This Month in Kids Books: March 2023

Reading recommendations for kids
March 14, 2023
The latest entry in Jerry Craft’s award-winning New Kid graphic novels for middle-grade readers is on the way to library shelves.
School Trip
by Jerry Craft
Jordan, Drew, Liam, Maury, and their friends from Riverdale Academy Day School are heading out on a school trip to Paris. As an aspiring artist himself, Jordan can’t wait to see all the amazing art in the famous City of Lights. But when their trusted faculty guides are replaced at the last minute, the school trip takes an unexpected—and hilarious—turn. Especially when trying to find their way around a foreign city ends up being almost as tricky as navigating the same friendships, fears, and differences that they struggle with at home. Will Jordan and his friends embrace being exposed to a new language, unfamiliar food, and a different culture? Or will they all end up feeling like the “new kid”?

What’s New This Month
The new Dog Man book is likely the most anticipated kids book coming this month. Other comics on the way include new books in the Science Comics and Spy School series, and a buzzworthy new graphic novel by Betty C. Tang. Also incoming are gorgeous picture books by Carole Lindstrom, Joanna Ho, Mac Barnett, and Shannon Hale, and new books from authors like Juana Medina, Brandon Mull, Aida Salazar, and more.  
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What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:

I Eat Poop: A Dung Beetle’s Story by Mark Pett: “We are all different, and this book uses humor to show that we can respect each other’s differences, even when they seem insurmountable.”
April and Mae and the Tea Party by Megan Dowd Lambert: “Relatable, good illustrations, kid level messages and humor.”
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett: “A boy gets a sickeningly sweet book about a cute little bunny’s surprise birthday party from his grandparents for his own birthday, so he draws all over it to turn it into an epic tale of a supervillain laying waste to his many enemies, the hapless forest creatures. Fun!”
Flubby is Not a Good Pet by J. E. Morris: “Flubby is a cat, who doesn't sing like Kim's pet or catch like Sam's pet. He's not a good pet! But maybe he's the pet Kami needs.”
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya: “This is a beautiful story about the power of community activism and the fight against real-estate developers and homogenization. I enjoyed learning a little about the Cuban American community and about the Cuban poet and revolutionary, Jose Marti.”
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