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Best Books of 2013 for Newly Independent Readers

  • CHILDREN'S

    LEFT BEHIND

    MARCH 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

LEFT BEHIND

by Caroline Adderson ; illustrated by Ben Clanton

Early chapter book or read-aloud, this effort will leave its audience with lots of smiles, too. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    ODD DUCK

    MAY 14, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    COME BACK, BEN

    SEPT. 1, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    THE YEAR OF BILLY MILLER

    SEPT. 17, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    BORIS ON THE MOVE

    MAY 1, 2013

CHILDREN'S

BORIS ON THE MOVE

by Andrew Joyner ; illustrated by Andrew Joyner

The brief text and a chapter format both make this a manageable and entertaining accomplishment for most young readers as... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    BOWLING ALLEY BANDIT

    JUNE 11, 2013

CHILDREN'S

BOWLING ALLEY BANDIT

by Laurie Keller ; illustrated by Laurie Keller

Like triumphant Mr. Bing, Keller walks off with a “Stiffy Stu McShiny” award for this yummy chapter-book series opener. Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    TOILET

    SEPT. 10, 2013

CHILDREN'S

TOILET

by David Macaulay with Sheila Keenan ; illustrated by David Macaulay

Even readers who received fastidious toilet training and admonitions against potty humor will let down their guard and find... Full review >

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  • CHILDREN'S

    SEE ME DIG

    APRIL 1, 2013

  • CHILDREN'S

    ROBOT, GO BOT!

    JUNE 25, 2013

CHILDREN'S

ROBOT, GO BOT!

by Dana Meachen Rau ; illustrated by Wook Jin Jung

A straightforward tale of conflict and reconciliation for newly emergent readers? Not exactly, which raises it above the... Full review >

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