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Inspiring a Love of Reading for Kids of All Ages

Sylvan Learning and Random House Children’s Books have partnered to bring Sylvan Reading Adventures to life in exciting and interactive new formats that go way beyond just reading. Each month, we will feature new, fun book recommendations by different awesome authors for kids of all ages. Each book series will contain different crafts, puzzles and other activities that your child can complete at home, and we’ll even have a few live webinars with the authors throughout the year. Check out this page for our current book recommendation for this month, along with recommendations from past months. Happy exploring!

Sylvan Reading Adventures with Superpowered

December 2021
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Superpowered by Renee Jain, Dr. Shefali Tsabary
Superpowered by Renee Jain, Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Superpowered

Renee Jain, Dr. Shefali Tsabary

This how-to book from two psychology experts—packed with fun graphics and quizzes—will help kids transform stress, worry, and anxiety by uncovering their inner superpowers. Perfect for kids ages 8-12.

Superpowered Activities

Exploring your inner superpowers doesn’t have to end with the book! Use these activities to keep building your arsenal of powers.

RENEE JAIN

Renee Jain, MAPP, is the founder of child psychology start-up GoZen! and is recognized as a pioneer in the fields of technology and social and emotional learning. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and advocacy for children, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids. She holds a master's in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and has two children. Find Renee on Facebook and Instagram at @gozenlove, and online at gozen.com.

DR. SHEFALI TSABARY

Dr. Shefali Tsabary is a New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. She is a frequent keynote speaker who presents at conferences, workshops, and educational and transformational centers around the world. Dr. Shefali is also the author of The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children; Out of Control: Why Disciplining Your Child Doesn't Work and What Will; and The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children. She is raising a teenage daughter. Find Dr. Shefali on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook at @DrShefali, and online at drshefali.com.

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Adventure Archive

Have you missed any of our previous adventures? Check out the adventure archive below—it has everything you need to have your own reading adventure! 

November 2021
The Smartest KID IN THE UNIVERSE

What if you could learn everything just by eating jelly beans?! Meet the Smartest Kid in the Universe and find out in this fun-packed new series from the bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library and coauthor of Max Einstein! Perfect for kids ages 8–12.

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The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein
The Smartest Kid in the Universe by Chris Grabenstein

The Smartest Kid in the Universe

Chris Grabenstein

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2: Genius Camp by Chris Grabenstein
The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2: Genius Camp by Chris Grabenstein

The Smartest Kid in the Universe Book 2: Genius Camp

Chris Grabenstein

October 2021
space

Endurance, Young Readers Edition by Scott Kelly
Endurance, Young Readers Edition by Scott Kelly

Endurance, Young Readers Edition

Scott Kelly

Discover what it's like to spend a year in space in this awe-inspiring memoir! Prepare to blast off with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly as he takes readers on a journey through his year aboard the International Space Station and his life prior to becoming a true American hero. This is perfect for any space fan as well as for all kids aged 8-12.

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September 2021
HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana Sanmar
Lotería by Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana Sanmar

Lotería

Karla Arenas Valenti, Dana Sanmar

The turn of a card could change your destiny in this captivating adventure. While searching for her missing cousin, a young girl is transported to a mythical kingdom, becoming entangled in a perilous game of chance. This is perfect for fans of movies like Coco and The Book of Life as well as for all kids aged 8-12.

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August 2021
Inspirational People

Reading nonfiction reminds us of other people’s journeys and helps us remember that we have the power to change the world. Check out these two inspirational books about two incredibly memorable figures in modern history. These titles are great for kids aged 8-12.

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This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges
This Is Your Time by Ruby Bridges

This Is Your Time

Ruby Bridges

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime

Trevor Noah

July 2021
Graphic Novels

Looking to have even more fun while reading? Add art to the mix! With these graphic novels you’ll go on exciting adventures that combine text and drawings for an added layer of intrigue. There is a perfect graphic novel for every reader, but these are especially great for ages 8-12!

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Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader by John Gallagher
Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader by John Gallagher

Max Meow Book 1: Cat Crusader

John Gallagher

Max Meow Book 2: Donuts and Danger by John Gallagher
Max Meow Book 2: Donuts and Danger by John Gallagher

Max Meow Book 2: Donuts and Danger

John Gallagher

Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X by John Gallagher
Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X by John Gallagher

Max Meow Book 3: Pugs from Planet X

John Gallagher

Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce
Max and the Midknights by Lincoln Peirce

Max and the Midknights

Lincoln Peirce

Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins by Lincoln Peirce
Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins by Lincoln Peirce

Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins

Lincoln Peirce

Katie the Catsitter by Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue

Katie the Catsitter

Colleen AF Venable, Stephanie Yue

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 2: Saving the Whole Wide World

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 3: The Great Big Boom

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 4: Waking the Monsters

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 5: Then Everything Went Wrong

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 6: All the Pieces Fit

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 7: Gina---The Girl Who Broke the World by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 7: Gina---The Girl Who Broke the World by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 7: Gina---The Girl Who Broke the World

Judd Winick

Hilo Book 8: Gina and the Big Secret by Judd Winick
Hilo Book 8: Gina and the Big Secret by Judd Winick

Hilo Book 8: Gina and the Big Secret

Judd Winick

Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger
Bug Boys by Laura Knetzger

Bug Boys

Laura Knetzger

Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, Karensac

Aster and the Accidental Magic

Thom Pico, Karensac

Witches of Brooklyn by Sophie Escabasse

Witches of Brooklyn

Sophie Escabasse

June 2021
eScape This BooK!

Looking for an escape? In the Escape This Book! series, you are the star of history! Doodle, decide, and demolish your way out of history’s greatest events. Each book is an exciting adventure for kids ages 8 to 12!

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Escape This Book! Titanic by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax
Escape This Book! Titanic by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

Escape This Book! Titanic

Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax
Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

Escape This Book! Tombs of Egypt

Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

Escape This Book! Race to the Moon by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax
Escape This Book! Race to the Moon by Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

Escape This Book! Race to the Moon

Bill Doyle, Sarah Sax

May 2021
Mr. Lemoncello

Welcome to the wacky world of Mr. Lemoncello, the series with over one million copies sold! Get ready to laugh-out-loud with this adventure of a lifetime that’s full of puzzles, brain teasers, riddles and more. Perfect for kids ages 8-12!

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Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by  by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's Great Library Race

Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello's All-Star Breakout Game

Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket by Chris Grabenstein

Mr. Lemoncello and the Titanium Ticket

Chris Grabenstein

April 2021
The Magnificent Makers

BOOM! SNAP! WHIZ! ZAP! The Magnificent Makers series is filled with science, adventure, and characters that kids ages 7-10 will love—and each book includes science activities to do at home! These quick educational activities use items you probably already have on hand!

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The Magnificent Makers #1: How to Test a Friendship by Theanne Griffith and illustrated by Reggie Brown.

The Magnificent Makers #1: How to Test a Friendship

Theanne Griffith, Reggie Brown

The Magnificent Makers #2: Brain Trouble by Theanne Griffith and illustrated by Reggie Brown.

The Magnificent Makers #2: Brain Trouble

Theanne Griffith, Reggie Brown

The Magnificent Makers #3: Riding Sound Waves by Theanne Griffith and illustrated by Reggie Brown.

The Magnificent Makers #3: Riding Sound Waves

Theanne Griffith, Reggie Brown

The Magnificent Makers #4: The Great Germ Hunt by Theanne Griffith and illustrated by Reggie Brown.

The Magnificent Makers #4: The Great Germ Hunt

Theanne Griffith, Reggie Brown