Nursery Collection continues with My First Christmas Collection by Beth Harwood, illus. by Susie Lacome ($12.95, up to 3). Let’s Start! Classic Songs belts out Wheels on the Bus by Todd South, illus. by Wayne Smith ($12.95, up to 4). Happy Snappy issues four titles by Derek Matthews ($4.95 each, 3-5). Two titles join My First Snappy Sticker Books by Matthews ($4.95 each, 3-5). Snappy Little Bedtime by Matthews is new to the Snappy series ($12.95, 3-5). Matthews’s Snappy Sound gains two books ($12.95 each, 3-5). Rough ‘n’ Tough presents Rough and Tough Big Wings by Beck Ward, illus. by Andy Crowson ($12.95, 3-6). Robotic issues Robotic Scorpion by Melissa Stewart and Robotic T. Rex by Paul Beck ($17.95 each, 8-12). Hovercrafts by Lorraine Jean Hopping joins Flight Test Lab ($17.95, 8-12). Model Maker zooms on with Model Maker Military Planes and Model Maker Warships and Submarines by Ian Graham ($12.95 each, 8-12). And Uncover offers Uncover a Tarantula by David Gordon ($18.95, 8-up).
Maurice Pledger Sticker Books welcomes Jungle World Stickerbook and Ocean World Stickerbook by Maurice Pledger ($10.95 each, 4-6).
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Teatro Olivia ($24.95) by Ian Falconer. Olivia’s theater opens to create a stage with changeable scenery and props; included are 10 Olivia figures and synopses of several plays. (All ages)
Thanks and Giving Every Day ($17.95), ed. by Marlo Thomas, collects stories, poems and songs from various authors and celebrities. (All ages)
When Washington Crossed the Delaware: A Wintertime Story for Young Patriots ($16.95) by Lynne Cheney, illus. by Peter M. Fiore, recounts this key event of the American Revolution. (All ages)
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer ($16.95) by Walt Whitman, illus. by Loren Long, uses this 1873 poem to reflect the thoughts of a boy who dreams of outer space. (All ages)
Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear! ($15.95) by Nancy White Carlstrom, illus. by Bruce Degen. Jesse Bear meets his extended family at a reunion. (2-6)
Did I Tell You I Love You Today? ($16.95) by Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan, illus. by Shane W. Evans. Michael Jordan’s mother and sister celebrate family. (3-6)
Do You Have a Hat? ($16.95) by Eileen Spinelli, illus. by Geraldo Valerio, spotlights people wearing hats. (3-6)
Long Night Moon ($16.95) by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Mark Siegel, celebrates the Native American custom of naming all the full moons in a year. (3-6)
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book ($15.95). Readers turn this book around to view alphabet letters in new ways. (3-6)
Little Red’s Christmas Story ($15.95) by Sarah Ferguson, illus. by Sam Williams. Little Red returns in this holiday adventure. (3-6)
Four Friends in Autumn ($14.95) by Tomie DePaola is a tale adapted from the author’s Four Stories for Four Seasons. (3-6)
Prayer for a Child: Diamond Anniv. Edition ($10.95) by Rachel Field, illus. by Elizabeth Orton Jones, commemorates the 60th anniversary of this Caldecott winner. (3-7)
Twenty-One Elephants ($16.95) by Phil Bildner, illus. by LeUyen Pham. Circus animals help Hannah convince her father that it is safe to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. (3-7)
Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 ($15.95) by Bill Martin, Jr and Michael Sampson, illus. by Lois Ehlert. This counting book is a follow-up to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. (3-7)
What Santa Can’t Do: Miniature Edition ($6.95) by Douglas Wood, illus. by Doug Cushman, presents this story in a mini format. (3-8)
Sweet Tooth ($15.95) by Margie Palatini, illus. by Jack E. Davis, takes a humorous look at the virtue of proper nutrition. (4-8)
Tissue, Please! ($15.95) by Lisa Kopelke. This look at manners is a sequel to Excuse Me! (4-8)
Kapow! ($14.95) by George O’Connor. A boy learns what it really means to be a hero. (4-8)
Carnival of the Animals ($17.95) by John Lithgow, illus. by Boris Kulikov. On a field trip to a museum, a boy dreams that the people he knows are animals. (5-10)
The Toughest Cowboy: Or How the Wild West Was Tamed ($16.95) by John Frank, illus. by Zachary Pullen, relays the story of a cowboy and his poodle. (6-8)
Ghosts of the Nile ($16.95) by Cheryl Harness focuses on ancient Egypt. (7-10)
The House on the Gulf ($15.95) by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Strange things occur when Brit and her family move into the Marquises’s house. (8-12)
The Education of Patience Goodspeed ($16.95) by Heather Vogel Frederick is a sequel to The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed. (8-12)
The Last Holiday Concert ($15.95) by Andrew Clements. A boy’s teacher delivers a lesson about respect and responsibility. (8-12)
So Hard to Say ($14.95) by Alex Sanchez. A girl is infatuated with Frederick, who is coming to terms with being gay. (8-12)
A Boy No More ($15.95) by Harry Mazer is a story of friendship set against the backdrop of WWII. (10-14)
Heart on My Sleeve ($15.95) by Ellen Wittlinger. This tale of two teens’ long-distance relationship is told through e-mails, letters and postcards. (12-up)
The Flame Tree ($16.95) by Richard Lewis. The son of missionary doctors in Indonesia is taken hostage amidst terrorist bombings. (12-up)
Thee Book of Sorahb: Wheel ($17.95) by Hilari Bell is the second volume in this trilogy. (12-up)
My Scottish Dumplings: The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts ($14.95) by Cherry Whytock is a companion novel to My Cup Runneth Over. (12-up)
Jude ($16.95) by Kate Morgenroth centers on a boy who is tricked into pleading guilty for a crime he didn’t commit. (12-up)
Ready to Read offers two Puppy Mudge titles by Cynthia Rylant ($14.95 each, 3-5); and Rylant’s Henry and Mudge and a Very Merry Christmas, illus. by Suçie Stevenson ($14.95, 5-7). The Unsolved Mystery from History series offers The Salem Witch Trials by Jane Yolen and Heidi Elisabet Yolen Stemple, illus. by Roger Roth ($16.95, 6-9). Moongobble and Me presents The Evil Elves by Bruce Coville, illus. by Katherine Coville ($14.95, 6-10). The Lighthouse Family welcomes The Eagle by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Preston McDaniels ($14.95, 6-10). Lenny and Mel are back in After School Confidential by Erik P. Kraft ($14.95, 7-10). Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist returns in The Invisible Fran by Jim Benton ($14.95, 7-10). And The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black issues The Wrath of Mulgarath ($9.95) and a Boxed Set ($39.99) of all five titles (7-up).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ALADDIN
Ready to Read adds Mister Bones: Dinosaur Hunter and Johnny Appleseed by Jane Kurtz, illus. by Mary Haverfield; and two Robin Hill School books by Margaret McNamara, illus. by Mike Gordon ($3.99 each, 4-6); The Dog That Dug for Dinosaurs by Shirley Raye Redmond, illus. by Simon Sullivan. Childhood of Famous Americans includes Annie Oakley Saves the Day by Anna Divito; and two Stories of Famous Americans titles, Clara Barton: Spirit of the American Red Cross by Patricia Lakin, illus. by Simon Sullivan; and Davy Crockett: A Life on the Frontier by Stephen Krensky, illus. by Bob Dacey and Debra Bandelin ($3.99 each, 6-8). Ready for Chapters presents two novels starring The Klondike Kid by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Bill Farnsworth; two Third-Grade Detective titles by George E. Stanley, illus. by Salvatore Murdocca; Class Pets: Survival School by Frank Asch, illus. by John Kanzler; three Nancy Drew Notebooks by Carolyn Keene; and The Adventures of Hector Fuller: Hector on Thin Ice by Elizabeth Shreeve, illus. by Pamela R. Levy ($3.99 each, 6-9). The Freaky Joe Club introduces The Mystery of the Morphing Hockey Stick by P.J. McMahon, illus. by John Manders ($3.99, 7-10). Milestone Books gains Louisiana Purchase by Peter and Connie Roop, illus. by Sally Wern Comport ($3.99, 7-10). Missing by Brad Strickland and Thomas E. Fuller joins Mars Year One ($4.99, 8-12). Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys each gain three novels ($4.99 each, 8-12). Childhood of Famous Americans welcomes Mr. Rogers: Young Friends and Neighbor by George E. Stanley, illus. by Meryl Henderson ($4.99, 8-12). Catherine Hapka’s Star Power adds three novels ($4.99 each, 9-13). Outcast presents The Un-Magician and Dragon Secrets by Christopher Golden and Thomas E. Sniegoski ($5.99 each, 10-up). And Pendragon continues with Black Water by D.J. MacHale ($5.99, 10-up).
A Cowboy Christmas: The Miracle at Lone Pine Ridge by Audrey Wood, illus. by Robert Florczak ($7.99, all ages); Around the Year by Tasha Tudor; and Abiyoyo Returns by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs, illus. by Michael Hays ($6.99 each, all ages); Good Morning, Sweetie Pie and Other Poems for Little Children by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Jane Dyer ($6.99, 1-5); Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo, illus. by Valeria Petrone ($6.99, 3-6); Marsupial Sue by John Lithgow, illus. by Jack E. Davis; Clever Beatrice by Margaret Willey, illus. by Heather M. Soloman; Beatrice’s Goat by Page McBrier, illus. by Lori Lohstoeter; How Santa Lost His Job by Stephen Krensky, illus. by S.D. Schindler; and Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Jan Ormerod ($6.99 each, 4-8); Fannie in the Kitchen: The Whole Story from Soup to Nuts of How Fannie Farmer Invented Recipes with Precise Measurements by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Nancy Carpenter ($6.99, 4-9); I Love Saturdays y domingos by Alma Flor Ada, illus. by Elivia Savadier; and Ada’s With Love, Little Red Hen, illus. by Leslie Tryon ($6.99 each, 5-8); Rivka’s First Thanksgiving by Elsa Okon Rael, illus. by Maryann Kovalski ($6.99, 5-9); The Day Eddie Met the Author by Louise Borden, illus. by Adam Gustavson ($6.99, 7-10); The Meanest Hound Around by Carol Wallace and Bill Wallace, illus. by John Steven Gurney ($4.99, 7-10); The Steps by Rachel Cohn; The Puppeteer’s Apprentice by D. Anne Love; Skinny-Dipping at Monster Lake by Bill Wallace; Seaward Born by Lea Wait; In Ned’s Head by Sören Olsson and Anders Jacobsson, trans. by Kevin Read; and Escaping the Giant Wave by Peg Kehret ($4.99 each, 8-12); Ruby Electric by Theresa Nelson ($5.99, 10-12); and Where I’d Like to Be by Frances O’Roark Dowell; and Bearstone, Beardance and The Big Wander by Will Hobbs ($4.99 each, 10-14).
Paperback Series Reprints
Ready to Read offers The Adventures of Otto: See Pip Point by David Milgrim ($3.99, 3-5); and Henry and Mudge and the Wild Goose Chase by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Carolyn Bracken in the style of Suçie Stevenson ($3.99, 5-7). Ready for Chapters reprints The Lighthouse Family: The Whale by Rylant, illus. by Preston McDaniels ($3.99, 6-10); and Lenny and Mel’s Summer Vacationby Erik P. Kraft ($3.99, 7-10). Franny K.Stein, Mad Scientist issues Lunch Walks Among Us by Jim Benton ($3.99, 7-10). Tales from the House ofBunnicula reprints The Amazing Odorous Adventures of Stinky Dog by James Howe, illus. by Brett Helquist ($3.99, 7-10). Another Bunnicula addition is Howe’s Bunnicula-in-a-Box ($12.95, 8-12). Bernie Magruder returns in Bernie Magruder & the Bats in the Belfry by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ($4.99, 8-12). Naylor’s Witch series reprints Witch Weed ($4.99, 8-12). Shadow Children gains Among the Barons ($5.99) and Boxed Set ($19.95) by Margaret Peterson Haddix (8-12). Nancy Drew is back in Nancy Drew, Girl Detective: Nancy Drew Sleuth Set by Carolyn Keene ($17.95, 8-12). And Pendragon presents Boxed Set by D.J. MacHale ($15.95, 10-up).
The Golden Fleece, The Children’s Homer and The Children of Odin, retold by Padraic Colum ($9.95 each, 10-up).
Paperback Series Reissues
Aladdin Classics reissues A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, foreword by Nancy Farmer ($3.99, all ages).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM
Parthenon ($17.95) by Lynn Curlee examines the history of this structure. (All ages)
Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War ($22.95) by Benson Bobrick chronicles this war. (All ages)
How Santa Really Works ($15.95) by Alan Snow shares secret info about Santa. (All ages)
I Am a Tyrannosaurus ($15.95) by Karen Wallace, illus. by Mike Bostock, reveals a day in the life of a dinosaur. (4-8)
Clever Beatrice and the Best Little Pony ($16.95) by Margaret Willey, illus. by Heather M. Solomon, is a sequel to Clever Beatrice. (4-8)
Grandy Thaxter’s Helper ($15.95) by Douglas Rees, illus. by S.D. Schindler. A busy grandmother puts Mister Death to work when he drops by. (5-8)
King O’ The Cats ($16.95) by Aaron Shepard, illus. by Kristin Sorra. There is something odd about the cats in Peter’s town. (5-8)
What Presidents Are Made of ($15.95) by Hanoch Piven showcases portraits and facts about U.S. Presidents. (6-10)
The Peterkins’ Christmas ($16.95), adapted by Elizabeth Spurr, illus. by Wendy Anderson Halperin, is a tale based on The Peterkin Papers. (7-10)
The Double Life of Zoe Flynn ($16.95) by Janet Lee Carey is a novel about the importance of family and the meaning of home. (8-12)
Bunnicula: 25th Anniv. Edition ($16.95) by James and Deborah Howe, illus. by Alan Daniel, includes a new preface and jacket. (8-12)
Lovingly Alice ($15.95) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is the final "prequel" to the Alice stories. (9-12)
Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Madness ($17.95) by Edgar Allan Poe, illus. by Gris Grimly, presents Poe stories in graphic novel-style format. (11-up)
Blood on His Hands ($16.95) by Willo Davis Roberts is a novel about a boy’s journey to manhood. (12-up)
The Tale of Paradise Lost: Based on the Poem by John Milton ($17.95), retold by Nancy Willard, illus. by Jude Daly, is a prose adaptation of this work. (12-up)
Bound ($16.95) by Donna Jo Napoli. This retelling of the Cinderella story is set in China. (12-up)
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped, illus. by N.C. Wyeth, is a new Scribner Storybook Classic ($18.95, all ages). Ready to Read issues The Adventures of Otto: See Santa Nap by David Milgrim ($14.95, 3-5); and Bunnicula and Friends: Hot Fudge by James Howe, illus. by Jeff Mack ($14.95, 6-8). And A Knight’s Story debuts with Lake of Skulls by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell ($9.95, 7-11).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM/JACKSON
Joey and Jet: Book 1 of Their Adventures ($15.95) by James Yang. A boy and his dog play fetch. (2-5)
Uncles and Antlers ($15.95) by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Brian Floca, reveals the hobbies of Santa’s reindeer in the off-season. (3-6)
The Sea of Trolls ($17.95) by Nancy Farmer presents a Viking adventure. (10-13)
Sky ($16.95) by Roderick Townley. A teenage boy finds a surrogate father in a blind jazz musician in 1950s New York City. (12-up)
The Lost Voyage of John Cabot ($16.95) by Henry Garfield focuses on the British discovery of America just five years after Columbus’s journey. (12-up)
Daniel Half Human: And the Good Nazi ($17.95) by David Chotjewitz, trans. by Doris Orgel, centers on two friends in Germany during the early days of WWII. (12-up)
Head Games ($15.95) by Mariah Fredericks. A girl who plays games on-line meets a fellow player face to face. (12-up)
Ready to Read issues Fitch & Chip: Who’s Afraid of Granny Wolf? ($14.95) by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by Frank Ansley ($14.95, 6-8).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ATHENEUM/SCHWARTZ
What Does Peace Feel Like? ($14.95) by Vladimir Radunsky. Children from around the world reveal what peace means to them. (All ages)
Apples to Oregon: Being the (Slightly) True Narrative of How a Brave Pioneer Father Brought Apples, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Grapes, and Cherries and Children Across the Plains ($15.95) by Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Nancy Carpenter, is a tall tale by the creators of Fannie in the Kitchen. (4-8)
Lu and the Swamp Ghost Book and CD ($17.95) by James Carville with Patricia C. McKissack, illus. by David Catrow, is a Depression era tale inspired by the Louisiana childhood of Carville’s mother. (4-8)
The Sugar Child ($16.95) by Monique de Varennes, illus. by Leonid Gore. A girl made from candy becomes real. (4-8)
I Hate School ($15.95) by Jeanne Willis, illus. by Tony Ross, offers an inside look at school from the perspective of a disgruntled girl. (4-8)
Nonsense! ($16.95) by Edward Lear, illus. by Valorie Fisher, pairs nonsense verse with photographic illustrations. (4-9)
Board Book Reprint
Olivia by Ian Falconer ($7.99, 2-5).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/LIBROS PARA NIÑOS
Series in Spanish
Crayola issues Libro de los colores del arco iris (The Crayola Rainbow Colors Book) by Saline Yoon, trans. by Argentina Palacios Ziegler ($6.99, 1-4). Dora la Exploradora (Dora the Explorer) adds Una fiesta de sorpresa (A Surprise Party) by Lauryn Silverhardt, trans. by Ziegler, illus. by Josie Yee ($4.99, 1-4). Pistas de Blue (Blue’s Clues) offers ¡Blue y tú, detective de formas! (The Shape Detectives) by Angela C. Santomero, trans. by Ziegler, illus. by Karen Craig ($5.99, 1-5). And Bob el Constructor (Bob the Builder) continues with Scoop salva el día (Scoop Saves the Day) by Diane Redmond, trans. by Ziegler, photos by Hot Animation ($3.99, 3-7).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/LITTLE SIMON
Classic Collectible Pop-up: America the Beautiful ($26.95) by Robert Sabuda offers a pop-up rendition of this song. (All ages)
Board Book Plus: Holly Jolly Christmas ($5.95) by Steven Salerno. This holiday book features foil on the cover and on the page edges. (All ages)
Moo Cow Book ($16.99) by Sandra Boynton is a plush book with a sound chip. (up to 3)
Lap-Sized Board Book: The Going to Bed Book ($9.99) by Sandra Boynton is a bedtime tale. (6 mos.- 3 yrs.)
Baby’s Box of Fun: A Lift-the-Flap Gift Set ($14.95) by Karen Katz and Marion Dane Bauer packages together three board books. (1-4)
Sliding Board Book: Animal Count ($6.99) by Salina Yoon features a sliding panel on each spread. (1-4)
Snuggle Board Books: Black Cat and Spooky Pumpkin ($5.99 each) by Salina Yoon are Halloween tales with plush animals affixed to the covers. (1-4)
Board Book Plus: What Does Baby Say?: A Lift-the-Flap Book ($5.99) by Karen Katz presents cut-paper collage art. (1-5)
Board Book with Flaps: Dear Santa ($7.99) by Rod Campbell is a follow-up to Dear Zoo! (2-5)
My Sleepover Bag ($14.95) by Elissa Held, illus. by Tammy Smith. This interactive book is a companion to My Ballet Bag. (3-6)
Thanksgiving in the Barn: A Pop-up Book ($6.99) by Nadine Bernard Westcott is a rhyming holiday tale. (3-6)
The Busy World of Richard Scarry: The Best Story Collection Ever! ($10.95) by Richard Scarry. This paper-over-board volume collects five tales. (3-6)
Bugs in a Box: Jingle Bugs ($10.95) by David Carter offers this title in a smaller-trim size. (3-7)
Board Book Plus: Spin the Dreidel! ($7.99) by Alexandra Cooper, illus. by Claudine Gevry, features a dreidel attached to the book. (3-7)
Alvin and the Chipmunks: A Chipmunk Christmas Book with CD ($10.95) by Bonnie Noelle, illus. by John Skewes, presents a holiday tale and tunes. (4-10)
Classic Collectible Pop-up: The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon ($24.95) by Stephen King is a pop-up adaptation of this adult novel. (8-up)
Board Book Reprints
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle ($7.99, 4-8); and Carle’s A House for Hermit Crab ($7.99, 5-8).
Matchbox Hero City issues four titles ($3.99-$6.99 each, 3-7 to 4-6). And the Peanuts gang returns in four books ($3.99-$19.95, all ages to 4-10).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/MCELDERRY
Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale ($15.95) by Martin Waddell, illus. by Jason Cockcroft, relays a Nativity story. (3-7)
Bear Stays Up for Christmas ($16.95) by Karma Wilson, illus. by Jane Chapman. Bear discovers that giving is one of the best presents of all. (3-7)
One, Two, Three, O’Leary ($15.95) by Malachy Doyle, illus. by Will Hillenbrand. Ten O’Leary children are tucked into bed-but not for long. (3-7)
Hide-and-Seek Turkeys ($15.95) by Judith Ross Enderle and Stephanie Jacob Gordon, illus. by Teresa Murfin. In this counting book, turkeys play hide-and-seek in a farmer’s house. (4-8)
Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins ($16.95) by Dianne Ochiltree, illus. by Ann-Sophie Lanquetin. Sam collects pumpkins for his grandfather in this counting tale. (4-8)
Counting Our Way to the 100th Day! ($15.95) by Betsy Franco, illus. by Steven Salerno, compiles poems highlighting aspects of the number 100. (4-8)
Alex and the Wednesday Chess Club ($16.95) by Janet S. Wong, illus. by Stacey Schuett. Alex competes in a chess tournament. (4-8)
The A+ Custodian ($15.95) by Louise Borden, illus. by Adam Gustavson. Elementary school students show their appreciation for the custodian. (7-10)
Wintering Well ($16.95) by Lea Wait. After Cassie’s brother loses his leg in a farming accident, the two adjust to a new life in a nearby city. (8-12)
Indigo’s Star ($15.95) by Hilary McKay is a sequel to Saffy’s Angel. (8-12)
Voices of the Trojan War ($17.95) by Kate Hovey, illus. by Leonid Gore, traces the events leading up to and during this conflict. (9-12)
The Greatest Skating Race: A World War II Story from the Netherlands ($18.95) by Louise Borden, illus. by Niki Daly. In 1941, a Dutch boy skates across the Belgian border, guiding two children to their aunt’s house. (9-up)
Betsy and the Emperor ($16.95) by Staton Rabin is a novel based on the true story of the girl whose family housed the captured Napoleon Bonaparte on the island of St. Helena. (10-14)
Growing Up Stories issues Sweet Jasmine, Nice Jackson: What It’s Like to Be 2 and to Be Twins by Robie H. Harris, illus. by Michael Emberlry ($16.95, 3-7).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/ SIMON PULSE
Love & SK8 ($5.99) by Nancy Krulik. This story of a skateboarding girl was inspired by an Avril Lavigne song. (12-up)
Who’s Your Daddy? ($6.99) by Lynda Sandoval centers on three teenage girls whose fathers scare away boys. (12-up)
It’s Your World-If You Don’t Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers ($8.99) by Mikki Halpin advises kids on how to change the world. (12-up)
Crank ($6.99) by Ellen Hopkins is the story of a girl’s descent into addiction. (14-up)
Sunlight and Shadow ($5.99) by Cameron Dokey is a tale of a girl born to a father who is Mage of the Day and a mother who is Queen of the Night. (14-up)
Spirited ($5.99) by Nancy Holder is a fairy tale set in 1756, during the war between the British and the French. (14-up)
Mates, Dates… adds Mates, Dates, and Sequin Smiles by Cathy Hopkins ($4.99, 12-up). Hopkins’s Truth or Dare offers Teen Queens and Has Beens ($5.99, 12-up). Body of Evidence gains Breath by Christopher Golden and Rick Hautala ($5.99, 14-up). The Nine Lives of Chloe King continues with The Stolen by Celia Thomson ($6.99, 14-up). Todd Strasser’s Impact Zone introduces Close Out ($5.99, 14-up). Joining Witch Season by Jeff Mariotte are Summer and Fall ($5.99 each, 14-up). And Francine Pascal’s Fearless adds three titles ($5.99 each, 16-up).
Full Tilt, Speeding Bullet and The Eyes of Kid Midas by Neal Shusterman ($4.99 each, 10-up); Sweetblood by Pete Hautman, Friction by E.R. Frank, Beast by Donna Jo Napoli, Changes in Latitudes by Will Hobbs, Inside the Walls of Troy by Clemence McLaren, The Life of Angelica Cookson Potts: My Cup Runneth Over by Cherry Whytock and Patiently Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor ($5.99 each, 12-up); Alchemy by Margaret Mahy ($7.99, 12-up); and Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters by Gail Giles and Shopaholic by Judy Waite ($6.99 each, 12-up).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/SIMON SPOTLIGHT
Blue’s Room issues Board Book: Blue’s Playroom Friends, adapted by Kate Telfeyan ($4.99, 1-4) and Board Book with Sound Module: Blue Talks! by Alison Inches ($8.99, 3-6). Bob the Builder gains five titles ($3.99-$7.99 each, 1-4 to 4-6). Rubbadubbers are back in five books ($3.99-$10.95 each, 1-4 to 3-5). Blue’s Clues adds Padded Board Book: Blue’s Bedtime Nursery Rhymes ($8.99, 2-5); and 8 x 8 Paperback: A Blue’s Clues Holiday by Angela C. Santomero, illus. by Yo-Lynn Hagood ($3.99 paper, 3-7). SpongeBob SquarePants continues with 10 books ($3.99-$10.95 each, 3-6 to 8-12). Dora the Explorer has eight additions ($3.99-15.95 each, 3-7 to 4-6). Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in four releases ($3.99-$5.99 each, 4-7 to 4-8). The Fairly OddParents issues nine new books ($3.99-$5.99 each, 4-8 to 6-10). Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel gains Heat by Nancy Holder ($17.95, 14-up). And Buffy the Vampire Slayer adds The Watcher’s Guide, Vol. 3 ($17.95, 16-up).
Oswald stars in 8 x 8 Paperback: Oswald by Dan Yaccarino ($3.99, 3-6) and Ready to Read: Oswald’s Garden ($3.99, 4-6). Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius returns in three tales ($3.99-$5.99 each, 5-7 to 5-8). Rugrats presents two holiday stories ($3.99 each, 5-7). American Dreams issues End of Summer by Liz Tigelaar ($5.99, 12-up). Charmed continues with The Brewing Storm by Paul Ruditis ($5.99, 12-up). Moving On by Emma Harrison joins Everwood ($5.99, 12-up). Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Wicked Willow Trilogy offers Shattered Twilight by Yvonne Navarro ($6.99, 14-up). And Angel gains Book of the Dead by Ashley McConnell ($5.99, 16-up).
SIMON & SCHUSTER/WISEMAN
Duncan Rumplemeyer’s Bad Birthday ($15.95) by Alexander Stadler. Trouble seems to follow Duncan, no matter how hard he tries to follow the rules. (3-7)
If the Walls Could Talk: Family Life at the White House ($16.95) by Jane O’Connor, illus. by Gary Hovland, examines life in the White House. (6-9)
By My Brother’s Side ($16.95) by Tiki and Ronde Barber with Robert Burleigh, illus. by Barry Root. This story based on the lives of these football stars illustrates family values. (6-10)
The Ruling Class ($14.95) by Francine Pascal is a novel about bullying. (14-up)
SIMPLY READ BOOKS
Little Humpty ($16.95) by Margaret Wild, illus. by Ann James. On a trip to the waterhole, Little Humpty and Big Humpty play a guessing game about what they might find there. (3-up)
One Little Bug ($15.95) by Paola Van Turennout. One bug is joined by others. (3-up)
Spacesnake ($16.95) by Duncan Weller. A boy foils a mean machine. (4-up)
The Lost Island ($16.95) by Pauline Johnson, illus. by Atanas, is a follow-up to The Legends of Vancouver. (5-up)
Windy continues with Snowy and Chinook by Robin Mitchell and Judith Steedman ($15.95, 2-5).
How Did the Animals Help God? ($7.99) by Nancy Sohn Swartz, illus. by Melanie Hall, offers a lesson on the interconnectedness of all creation. (up to 4)
What You Will See Inside a Synagogue ($17.99) by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman and Ron Wolfson, photos by Bill Aron, introduces Jewish worship and religious life. (6-up)
Black Elk: Native American Man of Spirit ($12.99) by Maura D. Shaw, illus. by Stephen Marchesi, is a biography that examines the spiritual beliefs and ceremonies of the Plains Indians. (7-up)
SLEEPING BEAR PRESS
Winter’s Gift ($15.95) by Jane Monroe Donovan offers a Christmas story about a man who befriends a horse during a snowstorm. (4-10)
Albert ($10.95) by Lani Yamamoto. A boy introduces the concept of infinity. (5-8)
The Story of the H.L. Hunley and Queenie’s Coin ($16.95) by Fran Hawk, illus. by Dan Nance, is the story of America’s first submarine. (6-12)
Win One for the Gipper: America’s Football Hero ($16.95) by Kathy-jo Wargin, illus. by Bruce Langton, focuses on the life of Notre Dame football legend George Gipp. (6-12)
The Scarlet Stockings Spy ($16.95) by Trina Hakes Noble, illus. by Robert Papp. A girl in 1777 Philadelphia becomes the Revolution’s youngest spy. (6-12)
The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain ($17.95) by Denise Ortakales, illus. by Robert Crawford, centers on Chief Pemigewasset and this New Hampshire landmark. (6-12)
The Gift of the Inuksuk ($17.95) by Mike Ulmer, illus. by Melanie Rose, tells of an Inuit girl and a stone figure found in the Arctic. (6-12)
Discover Canada Province by Province debuts with C Is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet by Dawn Welykochy, illus. by Lorna Bennett ($17.95, 4-10). New Alphabet Books are D Is for Democracy: ACitizen’s Alphabet by Elissa Grodin, illus. by Victor Juhasz; and T Is for Touchdown: A Football Alphabet by Brad Herzog, illus. by Mark Braught ($16.95 each, 4-12); and H Is for Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet by Mike Ulmer, illus. by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen ($17.95, 4-12). Discover America State by State adds nine titles ($17.95 each, 4-10). And Count Your Way Across the USA gains two books ($16.95 each, 4-10).
One Nation: America by the Numbers by Devin Scillian, illus. by Pam Carroll ($7.95, 4-10).
Paperback Series Reprints
Discover America State by State reprints L Is for Lincoln: An Illinois Alphabet by Kathy-jo Wargin, illus. by Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen; and S Is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet by Judy Young, illus. by Ross B. Young ($7.95 each, 4-10). Counting books offers The Michigan Counting Book by Wargin, illus. by Michael Glenn; and Sunny Numbers: A Florida Counting Book by Carol Crane, illus. by Jane Monroe Donovan ($6.95 each, 4-10). And Alphabet Books reprints S Is for Star: A Christmas Alphabet by Cynthia Furlong Reynolds, illus. by Pam Carroll ($6.95, 4-10).
Beasts in the Closet ($17.95) by Jeff Snow is the tale of a boy and the monsters that live in his room. (2-6)
Smithsonian’s Backyard issues Red Bat at Sleepy Hollow Lane by Janet Halfmann, illus. by Tom Buchs ($15.95, paper $6.95, 4-8). Smithsonian Oceanic Collection offers Penguin’s Family: Story of a Humboldt Penguin by Kathleen Hollenback, illus. by Daniel Stegos ($15.95, paper $6.95, 4-8). Joining Smithsonian’s Prehistoric Pals are Woolly Mammoth in Trouble and Pteranodon Soars by Dawn Bentley, illus. by Karen Carr ($14.95 each, paper $6.95, 4-8). And Amazing Animal Adventures releases Platypus Creek by Vanessa Giancamilli, illus. by Claude Thivierge ($15.95, paper $6.95, 4-8).
AVMA’s Pet Tales welcomes Pepper: A Snowy Search and Ginger Leads the Way by Liam O’Donnell, illus. by Cathy Diefendorf ($4.95 each, 4-8).
Mother Goose Favorite Rhymes offers I’ve Been Working on the Railroad, Mother Goose Classic Rhymes adds Yankee Doodle, Mother Goose Move-along Rhymes releases Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes and Mother Goose Sing-along Rhymes issues Farmer in the Dell ($12.99 each, 6 mos.-5 yrs.) And Peep and the Big Wide World introduces Measuring, Seasons, Shadows and Animal Homes ($14.95 each, 4-7).
Dare to Be True Adventures launches with A Prophet in Palmyra by Chad Daybell ($9.95, all ages)
Bedtime with Night-Light and Christmas with Night-Light ($7.99 each) by Susan Lingo, illus. by Kathy Parks, are tales starring Night-Light the firefly. (3-5)
Christmastime with Mr. Bear ($10.99) by Linda Parry, illus. by Alan Parry. A clock with moveable hands shows through die-cut openings in this holiday tale. (3-5)
My Happy Birthday ($10.99) by Mary Manz Simon. In this die-cut board book, events at a child’s birthday party demonstrate God’s love. (3-up)
Through the Bible Devotions ($14.99) by Mark Littleton offers applications for daily life. (8-12)
The NLT Story Bible series issues seven titles, including Word-and-Picture Bible ($6.99, up to 1), Play-and-Learn Bible ($15.99, 4-5) and Connections Bible ($14.99, 8-12). Baby Blessings introduces God Made Me ($12.99, newborn-up) and Bathtime Bible Stories ($9.99, 1-up). And Music to See releases My Father’s World, illus. by Selina Alko; and Yes, Jesus Loves Me, illus. by Sue Williams ($14.99 each, 3-8).
STAR BRIGHT BOOKS
Disabled Fables ($19.95) by members of L.A. Goal. Adults with developmental disabilities retell and illustrate Aesop’s fables. (All ages)
Great Montefiasco ($15.95) by Colin Thompson and Ben Redlich. A maladroit magician finds the perfect assistant. (All ages)
Brian Wildsmith Box of Books ($24.95) by Brian Wildsmith packages together six board books. (up to 4)
When Someone Is Afraid ($14.95) by Valeri Gorbachev, illus. by Kostya Gorbachev, demonstrates how various animals react to fear. (2-5)
Brothers & Sisters ($15.95) by Laura Dwight. Siblings work to overcome challenges they face when one of them has a disability. (4-8)
My Big Brother ($15.95) by Miriam Cohen, illus. by Ron Himler. A middle son becomes the man of the house when the oldest brother joins the army. (4-8)
Aminal by Lorna Balian ($16.95, 4-8); and Sweetheart for Valentine by Balian ($14.95, 4-8).
Too Many Pears! by Jackie French, illus. by Bruce Whatley ($5.95; English-Spanish bilingual ed. $16.95 hardcover, $5.95 paper, 3-7); Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian ($6.95; Spanish ed. $12.95 hardcover, $5.95 paper, 4-8); and Sometimes It’s Turkey, Sometimes It’s Feathers by Balian ($5.95; Spanish ed. $12.95, paper $5.95, 4-8).
Alice’s Fabulous Teeth by Catherine Myler Fruisen; and Mother’s Pearls by Robin Maconie and Rick & Rocky by Paula S. Rowan, both illus. by Fruisen ($5.95 each, 4-8).
In the Land of Fairies ($13.99) by Daniela Drescher reveals the secret life of fairies. (4-8)
Goldie at the Orphanage ($16.95) by Martha Sandwall-Bergström. Shipwrecked as a baby, Goldie lives in an orphanage where her golden hair gets her into trouble. (5-7)
Little Snow Bear ($17) by Hazel Lincoln. A bear who lives on top of the world meets new friends when the sun disappears in winter. (5-8)
The Holy Night ($15) by Selma Lagerlof. A hard-hearted shepherd discovers the true spirit of Christmas. (5-8)
The Prince of Venice ($17) by Jean-Côme Noguès centers on a young prince in medieval Venice. (7-10)
Swedish Folk Tales ($28) by John Bauer is an illustrated collection of stories. (7-10)
Peter and Lotta return in Aunt Brown’s Birthday by Elsa Beskow ($17.95, 4-8).
Mary’s Little Donkey, And the Flight to Egypt ($12) by Gunhild Sehlin, retells the story of Jesus’s birth. (Up to 4)
Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter by Gerda Muller ($10 each, 1-5).
The Christmas Owls ($14.95) by Judy West relays the Christmas story through the perspective of two owls. (5-8)
Ancient Greece ($14.95) by Charles Kovacs focuses on this civilization and its mythology. (10-12)
The Winding Road: A Child’s Treasury of Poems, Verses and Prayers ($21.95) by Matthew Barton celebrates meaningful events in a child’s life. (9-12)
Making Paper Airplanes That Really Fly ($12.95) by Nick Robinson presents 20 origami planes. (Up to 7)
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ($12.95), illus. by Michael Foreman, offers a version of this classic. (Up to 8)
Baby Fingers: Teaching Your Baby to Sign ($4.95) by Lora Heller is a board book introducing sign language. (1-3)
The Chicken Who Saved Christmas ($12.95) by Daniel Howarth. A quick-thinking chicken saves the day when Santa has a cold and can’t get out of bed. (3-8)
Where’s the Dragon? ($14.95) by Jason Hook, illus. by Richard Hook. A boy, his grandfather and his dog search for a dragon that lives in the mountains. (4-7)
If Elephants Wore Pants ($12.95) by Henriette Barkow, illus. by Richard Johnson. A dreaming boy travels to a land where elephants wear wildly-colored pants. (4-7)
Kids’ Silliest Knock-Knocks by Jacqueline Horsfall, illus. by Buck Jones; and Goofy Knock-Knocks by Terry Pierce ($14.95 each) are joke collections. (6-9)
Life-Size Dinosaurs ($9.95) by David Bergen. This guide to dinos includes gatefolds. (7-12)
How Bright Is Your Brain? Amazing Games to Play with Your Mind ($14.95) by Michael DiSpezio compiles brain challenges. (7-up)
Totally Cool Polymer Clay Projects ($19.95) by Marie Browning is a guide to making crafts with clay. (8-12)
Kids Knit! Simple Steps to Nifty Projects ($14.95) by Sarah Bradberry compiles 20 knitting projects. (8-14)
Championship Science Fair Projects: 100 Sure-to-Win Experiments ($19.95) by Sudipta Bardham outlines science projects. (8-14)
Under the Sea Origami ($19.95) by Duy Nguyen shows how to make origami sea creatures. (10-up)
Animal Board Books releases Farm Babies and Animal Babies ($4.95 each, 1-3). Princess Books introduces four board books illus. by Lisa Parett ($4.95 each, 2-4). Harriet Ziefert issues eight titles, including Bear Gets Dressed: A Guessing Game Story, illus. by Brian Karas ($9.95, 2-4); Twelve Days of Christmas Presents, illus. by Emily Bolam ($9.95, 3-7); and With Love from Grandma, illus. by Deborah Kogan Ray ($9.95, 4-7); plus two board books illus. by Laura Rader ($8.95 each, 2-6). New to Poetry for Young People are Wallace Stevens, ed. by John H. Serio, illus. by Robert Gantt Steele; and Animal Poems, ed. by John Hollander, illus. by Simona Mulazzani ($14.95 each, 8-up). Children’s Classics adds nine books ($9.95 each, 10-up). And Young Reader’s Shakespeare welcomes Macbeth, retold by Adam McKeown, illus. by Lynne Cannoy ($14.95, 10-up).
Ballet for Beginners ($7.95) by Marie-Laure Medova. A former prima ballerina introduces the world of ballet. (6-12)
History Mystery Mazes: An A-maze-ing Colorful Journey Back in Time ($7.95) by Roger Moreau rounds up 27 mazes. (7-12)
Fantastic Word Search Puzzles for Kids ($5.95) by Mark Danna offers puzzles with various themes. (7-12)
Awesome Crosswords for Kids ($5.95) by Trip Payne collects 40 puzzles. (8-12)
Elliott Finds a Clue-And Other Quicksolve Mini-Mysteries ($6.95) by Jim Sukach, illus. by Alan Finn, challenges kids to solve mysteries. (10-up)
Harriet Ziefert adds What’s Polite? and What’s Pretend?, illus. by Richard Brown ($6.95 each, 3-7). Dot-to-Dot has five additions ($3.95-$5.95 each, 3-5 to 6-10). Mandalas continues with two titles ($4.95 each, 4-7). There are two new Maze Craze books ($3.95 each, 7-9). Four books join Kids’ Bathroom Books ($4.95 each, 7-12). The Little Giant series offers three new titles ($6.95 each, 7-12). And Detective Notebooks adds Crime Scene Science by Andrea Campbell and Secret Agent Codes by Chris Sasaki ($4.95 each, 7-12).
Scribbles, Stickers & Glue: A Kids’ Guide to Scrapbooking ($19.95) by Nikki Larsen offers tips on creating a scrapbook. (8-12)
Word and Music Games for Toddlers and Twos: More Than 150 Brain-Boosting Activities ($9.95) by Bonnie Macmillan presents 150 activities. (1-3)
Number and Logic Games for Preschoolers: 150 Brain-Boosting Activities ($9.95) by Dorothy Einon, compiles 150 games. (3-5)
Card Games for Kids: 50 of the Best Games for Children of All Ages ($7.95) by Adam Ward offers instructions for 50 card games. (4-up)
Simple Magic Tricks: Easy-to-Learn Magic Tricks with Everyday Objects ($12.95) by Jon Allen outlines 70 tricks. (10-up)
Prize-Winning Science Fair Projects for Curious Kids ($19.95) by Joe Rhatigan and Rain Newcomb presents 50 illustrated projects. (8-up)
Wild About Weather: 50 Wet, Windy & Wonderful Activities ($19.95) by Ed Brotak offers weather-related facts and projects. (8-up)
The Girls’ World Book of Jewelry: 50 Cool Designs to Make ($14.95) by Rain Newcomb provides instructions and photos for aspiring jewelry crafters. (8-up)
The Kids’ Guide to Digital Photography: How to Shoot, Save, Play with & Print Your Digital Photos ($14.95) by Jenni Bidner includes background info plus photo projects. (10-up)
The Asterix series issues 16 titles ($12.95 each, paper $9.95, 12-up).
Snuggles releases six laminated board books by Mark Shulman, illus. by Patti Jennings ($7.95 each, 2-5). Magic Skeleton introduces Discovering Ancient Egypt and Space Discovery by James Harrison, illus. by Jan Smith and Peter Bull ($9.95 each, 4-7). And there are two new Magic Color Maze titles by Clint Twist, illus. by Kate Aldous ($9.95 each, 6-8).
Car Games: 100 Games to Avoid "Are We There Yet" ($6.95) by Jo Pink. This book of 100 games is designed to fit into a glove compartment. (4-up)
STEWART TABORI & CHANG
Kids’ Embroidery ($19.95) by Kristin Nicholas, photos by John Gruen, offers instructions for 15 embroidery projects. (All ages)