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For a Dose of Happy, Try a Happy Book

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These lighthearted books will help your kids start off every day with a smile and a laugh.

"Cockatoo, Too" by Bethanie Deeney Murguia; Little Bee Books; 32 pages; $17.99.

Are there any happier backdrops than lush tropical foliage, colorful exotic flowers and wide-eyed cockatoos? I think not! Bethanie Deeney Murguia's fascination with word ...Read more

Books About Girl Power

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It seems the time is ripe to remind girls how worthy and strong they are. These new books are about women who made history and fictional girls with impressive stories.

"100 Women Who Made History" by DK; DK Children; 128 pages; $16.99.

Many people don't know that March is Women's History Month. To celebrate, this big organized tome features ...Read more

Refreshers for the Mind

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These books will help children keep what they've learned fresh for the next few months.

"Ann and Nan are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma" by Mark Shulman and Adam McCauley; Chronicle Books; 36 pages; $16.99.

An anagram is a fun way to mix up the letters of a word, resulting in a completely different meaning. "Words" becomes "sword"; "...Read more

Dog Tales for Tough Times

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Stories about relationships between dogs and humans have always been popular. These books tell the comforting, adventurous and even life-saving stories of our loyal, loving four-footed friends.

"The Poet's Dog" by Patricia MacLachlan; HarperCollins; 88 pages; $14.99.

The prolific Patricia MacLachlan has penned a heart-tugger, a thoughtful ...Read more

Why Get One Book When You Get Many Books in One?

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Story compilations make smart gifts. If a reader enjoys one book from an author, chances are he or she will enjoy another. These collections contain several books, or book excerpts and accessories, in one volume.

"Wonderful, Wicked, and Whizzpopping" from Roald Dahl; illustrated by Quentin Blake; Penguin/Random House; 60 pages; $24.99.

Roald...Read more

Black History Month Books for Now and Always

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"Hidden Figures: Young Readers' Edition" by Margot Lee Shetterly; HarperCollins; 231 pages; $16.99.

The feature film "Hidden Figures" is doing well in box offices, and people are interested in the fascinating story of a group of female mathematicians who helped send the United States into space for the first time. In the 1940s and '50s, these...Read more

The Coolest Picture Books of 2016

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These are some of my picks for the most outstanding picture books of 2016. These are simply cool and have remarkable artwork and quirky, unique stories.

"Grandad's Island" by Benji Davies: Candlewick Press; 32 pages; $16.99.

Benji Davies has lent his talented hand to many a fine picture book. In this beautiful, comforting tale festooned with...Read more

Happy Books for the New Year

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Start the new year off happily with these lighthearted books for kids.

"The Happiest Book Ever!" by Bob Shea; Disney/Hyperion; 32 pages; $16.99.

A happy book should have a sunny yellow cover and a striped giraffe holding ice cream cones. Bob Shea's "The Happiest Book Ever!" starts with a frowny frog and a carrot cake that become happier by ...Read more

Words Aren't Needed in These Picture Books

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Some picture books are literally just that -- stories told entirely with pictures. These new books are so powerful that words aren't even needed. Children's creative processes grow when they call on their own imaginations to concoct a story's text through an art-filled backdrop.

"The Whale" by Ethan Murrow and Vita Murrow; Templar Books/...Read more

Give Reading to Underprivileged Communities This Holiday Season

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The best gifts for kids, hands down, are books and other reading materials. This is especially true now -- as reading levels are plummeting, kids need to get off their electronic devices and read absorbing tales. When choosing literary gifts to buy this season, consider giving a kids magazine subscription for Cricket Media, for this holiday ...Read more

Lighthearted, Refreshing Holiday Books

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Tis the season to lighten up and smile. These new wintry holiday season picture books are full of whimsy, humor and cool artwork.

"Walking in a Winter Wonderland" as sung by Peggy Lee; illustrated by Tim Hopgood; Henry Holt; 32 pages; $17.99.

Artist Tim Hopgood loves creating wonder-filled picture books, including his happy "What a Wonderful...Read more

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