From craft time to time travel
Four great new books for kids of all ages

Nibble Nibble: Poems for Children
By Margaret Wise Brown
Illustrated by Wendell Minor
HarperCollins Children’s Books
$16.99, ages 3-7

Margaret Wise Brown has long been cherished for her ability to capture children’s attention with such classics as Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Originally published in 1959, this delightful book is a perfect way to ring in spring with five poems about whimsical bunnies. The illustrations capture the sweetness of spring and the innocence of young animals at play.

Girlfriends Get-Together Craft Book
By Kathy Ross
Lerner Publishing Group
$7.95, ages 4-8

Looking for some ways to keep a bunch of girlfriends busy during a birthday party or sleepover? From trendy T-shirts to balloon blossoms, this wonderful array of craft ideas offers a great way for girls to spend some quality time together – being creative. Most of the projects require a few supplies and a whole lot of ingenuity. Better yet, the majority of the crafts are simple enough for girls (ages 4-8) to do on their own.

Casey Back at Bat
By Dan Gutman
Illustrated by Steve Johnson
HarperCollins Children’s Books
$16.99, ages 5-9

Calling all baseball fans! This wonderfully illustrated picture book pays tribute to the classic poem “Casey at the Bat” through a hilarious look at what happens when Casey gets a second chance. In the late-1800s’ poem, Casey strikes out. This time around, Casey not only hits the ball, but also sends it soaring out of the ballpark and makes his mark on the world in monumental ways.

The Navigator
By Eoin McNamee
Wendy Lamb Books
$15.99, ages 9-12

Looking for a sci-fi adventure to entice your young reader? The latest work by Irish author Eoin McNamee is a cleverly time-altered story filled with drama, excitement, and intrigue. Young Owen finds himself in a world where time is flowing backward. He resolves to join forces with a special group of humans to restore time. The Navigator is a multileveled reading experience every young reader, especially fans of books such as the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, will thoroughly enjoy.

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