The Kids Are All Right

Children’s Books about Pizza, New Releases, and a Shire Candle

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Today my youngest kid turns 13, and I cannot believe I now have two teenagers at home. Today I am also running my second half marathon! The route involves a couple of loops around the Central Park running path, which is brutally hilly but at least familiar to me since I run that loop often. Wish me luck!

Bookish Goods

The Shire Candle

The Shire Literary Candle by AARKAORIGINS

Calling all Lord of the Rings fans! This candle will bring you right to woodsy magic of the shire. $8

New Releases

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Lolo’s Light by Liz Garton Scanlon (middle grade)

This beautifully written middle grade novel is about that moment in childhood that changes how you think about the world. In Lolo’s case, the thing that happens is really, really sad. And this is the story about how Lolo recovers from that tragedy and finds the courage to move forward.

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The Little Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, illustrated by Rafael López

This joyful book alternates between the lives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and how they found comfort and love in difficult times in their lives.

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Riot Recommendations

Pizza is such a universally loved food, and it’s no surprise that it’s often the hero in children’s books!

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Pizza My Heart by Mika Song (graphic chapter book)

Two squirrels need to get creative in order to get a slice of that gooey, delicious pizza. Will they accomplish their hearts’ desire, even if it means trickery and evading Tomato, the one-eyed cat?

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Pizza! A Slice of History by Greg Pizzoli (picture book)

This wonderfully informative book about everyone’s favorite food is both fun and funny. Did you know that in the USA, we eat 350 slices of pizza every second? Find out where Pizza Margherita got its name and how pizza differs by country.

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The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Shawn Harris (graphic novel)

This cosmically silly graphic novel combines so many things that kids love: cats, space, and pizza! When humans discover that rats are eating the moon, Earth’s last great hope is…a cat? Can this cat save the world?

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Every Night is Pizza Night by J. Kenji López-Alt, illustrated by Gianna Ruggiero (picture book)

Pipo knows that pizza is the best food in the world, but when she sets out to scientifically prove that fact, she meets so many people in the neighborhood who like different foods. Is pizza better than bibimbap? Better than Moroccan tagine? Maybe the best food is the one that reminds you of home…

Corgi wearing dragon hoodie taking a walk in the park

What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,


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