Children's Books for Little Adventurers

Article by Danielle

It can be difficult to get the adventurous kid to sit still long enough to read a book! They’re always up to something: turning your living room into an giant blanket fort, making mud masterpieces in the backyard, performing a three act play--including musical numbers!--for their teddy bears… Our list for little adventurers will appeal to your kid’s energetic spirit while encouraging them to occasionally search for excitement between the covers of a book.

Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 6th, 2013

Take just one look at this sumptuous wordless picture book and you won’t be surprised to know that illustrator Aaron Becker has worked on films for Disney and Pixar. Every page is lush and crammed with detail that will delight even the youngest readers. Challenge kids with great imaginations to invent their own stories to accompany each picture!

The Tiny King Cover Image
By Taro Miura, Taro Miura (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763666873
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 8th, 2013

The tiny king doesn’t have much fun in his big world, at least until he meets his exact opposite, a very big queen who loves him exactly the way he is! Bold, geometric art is what makes this picture book so eye-catching, but its simple, encouraging story about the advantages of being different are what will keep your kids coming back to it again and again.

Lifetime: The Amazing Numbers in Animal Lives Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452107141
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

Young nature lovers will be astonished by the facts in this innovative book. In the lifetimes of various animals, how much can they do? How many holes can a woodpecker bore? How many babies can a seahorse have? Beautiful illustrations teach kids not just about nature but about how to imagine numbers both large and small.

When Did You See Her Last? (All the Wrong Questions #2) Cover Image
By Lemony Snicket, Seth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316123051
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2013

The second installment in Snicket’s hardboiled detective stories for middle graders follows our intrepid sleuth as he attempts to locate a missing woman. This hilarious, action-packed series is perfect for reluctant readers, but is also a great choice for parents to read aloud to their elementary-aged kids.

Fortunately, the Milk Cover Image
By Neil Gaiman, Skottie Young (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062224071
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Published: HarperCollins - September 17th, 2013

Two kids wake up ready for their breakfast cereal, only to find that there’s no more milk in the fridge! Their dad promises to pick some up for them, only to be abducted by aliens and flung to the farthest reaches of space and time! A silly action-packed adventure from everyone’s favorite storyteller, Neil Gaiman.

Hostage Three Cover Image
ISBN: 9781619631236
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - November 12th, 2013

A seventeen-year-old girl is sailing around the world with her father and stepmother when they are captured by pirates in the Gulf of Aden. Amy and her family suddenly become pawns in a complicated and dangerous transaction that threatens their lives. This heart-pounding adventure is sure to keep those pages turning!

The Nine Lives of Alexander Baddenfield Cover Image
ISBN: 9780670014064
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - October 3rd, 2013

Alexander is a bad little boy in a line of very bad men who have all died young. He’s determined to beat the trend, specifically by implanting his cat’s eight extra lives into his own body. All these extra lives make Alexander a bit reckless, and he begins to waste them one by one. Will he learn his lesson?

Battle Bunny Cover Image
By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442446731
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - October 22nd, 2013

Alex is, shall we say, a very creative birthday boy. When he receives a sweet book called Birthday Bunny, he decides that it’d be a much better story with a little violence. Or maybe with a lot of violence. Whatever. This is the funniest picture book we’ve seen all year.

A Little Bit of Oomph! Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761177449
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Workman Publishing - September 24th, 2013

Some books are simply more fun than others. Saltzberg’s latest is completely interactive: you can fold, turn, flip, and pop out almost every page! This book’s message about the power of creativity will appeal to readers of all ages, and will without doubt inspire some masterpieces from your little genius.

Frog Trouble: . . . and Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761171768
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Published: Workman Publishing - September 3rd, 2013

Sandra Boynton, known for her unprecedented ability to tickle tiny funny bones, is back with a book-and-CD set that’s sure to make your little cowpokes yell yeehaw! Boynton’s written twelve country tunes and has enlisted musicians like Ben Folds, Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams and Dwight Yoakum to perform them.

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