April 2020 New YA Books to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are some of the new teen titles being published in April. These all have received praise and starred reviews:

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge

Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health by Melanie Siebert, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich

Kent State by Deborah Wiles

Lightness of Hands by Jeff Garvin

Little Universes by Heather Demetrios

The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

This Is My Brain in Love by I. W. Gregorio

We Are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changed the World by Todd Hasak-Lowy

We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid

News to Wake Your Brain Cells – April 3


10 empowering books to read to your children in honor of Women’s History Month – Simplemost

15 picture books for comfort – This Picture Book Life

Baek Heena wins 2020 Astrid Lindgren Award – Publishers Weekly

Children’s book roundup – the best new picture books and novels – The Guardian

Favorite children’s books about art – MoMA

‘One big virtual love-in’: how children’s book authors are creating online sanctuaries – The Guardian

These digitized collections let you read thousands of historic children’s books for free – My Modern Met

Why the Judy Blume renaissance can’t come soon enough – Vogue


Libraries get creative with e-books and other online offerings – NPR

The magic of libraries: where fantasy meets reality – Tor

Need wi-fi during the coronavirus social distancing limits? Try a library’s parking lot. It’s OK. – Syracuse.com

Virtually visit 8 world-class libraries – Library Journal


12 great YA reads for Trans Day of Visibility – Buzzfeed

14 April YA book releases to TBR – Book Riot

All the new young adult SFF books arriving in April – Tor

The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas announces new novel, Concrete Rose: ‘I expect it to get banned’ – People

Jason Reynolds is the bard of black YA fiction. Now he’s written a totally different kind of book. – Washingtonian

So many free books from Simon Teen to read right now! – Book Riot