Children’s

At the Village Bookstore, you’ll find a wonderfully stocked children’s section filled with a wide variety of books from beloved classics to new favorites!  Our children’s department also has fun and educational games, puzzles, and activity kits.

The Day the Crayons Came Home

The Day the Crayons Came Home

The companion to the #1 blockbuster bestseller, “The Day the Crayons Quit,” having soothed the hurt feelings of his crayons who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together; to Pea Green, who knows darn well that no kid likes peas. Each and every crayon who ran away has a woeful tale to tell and a plea to be brought home to the crayon box. Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Olivers Jeffers Publisher: Philomel Books US SRP: $18.99 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date:...

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North Woods Girl

North Woods Girl

Whether hearing wood frogs peep, choosing the finest skipping stone, observing squirrels gathering nuts, or inhaling crisp, cold air, a hike through Grandma s woods engages all the senses. Author: Aimee M. Bissonette Illustrator: Claudia McGehee Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press US SRP: $16.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: October 2015

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Polar: A Photicular Book

Polar: A Photicular Book

Take a stunning journey to the ends of the earth through the colorful, fluid motion of Photicular(r) technology. A phenomenon first seen in the bestsellers “Safari” and “Ocean,” Photicular technology uses sliding lenses and video imagery to display realistic living motion in the pages of a book. It’s like a movie in your hand. Penguins waddle in their irresistibly happy way. A walrus lumbers across the snowy landscape. There’s a polar bear with her lively cubs. A beluga whale, breaching. A team of sled dogs sprinting directly at the viewer. And the miracle of the Northern Lights, shimmering like a silk rainbow through the star-filled night.”National Geographic” writer Carol Kaufmann brings...

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #10: Old School

Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn t cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going old school just too hard for a kid like Greg? Author: Jeff Kinney Publisher: Harry N. Abrams US SRP: $13.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: November 3, 2015

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This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in [this memoir], which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person. Author: Gary Paulsen Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers US SRP: $16.99 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: September 29, 2015

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows-a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god. The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years. When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of...

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What Pet Should I Get?

What Pet Should I Get?

A never-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss!! This never-ever-before-seen picture book by Dr. Seuss about making up one’s mind is the literary equivalent of buried treasure What happens when a brother and sister visit a pet store to pick a pet? Naturally, they can t choose just one The tale captures a classic childhood moment choosing a pet and uses it to illuminate a life lesson: that it is hard to make up your mind, but sometimes you just have to do it Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds. An Editor’s Note at the end discusses Dr. Seuss’s pets, his creative process,...

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Ellie

Ellie

The zoo is closing Ellie and her friends want to save their home, but Ellie’s just a baby elephant, and she doesn’t know what she can do to help. While the other animals are busy working, Ellie finds a brush and some paints, and gives the zoo a big splash of color Will her bright new talent be enough to keep the zoo’s gates open for good? Author: Mike Wu US SRP: $16.99 Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Binding: Hardcover Pub date: May 12, 2015

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The Cookie Garden

The Cookie Garden

More than a children’s book, ”The Cookie Garden” includes do-it-yourself instructions and a seed packet to help you grow your own cookie garden Fill the seed packet with your favorite type of cookie seeds: chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, or coated-chocolate candies. ”The Cookie Garden” is about cultivating imagination. Sam isn’t all that impressed with his mama and papa’s vegetable harvest. So he decides to grow a garden that’s really sweet: a cookie garden. What kind of seeds will he plant? Can his family convince him that delicious and nutritious vegetables are enough to satisfy? Will his cookie garden ever bloom? ”The Cookie Garden” encourages grownups, especially parents,...

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The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms

The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms

Fairy tales are just the beginning. The Masked Man is on the loose in the Land of Stories, and it’s up to Alex and Conner Bailey to stop him…except Alex has been thrown off the Fairy Council, and no one will believe they’re in danger. With only the help of the ragtag group of Goldilocks, Jack, Red Riding Hood, and Mother Goose and her gander, Lester, the Bailey twins discover the Masked Man’s secret scheme: He possesses a powerful magic potion that turns every book it touches into a portal, and he is recruiting an army of literature’s greatest villains So begins a race through the magical Land of Oz, the fantastical world of Neverland, the madness of Wonderland, and beyond. Can Alex and Conner catch up to the...

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Wings of Fire – Winter Turning

Wings of Fire – Winter Turning

The “New York Times” and “USA Today” bestselling series soars to even greater heights with a new prophecy and five new dragonets ready to claim their destiny Daring mission… or deadly mistake? Winter has been a disappointment to his royal IceWing family his whole life. When his sister, Icicle, runs away from Jade Mountain Academy, fleeing terrible crimes and possibly planning to commit more, Winter knows that they both need a second chance to make things right — if only he can find her. Winter’s new clawmates, Moon, Qibli, and Kinkajou, won’t let him make this dangerous journey alone. They don’t seem to understand that IceWings, the most superior of all dragon tribes, can fix their own...

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I’ll Give You the Sun

I’ll Give You the Sun

“A brilliant, luminous story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal for fans of John Green, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell ” Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else–an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s....

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Maze Runner

Maze Runner

Read the first book in the “New York Times” bestselling Maze Runner series, perfect for fans of “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent.” “The Maze Runner” motion picture hits theaters September 19, 2014! Also look for James Dashner’s newest book “The Eye of Minds,” book one in the Mortality Doctrine series. When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone. “Nice to meet ya, shank. Welcome to the Glade.” Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it...

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Fault in Our Stars

Fault in Our Stars

Now in paperback! Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love. Author: John Green Publisher: Speak US SRP: $12.99 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: April 8, 2014

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Four – A Divergent Collection

Four – A Divergent Collection

Complete your Divergent library with Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by Four: A Divergent Collection, a companion volume that includes four pre-Divergent stories plus three additional scenes from Divergent, all told from Tobias’s point of view. Readers first encountered Tobias as “Four” in Divergent. His voice is an integral part of Allegiant. Readers will find more of this charismatic character’s backstory told from his own perspective in Four: A Divergent Collection. When read together, these long narrative pieces illuminate the defining moments in Tobias’s life. The first three pieces in this volume–”The Transfer,”...

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Boundary Waters ABC

Boundary Waters ABC

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is a pristine place. Whether your memory is a backcountry camping adventure or a chance moose encounter, this book will help you share the beauty of the Boundary Waters with your child, one letter at a time. They will come to love and preserve this great American wilderness. Author: Wesley Erwin Publisher: Adventure Publications US SRP: $12.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: April 9, 2014

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Antler Bear Canoe

Antler Bear Canoe

Betsy Bowen again captures the vibrant magic in each northwoods day through effortless prose and colorful woodcuts. While the canoe waits beneath the heavy snow and the river freezes over, bears turn in for long winter naps and people spend time reading by the fire or bundled up in layers. But when spring comes, it’s time for kayaking, fishing, and listening to the quiet pond sounds of the new season. All of this and more is celebrated in Bowen’s warm and unusual alphabet book that introduces children to the cyclical rhythms of life in our country’s northern states. Author: Betsy Bowen Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt US SRP: $6.95 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: August 26, 2002

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Moose on the Loose

Moose on the Loose

What would you do with a moose on the loose? Would you chase him, or race him, or stand up to face him? What would you do with a moose on the loose? What would you do with a moose in your yard? Or in your house? How about in your room? Or in your tub? Would you give him two boats? Would you see if he floats? What would you do? Colorful, comic artwork highlights the hilarity that ensues when wildlife wanders indoors. Can boy best beast? By story’s end, young readers will know exactly what to do when a moose goes on the loose! Author: Kathy-jo Wargin Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press US SRP: $15.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: September 2, 2009

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Legend of the Loon

Legend of the Loon

The fantastic Legend team of Kathy-jo Wargin and Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen have another beautiful book to add to the Sleeping Bear and Mackinac Island stories. A Grandmother’s love for her grandchildren is magically portrayed in “The Legend of the Loon.” After being shown the wonders of nature by Grandmother Lom, two children venture out in her boat alone, find themselves in danger, and are rescued by a mysterious bird A perfect addition to your collection, this book remains true to the heartwarming qualities you’ve come to expect from these legendary storytellers. Author: Kathy-jo Wargin Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press US SRP: $17.95 Binding: Hardcover Pub Date: April 24, 2000

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One Dog Canoe

One Dog Canoe

When a girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together, they’re expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, even when the girl protests that “It’s a one-dog canoe.” And when a loon, and a wolf, and a bear, and a moose all ask for a ride, it’s almost too much. But they all manage to fit in this one-dog canoe–until a frog comes along. . . Author: Mary Casanova Publisher: Square Fish US SRP: $6.99 Binding: Paperback Pub Date: May 26, 2009    

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Little Minnesota

Little Minnesota

State birds, flowers, trees, and animals brought to board book form for the youngest book lovers.  Toddlers will delight in this boardbook filled with rhyming riddles framed by brightly painted clues,introducing elements that make Minnesota so special! GRAND RAPIDS native Kathy-jo Wargin is the author of more than 45 books and has earned national acclaim through award-winning children’s classics such as Michigan’s official state book, The Legend of Sleeping Bear, Children’s Choice Award winner The Legend of the Loon, The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell, and many others. Kathy-jo enjoys writing about nature, folklore, and its effect on all our lives. She is a frequent guest speaker and presenter for associations, school...

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Good Night Minnesota

Good Night Minnesota

A colorful trip through the day and the seasons with stops at many of Minnesota’s cultural and scenic spots!   Author:  Adam Gamble Illustrator: Joe Veno Publisher: Our World of Books US SRP: $9.95 Binding: Board Book Pub Date: July 20, 2009

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Good Night Lake

Good Night Lake

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these boardbooks designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders.Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.   Author:  Adam Gamble Illustrator: Kelly Cooper Publisher: Our World of Books US SRP: $7.95 Binding: Board Book Pub Date: May 1, 2008

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