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New Releases for September!

Happy September! To celebrate the coming of fall, check out our new titles below. This month, we’ve got a parenting book written by a former Miss Ohio, sports books to get you pumped for the upcoming Football and Basketball seasons (including one by Cavs player JR Smith and former Knicks player Chris Smith!), and books to empower the young girl in your life.

 

Self Help

No Crown Required

By Susan Kay Wyatt

The Miss America pageant perpetuates comparison between women and an unrealistic expectation of perfection in a beauty-obsessed, high-definition world. A former contestant, Susan Kay Wyatt unpacks and deconstructs the four areas of competition of the Miss America pageant, reflects on the lessons she’s learned through her pageant experience, and reflects on how anyone from any walk of life can apply her wisdom to lead a happier, more successful life. Through personal stories that were pivotal to her self-realization, Susan Kay shares how she used this wisdom to heal her own damaged self-esteem, and ultimately, mentor her daughter to be a confident, courageous, and compassionate woman.

 

Sports

Kansas Basketball

By Jerry Draney

Kansas was one of the first states to embrace the fledgling sport of basketball, and Powhattan—a small town in northeastern Kansas—was among the first to become a basketball town. Powhattan and its high school played an important role in the evolution of the sport and the emergence of the state of Kansas as the basketball powerhouse it is today.
Drawing from primary source documents from the early days of Powhattan’s basketball program, Kansas Basketball traces the origins of the sport’s popularity in Kansas from basketball inventor James Naismith’s founding of the Kansas University basketball team to the legendary and influential coaching careers of Phog Allen, Tex Winter, Jack Gardner, and player-turned-coach and Powhattan native, Johnnie Corrigan.
This impressive curation of sports writing and historical images woven together by a man who lived it gives basketball fans of all ages an in-depth look at the origin of the sport and the birth of Kansas Basketball.

 

Children’s

A is for Atlanta

by Ryan Rivera

From SunTrust Park to the Fox Theater, A is for Atlanta takes you through the sights of this magnificent city. Whether you’re catching a Falcons game or cooling off in the Chattahoochee River, there’s something for every little Georgia Peach in your family! An expansive portrait of Atlanta life and culture, this book is a great addition to any home library!

Aggie’s Purple Hands

By Rhonda K. Gatlin

In this heartwarming tale of a family’s day making jelly, Aggie’s Purple Hands follows Aggie, a young girl making grape jelly for the first time. Through hardwork, heartwarming love, and a little messiness along the way, Aggie and her family make delicious grape jelly– and have a fun while doing it!

April the Aussie Saves a Seal Turtle

By Lynn Morgan

Learn some of the history of Naples and enjoy some beautiful landmarks in this story about April the Aussie, who explores the beautiful city of Naples, Florida with her mom.

Bella Bunny

By Nina Koch

Bella has always loved the fur she’s in, but when she starts a new dance class, she can’t help but notice that she’s fluffier than the other bunnies. Addie and the mean bunnies make fun of her, but when Bella is given the lead role in the upcoming dance recital, she has the chance to show them what she’s made of. But will she be able to take the stage?

Campus Explorers: The Search for Osceola and Renegade

By Stuart Santos and Jon Smith

Where are Osceola & Renegade? That’s the question every Seminole fan is asking today. Become an explorer as you discover the traditions of Florida State University®. Search through campus landmarks to locate the missing pair again so they can lead the Noles on to another win!

Chicken Lips

By Kristy Hamby

Who’s ever heard of a cow named Chicken Lips?! Join this special, silly cow on his quest to discover the meaning behind his name and meet some farm friends along the way!

Construction Cousins

By Nicole Hicks and Stacie Majszak
The Construction Cousins have a very special relationship with their grandparents! It’s Papa’s birthday and there’s so much to do to get ready for Papa’s party. Will the Construction Cousins learn how to work together to be ready in time for Papa’s party? Find out in this first book of the Construction Cousin series!

Do it Again!

By Ann Morris

Three-year-old Amy is off on an adventure—a sleepover at her aunt and uncle’s house! Jump into this bilingual book and join Amy on her most exciting day, all while learning another language! When you finish reading, you will no doubt want to Do It Again!

F is for Feminist

By Kim Collins

Find out by taking an inspiring tour through the alphabet, discovering what girls are really made of and just how much equality matters! Every page of F is for Feminist creates an
opportunity to have meaningful discussions with girls and boys about feminism, empowerment, and the wonderfulness of being, knowing, or raising a girl!

Finn Beloomey and His Great Big GIANT Ears

By Deena Sullivan

Finn Beloomey is a regular, happy, 7-year-old boy. Except he has GREAT BIG GIANT EARS. He starts to get made fun of by his not-so-nice neighbors, Timmy and Tammy. He comes home from school a little blue one day and then his parents teach him THE MAGIC WORDS! Will Finn use the power of the magic words to make the bullies disappear, or will Timmy and Tammy have the last laugh?

Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog: Gameday in the Carolinas

By Marnie Schneider and Goldie Grace

There’s only one thing that Freddie loves as much as football: sightseeing! Every time she and her trusty companion Fumble the Dog visit a new city, they set out to learn all about the location and its history before cheering on the home team!
It’s gameday in the Carolinas! Football Freddie and Fumble are on their way to the stadium to cheer for the Panthers. First, they’ll stop at Cape Hatteras, Kitty Hawk, and other historic locations to learn everything they can about the Carolinas. Come along and cheer with Freddie and Fumble for the Panthers!
Learn more about the Football Freddie series at footballfreddie.com!

Gimpy: Story of a Crow

By James R. Goodwin

In this story of an unlikely friendship between kids and crow, author James R Goodwin explores the dangers of bullying, the beauty of life, and the power of friendship.

HoopSmiths: Chris and JR Learn Teamwork

By Chris and JR Smith

J.R. and Chris both have dreams of playing in the NBA, but they quickly realize they can’t do it alone. Join these two brothers on their quest of commitment as they learn the value of teamwork and work toward achieving their ultimate goal!

June Bugs Everywhere

By Lisa Honeycutt

Author Lisa Honeycutt weaves fiction with fact in this adorable, rhyming tale about June bugs. See how many June bugs you can find, while learning neat facts about the bugs you love!

Leave it to Beamer Presents: The Proof is in the Pudding

by Clay Boura

Grown-ups say some confusing things. How can you have a chip on your shoulder when there are no snacks anywhere near you? Without a license or car, how is it possible to drive someone up the wall? Come along with Beamer and learn about the real meanings behind some silly sayings.

Mr. Dill Pickles

By C.T. Wendt

Mr. Dill Pickles is a green pickle. He has a rather large mustache, sunglasses, and his trusty red cape. He discovers that his cape is missing and the only clue he has is a feather. In this adventure he meets and greets friends to try and find who may fit with the feather. Can he make it through the day and find his cape?

Rico’s Cabo Adventure

By Mary Jacobs

After Cousin Rico sneaks himself into Grandfather’s trip with Big Daddy to Cabo, he and his new friend, Nacho, cause quite the commotion! Can his friend’s love and family help them have a happy ending?

Ronnie Turns Fear Into Fun

By Ingrid Hoyos

Ronnie the little rabbit is a magician with stage fright. A tale of bravery, perseverance, confidence, and family support, Ronnie Turns Fear into Fun is the most magical way to inspire confidence in any young reader!

She Shines Bright

By Jessi Rauch

Harper can do anything, and she wants the world to know that they can do anything, too! In this inspirational tale, Harper and her mom let girls and women around the world know that with hard work and determination, they can do anything!

Somebody Stole the Moon

By Steve Wachtel

Robbie and Bonchat were on the case,
And not a moment too soon!
Our detectives were in a race,
For somebody had stolen the moon!
Could the duo pass this test
Or would this mystery be too tough?
They would do their best,
But would it be enough?
Robbie and Bonchat both knew
That they were born to sleuth.
But would they come through this time?
Read on and learn the truth!

The Chuck Book: An Interactive ABC Storybook for Everyone

By Cody VandeZande

The Chuck Book is an interactive ABC storybook for everyone! Follow a day in the life of Chuck the cat as you learn about the alphabet and all the fun things words can do! Plus, after you’re done with the book, follow all the characters on Instagram to continue the fun!

The Day Oscar the Eagle Learned to Fly

By Bill Young

Oscar is a young eagle who is learning to fly. Follow along with him and his mother as she raises him, and attempts to teach him to fly by teaching him important lessons.

The Little Lost Llama

By Marie Ballard and Tracy duCharme

What’s a baby llama doing up on Pikes Peak all by himself? The winter storms are coming! The mountain’s no place for a little lost llama, but he doesn’t know the way home. In this true story, find out how the Pikes Peak community joined together to help the little lost llama find his way home.

The Sleepy Reader

By David Beck

Gnomes playing in a baseball game? Moles scurrying around a soccer field?
The possibilities are endless when Jackson’s sleepy dad reads him a bedtime story.

There Once Was a Buckeye Who Lived in The Shoe

By Stephanie Duwve

Get ready for a thrilling football season at Ohio State! In the style of a classic nursery rhyme, celebrate all of the traditions that Ohio State football games bring with Brutus Buckeye!

Tommy Learns Patience

By Kedron Holyfield

Tommy has just found out that he is going to be a big brother! He and his family are very excited. There is only one problem: Tommy doesn’t know when his little brother or sister will arrive. One thing is for sure, though…it’s going to be a long wait. Join Tommy as he figures out how to be patient while waiting for the greatest gift of all.

Tuckey The Nantucket Whale Travels the World

By Robert Cameron

Tuckey the Nantucket Whale ™ loves adventures. Join Tuckey on his biggest adventure yet as he travels to sixteen countries to visit his friends and learn about the people, places, and cultures of each country.

Tuesday Bluesday

By Angel Stull-James

Wake up and greet the U.S. Navy Jet Planes in Sunny Pensacola, Florida! Complete with bright illustrations of the Emerald Coast, paired with the feeling of excitement and wonder that is attached to the Jets when they soar by!

What’s Going Down in Prairie Dog Town

By Alan J. Bartels

Join Penny the Prairie Dog and Tyler on their journey to find Penny’s family! Learn about the many different animals that can be found on Tyler’s family’s farm and in prairie dog towns all over, including box turtles, ferrets, prairie chickens, and more! A creative tale of conservation and compassion, What’s Going Down in Prairie Dog Town is a must-read for all ages!

 

Back By Popular Demand!

God and the Bee

By Drew Dozier
Go on a journey with the little bee as he learns that something as tiny as he is has a purpose in God’s creation plan.

PAWS and THINK I am Important

By Miranda Mittleman

See the world through Weaver’s bright eyes,
With each new day valuable lessons arise.
Life is funny and can change in a blink,
So always remember to PAWS and THINK!
Today, Weaver digs up a lesson on self-importance!

PAWS and THINK We are All Different

By Miranda Mittleman

See the world through Weaver’s bright eyes,
With each new day valuable lessons arise.
Life is funny and can change in a blink,
So always remember to PAWS and THINK!
Today, Weaver digs up a lesson on being different!

The Amazing Chase

By Steve Wize
Bringing home a dog is life-changing. That was certainly the case for the family who adopted Chase, a cute, cuddly, rescue dog. This is a heartwarming tale of a family who rescued a puppy, and the impact he had on their life.

WOWsdom!: The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible

Created By Donna Orender

What happens when the WOW of girls meets the WISDOM of women? Donna Orender and her team at Generation WOW believe that when we live together and learn together, we will lead together. WOWsdom! The Girl’s Guide to the Positive and the Possible is jam-packed with letters, activities, and no-nonsense advice that celebrates the connection of the WOW of girls and the WISDOM of women. In their letters to themselves, women, men, and girls from all walks of life—artists, athletes, actors, business leaders, entrepreneurs, students, doctors, scientists, and humanitarians—share their hard-earned wisdom for girls who are seeking guidance and inspiration as they begin their personal and professional journeys. Creating a world where the leaders of today help shape and inspire the leaders of tomorrow is what WOWsdom! is all about.

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