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The Story of the Easter Bunny

Author: Katherine Tegen Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description On a snow-cold day in a snug little house . . . Everyone knows that the Easter Bunny comes every year with a basket of painted eggs and chocolates. But who is the Easter Bunny, and what is his story? At last, the famous bunny’s secrets are revealed […]

The Leprechaun’s Gold

Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books Product Description In this classic Irish legend, two harpists — merry-hearted Old Pat and ill-spirited Young Tom — set off for a contest to name the finest harpist in all of Ireland. When Young Tom realizes that Old Pat is truly the better musician, he schemes to […]

Cloaked

Author: Alex Flinn Publisher: Harper Collins, Inc. Product Description I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. […]

One Grain Of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale

Author: Demi Publisher: Scholastic Press Product Description A reward of one grain of rice doubles day by day into millions of grains of rice when a selfish raja is outwitted by a clever village girl. Amazon.com Review Exotic, beautiful, and instructive, this “mathematical folktale” by author-illustrator Demi emerged from her love of India. The narrative […]

Switched (Trylle Trilogy, Book 1)

Author: Amanda Hocking Publisher: Product Description Switched – the first book in the Trylle Trilogy… When Wendy Everly was six years old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn’t until eleven years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn […]

Torn (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2)

Author: Amanda Hocking Publisher: Product Description Torn – the second book of the Trylle Trilogy… Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her. She’s caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is […]

One Christmas in Lunenburg

Author: Amy Bennet Publisher: Lorimer Product Description Do the animals know it’s Christmas Eve? It’s Christmas Eve on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, and nine-year-old Rachel and her younger brother, Nathan, are caught up in the excitement of the season. This year, Rachel is less interested in coloured lights and gifts than finding out whether the […]

The Wicked Woods

Author: Kailin Gow Publisher: theEDGEbooks.com Product Description Briony had to move to Wicked, Massachusetts to live with her Great Aunt Sophie after her family disappears on vacation. The woods at the edge of Aunt Sophie’s inn are filled with secrets and inhabitants both seductive and deadly. Among them is a beautiful boy name Fallon who […]

Gingerbread Baby

Author: Jan Brett Publisher: Putnam Juvenile Product Description Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale. It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Baby. He leads Matti’s mother and […]

Rapunzel (Caldecott Medal Book)

Author: Brothers Grimm Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Product Description Surely among the most original and gifted of children’s book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrative capability brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Few artists at work today can touch the level at which […]

Behemoth (Leviathan)

Author: Scott Westerfeld Publisher: Simon Pulse Product Description The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and […]

Starfire Angels (Starfire Angels: Dark Angel Chronicles Book 1)

Author: Melanie Nilles Publisher: Prairie Star Publishing Product Description 2011 EPIC Ebook Award Finalist They’ve been coming here for thousands of years, using Earth as a sanctuary to escape threats from their own kind. Mankind knows them as angels, and one of them left a child upon her death to be raised as a human. […]

Bartimaeus: The Ring of Solomon

Author: Jonathan Stroud Publisher: Hyperion Book CH Product Description Bartimaeus, everyone’s favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with […]

Pendragon (Boxed Set): The Merchant of Death, The Lost City of Faar, The Never War, The Reality Bug, Black Water

Author: D.J. MacHale Publisher: Aladdin Product Description Bobby Pendragon was a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old boy. He had a family, a home, and even Marley, his beloved dog. Then one day his uncle Press showed up telling Bobby that some people needed his help, and nothing has been the same since. Now Bobby knows that he […]

The Lost Years of Merlin

Author: T. A. Barron Publisher: Philomel Product Description There has never been a magic like Merlin’s, and T. A. Barron reveals how the legend was born in his adventure-loving five-book epic featuring the heroic young wizard and his unforgettable band. To celebrate the epic, which has sold over a million copies, Philomel has created a […]

Sailor’s Night Before Christmas (The Night Before Christmas Series)

Author: Kimbra Cutlip Publisher: Pelican Publishing Product Description In this parody of the famous poem by Clement C. Moore, Santa Claus is a salty sailor who pays a visit to those on board a ship in Fisherman’s Bay on Christmas Eve.

How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

Rating: (9 reviews) Author: Iza Trapani Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing Product Description Longing to buy a special puppy, a boy tries to earn the money he needs but ends up spending it on family members, who ultimately surprise him with a special gift. Includes music on the last page.

The Christmas Crocodile

Rating: (10 reviews) Author: Bonny Becker Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Product Description On Christmas Eve Alice Jayne finds a crocodile under the tree. The Christmas Crocodile doesn’t mean to be bad, not really, but soon he is eating everything in the house, even the Christmas tree! “Send the beast to Africa,” huffs Uncle […]

All-of-a-Kind Family

Rating: (94 reviews) Author: Sydney Taylor Publisher: Yearling Product Description A heartwarming story of five little girls living with their parents in New York City at the turn of the century. They have simple but happy times as they share adventures, holidays and surprises. When Mama tells them her big news, it’s the most wonderful […]

Color Surprises: A Pop-up Book

Rating: (45 reviews) Author: Chuck Murphy Publisher: Little Simon Product Description Can you guess what’s hiding behind each color? Lift the flaps and watch Chuck Murphy’s colors literally explode off the pages in this eye-popping book. Amazon.com Review If only words could describe Chuck Murphy’s Color Surprises as well as his gasp-inducing pop-ups manage to […]

James And The Giant Peach

Rating: (226 reviews) Author: Roald Dahl Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Product Description Roald Dahl was a champion of the underdog and all things little–in this case, an orphaned boy oppressed by two nasty, self-centered aunts. How James escapes his miserable life with the horrible aunts and becomes a hero is a Dahlicious fantasy […]

Matilda

Rating: (391 reviews) Author: Roald Dahl Publisher: Viking Product Description Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher, Miss Honey, to financial security. Amazon.com Review Matilda is a little girl who is far too good to be true. At age five-and-a-half […]

A Wrinkle in Time

Rating: (964 reviews) Author: Madeleine L’Engle Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) Product Description It was a dark and stormy night; Meg Murry, her small brother Charles Wallace, and her mother had come down to the kitchen for a midnight snack when they were upset by the arrival of a most disturbing stranger. “Wild nights […]

Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!

Rating: (53 reviews) Author: Dr Seuss Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers Product Description Started by Seuss, finished by Prelutsky, and splendiferously illustrated by Lane Smith, this is the children’s book publishing event of the year! Big–56 pages–and bursting with energy, here is a joyous ode to individuality, starring an unsinkable teacher named Miss Bonkers […]

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

Rating: (65 reviews) Author: A. A. Milne Publisher: Dutton Juvenile Product Description Presents a comprehensive, unabridged collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories, accompanied by Shepard’s original full-color illustrations, as well as headbands and ribbon markers, colorful bookplate, and biographies of the author and illustrator. Amazon.com Review When Christopher Robin asks Pooh what he likes doing best in […]

365 Simple Science Experiments with Everyday Materials

Rating: (6 reviews) Author: E. Richard Churchill, Louis V. Loeschnig, Muriel Mandell Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers Product Description Presents a variety of activities, projects, and experiments that help to illustrate and explain all sorts of scientific principles.

Math Curse

Rating: (57 reviews) Author: Jon Scieszka Publisher: Viking Juvenile Amazon.com Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants — can you […]

Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon

Rating: (47 reviews) Author: Ruth Stiles Gannett Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Amazon.com My Father’s Dragon–a favorite of young readers since the 1940s and a Newbery honor book–captures the nonsensical logic of childhood in an amusingly deadpan fashion. The story begins when Elmer Elevator (the narrator’s father as a boy) runs away with […]

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (406 reviews) Author: Avi Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description A vicious captain, a mutinous crew — and a young girl caught in the middle Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did […]

The Scrambled States of America

Rating: (62 reviews) Author: Laurie Keller Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) Amazon.com One day, Kansas wakes up grumpy. The other 49 states are stretching, yawning, and pouring maple syrup onto each other’s pancakes, but irritable Kansas announces to his kindly neighbor Nebraska that life is dull and changes must be made: “All day long […]

The Flat Stanley Collection Box Set (Flat Stanley)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Jeff Brown Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Stanley Lambchop is just a normal boy, with a normal younger brother named Arthur, and two normal parents. That is, until a bulletin board falls on him during the night and flattens him to half an inch thick! From this point on, Stanley will never […]

Waggit’s Tale

Rating: (4 reviews) Author: Peter Howe Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description He is nameless. He is homeless. He is friendless. He is lost. Until he is found . . . by a team of mutts who shelter him and teach him how to survive the wilds of the city park. And so he becomes Waggit, the […]

Howl’s Moving Castle

Rating: (190 reviews) Author: Diana Wynne Jones Publisher: Eos Product Description Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid […]

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life

Rating: (18 reviews) Author: Wendy Mass Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers Product Description Jeremy Fink has been obsessed with the meaning of life ever since a box from his father arrived at his house five years after his father was killed in a car accident. Jeremy is determined to find the missing keys that will […]

Friends: Making Them & Keeping Them (American Girl)

Rating: (5 reviews) Author: Patti Kelley Criswell Publisher: American Girl Book Description FRIENDS gives girls everything they need to know about making new friends and making the most of the friendships they already have. The interactive book is full of quizzes, crafts, and thoughtful advice, including tips and true friendship stories from girls. Five mini […]

Grapes Of Math (bkshelf) (Scholastic Bookshelf)

Rating: (21 reviews) Author: Greg Tang Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks Amazon.com How is it possible to count a complicated pattern of strawberry seeds or grapes on a vine or camel humps–in a blink of an eye? If children can open their minds to new ways of perceiving math, anything is possible! Greg Tang shows readers creative […]

Socks

Rating: (24 reviews) Author: Beverly Cleary Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Socks is one happy cat…. He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are […]

Old Yeller (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (123 reviews) Author: Fred Gipson Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description At first, Travis couldn’t stand the sight of Old Yeller The stray dog was ugly, and a thieving rascal, too. But he sure was clever, and a smart dog could be a big help on the wild Texas frontier, especially with Papa away on a […]

“What’s Happening to Me?” A guide to puberty

Rating: (30 reviews) Author: Peter Mayle Publisher: Lyle Stuart

Sad Isn’t Bad: A Good-Grief Guidebook for Kids Dealing With Loss (Elf-Help Books for Kids)

Rating: (14 reviews) Author: Michaelene Mundy Publisher: Abbey Press

Sharing Nature With Children (20th Anniversary Edition, Revised and Expanded)

Rating: (12 reviews) Author: Joseph Bharat Cornell Publisher: Dawn Publications (CA) Book Description As Joseph Cornell’s classic book reached its 20th anniversary, Cornell drew upon a wealth of experience in nature education to significantly revise and expand his book. New nature games—favorites from the field – and Cornell’s typically insightful commentary makes the second edition […]

Story of the World, Volume 1: Ancient Times Audiobook CD: From the Earliest Nomads to the Late Roman Empire, Revised Edition (7 CDs)

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Susan Wise Bauer Publisher: Peace Hill Press Product Description The Story of the World CD audiobook is a collaboration between Jim Weiss, whose voice is “liquid gold” (CNN TV), and Susan Wise Bauer, whose writing has been described as “timeless and intelligent” (Publishers Weekly). These spirited readings of the first volume […]

Heat

Rating: (65 reviews) Author: Mike Lupica Publisher: Puffin Product Description Michael Arroyo has a pitching arm that throws serious heat. But his firepower is nothing compared to the heat Michael faces in his day-to-day life. Newly orphaned after his father led the family’s escape from Cuba, Michael’s only family is his seventeen-yearold brother Carlos. If […]

Dirt on My Shirt

Rating: (23 reviews) Author: Jeff Foxworthy Publisher: HarperCollins Product Description In this hilarious collection of poems, comedian Jeff Foxworthy creates a neighborhood filled with fun, family, friends, and more. Here you’ll meet Cousin Lizzy, Uncle Ed and Aunt Foo Foo, cows with horns that don’t go beep, dads in sweaters, also sheep. From the thrill […]

Summer Bridge Activities: Kindergarten to 1st Grade

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Julia Ann Hobbs, Carla Fisher Publisher: Rainbow Bridge Publishing (UT) Book Description NEW and Improved Summer Bridge Activities for 2006! This year the bestselling summer workbook features new covers, new activities, new reading lists, updated bonus sections, and a whole lot more to give kids a summer learning experience they won’t […]

The New Baby

Rating: (39 reviews) Author: Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Book Description In this well-loved Little Critter picture book, our funny young hero has to get used to a new baby sister. What a problem. The baby doesn’t pay attention when Little Critter reads to her. She cries when he makes silly faces. And […]

The Willoughbys

Rating: (13 reviews) Author: Lois Lowry Publisher: Houghton Mifflin/Walter Lorraine Books Product Description Abandoned by their ill-humored parents to the care of an odious nanny, Tim, the twins, Barnaby A and Barnaby B, and their sister, Jane, attempt to fulfill their roles as good oldfashioned children. Following the models set in lauded tales from A […]

The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, Book 6)

Author: Eoin Colfer Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children Product Description Artemis’s mother has contracted a deadly disease–and the only cure lies in the brain fluid of African lemurs. Unfortunately, Artemis himself was responsible for making the lemurs extinct five years ago. Now he must enlist the aid of his fairy friends to travel back in […]

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

Author: Jeff Kinney Publisher: Amulet Books Product Description Now every kid can write like a Wimpy Kid! An exciting companion to the bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. “First of all, let me get something straight: This is a journal, not a diary.” This innovative interactive journal based on Greg Heffley’s own “diary” lets […]

Dear Mr. Henshaw (rpkg) (HarperClassics)

Rating: (152 reviews) Author: Beverly Cleary Publisher: HarperTrophy Product Description Although her books have been enjoyed by generations of kids, Beverly Cleary herself didn’t enjoy reading as a child at least not at first. In first grade she was grouped with the slowest readers in her class. Amazon.com When, in second grade, Leigh writes to […]