This Month in Kids Books: May 2024

Reading recommendations for kids
May 16, 2024
What We're Reading
Here are some quotes from library staff about their latest recommended picks: 

Wildfire by Breena Bard: “I love how this author explains the complexity of wildfires, climate change, and growing up in this graphic novel. Readers can learn, feel empowered, and understand that conservation isn’t something you have to do alone.”
Play Like a Girl by Misty Wilson: “In addition to highlighting the trials and tribulations of football training, Misty’s story is also one of friendship and overcoming adversity when other girls don’t think she’s feminine enough to hang out with them.”

What's Hot This Month
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, so make sure to check out these great reads for kids of all ages by AAPI creators.  
Featured Title
Book cover with an illustration of a a red dress transforming into a landscape with a bird above kids in a school yard.Red Bird Danced by Dawn Quigley
From his bench outside the front door of his building, Tomah watches his community move around him. He is better at making people laugh than he is at schoolwork, but often it feels like his neighbor Ariel is the only one who really sees him, even in her sadness.
Ariel has always danced ballet because of her Auntie Bineshiinh and loves the way dance makes her feet hover above the ground like a bird. But ever since Auntie went missing, Ariel’s dancing doesn’t feel like flying.
As the seasons change and the cold of winter gives way to spring’s promise, Ariel and Tomah begin to change too as they learn to share the rhythms and stories they carry within themselves.

What's New This Month
The newest picture book from Mo Willems is on the way to library shelves, along with follow-ups from Kevin Henkes, Breanna Carzoo, and Corey R. Tabor. The newest official Minecraft novel and the debut graphic novel from webcomic phenom Cassandra Calin are also incoming, along with new books from authors like Kat Zhang, Dan Gutman, Malia Maunakea, Linda Sue Park, John David Anderson, and more.  
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