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Committed to providing a broad selection of outstanding books that mixes popular appeal with literary excellence, the Books for Youth editorial staff has chosen the titles below as its favorite nonfiction, fiction, and picture-book offerings.
Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. By Brandy Colbert. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $19.99 (9780063056664). Gr. 8–12.
Deeply researched and with extraordinary contextualization, Colbert’s book covers not only the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre but the environment leading up to it, the aftermath, and ways in which the truth about the history became so deeply buried.
The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History. By David F. Walker. Art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Ten Speed, $19.99 (9781984857705). Gr. 9–12.
With a textbook’s informational density and a comic book’s brisk compositions and dramatic, characterful art, this volume covers the titular organization’s history as a revolutionary group dedicated to community service. Though clearly sympathetic, the book hews close to the facts.
Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter. By Veronica Chambers. HarperCollins/Versify, $21.99 (9780358573418). Gr. 7–12.
In this dynamically presented, boots-on-the-ground accounting of the Black Lives Matter movement, Chambers offers history and context for an active movement in a way that will leave youth activists inspired to take meaningful action.
Determined to Stay: Palestinian Youth Fight for Their Village. By Jody Sokolower. Interlink/Olive Branch, $20 (9781623718886). Gr. 7–11.
Between 2012 and 2019, high-school social studies teacher Sokolower interviewed children and teens in a Palestinian village to understand the ongoing conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. Their harrowing stories reveal parallels between their lives and those of marginalized people in the U.S.
Drawn across Borders: True Stories of Human Migration. By George Butler. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $18.99 (9781536217759). Gr. 6–10.
Journalist and illustrator Butler bears witness to and builds awareness of the effects of war on civilians in this book, which includes accounts from 10 places ravaged by war between 2012 and 2018. A work of art, compassion, and activism.
A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome. By Ariel Henley. Farrar, $18.99 (9780374314071). Gr. 9–12.
This affecting and unflinchingly honest memoir is an exploration of Ariel’s—and by extension, her sister Zan’s—childhood, up through the start of college, and the discrimination and ableism they experienced as a result of having Crouzon syndrome, a source of facial disfigurement.
From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial That Galvanized the Asian American Movement. By Paula Yoo. Norton/Young Readers, $19.95 (9781324002871). Gr. 8–12.
On June 19, 1982, Chinese American Vincent Chin was killed near Detroit, Michigan, by two white men. Yoo displays high journalistic standards as she relates the controversy surrounding Chin’s murder, which sparked the Asian American civil rights movement. (Top of the List Winner—Youth Nonfiction)
The Power of Style: How Fashion and Beauty Are Being Used to Reclaim Cultures. By Christian Allaire. Annick, $19.95 (9781773214900). Gr. 6–10.
Ojibwe Vogue journalist Allaire celebrates the beauty and variety of different cultures, body types, and genders as seen through the lens of fashion and personal style. Photographs and conversations with influencers, industry professionals, and models add important cultural context throughout.
Rise Up! How You Can Join the Fight against White Supremacy. By Crystal M. Fleming. Holt, $19.99 (9781250226389). Gr. 7–10.
This absorbing, thoroughly researched book provides an in-depth look at racism and offers steps young readers can take to become antiracist advocates. Fleming’s conversational tone will draw readers in; throughout, she reiterates that race is a social construct and highlights BIPOC who have helped break barriers.
The Corinthian Girl: Champion Athlete of Ancient Olympia. By Christina Balit. Illus. by the author. Otter-Barry, $19.99 (9781913074722). Gr. 2–5.
An Olympic champion in ancient Greece is struck by the athleticism of an enslaved Corinthian girl in his home and begins training her for the women-only Heraean Games. This fact-based fiction unfolds like a myth; back matter explains how it could have really happened.
Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World. By Jennifer Thermes. Illus. by the author. Abrams, $18.99 (9781419749452). Gr. 3–6.
With a focus on intricate artwork, Thermes explores history—especially U.S. history—through the domestication of the horse. She emphasizes how horses created jobs for humans, shaped our language, and helped the nation expand, then touches on the modern-day human-horse relationship.
King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin. By Stephen Costanza. Illus. by the author. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534410367). Gr. 1–4.
This nuanced picture-book biography brings Joplin’s irresistible compositions—and realities for African Americans during the Jim Crow era—to life through melodic, flowing text and glorious gouache collages. Celebratory scenes infused with music balance the heavier moments of this history.
Make Meatballs Sing: The Life and Art of Corita Kent. By Matthew Burgess. Illus. by Kara Kramer. Enchanted Lion, $18.99 (9781592703166). Gr. 1–4.
Bold, pop art–inspired illustrations are the perfect vehicle for this lively picture-book biography about silkscreen-print artist and teacher Sister Corita Kent, who imbued her playful artwork with a powerful sense of justice and an unguarded appreciation for everyday beauty.
The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas. By María García Esperón. Illus. by Amanda Mijangos. Tr. by David Bowles. Levine Querido, $21.99 (9781646140152). Gr. 4–8.
In this Mexican import, Esperón retells sacred stories from 18 Native cultures. Complemented by stylized artwork that combines Native motifs with looser, modern lines, the short stories reflect a wonder and understanding of the natural world and the human spirit.
A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything. By Kirsten W. Larson. Illus. by Katy Wu. Clarion, $17.99 (9780358238423). Gr. 2–5.
This story about Wonder Woman—in comics, television, and movies—splendidly parallels the history of women in America over the past 80 years. The text stresses how women creators, especially of the 1940s and ’60s, defied expectations, vanquishing misogynistic villains at every turn.
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre. By Carole Boston Weatherford. Illus. by Floyd Cooper. Carolrhoda, $17.99 (9781541581203). Gr. 3–6.
“Once upon a time in Tulsa,” begins this masterful, moving picture book, which relates the story of the 1921 race massacre. The quiet verse and powerful paintings express painful truths with dignity and conclude with grace and hope.
We Are Still Here! Native American Truths Everyone Should Know. By Traci Sorell. Illus. by Frané Lessac. Charlesbridge, $17.99 (9781623541927). Gr. 2–4.
Using a framework of students giving presentations for an Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration, Sorell and Lessac devote a two-page spread to each report topic. The result is a perfect introduction to Native American history for elementary students.
Areli Is a Dreamer. By Areli Morales. Illus. by Luisa Uribe. Random House Studio, $17.99 (9781984893994). PreS–Gr. 2.
Areli loves her home in Mexico but misses her parents, who are in New York. When it’s time for Areli to make the journey, she has to leave behind everything she loves for an uncertain future. This beautifully illustrated picture book presents hardships that many undocumented children face.
Fox: A Circle of Life Story. By Isabel Thomas. Illus. by Daniel Egnéus. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547606924). Gr. 1–3.
As a human mother and her children walk through the woods, a mother fox raises her cubs. After Fox is hit by a car, this evocatively illustrated mixed-media book tackles an often-avoided part of the life cycle: death.
A Life Electric: The Story of Nikola Tesla. By Azadeh Westergaard. Illus. by Júlia Sardà. Viking, $17.99 (9780593114605). Gr. 1–3.
Beginning with his birth—fittingly during a lightning storm—this bewitching biography of Nikola Tesla fills in the compelling details of the unusual inventor’s life with a sense of wonder and whimsy. Stylish illustrations with an old-fashioned look are a dynamic accompaniment.
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone. By Traci N. Todd. Illus. by Christian Robinson. Putnam, $18.99 (9781524737283). Gr. 1–3.
Nina Simone’s talent and beauty are given prominent expression in this picture-book biography. The emphasis is on Simone as a musician who combined her love of classical music with church standards and jazz to create a unique style alongside her dedication to the civil rights movement.
Sakamoto’s Swim Club: How a Teacher Led an Unlikely Team to Victory. By Julie Abery. Illus. by Chris Sasaki. Kids Can, $17.99 (9781525300318). K–Gr. 3.
In 1930s Hawaii, a Japanese American science teacher began coaching local kids in swimming to keep them out of trouble. It’s a heartening story, concisely told in verse and illustrated with rugged, energetic digital art.
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History. By Schele Williams. Illus. by Tonya Engel. Abrams, $19.99 (9781419748752). K–Gr. 2.
This history of African American accomplishment first describes the rich cultures that thrived in Africa until 1619, then the horrors of the European slave trade. Throughout, the text speaks only to the deep, powerful qualities that allowed enslaved Africans to survive: love, intellect, strength, and determination.
Between Perfect and Real. By Ray Stoeve. Abrams/Amulet, $18.99 (9781419746017). Gr. 9–12.
Cast as Romeo in a school production, Dean seeks the confidence to come out as a trans guy. Through Dean’s hopeful voice, Stoeve explores who we can become when we have the courage to choose our own paths.
Cool for the Summer. By Dahlia Adler. St. Martin’s/Wednesday, $18.99 (9781250765826). Gr. 9–12.
Shy Larissa has always been in love with Chase, and when she begins their senior year with a new confidence, he finally notices her. But the reason for that confidence is a summer spent with Jasmine, the girl Larissa now can’t get out of her head.
The Darkness Outside Us. By Eliot Schrefer. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062888280). Gr. 9–12.
Teen astronauts Ambrose and Kodiak hail from warring nations, but they’re the only two crew members on a rescue mission to Titan. Schrefer captivatingly maintains the tension as the pair learns the true nature of their mission while their relationship deepens.
The Electric Kingdom. By David Arnold. Viking, $18.99 (9780593202227). Gr. 8–12.
Arnold follows 18-year-old Nico and 12-year-old Kit as their journeys intersect in a postapocalyptic New England decimated by “Flu-flies” and illness. This intricately built, high-concept piece of sf is less concerned with physical survival than existential ruminations on art, emotion, and humanity.
Firekeeper’s Daughter. By Angeline Boulley. Holt, $18.99 (9781250766564). Gr. 10–12.
Daunis gets embroiled in a dangerous investigation of a high-level drug ring in her Michigan community, and her non-enrolled status—Ojibwe on her father’s side; descendent of French fur traders on her mother’s—puts her in an especially tough position.
The Hazards of Love, v.1: Bright World. By Stan Stanley. Art by the author. Oni, $19.99 (9781620108574). Gr. 9–12.
Nonbinary Amparo makes a deal with a talking cat and ends up trapped in Bright World, a dangerous place that preys on their memories and identity. This rich, fantastical graphic novel is brought to life with vibrant colors and wonderfully bold lines in artwork that is a joy to look at.
Himawari House. By Harmony Becker. Art by the author. First Second, $24.99 (9781250235565). Gr. 9–12.
As a mixed-race U.S. teen takes a gap year in Japan to reconnect with her heritage, Becker’s graphic novel combines English, Japanese, Korean, and Singlish in word bubbles that indicate the characters’ understanding, enabling empathic responses through expressive black-and-white illustrations (Top of the List Winner—Graphic Novel).
Instructions for Dancing. By Nicola Yoon. Delacorte, $19.99 (9781524718961). Gr. 9–12.
Cynical Evie suddenly can see a vision of any couple’s entire relationship. Searching for answers about her power leads her to a dance studio, where she meets Xavier, and despite her hesitations about love, sparks fly. An endearing, affecting exploration of the journey of love.
Kneel. By Candace Buford. Harlequin/Inkyard, $18.99 (9781335402516). Gr. 8–11.
When they’re unjustly blamed for a fight on the football field, co-captains Rus and Marion have a lot to lose. Buford takes the criminal justice system sharply to task in this novel about Black teens learning the risks—and rewards—of protest.
Last Night at the Telegraph Club. By Malinda Lo. Dutton, $18.99 (9780525555254). Gr. 9–12.
Lily Hu gets caught up in both the Red and Lavender Scares in 1950’s San Francisco, while she dreams of becoming a rocket scientist and finds herself falling for another girl. Beautifully written with a balanced, gentle hand.
Little Thieves. By Margaret Owen. Holt, $18.99 (9781250191908). Gr. 9–12.
When Vanja, the adopted child of Death and Fortune, steals a princess’ identity and starts robbing the nobility, her thievery upsets a god, who curses her. With time running out, Vanja searches for a way to undo her misdeeds in this retelling of “The Goose Girl.”
Love Is a Revolution. By Renée Watson. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547600601). Gr. 9–12.
When Nala lets gorgeous Tye think she’s more involved in activism than she really is, she tries to juggle the lie as long as she can. With nuance and compassion, Watson offers a lovably flawed teen protagonist figuring out how to do and be her best.
Me (Moth). By Amber McBride. Feiwel and Friends, $18.99 (9781250780362). Gr. 9–12.
Lyrical and haunting, this novel in verse follows orphaned Moth and half-Navajo, half-white Sani as they drive across the country, slowly revealing their secrets and exploring the intersections of her Black hoodoo traditions and his spirituality.
Oksi. By Mari Ahokoivu. Art by the author. Tr. by Silja-Maaria Aronpuro. Levine Querido, $24.99 (9781646141135). Gr. 7–10.
This painful yet unforgettable Finnish fairy tale explores the damage that gods, mothers, and daughters are willing to inflict upon one another under the guise of love. Negative space emphasizes solitude and desolation through inky backgrounds and white, tree-shaped gaps between panels.
One Great Lie. By Deb Caletti. Atheneum, $19.99 (9781534463172). Gr. 9–12.
Charlotte is overjoyed when she wins a scholarship to Luca Bruni’s writing intensive in Venice, but when he crosses a line and the illusion of his greatness is shattered, she turns to long-lost women writers—including one thrilling literary mystery—for inspiration and healing.
A Sitting in St. James. By Rita Williams-Garcia. HarperCollins/Quill Tree, $17.99 (9780062367297). Gr. 10–12.
With wit and verve, Williams-Garcia tells the story of three generations of the Guilberts, an enslaving family in 1860. This fresh and nuanced take on a familiar topic is filled with tantalizing, chaotic drama and, with depth and nuance, emphasizes how slavery has shaped white American identity.
This Poison Heart. By Kalynn Bayron. Bloomsbury, $18.99 (9781547603909). Gr. 9–12.
When Briseis inherits a mysterious mansion from an unknown relative, she discovers a connection to a deep family secret, one that might explain her supernatural ability to cultivate plants and her immunity to poisons. Lush descriptions are woven seamlessly with sharp cultural commentary.
When We Were Infinite. By Kelly Loy Gilbert. Simon & Schuster, $19.99 (9781534468214). Gr. 9–12.
Beth grapples with changing dynamics in her close-knit group of friends, the high expectations of her parents, and her deep love of music in this superbly written and sensitive examination of emotional trauma, growth, and healing.
Amber and Clay. By Laura Amy Schlitz. Illus. by Julia Iredale. Candlewick, $22.99 (9781536201222). Gr. 5–8.
In ancient Thessaly, watchful Rhaskos is born into slavery. In Athens, headstrong Melisto catches the attention of the gods. Though they aren’t destined to meet in life, Rhaskos and Melisto are bound by fate. Schlitz anchors this astonishing work of historical fiction in Greek tradition.
Boy, Everywhere. By A. M. Dassu. Lee & Low/Tu, $19.95 (9781643791968). Gr. 6–8.
Eighth-grader Sami’s normal life in Damascus, Syria, is shattered as the country plunges into civil war. Hoping to find refuge in the UK, Sami and his family embark on the dangerous journey. A raw, heartbreaking look at the Syrian refugee crisis.
Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls. By Kaela Rivera. Harper, $16.99 (9780062947550). Gr. 4–8.
After gentle Cece helps a misunderstood criatura, one of the terrifying monsters that haunts her town, she’s viewed with suspicion. But when her sister goes missing, Cece must use her kindness and grit in this novel imbued with Mexican American legends.
The Deepest Breath. By Meg Grehan. Clarion, $16.99 (9780358354758). Gr. 4–7.
This poignant novel in verse tells of 11-year-old Stevie, an anxious girl who loves learning so that she can be prepared for any eventuality. However, the bubbly feeling she gets around her friend Chloe is proving difficult to pin down.
Kaleidoscope. By Brian Selznick. Illus. by the author. Scholastic, $19.99 (9781338777246). Gr. 5–9.
Selznick’s first collection of short stories is a dreamlike reading experience made of tales that drift through genre, time, and even space. Loosely connected by narrator and a few shared details, the stories explore grief, childhood, and wonder.
The Lion of Mars. By Jennifer L. Holm. Random, $16.99 (9780593121818). Gr. 3–6.
In 2091, 11-year-old Bell lives a cozy and collaborative life in America’s underground settlement on Mars, until a virus infects all American adults and forces the kids to seek aid from neighboring settlements. A cozy work of sf that celebrates science, community, and cooperation (Top of the List Winner—Fiction).
The List of Unspeakable Fears. By J. Kasper Kramer. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534480742). Gr. 4–7.
Since her father’s death, Essie’s anxieties have reached debilitating heights. It’s nothing short of a nightmare, then, when her mother remarries a doctor and moves them to North Brother Island, New York City’s home for those suffering from infectious diseases.
Pawcasso. By Remy Lai. Art by the author. Holt, $21.99 (9781250774484). Gr. 3–6.
Jo’s white lie snowballs into something much bigger in this warmhearted graphic novel about a lovable, clever dog and a girl who just wants to make friends. Lai’s bright, inviting artwork is easy to follow, and the facial expressions and body language add depth to the emotional stakes.
Playing the Cards You’re Dealt. By Varian Johnson. Scholastic, $16.99 (9781338348538). Gr. 4–7.
As 10-year-old Ant prepares for an important spades tournament, he navigates a new crush and family problems. The card game is a clever thread that binds the story together, and a chatty, omniscient narrator keeps the tone light.
The Republic of Birds. By Jessica Miller. Abrams/Amulet, $17.99 (9781419736759). Gr. 5–8.
In this fantastic reshaping of Slavic folklore, readers accompany Olga Oblomova on a dangerous but eye-opening quest to rescue her sister, who is snatched and taken to the forbidden territory of the Republic of Birds.
Salt Magic. By Hope Larson. Art by Rebecca Mock. Holiday/Margaret Ferguson, $21.99 (9780823446209). Gr. 5–8.
In this graphic novel set after WWI, 11-year-old Vonceil embarks on a quest to save her family’s farm, bringing her face-to-face with witches, magic, death, and the loss that comes with age. Mock’s loose and effortless art tells as much of the story as Larson’s words.
Second Sleep. By Diane Stanley. HarperCollins/Quill Tree, $17.99 (9780062658036). Gr. 4–7.
Twelve-year-old Max and his sister accompany their grandmother to her lakeside cabin, where they experience ultra-real dreams. With a riveting story, puzzles within puzzles, and time-shift elements, this compelling novel challenges and rewards readers.
The Secret of the Magic Pearl. By Elisa Sabatinelli. Illus. by Iacopo Bruno. Tr. by Christopher Turner. Red Comet, $21.99 (9781636550060). Gr. 1–4.
Hector resides in a tiny Italian coastal town, where his family’s marina has been driven out of business, but the boy finds hope in an old legend about a magic pearl. A whimsically illustrated early chapter book filled with heart and adventure.
Voyage of the Sparrowhawk. By Natasha Farrant. Norton/Young Readers, $17.95 (9781324019725). Gr. 4–7.
After WWI, orphans Lotti and Ben risk their lives, taking a not-exactly-seaworthy narrowboat across the English Channel to France in search of lost relatives. This classic adventure story features high stakes, surprising twists, and lovable characters.
The Year I Flew Away. By Marie Arnold. HarperCollins/Versify, $16.99 (9780358272755). Gr. 3–6.
After leaving Haiti to live with family in New York City, Gabrielle’s initial excitement turns into a desperate wish to fit in. Caribbean mysticism blends with complex issues of immigration in this enchanting tale of identity and culture.
A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi. By James Yang. Illus. by the author. Viking, $17.99 (9780593203446). K–Gr. 2.
This spare, lyrical “imagined biography” suggests that as a child, Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi may have enjoyed wandering on his own and thinking about the textures, colors, and forms in the natural world around him.
Bubbles . . . Up! By Jacqueline Davies. Illus. by Sonia Sánchez. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062836618). PreS–Gr. 3.
Creating mood as well as narrative, cascading lines of verse and effervescent illustrations combine to tell a story of a girl enjoying a community swimming pool. This mesmerizing book conjures up a summer day.
Everybody in the Red Brick Building. By Anne Wynter. Illus. by Oge Mora. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062865762). PreS–Gr. 1.
In this rollicking roller coaster of a tale, sounds rise to a crescendo and then descend into quiet in a three-story red-brick building. Mora uses her trademark collage illustrations to spectacular effect, with rising and falling lettering mimicking sounds.
Fred Gets Dressed. By Peter Brown. Illus. by the author. Little, Brown, $18.99 (9780316200646). PreS–Gr. 1.
Young Fred loves to cavort though his house in the nude, but one day his antics lead to Mom and Dad’s closet, where he decides to give clothes a try. But which ones? A liberating and loving celebration of self.
Harry versus the First 100 Days of School. By Emily Jenkins. Illus. by Pete Oswald. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780525644712). Gr. 1–3.
A bundle of nerves on the first day of first grade, Harry gradually transforms into a confident young learner 99 days later. An amusing book for independent reading or as a classroom read-aloud choice.
I Dream of Popo. By Livia Blackburne. Illus. by Julia Kuo. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781250249319). PreS–Gr. 1.
After a young girl moves from Taiwan to San Diego with her parents, she misses her beloved grandmother and treasures their long-distance relationship. Bold, spare artwork beautifully illustrates a story inspired by the writer’s childhood experience.
Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest. By Phoebe Wahl. Illus. by the author. Tundra, $19.99 (9780735264892). PreS–Gr. 1.
Four gentle, charmingly old-fashioned stories follow tiny Witch Hazel through the seasons in her forest village. Wahl’s earthy, dense artwork beautifully evokes the setting, and the inclusive cast of characters, featuring denizens of all shapes, sizes, abilities, and skin tones, gives the stories a modern feel (Top of the List Winner—Picture Book).
The Little Wooden Robot and the Log Princess. By Tom Gauld. Illus. by the author. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823446988). PreS–Gr. 3.
In this captivating, original fairy tale, two magical children adopted by a king and a queen share an adventure when the princess (a shape-shifting log) is tossed away and her brother (a robot) sets out to rescue her.
Memory Jars. By Vera Brosgol. Illus. by the author. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781250314871). K–Gr. 3.
Inspired by her gran’s ability to preserve blueberry jam, Freda sets out to put everything she loves in jars: a fresh-baked cookie, a Popsicle, a unicorn-shaped cloud, her best friend before he moves away, the moon, and—inevitably—Gran.
The Midnight Fair. By Gideon Sterer. Illus. by Mariachiara Di Giorgio. Candlewick, $16.99 (9781536211153). PreS–Gr. 2.
A traveling carnival entertains people all day. But late that night, after switching on the electricity, wild animals also enjoy the rides, games, and refreshments before returning to their beautiful woods. A vibrantly colorful, wordless picture book.
The Night Walk. By Marie Dorléans. Illus. by the author. Floris, $17.95 (9781782506393). PreS–Gr. 2.
One night, two children and their parents walk through the countryside until, reaching a hilltop, they sit and wait for dawn. In a moment of wonder, the sun transforms the horizon. It’s a memorable encounter with the natural world.
Out into the Big Wide Lake. By Paul Harbridge. Illus. by Josée Bisaillon. Tundra, $18.99 (9780735265592). PreS–Gr. 3.
Kate, who has Down syndrome, enjoys helping Grandpa deliver groceries by motorboat. Capably filling in when he’s ill, she earns the respect of their customers as well as her overprotective mother. This quiet, memorable story has broad appeal.
The Passover Guest. By Susan Kusel. Illus. by Sean Rubin. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823445622). PreS–Gr. 3.
On the evening of Passover in 1933, a stranger knocks on a poor family’s door. After he enters, a seder feast appears, enough to feed them all and their neighbors as well. It’s a timeless Passover book, full of hope and heart.
Sheepish (Wolf under Cover). By Helen Yoon. Illus. by the author. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536207323). PreS–Gr. 2.
A stealthy wolf disguises himself as a sheep and joins a nearby flock, while they’re plotting to disarm their would-be enemy with a secret weapon: affection. This well-crafted picture book is great fun for reading aloud.
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