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by Joyce Sweeney Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 23, 2014)

A killer combination of high-interest plot and unforgettable characters

"All kinds of people. Little kids, a lot of men, even people your age come to the shows."

"They come to see acrobats pretending to wrestle...

Something Real

by Heather Demetrios Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 03, 2014)

Seventeen-year-old Bonnie(TM) Baker has grown up on TV--she and her twelve siblings are the stars of one-time hit reality show Baker's Dozen. Since the show's cancellation, Bonnie(TM) has tried to live a normal...

Mountain Dog

by Margarita Engle & Aleksey & Olga Ivanov Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 12, 2013)

When Tony's mother is sent to jail, he is sent to stay with a great uncle he has never met in Sierra Nevada. It is a daunting move--Tony's new world bears no semblance to his previous one. But slowly, against...

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

by April Henry Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 10, 2013)

"Take her out back and finish her off."

She doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether...

Haunted Sister

by Lael Littke Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 14, 1998)

How can you have a ghost story without a ghost? What if the ghost is only in your head? How would you know that you aren't losing your mind?

By medical standards, sixteen-year-old Janine Palmer dies on the day...

The Forest of Stars

by Heather Kassner & Iz Ptica Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 03, 2020)

In this mysterious and mesmerizing fantasy novel, perfect for fans of Splendor and Glooms and Circus Mirandus, a windswept girl who can float among the stars searches for her long-lost father at a shadow-filled...


by Morris Gleitzman Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 04, 2012)

Set in the current day, this is the final book in Morris Gleitzman's series that began with Once, continued with Then and is . . . Now.

Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely...

Alex and the Amazing Time Machine

by Rich Cohen & Kelly Murphy Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 07, 2012)

From bestselling author Rich Cohen and award-winning illustrator Kelly Murphy comes a middle grade action-adventure novel, Alex and the Amazing Time Machine.

Alex Trumble is a pretty ordinary kid--except for...

A Room on Lorelei Street

by Mary E. Pearson Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 29, 2008)

Zoe's arms prickle. She turns, trying to take it all in. The ache inside returns. It is not for her. It is too much. A real room with real floors and walls. A room for sleeping, and reading and dancing and ....

The Beast of Blackslope

by Tracy Barrett Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 14, 2011)

Xena and Xander have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery...

Keeper of the Night

by Kimberly Willis Holt Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 26, 2011)

A powerful new novel from the award-winning author of When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.

Isabel's mother died peacefully. At least that's what Isabel likes to think since no one will talk about the truth. But...

The One O'Clock Chop

by Ralph Fletcher Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 06, 2007)

It's the summer of 1973 and fourteen year old Matt spends his days working on a boat as a clam digger to earn extra money. His nights are another story--he spends time with his free-spirited cousin Jazzy who...


by Morris Gleitzman Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 09, 2011)

Felix and Zelda have escaped the train to the death camp, but where do they go now? They're two runaway kids in Nazi-occupied Poland. Danger lies at every turn of the road.

With the help of a woman named Genia...

King of Ithaka

by Tracy Barrett Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 13, 2010)

Telemachos has a comfortable life on his small island of Ithaka, where his mother Penelopeia keeps the peace even though the land has been without its king, his father Odysseus, since the Trojan War began many...

The 100-Year-Old Secret

by Tracy Barrett Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 29, 2010)

What if you inherited Sherlock Holmes's book of unsolved cases?

Xena and Xander Holmes have just discovered they're related to Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his unsolved casebook! The siblings set out to...

The Case That Time Forgot

by Tracy Barrett Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 26, 2010)

Xander's classmate Karim tells him about a famous amulet carved in the shape of Thoth, the Egyptian god of time. It was thought to be so powerful that it could turn back time one day every hundred years. And...

When the Snow Is Deeper Than My Boots Are Tall

by Jean Reidy & Joey Chou Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (November 04, 2019)

When the Snow Is Deeper Than My Boots Are Tall is a charming rhyming picture book celebrating the fun of snow and the coziness of winter.

Find a frosty window./ Watch the flakes fall./ Look! The snow is deeper...

I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown, Jason "Rachel" Brown & Anoosha Syed Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (November 04, 2019)

I Am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are, from Karamo Brown, the Culture Expert of Netflix's hit series Queer Eye, and Jason Brown--featuring illustrations...

Saturday with Daddy

by Dan Andreasen Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 06, 2013)

A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this a perfect summertime book for fathers and their preschoolers....

When You Wander

by Margarita Engle & Mary Morgan Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 29, 2013)

When you wander

down a leafy path

I can smell

your invisible

trail . . .

This cozy story gently teaches children what to do if they lose their way, and reassures them that a search-and-rescue dog can find them wherever...

Arctic White

by Danna Smith & Lee White Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 04, 2016)

When you live in the arctic in winter,

everything is a shade of white.

A young girl looks around her home in the arctic and sees only white, white, white . . . but one day her grandfather takes her out on a...

Pink Cupcake Magic

by Katherine Tegen & Kristin Varner Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (January 27, 2014)

Zoe loves cupcakes, especially pink ones, and princesses, especially magic ones. Unfortunately her greedy brother Ralph loves cupcakes too--he spoils everything! One day Zoe bakes a wish into her cupcakes. Suddenly...

Kit & Kaboodle

by Rosemary Wells Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 30, 2018)

In the spirit of Max and Ruby, Rosemary Wells launches a new preschool picture book series starring brother-and-sister twin cat duo Kit and Kaboodle, and the mischievous mouse Spinka!

Kit and Kaboodle are twin...


by Anne Marie Pace & Lorna Hussey Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 24, 2016)

Pigloo is an explorer. His destination? The North Pole. Big sister Paisley has doubts about Pigloo's plan, but Pigloo knows that explorers have to be patient as well as brave. When Pigloo takes his sled to the...

Christmas Eve Good Night

by Doug Cushman Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 24, 2011)

Find out how everyone at the North Pole says good night!

Everyone needs to go to bed on Christmas Eve--even at the North Pole!

If you were a snowman with a long carrot nose,

Coal for your eyes and a scarf for...

Pizza Day: A Picture Book

by Melissa Iwai Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 30, 2017)

A young boy and his father gather ingredients in the garden to prepare pizza on a hot day in this preschool picture book companion to Soup Day.

On a sunny, summer day, a young boy and his father assemble the...

My Yiddish Vacation

by Ione Skye & Scott Menchin Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 12, 2014)

Whenever Ruth and Sammy visit their grandparents, they get to brush up on their Yiddish. This Jewish language, a blend of German and Hebrew, is full of words that are fun to say: words like shvitz (sweat), feh!...

The Perfect Christmas

by Eileen Spinelli & JoAnn Adinolfi Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (October 24, 2011)

Family one: exquisite pastries, a beautifully trimmed tree, and festive cello music.

Family two: an artificial tree, rock hard candy, and custom kazoo carols.

Full of silly humor, this cheerful picture book proves...

Ruby's Chinese New Year

by Vickie Lee & Joey Chou Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (December 25, 2017)

In this picture book celebrating Chinese New Year, animals from the Chinese zodiac help a little girl deliver a gift to her grandmother.

Ruby has a special card to give to her grandmother for Chinese New Year....

Mommies Are Amazing

by Meredith Costain & Polona Lovsin Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 03, 2017)

In this companion to Daddies Are Awesome, mommy cats and kittens take the spotlight, celebrating moms of all kinds.

Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring--mommies are amazing. This gentle...

Won Ton

by Lee Wardlaw & Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 14, 2011)

Nice place they got here.

Bed. Bowl. Blankie. Just like home!

Or so I've been told.

Visiting hours!

Yawn. I pretend not to care.

Yet -- I sneak a peek.

So begins this beguiling tale of a wary shelter cat and...

Wild Orca

by Brenda Peterson & Wendell Minor Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 17, 2018)

A picture book homage to Granny, the world's oldest known orca, who lived to be 105 years old!

For animal lovers and future environmentalists.

"Will Granny and her family come again this year?" Dark fins slice...

The Winterhouse Mysteries

by Ben Guterson & Chloe Bristol Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (December 30, 2019)

Danger, intrigue, and the power of family combine in The Winterhouse Mysteries, the fast-paced conclusion to Ben Guterson and Chloe Bristol's illustrated, enchanting Winterhouse middle grade trilogy.

It's springtime...

Papa Brings Me the World

by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 04, 2020)

Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw's Papa Brings Me the World is a poignant picture book that celebrates the bond between parent and child, and follows their long-distance trip around the world.

Most parents drive a car...

Tikki Tikki Tembo

by Arlene Mosel, Blair Lent & Marcia Gay Harden Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 14, 1968)

This ebook includes audio narration.

Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-

chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!

Three decades and more than one million copies later children still love hearing about the boy with the long...

Bunny in the Middle

by Anika A. Denise & Christopher Denise Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 01, 2019)

This joyful picture book celebrates middle children and sibling love.

When you're in the middle . . . you're not the oldest, and you're not the youngest. You are right in between. There's someone bigger who helps...

Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra

by Stephen Costanza Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (February 27, 2012)

Every day, Antonio Vivaldi composes a new orchestral piece, and every day, the orphan Candida transcribes Vivaldi's masterpiece into sheet music for the Invisible Orchestra. Nobody notices Candida or appreciates...

My Life as a Book

by Janet Tashjian & Jake Tashjian Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (July 19, 2010)

Summer's finally here, and Derek Fallon is looking forward to pelting the UPS truck with water balloons, climbing onto the garage roof, and conducting silly investigations. But when his parents decide to send...

Monkey Brother

by Adam Auerbach Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (June 26, 2017)

A clever and surprising tale of sibling rivalry and unconditional love from an Ezra Jack Keats Honor Award winner.

Little brothers can be a handful. They're wild and messy. They follow you everywhere and they...


by Karen Beaumont & Eugene Yelchin Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 17, 2015)

Hush, hush! Rush, rush! When Baby cries, her family and neighbors try to stop her tears and help her to sleep. But all their rushing and hushing, tickling and rocking, and feeding and burping can't stop Baby's...

Tikki Tikki Tembo

by Arlene Mosel & Blair Lent Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (April 16, 2007)

Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-

chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo!

Three decades and more than one million copies later children still love hearing about the boy with the long name who fell down the well. Arlene...

Every Friday

by Dan Yaccarino Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 07, 2012)

No day is better than Friday!

Friday is my favorite day.

All week long, a boy and his father look forward to their Friday ritual--breakfast at their favorite diner. The leisurely walk through the neighborhood...

Hand in Hand

by Rosemary Wells Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (September 05, 2016)

Be my teacher from day one.

Be my sky, my moon, my sun.

The bond a parent and child share is special. In this sweet and heartfelt picture book, renowned author-illustrator Rosemary Wells celebrates all that parents...

All the Way to Havana

by Margarita Engle & Mike Curato Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (August 28, 2017)

So we purr, cara cara, and we glide, taka taka, and we zoom, zoom, ZOOM!

Together, a boy and his parents drive to the city of Havana, Cuba, in their old family car. Along the way, they experience the sights...

One Bright Ring

by Gretchen Géser Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 20, 2013)

In One Bright Ring by Gretchen Géser, a girl sees a man drop the ring he means to use to propose to his girlfriend. The little girl tries to give it back to him, but things keep getting in her way! Follow this...

Flora's Tree House

by Gabriel Alborozo Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 27, 2019)

With playful text and vibrant art, Gabriel Alboroz's Flora's Tree House is a unique picture book about imagination for all children learning to appreciate a sibling's strengths, as well as their own.


Daddies Are Awesome

by Meredith Costain & Polona Lovsin Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (May 16, 2016)

Daddies are awesome! They're warm and delicious.

They tickle and hug you and shower you with kisses.

Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring--daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text...

The Family Tree

by David McPhail Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 26, 2012)

A man in the 1800s comes upon a beautiful forest and decides to build his home there. When he clears the land, he leaves one special tree to grace his front yard. Over the years, several generations of his family...

Let's Go to the Hardware Store

by Anne Rockwell & Melissa Iwai Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 21, 2016)

When the new house needs fixing up, it's off to the hardware store to find the tools and materials needed to get the job done--a hammer, a screwdriver, a shiny tape measure, and even a stepladder.

This family...

Peekity Boo--What You Can Do!

by Heidi Bee Roemer & Mike Wohnoutka Henry Holt and Co. (Byr) (March 18, 2019)

Peekity Boo--What Can You Do! is a charming preschool picture book that flows through the motions of a toddler's bedtime routine by Heidi Bee Roemer with illustrations by Mike Wohnoutka.

There are ears to nuzzle....