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Lisa's Kids Book Recommendations

The Last True Poets of the Sea Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368048088
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

For the last true poets of the sea, the real treasure is the journey, not the ending. This stunningly beautiful story about a lost shipwreck, a painful family history and navigating the storms of life is superb storytelling from a debut author whose voice is unforgettable. 


The Fountains of Silence Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399160318
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Philomel Books - October 1st, 2019

Extraordinary and powerful, the newest of Sepetys’ masterpieces, THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, delves into the dark and troubling times of Spain under Franco’s rule in the late 1950’s. When a young American photographer who is living there with his Spanish-born mother and oil-tycoon Father sees through his camera lens and in his heart a heartbreaking and devastating truth, he must choose his path and his loyalty. Beautifully written, this will stay with you. 


The Balcony Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534405882
Availability: Not in store - usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 24th, 2019

This internationally acclaimed illustrator has brought us some of the most lovely picture books in the past, such as IF I HAD A LITTLE DREAM, and CARTWHEELING IN THUNDERSTORMS. This picture book needs no words to describe what makes a new house a home in the city and paints the story through the rich and vibrant colors of the new experiences that are to come.


Beverly, Right Here Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780763694647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick - September 24th, 2019

Kate DiCamillo needs no introduction, as a National Book Award finalist and two time Newberry Award winner.  She is arguably one of the best storytellers around for middle grade readers with so many of her books becoming classics that are adored by young and old alike. BEVERLY RIGHT HERE completes the trilogy about the Three Rancheros that joins RAYMIE NIGHTINGALE and LOUISIANA’S WAY HOME as an extraordinary tale of adventure, love, heartache and friendship. 


The Scarecrow Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, The Fan Brothers (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062475763
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins - September 3rd, 2019

I am a big fan of all the beautiful and creative books the Fan Brothers have given us. Their newest, THE SCARECROW, is a timeless tale of an unlikely friendship between Scarecrow and Crow. The gorgeous prose is complimented with stunning illustrations that gently show the joy of acceptance, empathy, and encouragement of others. This one will be joining the ranks of our Modern First Library as an instant classic. 


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Wishtree Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781250043221
Availability: Not in store - usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Feiwel & Friends - September 26th, 2017

Once again, Katherine Applegate has given us a perfect and timely new book for young readers, narrated by Red, a very old and wise oak tree, on whose branches people have been tying their wishes for many years. Red is nearing the end of his life but has a very important wish to grant that involves love and acceptance.


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Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist))
$19.99
ISBN: 9781452162812
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

This wonderful new picture book offers a fascinating and moving look at the Statue of Liberty and what she stands for. It explores the significance of her very large right foot and the beautiful messages it conveys. This is one of my favorite new children’s books.


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A River Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452154237
Availability: Not in store - usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Chronicle Books - March 7th, 2017

Extraordinary illustrations and simple yet elegant words tell the story of the power of the imagination and what triggers the imaginative journey in this lovely new picture book which is one of my new favorites.


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Three Times Lucky (Mo & Dale Mysteries) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780803736702
Availability: Not in store - usually arrives in 3 - 5 business days
Published: Dial Books - May 10th, 2012

I loved the young heroine of this book, Mo, whose first lucky day in her life was when she washed ashore as a baby during a hurricane and was adopted by a couple of strangers in a small southern town. I love a kid with resilience, loyalty and a sense of humor, who is not afraid of a little adventure and mystery-solving to protect her family.


The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh) Cover Image
By A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525444442
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 31st, 1988

You don’t have to be a child to appreciate the timeless brilliance of this classic. Many of life’s greatest lessons can be learned at Pooh Corner. Knowing the wonderful characters within these pages is a peak into the rainbow of characters one meets in life, from the woeful Eeyores, to the controlling Rabbits, to the fun-loving Tiggers, to the kind but timid Piglets, to the lovable old soul Poohs. Learn how to be a friend, how to be brave, how to give a gift; I really can’t say enough.


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Officer Buckle and Gloria Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780399226168
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - September 28th, 1995

Winner of a Caldecott award, this book has been a favorite of mine for many years and still makes me smile every time I read it. The nice officer who knows all the best safety tips and his trusted dog (and best friend) will have you chuckling, as well as show you what it means to be a true friend.