This Month in Kids’ Books: July 2021

Reading recommendations for kids
July 15, 2021

A lot of highly anticipated kids’ books are hitting shelves this summer, including the latest entries in some popular series. The Rick Riordan Presents line of middle-grade adventure books are surefire hits for lovers of fantasy stories, and the sequel to a wonderful debut in that line is coming soon to library shelves: 
Paola-santiago.jpgPaola Santiago and the Forest of Nightmares by Tehlor Kay Mejia
Six months after Paola Santiago confronted the legendary La Llorona, life is nothing like she'd expected it to be. She is barely speaking to her best friends, Dante and Emma, and what's worse, her mom has a totally annoying boyfriend. Even with her chupacabra puppy, Bruto, around, Pao can't escape the feeling that she's all alone in the world. Pao has no one to tell that she's having nightmares again, this time set in a terrifying forest. Even more troubling? At their center is her estranged father, an enigma of a man she barely remembers. And when Dante's abuela falls mysteriously ill, it seems that the dad Pao never knew just might be the key to healing the eccentric old woman.
Trending Now
The Mysterious Benedict Society is the latest kids’ book to get a fun screen adaptation, this one on Disney+. While you’re waiting for your hold on the source material, make sure to take a look at these equally mysterious readalikes:
What’s New This Month
The latest comic in Kayla Miller’s popular Click series is on the way, along with some great books by authors like Kwame Mbalia, Lesa Cline-Ransome, Gordon Korman, Andrea Wang, and more:  
What We’re Reading
Library staff are recommending picture books about being scared and appreciating all different types of bodies, graphic novels about ghosts and folk legends, and chapter books about robots and ghosts, among other great choices for young readers:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: