Staff picks from Kathy at Jr.
A unique combination of historical and scientific details joined with whimsical poems and vibrant illustrations that delight the imagination and create a joyful book that explodes color.
It's hard to know what expect on your first day of school, even if you are a fairy. Join Fairy as she anticipates with excitement the adventures in store for her. Will her parents fly with her to school or will she ride on the schoolbird? What will it be like having story time in a bird's nest? The enchanting story of Bridget Heos and the delightful illustrations of Sara Not give us a magical glimpse through a fairy's eyes.
A little girl describes her endearing relationship with her dad. This is just the beginning of all that this stunning debut picture book by Soosh is. Sparse, thoughtfully chosen language that makes every word resonate and moving, captivating illustrations make Dad By My Side truly something special. A loving look into the unique relationship that is father and daughter.
A phenomenal new literary adventure by bestselling author Blue Balliett (Chasing Vermeer), Out of the Wild Night presents the struggles of Nantucket Island as its inhabiters, alive and otherwise, deal with respecting the past, putting understanding before fear and discovering that everyone is stronger when they work together. Surprises. Delights. Captivates.
Delve into the life experiences of 50 unique and determined women throughout history. Despite barriers, opponents and set backs these courageous women followed their hearts and followed their dreams. Inspiring.
A feast for the ears and the eyes, Yellow Kayak combines the wonderfully descriptive words of Nina Laden and the enchanting illustrations of Melissa Castrillon to create a truly magical adventure. Follow a little boy and his giraffe as they explore the mysteries of the sea in a yellow kayak. Delightful in every way.
The soothing, life-affirming words of Newbery Award Winner Matt De La Pena (Last Stop on Market Street) seamlessly blend with the glorious illustrations of Loren Long (OTIS series) to create a hopeful, far-reaching portrait of love in all its many facets. Captivating.
A delightful adventure during a rain storm with an umbrella that makes room to shelter all who are in need. Who "all" includes is whimsical and heartwarming. Amy June Bate's charming illustrations plunge you in the middle of the storm while allowing you the comfort of being dry, just like those under the red umbrella.
A delightfully charming and comforting story of a light house and those who dwell within, Hello Lighthouse fulfills the fantasy of anyone who ever dreamed of living in a lighthouse. Caldecott Medalist Sophie Blackall's (Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear) soothing, melodic language and lovely illustrations will carry you away like the rhythm of the sea. A story to read again and again.
What do you do if your parents are too busy to teach you anything? You go to Great Rapscott School for girls of too busy parents! At this school in a lighthouse you will have many adventures that will help you learn how to find your way with the help of Ms. Rapscott and her two corgis, Lewis and Clark. FUN, FUN, FUN!
For all those who savored every word of the wonderful Ms. Rapscott’s Girls, this is the sequel you might not have known you were waiting for. It is so full of adventure and humor and is so hard to put down. Follow Ms. Rapscott, Lewis and Clark, and the girls as they learn to embrace mistakes even at the bottom.
A beautiful, heart-warming story with characters to fall in love with. Told from the point of view of Teddy, an Irish wolfhound, we learn of a dog’s loves of a poet, of two lost children, of his hopes and his joys. Beautifully written, this is the tale of saving and love that I have been waiting for and didn’t know it.
Jack Buckles thought he knew his parents. It turns out he was wrong. There is an entire family legacy that he and his sister knew nothing about. Now, he has much to learn if he is going to save his missing father. How the Lost Property Office and his new friend Gwen help him do this is exciting, surprising, and takes you on an amazing adventure!
In Victorian England where women are limited in their options and virtually invisible, there is The Agency, a very secret and highly successful detective agency made up entirely of women. Follow Mary Lang, aka Mary Quinn, on her adventures full of suspense and intrigue in a time that is not quite ready for her.
I have fallen in love with the adorable, furry little fruit bat named Stellaluna all over again. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition of Janell Cannon's original story and illustrations also includes bonus crafts and activities. Stellaluna is a story of new friends and new experiences the whole family can share in.
Simply and powerfully written, Hillary Rodham Clinton explores what makes a village and what a village has the power to do. Based on an old African proverb, every word resonates. Rich, colorful illustrations by Marla Frazee (Everywhere Babies) brings to life the words meant for every child, every family, every village, everywhere. Inspiring. Captivating. Beautiful.
Dazzle Ships is a glorious feast for the eyes and the mind. This amazing picture book is an irresistible voyage for readers of all ages. A factual and fascinating piece of history merged with bold, vivid illustrations creates a truly dazzling experience.
The highly anticipated original story by Mark Twain and Caldicott Medalist Philip Stead promises to be a fanciful, humorous story of Johnny's quest to save a prince in peril. Join Johnny and his sidekick chicken, Pestilence and Famine (yes, that's really his name) on the adventure of his lifetime. Caldicott Medalist Erin Stead's endearing illustrations enrich this imaginative journey suitable for the whole family.
Twelve year old Olivia is determined to make life better for her family. Entering several contests a day, she knows that she will eventually hit it big and all will be well. But for now, she will care for her little sister, deal with friendship issues and an absent dad who won't answer her emails. What Olivia may discover is that you don't have to win a contest to already be a winner.
Erin loves living by the sea but longs to be a part of it. Ignoring the fear of others, she is determined to uncover the mystery that is Black Rock. A compelling story with enchanting illustrations. This is an adventure not to be missed.
A stunning visual adventure of a little boy who wakes up to a whole new world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Fans, as well as those new to Joyce, will rejoice in this enchanting story.
Ethel is a cat who is very good at being Ethel until she turns blue. A warm, funny tale of coping, friendship and embracing possibilities. Ethel will capture your heart, even if your not a cat lover. Truly charming.
Welcome to the world of Morris Mole. It is full and predictable, but could there be more? Morris is the youngest and a little bit different, but when there is a food shortage, Morris has an idea that could change everything. A wonderful story vividly brought to life with Yaccarino's bold, colorful illustrations.
Celebrating this unique country of ours, Naberhaus' descriptive words and Nelson's vibrant illustrations create a stunning book of beauty, gratitude and hope to be embraced and enjoyed by readers of all ages.
Emily and James, along with Steve, are off on an exciting new adventure full of mysteries and puzzles to solve. Chambliss Bertman weaves tales within a tale. New characters and old favorites help and hinder Emily and James as they strive to solve an ages old code and a current series of unexplained fires. Wonderful storytelling and difficult to put down.
From the author of Goodnight Moon, a sweet and gentle story of a little bird getting ready to leave the nest for the first time. Travel with her as she discovers for herself which direction is best: north,south,east or west.
The Great Rapscott School for Girls of Too Busy Parents is back! Follow Ms. Rapscott and her corgis, Lewis and Clark, as they lead their students through new adventures that will teach them all they need to know about going far in life and failing in the best possible way. Like Ms.Rapscott's students, you won't want the semester to end.
A new, exciting adventure from the author of the The Mysterious Benedict Society. A story that grows in momentum as the secret unfolds and the tension builds. Follow Reuben as he uncovers an object of extraordinary power, makes new friends and faces increasing danger in what could be the summer of his life. Spellbinding.