New Release Round Up: March 1, 2022

It’s Tuesday again, so we are talking about new releases!

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

Mommy’s Love by Anastasia Galkina, Illustrated by Ekaterina Ladatko

“This tender poem reinforces the message that no matter a child’s strengths or weaknesses, whether they succeed or fail, Mommy’s love never falters. With adorable art showcasing a variety of family scenarios that will be familiar to any parent, Mommy Loves You makes it clear that a mother’s love is unconditional.”

Picture Books

Pool Party by Amy Duchêne and Elisa Parhad, Illustrated by Anne Bentley

A splashy story celebrating a fun-filled day at a public pool

 

Splash, dash! It’s time for a pool bash! Grab your swimsuits, inner tubes, noodles, and floats, and jump, belly flop, or dive into this wet and wild ode to swimming pool fun.”

I Love You All The Time by Deborah Farmer Kris, Illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin

Reassure children that they are loved and loveable no matter the ups and downs of the day with words of affirmation for kids.

I Love You All the Time speaks to the power of caregivers’ steady love to help children develop confidence, resilience, and emotional agility with words of affirmation for kids.

Parents and teachers want strategies for helping preschoolers manage their emotions. But to effectively teach emotional self-regulation strategies, children first need to know they are safe and loved—all the time. Even when they lose their temper, even when they stay up too late, or lose their shoes, or yell at their friend. The steady love of a caregiver can help children thrive, even when life is challenging.”

A Park Connects Us by Sarah Nelson, Illustrated by Ellen Rooney

An ode to urban parks and the many ways they connect us to community and nature

This picture book excursion through a city park invites readers to discover how shared green spaces bring us together. Lyrical, upbeat text illuminates the abundant gifts the park offers. Vibrant mixed-media illustrations show a diverse group of visitors as they explore this communal space. Children frolic; couples wander; flowers bloom and birds zoom; friends and families picnic and play ball or simply sink their toes peacefully into the present moment. Meanwhile, rolling hills and green trees enfold visitors in nature’s beauty. Encouraged by the sense of unity the park creates, the visitors come together for a joyful dance party and a march for peace and equality. Spread by spread, we see how urban parks are for everyone—whoever we are.”

Biking With Grandma: A “Wish You Were Here” Adventure by Chris Santella, Illustrated by Vivienne To

Sam and their intrepid grandma bike around the world together in this sweet intergenerational adventure!

Grandma Rose’s job is having amazing adventures around the globe and writing about them. Her next trip is extra-special—because this time, Sam is tagging along! Together Sam and Grandma Rose will bike and explore national parks, villages, and sprawling cities, from bear sightings in Alberta to sloths in Costa Rica, and from gelato in Italy to bánh mi in Vietnam.

Writing home in postcards, Sam details tidbits about each location’s language, culture, and natural beauty. Sam soon finds out that Grandma is full of surprises—she’s up for any challenge, and wow, can she shred down those trails. Pedaling side-by-side, Grandma Rose will teach Sam to be brave and embrace new experiences both on a bike and in life. Whether trekking up majestic mountains or simply gazing up at the night sky, Sam discovers that the journey is not about the places you go—it’s the moments you share, big and small. “

Middle Grade

A Song Called Home by Sara Zarr

From award-winning author Sara Zarr comes a story of the small moments that show us who we are, and how family is not just something you’re part of, but something you make.

Lou and her family don’t have much, but for Lou it’s enough. Mom. Her sister, Casey. Their apartment in the city. Her best friend, Beth. It would be better if Dad could stop drinking and be there for her and Casey, and if they didn’t have to worry about money all the time. But Lou doesn’t need better—she only needs enough.

What’s enough for Lou, however, is not enough for Mom. Steve, Mom’s boyfriend, isn’t a bad guy, he’s just…not what Lou is used to. And now, he and Mom are getting married, and that means moving. Packing up life as they’ve known it and storing it in Steve’s garage. Lou will be separated from everything in her small but predictable life, farther from Dad than ever.

Their last night in the city, Lou receives a mysterious birthday gift: A guitar, left for her by their front door. There’s nothing saying who left it, but it must be from Dad. And as she leaves the only place she’s ever known, she starts to believe that if she can learn how to play it, maybe she can bring a piece of him, and of her old life, home.”

That’s all I have for today. 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!

Which titles have you been looking forward to the most? Be sure to share in the comments below!

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