This Month in Kids Books: December 2022

Reading recommendations for kids
December 13, 2022
A gorgeous and inspiring follow-up to the 2020 picture book All Because You Matter by Tami Charles and award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier is on the way to library shelves.
We Are Here by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier 
Lyrical, affirmational, and bursting with love, We Are Here is a poignant story about Black and brown heritage and community. Full of assurance, tenderness, and triumph, this much-anticipated follow-up to All Because You Matter offers an equally inspirational and arresting ode to all of the Black women and men throughout history who have made momentous contributions from the beginning of time.

What’s New This Month
Other forthcoming picture books for younger readers include new books about an American story, a grumpy New Year, delicious dim sum, an anglerfish, and a loveable cockatoo. Also on the way are new volumes in popular series like Wings of Fire, Baby-Sitters Club, Magic Tree House, Minecraft Stonesword Saga, Sinister Summer, Henry Heckelbeck, I Survived, and more.  
Trending for Kids
The long-awaited new graphic novel in the Wings of Fire series, Moon Rising, drops at the end of the year and already has a growing holds list. While you wait, make sure to peruse these series readalikes.  
What We’re Reading 
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:

Baby-Sitters Little Sister: Karen’s School Picture by Katy Fatina: “I loved that the adults didn’t step in and solve the problem of how to decide between fitting in or standing up for what you believe in.”

Ida, Always by Caron Lewis: “Sweet and very moving look at the patterns of grief and loss. A real tear-jerker, every time.”
Sweety by Andrea Zuill: “How many children (and adults!) feel like they're awkward and that nobody has interests like them? This is an exuberant, charming and relatable book about Sweety, an unapologetic naked mole rat. It will make you have all the feels, and it’s a fun read-aloud, as well!”
¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market by Raúl the Third: “Join Lobo on his daily bilingual journey in his neighborhood market! This book has English, Spanish, and Spanglish vocabulary for everyday use with Mexican culture along the way. A great book for fans of Richard Scarry’s word books.”
Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon: “For the reader who'd rather grab a sword, hop on her riding quail, and beat up a dragon than sit around waiting to be rescued.  Wonderful fractured fairy tale series, highlighting the importance of fractions, brandishing lessons, and attention to detail.  *Excellent* read-aloud.”
That’s Betty! The Story of Betty White by Gregory Bonsignore, ill. by Jennifer M. Potter: “You don't have to know who Betty White is to be swept up in what an interesting person she was. There were so many things that I learned about her! And all told through the eyes of a boy doing a book report on her.”  
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