Children's Book Previews


Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race , by Chris Grabenstein
#1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure!
On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO!
Everyone’s favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race—by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello’s corporate banana jet!—to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising “facts” surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle’s hero be a fraud? It’s winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire!
Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello’s commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT’S A LEMONCELLO!

Me and Mr. Fluffernutter Jennifer , by Gray Olson
From the creator of Ninja Bunny comes a new story about a little girl and her beloved cat, who learn that friendship is the best compromise of all.
A little girl and her cat, Mr. Fluffernutter, are best friends. They do everything together, all the time. But what happens when Mia wants to have a tea party, and play dress-up, and go for a swim? And when Mr. Fluffernutter prefers to stare at the fish bowl? And stare at the fish bowl some more. . . . Can these two be so different—and still be best friends? 
Here are two new characters to fall in love with—and a celebration of differences, compromise, and friendship.

Elephant vs. Rhinoceros , by Isabel Thomas
If an elephant and a rhinoceros were to meet and fight, which one would win? Read this book to find out!

Sarabella's Thinking Cap , by Judy Schachner
From the bestselling creator of Skippyjon Jones, a heartwarming story about the importance of imagination and creativity.

Sarabella is always thinking—conjuring, daydreaming, and creating new worlds from her imagination.  There is so much going on in her head that it can barely be contained. But there are times when daydreaming is decidedly not a good thing—like when you're supposed to be doing multiplication tables. Luckily, Sarabella has an understanding teacher and with his encouragement She comes up with her own idea to show everyone who she is.

Through With the Zoo , by Jacob Grant

Goat has always dreamed of having his very own space.

But Goat lives in a petting zoo, surrounded by hugs and rubs and grabby little hands.

Determined to find his perfect alone space, Goat escapes into the big zoo. But space is not an easy thing to find.

Rafi and Rosi: Pirates! , by Lulu Delacre

In this new book in the popular Dive Into Reading: Rafi and Rosi chapter book series, Rafi and his younger sister, Rosi, are excited to visit El Morro Fort, the four-hundred-year-old fortress that guards the entrance to San Juan harbor. At the fort they pretend to be pirates, engage in a fierce battle, and learn about Roberto Cofresi, Puerto Rico's most famous pirate. As they go deeper into the fort they discover a gleaming, hidden treasure--Spanish gold doubloons and silver pieces of eight--hidden in the inner reaches of the fort's kitchen. After turning over their discovery to the fort's museum, Rafi is ready to go back to Tia Ana's home, but Rosi wants to play hide-and-seek. And Rosi sees the perfect place to hide--in the stone sentry box that once housed the fort's lookout guards. Little does she know that the sentry box might be haunted!

Engaging and informative, the book is perfect for independent readers in grades 1 and 2. Children will enjoy joining Rafi and Rosi on their new adventures while they learn about Puerto Rico's history.

The Wildwood Bakery , by Rebecca Elliott
This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow!

Eva's friend Macy has a little sister who can't fly on her own. So Eva's class decides to raise money to buy her a super-cool flying chair! Half of the class opens a bakery to raise the money. The other half opens a candy store. Soon the owls are competing to see whose shop can make the most money. But they will all need to work together to raise enough money for the special chair. Can Eva get everyone to work as a team?

Nerdy Birdy Tweets , by Aaron Reynolds

Nerdy Birdy and his best friend, Vulture, are very different. Nerdy Birdy loves video games, but Vulture finds them BORING. Vulture loves snacking on dead things, but Nerdy Birdy finds that GROSS. Luckily, you don’t have to agree on everything to still be friends.

One day, Nerdy Birdy joins Tweetster, and the friend requests start flying in. Vulture watches as Nerdy Birdy gets swept up in his new friendships, but when she finally gets angry, Nerdy Birdy knows just what to do to make things right.

Nothing Rhymes With Orange , by Adam Rex
We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange.

The Secret of Nightingale Wood , by Lucy Strange
1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees -- or thinks she sees -- in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.

All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.

One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world...


Crack the Pirate Code , by Liam O'Donnell
Avast! The oceans are filled with pirates! But pirates have a code to follow. Read this title to learn about the code that guided pirates' lives.

Let's Explore Egypt , by Elle Parkes
Egypt is known for its spectacular pyramids, but what else does the country have to offer? Explore Egypt's amazing features, including the Nile River, the dry desert, and more.

Adorable Animals Collection , by Jill Esbaum
Curious little kids will be eager to learn all about the adorable animals featured in this charming three-in-one bind-up book. With koalas, dolphins, and penguins, it's triple the fun and a great way to introduce kids to reading. Explore My World picture books combine simple stories with unforgettable photography. They invite little kids to take their first big steps toward understanding the world around them and are just the thing for parents and kids to curl up with and read aloud.

Meet a Baby Kangaroo , by Anna Leigh
Profiles a baby red kangaroo, looking at each stage of its growth from birth through its full development at age two, discussing how it eats and its relationship with its mother.

The Science of Movies , by Cecilia Pinto McCarthy
From turning sounds and images into digital signals and back again to tricking the brain into seeing things that do not exist, movies involve a wide array of scientific concepts.The Science of Moviesshowcases the science behind the screen.

Super Simple Experiments with Mass , by Paige V. Polinsky
Describes the scientific method and offers instructions for creating a mass-measuring balance and balloon balance.

Front Loaders Scoop! , by Beth Bence Reinke
What do you need to scoop up a large load? A front loader! Front loaders can scoop up rocks and dirt. Scoop by scoop, front loaders work hard to get the job done. Age-appropriate critical thinking questions and carefully leveled text help young readers learn more about front loaders, while also building nonfiction learning skills.

The Simple Science of Magnets , by Emily James
Magnets have amazing power to make things move. But how do they work? What are they used for? Readers will learn the answers to these questions and more through easy-to-read text and vivid photographs. An experiment rounds out the book and provides a hands-on learning experience to encourage deeper understanding. Meets Next Generation Science Standards.

Discover Dragons, Giants, and Other Deadly Fantasy Monsters , by A. J. Sautter
Where do red dragons like to make their lairs? How tall do mountain giants grow? What happens when a cave troll is exposed to sunlight? Want to learn all about these fantastic creatures and how they live? Look no further! With this easy-to-use reference guide, fantasy fans will become experts on deadly fantasy monsters in no time!

Fire Breathing, Sword Swallowing, and Other Death-Defying Circus Science , by Wil Mara
Ever watch the circus and wonder, “how do they do that?” Find the answers in this book! Readers will learn about some of the most death-defying circus acts, from human cannonballs to high wire walkers, and the science that makes them possible. Short, simple activities help demonstrate the science for readers.