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Board Books to Gift for Baby Showers

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

The person I see for physical therapy is pregnant, and she asked me the other day if I had book recommendations for her baby registry. One of my favorite questions! Here is the list I gave her. I love that there are so many beautiful books for babies out in the world!

Board Books (Due to an issue with the widget, some of these book links go to the hardcover edition, so just make sure you’re selecting the board book if that’s what you want!)

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Wonderful Babies by Emily Winfield Martin

Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Dim Sum for Everyone by Grace Lin

How Are You? / ¿Cómo estás? by Angela Dominguez

How Do You Say? / ¿Cómo Se Dice? by Angela Dominguez

Llamaphones by Janik Coat

Rain! by Linda Ashman, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Little Penguins by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Christian Robinson

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Picture Books

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We All Play by Julie Flett

Float by Daniel Miyares

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins

Babymoon by Hayley Barrett, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal

You Are New by Lucy Knisley

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson


What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Beautiful New Picture Book Biographies

Dear Kid Lit Friends,

By now, you probably know I have a soft spot in my heart for picture book biographies. I just love them! Here are some gorgeous new ones out that I’ve been looking forward to sharing with you!

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

One of my favorite things to do is read about inventions and how they came to be. (I loved the book 99% Invisible City by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt!) In this fictionalized picture book of the inventor Garrett Morgan, we meet Garrett as a little boy with a head full of ideas on how to make life better for everyone. When he is hit by a car, his parents send him to the city where Garrett grows up to become a prominent business man and skilled inventor who produced the traffic signal, a gas mask, and others objects still used today.

Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

I will buy any picture book that is illustrated by Ekua Holmes! In this stunning picture book biography, Heidi Tyline King and Ekua Holmes bring to life the story of MaVynee Betsch. As a young girl, MaVynee loved to swim. But segregation prevented her from going to any beach, so her grandfather bought a beach and named it American Beach and made it open to everyone. When MaVynee grew up, she traveled the world as an opera singer, but when her mom became ill, MaVynee returned home to care for her. Finding American Beach neglected, MaVynee was determined to restore her childhood beach to its former glory.

The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Laura Freeman

This beautiful book gave me chills from the very first page. The story begins in 1962 with eleven-year-old Elijah Cummings and other African American children protesting to integrate a city pool in Baltimore. The march inspired Elijah to pursue a career in law. With encouragement and sacrifice from his parents, he graduated at the top of his class and went on to be elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in 1983 and then to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. He was a voice for people of color and spoke out to ensure that everyone was treated fairly and equally.

Hope is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran by Cory McCarthy, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (March 22, 2022, Candlewick)

Kahlil Gibran grew up as a small, shy boy in Lebanon, a land of beautiful mountains and ancient trees. While he loved his country, Christians and Muslims clashed and one day his family lost their home and his father was jailed. It was no longer safe to stay in Lebanon, and Kahlil, his mother, and his three siblings took a ship to America. They settled in Boston where Kahlil saw divisions in the form of wealthy and poor. He began to draw and later to write, eventually becoming one of the most famous poets of all time.

A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created A Flower of Hope for a World At War by Barbara Carroll Roberts, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (May 10, 2022, Candlewick)

I was captivated by this story of Francis Meilland, a cultivator of flowers at his family’s farm in France. He was endlessly fascinated by cross pollination and sought to create a beautiful rose. After years of experimentation and meticulous record keeping, he create a rosed like no other. But at the same time, World War II broke out, forcing him to make cuttings and send them all over the world. Not knowing whether the roses would make it with the global disruptions to shipping during the war, he waited in hope. At the same time, his family destroyed their flower farm in order to plant crops, burning all but a handful of their rose bushes. I loved this story of resilience and hope during a time of heartbreaking darkness.


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Until next time!
Karina

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Five Fantastic New Middle Grade Books

Dear Kid Lit Friends,

Yesterday in New York City we experienced some nice twenty degree weather, which my dog Lalo happens to love. (Me, not so much. I grew up in southern California, so Northeast winters never cease to shock me!) One thing I do love about winters, though, is that they give me an excuse to drink lots of tea and curl up under a thick blanket to read. I’ve spent some time with new middle grade books lately, and here are some of my top picks for the beginning of the year.

Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

This delightful book is truly a love letter to Harlem, New York City. I loved this story of a combined, modern family. When Bo and her mom move in with her mom’s boyfriend and their (big!) family and (lots of!) pets, Bo isn’t sure there’s room for her anymore. Can Bo find where she belongs in this new family?

Sofia Acosta Makes a Scene by Emma Otheguy (January 25, 2022, Knopf)

Sofía Acosta loves to dream up costumes. She takes comfort in her talent because unlike her parents, who danced under prima ballerina Alicia Alonso before immigrating to the suburbs of New York, Sofía is NOT a dancer. When the Acostas host their dancer friends from Cuba for a special performance with the American Ballet Theatre, Sofía finds out about the dancers’ secret plans to defect to the United States. When Sofía makes a serious mistake confiding this information to her best friend, it threatens to ruin everything. Can Sofía find the courage to make a scene and take a stand?

Shirley and Jamila’s Big Fall by Gillian Goerz

This is the second book in a series (if you haven’t already read it, check out Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer!), and the art is gorgeous! In this new book, Jamila gets back into the swing of school rhythms while Shirley has a new mystery on her mind. Her archenemy Chuck is blackmailing kids all over school, and Shirley knows that she and Jamila can put a stop to it… which may involve breaking into Chuck’s house… 

When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods

This wonderful book is set during the summer of 1965 when Eden’s cousin from Mississippi comes to visit her in L.A., just as the Watts Riots erupt. But Winter is not just visiting to hang out, he wants to figure out what happened to his dad who disappeared ten years earlier from the Watts area of L.A. Their investigations lead them all over the city while also opening up a whole new understanding of their world.

Tiger Honor by Yoon Lee

This companion book to Dragon Pearl is another space opera inspired by Korean mythology, told from the point of view of a nonbinary tiger spirit. This middle grade fantasy, published by Rick Riordan’s imprint, follows Sebin, a young tiger spirit from the Juhwang Clan, who wants nothing more than to join the Thousand World Space Forces. But when he finds out that his uncle has been accused of treason, Sebin must clear his uncle’s name and restore order to his family.

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Karina

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New Children’s Books With Dance Themes

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

I hope 2022 is off to a great start for all of you! I spent New Year’s Eve in my favorite chair reading The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles (a historical fiction book for adults) from cover to cover. I also began The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai, a book that spans generations (also a book for adults). And this past week I read some lovely picture books, some of which are in this newsletter! Check these dance books out:

Bunheads by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Setor Fiadzigbey

When young Misty discovers her love of dance through the ballet Coppélia – a story about a toymaker who devises a villainous plan to bring a doll to life – she is so captivated by the story that she decides to audition for the lead role, even though it’s only just her first dance class! But as she learns from her fellow bunheads, she makes wonderful friends and together they put together a production they will remember forever.

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

In 2019, Charlotte Nebres became the first Black dancer to be cast as Marie in the New York City Ballet’s production of George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. This sweet autobiographical picture book tells the story of how her hard work led to starring as Marie as well as her holiday traditions.

Black Ballerinas: My Journey to Our Legacy by Misty Copeland, illustrated by Salena Barnes

This fantastic book delves into the lives of Black women in ballet and their dance journeys and how they’ve changed the landscape of American ballet from the early 20th century until today. This compilation includes stories of dozens of dancers, including Raven Wilkinson, Ebony Williams, Virginia Johnson, Nora Kimball-Mentzos, and many more.

And new books coming this spring…

Sunrise Dance by Serena Gingold Allen, illustrated by Teagan White (4/5/22, Chronicle Books, board book)

This interactive board book with pull tabs is both beautifully illustrated and very sweet. Watch animals spin and fly and bustle from their dens in a riotous celebration of spring!

John’s Turn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Kate Berube (3/1/22, Candlewick Press, picture book)

This wonderful children’s book is filled with tender illustrations and a lovely story about a boy who is waiting for his turn at Friday Assembly where they have a “Sharing Gifts” portion. I just loved this book, especially the ending. 🙂

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Until next time!
Karina

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Children’s Books for the New Year

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Happy 2022! I hope this new year brings you great joy and health and lots of reading time! Here are some wonderful picture books about the new year.

Shante Keys and the New Year’s Peas by Gail Piernas-Davenport, illustrated by Marion Eldridge

This sweet book is all about food traditions. Shanté Keys’s grandma always makes the best food for New Year’s Day: fixed chitlins, baked ham, greens, and cornbread. But this year, she forgot the peas! It’s up to Shanté Keys to save the day and find some lucky peas!

New Year by Mei Zihan, illustrated by Leng Qin

I love this atypical New Year’s story. It’s Lunar New Year (this year it is on February 1st), a time when families come together for a wonderful feast. But gathering is difficult, and a father longs to be with his daughter who lives in a different country. As he imagines how his daughter is spending the festivities, he recalls fond memories of time spent with her and treasures that time in his heart.

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolutions by Pat Miller, illustrated by Kathi Ember

This is the perfect book for young readers wondering about new year’s resolutions! Squirrel knows that it’s time for making resolutions, but what does a resolution mean? She travels around the forest looking for answers to this very important new year tradition.

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Until next time!
Karina

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Middle Grade Books in Diary and Journal Form

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I hope you’re all enjoying the holiday season and getting a chance to rest and read! It’s been a busy autumn for me and my family, and I have no doubt it’s been the same for you. This holiday, I wish you lots of time spent in a cozy chair with a good book, a cup of hot chocolate, and fuzzy socks. For this newsletter, I thought I would give you some suggestions of books in diary and journal form. I am a huge advocate of journaling, and if keeping a journal is on your list of resolutions, then perhaps these books might serve as inspiration?

Journey to the Last River, from the journals of the Unknown Adventurer

This book has a very unusual beginning. In 2014 during a trip to the Amazon, the book creator came across a sealed metal container in a remote hut on the banks of Jari River. The contents turned out to be the lifetime’s work of an unknown artist adventurer. Alongside the notebooks, sketchbooks and other belongings was a letter which appeared to be written for the benefit of two young family members. The case and its contents were shipped back to the U.K. and together with a team of experts, the book creator spent two years compiling and editing this book. I found this book endlessly fascinating!

Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja by Marcus Emerson

This hilarious middle grade book is about Chase Cooper, a certified ninja! He is starting at a new school and keeping a record of his adventures. This book has illustrations throughout and is sure to keep elementary school readers entertained and laughing out loud.

Abbie Wu’s Epic Quarantine Diary by Booki Vivat

I am a huge fan of Booki Vivat and her Frazzled series, and one of the amazing things Booki did during the beginning of the pandemic is create a new illustrated story that mirrored her experiences during quarantine. You can download her Frazzled Quarantine Diary for only $5 here, and don’t forget to check out the complete Frazzled book series!

Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones, illustrated by Katie Kath

Told in letters, Sophie Brown finds herself in unfamiliar territory when her family moves from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. She quickly discovers that the chickens on the farm are not just unusual – they’re magical! Sophie learns how to take care of them, and she must use all of her ingenuity to keep them safe when a respected local farmer tries to steal them. I adore the illustrations in this book so so much!

Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech

This book is the prequel to Creech’s Newbery-award winning book Walk Two Moons. Forced to keep a journal for the summer, Mary Lou thinks it will be the most boring assignment ever. But when cousin Carl Ray comes to stay with her family, what starts out as the dull dog days of summer quickly turns into the wildest roller-coaster ride of all time.

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Until next time!
Karina

Lalo when he was four months old!

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Ten Favorite Picture Books of 2021!

Dear Kid Lit Friends,

As 2021 winds down, I look back with gratitude at the huge number of gorgeous books that children’s book creators made, books that made us smile, marvel, cry, and laugh. Here are ten very special picture books that touched my heart in 2021.

The Big Bath House by Kyo Maclear & Gracey Zhang

This gorgeous, body positive book is a celebration of Japanese culture. The story follows a young girl as she visits a bath house with her grandma and aunties. I loved the rituals of the bath house – a tradition that so many cultures take part in – and how all bodies are honored and celebrated.

Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd, illustrated by Christian Robinson

This vibrant, beautiful book honors the life and legacy of Nina Simone. Known as Eunice Kathleen Waymon as a young girl growing up in a small town in North Carolina, she became known as Nina Simone in her first performances as an adult, making a huge impact in the fight against racial inequality and discrimination.

A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang

I love books about artists, and this one is no exception. James Yang does a lovely job imagining a day in the life of a young Isamu Noguchi as he wanders through an outdoor market, through the forest, and then by the ocean. He stops. He notices. Stones look like birds. And birds look like stones. This is a terrific book that all readers – especially quiet, introspective readers – will adore.

Unbound: The Life + Art of Judith Scott by Joyce Scott with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet

Unbound is truly a special book about a very special artist. Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome. She had a special bond with her twin sister Joyce, but one day young Judith is institutionalized. Joyce visits her often, and the years go by and the girls grow up. Once Joyce is settled, she decides to bring her sister to live with her and her family. Knowing how Judith always loved art, Joyce enrolled her in an art class. Judith went on to become an artist of renown with her work displayed in museums and galleries around the world.

Everybody in the Red Brick Building by Anne Winter, illustrated by Oge Mora

Because I live in a big apartment building myself, I always love books that show community life. The story begins at night, and everyone is asleep. Then a baby wakes up and cries, which subsequently sets off a chain of reactions and sounds that wakes up everyone else in the building. But the gentle sounds of night in the city quickly helps everyone go back to sleep.

Circle Under Berry by Carter Higgins

This clever book introduces young readers to shapes and colors in an intriguing and delightful way. With vibrant colors that remind me of Eric Carle’s art, this book is a delight to the eye. I gifted it to my nephew, and he loved pointing at the various shapes on each page.

The Farmer and the Circus by Marla Frazee

This wordless picture book is the final book in a trilogy that includes The Farmer and the Clown and The Farmer and the Monkey. Marla Frazee is a master of expression and body movement, making her the perfect person to create a wordless picture book. The Farmer and the Circus might be my favorite of this trilogy, but all of them work beautifully together to make a lovely, heartwarming story.

Pigology: The Ultimate Encyclopedia by Daisy Bird, illustrated by Camilla Pintonato

One of my favorite animals is the pig (they are so cute!), so it is no surprise that I love this book! A blend of encyclopedia-type information with funny facts, this book is great for animal lovers. I adore the illustrations!

Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led A Unlikely Team to Victory by Julie Abery, illustrated by Chris Sasaki

I had no idea of the story of this swim club before reading this book. In the 1930s, a group of kids liked swimming in the irrigation ditches of Hawaii’s sugar plantations. When local authorities try to chase them away, Soichi Sakamoto takes responsibility for the kids and decides to form a swim club. Using the natural resistance of the current, Sakamoto trained the kids to swim and his swimmers began to win meet after meet, becoming some of the best swimmers in the world.

We All Play by Julie Flett

I adore the illustrations in this playful, joyful book that is perfect for the youngest readers in your life. This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Each page is a beautiful display of childhood and nature in celebration of each other.


What are you reading these days? Let me know! Find me on Twitter at @KarinaYanGlaser, on Instagram at @KarinaIsReadingAndWriting, or email me at KarinaBookRiot@gmail.com.

Until next time!
Karina

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Children’s Books for the Holidays

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I love the holidays. New York City is at its best during December with all the beautiful lights, the huge Rockefeller tree, and the brisk weather and holiday cheer. Since I’m in the holiday mood, I thought I would share some favorite picture books for the season.

Seven Spools of Thread: A Kwanzaa Story by Angela Shelf Medearis, illustrated by Daniel Minter

I adore Daniel Minter’s illustrative style (Going Down Home with Daddy, a book he illustrated, won a Caldecott Honor a couple of years ago), and this book is beautifully created with linoleum block prints. In this story, seven brothers are constantly fighting, but when their father dies, the brothers are tasked with creating gold out of seven spools of thread. If they can’t accomplish this by sundown, they will live the rest of their life as beggars. Using the Nguzo Saba, or “seven principles” of Kwanzaa, the author has created an unforgettable story that shows how family members can pull together, for their own good and the good of the entire community.

Miracle on 133rd Street by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Sonia Manzano from Sesame Street writes this sweet tale about the joys of an urban Christmas. On the day before Christmas, Mami brings home a delicious roast for a Christmas feast. When they discover it’s too big to fit in their oven, Jose and Papa need to find an oven big enough to cook Mami’s roast. They visit their neighbors to find a bigger oven, bringing Christmas cheer with them along the way.

Red and Green and Blue and White by Lee Wind, illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky

It’s December, and the houses on Isaac and Teresa’s block are getting ready for the holidays. Isaac and his family decorate their big window for Chanukah, and across the street, his best friend Teresa and her family trim their Christmas tree. When it gets dark, Teresa’s house glows red and green and Isaac’s decorative menorah glows blue and white. But when someone throws a rock through Isaac’s window late at night, the celebratory spirit is extinguished until the whole community joins together to support Isaac and his family and celebrate the true spirit of the holidays.

The Real Santa by Nancy Redd, illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow

This sweet picture book answers the age old question: What does Santa look like? A family celebrates the Christmas season with family, representation, and holiday spirit.

The Legend of the Christmas Witch by Dan Murphy and Aubrey Plaza, illustrated by Julia Iredale (November 16, 2021, Penguin)

There are many sides to every story, and this story is about Kristoffer and Kristtorn. They lived alone in the woods until one day, Kristoffer was found by a couple and taken away to live with them while Kristtorn was left alone. She ends up finding a home with a witch who recognized her powers and tried to protect her from the world. But Kristtorn grew up and her powers grew, and she learned that the world was afraid of her. Beautiful illustrations accompany this Christmas tale.

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Karina

Lalo and I had a great time watching the NYC marathon!

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Perfect Gifts for Young Readers

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

Happy post-Thanksgiving for all of you in North America! And now begins the holiday rush, so I thought I would round up some cute bookish Etsy gifts. Order soon – with the upcoming holidays and shipping delays, it makes sense to do your shopping early.

art print of a stack of books

Adorable art print, perfect for hanging up in the nursery or kid’s room. $14

book-themed stick notes

Bookish sticky notes, a great stocking stuffer. $3

four animal butt bookmarks. a few are cat butts, and a few are corgi butts

You all know I have a corgi, right? So of course these corgi bookmarks caught my eye… $11

The most adorable baby onesie! $23

a little girl with jeans and a white shirt that says "it's a good day to read a book" in colorful letters

We all know a kid (or ten!) who would love this shirt! $21

I want this print! Starting at $30

The most darling book accessory with a personalized initial charm! $35

I’ve always wanted a seal like this for my books! Begins at $25

I know I would have loved this personal library kit when I was a kid. Starts at $28

a pink, cream, and burgundy canvas tote that says "Ruby's Books" in black lettering next to a drawing of a stack of books

Kids will be super excited to carry their books around in this customizable tote. $25

One last thing, we’re hiring an Advertising Sales Manager! Do you like books and comics? Does helping advertisers reach an enthusiastic community of book and comics lovers intrigue you? This might be your job. Apply by December 5, 2021.

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Karina

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Beautiful Children’s Books to Gift for the Holidays

Dear Kid Lit Friends,

There have been so many gorgeous children’s books out in the last two years, and it’s been difficult to narrow it down for this newsletter. From a beautiful pop-up board book to a picture celebrating the continent of Africa to a gorgeous collection of poems for each day of the year, I am so happy to share some fantastic children’s books that are perfect for holiday gift giving.

In the Forest by Anouck Boisrobert and Luis Rigaud (pop-up book)

When you open up this beautiful pop-up book, you’re greeted with a gorgeous collection of trees that spring up from the pages. When a machine comes to chop the forest down, animals flee and the following page is white and barren. What can be done to restore the forest? This sweet book will appeal to all young readers who know that their earth is changing and want to preserve wild areas and the creatures that live there.

Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright! by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Britta Teckentrup (poetry collection)

I adore this robust book filled with a poem for each day of the year, accompanied by stunning illustrations. The poems are focused on animals and are short (some only a couple of lines!) and sweet and and sure to invite conversation and wonder.

Africa, Amazing Africa (picture book) by Atinuke, illustrated by Mouni Feddag

All fifty-five African countries are highlighted here, divided into five distinct sections—South, East, West, Central, and North—and each country is showcased on its own bright, energetic page brimming with friendly facts on science, industry, food, sports, music, wildlife, landscape features, even snippets of local languages. There are fascinating pieces of information about each country, accompanied by charming illustrations.

Treasury of Magical Tales from Around the World by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit

Wonderful storytelling accompanied by beautiful illustrations and facts and photos about the areas the stories are set in make for a fantastic treasury. Published by National Geographic, this collection of stories includes a sailor with an ogre wife in a story from China, a young girl who outsmarts giants in a tale from Fiji, a clever rooster seeking its fortune in a tale from Morocco, a music-playing jaguar in a story from Ecuador, and princes turned to statues in a story from Italy, among many other stories.

Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson

This is a fantastic collection of stories, essays, poems, and historical excerpts along with full-color art by prominent Black creators. Each contribution captures the pride, prestige, and jubilation that is being Black in America. A recipient of multiple starred reviews, 30 children’s books creators lend their voices to this collection, including Nikki Grimes, Kwame Mbalia, and Sharon Draper.

Spider-Man, selected and introduced by Roy Thomas, binding by Marcos Martín

When I showed this to my husband, he spent a good long while flipping through the pages and exclaiming over the scale relica comic. This hardback edition comes in a beautiful blue-and-red slipcase stamped with Spidey’s iconic sigil, while the cover features original artwork by Marcos Martín, the multiple- award-winning Marvel artist famed for his work on Spider-Man.

Bibliophile: Diverse Spines by Jamise Harper and Jane Mount

This book is not specifically for kids but it does include a lot of wonderful children’s book recommendations! This richly illustrated and vastly inclusive collection uplifts the works of authors who are often underrepresented in the literary world. Using their keen knowledge and deep love for all things literary, coauthors Jamise Harper (founder of the Diverse Spines book community) and Jane Mount (author of Bibliophile) collaborated to create an essential volume filled with treasures for any reader looking to diversify their bookshelves. I loved their recommendations and side notes on the books they include here.

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Until next time!
Karina

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