EarlyWord Kids at BEA

Like many of you, I’m just emerging from the whirlwind of BEA. Here’s my top-of-the-head impressions:

Scott Westerfeld
Retail Price: $19.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse – (2009-10-06)
ISBN / EAN: 1416971734 / 9781416971733

From the guy who brought us The Uglies, this one is a no-brainer. I can’t wait to read it.


Kristin Cashore
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Dial – (2009-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 0803734611 / 9780803734616

You’ve heard me rave about this before. A companion volume to Graceling and every bit a compelling. Some are saying it’s better than the first. I couldn’t put it down.


Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games)
Suzanne Collins
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Scholastic Press – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0439023491 / 9780439023498

The sequel to the mesmerizing Hunger Games, as page-turning as the original although not as fresh, kids will be clamoring for this one.


The Magician’s Elephant
Kate DiCamillo
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Candlewick – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0763644102 / 9780763644109

An original fairy tale of a boy, a lost sister, a magician who wants to do something spectacular, and, of course, an elephant. Lyrically written story of hope.


Million-Dollar Throw
Mike Lupica
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Philomel – (2009-11-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0399246266 / 9780399246265

Despite loving Heat, Travel Team and The Big Field, my eyes were rolling at this title. Hasn’t Lupica heard of Dan Gutman? Million Dollar Shot, etc? Yet, Lupica has made this well-used theme his own, weaving the story of a 13-year-old quarterback and his best friend a sight impaired girl with an undercurrent of the economic hardships facing current middle class families.


The Day of the Pelican
Katherine Paterson
Retail Price: $16.00
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books – (2009-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0547181884 / 9780547181882

The moving story of a young teen girl and her family, Kosovar Muslims who are persecuted by the Serbs during the 1990’s. Although a familiar immigrant story, Paterson brings her gifts as a master story teller to life in the town, country and mountains, the suffering of relocation, the bitterness in loss, and the generosity of spirit.  Paterson takes us where we haven’t been before and we are grateful for the journey.


The Amanda Project: Book 1: invisible I
Stella Lennon
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061742120 / 9780061742125

In this first title of a new teen series, charismatic genius Amanda is missing. Three friends from very different social cliques; the popular girl, the geek and the artist are forced to work together get to the bottom of Amanda’s machinations. A cross-platform book that will have an internet writing component (a site for The Amanda Project is coming soon). Might be a cool after-school activity for 12’s to 15’s.

Picture Books

Mystery Vine: A Pumpkin Surprise
Cathryn Falwell
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061771988 / 9780061771989

Rhyming text and bold collage illustrations make this garden tale perfect for preschool story time.


The Lion & the Mouse
Jerry Pinkney
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316013560 / 9780316013567

This  version of Aesop’s fable from its magnificent cover, a watercolor painting of a full-faced lion, to the sweetly delicate pink washed nose of the mouse that adorns the back-cover, is a masterpiece.


When Stella Was Very, Very Small
Retail Price: $16.95
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Groundwood Books – (2009-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0888999062 / 9780888999061

Have you met Stella and her brother Sam? I am shocked that every one of the seven books hasn’t hit the bestseller lists. I love these books. They are age appropriate and exquisitely illustrated with witty, serene watercolor paintings. Here we witness Stella when she as a small child just discovering the world around her and exercising her robust imagination. These books are perennial story time favorites and I know that this latest in the series will be equally beloved.


Harry and Horsie
Katie Van Camp
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2009-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061755982 / 9780061755989

A fabulous debut for both author and illustrator, a sweet imaginative bedtime story with retro Sunday-comic-like pictures.


Patrick McDonnell
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316045489 / 9780316045483

What makes little dog Earl’s tail wag?  I KNOW!!!!!

Reminiscent of  the first Willems’ Pigeon book , children will rejoice in the interactive playful text and everyone will ohh, and ahh over the cutest pup ever.


Robot Zot!
Jon Scieszka
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing – (2009-09-22)
ISBN / EAN: 1416963944 / 9781416963943

Well, its about time Jon turned his comic genius to robots. Robot Zot is a courageous, tiny interstellar sentient mechanism who is out to conquer the inanimate residents of an ordinary suburban home until he falls in love with a toy mobile phone.


Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies
Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, James McMullan
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers – (2009-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316040495 / 9780316040495

Wow, just wow. This is the family gift book of the year. Well-selected classic texts paired with McMullan’s masterful paintings. For every collection.


The Longest Night
Marion Dane Bauer and Ted Lewin
Retail Price: $17.95
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Holiday House – (2009-08)
ISBN / EAN: 082342054X / 9780823420544

Lewin’s dramatic paintings of winter forest creatures and landscape  are a perfect match to Bauer’s poetic text.



Creature ABC

Andrew Zuckerman

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: $19.99; 120 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (September 1, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0811869784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811869782

Spectacular wildlife photographs are paired with capitol and lower case letters in with an often obvious B is for bear, E is for elephant sequence. What is U? Not so obvious; it’s for porcupine fish, goldfish, arowana and koi who live Underwater.

Small Press Discoveries

Life-Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, An Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia
Retail Price: $17.95
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Seven Footer Press – (2009-04-07)
ISBN / EAN: 1934734209 / 9781934734209

Breathtaking oversized photographs of zoo animals with fold out pages and bite-sized facts. Seven Footer Press is distributed by PGW.


Classical Comics Teaching Resource Pack: Romeo and Juliet: Making Shakespeare Accessible for Teachers and Students
Ian McNeilly, James Offredi, David Roach
Retail Price: $22.95
Spiral-bound: 100 pages
Publisher: Classical Comics – (2009-12-01)
ISBN / EAN: 1906332746 / 9781906332747

Graphic format version of the classic tragedy, available from Ingram, Follet and Baker and Taylor. For the complete list of titles, check the Classical Comics site.

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