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Fiction

Fiction is story telling. More specifically, fiction is an imaginative form of narrative, one of the four basic rhetorical modes. Works of fiction need not be entirely imaginary and may include real people, places, and events. Fiction is largely perceived as a form of art and/or entertainment. The ability to create fiction and other artistic works is considered to be a fundamental aspect of human culture, one of the defining characteristics of humanity.

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Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Projects for Kids of All Ages to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share

By: Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Publisher: Potter Craft

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids focuses on craft projects that children, aged three to twelve, can make with their parents. These projects are fun, yet serve a practical purpose; children can wear, decorate, and play with what they make. Filled with ideas for a range of ages, skill levels, and interests, this book lets children’s creativity run wild, while creating precious memories as parents and kids learn and create as a team.

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That Is Not a Good Idea!

By: Mo Willems
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

That Is Not a Good Idea! is a hilarious, interactive picture book from bestselling author and illustrator Mo Willems, the creator of books like Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, the Knuffle Bunny series, the Elephant and Piggie series, Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs, and many other new classics. Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature …

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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Dover Thrift Editions)

By: Frederick Douglass
Publisher: Dover Publications

The impassioned abolitionist and eloquent orator provides graphic descriptions of his childhood and horrifying experiences as a slave as well as a harrowing record of his dramatic escape to the North and eventual freedom. Published in 1845 to quell doubts about his origins, the Narrative is admired today for its extraordinary passion, sensitive descriptions, and storytelling power. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.

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Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions For Kids

By: Sarah Young
Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Devotions written as if Jesus is speaking directly to a child’s heart. Based on her original Jesus Calling, this version has been adapted in a language and fashion that kids and tweens can relate to their everyday lives.  After many years of writing in her prayer journal, missionary Sarah Young decided to listen to God with pen in hand, writing down what she believed He was saying to her through Scripture. Others were blessed as she shared her writings, until people all over the world were using her devotionals.  They …

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The Feelings Book (Revised): The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions

By: Dr. Lynda Madison
Publisher: American Girl

This invaluable companion to The Care & Keeping of You received its own fresh update! The Feelings Book will help you understand your emotions, and deal with them in positive ways. You’ll get tips on how to express your feelings and stay in control, plus get sensitive advice on handling fear, anxiety, jealousy, and grief. Learn how to stay in the driver’s seat of your own emotions!

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The Little House Books: A Pioneer Chronicle

By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Publisher: Harper Trophy

The set includes: Little House in the Big Woods, Little House on the Prairie, Farmer Boy, On the Banks of Plum Creek, By the Shores of Silver Lake, The Long Winter, Little Town on the Prairie, These Happy Golden Years, and The First Four Years. Little House in the Big WoodsWolves and panthers and bears roam the deep Wisconsin woods in the late 1870′s. In those same woods, Laura lives with Pa and Ma, and her sisters, Mary and Baby Carrie, in a snug little house built of …

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The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

By: Deborah Heiligman
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Most people think of mathematicians as solitary, working away in isolation. And, it’s true, many of them do. But Paul Erdos never followed the usual path. At the age of four, he could ask you when you were born and then calculate the number of seconds you had been alive in his head. But he didn’t learn to butter his own bread until he turned twenty. Instead, he traveled around the world, from one mathematician to the next, collaborating on an astonishing number of publications. With a simple, lyrical text and richly layered illustrations, …

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National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space (First Big Books)

By: Catherine D. Hughes
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books

This beautiful book is the latest addition to the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series. These colorful pages will introduce young children to the wonders of space, with colorful illustrations by David Aguilar and simple text that is perfect for beginning readers or for reading aloud. The book will explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to kids and expanding out into universe.Chapters include: • Chapter 1 focuses on the Earth, moon, and sun.  • Chapter 2 introduces kids to the other planets in our …

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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

By: Catherine D. Hughes
Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books

The third title in National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book series, this book is for kids 4- to 8-years-old who LOVE dinos! The prehistoric world comes alive with dinosaurs small, big, giant, and gigantic, with stunning illustrations by Franco Tempesta—who illustrated National Geographic Kids The Ultimate Dinopedia. Bursting with fun facts and age appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids. Young dino fans will love the interactivity included in every chapter, and parents will appreciate …

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Magic Tree House Boxed Set, Books 5-8: Night of the Ninjas, Afternoon on the Amazon, Sunset of the Sabertooth, and Midnight on the Moon

By: Mary Pope Osborne
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

This Magic Tree House set including the following titles: Night of the Ninjas (Magic Tree House, No. 5) Afternoon on the Amazon (Magic Tree House, No. 6) Sunset of the Sabertooth (Magic Tree House, No. 7) Midnight on the Moon (Magic Tree House, No. 8)

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