The Kids’ Book Corner

Kids’ book reviews and tidbits from an indie bookseller.

New Books Out Tuesday, 5/26 May 26, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Picture Books — kidsbookcorner @ 11:05 am

Favorite Series Starters

(Random House, paperback boxed set, $21.46)

Ages 6-9

I can’t believe no one thought of doing this sooner! The great boxed set includes the first books in five great series (Magic Tree House, Junie B. Jones, A to Z Mysteries, Andrew Lost, and Nate the Great). This is a perfect birthday party gift and a great way to help a kid find a new series to get into.

Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?

Have You Ever Tickled a Tiger?

by Betsy Snyder

(Random House, hardcover, $9.99)

Ages 2-5

This adorable touch-and-feel book lets kids poke a penguin, nudge a hedgehog, and kiss a walrus. I love it!

That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals

by Ruby Roth

(North Atlantic Books, hardcover, $16.95)

Ages 4-7

The vegetarian in me couldn’t let this book go by without giving it a brief mention. Though this book tackles a difficult subject for younger children, it does so well. This is a good book for vegetarian families or parents who are raising their kids veggie and want a way to explain it to them. Without getting too graphic (animals in confined cages are as dark as it gets), it explores basic issues of factory farming and discusses its effects on the environment. Roth is able to get her point across without becoming too preachy or delving into topics that aren’t age-appropriate.


An Interview with Thalia Chaltas May 22, 2009

Filed under: Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 11:15 am

Hi Everyone!  Just a quick note to say I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth! It’s been a busy week, so the KBC has fallen by the wayside. But I’m back and gearing up for BookExpo, where I’m hoping to bring you all sorts of exciting details about this fall’s most anticipated kids’ books!

In the mean time, read this great interview with Thalia Chaltas, author of Because I am Furniture.

Lastly, I am in the midst of reading a bunch of amazing kids’ and YA books that will be published this fall. I’m hoping to write a sneak preview about them soon! Stay tuned…


New Chapter Books and Nonfiction May 12, 2009

Filed under: Middle-Grade,New Books,Non-Fiction,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 1:12 pm

Here are some standouts from today’s arrivals!

GirlForce: A Girl’s Guide to the Body and Soul

by Nikki Goldstein

(Bloomsbury, paperback, $14.99)

Ages 10-15

This book has the perfect combination of a beautiful package that will appeal to t(w)eens and great facts and information that will appeal to parents.

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jacqueline Kelly

(Henry Holt, hardcover, $16.99)

Ages 8-14

I haven’t gotten around to reading this one yet, but it looks wonderful. Heather Doss, children’s buyer for Bookazine called it “One to watch for the Newbery,” so I know it must be good! She recommends it for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder and Caddie Woodlawn.

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

by Lenore Look, pictures by LeUyen Pham

(Yearling, paperback, $5.99)

Ages 6-10

Alvin Ho is just great. He’s a total scaredy-cat, and that’s what makes him so fun. Plus, it’s the first in a new series. Book 2 comes out in late June.


New Picture Books: 5/12

Filed under: New Books,Picture Books — kidsbookcorner @ 12:58 pm

Today is an especially rich day for new picture books!

A Small Surprise

by Louise Yates

(Knopf, hardcover, $16.99)

Ages 2-5

With just a few words, Louise Yates manages to tell us the story of an amazing rabbit. He is small, but magic. Yates’ delightful illustrations have our rabbit hanging about with circus animals.This is a perfect read for kids who are having trouble being little.

One World, One Day

by Barbara Kerley

(National Geographic, hardcover, $17.95)

Ages 3-6

Filled with beautiful National Geographic photos, this picture book takes us through a day in the life of children all over the world.

Let’s Do Nothing!

by Tony Fucile

(Candlewick Press, hardcover, $16.99)

Ages 4-8

In this animation-style picture book, Frankie and Sal run out of things to do. They’ve played all their board games and read all their comic books, so they decide to do nothing. They imagine that they are stone statues and sit perfectly still, until Frankie imagine pigeons have landed on his head. This book is all about imagination, and it’s hilarious.

Chicken Little

by Rebecca Emberley & Ed Emberley

(Roaring Brook Press, hardcover, $16.95)

Ages 3-5

This retelling of the classic Chicken Little story shines in the Emberleys’ bold colors.


by Rosemary Wells

(Hyperion, paperback, $6.99)

Ages 4-6

This classic is now available in paperback. Meet Yoko, whose mom sends her to school with a lunch full of delicious sushi. When she sits down to eat, her classmates make fun of her for her unusual lunch. But her teacher smartly decides to have an International Food Day, where the kids get to taste Yoko’s sushi and realize that it’s really quite tasty!

Feeling Sad

by Sarah Verroken

(Enchanted Lion Books, hardcover, $16.95)

Ages 2-5

In beatiful woodcut illustrations, this picture book tells the story of Duck, a sad little bird. When frog encourages her to cheer up, she tries to see on the bright side of things. Soon, the sun begins to shine and she is feeling much better. This is a good book for very young children who are experiencing sadness.


The Hunger Games Wins SLJ’s Battle of the Books! May 6, 2009

Filed under: Award Winners,Young Adult — kidsbookcorner @ 2:32 pm

I love The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (see podcast). So when I read today that Lois Lowry (author of The Giver, Number the Stars, and other totally awesome books) had selected it as the winner of School Library Journal’s Battle of the Books, I got pretty excited.

For those of you unfamiliar with this YA masterpiece, it’s the first in a trilogy, and it tells the story of Catniss, one of the most unique, strong, and fantastic heroines out there. In a post-apocolyptic North America, each of the twelve districts must send one boy and one girl to compete in the annual Hunger Games, a nationally televised fight to the death. Catniss volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, who had been chosen to compete.  The story is fantasitc (a real page-turner), and as Ms. Lowry puts it,

“Any book that starts out with 24 children and ends up with 22 of them dead… that’s tough to beat.”

The second book in the trilogy is possibly the most highly anticipated kids’ book of the fall. Releasing September 1, 2009, Catching Fire is sure to hit bestseller lists instantly.

If you’re a Hunger Games fan, be sure to check out Scholastic’s new contest. In 500 words or less, tell them how you would survive the Hunger Games. The winner gets to lunch with Suzanne Collins at Scholastic’s headquarters in New York! Enter the contest here. (Sorry grownups – it’s for kids only! You must be ages 12-17.)

Haven’t read The  Hunger Games yet? What are  you waiting for? Find your nearest indie bookstore and pick up a copy today.