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By Sarah Cavill, Contributing Writer

It’s widely known that reading offers many benefits in and out of the classroom, but more than just being great for brain development, it’s an exciting and fun way to expand your child’s imagination, and introduce them to new worlds and cultures. This fall promises another extraordinary collection of new releases for kids of every age.

Pre-School and Elementary Age

The Dog That Ate the World by Sandra Diekmann (August)

This colorful picture book is recommended by Kari Metzger Kelly, the children’s book buyer at The Curious Iguana bookstore in Frederick. “When the normally peaceful and content, but isolated animals of the valley begin to all be swallowed up by an immense dog, they realize the only way forward is to band together. This stunningly beautiful new picture book has a message little readers will be able to sympathize with on a small scale, while older readers will recognize its importance on a grander scale,” says Kelly.

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna (September)

A timely story of a young immigrant girl who brings her fear with her to a new country, and then can’t let go. As it grows bigger and bigger, filling her mind with scary ideas about how she’ll ever fit in, she must find a way to be stronger than her doubts, and recognize that everyone is afraid of something. A lovely read along with beautiful illustrations.

The Princess and the Pit Stop by Tom Angleberger and Dan Santat (July)

The crafty new take on the princess tale, will have boys and girls laughing. With hints of favorites the Tortoise and the Hare, the Frog Prince, and various wicked witches, the Princess must put the pedal to the metal when she discovers she’s in last place in a rollicking autorace. A perfect read aloud for new readers.

Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse by Marcy Campbell and Corrina Luyken (August)

Adrian Simcox won’t stop talking about his horse. A horse he couldn’t possibly own. Chloe is furious and frustrated with his lie, but when she complains to her mother and at school, she doesn’t get the result she was expecting. An important story about empathy and kindness. “A beautifully crafted picture book that has a way of drawing children in,” says Kelly.

Middle Reader Heartseeker by Melinda Beatty (June)

“The page-turning plot of this entracing new fantasy adventure will have readers on the edge of their seats and leave them wanting more. There is intrigue, sacrifice and a courageous yet unexpected heroine created in world