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Fresh Reads for Kids January 2013

A fun list of forthcoming and recently published titles from children’s favorite authors; primarily picture books and fiction with some easy readers and nonfiction, are conveniently gathered together here.

A few individual titles are highlighted below, including treasured authors, wickedly talented illustrators, and characters that evoke everything from belly laughs to goose bumps.

9781250010445Wind in the Willows: A Fine Welcome
This title for beginning readers finds Mole deciding to leave Mole’s End and go for a walk. He is usually shy, but when he meets a Water Rat things begin to change. Mole makes a friend, trades some rhymes, and behaves rather daring. Author Susan Hill creates a new story for Kenneth Grahame’s beloved characters, while Michael Hague’s always wonderful illustrations bring the story to life. Learn more about this title and order here.

Outdoor Surprises (I Am a Reader!: Frog and Friends)9781585368082
From acclaimed author, Eve Bunting, comes a beginning reader featuring the delightful Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel. Frog enjoys spending time with his friends or just floating on his pond. He’s a simple guy who likes things the way they are. In Outdoor Surprises Frog joins a singing group, helps Squirrel rescue a baby bird, and becomes the voice of reason for his woodland friends. Bright, colorful illustrations by Montreal illustrator Josée Masse make this book a real treat. Learn more about this title and order here.

9781467712132Oh! If Only…
Sometimes the tiniest bit of innocent fun can set off a huge change reaction. Hilarity ensues in this romp around London when a boy and a dog unwittingly unleash havoc during the Queen’s birthday celebration. There are regrets, consequences, and humiliation…just like real life only funnier and better illustrated. Author/illustrator Michael Foreman‘s highly acclaimed books are published worldwide. His latest is destined to be read over and over, so learn more about it and order here.

Again!9781442452312
Cedric is a stubborn little dragon with a fiery temper. He likes his favorite bedtime story so much he wants his mother to read it again and again and again…and again! Cedric’s mother tries to be patient, but sometimes—well let’s just say there may be flames. Emily Gravett is the author of many critically acclaimed books, including the Kate Greenaway Award–winning Wolves and Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears. Her illustrations in a word are charming. Learn more about this title and order here.

9780545418003Goosebumps Most Wanted #3: How I Met My Monster
Night for Noah Bienstock is scary. He has a recurring dream that he’s being hunted by a monster. Daytime isn’t much better for the shy, lonely 6th grader, but then he meets the new kid in town. Can Noah trust his new friend with the details of his dream? R.L. Stine is one of the most popular children’s authors ever. His Most Wanted Series is perfect for fans who grew up with Goosebumps and for young readers who are just now discovering they like to be scared silly. Learn more about this title and order here.

Shimmer & Splash: The Sparkling World of Sea Life9781402786235
What can you see in the deep blue sea? Jim Arnosky perfectly captures a variety of spectacular marine species. From the beautiful to the scary, and even the yucky, these undersea illustrations will amaze kids. This book also includes several intriguing gatefolds. Arnosky is the author/illustrator of more than 100 books for young readers, and he has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children. Learn more about this title and order here.

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