I recently listened to a panel of librarians, authors and children's media specialists talk about my favorite thing.....books. The moderator asked this esteemed group of experts what the best new releases were and their recommendations.
So now, I am telling you what they are, because who doesn't love book recommendations?
The Dark, by Lemony Snicket - I am a big fan of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and this recommendation, for younger readers, caught my attention. This is a picture book for children ages 3 to 6 that casts Dark as a character, who leads a frightened child into the basement.
The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever, by H. Joseph Hopkins. This is another picture book, recommended for children ages 5 to 10. This is the story of Kate Sessions, an activist who helped transform San Diego from a desert to a lush, leafy city.
Henry's Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine. This is the dramatic story of a slave who mailed himself to freedom. It is recommended for children ages 4 to 8 years old, but I want to read it.
For Middle Grade and up:
Stubby the War Dog, by Wisconsin's very own Ann Bausum. This is the story of a stray, stump tailed terrier who helped win WWI.
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Of course! I have been hearing about this book so much and it happens to be promoted by my local library system. The story is about Auggie, a 10 year old boy with a facial deformity starting at a mainstream school.
Stargirl, by Jerry Spinelli. This recommendation broke the rules, as Stargirl was published in 2002 and isn't a new release. It is still a great story about the problems with popularity and first love. For ages 12 and up.