(APG, dist.)

Buggy Buddies, illus. by Nick Sharratt ($15.95). A collection of four board books packed in a plastic carrying case. (Infant-3)

Rattle Books, illus. by Steve Bland ($15.95). A set of four die-cut board books, packaged with rattles. (Infant-3)

Series:Let's Start Learning Books by Emma Fischel kicks off with What's the Time? and Big or Small? ($16.95 each, 3-6). And the Let's Start series by Lynn Coutts launches with Alphabet and Numbers ($12.95 each, 5-9).


Be Blest: A Celebration of Seasonsby Mary Beth Owens ($16) collects verses and paintings. (All ages)

The Dance by Richard Paul Evans ($16), illus. by Jonathan Linton ($16). A father watches as his daughter dances her way through life. (All ages)

Give Me Grace: A Child ' s Daybook of Prayers by Cynthia Rylant ($12) offers inspirational prayers for each day of the week. (All ages)

The Dolls ' Christmas by Tasha Tudor ($12.95). Two dolls celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas. (All ages)

Michael Hague ' s Magical World of Unicorns by Michael Hague ($16) pairs art with excerpts from p ms, stories and songs about unicorns. (All ages)

Sleep, Little One, Sleep by Marion Dane Bauer, illus. by J llen McAllister Stammen ($16), is a bedtime p m. (1-5)

Lullaby & Good Night: Songs for Sweet Dreams , illus. by Julie Dowling ($15), collects 14 lullabies. (1-6)

Maggie and the Ferocious Beast: The Big Scare! by Betty Paraskevas, illus. by Michael Paraskevas ($15). Friends help a child cope with fears. (2-6)

Mouse ' s First Christmas by Lauren Thompson, illus. by Buket Erdogan ($12). Mouse discovers Santa in his house. (2-6)

What a Scare, Jesse Bear by Nancy White Carlstrom, illus. by Bruce Degen ($15), is a Halloween tale. (2-6)

Thanksgiving Day at Our House: Thanksgiving P ms for the Very Young by Nancy White Carlstrom ($15) offers p try celebrating this holiday. (3-6)

Coming Through the Blizzard by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Jenny Tylden-Wright ($16). A community braves a blizzard to attend a Christmas Eve church service. (3-6)

My First Raggedy Ann: Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Police Officer , adapted from a story by Johnny Gruelle, illus. by Jan Palmer ($15), is a tale featuring these doll characters. (3-7)

Moonbear ' s Dream by Frank Asch ($15). Bear and Little Bird have a dream adventure. (3-8)

Wild Child by Lynn Plourde, illus. by Greg Couch ($16), introduces a girl who d s not want to go to bed. (3-8)

Animal House by Melissa Bay Mathis ($15.95). Kids ask their stuffed animals for advice when building a clubhouse. (4-8)

Lost Little Angel by M.M. Ragz, illus. by Jane Manning ($16). Even angels need to take time out to play. (4-8)

Tambourine Moon by Joy Jones, illus. by Terry Widener ($16), aims to help readers overcome their fear of night. (4-8)

Pigs on the Move: Fun with Math and Travel by Amy Axelrod, illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally ($14). Pigs count the miles as they travel. (4-9)

If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks by Faith Ringgold ($16). A bus tells a girl the story of Rosa Parks. (5-9)

Midnight in the Cemetery: A Spooky Search-and-Find Alphabet Book by Cheryl Harness, illus. by Robin Brickman ($16). Two children encounter ghosts and ghouls. (5-9)

Paul Goble Gallery: Three Native American Stories by Paul Goble ($19.95) collects a trio of tales. (5-9)

The Strange and Wonderful Tale of Robert McDoodle: The Boy Who Wanted to Be a Dog by Steven Bauer, illus. by Brad Sneed ($16). A boy enrolls in a school for dogs. (5-9)

The Flying Latke by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Yorinks, William Steig and Paul Colin ($16.95). A Chanukah latke is mistaken for a UFO. (5-up)

Spectacular Science: A Book of P ms , selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illus. by Virginia Halstead ($17), collects p try about science. (5-up)

Summertime: From Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin, illus. by Mike Wimmer ($16.95), is an illustrated version of this song. (5-up)

Henry and Mudge and the Snowman Plan by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Suçie Stevenson ($14). This duo enters a snowman-building contest. (6-8)

Hitty: Her First Hundred Years , adapted by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers ($21.95), is an adaptation of Rachel Field's Newbery winner. (6-12)

Crinkleroot ' s Nature Almanac by Jim Arnosky ($16) is a guide to nature. (6-12)

Around-the-House History: What You Never Knew About Fingers, Forks & Chopsticks by Patricia Lauber, illus. by John Manders ($16), explores the evolution of eating and table manners. (6-up)

An Unsolved Mystery from History: The Mary Celeste by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, illus. by Roger Roth ($16), recounts the 1872 discovery of an abandoned boat adrift at sea. (6-up)

Dogs of Myth: Tales from Around the World by Gerald and Loretta Hausman, illus. by Barry Moser ($19.95), collects 13 dog tales. (7-up)

Nissa ' s Place by A. LaFaye ($16) is a sequel to The Year of the Sawdust Man. (8-12)

Young Her s of the Bible: A Book for Family Sharing by Kirk Douglas, illus. by Dom Lee ($15). This actor shares his favorite biblical stories. (8-up)

To Every Season: A Family Holiday Cookbook by Jane Breskin Zalben ($19.95) compiles holiday recipes. (9-up)

A Meeting of Minds by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman ($17) completes the Minds quartet. (10-14)

Where the Rain Sings: P ms by Young Native Americans ($16) collects p try by youngsters. (10-up)

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix ($17). Ella meets her prince at the ball. (12-up)

M.C. Higgins the Great by Virginia Hamilton ($18) is a 25th anniversary edition with a new foreword. (12-up)

Places I Never Meant to Be: Original Stories by Censored Writers , edited by Judy Blume ($16.95), collects writings by Norma Klein, Paul Zindel and others. (12-up)

With All My Heart, with All My Mind: Thirteen Stories About Growing Up Jewish , edited by Sandy Asher ($18), presents the work of 13 authors. (12-up)


Eloise at Christmastime by Kay Thompson, illus. by Hilary Knight ($17, all ages); and Marcella: A Raggedy Ann Story by Johnny Gruelle ($16, 5-up).



Jokes You Shouldn ' t Tell a Ghost!, Jokes You Shouldn ' t Tell a Dog! and Jokes You Shouldn't Tell Your Teacher! by Eric Arnold, illus. by Sean Taggart ($2.99 each, 7-10), collect jokes. (7-10)

Paperback Series: New Aladdin Classics are The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame ($3.99 each, all ages). Angelwings takes flight with Friends Everywhere, Little Creatures, On Her Own and One Leap Forward by Donna Jo Napoli ($3.99 each, 7-10). American Diaries gains Josie P : Palouse, Washington, 1943 and Rosa Moreno: Hollywood, California, 1928 by Kathleen Duey ($4.50 each, 8-12). Duey's Survival! adds Swamp: Louisiana, 1850 ($4.50, 8-12). Childhood of Famous Americans welcomes J DiMaggio; Young Sports Hero by Herb Dunn and Ronald Reagan: Young Politician by Montrew Dunham, both illus. by Meryl Henderson ($4.99 each, 8-12). Katie Holmes is a new Scene title ($6.99, 10-14). Daniel Parker's Countdown has five additions ($3.99 each, 12-up). And On the Road travels on with Taking Chances and Making Waves by Stephanie Doyon ($4.50 each, 12-up).

Paperback Reprints: Navajo ABC: A Diné Alphabet Book by Luci Tapahonso and Eleanor Schick, illus. by Schick ($5.95, all ages); Who Said Boo? by Nancy White Carlson, illus. by R.W. Alley; and My Teacher's Secret Life by Stephen Krensky, illus. by JoAnn Adinolfi ($5.99 each, 3-6); Andy: That's My Name by Tomie dePaola ($5.99, 3-7); The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater ($3.99, 4-6); Nathaniel Willy, Scared Silly by Judith Mathews and Fay Robinson, illus. by Alexi Natchev; and Samuel Todd's Book of Great Inventions, Samuel Todd's Book of Great Colors and Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale's by E.L. Konigsburg ($5.99 each, 4-7); Crinkleroot's Visit to Crinkle Cove by Jim Arnosky; King Bob's New Clothes by Dom Deluise, illus. by Christopher Santoro; I'm Not Moving, Mama! by Nancy White Carlstrom, illus. by Thor Wickstrom; and Two for Stew by Laura Numeroff and Barney Saltzberg, illus. by Salvatore Murdocca ($5.99 each, 4-8); and Pigs in the Pantry: Fun with Math and Cooking and Pigs Go to Market: Fun with Math and Shopping by Amy Axelrod, illus. by Sharon McGinley-Nally ($5.99 each, 4-9).

Also, Bad Luck Boswell by Diane Dawson Hearn; The Baker's Dozen by Aaron Shephard, illus. by Wendy Edelson; Festival of Lights: The Story of Hanukkah by Maida Silverman, illus. by Carolyn Ewing; The Floating House by Scott Russell Sanders, illus. by Helen Cogancherry; Mrs. Cole on an Onion Roll: And Other School P ms by Kalli Dakos, illus. by Joann Adinolfi; Outside and Inside Spiders by Sandra Markle; and Santa Cow Island by Cooper Edens, illus. by Daniel Lane ($5.99 each, 5-8); Dinosaur Tree by Douglas Henderson ($5.99, 6-9); and The Big Rock by Bruce Hiscock; and The Way West: Journal of a Pioneer Woman by Amelia Stewart Knight, adapted by Lillian Schlissel, illus. by Michael McCurdy ($5.99 each, 7-10).

And, Danny's Desert Rats, The Treasure of Bessledorf Hill and Alice in Rapture, Sort Of by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor; Dew Drop Dead: A Sebastian Barth Mystery by James Howe; and Ernestine and Amanda: Mysteries on Monr Street by Sandra Belton ($4.50 each, 8-12); The Kidnappers by Willo Davis Roberts and Shiloh Season by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ($3.99 each, 8-12); Ultimate Field Trip 1: Adventures in the Amazon Rain Forest by Susan Goodman, photos by Michael Doolittle ($5.99, 8-12); The Year of the Sawdust Man by A. LaFaye ($4.99, 8-12); The Amber Cat and The Exiles in Love by Hilary McKay ($4.50 each, 9-12); Achingly Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ($4.50, 10-14); The Dark Is Rising and The Grey King by Susan Cooper, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher ($4.99 each, 10-14); The Poison Place by Mary E. Lyons ($4.99, 10-up); Greater Than Angels by Carol Matas; On Fortune's Wheel by Cynthia Voigt; Satellite Down by Rob Thomas; Trapped! Cages of Mind and Body, edited by Lois Duncan; and When the Tripods Came, The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead and The Pool of Fire by John Christopher ($4.99 each, 12-up); and The Tricksters and Memory by Margaret Mahy ($8 each, 12-up).

Paperback Series Reprints: Two Pinky and Rex titles are Pinky and Rex and the Mean Old Witch and Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee by James Howe, illus. by Melissa Sweet ($5.99 each, 5-8).


The Call of the Wild by Jack London, illus. by Wendell Minor ($22), is a new Scribner Illustrated Classic. (All ages)

Curious Cats: In Art and P try for Children ($16) pairs p ms about cats with paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (All ages)

The Stable Where Jesus Was Born by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illus. by Susan Gaber ($16), retells the Christmas story. (3-6)

Trucks: Giants of the Highway by Ken Robbins ($16) features photos. (4-7)

The Full Belly Bowl by Jim Aylesworth, illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin ($16). A man receives a magic bowl. (4-8)

Albert ' s Birthday by Leslie Tryon ($16). Albert's pals forget to invite him to the surprise party they've planned for him. (5-8)

The Blizzard ' s Robe by Robert Sabuda ($16). A girl receives a special gift after she replaces a robe she destroyed. (5-8)

Island Magic by Martha Bennett Stiles, illus. by Daniel San Souci ($16). David helps his grandfather adapt to a new home. (5-8)

Outside and Inside Kangaroos by Sandra Markle ($16) examines these marsupials. (5-9)

The Hoboken Chicken Emergency by Daniel Pinkwater, illus. by Jill Pinkwater ($15, paper $3.99). Will Henrietta the chicken be the main course at Thanksgiving? (6-9)

Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration by Jackie French Koller, illus. by Marcia Sewall ($16), reveals how the Narragansett people mark this holiday. (6-9)

Sleeping Boy by Sylvia Craddock, illus. by Leonid Gore ($16.95), recasts "Sleeping Beauty." (6-9)

Bunnicula Strikes Again! by James Howe, illus. by Alan Daniel ($15), brings this vampire bunny back. (8-12)

Mapping the World by Sylvia Johnson ($16) offers a history of mapmaking. (8-up)

Turning Point Inventions: The Lightbulb by Joseph Wallace and The Telephone by Sarah Gearhart ($17.95 each) recount these pivotal inventions. (9-up)

The Way Things Never Were: The Truth About "The Good Old Days" by Norman Finkelstein ($16) examines the 1950s and '60s. (10-14)

Angels of Mercy: The Army Nurses of World War II by Betsy Kuhn ($18) focuses on those who nursed soldiers during this war. (10-up)

Real American Girls: Tell Their Own Stories by Thomas and Dorothy Hoobler ($12.95). Girls from the past share tales of their experiences. (10-up)

Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper ($16). Two teens of different races meet in an Internet chat room. (12-up)

Series: Jill Barklem's Brambly Hedge starts up with Autumn Story, High Hills, Winter Story and Secret Staircase ($9.95 each, 3-6). And Scrappers by Dean Hughes continues with No Easy Out, Take Your Base, No Fear and Grand Slam ($14 each, paper $3.99, 8-12).



The Night Has Ears: African Proverbs by Ashley Bryan ($16) collects proverbs from 26 tribes. (All ages)

Don ' t Call It Paradise by Gayle Pearson ($15). A visit to old friends turns out differently than Maddie expects. (10-14)

The Folk Keeper by Franny Billingsley ($16). Can Corinne keep the wild folk who live underground under control? (10-14)

Walker ' s Crossing by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ($16). A boy tries to understand his brother's involvement with a hate group. (10-14)



Bambi by Felix Salten, adapted by Janet Schulman, illus. by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher ($18), is an adaptation of the original tale about this fawn. (All ages)

How Nanita Learned to Make Flan by Campbell Geeslin, illus. by Petra Mathers ($16). A sleepwalking girl gets lost. (3-8)

Koi and the Kola Nuts: A Tale from Liberia by Verna Aardema, illus. by J Cepeda ($16.95). A traveler is handsomely repaid for a favor. (3-8)

Maria ' s Comet by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Deborah Lanino ($16), is a story based on the life of a woman astronomer. (4-8)

Speed of Light by Sybil Rosen ($16). A girl learns the importance of tolerance. (10-14)

Elske by Cynthia Voigt ($18) concludes the Kingdom series. (12-up)


Bob and Six More Christmas Stories by Sandra Boyton ($7.99) collects holiday tales. (All ages)

Bow Wow: A Pop-up Book of Shapes by Chuck Murphy ($12.95). Dogs introduce various shapes. (All ages)

The Movable Mother Goose by Robert Sabuda ($19.95) is a pop-up book of nursery rhymes. (All ages)

The Cheerios Animal Play Book by Lee Wade ($5.99) is a sequel to The Cheerios Play Book. (6 mos.-2 yrs.)

The Sun*Maid Raisins Play Book by B. Alison Weir, illus. by Judith Moffat ($5.99), shows how to use raisins to decorate cookies, snowmen, etc. (6 mos.-2 yrs.)

Boynton ' s Greatest Hits, Vol. II by Sandra Boynton ($19.95) is a boxed set of four titles. (6 mos.-3 yrs.)

My Fuzzy Friends by Tad Hills ($9.99) is a story focusing on the senses. (6 mos.-3 yrs.)

Barnum Animals ABC Puzzle Pack by Joanne Barkan, illus. by Paige Eastburn O'Rourke ($8.99), packages a board book and puzzle in an Animal Crackers box. (1-5)

The 12 Bugs of Christmas by David A. Carter ($14.95) offers a twist on this carol. (3-7)

Boney Bob: The Scared Skeleton by Keith Faulkner, illus. by Gary McNamara ($12.95), packages a storybook with an inflatable glow-in-the-dark skeleton. (3-7)

The Magical Gemstone Christmas by Amye Rosenberg ($9.99) includes stick-on gemstones. (4-7)

Dear Fairies: A Book of Letters by Sandy Nightingale ($14.95) features removable notes and stationery. (4-8)

The Elements of Pop-Up by David A. Carter and James Diaz ($35) reveals how pop-up books are made. (8-up)

Series: Little Lionel Books rolls on with Circus Train and Red Caboose by June Doolittle, illus. by Richard Torrey ($4.99 each, 1-5). New Nutcracker Board Books are Toy Soldierand The Santa Claus Nutcracker by Joanne Barkan, illus. by Holly Jones ($4.99 each, 1-5). Judith Moffat's Night Glow Board Books adds Halloween Frights and Christmas Lights ($4.99 each, 2-5). New to Holiday Lift-the-Flaps are Look Who's in the Thanksgiving Play! by Andrew Clements, illus. by Mavis Smith; and Where's My Dreidel? by Betty Schwartz, illus. by Varda Livney ($5.99 each, 3-6). Lionel Rail Tales takes off with The Train That Rode on Water and All Aboard the Whistle-Stop Train by June Doolittle, illus. by Richard Torrey ($4.99 each, 3-7). And Sparkle ˜n'Twinkle Sticker Storybooks adds four titles, all by Cecile Schoberle, illus. by Dana Regan ($4.99 each, 3-7).

Reissue: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle ($9.99, 2-5).



Ebb and Flo and the New Friendby Jane Simmons ($14.95). Ebb is jealous of Flo's new friend. (3-7)

My Bear and Me by Barbara Maitland, illus. by Lisa Flather ($12.95), introduces a child and her beloved teddy. (3-7)

A Stolen Life by Jane Louise Curry ($16). In 1758 Scotland, a girl is kidnapped and sold into slavery. (10-14)

Is There Life on Mars? by Dennis Brindell Fradin ($19.95) addresses this question. (10-up)

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper ($16). A young actor travels back in time to perform at the original Globe Theatre. (10-up)

Behind the Wheel: P ms About Driving by Janet Wong ($15) collects 36 p ms about driving. (12-up)

Reissues: The Midnight Adventures of Kelly, Dot and Esmeralda and Naughty Nancy G s to School by John S. Goodall ($8.95 each, all ages).



Series: Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue Houseintroduces Night Glow Board Books: Luna's Night by Ellen Weiss and Bear's Bedtime Wish by Kiki Thorpe, both illus. by J Ewers ($5.99 each, 1-5); A Lift-and-Sniff Paper-over-Board Book: What's That Smell? by Janelle Cherrington, illus. by Cary Rillo ($9.99, 3-7); and Stickers'n'Shapes: A Birthday Surprise! by Ellen Weiss, illus. by Don Cassity; and Merry Christmas Bear! by Cherrington, illus. by Tom Brannon ($3.99 each, 3-7). Blue's Clues adds Paper-over-Board Storybook: A Blue's Clues Holiday by Angela Santomero, illus. by Yo-Lynne Hagood ($9.99, 2-5); Super Chubbys: Good Night, Blue by Santomero, illus. by Jenine Pontillo; and Weather Games with Blue by Deborah Reber, illus. by Soo Kyung Kim ($4.99 each, 2-5); Plush Board Book: What Is Blue Feeling? by Santomero, illus. by David Palmer ($7.99, 2-5); Paper-over-Board Storybook: Blue's Big Pajama Party by Adam Peltzman, illus. by Pontillo ($4.99, 3-7); Shaped Paperbacks: Blue's Costume Party by Alice Wilder and Michael Smith, illus. by Ian Chernichaw; and Blue's Guess Who by Jennifer Twomey Perello and Allison Gilman Caplovitz, illus. by Karen Craig ($3.99 paper each, 3-7); Stickers'n'Shapes: We're Thankful by Santomero and Jennifer Brackenbury, illus. by Traci Paige Johnson ($3.99, 3-7); Big Lift-the-Flap Board Book: Welcome to Blue's Clues! by Santomero, illus. by Soo Kyung Kim ($10.95, 3-7); and Lift-the-Flap Paperback: It's Present Day! by Alice Wilder, illus. by David Levy ($5.99 paper, 3-7). And The Busy World of Richard Scarry gains Richard Scarry's Best Holiday Books Ever: The Best Christmas Present Ever! and The Best Halloween Masquerade Ever! by Richard Scarry ($3.50 each, 4-7).

Paperback Series: CatDog debuts with Ready-to-Reads: CatDog Catcher by Emily Hutta and Eliot Kong, illus. by Emily Kong; and CatDog's Big Idea by Ann Braybrooks and Eliot Brown, illus. by Niall Harding ($3.99 each, 5-8); Digest Paperbacks: CatDog Trivia Book and CatDog Joke Book by Annie Auerbach ($2.99 each, 6-9); and Chapter Books: Romancing the Shriek by Auerbach, Greg Crosby and Lisa Ann Marsoli; and Cat's Big Night/Dog Behind Bars by Nancy Krulik, both illus. by Gary Johnson; and The Perfect Bone by Terry Collins and Way Off Broadway by Greg Crosby, both illus. by Niall Harding ($3.99 each, 7-10). New Rugrats titles are Shaped Paperbacks: Angelica's Awesome Adventure with Cynthia and Be Brave, Chuckie! by Kitty Richards, illus. by Barry Goldberg ($3.99 each, 3-7); Twin Trouble and Chuckie Visits the Eye Doctor by Luke David, illus. by Goldberg; and Here Comes Santa by Molly Wigand, illus. by Ed Resto ($3.50 each, 3-7); Tricked for Treats: A Rugrats Halloween by Sarah Willson, illus. by Don Cassity ($5.99, 4-8); Paper-over-Board Storybook: A Rugrats Night Before Christmas by David Lewman, illus. by Sergio Cuan ($9.99, 4-8); Digest Paperback: A Day in the Life of Chuckie by Lewman ($2.99, 5-9); and Chapter Books: The Perfect Formula by Sarah Willson, illus. by Mel Grant; Tommy's Last Stand by Nancy Krulik, illus. by the Thompson Bros.; and Star Spangled Babies by Kitty Richards, Bonjour, Babies! by Luke David and Chuckie's Big Wish by Cathy East Dubowski and Mark Dubowski, all illus. by Jose Maria Cardona ($3.99 each, 7-10). And The Weather Channel gains Digest Paperbacks: Blizzards! And Ice Storms by Maria Rosado and El Niño! And La Niña by Sally Rose ($3.99 each, 7-10).


My Little Artist by Donna Green ($11.98). A girl learns to see the world through her heart rather than her eyes. (4-8)



The Titanic Submersible Model by Susan Hughes and Steve Santini ($19.99) includes a book and a plastic model of the doomed ship. (All ages)

T Tapper: The Rhythm and Percussion Guide for T Tappin ' Kids by Lilly Barnes, illus. by San Murata ($9.99), presents activities and tappers to attatch to sh s. (5-9)

The Magic Show Book and Kit by Henry Gordon, illus. by Jane Kurisu ($12.99), supplies directions and materials for 16 tricks. (8-12)

Soakin ' Science Book and Kit by Lee Marek and Lynn Brunelle, illus. by Greg McEvoy ($14.99), outlines 10 water experiments. (8-12)

Backgammon for Kids by Lizann Flatt, illus. by Kelvin F.R. Smith ($14.99), offers a game and instructions in a case. (8-up)

Paperback Series: New NHL Books are Field's Body Checks: Team Tattoos ($7.99, 6-up); Goals and Saves by Eric Zweig ($9.99 each, 6-up); NHL Posterbook: Today's Greatest Stars by Allan Weiss ($8.99, 6-up); Make-a-Play by Field ($9.99, 8-up); Stats: Math Made Fun! ($5.99, 8-up); and A Century of Hockey Her s by James Duplacey and Eric Zweig ($16.99, 8-up). And Eye-to-Eye Books adds 3-D Bees and Micro Fleas and 3-D Lungs and Micro Tongues by Shar Levine, Elaine Humphrey and Leslie Johnstone, photos by Humphrey ($9.99 each, 8-up).


The Legend of the Kite: A Story of China by Chen Jiang Hong ($14.95, $5.95 paper). When a boy's kite flies away, his grandfather encourages him to build a new one. (4-7)

Eva's Summer Vacation: A Story of the Czech Republic by Jan Machalek ($15.95, $5.95 paper). Eva and her father travel from Prague to the countryside for her aunt's wedding. (4-7)

Series: Let's Go to the Zoo! by Laura Gates Galvin, illus. by Jessie Cohen, launches with four board-book titles ($5.95 each, $9.95 with plush animal, infant-3). Smithsonian Oceanic Collection continues with Survival in the Sea: The Story of a Hammerhead Shark by Linda Lingemann, illus. by Stephen Marchesi ($15.95, $19.95 with audiocassette, 4-8). Smithsonian's Backyard adds Coyote at Pinon Place by Deborah Dennard, illus. by John Paul Genzo ($15.95, $19.95 with audiocassette, 4-8). The Nature Conservancy grows with Along the Luangwa: A Story of an African Floodplain by Schuyler Bull, illus. by Alan Male; and Mountain Mists: A Story of the Virungas by Evelyn Lee, illus. by Paul Kratter ($15.95, $19.95 with audiocassette, $5.95 paper, 6-10). New to Smithsonian Odyssey are Run with Me, Nike! The Olympics in 420 B.C. by Cassandra Case, illus. by Dan Brown ($14.95, 8-12).



50 Backyard Games by Pete Cava ($12.95) provides directions for outdoor games. (7-14)

Paperback Series: The Football SuperStar Series adds 10 titles, including Jamal Anderson, Atlanta Falcons by Len Pasquarelli, Drew Bleds , New England Patriots by Mike Shalin, Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts by J Frisaro and Ed McCaffrey, Denver Broncos by Tony DeMarco ($4.95 each, 8-13). Eleven titles join the Basketball SuperStar Series, among them Keith Van Horn, New Jersey Nets by Kevin Kernan, Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics by Mike Shalin, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers and Gary Payton, Seattle Supersonics ($4.95 each, 8-13). And the Hockey SuperStars Series has 12 additions, including Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils by Phil Coffey, Paul Kariya, Anaheim Mighty Ducks by Cammy Clark, John LeClair, Philadelphia Flyers by Chuck Gormley and Brendon Shanahan, Detroit Red Wings ($4.95 each, 8-13).


Baby Giraffe: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Adrienne Kennaway ($6.95). Baby Giraffe discovers that curiousity can be a dangerous thing. (2-5)

Full House by Nigel Gray, illus. by Bob Graham ($8.95). Why is Mom gaining weight? (3-5)

A Coat of Cats by Jeri Kroll, illus. by Ann James ($13.95). When an elderly woman moves, she must leave her cats behind. (4-8)

Clever Anansi and Boastful Bullfrog by H. Patten, illus. by John Clementson ($13.95). Anansi the spider is jealous of Bredda Croaky. (4-8)

Jamil ' s Clever Cat by Fiona French with Dick Newby ($13.95). An Indian folk tale about a cat determined to make his master's dream come true. (4-8)

The Idle Bear by Robert Ingpen ($5.95). Two old soldiers reminisce about better days. (4-up)

Elf Hill: Tales from Hans Christian Andersen , retold by Naomi Lewis, illus. by Emma Chichester Clark ($17.95), features well-known and less familiar tales. (5-9)

Stories from the Ballet by Margaret Greaves, illus. by Lisa Kopper ($17.95) collects retellings of eight classic ballets. (5-9)

Eddy ' s Dream by Miriam Cohen, photos by Adam Cohen ($15.95) focuses on inner-city children's feelings. (6-12)


Optical Illusion Magic: Visual Tricks & Amusements by Michael DiSpezio ($17.95, 8-12) displays optical illusions. (8-12)

Super Simple Origami by Irmgard Kneissler ($17.95) presents directions for making folded paper objects. (8-up)

Super Party Games: Fun & Original Ideas for 10 or More by John Chaneski ($16.95) rounds up game ideas. (8-up)

Shocking Science: Fun & Fascinating Electrical Experiments by Shar Levine and Leslie Johnstone ($19.95) describes experiments with electricity. (10-up)

Great Experiments with Light by Phyllis Fiarotta and N l Fiarotta ($17.95) explains how light casts shadows, bends and refracts. (10-up)

Series: P try for Young People adds Edna St. Vincent Millay, edited by Frances Schoonmaker, illus. by Mike Bryce ($14.95, 8-12).


Excuses, Excuses! by Charles Keller, illus. by Kimble Pendleton ($4.95), collects excuses for many occasions. (6-9)

Modern Taekwondo: The Official Training Manual by Soon Man Lee and Gaetane Ricke ($17.95). Photos illustrate this guide. (8-12)

Lost Treasure Mazes by Roger Moreau ($5.95) collects 22 mazes. (8-up)

Baseball Bafflers by Wayne Stewart, illus. by Matt LaFleur ($5.95), lets kids play armchair manager or umpire. (8-up)

Snowboarding Basics by the German Federation for Ski Training ($9.95) is a guide to this sport. (10-up)

Tricky Lateral Thinking Puzzles by Paul Sloane and Des MacHale, illus. by Myron Miller ($5.95). Readers devise scenarios to solve puzzles. (10-up)

Paperback Reprints: Marbles: A Player's Guide by Shar Levine and Vicki Scudamore ($9.95, 8-up); The Optics Book by Levine and Leslie Johnstone ($9.95, 10-up); and 100 Science Experiments with Paper by Steven Moje ($5.95, 10-up).


Benjamin Finds a Friend, Benjamin in the Snow, Benjamin Takes Care of Mommy and Benjamin's Busy Day ($4.95 each) are board books featuring this bear. (3-5)

Benjamin ' s Teddy Bear Book and Plush Set ($6.95) is a board book and toy package. (3-5)

Baby Animals, Cute Animals, Farm Animals and Funny Animals ($2.95 each). Board books with photos. (3-5)

My Best Friends ($5.95) is a fill-in book about friends. (6-9)


Make a Castle, Make a Small House and Make a Small Treehouse ($5.95 each). Kids press out pieces to assemble structures. (7-9)


Scary Scenes for Halloween by Jill Williams Grover ($10.95) delivers ideas for holiday decorations. (10-up)


Series: New Up Close titles are Noses That Plow and Poke and Tails That Talk and Fly by Diane Swanson ($5.95 each, 5-7).


Puck Stoppin ' Trivia: Great Goalies Galore! and Extreme Hockey Trivia: Games*Puzzles*Quizzes by Don Weekes (95¢ each) offer hockey trivia. (10-up)

Paperback Series: Hockey Her s glides on with Dominik Hasek by Sean Rossiter and Teemu Selanne by Kerry Banks ($6.95 each, 8-12).


Great Paper Jets by Norman Schmidt ($19.95) offers instructions for making paper jets. (8-up)


Norris McWhirter ' s Book of Millennium Records by Norris McWhirter ($24.95) compiles facts about the past two millennia. (10-up)


Series: Art for Children by Brigitte Baumbusch gains Animals Observed, Figuring Figures, Looking at Nature and The Many Faces of the Face ($9.95 each, 10-up).


Baby Dreams by Eugenie Fernandes ($13.95). Where do sleeping babies go in their dreams? (2-up)

Flags by Maxine Trottier, illus. by Paul Morin ($16.95). Mary is intrigued by Mr. Hiroshi's garden. (4-up)

The Christmas Orange by Don Gillmor, illus. by Marie-Louise Gay ($15.95). Anton sues Santa after receiving only an orange. (4-up)

Stretch, Swallow & Stare by Veronika Martenova Charles ($16.95) gives a Czech folktale a modern twist. (4-up)

Emma and the Coyote by Margriet Ruurs, illus. by Barbara Spurll ($15.95). A chicken tries to outfox a coyote. (4-up)

Ahmek by Patricia Watson, illus. by Tracy Thomson ($14.95). A beaver's dam is destroyed by poachers.


Matthew and the Midnight Hospital by Allen Morgan, illus. by Michael Martchenko ($6.95). A boy's nighttime adventure. (4-up)

Menace and Mischief by Sylvia Gunnery ($5.95). A boa and hamster escape from their cages in a school. (8-12)

Grave Secrets by Sylvia McNicoll ($8.95). Strange things happen after Nicholas moves into his new home. (8-12)

Dahling, if You Luv Me, Would You Please, Please Smile by Rukhsana Khan ($8.95). A Muslim girl gets the chance to direct the school play. (12-up)

To Dance at the Palais Royale by Janet McNaughton ($5.95). A wealthy girl befriends a newly arrived immigrant. (12-up)

Paperback Reprint: The Ice Cream King by Greg McEvoy ($7.95, 4-up).

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