Users by Colin Winnette from Soft Skull Press A mystery-turned-serious-satire of contemporary tech life set in the near future for readers of Dave Eggers, Margaret Atwood, Paul Beatty, and Chuck Palahniuk Miles, a lead creative at a midsize virtual reality company known for its “original experiences,” has engineered a new product called The Ghost … Continue reading Users
1-2-3 Scream! by R.U. Ginns illustrator Javier Espila from Delacorte Press Get ready to scream with this collection of hillarifying—hilariously terrifying—tales, fully-illustrated and perfect for scary story lovers who are looking for a side of humor to go with their helpings of horror. Stop! Unless you want to be scared, do NOT read this book. These tales … Continue reading 1-2-3 Scream!
Don’t Hug the Quokka! by Daniel Errico illustrator Mia Powell foreword Karen Rayne, PhD from Magination Press That quokka may be cute, but does it want a hug? The quokka says No! In Don’t Hug The Quokka! young readers get a lighthearted and friendly introduction to the concept of consent, learning that even the most adorable creatures … Continue reading Don’t Hug the Quokka!
Never Been Kissed by Timothy Janovsky from Sourcebooks Casablanca Dear (never-been-quite-over-you) Crush, It’s been a few years since we were together, but I can't stop thinking about the time we almost . . . Wren Roland has never been kissed, but he wants that movie-perfect ending more than anything. Feeling nostalgic on the eve of his birthday, he sends emails … Continue reading Never Been Kissed
Mango All the Time by Cas Hyman illustrator Frank Morrison from Sterling Children’s Books In the exciting conclusion to the Mango Delight trilogy, Mango goes to Hollywood and becomes the star of a television series! Mango Delight Fuller is ready for her next big break, which just might be in Hollywood! So she heads to California and … Continue reading Mango All the Time
Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories by Annette Bay Pimentel illustrator Magaly Morales from Abrams Books for Young Readers A lyrical, vibrant tribute to the amazing life and legacy of Pura Belpré, a lauded storyteller, librarian, and pioneer of bilingual storytimes. Pura’s abuela always has a cuento to share. She crows ¡Qui-qui-ri-quí! for Señor … Continue reading Pura’s Cuentos: How Pura Belpré Reshaped Libraries with Her Stories
Families Grow by Dan Saks illustrator Brooke Smart from Rise x Penguin Workshop A rhyming, light-hearted celebration of the different ways a family can grow. A wish began your journey And now that you are here Our family has grown with love With love for you, my dear. This warm appreciation of love invites the youngest … Continue reading Families Grow
It’s Raining Tacos! by Parry Gripp illustrator Peter Emmerich from HarperCollins Wildly fun and full of laugh-out-loud antics, this interactive sing-along is a zany romp sure to capture fans of Giraffes Can’t Dance and Dragons Love Tacos. Shell we dance? Taco-bout irresistible! Jam out to the catchy, toe-tapping tune “Raining Tacos” from YouTube sensation Parry Gripp, featuring … Continue reading It’s Raining Tacos!
Families Can by Dan Saks illustrator Brooke Smart from Rise x Penguin Workshop A rhyming, light-hearted celebration of the wonderful differences that make each family unique. A family can be Any kind of number Maybe there’s one parent Strong like thunder This charmingly heartfelt board book is for families: families who cook together and families who sing … Continue reading Families Can
Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants by Russell Ginns illustrator Barbara Fisinger from Delacorte Books for Young Readers Take another super-big globe-trotting, plaid pants-spotting adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the fourth book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and the Secret series, and classics like Holes … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Perplexing Pants
Boys Dance! by John Robert Allman illustrator Luciano Lozano from Random House A lively and encouraging picture book celebrating boys who love to dance, from the renowned American Ballet Theatre. Boys who love to dance are center stage in this encouraging, positive, rhyming picture book about guys who love to pirouette, jeté, and plié. Created in partnership … Continue reading Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)
Families Belong by Dan Saks illustrator Brooke Smart from Rise x Penguin Workshop A rhyming, light-hearted celebration of families being – and belonging – together. Families belong Together like a puzzle Different sized people One big snuggle This deliciously warm board book is an appreciation of the unconditional love and comfort shared within a family. Through a handful … Continue reading Families Belong
Papa, Daddy, and Riley by Seamus Kirst illustrator Devon Holzwarth from Magination Press Riley is Papa’s princess and Daddy’s dragon. She loves her two fathers! When Riley’s classmate asks her which dad is her real one, Riley is confused. She doesn’t want to have to pick one or the other. Families are made of love in this heartwarming story that … Continue reading Papa, Daddy, and Riley
Summer in the City: A Mango Delight Story by Cas Hyman from Sterling Get ready, world – Mango’s about to become a star! In this sequel to Mango Delight, the delightful heroine’s adventures – and misadventures – continue as she prepares to make her off-Broadway debut. Where Mango goes, drama is sure to follow! It’s summer break, and Mango is … Continue reading Summer in the City
Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball by Russell Ginns from Delacorte / Random House Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the third book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes. At last! Samantha Spinner tracked down … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball
The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived by Daniel Errico illustrator Shiloh Penfield from Schiffer Publishing Cedric grew up poor and honest on a pumpkin farm, and dreamt of becoming a knight. One day he showed his courage by tricking a would-be carriage thief, and earned the chance to make his dream come true! After years of training, … Continue reading The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived
Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns illustrator Barbara Fisinger from Delacorte / Random House The second book in the Samantha Spinner series, following Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans and preceding Samantha Spinner and the Boy in the Ball. Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother Nipper in the second book in this … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs
The Surge by Adam Kovac from Engine Books Larry Chandler had done his time in Afghanistan when he was redeployed to Iraq. With only five weeks left, Chandler is assigned a dangerous mission. While his men crave action, Chandler hopes they’ll all make it back alive. Inspired by his deployments, Adam Kovac’s debut novel is … Continue reading The Surge
Honeysmoke: A Story of Finding Your Color by Monique Fields illustrator Yesenia Moises from Imprint / Macmillan A young multiracial girl looks around her world for her color. She finally chooses her own, and creates a new word for herself―honeysmoke. Simone wants a color. She asks Mama, “Am I black or white?” “Boo,” Mama says, just like mamas … Continue reading Honeysmoke
Dreaming of Dylan: 115 Dreams About Bob edited by Mary Lee Kortes from BMG In a nod to the song “Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream”, musician Mary Lee Kortes curates 115 stories where the author dreamed about Bob Dylan. Perhaps the only subject more fascinating than the mysterious world of dreams is the mysterious world of Bob Dylan. Dreaming of Dylan … Continue reading Dreaming of Dylan
Class Action by Steven B. Frank from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt NO. MORE. HOMEWORK. That’s what sixth grader Sam Warren tells his teacher while standing on top of his desk. He's fed up with doing endless tasks from the time he gets home to the time he goes to sleep. Suspended for his protest, Sam decides to fight back. He recruits his … Continue reading Class Action
Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans by Russell Ginns from Delacorte / Random House Get ready for round-the-world adventure with Sam Spinner and her brother Nipper in the first book in a new hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes. This is the first title in … Continue reading Samantha Spinner and the Super-Secret Plans
Mango Delight by Cas Hyman illustrator Frank Morrison from Sterling What happens when your BFF becomes your EFF . . . EX-Friend-Forever? When seventh-grader Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn’s new cell phone, her life falls apart. She loses her friends and her spot on the track team, and even costs her father his job as … Continue reading Mango Delight
Armstrong & Charlie by Steven B. Frank from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Charlie isn’t looking forward to sixth grade. If he starts sixth grade, chances are he’ll finish it. And when he does, he’ll grow older than the brother he recently lost. Armstrong isn’t looking forward to sixth grade, either. When his parents sign him up for Opportunity Busing to a … Continue reading Armstrong & Charlie