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Babe To Teens, Past
A Youth Column
By Beverly Rowe

Babe to Teen Best of 2013

Rocket's Mighty Words
by Tad Hills
Ages 2 to 5

Rocket, the beloved dog from the New York Times bestselling picture books How Rocket Learned to Read and Rocket Writes a Story, is back in a sturdy big board book for new readers. Preschoolers watch the little yellow bird teach Rocket simple words, like n-e-s-t and m-u-d. And beginning readers will love practicing their new literacy skills alongside another brand-new reader-Rocket! The larger size of this edition makes it perfect for sharing during storytime or lap time.


The Day the Crayons Quit
by Daywalt, Drew and Jeffers, Oliver
(Ages 3-5)

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?


My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
by O'Hara, Mo
Ages 6 to 8

After Tom rescued Frankie the goldfish from his big brother Mark's toxic science experiment by zapping him back to life with a battery, Frankie somehow became a BIG FAT ZOMBIE GOLDFISH with dangerous hypnotic powers. Fortunately, Frankie has appointed himself Tom's bodyguard, and together, with a little help from their friends, they thwart Mark's Evil Scientist plans.


Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ages 10 and Up

Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other than her adoptive parents, but that hasn't kept her from leading a quietly happy life . . . until now.

A Kids' Indie Next List Top Ten Book #4
Best Books of Autumn 2013 B.E.A
Buzz Book Award 2013
Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee 2014-2015 Master List
School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
New York Times bestseller


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
Catherynne M Valente
13 and up (tween)
Rachel's Review

September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September’s shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland’s shadows back.


Far Far Away
by Tom McNeal
Teen / Young Adult

National Book Award Finalist

A dark, contemporary fairy tale in the tradition of Neil Gaiman.

Jeremy Johnson Johnson hears voices. Or, specifically, one voice: the ghost of Jacob Grimm, one half of The Brothers Grimm. Jacob watches over Jeremy, protecting him from an unknown dark evil whispered about in the space between this world and the next.

But Jacob can't protect Jeremy from everything. When coltish, copper-haired Ginger Boultinghouse takes a bite of a cake so delicious it’s rumored to be bewitched, she falls in love with the first person she sees: Jeremy. In any other place, this would be a turn for the better for Jeremy, but not in Never Better, where the Finder of Occasions—whose identity and evil intentions nobody knows—is watching and waiting, waiting and watching. . . And as anyone familiar with the Brothers Grimm know, not all fairy tales have happy endings.


Writer Wednesday:
11 Writing Tips From Children's Books
(Huffington Post)

The books we read as children were written to teach us important lessons about various topics including friendship and bodily functions. (Writer's Relief!)

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