Summer is the perfect time to delve into a good book…or twenty! Add to your kids’ or grandkids’ home library with these new kids’ books. This roundup has everything from escape game books to educational books about the U.S. as well as inspirational books about caring for others. Enjoy!
#1 – Ordinary Mary’s Positively Extraordinary Day by Emily Pearson
Follow Mary in this feel-good story as she once again inspires others with positivity and kindness through a variety of ordinary deeds! Including examples that happened at schools as a result of using the first book, this book focuses on the ability kindness has to change an entire school. Can one child’s good deed change the world? It can when she’s Ordinary Mary―an ordinary girl on her way to her an ordinary bus stop and an ordinary school―when with one act of kindness she makes a friend.
Your mission: find and recover the dragon egg from the castle before the spatial-temporal portal closes forever! With the help of Dooz, your faithful robot, you have been teleported to the Middle Ages. In this epoch, King Badking rules; he has stolen the last dragon egg and plans to make an omelet out of it for his son . . . In a few minutes, it will be too late. Choose to solve this challenge on your own or with a friend! Either way, let’s go!
Your mission: Locate and destroy the virus and then escape from the scientific compound before the time-travel portal closes forever! With the help of Dooz, your faithful robot, you have been teleported to the year 2394! In this era, a mad scientist plans to paralyze the entire world using a powerful cyber virus . . . In a few moments, it will be too late! Choose to solve this challenge on your own or with a friend! Either way, let’s go!
Now you can introduce young fans to the fun, action, and excitement of America’s favorite pastime with this all-inclusive, updated edition of The Everything Kids’ Baseball Book. Featuring dozens of puzzles and games, this edition has up-to-date stats for all of your favorite players and teams. Get to know the best star players today, learn the rules and history of the game, and start to develop your own baseball skills—from t-ball to the World Series—with this comprehensive guide to the entertaining world of baseball.
#4 – America’s 50 States: Maps, Flags, Dates, and Fun Facts! by Flying Frog
Read about the special features and quirky characteristics that make up America’s patchwork in America’s 50 States. Full-color illustrations (including state maps and icons) and interesting trivia make it an easy and fun journey of learning! Did you know that one of the word’s highest suspension bridges is in Colorado? Or that Connecticut is home to the first hamburger? Each of America’s states has its own unique symbols, facts, history, landscape, and so much more.
Bernard wears glasses, but still can’t see very well. To sharpen Bernard’s vision, help him find his friend, Michael the Squirrel, as he plays hide-and-seek deep in the forest. Also included are additional fun activities for every visual puzzle to develop kids’ observation skills, from finding the odd one out in the group to spotting who has an upset stomach. With stunning illustrations and colorful pages that explore the beauty of the forest and its creatures, kids 7 to 9 will have hours of fun searching for over 100 hidden objects and animals.
Bernard wears glasses, but still can’t see very well. To sharpen Bernard’s vision, help him find his friend, Michael the Squirrel, as he plays hide-and-seek deep down in the ocean. Also included are additional fun activities for every visual puzzle to develop kids’ observation skills, from finding the odd one out in the group to spotting who has hurt themselves. With stunning illustrations and colorful pages that explore the beauty of the ocean and its creatures, kids 8 to 9 will have hours of fun searching for over 100 hidden objects and animals.
#6 – Cool Math: 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages by Tracie Young and Katie Hewett
From core curriculum techniques such as multiplying multiples to calculating calculus and probability and division, right through to working out tricky statistics, formulas, and equations in or outside of the classroom, Cool Math will help you work your way out of everyday situations in a way that you’ll never forget. This lively, engaging book is illustrated throughout to help bring math to life, and topics include how to tip, how to work out the distance of a storm, Fibonacci sequences, cracking codes, and many more!
#7 – King of Boredom by Ilaria Guarducci
Ben is thin and pale, always bored, and never has any fun. His favorite color is gray, his favorite dish is plain pasta, and when he has spare time, he loves staring into space. He gets bored no matter the season of the year, the weather, or the position. He is so good at being bored that one day he locks himself in his bedroom and decides to proclaim himself the Supreme King of Boredom: find out what happens when his subjects, his army, and even the queen arrive.
#8 – Learn to Draw Disney Frozen 2: Featuring all your favorite characters, including Anna, Elsa, and Olaf! (Licensed Learn to Draw) by Walter Foster Jr. Creative Team
With just a bit of practice, even beginning artists can draw all their favorite Disney Frozen 2 characters. This book features easy step-by-step instructions for drawing Anna and Elsa, the warm hug- loving, summer-curious snowman Olaf, outdoors-man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer, Sven. Also included are some of the new characters of Disney Frozen 2! All you’ll need to start drawing is a pencil, and the easy-to-follow instructions in this book will guide you through each step!
A biome is a naturally occurring community of diverse plants and animals. Explore your world top to bottom with Seek & Find Biomes to learn what makes each one totally unique and see if you can spot the recurring shapes hidden throughout the illustrations. Did you know that jaguars have been known to hunt in the Sonoran Desert? Or that the Amazon, the most powerful river in the world, is home to the unique pink river dolphin? Seek and find these creatures and many more in their natural biomes.
#10 – I’ll Walk with You by Carol Lynn Pearson
Help little ones learn to show love for the people around them, no matter how they look, sound, pray, love, or think. Beloved author of The Lesson and Will You Still Be My Daughter? Carol Lynn Pearson is known for her heartfelt, sometimes tear-jerking poetry and stories. Her newest title will enchant children with a sweet, tender poem about loving and accepting others, no matter what they look like, where they come from, or what their age and abilities are.
#11 – Greta and the Giants: inspired by Greta Thunberg’s stand to save the world by Zoe Tucker
Greta is a little girl who lives in a beautiful forest threatened by Giants. When the Giants first came to the forest, they chopped down trees to make houses. Then they chopped down more trees and made even bigger homes. The houses grew into towns and the towns grew into cities, until now there is hardly any forest left. Greta knows she has to help the animals who live in the forest, but how? Luckily, Greta has an idea…
#12 – Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph
For busy dogs a busy day of busy work and busy play…and one small dog is finding out what being different is all about. All Odd Dog wants is to fit in, and she’s prepared to go around the world to find her place in it. But sometimes it takes becoming part of the crowd to show that, actually, it’s better to stand out from the rest.
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