MPL Kids

Staff Picks for Kids

Dragons and Mythical Creatures by Mary Pope Osborne

When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #55: Night of the Ninth Dragon, they had lots of questions. What do tales about dragons have in common? Are mermaids real? How do unicorns use their horns? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about their favorite creatures from myths and legends. And just what might some of those creature sightings really be?

Genre: Juvenile works, Youth
Series: Magic Tree House Fact Tracker | Subjects: Animals, Dragons, Illustrated books

First Big Book of How by Jill Esbaum

How do refrigerators stay cold? How does water come out of the faucet? Answers to these questions and many more will help parents move beyond the stock answer “because” and give level-appropriate, fascinating, true answers. More than 300 photos bring a child’s world to life while satisfying kids’ curiosity and sense of fun. Questions in each chapter encourage interactivity, and parent tips extend the experience of the book.

Genre: Juvenile works, Youth
Series: National Geographic Little Kids | Subjects: Children's Questions and Answers, Science, Technology

Horrible Bear by Ame Dyckman

Bear didn’t mean to break a little girl’s kite, but she’s upset anyway–upset enough to shout “HORRIBLE BEAR!” Bear is indignant. He doesn’t think he’s horrible! Then Bear gets a truly Horrible Bear idea. What will he do next? As Bear prepares to live up to his formerly undeserved reputation, the girl makes a mistake of her own, and realizes that maybe–just maybe–Bear isn’t as horrible as she had thought.

Genre: Fiction, Juvenile works, Youth
Subjects: Apologizing, Bears, Friendship

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace

If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets, there will be no vegetables for dessert! What’s a young pea to do? Children who have trouble swallowing their veggies will love the way this pea-size picture book serves up a playful story they can relate to.

Genre: Fiction, Youth
Subjects: Food Habits, Peas

Plants Can’t Sit Still by Rebecca E. Hirsch

Describes some ways in which plants can move, from sunflowers turning towards sunlight and vines creeping up a fence to tulips folding in at night and maple seeds whirling like helicopters in the wind.

Genre: Juvenile works, Youth
Subjects: Growth, Plants

Song of the Poison Dragon by Tracey West

Petra is scared of the hydra dragon she is supposed to bond with, but when the hydra accidentally poisons the King, and the dragon master, Drake, Petra must find a way to connect with her dragon, because only the hydra’s song can cure them.

Genre: Fiction, Juvenile works, Youth
Series: Dragon Masters | Subjects: Dragons, Fear, Magic, Poisons, Singing

The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie

Bear likes to stare because he is curious, but it soon gets him into trouble among other animals until a googly-eyed frog sets him straight and Bear is soon able to make lots of friends.
Genre: Fiction, Juvenile works, Picture Book, Youth
Subjects: Animals, Bears, Curiosity, Etiquette

Whoops! by Suzi Moore

The cat can’t meow, the dog can’t bark, and even the mouse can’t squeak. When they go to the little old lady in the woods for a spell to restore their voices, things don’t go as expected.

Genre: Stories in rhyme, Youth
Subjects: Animal sounds, Cats, Dogs, Incantations, Mice
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