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These fun picture books full of wordplay and stories of vacations and beach time fit the hot August bill perfectly. Please remember to read with your children often, even in summertime.

"Cockatoo, Too" by Bethanie Deeney Murguia; little bee books/Bonnier Publishing; 34 pages; $17.99.

Last night my son told me that "Buffalo buffalo buffalo ...Read more

Elvis, the Beatles, Frank and a Man Named Jelly Roll who Might Have Invented Jazz

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Children have always been intrigued by music's greatest, from the classics to jazz to rock and roll. These new books for young readers chronicle some of music's finest, most innovative icons.

"Elvis: The Story of the Rock and Roll King" by Bonnie Christensen; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $16.99.

Youngsters will love knowing that before Elvis Presley ...Read more

Summery Picture Books With Zest and Sizzle

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Studies show kids lose much of their reading skills if they're idle during summer vacation. It's extremely important -- and fun -- to keep reading all summer long. These are summer-themed picture books about swimming Sasquatches, beaches with baby turtles and garden bugs.

"Follow the Moon Home: A Tale of One Idea, Twenty Kids, and a Hundred ...Read more

Summer Reads for Teen Girls

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These engrossing, fun, smart novels make great beach and poolside reads, and their stories are deeper than typical romance fodder.

"The Way Back to You" by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott; Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins; 384 pages; $17.99.

This witty novel will make readers cry and laugh. It's the heart-tugging tale of a girl and a ...Read more

Vivid Picture Books for Active Kids

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Picture books that enthrall and excite should be kept on bookshelves in every home and school library. These new releases are unique, cool and special, and sure to please not only young children but also adults.

"My Wild Family" by Laurent Moreau; Chronicle Books; 32 pages; $17.99.

First published in France, this oversized visual treat equates...Read more

Books to Help with Bad News

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Lately it seems like everywhere we turn there's more bad news. Even if kids don't see the news on TV, they can be affected by hardships and internalize their parents' stress. These books can help children cope with sadness, all the while learning a little about topics like environmental sustainability and healthy eating.

"Ida, Always" by ...Read more

Novelty Books to Make Summertime Rock

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Here are some new, innovative children's books with great features -- worldly activities, train pop-ups and even a Braille series.

"DK Braille" series; DK; $14.99 to $29.99.

DK Publishing has long been a leader in innovative, kid-friendly nonfiction books that have white, uncluttered backgrounds and bold pages. Its new series for the blind ...Read more

Bedtime Books to Charm and Relax

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Reading aloud at bedtime is very important. Young children thrive on rituals, parental closeness and imagination. These tales will calm them down and enthrall them with magic and gentle inspiration.

"Good Night, Baddies" by Deborah Underwood; illustrations by Juli Kangas; Beach Lane/Simon & Schuster; 32 pages; $16.99.

Children are eternal ...Read more

Art Stars in a Gallery of New Children's Books

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It's never too early to introduce kids to iconic art. These new books feature an interactive collection starring Andy Warhol, bold Roy Lichtenstein's pop art, and first concepts with Henri Matisse.

"Andy Warhol Coloring Book" from Mudpuppy Publishing; 32 pages.

With clean white backgrounds and a bold banana standing out on the cover, this ...Read more

Homey, Enchanting Journeys for Young Readers

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These absorbing middle grade reads have a timeless, almost old-fashioned appeal, with stories sure to be classics. And with Newbery award winners in the mix, this lineup gets 5 stars.

"The Boy on the Porch" by Sharon Creech; HarperCollins; 151 pages; $16.99.

Just seeing the name Sharon Creech cemented to me how good this little book would be...Read more

Activity-Packed Books for Road Trips and Rainy Days

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It's nearly summertime and therefore long car and plane trips to Grandma's house are on the horizon. These new, innovative activity books will keep children occupied without any electronics.

"Fill-me-in" by Moose Allain; Big Picture Press/Candlewick Press; 98 pages; $16.99.

Full of intricate black line drawings with fun, colorful prompts ...Read more


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