2013 Children's Choices-Young Readers (Grade 3-4)

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Each year 12,500 school children from different regions of the United States read newly published children's and young adults' trade books and vote for the ones they like best. These Children's Choices, selected from more than 500 

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release date: Dec 01, 2011
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Touch the Sky
"Bare feet shouldn't fly. Long legs shouldn't spin. Braids shouldn't flap in the wind. 'Sit on the porch and be a lady,' Papa scolded Alice." In Alice's Georgia hometown, there was no track where an African-American girl could practice, so she made her own crossbar with sticks and rags. With the support of her coach, friends, and community, Alice started to win medals. Her dream to compete at the Olympics came true in 1948. This is an inspiring free-verse story of the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Photos of Alice Coachman are also included.
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Third Grade Angels
The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller FOURTH GRADE RATS

George, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count?

A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.
release date: Feb 02, 2012
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Surviving the Hindenburg
On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg was destroyed by fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Naval Base in New Jersey. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy. In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstraete recounts young Werner's story of the airship's final voyage. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation. "My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground," Werner said later. "Then I started running." Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story of the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages.Larry Verstraete's book, S is for Scientists: A Discovery Alphabet, was named a 2011 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students by the National Science Teachers Association. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.David Geister's work has been featured in The History Channel Magazine. His books include B is for Battle Cry: A Civil War Alphabet. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Stupendous Sports Stadiums
Incredible pictures. Kids of all ages will enjoy reading this wonderful book. Boxes showing a comparison to what is as big as the object on page. Great for math
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Saving Animals After Tornadoes
In a gripping new series, children will meet the everyday heroes who have risked their lives to save animals both large and small--from cats and dogs to sea otters, pelicans, horses and panda bears--when disaster strikes!
Title: Saving Animals After Tornadoes
Author: Person, Stephen
Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
Publication Date: 2012/01/01
Number of Pages: 32
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011036124
release date: Aug 14, 2012
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Quiz Whiz
How hot is lightning?
A. as hot as a microwave on high
B. as hot as the sun's surface
C. five times hotter than the sun's surface
D. as hot as lava
(Correct answer: C)

What's do you call a group of cats? 
A. a scratch
B. a clowder
C. a felinopolis
D. a cat-astrophe
(Correct answer: B)

You'll find 1,000 fun, fascinating, and funny quiz questions like these in the new National Geographic Kids Quiz Whiz book. These aren't the kinds of quizzes kids take in school. Instead, they are full of trivia that kids will love to share with friends and family. They can even put their whole family to the test and see who scores the highest. With a dynamic design and with tons of colorful photos, these quizzes will be fun to look, too!

Based on one of the most popular features on the National Geographic Kids website, this collection of themed quizzes, true-and-false questions, and photo-driven quizzes, will include questions about animals, weather, countries, and lots more. This compact book is just he right size to toss into a backpack and will make car trips, dentists' waiting rooms, even visits to the mall enjoyable experiences for all.


Releases simultaneously in Reinforced Library Binding: 978-1-4263-1019-5 , $18.90/$21.50 Can
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Pluto Visits Earth!
Pluto visits Earth in a truly out-of-this-world adventure!

Pluto is not pleased when he learns that astronomers have downgraded him from planet to dwarf planet. He embarks on a fun and out-of-this-world adventure across the solar system to visit Earth and reclaim his planetary status.

Along the way, Pluto bumps into his moons and other planets. But it's a boy on Earth who makes him realize that, big or small, planet or not, he's still special!
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Pigmares
When a young pig watches monster movies before bed, he's in for some tail-curling nightmares. From the Phantom Hog of the Opera to the Porker from the Black Lagoon, seventeen poems put a pigmarish spin on creepy classics. Illustrations evoke retro movie posters with hog-wild humor.
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My Pop-up World Atlas
Watch the whole world spring to life!

Budding geographers will love to immerse themselves in this fun, bright, fact-packed first atlas with lots of detailed illustrations. Each continent has its own spread, with pop-ups, flaps, booklets, and sturdy pull-tabs introducing the world's countries, inhabitants, and famous landmarks.
release date: Jan 31, 2012
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The Monster Returns

Jeremy thought he'd seen the last of his monster when he sent him away with a one-way bus ticket. But suddenly there's a knock on the door . . . and the monster has returned!
Jeremy tries to decide what to do. Is it possible that the monster is in need of a friend?
Peter McCarty brings his popular monster back in style, with a sequel that will have kids drawing their own little monsters in no time.

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Max Goes to the Moon

Winner of:
2013 Science Communication Award, American Institute of Physics

Max the Dog and a young girl named Tori take the first trip to the Moon since the Apollo era, and their trip proves so inspiring to people back on Earth that all the nations of the world come together to build a great Moon colony. From the colony, the views of Earth make everyone realize how small and precious planet Earth is. Along the way, the story sets the stage for more sophisticated science, featured in the 19 “Big Kid Box” sidebars that have been fully updated in this new edition, which cover topics including “Phases of the Moon,” “Wings in Space?,” and “Frisbees and Curve Balls on the Moon”—all thoughtfully explained so that grown-ups and children can learn together about science. Behind-the-scenes science lessons with activities round out this entertaining and educational picture book, the new edition of which is designed to accompany the new Max Goes to the Moon planetarium show, coming soon to planetariums around the world.

release date: Jan 05, 2012
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Looking at Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln is one of the first giants of history children are introduced to, and now Maira Kalman brings him to life with her trademark style and enthusiasm. Lincoln's legacy is everywhere - there he is on your penny and five-dollar bill. And we are still the United States because Lincoln helped hold them together.

But who was he, really? The little girl in this book wants to find out. Among the many other things, she discovers our sixteenth president was a man who believed in freedom for all, had a dog named Fido, loved Mozart, apples, and his wife's vanilla cake, and kept his notes in his hat. From his boyhood in a log cabin to his famous presidency and untimely death, Kalman shares Lincoln's remarkable life with young readers in a fresh and exciting way.
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Last Laughs
Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis and the inimitable Jane Yolen team up in this ironic and witty take on the last moments in the lives of a variety of animals. Each poem in this darkly humorous collection is an epitaph of a different animal. Grouped by animal type, these posthumous poems are full of clever wordplay and macabre humor that will appeal to kids (and adults) of all ages.
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Knuckle and Potty Destroy Happy World

Knuckle and Potty are tired of being lovable book characters. Together, they hatch a plan to venture to the Outer-world by clicking their heels and leaping off the pages into real life to confront the author and illustrator who created them. When that plan fails, a trip to Happy World is their last option. Simple: they'll just erase Happy World with their de-zonker contraptions. Little do Knuckle and Potty know that Happy World isn't as happy as they think.

release date: Jan 01, 2012
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Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant (Basketball Heroes Making a Difference)
release date: Mar 13, 2012
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Just Joking
Q: What do planets use to download music?
A: Neptunes.
Q: What goes zzub zzub?
A: A bee flying backwards.
Q: Why did the baby cookie cry?
A: Because it was a wafer so long.
 
Packed with the silly jokes that kids love, including knock-knocks, tongue twisters, riddles, traditional question and answer jokes, and more, Just Joking will be presented in National Geographic Kids' colorful, photo-driven style. Laughing animals, funny people, and other colorful photos are paired with each joke, adding an extra laugh on each page. National Geographic Kids' signature square trim size and candy-colored palette make this fun-filled book perfect for tossing into a backpack to share with friends at school or camp.
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Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm (Book #11)
Will Judy's lucky penny lead her to the nation's capital — or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it?

The lucky penny in Judy Moody's pocket sure does seem to be working. She can't stop winning — at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she'll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. Watch out, District of Cool, here comes Judy Moody, the luckiest kid ever, until . . . oh, no! Her lucky penny just did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UNluck. Has the coin's magic gone kerflooey?Are some people, like Jessica Finch or Stink, destined to have all the luck, while she, Judy Moody, gets stuck with a yard full of three-not-four leaf clovers, a squealing potbellied pig in an elevator, and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR!
release date: Mar 13, 2012
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Illusionology
Can you trust your eyes? The newest discovery in the 'Ology series amazes and thrills as the closely guarded secrets of the illusionologists are revealed!

Do you wonder how Harry Houdini performed his amazing escapes? Are you burning to learn the art of making a beautiful woman appear to levitate? Look closely, for the secrets of the world's most famous magicians and illusionists — from the ancient Egyptians through the early twentieth century "Handcuff King" himself — are contained within! More than a fascinating history of magic through the ages, Illusionology is an indispensable guide unveiling step-by-step instructions for more than twenty-five astonishing feats. Master the classic cups-and-ball illusion! Mesmerize your friends with mindreading card tricks! Along with sundry flaps and booklets, readers will find
props for their own sleight of hand, including:
— A magical "dematerializer"
— A set of trick playing cards
— A pair of "disappearing spot" paddles
— A "levitating" card!
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Homer
When the Doggers take on the mighty Hounds in a baseball game, Homer hits a grand slam!

Alex loves baseball. So does his dog, Homer. One starry night, after Alex goes to sleep, Homer and his canine friends get ready for their big baseball game. Find out who will be the champions of the dog baseball world when Homer and the Doggers take on the mighty Hounds.

Can Homer hit a home run and save the day?

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Great Dane
Discusses the large size of Great Danes, their history and appearance, and Great Danes as therapy dogs and as pets.
Title: Great Dane
Author: Person, Stephen
Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
Publication Date: 2011/08/01
Number of Pages: 32
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011014732
release date: Apr 10, 2012
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Giants Beware!

Make way for Claudette the giant slayer in this delightful, fantastical adventure!

Claudette's fondest wish is to slay a giant. But her village is so safe and quiet! What's a future giant slayer to do?

With her best friend Marie (an aspiring princess), and her brother Gaston (a pastry-chef-to-be), Claudette embarks on a super-secret quest to find a giant-without parental permission. Can they find and defeat the giant before their parents find them and drag them back home?

Giants Beware! offers up a wondrous, self-contained world in the tradition of the very best of Pixar. Claudette and her friends will have you laughing out loud from page one.

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Get the Scoop on Animal Poop
Poop gets a bad rap, but it's really very cool and useful. Animals use poop in many different ways: to trick predators and prey, send messages, feed themselves and their babies, build homes, mark their territories, and more. Young readers will discover why rabbits, hamsters, pigs and gorillas eat their own feces (gross!), why some ground-nesting birds circle their eggs with poop, and how caterpillars can build umbrellas made of poop to hide under. There are so many ways to use poop, it is a shame to waste it.
release date: Dec 16, 2011
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Garmann's Secret
Garmann is back for another story in this follow-up to the acclaimed books Garmann's Summer and Garmann's Street. And he's joined once more by some favorite characters from the original book, including the twins Hannah and Johanna.

"They're like two peas in a pod," adults whisper about the girls. But Garmann knows that they aren't. Then one day Johanna takes Garmann into the woods to show him a surprise, and the two find a secret world full of imagination and discovery.

Award-winning author and illustrator Stian Hole has once again created a book filled with wonder that will delight fans of Garmann.
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Freaky-Strange Buildings
Describes some of the most unusual buildings in the world, including a hotel built of salt and an office building that looks like a basket, and compares their various features to similar characteristics of other things.
Title: Freaky-Strange Buildings
Author: Sandler, Michael/ Johnston, Paul F. (CON)
Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
Publication Date: 2011/08/01
Number of Pages: 24
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011014175
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Dolphins in the Navy
Explores how bottlenose dolphins help the Navy, discusses their training, and introduces K-Dog a dolphin used to find sea mines.
Title: Dolphins in the Navy
Author: Goldish, Meish
Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
Publication Date: 2012/01/01
Number of Pages: 24
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011034461
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Dear Cinderella
Cinderella and Snow White share their fairy-tale lives through magical and funny letters!

Cinderella and Snow White share their fairy-tale lives through a magical and funny series of letters. With wicked stepmothers, poisoned apples, handsome princes, and sparkly glass slippers, DEAR CINDERELLA will show princesses of all ages what happens to these beloved fairy-tale characters.

After their adventures both Cinderella and Snow White escape their wicked stepmothers and marry their princes. Dreams really can come true!
release date: Sep 13, 2012
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Bully
Patricia Polacco takes on cliques and online bullying

Lyla finds a great friend in Jamie on her first day of school, but when Lyla makes the cheerleading squad and a clique of popular girls invites her to join them, Jamie is left behind. Lyla knows bullying when she sees it, though, and when she sees the girls viciously teasing classmates on Facebook, including Jamie, she is smart enough to get out. But no one dumps these girls, and now they're out for revenge.

Patricia Polacco has taken up the cause against bullies ever since Thank You, Mr. Falker, and her passion shines through in this powerful story of a girl who stands up for a friend.
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Bad Kitty for President

The votes are in--it's a Bad Kitty landslide!

It's time to elect a new president of the Neighborhood Cat Coalition! Who will win the election? The candidate chosen by the kitties on the right side of the street or the candidate chosen by the kitties on the left side of the street? When election time rolls around, one candidate (guess who?) will discover that she never bothered to register to vote and the entire election will be decided by a surprise, last minute absentee ballot sent by Old Kitty.

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Another Brother

Life for Davy was glorious as long as he had his mother and father to himself. But then he got a brother, Petey. When Davy sang, Petey cried. When Davy created a masterpiece, Petey spat up on it.
And then he got another brother, Mike! And another, Stu! And another, Gil! Until he had TWELVE LITTLE BROTHERS! And that was only the beginning!

release date: Aug 01, 2011
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Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers
Highlights the life and accomplishments of the Green Bay Packers quarterback and examines notable moments in Super Bowl XLV.
Title: Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers
Author: Sandler, Michael
Publisher: Bearport Pub Co Inc
Publication Date: 2011/08/01
Number of Pages: 24
Binding Type: LIBRARY
Library of Congress: 2011013436
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