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Burt the Beetle Doesn't Bite!

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, insects, spiders, etc.

Ashley Spires brings her signature deadpan humor to this hilarious story about one bug's quest for greatness (with some cool insect facts mixed in!).

Meet Burt, a ten-lined june beetle. He's sure he belongs in the category of bugs with superpower-like abilities. No, he can't carry 50 times his weight, like ants. No, he's not able to spray paralyzing …

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That's No Dino!

Or Is It? What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Marie-Ève Tremblay
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures, zoology, reptiles & amphibians

Dino-loving kids will learn what a dinosaur is by discovering what it's not, in this fun and innovative introduction to some other prehistoric creatures.

Everyone knows what a dinosaur is, right? Well, maybe not. Roaming the earth alongside dinosaurs, there were other less well-known animal species --- but they were not dinosaurs. So, what is it tha …

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Oddbird

by Derek Desierto
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: bullying

A picture book from Derek Desierto about a bird who doesn’t fit in…at first!
It’s SO hot outside. All the fancy birds are gathered around the water, wishing they could cool off. But they don’t want to get wet and ruin their fine feathers.
Oddbird isn’t worried about his feathers; he wants to go for a refreshing dip. But he doesn’t fit …

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My Year as a Space Cadet

by Hope Dalvay
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

Page Stuart's perfectly organized life is flipped upside down...again.

Page is in unfamiliar territory as the new kid at school. To make matters worse, Shale Pit Academy of Creativity and Excellence (or "SPACE" as it is more commonly known) is no ordinary school. Students there have the dubious distinction of being nicknamed "SPACE cadets." No, not …

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Sara and the Search for Normal

by Wesley King
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, depression & mental illness, friendship

“It’s the vivid, insightful depiction of Sara’s internal struggles that readers will remember.” —Booklist
In this prequel to the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, fan-favorite Sara quests for “normal” and finds something even better along the way.

Sara’s Rules to Be Normal
1. Stop taking your pills
19. Make a friend
137. Don’t put m …

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Brady Brady and the Missed Hatrick

by Mary Shaw, illustrated by Chuck Temple
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: hockey, friendship, pets

 

Brady Brady books are hockey — with heart!

 

A big snowfall has blanketed Brady’s street. But it’s hard to focus on shoveling when there’s a game of shinny going on and Brady doesn’t exactly finish his chore. Later, under the guise of taking his dog Hatrick for a walk, Brady ties him up and rejoins the game.

Brady returns home tired but ha …

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Caillou Learns About Screen Time

by Christine L'Heureux, illustrated by Kary
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 2 to 4
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: computers, media tie-in

Caillou would like to watch a cartoons. Instead, Daddy suggests they play a game on the tablet together. Once the game is over and the tablet is turned off, Daddy and Caillou read a book together. Screens are part of our daily lives and using them in moderation can be a challenging issue. If adults set a good example, children can learn how to man …

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ROAR-chestra!

A Wild Story of Musical Words

by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Duýan Petricic
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: music, sounds

An animated conductor and his orchestra of animals let the words move them in this engaging exploration of some beautiful and inspiring musical terms.

In this simple introduction to seven musical terms, Robert Heidbreder's rhythmic poetry is paired with Duýan Petricic's exuberant illustrations to perfectly convey the terms' meanings. Each term is f …

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Complete SummerSmart: Grade 2-3

by Popular Book Company
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 3
tagged: activity books

Complete SummerSmart is an all-in-one, curriculum-based workbook series for children to review the essential concepts they learned in the previous school year and sharpen their skills so that they are well prepared for the next year.  Each of the eight units in the book covers English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Crafts, and Fun Places …

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Complete SummerSmart: Grade 3-4

by Popular Book Company
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 9
  • Grade: 3 to 4
tagged: activity books

Complete SummerSmart is an all-in-one, curriculum-based workbook series for children to review the essential concepts they learned in the previous school year and sharpen their skills so that they are well prepared for the next year.  Each of the eight units in the book covers English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts and Crafts, and Fun Places …