The Kids Are All Right

Great Nonfiction, Sunflowers, and More!

Hello kid lit friends!

Happy August to all of you! Have you been watching the World Cup obsessively, or is that just me? Yes, I did wake up to watch the USA play Portugal at 3 a.m. ET…

Margaret has been covering some of my Sunday newsletters lately, and I love all the lists she’s put together with disability representation. I’m grateful for her filling in for me and for giving me more books to put on my TBR list!

When this newsletter hits your inboxes, I’ll be attending my older daughter’s final summer camp concerts and bringing her home. It’s incredible how time goes by so quickly. She will be entering her sophomore year of high school this fall. When I first started writing for Book Riot in 2015, she was 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. It’s a lot to process!

Bookish Goods

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Sunflower Book Stamp by DelightfulStamps shop

It’s the season of sunflowers, and what better way to celebrate than to personalize your book collection with this cheerful stamp! $22+

New Releases

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Loujain Dreams of Sunflowers by Lina Al-Hathloul and Uma Mishra-Newbery, illustrated by Rebecca Green

Loujain is growing up in a place where she can’t do everything that her Baba does. While he straps on his wings each morning and flies off, she can only imagine the sunflowers he flies over. But Loujain wants to fly, too, and she needs to convince someone to teach her so she can see the sunflowers with her own two eyes.

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Abby in Neverland by Sarah Mlynowski

Abby and Jonah are back in this special edition of The New York Times bestselling Whatever After series! This time, Tinkerbell makes a visit and takes Jonah and his friends off to Neverland to be Lost Boys. It’s up to Abby to bring them back before it’s too late!

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

Riot Recommendations

You all know how much I love animals, and how much I love nonfiction! Check these wonderful books out.

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Mother of Sharks by Melissa Cristina Márquez, illustrated by Devin Elle Kurtz

Globally renowned shark scientist Melissa Cristina Márquez recounts her childhood growing up in Puerto Rico, where she spent her days on the beach. Tide pools fascinate her, and then one day, Jaiba, a crab, invites her to join him on an underwater adventure where she learns the importance of shark conservation, setting her off on a lifelong journey as Mother of Sharks.

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Animal Architects by Amy Cherrix, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

I love Chris Sasaki’s illustrations, and his books are always an auto-buy for me. In this wonderful book, I learned so much about how animals construct the most incredible structures.

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Saving H’Non: Chang and the Elephant by Trang Nguyen and Jeet Zdung

This graphic novel doesn’t release until October 3, but I wanted to get it on your radar now because it’s so good! The illustrations are luminous and gorgeous. Written by a Vietnamese wildlife conservationist, environmental activist, and writer, known for tackling the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and Asia, this book follows Chang, who rescues an injured and abused elephant named H’Non. But can she find someone who can teach H’Non to live independently in the wild after decades of abuse?

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Horse Power by Jennifer Thermes

I adore Jennifer Thermes, and not just because she is the creator behind the gorgeous maps that grace all of my Vanderbeeker books. She tackles wonderful topics in her books, including the history of Manhattan and explorers like Grandma Greenwood and Tom Crean. In this book, she examines the relationship between people and horses and their role in changing history.

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What are you reading these days?

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Happy reading!