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Talent Shows: Books For Kids

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

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

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 talent shows can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Funny Kid: Stand Up
Written by Matt Stanton
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Big Nate meets Timmy Failure in Funny Kid #2: Stand Up, the second book in an uproarious new middle grade series by Matt Stanton, Australia’s bestselling children’s book author.

Max may not be the strongest, or the smartest, or the handsomest kid in his class—but he may well be the funniest! Except when Max’s classroom joke lands flat, he suddenly becomes the Un-Funny Kid!

The only way to make everyone forget Max’s comedy catastrophe is for him to win the town talent quest with his very own stand-up comedy routine. Max is ready to bring comedy gold to his audition, but thanks to a heckling clown, Max can’t even remember his first joke!

With the help of his best friend Hugo and their feathered pet, Duck, Max thinks he has everything he needs to come up the greatest stand-up comedy routine of all time—but will it be enough? Max will need all the advice he can get to prove that he is the kid who can make everyone laugh!

Matt Stanton brings his veteran children’s book chops to this hilarious series, perfect for early middle grade readers looking for side-splitting laughs!

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Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star
Written & illustrated by Rachel Renée Russell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Nikki Maxwell enters a talent competition in this third installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling Dork Diaries series! Nikki Maxwell has been doing everything she can to keep everyone at school from learning the truth–that she’s there on scholarship in exchange for her Dad working as the school’s exterminator. When a major talent competition is announced with a school scholarship offered as the top prize, it’s the perfect opportunity Nikki has been waiting for. Can she sing and dance her way to letting her dad (and her reputation!) off the hook?

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We Will Rock Our Classmates
Written & illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Readers will twist and shout for this headbanging companion to the #1 New York Times best-selling We Don’t Eat Our Classmates.Penelope is a T. rex, and she’s very good at it. She also likes to rock out on guitar! With the school talent show coming up, Penelope can’t wait to perform for her classmates. But sharing who you are can be show-stoppingly scary, especially when it’s not what people expect. Will Penelope get by with a little help from her friends?

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Heidi Heckelbeck Is Ready to Dance!
Written by Wanda Coven & illustrated by Priscilla Burris
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Heidi bravely enters her school’s talent show, but finds she is in need of some enchanted assistance! It’s time for the Brewster Elementary Talent Show, but Heidi Heckelbeck doesn’t want to perform because she thinks she has no talent. Then Heidi finds a special pair of shoes in the attic and decides she will do a dance–but she may need a little help from her Book of Spells! With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Mrs. Lane Is a Pain!
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

With more than 10 million books sold, the My Weird School series really gets kids reading!For A.J. and the gang at Ella Mentry School, weirdness and fun are all part of the routine. In this twelfth book in the outrageously funny My Weirder School series, Principal Klutz hires a talent coach, Mrs. Lane, to help the kids prepare for the Ella Mentry School talent show. But what will A.J.’s talent be? And what happens when Mrs. Lane tries to steal the show?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.

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  • Showing Off - The Upside-Down Magic kids are back in another topsy-turvy adventure in the next installment of this New York Times bestselling series, now a Disney Channel Original Movie!Some people in school are afraid of the kids in the Upside-Down Magic class. Others just call them flops. But Nory and her friends in Upside-down Magic won’t let that stop them. Not with a school-wide talent show coming up! Except… Nory’s afraid her fluxing magic will go wonky and upset her father. Pepper is worried that her abilities as a Fierce will make all the animals in the show run wild. Bax has some extreme new magic skills, but they can also be extremely embarrassing. And Elliott suspects there’s a Sparkie spy who’s looking to uncover UDM’s talent-show secrets-and to use those secrets against them. In order to take the stage and make some magic, the Upside-Down Magic kids are going to have to band together… and find the right combination of talents to steal the show!

  • Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly) - Dreams of rock stardom take the edge off embarrassing family activities in Tom’s fourth “homework diary” crammed with doodles and stories. After receiving the shock of a lifetime – seeing his big sister, Delia, without her sunglasses on – Tom is trying to gear himself up for sports day at school. It does not help that his dad is training for the parents’ race on that day – and plans to wear bizarre cycling shorts! Meanwhile, Tom’s band, DogZombies, is supposed to play in the school talent show, meaning they’d better start practicing – a lot. It might all be worth it, though, if the absolutely brilliant band DUDE3 appears as special guests!

  • Drummer Girl - It’s talent show time at school, and eight-year-old Jasmine Toguchi is excited to show her stuff. But as she thinks about her strengths—tree-climbing, mochi making, collage—none of them feel quite right to perform on-stage. Jasmine’s friends already have a talent: Tommy yo-yo’s, Daisy dances, and Linnie plays piano. Plus, Maggie Milsap (aka Miss Perfect) is saying she’ll have the best talent. When Jasmine’s mom introduces her to the taiko, a traditional Japanese drum, Jasmine finally finds an activity that feels just right. But will she be good enough at taiko in time to beat Maggie Milsap? Join Jasmine as she discovers her talent—and the difference between being the best and trying your best.

  • Don't Tap-Dance on Your Teacher - The hilarious chapter book series about an accidental rule breaker from Katherine Applegate–Newbery Medal winning and bestselling author of The One and Only Ivan, Crenshaw, and Wishtree–returns with a fresh new look from artist Brian Biggs and bonus material!Roscoe loves to make noise and tap shoes make the best noise ever! But tap dancing? The big boys at his school say that’s just for girls. Roscoe promised his friend Emma that he would tap in the school talent show with her. When the teasing starts, will he keep his word?Roscoe and his comical misadventures will appeal to fans of Megan McDonald’s Stink series; Nancy Krulik’s George Brown, Class Clown series; Rebecca Elliott’s Owl Diaries series; and Dan Gutman’s My Weirder School series. This repackaged edition now includes Roscoe Riley’s Time-Out Activities, featuring lists, games, and more.–School Library Journal

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The Talented Clementine
Written by Sara Pennypacker & illustrated by Marla Frazee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

This New York Times bestselling chapter book series has been keeping readers engaged and laughing for more than a decade with over one million copies sold!When it comes to tackling third grade, Clementine is at the top of her game-okay, so maybe not all the time. After her teacher announces that the third and fourth graders will be putting on a talent show, Clementine panics. She doesn’t sing or dance or play an instrument. She can’t even hop with finesse. And as if that didn’t make her feel bad enough, her perfect best friend, Margaret, has so many talents, she has to alphabetize them to keep them straight? How can Clementine ever hope to compete? As the night of the big “Talent-palooza” draws closer, Clementine is desperate for an act, any act. But the unexpected talent she demonstrates at the show surprises everyone-most of all herself.

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Talent Show Scaredy-Pants
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

I have a problem. A really, really, big problem. My class is having a talent show, and I have no talent! Everyone’s excited about the first grade Grandparents Day talent show - everyone except Freddy.

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Night of the Puppet People
Written by R.L. Stine
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The infamous, Most Wanted Goosebumps characters are out on the loose and after you.Just in time for the Goosebumps movie, in theaters October 16, 2015!Ben and Jenny Renfro are terrified of puppets and they don’t know why. It’s just been a fear that the twins have shared for as long as they can remember. Yes, they are creeped out by all kinds of puppets, but especially marionettes. Something about all of those wires is extra scary.The twins are determined to defeat their class rivals by winning their school’s talent contest. And that means doing whatever it takes. Even if they have to surround themselves by the thing they hate most–puppets! But there is more to these guys than just string and glue. Something evil is hanging around. Will Ben and Jenny be able to take control?

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Positively Izzy
Written & illustrated by Terri Libenson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Award-winning comics creator and author of the bestselling Invisible Emmie Terri Libenson returns with a companion graphic novel that captures the drama, angst, and humor of middle-school life. Perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier, Jennifer Holm, and Victoria Jamieson.

Middle school is all about labels. Izzy is the dreamer. There’s nothing Izzy loves more than acting in skits and making up funny stories. The downside? She can never quite focus enough to get her schoolwork done.

Bri is the brain. But she wants people to see there’s more to her than just a report card full of As. At the same time, she wishes her mom would accept her the way she is and stop bugging her to “break out of her shell” and join drama club.

The girls’ lives converge in unexpected ways on the day of a school talent show, which turns out to be even more dramatic than either Bri or Izzy could have imagined.

Plus don’t miss Terri Libenson’s Invisible Emmie, Just Jaime, and Becoming Brianna! —Lincoln Peirce, author of Big Nate

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Girl Who Never Made Mistakes
Written by Mark Pett
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every student, teacher, and perfectionist needs to read this book about learning and growing from your mistakes! The perfect introduction to growth mindset, The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is: A growth mindset book for kidsA teacher must-have for classroomsAn educational book for ages 4-8 (and for everyone learning growth mindset!)Beatrice Bottomwell has NEVER (not once!) made a mistake. She never forgets her math homework, she never wears mismatched socks, and she ALWAYS wins the yearly talent show at school. In fact, the entire town calls her The Girl Who Never Makes Mistakes!One day, the inevitable happens: Beatrice makes a huge mistake in front of everyone!But in the end, readers (and perfectionists) will realize that life is more fun when you enjoy everything–even the mistakes.Additional praise for The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes: “Beatrice offers a lesson we could all benefit from: learn from your mistakes, let go, laugh, and enjoy the ride.”–JENNIFER FOSBERRY, New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Not Isabella”Beatrice’s discovery that you can laugh off even a very public mistake shows the importance of resiliency and helps perfectionist kids keep things in perspective. Most importantly, Beatrice reminds the reader that it’s more important to enjoy the things that you do than worry about doing them perfectly.”–A Mighty Girl”The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes is a must-read for any young (or old!) perfectionist. Beatrice Bottomwell is perfectly imperfect!”–Stephanie Oppenheim, Oppenheim Toy Portfolio”It’s fun and instructive without feeling overly didactic and the illustrations are darling.”–Parenting”This book will help little perfectionists see that making mistakes is okay, and it can be a lot of fun too!”–Kids Book Blog

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  • One Tough Chick - Annabelle has tamed the wild boys, mastered the social hierarchy of catty mean girls, and bugged out over her first school dance. But now it’s time for the school talent show. Annabelle’s been asked to be a judge. Which is perfect . . . until her friends accuse Annabelle of playing favorites because her boyfriend Oliver asked for special treatment. Can Annabelle remain an impartial judge without hurting anyone’s feelings? The trials and tribulations of middle school that make this series so relatable (and fun!) are back in full force in this book.

  • Fancy Nancy: The Show Must Go on - Nancy has her act for the school’s talent show all planned out: She and Bree will do an absolutely stupendous song-and-dance number together. But when Ms. Glass assigns partners for the show, Nancy gets paired up with Lionel. He’s the shyest boy in class! Will Nancy and Lionel be able to work together to perform one marvelous act? Or will the show go on without them?The simple text and vivid illustrations in this newest Fancy Nancy I Can Read are sure to have readers everywhere crying, Encore!

  • Chicken Dance - Determined to win tickets to an Elvis Poultry concert, hens Marge and Lola enter the Barnyard Talent Show, then, while the ducks who usually win the contest jeer, they test out their abilities.

  • Andy & Sandy and the Big Talent Show - Andy and Sandy hit the stage in this fourth book of an easy-to-read picture book series about friendship—from Caldecott and Newbery Honoree Tomie dePaola and Emmy Award–winning writer for the Muppets Jim Lewis. Outgoing Sandy convinces shy Andy to do a dance at the big talent show. The only problem? Andy doesn’t know how to dance! Luckily, Sandy is a good teacher. But when showtime finally arrives, it’s Sandy who freezes up! A true friend through and through, Andy overcomes his shyness to save the performance. Let’s give a standing ovation to friendship! Written in simple words and short, declarative sentences, this book is perfect for little ones just learning to read on their own.

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The Good Egg and the Talent Show
Written by Jory John & illustrated by Pete Oswald
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Good Egg discovers his true talent in this Level One I Can Read by the #1 New York Times bestselling duo Jory John and Pete Oswald!The talent show is today and the Good Egg is so excited. There’s just one problem. He doesn’t have an act! When the talent show starts, he accepts that he’ll be just a regular ol’ audience member. But when his friends need help on stage, the Good Egg steps up to help and discovers that being yourself and kindness deserve a standing ovation.The Good Egg and the Talent Show is a Level 1 I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts of Level One books support success for children eager to start reading on their own

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Trouble Magnet
Written by Nancy Krulik & illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

The annual talent show at Shirley S. Sugarman Elementary School is in just a few weeks, and George signs up to be a stagehand. He is determined to do a good job because the new, improved George is responsible and helpful and glad to pitch in. So is comic mayhem coming? Oh yeah, absolutely! But leave it to Nancy Krulik to devise an unexpected way for disaster to strike and bring down the curtain.

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The Talent Show from the Black Lagoon
Written by & illustrated by Jared Lee
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Take another trip to the Black Lagoon. This time all the kids have to perform in the talent show because mean Mrs. Green says so. The kids have to perform a talent for exactly a minute—in front of the whole school and their parents! SCARY! Too bad, you best talent is squirting milk from your nose. Starring in the talent show from the Black Lagoon will give any kid stage FRIGHT! But when the kids start performing, they realize how much fun it is and how talented they really are.

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The Wedding Cake Mystery
Written by David A. Adler
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Cam Jansen and her friends are volunteering at a talent show at the local senior center. They’re having fun entertaining the guests and enjoying treats donated by Ken’s Bakeshop. But during the show someone steals the wedding cake from Ken’s truck out front. Can Cam use her photographic memory to solve the mystery before the wedding? The 30th mystery in this series has Cam volunteering in her community and tracking down a thief with a sweet tooth!

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The Case of the Missing Hippo
Written by Laura James & illustrated by Emily Fox
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

This hilarious, brightly illustrated chapter book starring Fabio the flamingo detective and his sidekick Gilbert the giraffe is perfect for fans of CatStronauts and The Bad Guys. In a small town on the banks of Lake Laloozee lives the world’s greatest flamingo detective. His name is Fabio. He’s not tall or strong, but slight and pink. And he’s very, very clever. When Fabio and his giraffe associate Gilbert drop in to the Hotel Royale for a relaxing glass of lemonade (pink, naturally), Fabio is persuaded to judge the hotel’s talent contest. But when the most promising contestant–Julia the jazz-singing hippopotamus–goes missing, Fabio must put his thinking cap back on and solve the mystery! Don’t miss these other books from Laura James! The Pug series Captain Pug Cowboy Pug Safari Pug

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  • The Scrambled States of America Talent Show - Those wacky scrambled states are at it again. This time they’ve come together for a spectacular show featuring their many goofball talents. But just when the director, Indiana, is about to call SHOWTIME!, Georgia gets a bad case of stage fright and can’t perform in her juggling act. Will the show go on, or will it be curtains for Georgia and the Jolly Jugglers? This title has Common Core connections.

  • Penguin's Hidden Talent - The talent show is coming up and Penguin doesn’t have a special talent to showcase–or does he?All of Penguin’s friends are excited about the upcoming talent show, but Penguin can’t seem to figure out what his talent is. He tries juggling appliances with Bear, doing magic tricks with Rabbit, and burping the alphabet with Fox, but he doesn’t seem to be good at any of it. Stuck behind the scenes organizing, Penguin leaves the contest saddened, the only one who hasn’t received a medal. When his friends decide to throw him a party, but their festivities fizzle, Penguin discovers he might have some special skills after all as he sets to work planning them all the best party ever.Author and illustrator Alex Latimer’s quirky charm lights up the pages of this entertaining picture book about finding your true talent. Latimer’s distinctive illustrations take the story beyond the text, adding humorous touches that will keep readers laughing on every page.

  • The Spectre from the Magician's Museum - Lewis and Rose Rita have to participate in a talent show whether they like it or not. When they come up with the idea of doing a fake magic show, they decide to borrow some books on stage magic from a friend who works at a museum. After Rose Rita cuts her finger on an enchanted Egyptian scroll, she awakens the corpse of the scroll’s previous owner, Belle Frisson, who captures Rose Rita and wants to use her body to live forever. Lewis must work together with his Uncle Jonathan and neighbor Mrs. Zimmermann to rescue Rose Rita from the tomb in which she’s imprisoned.

  • Penny & Jelly: The School Show - This young and funny picture book introduces the soon-to-be star of her school talent show: Penny. Despite her desire to knock everyone’s socks off, Penny’s having a tough time deciding on what talent she might have. With a little help from her dog, Jelly, Penny tries out various talents—from dancing to unicycling, fashion designing to snake charming—with disastrous results. That is, until she realizes that she and Jelly have a talent to share that’s unlike any other. Readers of Pinkalicious and Ladybug Girl will swoon over the talent of Penny & Jelly.

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Middle School Misadventures
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In Jason Platt’s debut graphic novel, Ferris Bueller meets Calvin and Hobbes in this hilarious and embarrassing middle school caper that asks the important questions–like how long can one kid vamp before he embarrasses himself in front of his whole school? Newell is always getting into trouble–whether it’s showing up tardy for most of the year, or mocking his teachers while authoritarian Mr. Todd is standing right behind him. When disaster strikes and Newell finds himself on track to summer school, he’s given one last minute option to get out of it–participating in the upcoming Talent Show. The only problem is that he doesn’t technically have a talent to show. Yikes. In this fun and imaginative full-color graphic novel, Jason Platt sends a fast-talking, daydreaming, middle school kid on a desperate quest to pull off a great show and save his summer. This title will be simultaneously available in hardcover.

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Felix Stands Tall
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the creator of Max and Ruby comes a quiet, sweet-natured guinea pig who stands up to teasing with a tip from his bold new friend. Felix has a new best friend! With take-charge Fiona, anything seems possible, and before Felix knows it, she sweeps him into singing and dancing with her as pixies in the Guinea Pig Jubilee talent show. But right after Felix’s first-prize triumph, trouble waits in the wings. “Twinkletoes!” someone taunts, and Felix crumbles. Can he pull himself together and face down the bullies? With a little help from Fiona, can Felix find a magic key that unlocks the secret to standing up–to anyone?

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Dooby Dooby Moo
Written by Doreen Cronin & illustrated by Betsy Lewin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin’s bestselling Dooby Dooby Moo is available for the first time as an individual board book!

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My Weird School: Talent Show Mix-Up
Written by Dan Gutman & illustrated by Jim Paillot
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A new series of Level Two I Can Read titles based on Dan Gutman’s My Weird School series, which has sold more than 12 million books!Mr. Cooper’s class is having a talent show. But A.J. has a problem–he doesn’t have a talent! What will he do when the big day comes? Join A.J. and the gang from Ella Mentry School as they show young readers why they attend the weirdest–and most fun!–school around.My Weird School: Talent Show Mix-Up is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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Rock ’n’ Roll Soul
Written by Susan Verde & illustrated by Matthew Cordell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7
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  • Colors Versus Shapes - Prepare to be amazed as two teams of Colors and Shapes compete for the top prize at a spectacular talent show! Which team deserves the spotlight? Colors can really mix it up, but nobody stacks higher than Shapes. How will the judges ever pick a winner?Ultimately, author-illustrator Mike Boldt reveals the amazing things that can happen when Colors and Shapes come together. A follow-up to 123 versus ABC, this zany picture book is a fun introduction to simple but important concepts, and a stepping-stone to basic geometry.

  • Scarlet's Big Break - In book 2 of the Major Eights series, Scarlet goes solo and risks alienating her bandmates. After their Battle of the Bands competition, the girls are famous! Everyone knows who they are now–even strangers recognize them! But the attention starts to go to Scarlet’s head, and she decides to sign up for the school’s talent show as a solo artist. But what about the Major Eights? Should she really leave the band and her friends behind? With each book told from a different girl’s perspective, this series is all about girl power, diversity, and marching to the beat of your own drum!

  • Extraordinary Ordinary Ella - Ella is extraordinary. Extraordinarily ordinary, that is. Not graceful like Carmen or musical like Kenji, Ella is determined to prove herself at the school talent show. But when every attempt to find a talent falls flat and her own ordinary acts of kindness steal the show, Ella discovers just how extraordinary ordinary can be!

  • Heidi Heckelbeck Lights! Camera! Awesome! - Heidi stars in a video project for school in the twenty-fifth Heidi Heckelbeck adventure! Brewster Elementary School is going to have its very own weekly news program, and there will be a talent contest to find the perfect student host. Melanie Maplethorpe thinks she is destined to be the star of the show, but not if Heidi can help it. With a little magic from her Book of Spells, Heidi instantly becomes famous at her school, but is fifteen minutes of fame enough to make her the right person for the job? With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Heidi Heckelbeck chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

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Flip's Surprise Talent (Dolphin School #4), Volume 4
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

It’s time for dolphin school’s annual Show Off Day! It’s a chance for students to perform what they’ve learned for the whole dolphin community. Pearl and her friends Echo, Splash, and Flip are excited to come up with the best group routine ever! But they all have different interests, and they can’t agree on what to show off. Can the dolphin friends come up with a compromise, or will they end up looking silly in front of everyone?

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The Berenstain Bears and the Giddy Grandma
Written by Stan Berenstain
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Illus. in black-and-white. Brother and Sister think old people are boringuntil Grizzly Gran dons her pink tights and decides to perform herroller-skating, one-bear-band act in the big PTA fundraiser for Bear CountrySchool! Will she embarrass the cubs or will they learn that you’re never tooold to have a good time?

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EllRay Jakes Is Magic!
Written by & illustrated by Brian Biggs
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

When EllRay and his friends hear about the school talent show, they’re not impressed. They’re too old for that stuff. But Mrs. Sanchez their teacher isn’t so quick to let her students off the hook. Five students MUST try-out, and EllRay somehow ends up being one of them. Now he must figure out something he’s talented at….like, maybe magic? With some unexpected help from his dad, a scientist, EllRay begins to realize that he does have talent and brains, after all. And, most of all, that he has more in common with his dad than he thought. But now the pressure’s on to show his classmates and the whole school that EllRay IS magic

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Unique Unicorn: Book 5
Written by Whitney Sanderson & illustrated by Jomike Tejido
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9

Iris is preparing for her school’s talent show with her friends: the Dance Divas. But Iris doesn’t like dancing and would prefer to do a magic show. She’s scared to admit this though. What if her friends don’t accept her anymore? Iris fears she would be like Lyric. Lyric has always stood apart from the other unicorns. She goes into the Fairy Forest on her own. She never stays with the herd. Determined to discover the unicorn’s secret, Iris follows Lyric into the forest. Why is Lyric such a misfit? There are unicorns behind Magic Moon Stable, but no one except Iris and Ruby know they exist. As Unicorn Guardians, it is their job to protect the unicorns and their magic to keep them safe from the outside world.

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Pete the Cat: Talent Show Trouble
Written by Kimberly Dean and James Dean & illustrated by James Dean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Rock out with Pete the Cat and Grumpy Toad in this brand-new book from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator team Kimberly and James Dean. Includes over 30 cool stickers!Pete the Cat’s school is hosting a fun talent show! Pete knows just what to sign up for–playing the guitar. But when he writes his name on the list, he is surprised to see Grumpy Toad also signed up for the same talent.Join Pete the Cat and Grumpy Toad as they learn about the importance of teamwork and friendship!

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  • Toad Has Talent - Every year when Moonlight Pond freezes over, a talent contest takes place deep in the woods. Ducks dance, mice perform… But there is one animal that never competes. Toad watches the talent show from behind his rock, careful to keep himself hidden. Because Toad doesn’t have a special talent–or so he thinks! When Toad is finally discovered, he slips on the icy pond and realises he does have an incredible talent himself ice-skating! This hilarious, heart-warming, story shows the reader that you never know what you can do unless you try.

  • Minnie and Moo: Hooves of Fire - It’s a perfect day for the First Annual Hoot, Holler, and Moo Talent Festival. The sun is shining in a warm autumn sky and the stage is set. Mr. and Mrs. Farmer are away on vacation, Minnie and Moo are dressed in their togas, Elvis has his bagpipe, the hyenas their jokes, the fox his magic tricks, the sheep a protest poem, and the cash box is stuffed with money from ticket sales. A perfect day. Wait a minute . . . Where is the cash box? Why are those coyotes on motorcycles? And who pushed those Porta Potties down the hill?

  • Look What We Can Do! - Elephant & Piggie meets Narwhal and Jelly in this hilarious new early-reader graphic novel series about Archie & Reddie, two fox friends who have wild fun! In this third book, the pair are excited about entering a talent show, but will they be able to come up with a winning act? There’s a talent show happening in town today, and Archie and Reddie really want to win the grand prize: a shiny new wagon! It would be such a help with carrying their books home from the library. But if they’re going to come in first place, they’ll need a super-special act–one that no one’s ever seen before…maybe not even Archie and Reddie! Are they in over their heads, or will they be able to get their act together in time for the show?

  • Kira Dreaming - Kira Cove Public School is hosting a talent quest. Cici, Meg, and Charlie couldn’t be more ex- cited to perform, but Pippa gets butter ies at the thought of singing on stage. After a disastrous audition, can Pippa nd a way to smash her stage fright before the VIP concert?

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Carnival Chaos
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Meet the Cutiecorns, adorable puppies with magical horns who get into all kinds of enchanting adventures.Puppypaw Island is barking with excitement for the first annual Cutiecorn Carnival and Talent Show! All different kinds of Cutiecorn animals are traveling to Puppypaw Island to celebrate. Everyone is excited to make new friends, but Twinkle can see that not all animals are alike and there might be some trouble coming. Can she use her seeing magic to calm the chaos?

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The Gumdrop Ghost
Written by Carolyn Keene
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Nancy and her friends try to find out if the girl who won the talent show is really a ghost.

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Fast Break
Written by Derek Jeter and Paul Mantell
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

In the sixth book in the New York Times bestselling middle grade series inspired by the life of iconic New York Yankee Derek Jeter, young Derek bites off more than he can chew when he decides to enter the school talent show and try out for the basketball team.

Between promising Vijay that he’ll compete in the school talent show and promising Dave that he’ll try out for the basketball team, Derek Jeter has a lot he’s trying to juggle. A commitment is a commitment, and Derek is determined to work hard and try his best, but he worries he might be in over his head and fears he’s going to let his friends or himself down. How can Derek do it all?

Inspired by Derek Jeter’s childhood, Fast Break is the sixth book in Jeter Publishing’s New York Times bestselling middle grade baseball series that focuses on key life lessons from Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation.

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Sarai in the Spotlight!
Written by Monica Brown
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

The second book in the Sarai Gonzalez illustrated chapter book series inspired by the life of 11-year-old viral video sensation and social activist Sarai Gonzalez.When Sarai’s best friend suddenly moves away, Sarai has to navigate school – and the unfriendly girls in the cafeteria – all by herself. Then, new girl Christina moves to town and the teacher volunteers Sarai to show her around. But Sarai thinks Christina is not at all like her–she never wants to play at recess, she’s always got her head in a notebook and she’s so shy! But when Christina writes Sarai a spoken-word poem for her to recite at the class talent show, Sarai learns that sometimes winning teams are made from unlikely pairs!Inspired by the life of viral video sensation and social activist Sarai Gonzalez with the help of award-winning children’s book author Monica Brown.

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Name Tags and Other Sixth-Grade Disasters
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

Fun, funny, and fully heartfelt. Everyone needs true-blue friends like Lizbeth’s. SuperChicken for life. –Kristin L. Gray, author of The Amelia Six and Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge One of those books that explores difficult topics–divorce, a new school, being dubbed a weirdo–with grace and good humor. –Rebecca Petruck, author of Boy Bites Bug and Steering Toward Normal This hilarious and heartfelt gem is moving straight to my favorites shelf. –Lisa Lewis Tyre, author of Last in a Long Line of Rebels and Hope in the Holler Twelve-year-old Lizbeth always has a plan, and those plans have usually worked–until now. No matter what she tries, she can’t get rid of her dad’s new girlfriend, Claire. And when she and her mom move, Lizbeth has to join a sixth-grade class already in progress, where her teacher makes her wear a name tag and she’s seated with three notorious weirdos. When faced with mandatory participation in a school talent show, Lizbeth and the Weirdos decide to create self portraits. Reluctantly, Lizbeth finds herself becoming friends with people she thought she had nothing in common with–and coming to terms with the things she can’t control.

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