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2015-2016 HOLIDAY TOY COLLECTION
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HOLIDAY BOOKS
Merry Christmas, Mr. Mouse! When Mr. Mouse and his family move into the warm spot beneath the kitchen stove in a big house, they discover something new and wonderful: an evergreen tree decorated with lights, ginger and peppermint smells in the air, and cookies baking in the oven. They hear about a child born long ago, and a jolly man named Santa who brings gifts to celebrate Jesus’s birth on a day called Christmas. And so Mr. and Mrs. Mouse decide that their family should celebrate Christmas too. With Caralyn and Mark Buehner’s delightful rhyming verse, detailed illustrations (with hidden pictures to search for!), and a childlike sense of wonder, the story of the Mouse family’s first Christmas is sure to become a holiday tradition. Ages 3-7, $17.99.


Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the Caldecott winning team of Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Peep! It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is stirring, not even a...duck? Farmer Brown is busy decorating his home in preparation for Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve! All seems calm in the barnyard, but Farmer Brown isn’t the only one who is getting ready...Ho Ho OH NO! Once again, Duck has gotten the whole barnyard STUCK in quite a predicament! Will anyone be able to un-stuck Duck and save Christmas? Ages 3-7, $17.99.
Laura Murray and Mike Lowery’s Gingerbread Man has been loose in the school and on the fire truck, and now he’s The Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas. Everyone in class is busy practicing songs and making goodies for their trip to town to thank community helpers, and the Gingerbread Man has made a gift for someone extra sweet. But before he can deliver his gift, whipping wind and swirling snow come to town, too. Slushy sidewalks are no place for a cookie, but this Gingerbread Man won’t let a little bad weather stop him! “I’ll search on my own, as fast as I can! I’ll dash through this snow. I’m the Gingerbread Man!” With all the flavors of the season and generous dashes of kindness and gratitude, the Gingerbread Man’s newest adventure makes for a perfect read-aloud throughout the holidays.
Ages 3-7, $16.99
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New York Times bestselling duo Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen (The Christmas Wish and The Tiny Wish) sweep us back into their enchanting world with yet another breathtaking adventure The Reindeer Wish featuring their daughter, Anja. When Anja discovers an abandoned reindeer baby in the woods, she cares for it and raises it as her own. They become dear friends and have many adventures together, but as the reindeer grows he wishes to rejoin his kind. So Anja leads him to join the greatest reindeer of all—those of Santa’s sled team. Ages 3-7, $17.99.
From Jean Reagan and Lee Wildish, creators of the bestselling How to Babysit a Grandpa and How to Babysit a Grandma comes the equally charming and hilarious holiday offering How to Catch Santa written again in a hilarious instructional style. After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve and that’s when you can try to catch Santa. Two sibling narrators give clever tips for “catching” Santa (be crafty! be clever! be gentle!). Filled with humor and holiday warmth, this is a jolly read-aloud for the whole family to enjoy! Ages 3-7, $17.99.



Written by American songwriter James Lord Pierpont for Sunday-school children to perform at an 1857 Thanksgiving concert, “Jingle Bells” is now an irreplaceable part of Christmas traditions around the world. Niroot Puttapipat’s exquisite cut-paper edition, Jingle Bells: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition with his silhouetted illustrations at once bold and delicate, follows a sleigh ride across a snowy landscape. Featuring scenes that change on every spread and a stunning 3-D pop-up at the end, this holiday keepsake captures the thrill of a winter adventure and the magic of the season.
Ages 4 up, $19.99
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In #1 New York Times bestseller An Invisible
Thread
, author Laura Schroff told the true, heartfelt, and extraordinary story of how one woman’s decision to help a boy asking for change on the street changed both of their lives forever. Now in a younger picture book edition, An Invisible Thread Christmas Story, Schroff recalls the first Christmas she and Maurice spent together. She shares how Maurice gave her a small white bear and, as she later learns, the only thing he had that he could truly call his own—to show her how grateful he was for their friendship. This heartwarming tale captures the true meaning of the holidays and will be one you’ll want to share with your family year after year as a reminder that a gift from the heart is always the best present under the tree.
Ages 4 up, $17.99
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Dear Santa, Love, Rachael Rosenstein…Rachel Rosenstein is determined to celebrate Christmas this year—and the fact that her family is Jewish is not going to stop her. In a series of hilarious and heartwarming mishaps, Rachel writes a letter to Santa explaining her cause, pays him a visit at the mall, and covertly decorates her house on Christmas Eve right down to latkes for Santa and his reindeer. And while Rachel may wrestle with her culture, customs, and love of sparkly Christmas ornaments, she also comes away with a brighter understanding of her own identity and of the gift of friends and family. Written by Amanda Peet with Andrea Troyer, illustrator. Ages 5-8, $17.99.
Sweet illustrations and simple language bring Hanukkah to life for the youngest of children in this delightful paperback book Hanukkah Lights by David Martin with illustrations by Melissa Sweet. At Hanukkah, there are many much-anticipated rituals— candles on the menorah ready to light, latkes to eat, dreidels to spin, presents to give and receive and shiny gold treats. Add some free-form fun, from shadow puppetry to singing and dancing, and you have a warm, truly child-friendly celebration. Ages 3-7, $5.99.


Authors Richard Simon and Tanya Simon introduce their new heartwarming picture book Oskar and the Eight Blessings illustrated by Mark Siegel. Oskar, a young refugee seeking sanctuary from the horrors of Kristallnacht, arrives by ship in New York City with only a photograph and an address for an aunt he has never met. It is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, 1938. As Oskar walks the length of Manhattan, from the Battery to his new home in the north of the city, he experiences the city’s many holiday sights and encounters various residents. Each offers Oskar a small act of kindness welcoming him to the city and helping him on his way to a new life in the new world. Includes map of Oskar’s walk on Christmas Day 1938 and a poignant Author’s Note. Ages 4-8, $17.99.


NEW PICTURE BOOK FAVORITES
Fans of Mo Willems’s Don’t Let the Pigeon
Drive the Bus!
and Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back will love meeting author Dev Petty’s willful young frog with a serious identity crisis in I Don’t Want to Be a Frog. Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs— our hero decides that maybe being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-itall- before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right. Illustrated by Mike Boldt. Ages 3-7, $16.99
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Following in the footsteps of the groundbreaking Alphablock and Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli, Dinoblock features thick pages cut into the shapes of dinosaurs! Readers will be introduced to more than 20 different kinds of dinos via die-cuts of their unique silhouettes and the illuminating comparisons to familiar things from a young child’s world. “I stretch high like the ladder on a fire truck. I am a Brachiosaurus.” As children touch the pages, they have a chance to guess the dinosaur and appreciate the uniqueness of its silhouette. A final gatefold delivers a roundup of all the dinos included. This handson approach, delivered in colorful pages by hip British design team Peskimo, makes for an immersive, age-appropriate introduction to a favorite topic of childhood. Ages 1-4, $16.95.
Come join a colorful canine board book romp for toddlers in Color Dog with bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet and photography by Brian Stanton. Look for plenty of wagging and woofing as a parade of adorable pooches employ cleverly designed mechanics, pettable textures and even scratch-and-sniff patches to introduce toddlers to colors, textures, and more. Ages 2 up, $19.99.
Also available Moo, Dog, and Cats.



Jonathan Bentley’s playful new book, Little Big, captures just how tough life can be when you’re little. With little legs, it’s hard to win races. With little hands, you can’t open the cookie jar. And when you have a little mouth, nobody listens to you. Sometimes it seems like all your problems would be solved if you were just a little bigger. But sometimes, little is exactly the right size. Featuring delightful artwork and a relatable message, Bentley’s book will resonate with readers both big and little.
Ages 3-5, $16.00
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In the wide-awake bed in the full-moon house, everyone is restless! The moonlight is pouring in and no one can get to sleep: not Granny, her grandchild, the dog, the cat, or even a mouse. It’s not until a tiny musical visitor offers up a soothing song does the menagerie settle down, and finally everyone is off to dreamland. With a perfectly crafted text and stunning paintings, Audrey and Don Wood reveal once again why they are picture book creators of the highest order. The Full Moon at the Napping House, the highly anticipated follow-up to their beloved classic The Napping House, is the ideal book to share at bedtime or anytime. Ages 3-7, $17.99.


Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers #1 blockbuster bestseller The Day the Crayons Quit, is now joined by equally entertaining companion The Day the Crayons Came Home. I’m not sure what it is about this kid Duncan, but his crayons sure are a colorful bunch of characters! Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas and who ran away—each and every crayon has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Look for a special glow-in-the-dark picture [Note: make sure to “charge” it under a light first]. Ages 4-7, $18.99.
Stillwater the Panda returns in Zen Socks a delightful companion to Jon J Muth’s Caldecott Honor Book Zen Shorts and Zen Ties. Leo and Molly love their new neighborhood. Best of all is their friend Stillwater, a giant panda who lives across the way! And the three friends are quite a team! Stillwater teaches Molly about patience. Leo teaches Stillwater about sharing. And Molly shows how one act of kindness can make a world of difference. Muth’s warm, compassionate stories and light-filled pictures are tinged with the wisdom of Zen. Whether young or old, we all learn from one another in the most surprising ways.
Ages 4-8, $17.99
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Exquisite charcoal drawings of ten endangered creatures—lions, elephants, giraffes, pandas, tigers, chimpanzees, penguins, turtles, macaws, and zebras—startle the viewer with their size and astonishing detail. Author Katie Cotton with illustrator Stephen Walton have created an oversized not-to-be missed jewel of a book with Counting Lions. Poetic text notes each creature’s particular qualities and behavior, while providing a quiet counting exercise and a reminder that these animals must be cherished and protected. A spectacular, visually stunning celebration of wildlife—and gentle counting book—that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Ages 5 up, $22.00.

GREAT NEW READS!
Over 2 million people have read R. J. Palacio’s #1 bestseller Wonder and have fallen in love with Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face. Readers have also been treated to three stories offering a special look GREAT NEW READS! at Auggie’s world through new points of view. Previously only available in ebook, now they’ll be published all together as Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories in a gorgeous hardcover package! These stories are an extra peek at Auggie before he started at Beecher Prep and during his first year there. Readers get to see him through the eyes of Julian, the bully; Christopher, Auggie’s oldest friend; and Charlotte, Auggie’s new friend at school. Together, these three stories are a treasure for readers who don’t want to leave Auggie behind when they finish Wonder. Ages 8-12, $16.99.


Princess Magnolia is having hot chocolate and scones with Duchess Wigtower when. . . Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! A big blue monster is threatening the goats! Stopping monsters is no job for dainty Princess Magnolia. But luckily Princess Magnolia has a secret —she’s also The Princess in Black, and stopping monsters is the perfect job for her! Can the princess sneak away, transform into her alter ego, and defeat the monster before the nosy duchess discovers her secret? From award-winning writing team of Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, here is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black. Ages 5-8, paperback $6.99.
Don’t miss the latest installment by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale’s series with The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party. Today is Princess Magnolia’s birthday party, and she wants everything to be perfect. But just as her guests are arriving... Brring! Brring! The monster alarm! Princess Magnolia runs to the broom closet, ditches her frilly clothes, and becomes the Princess in Black! She rushes to the goat pasture, defeats the monster, and returns to the castle before her guests discover her secret. But every time Princess Magnolia is about to open her presents, the monster alarm rings again. And every time she rushes back—an inside-out dress here, a missing shoe there—it gets harder to keep the other princesses from being suspicious. Don’t those monsters understand that now is not a good time for an attack? Ages 5-8, $14.99.


Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica. Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo. Richly imagined and masterfully crafted, ECHO pushes the boundaries of genre and form, and shows us what is possible in how we tell stories. The result is an impassioned uplifting, and virtuosic tour de force that will resound in your heart long after the last note has been struck. Don’t miss the music, magic, and a real-life miracle melding together in this masterpiece from storytelling maestro Pam Muñoz Ryan. Ages 10-14, $19.99.
After her best friend dies in a drowning
accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy must have been a rare jellyfish sting--things don’t just happen for no reason. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory--even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe...and the potential for love and hope right next door. The Thing About Jellyfish, Ali Benjamin stunning debut novel about grief and wonder was an instant New York Times bestseller and captured widespread critical acclaim, including selection as a 2015 National Book Award finalist!
Ages 10+, $17.00.



Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself—because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of—a woman with a future. Newbery Medalist Laura Amy Schlitz relates Joan’s journey from the muck of the chicken coop to the comforts of a society household in Baltimore (Electricity! Carpet sweepers! Sending out the laundry!), taking readers on an exploration of feminism and housework; religion and literature; love and loyalty; cats, hats, and bunions. In The Hired Girl, Schlitz brings her delicious wit and keen eye to early twentiethcentury America in a moving yet comedic tour de force. Ages 12 up, $17.99.
Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte’s Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New York Times bestselling Someday. Firefly doesn’t merely want to fly, she wants to touch the moon. Cricket doesn’t merely want to sing about baseball, he wants to catch. When these two little creatures with big dreams wander out of Firefly Hollow, refusing to listen to their elders, they find themselves face-to-face with the one creature they were always told to stay away from…a giant. But Peter is a Miniature Giant. They’ve always been told that a Miniature Giant is nothing but a Future Giant, but this one just isn’t quite as big or as scary as the other Giants. Peter has a dream of his own, as well as memories to escape. He is overwhelmed with sadness, and a summer with his new unlikely friends Firefly and Cricket might be just what he needs. Can these friends’ dreams help them overcome the past? Firefly Hollow is nothing short of enchanting, reminding us all that the very best friend is the one who wants you to achieve your dreams. Full-color tip-in illustrations and dozens of black-and-white drawing provide added glow.
Ages 8-12, $16.99.



From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes the breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore Soundless.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from selfsustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom. When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation. But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever. Ages 12 up, $19.99.

Ingrid Law delivers another heartwarming story about the magic of friendship and the power of family in Switch the companion to her Newbery Honor winning Savvy. Gypsy Beaumont has always been a whirlytwirly free spirit, so as her thirteenth birthday approaches, Gypsy hopes to get a magical ability that will let her fly, or dance up to the stars. Instead, she wakes up on her birthday with blurry vision . . . and starts seeing flashes of the future and past. But when Momma and Poppa announce that her very un-magical, downright mean Grandma Pat has Alzheimer’s and is going to move in with them, Gypsy’s savvy—along with her family’s—suddenly becomes its opposite. Now it’s savvy mayhem as Gypsy starts freezing time, and no one could have predicted what would happen on their trip to bring Grandma Pat home . . . not even Gypsy. With her trademark style and whimsical, beautiful language, Law has written another wonderfully moving companion to her Newbery Honor winning Savvy. Ages 8-12, $16.99.


Don’t miss The Marvels in this magnificent reimagining of the form Brian Selznick originated, two stand-alone stories-the first in nearly 400 pages of continuous pictures, the second in prose-create a beguiling narrative puzzle. The journey begins on a ship at sea in 1766, with a boy named Billy Marvel. After surviving a shipwreck, he finds work in a London theatre. There, his family flourishes for generations as brilliant actors until 1900, when young Leontes Marvel is banished from the stage. Nearly a century later, Joseph Jervis runs away from school and seeks refuge with an uncle in London. Albert Nightingale’s strange, beautiful house, with its mysterious portraits and ghostly presences, captivates Joseph and leads him on a search for clues about the house, his family, and the past. A gripping adventure and an intriguing invitation to decipher how the two narratives connect, The Marvels is a loving tribute to the power of story from an artist at the vanguard of creative innovation. Ages 10 up, $32.99.
For the first time, J.K. Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway award- winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making Harry Potter Sorcerer’s Stone Illustrated deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as well as for the dedicated fan. Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully. Harry’s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs, and he hasn’t had a birthday party in eleven years. But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger: a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable. This fabulous new illustrated edition is a must-have for Harry Potter fans of all ages! $39.99.


GREAT GIFT TITLES FOR ALL!

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Raggedy Ann with five classic tales in this beautiful new treasury written by Johnny Gruelle and illustrated by Jan Palmer! Just in time for Raggedy Ann’s birthday, these sweet stories about Raggedy Ann’s adventures are sure to delight fans young and old. Beloved for generations, Raggedy Ann’s charming stories are filled with the humor and good nature of everyone’s favorite rag doll and her adventurous nursery friends. This wonderful treasury includes How Raggedy Ann Got Her Candy Heart, Raggedy Ann and Rags, Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees, Raggedy Ann’s Wishing Pebble, and Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Police Officer. The Raggedy Ann 100th Anniversary Treasury, Ages 4 up, $17.99. Also available is a large selection of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls to gift with a book!
HarperCollins Treasury of Picture Book Classics: A Child’s First Collection assembles twelve of the greatest picture books ever published: Goodnight Moon, Caps for Sale, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crictor, A Baby Sister for Frances, Leo the Late Bloomer, William’s Doll, A Chair for My Mother, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Chrysanthemum, From Head to Toe, and Pete’s a Pizza. Each story is followed by a page of tips for taking the reading experience further; a bibliography offers further reading suggestions. A perfect gift for new moms and dads, teachers, or parents excited to read their children the books they themselves grew up with, this collection is a wonder-filled opportunity for preschoolers and families to own and share “the best of the best.” Ages 3-8, $35.00.


Polar—A Photicular Book takes the reader on a stunning journey to the ends of the earth through the colorful, fluid motion of Photicular® Safari and Ocean, Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book. It’s like a movie in your hand. Penguins waddle in their irresistibly happy way. A walrus lumbers across the snowy landscape. There’s a polar bear with her lively cubs. A beluga whale, breaching. A team of sled dogs sprinting directly at the viewer. And the miracle of the Northern Lights, shimmering like a silk rainbow through the star-filled night. National Geographic writer Carol Kaufmann brings the reader along on a voyage to the North and South Poles, and writes a lively and informative essay for each image, including vital statistics for each animal, such as their size, range, habitat, and more. Ages 3 up, $25.95. technology. A phenomenon first seen in the bestsellers
Discover everything you ever wanted to know about the amazing blocks of Minecraft in this mega-oversized Blockopedia that comes in a ground-breaking hexagonal format! Blockopedia contains everything you need to know to make the most of the blocks that make up the Minecraft world. It’s a beautiful and comprehensive reference tool for beginners and more experienced players alike. Written by Alex Wiltshire, former editor of Edge Magazine and expert gamer, Blockopedia is fully illustrated and packed with essential information about each Minecraft block. Encyclopedic in its approach, each block is featured with a general overview of its properties, as well as little-known trivia and expert advice on what to do with it. From basic plants and ores to enchantment tables and End stone, you’ll find every single block here.
Minecraft: Blockopedia, Ages 8 up, $49.99.



Interactive illusions to explore the five senses… and beyond! Packed with tricks and challenges, SENSEational Illusions lets kids put their senses to the test in ways they’ve never seen, heard, smelled, felt, or tasted before. Learn how the five senses work, discover why optical illusions trick your eyes, feel your way around a tactile maze, and test handeye coordination with a pop-out marble maze. Spreads are set up in the form of questions and challenge readers to engage with the content, while interactive elements add value — testing, explaining or proving the point that is being explored — and fun fact boxes explain the underlying science of senses. Physically interactive with flaps, 3D pop-out marble mazes, and additional sense-related elements (including touch-and-feel materials and scratch-and-sniff paper!) SENSEational Illusions engages even reluctant readers with amazing graphics and accessible text. Ages 8 up, $19.99.



LEGO® Awesome Ideas is an all-new ideas book that unlocks the secrets of LEGO building and shows fans how to create a world with their imagination. Beautifully clear photography and informative text demonstrates how entire models are built up while also providing stepby- step visual breakdowns and offering alternative ways to build models. Explore each chapter as it steadily creates a themed world and ultimately showcases a dynamic diorama of the complete build, showing readers that they too can build up an entire LEGO world from scratch — model by model, brick by brick. With creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques, LEGO Awesome Ideas will inspire anyone, from beginners to accomplished builders. Ages 7 up, $24.99.

YES! WE NOW HAVE A LARGE COLLECTION OF
LEGO TO CHOOSE FROM!


Packed with stunning photography and fascinating facts, Great LEGO® Sets: A Visual History explores the history of LEGO sets in magnificent detail. The guide offers an expansive overview of the most significant, popular, and interesting play sets, featured in chronological order from 1955 to the present day. Great LEGO Sets features the most beloved sets in the LEGO Group’s long history, including much-loved classic 1980s LEGO Space and LEGO Castle sets and the latest stunning licensed themed sets, such as LEGO® Star Wars®. Created in full collaboration with the LEGO Group and with profiles and quotes from LEGO designers, this captivating new book also comes with an exclusive retro-style LEGO set for readers to build. Ages 8 up, $40.00.



Star Wars®: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know is crammed with weird and wonderful Star Wars trivia, strange-but-true facts and fascinating “Did you know?” Q&A’s via a highly engaging infographic design. Find out who cleans the floors of the Death Stars and what takes 1,000 years to digest its victims! From movie-making trivia to quirky facts you never knew, this guide will excite new and old fans alike of Star Wars Rebels™, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the Star Wars movies I-VI.
Ages 8 up, $19.99.



Welcome to the virtual museum, open all hours! There are more than 160 historical artifacts to be discovered in Historium:Welcome to the Museum. Wander the galleries of this museum whenever you wish—it’s open 365 days a year!—and discover a collection of curated objects on every page, accompanied by informative text. Each chapter features a different ancient civilization, from the Silla dynasty of Korea to ancient Rome. Ages 8 up, $35.00.
10,000 stunning photographs and illustrations catalog the wonders of history, space, the natural world, and more in Picturepedia. Bringing together an amazing array of images to explain every topic under the sun — and beyond, Picturepedia is the ultimate resource for kids YES! WE NOW HAVE A LARGE COLLECTION OF LEGO TO CHOOSE FROM! ages 9– 12. Chapters on science and technology, nature, geography, culture, sports and hobbies, and history cover insects, musical instruments, spacecraft, world maps, famous discoveries, prehistoric life, and more. Every double-page spread contains a wealth of information on a given topic, with galleries, lists, sequences, facts, timelines, and much more; while every topic is illustrated with up to 100 photos, graphics, and illustrations. Perfect for gift giving, or adding to any home or school library, Picturepedia is a stimulating quick-reference that kids will come back to time and time again. Ages 8-12, $29.99.


Cars, Trains, Ships & Planes is a visual encyclopedia of every vehicle to zoom, sail, soar, float, or fly across the land, sea, and sky. Displaying more than 1,000 vehicles including classic cars, hybrids, race cars, sail boats, luxury cruise ships, BMX and dirt bikes, military tanks, steam locomotives, mountain trains, hot air balloons, fighter jets, International Space Station manned spacecraft and more, plus a glossary and index, this visual catalog is perfect for young transportation buffs. In addition to the eye-catching images for readers to spot and explore, exciting text covers facts and figures on record breakers and news makers and includes the story of the history of transportation — from the first wheel to the latest hybrids — giving this book a special appeal to reluctant readers. Ages 7-12, $24.99.
Laura Ingalls Wilder is the original pioneer girl, and her Little House books were inspired by the events of her life. This keepsake volume written by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson discusses how her real life was different from her stories, and it also focuses on her adult life and how she came to write the Little House series. In addition, it includes one chapter for each of Laura’s nine Little House books, exploring in detail the stories, houses, landscapes, journeys, foods, activities, and crafts. Maps, family trees, photographs, and a timeline trace the history of Laura and her family. Meticulously researched, lovingly written, and beautifully illustrated, The World of Little House is for anyone who has ever read and loved the Little House books. Ages 8-adult, $29.99.


Celebrate the wisdom of the sandbox—the witty, innocent, surprising, and yet completely sensible things that kids say and do by Cynthia Copeland. A little book with a big heart, Really Important Stuff My Kids Have Taught Me combines deceptively simple life lessons with engaging images that together not only offer insight but inspire joy. Kids see the world in a way that adults don’t, so glimpsing life through a child’s eyes offers a fresh—and often funny— perspective. Kids encourage us to be openminded: There are a lot of different ways to get to the top of the jungle gym. To be fearless: Jump right in or you may change your mind about swimming. To aim high: Even babies grab for things just beyond their reach. To be kind to yourself: Sometimes you need a Saturday on a Wednesday. To follow your own path: If the flowers you draw don’t look like anyone else’s, that’s good. And to stay young: Go barefoot! $12.95.



Recommendations include those by independent booksellers from across the nation.