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Lillian's PTSA Picks for Kids

Here is a list of new fall reads for kids that Lillian (our children's department expert) created for the PTSA at Maple Elementary School in Southeast Seattle. The latest trend in library science focuses on supplementing academics, so this list balances that goal with new and fun books to get kids into reading.

A True Home (Heartwood Hotel #1) Cover Image
By Kallie George, Stephanie Graegin (Illustrator), Stephanie Graegin (Cover design or artwork by)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781484746387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 3rd, 2017

A sweet and suspenseful (what an unusual combination!) chapter book about a mouse finding her place in the world. It is also a fantastic read-aloud. I loved it (ages 5 to 8).


I'm Just No Good at Rhyming: And Other Nonsense for Mischievous Kids and Immature Grown-Ups Cover Image
By Chris Harris, Lane Smith (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9780316266574
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 26th, 2017

This is a wonderful, silly, nonsense-filled poetry collection that reminds me of Where the Sidewalk Ends in the best possible way (ages 4 and up).


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Dragons and Marshmallows (Zoey and Sassafras #1) Cover Image
By Asia Citro, Marion Lindsay (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781943147083
Availability: Usually Available in 1-5 Days
Published: Innovation Press - March 14th, 2017

Magical Animals, Science, Secrets and Mysteries - what more could you want from an early chapter book? It also works well as a read-aloud. This a great new series with broad appeal (ages 5 to 8).


Arthur and the Golden Rope: Brownstone's Mythical Collection 1 Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781911171034
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Flying Eye Books - August 16th, 2016

Arthur is an unlikely hero chosen to save his town in this picture book based on Norse Myth. I love the illustrations and didn't mind reading it a hundred times. There's a thrilling ending, too (ages 4 and up).


The Bad Guys in Attack of the Zittens (The Bad Guys #4) Cover Image
By Aaron Blabey, Aaron Blabey (Illustrator)
$5.99
ISBN: 9781338087536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - August 29th, 2017

Book 4 is out now! If you haven't tried this illustrated early chapter book about a group of villains trying to improve their ways, it's time to get started. It's a lot of fun (ages 5 to 8).


The Explorer Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481419451
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 12th, 2017

Just call it an adventure like Hatchet, but set in the Amazon and so many kids will want to read it - thrilling, suspenseful, and well-written. It's a winner (ages 8 and up).


Patina (Track #2) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481450188
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - August 29th, 2017

Girl power and getting over personal demons in the 2nd book in Reynold's track series. He is one of the best middle grade (and teen) writers right now. Don't miss him (ages 10 and up).


The Wonderling Cover Image
By Mira Bartók, Mira Bartók (Illustrator)
$21.99
ISBN: 9780763691219
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Published: Candlewick - September 26th, 2017

An orphaned, fox-like character named Number Thirteen is the star of this rich, magical, heavily illustrated fantasy novel. A story of finding oneself that would make a great read-aloud (ages 9 and up).


Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

New from the author of The One and Only Ivan! This story is narrated by an oak tree that lives outside of an elementary school. A unique and timely novel (ages 8 and up).


Who Killed Darius Drake?: A Mystery Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545789783
Availability: Backordered
Published: The Blue Sky Press - September 26th, 2017

There are never enough good mysteries! Two kids partner up to follow clues and solve the mystery of stolen jewels and murder (ages 8 and up).