The Kids Are All Right

The New Vanderbeekers Book, Book Art, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

As I write this, I am getting ready to go on book tour! For children’s book authors, a tour is put together by the publisher and consists of school visits and bookstore events. It’s very fun and a great way to celebrate the launch of a book!

Bookish Goods

Pages in a book folded to create a name

Book Spine Art by EmilysFoldedBooks

I’ve always loved folded spine art. This would be a wonderful gift for a book lover! $55

New Releases

My Diwali Light cover

My Diwali Light by Raakhee Mirchandani, illustrated by Supriya Kelkar

This beautiful picture book is a celebration of the Diwali season. Devi wears her favorite red bindi and feasts on delicious samosas. I love this story of family traditions and love.

The Last Kids on Earth and the Forbidden Fortress by Max Brallier cover

The Last Kids on Earth and the Forbidden Fortress by Max Brallier

The newest book in the Last Kids series is here! This time, the group is all together again to battle the evil Thrull and a new villain.

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

Riot Recommendations

There are always so many great new middle grade books that come out in the fall. Here are some that I’m excited about!

Merci Suarez Plays It Cool cover

Merci Suarez Plays It Cool by Meg Medina

In the third book in her Merci Suarez series, Newbery award-winning author Meg Medina continues the Suarez family story as Merci heads into eighth grade. There are changes at school and at home — can Merci handle the shifting tides?

Always, Clementine cover

Always, Clementine by Carlie Sorosiak

As you know, I love a good animal story. Here, Clementine is a certified mouse genius. She lives in a lab where scientists perform tests on her. Clementine’s only social interaction are with a chimpanzee named Rosie. But when Clementine is freed, she discovers a whole new world outside her cage.

Ways to Share Joy cover

Ways to Share Joy by Renee Watson

Renee Watson’s Ryan Hart series is so lovely, and I’m excited that the third book is coming out on September 27! In this book, Ryan is being pulled in different directions — by her family and by her friends. Can Ryan continue to find joy and share it with those she meets?

Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution cover

Lotus Bloom and the Afro Revolution by Sherri Winston

First of all, isn’t this cover fabulous? This is the story about wonderful Lotus Bloom, a seventh grader, a violinist, and a new student at a school for the arts where she has the opportunity to play the violin under a famous maestro. But the new school isn’t all she’s dreamed it to be, especially when boys throw paper planes and spit balls into her hair, and Lotus gets in trouble for a dress code violation. Can Lotus find the words to speak up for herself without endangering all that she’s worked for?

The Vanderbeekers on the Road cover

The Vanderbeekers on the Road by Karina Yan Glaser

One last note! The next book in the Vanderbeeker series, The Vanderbeekers on the Road, is on sale this Tuesday! In this installment, the Vanderbeekers squeeze into a van and head across the country to California. What could go wrong?

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Until next time,

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