This Month in Kids Books: June 2022

Reading recommendations for kids
June 15, 2022
Michaela Goade, the Caldecott Award-winning illustrator of We Are Water Protectors, has her first self-authored picture book arriving soon to library shelves.
Berry Song by Michaela Goade
On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries. Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude, in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all.

What’s New This Month
Some fantastic graphic novels are on the way, including the latest in the Chunky and Magic Tree House series, the long-awaited graphic version of Kwame Alexander’s Booked, and a fun new series by Kay Davault. Also incoming are new Minecraft, Spider-Man, and Whatever After; beautiful picture books from Anoosha Syed, Phillip C. Stead, and Arree Chung; and new books from authors like Zoraida Córdova, Kwame Mbalia, Sarah Beth Durst, Pablo Cartaya, and more.  
What We’re Reading
 Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:

Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish by Pablo Cartaya: “Can you see your parents for who they are, and not who they should be? This is something everyone will struggle with at some point, because no parent is perfect, except as seen through the eyes of a young child. A great exploration of culture, family, and honesty–with yourself.”
You Be Mommy by Karla Clark, ill. by Zoe Persico: “Never have I found a picture book about parenting that I identified with SO STRONGLY. ‘Mommy’s too tired to be Mommy tonight’ is a MOOD, especially for parents of kids under 5 in 2022. It’s rhyming and bouncing and loving and charming and sweet, a perfect bedtime book, and it will hit SO STRONGLY. Implied single parent representation, too.”
Child of the Flower-Song People by Gloria Amescua, ill. by Duncan Tonatiuh: “This picture book-biography is brightly illustrated for younger audiences and captivates older ones with this story.”  
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