Merlin and the Making of the King ($16.95) by Margaret Hodges, illus. by Trina Schart Hyman, retells three Arthurian tales. (All ages)

Asleep in the Stable ($16.95) by Will Hillenbrand. Mama owl teaches her baby all about the Nativity. (3-6)

Thanksgiving Is… ($16.95) by Gail Gibbons focuses on this holiday. (4-8)

Mañana, Iguana ($16.95) by Ann Whitford Paul, illus. by Ethan Long, gives a Mexican twist to the tale of the Little Red Hen. (4-8)

Two by Two ($16.95) by John Winch tells the story of Noah’s Ark narrated from the animals’ perspective. (4-8)

How to Trick or Treat in Outer Space ($16.95) by Kathleen Krull, illus. by Paul Brewer, reveals how Halloween is celebrated in the far reaches of the universe. (4-8)

Hazel Nutt, Alien Hunter ($16.95) by David Elliott, illus. by True Kelley, is a companion to Hazel Nutt, Mad Scientist. (4-8)

The Castle of the Cats ($16.95) by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Katya Krenina, retells this story of a boy who discovers a castle with a magical secret. (4-8)

Brave Santa ($16.95) by Nancy Poydar. Who does Jack find hiding behind a curtain when he visits Santa at the mall? (4-8)

Thank You Very Much, Captain Ericsson! ($16.95) by Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge, illus. by Andrew Glass, centers on this Swedish-born engineer and inventor. (4-8)

Valley Forge ($16.95) by Richard Ammon, illus. by Bill Farnsworth, recounts this Revolutionary War battle. (6-10)

Three Kings Day: A Celebration at Christmastime ($16.95) by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith, photos by Lawrence Migdale, is a photoessay celebrating this holiday. (6-10)

Crown Me! ($16.95) by Kathryn Lay. A history project teaches two students that being monarchs can be a regal pain. (8-12)

Poe Park ($16.95) by Agnes Martinez is a novel featuring a boy growing up in urban America. (8-12)

The Top Ten Ways to Ruin the First Day of Fifth Grade ($16.95) by Kenneth Derby introduces a boy whose goal is to be on late-night TV. (8-12)

Close Encounters of a Third World Kind ($16.95) by Jennifer J. Stewart. Annie’s family visits Nepal. (8-12)

Escape Across the Wide Sea ($17.95) by Katherine Kirkpatrick. In this historical novel, a family escapes to New York aboard a slave ship. (8-12)

George Washington: An Illustrated Biography ($24.95) by David A. Adler showcases this President’s life. (10-up)

Westward Ho! Eleven Explorers of the American West ($22.95) by Charlotte Foltz Jones focuses on 11 individuals. (10-up)

Stonewolf ($16.95) by Brenda Seabrooke centers on a boy being held captive in a secluded castle. (10-up)

Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices ($16.95) by Walter Dean Myers compiles poems celebrating Harlem. (12-up)


Holiday House Math Books adds Mooove Over! A Book About Counting by Twos by Karen Magnuson Beil, illus. by Paul Meisel ($16.95, 4-8). And new Holiday House Readers are Just in Time for New Year’s!: A Harry & Emily Adventure by Karen Gray Ruelle ($14.95, paper $4.95, 5-8); Dr. Clock-sicle by Martha Weston ($14.95, 5-8); and Cars by Nancy Smiler Levinson, illus. by Jacqueline Rogers ($14.95, 6-9).

Paperback Reprints

Sweet Hearts by Jan Carr, illus. by Dorothy Donohue ($6.95, 2-6); Go to Sleep, Groundhog! by Judy Cox, illus. by Paul Meisel; Horses! by Gail Gibbons; Poultrygeist by Mary Jane Auch, illus. by Mary Jane and Herm Auch ($6.95, 4-8); and Three Samurai Cats: A Story from Japan by Eric A. Kimmel, illus. by Mordicai Gerstein ($6.95, 5-8).

Paperback Series Reprints

Picture Book Biographies adds A Picture Book of Harriet Beecher Stowe by David A. Adler, illus. by Colin Bootman ($6.95, 4-8).


A Treasury of Christmas Songs ($19.95), compiled by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pairs 25 holiday songs with works of art. (All ages)

Brown Bear & Friends Gift Set ($49.95) by Bill Martin Jr, illus. by Eric Carle, contains three bear tales and a poster. (2-5)

My First Chinese New Year ($14.95) by Karen Katz. A girl experiences the festivities surrounding this holiday. (2-5)

T Is for Terrible ($15.95) by Peter McCarty is the tale of a Tyrannosaurus rex. (3-6)

Snowbear’s Christmas Countdown ($14.95) by Theresa Smythe. Snowbear counts down the days until Christmas. (3-6)

Animal Snackers ($15.95) by Betsy Lewin is a newly illustrated version of this look at creatures’ eating habits. (3-7)

Shall I Knit You a Hat? A Christmas Yarn ($16.95) by Kate Klise, illus. by M. Sarah Klise, is a story about the gift of friendship. (3-7)

The Moon Came Down on Milk Street ($16.95) by Jean Gralley illustrates the power of the human spirit during difficult times. (3-up)

Skeleton Bones & Goblin Groans: Poems for Halloween ($16.95) by Amy Sklansky, illus. by Karen Dismukes, is a holiday poetry collection. (4-7)

Spike & Cubby’s Ice Cream Island Adventure ($16.95) by Heather Sellers, illus. by Amy Young, is a caper featuring dogs at sea. (4-7)

Knock! Knock! ($16.95) by Jan Wahl, illus. by Mary Newell DePalma, reveals what happens when a witch in Scotland hears a knock at the door. (4-8)

Dog Show ($15.95) by Elizabeth Winthrop, illus. by Mark Ulriksen. Will Fred finally win an event at the dog show? (4-8)

The Abominable Snow Teacher ($15.95) by Lisa Passen is a companion to Attack of the 50-Foot Teacher and The Incredible Shrinking Teacher. (5-8)

One Dark and Dreadful Night ($16.95) by Randy Cecil describes a theatrical production by orphans. (5-9)

Mozart Finds a Melody ($17.95) by Stephen Costanza. Mozart’s dog inspires a composition. (5-9)

Wee and the Wright Brothers ($16.95) by Timothy Gaffney, illus. by Bernadette Pons. A mouse takes off on the ride of his life. (5-9)

Faraway Grandpa ($16.95) by Roberta Karim, illus. by Ted Rand, is the tale of a girl whose grandfather has Alzheimer’s disease. (5-9)

Let’s Eat: What Children Eat Around the World ($16.95) by Beatrice Hollyer spotlights youngsters’ eating habits. (5-9)

Little Horse on His Own ($15.95) by Betsy Byars, illus. by David McPhail. Little Horse struggles to find his way home. (5-9)

Polar Bear Math: Learning About Fractions from Klondike and Snow ($16.95) by Ann Whitehead Nagda and Cindy Bickel. Bears help teach fractions. (7-10)

Funerals and Fly Fishing ($16.95) by Mary Bartek tells of a 12-year-old who spends the summer with his undertaker grandfather. (8-up)

Hachiko Waits ($15.95) by Lesléa Newman, illus. by Machiyo Kodaira, introduces a dog whose loyalty knows no bounds. (8-up)

The Lovesick Salesman ($16.95) by Margaret Gray, illus. by Randy Cecil, is a "prequel" to The Ugly Princess and the Wise Fool. (9-up)

Dollmakers and Their Stories: Women Who Changed the World of Play ($16.95) by Krystyna Poray Goddu, focuses on creators of familiar dolls. (9-up)

Nothing Here But Stones ($16.95) by Nancy Oswald. A family strives to make a home out of nothing. (10-up)

The Truth About Sparrows ($16.95) by Marian Hale is a first novel revealing the meaning of home. (10-up)


Unlikely Exploits welcomes Heir of Mystery by Philip Ardagh, illus. by David Roberts ($9.95, 8-up). And the Hollow Kingdom Trilogy adds Close Kin by Clare B. Dunkle ($16.95, 12-up).

Board Book Reprint

The Everything Book by Denise Fleming ($6.95, 2-6)


A Pocketful of Cricket by Rebecca Caudill, illus. by Evaline Ness ($18.95, 5-8); and Life on Mars by David Getz, illus. by Peter McCarty ($14.95, 8-12).

Paperback Reprints

The Emperor Lays an Egg by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illus. by Joan Paley; and A Houseful of Christmas by Barbara Joosse, illus. by Betsy Lewin ($6.95 each, 4-8).


All Aboard the Polar ExpressClick here! and The Gift of ChristmasClick here! ($4.99 each) are board-book tie-ins to The Polar Express film. (up to 3)

PeedieClick here! and BooBooClick here! ($9.95 each) by Olivier Dunrea introduce two more goslings. (2-5)

Curious George and the FirefightersClick here! ($12, paper $3.95), illus. in the style of H.A. Rey by Anna Grossnickle Hines. George visits a firehouse. (4-8)

Aaaarrgghh! Spider!Click here! ($16) by Lydia Monks. A spider attempts to become a household pet. (4-8)

The Red BookClick here! ($12.95) by Barbara Lehman is a wordless tale centering on a book. (4-8)

Tiff, Taff, and LuLuClick here! ($16) by Eva Montanari. Three sisters drop their sibling rivalry to help their mother. (4-8)

Toby and the SnowflakesClick here! ($15) by Julie Halpern, illus. by Matthew Cordell. Toby finds unexpected new pals after his best friend moves away. (4-8)

The Road to MumbaiClick here! ($16) by Ruth Jeyaveeran. New friends of Shoba and her monkey come to the rescue when trouble threatens a wedding. (4-8)

The Monster Show: Everything You Never Knew About MonstersClick here! ($15) by Charise Mericle Harper uncovers monsters’ secrets. (4-8)

A Small ChristmasClick here! ($12.95) by Wong Herbert Yee. Fireman Small saves Christmas. (4-8)

The Trial of Cardigan JonesClick here! ($16) by Tim Egan tells of a moose on trial for a crime he didn’t commit. (4-8)

A Christmas Like Helen’sClick here! ($16) by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock, illus. by Mary Azarian, describes a Christmas long ago. (4-8)

Henry WorksClick here! ($15) by D.B. Johnson reveals what Henry the Bear does on his way to work. (4-8)

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert EinsteinClick here! ($16) by Don Brown focuses on Einstein’s childhood. (4-8)

The Magic JourneyClick here! ($9.99) is a picture book based on The Polar Express movie. (4-8)

The Hidden Folk: Stories of Fairies, Dwarves, Selkies, and Other Secret Beings ($18) Click here! by Lise Lunge-Larsen, illus. by Beth Krommes. A story collection. (4-9)

The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James AudubonClick here! ($15) by Jacqueline Davies, illus. by Melissa Sweet, depicts the childhood of this naturalist. (5-9)

Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People WritingClick here! ($16) by James Rumford centers on this individual who helped his nation learn to read and write. (5-9)

Next Stop Neptune: Experiencing the Solar SystemClick here! ($16) by Alvin Jenkins, illus. by Steve Jenkins, offers a tour of the solar system. (5-9)

About TimeClick here! ($17) by Bruce Koscielniak examines time and the clocks that measure it. (5-10)

Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in the Asian TropicsClick here! ($16) by Sy Montgomery focuses on these tropical creatures. (8-12)

Thin Wood WallsClick here! ($16) by David Patneaude tells of a Japanese American boy who grows up in a WWII internment camp. (10-14)

The Vanishing PointClick here! ($17) by Louise Hawks is a novel based on the life of Italian painter Lavinia Fontana. (10-14)

HimalayaClick here! ($16) by Jonathan Neale is a sequel to Lost at Sea.

Madam President: The Extraordinary, True (and Evolving) Story of Women in PoliticsClick here! ($17) by Catherine Thimmesh, illus. by Douglas B. Jones, spotlights women who have influenced politics. (10-up)


Billy’s PictureClick here! by H.A. and Margret Rey ($15, paper $5.95, 4-8).


The Polar Express: The Movie Keepsake Memory BookClick here! ($5.99) presents holiday projects and songs. (All ages)

The Polar Express: The Movie Shadow BookClick here! ($14.99) includes a flashlight to use to project scenes onto a wall. (All ages)

The Journey BeginsClick here! ($3.99) is based on The Polar Express movie. (4-7)

Trip to the North Pole: A Junior NovelClick here! ($4.99). This tie-in to The Polar Express includes stills from the film. (8-12)

Paperback Reprints

Can You Count Ten Toes?Click here! by Lezlie Evans, illus. by Denis Click here! Roche

I Live in TokyoClick here! by Mari Takabayshi

Fireman Small: Fire Down BelowClick here! by Wong Herbert Yee

Rotten Ralph’s Rotten RomanceClick here! by Jack Gantos, illus. by Nicole Rubel

Grandmother WinterClick here! by Phyllis Root, illus. by Beth Krommes

and Hottest, Coldest, Highest, DeepestClick here! by Steve Jenkins ($5.95 each, 4-8)

The Man-Eating Tigers of SundarbansClick here! by Sy Montgomery, photos by Eleanor Briggs ($6.95, 8-12)

Phineas GageClick here! by John Fleischman ($8.95, 8-12)

Help! I’m a Prisoner in the LibraryClick here! by Eth Clifford, illus. by George Hughes

A Murder for Her MajestyClick here! by Beth Hilgartner

The Bread WinnerClick here! by Arvella Whitmore ($5.95 each, 8-12)

The Sky’s the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and GirlsClick here! by Catherine Thimmesh, illus. by Melissa Sweet ($7.95, 10-14)

Story for a Black NightClick here! by Clayton Bess ($6.99, 13-up).


I Can’t Tell YouClick here! ($16, paper $6.99) by Hillary Frank. After he opens his big mouth during a fight with his best friend, Jake decides that writing is better than talking. (14-up)

Paperback Reprints

Not As Crazy as I SeemClick here! by George Harrar and The Road to DamiettaClick here! by Scott O’Dell ($6.99 each, 13-up).


PigaroonsClick here! ($16) by Arthur Geisert. Pigs star in this pirate adventure. (4-8)

We Go in a CircleClick here! ($15) by Peggy Perry Anderson tells of a retired racehorse retrained to help the disabled. (4-8)

Hurty FeelingsClick here! ($16) by Helen Lester, illus. by Lynn Munsinger, introduces a sensitive hippo. (4-8)

Nature in the NeighborhoodClick here! ($16) by Gordon Morrison is a guide to plants and animals. (6-10)

ScribbleClick here! ($15) by Richard W. Jennings. A boy copes with the loss of his best friend by communing with ghosts. (10-14)

Country Girl, City GirlClick here! ($15) by Lisa Jahn-Clough. Teens from different backgrounds spend a summer together. (10-up)

OffsidesClick here! ($15) by Erik Esckilsen. Soccer players and their coach square off in this novel. (10-up)

Paperback Reprints

The Best PlaceClick here! by Susan Meddaugh and Civil War ArtistClick here! by Taylor Morrison ($5.95 each, 4-8)

AllisonClick here! by Allen Say ($6.95, 4-8).


The Adventures of Melon & Turnip ($15.95) by Trisha Howell, illus. by Paul Lopez. Two friends who venture from their garden discover the value of hard work and of treating others with love. (4-8)


The Talia Adventure series issues Talia and the Tower by Trisha Adelena Howell, illus. by David Hohn ($11.95, 12-up)

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Girl, 13 ($22.95) by Starla Griffin portrays the lives of 13-year-old girls around the world. (10-up)

Paperback Series

World-Wise Kids’ Guides debuts with Greece, Iraq, China and Brazil ($12.95 each, 8-up).


John’s Secret Dreams: The Life of John Lennon ($16.99) by Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Bryan Collier, portrays Lennon’s life. (All ages)

Dress Up Batty ($19.99) by William Wegman. This photographer’s Weimaraners play dress-up. (All Ages)

Baby Goose ($15.99) by Kate McMullan, illus. by Pascal Lemaître, collects nursery rhymes. (up to 3)

McDuff’s Wild Romp ($15.99) by Rosemary Wells, illus. by Susan Jeffers, offers a new McDuff caper. (2-5)

That’s What Friends Do ($15.99) by Kathryn Cave, illus. by Nick Maland, evokes the joys of friendship. (2-6)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale ($15.99) by Mo Willems. Things go terribly wrong when Daddy’s in charge. (3-6)

Wow! City! ($16.99) by Robert Neubecker. Izzy visits the big city. (3-7)

Snow Dude ($16.99) by Daniel Kirk is a story starring an active snowman. (3-8)

Liberty’s Journey ($15.99) by Kelly DiPucchio, illus. by Richard Egielski. Lady Liberty goes on a road trip across America. (4-7)

Nonna’s Porch ($15.99) by Rita Gray, illus. by Terry Widener. The vistas from her home inspire the blanket Nonna knits for her grandchild. (4-7)

The Royal Mice ($16.99) by Loretta Krupinski. Mice attempt to chase a cat away from the castle. (4-8)

Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Great Big Book of Tiny Germs ($16.99) by Bill Nye, with writing by Kathleen Zoehfeld, illus. by Bryn Barnard, is a guide to germs. (6-9)

The Million Dollar Strike ($15.99) by Dan Gutman. Two boys try to keep a bowling alley from closing. (8-12)

The Doll People Boxed Set ($24.99) by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, illus. by Brian Selznick, packages together The Doll People and The Meanest Doll in the World. (8-12)

The Illmore Chronicles: The Ratastrophe Catastrophe ($16.99) by David Lee Stone launches a fantasy trilogy. (10-14)

Friends, Enemies ($15.99) by Rosie Rushton. Things change between two best friends when a new girl moves into the neighborhood. (10-up)

Son of the Mob: Hollywood Hustle ($15.99) by Gordon Korman is a sequel to Son of the Mob. (12-up)


Baby Einstein adds four titles, concept by Julie Aigner-Clark, illus. by Nadeem Zaidi ($5.99-$9.99 each, 1 month-up to 18 mos.-up). Tales from the Odyssey offers The Final Battle by Mary Pope Osborne ($9.99, 8-11). And A Day That Changed America adds Earthquake! by Shelly Tanaka, illus. by David Craig ($16.99, 8-up).

Paperback Reprints

Sahara Special by Esmé Raji Codell ($5.99, 8-12); Alex Ryan, Stop That! by Claudia Mills and The Sixth Grade Nickname Game by Gordon Korman ($5.99 each, 8-12); Gilbert & Sullivan Set Me Free by Kathleen Karr ($5.99, 10-14); Son of the Mob by Korman and Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell ($5.99 each, 12-up); and The Wind on Fire Trilogy Boxed Set by William Nicholson ($29.50, 12-up).

Paperback Series Reprints

Tales from the Odyssey reprints Return to Ithaca by Mary Pope Osborne ($4.99, 8-11).


Setting the Turkeys Free ($15.99) by W. Nikola-Lisa, illus. by Ken

Wilson-Max. The turkeys a boy creates in his artwork take on a life of their own. (3-6)

Skin Again ($16.99) by bell hooks, illus. by Chris Raschka, pays tribute to all that makes individuals unique. (4-8)

Santa’s Kwanzaa ($15.99) by Garen Eileen Thomas, illus. by Guy Francis, celebrates two holidays. (4-up)

Honey Bea ($15.99) by Kim Siegelson centers on a girl who is a slave on a Louisiana plantation. (4-up)

African Princess: The Amazing Lives of Africa’s Royal Women ($16.99) by Joyce Hansen, illus. by Laurie McGaw, presents portraits of six royal women. (8-up)

Paperback Series

Two series debut with four titles each: Jump at the Sun Holiday Classics, illus. by Rex Perry; and Jump at the Sun Fairy-tale Classics, illus. by John Kurtz ($3.50 each, 3-7). Shanna’s First Readers adds two books by Jean Marzollo ($3.99 each, 4-6). And Willimena Rules! introduces two novels by Valerie Wilson Wesley, illus. by Maryn Roos ($3.99 each, 7-10).

Paperback Reprint

Be Boy Buzz by bell hooks, illus by Chris Raschka ($6.99, 4-8).


The Golem’s Eye ($17.95) by Jonathan Stroud is the second volume in the Bartimaeus Trilogy. (10-up)


Buried Fire and Leap ($6.95 each) by Jonathan Stroud are fantasy tales. (10-up)

Paperback Series

The Spud Murphy series debuts with The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer, illus. by Glenn McCoy ($12.95, 7-up).

Paperback Reprint

The Amulet of Samarkand: Book One of the Bartimaeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud ($7.99, 10-up).



Sons of the Dark launches with Barbarian and Escape by Lynne Ewing ($9.99 each, 12-up). And Ewing’s Daughters of the Moon concludes with The Becoming ($9.99, 12-up).

Paperback Series

Maurice Sendak’s Seven Little Monsters gains a pair of titles by Arthur Yorinks, illus. by Raymond Jaflice ($3.99 each, 5-7). Monster Manor adds Runaway Zombie! by Paul Martin and Manu Boisteau ($4.99, 7-10). And From the Files of Madison Finn by Laura Dower has two additions ($4.99 each, 8-12).

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