Out new books for middle readers include High time for heroes by Mary Pope Osborne, in which the popular magic treehoue gang goes off in search of adventures in Egypt. The five lives of our cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin is a sweet story about a brother and sister dealing with an aging family pet. The year of Billy Miller by Kevin Henkes is a Newbery honor story about “friendship, sibling rivalry, and school.” Flora and Ullysses by Kate DiCamillo is a whimsical story about a loner who rescues a squirrel.
New titles in picture books for kids iclude Lester’s dreadful sweaters by KG Campbell, tells about a boy whose cousin Cknits him truly awful sweaters as fast as he can get rid of them. Locomotive by Brian Floca, this year’s Caldecott Medal Winner, is a rich exploration of America’s early railroads. Journey by Aaron Becker is a Caldecott honor story about a girl who finds a magic door to another world. The watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli is Caldecott honor story about a funny crocodile with many worries. Noah Webster and his words by Jeri Ferris profiles Americ’s dictionary man for young readers.
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