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New Books for Children December 25, 2012

Being bilingual is good for your brain!

Many recent studies suggest that raising your child in a bilingual home keeps his brain more active and engaged. At Richland Library, we want to provide as many resources as we can to help your child succeed.

Our featured new book of note this week will help you teach your little one some basic words in English and Spanish. With its durable pages and colorful art, My Big Book of Spanish Words by Rebecca Emberly is sure to captivate and help your child learn important words and concepts (including colors and numbers) in both languages.

There are many other new books, too! Just take a peek below for some more picture and chapter books that you may enjoy.


My Big Book of Spanish Words by Rebecca Emberley
Colleen Says: Children's Nonfiction
Amazon Says: Kids will love learning their very first words in Spanish and English with this colorful bilingual book by beloved author and artist, Rebecca Emberley, whose bilingual board b more...
Amazon Says: Kids will love learning their very first words in Spanish and English with this colorful bilingual book by beloved author and artist, Rebecca Emberley, whose bilingual board book series has sold over a million copies. This oversized, sturdy board book introduces kids to colors, numbers, animals, and more--a perfect first bilingual book! less...
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Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben
Colleen Says: Picture Book
Amazon Says: Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and sha more...
Amazon Says: Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and shapes capture her imagination and spark her creativity. Join Jansen on a colorful tour of contemporary art in this new work from an acclaimed author and illustrator. Mousterpiece is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012 less...
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Colleen Says: Graphic Novel
Amazon Says: The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin Big Piano and her younger sister, Xiao Qin Little Piano live in the city of Wuhan with their parents. For dec more...
Amazon Says: The world is changing for two girls in China in the 1970s. Da Qin Big Piano and her younger sister, Xiao Qin Little Piano live in the city of Wuhan with their parents. For decades, China's government had kept the country separated from the rest of the world. When their country's leader, Chairman Mao, dies, new opportunities begin to emerge. Da Qin and Xiao Qin soon learn that their childhood will be much different than the upbringing their parents experienced. Eight short stories based on the author's own life give readers a unique look at what it was like to grow up in China during this important time in history. less...
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A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth
Colleen Says: Chapter Book
Amazon Says: Hailee Richardson never realized how much she hated her Salvation Army life and Goodwill accessories until the night her family wins the lottery. All of a sudden she's no long more...
Amazon Says: Hailee Richardson never realized how much she hated her Salvation Army life and Goodwill accessories until the night her family wins the lottery. All of a sudden she's no longer the only girl at school without a cell phone or a brand-new bike! And the newfound popularity that comes with being a lottery winner is just what she's always dreamed of. But the glow of her smartphone and fancy new clothes wears off when Hailee is transferred to Magnolia Academy, a private school. All of a sudden, her best friend and parents seem shabby compared to the beautiful Magnolia moms and the popular bad-girl Nikki, who seems to want to be her friend. Now, Hailee wants nothing more than to grow up-and away-from her old life. It'll take one very busy social networking page, a stolen first kiss, and a whole carton of eggs for Hailee to realize that not all luck is good, not all change is bad, and a best friend who's just a call away will always be more valuable than a phone. less...
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Colleen Says: Board Book
Amazon Says: This interactive board book allows children to learn their ABC's with 26 durable sliding panels and a whole alphabet of colorful creatures. Kids will love reading this book a more...
Amazon Says: This interactive board book allows children to learn their ABC's with 26 durable sliding panels and a whole alphabet of colorful creatures. Kids will love reading this book and parents will love how their faces light up as they guess what creature will appear on the next page. With beautiful hand-drawn illustrations, it’s a fun and exciting way of learning the alphabet that kids will never tire of. less...
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Colleen Says: Graphic Novel
Amazon Says: Each of the books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging, funny format, highlighting the larger-than-life char more...
Amazon Says: Each of the books in Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales has elements of the strange but true and is presented in an engaging, funny format, highlighting the larger-than-life characters that pop up in real history. Big Bad Ironclad! covers the history of the amazing ironclad steam warships used in the Civil War. From the ship’s inventor, who had a history of blowing things up and only 100 days to complete his project, to the mischievous William Cushing, who pranked his way through the whole war, this book is filled with surprisingly true facts and funny, brave characters that modern readers will easily relate to. Praise for Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Big Bad Ironclad "Livelier than the typical history textbook but sillier than the many outstanding works on the Civil War available for young readers, this will appeal to both history buffs and graphic-novel enthusiasts." —Kirkus Reviews "Readers interested in American history will enjoy these graphic novels... Comic panels of varying sizes enhance the real-life events and support the stories’ over-the-top humor... the writing is accessible and entertaining; author Hale’s style gives readers an insider-y, you-are-there-type scoop." —Horn Book Award: New York Public Library’s Children's Books 2012: 100 Books for Reading and Sharing list less...
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Up, Tall and High by Ethan Long
Colleen Says: Picture Book
Amazon Says: 2013 Recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! Three side-splitting stories in one great picture book! In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast o more...
Amazon Says: 2013 Recipient of the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award! Three side-splitting stories in one great picture book! In three laugh-out-loud situations, an irresistible cast of colorful birds illustrate the concepts of "up," "tall" and "high." First, a short peacock proves that he may not be tall, but he definitely isn't small. Then, a resourceful bird helps his penguin friend find a way to fly. Finally, two birds want to live in the same tree, but what goes up must come down! Each short story features a flap that reveals a surprise twist. With fun fold-outs, easy-to-read text, and a hilarious cast of characters, these stories beg preschoolers and emerging readers to act them out again and again. less...
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Summer and Bird by Katherine Catmull
Colleen Says: Chapter Book
Amazon Says: An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on more...
Amazon Says: An enchanting--and twisted--tale of two sisters' quest to find their parents When their parents disappear in the middle of the night, young sisters Summer and Bird set off on a quest to find them. A cryptic picture message from their mother leads them to a familiar gate in the woods, but comfortable sights quickly give way to a new world entirely--Down--one inhabited by talking birds and the evil Puppeteer queen. Summer and Bird are quickly separated, and their divided hearts lead them each in a very different direction in the quest to find their parents, vanquish the Puppeteer, lead the birds back to their Green Home, and discover the identity of the true bird queen. With breathtaking language and deliciously inventive details, Katherine Catmull has created a world unlike any other, skillfully blurring the lines between magic and reality and bringing to life a completely authentic cast of characters and creatures. less...
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