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Yates, Louise. DOG LOVES DRAWING New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.8 ISBN 0375870679 Yes, Dog still loves books. Since he first discovered the joy of reading, he can be found giving books to others or reading them himself. But now he has received a book as a gift from Aunt Dora. This book is nothing like the other books he's seen. All the pages are blank. He realizes that this is a sketchbook and that he can create his own book. What will he draw?
Smith, Jenny. DIARY OF A PARENT TRAINER : YES, THAT MEANS YOU! LEARN TO TRAIN YOUR GROWN-UP! New York : Delacorte Press, 2012 IL 5-8, RL 5.6 ISBN 0385741987 Do you sometimes have trouble controlling your parents? Maybe you need some help. Thirteen year old Katie Sutton offers her expertise to help you train your grown-up. You'll learn about adult modes including "Angry Mode" and "Depressed Mode" and "Delirious Mode". Unfortunately for Katie, she finds that she may need the help herself. Her mother is dating a new, younger man who Katie is determined to get rid of. And then there is her ex-boyfriend who she is having second throughts about.
Shelton, Dave. A BOY AND A BEAR IN A BOAT New York : David Fickling Books, 2012 IL 3-6, RL 5.5 ISBN 0385752490 The boy has decided to take a journey. As he steps into the row boat, he gives his destination as "just over to the other side, please". You will notice that the ship's captain is a bit different. He's a bear. That doesn't faze our boy though. So off they go -- destination, the other side of the sea. It doesn't seem like such a long trip when they start out but they soon find that it is not as easy as they thought. There are storms, sea monsters and they are running out of food. And now they have found themselves in the middle of nowhere with only sea and sky in sight.
Matheis, Mickie. BEDTIME FOR BOO New York : Golden Books, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.7 ISBN 0375869913 This is not your average bedtime story. Young Boo is a ghost and he is having trouble settling in to go to sleep. His mother tells him to listen to the sounds around him. Now, I don't know about you but I don't think these sounds would help me fall asleep. What about Boo?
Hoberman, Mary Ann. I LIKE OLD CLOTHES New York : A. A. Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 3.0. ISBN 0375869514 When I was growing up, just about all my clothes were hand-me-downs from my sister or my cousins. Have you ever had hand-me-down clothes? What did you think about that? Did you wish for new clothes? Or did you like old clothes? The girl in this book loves old clothes. Why? Check it out and see.
Harvey, Matthea. CECIL THE PET GLACIER New York : Schwartz & Wade, 2012 IL K-3, RL 4.9 ISBN 0375867732 Do you sometimes think your family is really different from everyone else's? Well Ruby does. And she may be right. Her dad spends his time making topiaries which is shaping hedges like animals. Her mom spends her time making tiaras. Now there isn't a big market for either of these. And her parents are not above dancing right out in the open where anyone can see them. When Ruby asks for a pet, she never imagines what will happen on a vacation to Norway.
Duke, Kate. READY FOR PUMPKINS New York : Knopf, 2012 IL K-3, RL 2.2 ISBN 0375870687 Hercules, or Herky, has a very good life. He is the 1st grade guinea pig. The kids love him and he gets all he needs. He loves helping out with the Halloween Herk-o-Lantern and finds he loves, loves, loves pumpkin seeds. He keeps a few of them for later. When the children plant their class garden in the spring, Herky wishes he could plant one too. Will he get his chance? And what do you think he will plant?
Blair, Mary. A MARY BLAIR TREASURY OF GOLDEN BOOKS New York : Golden Book, 2012 IL K-3, RL 1.5 ISBN 037587044X Enjoy these books from years gone by. The five books in this collection were originally published in the 1950s and 1960s but they don't feel dated. The book also includes 21 standard folk songs and singing games. There are even some nursery rhymes in the collection. Whether you are a baby boomer and drawn to the nostalgia or finding these books for the first time, there is plenty to like in this treasury.
Westerfeld, Scott. THE MANUAL OF AERONAUTICS : AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO THE LEVIATHAN SERIES New York : Simon Pulse, 2012 IL YA ISBN 1416971793 Are you a fan of Westerfeld's Leviathan series? If so, you will love this companion book. It is loaded with details about all the machines and creatures that play a role in the series. The illustrations are color and show the details of the transports, the weapons, the walkers, and the uniforms. Find out more about the the marvels that Deryn and Alek encountered on their journeys.
Osborne, Mary Pope. PANDAS AND OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES New York : Random House, 2012. IL 3-6, RL 5.0 ISBN 0375970258 Have you ever seen a panda bear? They are adorable. This book is filled with information about panda bears. Learn where they live, what they eat and how they spend their time. Like, when pandas are born, they are only about 6 inches long and weigh only three to five ounces. They are so helpless that the mother can't leave them and she may go three to four weeks without eating just to care for her baby. Learn about the panda and other endangered species that share our world.