August 19, 2017

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12 Marvelous Manga for Middle Schoolers

Looking for manga that’s appropriate for middle school readers but still high on the cool factor? From the sweet and light to the utterly bizarre, these titles have it all.

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Great Books: Mini-Makers

Starring kids who passionately craft, construct, concoct, and dream big, these enchanting picture books celebrate creativity and innovation.

Great Books for a Summer’s Eve

A selection of books to initiate discussions of nature’s nocturnal mysteries, and inspire dream journeys.

Busy Hands, Engaged Minds, and Unfettered Imaginations: A Craft Book Round-Up

Chock-full of hands-on activities for indoor and outdoor spaces, these splendid books encourage kids to learn new skills, be creative, and have some serious fun.

Green Thumbs and Bountiful Imaginations | Great Books about Gardens

Whether they are digging, planting, nibbling, nurturing, or dreaming, the characters in these colorful picture books convey the wonder and joy of things that blossom.

Great Books: A Bullish Market for Bears

Ranging from factual to fantastical, reassuring to rambunctious, bedtime-worthy to sidesplitting read-aloud, this selection of picture books starring ursine protagonists is sure to captivate young readers and listeners.

Give the Gift of Music | A “Great Books” List

Ranging in format from illuminating biographical stories to engaging fictional narratives, these picture books published during 2015 celebrate the power of music to lift hearts and change lives.

A Heartfelt Holiday | Great Books for Valentine’s Day

Sweeten up your holiday collections, storytimes, and classroom celebrations with a selection of recent books brimming with hearts and humor, kisses and cuddles, and loads of affection.

Walking in a Winter Wonderland | Great Books for Snowy Days

Celebrate the season and warm children’s hearts with titles that feature exciting cold-weather adventures, science-based explorations, and bold boredom-vanquishing activities.

Kindness Counts | Great Books for Nurturing Compassion

These superb offerings about caring and kindness make fitting choices for sharing with youngsters as we enter the holiday season. Perceptive but never preachy, these picture books also present children with enlightening instances of empathy, generosity, and compassion.

Bewitching Tales | Great Books for Halloween

Perfect for sharing aloud, these captivating stories offer up ghosts, ghouls, and giggles galore.

All Aboard! | Great Books about Trains

It’s been a banner year for books about railroad trains, a topic that remains perennially popular with young readers. Featuring newer titles worthy of a hardy “woo woo” and a smattering of old favorites, these selections will captivate transportation buffs. There’s something for every would-be engineer, whether they prefer their tales based in history, brimming with the wonders of modern-day machinery, or inspired by rail-riding flights of fancy.

Bouncing Back to School | Great Books for Easing First Day Jitters

From what to wear to following rules to making friends, these engaging picture books address common beginning-of-the-year concerns with solid storytelling, genuine empathy, and upbeat resolutions. Selected from the vast array of offerings available on the topic, the list includes titles both new and tried-and-true that will reassure youngsters that their apprehensions are shared by others.