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Put a Little Spring in Your Step -- and Your Books

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After a cold, snowy, wet winter, it's time to open the windows, breathe deep and inhale some springtime with these new picture books.

"Spectacular Spring" by Bruce Goldstone; Henry Holt and Co., 48 pages; $17.99.

This book is a refreshing introduction to all that spring offers. Bruce Goldstone prepares young readers with vivid photographs, ...Read more

Appreciate Animals With Fun New Tales

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Animals need lots of appreciation; kids are the future stewards of the environment and its living things, so it's up to them to care. These new books are wondrous and appealing.

"New Shoes" by Sara Varon; First Second/Macmillan; 204 pages; $17.99.

Graphic- or comic-style books are all the rage. This one, from Sendak Fellowship recipient Sara...Read more

Funny Tales Make Happy Readers

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Laughter makes everything better. These new picture books tell hilarious, entertaining stories sure to evoke guffaws.

"A Busy Creature's Day Eating!" by Mo Willems; Disney-Hyperion; 28 pages; $17.99.

Best-selling humor author Mo Willems produces some of the most popular children's books on the market. This alphabet book stars a crazed purple...Read more

Motivational, Timely Tales for Teens and Preteens in an Unjust World

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With school shootings, wars, a seeming proliferation of bullying and bad behavior in the news, kids need some concrete examples of other strong, kind young people enacting positive change in the world. These new books will help inspire and energize kids.

"American Heart" by Laura Moriarty; HarperTeen; 402 pages; $17.99.

New York Times best-...Read more

Easy Readers to Educate and Entertain

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These new readers for young children are fresh and fun and more involved than simple "Dick and Jane" tales.

"King & Kayla and the Case of the Lost Tooth" by Dori Hillestad Butler; illustrated by Nancy Meyers; Peachtree Publishers; 47 pages; $14.95.

In Dori Hillestad Butler's beginning chapter book series, readers are introduced to analytical...Read more

Adventure Plus Mystery Plus Fantasy Equals Fun

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Most middle-grade readers ages 8 to 12 or 13 enjoy books that are mysterious, fantastical and adventurous. These picks have all those qualities and more.

"The Book of Pearl" by Timothee de Fombelle; Candlewick Press; 368 pages; $17.99.

French author Timothee De Fombelle has penned stunning tales that are internationally successful, from the ...Read more

Reminders of Peace, Love and Compassion

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These days, it feels like we all need motivational reminders of the goodness of people. These new children's books seek to reassure children of their worth and introduce a fighter for justice for all.

"The Golden Thread: A Song for Pete Seeger" by Colin Meloy; illustrated by Nikki McClure; HarperCollins; 48 pages; $18.99.

Pete Seeger rallied...Read more

Celebrate Black History Month All Year Long

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February is Black History Month, but the stories in these books resonate every month of the year. Now especially, black heroes need to be remembered and celebrated.

"Betty Before X" by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson; Farrar Straus Giroux; 248 pages; $16.99.

"Freedom is a strong seed," said Langston Hughes. The seed for freedom in this ...Read more

Nonfiction Books Wow With Facts

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Some young readers prefer reading real facts in their books; others learn much from exciting nonfiction tales. These books introduce youngsters to horses, elephants, extreme weather and 14 extraordinary young women.

"How to Be an Elephant" by Katherine Roy; David Macaulay Studios/Roaring Brook Press; 44 pages; $18.99.

Elephants need all the ...Read more

Middle-of-the-School-Year Blues

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With holiday breaks and the middle-of-the-school-year blahs, it's time for some exciting children's books to keep learning fun. This group is vivid, cool and, in one case, a proactive way to help the oceans.

"Curious Constructions" by Michael Hearst; illustrated by Matt Johnstone; Chronicle Books; 102 pages; $19.99.

Engineering, construction...Read more

Fresh Tales for a Fresh New Year

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These new children's books offer a positive, fresh spin on a new start: the beginning of 2018.

"We're Going to Be Friends" by Jack White; illustrated by Elinor Blake; Third Man Books; 32 pages; $16.95.

Surprisingly penned by quirky rock star Jack White of The White Stripes, this zippy encouragement for making new friends is at once adorable ...Read more


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