An alarming summer read about a family vacation during which the kids go missing. It opens as a slow-paced character study, then develops into a plot-driven action story I could easily see being turned into a movie script. This'll keep you from setting foot ashore from your cruise ship...
A group of kids restore a junk-filled pit, turning it into the pond it once was as the seasons change around them. Jim LaMarche, of "Rainbabies" fame, gorgeously illustrates a panoply of birds and animals in this story of being the change and respect for nature.
Everyone needs a cuddle, maybe dragons more than most, and this little dragon tamer has a plan to soothe them with soft blankets and hot chocolate. A sleepy-time story "gentle as moonlight" to send your little one off for a sweet dream.
Celebrity author surprise! This is a well-written and touching story about Keith's close bond with his grandfather, who gave him his first guitar, and their many long rambles through the villages and English countryside near the Seven Sisters Road. Illustrated with ink drawings by Keith's daughter, Theodora. Fans will appreciate the inclusion of several Richards family photos.
I don't really like clowns; but if you can get over your clown phobia long enough to give this wordless tale a chance, it will win your heart. When a baby clown falls off the back of a circus train, a farmer takes him in and they teach each other the tricks of their trades until the train rolls through again, reuniting the tot with his clown momma.
A lonely girl draws her own modes of transportation for a magical journey through unknown realms, ultimately finding her way back home to a new friend. This wordless tale is a perfect gift for your best friend, your significant other, or anyone needing a good daydream.
Joone lives in a yurt with her grandfather and her pet turtle. They teach each other something new every day, and they'll teach you too -- to enjoy all the little things in your own little patch of earth as you live life full to the brim.
Annabelle fills her black & white town with color and good will from her neverending box of yarn - until a greedy archduke tries to steal it and put a curse on her. "It turns out" Barnett & Klassen have created a delightful new fairy tale about the power and magic of sharing one's gifts.
A retelling of Aesop's famous fable celebrating loyalty and the power in small things. Fabulously set in Africa, with luminous illustrations by Nancy Ekholm Burkert that make this version a real standout.
King Jack has an incredible day of make-believe defending his fort from dragons...until the giants come to take his friend Zack home. Helen Oxenbury's sweet illustrations of baby Caspar imitating the big kids get it just right, every time.
A great little mystery with a twist, charmingly set in 1970's New York City for retro fun. Chock full of friendship dynamics, for boys or girls, and winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal. Fans of Madeleine L'Engle will love it!
A cumulative rhyme perfect for the preschool set, by the author of "Bear Snores On." Hay for horses, corn for geese, but the cow loves cookies, because everyone knows that cookies go with milk!
I really wish I hadn't been reading the last chapter of this teen ghost story when the transformer on my street decided to blow, plunging the room into sudden, total blackness with a loud Kaboom....it scared the bejeezus out of me! Seventeen-year-old Maddy's quest to find out the meaning of her life, and how she died, makes a perfect spooky read, but it's also a beautiful story about understanding yourself. A good read any time of year, especially if you're a fan of Gabrielle Zevin's brilliant novel, Elsewhere.
Part mystery, part environmental campaign, this story is full of plucky kids up against some big, bad Florida developers. Fun for summer reading, or any time of year.
This bevy of bunnies keeps getting into mishaps with Mr. and Mrs. Goat, but Bear is always there to save the day. (Bear is very gentle.) Three short "tales" cleverly illustrated with silkscreen by the author of the magical Wonder Bear.
Charles Darwin's daughter, Etty, escapes the kitchen to help with her father's bumblebee experiment in the garden. An inspiring foray into science, family life, and girl power, with detailed illustrations by Jen Corace of Little Hoot.
Two 12-year-olds try to save the populace of their deteriorating underground city in this post-apocalyptic tale of mystery and adventure. Supplies of food and light bulbs are running out, and the great-great-great granddaughter of the 7th mayor has just discovered a mysterious box...
A page-turning stunner about an orphaned boy living in a Paris train station, and the earliest beginnings of cinema. The secrets of an amazing mechanical man are unlocked seamlessly in both the text, and the action taking place in Selznick's Caldecott-winning illustrations.
Newbery Medal winner Karen Hesse has written a modern fable about a close-knit family fallen on hard times. You won't have to dig for the lessons taught in this potato field. Lovingly illustrated by Wendy Watson, and full of poetic language.
Witty and irreverent, with a heartwarming ending, this brand new classic for ages 12 to 112 is full of miracles for the cynical and jolly alike. "Is there a more charming holiday tale to behold?"
"The birds are in their trees, the toast is in the toaster, and the poets are at their windows." Billy Collins paints the everyday with all the fervor of significance. Accessible, and yet startling in its clarity.
Mr. Putter and his fine cat, Tabby, share the marvelous mishaps of their everyday lives with their neighbor, Mrs. Teaberry, and her "good" dog, Zeke. Funny and full of warmth. Only Mr. Putter could spend $100 on cake-baking supplies and still not have any flour...
A bespectacled boy suddenly finds it his duty to instruct a new hatchling in "dragony ways." Lessons in firebreathing, flying, and distressing a damsel are magically illustrated. Also check out its sequel, The Great Dragon Rescue.
Rock and roll road trip! Follow Chuck's pilgrimage to the sites of various rock star deaths, while he recounts his relationship woes in hilarious detail.
Kentucky author George Ella Lyon weaves art, sheep farming, and a love of place into her story of a textile artist who "does with wool what painters do with paint." Soft watercolor illustrations by Stephanie Anderson wrap the text in rainbow colors.
Barnwell makes lovely black and white portraits of the Appalachian farming community. Landscapes, structures, and people are captured with gorgeous use of texture, light, and shadow.
Lemony Snicket is investigating a murder, and any instrument in the orchestra might be implicated. "Intelligent and somewhat flamboyant," this is the funniest waltz through classical music ever. With a free CD and illustrations by Carson Ellis of Decemberists fame.
A Caldecott-winning wordless tale of an antique camera that washes ashore bearing images of fantastical underwater civilizations. Look deeper, as does Wiesner's child protagonist, and you will find connections that span both time and the globe.
A story of best friends, for fans of Amy Tan's Joy Luck Club. Poetic language and tragedies abound.