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New, Exciting Middle-Grade Classics

These new books for kids in fifth through eighth grade smack of award-winning prizes. Each is a gem, sure to be a classic.

"Saving Lucas Biggs" by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague; HarperCollins; 288 pages; $16.99.

This homey, absorbing ...

Summertime Books to Keep Little Brains Engaged

These smartly penned picture books are outdoorsy-themed and worthy of preventing summertime brain drain.

"Picnic" written and illustrated by John Burningham; Candlewick; 32 pages; $16.99.

In this "keep 'em thinking" picture book, iconic ...

Artsy Activity Books for All

Need a gift with a wow factor for that young child with a summer birthday or kindergarten graduation? These books offer hands-on play, and lots of art and interactive properties.

"Madeline 75th Anniversary Edition" by Ludwig Bemelmans; Viking ...

Worthy Tales for Elementary Readers

These books for young readers will entice, entertain and educate, especially during the idle summer months when reading tends to slack off.

"The Princess in Black" by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale; illustrated by LeUyen Pham; Candlewick; 96 pages; ...

Summer Break Refreshers for Mind-Keeping

School is out -- or nearly out -- for most children. These books will help keep what they've learned fresh for the next few months.

"Ann and Nan are Anagrams" by Mark Shulman; illustrated by Adam McCauley; Chronicle Books; 36 pages; $16.99.

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Summer, Beach or Poolside Books

Summertime is near! These novels for young readers and teens take place under the sea, on an island, in a treehouse and on a frivolous vacation.

"Deep Blue" by Jennifer Donnelly; Disney-Hyperion; 352 pages; $17.99.

This Disney project is ...