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March Book Chat with the Youth Services Team

Posted about 3 months ago by Ashley Edmiston

Welcome to the another installment in our series of blog posts featuring children’s books we’re currently loving! “Book Chat with the Youth Services Team” features one book recommendation from each of our Youth Services team members. We cover a variety of books from fiction to non-fiction, picture books to chapter books, graphic novels and more! We hope that this month’s reading recommendations get you excited about some awesome new books we’ve added to our collection as well as some oldies but goodies. Enjoy!


Beth recommends: Two New Years by Richard Ho (ages 3-5)


Ashley recommends: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (ages 14-18)

Jude is a human living in a world not made for her. Kidnapped alongside her sisters as a child, Jude is raised in Elfhame as a ward of the faerie that also killed her parents. Despite being shunned and belittled by the faeries, Jude desperately wishes to belong in this world, and finds herself wrapped up in court intrigue that soon turns deadly. As the race for the throne get deadlier, Jude finds herself unwillingly allied with Cardan, the youngest prince, who seems to deeply hate Jude and all mortals. If you’re a fan of fast-paced stories with an enemies to lovers relationship, this series is perfect for you. And be sure to check out the latest book in the series, coming out this month!


Lisa recommends: Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli (ages 9-12)

Want to read the perfect book to celebrate Women’s History Month?  My recommendation is Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo.  This former New York Times Bestseller, contains 100 short one page biographical stories of 100 extraordinary women that have made their mark on history.  The book includes well-known historical figures like Helen Keller and Harriet Tubman as well as lesser-known trailblazers like Margaret Hamilton who created the code for Apollo 11 to land safely on the moon. All the artwork has been created by women artists as well and include a quote from each woman featured. Meant to be a source to inspire young girls, the pages include women who made contributions to literature, government, activism, art, science, math and sports.  There is something of interest to inspire everyone who peruses its pages!


Heather recommends: Both Can be True by Jules Machias (ages 10-13)

Ash and Daniel are both having a tougher than usual time in middle school. Ash, whose gender identity fluctuates by the week, is navigating a new school after grappling with small-minded bullies at their old school. Daniel, who feels emotion more deeply than most, is dealing with the separation of his parents on top of the fact that his closest relationships seem to be disintegrating around him. Romance ensues between the two when a shared mission to save an elderly Pomeranian brings them together. However, Ash’s changing gender identity is known only to those closest to them and they are worried about how Daniel will react to the news. Exploring issues such as identity, friendship, family, and acceptance, Both Can Be True is an entertaining, emotional, and quick read that anyone who doesn’t fit into the “norm” can relate to.


Sarah recommends: Wildflower by Melanie Brown (ages 3-5)

This month we’ll welcome a new season – Spring! – so I wanted to share a beautiful picture book about flowers and finding your place in the garden. Daisy is new to her garden and she’s happy to be there. That is, until Rose tells her she doesn’t belong because she’s just a weed. Daisy starts questioning her value and worries that Rose might be right –  maybe she is simply a weed with no place in the garden. Then, a strange and beautiful plant appears to give Daisy a different perspective. Daisy begins to love herself and understand that she gets to decide her own worth. This book is a beautiful, colorful reminder that everyone has something special about them – and that supporting one another in embracing these special qualities helps us all grow. Pick this one up today to help your child’s self-compassion and confidence bloom!


Summer recommends: Are You Mad at Me? by Tyler Feder (ages 5 – 8)

Opal Feather is an ostrich whose long neck gets as wobbly as spaghetti when she is worried – what her family calls “the noodles.” When she’s anxious she has done something wrong, she cries out, “Are you mad at me?” While running an errand through town, she repeats this over and over, fearful she has offended her friends or the other animals she meets. But no one is mad at her, and she is loved by her friends and family – she realizes that, while she can’t help her neck getting the noodles, she does know she will be okay. As an adult with anxiety who used to be a child with anxiety, this picture book is a thoughtful exploration of big feelings and a helpful reminder that our worst assumptions are not always reality. The adorable artwork of the cute animal town and their citizens is also sure to delight kids and adults alike.

Well young readers, that’s a wrap. Check back again next month for some more fabulous reading recommendations. Until then, happy reading!

Ashley Edmiston

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