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Vivid Picture Books for Active Kids

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Picture books that enthrall and excite should be a part of every family and school bookshelf. These new releases are unique, cool and special books sure to please not only young children, but adults as well.

"My Wild Family" by Laurent Moreau; Candlewick Press; 28 pages; $17.99.

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

How-To Books for Summer Creativity

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Everybody needs a little guidance, and these books help kids learn more about photography; jewelry-making; helping communities through circus acts; and about being a "Really Professional Internet Person."

"Guide to Photography" by Nancy Honovich and Annie Griffiths; National Geographic Kids; 160 pages; $14.99.

National Geographic's books for...Read more

Read to Your Kids, Even in the Summertime

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It's important to read aloud to young children even in the summer months when pools and backyards beckon. Here are some of this summer's brightest new picture books.

"You're a Crab!: A Moody Day Book" by Jenny Whitehead; Henry Holt & Company; 32 pages; $16.99.

Preschoolers' bad moods can wreak havocs on young families. But their tantrums and...Read more

Children's CDs To Pepper Your Music Library

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CDs made specifically for kids aren't patronizing and super-sweet anymore. These music selections rock, roll, energize and calm, and are great for inside and outside fun.

"Bon Voyage" by Jazzy Ash; Leaping Lizards Music; $12.97.

It was hard to turn off this rollicking collection of New Orleans-style tunes. Singer Jazzy Ash, with a rich retro...Read more

Humor Reigns in Children's Books

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Laughter is the best medicine for what cures all ails, including the boredom and idle time that summertime brings to youngsters. These new books will induce giggles aplenty.

"Here Comes the Tooth Fairy Cat" by Deborah Underwood; illustrated by Claudia Rueda; Penguin/Dial; 92 pages; $16.99.

Wow, that's a lot of pages! That's my first thought ...Read more

Fishy Swim Books for Kids

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Welcome to summertime! Help summer be more fun for your kids with these water-and-fish-themed tales, plus one whopper of a bedtime story.

"Pool" by JiHyeon Lee; Chronicle Books; 56 pages; $16.99.

Gorgeously surreal and beautifully watery, the artwork in JiHyeon Lee's debut picture book stars a shy boy who tries to find friends in a crowded ...Read more

Animal Appreciation Tales for Youngsters

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Kids who are knowledgeable about animals also tend to have an affinity for them and a passion for being kind to the environment. These new picture books introduce creatures many children may not know, but will certainly learn to love.

"Emu" by Claire Saxby; illustrated by Graham Byrne; Candlewick Press; 28 pages; $16.99.

Most notable about ...Read more

Love-Themed Tales for Young Readers

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Books about love, whether for a family member, a friend, a special someone or even a tree, don't need to be limited to Valentine's Day. These reads are special gifts that keep on giving year-round.

"Luna and Me" by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw; Henry Holt; 38 pages; $18.99.

Inspired by the real-life story of Julia Butterfly Hill's courageous ...Read more

Smile- and Guffaw-Inducing Middle-Grade Reads

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Study upon study proves that reading is as important to education as studying and testing. It's also a healthy way to relax and become absorbed by a calm activity other than electronic screens. There "ain't nothin'" like a good book.

These new tales for middle-grade readers are imaginative, funny and adventurous.

"Return to Augie Hobble" by ...Read more

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