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These new books are highly recommended for home and school libraries.

New Books for Younger Kids

The Marvelous Thing That Came from a SpringThe Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy That Swept the Nation
by Gilbert Ford
Ages 4–8
During WWII, naval engineer Richard James was surprised by the unusual properties of a torsion spring that fell from the shelf above his desk and “walked.” Richard and his wife Betty decide to market the spring as a toy, and debut their Slinky in the toy department of Gimbels. Playful illustrations capture the American optimism of the time and celebrate the inventor mindset.

Hank's Big DayHank's Big Day: The Story of a Bug
by Evan Kuhlman, Chuck Groenink
Ages 3–7
Tiny Hank is a pill bug, small even in the insect world. He moves through the tall grass, nibbles on leaves, and plays dead to evade a scary grasshopper. Then Hank meets Amelia, a new friend who places him on her helmet and the two take an exciting pretend flight across the Atlantic Ocean, wave to the Queen of England, and barely avoid the Eiffel Tower before returning home.

The Bear Who Wasn't ThereThe Bear Who Wasn't There: And the Fabulous Forest
by Oren Lavie, Wolf Erlbruch
Ages 5–8
Bear begins as an itch that scratches itself against a tree, grows fur, and becomes a bear who finds a note asking “Are you me?” along with three clues. While searching for answers, Bear encounters Penultimate Penguin, Convenience Cow, Lazy Lizard, and Turtle Taxi who speak in riddles and absurdity.

A Well-Mannered Young WolfA Well-Mannered Young Wolf
by Jean Leroy, Matthieu Maudet
Ages 4–8
Our young wolf has been raised by his parents to grant the last wish of his prey before devouring it. Unfortunately the rabbit and the chicken the wolf catches aren't as well-mannered and it seems the wolf will go hungry until he catches a human boy, who seems to have also been raised by well-mannered parents.

Olivia Loves OwlOlivia Loves Owl
by David McPhail
Ages Birth–3
Olivia and her beloved toy owl play together all day enjoying their similarities (Olivia has a sweater to stay warm; Owl has feathers) and the wonders of an independent day outdoors. At night, Owl stays awake and watches over Olivia's peaceful sleep.

A Family Is a FamiyA Family Is a Family Is a Family
by Sara O'Leary, Qin Leng
Ages 4–7
When the topic of what makes a family special comes up in her classroom, our narrator is nervous because her family is different. But as each child shares what makes his or her family special she realizes that difference is an essential quality of what makes a family special. Family types include joint-custody, blended, multiracial, adoptive, gay couples, foster children, grandparents instead of parents. This matter-of-fact celebration of the diversity of modern life is a reassuring reminder that every family is special.

Three-Dimensional ArtThree-Dimensional Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Artist-Inspired Projects in Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, and More
by Maja Pitamic, Jill Laidlaw
Ages 6–up
Inspired by 18 works of sculpture or other 3-D work, this excellent collection of art projects provides context about the artists and their movements while bringing the art out of the museum setting into the lives of young readers.

PinocchioPinocchio: The Origin Story
by Alessandro Sanna
Ages 5–14
This nearly wordless version of the Pinocchio story begins when a meteor crashes to Earth. A tree grows in the crater. Lightning hits a branch, and it scurries away on twiggy limbs. Pinocchio fights fire, snake, and shark before growing into a tree.

The JourneyThe Journey
by Francesca Sanna
Ages 3–7
A family of four builds a sand castle on the beach as the waves transform into threatening shapes. The father is killed and the refugee family flees for a faraway country. The children are reluctant to leave behind everything they have ever known, and the journey is long and dangerous. The war is unspecific, but the plight of the refugee family is universal. This empathetic book is an excellent starting point for conversation about the impact of war on everyday families.

Radiant ChildRadiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
by Javaka Steptoe
Ages 4–8
This beautifully illustrated biography presents the childhood of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who learned to see beauty in the messy streets and games of fellow children. His Puerto Rican mother encouraged him by taking him to museums and anatomy textbooks. The illustrations echo Basquiat's vibrant art with layers of paint and paper scraps on found-wood panels. Basquiat's creativity is celebrated in the text, his heroin addiction and early death is mentioned in the afterword.

Some Writer!Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Ages 7–10
This accessible illustrated biography presents the life of author E.B. White in the form of a scrapbook. White's personal letters, family photographs, and handwritten rough drafts are intermingled with original artwork to tell the story of a humble and talented author with a love for nature.

Rainy DayRainy Day: A Little Moral Story About Worry
by Dan Yaccarino
Ages Birth–4
Glub-Glub awakes to a rainstorm and is worried about venturing outside. He doesn't like the rain, but dons his rain gear and heads outdoors. The sight of his friends Bink and Clyde dancing in the puddles encourages him to enjoy playing in the rain. This first in the Happyland series is designed to give preschoolers the language they need to take the emotional steps to separate from their parents and play with a new set of friends.

New Books for Older Kids

AshesAshes
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Ages 10–14
It's June 1781, and former slaves Isobel and Cruzon have finally located Isobel's younger sister Ruth on a South Carolina plantation. Now 12, Ruth has been cared for by the other plantation slaves, and has no use for her sister. Isobel doesn't understand Curzon's desire to enlist in the fight for independence. Taking Ruth and Aberdeen, an escaped slave from the plantation, they head north to Williamsburg, Virginia, where patriots are preparing for an assault on Yorktown. This gripping story is a satisfying conclusion to the Seeds of America trilogy (Chains, Forge).

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon
by Kelly Barnhill
Ages 10–up
Xan is a kind witch who lives in the woods with Glerk, a swamp monster, and Fyrian, a tiny dragon. Every year the fearful people of Protectorate leave the youngest baby in the woods on the Day of Sacrifice, hoping to appease the witch they believe is vengeful. Xan has no idea why the babies are left in the woods, but carefully feeds them starlight and delivers them to grateful adoptive parents in the Outside Cities. One year Xan accidentally feeds the baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling her with glowing magic. She falls in love with the baby, naming her Luna for the crescent moon birthmark on her forehead, and raises her as her own daughter with the help of Glerk and Fyrian. When Luna is 13 her magic has grown strong, and she is ready to fight the true evil that threatens Protectorate.

A Shadow Bright and BurningA Shadow Bright and Burning
by Jessica Cluess
Ages 12–up
Henrietta Howel (16) can start fire with her mind, but keeps her talent secret since women aren't permitted to practice magic. Henrietta teaches at the Brimthorn School for girls in an alternative Victorian England, and is noticed by a visiting sorcerer who offers to train her as one of Queen Victoria's royal sorcerers. (first in the Kingdom on Fire trilogy)

The Odds of LightningThe Odds of Lightning
by Jocelyn Davies
Ages 14–up
During a party on a rooftop in New York City the night before they are to take their SATs, four students are struck by lightning and transformed in ways connected to their insecurities. Nathaniel is a science whiz living in the shadow of his older brother, Will has conquered a weight problem to become a soccer star, Lu hides herself behind a theater persona, and Tiny feels so insignificant he might as well be invisible.


The Inquisitor's TaleThe Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog
by Adam Gidwitz, Hatem Aly
Ages 10–up
In 1242 France, travelers at an inn tell stories of three children and their dog Gwenforte, who miraculously returned from the dead. Jeanne is a peasant girl who can see the future, William is of African heritage and has amazing strength, and Jacob is a Jewish boy with the power to heal the sick. The travelers wonder if the three children are saints, frauds, or in league with the devil as they tell of their individual encounters with the trio. A flatulent dragon adds to the mystery and fun.

Girl Mans UpGirl Mans Up
by M-E Girard
Ages 14–up
Pen Oliveira (16) looks and dresses like a boy, and doesn't understand why the way she looks is such a big deal to everyone. Though her Portuguese immigrant parents are conservative, Pen has always been protected by her older brother and accepted by her best friend Colby, who treats her like one of the guys. But Colby's new interest in girls causes them to grow apart, and Pen's new friend Blake, who wants to be her girlfriend, cause her to examine the meaning of respect.

Still Life with TornadoStill Life with Tornado
by A.S. King
Ages 14–up
Sarah (16) can no longer keep up the fiction that is her life, and wanders the streets of Philadelphia in search of a homeless artist and herself. Six years ago her bother Bruce left the family, for reason she can't remember. Her parents' marriage has grown more toxic ever since. Conversations with her 10-year-old self force Sarah to confront the past as she tries to make sense of the present.

The IslandThe Island
by Olivia Levez
Ages 13–up
Frances Stanton (16) is heading to an Indonesian island along with other British juvenile offenders and staff campers for a skills-based intervention when the plane crashes. Frances reaches a deserted island where she struggles to find water and food, with only a dog for companionship. Flashbacks fill in the story of her sick mother, her half-brother, and her mother's distasteful boyfriend. After a storm, Frances encounters another survivor. Their relationship is rocky at first, but the two bond as they try to survive.

Three-Dimensional ArtThree-Dimensional Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Artist-Inspired Projects in Sculpture, Ceramics, Textiles, and More
by Maja Pitamic, Jill Laidlaw
Ages 6–up
Inspired by 18 works of sculpture or other 3-D work, this excellent collection of art projects provides context about the artists and their movements while bringing the art out of the museum setting into the lives of young readers.

PinocchioPinocchio: The Origin Story
by Alessandro Sanna
Ages 5–14
This nearly wordless version of the Pinocchio story begins when a meteor crashes to Earth. A tree grows in the crater. Lightning hits a branch, and it scurries away on twiggy limbs. Pinocchio fights fire, snake, and shark before growing into a tree.

The Secret KeepersThe Secret Keepers
by Trenton Lee Stewart, Diana Sudyka
Ages 8–12
It's summer vacation for Reuben Pedley (12), who lives in a rundown neighborhood of New Umbria, a city ruled by the mysterious Smoke and patrolled by his minions, the Directions. One afternoon Reuben finds an antique watch and teams up with Penny and Jack Meyers, descendants of the original owners of the watch, to outwit the Smoke and Directions and free New Umbria.

Some Writer!Some Writer!: The Story of E.B. White
by Melissa Sweet
Ages 7–10
This accessible illustrated biography presents the life of author E.B. White in the form of a scrapbook. White's personal letters, family photographs, and handwritten rough drafts are intermingled with original artwork to tell the story of a humble and talented author with a love for nature.

The Heartless TrollThe Heartless Troll
by Øyvind Torseter
Ages 10–up
This humorous graphic novel inspired by the the Norwegian folktale “The Troll with No Heart in His Body,” uses fairy tale traditions to tell the story of Prince Fred, the seventh son of a King whose six older sons have not returned from combat with a huge troll. Mounted on his reluctant horse, Fred sets off to the troll's lair where he joins forces with a captive Princess to defeat the troll.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo MalooThe Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
by Drew Weing
Ages 8–12
Charles, who considers himself a journalist and runs a blog, moves with his parents to Echo City to renovate a crumbling apartment building. The first night, a terrifying monster looms over his bed. The next day Charles receives a business card from Margo Maloo, Monster Mediator. Acting as Watson to Margo's Sherlock, Charles works to rid the building of monsters in this intriguing graphic novel.