Looking for something new to read? Here are the books we’re most excited to read this month.
A Sky Full of Stars
by Linda Williams Jackson
Children’s Fiction, Jackson
After the murder of Emmett Till, thirteen-year-old Rose is struggling with her decision to stay in Mississippi. Torn between the opinions of Shorty, a boy who wants to meet violence with violence, and Hallelujah, her best friend who believes in the power of peaceful protests, Rose is scared of the mounting racial tension and is starting to lose hope. But when Rose helps Aunt Ruthie start her own business, she begins to see how she can make a difference in her community.
The Little Pioneer
by Adam Hancher
Picture Books, Hancher
After her father dies in the fall of 1849, a little girl and her family follow Mr. Reed’s wagon train wast, discovering the challenges, excitement, and danger of the frontier on their way to their homestead in California.
Food for You
By Shayna Telesmanic, illustrated by Kavel Rafferty
Children’s Non-Fiction, 641.3 Telesman
This introduction to healthy eating gives ‘tweens’ and teenagers the tools they need to understand and take control of their eating habits, promoting confidence, self-esteem, and wellbeing. Packed full of tasty, fun, and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and snacks.
Little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of Engineering
By Bob Cooper, illustrations by Greg Paprocki
Children’s Non-Fiction, 620 Cooper
Engineers design all sorts of things, from the tiny microcircuitry in smartphones to large projects like dams and bridges that transform the very face of the planet.
The Last Gargoyle
by Paul Durham
Children’s Fiction, Durham
Penhallow Fitch, a gargoyle assigned to protect a Boston apartment building, must fight against evil spirits called Netherkin and the Boneless King to keep the residents of the building and city safe.
The Great Dictionary Caper
by Judy Sierra
Picture Books, Sierra
When the words in the dictionary get bored and leave to attend a convention in Hollyword, its up to Noah Webster to restore (alphabetical) order.
Duck Gets a Job
by Sonny Ross
Picture Books, Ross
When duck finds his first city job boring, he decides to search for something that fits his interests and talents.
Proud: Living My American Dream
by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Children’s Biography, Muhammad
At the 2016 Rio Olympics, Ibtihaj Muhammad smashed barriers as the first American to compete wearing hijab, and made history as the first Muslim-American woman to medal. But it wasn’t an easy road–in a sport most popular among wealthy white people, Ibtihaj often felt out of place. Ibtihaj was fast, hardworking, and devoted to her faith, but rivals and teammates (as well as coaches and officials) pointed out her differences, insisting she would never succeed. Yet Ibtihaj powered on. Her inspiring journey from a young outsider to an Olympic hero is a relatable, memorable, and uniquely American tale of hard work, determination, and self-reliance.
Combat in Minecraft
by Josh Gregory
Children’s Non-Fiction, 794.8 Gregory
Minecraft is more than just a video game. It is a phenomenon that has taken the world by storm. In this book, readers will learn everything they need to know about dealing with enemies in the world of Minecraft, including which weapons work best and how to avoid dangerous situations. Content is presented in a clear and concise way, perfect for the younger hands-on techie. Includes table of contents, glossary, and index–as well as sources for further reading.