ATTENTION LEE LITTLEWOOD EDITORS: THERE IS A MANDATORY CORRECTION TO BE MADE TO THE COLUMN FOR RELEASE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21. IN THE THIRD PARAGRAPH, THE SENTENCE, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A RELATIVE), IS UNSTOPPABLE HELEN KELLER WHO'S "DEAF. BLIND. LIMITLESS." SHOULD BE CORRECTED TO READ, "MY FAVORITE HERO (WHO'S ALSO A PERSONAL RELATIVE), IS...Read more
Child psychologists and educators suggest that kids read books when they have issues with potty training, healthy eating, new siblings and other adjustments. These books should also be suggested, for they promote kindness -- the antidote to bullying and mean behavior. Books rule!
"Be the Change" by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus; illustrated...Read more
It's almost the time of the year for gift giving. Here are a few new books teeming with retro art and the "it" factor.
"Animals" by Ingela P. Arrhenius; Candlewick Studio; 34 pages; $22.
Talk about retro splendor. This oversized posterworthy book showcases whimsical vintage-looking animals. The names on the animals are written in various ...Read more
Young ones and shy ones will benefit from a gentle dose of Halloween before the big day. These funny, non-scary books will introduce young kids to a sweet dress-up holiday that will soon be their favorite.
"The Haunted Mansion" with music by Buddy Baker and lyrics by Xavier Atencio; illustrations by James Gilleard; Disney Press; 32 pages; $17...Read more
These new books educate and inspire kids about civil rights and the importance of equality for all. It's vital for children to know about those people in history who helped forge a path for equal rights. Young people today need to understand the message that kindness to all is of utmost importance, and that they are never too young to make a ...Read more
Fall is magical to kids; jumping in piles of leaves, donning that new cozy jacket, and anticipating Halloween's excitement. These books ease children into the cooler, crisper season.
"Wonderfall" by Michael Hall; HarperCollins; 40 pages; $17.99.
Short poems highlighted by titles with the word "fall" in each one -- Thankfall, Dutifall, ...Read more
It's never too early to introduce kids to iconic art. These new books feature an interactive collection of art from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Henri Matisse.
"Andy Warhol Coloring Book"; Mudpuppy Publishing; 32 pages; $9.99
With clean, white backgrounds and a bold banana on the cover, this coloring book for all ages stars 32 black-and...Read more
The USA Olympic teams exceeded expectations a few weeks ago. These books carry the country's patriotism by showcasing its beauty, history and strength.
"Around America to Win the Vote" by Mara Rockliff; illustrated by Hadley Hooper; Candlewick Press; 40 pages; $16.99.
In 1916, Nell Richardson and Alice Burke set out in a little, yellow car ...Read more
Flaherty's CrossingKaylin McFarren
Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother's death. While racing home, Kate's car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion ...
Disney Publishing Worldwide has evolved from movie- and TV-related spinoff books to valuable, high-quality fiction. These new books will appeal to middle schoolers with a thirst for adventure. Also on slate are two books fraught with topical issues and emotion.
"Tales From the Haunted Mansion: Volume 1, The Fearsome Foursome" by Amicus Arcane...Read more
These lively picture books will remind students that school can be fun and exciting. From Pete the Cat to an awesome otter to an apprehensive kindergartner, in these new reads, everybody returns to school for new experiences.
"Otter Goes to School" by Sam Garton; Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins; 32 pages; $17.99.
Otter and her pals, Giraffe, ...Read more