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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 best-of-the-year nonfiction and fiction books and picture books.
Born to Fly: The First Women’s Air Race across America. By Steve Sheinkin. Illus. by Bijou Karman. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781626721302). Gr. 6–9.
It would take more than sexism, sabotage, and “crack-up accidents” to discourage the 20 fiercely competitive but mutually supportive aviators in the 1929 Women’s Air Derby. Sheinkin’s detailed, focused narrative thrusts readers into the action of this tension-filled race.
Brave Face. By Shaun David Hutchinson. Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse, $18.99 (9781534431515). Gr. 8–12.
Hutchinson lays bare his high-school and early college years—his coming out and the resulting family tension, friendship difficulties, depression, self-harm, failed relationships, and a suicide attempt—in this razor-sharp, deeply revealing, and brutally honest memoir.
Bringing Down a President: The Watergate Scandal. By Andrea Balis and Elizabeth Levy. Illus. by Tim Foley. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781250176790). Gr. 7–12.
An innovative, lively format takes readers through the Watergate scandal. Balis and Levy use quotations from documented sources and provides crisply written expository sections that augment and expand the quotes. Drawing pertinent comparisons to current political events, this makes for riveting fare.
Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbable Voyage of Apollo 11. By Richard Maurer. Roaring Brook, $19.99 (9781626727458). Gr. 6–12.
Beginning with the WWII experiences of six men, Maurer meticulously follows their career paths into pivotal roles as managers, engineers, and astronauts at NASA. An absorbing, insightful, informative resource for readers who want to understand the space program’s history from the ground up.
Enough Is Enough: How Students Can Join the Fight for Gun Safety. By Michelle Roehm McCann. Illus. by Katie Hill. Simon Pulse/Beyond Words, $22.99 (9781582707006). Gr. 7–12.
Up-to-date statistics and infographics fill this timely guide to student activism against gun violence. Using inclusive language that seeks to unite and inspire action, McCann addresses gun advocates and opponents alike, highlighting their common goal to improve gun safety in the U.S.
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People. By Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Debbie Reese, and Jean Mendoza. Beacon, $18.95 (9780807049396). Gr. 7–12.
This adaptation gives an extensive, chronological account of the strategically brutal removal of Native peoples from sea to shining sea—a result of settler-colonial policies—urging readers to consider their own roles in the Indigenous resistance.
Ordinary Hazards. By Nikki Grimes. Boyds Mills & Kane/Wordsong, $19.99 (9781629798813). Gr. 9–12.
Finding family and inner strength are at the core of Grimes’ raw and potent memoir in verse, in which she tackles topics of childhood abuse, foster care, and mental illness and discovers lifelines in writing, reading, and loving relationships.
Shout. By Laurie Halse Anderson. Viking, $17.99 (9780670012107). Gr. 9–12.
In a memoir in verse that arrives two decades after her groundbreaking debut, Speak, Anderson writes frankly, first about experiencing assault and trauma at a young age, then on writing, living, and reclaiming herself and supporting others through both.
Spies: The Secret Showdown between America and Russia. By Marc Favreau. Little, Brown, $19.99 (9780316545921). Gr. 9–12.
Through beautifully sourced profiles of KGB and CIA spies, acclaimed author Favreau documents the long years of the Cold War, capturing the tension of an era that has sent increasingly clear shockwaves into our world today.
Let ‘Er Buck! George Fletcher, the People’s Champion. By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. Illus. by Gordon C. James. Carolrhoda, $18.99 (9781512498080). Gr. 2–5.
An African American cowboy with a passion for horses rides a bucking bronco in a 1911 competition, places second to a white man due to prejudiced judging, and earns a measure of justice after all. Dramatic, oil-on-board paintings illustrate this expressively written picture-book biography.
The Magnificent Migration: On Safari with Africa’s Last Great Herds. By Sy Montgomery. Illus. by Roger Wood and Logan Wood. HMH, $24.99 (9780544761131). Gr. 5–8.
Readers embark on an epic African safari tracking wildebeest migration in Montgomery’s scientific travelogue, which is richly peppered with detailed observations, personal anecdotes, and connections to other animal migrants.
Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters. By Carlyn Beccia. Illus. by the author. Carolrhoda, $19.99 (9781512449167). Gr. 4–7.
Fantastically researched, graphics rich, and packed full of useful diagrams, this helpful (and tongue-in-cheek) title explores the science behind eight different monsters and cryptids in accessible and irreverent ways. (Top of the List winner – Youth Nonfiction)
A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation. By Barry Wittenstein. Illus. by Jerry Pinkney. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9780823443314). Gr. 2–5.
The civil rights movement is magnified through the intimate lens of Martin Luther King Jr.’s momentous “I Have a Dream” speech, as he wrestles with what to say. Pinkney’s detailed, poignant collage artwork includes powerful portraits of several important African American figures.
The Poison Eaters: Fighting Danger and Fraud in Our Food and Drugs. By Gail Jarrow. Boyds Mills & Kane/Calkins Creek, $18.99 (9781629794389). Gr. 5–8.
Jarrow’s fascinating, stomach-churning account of Harvey Washington Wiley’s crusade for food safety standards contains enough stories of unconscionable products and unwitting victims that readers won’t realize they’re also imbibing a powerful lesson in the evolution of today’s FDA.
Thurgood. By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Bryan Collier. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9781524765330). Gr. 1–4.
This dynamic picture-book biography introduces Thurgood Marshall, who grew up in an era of segregation and prejudice and became America’s first Black Supreme Court justice. Personal anecdotes give the facts context and emotional resonance, while the powerful watercolor-and-collage illustrations create dramatic effects.
Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur. By José Luis Carballido and Diego Pol. Illus. by Florencia Gigena. Scholastic/Orchard, $18.99 (9781338207392). Gr. 1–4.
Readers will experience the excitement of discovering a dinosaur as they join two paleontologists directing the excavation of a titanosaur, the largest dinosaur ever discovered, in this oversize book, which shows off the details of an archeological dig in its paintings.
The Undefeated. By Kwame Alexander. Illus. by Kadir Nelson. HMH/Versify, $17.99 (9781328780966). Gr. 3–6.
Alexander and Nelson combine their considerable talents in this powerful ode to inspiring African American heroes in the fields of sports, the arts, and political activism, as well as everyday champions whose very survival exemplifies success.
Bloom Boom! By April Pulley Sayre. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781481494724). PreS–Gr. 2.
Celebrating the diversity and splendor of flowering plants, Sayre offers succinct verses ending in the refrain “Bloom, boom!” along with crisp-edged, full-color photographs providing varied colors and perspectives. A visually enticing botanical picture book that’s perfect for preschool story hours.
Does It Fart? A Kid’s Guide to the Gas Animals Pass. By Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti. Illus. by Alex G. Griffiths. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316491044). Gr. 1–3.
Nineteen animals parade through the pages of this hilarious science book, which poses the all-important question: Does it fart? Offering more than a simple yes or no, the answers incorporate why this is (or isn’t) so, ensuring readers aren’t dealing with just hot air.
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way. By Kyo Maclear. Illus. by Julie Morstad. Harper, $17.99 (9780062447623). K–Gr. 3.
This beautiful and thoughtful biography, which uses color, textures, and words with finesse, introduces Japanese American illustrator Gyo Fujikawa. She overcame the hardship of life in an internment camp and went on to create inclusive picture books beloved by generations of children.
Butterfly Yellow. By Thanhhà Lai. Harper, $17.99 (9780062229212). Gr. 9–12.
Lai tells a multifaceted story about Hang, who’s searching for the younger brother she put on a plane in Operation Babylift, and Tex, a rich kid who wants to be a cowboy, in this powerful novel that pulses with Hang’s throb of regret and thin wisp of hopefulness.
The Downstairs Girl. By Stacey Lee. Putnam, $17.99 (9781524740955). Gr. 9–12.
It’s 1890 in Atlanta, and Jo Kuan has a secret: she’s the anonymous author of the popular, yet polarizing, agony aunt column “Dear Miss Sweetie.” Amid Jo’s first-person narrative crackling with witty wordplay, Lee weaves in plenty of sharp, all-too-familiar commentary about racism and prejudice.
The Last True Poets of the Sea. By Julia Drake. Disney/Hyperion, $17.99 (9781368048088). Gr. 10–12.
Sent to small-town Lyric, Maine, after her brother’s suicide attempt, Violet researches the legendary shipwreck that is part of her family’s history, becoming deeply involved with a group of local teens—especially local history buff Liv—in a tale that echoes Twelfth Night.
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me. By Mariko Tamaki. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. First Second, $17.99 (9781626722590). Gr. 9–12.
Freddy finds herself in an on-again, off-again relationship with the impossibly cool but mostly heartless Laura Dean in this queer coming-of-age story that tackles friendship, toxic relationships, and discovering personal strength. Valero-O’Connell’s stunning, cinematic artwork masterfully captures the mood with stirring gestures and facial expressions.
Let Me Hear a Rhyme. By Tiffany D. Jackson. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062840325). Gr. 9–12.
When Stephon is killed in 1990s Brooklyn, his friends Quadir and Jarrell embark on a mission to make him posthumously famous for his music, while his younger sister, Jasmine, is determined to solve his murder.
The Lost Coast. By Amy Rose Capetta. Candlewick, $17.99 (9781536200966). Gr. 9–12.
In Capetta’s dreamy, enigmatic tale, a restless teen finds friendship, love, and self-acceptance among a coven of queer witches, which summons her to help find their missing friend. The poetic language, nonlinear plot, and shifting perspectives intermix for an unconventional, memorable read.
Lovely War. By Julie Berry. Viking, $18.99 (9780451469939). Gr. 9–12.
Berry’s sweeping, multifaceted historical novel mixes Greek gods with the brutally described horrors of war, the tenderness of love, and the evils of racism—all with remarkable intensity. Lovely War proves again that Berry is one of our most ambitious writers.
The Music of What Happens. By Bill Konigsberg. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9781338215502). Gr. 9–12.
Love blossoms between two teen boys working on a food truck in this ambitious, character-driven novel, which examines toxic masculinity in the gay community and the deep, lingering effects and complications of sexual assault.
On the Come Up. By Angie Thomas. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $18.99 (9780062498564). Gr. 9–12.
Bri, the daughter of a deceased underground rapper, is pursuing her own rap career as she overcomes a traumatic past. Thomas’ sophomore novel truly shines in its exploration of Bri’s resilience, determination, and pursuit of her dreams.
Ordinary Girls. By Blair Thornburgh. HarperTeen, $17.99 (9780062447814). Gr. 7–10.
As her high-strung older sister drifts away, agonizing over college choices and financial aid, 15-year-old Plum turns elsewhere and begins to question some long-held notions. A tutoring job leads to romantic awakenings in this witty first-person narrative exploring change and the mysterious bond of sisterhood.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph. By Brandy Colbert. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316448567). Gr. 9–12.
Birdie was always “the perfect daughter” until Booker blew into her life. She keeps their whirlwind romance a secret, knowing her strict parents would never accept him, but when Birdie’s aunt, who struggles with addiction, returns to town, things get complicated.
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves behind Them All. By Laura Ruby. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062317643). Gr. 9–12.
In this bewitching, dynamic novel, a ghost observes Frankie, who’s living in a Chicago orphanage in 1941 with her sister, through her gradual coming of age. Ruby’s delicate, powerful storytelling artfully draws out potent connections among the stories of the living and the dead.
We Are the Perfect Girl. By Ariel Kaplan. Knopf, $17.99 (9780525647102). Gr. 9–12.
Aphra, outgoing but plain, reluctantly helps her shy but beautiful best friend win over the seemingly ideal guy in this modernization of Cyrano de Bergerac, which skillfully—and hilariously—updates the story for a new age.
We Set the Dark on Fire. By Tehlor Kay Mejia. HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen, $17.99 (9780062691316). Gr. 9–12.
Driven by its achingly slow-burn romance, this masterfully constructed debut follows Dani and Carmen, the two wives of a young, swiftly rising politician in a tyrannical regime, as they navigate a world of oppressive power structures.
The Bridge Home. By Padma Venkatraman. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $16.99 (9781524738112). Gr. 5–7.
After running away from home to Chennai, India, 11-year-old Viji and her 12-year-old sister, Rukku, bond with two homeless boys and form a tight-knit, alternate family that gives them courage as they struggle for survival. This absorbing novel explores love, loss, and resilience.
For Black Girls Like Me. By Mariama J. Lockington. Farrar, $16.99 (9780374308049). Gr. 4–7.
Eleven-year-old Keda is a Black adoptee to white parents. After her family moves from Baltimore to Albuquerque, she struggles with indignities from her adoptive family, hate speech from classmates, and microaggressions toward her skin, hair, and “white” mannerisms.
Indian No More. By Charlene Willing McManis and Traci Sorell. Lee & Low/Tu, $18.95 (9781620148396). Gr. 3–6.
When the U.S. government terminates the official status of her tribe, the Umpqua, Regina Petit and her family move to L.A. as part of the Indian Relocation Program. This historical novel meaningfully highlights diversity among American Indian tribes, as Regina grapples with her cultural identity.
Lalani of the Distant Sea. By Erin Entrada Kelly. Illus. by Lian Cho. Greenwillow, $16.99 (9780062747273). Gr. 4–8.
Stealing a boat, Lalani sets sail hoping she might succeed where legendary sailors have failed and save her island home. Kelly’s rich, Filipino-inspired mythology deepens not only Lalani’s story but the stories of the flora and fauna she encounters on her quest.
The Last Last-Day-of-Summer. By Lamar Giles. Illus. by Dapo Adeola. HMH/Versify, $16.99 (9781328460837). Gr. 4–7.
Two mystery-solving cousins, known as the Legendary Alston Boys, have one incredible case on their hands when a man with an odd camera appears out of nowhere and, with the press of a button, literally freezes time on the last day of summer break.
The Line Tender. By Kate Allen. Illus. by Xingye Jin. Dutton, $17.99 (9780735231603). Gr. 4–8.
Allen writes with empathy and emotional depth in her story of Lucy, a middle-schooler who finds respite in art and biology as she navigates the death of her best friend. Themes of grief and resilience receive equal weight in this poignant debut.
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks. By Jason Reynolds. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781481438285). Gr. 5–8.
As a bus falls from the sky, 10 short stories, told in parallel, follow a diverse array of students as they deal with various trials over the course of their walks home from school.
Other Words for Home. By Jasmine Warga. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $16.99 (9780062747808). Gr. 4–7.
After fleeing Syria, Jude and her pregnant mother are living with relatives in Cincinnati. The novel, written in verse, captures Jude’s tumultuous emotions as she adjusts to her new life while dealing with friendships, Islamophobia, learning English, and worries about her family back home.
Pay Attention, Carter Jones. By Gary D. Schmidt. HMH, $16.99 (9780544790858). Gr. 4–6.
Pandemonium reigns in the Jones household, where Mom struggles to cope with four kids alone. When the Butler arrives, 12-year-old Carter initially resists the man’s quiet authority but finds himself facing challenges and, ultimately, learning to make good choices. A beautifully written, often amusing, and deeply moving novel.
A Place to Belong. By Cynthia Kadohata. Illus. by Julia Kuo. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781481446648). Gr. 4–7.
Twelve-year-old Hanako, a Japanese American girl who has lived in an internment camp, returns with her family to Hiroshima after the war. Her story, by turns tender and rawly realistic, is beautifully crafted yet utterly true to a child’s innermost thoughts.
The Runaways. By Ulf Stark. Illus. by Kitty Crowther. Tr. by Julia Marshall. Gecko, $17.99 (9781776572335). Gr. 3–5.
Gottfried Junior helps Grandpa escape the hospital, flee to the island home he and Grandma had shared, and return a day later. Blunt yet light-handed in acknowledging anger, sorrow, death, and the mystery of the afterlife, this story features two strong characters pulling off a madcap caper.
Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. By Carlos Hernandez. Disney/Hyperion, $16.99 (9781368022828). Gr. 4–7.
When Sal’s classmate Gabi discovers he has the power to reach into parallel universes and pull objects—including people, such as his dead mami—into their world, it launches an engrossing blend of sf, folklore, and Cuban culture, artfully exploring grief.
Scary Stories for Young Foxes. By Christian McKay Heidicker. Illus. by Junyi Wu. Holt, $16.99 (9781250181428). Gr. 3–6.
Seven fox kits on the prowl for scary bedtime stories get more than they bargain for when the old storyteller doles out the blood-chilling tales of foxes Mia and Uly. A suspenseful must-read for young horror fans.
Stargazing. By Jen Wang. Illus. by the author. First Second, $12.99 (9781250183880). Gr. 3–6.
Christine and Moon’s differences put a strain on their friendship, but when Moon’s boisterous creativity turns out to be something else, Christine realizes how important her friend is. With marvelous artwork, Wang tells a poignant friendship story with nuanced insight into the diversity of Chinese American communities.
The Storm Keeper’s Island. By Catherine Doyle. Bloomsbury, $16.99 (9781681199597). Gr. 3–6.
Eleven-year-old Fionn, returning for the summer to his ancestral home of Arranmore Island, discovers that he is the one chosen to inherit the elemental magic of the Storm Keeper—just in time to resume a centuries-old war against evil.
This Was Our Pact. By Ryan Andrews. Illus. by the author. First Second, $14.99 (9781626720534). Gr. 5–8.
Nathaniel and Ben are the only two kids to stick out the pact to follow the lanterns down the river, and what they discover on their journey is eerie, magical, and fantastic. Andrews’ dusky, cinematic graphic novel blends emotional complexity with a stunningly imaginative adventure. (Top of the List Winner—Youth Fiction)
The True History of Lyndie B. Hawkins. By Gail Shepherd. Penguin/Kathy Dawson, $16.99 (9780525428459). Gr. 5–7.
In 1985 Tennessee, Lyndie struggles with her grandmother’s rules and the changes the Vietnam War has brought to her family. Lyndie’s narration is frank and funny, and Shepherd does a fine job of juggling relationships, plot, and the push-pull between reality and hope.
The Very, Very Far North. By Dan Bar-El. Illus. by Kelly Pousette. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781534433410). Gr. 2–4.
In a series of episodic adventures set in the Arctic, Duane the polar bear befriends a variety of creatures. Sweetly illustrated and radiating warmth and gentle humor, this charming offering is reminiscent of A. A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh stories.
The Bell Rang. By James E. Ransome. Illus. by the author. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy, $17.99 (9781442421134). K–Gr. 3.
When Ben escapes slavery, his still-enslaved family worries about his fate. Ransome’s powerful picture book uses artful verse and stark, moving paintings to address two terrible options for enslaved people: stay or run.
Camp Tiger. By Susan Choi. Illus. by John Rocco. Putnam, $17.99 (9780399173295). PreS–Gr. 1.
As summer ends and a new school year approaches, a family encounters a friendly tiger on their annual camping trip. This stunningly illustrated tale from a Caldecott Honor Book illustrator and a Pulitzer finalist seamlessly combines fantasy with the everyday.
Fry Bread: A Native American Family Tradition. By Kevin Noble Maillard. Illus. by Juana Martinez-Neal. Roaring Brook, $18.99 (9781626727465). K–Gr. 2.
Native American fry bread is celebrated as a culinary experience and a metaphor for resilience in this picture book, with text and illustrations showing the diversity of Indigenous peoples, the role of continuity between generations, and the adaptation over time of people, place, and tradition.
Home in the Woods. By Eliza Wheeler. Illus. by the author. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399162909). K–Gr. 3.
Resources are in short supply during the Depression for Marvel’s large family, so they move to a tar-paper shack in the woods. Wheeler’s evocative artwork complements the concise, poetic prose, striking a careful balance between melancholy and hope as the family rebuilds its life. (Top of the List Winner—Picture Book)
La Gran fiesta de los olores. By Pato Mena. Illus. by the author. NubeOcho, $16.95 (9788417123970). K–Gr. 3.
In this silly picture book, the Spanish edition of Wonder Mole’s Scent Costume Party, a sly weasel thinks he can “weasel” himself into a mole costume party and snack on some of the partygoers—a plan that hilariously backfires.
My Cat Looks like My Dad. By Thao Lam. Illus. by the author. Owlkids, $17.95 (9781771473514). PreS–Gr. 2.
Dad and Cat share comical similarities in this surprising story. An unnamed narrator points them out (ginger hair, stretching, sardines) and cut-paper collage amplifies the humor. The twist ending is a delightful accompaniment to the book’s message: “family is what you make it.”
My Papi Has a Motorcycle. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña. Penguin/Kokila, $17.99 (9780525553410). K–Gr. 3.
Mi papi tiene una moto. By Isabel Quintero. Illus. by Zeke Peña. Tr. by Andrea Montejo. Penguin/Kokila, $17.99 (9780525554943). K–Gr. 3.
After a long day of work, Papi picks up Daisy, and as they zigzag through the streets on his motorcycle, she notices her neighborhood changing. A beautiful story about father-daughter bonding, layered with a tale of gentrification.
Pluto Gets the Call. By Adam Rex. Illus. by Laurie Keller. Simon & Schuster/Beach Lane, $17.99 (9781534414532). K–Gr. 3.
This hybrid fiction-nonfiction tragicomedy about Pluto’s demotion from planet to ice dwarf delivers interesting astronomical facts and lots of laughs as Pluto, heartbroken, nevertheless graciously gives an informative tour of the solar system.
Pokko and the Drum. By Matthew Forsythe. Illus. by the author. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $17.99 (9781481480390). PreS–Gr. 2.
After her parents gift her a drum, Pokko bangs her way through the forest, drawing a musical following of critters. Her determined drumming and steadfast leadership subtly provide a delightful and hilarious lesson on the importance of marching to the beat of your own drum.
The Proudest Blue. By Ibtihaj Muhammad and S. K. Ali. Illus. by Hatem Aly. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316519007). K–Gr. 3.
On her first day of hijab, little Faizah’s sixth-grade sister, Asiya, selects a beautiful shade of blue to wear. Faizah sees her sister as a princess, and encounters with ignorant bullies in the schoolyard inspire her to represent their culture with confidence.
Small in the City. By Sydney Smith. Illus. by the author. Holiday/Neal Porter, $18.99 (9781406388404). K–Gr. 2.
A boy is on a quest to find a lost friend, though the first-person narrative makes readers wait to find just who that is. The plain-spoken text is juxtaposed against stirring paintings, the drama of which is heightened by the swirling snowstorm that permeates the pages.
A Stone Sat Still. By Brendan Wenzel. Illus. by the author. Chronicle, $17.99 (9781452173184). PreS–Gr. 2.
This blend of poetry, art, and science observes the same small boulder, impressionistically depicted on each spread through a specific animal’s perspective, interacting with the life around it as, gradually, rising waters flood the planet.
Sweety. By Andrea Zuill. Illus. by the author. Random/Schwartz & Wade, $17.99 (9780525580003). K–Gr. 3.
Zuill takes a common theme—finding the courage to be yourself—and makes it funny, heartwarming, and inspiring in the story of Sweety, a young naked mole rat trying to balance her unique personality with her desire for acceptance.
Vroom! By Barbara McClintock. Illus. by the author. Farrar, $17.99 (9781626722170). PreS–K.
Little Annie hops into her race car, drives out her bedroom window, and zooms through town and countryside before returning home for bedtime. A captivating picture book for the many young children who are fascinated by cars and driven by the need for speed.
When Aidan Became a Brother. By Kyle Lukoff. Illus. by Kaylani Juanita. Lee & Low, $18.95 (9781620148372). K–Gr. 3.
Though assigned female at birth, biracial Aidan soon realizes he’s a boy. When his loving parents announce a new addition, he worries about respecting his new sibling’s gender but comes to realize that loving them is what matters. Thought-provoking and pitched in terms ideal for the target audience.
Who Wet My Pants? By Bob Shea. Illus. by Zachariah OHora. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316525213). K–Gr. 2.
Returning to his scout camp, Reuben the bear notices a discreet yellow stain around the crotch of his pants. Furious, he hilariously accuses fellow troop members—until a recollection of his day’s activities sheds light on the hilarious truth.
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