W is for Wombat: My First Australian Word Book by Bronwyn Bancroft
“The selection of colors, animals, and words and the board book format makes this the perfect book for toddlers. Each page depicts an Australian word creating a captivating reference that celebrates the uniqueness of Australia and its language.” [JPB BANCROFT]
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
“Marty McGuire would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure that there’s been a huge mistake. But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her OWN plan to IMPROVE the play.” [J MESSNER]
Racing in the Rain: My Life As A Dog by Garth Stein
“Have you ever wondered what your dog is thinking?
“Meet one funny dog—Enzo, the lovable mutt who tells this story. Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: most dogs love to chase cars, but Enzo longs to race them. He learns about racing and the world around him by watching TV and by listening to the words of his best friend, Denny, an up-and-coming race car driver, and his daughter, Zoe, his constant companion. Enzo finds that life is just like being on the racetrack — it isn’t simply about going fast.” [J STEIN]
“Packed with facts, stats and news from around the country and around the world, the TIME For Kids Almanac 2012 includes information on topics ranging from animals to acid rain, voting rules to video games, sports stars to space exploration – and much more. This richly designed resource features more than 800 photos, maps, lists and time lines, and is sure to keep young readers engaged, entertained and learning-all at once.” [J031.02 TIME]