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What little kid doesn’t love a game of hide-and-seek? With gentle humor and whimsy, Il Sung Na’s latest picture book, Hide & Seek, seamlessly mixes the excitement and thrill of this favorite childhood game with a lesson in counting and directional vocabulary. When a group of animal friends gather together in a rainbow-hued forest, Chameleon suggests a game of hide-and-seek. Elephant (reminiscent of the charming pachyderm protagonist in Na’s The Thingamabob) offers to count as his pals rush off to hide.

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Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard mention of the tremendous tragedy that unfolded this past weekend in Aurora, Colorado. Written by veteran author Lurlene MacDonald, this YA novel (ages 12+) deals with a somewhat similar situation—a high school bombing masterminded by two troubled students.

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Thirteen-year-old Clare is accompanying her father on a nine-week medical trip to Malawi. Clare is still grieving the death of her mother and angry to be torn from the routines of her daily life. But Malawi is a world away from Massachusetts and the people she meets politely, but firmly, expect her to share in community life. Based in part on the author's own travels, Laugh with the Moon is about the ways people can connect even when a world apart.

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The adorable black-and-white spotted pup of How Rocket Learned to Read is back! Now that he’s discovered the joys of reading, our canine protagonist is eager to take the next logical step in Tad Hills’ equally engaging follow-up, Rocket Writes a Story. Fortunately, the little yellow bird who taught Rocket his letters is still by his side.

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Feeling landlocked? Can’t get to the beach? These 5 books, a mix of old and new titles, bring oceans of fun to young landlubbers. In the process, they also sneak in some learning too! For more beach-theme titles, check out my previous post on Top 10 Beach Reads for Little Kids.

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There’s a reason this debut fantasy book has received five starred reviews thus far. Tamora Pierce says, “I love this book!” Christopher Paolini called it “impressive,” featuring “some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy for a long while.” Naomi Novik vows it’s “a book with hoarding.” Grab a copy soon and see what everyone’s going bonkers about. You won’t be disappointed.

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Jim Murphy --- the award-winning author of An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 --- has a new book out with his partner Alison Blank called Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never-Ending Search for a Cure. Tracing the disease from its prehistoric origins to it's drug resistant present, Invincible Microbe is a fascinating social and medical history of the disease that still takes it's toll on human life.

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In No Bears, a humorous picture book by Meg McKinlay, illustrated by Leila Rudge, a precocious young girl introduces herself immediately after the title page: “Hi! I’m Ella, and this is my book.” She can be seen working on a story in a spiral-bound notebook. As a storywriter, Ella is confident about her likes and dislikes: “I’m tired of bears,” she states. “Every time you read a book, it’s just BEARS BEARS BEARS—horrible furry bears slurping honey in awful little caves.” 

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Got a little one who’s crazy about dinosaurs … but not so crazy about sudden thunderstorms that strike on hot muggy summer days? After reading Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, he may happily stomp around the house doing “the dinosaur thunder dance” next time a summer storm rolls around.

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It’s camping season and veteran award-winning children’s book author Candace Fleming delivers nine especially spooky stories, but with a twist! Each hair-raising tale involving a teenage protagonist is set in Chicago and based on real places, people, and historical events. 

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