The New Classics

These are the stories your children will read to their children someday. Taking their cues from the great children's literature of the past, these timeless tales are destined to be classics, or provide a fun twist on an existing classic.  

The Farmer and the Clown Cover Image
By Marla Frazee, Marla Frazee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442497443
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Published: Beach Lane Books - September 23rd, 2014

A clown falls off a train and is taken in by a kindly farmer in this wordless tale. This pure, lovely story - earthbound yet dreamlike - shows that affection can transcend language.

Ideal for ages 4+

Quest Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763665951
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Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

The follow-up to the wordless wonder Journey, Quest takes our tandem-bicycle-riding heroes through a magical door and into a brand new adventure. Knights, castles, weird old maps - Quest has it all. With their magical sidewalk chalk and color-coordinated sidekicks, our kid heroes lead readers through the fantastic landscapes of a kingdom in peril.

Ideal for ages 4+

Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau Cover Image
By Andrea Beaty, David Roberts (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419712197
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harry N. Abrams - September 2nd, 2014

Full of rich illustrations and elegant rhymes, Madame Chapeau’s search for her lost birthday bonnet is a treat for the senses. Packaged in pale pink and filled with pictures of outlandish headwear and delicious cake, Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau is pretty as a petit four.

Ideal for ages 5+

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One Cover Image
By Kate DiCamillo, Chris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663391
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Candlewick - August 26th, 2014

Longtime fans and newcomers to Kate DiCamillo’s Mercy Watson series will love this book - the first in a new spin-off series featuring a few familiar faces and a lot of new adventure! This is the perfect choice for very early readers and can be enjoyed as part of the series or as a standalone romp!

Ideal for ages 6+

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole Cover Image
By Mac Barnett, Jon Klassen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763662295
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Published: Candlewick - October 14th, 2014

Know a kid who loves exploring and getting dirty? They they’d love Sam and Dave Dig a Hole! Illustrated by Jon Klassen, this charming picture book is visually stunning, warmhearted and fun! It’s as close to a sure thing as you’ll get this holiday season.

Ideal for ages 4+

Nuts to You Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060092757
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Published: Greenwillow Books - August 26th, 2014

This book is about and a squirrel (Jed) who gets snatched by a hawk and then his friends set out on a treacherous journey to save him. My favorite part was the squirrel’s game at the end. I also enjoyed the squirrel’s interpretation of human language. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, choose NUTS TO YOU!
-- Katie R., age 9

Ideal for ages 8+

The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth Cover Image
By Zack Giallongo (Illustrator), Ian Lendler
ISBN: 9781626721012
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Published: First Second - September 30th, 2014

After the zoo closes and the crowds go home, the denizens of the Stratford Zoo gather to watch THE STRATFORD ZOO MIDNIGHT REVUE present Shakespeare’s bloodiest masterpiece: Macbeth! Their performance is laugh-out-loud funny, chock-full of references for Shakespeare fans of all ages, and full of hilarious gags from both the cast AND the audience--who heckle, snack, and stand through all the best parts. Sheesh. Even with that, though, this book is tons of fun. Great for the theater kids young and old in your life.

Ages 7-10

While You Were Napping Cover Image
By Jenny Offill, Barry Blitt (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780375865725
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Schwartz & Wade - September 23rd, 2014

As a big sister, there are many responsibilities one must take on--namely, making sure your younger siblings are super jealous of all the cool stuff you get to do while they have to take naps! WHILE YOU WERE NAPPING explores this as well as other things crucial to a children's book, such as the importance of magic and wonder, the silliness of childhood imagination, and the strength of the sibling bond. An absolute favorite! 

Ages 4-8 

I'll Give You the Sun Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803734968
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Published: Dial Books - September 16th, 2014

This book combines a lot of elements beautifully: art, family, grief, growing up, relationships...and so much more than that. Told in alternating voices between twins Noah and Jude, both stories tell different parts of their shared and individual personal discovery. 13-year-old Noah and 16-year-old Jude’s stories move towards each other and reveal twists, pain and a bit of magic that neither expected. Captivating!

Ideal for ages 14+ 

The Witch's Boy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616203511
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - September 16th, 2014

I ADORED this tale! Borrowing elements from fantasy, history, and folk tales, this story of a bay and a girl--each bound to save each other--is really something special. Perfect for readers who aren’t ready for YA content, but need more advanced storytelling and vocabulary. This is a timeless book for all kinds of readers!

Ideal for ages 10+ 

Egg and Spoon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780763672201
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Published: Candlewick - September 9th, 2014

Part hero story, party fairy tale, Egg & Spoon combines elements of lore, history and today’s world to create a combo - breaker of greatness. Readers young and old will fall in love with Elena and cheer her on her quest to help her family.

Ages 12+

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100 Sideways Miles Cover Image
ISBN: 9781442444959
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 2nd, 2014

Finn Easton counts time by the turn of the Earth--one second is twenty miles--and thinks about the stars his atoms came from (and their collision with the dead horse that fell a hundred sideways miles and gave him epilepsy and a scar on his back, in exchange for his mother’s life). His life is pretty settled now--until new student Julia Bishop comes to town and throws all his atoms out of whack. This new novel from Andrew Smith (of WINGER and GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE fame) crackles with Smith’s trademark chatty, vulgar smarts--no one captures teenage years in such sweaty, vivid technicolor. Andrew Smith’s teenagers are real. They swear, they sneak beers, and they make bad decisions. They worry about being “that kid,” about their friends, about wanting their parents to trust them. And, y’know what? They do okay. I wish I’d had Andrew Smith’s books as a teenager.

Ages 14+

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