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December 1 Christmas books
November 17 "Fablehaven" , by Brandon Mull; "The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon"
November 10 Unusual picture books that have teaching moments
November 3 "Knitting Nell" , by Julie Jersild Roth; "Adventures of a Young Sailor" , by Paul Dowswell
October 27 Halloween Books
October 20 Outstanding Authors
October 13 Top 30 Best (part two)
October 5 Top 30 Best (part one)
September 29 Thrillers
September 22 "The Valley of Secrets" , by Charmain Hussey
September 15 Best of 2006
September 8 "Secret Agent" , by Robyn Freedman Spizman; "What Do Wheels Do All Day?", by April Jones Prince
September 1 Back to School Books
August 25 Baseball Books
August 18 "Gentle's Holler" , by Kerry Madden; "Luck: The Story of a Sandbill Crane" , by Jean Craighead George
August 11 LDS books
July 28 "Drift House: The First Voyage" , by Dale Peck; "Leonardo the Terrible Monster" byMo Willems
July 21 The Ocean Picture books
July 14 Pirates! and a Summer Thunderstorm
July 7 Summer Vacation Books
June 30 Independence Day Books
June 23 Dragons and Magic
June 16 Father's Day Books
June 9 Best Summer Reads
May 26 Sharks!
May 19 Graduation Books
May 12 Mother's Day
May 5 Stories that have rhyming resonance
April 28 "Good Dog", by Maya Gottfried; "Worlds Apart: Traveling with Fernie and Me", by Gary Soto; "Flamingos on the Roof" by Calef Brown
April 21 More Poetry: "Busy in the Garden", by George Shannon; Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems", by Lilian Moore; "Days Like This: A Collection of Small Poems", collected and illustrated by Simon James; "Handsprings" by Douglas Florian; "Central Heating: Poems about Fire and Warmth", by Marilyn Singer
April 14 Poetry "A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms" , by Paul B. Janeczko; "Meow Ruff: A Story in Concrete Poetry" , by Joyce Sidman; "A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children" , by Caroline Kennedy; "Zoo's Who" by Douglas Florian
April 7 "No More Cookies!" , by Paeony Lewis; "Let's Cook!", by Robert Crowther; "Food for Thought: The complete book of concepts for growing minds" , by Saxton Freymann; "The Greatest Potatoes" , by Penelope Stowell;"Gladys Goes out to Lunch" , by Derek Anderson; "The Secret Life of Food", by Clare Crespo; "The Bake Shop Ghost" , by Jacqueline K. Ogburn
March 31 Books dealing with death
March 24 "The Complete Adventures of Curious George"; "The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey"
March 17 "That's What Leprechauns Do" , by Eve Bunting; , "Nell's Elf" by Jane Cowen-Fletcher; " Walter the Giant Storyteller's Giant Book of Giant Stories" , by Walter M. Mayes
March 10 Well-written chapter books should parlay readers from less text with pictures on every page to fewer pictures and more text throughout the book. 
March 3 A Dog's Life: The Autobiography of a Stray, The Dog Who Cried Wolf , by Keiko Kasza
February 23 The Newbery awards were recently announced
February 16 President's Day books
February 9

The notable Caldecott awards, designating the best of American picture books, were recently announced

February 2 February is when we celebrate "Black History Month" and I have some of the best, newly published books for kids on this subject
January 26 excellent books for newborns and up through the toddler years
January 19 This is the best time of year to curl up inside your warm home with a good book
January 12 Here's a list of wonderful cold weather books.
January 5 Some of the best, and newest, emergent readers and chapter books for those new readers in your household