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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.

2014 Caldecott Winner!

All aboard From the creator of the “stunning” (“Booklist”) “Moonshot,” a rich and detailed sensory exploration of America’s early railroads.
It is the summer of 1869, and trains, crews, and family are traveling together, riding America’s brand-new transcontinental railroad. These pages come alive with the details of the trip and the sounds, speed, and strength of the mighty locomotives; the work that keeps them moving; and the thrill of travel from plains to mountain to ocean.
Come hear the hiss of the steam, feel the heat of the engine, watch the landscape race by. Come ride the rails, come cross the young country

The twelve stories in this book, taken from Shaun Tomson’s own life experiences in and out of the surfing world, offer the simple message–I Will–as a model to face life’s challenges and help you achieve your goals. All you need is to be encouraged to find your voice and commit yourself to positive values. The stories resonate with positivity and hope for the future, and are infused with the belief that even in the darkest time, light shines ahead to show you the way forward.

****”The world today is very much like a wave: it’s shifting and changing virtually every second. Like surfers, we are defined by the decisions we make in this dynamic environment. Shaun draws on a life of learning, both on waves and off, and offers some sage advice for drawing the best line through life. I love this book.” –Jim Moriarty, CEO “Surfrider Foundation”

****”Shaun’s latest book will help youth all over the world understand how important it is to be yourself, make decisions that will lead you to success, and that life’s obstacle can be overcome with commitment, perseverance, friendship and mentors. We will certainly use this book in our daily programming at the club.” –Bill Locker, CEO/President “Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo”

Every Cowgirl Goes To School, by Rebecca Janni

Nellie Sue is a true cowgirl with an imagination the size of Texas, and she is looking forward to a great school year. But when new girl Maya sits next to her best friend, Anna, and she finds her new desk is sandwiched between the rough and wild J-Twins, and a mysterious cow picture lands on her desk, Nellie Sue realizes that this day is NOT going her way. Can this trusty cowgirl dust herself off and use her high-flying spirit to turn the day around and make a brand-new friend?
Readers of “Fancy Nancy “will love the laugh-out-loud classroom antics and story of friendship.

2013 Caldecott Winner:

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble “could” be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

2013 Newbery Winner:

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.

Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.

Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home–and his own art–through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Katherine Applegate blends humor and poignancy to create Ivan’s unforgettable first-person narration in a story of friendship, art, and hope.

2013 Printz Winner:

“Shorty” is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?
Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, “In Darkness” is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country’s very survival.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:        “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney is the King Author Book winner.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:

“I, Too, Am America,” illustrated by Bryan Collier , is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Langston Hughes.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

“Back to Front and Upside Down!” written and illustrated by Claire Alexander wins the award for children ages 0 to 10.

“A Dog Called Homeless” written by Sarah Lean is the winner of the middle-school (ages 11-13) award.

The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: “My Family for the War” is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve , translated by Tammi Reichel.

Pura Belpre (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: ” Martin de Porres : The Rose in the Desert,” illustrated by David Diaz , is the Belpre Illustrator Award winner

Pura Belpre (Author) Award: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:

“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin

Stonewall Book Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: “Up, Tall and High!” written and illustrated by Ethan Long

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: “Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction:  “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin

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On August 28, 1963, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington, Martin Luther King gave one of the most powerful and memorable speeches in our nation’s history. His words, paired with Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson’s magnificent paintings, make for a picture book certain to be treasured by children and adults alike.

  • what kids want
  • picture books parents will love to read again and again
  • a holiday treat
  • for tweens that love a dark, disgusting, and humorous tale
  • for Teens that can’t get enough of the Hunger Games

‘Twas the day before Christmas and Santa was ill.   In the cold winter wind he had caught a bad chill.   Will Christmas be canceled?  Will it come to that?  “Never ” cried Santa.   “Let’s call Pete the Cat ”

In this rockin’ new spin on the traditional tale “The Night Before Christmas,” Pete the Cat proves that giving your all in the spirit of Christmas is the totally groovy thing to do.

also available : How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas. With holiday surprises around every corner, the award-winning team of Yolen and Teague create an engaging, fun gift sure to be read again and again…

Also from the same great team:   How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah?

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Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers  by Dav Pilkey

Tra-la-laaa! Captain Underpants is back in an all-new epic adventure that’s the zaniest, funniest, outrageousest, and time-travelingiest yet!

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Celebrate Clifford’s 50th anniversary with  these six classic stories: Clifford the Big Red Dog, Clifford at the Circus, Clifford Gets a Job, Clifford Takes a Trip, Clifford’s Good Deeds, and Clifford’s Tricks that were originally published beginning in 1963!

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by by Raina Telgemeier  (ages 10+)

This full-color graphic novel is about Callie, a middle-schooler, who loves theater. She’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget.

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From decorating the tree to wrapping presents, little dinosaurs love to celebrate Christmas-and everything about it.




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#1 A Mutiny in Time by James Dashner  (ages 9-12)

History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!  They stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring.  Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, they must go back in time to repair the break in history.

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by David Shannon

Fishing alone at dusk, a boy feels a tug on his line and comes face-to-face
with a gigantic trout.  The boy is shocked when Jangles befriends him and takes him on an adventure to the bottom of the lake.

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by Jeff Hirsch  (ages 12+)

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life.   A fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft.     When her father’s work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send her on the run—with only one place to go.

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(ages 12+)

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”  Blue Sargent never sees the soon-to-be dead until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

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by Donna Cooner (ages 12 +)

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

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by Matthew Rhineheart

Matthew Reinhart has created another spectacular, explosive, interactive, pop-off-the-page pop-up book for George Lucas’s epic STAR WARS movies!

…as it gets cooler, snuggle up with a good book!

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Autumn is awesome! Leaves change color. Animals fly south or get ready to hibernate. People harvest crops and dress up as scary creatures for Halloween. And then there are pickup football games to play, leaf piles to jump in—all the amazing things that happen as the air turns crisp and cool.

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by Julia Rawlinson; illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke

It’s autumn, and Fletcher’s favorite tree is slowly changing colors and losing its leaves.  Fletcher is very worried and he tells the tree he’ll help. But when the very last leaf falls to the ground, Fletcher feels as though he’s let down his friend… but he soon learns it’s all a part of nature’s seasons.

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by Jody Shapiro

Myles and Amber wake up early to visit Grandma and Grandpa’s California apple orchard. They pick apples all day long, climbing ladders and disappearing into trees.   Grandma makes apple cider, and they snack on fresh apple pie. Before they know it, apple-picking time is over and apple-selling time has begun. Grandpa sets up the roadside apple stand, and neighbors gather to buy the fresh fruit. This warmhearted story brings three generations of a family together to celebrate and share in the working of a fall harvest.

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by Adam Rubin/  illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes to paint pictures of birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.

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by Esme Codell; illustrated by Lynn Rae Perkins

His real name was John Chapman.  He grew apples.  Esme Raji Codell and Lynne Rae Perkins show us, in eloquent words and exhilarating pictures, why Johnny Appleseed matters now, perhaps more than ever, in our loud and wired and fast-paced world.

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Deep in the woods in an old white cabin, three friends make their pumpkin soup.  The Cat slices up the pumpkin, the Squirrel stirs in the water, and the Duck tips in just enough salt. Included at the end is a recipe for delicious pumpkin soup.

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by Jean Stoick; photographer Carl R. Sams I I

Readers are taken on a beautiful photographic journey deep into the autumn woods as the animals of the forest get ready for the year’s first winter storm.  From the very first page, readers will be fascinated by the exquisite photographs of wildlife amid a background of vibrant autumn reds and golds.

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