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New Books: For Children

The following is a selection of fiction and nonfiction books recently added to the library's juvenile collection.

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Cover Image: The knights of Crystallia

The knights of Crystallia Sanderson, Brandon

The Knights of Crystallia have taken away Bastille's sword and armor. Alcatraz, Bastille and their wacky relatives must figure out what's going on in order to save the Free Kingdoms from doom.

Cover Image: The Shattered Lens

The Shattered Lens Sanderson, Brandon

When a hero is needed to save the doomed kingdom of Mokia from the evil Librarians, thirteen-year-old Alcatraz Smedry, whose family talents include getting lost and breaking things, answers the call.

Cover Image: The artists cabin: solve you way out!

The artist's cabin: solve you way out! Wood, Kevin

Imagine you're on your way to visit an artist's studio, excited to see new work. But once you're inside, the door shuts-and locks you in! A frantic note advises you to leave, however, a number of puzzles need to be completed before that's possible. This book is a must-have, with content encouraging a unique combination of problem-solving, critical thinking, and reading comprehension. Art techniques, famous artists, and famous artworks are included throughout the engaging story and puzzle.

Cover Image: Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians

Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians Sanderson, Brandon

Biblioden, founder of the Evil Librarians, is back to complete his goal of world domination and it is up to Bastille to lead the charge against him. The conclusion to the "Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians" saga.

Cover Image: Hockeys weirdest mascots: from Al the Octopus to Victor E. Green

Hockey's weirdest mascots: from Al the Octopus to Victor E. Green Carson, David

"Hocky fans are thrilled by last-second, game-winning scores. But many also really enjoy seeing their teams' strange yet loveable mascots in the stands. From a big, fluffy moose that pumps up the crowd to a huge purple octopus that drops to the ice before games, hockey fans love the silly stunts and goofy antics of hockey's weirdest mascots!"--

Cover Image: The hackers hideout: solve your way out!

The hacker's hideout: solve your way out! Wood, Kevin

"Touring a hacker's hideout might be exciting-if you could get out! Readers of this book have wandered where they shouldn't be and need to use technology knowledge they have and acquire while reading this book to find clues hidden throughout the book. They solve puzzles using technology topics like Boolean logic, binary, and Morse code, as well as critical thinking in order to escape."--

Cover Image: Perfect project: a book about autism

Perfect project: a book about autism Alloway, Tracy Packiam

When Charlie's class has to do a class project on trains, can he use his SEN Superpowers to help his group get the job done? SEN Superpowers: The Perfect Project explores the topic of autism with an empowering story and adorable illustrations. The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with a range of common SEN (Special Education Needs) conditions, boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children with those conditions, while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers. Each book includes a page of discussion points about the story, a page of tips for how to boost abilities (inclusive for children with and without special educational needs), and, finally, a further page of notes for parents and teachers. The books feature a dyslexic-friendly font to encourage accessibility and inclusivity for all readers.

Cover Image: The classroom mystery: a book about ADHD

The classroom mystery: a book about ADHD Alloway, Tracy Packiam

Someone has been stealing food from Snowball, the classroom pet bunny! Can Izzy use her SEN Superpowers to track down the culprit and save the day? The Classroom Mystery (SEN Superpowers) explores the topic of ADHD with an empowering story and adorable illustrations. The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with a range of common SEN (Special Education Needs) conditions, boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children with those conditions, while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers. Each book includes a page of discussion points about the story, a page of tips for how to boost abilities (inclusive for children with and without special educational needs), and, finally, a further page of notes for parents and teachers. The books feature a dyslexic-friendly font to encourage accessibility and inclusivity for all readers.

Cover Image: The engine room: solve your way out!

The engine room: solve your way out! Wood, Kevin

On a class trip, you tour a real, working ship. But what if you got locked in-alone? In this book, readers use engineering knowledge they have and gain from the main text in order to solve a series of puzzles. Once solved, they can escape from the ship! Clues are found on every page, encouraging readers to read carefully and use their critical thinking skills to find and work out each one. Simple machines, engineering drawing, cogs, and more are part of the STEAM content of this book.

Cover Image: The world turned upside down: the Yorktown victory that won Americas independence

The world turned upside down: the Yorktown victory that won America's independence Grove, Tim

"In October 1781, American, French, and British forces converged on a small village named Yorktown--a place that the British would try to forget and Americans would forever remember. In his riveting, balanced, and thoroughly researched account of the Revolutionary War's last pivotal conflict, author-historian Tim Grove follows the true stories of American, French, and British players, whose lives intersected at Yorktown. Through very different viewpoints--from General George Washington to the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold, from young French hero Lafayette to British General Lord Cornwallis, and an enslaved man named James who became a spy, 'The World Turned Upside Down' tells the story of bold decisions made by famous military leaders, as well as the everyday courage shown by civilians. For every side involved, the world forever turned upside down at Yorktown."--

Cover Image: The scriveners bones

The scrivener's bones Sanderson, Brandon

In his second skirmish against the Evil Librarians who rule the world, Alcatraz and his ragtag crew of freedom fighters track Grandpa Smedry to the ancient and mysterious Library of Alexandria. Hushlanders -- people who live in the Librarian-controlled lands of Canada, Europe, and the Americas -- believe the Library was destroyed long ago. Free Kingdomers know the truth: the Library of Alexandria is still around, and it's one of the most dangerous places on the planet. For it is the home of the scariest Librarians of them all: a secret sect of soul-stealing scriveners. Can Alcatraz and his friends rescue Grandpa Smedry and make it out of there alive?

Cover Image: We can say no

We can say no Bowers, Lydia

"The story in book five of the We Say What's Okay series helps children to realize that no one is entitled to another's body, which includes things like hair and wheelchairs. Children will be empowered to say no (and it doesn't have to be polite)"-- "A story that helps teach young children that it's okay to say no. Feeling empowered to say no is a key foundation of consent. We Can Say No builds children's social and emotional skills and helps teach them that it's okay to say no. The fifth book in the We Say What's Okay series, We Can Say No follows Zakiya and Sami as they learn that their bodies, including their hair, belong to them and that no one should touch them without permission. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model the language Zakiya and Sami's teacher uses to support them. The author, who hosts workshops and trainings on teaching boundaries and consent for families and early childhood educators around the country, offers additional activities in the back of the book. Digital content includes a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. We Say What's Okay SeriesCentered around a class of preschoolers, this series helps teach young children the social and emotional skills they need to understand the complexities of consent. Each book covers a consent theme, such as how to recognize the physical sensations that emotions create, look for body language cues, ask for and listen to choices, and know that our bodies have value. With believable, everyday situations and diverse characters, children can see themselves and others reflected in each story-and develop a vocabulary to communicate consent and feelings. Every book in the series is accompanied by its own song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. "--

Cover Image: We have a dream

We have a dream Craig, Mya-Rose

"Indigenous people and people of color are disproportionately affected by climate change, yet often aren't heard in global conversations. In this book, British Bangladeshi environmentalist and campaigner for equal rights Dr. Mya-Rose Craig speaks to campaigners from around the world about what needs to be done. From wildlife conservation to clean water, air pollution to plastic waste, climate justice to climate strikes, the time has come to listen to a generation of young activists demanding urgent change for the world they will inherit." -- Back cover. "Written by the extraordinary environmental and campaigner for equal rights Mya-Rose Craig--aka Birdgirl--this book profiles 30 young environmental activists who are Indigenous people or people of color, from communities on the frontline of global climate change. Each speaks to the diverse set of issues they are fighting for, from water conservation, to deforestation, to indigenous rights, and shares their dream"--

Cover Image: The playground problem: a book about anxiety

The playground problem: a book about anxiety Alloway, Tracy Packiam

When Millie notices that Max is being bullied, can she use her SEN superpower to help him? The SEN Superpowers series celebrates the positive traits associated with a range of common SEN conditions, boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children with those conditions, while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers.

Cover Image: We listen to our bodies

We listen to our bodies Bowers, Lydia

"Our bodies let us know if we feel unsafe or might be in danger and can tell us when we are calm or need healthy touch. In this story, Mr. B helps Deja understand what her body is telling her by asking her to describe what her body is feeling"--

Cover Image: We are in charge of our bodies

We are in charge of our bodies Bowers, Lydia

"In this sixth book in the We Say What's Okay series, children realize they have agency over their bodies and that they have the power to make decisions for themselves, as well as stay safe"-- "Support young children as they learn the importance of setting physical boundaries. Being in charge of one's body is a key foundation of consent. We Are in Charge of Our Bodies builds children's social and emotional skills and helps with setting physical boundaries. The sixth book in the We Say What's Okay series, We Are in Charge of Our Bodies follows Jackson and his classmates as they learn the names for their private body parts, that they can say what's okay for their bodies, and why it's important to respect others' bodies. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model language to help children as they learn how to set and respect physical boundaries. The author, who hosts workshops and trainings on teaching boundaries and consent for families and early childhood educators around the country, offers additional activities in the back of the book. We Are in Charge of Our Bodies includes an introduction to adult readers about the book's topic. Digital content features a letter to share with teachers and families and a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. We Say What's Okay Series Centered around a class of preschoolers, this series helps teach young children the social and emotional skills they need to understand the complexities of consent. Each book covers a consent theme, such as how to recognize the physical sensations that emotions create, look for body language cues, ask for and listen to choices, and know that our bodies have value. With believable, everyday situations and diverse characters, children can see themselves and others reflected in each story-and develop a vocabulary to communicate consent and feelings. Every book in the series is accompanied by its own song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music"--

Cover Image: Sweet dreams mis hijos: inspiring bedtime stories about Latino leaders = historias inspiradoras de líderers Latinos

Sweet dreams mis hijos: inspiring bedtime stories about Latino leaders = historias inspiradoras de líderers Latinos Tzintzún Ramirez, Cristina

"Thoroughly engaging stories about amazing trailblazers include contemporary figures in many fields, from science and business to journalism and visual arts. Five-minute biographies provide an interesting window into each person's origins and accomplishments, as well as describing the way their heritage factored into their lives. Curious readers will discover: which Supreme Court justice was called Aji (hot pepper) by her family when she was a girl; how Julián and Joaquín Castro's mother set the stage for her twin boys to go into politics; why Jorege Ramos never stops asking "why?"; Desi Arnaz's secret to making sitcom history on TV; and many more insights into these, and other, amazing lives. From current stars like Lin Manuel Miranda and Jennifer Lopez to icons such as Dolores Huerta and Desi Arnaz, readers will learn about extraordinary people from different backgrounds who made their mark in a wide range of fields."--Provided by publisher.

Cover Image: We check in with each other

We check in with each other Bowers, Lydia

"This second book in a series covering consent themes helps children understand that consent can always be revoked, which means changing our minds. The story follows Harrison and his preschool classmates as they check in with themselves and each other to see if they are still having fun and feeling safe"--

Cover Image: We accept no

We accept no Bowers, Lydia

"When asking for consent, the answer will sometimes be no. This story validates the feelings of sadness, anger, and disappointment that accompany rejection and provides a model for young children about how to take responsibility for the actions after"-- "A story about accepting no for an answer and how to handle the feeling of rejection.Accepting no for an answer is a key foundation of consent. We Accept No builds children's social and emotional skills and helps teach them how to ask for permission, how to respect no, and how to handle rejection. The fourth book in the We Say What's Okay series, We Accept No follows Jamin, who is upset when his friend Zakiya doesn't want to share a great big extra-squeezy hug at the end of the day. With the help of his teacher, Ms. H, Jamin learns why accepting no for an answer is important, what to do with his sad and angry feelings, and what else he can do when someone doesn't want a hug. Using the book as a read-aloud, educators and families can model the language Jamin's teacher uses to support him as he learns how to respect personal boundaries. The author, who hosts workshops and trainings on teaching boundaries and consent for families and early childhood educators around the country, offers additional activities in the back of the book. Digital content includes a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music.We Say What's Okay SeriesCentered on a class of preschoolers, the We Say What's Okay series helps teach young children the social and emotional skills they need to understand the complexities of consent. Each book covers a consent theme, such as how to recognize the physical sensations that emotions create, look for body language cues, ask for and listen to choices, and know that our bodies have value. With believable, everyday situations and diverse characters, children can see themselves and others reflected in each story-and develop a vocabulary to communicate consent and feelings. Every book in the series is accompanied by a song from Peaceful Schools with downloadable audio files and sheet music. "--

Cover Image: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright

"Frank Lloyd Wright is the most influential and important architect of the twentieth century, and possibly of all time. Wright's work continues to inspire all those who see it"--

Cover Image: Everyone feels angry sometimes

Everyone feels angry sometimes Owen, Daniela

Anger is a BIG feeling ... But it's also a normal feeling that could be hard to get under control, especially for children. "Everyone Feels Angry Sometimes" is a self-help guide that provides children with the much-needed tool kit of techniques to help them learn how to control their anger levels, as well as teaches them important lessons surrounding mental health. -- Amazon.com

Cover Image: Fiercest feuds: 5 books in 1!

Fiercest feuds: 5 books in 1! Pallotta, Jerry

Ten fierce animals battle it out in this exciting bind-up featuring five books in this action-packed animal series! Which dangerous animals would win in a fight? Find out in this awesome bind-up of five books in the popular Who Would Win? series. The collection features a range of mammals, sea creatures, reptiles, and birds to satisfy all kinds of animal fans, including Falcon vs. Hawk, Hyena vs. Honey Badger, Komodo Dragon vs. King Cobra, Tarantula vs. Scorpion, and Whale vs. Giant Squid. Kids will learn about each animal's anatomy, behavior, and more alongside photos, charts, illustrations, and amazing facts.

Cover Image: Footballs best traditions and weirdest superstitions

Football's best traditions and weirdest superstitions Smith, Elliott

"Going to a football game? Wish the players on the latest Madden NFL game cover a little extra luck. And see if you can spot the 12th Man at a Texas A&M game-they should be easy to find. But first, gear up to discover the ins and outs of good fun and good luck in football. With engaging text and striking photos, this book will delight young sports fan with some of the best and weirdest practices on the field and in the stands"--

Cover Image: Native American celebrations and ceremonies

Native American celebrations and ceremonies James, Trisha

"Native American celebrations are packed with symbolic gestures and intriguing details. A kind of party called a potlatch, staged by native peoples of the Pacific Northwest, was marked by guests receiving gifts, not giving them, and were sometimes observed to get back at an enemy. This . . . volume about a high-interest aspect of native cultures highlights several celebrations like the potlatch as well as ceremonies important to Native Americans across North America"--Provided by publisher.

Cover Image: A rovers story

A rover's story Warga, Jasmine

Built to explore Mars, Resilience begins to develop human-like feelings as he learns from the NASA scientists who assembled him, and as he blasts off and explores Mars, Resilience must overcome different obstacles as he explores the red planet.

Cover Image: A day in the life of a caveman, a queen and everything in between

A day in the life of a caveman, a queen and everything in between Barfield, Mike

Featuring a day in the life of early humans as they paint woolly mammoths on the walls of a cave, a fierce gladiator battling in the Colosseum and a codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War II. And not forgetting the animals of history - from a day in the life of Hannibal's war elephant marching over the Alps and an Egyptian cat (worshipped as a god, of course) to a Galapagos tortoise who meets Charles Darwin on his famous voyage of the Beagle and Ham the space chimp. Readers can also discover the bigger picture behind famous constructions, including Stonehenge, the Great Wall of China and the Acropolis, and delve into the secret diaries of a swashbuckling pirate, a knight's horse and Edward Jenner's milkmaid.

Cover Image: Luminous: living things that light up the night

Luminous: living things that light up the night Kuo, Julia

"Kids 4 to 8 will marvel at the brightly glowing creatures and other living organisms in this stunning, poetic, and science-based exploration of bioluminescence. When it's dark out, we need light to see. But what if your body could make its own light? From acclaimed author-illustrator Julia Kuo comes a remarkable picture book about bioluminescence, the light made from living things, and its many forms: fireflies and foxfire, fungi and glow-worms, deep-sea fish and vampire squids. Kuo's radiant art portrays a young child and adult discovering different bioluminescent creatures, accompanied by simple lyrical text and informative sidebars that reveal fascinating scientific facts about each of them. An introduction to an extraordinary natural phenomenon, Luminous shines a light upon how truly wondrous the world is. Luminous features: Brilliant and unique illustrations: The depiction of vibrant bioluminescent species against an unusual black backdrop creates an unforgettable visual experience for readers. The science of bioluminescence: Shares the real-life magic of bioluminescence with sidebars about the various places and species in which bioluminescence is found. Text can be read on two levels: Kuo's simple and poetic narrative is accompanied by scientific facts about bioluminescence."--

Cover Image: Scotland

Scotland Spanier, Kristine

In this book, readers will learn about the unique and defining features of Scotland. Vibrant, full-color photos and carefully leveled text will engage young readers as they learn more about the key details of the country, including geography, climate, culture, and resources. Compelling questions encourage further inquiry"--

Cover Image: Elephants

Elephants Bishop, Nic

"Few animals are more impressive than elephants. They are by far the biggest of all land animals. And yet, elephants are more than mighty. They are sensitive and intelligent creatures who live in large, caring family societies run by females. They have extraordinary senses and communicate in complex ways that scientists are only now starting to understand. Elephants play an essential role in the delicate African and Asian ecosystems. Today, elephant populations in both Africa and Asia are being threatened. Award-winning author, photographer, and naturalist Nic Bishop gives readers an in-depth look at one of the world's smartest and most fascinating animals"--

Cover Image: The missing magic

The missing magic Elliott, Rebecca

Unicorn Bo and friends attend the Big Festival of Magic hoping to show off their magical skills, but when all the magic goes missing they must find a way to find and return the magic.

Cover Image: The moon is more than a night-light

The moon is more than a night-light Wells, Robert E

"Have you ever wondered how the moon was formed or why it changes shape in the sky? The moon's story began 4.5 billion years ago, but it continues to affect everything we do today, from weather to timekeeping. Award-winning science author Robert E. Wells explains how and why the moon matters in our lives-and for the future of space exploration"--

Cover Image: Ring-tailed lemur princesses: rulers of the troop

Ring-tailed lemur princesses: rulers of the troop Jaycox, Jaclyn

"Screech! A female ring-tailed lemur screams loudly. It is a warning for an intruder to stay away. Females lead ring-tailed lemur troops. They hunt, defend their territories, and care for young. Take a close look at ring-tailed lemurs and the important roles princesses play to ensure a troop's survival"--

Cover Image: Mega-Predators of the past

Mega-Predators of the past Stewart, Melissa

"It is time for T. rex and his dinosaur cousins to step aside and let other mega-predators like the terror bird and the giant ripper lizard take the spotlight! Travel back to prehistoric times and meet some of the most impressive creatures to ever roam the Earth. You'll be amazed at the size and the fierceness of these lesser-known predators, many of them ancient ancestors of animals that we still see today. tewart's cheeky, humorous voice--along with a comical version of the familiar "comparison man"--put these creatures in perspective. Artist and former zoologist Howard Gray brings these predators (back) to life with dynamic, humorous, and scientifically accurate illustrations. Sidebars and extensive back matter material provide more detailed information and context."-- Amazon.