The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books About Grieving a Loved One, Book Nook Sign, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

I am back from two weeks in Maine, and wow, it is so beautiful there. We did lots and lots of hiking, and I finally got caught up on reading my New Yorker magazines, only to find three more waiting in my mailbox when I got home. 🙂

When I was on vacation, I received a subscriber newsletter from The New York Times about fall anxiety. When summer starts to wane, I get a little nervous about the coming year. My kids will be back in school and the schedule will be hectic. I’ve got a lot of travel planned with my next book, and I’ve got deadlines upon deadlines. One of the tips the writer gave was, “Don’t suppress your feelings…share them with friends or write them down in a journal.” So…I guess I’m sharing these feelings with you! How are you feeling about autumn?

Bookish Goods

Reading Corner Sign by LiztonSignShop

Reading Corner Sign by LiztonSignShop

This would be such a nice sign for a copy reading spot in a classroom, library, bedroom, or playroom! $20+

New Releases

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To Change a Planet by Christina Soontornvat, illustrations by Rahele Jomepour Bell

This gorgeous book is all about protecting the beautiful planet we live on and how each one of us has a role in making the world a better place. I love the poetic text and the accompanying illustrations. This is a lovely book for all kids!

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Cornbread & Poppy at the Carnival by Matthew Cordell

In this second early reader book by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell, Cornbread and Poppy are as different as two friends can be. When the carnival comes into town, there are lots of new things to try! Fans of Frog and Toad will enjoy this series!

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

Riot Recommendations

The death of a loved one is difficult for all kids, and this list of books talk about that grief in real and relatable ways.

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The Heart and the Bottle by Oliver Jeffers (picture book)

When a beloved adult passes away, a young girl puts her heart in a bottle to protect it from getting hurt again. There it stays until she is reminded of all the wonderful things she learned from that adult, and how she can share those gifts with someone else.

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I Miss My Grandpa by Jin Xiaojing (picture book)

A young girl’s grandfather passes away before she was born, and she finds herself missing him even though she has never met him. She asks her family what he was like and imagines what it would have been like to meet him. This is a beautiful and poignant book about feelings and grief.

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Adventures with Waffles by Maria Parr (middle grade)

Trille and Lena are best friends, and what they like to do most is create mischief! They coax a cow onto a boat and sled down the steepest and iciest hill with a chicken. They both love Trille’s granny’s waffles. But when Lena has to move away and Auntie Granny leaves the world, it sometimes seems like nothing will ever be right again. 

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The Vanderbeekers Lost and Found by Karina Yan Glaser (middle grade)

It’s autumn on 141st Street, and as the days get shorter, a dear neighbor of the Vanderbeekers is getting more and more sick. The family does their best to take care of him, realizing along the way that one of the hardest parts of life is saying goodbye.

What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,

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