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New Children’s Books for February 8, 2022

Hey readers! I’m back with another week of new kids’ books!

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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Powwow Day by Traci Sorrell

In this picture book, River worries that she may never dance at the powwow again after an illness. But River soon learns about the healing power of her community.

Apple and Magnolia by Laura Gehl and Patricia Metola

In this lyrical and vibrant picture book about the connections between trees, Britta visits her two favorite apple trees, named Apple and Magnolia. She’s convinced they’re the best of friends, and when Magnolia’s branches begin to droop, Britta wonders if there’s anything anyone can do.

Dream, Annie, Dream by Waka T. Brown

In this middle grade novel, Annie’s optimistic about her seventh grade play, The King and I. But when she’s cast, her happy news leads to whispers from her classmates, who say she was only cast because she’s Asian, and Annie becomes determined to prove them wrong.

The View From the Very Best House in Town by Meera Trehan

This inventive middle-grade is told from the points of view of best friends Sam and Asha, as well as the titular Very Best house in Town, Donnybrooke. When Sam gets accepted into a new school, he starts hanging around with Prestyn, who dislikes Asha and refuses to allow her into Donnybrooke.

The Witch, the Sword, and the Cursed Knights by Alexandria Rogers

In this fun middle grade, Ellie’s a witch which means she’s also despised by most people. So she applies to the Fairy Godmother Academy, only to be disappointed when she’s assigned to King Arthur’s Round Table instead. Meanwhile Caedmon learns his family’s death is foretold; he travels to the knight’s castle, only to find the knights have been cursed.

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Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Books for February 1, 2022

Hello readers! I’m back with another batch of new releases.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

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Marley and the Family Band by Cedella Marley, Tracey Baptiste, and Tiffany Rose

In this joyful picture book inspired by the Cedella Marley’s childhood with her father, musician Bob Marley, Marley and her family leave Jamaica for Delaware. To celebrate the move Marley plans an outdoor concert that’s unfortunately ruined by bad weather, until their new neighbors step in to help.

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Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed

From the author of Amal Unbound comes a companion novel about the titular Omar, a scholarship student at a boarding school. Though Omar’s looking forward to his new school, he’s quickly disappointed, and then furious, when he learns that not only are first year scholarship students not allowed to take part in extracurriculars, but they have to get much higher grades than students paying tuition. So Omar sets out with a new group of friends to change the system entirely.

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When the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura

In this middle grade novel set against the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, kids in the same apartment building struggle with adjusting to their new lives at home. But as time goes on, the kids realize that there’s power in community, and they can help each other through difficult times. As protests erupt across the country, they begin to consider what they can do to make the world safer for everybody in it.

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Freewater by Amina Luqman-Dawson

In this historical fiction novel, siblings Homer and Ada escape the plantation where they have been enslaved and discover Freewater, a secret community of formerly enslaved and freeborn people. When Homer learns of a threat to Freewater, he resolves to save his mother, reluctantly left behind, and his new home.

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Just Harriet by Elana K. Arnold

For fans of Ramona Quimby, this new novel is about Harriet Wermer. who is unhappily sent to her grandma’s B&B for the summer. But Harriet is surprised to find Marble Island isn’t as boring as she thought, not with a mystery about her dad’s own childhood on the island that she’s determined to solve.

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Chelsea

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New Children’s Books For January 25, 2022

Hey readers! I’m back with another batch of new kids books.

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Eyes That Speak to the Stars by Joanna Ho and Dung Ho

This is the companion to the bestselling Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, this one focusing on an Asian boy who realizes his eyes look different from those of his friends. When he talks to his dad, he learns that his eyes resemble those of the other men in his family, and he recognizes the strength and vision they all share.

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Tia Fortuna’s New Home by Ruth Behar and Devon Holzwarth

In this beautiful, lyrical picture book Estrella helps her Tia Fortuna move from her Miami apartment to an assisted living facility. As they pack up her apartment, Tia Fortuna explains the significance of all of her most important things, all from her Jewish Cuban background.

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Sofia Acosta Makes A Scene by Emma Otheguy

Sofia’s talented family loves ballet, and even though Sofia’s own dancing skills can’t compete with her parents’, there’s more than dance that bonds them together. When her family hosts dancer friends from Cuba, Sofia learns they plan on defecting to the United States. But when she confides in one of her friends, Sofia realizes that their suburban community isn’t interested in “outsiders”, leading her to wonder how her own immigrant family is viewed.

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The Keeper by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

When James and his younger sister Ava move from Texas to Oregon, James knows it’s not going to be any fun. But it’s even less fun than he expected when he starts getting notes from someone called “The Keeper”, who’s watching them and is likely behind the neighborhood’s long line of missing kids. But James has a history of practical jokes, so no one believes him, but he and Ava will need to find the Keeper before they become the next victims.

Make sure to get your own Read Harder Book Journal from Book Riot to track your reading for the year!

Until next week!

Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for January 18, 2021

Hey readers!

I’m back with another batch of new kids’ books.

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I’m Growing Great by Mechal Renee Roe

This cute picture book encourages growth and positivity and is full of colorful florals and nature-themed art.

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Mermaid Kenzie: Protector of the Deeps by Charlotte Watson Sherman and Geneva Bowers

In this picture book, mermaid Kenzie begins cleaning up the ocean, enlisting other kids to help her. This also serves as a nice introduction to ocean conservation and encourages kids to get involved in protecting our oceans.

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Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat Too by Maggie P. Chang

In this graphic reader, Geraldine Pu embarks on a new adventure, Picture Day. Though she loves her Cat Hat, Geraldine’s feelings about her own hair aren’t as positive, and there’s a rule against wearing hats for picture day. Now Geraldine must figure out how to appreciate her hair in time for her picure.

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Wayward Creatures by Dayna Lorentz

After accidentally setting fire to dry grass, seventh grader Gabe is assigned to community service helping people who were affected by the fire he started. At the same time, a young coyote named Rill, burned in the fire, now hides in a small cave. When the two discover each other, Gabe sets out to help her, beginning a journey of healing for them both.

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Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman

In this middle-grade, a high school senior is transported back to seventh grade, and the moment he traces every bad thing in his life back to: the implosion of his friendship with his best friend, Ty. The two fell out over a girl in seventh grade, and when Mason finds himself back there, he’s determined to correct everything that’s gone wrong since then.

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Until next week!

Chelsea

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New Children’s Books for January 11, 2022

Hey readers, I’m back with another batch of new kids’ books.

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We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier

This picture book celebrates the Civil Rights protest song with its lyrics and beautiful illustrations from Caldecott winner Bryan Collier. It depicts the ongoing fight for justice and combines it with the protests and demonstrations that preceded today’s social justice work.

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Love From Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans and Steven Salerno

If you, like me, were obsessed with Madeline (and even watched the movie on a loop for months on end), treat yourself to this cute book that celebrates love from one of children’s literature’s best characters.

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Honest June by Tina Wells and Brittney Bond

In this cute middle grade, people pleaser June is forced to tell the truth and nothing but when she’s blessed by her fairy godmother. Suddenly June can’t help but be honest about her feelings, including how overwhelmed she is by everything going on at school and at home.

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She Raised Her Voice!: 50 Black Women Who Sang Their Way Into Music History by Jordannah Elizabeth and Bryan Dengoue

In this middle grade anthology, music’s most influential Black women are celebrated. Spanning genres and time periods, this book acknowledges the way these women used music to change the world, influencing listeners not only emotionally but socially and politically.

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Until next week!

Chelsea

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New Children’s Books for January 4, 2022

Hey readers,

Happy New Year…and new books!

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Snow Angel, Sand Angel by Lois-Ann Yamanaka and Ashley Lukashevsky

This is a cute picture book about discovering more about where you’re from and learning to appreciate those different places. Growing up in Hawaii, Claire has never seen snow. With a school assignment that requires her to recreate it, her parents take her to Mauna Kea to see it, but she’s disappointed when it isn’t what she expected.

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I Love You Because I Love You by Muon Thi Va and Jessica Love

This sweet, call-and-response picture book explores all the ways, and all the reasons, people love one another. It’s meant to be read aloud by two people, exploring all the complexities and simplicities of love.

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Tiger Honor by Yoon Ha Lee

For those waiting for a sequel to Dragon Pearl, this is not it, but it is a companion novel introducing a new family, this one of tiger spirits. Juhwang Sebin is a nonbinary thirteen year old recruited into Space Forces Command just as their uncle’s accused of treason. Alongside new friends, Sebin struggles with the idea of their uncle’s guilt as they try to learn who sabotaged their ship.

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Booked (Graphic Novel Version) by Kwame Alexander and Dawud Anyabwile

This graphic novel adapts Kwame Alexander’s bestselling Booked, illustrated in striking black and white (with green accents) and telling the story of talented soccer star Nick Hall. Nick is coping with a difficult period in his life, compounded by his parents’ approaching separation, bullies at school, and others’ high expectations of him.

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Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

In this joyous middle-grade read that’s reminiscent of The Babysitter’s Club, Bo struggles with her new life and her new family. It’s always been just Bo and her Mum until it’s not. Now their pair has increased to eight, including her mom’s boyfriend, his daughter, a pair of twins and their parents, as well as a host of animals. Crammed together in a single brownstone, Bo begins to wonder if there’s a place for her.

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Pizza My Heart by Rhiannon Richardson

This fun middle grade book follows seventh-grader Maya, now doing deliveries at her parents’ pizza shop. And it’s off to a bad start. She clashes with a rude customer, who turns out to be one of her new classmates, and after making a new friend who shares her passion in art, Maya’s parents won’t let her participate in an art contest because she has to work. Cue Maya and her new friends scheming up a plot to let her take part anyway.

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Until next week!

Chelsea

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New Children’s Books for December 21: a ballet dancer, a book about love, and more!

Hey readers! Another week, another batch of new releases.

Charlotte and the Nutcracker: The True Story of a Girl Who Made Ballet History by Charlotte Nebres and Alea Marley

This is a late arrival but perfect for the holidays, and is about the true story of Charlotte Nebres, the first dancer of color to play the lead in The Nutcracker. This lovely book follows Charlotte’s journey to the stage of her dreams, weaving it with the original story.

The Night Gardener by Terry Fan (Backlist Bump)

Now available in paperback is this classic picture book by Terry and Eric Fan. From his window William discovers that a tree has been shaped into a stunning owl. More topiaries appear, transforming their community long after the mysterious gardener has left.

Love is Here by Mike Malbrough

In this sweet picture book, a child goes looking for love and finds that it’s actually everywhere. Even in the darkest of moments, there is still love to be found.

Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega (Backlist Bump)

Now out in paperback is this fun and spooky adventure about two friends who accidentally stir evil spirits in their hometown. With their whole town at risk, Lucely and Syd team up with Syd’s witchy grandmother and her cat, to save the day and make everything right again.

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Until next week!

Chelsea

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New Children’s Books: Dinosaurs and kitties, The Questioneers, handling OCD, and more!

Hey readers!

I’m back with another week of new children’s books!

Dinosaurs on Kitty Island by Michael Slack

Bored on Dinosaur Island, the dinosaurs decide to head over to Kitty Island. Despite warnings that this could be a bad idea, the dinosaurs go anyway and find that they may not have much in common with the kitties after all.

Ada Twist, Scientist: The Why Files Exploring Flight by Andrea Beatty, Dr. Theanne Griffith and David Roberts

The Questioneers universe continues to expand with this nonfiction early reader. This opening book takes on the topic of flight, including the history of airplanes and how they stay in the air to info about birds and other flying creatures.

Fergus and Zeke and the 100th Day of School by Kate Messner and Heather Ross

Classroom mice Fergus and Zeke are at a loss when Miss Maxwell’s students start preparing to celebrate the 100th day of school. Though they usually do all the same things as they do, now Fergus and Zeke can’t figure out how to participate. But they’re determined to find some project they can do to mark the occasion.

Just Roll With It by Lee Durfey-Lavoie and Veronica Agarwal

Perfect for TTRPG fans out there, this middle grade graphic novel follows Maggie, who rolls a twenty-sided die to make her decisions. This is a fun and sweet look at anxiety, OCD, and a girl finding herself.


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Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for December 7, 2021

Hey readers! I’m back with more children’s new releases for you!

Saving the Day: Garrett Morgan’s Life-Changing Invention of the Traffic Signal by Karyn Parsons and R. Gregory Christie

This nonfiction picture book tells the story of Garrett Morgan, a Black man who transformed his dreams into life-saving inventions. Battling racism and discrimination, Morgan changed the world when he created inventions still used today like the traffic light and gas masks.

Light for All by Margarita Engle and Raul Colon

In this inspiring picture book, the immigrant experience is retold alongside dreamy illustrations. The Statue of Liberty stands as a welcoming symbol for people looking to make the U.S their new home, for all variety of reasons, but their new home can also be a painful change as not everyone is as welcoming as the Statue of Liberty.

Ashoka the Fierce: How An Angry Prince Became India’s Emperor of Peace by Carolyn Kanjuro and Sonali Zohra

In this picture book, Ashoka the Fierce is an angry prince who took his rage with him when he took the throne. After fighting a terrible war, Ashoka was consumed by guilt realizing the pain his anger caused so he began practicing Buddhism, setting aside his rage for compassion and kindness instead.

Strangeville School is Totally Normal by Darcy Miller and Brett Helquist

Harvey’s plans to just be normal at his new school are dashed when he realizes Strangeville is far from normal. A giant rat is on the loose, there’s something swimming in the drinking fountain, and there’s a mysterious supply closet you’re not even supposed to think about. Harvey’s new friend Stella is happy to show him around but when she goes missing investigating the supply closet, it’s up to Harvey to find her.

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Until next week! – Chelsea

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New Children’s Book Releases for November 30, 2021

Hey readers! Another week, another batch of new kids books!

Little Messy Marcy Su by Cherie Fu and Julie Kwon

In this playful picture book, Marcy can’t help but create messes wherever she goes. But with her grandparents visiting, Marcy’s mama is determined to get her room clean, and Marcy knows just what to do.

Uni the Unicorn in the Real World by Paris Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager

In a tribute to the late Amy Krouse Rosenthal, her daughter Paris pens this newest Uni the Unicorn installment. Uni, the only unicorn who knows kids exist, finally visits the real world with her best friend. But no one else can see Uni, until they too start to believe in magic.

Fox: A Circle of Life Story by Isabel Thomas and Daniel Egnéus

In this lovely picture book that’s also a sensitive portrayal of death and dying, readers follow the life of a fox. First we watch as the fox teaches her cubs how to survive in the wild. Eventually the fox dies, but her death is more than an ending, it’s also a beginning.

Stuntboy, In the Meantime by Jason Reynolds and Raúl the Third

In this fun novel, Portico is secretly Stuntboy, who protects the other residents of his apartment building, including his parents. Despite Stuntboy’s efforts, he can’t keep his parents from fighting or stop the anxious worries that come with it.

Living With Viola by Rosena Fung

In this graphic novel, Livy struggles to fit in at her new school. Her only companion is Viola, the shadowy manifestation of Livy’s anxiety. When Livy starts making friends, it seems like Viola may not be around much longer, but new stresses make Viola more prominent than ever. To learn how to live with her, Livy will have to finally ask for help.

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Chelsea