The children's-book author crowd always rises to social challenges in a timely and sensitive manner. With recent attacks on animal rights, picture books that celebrate animals help encourage young readers to treat all living things kindly. These new tales empower children to realize they can be caring stewards of the animal kingdom.
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Hard to believe, but it's nearly time to start holiday shopping. Remember: Reading is fundamental, and books are the gifts that keep on giving. These new books and sets will make some young people very happy.
"Dragons Love Tacos: The Definitive Collection" by Adam Rubin; illustrated by Daniel Salmieri; Dial/Penguin; $24.
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Get your kids off their electronic devices and TVs with some invigorating, inspiring and relaxing music that's meant just for them but has wide appeal. These new children's CDs are high-quality entertainment for all ages. If not mentioned, prices vary.
"Mundo Verde/Green World" by Mister G., Coil Records; $14.99 CD, $9.99 digital download.
Fall into a young adult novel, and leave worries behind. These new teen reads are every bit as exciting, absorbing and brimming with timely tops as those aimed at older audiences.
"The Suffering Tree" by Elle Cosimano; Disney-Hyperion; 368 pages; $17.99.
Elle Cosimano recently won praise for "Holding Smoke," having been nominated for a Bram ...Read more
There's no greater loss than the death of a child. Included this week is a helpful, empowering book for bereaved parents and a group of books to help children deal with the loss of a loved one.
"Surviving My First Year of Child Loss: Personal Stories from Grieving Parents" by Nathalie Himmelrich; Reach for the Sky; $17.99
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Kids ages of 8 to 12 or 13 can seem happy and well-adjusted on the outside but be full of fears and insecurities on the inside. These books help them see that other kids face the same challenges and that, by all means, they're normal no matter what. They also star boys, a demographic that's becoming harder and harder to reach with books.
Though middle schoolers are often distracted by friends, electronics, sports and extracurricular activities, reading is truly important. These new books are exciting enough to hold interests.
"The Wonderling" by Mira Bartok; Candlewick Press; 450 pages; $21.99.
The back of this fantastical tale reads, in mysterious, vintage lettering, "Have ...Read more
Books about bravery and standing up for what you believe in are more important now than ever before. These thoughtful books celebrate girls -- one in space and another fighting for educational justice, a warhorse with two Purple Hearts and a bevy of kids of all kinds being brave.
"Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala" by Lina Maslo; Balzer + ...Read more
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In this critically acclaimed paranormal suspense thriller, you'll meet Jillian Braedon, a woman who possesses a secret so explosive, it could change the world forever. On the run with her five-year-old daughter, stranded in the middle of a blizzard and seriously injured...
All kids love Halloween season. These new books will give them spooks and shivers, and most definitely happy thrills.
"Creepy Pair of Underwear" by Aaron Reynolds; pictures by Peter Brown; Simon & Schuster; 42 pages; $17.99.
At first I thought the title of this black and white and glowing green book was a bit odd, but upon perusing it fully,...Read more
Monsters have expanded their appeal and come out to scare more often than just Halloween. These new books star monsters that are gentle, frightening and especially funny.
"I Want to Be in a Scary Story" by Sean Taylor; illustrated by Jean Jullien; Candlewick Press; 48 pages; $15.99.
The purple Little Monster agrees to be in a scary story but...Read more
Children absorb stress. They know about political uneasiness, weather tragedies and racial issues. One of the best ways to combat their stress is for parents to read empowering, positive, thoughtful books to them. Here are a few.
"Salam Alaikum: A Message of Peace" by Harris J.; pictures by Ward Jenkins; Simon & Schuster; 32 pages; $17.99.
Tales of strong women and girls should be required reading for children. These new books introduce innovative women of medicine, an activist pro-immigrant lady named Jane, a young teen who travels to Cuba in 1961 to teach reading, and soccer star Abby Wambach.
"My Brigadista Year" by Katherine Paterson; Candlewick Press; 208 pages; $15.99.