Kids' Picks

Here are just a few of our favorite new books.  Head over to our Staff Picks (found under Books & Gifts) for additional recomendations from around the store.  

The Bully Book Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062125118
Availability: Backordered
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Eric has just started the 6th grade and his life couldn’t be worse.  Three boys, one of whom was his best friend have made it their mission to make his life miserable. They are turning the class against him and even the girl he likes is becoming more distant. Whisperings of a secret book that tells you how to be the most popular kid in the school reaches Eric and he realizes he must find out the truth or he will be the “grunt” in his class forever! An inspiring story that is great for children, parents and teachers. Eric Kahn Gale writes with a smart, funny and brave voice in this debut book that speaks about his personal history with bullying.- Hannah

Wildwood (Wildwood Chronicles #1) Cover Image
By Colin Meloy, Carson Ellis (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062024701
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - September 25th, 2012


Prue loves her little baby brother with all her heart so
when Max is stolen from her hometown of Portland by a murder of crows she knows
there is only one thing to do. She ventures into the mysterious Impassable
Forest in search of her brother while being pestered by one of her classmates,
Curtis. Prue and Curtis encounter many strange things and must find their way
through a land where animals talk, garden and fight wars and bandits roam the
forest. An absolute classic! Great for boys and girls. Meloy spins a wonderful
tale of adventure that is dotted with beautiful pen and ink drawings by Carson
Ellis. -Hannah


Lester's Dreadful Sweaters Cover Image
By Keith Campbell, Keith Campbell (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781554537709
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Kids Can Press - September 1st, 2012


“No one knows who’s cousin Cousin Clara really is” so she
comes to stay with Lester’s family. When Cousin Clara knits Lester a sweater he
is delighted, until he sees it. The sweater is very ugly and nothing Lester
would like to wear with his neat ties and nicely combed hair. So everyday he
devises a way to get rid of the sweater and everyday Cousin Clara knits him an
even more horrifying one. Can he get rid of them all in time for Enid’s
birthday party?

Campbell’s comical illustrations go hand in hand with the
wonderfully written alliteration. A funny story of the familiar dilemma of
being forced to wear cloths you hate!

Make Magic! Do Good! Cover Image
By Dallas Clayton, Dallas Clayton (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763657468
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - November 13th, 2012

If this book were a venn diagram it would be where Shel Silverstein and (a clean) Richard Brautigan meet. It is super fun and silly. Kids and their adults will enjoy Clayton's poems, both for their non-linear, creative rhymes and their slightly moralistic slant.  Clayton has a voice that tells truths both wisely and whimically. A fun read for all! ~Nieves

Flood Cover Image
ISBN: 9781623700010
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Capstone Young Readers - February 1st, 2013


Flood is a powerful wordless picture book that pulls the
reader in to experience not just the after effects of a natural disaster that
we often see but the moment by moment devastation. The story doesn’t end as the
storm does, it shows how the family can rebuild their house and captures a
beautiful metaphor of the strength of family love. – Hannah 3+

Little Elephants Cover Image
ISBN: 9781419704635
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - September 1st, 2012


It’s a troubling time for Jim’s family farm. With the threat
of plague looming Jim’s Mother tells him his pet mouse “will have to go.” When
the harvester breaks and things are looking bleak Jim sees a funny looking man
in the field. Strange things start to happen when news of a locust swarm comes.
How will the farm survive?  This book is
beautiful and inspirational. Graeme Base’s distinct style resonates through
this captivating tale. – Hannah

Isabella, Star of the Story Cover Image
By Jennifer Fosberry, Mike Litwin (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781402279362
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - April 1st, 2013


Isabella can’t wait to get to the library! “my
name is NOT Isabella” she declares. On each page Isabella transforms into her
favorite character from Peter Pan to Alice in Wonderland. This wonderful
celebration of stories as well as the magic of libraries should be shared with
children everywhere! Complete with a glossary of all the stories depicted you
can discover Isabella’s favorites yourself. – Hannah 4+

Chu's Day Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Adam Rex (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062017819
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperCollins - January 8th, 2013


Terrible things happen when Chu sneezes. First he visits the
Library with old dusty books. Will Chu sneeze? Then he visits the diner with
spicy pepper smells. Will Chu sneeze? Inspired by Neil Gaimen’s experiences
while visiting pandas in China, this adorable story will have it’s readers in
fits of giggles. Adem Rex does a wonderful job illustrating this fantastical
world in the book Neil Gaimen proclaimed was “the smallest book I have written
but one I am most proud of.” – Hannah 4-8