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The Boy Who Became a Dragon: A Bruce Lee Story Cover Image
By Jim Di Bartolo, Jim Di Bartolo (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781338134117
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Published: Graphix - February 4th, 2020

The astonishing story of martial arts legend Bruce Lee . . . told in spectacular graphic form.

Bruce Lee was born on November 27, 1940 - in both the hour and the year of the dragon. Almost immediately, he was plunged into conflict: as a child in Hong Kong as it was invaded and occupied by the Japanese; as the object of discrimination and bullying; and as a teenager grappling against the influence of gangs.

As the world knows, Lee found his salvation and calling through kung fu - first as a student, then as a teacher, and finally as a global star. The Boy Who Became a Dragon tells his story in brilliant comic form.

Ages 11-4


Music Is My Life: Soundtrack your mood with 80 artists for every occasion Cover Image
By Myles Tanzer, Ali Mac (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9780711249189
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Published: Wide Eyed Editions - February 4th, 2020

Learn about music and emotion in this anthology for the whole family

With 80 artists, bands, and composers from all genres (including classical) there's something for every family member to love and recommend to the next generation (or, disagree with!) While away the hours, listening to artists and discovering new songs together. 

Do you remember the first time you discovered an artist you really loved? Did they get you through a difficult time in your life? This book harnesses that feeling, by collecting together 80 of music's finest artists to guide young people through the good, bad and sad times. Whatever the feeling, these artists have been there and sung about it. Organised by mood, dip into the library to discover new artists from decades past to present day. Shout about it with Nirvana, love yourself with Lizzo, or cry it out with Adele.

Each entry contains biographical information on each artist, lists must-hear songs, and has accessible musical analysis from author and journalist Myles Tanzer. Every artist is captured in full-colour, rocking art by Ali Mac. With information at the front on how to soundtrack your mood, and information at the back on how to listen to and make your own music. 

A pitch-perfect introduction to music appreciation for children.

Ages 8-12


Stories of the Saints: Bold and Inspiring Tales of Adventure, Grace, and Courage Cover Image
By Carey Wallace, Nick Thornborrow (Illustrator)
$24.95
ISBN: 9780761193272
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - March 31st, 2020

Performing Miracles. Facing Wild Lions. Confronting Demons. Transforming the World.

From Augustine to Mother Teresa, officially canonized as St. Teresa of Calcutta, discover seventy of the best-known and best-loved saints and read their riveting stories.
Meet Joan of Arc, whose transcendent faith compelled her to lead an army when the king’s courage failed. Francis of Assisi, whose gentleness tamed a man-eating wolf. Valentine, a bishop in the time of ancient Rome, who spoke so often of Christ’s love that his saint’s day, February 12, has been associated with courtly love since the Middle Ages. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great teacher. Peter Claver, who cared for hundreds of thousands of people on slave ships after their voyage as captives. And Bernadette, whose vision of Mary instructed her to dig the spring that became the healing waters of Lourdes.

Each saint is illustrated in a dramatic and stylized full-color portrait, and included in every entry are the saint’s dates, location, emblems, feast days, and patronage. Taken together, these stories create a rich, inspiring, and entertaining history of faith and courage. For kids age 10 and up.

Ages 8+


Jonas Hanway's Scurrilous, Scandalous, Shockingly Sensational Umbrella Cover Image
By Josh Crute, Eileen Ryan Ewan (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781624148859
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Published: Page Street Kids - May 12th, 2020

From former Vroman's employee and fabulous Children's Book Author Josh Crute!

Sometimes in London it drizzles. Sometimes it mizzles. Other times it pelts and showers and spits. And Jonas Hanway hates getting wet. How can he go about his day as a proper London gentleman when his shoes are soggy, his coat is always collecting puddles, and his wig looks like a wet cat? Fed up with damp and dreary London, Jonas sails far away, to places where the sun always shines. But what he sees when he gets there is.... scandalous! Shocking! Sensational! Perhaps also...quite genius? Now all Jonas has to do is convince the rest of London that they need an umbrella, too.

All about the real gentleman who introduced umbrellas to 1750’s London society, this is the perfect story of persistence, problem-solving, and how good ideas hold (off) water.

Ages 6-9


The Mermaid Atlas: Merfolk of the World Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781786275851
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Published: Laurence King Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

The Mermaid Atlas will be your ultimate companion in discovering all your merfolk facts!

All over the world, wherever there's water, there are stories, legends and eyewitness accounts of mermaids. These magical, mesmerizing people of the deep have been well known for thousands of years, and almost every country and culture has a tale to tell about them. People have written, sung and passed on rumours about mermaids since ancient times, and often reported their own mermaid encounters, too.

Do you know the facts and stories surrounding the magical and, often elusive, world of mermaids? This gorgeously illustrated new book includes everything you wanted to know about these mysterious and captivating creatures. Discover their secrets in this beautiful compendium, written by children's author Anna Claybourne and illustrated throughout by award-winning Spanish illustrator Miren Asiain Lora.

Ages 9-12


Sleuth & Solve: History: 20+ Mind-Twisting Mysteries Cover Image
By Ana Gallo, Victor Escandell (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452180076
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 11th, 2020

Sleuth & Solve encourages readers of all ages to practice deduction, inference, and logical reasoning to crack each case—and develop critical thinking skills at the same time.

• A history-themed collection of interactive, inference-based mysteries
• Makes a perfect gift for puzzle lovers and super-sleuths of every age
• Requires keen observation, strong logic, and lots of creative thinking

Read the clues, work on solving them, and then lift the flap to reveal the answer to each mystery. Readers may play alone or with friends, collecting points for cracking each case and determining whose sleuthing skills reign supreme.

Ages 8-12


Ghostology: A True Revelation of Spirits, Ghouls, and Hauntings (Ologies) Cover Image
By Lucinda Curtle, Dugald A. Steer, Garry Walton (Illustrator), Doug Sirois (Illustrator), Anne Yvonne Gilbert (Illustrator)
$27.99
ISBN: 9781536209150
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Published: Candlewick - August 17th, 2020

Find sundry novelties, flaps, facsimiles, and more in a haunting—or is it haunted?—volume that gives new meaning to the term ghost writer.

Have you been hearing strange footsteps and knocks, whispers and rattling chains? Perhaps the early-twentieth-century author of this newly discovered tome has some secrets to share. Within the book’s weathered pages you’ll hear of a headless French pirate in search of his missing noggin, a vanishing pair of young trickster twins, a ghostly woman who screams for attention, and other communications from the “fun side.” Readers who wish to plumb the mysteries of the paranormal will find some hands-on challenges to lift their spirits, along with tips on a range of spectral subjects, such as what to pack in a ghostologist’s field kit, how to distinguish the types of ghosts, the best ways to hunt them, and spotting the unfortunate fakes and frauds. Too bad the late author never got to see her guide find its way into the world! But wait—what are those strange and scratchy asides that appear in odd places throughout the book?

Ages 10+


In Great Numbers: How Numbers Shape the World We Live in Cover Image
By Daniela Olejníková (Illustrator), Little Gestalten (Editor), Isabel Thomas (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$24.95
ISBN: 9783899558203
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Published: Little Gestalten - August 18th, 2020

Can you imagine a world without numbers? Over the centuries, people have conceived clever ways to use numbers so that we can understand the world around us better, build cities, find our way home, and much more. In Great Numbers tells the story of this groundbreaking invention. Numbers are so important in our daily lives. How else would we ask for three scoops of ice cream? Or know whether we've got 60 minutes left to play with our friends rather than 60 seconds? Why does a minute have 60 seconds anyway and not 100? Where does zero come from and what language do computers understand? Numbers are everywhere In Great Numbers will introduce children to the fascinating world of numbers and explains how they help us in our daily life. 1, 2, 3, go.

Ages 7-10


Discovery: Head-to-Head: Natural Disasters: An epic exploration of history’s most destructive earthquakes, explosions, and more! (Head to Head) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781684126095
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Published: Silver Dolphin Books - August 18th, 2020

Which was more destructive—Hurricane Katrina or the eruption of Mount Vesuvius? Put history's natural disasters head to head and find out!
 
How would the destructive power of Hurricane Katrina compare to the fiery eruption of Krakatoa? This unique book ranks history’s most catastrophic natural disasters based on overall force, intensity, and damage. Flip through the pages to learn amazing facts and mind-blowing statistics about the most earth-shattering earthquakes, deadly floods, monster blizzards and other unstoppable forces of nature from around the globe!

Ages 8-12


How to Draw Cute Beasts, Volume 4 Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781454941224
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Published: Sterling Children's Books - August 18th, 2020

Learn to draw the cutest, most fantastical creatures, some from myth, some straight from Angela Nguyen's own imagination . . . all of them adorable

 

A sweet water dragon. A ghost whale. And an irresistible elephant with wings This fourth book in the Draw Cute series is packed with fantastic creatures from a range of cultures, from giant puffballs to a flying lion. In the hands of author-teacher Angela Nguyen, all the instructions are easy to follow, and even a three-headed dog or a crocodile will have children cooing. Young readers will learn what kawaii is all about, and how to create cute mythical animals in this endearing style.

Ages 6-12


The Little Witch's Book of Spells Cover Image
By Ariel Kusby, Olga Baumert (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781452183619
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 25th, 2020

The Little Witch's Book of Spells is an enchanting compendium of spells, potions, and activities for kids 8 to 12 years old.

Young witches-in-training will discover spells to resolve problems, foster friendship, and engage with the natural world.

This spellbinding book guides readers on how to craft a magic wand, befriend a fairy, and read tea leaves, as well as glossaries of magical terms and symbols.

• A playful and immersive guidebook to all things magical
• Filled with simple activities using easily found ingredients
• Complete with lush illustrations

The Little Witch's Book of Spells harnesses magic and the imagination to help little witches feel powerful, tap into creative energy, and practice self-love.

Ages 8-12


The Mysteries of the Universe: Discover the best-kept secrets of space Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465499332
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Published: DK Children - September 1st, 2020

Journey from Earth to the outer reaches of the universe with this stunning book about space! You'll encounter bizarre planets, distant stars, and intricate galaxies.

From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page of this captivating book reveals the secrets behind more than 100 celestial objects. Get ready to explore fun facts and exciting new scientific discoveries!

For centuries, the mysteries of space have captured our imaginations. This picture book will illuminate imaginations and spark curious minds to explore the vastness of space.

Take your little astronaut on a journey from our planet out into the furthest reaches of the universe! Filled with gorgeous illustrations and incredible photography, young readers will be intrigued by the detailed close-up images of each celestial body.

The engaging storybook-style descriptions and simple text shed a light on facts, myths, and key discoveries about the universe. Explore the wonders of our solar system and beyond. This educational book also includes reference pages packed with fascinating information.

Ages 7-10


Space Maps: Your Tour of the Universe Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781912920563
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Published: What on Earth Books - September 8th, 2020

Do you want to go on a journey through space? Then all you have to do is look up at the night sky. What can you see?

This super-sized book of maps takes you on a space adventure from the stars to the solar system, and far beyond

Marvel at the constellations, and learn what their names and patterns mean to different cultures. Then venture farther out, past what the naked eye can see, and hop from planet to planet to explore Earth's celestial neighbors. Discover how humans have used rockets, probes, and telescopes to explore space-and even stop off at the International Space Station to visit the scientists working there

Let Space Maps take you on a tour through the universe, with its 24 maps, stunning illustrations, and amazing facts. Grab your telescope and get ready for the intergalactic journey of a lifetime

Ages 8-12


Castles: Conquer the world's most impressive castles Cover Image
By DK
$19.99
ISBN: 9781465498557
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Published: DK Children - September 22nd, 2020

Journey across the world and throughout history to discover the world's best and most unusual castles, and learn about their features, from the tallest turrets to the dingiest dungeons. Find out how castles have changed over time and what happened to the people who lived in them.

A glimpse into the history of different castles around the world, the dramatic battles to conquer them, and the weapons that defended and defeated them.

Travel through time and venture into the wonderful world of castles, from the extravagant châteaux of France, to the impenetrable fortresses of Japan.

Find out why castles were built and witness some of the most famous sieges in history. Trek across the world to visit castles perched on perilous clifftops and exotic islands. Meet the medieval rulers who built the grandest castles and forts, and the modern tycoons who splashed out money trying to replicate them.

Discover why the spiral staircases in castles always turned clockwise, and why their toilets always smelled so bad! And learn about the great lengths that prisoners would go to in order to escape...

This children's book takes you on an immersive adventure to a collection of castles each beautifully illustrated at a particular moment in history. See the world's best castles from a range of viewpoints, whether you are standing next to samurai warriors waiting to attack, or castle jesters entertaining the king. Castle is a fact-packed, modern look at a classic topic.

Ages 7-12


Oh, The Things We're For! Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781644210147
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Published: Triangle Square - October 6th, 2020

A new book by the author of A is for Activist is a rhyming, boldly illustrated vision of a better world.

Oh, The Things We're For! is a celebration of the better world that is not only possible, but is here today if we choose it. Today's kids are well aware of the many challenges that they face in a world they are inheriting, from climate change to police violence, crowded classrooms to healthcare. Poetically written and beautifully illustrated in Innosanto Nagara's (A is for Activist) signature style, this book offers a vision of where we could go--and a future worth fighting for. Oh, the Things We're For! is a book for kids, and for the young at heart of all ages.

Ages 4-10


Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781733329293
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Published: Rebel Girls - October 13th, 2020

The latest installment in the New York Times bestselling Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls series, featuring 100 immigrant women who have shaped, and will continue to shape, our world.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World is the third book in the New York Times bestselling series for children. Packed with 100 all-new bedtime stories about the lives of incredible female figures from the past and the present, this volume recognizes women who left their birth countries for a multitude of reasons: some for new opportunities, some out of necessity.

Readers will whip up a plate with Asma Khan, strategize global affairs alongside Madeleine Albright, venture into business with Rihanna, and many more. All of these unique, yet relatable stories are accompanied by gorgeous, full-page, full-color portraits, illustrated by female artists from all over the globe.

Ages 7-12