jaimal Yogis (Graphix $12.99)

When Grace moves to Hong Kong with her mom and new stepdad, her biggest concern is making friends at her fancy new boarding school. But when a mysterious old woman gifts her a dragon egg during a field trip, Grace discovers that the wonderful stories of dragons she heard when she was a young girl might actually be real – especially when the egg hatches overnight. The dragon has immense powers that Grace doesn’t understand. And that puts them both in danger from mysterious forces intent on abusing the dragon’s power.

Out of My Heart
By Sharon M. Draper (Simon & Schuster $18.99)

Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own–the dream!  By the light of flickering campfires and the power of thunderstorms, through the terror of unexpected creatures in cabins and the first sparkle of a crush, Melody’s about to discover how brave and strong she really is.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot

by Jeff Kinney (Abram Books $14.99)

“After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball. Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team. As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?

 

The Spiderwick Chronicles

by Tony Diterlizzi (Simon & Schuster $7.99)

Back in stock-an oldie but goodie!   After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, the Grace children discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own. This edition of the first book in the #1 “New York Times”-bestselling series features a larger trim size and an original cover with all-new art.