This month in books for kids: January 2021

New reads for kids
January 19, 2021

And so we begin a new year still patiently waiting in our homes for the day we can gather together and do things outside the house again. For kids, especially, stories of action and adventure are in high demand right now. Thankfully, there’s a great new title that’s perfect for school-age readers who were enchanted by Percy Jackson and Tristan Strong.

Amari-pic-(3).jpgAmari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston
Amari Peters has never stopped believing her missing brother, Quinton, is alive. So when she finds a ticking briefcase in his closet, containing a nomination for a summer tryout at the Bureau of Supernatural Affairs, she’s certain the secretive organization holds the key to locating Quinton, if only she can wrap her head around the idea of magicians, fairies, aliens, and other supernatural creatures all being real. Billed as a cross between Artemis Fowl and Men in Black, this new middle-grade fantasy is getting rave reviews and lots of buzz. Already available on OverDrive, make sure to place a hold if you would prefer to check out the physical print or audio CD versions.

Trending Now
Meanwhile, the kids in your life are probably spending a lot more time on screens than usual. Along the way, we’ve definitely seen some great cartoons for all ages served up by various streaming services. A lot of those wonderful shows were inspired by equally wonderful books, or had a fun spinoff book released. Best of all, all of these books are comics or illustrated chapter books, offering plenty of the great visuals that added so much appeal to the shows. Check out this list of books your family may have seen on screen in the last few months:

What's New
Some great new picture books by Brian Pinkney are Anita Lobel are on the way, as well as new titles illustrated by Dan Santat and Christian Robinson. Also on deck are new middle-grade novels about magic, self-esteem, and figure skating. Check out those and more:
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