Books published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Antoinette

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 21, 2017 | 40 pages
Antoinette—a very special poodle—learns to follow her heart and be herself in this charming companion to Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson’s beloved Gaston. Antoinette’s three burly brothers each have a special talent. Rocky is clever. Ricky is fast! And Bruno is STRONG. Mrs. Bulldog... More Info

The Youngest Marcher

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | January 17, 2017 | 40 pages
Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this moving picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard... More Info
$23.99

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 13, 2016 | 40 pages
With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of an iconic, one-of-a-kind toy: the Slinky! One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s... More Info

The Snurtch

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 30, 2016 | 40 pages
"Ruthie has a problem at school. It is the Snurtch. The Snurtch is a scribbly, grabby, rude monster who follows Ruthie around and gets her into all sorts of trouble. It seems Ruthie will never be rid of the Snurtch. But eventually, she realizes she's not the only one... George has one too"--  More Info
$25.99

Be the Change

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 30, 2016 | 48 pages
In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeuously illustrated by Evan Turk. At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset,... More Info

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 3, 2016 | 112 pages
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The Sword in the Stove

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 1, 2016 | 40 pages
"A quirky picture book in the spirit of Monty Python about two bumbling knights who keep finding objects in a stove (a sword, a shield, a helmet)...objects that ominously belong to their missing friend Harold"--  More Info

Imagine a Day

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 1, 2005 | 40 pages
Imagine a day when your swing swings you higher than the highest treetops. Imagine a day when you can ride your bike up a path of falling leaves into the very tree they are falling from. Imagine a day when you release a handful of blue balloons into a cloudy, gray sky to create a postcard-perfect... More Info

The Chicken Squad

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 29, 2015 | 112 pages
They might be chicks, but they sure aren’t chicken, and they’re on a mission. And on this, their first (mis)adventure “in this delightful spinoff of the J.J. Tully series” (Kirkus Reviews), the Chicken Squad launches a galactic backyard expedition. Meet the Chicken Squad: Dirt, Sugar,... More Info

A Pocket Full of Murder

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 8, 2015 | 352 pages
A determined young girl joins forces with an adventure-loving street boy to solve a magical murder mystery—and save her father’s life—in this action-packed novel with classic mystery appeal. In the spell-powered city of Tarreton, the wealthy have all the magic they desire while the working... More Info

Sail Away

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 1, 2015 | 40 pages
A celebration of mermaids, wildernesses of waves, and the creatures of the deep through poems by Langston Hughes and cut-paper collage illustrations by multiple Coretta Scott King Award–winner Ashley Bryan. The great African-American poet Langston Hughes penned poem after poem about the majesty... More Info

A Shiloh Christmas

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 22, 2015 | 256 pages
A rescued beagle and his boy owner seek love and understanding for their troubled small town in this holiday companion to the Newbery Medal–winning Shiloh, from Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. Christmas is coming and Marty and his rescued pup Shiloh are sure glad about that—for their town is sure low... More Info

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho!

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 22, 2015 | 40 pages
Santa comes to the barnyard in this holiday addition to the award-winning Click, Clack series from the New York Times bestselling and Caldecott winning team who brought you Click, Clack, Moo and Click, Clack, Peep! It’s the night before Christmas and all through the farm, not a creature is... More Info

Simon's New Bed

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 25, 2015 | 32 pages
Simon’s new dog bed has been claimed by…a cat?! Laughter, scheming, and cuddles ensue in this fun naptime tale you’ll want to share, from debut author Christian Trimmer and illustrator Melissa van der Paardt. Simon’s been looking forward to trying out his brand-new dog bed all day. He may... More Info

Firefly Hollow

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 18, 2015 | 304 pages
Firefly. Cricket. Vole. Peter. Can four creatures from four very different Nations help one another find their ways in the world that can feel oh-so-big? Delve into this lush, unforgettable tale in the tradition of Charlotte’s Web and The Rats of NIMH, from the author of the New York Times... More Info

Frindle

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 1, 1998 | 112 pages
From bestselling and award-winning author Andrew Clements, a quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words that will have readers inventing their own words. Is Nick Allen a troublemaker? He really just likes to liven things up at school -- and he's always had plenty of... More Info
$6.99

Violet Mackerel's Remarkable Recovery

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 5, 2013 | 128 pages
In this irresistibly charming chapter book, the charismatic Violet Mackerel knows how to stay upbeat—even when her throat feels as if there’s a cactus in it! Seven-year-old Violet Mackerel has a new theory: If someone has a problem and you give them something small, like a feather, or a pebble,... More Info

Also Known as Elvis

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 14, 2015 | 304 pages
Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits. Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn’t looking forward to this summer in Paintbrush Falls. While his best friends Bobby, Joe,... More Info

I Don't Like Koala

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 14, 2015 | 40 pages
What’s not to love about a cute, cuddly...creepy toy koala? This is the story of a boy and the stuffed animal he just can’t seem to shake. Adam does not like Koala. Koala is a little creepy. Adam tries explaining this to his parents. He tries putting Koala away—far away. He tries taking Koala... More Info

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 7, 2015 | 192 pages
This irresistible illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret mission! Eeny meeny miney mo, That babysitter’s got to go. Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that they... More Info

Yeti and the Bird

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 24, 2015 | 32 pages
Even hairy, scary monsters need friends! This heartwarming tale of unlikely playmates features bright artwork and a sweet message from the author-illustrator of Hey, Presto! and Good Little Wolf. Deep in the forest lives the biggest, hairiest, scariest yeti anyone has ever seen. And he is also the... More Info

Zombie in Love 2 + 1

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | December 30, 2014 | 32 pages
Mommy, Daddy, and a new baby makes three! A heartwarming—and hair-raising—tale of undead parenting from the bestselling author and illustrator of Zombie in Love, which Kirkus Reviews called “clever and delightfully gross.” Happily married zombie couple Mortimer and Mildred are thrilled to... More Info

The Wainscott Weasel

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | November 11, 2014 | 208 pages
True love, undying loyalty, and a daring rescue fill the pages of Tor Seidler’s beloved tale, rightfully compared to Charlotte’s Web by The New York Times. Bagley isn’t your typical trouble-making weasel—and he doesn’t mind if his non-weaselly ways prompt teasing from his friends. For... More Info

Mean Margaret

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | October 7, 2014 | 176 pages
Unconditional kindness is the key in this National Book Award Finalist from the author of The Wainscott Weasel about nontraditional families, adoption, love—and a little peace and quiet. Margaret is a mean, cranky human toddler from a family of nine. She is such a pain that her beleaguered... More Info

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | October 7, 2014 | 56 pages
When a king’s pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a GIANT plan to save the kingdom—a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce and Moonbot Studios, the masterminds who brought you The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. You might think you... More Info

The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 30, 2014 | 112 pages
The Chicken Squad is back for their second (mis)adventure, and this time they’re solving the mystery of a kidnapped…HOUSE? A hilarious chapter book from the bestselling author of Click, Clack, Moo and The Trouble with Chickens. Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy are the four members of The Chicken... More Info
$6.99

Violet Mackerel's Pocket Protest

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 2, 2014 | 128 pages
In this sixth story of the Violet Mackerel series, Violet and Rose start a very small protest to make a very big impact. Violet and Rose have shared their best secrets under the big oak tree in Clover Park. And they have found some very good small things there too. So when Johnson’s Tree Services... More Info

Half a World Away

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 2, 2014 | 240 pages
A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he’s an “epic fail.’ That’s why his... More Info

Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 40 pages
Alexander tries his hand at behaving in this hilarious companion to the bestselling classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Last night somebody ate a whole box of jelly donuts. That somebody woke up with a terrible bellyache, and that somebody’s mom found the empty... More Info

Moses

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 48 pages
Meet Moses, an orphaned elephant baby from Malawi, Africa, who is curious, loving, and full of mischief! This nonfiction picture book bursts with fun facts and adorable photographs. Moses is a little elephant who lives at the Jumbo Foundation, a home for orphaned animals in Africa. Like all... More Info

Hug Machine

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 26, 2014 | 40 pages
Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale. Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED! This endearing story... More Info
$6.99

Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 28, 2012 | 112 pages
Introducing Violet Mackerel, a charismatic new chapter book star with a zest for life and an endearing, relatable voice akin to Ramona Quimby and Junie B. Jones. Violet is a seven-year-old with a knack for appreciating the smallest things in life: her “Theory of Finding Small Things” states... More Info

Lulu's Mysterious Mission

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 8, 2014 | 192 pages
This irresistible third illustrated chapter book starring Judith Viorst’s Lulu is full of hilarious hijinks, delightful twists, and a top-secret mission! Eeny meeny miney mo, That babysitter’s got to go. Lulu has put her tantrum-throwing days behind her. That is, until her parents announce that... More Info

Lulu Walks the Dogs

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | March 11, 2014 | 176 pages
Feisty Lulu sets out to make some dough in this illustrated chapter book with “plenty of appeal” (Kirkus Reviews) from children’s book legends Judith Viorst and Lane Smith. The stubbornly hilarious Lulu has decided it’s time to buckle down and earn some cash. How else can she save up enough... More Info

Grandfather Gandhi

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | March 11, 2014 | 48 pages
Mathama Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace. How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger? One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family... More Info

I Lived on Butterfly Hill

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | March 4, 2014 | 464 pages
An eleven-year-old’s world is upended by political turmoil in this searing novel from an award-winning poet, based on true events in Chile. Celeste Marconi is a dreamer. She lives peacefully among friends and neighbors and family in the idyllic town of Valparaiso, Chile—until the time comes... More Info

Bird

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | January 28, 2014 | 304 pages
Entrenched secrets, mysterious spirits, and an astonishing friendship weave together in this extraordinary and haunting debut. Nothing matters. Only Bird matters. And he flew away. Jewel never knew her brother Bird, but all her life she has lived in his shadow. Her parents blame Grandpa for the... More Info

If Dogs Run Free

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 3, 2013 | 40 pages
An illustrated version of the Bob Dylan song that asks the question "If dogs run free, why not we?"  More Info

Click, Clack, Boo!

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | August 27, 2013 | 40 pages
Farmer Brown does not like Halloween, but the animals hold a Halloween party in his barn.  More Info

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | July 23, 2013 | 384 pages
Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this tale from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt. Raccoon brothers Bingo and J’miah are the newest recruits of the Official Sugar Man Swamp Scouts. The opportunity to serve the Sugar Man—the massive creature who... More Info

I Am the World

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | July 9, 2013 | 48 pages
From the Coretta Scott King Award–winning photographer of My People, an illuminating pairing of poetry and portraits depicts the splendor of our global community. I am the world. I am strong. I am the spirit of generations gone. The children of our world come in many colors, shapes, and sizes.... More Info

SPF 40

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | June 4, 2013 | 128 pages
A great band does more than make music—it makes a difference! This Zebrafish adventure shows that doing good can make a splash and be a rockin’ good time. Zebrafish has disbanded, at least for the summer, but the ex-band members can still improve the world in their own way. Vita is figuring out... More Info
$6.99

Violet Mackerel's Natural Habitat

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | May 21, 2013 | 112 pages
Violet is back with a little bit of helpfulness and a whole lot of heart in this third book of the effervescent Violet Mackerel series. Violet is the smallest in her family, and has a special affinity for Small Things everywhere. So when she finds a tiny ladybug in the garden, she expects she knows... More Info

Who Is AC?

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 16, 2013 | 176 pages
In this breakthrough graphic novel from the award-winning author of Mercury, there’s a new superhero in town—and she’s got kick-butt cyberpowers. Meet Lin, a formerly average teenage girl whose cell phone zaps her with magical powers. But just as superpowers can travel through the ether, so... More Info

The Milk of Birds

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | April 16, 2013 | 384 pages
This timely, heartrending novel tells the moving story of a friendship between two girls: one an American teen, one a victim of the crisis in Darfur. Know that there are many words behind the few on this paper… Fifteen-year-old Nawra lives in Darfur, Sudan, in a camp for refugees displaced by the... More Info

Troublemaker

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | February 19, 2013 | 176 pages
Once a troublemaker, always a troublemaker? A reputation proves challenging to change in this “rock-solid school story” (Publishers Weekly) from Andrew Clements. Clayton Hensley is accustomed to trouble: There’s a folder of incident reports in Principal Kelling’s office that’s as thick as... More Info

Peace

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | January 29, 2013 | 40 pages
This lavish and lyrical picture book based on the Tao Te Ching ponders the eternal question: How can we bring peace to the world? Radiating tenderness and reflecting the influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where... More Info

About Average

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | July 24, 2012 | 128 pages
Can average be amazing? A girl challenges herself to become extraordinary in the latest from bestselling author Andrew Clements. Jordan Johnston is average. Not short, not tall. Not plump, not slim. Not blond, not brunette. Not gifted, not flunking out. Even her shoe size is average. She’s... More Info

Waiting for the Magic

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | September 18, 2012 | 176 pages
People may drift apart, but love can hold them together. A touching tale of pets and family told in the “venerable spare and moving style” of Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan, author of Sarah, Plain and Tall (Booklist). When William’s father leaves, his mother promptly goes out and adds... More Info

Addie on the Inside

Atheneum Books for Young Readers | July 24, 2012 | 240 pages
The Gang of Five is back in this third story from Paintbrush Falls. Addie Carle, the only girl in the group of friends is outspoken, opinionated, and sometimes…just a bit obnoxious. But as seventh grade progresses, Addie’s not so sure anymore about who she is. It seems her tough exterior is... More Info

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