This Month in Kids Books: August 2021

Reading recommendations for kids
August 17, 2021
A wealth of new titles are coming to library shelves as fall approaches, including a number of hotly anticipated sequels. Semi-biographical, slice-of-life graphic novels for middle schoolers continue to be in high demand, and the upcoming follow-up to one of the most popular series is now on the way: 
Friends Forever by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Shannon is in eighth grade, and life is more complicated than ever. Everything keeps changing, her classmates are starting to date each other (but nobody wants to date her!), and no matter how hard she tries, she can never seem to just be happy. As she works through her insecurities and undiagnosed depression, she worries about disappointing all the people who care about her. Is something wrong with her? Can she be the person everyone expects her to be? And who does she actually want to be?

Trending Now
We’re seeing more holds for the previous entries in Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham’s Friends series, profiled above. If your reader is looking for more middle-grade graphic novels like them, you can’t go wrong with this list: 
What’s New This Month
New in the catalog are beautiful forthcoming picture books by Yuyi Morales, Sophie Blackall, and Dan Yaccarino. Also incoming are the latest Rick Riordan Presents book centering Hmong storytelling, the latest Narwhal and Jelly comic, a fast-paced softball story, Pax the fox’s journey home, and more:
What We’re Reading
Library staff are loving books about a new day, a pashmina, a smile, and the beautiful music of someone's name, among other great choices for young readers:
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: