Kid Recommended, Family Approved
Not Quite Narwhal by Jesse Sima
This charming book is about a unicorn who was raised by narwhals and discovers the magical world of unicorns. Will he have to choose between his narwhal family and his new found unicorn buddies? Anya loves this story because Kelp, the unicorn/narwhal, is so silly and he isn't a very good swimmer.
Love, Z by Jesse Sima
Anya loves this story about a robot who finds a message in a bottle that is signed Love, Beatrice. He is intrigued and wants to know, What is Love and Who is Beatrice. He embarks on a journey to discover the answer and ends up with the most heartwarming ending.
The Storm Dragon (Secret Rescuers #1) by Paula Harrison
The first book introduces Sophie who will go on to enlist other girls in her mission to rescue the magical animals of her fantasy kingdom from the evil queen and her minions. Sophie discovers an injured storm dragon in the castle orchard where she is working and saves him from the queen uncovering a plot to be rid of magical animals for good.
The Sky Unicorn (Secret Rescuers #2) by Paula Harrison
In each book these awesome girls thwart all the best laid plans by Sir Fitsroy, the knight working for the queen. This is a great read aloud series that Sahira, as a 5-yr-old loves! Would also be a great series for kids in grades 1-3 to read independently.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennet
Love all its immersive themes - identity, family, belonging, race, and acceptance - all in a layered roller coaster that anyone can relate to.
Bennett's chorus-of-voices writing style is ideal to encapsulate her multi-generational new read - telling a family's story over decades of love, loss, and renewal... it's so good :D
Literary/commercial balanced, plus Carry Washington picked up film rights for The Mothers.
Asha and the Spirit Bird by Jasbinder Bilan
Asha and the Spirit Bird is one girl's quest to find her father and an incredible journey over the Himalayas. Asha lives with her mother in a village in India at the base of the Himalayas. Her father, who has gone to the city to work, has gone silent and the money has stopped. Asha and her best friend embark on a journey to find him with the help of her grandmother who is reincarnated as a bird as well as many friends they meet along the way. This book is such a great glimpse into the lives of kids in modern India as well as an introduction to Hindu mythology and philosophy all while being a page-turning adventure!
Heads of the Colored People : Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
In this award-winning collection of stories the author pierces issues of race and culture in ways that can only be done in fiction. Luring readers in with pop-culture references, each story reveals something about who we are as people and how we connect with one another.
Mother Daughter Widow Wife by Robin Wasserman
This novel pulses with intrigue from the very first pages as we are drawn into the life of a woman with no memory, no identification and no one looking for her. She just "arrives" at the door of a renowned memory institute. As the lead psychiatrist and his ambitious graduate student attempt to try and make sense of the patient's story, the mystery deepens and big questions are explored about who we are at our core. An utterly engrossing read!v
This lovely book couldn't have come at a better time! While its target audience is young people ages 8-14, I believe people from ages 2-100 can benefit from its message of learning to calm the mind and body during stressful times. The gentle meditation exercises range in length from taking one deep breath to longer sessions of easy yoga poses. This book will be particularly helpful for parents as we start the new school year in the unknown.
Helium by Rudy Francisco
Don't think you know poetry? Doesn't matter. Don't like poetry? Doesn't matter. Rudy Francisco is funny, smart, knowing, and his words will attach themselves to your heart and won't let go. And you'll like it.
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter meets Dan Brown! I read this book in a day and a half because I couldn't put it down! I LIVED in this story of secret societies, magic, mystery and murder. A surprising and suspenseful ride!
The Burning by Megha Majumdar
Jivan is a Muslim girl from the slums, determined to move up in life, who is accused of executing a terrorist attack on a train because of a careless comment on Facebook. PT Sir is an opportunistic gym teacher who hitches his aspirations to a right-wing political party, and finds that his own ascent becomes linked to Jivan's fall. Lovely-an irresistible outcast whose exuberant voice and dreams of glory fill the novel with warmth and hope and humor-has the alibi that can set Jivan free, but it will cost her everything she holds dear.
Permission to Feel by
Permission to Feel is a great introduction to emotional literacy and intelligence. If you work with or parent children, or are in a leadership position, this well-researched book on feelings is a must read!