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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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Brave as a Mouse
By Nicolo Carozzi (Penguin Random House $18.99)

A goldfish and a mouse become fast friends as they play in and around the goldfish’s bowl.  But when three cats crash the party and terrify the poor goldfish, the brave little mouse gets an idea. She leads the three black cats on a wild and epic chase up and down and over and around until they find themselves surrounded by absolutely irresistible food in the pantry. The cats gorge themselves so much that they fall into a deep sleep, but the mouse knows they won’t sleep forever. So the brave little mouse gets another idea to keep the goldfish out of harm’s way for good!  This is a heartwarming story with a simple text and gorgeous illustrations about the lengths one brave mouse will go to in order to save her friend.

If You Come to Earth
By Sophie Blackhall  (Chronicle Books $18.99)

In this picture book, a boy writes a letter to an imagined alien, explaining all the things he will need to know about Earth and the people who live here–and adding a postscript asking what the alien might look like.

Yes & No
By Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brooks Press $18.99)

Join a cat and puppy pair through their day–the ups of being fed and romping through grass, and the downs of days that are too short and things that don’t go as planned–as they realize that sometimes the very best thing that can happen is just being together.

Faraway Things
By Dave Eggers (Little Brown & Co $18.99)

Lucian’s father called them faraway things, those mysterious objects orphaned upon the windswept shore, their stories long lost in the shroud of ocean fog. Lucian’s discovery on the beach this particular day, though, is no ordinary faraway thing. It’s a cutlass: strong, shiny, and powerful. As its history comes to light, Lucian faces a choice: cling to the sword he loves or accept a gift that shines farther, wider, and deeper than he could have ever dreamed.

 

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.

Be Kind
By Pat Zietlow Miller (Roaring Brook Press $17.99)

When Tanisha spills grape juice all over her new dress, her classmate wants to make her feel better, wondering: What does it mean to be kind?  From asking the new girl to play to standing up for someone being bullied, this moving story explores what kindness is, and how any act, big or small, can make a difference–or at least help a friend.  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?

Duck, Duck, Moose
By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen  (Hachette Book Group $7.99)

 

Duck and Duck are preparing for a party, and each step of the way, Moose inadvertently messes things up. When he disappears in shame, Duck and Duck must go find him so he can join in the party — which was for him! The slapstick physical humor of Duck, Duck, Moose will have little ones overcome with the giggles.

 

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.

Mighty Dads/ Mighty Moms
By Joan Holub  (Scholastic $6.99)

Mighty Dads:  From James Dean, the New York Times bestselling artist of Pete the Cat, and bestselling author Joan Holub comes an action-packed construction story all about the ways dads love and support their little ones. A surprising and touching view of a father’s love for his children, Mighty Dads is the perfect way to say: I’m proud of you! Safe for all ages.
 
Mighty Moms:  Fire truck moms, school bus moms, ambulance moms, and more guide and teach their little truck children in this companion title to the New York Times bestselling Mighty Dads! Moms work hard and love BIG, and this adorable rhyming board book is a perfect celebration of them!

The Invisible String

by Patrice Karsi  (Little Brown & Co. $8.99)

Parents, educators, therapists, and social workers alike have declared The Invisible String the perfect tool for coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that they’re all connected by an invisible string. “That’s impossible!” the children insist, but still they want to know more: “What kind of string?” The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible String made of love. Even though you can’t see it with your eyes, you can feel it deep in your heart, and know that you are always connected to the ones you love. Does everybody have an Invisible String? How far does it reach? Does it ever go away? This heartwarming picture book for all ages explores questions about the intangible yet unbreakable connections between us, and opens up deeper conversations about love.

 

Recommended and adopted by parenting blogs, bereavement support groups, hospice centers, foster care and social service agencies, military library services, church groups, and educators, The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today’s uncertain times. This special paperback edition includes vibrant new illustrations and an introduction from the author.

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Twig and Turtle series
By Jennifer Richard Jacobson (Pixel Ink  $6.99)


In a tiny house, 3 shirts + 3 pants = 9 different outfits   Eight- and six-year-old sisters Twig and Turtle are excited and curious about their new small town in Colorado. And for their cool, tiny house! Their family is united in living more simply, and not stressing out the Earth’s resources. But the move comes with a major problem: How do you fit a Great Dane in a tiny house?  A sweet chapter book series starter with humor and heart, Big Move to a Tiny House is sure to win over fans of Ivy and Bean and Judy Moody.

Zach and Zoe Mysteries
By Mike Lupica Jennings (Penguin Random House $4.99)

There’s nothing eight-year-old twins Zach and Zoe Walker love more than playing sports and solving mysteries. And when those two worlds collide . . . well, it doesn’t get any better than that. So when a baseball signed by Zach’s favorite major league player suddenly goes missing–the search is on! Luckily, amateur sleuths Zach and Zoe are on the case. Can they solve the mystery and find the ball before it’s lost for good?

I Survived Graphic Novels 
by Lauren Tarshis  (Scholastic Press $10.99)

A thrilling graphic novel adaptation of Lauren Tarshis’s bestselling I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916with text adapted by Georgia Ball and art by Haus Studio!  Chet Roscow is finally feeling at home in his uncle’s little New Jersey town. He has three new friends, and they love cooling off in the creek on hot summer days. But then comes shocking news: A massive shark has been attacking swimmers in the ocean along the Jersey Shore, not far from where Chet is staying. Fear is in the air. So when Chet spots a gray fin in the creek, he’s sure it’s his imagination running wild. It’s impossible he’s about to come face-to-face with a killer shark…right.  Based on the real life events of the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, this graphic novel brings Lauren Tarshis’s New York Times bestselling I Survived series to vivid life. Includes nonfiction back matter with historical photos and facts about the real-life shark attacks.

Dreamworks:  Spirit series
By G.M. Berrow (Scholastic Press $5.99)

Join Spirit, Lucky and the rest of the PALs as they go on daring adventures across the open west!

 

 

Mister Shivers Acorn Early Reader series

by Max Brallier ( Scholastic Press $4.99)

This series is part of Scholastic’s early reader line, Acorn, aimed at children who are learning to read. With easy-to-read text, a short-story format, and full-color artwork on every spread, these books will boost reading confidence and fluency. Acorn books plant a love of reading and help readers grow!  What is hiding under the bed? What is scratching at the window? Find out in New York Times bestselling author Max Brallier’s scary stories collection. These five spine-chilling stories will have beginning readers everywhere begging to stay up late to read (with the light on!). With authentically scary, easy-to-read text and creepy, full-color artwork throughout, this book is perfect for young children who crave lite scares. This is also THE book to share at sleepovers or around a campfire. It will send SHIVERS down your spine!

Boy Called Bat

by Elana K. Arnold (Harper Collins $6.99)

When his veterinarian mom brings home a stray baby skunk that needs rehabilitation before it can be placed in a wild animal shelter, Bat, who has autism, resolves to prove that he’s up to the challenge of caring for the skunk permanently.