Celebrate fall with new kids’ books

It’s kids’ books week!

There are many fairs/festivals during the summer and September, and kids can read about kids’ trip to the fair and their ponies driving class competition in the I Can Read book, “Blue Ribbon Day” by Catherine Hapka with illustrations by Anne Kennedy.

Jill, Meg and Annie are best friends who love ponies. The girls are going with Jill’s mom, who owns a pony farm, to enter them in a driving class at the fair. The girls are excited to see all the animals at the fair, eat the delicious fair food and ride the rides. The run into a boy named Ben who was bragging about his horse winning the contest and this time brags about a pie-eating contest. Meg tries to beat him, but loses. The girls go to help Jill’s mom ready the ponies, but she is going up against Ben’s horse. Who will win?

This is a good book that illustrates the importance of being a good sport and will interest all the horse lovers out there.

“Blue Ribbon Day” is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and is for ages 4 to 8.

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Superman and Batman team up in “Battle in Metropolis by John Sazaklis with illustrations by Andy Smith and colors by Brad Vancata.

Batman catches Joker breaking into a museum and stealing a green pendant from a meteorite exhibit. The Joker gets away as he always does, but Batman gets in the Batplane to track the Joker all the way to Metropolis and Lex Luthor’s place. If Batman and Superman’s arch nemesis are teaming up, so should Batman and Superman!

For young superhero fans, this will be a welcome treat at storytime!

“Battle in Metropolis” is published by HarperFestival. It is $3.99 and for ages 4 to 8.

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Charlie the Ranch Dog, created by Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is back in the I Can Read book, “Where’s the Bacon?”

Charlie is the boss of the ranch and everyone seems to know that. Except Rowdy, a new dog. He comes to visit but Charlie isn’t so sure about the stranger. For one thing he smells like bacon, and Charlie loves bacon. Except, Charlie’s bacon seems to be missing. And his water bowl is empty. And now the newcomer is getting scratched by Charlie’s Mama. And then he’s in Charlie’s bed! There’s only so much one little basset hound can take! Will the two dogs ever become friends?

A cute story of “sibling” rivalry, kids will crack up at Charlie’s adventures.

“Where’s the Bacon” is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and for ages 4 to 8.

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Newbery Medal award winner Sharon Creech tells the story of a boy who shows up one day into the lives of a couple in “The Boy on the Porch.”

One morning, John and Marta wake up to find a strange young boy on their porch. Unable to speak, he’s unable to tell them who he is, where he came from or who his parents are. All he has is a misspelled note reading, “Please take care of Jacob. He is a good boy. Will be back when we can.” Who left him there? Should they go to the police? As John and Marta take care of the boy, they find their lives changed forever. Before they know it, they begin to care for the boy. But then the sheriff gets involved and then a stranger shows up claiming to be the boy’s father. What will become of Jacob?

This is a well-paced quick read that is heartwarming and sad at the same time.

“The Boy on the Porch” is published by HarperCollins. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.

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Newbery Medalist Cynthia Voigt tells the story of a resourceful boy who is determined to make it on his own when his parents disappear in “Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things.”

Maximilian Starling is the child of theatrical parents and has played many roles himself. When his parents are offered a job in India, they are excited to go, but unsure of what to do with Max. They finally ask if he can come too, and it seems as if he will. But when the day comes, Max is at the port, but the boat isn’t and neither are his parents. Asking around, the boat was supposedly never there. So where are his parents? Were they tricked? Were they kidnapped? Max can stay with his grandmother, but he’d rather make it on his own, and he starts to do so – as a detective finding things for people. But can Max solve the big case of his life?

This is a cool mystery for kids, with a witty hero who takes care of himself and handles anything that comes along. Kids will enjoy Max.

“Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things” is published by Alfred A. Knopf. It is $16.99 and is for ages 8 to 12.

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Newbery Medal winner Neil Gaiman tells a humorous story of one man’s shopping trip gone awry in “Fortunately, The Milk” with illustrations by Skottie Young.

One morning, the kids wake up to find they are out of milk. Perhaps because he can’t bear the thought of his children going without milk for breakfast, or perhaps because he wants to have his tea with milk, their father offers to go down to the shop and pick some up. But he’s gone an awfully long time. The kids are about ready to give up when he shows back up. Did he stop to have a chat with one of his friends? Or did he possibly get picked up by a time-traveling Stegosaurus in a balloon, get attacked by aliens, kidnapped by pirates, almost sacrificed to a volcano god, run afoul of wumpires, and there was something about pirahnas and ponies, all the while hanging onto the milk for his dear children’s breakfast?

This is a humorous story of the lengths parents will go through to provide their children with a tasty beverage for breakfast, or perhaps, tell a good story.

“Fortunately, The Milk” is published by HarperCollins. It is $14.99 and for ages 8 to 12.

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Award-winning author Kevin Henkes tells a year-in-the-life story of an ordinary second grader in “The Year of Billy Miller.”

Readers can follow along with Billy’s adventures from the beginning of the school year until the end of the school year – meeting his new teacher and trying to impress her, making a diorama with his father, writing a poem for his mother at the school’s poetry night – and performing in front of people and even having some fights with his sister. Young readers will relate to Billy as he makes it through the school year and the stresses of grade-schoolers.

“The Year of Billy Miller” is published by Greenwillow. It is $16.99 and for ages 8 to 12.