Children's and Middle Grade

Children's and Middle Grade

Getting your kids to read--a perpetual battle, right?  Your goal, then, is to always find the next excellent ebook in a genre they will love to read. And, what is better than finding ebooks for them that they can read on their electronic devices, such as their phones, Kindles or Nooks?  Authors in our Children's and Middle Grade genre want to help you with your kids, and they want to help you with your budget, too.  They will always offer their ebooks to you for free or discounted.

 

Definition of the "Children's and Middle Grade Genre": Children who are reading these ebooks are still at the stage of their life where they are focused inward.  They are figuring themselves out (a process that shouldn't stop just because we grow older), and so they focus what they want to read on that stage of their lives.  While characters in the Children's and Middle Grade genre grow during the stories, the growth is internal by nature. Ebooks in this genre typically focus on friendship, as children are working out what it makes to be a responsible friend to others, and what they look for in friends themselves.

 

Some bestselling ebooks in the Children's and Middle Grade genre are Katherine Applegate (The One and Only Ivan), R.J. Palacio (Wonder), Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), and Sharon Draper (Out of My Mind).

Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed

by Matthew David Brough

Darkness is falling across mystic Azdia. Soon, all of life will stop glowing with light. Soon, the trees will no longer spring to life. Even the mighty feldroes will cease to roam the forests. Already, many lumens, the shape-shifting caretakers of Azdia, have lost faith in their provider and protector, the mysterious Mr. Thicket. The only hope for the creatures of Azdia are the awaited chosen ones sent from another world called Earth.

Del Ryder and her three best friends stumble through the portal into Azdia. There they meet Crimson, a lumen full of hope, who believes Del and her friends are the ones they have been waiting for. Unwilling to accept their destiny, the children still manage to enlist Crimson’s help in what becomes a fight for their own survival. Held hostage by living trees, battered by storms, and caught in a stampede of feldroes, the darkness of Azdia blocks them at every stage of their adventure. But Del and her friends persevere, following the clues of a cryptic riddle, in the hope that it leads them home.

Del Ryder and the Crystal Seed is Matthew David Brough's debut novel. It is an adventurous ride, with fast-paced action, and colorful characters. Ideal for boys and girls, and enjoyed by adults as well, we follow Del as she grapples not only with being in a strange and fantastic world, but also with whether she can trust anyone and ultimately know what it means to be loved.

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A Place To Call Home: Toby's Tale (The Rescue Dog Tales Book 1)

by G. A. Whitmore

A Place to Call Home is the heartwarming and inspiring story of an abandoned white German shepherd puppy named Toby and his cross-country search for a forever home. Narrated in part by the animal characters in the book, the reader experiences Toby's world through his eyes and those of the animals he meets on his journey.  

Toby's life begins on a farm where the carefree, happy days he has known come to an abrupt end when his breeder decides to "dispose" of him and his sister Tara because of the color of their fur. With the help of a kind farmhand, the two puppies escape unharmed. 

After a tumultuous time during which Toby is shuffled from place to place, he is finally adopted, but he quickly realizes his new family has deep-seated issues that put him in danger, and what seemed like an ideal home, turns into another place he must escape from.

As Toby struggles to find a forever home where he can feel safe and secure, he experiences some painful losses, but he also makes new friends--friends who will help him to trust humans again and teach him the power of love.

Inspired by a true story, this middle grade/young adult novel can be enjoyed by dog lovers of all ages.

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Hieroglyph (TC's Adventures Book 1)

by WJ Scott

“Did Ancient Egyptians visit Australia?”

13 year old TC has a secret. No one knows she possesses a supernatural power.
Can TC help her Uncle Max, an archaeologist; unearth enough evidence that Ancient Egyptians visited Australia, before he’s discredited in the media by those that want the past to stay buried?

“Some would say that I have a gift, but to me it’s always been a curse. Before I changed my mind, I tugged off my gloves and whipped my head left and right, checking to see that no one was watching. I sucked in breath and steadied my nerves then thrust my hands against the stones and touched one of the cartouches. Time and place ripped away.”

An enthralling archaeological mystery, mixing the supernatural with humour and suspense.

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The Imperfect Kid

by Ann Writes

"When you were born, your parents thought you were PERFECT." Says Danny. "You drank milk perfectly. You pooped your diapers perfectly. You burped perfectly. You farted perfectly. You cried perfectly. You giggled perfectly. You were, in short, the most perfect baby ever - without even trying!"

How did you go from being the Perfect Kid to The Imperfect Kid?

How did you go from doing everything perfectly, to being an ImPerfect Kid who can never be Good Enough?

"Blame the Competition," says Danny. "The problem with parents is, they're always comparing you with other kids. And that sort of thing can lead to disappointment...Unless you're smarter and better-looking than all of your friends, as I am..."

How can You stop being The ImPerfect Kid and be Perfect again?

12-year old Danny knows the secret - and he's about to share it with you!

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Children's Book: The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow

by A. M. Marcus

Teach your children the important skills of anger management and how to deal with bullying!  Often child behavior problems are about kids struggling to manage their anger while attempting to find their inner peace. Oppositional behavior, disrespect, conflict and aggression can often be decreased by helping kids learn how to handle these issues better. This illustrated story will give you the tools to help your child with anger management through finding his inner peace.

This inspiring fable tells the story of two animals - The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow in which the crow tries to annoy the lion in countless ways.

  • Will the crow manage to finally get the lion angry or upset?
  • Will the crow give up?
  • Can the lion manage to stay calm and peaceful or will he get angry at last?

When two such distinct animals as The Peaceful Lion and the Nagging Crow interact with each other, the result is a story with a lesson worthy of reading by all mankind. How to achieve inner peace and the realization that external forces can disrupt that peace or even forbid it are the two lessons which are cradled in this beautiful illustrated story by Assaf Marcus.

This book will help you to teach your children an important social skill that can make their life much happier. It also provides parents, teachers, and counselors with an entertaining way to teach children the skills to manage their anger ,reach inner peace and serenity, best expressed in this inspirational quote of Don Miguel Ruiz.

This well-written and inspiring story, delivers easy-to-digest education complemented by vibrant, delightful illustrations.

This story may be ideal for reading to your kids at bedtime and enjoyable for the whole family as well! It is suitable as a read aloud book for preschoolers or a self-read book for older children.

*** This children's book feature Kindle Text Pop-Up for reading text over vivid, full-color images (double tap on the text).

 

 

 

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Children's Book: The Other Side

by A. M. Marcus

Teach Your Children to Appreciate What They Have

Many people want what others apparently have, all while overlooking the possessions they have and the characteristics they possess. This story teaches your child to appreciate what they have, and not worry so much about what others possess.

Adam is a poor boy who lives with his mother and ill father. Always busy with chores, he finally gets a day off, and his mother tells him to make the most of it. Living on a hill, Adam notices a house from afar that has windows that shine like gold. Adam decides to venture to the house, and wonders what he’ll find.

  • Who lives in the house?
  • Are they better off than Adam’s family?
  • Is there a lesson for Adam to learn?

This story teaches the value of appreciating what you have. Adam thinks the house he’s going to is better than his, but is it? Your kid will soon discover that the grass isn’t always as greener on the other side. To quote Albert Camus, “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” Your children will soon learn that they possess what others have, even though they don’t know it.

The Other Side is perfect for story time, or for your kids to read on their own. Its colorful illustrations and easy language will keep your children interested, and its lesson is one that both children and adults can learn from, as desiring something that someone else has happens at any age.

The lesson of this book is best expressed in this inspirational quote by C.S. Lewis :"What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing."

The Other Side is a charming and encouraging bedtime story for the entire family. The book is also a wonderful resource for teachers and counselors who wish to share the importance of appreciating what you have.

The book contains vibrant, engaging illustrations and a simple yet inspiring lesson that is easy to digest.

*** This children's book features Kindle Text Pop-Up for reading text over vivid, full-color images (double tap on the text).

Scroll back up and show your kids what’s on The Other Side

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Sam's Top Secret Journal: Book Two-Sam's Secret Island

by Sean Adelman

Sam is an eight-grade girl living a regular life, enjoying her family, school and traveling. She doesn't feel different but sometimes others treat her differently because she has Down syndrome.
Sam's private journal chronicles what begins as a summer vacation...and turns into a brand new adventure, filled with friendship, mystery and a secret island. Dr. Sean Adelman crafts this second book in the series with themes of diversity, acceptance and growing up. Readers will laugh, learn and hold their breath along with Sam as a simple stay at the beach becomes more exciting than she ever imagined.

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The Orphanage of Miracles (The Kingdom Wars Book 1)

by Amy Neftzger

Perhaps everyone could use a miracle, but very few will find the one they truly need.

Amid a war torn land, hidden deep within an enchanted forest, hides an orphanage where miracles abound. It s a magical place built by a resolute king who is determined to defeat an evil sorcerer waging bitter war against his people. Victory just might take a miracle, and so the orphanage may very well hide the key to winning the war.

A young girl named Kelsey also desperately needs a miracle. She embarks on a quest to find the mysterious and hidden orphanage. Along the way she s joined by several traveling companions, including an over-sized snow leopard and a boy who cannot speak. In a land enchanted, it's difficult to know the difference between what's real and what isn't ... and what a true friend looks like. Join Kelsey and her companions as they embark on an extraordinary adventure and a quest unlike any other.

The Orphanage of Miracles is a work of fiction that examines the concept of miracles and what it takes to find or make the one you need.

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YOUNGTIMER: TIME FLIES

by G. G. FULTON

A TIME MACHINE IN THE HANDS OF A 12-YEAR-OLD!

WHAT. COULD. POSSIBLY. GO. WRONG?

Best friend's Carly and Patti are happy to have the summer off from school, and are determined to make the most of it.

Carly's time machine is calling their names!

In between saving her "only" brother, Brad, from a difficult situation involving a 6'6", 275 pound linebacker, and a run in with the school drama queen, Carly and Patti are off on more great adventures as they carry out Carly's big plans: I Heart Grampa; Time Flies; Extra Extra Hunger; and De-Bully Lulu.

Come along for the ride to non-stop fun and adventure.

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Classics on Stage: A collection of plays based on children's classic stories

by Julie Meighan

Classics on Stage is a collection of ten plays adapted from popular and cherished works of children’s literature. This is a unique collection of scripts that will entertain and educate readers. The plays are written with a sense of fun, which will engage and delight children of all ages. The plays in the collection are:
The Wizard of Oz
Alice in Wonderland
How the Leopard Got His Spots
How the Elephant Got His Trunk
The Happy Prince
The Selfish Giant
The Canterville Ghost
Peter Pan
Pinocchio
Around the World in Eighty Days

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Angels Club (One Kid, One Horse, Can Change the World)

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Hola, Cuties! I’m Jacinda Gonzalez, almost twelve. Although I think I’m pretty nice, not to mention way cool and one of the most knowledgeable people in all things horse, I just can’t make any friends in my new school. The only things flying my way are totally rude insults. The horseback riding therapy farm where I volunteer becomes my perfect escape from mean bullies. And when Angel, a scrawny, muddy American Curly, shows up as rescue, no one but me can see her potential and lovableness, so I take her on as a project horse to get her ready for sale. But, the thing is, I don’t want them to sell her. She’d be so perfect for therapy. So perfect. Now, if only I could prove it.

Anyway, Angel’s sugar-candy personality inspires me to be sweet in spite of bad things happening to me. So, of course, I can’t resist the urge to make the world a whole lot brighter. Come on in and see how I do it!

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Santa Claus vs The Aliens

by james cardona

In this fast paced, Children’s holiday science fiction adventure, Edwin, a fourteen year old and an odd character dressed as Santa Claus attempt to stop aliens and save the planet in 1950’s Manhattan.
When Edwin cuts his finger, dripping a few drops of blood onto a bone-colored tracking device he becomes a target of a group of aliens that think he holds the secret to the human race’s defeat. The only person who seems to know what to do is a fat man wearing a Santa Claus suit and he somehow seems to know just a little too much.
Who is he and why does he know so much? Where did the aliens come from and what are they after? Can a Fourteen year old wandering the cold, empty streets of Manhattan late on Christmas Eve and an odd character dressed as Santa Claus stop the aliens, save the planet and discover the true meaning of Christmas?

Readers are calling it “packed with humor, action” and “adventure” and “intelligent and thoroughly enjoyable.” Grab hold of this children’s science fiction Christmas adventure and take a wild ride.

One day, Edwin’s father, Fundy, witnesses a strange object falling out of the sky. When he realizes a person is in it, he helps the red suited man pull his strange vehicle out of the muck with his horse, Paulo. As Santa flies off, he accidentally drops his ring.
After his encounter with the strange man, Fundy and his wife move to the United States, hoping to find happiness, but instead they eventually get divorced, placing Edwin in a children's home when neither of them could take care of their son. When Edwin is dropped off at the children’s home, Fundy gives his son his most prized possession, the Santa’s ring.
Several years after his divorce, Fundy has remarried, has a little girl, acquired a decent job, and wishes for Edwin to come back home. Whether for rage or guilt, Edwin cannot bring himself to do this. He feels as though his home is no longer his own, as if a strange woman is living there. Edwin knows that he will no longer see his father and actual mother together ever again, but it's just not right to him.

Called, “an absolute gem of a story aimed at our 8 -10 yr olds,” it brings “a wonderful slant to a timeless classic” that seems to have always lived around Santa Claus and the gift of Christmas, bringing us closer to that Original Christmas.

As the aliens chase Edwin through the cold, dark streets on Christmas Eve, steadily getting closer and closer, you will run with Edwin as he tries to determine what in the world is going on? Who are those people that are chasing him? Why does Santa seem to know about Edwin being tracked?
Amid the dashing through a city to escape strange people chasing him, our hero discovers things about himself that he has never known and learns just how valuable family really is.  During the fight between Edwin, Santa Claus and the aliens, our hero learns just how much difference loyalty and friendship can make and that family values are the real gifts that Christmas brings.

A holiday Christmas tale about a dysfunctional family coming together married to a science fiction adventure involving an alien scouting party prior to a full scale alien invasion, this one is sure to please middle grade students and adults alike. Set in a 1950’s Manhattan, the book has a retro feel but the situations and family conflicts are timeless. A brisk, fast paced and entertaining novel that constantly engages the reader with new developments, Santa Claus vs the Aliens is full of tense situations interspersed with fun, laughs and comedy.

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Its A Dogs World (Name That Doggy): Dog Book for Kids

by Speedy Publishing

The best method for getting a child to engage in learning is to give them subjects that they are already interested in and use it as a vehicle to teach them. It could be a favorite book or even a pet. Therefore, if they are interested in picture books, the books that contain dogs can be used to develop their imagination. At this point, a parent or teacher can ask them to imagine stories about the dogs that appear in these books.

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Interstellar Space Journey: Space Book for Kids

by Speedy Publishing

The latest movie about traveling between galaxies has sparked many people's interest in its potential. Unfortunately, the film is not really designed for a child's mind. Thus, a book about interstellar space exploration can help them see how wondrous the idea is for mankind. It may help push them in a direction of work or passion that they never considered before. Young minds need inspiration, and a story about the stars may push them that way faster than ever before.

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Insecto-Pedia (Insects Of The World): Insects, Spiders and Bug Facts for Kids

by Speedy Publishing

Have you ever watched a child play outdoors? If you have then it is a certainty that you have seen them play with all the creepy crawly there are around. Children seem to be drawn to the world of insects. An Insecto-pedia world picture is the perfect way for your child to see that there are more insects in the world than just the ones in your back yard. You can sit your child down and explore the world with them. See the excitement on their face as they see all the colorful insects that they have never seen before.

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Frogs Being Froggy (Frogs of the World)

by Speedy Publishing

A picture book about frogs can work wonders for a child's imagination. The child will leave the book with a deeper understanding about frogs and can then go and imagine what life is like for frogs. If children are prompted to, then they can draw or write about what life might be like for frogs. They may even make up stories with frogs in them. Children have rich imaginations and a picture book about frogs will only feed that imagination.

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Flipperrific Big Book Of Big Fish (Whales, Dolphins etc)

by Speedy Publishing

When children look at fish in a nature book, they will see that there are beautiful colors and shapes of the various fish that live in oceans and lakes. They can use their imagination to create their own fish to put in a different habitat or one that eats other types of food than fish normally eat. Children can make aquariums at home with real fish that they get at a pet store so that they can see how they live in a habitat with water.

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Fifty+ States Of The USA In Living Color

by Speedy Publishing

Knowing where a person lives is a vital part of growing up and understanding the world in general. By allowing a child to see an illustrated book containing the 50 states in the USA, the child will learn not only about his or her own state, but about neighboring states. This allows them to further understand the world outside of what they know, but prepares them for school and understanding the importance of knowing where one lives. Instead of only giving paragraphs and text, the book shows pictures of the USA and present information in an easy to understand way.

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Fastest Animals Of The World: Super Fast Animals

by Speedy Publishing

Children are often intrigued by certain characteristics of animals. Because of this, children that are interested in fast animals will be more engaged in activities involving their favorite speedy animals. At this point, a children's book about fast animals can be used as a tool for imaginative purposes. The children can be asked questions about the subjects of the children books and then asked to give scenarios and stories about what they think the animals are doing.

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Famous Inventors & Inventions: Children's Books (Books For Kids Series)

by Speedy Publishing

Famous inventors and the inventions they develop is a fascinating area of historical study that is usually far too advanced for young children. However, a Famous Inventors & Inventions Picture Book breaks that information down in a way that is interesting and engaging to young boys and girls. Instead of pages and pages of text that makes no sense to them, children can see a picture of the inventor alongside the invention they created. This helps to begin laying the foundation for this knowledge in children at a young age and may even spark their interest and imagination in this area.

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