This month in Youth Books: February 2021

Reading recommendations for kids
February 17, 2021
Bedtime is always one of the best times to read together with a child, but bedtime storytime doesn’t always have be a somber, sleepy affair. Some kids go to bed happiest with some silliness and play, and a new picture book this month from the author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site offers a perfect opportunity for both.
its-so-quiet.jpgIt's So Quiet: A Not-Quite-Going-to-Bed Book by Sherri Duskey Rinker, ill. by Tony Fucile
It's time for bed, but one little mouse just can't get to sleep— it's too quiet! However, the night is actually full of sounds, from the croak of the bullfrog to the howl of a coyote on a distant hill. As the rhythmic symphony of nighttime noises build in this rollicking read-aloud, the mouse starts to wonder whether he wouldn't like a little more quiet, after all. Packed full of animal noises that are perfect for animatedly imitating, this bedtime selection offers plenty of giggles for wiggly kids before they put their head on their pillow.

Black History Month
As we head past the midpoint of February, more and more wonderful new books by Black creators are appearing on our shelves. However, now is a great time to delve into some classics from previous years, too. Staff from across the library system put together some great lists for this year’s Black History Month, including a wonderful list for the youngest readers:
What’s New This Month
Highly anticipated new releases by Jennifer Nielsen, Dan Gutman, and Tui T. Sutherland are on the way, as well as a picture book about the Persian New Year, a nonfiction children’s book about the Fukushima disaster, and more:
What We’re Reading
​Among this month’s staff picks are books that won the Pura Belpré and National Book Awards, some lovely storytime selections, and a picture book that celebrates body shapes, sizes, and abilities:

For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond, check these out: