The Kids Are All Right

Spooky Stories, Bookish Socks, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

How are we all feeling about Halloween this year? Does anyone have any wonderful bookish themed Halloween costumes? Obviously I would love to see them ALL! Feel free to send me your photos — my contact information is at the bottom!

And…I have an update about Lalo’s therapy dog evaluation. He passed! According to the evaluator, he has a “sparkling personality.” Hooray! Photo at the end of this newsletter. 🙂

Bookish Goods

Bookish Socks by ThisWear

I love a good pair of bookish socks, and these are adorable and perfect for all who love books and nostalgia. $15+

New Releases

The Flamingo cover

The Flamingo by Guojing

I am a huge fan of Guojing (if you couldn’t tell from all the times I’ve recommended Stormy in this very newsletter). In this gorgeous, mostly wordless, chapter book, a young girl goes to visit her Lao Lao by the sea. They collect sea shells and Lao Lao tells stories from her past. This book totally made me cry!

Counting in Dog Years cover

Counting in Dog Years and Other Sassy Math Poems by Betsy Franco, illustrated by Priscilla Tey

This is a silly and funny book about math, written in a way to draw young mathematicians in! Young people will enjoy the funny questions and appreciate how the math is all about what really matters to them.

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

Riot Recommendations

So many young readers love books about the supernatural, and there are so many great choices in this genre!

Cover of Leila the Perfect Witch by Drago

Leila, The Perfect Witch by Flavia Z. Drago (picture book)

I loved Drago’s previous picture book Gustavo: The Shy Ghost, and this one is just as charming and sweet. Leila is a perfect witch — she excels at everything…except for cooking. Thankfully, she has three sisters who don’t mind sharing cooking tips, and Leila learns that she doesn’t have to be good at everything to be accepted.

Hardly Haunted cover

Hardly Haunted by Jessie Sima (picture book)

Written from the perspective of a house who is looking for a family who doesn’t mind her creaky floors and squeaky hinges, this lovely picture book is about finding home with people who love you just the way you are.

Amari and the Night Brothers cover

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston (middle grade)

I know so many fans of this book, and it’s no surprise because it has everything that a middle grade reader would want. Mystery? Check. The main character’s nomination to the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs? Check. An evil magician threatening the supernatural world? Check!

The Girl in White cover

The Girl in White by Lindsay Currie

If you’re into extremely creepy, bone chillingly scary books, Lindsay Currie is the author for you! When Mallory moves to Eastport, a town known as the most cursed in all of America, she begins having persistent nightmares of being watched. Then, in a terrifying encounter, she meets the woman from her dreams, and Mallory knows she must face her fears before it’s too late.

Tri-color corgi wearing a red scarf that says, "New York Therapy Animals"

What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,


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