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Empowering Picture Books

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From a modern tale about a mechanically smart Cinderella to a purplish way to banish nightmares, these bright new children's books empower kids and motivate them to conquer old stereotypes and fears.

"Interstellar Cinderella" by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Meg Hunt; Chronicle Books; 32 pages; $16.99.

From the author of "The Quiet Book"...Read more

Poetry Books To Entertain Youngsters

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April is Poetry Month. But all year long, kids can enjoy these imaginative, funny and inspiring ditties.

"Hypnotize a Tiger" by Calef Brown; Henry Holt; 138 pages; $17.99.

Author and artist Calef Brown calls himself an "enthusiologist," which is apparent in this lively book of whimsy and quirky verses. His 138 pages of oddities bring up ...Read more

Absorbing Reads for Middle Graders

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These new novels for 4th- through 7th-graders feature lions, aliens, a Bronze Age adventure, a boy who sets out to save his sister's life and the environment, and a heartwarming tale of a homeless girl.

"Feral Pride" by Cynthia Leitich Smith; Candlewick Press; 290 pages; $17.99.

Campy humor and high action combine in this explosive finale of...Read more

Pet Tales To Please

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These funny new books star a rambunctious bunch of pets sure to make children laugh and then want to read more.

"Dogs Are People, Too" by Dave Coverly; Henry Holt; 214 pages; $12.99.

"A Collection of Cartoons To Make Your Tail Wag," as it's subtitled, this delightfully hilarious book comes from the creator of the internationally syndicated "...Read more

Rock and Relax with These New CDs

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Music made for children has evolved dramatically in the past 10 years. With high-quality music just as lush and well-produced as adult tunes, this gamut of new CDs is well worth a listen.

All are, or soon will be, available at such outlets as iTunes and Amazon, though I always like to promote local small businesses that sell CDs.

"Let's ...Read more

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