There’s more to celebrate in September than just the start of fall. As crisp breezes begin to blow, “Fall’s Finest” arrive in bookshops and libraries. It’s story prime time — the season when publishers release the cream of the crop, the best books they have to offer. Newsbee’s over the moon to mark his 15th birthday with three awesome picks, a present he’s pleased to share with you.

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Celebrate the animal kingdom with “Life,” a beauty by Cynthia Rylant that perfectly pairs words with amazing art by Brendan Wenzel. The story and illustrations highlight dramatic scenes showing animals residing in the desert, jungle, in the trees, and on the sea.

The book begins simply, with a single creature swimming in a body of water, surrounded by hills, stars reflecting on the water’s surface.

As the story continues, illustrations of other animals are featured, including an ingenious collage of heads and tails, and humps and tusks, enticing you to name the animals by the parts you see pictured.

The mood of the book changes on a page-spread swept with darkness, a bluebird struggling to fly: “Life is not always easy…There will probably be a stretch of wilderness now and then…But wilderness eventually ends.”

The book’s hopeful message rings clear, reminding us that nature is in constant flux, and encouraging us to trust in the world, and its wise and wonderful creatures. Inspiration reigns supreme in “Life.”

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A displaced boy, longing for his home in Italy, and an older man find peace in their camaraderie in “King of the Sky,” by Nicola Davies.

The boy misses his family and the familiarity of his native country. But he draws solace from Mr. Evans; a former coal miner, whose breathing has been affected; he’s “crumpled” and “can hardly walk,” but “when his birds flew, he smiled like springtime.”

Evans’ source of joy are his pigeons, carrier birds he raises to race. He has special fondness for a particular bird, “ . . . this one’s going to be a champion . . . King of the Sky,” he tells the boy.

The pigeons remind the child of the flocks in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. He takes a liking to them, as well as the old man, becoming Evan’s protégé.

English artist Laura Carlin illustrated this beautiful, high-flying book.

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“Joplin, Wishing,” by Diane Stanley, features Joplin, a girl struggling to understand her mother, and trying to deal with school problems.

Joplin, her mother, and her mother’s friend, drive to Maine from their New York City home to sort through Joplin’s grandfather’s things, following his death. For years Joplin’s mother has been estranged from her father, a famous writer Joplin hardly knew.

Her mother is anxious to bring back writing her father hasn’t published, and as she loads the car, she tells Joplin to take something of her grandfather’s as a memento. Joplin discovers an old sealed tin, with pieces of a fine china plate inside. “Blue designs painted on white . . . perfect little works of art.”

Once the plate is repaired, the image becomes clear, a girl from Holland, who ends up impacting Joplin’s life in strange ways. When Joplin wishes for a friend, not one but two materialize, a quiet, lone girl and a boy who loves books about Sherlock Holmes.

The three will need the wiles of detectives to deal with an evil man who wants to possess the plate. “Joplin, Wishing” is a fascinating meld of realistic fiction, fantasy and magic.

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