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Top-selling books at Baker & Taylor for children:
  1. Dog Man, by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Day You Begin, by Jacqueline Woodson
  3. Grow Up, David!, by David Shannon
  4. The Guardian of the Realm, by Geronimo Stilton
  5. Harbor Me, by Jacqueline Woodson
  6. Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party, by Megan McDonald
  7. Pete the Cat Goes Camping, by James Dean
  8. Captain Underpants and the Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boy, by Dav Pilkey
  9. Big Nate Goes Bananas!, by Lincoln Peirce
  10. Good Rosie!, by Kate DiCamillo

2018 Children Books Awards
2018 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book and Honor Book
: Wolf in the Snow by Matthew Codell

2018 Newbery Medal Winner and Honor Books
: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly
2018 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Winner and Honor Books
Winner: Charlie & Mouse by Laurel Snyder

2018 Coretta Scott King Award Winners and Honor Books
Author Award Winner: Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
Illustrator Award Winner: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Upcoming Days to Celebrate with TumbleBooks
Read these Titles on TumbleBooks as these special days arrive:
January 17: Born on this day... TumbleBooks' Author Jan Stevens!
Happy Birthday Jan Stevens! Celebrate it by reading her award-winning book, "Tops and Bottoms", where a trickster hare that has lost everything strikes a deal with a lazy bear to share some vegetables.
Read and laugh as the hare outsmarts the bear at every turn.
January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929. If he were alive today, he would be 90 years old.
Dr. King was a powerful civil rights activist who inspired generations of people to keep striving for racial equality in America.
Celebrate this hero today and check out the book "Blast to the Past #4: King's Courage".
Note: This book is only available with a TumbleBookLibrary Premium subscription
January 21: Squirrel Appreciation Day
They are small and fast, and they are serious about collecting nuts. This January 21st, celebrate these tiny animals we see each day by reading, "A Home for Pearl Squirrel".
Join Pearl as she learns about the different types of homes that her fellow forest animals have and what home means to them.
January 24:Belly Laugh Day
Laughter is good for the soul. It can turn a bad day around. It can be contagious. We should all try and laugh a lot more.
On Belly Laugh Day, read some of our funniest stories on TumbleBooks: "Bink & Gollie, Two For One: Whack-a-Duck!" and "I Penelope and the Humongous Burp".
They are sure to make you fall over laughing.
January 25: Opposite Day
It is opposite day! Where left is right and up is down and night is day! Say the opposite of everything you actually mean!
On this nonsense day, let's read some books that delight in opposites: "Big or Little" and "Bad for Them, Good for Me".
January 27: International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
The United Nations has stated that this year's theme is about educating ourselves now to grow a better future. A future that is about respect, tolerance and humanity. Please take some time to not just mourn for the victims but also to learn more about the Holocaust.
Our two reading suggestions for today are: "Hana's Suitcase" and "The Whirlwind". Hana's Suitcase is a true story about a museum curator's quest to find the owner of a suitcase that she received on loan from the Auschwitz Holocaust Museum. Whirlwind is a work of fiction about the experiences of 14-year-old Ben Freidman, living in America in 1941 after having fled Nazi Germany.
*Note: "The Whirlwind" is only available with a TumbleBookLibrary Premium subscription.
January 31: Inspire Your Heart with Art Day
Think about your favorite art piece. Think about why it makes your heart happy or how it has inspired you.
It is the end of the first month of the new year and what better way to end it than with a day dedicated to creativity and color.
Read Peter H. Reynold's classic story books, "The Dot" and "Ish" today and feel inspired to get messy and follow your imagination in new and artistic ways.



Free Interactive eBook of the Month

Join in the fun as a young boy awakens to find that eveything around him is "odd". See if you find all the odd things that surround him throughout the day - both at home and at school. Will his "odd day" end when he goes to bed that night?

This book is specifically designed to be both fun to read and a launch pad for discussion and learning.  eBooks with Auto-flip, Auto-Read, and selectable English and Spanish text,

The Day You Begin - Listen to this readalong book

“There’s no such thing as a kid who hates reading,” bestselling author James Patterson says. “There are kids who love reading, and kids who are reading the wrong books. If we can put the right book in their hands, the story will do the rest.”
Brainteasers, Anyone?
You can go to this site and find 45 brainteasers for kids:

Khan Academy - Help with School Subjects
 Khan Academy offers help to lots of teens and adults through online videos with lots of subjects. Now the website also offers help for Elementary Kids who may be needing an extra boost with some subjects. It's like getting your own personal tutor! Just sign up with your email and see what Khan Academy can do for you. Don't get frustrated with schoolwork. Get help.

Time for Kids
A news magazine for children, this site covers current events and sports, and it offers challenging games.
Weekly Reader
An online educational magazine with content geared to different grade levels.
National Geographic World
National Geographic's online magazine for children with articles, cartoons, and games.
Ranger Rick
This on-line version of a popular children's magazine offers homework help, articles and activities.
Cricket Magazine Group!
Website for the Cricket Magazine Group that includes: Cricket, Spider, Ladybug and Babybug.
For children in grades 4-8, this electronic magazine explores environmental education.
Crank It Up! - Kids can compose and record multilayered rhythms using pots, pans, wooden spoons and even the computer keyboard to create a masterpiece. all ages.
Scratch - Create movies, music and video games at Scratch, developed by MIT Media Lab members. Ages 8 and up. - Kids write, read and tell stories by creating comic strips online, then printing & e-mailing them to friends or relatives. All ages.
Fidgit on - Fidgit is a multiplayer game on PBS' Design Squad site. Kids can also design & build their own games & challenge their friends. Ages 8 to 13.
Story Cove - Children can listen to or watch a story unfold on this site. Story Cove folktales come from a variety of cultures and places. They share timeless values and simple, universal lessons. Family Channel - Family Programming Section of the popular movie and TV show streaming site. Hooda Math is all about making math fun. Visit the games page to play math games which help reinforce math concepts. Watch a tutorial to learn math concepts. From Family Fun magazine...lots of crafts and holiday ideas. PBS site for kids that includes learning games, paint box, and links to PBS shows.
Yahoo internet games- Links to internet interactive games., is an interactive website providing children with the virtual experience of going to a library. StoryPlace currently consists of two libraries, the Preschool Library and the Elementary Library.
Best History Websites- History portal created for students, educators, and history enthusiasts CNN site for students and teachers with lots of homework resources and current events program support.
History Net- Historical information and access to history related online publications
Presidents of the U.S.- Resource on U.S. Presidents created by Internet Public Library
Stately Knowledge- Information about each of the 50 states, facts, and historical dates
Time for Kids- News magazine for children covering current events and sports.
Ask Dr. Universe- From Washington State University...answers questions on many topics.
Ask Jeeves for Kids- Search engine that uses natural language algorithms. Also searches Yahooligans and Education World.
Awesome Library- Over 17, 000 on-line resources organized by topic in 5 languages.
Fact Monster- Almanac, dictionary, and encyclopedia from Information Please Almanac
High School Ace- Detailed reference collection with monthly features.
Homework Spot- Links by subject for all ages.
Zoom School- On line classroom.

MATH For elementary and middle school...flash cards, metric conversion, multiplication tables, etc. -
Learn how to do basic arithmetic with fractions (add, subtract, and multiply).
READING AND WRITING Great lists of books of all genres
Children's Book Council Spelling games for elementary children Reading suggestions, games, and activities

Enchanted Learning- Information about animals and habitat Ask a scientist archives for elementary age
National Geographic World- Web resources for science experiments
Your Science Fair Project Guide- Web resources for science experiments


Arizona Author Dianne White's Top Ten Picture Books Recommendations

In her interview with the Arizona Republic, Dianne White says children need to see the adults in their lives reading. If we want children to read they need to see it happening around them (Morrison, K, 2015). Dianne is a celebrated picture book author, poetry lover and teacher living in Gilbert, AZ. Here are her top ten picture books recommendations.

Bubba and Beau, Best Friends A Mama for Owen Tough Boris Kitten's First Full Moon Product Details
The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse Silver Packages: An Appalachian Christmas Story Little Blue Truck Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold Product Details

Morrison, K. 15 Feb. 2015, Rythum and “Blue”: Writer uses poetry to teach kids. Arizona Republic

Great websites to check out!
Here are some newly recommended websites you might want to explore:
CBC Kids -
CBeebies -
Classics for Kids -
Kids in the House -
Learn. Genetics -
Nourish Interactive in Spanish -
Sparky the Fire Dog –

e-Books for e-Kids
If you haven't tried TumbleBooks, do it now!! Have great fun with these picture books and chapter books read for you online.
e-Books for e-Kids
TumbleBookLibrary is now iPad and Android compatible! Log in with your mobile device and click ok to launch the mobile site. No app is required!


TumbleBooks in Spanish
TumbleBooks son libros ilustrados animados, que hablan y enseñan a los niños la alegría de la lectura en un formato que les encantará. TumbleBooks se crea adoptando las ilustraciones de libros existentes con animaciones, sonidos, música y narración para producir un libro electronico de imágenes que usted puede leer, o que es leido a usted. En Español

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. In English

Featured Website
Funbrain Jr. ("A Fun Place to Learn") helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging games, stories and printables. Kids love playing and learning with Funbrain Jr., and you'll love that they're building math, early literacy and problem solving skills, while also developing important computer skills. Come discover this world - sit together and play, or let your little learner explore Funbrain Jr. independently - it's up to you!
Suggestions for eBooks
Read them through Freading eBooks.

The Berenstain Bears by Jan & Stan Berenstain

Charming stories geared to pre-schoolers with wonderful illustrations. Each book holds a lesson so they are educational as well! "Storytime Treasury", "The Big Book of Science and Nature", and "Soccer Star" are just a few of the Bear's adventures that are available for reading right now!


The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

Lets readers into the life of Anna, an intelligent fourth grader who does not hang out with the "popular" crowd, is embarrassed by her Chinese mother who does not speak English, and tries to bury her concerns by keeping her nose in books such as "A Wrinkle In Time" and "My Side of The Mountain" at all times. She eventually learns that she can't read about how to make friends. (Ages 6-9)

"This novel is a treasure to share with every middle- grade reader you know" -The New York Times


"Readers are left to discover the extraordinary within the ordinary, and to witness how kindness can draw trust and create confidence in the hesitant child"

- School Library Journal


Theodosia and The Serpents of Chaos by R.L. LaFevers

The story is a part of a series available on Freading. Theodosia is the clever, spirited daughter of an often absent archaeologist and a career obsessed museum worker. She spends most of her time in the museum where he father works and has her own room there. In this installment, her mother brings home an important and cursed artifact from a dig, and Theodosia finds herself in the middle of a mystery. (ages 9-12)

"A combination of Nancy Drew and Indiana Jones"

-School Library Journal" 


Sesame StreetCookie Monster in the Library: Watch this Sesame Street video.

62 Magical Facts About . . .Harry Potter
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, the same day as his creator, J.K. Rowling. Click here for those 62 magical facts about the series.

Electronic-only Poetry Anthology For Kids at Amazon & Barnes & Noble
PoetryTagSylvia Vardel, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, and poet Janet Wong, have compiled the first ever, electronic-only poetry anthology featuring top poets for children (ages birth-8). PoetryTagTime, available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for 99 cents, is a collection of 30 new, unpublished poems, ranging from the humorous to serious, about tongues, turtles, and toenails, in acrostics, quatrains, and free verse, written by 30 of the best children's poets. Top talents such as Jack Prelutsky, Joyce Sidman, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Pat Mora, took part in an inventive game of tag, culminating in this collection of connected poems. In the creation of PoetryTagTime, each poet "tagged" another poet and explained how her/his poem connects with a previous poet's offering, in a chain of poets, poems, and play. For more information, visit

SeussvilleVisit Seussville (please click here)!

WhyvilleWhyville is a virtual world where boys and girls from all over the real world come to chat, play, learn, and have fun together. You design your face, earn clams by playing games, hang out at the beach, and go to town events at the Greek Theater. You can start your own business, buy a car and give your friends a ride, or write for the town newspaper.