Hershel arrives in town just in time for the first night of Hanukkah, expecting the townspeople to greet him with latkes, and the flame on the first candle of the menorah to be dancing brightly. But Hanukkah has been canceled! Troublesome goblins have taken possession of the synagogue and blown out the menorah candles. Hershel of Ostropol vows to save Hanukkah and plans to outsmart the goblins. Will Hershel be able to save the Festival of Lights? Re-visit the beloved holiday classic and Caldecott honor book, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins (Holiday House, $17.95) in this special 25th anniversary edition by author Eric Kimmel. Brought to life by Trina Schart Hyman’s detailed illustrations, this re-issue is not to be missed.  Ages 5-9. KLG
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ISBN: 9780823431946
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Published: Holiday House - August 31st, 2014

Soccer is arguably the most popular sport in the world, with players and leagues from Brazil to Nepal all trying to make a Goal! (Holt, $17.99). Author Sean Taylor travels from country to country, using Caio Vilela’s photographs to illustrate how different children play the sport all over the world, with whatever they have on hand. While many kids use the traditional ball, some make do with round fruits, and sticks and rocks stand in nicely for goal posts. Taylor’s exploration of soccer also provides the basic rules and some interesting history of the game, perfect for the burgeoning World Cup star in your household. Ages 4-7. Kasie Griffitts

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By Sean Taylor, Caio Vilela (Photographs by)
ISBN: 9781627791236
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 6th, 2014

Annika Riz, Math Whiz (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $15.99) just cannot get enough of numbers and word problems. She absolutely adores figuring things out mathematically. She loves math so much she even names her dog Prime. And when there is a math contest at school involving the popular number game Sudoku, third-grader Annika is determined to win and be the one to send the lovable principal into the dunk tank as her reward. However, first, Annika must best her clever classmate, fellow math enthusiast Simon. With high jinks and humor, Claudia Mills’s second book in the Franklin School Friends series (following Kelsey Green, Reading Queen) is sure to entertain. Ages 7-10. Kasie Griffitts

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By Claudia Mills, Rob Shepperson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780374303358
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - May 13th, 2014