This Month in Kids Books: June 2023

Reading recommendations for kids
June 13, 2023
YA author Sarah Everett’s middle-grade debut, replete with starred reviews, is on the way to library shelves.
Book cover with an illustration of a young girl standing in a puddle of water with a blue background. The title "The Probability of Everything" is written across the top and the bottom.The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett
Eleven-year-old Kemi Carter loves scientific facts, specifically probability. It's how she understands the world and her place in it. Kemi knows her odds of being born were 1 in 5.5 trillion, and that the odds of her having the best family ever were even lower. Yet somehow, Kemi lucked out.
But everything Kemi thought she knew changes when she sees an asteroid hover in the sky, casting a purple haze over her world. Amplus-68 has an 84.7% chance of colliding with earth in four days, and with that collision, Kemi’s life as she knows it will end.
But over the course of the four days, even facts don’t feel true to Kemi anymore. The new town she moved to that was supposed to be “better for her family” isn’t very welcoming. And Amplus-68 is taking over her life, but others are still going to school and eating at their favorite diner like nothing has changed. Is Kemi the only one who feels like the world is ending?
With the days numbered, Kemi decides to put together a time capsule that will capture her family’s truth: how creative her mother is, how inquisitive her little sister can be, and how much Kemi's whole world revolves around her father. But no time capsule can change the truth behind all of it, that Kemi must face the most inevitable and hardest part of life: saying goodbye.
What’s New This Month
The latest entries in a number of popular graphic novel series are also incoming, including the latest Baby-Sitters Little Sister; Narwhal and Jelly; Sweet Valley Twins; Pizza and Taco; Cupcake Diaries; Spider-Man; and Plants vs. Zombies series. Make sure to keep an eye out for more new books from authors like Dan Gutman, Reem Faruqi, Derrick Barnes, Jesse Q. Sutanto, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
Summer Reading is underway! Kick it off with these perplexing mystery reads.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:

Very Good Hats by Emma Straub: “Olives make hats for your fingers, lids are hats to pots! Amusing book for thinking outside the box and using your imagination.”
Me and the Family Tree by Carole Boston Weatherford: “This book celebrates physical family characteristics as well as showing the beauty of our own differences & similarities.”
Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell: “There are no tortoises in Antarctica... until there are! Very funny.”
For more lists of recommended reads from the book world and beyond:
  • Kids’ books about anxiety from Brightly
  • Kids’ and teen books about disability from Book Riot
  • Middle grade dystopias from Book Riot
  • Choosing the right magic school for you from Powell’s