This Month in Kids Books: August 2023

Reading recommendations for kids
August 8, 2023
The latest entry in Kelly Yang’s acclaimed Front Desk series of middle-grade novels is on the way to library shelves.
Top Story by Kelly Yang
Mia Tang is at the top of her game!
She’s spending winter break with Mom, Lupe, Jason, and Hank in San Francisco’s Chinatown! Rich with history and hilarious aunties and uncles, it’s the place to find a great story—one she hopes to publish while attending journalism camp at the Tribune. But this trip has as many bumps as the hills of San Francisco...
1. Mia's camp is full of older kids, with famous relatives, fancy laptops, and major connections! Can she compete with just her pen and passion?
2. Lupe’s thinking about skipping ahead to college! Will Mia ever get a chance to just chill with her best friend?
3. Jason’s crushing hard on a new girl. For the first time ever, Mia is speechless…and jealous. Can she find the courage to tell Jason—gulp—that she has a crush on him?
Even for the best writers, it’s not always easy to find the right words. But if anyone can tell a top story, it’s Mia Tang!
What’s New This Month
The latest entries in the Magic Tree House, Warriors, Stuntboy, Hooky, and Llama Llama series are also incoming, along with new books from authors like Emily Bowen Cohen, Rebecca Lim, Melissa De La Cruz Adam Rex, Rokshani Chokshi Remy Lai, Rebecca Stead, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
Have you finished your Summer Reading challenge yet? There’s still time, with some of these audacious action titles to round out your reading during the warm months.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:
I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown: “An affirming book about a black son and his father's love.”
My Aunt is a Monster by Reimena Yee: “Rich illustrations, fun original story.”
Our Pool by Lucy Ruth Cummins: “A vibrant story celebrating hot days and community pools! Perfect for summer storytimes.”  
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