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Hooray for New Books – September Highlights!

September 19, 2013

It’s almost Fall here in the northeast, my neighborhood even had a little frost last night, so that means it’s time for a special crop of new titles. In today’s post you’ll find just a sampling of the new titles you’ll find in your favorite bookstore or library this month, just in time for being back in the classroom, or a little holiday gift shopping, it’s never too early for that!

Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

Dog Loves Counting

We LOVE Dog! He’s opened a bookstore, and learned to draw his very own adventures, and now he’s helping us to count! Totally charming, entertaining and a little bit educational, you’ll want to read these books again and again. Totally enjoyable reading with the little ones, or for your grownups on your own too!

Making Contact! by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki

making contact

One of our favorite non-fiction authors, the writer who makes history fun, Monica Kulling, brings us that latest volume in the Great Idea series–featuring Marconi, the father of “the wireless”. Did you ever marvel about your cell phone, or how your computer connection is always available, with no wires? Well, none of that would be possible without Guglielmo Marconi, and thanks to his persistence, on December 12, 1901, for the first time ever, a wireless signal traveled between two continents. And the rest is history, really interesting history. Great for young inventors, teachers and mom and dad too!

Everything I Need to Know I learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow

Everything LGB

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book–it’s funny, sweet, nostalgic, and the best gift ever! ” A humorous “guide to life” for grown-ups! One day, Diane Muldrow, a longtime editor of the iconic Little Golden Books, realized that, despite their whimsical appearance, there was hardly a real-life situation that hadn’t been covered in the more than 70-year-old line of children’s books—from managing money, to the importance of exercise, to finding contentment in the simplest things. In this age of debt, depression, and diabetes, could we adults use a refresher course in the gentle lessons from these adorable books, she wondered—a “Little Golden guide to life”? Yes, we could! Muldrow’s humorous yet practical tips for getting the most out of life (“Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding!” “Be a hugger.” “Sweatpants are bad for morale.”), drawn from more than 60 stories, are paired with delightful images from these best-loved children’s books of all time—among them The Poky Little Puppy, Pantaloon, Mister Dog, Nurse Nancy, We Help Mommy, Five Pennies to Spend, and The Little Red Hen. The Golden greats of children’s illustration are represented here as well: Richard Scarry, Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, J. P. Miller, and Mary Blair, among many others. Sure to bring memories and a smile, this book is a perfect gift for baby boomers, recent grads, lovers of children’s literature—or anyone who cherishes the sturdy little books with the shiny cardboard covers and gold foil spines!”

Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Sky Jumpers

Hope lives in a town of inventors struggling to recover after World War III, and worst of all she’s not a very good inventor. She would rather spend her time “diving” into the potentially deadly Bomb’s Breath left by the green bombs, she’s very good at that. This is a terrific story filled with intrigue and peril and ultimately we find that Hope and her friends Aaron and Brock might be the only ones who can save their world from the bandits determined to the bandits.

The Great Trouble by Deborah Hopkinson

The Great Trouble

I often say that I re-learn all of the history I’ve forgotten when I read children’s books. Deborah Hopkinson’s The Great Trouble is a book for readers like me, it’s inspired by history and told in a way that history becomes a thriller. “Part medical mystery, part survival story, and part Dickensian adventure, The Great Troubleis a celebration of a fascinating pioneer in public health and a gripping novel about the 1854 London cholera epidemic.” Historical fiction at it’s best.

Sammy Keyes and the Killer Cruise by Wendelin Van Draanen

SK Killer Cruise

I still remember reading my very first Sammy Keyes Mystery, Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief. I loved Sammy and her green hightops and her Grandma and her quirky collection of friends. It’s hard to believe that this is the last Sammy Keyes mystery, but in this one she is definitely going out in style. This last adventure is a locked room mystery, on a cruise ship, that only Sammy can solve. And if you’ve never experienced these books then you’re in for a real treat. Hop on board and enjoy the ride!

The Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman

The Waking Dark

A horror novel in the spirit of Stephen King that will keep you up late into the night. Sure it will totally creep you out in all the best ways, and it will leave you looking over your shoulder for a day or two after you finish it, but most of all you’ll keep reading this because this story of a town in Kansas where “something is wrong” will make you want to know what’s coming next, and next and next. Impossible to put down, “Great dialogue and intriguing subplots add to the action-packed story . . . the suspense doesn’t let up until the final pages.” —School Library Journal, Starred Review Perfect for your teen horror fan and adult readers too!

Thanks for joining us today at RAoR, I hope you have a long list of new titles to pick up at the bookstore or library!

Please share your thoughts in our comments section.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2013 8:12 am

    Oh my gosh! I’ve got to have Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book!

  2. September 19, 2013 11:05 am

    My kids enjoy the “Dog Loves” books. I’ll be sure to put the newest book on hold at the library. Sky Jumpers is such a good book with a great heroine.

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