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Looking for a list of the best children's books about contests?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to contests. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about contests.

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about contests can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The View from Saturday
Written by E.L. Konigsburg
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

HOW HAD MRS. OLINSKI CHOSEN her sixth-grade Academic Bowl team? She had a number of answers. But were any of them true? How had she really chosen Noah and Nadia and Ethan and Julian? And why did they make such a good team? It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski’s team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen? It happened at least partly because Noah had been the best man (quite by accident) at the wedding of Ethan’s grandmother and Nadia’s grandfather. It happened because Nadia discovered that she could not let a lot of baby turtles die. It happened when Ethan could not let Julian face disaster alone. And it happened because Julian valued something important in himself and saw in the other three something he also valued. Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew more than she did the answer to why they had been chosen. This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories – one for each of the team members – that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.

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The Candymakers
Written by Wendy Mass
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Four children have been chosen to compete in a national competition to find the tastiest confection in the country. Who will invent a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Lightning Chew? Logan, the Candymaker’s son, who can detect the color of chocolate by touch alone? Miles, the boy who is allergic to merry-go-rounds and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy like it’s a feather? Or Philip, the suit-and-tie wearing boy who’s always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant’s perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.

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The Hunger Games
Written by Suzanne Collins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-18

Now in paperback, the book no one can stop talking about . . .In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weight survival against humanity and life against love.

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Squint
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The hero of my comic books can shoot lasers from his eyes when he squints. But it might not be enough to save the Empress. What he’ll need most of all is a friend named Diamond Girl. Flint loves to draw. In fact, he’s furiously trying to finish his comic book so he can be the youngest winner of the “Find a Comic Star” contest. He’s also rushing to finish because he has an eye disease that could eventually make him blind. At school, Flint meets McKell. She’s new girl and doesn’t seem to have trouble making friends. She does have a problem with how some of her new friends treat this boy they call “Squint.” He seems nice and really talented. He also seems like the kind of person who wouldn’t laugh at you. That’s important, because McKell has hidden talents of her own but is worried about what will happen if she shares them. Squint is the inspiring story of two new friends dealing with their own challenges, who learn to trust each other, believe in themselves, and begin to truly see what matters most.

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The Selection
Written by Kiera Cass
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-18

Fall in love–from the very beginning. Discover the first book in the captivating, #1 New York Times bestselling Selection series.Prepare to be swept into a world of breathless fairy-tale romance, swoonworthy characters, glittering gowns, and fierce intrigue perfect for readers who loved Divergent, Delirium, or The Wrath & the Dawn.For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn’t want.Then America meets Prince Maxon–and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.Don’t miss The Betrothed, a glittering royal romance sure to captivate Kiera Cass’s legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike!

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  • Don't Blink! - Think you can win a staring contest against an elephant? What about a gorilla, a cheetah, a fox, or an alligator? What about all them—AND a bunch of their other animal friends—at the same time? You’re about to find out! Whatever you do DON’T BLINK! Readers will enjoy testing their own staring skills against a vibrant assortment of characters in this interactive picture book from talented new author Tom Booth.

  • Hi! Fly Guy - When Buzz captures a fly to enter in The Amazing Pet Show, his parents and the judges tell him that a fly cannot be a pet, but Fly Guy proves them wrong.

  • The Grizzly Bear Who Lost His GRRRRR! - From the award-winning author and illustrator of Blown Away, Rob Biddulph, comes a delightfully hilarious story about a grizzly bear named Fred who loses his GRRRRR. Each year, for as long as the forest has stood, a contest is held for the bears of the wood… Fred is the champion. He’s the best. But being the best takes time and training, especially when it comes to having the loudest growl. Then, one morning, disaster strikes—Fred’s GRRRRR is gone! Oh, no! Will Fred find his GRRRRR and realize that there’s more to life than being a winner?

  • Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket - Welcome! For the first time, you are invited INSIDE Mr. Lemoncello’s one-of-a-kind Gameworks Factory in book five of the fun-filled, action-packed bestselling series from the much-loved coauthor of the I Funny and Max Einstein series! Now with a brand-new look packed with shelf and kid appeal! Far away from his magical library, everyone’s favorite game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is building something new. Something SECRET. And he’s about to let the world see it. He’ll reveal that hidden deep within the Lemoncello-tastic new building is a single ticket. A titanium ticket. Four lucky boys and girls are about to win the chance to go inside the building on a spectacular scavenger hunt that will take them through bigger-than-life live-action games–towering, skyscraper-size Jenga; dizzying real-life Chutes and Ladders; death-defying games of Rush Hour; plus ball pit moats and more! Each game will get the players closer to the titanium ticket. But the real secret? Mr. Lemoncello is thinking about his legacy, and whichever player finds the ticket will be the first to win a spot in an elite group of kids who will compete in the next books to win Mr. Lemoncello’s ENTIRE EMPIRE!

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Fox and the Jumping Contest
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fox and the Jumping Contest is a funny, surprising picture book starring Fox—a lovable modern-day trickster character—and his animal friends, from debut author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor. Fox really, really wants to win the jumping contest. He knows just where he’ll put that first-place trophy. The only problem? Fox is not a very good jumper. But he is a very good schemer. . . . Fox and the Jumping Contest is a perfect pick for readers who enjoy humorous picture books like The Day the Crayons Quit and Dragons Love Tacos.

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Shine!
Written by Chris Grabenstein
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Inspirational, commonsensical, and a whole lot of fun. –James Patterson Everyone deserves to shine in this sparkling new book from the New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Chris Grabenstein, and coauthor J.J. Grabenstein–just right for fans of Word of Mouse and The Fourteenth Goldfish. Who do you want to be? asks Mr. Van Deusen. And not when you grow up. Right here, right now. Shine on! might be the catchphrase of twelve-year-old Piper’s hero–astronaut, astronomer, and television host Nellie Dumont Frisse–but Piper knows the truth: some people are born to shine, and she’s just not one of them. That fact has never been clearer than now, since her dad’s new job has landed them both at Chumley Prep, a posh private school where everyone seems to be the best at something and where Piper definitely doesn’t fit in. Bursting with humor, heart, science, possibilities, and big questions, Shine! is a story about finding your place in the universe–a story about figuring out who you are and who you want to be.

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Cleonardo, the Little Inventor
Written & illustrated by Mary GrandPré
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Cleonardo’s father is an inventor. So was her grandfather, her great-grandfather, and all the great-greats before them. Cleo wants to be an inventor too. She tries to help her father in his workshop, but he never uses her great ideas. Can Cleo invent something big and important and perfect all by herself?

This imaginative story of a father and his daughter brings the magic of creativity to little inventors everywhere.

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Super Rabbit All-Stars!
Written & illustrated by Thomas Flintham
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Super Rabbit Boy is competing in the All-Star Games Tournament!Pick a book. Grow a Reader! This series is part of Scholastic’s early chapter book line, Branches, aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text, high-interest content, fast-paced plots, and illustrations on every page, these books will boost reading confidence and stamina. Branches books help readers grow! It’s the All-Star Games Tournament! Heroes and villains far and wide have come to play. Hero Super Rabbit Boy wants to be the top player, but with old enemies, new friends, and lots of games to play, it won’t be easy. Which all-star will be the winner? Get ready for a star-studded, action-packed adventure!

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Mia's Recipe for Disaster
Written by Coco Simon
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Mia is excited to enter a Design-a-Dress contest, but she’s pressed for time. And when she tries to finish working on her dress during a Halloween cupcake party, it’s a recipe for disaster! When Mia reads about a Design-a-Dress contest in a magazine for “budding designers ages 12-16” she is excited. But she doesn’t realize how much work designing–and sewing–a dress truly is until she starts on her contest entry. While Mia stresses out about all the work she has to do, she and Katie have an argument about, of all things, fashion preferences! Katie offers suggestions that don’t really go with the outfit Mia has in mind. And when Mia makes (what she thinks) is an offhand joke about Katie’s fashion sense, it turns into a full-blown argument. As Mia tries to finish working on her dress during a kids’ Halloween cupcake party, she realizes that kids plus cupcakes plus silk dresses plus frosting equals a recipe for disaster!

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  • Miss Brown Is Upside Down! - With more than 12 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading! In this third book in the laugh-out-loud My Weirdest School series, the Brain Games are coming to Ella Mentry School! Miss Brown will help the kids do creative projects, like building a bridge out of toothpicks and designing a remote control car. But the kids are up against some tough competition. They will have to compete against the students of Dirk School to win the grand prize: a free trip to PizzaWorld! Perfect for reluctant readers and word lovers alike, Dan Gutman’s hugely popular My Weird School series has something for everyone. Don’t miss the hilarious adventures of A.J. and the gang!

  • Heidi Heckelbeck and the Cookie Contest - Heidi Heckelbeck mixes up a magical cookie concoction in a new whimsically witchy adventure that’s perfect for beginning readers. Heidi can’t wait to enter the famous Heckelbeck Chocolate Chunk Cookies in the annual cookie contest at Brewster Elementary. But when Melanie Maplethorpe laughs and says that Heidi’s cookies are “blah,” Heidi decides they could use a little magic. The result of Heidi’s revised recipe is sure to steal the show…but wait–what’s that strange smell? The Heidi Heckelbeck series is perfect for readers who want a “grown-up” format but are not quite ready for lengthy chapter books. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race - #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein is back with the third fantastically fun, puzzle-packed MR. LEMONCELLO adventure! On your marks. Get set. Lemon, cello, GO! Everyone’s favorite game maker, Mr. Lemoncello, is testing out his new FABULOUS FACT-FINDING FRENZY game! If Kyle can make it through the first round, he and the other lucky finalists will go on a great race–by bicycle, bookmobile, and even Mr. Lemoncello’s corporate banana jet!–to find fascinating facts about famous Americans. The first to bring their facts back to the library will win spectacular prizes! But when a few surprising “facts” surface about Mr. Lemoncello, it might be GO TO JAIL and LOSE A TURN all at once! Could Kyle’s hero be a fraud? It’s winner take all, so Kyle and the other kids will have to dig deep to find out the truth before the GAME is OVER for Mr. Lemoncello and his entire fantastic empire! Filled with brand-new puzzles and games (including a hidden bonus puzzle!), this fast-paced read will have gamers and readers alike racing to the finish line because, like Mr. Lemoncello’s commercials say, IS IT FUN? . . . HELLO! IT’S A LEMONCELLO! * “An ode to libraries and literature that is a worthy successor to the original madman puzzle-master himself, Willy Wonka.” –Booklist, Starred, on Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library “Just as much of an adventure as the first.” –The Washington Post, on Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

  • Silver Spurs - Kate’s dream of owning a horse has finally happened. But now her best friend Tori has no money to buy a horse. So Kate comes up with a plan–she’ll raise money by boarding horses and hosting a show in her family’s barn. It seems the perfect solution until Melissa, the girl who disses Kate and Tori at school, shows up to board her horse, determined to compete in their show and win the silver spurs. Will their plan be ruined–or does God have something better in store for them all? Silver Spurs is a tale of overcoming fears and trusting God with your dreams.

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Flash's Dash
Written by & illustrated by Sydney Hanson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Welcome to an enchanted land ruled by unicorn princesses!Cressida Jenkins, a unicorn-obsessed girl who is sure that unicorns are real, is invited to visit, and readers will be thrilled to journey to the Rainbow Realm along with her! In each story, Cressida is called to help a unicorn princess and her sisters in a magical adventure. In Flash’s Dash, the annual Thunder Dash is approaching, and Princess Flash has opened the race to non-unicorns for the first time ever! Cressida is the first human girl invited to participate, but Ernest the wizard-lizard accidentally casts a spell that covers the race track in sticky, pink goo! Can Cressida and the unicorn princesses find a way to save the race? This magical chapter book series is full of fun, sparkle, and friendship.

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Big Nate on a Roll
Written & illustrated by Lincoln Peirce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!The third Big Nate novel in the New York Times bestselling series by Lincoln Peirce–Big Nate is on a roll!Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney says, Big Nate is funny, big time!Nate’s a big deal in his scout troop . . . until Artur–aka Mr. Perfect–joins. Now Nate’s stuck in second place. And Artur means business. Will Nate take the grand prize? Or wipe out, big time?This hilarious third novel in the Big Nate series includes a sneak peek to the fourth Big Nate novel, Big Nate Goes for Broke.Big Nate on a Roll was a 2012 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers and a Junior Library Guild selection!–Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Jeff Kinney, author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid

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Amelia Fang and the Memory Thief
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

Discover a new series for fans of Lemony Snicket, Roald Dahl and the Adams family. Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! This is the third book about Amelia Fang, a sparkly little vampire in a dark and gloomy world. Amelia and her friends are taking part in a competition to visit Pumpkin Paradise Park - the most bloodcurding theme park ever! All they have to do is sell as many cookies as possible. But the creatures of Nocturnia have begun to act stranger than usual . . . no one can seem to remember anything - including their own names or even Amelia’s big birthnight party! Where have everyone’s memories gone? And how can Amelia save them when they have all forgotten who she is?

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Little Red Gliding Hood
Written by Tara Lazar & illustrated by Troy Cummings
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Little Red Riding Hood straps on ice skates in this fractured fairy tale! A figure-skating enthusiast, Little Red has worn out her skates and must win a pairs competition to earn new ones. But who will be her partner? The Dish is already skating with the Spoon, and Hansel has Gretel. You won’t believe what big eyes, sharp teeth, and furry paws her partner has . . . all the better to spin her with!

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Joss
Written by Erin Falligant & illustrated by Maike Plenzke
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-10

In this first book of her series, catching waves on her board, Joss is all in, 100%. When the surf’s up, she pops out her hearing aid, hops on her board, and paddles into the waves. Joss is stoked to enter a surfing video contest with her surf sister Sofia and Murph the surfing bulldog. If she can master a killer aerial like the frontside air and get her brother Dylan to catch it on video, maybe she’d even have a shot at winning. But Dylan throws her a curve: he dares her to try out for the cheer team. No way – Joss can’t see herself as a cheerleader. (What’s with those ginormous hair bows, anyway?) She’s 100% surfer girl, and Dylan knows it! Still, if she takes him up on his dare, then maybe he’ll help her with her video . . . it’s worth a try, right?

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  • Fright Night - Breakout star Creepella von Cacklefur is back in another fur-raising adventure!Creepella’s father, Boris von Cacklefur, is a finalist in the Fright Night contest – Gloomeria’s prestigious poetry competition. If he can perform the most terrifying rhymes, he will be crowned Fright Night Idol! But midway through the contest, Boris mysteriously disappears. Can Creepella and her friends find him before the final round?

  • You Can Bet on That - The hilarious and bestselling series from Jim Benton continues!Jamie, Isabella, and Angeline have known each other for a long time. They’ve even become friends – whether Jamie likes it or not. But when the trio starts a friendly competition, all bets are off. The loser will be treated to a game of Dare or Worse Dare… with Isabella. (And Jamie’s pretty sure that’s like having a banana-peeling contest with a starving monkey. The monkey always wins.) What could go wrong? Probably everything. And it’s probably all that blondwad Angeline’s fault. Probably. Jamie still has no idea that anyone is reading her diary, so please, please, please don’t tell her. And definitely don’t tell her that she’s the star of her very own Dear Dumb Diary movie, available on DVD. (Her glamorous ego might not be able to handle it.)

  • The Thirteenth Knight - In the thirteenth fantastical book from The Kingdom of Wrenly series, Prince Lucas and Clara learn about the legend of the Thirteenth Knight. The elite band of knights known as the Spires are searching for a new hero to join their ranks. With only twelve knights on this team, the Spires open a competition to fulfill a mysterious prophecy. The winner of the Spires’ competition must show bravery, valor, wisdom, and heart. But finding the Thirteenth Knight might prove to be the Spires’ greatest challenge ever. With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game - It’s the biggest livestream event ever–Mr. Lemoncello is going live with his first-ever televised BREAKOUT game! Discover what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in the fourth fun-filled, action-packed adventure in the bestselling series from the much-loved coauthor of Max Einstein and I Funny! Greetings, boys and girls, gamers of all ages–are you ready to play Mr. Lemoncello’s BIGGEST, most dazzling game yet? After months of anticipation, Mr. Lemoncello is taking his games out of the library and going LIVE across the nation on the world-famous Kidzapalooza Television Network! Everyone’s invited to audition, but only a lucky few will compete in front of millions of viewers in a completely immersive live-action breakout game–with real kids as the playing pieces! Each of the winning teams must make it through five different rooms by solving a puzzle to unlock each room and BREAK OUT! But nothing is ever as it seems with Mr. Lemoncello, and the surprises in store just might stump even the game master himself. The clock is ticking! Can Kyle and his friends crack the codes in time to win Mr. Lemoncello’s ultimate game show? Don’t miss bonus content in the back of the book–including a sneak peek at the next Mr. Lemoncello, Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket! * “A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka.” –Booklist, starred review (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library)

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Get the Scoop, Geronimo!
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

For cavemouse Geronimo Stiltonoot, life is one prehistoric problem after another!Geronimo Stiltonoot and The Stone Gazette are in the running for the Stone Age Ratitzer: the award for the best prehistoric journalism! But their main competition is Sally Rockmousen, the ruthless host of Gossip Radio – and she’ll stop at nothing to win. Can Geronimo sniff out a scoop in time to defeat her?

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Stay Strong, Geronimo!
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Geronimo Stiltonord has been selected to judge the Shield Mouselet Mega Challenge, a competition of female miceking warriors. But all the contestants are so good, it’s impossible to choose just one winner! Even worse, since everyone is distracted by the challenge, the dragons launch a surprise attack! Will the micekings be able to defend their home?

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The Whispering Wars
Written by Jaclyn Moriarty
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a spellbinding tale of unlikely friendship, unexpected magic and competitive athletics.The town of Spindrift is frequented by all kinds of Shadow Mages and charlatans.It’s also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya, and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish, and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, the stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school kids are at each other’s throats.And then the Whispering Wars break out, and Spindrift is thrust onto the front lines. Children are being stolen; witches, sirens, and a deadly magical flu invade the town; and all attempts to fight back are met with defeat.Finlay, Honey Bee, and their friends must join forces to outwit the encroaching forces of darkness, rescue the stolen children, and turn the tide of the war. But how can one bickering troupe outwit the insidious power of the Whisperers?

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Brave Young Knight
Written by Karen Kingsbury & illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this picture book, Karen Kingsbury tells the story of a boy in competition with other young knights to become prince of all the land. In a series of contests and competitions, the king recognizes the brave young knight as the winner, not because he was the fastest or strongest, and not because he was smarter or more cunning than the other knights. Rather, the brave young knight is the winner because he doesn’t follow the crowd, instead making decisions based on what is right and true and in accordance with his faith. The moral of the story is that the bravest young boys are those who exhibit the strongest character.

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Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics
Written by Chris Grabenstein
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Get ready for Mr. Lemoncello’s first-ever Library Olympics and discover what James Patterson calls “the coolest library in the world” in this action-packed sequel to the award-winning, bestselling Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by the much-loved coauthor of Max Einstein! The world-famous game maker Luigi Lemoncello is at it again! This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first-ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. The competition is fierce! But something suspicious is going on . . . books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello’s library. Is someone trying to censor what the kids are reading?! Now it’s not just a game–can Mr. Lemoncello find the real champions of libraries? In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, Kyle and the others will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Let the games begin! Don’t miss the bonus content in the back of the book, including a template to make your OWN decoder wheel! And look for the puzzle-packed sequels–Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race, Mr. Lemoncello’s All-Star Breakout Game, and Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket! “A worthy successor to . . . Willy Wonka.” –Booklist, starred review (Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library) Praise for Mr. Lemoncello’s Library OlympicsAn ILA/CBC Children’s Choice “Lots of action and quirky humor.” –The Washington Post “This action-packed sequel is sure to delight.” –Booklist “Dewey like this? Of course, and so will upper-elementary and middle school readers and gamers alike.” –Kirkus Reviews

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  • Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover - Fans of Vampirina and the Princess in Black series will love Isadora Moon: half-fairy, half-vampire, totally unique–and totally ready for her first sleepover! When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house, she’s so excited. Isadora has never been to a sleepover before! They’re going to bake cakes, eat midnight snacks, and have endless magical giggles together. They may just have to stay up all night to fit it all in! Sink your fangs into all of Isadora’s adventures! Isadora Moon Goes to SchoolIsadora Moon Goes CampingIsadora Moon Goes to the BalletIsadora Moon Has a BirthdayIsadora Moon Goes on a Field TripIsadora Moon Saves the Carnival

  • You Can't Drink a Meatball Through a Straw - Find out what Hank cooks up in the seventh book of the series! Hank is nothing like his cousin Judith Ann. When she comes to stay with the Zipzer family while taking part in a junior chef competition, she gives off an air of perfection. She’s an excellent cook, and doesn’t let Hank forget it, either. But when Hank enters the competition, too, he finds out that he and Judith Ann have more in common than he thinks–and it’s not cooking!

  • Ultimate Bug Rumble - Sixteen different bugs battle it out in an epic fight! Who will be the champion?This nonfiction reader compares and contrasts 16 ferocious insects. Readers will learn about each animal’s anatomy, behavior, and more. Then compare and contrast the battling animals before finally discovering the winner!This nonfiction series is full of facts, photos, and realistic illustrations, and it includes a range of mammals, sea creatures, insects, and dinosaurs to satisfy all kinds of animal fans.

  • The Million Dollar Putt - Edward Bogie Bogard is blind, but he’s determined to master the game of golf when it turns out he has the swing of a natural player. Soon, someone mysteriously enters Bogie in a golfing tournament with a million-dollar prize.

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Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Written & illustrated by Lincoln Peirce
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-11

Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!Did you know that Big Nate, the star of the New York Times bestselling book series, is also the star of his own comic strip? This comic collection includes over 300 black-and-white Big Nate comic strips, and bonus Big Nate activities in the back!Will Nate get away with his master plan? Or will Mrs. Godfrey catch him in the act? Find out what happens next!The activities are brand-new for Big Nate fans!Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney says, Big Nate is funny, big time!

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My Autosaurus Will Win!
Written by Geronimo Stilton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

For cavemouse Geronimo Stiltonoot, life is one prehistoric problem after another!Geronimo Stiltonoot is competing in a race to Boulder Bay and back! It’s dangerous, but it will supply the village cheese maker with rare hot lava peppers, and there’s a big prize for the winner. Unfortunately, Geronimo has a lazy, slow, city autosaurus (the cavemice mode of transportation). Can he reach the finish line without going extinct on the way?

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Catching Fire
Written by Suzanne Collins
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 12-17

Suzanne Collins continues the amazing story of Katniss Everdeen in the phenomenal Hunger Games trilogy. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has won the annual Hunger Games with fellow district tribute Peeta Mellark. But it was a victory won by defiance of the Capitol and their harsh rules. Katniss and Peeta should be happy. After all, they have just won for themselves and their families a life of safety and plenty. But there are rumors of rebellion among the subjects, and Katniss and Peeta, to their horror, are the faces of that rebellion. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge.

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Beach Battle Blowout
Written by Chris Grabenstein
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

“Outrageous hijinks and nonstop hilarity–five stars!” –Lincoln Peirce, author of the Big Nate series Take a vacation in a book with this hilarious illustrated middle-grade series by Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and coauthor with James Patterson of the I Funny and House of Robots series! Welcome to the Wonderland Motel–the funnest place on earth! Contestants, start your engines! The race to be the best on the beach is on, and this year the Wonderland is FINALLY going to win! The competition is fierce! But who needs ROLLER COASTERS and JET PACKS and PIRATES when you have not one but two SECRET WEAPONS? That’s right–P.T. and Gloria, of course! Now they just need to SLEUTH OUT who the secret contest judges are and come up with enough brand-new attractions to WOW them and OUT-FUN the competition! Can they do it? Or will the Wonderland crash and burn? Anything’s possible when you live in the FUNNEST PLACE ON EARTH! Extras include P.T. and Gloria’s famous fact-or-fiction quiz and P.T.’s (Not Exactly) Patented Storytelling Tips! “So funny I fell off my bed!” –Izzy B., age 10

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Born to Rock
Written by James Patterson and Chris Tebbetts & illustrated by Neil Swaab
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-13

In the next book in James Patterson’s bestselling Middle School series, Rafe Khatchadorian’s hilarious little sister, Georgia, is back for another rollicking adventure!It’s not easy being Rafe Khatchadorian’s sister. He’s got quite a reputation around school, and Georgia’s got it hard enough as is! With a super secret crush on her classmate Sam Marks, a Rube Goldberg machine challenge to dominate, and constant confrontations with vicious Missy Trillin and her evil Princess Patrol to look forward to, Georgia can’t help but throw all her energy into the one thing that makes her happy: her kick-butt, all-girl rock band, We Stink!When Georgia’s favorite rock band, Lulu and the Handbags, advertise a major music competition where the winner gets to jam with Lulu herself, Georgia will pull all the stops to make sure We Stink wins–even if it means asking her annoying older brother, Rafe, for help! Will his crazy ideas work, or land her in serious trouble?

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  • Amy Is a Little Bit Chicken - Amy and her friends care for some chickens and prepare for the Santa Vista Quiz Bowl in the thirteenth book of The Critter Club series! Amy has never liked being in the spotlight. When all of her friends decide to form a team for the Santa Vista Quiz Bowl, Amy isn’t so sure it’s a good idea. She knows she can answer the quiz questions…but can she do it in front of hundreds of people? Meanwhile, the Critter Club is caring for a few chickens that need a home. And as the day of the Quiz Bowl gets closer, Amy starts to feel a little bit chicken herself! Will she get over her stage fright and help her team win? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

  • Marion Strikes a Pose - Fashionista Marion enters a styling competition in the eighth book of the Critter Club series–but will she regret helping out one of her competitors? Marion is so excited. There’s an upcoming kids’ fashion show for charity, and the students at Santa Vista Elementary get to style an outfit for it! Since only one design from each grade will get picked for the show, Marion knows she has to win. So she’s surprised when a girl named Olivia asks her for some style advice. Marion agrees to help Olivia, and actually has fun doing it! But problems arise when Marion realizes that Olivia has designed the exact outfit Marion had planned to present to the judges. So Marion tells a little white lie in order to get her way. At first, she is excited to impress the judges, but soon, another feeling creeps up on her. Is it guilt? Will Marion tell Olivia what she did? And whose outfit will get picked for the fashion show? Plus, Marion deals with taking care of some frogs at The Critter Club! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

  • Wizardmatch - Twelve-year-old Lennie Mercado’s grandfather, the current Prime Wizard of Pomporromp, is retiring and decides to host a tournament for Lennie and her cousins to compete to win his title, land, position, castle, and unlimited magical powers, but when Poppop introduces new rules to eliminate sibling rivalry, Lennie decides the games are unfair and makes plans to sabotage the event.

  • Heat Is On - The competition heats up in episode two of this zesty series for fans of kids’ cooking competitions! With this episode’s theme of family and tradition, from a diner challenge to a quinceañera to the farmer’s market, the junior chefs will have to sauté their way through the chewiest challenges yet. They’re the best in the nation, but can they handle the twists and turnovers week two has in store, on- and off-camera? Which junior chefs can stand the heat? And which one will need to get out of the kitchen? We are one episode closer to discovering just who will earn the title of Next Best Junior Chef. Bonus: Includes real cooking techniques for the aspiring young chef!

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Tales from a Not-So-Graceful Ice Princess
Written & illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Nikki Maxwell raises money for a local animal shelter in this fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! Nikki Maxwell isn’t at all surprised to find out that her crush Brandon volunteers at a local animal shelter–of course he wants to help those adorable puppies! And she’ll do whatever it takes to keep the shelter from closing. Nikki, Chloe, and Zoey enter an ice-skating competition to help raise money, but (big surprise) MacKenzie has to stick her nose in. Can Nikki and her BFFs still carry out their plan?

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The Best-Loved Doll
Written by Rebecca Caudill & illustrated by Elliot Gilbert
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

For a doll contest at a party, a little girl chooses to enter a doll that seems least likely to win a prize.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world–but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination. Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks–and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor. It’s then that Morrigan discovers Jupiter has chosen her to contend for a place in the city’s most prestigious organization: the Wundrous Society. In order to join, she must compete in four difficult and dangerous trials against hundreds of other children, each with an extraordinary talent that sets them apart–an extraordinary talent that Morrigan insists she does not have. To stay in the safety of Nevermoor for good, Morrigan will need to find a way to pass the tests–or she’ll have to leave the city to confront her deadly fate. Perfect for fans of the Harry Potter series and Neil Gaiman, this fast-paced plot and imaginative world has a fresh new take on magic that will appeal to a new generation of readers. “A Harry Potter-esque adventure.” – Time Magazine

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Going Places
Written & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds. It’s time for this year’s Going Places contest! Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it–and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build. Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn’t seem to be in a hurry…and that sure doesn’t look like anybody else’s go-cart! But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to cross the finish line? This sublime celebration of creative spirit and thinking outside the box–both figuratively and literally–is ideal for early learners, recent grads, and everyone in between.

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Princess Mix-Up Mystery
Written by Carolyn Keene & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

In Princess Mix-up Mystery, Nancy Drew and her friends must uncover a stinky plot at the local princess makeover beauty parlor. Who switched out the delicious-smelling Strawberry Spritz spray for one that smells like rotten eggs and turns the girls’ hair blue?

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