September 2014



Series For
Preschoolers

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CHICK 'n' PUG
written/illus. by Jennifer Sattler, (Bloomsbury Books), 32p, Ages 3-6

Series:
Chick 'n' Pug Meet the Dude
A Chick 'n' Pug Christmas

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THE POUT-POUT FISH
written by Deborah Diesen, illus. by Dan Hanna (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), 32p, Ages 3-6

Series:
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark
Smile Pout-Pout Fish

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BEARS IN THE BATH
written by Shirley Parenteau, illus. by David Walker (Candlewick Press), 32p, Ages 2-5

Series:
Bears on Chairs
Bears in Beds





Series for
4-8 Year Olds

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A VISITOR FOR BEAR
written by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton (Candlewick Press), 56p, Ages 3-7

Series:
A Birthday for Bear
A Bedtime for Bear
The Sniffles for Bear

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BATS IN THE BAND
written/illus. by Brian Lies, (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), 32p, Ages 4-8

Series:
Bats at the Beach
Bats at the Library
Bats at the Ballgame

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THE LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY: The Storm
written by Cynthia Rylant, illus. by Preston McDaniels (Simon & Schuster), 80p, Ages 6-10

Series:
The Whale
The Turtle
The Eagle
The Octopus





Series for
Ages 8-12

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FLOORS
written by Patrick Carman, (Scholastic Press), 272p, Ages 9-12

Series:
3 Below
The Field of Wacky Inventions





Series for
Ages 12+

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THE CLOAK SOCIETY
written by Jeramey Kraatz, (HarperCollins), 288p, Ages 11+

Series:
Villians Rising
Fall of Heroes





Series for
Teens

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THE AGENCY
written by Y. S. Lee, (Candlewick Press), 352p, Ages 14+

Series:
A Spy in the House
The Body at the Tower
The Traitor in the Tunnel
Rivals in the City

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DEATH CLOUD Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins
written by Andrew Lane, (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), 320p, Ages 14-18

Series:
Rebel Fire
Black Ice
Firestorm
Snake Bite






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Welcome to The Storytellers, a monthly newsletter of outstanding children's literature to read and read aloud from preschoolers to middle graders.

Fall is in the air, and what better way to enjoy it than with a great book. We hope that you enjoy our selections. They offer fun reads into adventure, friendship, families, folk literature, mysteries, humor, fantasy, animals, and science fiction.

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Preschool
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FOUND
written/illus. by Salina Yoon, (Walker Books, $14.99, ISBN 978-0-8027-3559-1), 36p, Ages 3-6

"One day, Bear found something in the forest. Bear thought it was the most special thing he had ever seen." Sitting against a tree, a lost stuffed toy bunny is rescued, carried home, and loved unconditionally by Bear. Realizing that Bunny must be someone else's lost toy, Bear designs posters, posts them on bulletin boards, trees, and shows them to the fishes in the stream. They enjoy playing, picking blackberries, swinging, and picnicking, until the owner (an adult Moose wearing a necktie) cries out, "Floppy." Tearfully Bear releases Bunny to his owner, however, the wise Moose realizes that beloved toys are meant to be passed on and returns the beloved toy to Bear for safekeeping. Little ones will love the clever bulletin board depicting LOST fliers, Bear's bunny slippers, and the little yellow bird that follows Bear around. Adults will appreciate the themes of responsibility and honesty.

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JUST RIGHT FOR TWO
written by Tracey Corderoy, illus. by Rosalind Beardshaw, (Noisy Crow, $15.99,
ISBN 978-0-7636-7344-4), 32p, Ages 3-7

Self-reliant Dog loves his blue suitcase and fills it with special possessions: "a bumpy little pinecone, a smooth rock with a hole in it, some dancing leaves, a really good stick, a soft, tickly feather, and a big, shiny red button." It also makes a perfect bed at night, and is all that he needs. One morning Dog awakes to find a little mouse snuggled against him. After Dog's initial resistance, they strike up a friendship, Mouse admires Dog's possessions, and they enjoy playing hide-and-seek. After Mouse leaves, Dog misses something, searches for Mouse to help him find it, and realizes that the "what" he is missing is a "who." Simply told with charming illustrations, this warm tale of friendship will be a lovely read-aloud, especially at bedtime.

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LITTLE OWL'S DAY
written/illus. by Divya Srinivasan, (Viking Books, $16.99, ISBN 978-0-670-01650-1), 32p, Ages 3-5

Awakened by a noisy squirrel, Little Owl sees for the first time a sunny, sparkling world that is very different from his nighttime one. Fascinated by the flowers, bees, butterflies, wolf puppies, rainbows and waterfalls, he is eager to tell his nighttime friends and mama about his daytime adventures. At sunset, Little Owl flies home to his tree, and is surprised to discover that some of his daytime friends also live under his treetop home. As promised, he shows Bear the moon. Children will love the cute story, characters, and sweet illustrations.

 
Ages 4-8
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A LIBRARY BOOK FOR BEAR
written by Bonny Becker, illus. by Kady MacDonald Denton, (Candlewick Press, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-7636-4924-1), 40p, Ages 4-7

"Bear had never been to the library. He had seven very nice books at home: three about kings and queens, three about honeybees, and one about pickles. Bear was quite sure he had all the books he would ever need." When Mouse reminds him of their visit to the library, Bear has second thoughts. Grumbling, Bear buckles on his roller skates, grabs a basket, and skates to the library with Mouse. Isolating himself in a corner, Bear insists that too many books are extravagant, books on rocket ships and canoes do not interest him, and only books on pickles do. Dejected, Mouse decides to take him home, until Bear hears the librarian reading "The Very Brave Bear and the Treasure of Pickle Island." Excellent storytelling and delightful illustrations will endear kids to the latest episode of two opposite friends and their interesting personalities.

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THE LION AND THE BIRD
written/illus. by Marianne Dubuc, (Enchanted Lion Books, $17.95, ISBN 978-1-59270-151-3), 64p, Ages 4-7

On an autumn day while working in his garden, Lion discovers an injured bird. "Oh! Poor little thing! Lion can't just leave him there." After bandaging Bird's broken wing, they watch as his flock flies away for the winter. Lion carries Bird home, nurses him back to health, and the two spend the winter together enjoying the warmth of Lion's cottage, ice fishing, and tobogganing. When spring returns along with Bird's flock, Bird points upward, and Lion sadly bids him farewell. Resuming his solitary life, Lion returns to his gardening, fishing, and reading. When autumn arrives, Lion looks up and wonders about Bird, until he hears a single musical note and realizes he is no longer lonely. Sparse text and charming illustrations, that convey compassion, friendship, loss, and hope, make this a great read aloud to share, savor, and treasure with children.

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MUNSCH MINI-TREASURY THREE
written by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko/Hélène Desputeaux, (Annick Press, $16.95, ISBN 978-1-55451-651-3), 148p, Ages 4-7

Five more of Robert Munsch's wonderful stories are presented in this third volume. Mortimer features a little boy who enjoys extremely loud noise, especially at bedtime. Purple, Green and Yellow centers on an artistic girl, who loves color markers to the extreme. Show and Tell deals with the problems that a boy faces when he brings his baby sister to school and no one can stop her crying. Something Good takes readers on a wild shopping spree in the supermarket and a family whose daughter is accidentally put up for sale by the grocery clerk. David's Father surrounds a small boy, adopted by hugely different looking parents. At the beginning of each tale, ("Where did this story come from?") Munsch gives readers a bit of history behind each story. Great humor, lively illustrations, and incredible silliness await kids who are fortunate enough to listen to these marvelous stories.


Ages 8-12
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REVENGE ON SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN
written by Elise Broach, illus. by Olga/Aleksey Ivanov, (Henry Holt and Company, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-8050-8909-7), 294p, Ages 9-12

The final book in the Superstition Mountain trilogy finds the three Barker brothers, Simon, Henry, and Jack, and their friend Delilah hoping to solve the mystery surrounding Superstition Mountain's Lost Dutchman's goldmine and the deathbed ore of Jacob Waltz. Mysterious messages, letters, and postcards from their deceased uncle, age-old curses, and a puzzling note to Henry from his Uncle Hank, lead them to the town's cemetery, and a friend of Uncle Hank, who tells them of the Thunder God's curse: "The mountain is sacred. Anyone who takes gold from that mine will die." Once again, they hike up the eerie mountain to return the bits of gold that Jack took on their last trip, only to encounter a flash flood, near drowning, and a mine explosion. Will they ever find the fortune in gold or does the legend remain unsolved? Action-packed adventure, mystery, greed, consequences, secrets, humor, and delightful fun await kids who yearn for hidden treasure. Author's Note explains the history behind the Superstition Mountain range, its gold, the Thunder God, the Apache belief system, and the region's folklore.

Ages 12+
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THE TWINNING PROJECT
written by Robert Lipsyte, (Clarion Books, $16.99,
ISBN 978-0-547-64571-1), 272p, Ages 11-14

Identical twelve-year-old twins, living on separate Earths 50 years apart, work together to locate their missing dad, thwart alien invaders, and save both their worlds from destruction. Seventh grader Tom living in 2011 is smart, a rebel, musically talented, hates bullies, and is grieving the loss of his father in a plane crash. Eddie, who lives in 1957, is friendly, athletic, and popular. Both communicate via thoughts, but when the same two human-looking aliens show up at each school, their grandfather reveals the alien's master plan to destroy both Earths. They switch places and identities, and with the help of new friends, try to stop the destruction. Short chapters, amazing inventions, action, and adventure will please even the most reluctant reader.

Teens
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THE CAPTIVE MAIDEN
written by Melanie Dickerson, (Zondervan, $9.99,
ISBN 9778-0-310-72441-4), 304p, Ages 14-18

Without magic, fairy godmothers or pumpkins, this retelling of the Cinderella tale finds 17-year-old Gisela working in servitude to a cruel stepmother since her father's death ten years earlier. Hearing that the Duke of the land is holding a tournament and ball to celebrate the return of his eldest son, Gisela determines to attend. She catches Valen's eye during a chance meeting before the tournament, and a friendship begins. When an evil knight bent on destroying Valen, kidnaps Gisela, the rescue proves difficult and treacherous. With the aid of a Christian priest, Valen and Gisela realize their love for each other and their God-given purposes in life. Set in Hagenheim, Bavaria in the early 15th century, jousting matches, swordplay, and fascinating medieval life will appeal to fans of fairy tales, chivalry, and romance. Kindness, forgiveness, bravery, and courage make this wonderful retelling of a classic fairy tale well worth reading.

Over the years, we have researched thousands of children's books, and can recommend some of the best in outstanding children's literature for parents to read aloud and children to read. Our recommendations must meet certain criteria: fun, creative and imaginative stories, delightful illustrations, and excellent for age appropriate listening and reading. We hope that you enjoyed our recommendations. If you desire further information some of the best in children's literature, please visit our website, www.tchliteracy.com.

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