Kids!

Kids activities at
The Westmoreland
Public Library

Story Hour

11:00 am on the second
Tuesday of the month

American History!

Interested in American History? Check out Cobblestone Magazine!

This month is all about
Women in the Civil War

 

Animals!

This month's new Zoobooks issue is:

Young Animals

 

 

Little Blue Houses

 

We have two new Kids books about BLUE houses: The Little Blue Cottage by Kelly Jordan and illustrated by Jessica Courtney-Tickle, and The Blue House by Phoebe Wahl.

Our friend Missy made this little blue house to go along with the blue houses in the stories.

Thank you, Missy!

Can you make or draw a blue house? Check out one of these books for inspiration!

 

Treasure Hunt for
The Wolf Tree

Have you ever seen a Wolf Tree?
What is a Wolf Tree? 

Follow the treasure map on the Wolf Tree page to see if you can find the Wolf Tree here in Westmoreland!

Click here to download a printable PDF of this treasure hunt, including pictures and maps.

Here are some of
the fun things
we've done in the past.
  

Tuesdays with Avery

Summer 2019

 

This summer (2019), the Westmoreland Library is lucky enough to have "Tuesdays with Avery!" Every Tuesday at 10 am to 11 am through the month of July, Avery will be baking something delicious to bring to serve at the library.

For her first selection, Avery made an amazing cardamom coffee cake.

 

Come in next Tuesday morning, get yourself a good book to read, and grab a slice of Avery's next treat.

 

 

Lindsay and her Puppet Pals Visited the Library

We had a great visit from Lindsay and her puppet pals. The first grade and kindergarten walked over from school to the library for this performance. We all had a lot of laughs!

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Cadence and Penny write a new ending!

 

Cadence and Penny worked with Mrs. Bates to write a new ending for one of our favorite stories, Down By The Sea With Mr. Magee by Chris Van Dusen. Come on in and take a peek at our bulletin board to read what they've rewritten!

 

The Tiger Swallow Tail Hatched!

 

On Saturday, June 3, the Tiger Swallowtail hatched from its chrysalis and was released at the library.

 

Last First Grade Visit
of the Year!

 

The First Grade visited the library for their last story time of the year. We read "Spring for Sophie" and several books by Chris Van Dusen. This was a great class and we'll miss having them each month.

 

Time to COLOR!

 

Avery enjoying the new coloring shelf
in the back corner.

 

Let it snow,
let it snow,
let it snow...

 

 

 

Happy Halloween!

 
 

Poem from
"You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very scary stories to read together"
by Mary Ann Hoberman

 

 

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Mr. Hayward,
Westmoreland School Principal,
will be reading to the
in-coming kindergarteners at the Westmoreland Public Library on Tuesday, July 19th at 10:00 am.

 

 

Make your Own
Black Cat
for Halloween

 

We've got the supplies, all you have to do is come to the library and put it together! Meow!
 

 

MR. HAYWARD READS TO KINDERGARTEN

Westmoreland School Principal Mark Hayward read to the new in-coming Kindergarten class on August 11 in the children's room at the Westmoreland Public Library.

 

 

Dinosaur Exhibit

Owen, 2nd grade, and Kaleb, 1st grade worked together to make this fantastic dinosaur exhibit in the library. Come on in and check it out!
Kaleb setting up
the dinos.
Owen checking facts
from a book.

 

Gingerbread Houses!

 

Saturday, December 14, the library had the annual gingerbread house decorating party. Nine children came and they all did a fabulous job with the frosting and candy to make their houses look unique!

 

 

 

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals at Westmoreland Library

 

Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals performed at the Westmoreland Public Library on Wednesday, August 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Lindsay brings a huge collection of lovingly handcrafted, life sized hand puppets and marionettes to child and family audiences across New England.

With silly humor, crowd participation, and unique, memorable characters, Lindsay and her pals share charming, positive short stories that delight the young and the young at heart.

 

Check out Lindsay’s website: lindsayspuppetpals.com

 

 

 

Praying Mantis at the Library

This spring, the library received a gift of a praying mantis egg sack. The egg sack was due to hatch in 2 to 6 weeks. About 4 weeks after we got it, the cup was filled with baby mantises! We let them out in the gardens around the library. If you look closely, you might see one!

These photos were taken two weeks after the babies hatched. We were lucky enough to find one - he was only about 1/2 inch long!

Mantis Photos by Bruno Dupeyron ©2013

 

Second Grade Art Work at the Library!

A colorful bulletin board of Ocean paintings done by the Westmoreland School Second Grade is waiting to greet patrons as they walk into the library. The students used a mix of media, including watercolor, crayon, pencil, and cut-out pieces of paper!

 

 

April Was National Poetry Month!

Gunnar Shonbeck shared with us his poem for which he won an award from the New Hampshire PTA.

A Magical Beach Moment
By Gunnar Shonbeck

I love my toes in the sand
and the warm sun rays.

The ocean is cool on my skin
on this warm sunny day.

I bait my fishing rod,
throw it out and wait for a bite.

Here come the Blues
at six o’clock tonight.

The sun had gone down.
The lighthouse turned on.

It’s time to drive the truck
off the beach and be gone.

 

 

The Nutcracker Suite
Come in to the library and check out the bulletin board as you walk in the door. Our volunteer Missy Kritzer put together this beautiful display from the Nutcracker.

 

'Tis the season for snow flakes and ballerinas! The library is decorated and ready for winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a fun craft? Come in a make a snow card!

 

 

Check out these video trailers (posted on Amazon) for two new books at the library:

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

Ivan is an easygoing gorilla. Living at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, he has grown accustomed to humans watching him through the glass walls of his domain. He rarely misses his life in the jungle. In fact, he hardly ever thinks about it at all.
Instead, Ivan thinks about TV shows he’s seen and about his friends Stella, an elderly elephant, and Bob, a stray dog. But mostly Ivan thinks about art and how to capture the taste of a mango or the sound of leaves with color and a well-placed line.
Then he meets Ruby, a baby elephant taken from her family, and she makes Ivan see their home—and his own art—through new eyes. When Ruby arrives, change comes with her, and it’s up to Ivan to make it a change for the better.

Wonder
by R.J. Palacio

August Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevents him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He's about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is, Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearance?

 

Book Review

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole
by Wong Herbert Yee

“This book is really good – it’s a masterpiece!” - Owen

Mouse and Mole are neighbors, but it seems their differences outweigh the pluses of friendship. Mouse sweeps her apartment in a tree, and the dirt falls into Mole's house, below. When Mole invites Mouse over, he serves her worms, which Mouse doesn't like. When Mouse invites Mole over, she serves him cheese, which Mole doesn't find appetizing. But step-by-step, the duo works through misunderstandings and disagreements, leading to the strong message that thinking about one another is the way to bolster a relationship.

 

Have you read a good book you'd like to let people know about?
Tell us, and we'll post your review!

 

 

Book Speak! by Laura Purdie Salas 

Calling all readers!
 
I'll tell you a story
I'll spin you a rhyme
I'll spill some ideas --
and we'll travel through time.
 
Put down the controller,
switch off the TV.
Abandon the mouse and
just hang out with me.
 
I promise adventure
Come on,  take a look!
On a day like today,
there's no friend like a book!
 

NEW BOOKS FOR KIDS

 

Magic Tree House:
Camp Time in California

by Mary Pope Osbourne

Jack and his sister, Annie, must go to California! They must look at nature! They must save the wilderness!
Save it from what, exactly? That's what Jack and Annie must find out when the magic tree house lands in the tallest tree on earth. The nature around them is so grand and peaceful--is it really in danger? Two travelers, two sketchbooks, and one grizzly bear will show Jack and Annie that danger isn't always seen with the eyes. Sometimes it's felt with the heart.

 

 

Space Case
Moon Base Alpha #1
by Stuart Gibs

Like his fellow lunarnauts—otherwise known as Moonies—living on Moon Base Alpha, twelve-year-old Dashiell Gibson is famous the world over for being one of the first humans to live on the moon.
And he’s bored out of his mind. Kids aren’t allowed on the lunar surface, meaning they’re trapped inside the tiny moon base with next to nothing to occupy their time—and the only other kid Dash’s age spends all his time hooked into virtual reality games.
Then Moon Base Alpha’s top scientist turns up dead. Dash senses there’s foul play afoot, but no one believes him. Everyone agrees Dr. Holtz went onto the lunar surface without his helmet properly affixed, simple as that. But Dr. Holtz was on the verge of an important new discovery, Dash finds out, and it’s a secret that could change everything for the Moonies—a secret someone just might kill to keep...

 

 

Spaced Out
#2 Moon Alpha Base
by Stuart Gibs

There’s nowhere to hide on the world’s first moon base. After all, it’s only the size of a soccer field. So when Nina Stack, the commander of Moon Base Alpha, mysteriously vanishes, the Moonies are at a total loss.

Though he may be just twelve years old, Dashiell Gibson is the best detective they’ve got. But this confusing mystery pushes Dash to his limits. Especially since Dash accidentally made contact with an alien and has to keep it a secret. With the fate of the entire human race hanging in the balance, will Dash be able to solve the mystery of the missing Moonie?

 

 

Waste of Space
Moon Base Alpha #3
by Stuart Gibs

Moon Base Alpha was supposed to be an exciting place to live, but Dashiell Gibson didn’t expect for it to be this exciting. He’s already had to solve a murder and locate a missing moon base commander. Now, he just wants to have a calm, quiet thirteenth birthday. But, of course, trillionaire (and total pain) Lars Sjoburg ruins it—by being poisoned.
Now there’s another potential killer loose on Moon Base Alpha, and Dash is forced to identify the most likely suspects. Suddenly Dash finds himself with a target on his back. Whoever poisoned Lars will stop at nothing to keep his—or her—identity a secret.

 

 

Berry Song
by Michaela Goade

On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries.

Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry.

Huckleberry, Snowberry, Strawberry, Crowberry.

Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude, in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all. Michaela Goade's luminous rendering of water and forest, berries and jams glows with her love of the land and offers an invitation to readers to deepen their own relationship with the earth.

 

 

Little Bat Up All Day
by Brian Lies

Little Bat always goes to sleep at the end of the night. But what if he stayed up all day? He's excited to see how everything looks in the sun!

It turns out the world is a much different place during the day, when Little Bat is normally sleeping. It's hot, bright, and noisy. Luckily, Rusty the Squirrel is willing to show Little Bat around. But when these new, fast friends separate at the end of the day, how will they stay in touch when one is usually awake while the other is asleep?

With his signature gorgeous artwork, New York Times bestseller and Caldecott Honor winner Brian Lies brings his expressive bats back for the youngest readers.

 

 

One Smart Sheep
by Gary D. Schmidt & Elizabeth Stickney
Illustrated by Jane Manning

Wilson is a curious sheep, and after he foolishly climbs into the back of a piano movers' truck, he ends up alone in the big city, far from the farm. But Wilson is also one smart sheep, and soon enough he's finding his way home to his worried owner by recognizing the sounds that he heard while he was trapped in the truck—a jackhammer, a calliope, a hotdog man. And could that be the excited barking of his friend Tippy, the border collie?

This lighthearted story about loyalty, problem solving, friendship, and independence is divided into short, action-packed chapters and has the cozy feel of a modern classic.

 

 

My Own Lightning
by Lauren Wolk

It’s been several months since the tragic events set in motion by bully Betty Glengarry, and the routine of daily life in Wolf Hollow has slowly returned. But for Annabelle McBride it’s hard to move forward and make peace with what feels like threadbare justice.
 
Newly warm summer days are about to bring a jolt of change on the winds of a powerful storm. In its wake, the search for her brother’s missing dog will set Annabelle on a new path that brings her to unfamiliar doorsteps and reunites her with a too-familiar adversary—Andy Woodberry, who was complicit in Betty’s most terrible acts. Growing up and blazing her own trail will soon force Annabelle to reexamine deeply felt truths—about people, about justice, about herself—that had once seemed so uncomplicated.
 
Bestselling author Lauren Wolk (Beyond the Bright Sea, Echo Mountain) returns to World War II–era Western Pennsylvania in this luminous sequel to her Newbery Honor–winning debut, Wolf Hollow, proving once again why her acclaimed novels have been celebrated as “historical fiction at its finest.”

 

 

Sylvie
by Jean Reidy
Illustrated by Luch Ruth Cummins

Sylvie hangs on a silvery thread, safely hidden under her damp, dark fire escape. Sure, it’s a little too close to the dumpster below, but if she stays carefully out of sight, she can watch over her people in the apartment building above—a painter, a proper lady, a man with a plan, and a girl with an exceptionally brave tortoise.

Day and night, night and day, Sylvie watches over them making sure everything is just so. Lately though, her people seem to be missing…something. Sylvie wants to help, but she’s always stayed out of view. After all, not everyone appreciates a spider who calls attention to herself. When a most audacious idea comes to her though, one that might make everything more than just so, maybe even just right, can Sylvie muster her moxie and risk stepping into the spotlight?

 

 

Little Houses
by Kevin Henkes
Illustrated by Laura Dronzek

When a young girl visits her grandparents at the beach, she stays in a little house and walks along the shore gathering seashells—which were once little houses of their own. As she wanders the beach, she wonders about the creatures who used to live in each shell, about the hidden treasures of the sea, and about the mysteries of the world.

Kevin Henkes’s text features striking imagery, depth of emotion, and a lovely multigenerational relationship. He deftly captures the feeling of wonder and imagination that is fostered by a trip to the shore. Laura Dronzek’s lush, saturated paintings make this book a true treasure for parents and children, and a must-have for the classroom. 

 

 

Stretchy and Beanie
by Judy Schachner

Beanie, a ginger-haired girl with a fierce heart, is the perfect pal for her newfound companion, Stretchy McHandsome the cat. That is, until Beanie gets it into her head that she should teach Stretchy how to be a perfect pet. Her lessons really curl his whiskers, and when hiding from Beanie isn't enough, he has to take an even bigger leap. Then it's Beanie who needs a lesson of her own: how to be an accepting friend rather than a bossy-boots.

 

 

The Adventures of Nanny Piggins
By R.A. Spratt
Illustrated by Dan Santat

The three Green children are cared for by a nanny pig. Yes, a pig--a fabulously sassy and impeccably dressed pig, as a matter of fact! With her insatiable urge to eat chocolate (and feed chocolate to everyone she loves), her high-flying spirit, and her unending sense of fun, Nanny Piggins takes Derrick, Samantha, and Michael on a year of surprises, yummy treats, and adventures they'll never forget.

It's no surprise that Booklist proclaimed, "Mary Poppins, move over--or get shoved out of the way." Nanny Piggins is a refreshing and dynamic addition to favorite classic nannies: Amelia Bedelia, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle, and, of course, Mary Poppins.

 

 

Nanny Piggins and
the Wicked Plan

By R.A. Spratt
Illustrated by Dan Santat

When Mr. Green announces his diabolical plan-he has decided to get married-his children are horrified. Because if he finds a wife, he'll get fire their beloved nanny. Breakfast without chocolate? Never! Someone must stop him, and Nanny Piggins is just the pig to do it!

R.A. Spratt's delightfully funny follow-up to her award-winning debut is chock-full of surprising adventures for the feisty Nanny Piggins and the adorable children, from being blasted out of a cannon with an arrogant armadillo to dueling a Gypsy Queen over a pit of fire. Dan Santat is back again with his quirky and wonderfully charming illustrations that capture the fun and high-flying spirit of these hilarious stories.

 

 

Northwind
by Gary Paulsen

This stunning New York Times Bestseller from the survival story master, set along a rugged coastline centuries ago, does for the ocean what Hatchet does for the woods, as it relates the story of a young person’s battle to stay alive against the odds, where the high seas meet a coastal wilderness.

When a deadly plague reaches the small fish camp where he lives, an orphan named Leif is forced to take to the water in a cedar canoe. He flees northward, following a wild, fjord-riven shore, navigating from one danger to the next, unsure of his destination. Yet the deeper into his journey he paddles, the closer he comes to his truest self as he connects to “the heartbeat of the ocean . . . the pulse of the sea.” With hints of Nordic mythology and an irresistible narrative pull, Northwind is Gary Paulsen at his captivating, adventuresome best.

 

 

Big Dog & Little Dog
by Dav Pilkey

From Dav Pilkey, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dog Man and Captain Underpants series: a funny board book for toddlers about best friends Big Dog and Little Dog.

Big Dog and Little Dog are canine companions who stick together through thick and thin. In this, their first adventure, Big Dog and Little Dog are hungry! And as any good dog knows, friends who chow down together nap together.

With simple text, graphic illustrations, and tongue-in-cheek humor, Dog Man creator Dav Pilkey taps into the joys of childhood friendships through his tales of two lovable dog pals.

 

 

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. She puts on her scarf and hat. She sleeps with her mittens. Maybe if she’s ready, the snow will finally come. But day after day, the snow does not arrive. Finally, Penny decides she will use her sled for other things—it’s too wonderful not to!

With a little imagination, the sled becomes a bridge for her glass animals to cross. It becomes a bed for her doll, Rose. It becomes a magic carpet that takes Penny and Rose on adventures all around the world.

And as Penny waits for a snowfall that may never appear, she learns all about the power of patience, imagination, play . . . and spring! Told in five short chapters, and with an emphasis on family and patience, Penny and Her Sled is the perfect choice for emergent readers and for family sharing.

 

 

Cornbread & Poppy
by Matthew Cordell

Cornbread LOVES planning. Poppy does not. Cornbread ADORES preparing. Poppy does not. Cornbread IS ready for winter. Poppy...is not. But Cornbread and Poppy are the best of friends, so when Poppy is left without any food for the long winter, Cornbread volunteers to help her out. Their search leads them up, up, up Holler Mountain, where these mice might find a new friend...and an old one. Celebrating both partnership and the value of what makes us individuals, young readers will find this classic odd-couple irresistible as they encounter relatable issues with humor and heart. 

 

 

Big Truck, Little Island
by Chris Van Dusen

When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry’s ballet class? Luckily, the kidscome up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars? Inspired by an incident that happened on Vinalhaven, Maine, Chris Van Dusen tells a fun tale of resourcefulness and community through clever, rhyming wordplay and whimsical illustrations, sprinkled with plenty of cars and trucks for transportation-loving readers.

 

 

Knight Owl
by Christopher Denise

Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight. He may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his sharp nocturnal instincts can help protect the castle, especially since many knights have recently gone missing. While holding guard during Knight Night Watch, Owl is faced with the ultimate trial—a frightening intruder. It’s a daunting duel by any measure. But what Owl lacks in size, he makes up for in good ideas.
Full of wordplay and optimism, this surprising display of bravery proves that cleverness (and friendship) can rule over brawn.

 

 

Stretchy McHandsom
by Judy Schachner

Stretchy McHandsome is not only good looking with his ginger fur, but he has personality that shines as well. Leaving the safety of the McHandsome clan, he stretches himself away from home and all around town. Out and about, he is spotted by a girl with a kindred spirit, who makes him realize the one thing missing from his life is the warm lap of a loving person. How this gadabout finds his true girl makes for a story that is a little bit wild, but a whole lot wonderful.

 

 

Rosie Reveer, Engineer
by Andrea Beaty
Illustrated by David Roberts

The beloved New York Times bestselling picture book about pursuing one’s passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one’s dreams.

And now you can follow Rosie’s further adventures—with her friends Iggy Peck and Ada Twist—in the instant New York Times bestseller Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, the first in a BRAND-NEW chapter book series, The Questioneers!

Rosie Revere dreamed of becoming a great engineer. Where some people see rubbish, Rosie sees inspiration. Alone in her room at night, shy Rosie constructs great inventions from odds and ends. Hot dog dispensers, helium pants, python-repelling cheese hats: Rosie’s gizmos would astound—if she ever let anyone see them.

Afraid of failure, she hides them away under her bed. Until a fateful visit from her great-great-aunt Rose (AKA Rosie the Riveter!), who shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. And you can only truly fail, if you quit.

Collect them all! Add these other STEM favorites from #1 New York Times bestselling team Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today!

 

 

Moose's Book Bus
by Inga Moore

Distinguished author-illustrator Inga Moore reunites the cast of A House in the Woods for another tale of friendship and ingenuity. When Moose runs out of stories to tell his family after dinner, he ventures to the town library for books. No sooner is he settled in at home to read them aloud than Bear, Badger, Fox, Hare, Mole, the Three Wild Pigs, and even the Beavers crowd in to listen. Soon everyone is packed in like sardines. What’s a clever Moose to do? With its warm, whimsical cast and a snug woodland setting evoked by earthy illustrations, this playful nod to the power of books and libraries to create community will reward new and returning fans alike.

 

 

She Made A Monster:
How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein

by Lynn Fulton, Illustrated by Sala

On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman sat in a dark house and dreamed of her life as a writer. She longed to follow the path her own mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, had started down, but young Mary Shelley had yet to be inspired.

As the night wore on, Mary grew more anxious. The next day was the deadline that her friend, the poet Lord Byron, had set for writing the best ghost story. After much talk of science and the secrets of life, Mary had gone to bed exhausted and frustrated that nothing she could think of was scary enough. But as she drifted off to sleep, she dreamed of a man that was not a man. He was a monster.

This fascinating story gives readers insight into the tale behind one of the world's most celebrated novels and the creation of an indelible figure that is recognizable to readers of all ages.

 

 

Animal Atlas
by Barbara Taylor

Surveys the rich diversity of animal life, continent by continent, featuring illustrations of more than 350 animals, birds, reptiles and insects from all over the world. Maps show which animals live where, with photographs of habitats and the types of vegetation worldwide. Up-to-date information on environmental issues affecting the world's wildlife and what can be done to save endangered species is also included. Each spread is devoted to a particular type of habitat, such as the Amazonian rainforest, the Australian outback or the Himalayas, and shows more than 12 of the most important or unusual animals found in each region.

 

 

M is for Mayflower
by Margot Raven

"M is for Mayflower" is a wonderful addition to our series of state alphabet books, as Raven's sparkling verse and illuminating expository text are matched perfectly with Jeannie Brett's bright illustrations.This pictorial celebrates the treasures of the Bay State, and educates as it entertains elementary-aged New Englanders. Older readers will appreciate the guided tour through Massachusetts' history, and will learn more about their unique home. Where else could you find John F. Kennedy, Emily Dickinson, and Walden's Henry David Thoreau sharing the spotlight with Roxbury Puddingstones and the Quabbin Reservoir? Only in "M is for Mayflower."

 

 

List of Things That Will Not Change
by Rebecca Stead

At a time when everything is changing for Bea and her family, the important things will always stay the same. A soon-to-be classic by the Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me.

After her parents' divorce, Bea's life became different in many ways. But she can always look back at the list she keeps in her green notebook to remember the things that will stay the same. The first and most important: Mom and Dad will always love Bea, and each other.

When Dad tells Bea that he and his boyfriend, Jesse, are getting married, Bea is thrilled. Bea loves Jesse, and when he and Dad get married, she'll finally (finally!) have what she's always wanted--a sister. Even though she's never met Jesse's daughter, Sonia, Bea is sure that they'll be "just like sisters anywhere."

As the wedding day approaches, Bea will learn that making a new family brings questions, surprises, and joy, and readers will discover why the New York Times called Rebecca Stead a "writer of great feeling."

 

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot
by Jeff Kinney

In Big Shot, book 16 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley and sports just don’t mix.

After a disastrous field day competition at school, Greg decides that when it comes to his athletic career, he’s officially retired. But after his mom urges him to give sports one more chance, he reluctantly agrees to sign up for basketball.

Tryouts are a mess, and Greg is sure he won’t make the cut. But he unexpectedly lands a spot on the worst team.

As Greg and his new teammates start the season, their chances of winning even a single game look slim. But in sports, anything can happen. When everything is on the line and the ball is in Greg’s hands, will he rise to the occasion? Or will he blow his big shot?

See the Wimpy Kid World in a whole new way with the help of Greg Heffley’s best friend in the instant #1 bestsellers Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal, Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Adventure, and Rowley Jefferson’s Awesome Friendly Spooky Stories!

 

 

The Sea Book
By Charlotte Milner

The Sea Book is the coolest educational book about the sea, covering a wealth of sea animals, including mammals, fish, invertebrates, and reptiles. It explores the underwater worlds of incredible marine life and their habitats. From up on the ice, down to colorful coral reefs, underwater forests, and right down to the deepest darkest depths where the weird and wonderful lurk - it's sure to delight any ocean obsessed child.

Following on from The Bee Book, Charlotte Milner continues to highlight critical environmental issues faced by our planet. This time the focus is on our watery friends and the damaging effects humans are having on our seas. The perfect introduction to ocean conservation packaged in a way that won't leave children (or their parents for that matter) fearing for life on earth. 

Children will discover what they can do to help, and there are fantastic tips on how to live plastic-free as well. Kids will also get to craft their own recycled shopping bag too!

 

 

 

How do we stop climate change
By Tom Jackson
Illustrated by Dragan Kordic

Beautiful illustrations from noted picture book illustrator Dragan Kordic combine with a straightforward narrative from science writer Tom Jackson to make this an enticing, fascinating, and illuminating read.

BEAUTIFUL ILLUSTRATIONS: Combines the beauty of a picture book with science-based facts and information.

GORGEOUS GIFT: A beautiful and thoughtful gift for children, families, and classrooms.

TIMELY TOPIC: A 2020 BBC poll found 80% of kids are concerned about the environment. Inspired by activists like Greta Thunberg, they are taking active roles at home, school, and in the community to protect the planet. 

UNIQUE APPROACH: The book is structured using a visual thinking technique called 'mind mapping', where complex ideas are broken down into a clear flow of visual information. The 'mind map' connects the information, making it easy to grasp.

ACCESSIBLE TO EVERY READER: The text is carefully layered and leveled for emerging to proficient readers.

 

 

 

OTTO
By Jon Agee

This absurdly clever and funny graphic novel, told entirely in palindromes, is created by World Palindrome Champion Jon Agee, author of Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!

Otto is having a very palindramatic day. His pet, Pip, has gone missing, and his search for the dog leads him deeper and deeper into a strange and perplexing world--full of talking owls, stacks of cats, storms and mazes, boats and trains and automobiles . . . oh my! Everything seems to be the same backward and forward, and Pip isn't sure he'll ever find his way home to Mom and Pop. But you, reader, will enjoy his Oz-like journey thoroughly.

 

 

Ben & Emma's Big Hit
by Gavin Newsome with Ruby Shamir
Illustrated by Alexandra Thompson

Ben loves baseball. He loves the lines of diamond-shaped field and the dome of the pitcher's mound. What Ben doesn't like is reading. Ben has dyslexia, which means letters and sounds get jumbled up in his brain, and then the words don't make sense. But when Ben starts looking at reading like he looks at baseball, he realizes that if he keeps trying, he can overcome any obstacle that comes his way.

In this empowering story by California Governor Gavin Newsom, inspired by his own childhood diagnosis of dyslexia, readers will learn that kids with the determination to try (and try again) can do big things.

*This book is set in a font specifically designed to be easier for people with dyslexia to read.

 

 

The Scallop Christmas
by Jane Freeberg
Illustrated by Astrid Sheckels

Times were tough in the small New England fishing village where Marcie lived. No one had any money, and work was hard to find. So the villagers rejoiced one glorious fall when an unexpected bounty of scallops filled their little bay. For young Marcie, a week of harvesting scallops also brought an unexpected adventure and a lesson about love that she would never forget. The Scallop Christmas, illustrated by rising star Astrid Sheckels, was the winner of the 2009 Maine Lupine Honor Award, given annually to a picture book of outstanding merit.

 

 

We Are One: How the World Adds Up
by Susan Hood
Illustrated by Linda Yan

One can be one thing all on its own—one star, one stream, one stick, one stone. But those on their toes, those using their smarts, know one can be more than the sum of its parts.

Consider the two slices of bread that make up one sandwich, or the three lines of poetry that form one haiku, or even the ten years that form one decade. From one to ten, from sandwiches to centuries, every part is necessary to the whole. In this fascinating concept book, a simple rhyming narration aimed at younger children is complemented by informational panels about subjects like the four compass points, the five acts in Shakespeare, the seven colors of a rainbow, or the nine innings in baseball. Award-winning author Susan Hood and debut children’s book illustrator Linda Yan offer a mind-expanding look at early math concepts such as part/whole relationships, fractions, and addition—while underlying themes of cooperation, peace, and kindness make this beautiful volume one to be enjoyed by anyone at any age.

 

 

If the World were 100 People
Written by Jackie McCann
Illustrated by Aaron Cushley

With almost 7.8 billion people sharing the earth, it can be a little hard to picture what the human race looks like all together. But if we could shrink the world down to just 100 people, what could we learn about the human race? What would we look like? Where and how would we all be living? This book answers all these questions and more!

Reliably sourced and deftly illustrated, If the World Were 100 People is the perfect starting point to understanding our world and becoming a global citizen. If we focus on just 100 people, it's easier to see what we have in common and what makes us unique. Then we can begin to appreciate each other and also ask what things we want to change in our world.

 

 

One Million Oysters on Top of the Mountain
Written by Alex Nogués
Illustrated by Miren Asiain Lora
Translated by Lawrence Schimel

Come closer and look at these rocks: they’re not normal stones at all! They’re thousands and thousands of mollusks, fossilized together in the sediment. But how did a million oysters ever land on top of a mountain?

Written by a geologist, this inquisitive journey guides readers through the movements of seas, strata, and tectonic plates. The landscapes of the present can be clues to events in the past. Lush, atmospheric illustrations offer fascinating details to discover, and sidebars and an extensive glossary provide intriguing connections to marine biology and scientific history.

A compelling introduction to earth science, this book will encourage readers to ask questions, think critically, and embrace their curiosity about the natural world.

 

 

The Leaf Thief
By Alice Hemming
Illustrated by Nicola Slater

Squirrel loves counting the leaves on his tree--red leaves, gold leaves, orange, and more. But hold on! One of his leaves is missing! On a quest to find the missing leaf, Squirrel teams up with his good friend Bird to discover who the leaf thief could be among their forest friends.

With vibrant art and captivating characters, the magic of autumn is captured beautifully on each page as readers tag along Squirrel's forest adventure. Is there truly a leaf thief afoot, or is something else going on in Squirrel's forest? A perfect exploration of change--both seasonal, and the anxiety that change sometimes causes. Bonus material explaining about the changing of the seasons. Poised to be a new fall classic.

 

 

Pony
by R.J. Palacio

Twelve-year-old Silas is awoken in the dead of night by three menacing horsemen who take his father away. Silas is left shaken, scared, and alone, except for the presence of his companion, Mittenwool . . . who happens to be a ghost. When a pony shows up at his door, Silas makes the courageous decision to leave his home and embark on a perilous journey to find his father. Along the way, he will face his fears to unlock the secrets of his past and explore the unfathomable mysteries of the world around him.

R. J. Palacio spins a harrowing yet distinctly beautiful coming-of-age story about the power of love and the ties that bind us across distance and time. With the poignant depth of War Horse and the singular voice of True Grit, this is one of those rare books poised to become an instant classic for readers of all ages.

 

 

Going to the Firehouse
by Mercer Mayer

Whoosh! goes the water hose. Ooo! Eee! Ooo! goes the siren. Ding! Ding! goes the fire alarm.

Little Critter and his classmates are taking a trip to the firehouse! Little Critter puts on his boots and jacket—now he's ready to help Fireman Joe. After checking the hose and ladder, Little Critter is ready for a fireman's helmet of his own. Join Little Critter as he learns to stop, drop, and roll with Fireman Joe!

Little Critter: Going to the Firehouse is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

 

 

The Compelete Book of Origami
by Robet J. Lang

Hours of enjoyment await with this big book of origami fun. Whether you're an experienced paperfolder or you're just entering the origami world, you'll find 37 captivating models galore right here, in all their well-illustrated glory. Robert J. Lang, a veteran origami artist, accompanies his step-by-step directions with more than 1,000 detailed drawings, plus a photograph of the finished model.
Start with a kangaroo, a nun, a rocket, or a bust of King Tut. Advance to a dragonfly, a dinosaur, a winged Pegasus, or a cicada. By the end, you'll be making action folds — models with moving parts that re-create flapping birds, rowing ships, and fiddling violinists. The author includes an introduction to the history of origami, plus helpful hints on tools and materials and a key to the folding symbols.

 

 

Super Simple Paper Airplanes
by Nick Robinson

Set your imagination flying?with 40 stellar paper airplane designs to choose from. There?s no need for glue, scissors, or tape; just follow the directions on selecting and folding the paper, and use the principles of flight (explained in the book) to get great results. Start with some classic designs, including the dart and gliding toy. For something extra-aerobatic, make a stunt plane that will loop the loop, and even return to you after you launch it. Stunning color photographs of the finished models, plus detailed diagrams and hints, help novice pilots soar!

 

 

Pick a Pumpkin
by Patricia Toht
illustrated by Jarvis

Pairing a wonderfully rhythmic read-aloud text with expressive retro illustrations, author Patricia Toht and illustrator Jarvis capture all the excitement and familial feeling of a favorite holiday tradition. Readers will be happy to follow along with each step, from picking out the perfect specimen at the pumpkin patch (be sure to stop for cider and toffee apples) to carting it home, scooping out the insides, carving a scary face, and finally lighting a candle inside — savoring the familiar ritual of transforming an ordinary pumpkin into a one-of-a-kind glowing jack-o’-lantern.

 

Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party
by Erin Barker

“There’s a party at Mr. Pumpkin’s tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we’ll see and we’ll find ghoulish delights of every kind.” You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin’s Tea Party—a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.

 

Egg Marks the Spot
by Amy Timberlake
Illustrated by Jon Klasssen

“X Marks the Spot!”

Buried in the heart of every animal is a secret treasure. For rock scientist Badger, it’s the Spider Eye Agate he found as a cub, stolen years ago by his crafty cousin, Fisher. For Badger’s roommate, Skunk, the treasure is Sundays with the New Yak Times Book Review. When an old acquaintance, Mr. G. Hedgehog, announces his plan to come for the Book Review as soon as it thumps on the doorstep, Skunk decides an adventure will solve Badger’s problems as well as his own. Surprisingly, Badger agrees. Together they set off on an agate-finding expedition at Badger’s favorite spot on Endless Lake. But all is not as it seems at Campsite #5. Fisher appears unexpectedly. Then a chicken arrives who seems intent on staying. Something is up!

Indeed!

Secrets, betrayals, lies . . .

and a luminous, late-Jurassic prize.

In a volume that includes full-color plates and additional black-and-white illustrations by Caldecott medalist Jon Klassen, Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake takes readers on a second adventure in the new series reviewers have called an instant classic, with comparisons to Frog and Toad, Winnie-the-Pooh, and The Wind in the Willows.

 

 

Pax Journey Home
by Sara Pennypacker

It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. Pax and his mate, Bristle, have welcomed a litter of kits they must protect in a dangerous world. Meanwhile Peter—newly orphaned after the war, racked with guilt and loneliness—leaves his adopted home with Vola to join the Water Warriors, a group of people determined to heal the land from the scars of the war. When one of Pax's kits falls desperately ill, he turns to the one human he knows he can trust. And no matter how hard Peter tries to harden his broken heart, love keeps finding a way in. Now both boy and fox find themselves on journeys toward home, healing—and each other, once again. As he did for Pax, Jon Klassen, New York Times bestseller, Caldecott medalist, and two-time Caldecott Honoree, has created stunning jacket and interior illustrations.

 

 

Ada and the Galaxies
by Alan Lightman and Olga Pastuchiv
Illustrated by Susanna Chapman

New York Times best-selling author Alan Lightman, in collaboration with Olga Pastuchiv, brings galaxies close in a stunning picture-book tribute to the interconnectedness of the natural world. Layering photographs taken from the Hubble telescope into charming and expressive art, illustrator Susanna Chapman zooms in on one child’s experiences: Ada knows that the best place for star-gazing is on the island in Maine where she vacations with her grandparents. By day, she tracks osprey in the trees, paddles a kayak, and hunts for shells. But she’s most in her element when the sun goes down and the stars blink to life. Will the fog this year foil her plans, or will her grandfather find a way to shine a spotlight on the vast puzzle of the universe . . . until the weather turns?

 

 

Little Red Rhyming Hood
by Sue Fliess
Illustrated by Petros Boulousbasis

Because Little Red only speaks in verse, it's tough for her to make friends. The schoolyard bully, Big Brad Wolf, is always picking on her. One day, her grandma shows her a flyer for a poetry contest, and Little Red thinks it could be her big chance to make a friend. But on the day of the contest, Big Brad Wolf sneaks up on Little Red and scares the rhyme right out of her?and into him! How will they rhyme their way out of this dilemma?

 

 

Mimic Makers:
Biomimicry Inventors Inspired by Nature
by Kristen Nordstrom
Illustrated by Paul Boston

Who's the best teacher for scientists, engineers, AND designers? Mother nature, of course! When an inventor is inspired by nature for a new creation, they are practicing something called biomimicry. Meet ten real-life scientists, engineers, and designers who imitate plants and animals to create amazing new technology. An engineer shapes the nose of his train like a kingfisher's beak. A scientist models her solar cell on the mighty leaf. Discover how we copy nature's good ideas to solve real-world problems!

 

 

Secret Spy Socitety:
Case of the Missing Cheetah

by Veronic Mang

It's a dark and stormy night when three sleuthing little girls get pulled into a web of mystery. They have mistakenly uncovered a secret society of some of the most famous female spies in history. A glamorous spy named Josephine Baker enlists the girls to find out who has kidnapped Chiquita, her precious pet cheetah. Do the girls have what it takes to become spies themselves? Debut author-illustrator Veronica Mang has created a playful pastiche full of masters of disguise, martial artists, codebreakers, and double agents in the first of this new illustrated chapter book series. Secret Spy Society: The Case of the Missing Cheetah introduces young readers to three delightfully mischievous girls and some of the most enigmatic and unforgettable women in history.

 

 

Hardly Haunted
by Jessie Sima

House has a problem.

She’s a little spooky.

She’s a little cobwebby.

Oh, no! What if she’s haunted?

She’s not sure, but…her hinges creak. Her pipes bang. And on windy days, the branches scritch-scratch at her windows. She tries to hold her breath and be as still as possible. If she’s on her best behavior, maybe a family will move in.

How will House ever find a family that doesn’t mind being haunted?

 

 

Ghost Afriad of the Dark
by Sara Conway

Follow Boo the Ghost as he celebrates his first Halloween with all his Monster friends! He is a shy little ghost and quickly realizes he is afraid of many things. Read as Boo discovers to be brave in this adorable, spooky story! With charming illustrations and a glow-in-the-dark cover, makes this the perfect bedtime read.

 

 

Atticus Catticus
by Sarah Maizes
Illustrated by Kara Kramer

Atticus Caticus, ears like a bat-tat-ticus! Snap your fingers to the beat as a boy introduces us to his beloved (and oh-so-recognizably feline) cat. Whether Atticus is lying in the sun or stealing a sip from a water glass, sharpening his nails on a favorite chair or settling in for the night on his boy’s head, this cat will win your heart—and maybe inspire you to improvise a few riffs of poetry about your own animal friends.

 

 

Ocean Life
by Jill McDonald

All young children love to play in the waves at the beach. Here's a Hello, World! board book that teaches them all about oceans and the creatures and plants that live there.
Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers. Told in clear and easy terms ("An octopus has eight arms. Can you count them all?") and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations, Hello, World! is a perfect way to bring science, nature, and culture into the busy world of a toddler, where learning never stops.

 

 

Look What I Found in the Woods
by Moira Butterfield

Open your senses to a world of wonder by taking a walk through the woods!
Set off on an outdoor adventure and find natural treasures, from prickly pine cones to swirly snails’ shells, then learn more about the plants and creatures of the forest