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  • The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden

    Kevin DeYoung, Don Clark

    Hardcover (Crossway, Aug. 31, 2015)
    Over 100,000 Copies Sold"Magnificent and memorable.” ―Randy Alcorn, author, HeavenOnce upon a time there lived a man and a woman. They were the happiest people on the planet.True, they were the only people on the planet, but they were still terrifically happy.Unfortunately, things didn’t stay happy and wonderful for long . . .The Bible is full of exciting stories that fill children with awe and wonder. But kids need to know how all those classic stories connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung―a best-selling author and father of six―leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible’s core message―how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden―will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think. Ages 5-8 (read to me)Ages 8-11 (read to myself)
  • Game Over! Mad Libs

    Brandon T. Snider

    Paperback (Mad Libs, Jan. 19, 2016)
    Game Over! Mad Libs features 21 hilarious and over-the-top stories all about gaming. Whether you’re an Xbox junkie, a Wii Sports expert, or a Minecraft addict, there’s something for every kid (and adult!) gamer inside this book. Grab a bag of chips and your favorite bean bag chair—it’s time to jump into the world of video games, Mad Libs style!
  • Doctor Grundy's Undies: From the Cheeky Creators of I Need a New Butt!

    Dawn McMillan, Ross Kinnaird

    Paperback (Dover Publications, May 15, 2019)
    A strong gust of wind sweeps Doctor Grundy's best undies—brand-new, and decorated with tiger stripes and tiger eyes off the clothesline. The unusual undergarments go flapping out to sea and across many different lands. Who will get to keep them? A cracked crew of pirates? A silly Scottish bagpiper? You'll find out in this fun-filled and irreverent world tour. The adventure is XXL, just like the fabulous undies, and loaded with clever rhymes and winsome pictures by the bestselling team of storyteller Dawn McMillan and illustrator Ross Kinnaird, the cheeky creators of I Need A New Butt!
  • Down with the Dance

    C.T. Walsh

    Paperback (Farcical Press, May 30, 2019)
    Middle School Mayhem: Down with the Dance is the first book in this action-packed, hilarious series. Meet Austin Davenport, whose fabulous luck landed him on this earth only eleven short months after his brother, Derek, putting them in the same grade. While Austin's brain power is unmatched, it appears as if his brother got all the athletic gifts and the family butt-chin, meaning their parents love Derek more than Austin, or so it seems. Join Austin on his journey through the tumultuous waters of middle school as he navigates the swampy and undeodorized hallways and explores the depths of the cafeteria's seafood surprise. Oh, and someone is plotting to take down the Halloween Dance, the one that Austin has his sights set on, so he can take Sophie Rodriguez, a girl way out of his league, but who doesn't seem to know it. Can he stay one step ahead of the new principal who has it out for him? Will Austin figure out who the perpetrators are? Will he save the dance in time? Will he wear a diaper on a stakeout? This first in a planned series of twelve will have you ROFLing like you never have before. The funny and fast-paced nature of this series is meant for middle grade and early young adult readers. Beware! This series has the tendency to turn reluctant readers into eager ones. Follow me on Amazon to get updates on my seven new releases in 2020! The Takedown (Book Six) January 15th, 2020Valentine’s Duh (Book Seven) February 14th, 2020The Comic Con (Book Eight) April 15th, 2020Election Misdirection (Book Nine) June 15th, 2020Education: Domestication (Book Ten) August 15th, 2020Class Tricked (Book Eleven) September 15th, 2020Graduation Detonation (Book Twelve) November 15th, 2020This book and series are a great fit for the following readers:4th grade boys4th grade girls5th grade boys5th grade girls6th grade boys6th grade girls7th grade boys7th grade girls8th grade boys8th grade girlsYoung adult readersFart joke enthusiastsReluctant readersKids who like reading diaries about dorks and/or wimpy kidsKids who like reading middle school stories
  • The King of Sting

    Coyote Peterson

    Hardcover (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nov. 27, 2018)
    Wildlife expert and Emmy Award-winning Coyote Peterson brings his 12.5 million YouTube subscribers and legions of kid fans a full-color exploration of his "Sting Zone" adventure series, featuring shots from the episodes and culminating in his thrilling encounter with the "King of Sting"--the Executioner Wasp. Coyote Peterson, YouTube star, animal enthusiast, and creator of the Brave Adventure series, has tracked down some of the world's most painfully stinging insects and chronicled getting stung by each of them on his YouTube channel. Coyote has saved the best--or possibly the worst--for last, and he's finally ready to share his experience with the most painful sting in the world: the Executioner Wasp. Featuring full-color stills from his show, and packed with facts about nature's most misunderstood creatures, King of Sting is a dream book for any kid that loves animals, bugs, outdoor exploration, and danger!
  • L. Frank Baum's Wizard of Oz

    Deborah Hautzig, L. Frank Baum, Robin Robinson

    Paperback (Penguin Young Readers, Feb. 7, 2013)
    When a tornado hits her farmhouse in Kansas, Dorothy is caught up in a whirlwind of adventure, complete with flying monkeys, talking lions, and silver slippers. Advanced readers will join Dorothy, Toto, and her friends from Oz on an unforgettable journey down the Yellow Brick Road in this Level 4 reader. The Wizard of Oz will now join classics like The Secret Garden and Alice in Wonderland in the Penguin Young Readers program!
  • Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket

    Chris Grabenstein

    Hardcover (Random House Books for Young Readers, Aug. 25, 2020)
    Welcome! For the first time, you are invited INSIDE Mr. Lemoncello's one-of-a-kind Gameworks Factory in book five of the fun-filled, action-packed bestselling series from the much-loved coauthor of the I Funny and Max Einstein series!Now with a brand-new look packed with shelf and kid appeal!Far away from his magical library, everyone's favorite game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is building something new. Something SECRET. And he's about to let the world see it. He'll reveal that hidden deep within the Lemoncello-tastic new building is a single ticket. A titanium ticket.Four lucky boys and girls are about to win the chance to go inside the building on a spectacular scavenger hunt that will take them through bigger-than-life live-action games--towering, skyscraper-size Jenga; dizzying real-life Chutes and Ladders; death-defying games of Rush Hour; plus ball pit moats and more! Each game will get the players closer to the titanium ticket. But the real secret? Mr. Lemoncello is thinking about his legacy, and whichever player finds the ticket will be the first to win a spot in an elite group of kids who will compete in the next books to win Mr. Lemoncello's ENTIRE EMPIRE!* "A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka." --Booklist, starred review of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
  • NIV, Bible for Kids, Large Print, Leathersoft, Blue, Red Letter Edition, Comfort Print


    Leather Bound (Zonderkidz, July 24, 2018)
    A conveniently-sized Bible with large, easy-to-read text for children.The NIV Bible for Kids, Large Print is perfect for those looking for a Bible with easy-to-read text for children. Including the bestselling New International Version (NIV) translation in a colorful Leathersoft™ binding, this Bible makes a perfect gift for holidays, graduations, or confirmations; to commend other special achievements; or simply as a beautiful new addition to your children’s library. The NIV Bible for Kids, Large Print is set in the exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface in an 11-point print size, making it extremely easy to read for children.Features include:Complete text of the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV)Presentation page for gift givingWords of Jesus in redSatin ribbon markerColorful Leathersoft™ coverExclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface in an easy-to-read 11-point print sizeUsing the accurate, readable, and clear New International Version (NIV) text makes the Bible accessible and easy-to-read for kids. The NIV is the result of over 50 years of work by the Committee on Bible Translation, who oversee the efforts of many contributing scholars. Representing the spectrum of evangelicalism, the translators come from a wide range of denominations and various countries and continually review new research to ensure the NIV remains at the forefront of accessibility, relevance, and authority. Every NIV Bible that is purchased helps Biblica translate and give Bibles to people in need around the world.
  • The Jungle Book

    Rudyard Kipling

    eBook (Open Road Media Teen & Tween, July 1, 2014)
    Now a major motion picture starring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson, and Idris Elba: The amazing adventures of a boy named Mowgli and his brave animal friends The fourteen fables in this landmark of children’s literature tell the story of Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle. With the help of Baloo the bear, Kaa the python, and Bagheera the black panther, Mowgli learns the laws of the wild and survives countless escapades—none more thrilling than his confrontation with the menacing tiger Shere Khan, king of the jungle. Many other unforgettable characters appear in The Jungle Book, including Kotick, a rare white seal who searches for a safe haven from those who hunt him; Rikki-tikki-tavi, a brave mongoose who saves a boy and his family from a pair of deadly cobras; and Toomai, a ten-year-old elephant trainer who risks everything to witness one of the world’s greatest mysteries: the dance of the elephants. As educational as it is entertaining, Rudyard Kipling’s masterpiece has delighted and inspired generations of readers the world over. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
  • Playful Patterns Coloring Book: For Kids Ages 6-8, 9-12

    Back to School Essentials

    Paperback (Independently published, Aug. 26, 2018)
    Coloring Books for Girls Ages 8-12Playful Patterns Coloring Book is packed full of fun, calming, and satisfying mindfulness colouring pages, suitable for kids ages 6 and up. Quirky patterns, whimsical animals, sublime waves and lines, and delightfully detailed mandalas make this varied book perfect for boys, girls, kids, teens and tweens, and maybe even adults or parents who can manage to find the time to relax and color.About this item:30 FUN and CUTE DESIGNS on single-sided pages only to minimize bleed-throughKIDS INDOOR ACTIVITIES - Keep your child excited with creative childrens art supplies. They're a great way to keep them engaged and entertainedTRAVEL SIZE ready at 8.5 x 8.5 square bound paperback format. Perfect for long road trips, plane rides, sleepovers, and those rainy daysWIDE VARIETY of coloring pages -- use whatever art materials you like -- crayons, colored pencils, gel pens, and most markersA Lovely Gift for GirlsIf you're looking for a kids coloring book for your tween or teen, this cute and beautiful childrens coloring book will work miracles on their stress levels. It's a fun and mess-free way to engage in arts and crafts for kids age 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and up. Who knows, maybe you'll even join in on the fun!Inside they'll discover such fun and quirky hand-drawn doodles like:Animals such as cats, fish, owls, and birdsIce cream cones, cupcakes, boats, houses, and tea potsMandalas, floral designs, trees, snowmen, and so much moreIt's the perfect gift idea for birthdays, Easter, Christmas, and more. So, sharpen those colored pencils and get ready to have fun and begin coloring by ordering your copy today!
  • Python for Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming

    Jason R. Briggs

    Paperback (No Starch Press, Incorporated, Dec. 22, 2012)
    Python is a powerful, expressive programming language that’s easy to learn and fun to use! But books about learning to program in Python can be kind of dull, gray, and boring, and that’s no fun for anyone.Python for Kids brings Python to life and brings you (and your parents) into the world of programming. The ever-patient Jason R. Briggs will guide you through the basics as you experiment with unique (and often hilarious) example programs that feature ravenous monsters, secret agents, thieving ravens, and more. New terms are defined; code is colored, dissected, and explained; and quirky, full-color illustrations keep things on the lighter side.Chapters end with programming puzzles designed to stretch your brain and strengthen your understanding. By the end of the book you’ll have programmed two complete games: a clone of the famous Pong and "Mr. Stick Man Races for the Exit"—a platform game with jumps, animation, and much more.As you strike out on your programming adventure, you’ll learn how to:–Use fundamental data structures like lists, tuples, and maps–Organize and reuse your code with functions and modules–Use control structures like loops and conditional statements–Draw shapes and patterns with Python’s turtle module–Create games, animations, and other graphical wonders with tkinterWhy should serious adults have all the fun? Python for Kids is your ticket into the amazing world of computer programming.For kids ages 10+ (and their parents)The code in this book runs on almost anything: Windows, Mac, Linux, even an OLPC laptop or Raspberry Pi!
  • Wrath of the Dragon King: A Fablehaven Adventure

    Brandon Mull

    Paperback (Aladdin, Sept. 17, 2019)
    Kendra and Seth race to claim a talisman that could help them in their quest to protect the world from total dragon domination in this second novel of the New York Times bestselling sequel series to Fablehaven from author Brandon Mull.War has come to the dragon sanctuaries of the world, and the danger is most intense at Wyrmroost. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of Kendra and Seth, Celebrant, King of Dragons, prepares to unleash his fury and take control of his native preserve. Armed with information from a new ally—Ronodin, the dark unicorn—Celebrant seeks a legendary talisman—the dominion stone. However, the powerful stone is protected by a cursed castle. Upon entering the castle fortress, an unyielding power strips all magical beings of their power and forces Celebrant to take his human avatar form. Kendra and Seth must enter the cursed castle as well. The race is on. Will the two young caretakers rally enough support from the creatures of Wyrmroost against the greatest threat the magical community has faced in ages? Can they foil Celebrant’s plan and beat him to the mighty dominion stone? Or will all hope be shattered by the wrath of the Dragon King?