Brian Selznick created video on his delightful new work “The Marvels”.


Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson brings Greek Mythology to life in his books and the brand new “Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes” is a great companion reference for the series…

Rick’s website describes the book:

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this.




Other notables:

brown girl right word this one summerviva frida

See the full list here:

The new Brian Selznick (“Invention of Hugo Cabret”) arrives on September 15, 2015.

“The Marvels” is an illustrated story that “begins in 1766 with the lone survivor of a shipwreck named Billy Marvel, and follows the adventures of his family over five generations. The “word” story opens in 1990 and tracks a boy called Joseph who has run away from school in London. Various mysteries come together over the course of the book.”


Read an excerpt from new Wimpy Kid “The Long Haul” while you wait…


Blood of Olympus – the 5th in Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series – AVAILABLE NOW!!


The longlist for National Book Award Young People’s Literature was announced today…..


James Patterson is committed to getting more kids to read and has devoted his time and money to helping make that happen. There is some great info on his site with suggestions of books in various categories for all ages….

James Patterson Read Kiddo Read


Storytime Event

Saturday, May 17th at 2 pm

with Bruce Hale

Come join the fun with the author of:¬† School for Spies middle-grade suspense series, Clark the Shark picture books, Chet Gecko mysteries and so much more….


Participate in the Children’s Choice Book¬† Awards, voting open till May 12th.


2014 Newbery Award Winner! Now Available

Holy unanticipated occurrences! A cynic meets an unlikely superhero in a genre-breaking new novel by master storyteller Kate DiCamillo.
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book “Terrible Things Can Happen to You,” is the just the right person to step in and save him. What neither can predict is that Ulysses (the squirrel) has been born anew, with powers of strength, flight, and misspelled poetry — and that Flora will be changed too, as she discovers the possibility of hope and the promise of a capacious heart. From #1 “New York Times” best-selling author Kate DiCamillo comes a laugh-out-loud story filled with eccentric, endearing characters and featuring an exciting new format — a novel interspersed with comic-style graphic sequences and full-page illustrations, all rendered in black-and-white by up-and-coming artist K. G. Campbell.

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