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Tapper Twins Run for President Activity Kit

 

The Tapper Twins are taking their sibling rivalry to the political stage! Just when you thought politics couldn’t get any more heated, Claudia and Reese race to become Culvert Prep’s next class president. Hit the campaign trail with them with this downloadable campaign rally kit.

11 October Reads You May Have Missed

11 October Reads You May Have Missed

 

 

The days are growing colder and darker, and winter is quickly approaching… so what better time to snuggle up and read? Check out our list of LBYR books released this past month, full of beautifully illustrations, laugh-out-loud stories, fantastical tales, and more.

 

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1. A Farm for Maisie by Jennifer and John Churchman

The bestselling authors of The Sheepover are back with another charming story set on their bustling Vermont farm. This time, follow Maisie, an adorable sheepdog puppy, as she learns about each animal’s job: laying eggs, pulling carts, and making wool. But can Maisie find her own place in her new home?

 

2. Rory the Dinosaur Needs a Christmas Tree by Liz Climo

When Rory and his dad can’t find the perfect Christmas tree, Rory is worried the holiday will be ruined! Can he and his friends learn how to get into the Christmas spirit without one? This festive tale from popular comic artist Liz Climo will appeal to children, Tumblr followers, and new fans alike!

 

3. Princess Hair by Sharee Miller

Debut author-illustrator Sharee Miller celebrates different shapes, textures, and styles of black hair in her new picture book! With colorful illustrations and an endearing text, Princess Hair spreads the invaluable message that all hair is befitting of royalty.

 

4. The Bad Mood and the Stick by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe

From the New York Times bestselling author Lemony Snicket comes a witty, deadpan tale about the contagious nature of bad moods. This picture book provides a humorous lesson on forgiveness and reminds readers that a little ice cream and empathy goes a long way in turning a bad mood around!

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5. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai, illustrated by Kerascoet

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has changed the world with her inspiring story and perseverance. Now, younger readers can learn about Malala through her first picture book! The tale recounts her childhood in Pakistan and desire to make the world a better place with a magic pencil. As she grows older, Malala discovers that true power came from her words.

 

6. Haunted Sleepover by B. A. Frade

Who says spooky books are just for Halloween? For young readers who want to keep the Halloween spirit going all year long, check out the Scaremaster series. The newest frightfully fun installment takes you on a journey through a haunted night in a museum. Enter if you dare!

 

7. Draw-It-Yourself Adventures: Superhero Saga by Andrew Judge, illustrated by Chris Judge

Embark upon another trip to Doodletown with the latest customizable tale in the Draw-It-Yourself Adventures series! Scribble, sketch, fold, and twist your way through a story of superheroes, villains, action, and mayhem— and be prepared to laugh the whole time.

 

8. The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell

The internationally bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon is back! Wizards and Warriors have been mortal enemies for centuries. But when a warrior princess and wizards prince collide on the trail of a deadly witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure! Readers will be transported to the wildwood by Cressida’s trademark humor and charming illustrations.

 

9. Celebrate the Season: The Twelve Pets of Christmas and Celebrate the Season: Secret Snowflake by Taylor Garland

The magic of Christmas is captured in the first two books of this very merry middle grade series! In The Twelve Pets of Christmas, Quinn raises money for the local animal shelter by selling ornaments. But will she be able to make sure her favorite dog has a home for the holidays? In Secret Snowflake, Riley must discover who has been leaving her thoughtful, anonymous secret snowflake gifts. Is it her crush Marcus or someone else entirely?

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10. All the Wrong Questions: Question 1 by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Seth

Before the Baudelaires, before A Series of Unfortunate Events, even before the invention of Netflix, Lemony Snicket was a boy discovering the mysteries of the world. Read the account of it all in the debut volume of the New York Times bestselling series, available now with a new look.

 

 

11. Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Discover the story TIME Magazine called, “A Harry Potter-esque adventure.” Nevermoor is the first book in a breathtaking new series by debut author Jessica Townsend about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world—but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

13 Not-So-Scary Picture Books for Halloween

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1, Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Help your kids say goodbye to nighttime fears, as they muster the courage to make the Big Green Monster disappear! Think they have what it takes?

 

2. The Little Shop of Monsters by R.L. Stine, illustrated by Marc Brown

Enter…if you dare. The Little Shop of Monsters has all sorts of ghoulish creatures for you to pick from. You better hurry though, before one of them chooses YOU!

 

3. Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown

We’re always told not to play with our food, but no one’s ever telling our food not to play with us! What happens when Jasper Rabbit’s favorite food start haunting him? It’s all fun and games until you eat one too many carrots.

 

4. The Dark by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen

If you’re afraid of the dark you’re not alone…the dark is always there to keep you company, but so is Laszlo. Bravely face the dark together this Halloween, and you just might find that it isn’t so scary after all.

 

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13 Nights of Halloween by Guy Vasilovich

Mummy has a special treat for you each of the nights leading up to Halloween! Bet you can’t wait to find out what spooky, icky, even slimy gifts she has waiting for you to uncover.

 

6. Substitute Creacher by Chris Gall

Ms. Jenkins’ mischievous students get a taste of their own medicine when a multi-tentacled, yellow-spotted, one-eyed monster takes over their classroom for a day and teaches them a thing or two!

 

7. Fingers for Halloween by Brandt Lewis, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld

Your toddler will burst into giggles as he or she fits fingers through die-cut holes and a hungry little monster (played by YOU) tries to gobble up every last one!

 

8. Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, illustrated by S. D. Schindler

When life gives you a giant pumpkin, make pie—that’s what this witch wants to do! Except the pumpkin is SO big, she can’t get it off the vine!

 

9. Zip! Zoom! On a Broom! by Teri Sloat, illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet

It’s hard enough to fly a broomstick, let alone jump on one! Are the ten wacky witches jumping on the broom doomed? Count along with your child as they jump and fall off, one by one!

 

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10.  Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Need more broomstick fun? Flying on a broom is a breeze…until you drop your hat, then your bow, and then your wand! What will it take for the witch and her cat to get back their lost items?

 

11. The Boo! Book by Nathaniel Lachenmeyer, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli

Boo! We all know houses can be haunted, but can books be haunted too? This book has a special surprise lurking inside for your kids to uncover. You never know who might pop up!

 

12. Crankenstein by Samantha Berger, illustrated by Dan Santat

Instead of Frankenstein, unleash your inner Crankenstein this Halloween with this hilariously silly picture book.

 

13. Tell Me a Scary Story…But Not Too Scary! by Carl Reiner, illustrated by James Bennett

Before you trick-or-treat this year, gather ’round and listen close to a young boy’s tale about the spooky house next door. Will fear keep you from turning the page? (That’s for you to decide, but we sure hope not!)

 

Halloween Book Box!

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Hey boo-tiful! Halloween is right around the corner! Yes…that means pumpkin spice lattes, the crunch of freshly fallen leaves under our feet, and—our personal favorite—BOOK-THEMED COSTUMES! To rile some inspiration up for you, we’ve curated a spooktacular 🎃 Halloween LBYR Book Box 👻 filled with advance copies of upcoming kids’ books and finished copies of recently published favorites.

 

Click HERE for full details and to enter for your chance to win. Good luck!

9 September Reads You May Have Missed

 

Happy October! As we enter the spookiest month of the year, here’s a quick recap of our new September reads— perfect for cozy bedtime reading in the chilly season ahead.

 

 

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Bestselling and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell’s hilarious, nonstop adventure will keep your kids engaged as they hunt for the ALLIGATOR, BEAR, CAT, and the rest of the alphabet page after page.

 

 

 

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Beloved author Todd Parr is back with a sweet and timeless tale of universal kindness.

 

 

 

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by Chris Harris, illustrated by Lane Smith

This collection of hilarious poems may have you laughing even harder than your children! Chris Harris’ endlessly clever wordplay evokes the likes of Shel Silverstein with a contemporary edge.

 

 

 

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From the creator of Dinotrux and NanoBots comes another colorful mechanical adventure.

 

 

 

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Have you enrolled your kid in Classroom 13 yet? As with each book in the wacky chapter book series, the second volume contains a diverse cast and a final chapter encouraging readers to continue the story!

 

 

 

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The sequel to The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes is packed with just as much fast-paced action, magic, and fun.

 

 

 

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This novel for all the quiet girls (and boys!) is a charming and insightful journey about being yourself and finding your place in the world.

 

 

 

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The new puzzle-filled mystery from the author of The Mysterious Benedict Society is now in paperback! In this ingeniously crafted novel, readers will be pulled into a tale of clues, narrow escapes, and intrigue.

 

 

 

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Grace Lin’s breathtaking fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is now in paperback. This New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist contains full-color illustrations sure to enchant readers of all ages.

11 Must-Reads for Kids with Dragon Fever

11 Must-Reads for Kids with Dragon Fever

 

 

First it was witchcraft and wizardry, then it was vampires, and now it’s dragons. Kids are obsessed from horn to tail with these mystical beauties. What better way to satisfy this fascination than with one (or all) of these 11 must-reads for kids?

 

  1. How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell

Who can resist a dragon named Toothless? Dragons come in all shapes and sizes in this 12 books series—plus journals, a guide to dragons, and more! There’s sure to be a dragon, no matter how many teeth or scales they have, for every reader.

 

 

 

 

  1. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke

On a quest for peace, Firedrake, a brave young dragon, and Ben, a lonely boy, set out on a journey to find a place they can call home. On their journey, however, they encounter a ruthless villain with a mission of his own. Can Firedrake and Ben defeat this villain’s quest to end their search for happiness?

 

 

 

  1. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

What’s an adventure without a dragon as a companion? And one who can’t fly, at that! This Newbery Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling fantasy, inspired by Chinese folklore, will give readers a new appreciation for the oral tradition and the magic associated with following one’s dreams.

 

 

 

  1. Eragon series by Christopher Paolini

Imagine wandering the forest and finding a beautifully polished blue stone. Pretty cool, huh? Eragon, a poor farm boy, dreamt of the possibilities this treasure could bring his family. Maybe meat for the long winter months? Instead, the stone brings a dragon hatchling, and Eragon soon realizes he’s stumbled upon something much more meaningful.

 

 

 

  1. Dragon Keepers series by Kate Klimo and John Shroades

Join Jesse and Daisy as they unexpectedly stumble upon a thunder egg that hatches into a small, but very loud dragon, whom them name Emmy. Are the pair cut out to be “Dragon Keepers” after all, or will the wicked Saint George, who feeds off of dragons’ blood, find Emmy?

 

 

 

  1. A Dragon’s Guide to Making Your Human Smarter by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder

The tables are turned in this novel, the first in a series, as Miss Drake (a dragon) is in jeopardy of having her human pet Winnie snatched from their San Francisco home. The unstoppable duo is at it again, thwarting all evil that crosses their paths.

 

 

 

 

  1. The Dragonsitter series by Josh Lacey

This chapter book series is the perfect how-to guide for what to do when you’re asked to babysit your uncle’s dragon. What’s that? Your uncle doesn’t have a dragon? Well, Eddie Morton’s does, and his experience is nothing short of hilarious!

 

 

 

 

  1. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Beautiful black-and-white illustrations accompany this unique children’s novel about a young boy who runs away to Wild Island to recuse a baby Dragon. Will Elmer Elevator succeed in his recuse mission?

 

 

 

 

  1. The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame

What characteristics come to mind when you think of a dragon? Do harmless, lackadaisical, and poetic ring a bell? How does a dragon who hates to fight defend itself against the evil St. George, who arrives carrying a vicious spear? The Wind in the Willows author wrote *another* children’s classic: this is it.

 

 

  1. The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (And Why They Keep Biting Me) by Wade Albert White

What do you do when you like dragons, but your next secret mission is to kill the dragon queen? Do you ignite a war between people and dragonkind, or do you suffer the consequences of ignoring the mission? Join Anne and her friends as they navigate the deadly dragon trials in book two of this funny, action-packed series.

 

 

 

  1. Dragonbreath series by Ursula Vernon

Danny Dragonbreath—the fearless dragon who can’t breathe fire—finds himself in a pickle when he gets a bad grade at school. In an attempt to fix this, Danny seeks help from his cousin, the sea-serpent. The hilarious tag team will have readers laughing-out-loud at their antics!

Back to School #LBYRBookBox

Introducing… #LBYRBookBox

 

 

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (aka LBYR) is giving away a specially curated book box of fun to ten lucky winners!

 

Get kids excited to go back to school with the Back-to-School #LBYRBookBox filled with advance copies of upcoming kids’ books and finished copies of recently published favorites—plus a few special things for you lovely grown-ups as well.

 

Click HERE for full details and to enter for your chance to win. Good luck and happy reading! (And look for a more LBYR Book Boxes in coming months!)