Children's Books for Pint Sized Scholars

Article by Danielle

While almost everyone who comes to our store swears that their children or grandchildren are very advanced for their age, at least some of you have got to be telling the truth! Smart kids love reading already, but it can be hard to find something for them that’s challenging without being dry. You can also bet that they’ve read all the basics and are looking for something surprising and new. Good thing Brazos has got you covered!

The Goods: Volume 1 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763668945
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Big Picture Press - October 8th, 2013

Literary powerhouse McSweeney’s has compiled a plethora of games, puzzles, comics, activities and more from some of children’s literature’s best-loved authors and illustrators in this visually stunning activity book. Kids and adults alike will hardly notice the hours race by as they enjoy all the interactive entertainment!

More Than This Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763662585
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 10th, 2013

A boy named Seth drowns in the first pages of this mysterious novel. Then, improbably, he wakes up, exhausted, naked, and starving, on the shore of the English seaside town where he was raised. Everything is exactly as he remembers it from childhood, except that the town is overgrown and abandoned. Is he alive or dead? And can he ever get back to the life he knew?

Little Red Writing Cover Image
By Joan Holub, Melissa Sweet (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780811878692
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - September 24th, 2013

This ingenious twist on Little Red Riding Hood casts Red as a brave little pencil navigating the perils of writing a great story. Will she succeed in telling her tale without being sharpened by the dreaded Wolf 3000? This one is perfect for kids who love making up stories as much as they love reading them.

Ann and Nan Are Anagrams: A Mixed-Up Word Dilemma Cover Image
ISBN: 9781452109145
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 1st, 2013

When Bert’s grandma explains the concept of anagrams to him, he’s floored! It turns out that there are anagrams all around him; he just never noticed it before. If you’ve got a curious kid who loves playing with words, this book is sure to delight!

Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space Cover Image
By Dominic Walliman, Ben Newman (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781909263079
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Nobrow Press - November 26th, 2013

Join Professor Astro Cat, the world’s smartest feline, as he takes you on a fascinating journey through the cosmos! Written by a quantum physicist renowned for his ability to make complex scientific subjects approachable for beginners, this book is a beautifully-illustrated, surprisingly thorough introduction to astronomy that won’t leave kids scratching their heads.

The World Is Round Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062203076
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Published: Harper Design - October 29th, 2013

Stein’s little-known children’s story of a girl named Rose trying to discover her place in the world is a linguistic delight that’s sure to resonate with readers of all ages. The book is illustrated by Clement Hurd--best known for his work in GOODNIGHT MOON and THE RUNAWAY BUNNY--and printed on the rose-pink paper Stein insisted upon for the original edition of the book.

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ISBN: 9780062217134
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - August 27th, 2013

Big-man-on-campus Ezra Faulkner has it all, but then he loses it: his seemingly perfect girlfriend two-times him and he’s involved in a car accident that shatters his knee and his chances for sports stardom. That’s when he meets Cassidy Thorpe, an unpredictable new girl who helps him to see the new opportunities that the ends of things sometimes bring.

Castle Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544102262
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - November 5th, 2013

Macaulay’s classic books about monumental medieval architecture are as fascinating and detailed as the structures they describe. Though the books have been around for more than 20 years, these new editions are painstakingly revised and reprinted in full, glorious color.

The Story of Mankind Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871401755
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - December 17th, 1999

This children’s classic won the very first Newbery Award in 1921. van Loon writes with warmth, wisdom, and clarity, making even the most complex historical movements comprehensible to the young mind. This edition is revised and updated for the 21st century, and takes children through the human story from its origins to the present day.

Go: A Kidd's Guide to Graphic Design Cover Image
ISBN: 9780761172192
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Workman Publishing - October 8th, 2013

Chip Kidd is perhaps closest thing graphic design has to a rock star. His stunning book covers have become instantly recognizable classics of the form. This book, designed for kids but invaluable for the design-curious of all ages, explains the basics of graphic design and how to use those principles to create striking, original visual work. Everyone in today’s world needs to understand what makes something eye-catching.

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