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The Children's Book Review aims to help parents choose the best books for their kids. Named one of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids, this blog is powered by Bianca Schulze (and Luisa LaFleur, who reviews bilingual books). The Children's Book Review's slogan is "Growing Readers" -- and its goal is to "remember old favorites and search for new ones."
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1. Counting by 7s, by Holly Goldberg Sloan | Book Review

Counting by 7s, written by Holly Goldberg Sloan, will appeal to middle grade readers who are dealing with loss or coping with being “different” in some way from their peers.

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2. Best Selling Kids Series | October 2015

This month's best selling kids series from The Children's Book Review's affiliate store, Pete the Cat, is great for highlighting a glass-half-full outlook.

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3. Best Selling Young Adult Books | October 2015

This month, the best selling young adult titles include books by super-talents Neil Gaiman, Chris Riddell, Rainbow Rowell and Sarah Dessen.

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4. Best Selling Middle Grade Books | October 2015

This month, Connect the Thoughts (Chronicle Books), a guided journal for young thinkers, is back again as The Children's Book Review's best selling middle grade book.

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5. Best Selling Picture Books | October 2015

It only takes a couple of beautiful autumn days and the holiday season suddenly feel so much closer. Readers are not wasting time getting into the holiday spirit: this month, our best selling picture book from our affiliate store is the delightful rendition of E.T.A. Hoffmann's Nutcracker, illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

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6. Best New Kids Stories | October 2015

Hot New Releases & Popular Kids Stories We think our list of the best new kids books for October is sensational! It highlights some amazing books from many different genres: non-fiction, reality fiction, and fantasy. Take a gander and let us know which titles and covers catch your eye ... Read the rest of this post

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7. Once Upon a Zombie: Book One: The Color of Fear | Dedicated Review

Young readers looking for reinvented, well-known characters and a light-hearted romp of a read will no doubt enjoy Once Upon a Zombie.

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8. Win the Witches Protection Program, by Michael Phillip Cash, and a $50 Amazon Gift Card

Enter to win an autographed copy of Witches Protection Program, by Michael Phillip Cash, and a $50 Amazon gift card! Giveaway begins October 1, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 31, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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9. That One Time Lauren Oliver Interviewed H.C. Chester About Curiosity House

Bestselling author Lauren Oliver and notorious relics collector H.C. Chester interview each other about Curiosity House: The Shrunken Head (HarperCollins, 2015).

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10. Illustration Inspiration: Jim Arnosky, Creator of Frozen Wild

Artist and naturalist Jim Arnosky has been honored for his overall contribution to literature for children by the Eva L. Gordon Award and the Washington Post/Children’s Book Guild Award for nonfiction. His latest book is "Frozen Wild."

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11. The Wacky World of Silly Willy Winston & Fire HD7 Kindle Giveaway

Enter to win a copy of The Wacky World of Silly Silly Winston: An Ordinary Pet with Extraordinary Adventures, written by Donna Maguire, and a Fire HD7 Kindle! Giveaway begins September 27, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 26, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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12. Q&A with Hervé Tullet (Yes, It Rhymes!)

What drove you to start creating children's books? A revolt! When I had my first child, children’s books looked like some stupid marketing thing.

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13. The Books With No Limits: Exploring Child-Centered Storytelling

"...individual readers can make the experience more child-centered by engaging kids in a dialogue."

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14. Writing Diversity: More Alike Than We Are Different

Artists working across boundaries must demonstrate profound respect for and deep knowledge of the Other. This means a thoroughly open-minded attitude—and much labor in terms of research and questioning one’s own assumptions.

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15. Activity Books: Drawing Tips and Techniques

Manga for the Beginner Kawaii, My Monster Bubblewriter Book and Photoplay! all seek to engage readers by providing prompts and tips to spark creativity.

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16. Awaiting the Fairy Godmother, by Jennifer Morse, M.S., PhD | Dedicated Review

Jennifer Morse, M.S., PhD, challenges readers to venture beyond the traditional fairytale story of Cinderella. She encourages readers to envision more depth for the princess and, in turn, for the readers themselves.

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17. Strays: A Novel, by Jennifer Caloyeras | Press Release

Ashland Creek Press is pleased to announce the release (May 2015) of Jennifer Caloyeras’s lovely and heartwarming young adult novel STRAYS.

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18. Strays: A Novel |An Interview with Jennifer Caloyeras

Strays: A Novel, by Jennifer Caloyeras, is an engaging story for the young adult audience about a beautiful human-animal bond and the comfort this bond provides for an angry teen.

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19. The Girl from Felony Bay, by J. E. Thompson | Book Review

When twelve-year-old Abby Force found her attorney father unconscious, he was surrounded by jewelry taken from a secret hiding place in his library ceiling.

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20. I’m a Dirty Dinosaur, by Janeen Brian | Book Review

This musical, rhythmic dinosaur book is a delight for small children getting ready for bath time.

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21. Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton | Book Review

It's delightful to slip into the complex and fully realized world where Seekers slice through time and space and unlock the mysteries of the universe.

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22. Alexander’s Sleepover Adventure, by Celine Meyong Krishack | Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed copy of Alexander's Sleepover Adventure (Xlibris, 2015), written by Celine Meyong Krishack. Giveaway begins September 17, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends October 16, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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23. My Writing and Reading Life: Eric Pierpoint

Eric Pierpoint is a veteran Hollywood character actor who’s begun a writing career with several screenplays in development. His ancestors came west on the Oregon Trail in the mid 1800s, so Eric and his dog, Joey, followed in their wagon wheel tracks and traveled cross-country researching The Last Ride of Caleb O’Toole.

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24. Penny Parker Klostermann, Author of There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight | Speed Interview

Which five words best describe There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight? Penny Parker Klostermann: Colorful, rollicking, humorous, deliciously warped.

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25. Shalanda Stanley, Author of Drowning Is Inevitable | Selfie and a Shelfie

Shalanda Stanley grew up in Louisiana and earned her BA in creative writing at Florida State University. She’s an assistant professor at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where she also lives with her family.

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