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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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Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
By Nikki Grimes (Sourcebooks $17.99)

It’s bedtime. But Mommy’s little one is not sleepy.

He growls like a bear, he questions like an owl, he tosses his mane like a lion. He hunts for water like a sly wolf, and hides like a snake.

Mommy needs to wrangle her sweet creature in bed so that the whole family can sleep. From tigers to squirrels to snakes, the little boy dodges around his bedtime, until he is tired enough to finally sleep. His imaginative animal friends weave their way through the illustrations, eventually joining him in curling up for the night.

“The mother’s loving understanding is demonstrated by how she works with her child’s rich imagination, never slipping into admonishment. As such, children will engage with the pajama-clad tot’s antics and be soothed by the book’s positive tone. A fabulous interpretation of an everyday battle.

When My Brother Gets Home
By Tom Lichtenheld  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt  $17.99)

n this warm, funny story from beloved creator Tom Lichtenheld, a younger sister impatiently awaits her older brother’s return from school. As his bus draws closer, she imagines all the fantastical adventures that await them. From climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in the playground to building a cardboard castle, every adventure, large or small, is more fun . . . when my brother gets home.Siblings of all sorts will cherish this imaginative reminder that the greatest thrill of all is simply being with the people we love.

She Leads:  The Elephant Matriarch
By June Smalls (Familius $16.99)

Text and … illustrations follow the empowering journey of an elephant matriarch as she leads her family through the wilds of Africa. With facts about African elephants on every spread and a message that will encourage young girls to be the trailblazers of their generation, She Leads offers [a] … tribute to the strength of a true leader.

Joey and Riley
By Mandy Foot  Lothian Books $18.99)

Joey lives on a farm with his mum, his grandad, and his best friend – Riley, a working dog. Joey and Riley are inseparable, sharing adventures all day long.But times are tough, and Joey and his mum have to move to town so that she can find work. Joey misses Riley desperately, relying on his grandad’s letters to stay connected to his best mate. Until the day Grandad writes with sad news: Riley has gone missing in a big storm. Joey is devastated – but things might not be as they seem.

Under My Tree
By Muriel Tallandier and Mizuho Fujisawa  (Blue Dot Kids Press$18.95)

When Susanne leaves her city home to visit her grandmother, she finds a very special tree of her own in the forest. Each time she returns to the tree, she observes something unique about it–from the sheltering protection of its branches to the scratchy surface of its bark.

This is a wonderful introduction to trees for young children that gently cultivates an appreciation for nature. Interwoven in the fiction text are unique facts about trees and simple activities that encourage readers to touch, smell, and observe the world that is all around them. Printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks.

I am Just Right
By David McPhail (Holiday House $15.99)

 

Celebrate growth and self-acceptance in this simple, sweetly illustrated story about a bunny who is getting too big for baby things– but who is just right all the same.The boy in this book is too big for his crib, his shoes, and his tricycle. And he is too big for Grandpa to pick up.But he is just right for his big-boy bed, his new shirt, and his bicycle. And he is just right for a hug from Grandpa, for his sister, and for this book.David McPhail’s simple story and softly colored, warm illustrations create a book that’s just right for preschoolers and kindergarteners, who are growing up themselves. It’s just right to share with the little ones in your life.

Just Like Rube Goldberg
By Sarah Aronson ( Simon & Schuster $17.99)

When Susanne leaves her city home to visit her grandmother, she finds a very special tree of her own in the forest. Each time she returns to the tree, she observes something unique about it–from the sheltering protection of its branches to the scratchy surface of its bark.

This is a wonderful introduction to trees for young children that gently cultivates an appreciation for nature. Interwoven in the fiction text are unique facts about trees and simple activities that encourage readers to touch, smell, and observe the world that is all around them. Printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks.

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Summer At Meadow Wood
By Amy Rebecca Tan  (Harper Collins $16.99)

Vic Brown did not want to go to camp this summer. Even though its nice being back with her friends at Meadow Wood, Vic still cant forget about the secret reason her mom wanted her and her brother out of the house – or how much her family is going to change. When her home life is blowing up, it can be hard to focus on campfires and canoeing.

The Elephant’s Girl
By Celesta Rimington  (Penguin Random House $16.99)

An elephant never forgets, but Lexington Willow can’t remember what happened before a tornado swept her away when she was a toddler. All she knows is that it landed her near an enclosure in a Nebraska zoo; and there an elephant named Nyah protected her from the storm. With no trace of her birth family, Lex grew up at the zoo with Nyah and her elephant family; her foster father, Roger; her best friend, Fisher; and the wind whispering in her ear.Now that she’s twelve, Lex is finally old enough to help with the elephants. But during their first training session, Nyah sends her a telepathic image of the woods outside the zoo. Despite the wind’s protests, Lex decides to investigate Nyah’s message and gets wrapped up in an adventure involving ghosts, lost treasure, and a puzzle that might be the key to finding her family. As she hunts for answers, Lex must summon the courage to leave the secure borders of her zoo to discover who she really is–and why the tornado brought her here all those years ago.

How To Be a Person
by Catherine Newman  (Story Press. $16.95)

In this humorous and entirely practical how-to book for kids aged 10 and up passes along essential life skills with an irreverent voice and graphic novel-style illustrations. From how to write a thank-you note to how to make a simple meal, this valuable advice, written with wit and wisdom, will help every kid taking the first steps into adulthood.

Heroes for My Son and Heroes for My Daughter
By Brad Meltzer (Harper Collins $16.95 each)

Brad was inspired by the birth of his first son to curate this collection, but you don’t need to be a parent to treasure it–Heroes for My Son is perfect for children, parents, teachers, and anyone looking for inspiration. The fifty-two featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world.

The dynamic pages full of photos, quotes, and brief biographies are perfect for reading aloud and allow every reader to explore at their own pace. Not limited to male role models, the wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are men, women, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians, and so much more.

Heroes for My Son is a book to be read again and again, as the simple question of what makes a hero remains a vital part of today’s conversation.

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A perfect companion to girl power collections like Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Rachel Ignotofsky’s Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World, and Vashti Harrison’s Little Leaders, Heroes for My Daughter is a necessary addition for children, parents, teachers, and anyone looking for inspiration. The sixty featured figures represent the spectacular potential we all have within us to change the world.

The dynamic pages full of photos, quotes, and brief biographies are perfect for reading aloud and allow every reader to explore at their own pace. Not limited to female role models, the wonderfully diverse heroes included in the book are men, women, historical, contemporary, athletes, actors, inventors, politicians, and so much more.

Heroes for My Daughter is a book to be read again and again, as the simple question of what makes a hero remains a vital part of today’s conversation.