New Release Round Up – May 25, 2021

It’s New Release day again! I’m so excited to share the new releases I am most looking forward to this week with you all.

As always, these titles will have inclusive characters (think racial and cultural diversity, LGBTQ+ representation, diverse family structures, disability representation, and more), and fall into a range of genres in both fiction and nonfiction categories.

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Board Books

Daddy, You’re Amazing by Roger Priddy (Bookshop | Amazon)

“Cherish precious memories with With Love: Daddy, You’re Amazing a beautiful keepsake book by Priddy Books.

Filled with gentle rhyming text and charming illustrations which show all reasons why children thinks that their daddy is amazing, this unique keepsake book is the perfect gift to share. With a space to add handprints, a built-in envelope to store special trinkets and die-cut frames to add photos, this book can be fully personalized to create a memory story book to truly cherish.

The ideal gift to purchase for Father’s day and birthdays.”

The Life of / La vida de Dolores by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Illustrated by Citlali Reyes (Amazon)

Introduce little ones to the life of legendary civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, in both English and Spanish!

“Si, Se Puede! Yes, it can be done!” is the famous rallying cry of Dolores Huerta, a leading voice in the rights of migrant farmworkers. Originally a teacher, and later a community leader, she believed in her cause so much that she co-founded the labor union United Farm Workers of America. Inspire your little ones to believe in themselves and become leaders, just like Dolores!”

Picture Books

We All Play by Julie Flett (Bookshop | Amazon)

From Julie Flett, the beloved author and illustrator of Birdsong, comes a joyous new book about playtime for babies, toddlers, and kids up to age 7. 

Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful Own Voices book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show:

  • birds who chase and chirp!
  • bears who wiggle and wobble
  • whales who swim and squirt!
  • owls who peek and peep!
  • and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: 

We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna

At the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf.

This book also includes:

  • A glossary of Cree words for wild animals in the book
  • A pronunciation guide and link to audio pronunciation recordings”

This Is Ruby by Sara O’Leary, Illustrated by Alea Marley (Bookshop | Amazon)

Ruby is curious about her world and has big ideas about how it works. A delightful picture book celebration of science and creativity, and a welcome companion to Sara O’Leary’s beloved This Is Sadie.

Ruby is a little girl with a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm that’s too big to contain! Ruby is always busy — she loves to make things, watch things grow and figure out how things work, with her dog Teddy by her side. And Ruby has lots of ideas about what she wants to be: maybe an animal conservationist? Or an archaeologist? She’s great at excavating (i.e. digging holes). Or maybe an inventor? She’s already invented a book with smells instead of words (so dogs can read it) and a time machine (the dinosaurs did have feathers after all, and the future is looking wild). This is Ruby, and this is her world.”

It Began With Lemonade by Gideon Sterer, Illustrated by Lian Cho (Bookshop | Amazon)

“This imaginative, colorful tale of making (and selling!) lemonade from life’s lemons is not too sour and not too sweet.

One scorching hot summer day, a spunky young girl decides to sell lemonade . . . only to find there are too many other young entrepreneurs on her street with the same idea. So she sets off with her lemonade stand and ends up at the river’s edge, where she discovers a most unexpected, quirky, and very thirsty clientele.”

I Wish You Knew by Jackie Azúa Kramer, Illustrated by Magdalena Mora (Bookshop | Amazon)

“When Estrella’s father has to leave because

he wasn’t born here, like her,

She misses him.

And she wishes people knew the way it affects her.

At home. At school.

Always.

But a school wrapped around a hundred-year-old oak tree is the perfect place to share and listen.

Some kids miss family,
Some kids are hungry,
Some kids live in shelters.

But nobody is alone.

A story about deportation, divided families, and the importance of community in the midst of uncertainty.”

Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol (Bookshop | Amazon)

“A young girl finds a clever way to keep her favorite things–and people–close to her forever in Memory Jars, from Caldecott Honoree Vera Brosgol.

Freda is devastated when she can’t eat all the delicious blueberries she’s picked. She has to wait a whole year before they’re back, and she doesn’t want to lose them! Then Gran reminds her that they can save blueberries in a jar, as jam. So Freda begins to save all her favorite things. But it turns out that saving everything also means she can’t enjoy anything, and Freda realizes that some things are best saved as memories.”

Chapter Books

One Big Crafty Family (Craftily Ever After #8) by Martha Maker, Illustrated by Xindi Yan (Bookshop | Amazon)

“Emily, Maddie, Bella, and Sam can’t agree on what to create for their school’s big craft fair in the eighth book of the Craftily Ever After chapter book series. Will they be able to glue their crafty family back together?

When Emily, Maddie, Bella, and Sam learn that there’s going to be a craft fair at their school, they are beyond excited! What could be more perfect for four kids who love to craft? But as the friends brainstorm ideas for the perfect project, they can’t seem to agree on one! So they decide to go their separate ways for the craft fair. But does that mean the friends are going to go their separate ways…forever? Or will they realize that they’re better working together as one big crafty family?

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, the Craftily Ever After chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.”

Middle Grade

Diana and the Underworld Odyssey by Aisha Saeed (Bookshop | Amazon)

“The world’s #1 female Super Hero, Wonder Woman, is back in another breathtaking adventure! This time, Diana will travel to the Underworld to take on Hades–but will she make it out alive?

After Diana thwarts a stunning attempt to defeat the Amazons and Themyscira for good, she has finally been granted permission to start training as a warrior! Except, the goddess Artemis brings news that children all over are disappearing without a trace. Diana is the only one who can be trusted to save them–even if she must confront Hades, Persephone, and all of the undead souls and mythical creatures of the Underworld. That is, until she discovers that a far more sinister villain is out to capture her–and will do whatever it takes to find her. With her warrior training barely underway, will young Wonder Woman be able to rely on her strength from within to save the missing children and defeat Hades? Or will she instead be dragged to the Underworld–forever?”

Graphic Novels

Lumberjanes: Horticultural Horizons (Vol. 18) by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh, Illustrated by Kanesha C. Bryant (Bookshop | Amazon)

When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley get in trouble with Rosie, the mysterious director of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, they figure the punishment is gonna be a walk in the park… er, woods, but no one’s ready for the surprises that await!

THEY’RE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS QUITE YET! When April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley get in trouble with Rosie, the mysterious director of Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, they figure the punishment is gonna be a walk in the park… er, woods. That’s before a super gross, and seemingly-sentient creeping vine starts popping up everywhere and scooping ‘Janes up! And then there’s Rosie’s best friend from long ago: the elegant and enigmatic Abigail, who’s appeared out of the woodwork to join forces with the Lumberjanes once more! The team of Kat Leyh, Shannon Watters and Kanesha C. Bryant send the ‘Janes on their most surprising adventure yet in the next volume of the New York Times best-selling phenomenon. Collects Lumberjanes #69-72.”

I hope you all enjoyed reading about these new releases, and hopefully you found one or two to add to your young reader’s shelves!

Did I miss any releases you’re excited for? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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