What the kids can read this month

The latest tomes from local authors.

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The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun: Loose at School
By Laura Murray, Illustrated by Mike Lowery
Penguin Young Readers

Meshing two popular characters of winter, the Gingerbread Man and a leprechaun, Laura Murray—along with the colorful comic-like illustrations of Mike Lowery—brings together a tale of mischief and good saving the day. Set to a rhyme children will sing, the Leprechaun is wreaking havoc in the school’s band room and is only traced by the Gingerbread Man through clues left throughout the building. (January 2018)

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Nomencreatures: Illustrated Animal Groups from A to Z
Illustrated by Mal Jones

ABC books tend to focus on the tried-and-true types of animals, but in Mal Jones’ 56-page book, young readers are given a little more. Through wonderful illustrations, Jones focuses his ABCs on the groupings of animals like a flamboyance of flamingos, sleuth of bears, army of xenopus and more, along with descriptions of the grouping and/or animals showcased. It is a book that opens up the world of nature and vocabulary.