This Month in Kids Books: January 2022

Reading recommendations for kids
January 19, 2022
A fascinating biographical ode to a science fiction-luminary that too often doesn’t get the credit she deserves will soon be making its way to library shelves.

reading recommendationsStar Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced an American childhood that shaped her into the groundbreaking science-fiction storyteller whose novels continue to challenge and delight readers fifteen years after her death.

Trending Now
The latest in the Baby-Sitters Club series of graphic novels, first adapted by Raina Telgemeier and now featuring a number of talented middle-grade comic creators, is also on the way. Between the popularity of the comics, the Netflix series, and the renaissance of the original novels, the new comic may come with a little wait, so make sure to peruse this mix of graphic novel, illustrated book, and chapter book readalikes.   
What’s New This Month
New books in the Princess in Black, Bravelands, and Middle School series are on the way, along with some gorgeous picture books, a buzzworthy debut, and books from authors like Melissa de la Cruz, Aisha Saeed, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and more.  
What We’re Reading
This month, library staff are recommending picture books about magic hair, puppies who don't fit in and aliens trying to figure the cat out, along with books by Ann Clare LeZottee and Donna Barba Higuera, among other great picks.  
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