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Iron Hearted Violet
Jake and Lily
Paris Pan Takes the Dare
Me and the Pumpkin Queen
Read All About It!
The Boy on Cinnamon Street
Nerd Camp
The Classroom
Smells Like Dog
Mission Unstoppable
On the Road to Mr. Mineo's
The Mark of Athena
A Whole Lot of Lucky
Alien on a Rampage
One for the Murphys

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Kidzone Blog

This is the first post in our always popular Best of blog series, and we're starting with picture books.  But let me clarify -- it isn't because these books are meant for the youngest reader.  We're beginning with the books that appeal to readers of all ages.  Click here for a printable list.

I spent most of my childhood living far, far away from extended family.  I became a master of writing thank you letters for gifts sent at Christmas and on my birthday.  And I still write them to this day.  Want to learn more about extending your gratitude?  Try these books.

  • Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes by Peggy Gifford
    Ten-year-old Moxy Maxwell has promised to write twelve thank-you notes by the day after Christmas so that she and her twin brother Mark can go to Hollywood to visit their father, but all her brilliant ideas to help finish the task more efficiently end up creating chaos in the house.
  • Ten Thank-You Letters by Daniel Kirk
    While Pig is trying to finish a thank-you note to his grandmother, his best friend Rabbit repeatedly interrupts to borrow supplies for a series of his own notes, thanking all of the special people in their lives.

On December 28, 1945, Congress formally recognized The Pledge of Allegiance (written in 1892).  So December 28 is now recognized as Pledge of Allegiance Day.  We have books to help you celebrate!

  • I Pledge Allegiance by Pat Mora
    Libby and her great-aunt, Lobo, both learn the Pledge of Allegiance--Libby for school, and Lobo for her U.S. citizenship ceremony.
  • I Pledge Allegiance by June Swanson
    Describes how and why the Pledge of Allegiance was written, how it has changed in wording over the years, and precisely what it means.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance in Translation: What It Really Means by Elizabeth Raum
    Presents the full text of the Pledge of Allegiance in both its original version and in a translated version using everyday language. Describes the events that led to the creation of the pledge and its significance through history.
  • I Pledge Allegiance: The Pledge of Allegiance by Bill Martin
    Illustrations and the words to the Pledge of Allegiance are accompanied by simple explanations of their meaning.

I repeat, Gail Carson Levine knows writing.  She has penned numerous books, including the Newbery Honor-winning Ella Enchanted.  Her newest fiction title, Stolen Magic, is slated to be published in April 2015.  While you're waiting for that one, why not grab Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly?  Levine shares her secrets of great writing and offers writing exercises that will set your imagination on fire.  The follow-up to this popular book was released just this week.  Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink is available in both hardback and paperback editions. "Drawing from her popular blog, Gail answers readers' fiction- and poetry-writing questions and dives into how to make a story come alive. If you're interested in writing prose and poetry or just want to be a better and more rounded writer, this book will help you on your creative journey."

Who could have predicted that a single picture book could launch a three-movie franchise?  But that's what happened to The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc.  It was published in 1993, and the first Night at the Museum movie debuted in 2006.  Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian came out in 2009, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb hits theaters this weekend.

Want more museum adventures?  Take a look at this blast from the past blog post.