The Kids Are All Right

Great New Chapter Books, a Bookish Tie, and More!

Hi Kid Lit Friends!

Welcome to October! This is probably one of my favorite months. In New York City, the leaves are beginning to change and that crisp air wakes me up after the hot weather sluggishness of summer. Also, it’s apple cider donut season!

Bookish Goods

Library Due Date Men's Tie

Library Due Date Tie by Cyberoptix

I love getting holiday shopping done early, and I already have an idea of who I’m giving this to! $40+

New Releases

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Brown is Beautiful by Supriya Kelkar, illustrated by Noor Sofi (picture book)

I love this picture book of a young Indian-American girl who celebrates the color brown as she goes on a nature walk.

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A Library by Nikki Giovanni, illustrations by Erin K. Robinson

Check out this gorgeous cover! This lyrical picture book is an ode to the power of a library as a gateway to other worlds and as a place that celebrates the power of words. Each page turn is a thing of beauty!

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

Riot Recommendations

Chapter books are a wonderful thing. The time when we first get introduced to chapter books is often the stage in a person’s life when they fall in love with books, and these new chapter books are a great addition to any library. These chapter books are the perfect read aloud books and are also great for newly independent readers.

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Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke, illustrated by Onyinye Iwu

In the city of Lagos in the country of Nigeria, Too Small Tola and her two siblings and Grandmummy live together and have lots of adventures. In this set of three stories, Tola is given a great gift from her grandmother and finds joy in helping her family every day.

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A Sliver of Moon and a Shard of Truth: Stories from India by Chitra Soundar

In a follow up to Mangoes, Mischief, and Tales of Friendship, these stories based on Indian folklore follow Prince Veera and his best friend Suku as they encounter secrets, tricksters and riddles. This is a fun book to read aloud or for newly independent readers! (The illustrations are so fun!)

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Rica Baptista: Llamas, Iguanas, and My Very Best Friend by Janet Costa Bates, illustrated by Gladys Jose

This book is right up my alley because it’s about kids who want PETS! Rica really wants a pet— anything will do, she’s not picky!— but her parents are strongly opposed. Can Rica convince her parents that she has everything it takes to care for an animal?

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Ways to Share Joy by Renee Watson

This is the third book in the Ryan Hart series, and I just love Ryan Hart and her imaginative mind and her positive attitude! In this book, Ryan finds herself in the middle with her family and her friends. She tries to make everyone happy, which strangely enough makes no one happy! Can Ryan find ways to share joy even when nothing seems to be going right?

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What are you reading these days?

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Until next time,


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