New Books for Kids
The Vanderbeekers Make a Wish
One hilarious Harlem family is on a mission to find the perfect way to celebrate their Papa's fortieth birthday while discovering more about their mysterious grandparents in this heartfelt romp and latest installment to the New York Times best-selling series, perfect for fans of the Penderwicks.
It's summer on 141st Street, and the Vanderbeekers are looking forward to Papa's surprise fortieth birthday party.
But then Papa must leave town to help his best friend and the Vanderbeeker children are surprised to find their maternal grandparents on their doorstep. Grandma is very critical of everything they do. Meanwhile, they find themselves learning more about their papa's father than ever before, and wishing they could have known him a bit better. Can they learn more about the grandfather they lost and come to appreciate the grandparents they still have while making sure their papa has the best birthday ever?
Fairy Tale Science
Explore the laws of physics, principles of chemistry, and wonders of biology in this collection of classic
stories with a hands-on STEM twist.
From Snow White to Chicken Little to Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves—read each story like a scientist!
• Determine if a glass slipper can withstand an evening of ballroom dancing.
• Explore the buoyancy of a magical frog.
• Test the power of blowing air on a house.
And so much more!
Find out what happens actually ever after!
The Second Life of Trees
Trees can live a very long time, but what happens when they die? This unusual book describes, in lyrical prose accompanied by colorful and graphic illustrations, that trees have a whole long second life, continuing to contribute to their habitat, the environment, and the cycle of life.
Lost Legends: the Rise of Flynn Rider
The first book in a new middle grade series that features the adventures of Disney's most lovable roguish heroes as kids!
Before he was a legendary thief, he was just a boy named Eugene..."hi, how ya doin'?"
Twelve-year-old Eugene Fitzherbert needs a plan. He loves Miss Clare and the boys at the orphanage, but he's not a little kid anymore. He can't spend his days getting into mischief and acting out his favorite passages from the Flynnigan Rider novels. In his imagination, he is that daring rogue Flynn Rider, and his best friend, Arnie, is famous thief Lance Strongbow, who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Even though Eugene knows it's just a fun game, he can't help but wish there was more for him out there. Travel. Riches. And maybe, just maybe, his parents.
So when a traveling circus comes to the kingdom promising a life of excitement, brotherhood, and unimaginable treasure, Eugene and Arnie see it as the start of their great adventure. But it soon becomes clear that there's more to this ragtag crew than meets the eye, and it'll take new heroes--namely, Flynn Rider and Lance Strongbow--to save the day.
Filled with daring adventure and rollicking fun, the Lost Legends series explores the untold origins of Disney's most infamous rogue boys.
Take to the trails for a celebration of nature -- and a day spent with dad.
In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive -- and closer than ever -- as they document their hike and take their place in family history. In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views. A touching tribute to the bond between father and child, with resonant themes for Earth Day, Hike is a breath of fresh air.
eResources for Kids
Biography Reference Center
Pre K-2nd grade. Play and read to learn letters, numbers, shapes, animals, and more.
Nonfiction geared for K-12 students. Includes articles, images, eBooks, novels, and essays.
Britannica School - Elementary
Grades 3-4. Information on countries, animals, and people. Watch and learn with videos, games, and activities.
Britannica School - Middle
Grades 5-7. Find maps, photos, articles, and famous people and places.