School is back in session for most students around the country and I’m glad I can partner with Candlewick Press once again to bring you these new book titles to help your children start the year off on the right foot! These books will help your children develop communication skills, strengthen their reading comprehension, and build their vocabulary!
Written and illustrated by Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson
HC: 9780763675585∙ September 2015 ∙ $12.99∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
Peg and Cat have built an amazing car out of things they found lying around. They’ve named her Hot Buttered Lightning (since she’s built for speed), and they plan to win the Tallapegga Twenty. If they can make it out of the junkyard, that is. It’s a good thing Peg knows the best shape to use to make wheels and how to count laps to see who is ahead. And it’s lucky that Cat reminds Peg to keep calm when she’s totally freaking out! Will Peg and Cat be the first to complete twenty laps and win the Golden Cup? Or will it be one of their quirky competitors? Count on Peg and Cat to rev up young problem-solvers for an exciting race to the finish.
Mouse’s First Night at Moonlight School
By Simon Puttock, illustrated by Ali Pye
HC: 9780763676070∙ June 2015 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
It’s Mouse’s first night at Miss Moon’s Moonlight School but she is shy, too shy to even say hello. Luckily, with help from Miss Moon and her new friends Bat, Cat, and Owl, a game of hide-and-seek makes Mouse feel right at home.
Heather Has Two Mommies
By Lesléa Newman, illustrated by Laura Cornell
HC: 9780763666316∙ March 2015 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 3-7
Heather’s favorite number is two. She has two arms, two legs, and two pets. And she also has two mommies. When Heather goes to school for the first time, someone asks her about her daddy, but Heather doesn’t have a daddy. Then something interesting happens. When Heather and her classmates all draw pictures of their families, not one drawing is the same. It doesn’t matter who makes up a family, the teacher says, because “the most important thing about a family is that all the people in it love one another.” This delightful edition for a new generation of young readers features fresh illustrations by Laura Cornell and an updated story by Lesléa Newman.
I Will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson’s Blackboard
Written and Illustrated by Jennifer K. Mann
HC: 9780763665142∙ June 2015 ∙ $16.99 ∙ 40 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
Rose is a distracted and creative soul. She does her best at school, but sometimes her mind wanders, and she answers the wrong question. Her reading voice is quiet, not strong and loud. And her desk?—?well, keeping her desk neat is a challenge. When it’s time to make thank-you cards for a class visitor, Rose’s art supplies turn her workspace?—and her?—?into a colorful mess. But her artistic skills shine through in the gorgeous oversize card she creates. Could she possibly get a star after all? A cheerful and empowering picture book for the child whose talents lie in unconventional areas, and those still searching for their strengths.
“Mann, in her second book as both author and illustrator, works with assurance as she puts her jittery ink line and layered washed of color to work in the service of both emotional vulnerability and schoolroom slapstick without missing a beat….Mann is well on her way to becoming a champion portrayer of those who color outside the lines or march to a different drum.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Felix Stands Tall
By Rosemary Wells
HC: 9780763661113 ∙ September 2015 ∙ $14.99∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
Felix has a new best friend! With take-charge Fiona, anything seems possible, and before Felix knows it, she sweeps him into singing and dancing with her as pixies in the Guinea Pig Jubilee talent show. But right after Felix’s first-prize triumph, trouble waits in the wings. “Twinkletoes!” someone taunts, and Felix crumbles. Can he pull himself together and face down the bullies? With a little help from Fiona, can Felix find a magic key that unlocks the secret to standing up—to anyone?
Smashie McPerter and the Mystery of Room 11
By N. Griffin, illustrated by Kate Hindley
HC: 9780763661458∙ February 2015 ∙ $15.99 ∙ 256 pages ∙ Ages 7-10
The day the hamster disappears from Smashie McPerter’s class begins like any other. Well, except for the fact that the teacher is out sick and Smashie’s class is stuck with Mr. Carper, the worst substitute in the world. And except for the mysterious business with the glue. And except for the fact that Smashie is wrestling with a terrible problem, which only partly stems from her extreme aversion to hamster feet. As the peaceable and productive days of Room 11 turn into paranoia-fueled chaos, as natural suspects produce natural alibis and motives remain unmotivated, Smashie and her best friend, Dontel, are forced to the limits of their parlor-room detecting to set things right.
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates
By Liz Pichon
PB: 9780763680688∙ August 2015 ∙ $7.99 ∙ 256 pages ∙ Ages 8-12
Meet Tom Gates. When his teachers don’t have their beady eyes on him, he likes to draw pictures and write about stuff. Tom’s teachers think he is easily distracted and “lacks focus,” but that’s a bit harsh—can he help it if his grumpy big sister, Delia, made him late for school (again), or that last night’s homework had to be sacrificed to stave off a vicious dog attack? Master of excuses, creative storyteller, and middle-school comedian extraordinaire, Tom Gates is guaranteed to get kids turning the pages—and keep them laughing.
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