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Lift-Flap Books Add Surprise to Reading Time

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Young children love the unexpected treat of discovering what's behind flaps in interactive books. These new reads offer hide-and-seek fun.

"Mon Petit Busy Day" by Annette Tamarkin; Little Simon/Simon & Schuster; 10 pages; $14.99.

This oversized board book stars a friendly rounded frog inviting tots to trace lines with their fingers and slide...Read more

Words Aren't Always Needed

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Some picture books don't need many words. Here are some wordless or nearly wordless books that prove a good story and art can take readers on journeys just as involved as those full of letters.

"A Stone for Sascha" by Aaron Becker; Candlewick Press; 48 pages; $17.99.

Aaron Becker wondered what could be learned from a chiseled rock that's ...Read more

Early-Summer Beachworthy Reads

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Start your kids off with books early this summer. These new novels for middle-grade kids ages 8 to 12 are exciting, refreshing and lighthearted, perfect for beach or poolside reading.

"City of Islands" by Kali Wallace; Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins; 33 pages; $16.99.

Twelve-year-old Mara is a fish girl, an orphaned swimmer who dives in...Read more

Love for Underappreciated Creatures

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Beauty comes in all sizes, shapes, numbers of legs and fur colors. The animals touted in these new picture books can seem unloved at times but are actually full of tremendous qualities and character.

"Tony" by Ed Galing; illustrated by Erin E. Stead; A Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press; 30 pages; $16.99.

This little gem of a book is ...Read more

A Crop of Fun New Vacation-Worthy Picture Books for Preschoolers

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These new picture books are creative and unique and make fantastic storytime, even on vacation.

"Frankie's Magical Day" by Michelle Romo; Abrams Appleseed; 22 pages; $12.99.

"Frankie's Magical Day" is the perfect sturdy, tote-along, busy-bee book for tots. It introduces a friendly round-faced girl who plays in the garden, shops in the ...Read more

Fun Novelty Gift Books for Tots

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Looking for vibrant, interactive books with all the bells and whistles for preschools? These new innovative pop-up books make amazing gifts; one even plays the "happy birthday" tune.

"Ten Horse Farm" by Robert Sabuda; Candlewick Press; 20 pages; $29.99.

Robert Sabuda is the undisputed king of paper engineering. His newest book displays ...Read more

Hilarious, Quirky Illustrated Middle-Grade Books Rule

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A huge trend in books popular with 7- to-12-year-olds is the partially illustrated, funny, entertaining, easy-to-read novel. They make sense as a segue from the picture book genre, with shorter text, visual cues and laugh-out loud hilarity to hook the YouTube generation.

"Olga: We're Out of Here" by Elise Gravel; HarperCollins; 187 pages; $12...Read more

Cherish Dogs, Kids' Best Friends

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Man's best friend is also often a child's best friend. Dogs are comforting and loving and helpful, life-affirming and often life-saving. These new books will help young readers appreciate and cherish them even more.

"Good Dog" by Dan Gemeinhart; Scholastic; 290 pages; $16.99.

From the author of the highly acclaimed "The Honest Truth" comes a...Read more

Earth Day Should Be Every Day

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Earth Day celebrations bring awareness to the incredible importance of taking good care of our planet. These new picture books bring nature, love and appreciation to the forefront; they are smart reading for every day.

"The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World's Coral Reefs," by Kate Messner; illustrated by Matthew Forsythe; Chronicle Books; ...Read more

Relax and be Inspired with Imaginative Poetry

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Poetry has always soothed, motivated and resonated with readers. These new collections, perfect for celebrating April's Poetry Month, are aimed at young people but will satisfy all ages.

"Voices in the Air: Poems for Listeners" by Naomi Shihab Nye; HarperCollins; 190 pages; $17.99.

"What if we could hear the voices in the air?" begins this ...Read more

Kids Music Uplifts and Soothes

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Children need music, just as they need reading and art. These splendid new CDs will take the whole family on journeys to dance, sing, clap and relax peacefully. Prices and lengths vary.

"Land of Yangalele" with Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas; Siama Music.

Siama, prolific composer and guitarist from Africa who made popular soukous music, aka "...Read more

Books to Lend a Helping Hand

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Children trust the messages imparted in books. These new gems offer gentle advice and reassurance for today's occasionally confusing times. They also help open eyes to tolerance, kindness and hope.

"Marwan's Journey" by Patricia de Arias; illustrated by Laura Borras; minedition; 32 pages; $17.99.

A young boy named Marwan walks across the ...Read more


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