The Kids Are All Right

New Graphic Novels, a Bookshelf to Display Picture Books, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Happy September from rainy New York City. I don’t even remember the last time we got rain here, so this is a welcome weather pattern. My kids began school this week — my youngest began 7th grade and my oldest began high school! How time goes by so quickly!

Bookish Goods

Bookshelves mounted to wall displaying picture books

Bookshelf Display by BarnOwlWoodworkingCo

These handy, wall mounted shelves are perfect for a children’s bedroom, classroom, or library. I love how you can see the covers of the books! $55+

New Releases

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My Town / Mi Pueblo by Nicholas Solis and Luisa Uribe

Set in two border towns — one on the United States border and the other on the Mexico border — two cousins travel back and forth to see each other. They notice differences between their two homes and similarities. This is a beautiful book that celebrates border towns.

Spy School Project X cover

Spy School: Project X by Stuart Gibbs

Ben Ripley is back, and he’s in massive trouble! This time, his longtime nemesis Murray Hill has not only put a price on his head but also named him as the leader of an online conspiracy theory. As he is targeted from multiple sides, can Ben clear his name and be free from Murray Hill once and for all?

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

Riot Recommendations

There are so many new graphic novels available these days! Here are some new ones to add to your list.

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Twin Cities by Jose Pimienta

This graphic novel is filled with gorgeous artwork depicting two border towns: one on the Mexico border and one on the United States border (like with My Town/Mi Pueblo!). Twins Luis Fernando and Luisa Teresa find themselves going to different schools for the first time in the lives. Their schools aren’t even in the same country! Luisa Teresa crosses the border everyday to go to a new private school while Luis Fernando stays in Mexicali and ends up befriending a boy he’s not so sure about. Can these twins make it through the school year even as they grow apart?

Invisible cover

Invisible by Christina Diaz Gonzalez and Gabriela Epstein

Five kids are grouped together for their school’s community service project, and the only thing they have in common is that they speak Spanish. When a new kid arrives and needs their help, will they work together to do the right thing?

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Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks

Victoria has loved horses her whole life, but the competitive spirit in the stables she trains with has gotten to be too much for her. After a massive fight with her best friend, Victoria decides it’s time for a new start… and a new stable.

Miss Quinces cover

Miss Quinces by Kat Fajardo

Sue wants a normal summer. She wants to go to camp and make comics with her friends. But when she has to go to Honduras instead — to a place with no internet! — and her mom says they are throwing her a quinceañera, Sue is certain that this is the worst summer ever.

Freestyle cover

Freestyle by Gale Galligan (Scholastic, 10/18)

As Cory enters his final year of middle school, his group of friends are ready to do whatever it takes to win the biggest dance competition. But then Cory’s grades fall and he needs a tutor, he’s upset to learn it’ll be Sunna, one of his classmates. They don’t like each other one bit!

Orange and white tabby cat sleeping

What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,

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