Category Archives: New Children Books

A Big Bed for Little Snow

by Grace Lin

When it was quiet, Little Snow grinned and then jumped, jumped, jumped!  Little Snow loves the new big, soft bed Mommy made for him for the long, cold winter nights.  But Mommy says this bed is for sleeping, not jumping!  What happens when he can’t resist jump, jump, jumping on his new fluffy, bouncy bed? 

 

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Penny and Her Sled

by Kevin Henkes

When Penny, a sweet and curious mouse, gets a new sled, she can’t wait to use it.  But there’s one big problem–there’s no snow!  Patiently, Penny waits and watches for the snow to appear.  But day after day, the snow does not arrive.  Finally, Penny decides she will use her sled for other things.  And as Penny waits for a snowfall that may never appear, she learns all about the power of patience, imagination, play…and spring!

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Dory Fantasmagory: Tiny Tough

by Abby Hanlon

When her big sister Violet has friend trouble at school, Dory tries to come to her rescue.  But Dory’s active imagination takes over, and she is sure that Violet’s lost treasure (a friendship bracelet) has something to do with pirates.  In search of the treasure, Dory meets up with a real pirate crew and finds a pirate’s life is harder than she thought.  At sea, Dory longs for her imaginary friend Mary.  But Mary has gone off with an exciting new friend of her own and Dory is crushed with jealousy.  Just when things can’t get any worse.  Dory’s old enemy, Mrs. Gobble Gracker, shows up, and Dory’s ocean adventure takes a surprising turn.  

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Sauerkraut

by Kelly Jones

HD Schenk is a maker- and inventor, someone who builds cool stuff.  He’s got a plan for the summer; he’ll build his own computer and enter it in the county fair.  Then everyone will know who he is and what he can do.  To earn enough money for the parts he’ll need, HD has promised to clear out his uncle’s overflowing basement.  No big deal, right?  But there’s more in the basement than HD bargained for.  On his first trip down there, a voice only he can hear starts talking to him.  About…sauerkraut?

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Dear Sweet Pea

by Julie Murphy

Patricia “Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce.  She never could have imagined that they would have the “brilliant” idea of living in nearly identical houses on the same street.  In the one house between them lives their eccentric neighbor Miss Flora Mae, the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?”  

Dividing her time between two homes is not easy.  Then one day, Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column.  Sweet Pea is able to contain her curiosity about them…until she recognizes the handwriting on one of the envelopes.  What she decide to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change the lives of Sweet Pea DiMarco, her family, and many of the readers of “Miss Flora Mae I?” 

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Dog Driven

by Terry Lynn Johnson

McKenna Barney is trying to hide her worsening eyesight, and has been isolating herself for the last year.  But at the request of her little sister, she signs up for a commemorative mail run race in the Canadian wilderness–a race she doesn’t know if she can even see to run.

Winning would mean getting her disease –and her sister’s– national media coverage, but it would also pit McKenna and her team of eight sled dogs against racers from across the globe for three days of shifting lake ice, sudden owl attacks, snow squalls, and bitterly cold nights. 

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Blood Mountain

by James Preller

Carter and his siter, Grace, thought the hike with their dad and their dog would be uneventful.  But the hike on Blood Mountain soon turns ominous, as the siblings become separated from their father.  They are lost, braving the wild elements, fighting to survive.  They are also being tracked, but who will reach them first:  the young ranger leading the search, or the erratic mountain man living off the grid?  When Grace injures herself in a fall, Carter decides to set out alone to find help, leaving them both more vulnerable. 

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Maker Comics: Draw a Comic!

by J.P. Coovert

The International Comics Library is in a lot of trouble!  If Maggie can’t come up with $500,000.00 in a week, Dr. Carl is going to bulldoze it and turn it into a parking lot!  To save the day, she’ll need all her comic drawing skills, the loyal library watchdog, and her new assistant (that’s you!)

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Bad Bella

by Ali Standish

Meet Bella, the very best dog a family could ask for.  Only her family, the McBrides, don’t see it that way.  They don’t seem to appreciate the way Bella cleans the crumbs from the kitchen floor, or how she’s always willing to play fetch after a long day.  And when Bella’s valiant attempt to save the Christmas tree ends in disaster, she finds herself being swiftly abandoned at the pound.  will Bella be able to find a true home in time for Christmas this year? 

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