This Month in Kids Books: October 2023

Reading recommendations for kids
October 13, 2023
National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson has a new fiction book for middle-grade readers on library shelves.
Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson
It seems like Sage’s whole world is on fire the summer before she starts seventh grade. As house after house burns down, her Bushwick neighborhood gets referred to as “The Matchbox” in the local newspaper. And while Sage prefers to spend her time shooting hoops with the guys, she’s also still trying to figure out her place inside the circle of girls she’s known since childhood. A group that, each day, feels further and further away from her. But it’s also the summer of Freddy, a new kid who truly gets Sage. Together, they reckon with the pain of missing the things that get left behind as time moves on, savor what’s good in the present, and buoy each other up in the face of destruction. And when the future comes, it is Sage’s memories of the past that show her the way forward.
What’s New This Month
The new Wimpy Kid book is on the way, so make sure to get on the holds list now. New books in the Minecraft, Rick Riordan Presents, Plants vs. Zombies, The Misewa Saga, Paws, Science Comics, and The Vanquishers are also incoming, along with new books from authors like Duncan Tonatiuh, Christina Wyman, Zachary Sterling, Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Kate DiCamillo, Sergio Ruzzier, and more.  
What’s Hot This Month
As we head into the cooler fall season, get cozy with some of these fresh takes on familiar tales passed down through various storytelling cultures.  
What We’re Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks:

100 Mighty Dragons All Named Broccoli by David LaRochelle, ill. by Lian Cho: “This silly book counts down from 100 dragons to zero with outlandish stories. The illustrations will keep kids looking closely at each page.”
The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson: “It’s a great fantasy story with danger, adventure, creatures, a surprising heart and depth and a great and quirky sense of tongue-in-cheek humor.”
Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras, ill. by Renné Benoit: “A perfect toddler read for the changing seasons and weather.”  
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