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Staff Picks for Kids

How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit On A Plane? by Laura Overdeck

How many bees does it take to make one jar of honey?

How many soccer balls would fit inside a hollow Earth?

How many pieces of gum would it take to stick you to a wall–and keep you there?

Believe it or not, you can find out the answers to these questions yourself–using math! Combining questions from real readers like you with surprising answers, Laura Overdeck’s How Many Guinea Pigs Can Fit on a Plane? proves that numbers can be fun–and that math is power.

Genre: Juvenile works, Trivia, Youth
Series: Bedtime Math Series | Subjects: Mathematics

Say Zoop! by Herve Tullet

PRESS HERE! MIX IT UP! LET’S PLAY! and now SAY ZOOP! Make some noise! Shout “OH!” Whisper “oh!” Say “Zoop”? Yes! “Zoop!” “Zoop!” “Zoop!” The newest book from Herve Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page’s reaction.

Genre: Juvenile works, Picture Books, Youth
Subjects: Imagination, Sound

Speed Of Life by Carol Weston

Missing her mother who died last year, fourteen-year-old Sofia finds an anonymous outlet for her personal questions and deep, dark secrets in the Dear Kate advice columnist until, much to her horror, Sofia’s father starts dating Kate.

Genre: Fiction, Youth
Subjects: Advice, Grief, YA Fiction

The Lost Kingdom Of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

Peregrine strives to live up to the ideal of her people, the Latki–and to impress her parents: affectionate Lord Tove, who despises only the Bamarre, and stern Lady Klausine. Perry runs the fastest, speaks her mind, and doesn’t give much thought to the castle’s Bamarre servants, whom she knows to be weak and cowardly. But just as she’s about to join her father on the front lines, she is visited by the fairy Halina, who reveals that Perry isn’t Latki-born. She is Bamarre. The fairy issues a daunting challenge: against the Lakti power, Perry must free her people from tyranny.

Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Youth
Subjects: Dragons, Fairies, Fantasy

Truth About Stacey, The by Raina Telgemeier

Poor Stacey. She just moved to a new town, is still coming to terms with her diabetes, and is facing baby-sitting problems left and right. Fortunately, Stacey has three new friends — Kristy, Claudia, and Mary Anne. Together they’re the BSC — and they will deal with whatever’s thrown their way… even if it’s a rival baby-sitting club!

Genre: Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile works, Youth
Series: The Baby-sitters Club | Subjects: Babysitters, Clubs, Diabetes

Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Sam, The Most Scaredy-Cat In The Whole World by Mo Willems

Sam is afraid of anything and everything-except for his friend Leonardo, the terrible monster.
Kerry is afraid of everything and anything-except for her friend Frankenthaler, the other monster.
One day, the two scaredy-cat kids make a particularly scary discovery: each other!
Something has to be done. Something BIG. But what?

Genre: Juvenile works, Picture Books, Youth
Subjects: Fear, Friendship, Monsters
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