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Step Into the Spotlight!: A Branches Book (The Amazing Stardust Friends #1)

by Heather Alexander & Diane Le Feyer

This glittery early chapter book series is all about friendship! This series is part of Scholastic's early chapter book line called Branches, which is aimed at newly independent readers. With easy-to-read text,...

THE ADVENTURES OF DIGGLEDY DAN - A children's story of the circus

by Edwin P. Norwood

Have you ever been to a circus where the seal plays the bass drum, the monkey plays the violin, the elephant plays the cello and the kangaroo plays the bassoon! Well, at least the camel doesn’t play the didgeridoo...

Your Turn, Adrian

by Helena Öberg, Kristin Lidström & Eva Apelqvist

A stunningly illustrated graphic novel about feeling vulnerable and struggling to meet expectations, and about friendship and the power of the imagination.

Almost every day, Adrian goes to school with knots in...

MR STUBB'S BROTHER - A Young Adult Circus Story

by James Otis

James Otis was the pen name of James Otis Kaler (1848 - 1912), as a journalist he reported on the Civil War and was a prolific author of children's books, including many a series title. His best known book was...

Sawdust in His Shoes

by Eloise Jarvis McGraw

Award-winner: Author is a 3-time Newbery Honor winner.

Nostalgia market: Classic literature in a classic package appeals to gift buyers and fans of childhood read-aloud titles.

Northwest regional interest: Author...

The Elephant That Could Not Jump

by Pat Hill & Mikey P.

This book is geared to reach the preschool to eight-year-olds. The size of the book should be 8.5 by 11. When I had learned that elephants are the only animals that cannot jump, my mind began thinking of this...

Mr Mason’S Magnificent Circus

by W. P. Charlotte & Sarah Kashef

A circus is always an exciting place to be in. Nobody wants to watch a boring display of acts and performances. Will and Rachel's family too expect a lot from Mr. Mason's circus, and they are not disappointed...

Spartacus Ryan Zander and the Secrets of the Incredible

by Molly Elwood

Twelve-year-old Spartacus Zander isn’t looking for trouble. He just wants people to call him by his middle name and for his family to be normal. But it's not so easy when you live in a small town with a bullying...


by Blake Freeman

Haibu discovers that she can speak with animals! After getting lost in New York City, Haibu and her new friends learn about the cruelty at a nearby circus. In the adventure of a lifetime, the kids put their...

Monster Circus

by Kristine Valenzuela & Matt Green

From the creators of A Secret Sydney and A Secret London. Roll Up! Roll Up! Roll Up! The Monster Circus is in town! Cuddly Monsters. Hairy Monsters. Big Monsters. Small Monsters. Flying out of cannons and riding...

What Portia Peach Won't Eat

by Lynn Costelloe

Portia Peach hates nourishing food, and her despairing family fear for her health.  When Great-Aunt Doreen takes Portia to visit relatives at a circus, Portia discovers an ambition to be a circus performer...

A Carnival of Cats

by Charles Ghigna & Kristi Bridgeman

There?s a purrrfect little carnival coming to town, filled with adorable cats of all different kinds! In this hint-and-reveal board book, babies, toddlers and cat-lovers alike will enjoy discovering (and guessing)...

Learning the Ropes

by Monique Polak

Mandy dreams of a career in the circus, working as an aerialist who specializes in rope climbing. When she is accepted into the prestigious Montreal Circus College summer program, she feels that she is finally...

Ten Thumb Sam

by Rachel Dunstan Muller

Sam Stringbini, the youngest son in a family of circus performers, is living every kid's dream, except for the fact that he is no good on the high wire, trapezes freak him out and magic mystifies him. When the...

Circus Day in Japan: Bilingual English and Japanese Text

by Eleanor Coerr & Yumi Matsunari

This multicultural children's book contains both English and Japanese script along with beautiful, colorful illustrations.

Circus Day in Japan is the warmly-illustrated story of an exciting day spent by two Japanese...

Circus of the Unseen

by Joanne Owen

Staying alive isn't easy in the world of the dead

After an accident at her grandmother's house, Rosie is transported to a strange and sinister world populated by a cast of carnivalesque characters who reside...