New Release Round-Up: December 6, 2022

Happy Tuesday, everyone! After a very long break, I’m so happy to be back to 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

Your Special Voice by Temi Adamolekun, Illustrated by Keisha Okafor

This empowering board book inspires young readers to use their own special voice to make a difference in the world.

If you want to make a difference,
but you don’t know where to start
Begin by searching way deep down
to find what’s in your heart

Whether your voice shines through singing, drawing, or dancing—whether it’s soft or loud, kind or proud—everyone has a voice that can effect change. This empowering and heartfelt message is conveyed through beautiful, lyrical rhyme that will encourage even the youngest readers to think about what’s important to them.

Love Is All Around (Brown Baby Parade) by Nikki Shannon Smith, Illustrated by Ronique Ellis

This first book in the Brown Baby Parade series celebrates Black and brown babies and delivers a universal message of love, letting all babies know that they are cherished from head to toe.

Love is in the bathroom when Daddy combs my hair.
He picks out my Afro and clips in bows with care.

Love is in the kitchen. We all sit down to eat—
waffles, milk, and sausage, and yummy syrup sweet.

A little girl observes the ways that love is shown and shared throughout her day. From Sister’s kisses when she wakes to eating breakfast with her family and playing with friends at school, love is all around.

Nikki Shannon Smith’s soothing, rhythmic text and Ronique Ellis’s warm, welcoming illustrations pair beautifully to create heartwarming scenes of everyday life. It’s never too early to show little ones that they are valued and cherished, and this book does just that.

Picture Books

A Pinch of Love by Barry Timms, Illustrated by Tisha Lee

Following on from Love Grows Everywhere, A Pinch of Love is Barry Timms and Tisha Lee’s second book on the subject of love—this time celebrating the love that comes through baking, cooking and sharing food.

In this beautiful story told in rhyming verse, a boy and his grandmother, are preparing for a big neighborhood bake-off. See the loving (and sticky!) moments of their tender relationship, along with the many other warm bonds that exist within their community.

Barry Timms’ gentle text skillfully links these loving moments with the love that is represented by the food, while Tisha Lee’s lush illustrations give real depth to this vibrant and diverse neighborhood.

This book is a warm and charming tale, perfect for Valentine’s Day and beyond.

Chapter Books

She Persisted: Rosalind Franklin by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, Illustrated by Gillian Flint

Rosalind Franklin loved science, but when she was young, there weren’t many woman scientists. Still, she persisted in pursuing her dreams, becoming a scientist and playing a key role in the discovery of the double-helix structure of DNA (what we’re all made up of). Though her male colleagues took credit for her work at the time, we now know just how important her discoveries were to figuring out what our DNA looks like and how it works!

In this chapter book biography by bestselling and award-winning author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, readers learn about the amazing life of Rosalind Franklin–and how she persisted

Ride It! Patch It!: An Acorn Book by Larry Dane Brimner, Illustrated by Kaylani Juanita

Ace polishes up her mountain bike and prepares for the big bike race! She oils the chain and tests the brakes. Then the race begins! But Ace’s bike chain comes off the sprocket and then she needs to patch a tire! Will she be able to fix her bike in time and find her way to the finish line?

With Larry Dane Brimner’s simple text and Kaylani Juanita’s full-color artwork on every page, this fast-paced, action-packed book is perfect for new readers!

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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