“I’m afraid Your Teddy Is In Trouble Today”

By Jancee Dunn, Illustrated by Scott Nash

In the style of “The Secret Life of Pets” and ”Toy Story”, this book ponders what your stuffed animals do while you are at school. The teddy bear called his pals for a party at your place! They made a mess creating pancakes, broke your bed by all 25 jumping on it, drew on your walls with crayons, dragged out your mom’s clothes, poured bubble-bath on the floor, make a cushion mountain, took a bath in chocolate, started a dance party, and had 100 balloons delivered. The policewoman decided to go easy on teddy.

“Peppa pig and the Library Visit”

(which includes a coloring poster)

Peppa and George always get a book at bedtime, and Daddy Pig finds a book he checked out of the library. It even puts Mummy Pig to sleep!  The next day they all go to the local library to see the books. Peppa Pig gets to choose three books to borrow, and then she wants to return. She loves the library!

“Chippy Chipmunk Feels Empathy”

By Kathy M. Miller (#4 in the series), (Atlas Press)

Illustrated with photographs of real animals, these sweet series stars Chippy. This time, he meets a different kind of chipmunk with no markings. That confuses Chippy at first, and he chases Harriet away. But his friends help him to see that Harriet needs a friend, so Chippy helps her build a new burrow.

In time for the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, from Eerdmans Books for Young Readers,

“The Life and Times of Martin Luther”

By Meike Roth-Beck

Illustrated by Klaus Ensikat

The text does a terrific job is explaining the significance of the events leading up to Martin Luther and how he spearheaded what became the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago. Plus, the illustrations are historically accurate.  Every Protestant household should have a copy, especially Lutherans!

“The Watcher, inspired by Psalm 121”

By Written Grimes (EB4YR)

Illustrated by Bryan Collier (age 6-10)

Tanya is the class bully, but she has problems of her own. Jordan is terrified of her, but the Lord is watching over them and guiding them to a path where they can understand each other. The words of Psalm 121 are woven into the text of the book by the powerful artwork. This is a special book!

God’s Crime Scene for Kids: Investigate Creation With A Real Detective”

By J. Warner Wallace and Susie Wallace

With Rob Suggs (published by David C. Cook)

The Junior Detective’s Academy is helping cadet Jason, who has uncovered a mysterious box in his grandmother’s attic. It’s a box with a few objects plus an enigmatic note, apparently left by his late grandfather. He knew Jason was struggling with the multiple losses he encountered as very young boy (loss pf parents, and grandpa’s death when Jason was 2.) The cadets use their new detective skills to analyze everything about the box, and along the way they use their skills to uncover truths about the world and its origin. 
(The author is an actual cold-case detective I’ve interviewed for OTB.)

”The Hidden Loch”, A Graphic Novel

Created and written by Marlaine Maddux White (Penny-Farthing Productions)

Pencils & cover by Claude St. Aubin

Inks by James Taylor

Colors by Mike Garcia

Letters by Andre McBride

Loch Ness is one of the deepest freshwater lakes in Scotland. What if deep below the water’s surface there was another, hidden loch, home to many aquatic creatures thought to be extinct or mythical. In this secret world, the oldest sees once a year if the surface is safe. She is harpooned and dies, and four years later Nessandra decides to look, accompanied by several close friends. Peril awaits in the upper loch and from scientists, but one researcher named Wyatt is a friend to a paddle giant, Champ. Allura, the mermaid, discovers Emperia the underwater nation of her people! She persuades them to help her friends defend themselves against the scientists. In turn, the drywalkers learn to care for the sea creatures, and keep their secret.

The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid​
​By Kara LaReau
​Illustrated by Matt Myers
Louie and Ralphie Ratso want to turn a vacant lot in their neighborhood into a Big City Fun Time Arcade. It’s a great plan, but is the nearby house really haunted? And does Ralphie really like the girl at school called Stinky Stanko? When he gets to know her, he realizes she’s very nice and he’s really sorry he invented her nickname. Can the kids work together to make the arcade?​

​ “La La La”

​By Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick Press)

​A story of hope illustrated by Jaime Kim

​A sweet little girl can’t seem to find anyone to hear her song. She travels alone through the woods, singing to the falling leaves and then the big bold moon, feeling very lonely. As she lies sleeping, she hears a big bold voice singing back to her—it’s the sun!

Baabwaa & Wolliham
By David Elliott
Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Baabwaa is a sheep who loves to knit, while his pal Wolliam is a sheep who loves to read. One day they set off to have an adventure, and were enjoying some grass when a weird sheep with a long, rangy tail, a sharp whiskered snout, and a filthy wool coat approached them. It’s a wolf! But the two sheep realize that he can’t read, so Wolliam teaches him. It changes the wolf’s life!
​The Princess in Black and the Mysterious Playdate
By Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
Illustrated by LeUyen Pham
TPIB and the Goat Avenger had just stuffed a monster back into the hole to Monster Land. In their celebration they didn’t see another sneaking out. TPIB sneaked back into the castle of Princess Magnolia, then set out for her friend’s kingdom, Princess Sneezewort. But the new monster followed in disguise. The two were having a grand time when they heard a cry for help. Magnolia changed into her costume while Sneezewort decided to be a superhero too: The Princess in Blankets. The two capture the new monster and send it back home to Monster Land.

42 is Not Just a Number
By Doreen Rappaport
April 15,1946, something extraordinary happened in American baseball. Branch Rickey, manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, offered a job to one of the stars of the Negro Leagues, Jackie Robinson. He would have to be a very special person, for his position as the first black professional baseball player in America would make him a target of racist epitaphs and hatred. But Mr. Robinson was a man of great integrity and strong Christian faith. He weathered the cruel taunts and Jim Crow laws to break the color barrier in pro athletics. Every April 15 is Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball!
Peppa Pig’s Pop-up Princess Castle​

Our favorite porcine family returns in a playset with five pop-up sense, press-out characters, moving parts, flaps to lift, and a storybook featuring Princess Peppa, Prince George, Daddy King and Mama Queen.

“Pop-Up Shakespeare “

​From Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor

​The Reduced Shakespeare Company (ages 7-10)

​​This marvelous pop-up book is loaded with cool stuff about one of the most influential authors of the last millennium. For example, there are sections for the categories of his plays: comedies, histories, romance, and tragedies. Each features short explanations of the play and main characters. It’s a great way to teach young readers about everything Shakespeare wrote!

Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library​
​By Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Eric Velasquez
During the Harlem Renaissance an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg created the 135th Street Library to house his enormous collection of books, letters, music and art from Africa and the African diaspora. It became the Division of Negro History, Literature and Prints at the New York Public Library, and a century later it is the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. His legacy is explored in this remarkable book for young readers.
​Jonathan Swift-Gulliver’s Travels: Voyage to Lilliput​​
​Retold by Martin Jenkins
Illustrated by Chris Riddell
The most popular of Swift’s satirical stories can be enjoyed by young and old alike in this clever and delightfully-illustrated new edition! Intended to mock the cultural clashes between classes in English society, it also works as a wild and exciting adventure for young readers.
Boo Who?
By Ben Clanton (age 2-5)
Boo is new. He wants to fit in, but he’s a ghost among young robot, wild thing, dinosaur, and rabbit. They can’t always see him, but they are all friendly. However, Boo can’t catch or pickup sticks, or play tag, so they decide to play “Hide N Seek”. Finally, a game that Boo can play! His name is Boo, and now he fits in.
POE: Stories and Poems​
​By Gareth Hinds
Those who love the brilliant and sometimes creepy literary works of E.A. Poe will love this graphic adaptation of seven of his famous works. Powerful images combined with Poe’s texts make for a wonderful way to appreciate Poe’s genius again. (Gareth Hinds has worked the same magic on Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice, The Odyssey, and Beowulf.)

Children's Books

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Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France​
By Mara Rockliff​
​Illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
When Ben Franklin traveled to France during our War for Independence, he was asked by the King and Queen to discover what a young scientist named Dr. Mesmer was doing. It seemed more like magic than science. Franklin used the scientific method to investigate and realized that Mesmer was relaxing his subjects enough that they used their own minds to solve their illnesses or to imagine dangers!​