The Kids Are All Right

New Children’s Book Releases for February 11, 2020

Hello Readers!

There’s a bright golden haze in the meadow and the corn is as high as an elephant’s – wait, no, that’s from Oklahoma. What I meant to say is that it’s a lovely day here, and that means a walk around town and a trip to the bookstore. It’s one of the best ways to celebrate a lovely day that I know and, if you need an excuse to go, I’m happy to write you a note.

Here’s my pick of the things that should end up in our bags this week.

Cool Cuts by Mechal Renee Roe

“When the stars shine, the world is mine! I am born to be awesome! My hair is free, just like me! I am born to be awesome!”

Not a bad place to start right? This book is full of vibrant, positive and self esteem boosting representations of African-American boyhood. I particularly loved the page where the owner of the book can write their name in: “This book belongs to … who was born to be awesome”. It’s the book sibling to Happy Hair – a title I also recommend!

Mulan : Before The Sword by Grace Lin

If you’re waiting for the new Mulan with bated breath, this is a great pre-read from Grace Lin. Bringing together Chinese folklore, history, mythologies and legend, Before The Sword expands the world of Mulan and tells the story of her first quest – saving her sister…

(And now I’ve written that, I need to go and listen to the Mulan soundtrack again..)


Cyclops of Central Park by Madelyn Rosenberg, illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov

Greek mythology retellings? Set in New York? YES PLEASE.

Cyclops has a missing sheep. (It’s Eugene – it’s always Eugene). It’s up to Cyclops to brave the city and bring him back. But the city can be a scary place… A fun story about facing your fears and realising the power of new experiences.

Middle School’s A Drag : You Better Werk! by Greg Howard

This is all about living life on your terms and being precisely who you’re born to be, whether you’re Mikey – an entrepreneurial 12-year-old boy setting up a talent agency, or Julian Vasquez / Coco Caliente, Mistress of Madness and Mayhem – the 13-year-old aspiring drag queen who’s about to become his first client…


The Proudest Blue : A Story of Hijab and Family by Ibtihaj Muhammad, with SK Ali, art by Hatem Aly

Forgive me for sneaking this one into the list (I know it’s been out for a while) but every time I see that cover, I’m made breathless by it. And the rest of the book gives me that same feeling. A story of empowerment, strength and fierce beauty. I love it. I want more like it.

That’s all for this week! Before I go, I need to sneak in a mention for Book Marks. It’s our new reading tracker and journal, and comes complete with recommended reading lists from Book Riot (that’s us!). I think you’ll love it. I mean, what’s not to love about this sort of thing?

You can find me on social media @chaletfan (let’s talk about the wonders of bookish themed stationery) and also co-hosting the biweekly litfic podcast Novel Gazing. We have shows already recorded on defining litfic, translated litfic, and is Harry Potter litfic? – it would be lovely to have you join us.

See you next time!