The Kids Are All Right

City Stories, a Library Book Nook, and More!

Hey Kid Lit friends,

I am writing this newsletter in advance, because currently I am in the beautiful state of Maine either 1) hiking 2) hanging out with my kids 3) eating a lobster roll. At least, I hope I am. You never know what will happen these days that will disrupt the best laid plans, but I am going to be optimistic and continue writing this newsletter ahead of time in anticipation of my vacation.

Now for some new releases, a bookish good, and books about urban life!

Bookish Goods

Library Book Nook by BStylishCo

Have you seen these little book dioramas lately? They are so adorable, and I love the idea of having a little peek into a miniature magical space right on my bookshelf. $306

New Releases

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Tumble by Celia C. Perez

When 12-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramírez finds a photo among her mom’s things, it leads her to a New Mexico ranch where she meets her paternal grandparents and former professional wrestlers as well as Manny, her biological father, who’s in the midst of a career comeback. Addie is thrilled to meet this family she never knew, but she soon discovers that family is much more complicated than she ever imagined.

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50 Things to Do in the Urban Wild by Clare Gogerty

In keeping with today’s book theme of books about cities, check out this practical urban activity guide that teaches readers how to explore the wild land, waters and sky in the city with illustrated, step-by-step activities.

For a more comprehensive list, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Have lived in a major city for over half my life now, I have a deep appreciation for what urban life has to offer. Here are four picture books about cities or set in the city.

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City Streets Are for People by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Emma Fitzgerald

I love this book, which reimagines city streets as being places where public transportation is easy and cheap to access and where living in a city is sustainable, healthy, accessible, and safe. This is a great book for budding architects and urban designers.

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Saturday by Oge Mora

A mom and her child are looking forward to spending a Saturday together in the city they call home, but when their carefully laid plans go awry it feels like everything is ruined. Can they salvage their special day?

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The World Belonged to Us by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Leo Espinosa

City streets come alive in the summer as kids spend the day outside jumping Double Dutch, opening the fire hydrants for a cool down, and chasing ice cream trucks.

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Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

A muralist arrives with a bucket of paint and brushes, and slowly a gray city transforms as color takes over. Based on the true story of the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, Maybe Something Beautiful reveals how art can inspire transformation

What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at

Until next time,

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