Recommendations for Kids

Discover your new favorite book by exploring our curated lists. 

Best New Youth Books

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    The Best at It

    Maulik Pancholy

    The Best at It

    Maulik Pancholy

    From award-winning actor Maulik Pancholy comes a hilarious and heartfelt middle grade debut about a gay Indian American boy coming into his own. Perfect for fans of Tim Federle's Nate series.

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    Soldier for Equality

    Duncan Tonatiuh

    Soldier for Equality

    Duncan Tonatiuh

    Award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh brings to life the story of a Mexican-American war hero Jos. de la Luz S.enz (1888-1953)--or Luz--believed in fighting for what was right.

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    Torpedoed

    Deborah Heiligman

    Torpedoed

    Deborah Heiligman

    From award-winning author Deborah Heiligman comes Torpedoed, a true account of the attack and sinking of the passenger ship SS City of Benares, which was evacuating children from England during WWI

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    Under the Broken Sky

    Mariko Nagai

    Under the Broken Sky

    Mariko Nagai

    A beautifully told middle-grade novel-in-verse about a Japanese orphan’s experience in occupied rural Manchuria during World War II.

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    You Are Eating Plastic Every Day

    Danielle Smith-Llera

    You Are Eating Plastic Every Day

    Danielle Smith-Llera

    Scientists have recently started studying plastic pollution and our food supply. And, make no mistake, you are eating microscopic pieces of plastic everyday. What does it mean for our health?

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    The Long Ride

    Marina Tamar Budhos

    The Long Ride

    Marina Tamar Budhos

    In New York in 1971, Jamila and Josie are bused across Queens where they try to fit in at a new, integrated junior high school while their best friend, Francesca, tests the limits at a private scho

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    Hazel’s Theory of Evolution

    Lisa Jenn Bigelow

    Hazel’s Theory of Evolution

    Lisa Jenn Bigelow

    The Thing About Jellyfish meets Raymie Nightingale in this tender middle grade novel from Lisa Jenn Bigelow, acclaimed author of Drum Roll, Please. Hazel knows a lot about the world.

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    The Light in the Lake

    Sarah R. Baughman

    The Light in the Lake

    Sarah R. Baughman

    A remarkable debut novel that takes readers on a journey of discovery, magic, science, and hope. Twelve-year-old Addie should stay away from Maple Lake.

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    Caravan to the North

    Jorge Argueta

    Caravan to the North

    Jorge Argueta

    This novel in verse is a powerful first-person account of Misael Martínez, a Salvadoran boy whose family joins the caravan heading north to the United States.

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Best New Picture Books & Easy Readers

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    Small Walt and Mo the Tow

    Elizabeth Verdick

    Small Walt and Mo the Tow

    Elizabeth Verdick

    “Rosenthal’s drawings feel like a contemporary take on [Virginia Lee] Burton’s spirit.” —The New York Times Book Review “Children ages 3–7 will rejoice as in Marc Rosenthal’s retro illustrations th

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    Fun, Fun, Fun!

    Derek Anderson

    Fun, Fun, Fun!

    Derek Anderson

    For fans of Elephant & Piggie and Frog & Toad comes an easy-to-read series about another unlikely pair: Croc and Ally.

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    Look Out! A Storm!

    David Milgrim

    Look Out! A Storm!

    David Milgrim

    Otto and his friends are back in this Pre-Level 1 Ready-to-Read by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator, David Milgrim. Look Out! A Storm!

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    Charlie & Mouse Even Better

    Laurel Snyder

    Charlie & Mouse Even Better

    Laurel Snyder

    In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder's awardwinning beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom's!

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    ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

    Raúl the Third

    ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

    Raúl the Third

    Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.

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    The Titanosaur

    Diego Pol, José Luis Carballido

    The Titanosaur

    Diego Pol, José Luis Carballido

    Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History join forces in a thrilling new picture book about the discovery of the Titanosaur -- the biggest, heaviest creature to ever walk Earth!

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    Garden Day!

    Candice Ransom

    Garden Day!

    Candice Ransom

    A welcome-to-spring Step 1 reader featuring the family from Pumpkin Day!, Apple Picking Day!, and Snow Day! It's springtime, and the perfect day to plant a garden!

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    Puddle

    Richard Jackson

    Puddle

    Richard Jackson

    A surprising, universal, and gorgeously illustrated story about self-acceptance, love, friendship, and the joy of embracing different perspectives, this beautiful picture book by acclaimed author R

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    Because

    Mo Willems

    Because

    Mo Willems

    Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey

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