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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

Be Careful, Barney
By Lucy Barnard (Quarto Books $15.95)

Barney is a very adventurous little fox club. His mummy always says ‘Be Careful, Barney!’, but he just won’t listen. Barney thinks being daring is great fun; instead of riding his bike like his friends, he performs tricks. He loves to dress as a superhero and pretends to fly by leaping from a great height. Barney’s mummy always dreads going to the park because Barney hangs upside down from the climbing frame by his tail and yells ‘Faster’ on the roundabout even when his friends want to stop. But when Barney’s class go on a school trip, the little fox discovers just how dangerous his behaviour is. Despite being told not to go near the river, Barney tries to cross it, falls in and is carried away! Barney’s friend Trevor finds a branch and manages to save a very scared Barney.

But The Bear Came Back
By Tammi Sauer  (Sterling Books $16.95)

A bear comes knocking at a little boy’s door–and won’t go away. No matter how many times the boy tries to tell him that bears don’t belong in houses, he keeps coming back. But, one day, the bear doesn’t return–and the boy realizes he wants to find his friend again. A funny, surprising story about two unexpected pals

Kiki & Jack – The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship
By Marie Kondo (Penguin Random House $17.99)

Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make space for what has always sparked joy–each other?

This Book is Gray
By Lindsay Ward  (Two Lions $17.99)

Gray just wants to be included. But the other colors are always leaving him out. So he decides to create his own project: an all-gray book. Gray just knows it’s going to be perfect. But as he adds page after page, the Primary and Secondary colors show up…and they aren’t quite so complimentary. A book within a book, this colorful tale explores the ideas of fitting in, appreciating others, and looking at things from another perspective and also uses personality and wit to introduce basic color concepts.

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum (20% off through 12/15)
By Dr. Seuss  (Penguin Random House $18.99)

​When you’re in the middle . . . you’re not the oldest, and you’re not the youngest. You are right in between. There’s someone bigger who helps you and someone smaller who needs you. From the middle, you can see both sides.

But being in the middle isn’t always easy–sometimes it’s hard to know what makes you special, or how to follow a path that’s just your own. Bunny in the Middle, this classic picture book from Anika A. Denise highlights the remarkable empathy of middles and the joys of self-acceptance, glowingly illustrated by New York Times-bestselling artist Christopher Denise.

Sleep – How Nature Gets Its Rest
By Kate Prendergast (Candlewick Press $16.99)

 

Some animals sleep alone. Others sleep in packs. Some slumber at night, and others prefer the daytime for getting some z‘s. Whether large or small, familiar or unusual, all animals must find a way to get some rest. Did you know that giraffes sleep standing up? That sloths sleep upside down? Or that fish sleep with their eyes open? Take a close look at the sleeping habits of meerkats, bats, horses, birds, and other animals around the world in a book for young nature enthusiasts that is certain to spark a sense of wonder.

Ruby Red Shoes – A Very Aware Hare
By Kate Knapp ( Penguin Random House $9.99)

Ruby Red Shoes is a thoughtful bunny who lives in a colorful painted caravan with her beloved grandmother. She is gentle and kind and cares for all living things. She loves strawberry jam, peppermint tea, long baths, and her wonderful pet chickens!Children just learning to read on their own will treasure this beautiful story that they can read on their own or enjoy as a read-aloud. Teeming with whimsy, Ruby’s mindful, tranquil world embraces the reader like a warm hug. And bedtimes will be gentle, sweet moments, as young readers see Ruby and her grandmother tucked in with a book and a favorite quilt, watching the magical stars twinkle in the velvety sky. Once you’ve made friends with Ruby Red Shoes, you’ll have a friend for life.

EARLY / MIDDLE GRADE READERS

Two Girls, A Clock and A Crooked House
By Michael Poore  (Penguin Random House $16.99)

This is a story of things that are not possible.It’s not possible for Amy to see spirits. (She does.)
It’s not possible that Amy and Moo can communicate using only their minds. (They do.)
It’s not possible to time-travel. (Yet.)
And it’s definitely not possible that witches exist. (Seriously?)None of these things are possible. (Until now . . .)

Strange Birds
By Celia C. Perez  (Penguin Random House $16.99)

After Ofelia, Aster, Cat, and Lane fail to persuade a local girls club to change an outdated tradition, they form an alternative group that shakes up their sleepy Florida town. Includes tips for beginning birders, characteristics of crystals, a cookie recipe, tips for aspiring journalists, directions for creating badges, and facts about the killing of birds for fashion.

Someplace to Call Home
by Sandra Dallas  (Sleeping Bear Press $15.95)

In 1933, driven by severe economic hardships caused by the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, thousands of people take to the road to seek whatever work they can find. Three orphaned siblings–twelve-year-old Hallie Turner and her two brothers–find themselves swept up into a new migratory way of life. As the Turner children move from town to town, searching for work and trying to cobble together the basic necessities of life, they are met with suspicion and hostility. New York Times-bestselling author Sandra Dallas gives middle-grade readers a timely story of young people searching for a home and a better way of life.

A Way Between Worlds
By Melanie Crowder (Simon & Schuster $17.99)

There is more than just one world–and all of them are in grave danger.After a narrow escape from the battle-torn world of Somni, Griffin and his fierce, newfound ally Fi find themselves at the center of a war that threatens not only the people of Earth, but those of other worlds entirely. Connected by the lighthouse that acts as a portal, each world harbors a unique kind of magic that the greedy rulers of Somni are determined to capture for themselves.Unless Griffin and Fi can find a way to stop these would-be conquerors, everything they hold dear will be lost. Navigating magical worlds of mist, water, vines, and fire in search of an answer, the two friends will have to discover their own gifts before they can save not only themselves but the worlds–every single one of them.