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ADV GIRLS

ADVENTURE GIRLS

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Adventurous activities that encourage independence for girls ages 6 to 12

Discover a new world of exciting, creative crafts for girls. Adventure Girls! is the perfect choice for any young girl who wants to work with her hands, get dirty, and explore the outdoors.

Go beyond other craft books by empowering young girls to be bold and innovative. Whether they're going on a nature scavenger hunt, flying paper airplanes, learning magic tricks, or creating their own secret code, girls will find all kinds of fun and engaging things to do that will teach them just how amazing they can be!

This adventurous collection of crafts features:

  • Outdoor skills―Master cool outdoorsy abilities like compass making, using trail markers, and building a shelter.
  • Scientific exploration―Hone different scientific skills through constellation identification, animal observation, and bird watching.
  • Creative play―Unlock fantastic possibilities by making a rope swing on a backyard tree, going on a scavenger hunt, and playing Capture the Flag.
  • Adventure Girls! is the perfect collection of curiosity-sparking outdoor activities and crafts for girls.

    ALPHABREATHS

    ALPHABREATHS

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    In Alphabreaths, children will learn their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises. Breaths like Mountain Breath and Redwood Breath will connect them with nature, while breaths like Heart Breath and Wish Breath will help them remember to fill their heart with gratitude and send good wishes to others.

    Simple, playful, and with delightful illustrations, Alphabreaths is the perfect introduction to mindfulness and breath awareness.

    BEING ME

    BEING ME

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    A Kids Guide to Boosting SelfConfidence and SelfEsteem. Tools kids need to explore their strengths and be confident in school with friends and importantly, with themselves.
    Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless

    Body Image Book for Girls: Love Yourself and Grow Up Fearless

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    It is worrying to think that most girls feel dissatisfied with their bodies, and that this can lead to serious problems including depression and eating disorders. Can some of those body image worries be eased? Body image expert and psychology professor Dr Charlotte Markey helps girls aged 9-15 to understand, accept, and appreciate their bodies. She provides all the facts on puberty, mental health, self-care, why diets are bad news, dealing with social media, and everything in-between. Girls will find answers to questions they always wanted to ask, the truth behind many body image myths, and real-life stories from girls who share their own experiences. Through this easy-to-read and beautifully illustrated guide, Dr Markey teaches girls how to nurture both mental and physical health to improve their own body image, shows the positive impact they can have on others, and enables them to go out into the world feeling fearless!
    BREATHE LIKE A BEAR

    BREATHE LIKE A BEAR

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    Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child's desk at school.

    Based on Kira Willey's Parents' Choice GOLD Award-winning CD, Mindful Moments for Kids, this one-of-a-kind book is sure to help kids find calm, gain focus, and feel energized during the day, and encourage families to establish a fun and consistent mindfulness practice, whether at home or on the go.

    BRITANNICA ALL NEW KIDS' ENCYC

    BRITANNICA ALL NEW KIDS' ENCYC

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    Earth? Space? Animals? History? STEM? The Britannica All New Kids' Encyclopedia has them all.

    This beautifully illustrated, 424-page compendium of knowledge is a must-have addition to every family bookshelf and library collection!

    With more than 100 expert consultants from around the world, and over 1000 images, including specially commissioned illustrations and stunning photography, this single-volume encyclopedia for kids takes Britannica's reputation for authentic, trustworthy information and brings it to a whole new audience.

    Unlike old encyclopedias that are structured from A to Z, this encyclopedia takes you on a journey from the beginning of time to the present day - and even into the future! It explores a wide range of topics and is divided into eight chapters by subject: Universe, Earth, Matter, Life, Humans, Ancient & Medieval Times, Modern Times, and Today & Tomorrow.

    This book of amazing facts you can trust will provide hundreds of hours of fun learning for curious children and their families.

    Chess for Kids

    Chess for Kids

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    Want to become a chess Grandmaster?

    International Master and renowned chess tutor Michael Basman teaches you the rules, skills, and techniques in this visual guide to chess.

    From the history of chess and the aim of the game to essential tactics and taking it even farther in clubs, tournaments, and championships, Chess for Kids covers it all.

    Before explaining techniques, the book details each piece - pawns, bishops, the king, and more - to ensure kids have a comprehensive understanding before they begin to play. Chess board graphics illustrate different scenarios and support the text explanations so readers can visualize different moves and their potential outcomes as they go.

    Let Chess for Kids and International Master Michael Basman turn you into a champion chess player.

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids: 50 Fun Projects to Make, Wear, and Share

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids: 50 Fun Projects to Make, Wear, and Share

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    Arts! Crafts! Fun!―Easy projects for creative kids ages 7 to 10

    Discover tons of creative crafts you can do all by yourself―and with materials you can find at home! Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids is the perfect choice for aspiring creators, bursting with instructions for dozens of stylish projects that have real uses.

    From amazing games and fashion to one-of-a-kind gifts, Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids will keep you entertained with super cool (and super fun) projects that you'll love to make and share!

    Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids includes:

  • 50 awesome projects―Create Tin Can Robots, No-Sew Scrunchies, Rainbow Bath Bombs, Easy Woven Wall Hangings, Pressed Leaf Lanterns, and so much more.
  • Practical crafts―Whether it's wearing, decorating, or planting, every project in Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids can be used for something.
  • (Almost) No supervision required―Don't worry if your parents are busy―most of these projects can be done without any help.
  • Learn how you can make fun come alive by making things with Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids.

    EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES

    EATS SHOOTS & LEAVES

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    Punctuation play at its finest!

    Illuminating the comical confusion the lowly comma can cause, this new edition of Eats, Shoots & Leaves uses lively, subversive illustrations to show how misplacing or leaving out a comma can change the meaning of a sentence completely.

    This picture book is sure to elicit gales of laughter--and better punctuation--from all who read it.

    Everyday Magic for Kids: 30 Amazing Magic Tricks That You Can Do Anywhere

    Everyday Magic for Kids: 30 Amazing Magic Tricks That You Can Do Anywhere

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    Perfect the art of magic with simple every day objects and tips from professional magician Justin Flam.

    Using every day objects, daring magician Justin Flom (434K Facebook followers and 153K subscribers on YouTube) will teach kids all they need to know to perform 30 amazing and how-did-you-do-that magic tricks at the turn of a hat. Featuring step-by-step instructions and illustrations, Everyday Magic for Kids will give budding magicians all the tips they need in order to wow their friends and family, whether at home, at school, or on the go. Tricks will vary from card tricks to tricks with coins and other small objects to tricks that can be done with friends/family members. The book also includes introductory material about how to act like a magician and the basics of performing magic in front of an audience (be it a friend or a room of people).

    EVERYTHING KIDS' PUZZLE BOOK:

    EVERYTHING KIDS' PUZZLE BOOK:

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    Wind your way through pages of endless fun!

    Decode a secret message using the phases of the moon, wind your way through a pizza maze, find hidden presidents, borrow some drachmas, unscramble an invention time line, play super duper tic-tac-toe, classic hangman, match up snowflakes, and more with The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book!

    You can also look for Mervin the Mouse every time you turn the page--he's watching from his hiding place to help you through this wild and whacky jam-packed puzzle book! Sharpen more than one pencil--there are enough puzzles here to keep you entertained for hours!

    HANDFUL OF QUIET: HAPPINESS IN

    HANDFUL OF QUIET: HAPPINESS IN

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    A Handful of Quiet presents one of the best known and most innovative meditation practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh as part of the Plum Village community's practice with children. Pebble meditation is a playful and fun activity that parents and educators can do with their children to introduce them to meditation. It is designed to involve children in a hands-on and creative way that touches on their interconnection with nature. Practicing pebble meditation can help relieve stress, increase concentration, nourish gratitude, and can help children deal with difficult emotions.

    A Handful of Quiet is a concrete activity that parents and educators can introduce to children in school settings, in their local communities or at home, in a way that is meaningful and inviting. Any adult wishing to plant seeds of peace, relaxation, and awareness in children will find this unique meditation guide helpful. Children can also enjoy doing pebble meditation on their own.

    Beautiful color illustrations by Wietske Vriezen, illustrator of Planting Seeds (ISBN-13: 978-1-935209-80-5) and Mindful Movements (978-1-888375-79-4).

    LAUGH OUT LOUD JOKES FOR KIDS

    LAUGH OUT LOUD JOKES FOR KIDS

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    Over 1.5 million sold!



    USA TODAY bestseller!



    Wall Street Journal bestseller!


    What happens to race car drivers when they eat too much? They get indy-gestion. Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids provides children ages 7-10 many hours of fun and laughter. Young readers will have a blast sharing this collection of hundreds of one-liners, knock knock jokes, tongue twisters, and more with their friends and family! This mega-bestselling book will have children rolling on the floor with laughter and is sure to be a great gift idea for any child.
    Logic Puzzles for Clever Kids: Fun Brain Games for Ages 4 & Up

    Logic Puzzles for Clever Kids: Fun Brain Games for Ages 4 & Up

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    Help kids ages 4 to 6 give their brain a workout with 50+ challenging logic puzzles

    These mind-bending brain games and logic puzzles for kids will keep young minds engaged and learning while having tons of fun.

    Featuring more than 50 brain games that come in 7 varieties--including sequencing, patterns, analogies, and inferences--this collection of logic puzzles make it fun for your little brainiac to build their analysis and critical thinking skills.

    This standout among puzzle books features:

  • Challenging puzzles--Keep even the smartest kids engaged with tough but fair puzzles, as well as prompts that help you get involved too.
  • Chances to learn--Help your little one build their brainpower as they learn to recognize patterns, understand analogies, think critically, and more.
  • Colorful images--Keep their eye on the page with puzzles featuring tons of adorable and colorful illustrations.
  • Get youngsters away from a screen and focused on brain-boosting fun with this book of logic puzzles for kids.

    Mad for Ads: How Advertising Gets (and Stays) in Our Heads

    Mad for Ads: How Advertising Gets (and Stays) in Our Heads

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    This amusing and engaging behind-the-scenes look at advertising and its influence will help kids decode the ads that surround them every day and make smart decisions.For children growing up in an advertising-saturated world, here's an eye-opening explanation of what advertising is, how it works and why that matters. The book covers the components of an advertising campaign, from slogans to logos, and the many ways marketers seek to influence behavior, from tapping into fears to using psychological pricing. It then brings these techniques and tools to life by taking readers through the creation of two fictional advertising plans. Along the way, there's information about the strategies that advertisers use to influence their audience, as well as valuable background on how digital technology allows companies to track people and what that means for privacy. It's a savvy look at the business of advertising that teaches children to pay better attention to ads and be more discerning about the messages they find.Award-winning author Erica Fyvie has geared this vital, comprehensive and entertaining look at advertising to children who are just beginning to notice and to be swayed by brands. By building media literacy and promoting critical thinking about all kinds of marketing tools --- from in-game ads to social media "kid influencers" --- the book empowers readers to analyze and respond to what they see every day. Relevant, child-friendly language and examples, along with bold and humorous illustrations by Ian Turner, keep the pages lively and interesting. There are direct curriculum links to language arts, visual arts, technology and social studies lessons. Also included are a glossary, index and selected bibliography.
    Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids

    Maker Camp: Heritage Crafts and Skill-Building Projects for Kids

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    Classic and innovative hands-on projects for kids ages 3 and up designed to teach both heritage skills and how to think creatively.

    Handcraft is part of human nature: we build, we create, we innovate. The 20+ projects in this book from an experienced art educator weave a story of human innovation and creativity, from the very beginnings of building shelters in the woods to tinkering with recycled materials. Heritage skills teach children how to be independent and capable makers; fiber and wood projects offer rewarding crafts that also teach planning, preparation, and safe risk taking; and tinkering activities connect the low-tech process of making and doing with innovation. From soap carving and knot tying to building toy cars and junk robots, this book brings the fun of making things with your hands to young kids and links skills of the past with the present.

    The book also explores how to set up a maker space and teaches foundational workshop practices that can easily be applied to the home studio. Each project offers extensions for different ages and abilities and provides guiding questions to enrich the experience for both the maker (teacher/parent) and the apprentice (child) to encourage and celebrate creative, practical play.

    MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS

    MINDFULNESS FOR KIDS

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    Mindfulness for Kids offers fun activities for kids ages 6-12 to stay cool, happy, and present with mindfulness.

    Homework horrors, chores, and not-so-friendly friends--that's enough to make any kid's brain hurt. The secret to staying cool is easy: it's called mindfulness--and this book gives kids fun activities to practice it on their own.

    Mindfulness for Kids applies mindfulness exercises to stories and real-life scenarios that kids go through at home, school, and with friends. Shared through the voices of five children: Jasmine, Willow, Kayli, Colby, and Zeke, Mindfulness for Kids is an engaging, kid-friendly guide for handling tough situations and powerful emotions mindfully.

    From using belly breathing to help with panic before a presentation to actively listening to siblings, Mindfulness for Kids addresses the everyday challenges that kids face with:

  • Mindfulness 101 that teaches kids what mindfulness is, and how they can be mindful of their emotions and senses.
  • Relatable, real-life scenarios that kids encounter at home, school, and with friends.
  • 30 Fun exercises that show kids how tricks like a gratitude list, "counting to calm", and even yoga poses can help them relax and feel better from not-so-nice feelings.
  • Mindfulness is a kind of superpower we all have but don't know how to use. In this book, kids will learn how to use this power to feel good about themselves and the world around them through activities and stories told by kids, for kids.

    My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice

    My First Book of Baby Signs: 40 Essential Signs to Learn and Practice

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    Learn sign language alongside your baby with this adorable storybook for ages 0 to 3

    Story time is the perfect time to practice sign language with your child. My First Book of Baby Signs is part storybook and part sign language guide, designed to encourage you and your baby to learn new words and signs as you read together. Practice communicating with important, everyday signs for everything from basics like "eat," "milk," and "mommy" to more advanced ideas like "help," "potty," and "I love you."

    This book makes it fun and easy to learn helpful baby signs with:

  • Storybook style--Each sign is presented with picture book illustrations that depict the word as well as both written and visual instructions for how to sign it properly.
  • Interactive learning--Model each sign for your baby as you come to the word in the story, allowing you to learn and practice together.
  • 40 Real ASL signs--These signs are the accurate and up-to-date versions from American Sign Language, and you'll even find a guide to the full alphabet and basic numbers.
  • This book of baby signs is the perfect way to start communicating with your baby before they learn to speak.

    SEWING FOR KIDS

    SEWING FOR KIDS

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    Get crafty with super fun sewing projects for kids ages 6 to 9

    From an adorable Needle House to an awesome Pizza Pencil Case, there are so many awesome things that can be sewn with just a needle and thread. Packed with beginner techniques for hand and machine sewing, Sewing for Kids takes you stitch-by-stitch from threading a needle to making your own Fingerless Gloves.

    Get started with the ins and outs of hand-sewing, like how to tie a knot or sew a whipstitch, and before you know it, you'll be sewing on a sewing machine! Wow your friends with your own handmade Fruit Purse―then, take your sewing up a notch with magical machine-sewing projects, like a Winter Beanie and Shark Tail Blanket.

    Sewing for Kids includes:

  • Needlework newbies―Start stitching with easy-to-understand techniques, safety rules, basic stitches to build on, and tips for filling your sewing kit.
  • Something for everyone―These fun and funky hand-sewing and machine-sewing projects increase in difficulty so you can get comfortable sewing and then practice your skills.
  • That's sew you!―Have a blast sewing handmade goods, like a Sloth Backpack Charm, a Tic-Tac-Toe Pillow, and a Beanbag Chair―or customize your crafts with tips to make it your own.
  • With Sewing for Kids, you'll have stitches of fun and a special skill you can feel proud of for a lifetime.

    Take Me Outdoors: A Nature Journal for Young Explorers

    Take Me Outdoors: A Nature Journal for Young Explorers

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    WINNER, Best Designed / Illustrated Book For Children, Junior Design Awards 2020 (Silver Medal)

    "A book to make going outside an inspiring adventure. This little paperback does much more than it says on the tin. . . It really should make young people see and think differently about the natural world around them, and packs in a great deal of information and stimulation."
    -- Andrea Reece, LoveReading4Kids

    With its smart design, beautiful illustrations and perfect size to pop in a backpack, Take Me Outdoors is a fun, lively way to engage with the wild and natural world. Each of the five 'adventure' chapters help children to engage with their surroundings, from their own backgarden or local park, to a beach, forest or lakeside. As they complete lists, draw pictures and answer questions, they will be thinking carefully about the environment and nature as they experience it - what they can see, hear and feel, and how they can look after it. A final chapter allows them to compare their adventures, and there's also a useful glossary so they can learn new words and ideas. Fun, quirky and bursting with facts about birds, bugs and plants; the weather and the environment; expeditions and explorers; and the artists and writers who have been inspired by nature, this book is a must for children curious about the incredible world they live in. It's both a great keepsake and a tool for sparking creative writing.

    Writer and illustrator Mary Richards is author of the Take Me series, which launched in North America in 2020. She has also written Splat: The Most Exciting Artists of All Time (Thames & Hudson), The Modern Art Journal (Tate Publishing), and is co-author of ArtSongs, a set of songs about art and artists (with David Schweitzer) for Tate. Mary was Art Publisher at the Hayward Gallery and an Editor at Tate Publishing. She lives in London with four children, two cats and a large collection of Lego.

    ULTIMATE BOOK OF SPACE

    ULTIMATE BOOK OF SPACE

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    A fun book to ignite curiosity about the solar system. -- School Library Journal

    Learn all about rocket ships, astronauts, and the fascinating world of space exploration: The rover Curiosity lands on the surface of Mars, astronauts prepare for takeoff... Best of all, lots of flaps, popups, pull-tabs, and rotating wheels bring space shuttles, satellites, and planets to life. Readers will learn about the Milky Way and the universe, explore the International Space Station, and help astronauts complete their NASA training. Any child who has ever dreamed of space exploration will adore this extraordinary look at outer space.

    - Supersized spreads feature marvelously detailed illustrations that just beg to be pored over again and again
    - More than 40 interactive flaps, tabs, and more to keep kids engaged
    - A captivating adventure that brings the world of space and the magic of books to life in young minds

    Fans of How Things Work will also enjoy the stunning details and interactive fun of The Ultimate Book of Space.
    - Great family read-aloud book
    - Books for kids ages 4-8
    - Science books for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school children

    VELOCITY OF BEING: LETTERS TO

    VELOCITY OF BEING: LETTERS TO

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    A Brain Pickings Best Children's Book of the Year
    An embarrassment of riches. --The New York Times
    In these pages, some of today's most wonderful culture-makers--writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers--reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response. Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy's first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman. This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems. This stunning 272-page hardcover volume features a lay-flat binding to allow for greater ease of reading.