The Kids Are All Right

New Graphic Novel from Christina Soontornvat, Personalized Pencils, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends,

I know a lot of kids have started school this past week, and I am sending a huge hug and cheer to all the teachers, librarians, school administrators, and everyone who helps keep schools running! I hope it’s been a smooth transition with lots of excitement and joy around a new school year!

Bookish Goods

Personalized Pencils

Personalized Pencils by 85thandPine

This is a great little back to school gift for teachers or students. The colors put me in such a good mood! $6+

New Releases

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The Tryout by Christina Soontornvat, illustrations by Joanna Cacao (Graphic Novel)

Based on personal experiences, Christina Soontornvat’s first graphic novel is about trying out for the middle school cheerleading squad. It is funny, relatable, and a perfect book for anyone who has tried to fit in. I am so excited about this book!

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Best Wishes by Sarah Mlynowski (Middle Grade)

From the creator of the Ever After and Upside Down Magic books comes a new series about a magic bracelet that grants a wish. When Becca Singer wishes to have friends, suddenly everyone wants to be her friend. Even her teachers! And her mom! Is this bracelet a wish come true or a curse?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter.

Riot Recommendations

You all know that I love animals, especially DOGS! Here are some books about rescue dogs that are sure to be a favorite with any young reader.

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The Stray Dog by Marc Simont (Picture Book)

This book received a Caldecott Honor, and for good reason! The illustrations hold so much meaning and carry the story from start to finish. Readers will be cheering for a happy ending.

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Stormy by Guojing (Picture Book)

The gorgeous illustrations in this book remind me of a Pixar film. A young girl slowly develops a friendship with a stray dog and cannot stop thinking about him. Then one stormy night, both of their lives change forever.

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Truman the Dog by Debbi Michiko Florence, illustrated by Melanie Demmer (Chapter Book)

Eight-year-old Kaita Taken and her family love fostering animals, but when they pick up Truman, they don’t know what they’re getting into! Even though Truman is an older rescue dog, he’s full of mischief. Can Kaita help Truman and find him a forever home?

When Friendship Followed Me Home cover

When Friendship Followed Me Home by Paul Griffin

This is one of my favorite middle grade books! (Spoiler alert: keep tissues handy.) When former foster kid Ben Coffin finds a stray dog outside the Coney Island Library, it leads him to befriend Halley. As the trio become fast friends, they support each other through tough trials and heartbreak.

Lalo the corgi

What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,


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