New twists on old favorites and more

Goodnight Moon 123: A Counting Book
Created by Thacher Hurd, based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown
HarperCollins Children’s Books
$16.99, ages birth to 5

To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Goodnight Moon, Thacher Hurd, the son of original illustrator Clement Hurd, has created a wonderful counting book as a companion to Margaret Wise Brown’s classic. He uses the beloved illustrations — two little kittens, three little bears — in a captivating way.

Time for Kids Almanac 2008
Time for Kids
$12.99, grades 3­–
Just in time for school, Time for Kids releases its 2008 almanac. Filled with up-to-date information about countless news items and reference topics, this almanac also features a variety of statistics, maps, photos, and web resources. The Association of Educational Publishers has named this the best children’s reference book — and it’s certainly a must-have for every home bookshelf.

Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf
By Judy Sierra
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
$16.99, ages 4–8

After years of tormenting people and animals, B.B. Wolf (formerly known as the Big Bad Wolf) is living a quiet life in a retirement community. He receives an invitation to a tea party at the local library and when he arrives he finds Little Red Riding Hood, the Gingerbread Boy and the Three Little Pigs. To show how he has changed his ways, B.B. Wolf works hard at minding his manners and being amazingly polite to the other guests. Hilarious text and charming illustrations will delight readers young and old and a few may walk away minding their own manners a bit more!

The Book Club Kit
By Patti Kelley Criswell
American Girl Library
$10.95, ages 8 and up

Enticing children to read is at the forefront of many parents’ minds and American Girl just made it a little bit easier. This wonderful kit is teeming with invitations, bookmarks, startup suggestions, and advice for girls about how to launch their own book club. Whether they choose to read an American Girl book or another favorite title, this kit provides a wonderful means to turn your book reader into a book lover. 

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