Smithsonian Notable Books for Children 2008

Surprising, inspiring and outstanding titles for youngsters and the grownups that read to them

Yertle the Turtle, Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley and The Order of Odd Fish were among those selected as Smithsonian Notable Books for Children 2008. (Random House / Boyds Mills Press / Random House)

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The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories by Joan Aiken (Bit Mouth House, $20) In a singularly important publishing even, the first complete collection of Aiken's 24 beloved Armitage cycle of stories appears here for the first time. The family who dwells in and out of magical worlds transcends fantasy and enters the world of classic, entrancing literature. Belongs on every child's bookshelf. For all ages.

A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce (Scholastic, $17.99) The author transmogrifies the Rumpelstiltskin tale into a spellbinding novel of romance and buried secrets.


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