Greetings to all and a very happy March! Spring is just around the corner and this week’s Weekly eHighlights brings variety and fun to your juvenile selections. Plan some fun and engaging activities with your young readers that involve our hot juvenile nonfiction titles like The White House for Kids by Katherine L. House and The Book of Languages by Mick Webb. Inspire your readers to help their fellow neighbors with One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway. Let your imagination and careful planning hatch the creativity in your juvenile community!
In fiction, there are some great additions to bestselling series like Mr. Jack Is a Maniac! By Dan Gutman from My Weirder School, The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups by Stan Berenstain, and Stink and the Shark Sleepover by Megan McDonald. Also, there are great classics like Harriet the Spy’s 50th anniversary edition.
Stan Berenstain – The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Grownups
Random House eBook
Brother and Sister Bear’s parents always seem to be nagging them about something, so the cubs decide to show how their parents annoy them by creating a play entitled “The Trouble with Grownups.” Then Mama and Papa put on their own role-reversal skit, and everyone winds up learning something about themselves. Ages 3-7
Judy Dunn – The Little Rabbit
Random House eBook
Full-color photographs. “The warm, cuddly world of a real rabbit family is introduced to young readers in enchanting photographs.”–Children’s Books of the Year, Child Study Assn. Ages 6-8
Louise Fitshugh – Harriet the Spy
Random House eBook
This special 50th Anniversary Edition of the classic and ground-breaking coming-of-age novel, Harriet the Spy, includes tributes by Judy Blume, Meg Cabot, Lois Lowry, Rebecca Stead, and many more, as well as a map of Harriet’s New York City neighborhood and spy route and original author/editor correspondence. Using her keen observation skills, 11-year-old Harriet M. Welsch writes down in her notebook what she considers the truth about everyone in and around her New York City neighborhood. When she loses track of her notebook, it ends up in the wrong hands, and before she can stop them, her friends read the sometimes awful things she’s observed and written about each of them. How can Harriet find a way to keep her integrity and also put her life and her friendships back together? Ages 8-12
Dan Gutman – Mr. Jack Is a Maniac!
For A.J. and the gang at Ella Mentry School, weirdness and fun are all part of the routine. In this tenth book in the outrageously funny My Weirder School series, Principal Klutz thinks the kids at Ella Mentry School need to learn some self-defense moves. But the guy he hired–Mr. Jack–thinks he’s an action hero! He spends all his time looking in the mirror. He does everything in slow motion. How are the kids supposed to learn anything? Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, My Weird School has something for everyone. More than 6.5 million books sold in this series. Ages 6-10
Erin Hunter – The Broken Path
Erin Hunter, the #1 nationally bestselling author of the Warriors series, is back with book four in the New York Times bestselling Survivors series about a dog named Lucky. This thrilling animal fantasy series was praised by Kirkus as “wild and wonderful adventure” in a starred review. It will be welcomed by all fans of epic animal fantasy adventure. Lucky and Alpha have reached a shaky truce, but tensions within the newly united Pack are still running high. As the dogs search for a home far away from the Fierce Dog camp, they discover that no territory is truly safe when they encounter a terrifying new Pack. 100,000 print run. Ages 8-12.
Colin Meloy – Wildwood Imperium
From Colin Meloy, lead singer of the Decemberists, and Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of The Mysterious Benedict Society, comes the stunning third book in the New York Times bestselling fantasy-adventure series the Wildwood Chronicles. A young girl’s midnight séance awakens a long-slumbering malevolent spirit. A band of runaway orphans allies with an underground collective of saboteurs and plans a daring rescue of their friends, imprisoned in the belly of an industrial wasteland. Two old friends draw closer to their goal of bringing together a pair of exiled toy makers in order to reanimate a mechanical boy prince, as the fate of Wildwood hangs in the balance. 200,000 print run. Ages 8-12.
Kathy Reichs – Exposure
When twin classmates are abducted from Bolton Prep, Tory and the Virals decide there’s no one better equipped than them to investigate. But the gang has other problems to face. Their powers are growing wilder, and becoming harder to control. Chance Claybourne is investigating the disastrous medical experiment that twisted their DNA. The bonds that unite them are weakening, threatening the future of the pack itself. The Virals must decipher the clues and track down a ruthless criminal before he strikes again, all while protecting their secret from prying eyes. And everyone seems to be watching. 75,000 print run. Ages 10 and up.
Megan McDonald – Stink and the Shark Sleepover
Candlewick Press eBook
Shark-tastic! Stink gets to sleep with the fishes after his parents win an aquarium sleepover. But wait—what’s that lurking beyond the KEEP OUT sign? When Stink’s parents win tickets for the whole family to sleep over at the aquarium (along with Stink’s two best friends), it sounds like a science freak’s dream come true. Stink loves the sea-creature scavenger hunt, the jellyfish light show, and the shiver of sand tiger sharks with razor-sharp teeth. And of course Stink is nuts about gross stuff, but after some spooky stories around the virtual campfire, can he manage to fall asleep thinking about the eating habits of the vampire squid? Especially Bloody Mary, the mutant, glowing Frankensquid that’s supposed to be on the prowl? Ages 6-9.
Charles M. Schulz – Charlie Brown and Friends: A Peanuts Collection
Charles Schulz’s Peanuts is one of the most timeless and beloved comic strips ever. Now AMP! helps carry on that legacy with new collections of Peanuts classics focused around topics sure to resonate with middle-grade readers. Second in the series is Charlie Brown and Friends. Whether it’s the curious relationship between a bird, Woodstock, and a dog, Snoopy, or the never-ending crush that Peppermint Patty has on Charlie Brown, the gang’s interactions are what make Peanuts resonate with kids. Ages 7-12
Piers Torday – The Last Wild
In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he’s told there’s something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he’s finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester’s help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals? 75,000 print run. Ages 8-12.
Marc Brown – In New York
Random House eBook
Marc Brown now calls New York City home, and with In New York, he shares his love for all that the city has to offer and all that it stands for, including the way it’s always changing and evolving. From its earliest days as New Amsterdam to the contemporary wonders of Central Park, the Statue of Liberty, and the Empire State Building, to the kid-appealing subway, High Line, and so much more, Marc’s rollicking text and gorgeous illustrations showcase what he’s come to adore about New York after fulfilling his life-long dream to live in the city he fell in love with during a childhood visit. Preschool to Grade 3. By the author of the Arthur series.
Rob Elliott – Laugh-Out-Loud Animal Jokes for Kids
Baker Publishing Group eBook
All kids love animals, and all kids love to laugh. Now the author of the popular Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids offers an all-new collection of animal-themed jokes that will have young animal lovers rolling in the aisles. Ages 6-12
Margaret Frith – Who Was Louis Braille?
Louis Braille certainly wasn’t your average teenager. Blind from the age of four, he was only fifteen when in 1824 he invented a reading system that converted printed words into columns of raised dots. Through touch, Braille opened the world of books to the sightless, and almost two hundred years later, no one has ever improved upon his simple, brilliant idea. 75,000 print run. Ages 8-12.
Katherine L. House – The White House for Kids
Chicago Review Press eBook
An intriguing, in-depth look at the most famous home in the United States, this kid-friendly activity book educates young readers on the White House. Blending facts from numerous primary sources with engaging anecdotes—from learning that George Washington never actually slept in the White House and Abraham Lincoln never slept in the Lincoln Bedroom to how Gerald Ford’s daughter Susan held her high school prom in the White House—this book provides the complete story of the presidents’ home. Ages 8-12
Katie Smith Milway – One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference
Kids Can Press eBook
Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many. Ages 8-12.
Jim O’Connor – What Was Pompeii?
The morning of August 24, AD 79, seemed like any other in the Roman city of Pompeii. So no one was prepared when the nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius suddenly erupted, spouting ash that buried the city and its inhabitants. The disaster left thousands dead, and Pompeii was no more than a memory for almost 1,700 years. In 1748, explorers rediscovered the port city with intact buildings and beautiful mosaics. This easy-to-read account is gripping and includes photos of the ruins. 75,000 print run. Ages 8-12
Mick Webb – The Book of Languages
Franklin Watts/Hachette eBook
Did you know that there are nearly 7,000 languages spoken around the world? This book introduces you to a wide variety of different languages to start you off on your language-learning journey. Find out where languages come from and where they are spoken. From Arabic to Zulu, Morse code to whale song, this book is packed with language facts and phrases to help you communicate all around the world. It includes: basic vocabulary and short dialogues to practice, maps and flags to show where languages are spoken and information on non-verbal languages, including sign language. Nominated for UK School Library Association Book Award. Ages 7-12.
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