10 Children’s Books Coming November to Wake Your Brain Cells

Here are ten children’s books released in November that have received buzz and starred reviews. There is a nice mix of nonfiction and fiction to enjoy.

Cover for Art of Protest

Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution by De Nichols

Cover for Candidly Cline

Candidly Cline by Kathryn Ormsbee

Cover for Four Streets and a Square

Four Streets and a Square: A History of Manhattan and the New York Idea by Marc Aronson

Cover for Out of My Heart

Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper

Cover for Rise of the World Eater

Rise of the World Eater by Jamie Littler

Cover for Second Sleep

Second Sleep by Diane Stanley

Cover for Stuck

Stuck by Jennifer Swender

Cover for The Swag Is in the Socks

The Swag Is in the Socks by Kelly J. Baptist

Cover for A Tale as Tall as Jacob

A Tale As Tall As Jacob by Samantha Edwards

Cover for Tangled Up in Luck (The Tangled Mysteries #1)

Tangled Up in Luck by Merrill Wyatt

Librarians, It’s Time to Be Heroes

Texas state representative, Matt Krause has created a list of 850 books that he would like removed from all of the schools in in the state. The book list contains some of the top books that are written by authors of color, LGBTQ authors, or those who are supportive of diversity. The books also have characters who are diverse in a myriad of ways that Krause finds troubling due to them being items that “might make students feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress because of their race or sex.”

I am so livid about this attack on libraries, whether they be school or public libraries. And public libraries are being targeted as well due to the right wing’s efforts to remove books about what they refer to as “Critical Race Theory” and are using as a wide ranging attack on any books that speak to diversity, human rights, refugee and immigrant experiences, etc.

Make no mistake, there are librarians who will start to think differently about what is in their collections, hoping to avoid the attacks. There are librarians who may also feel more comfortable with these books not being in their collections anyway.

But the bulk of librarians will stand strong and fight back. We will retain these books and more, stand with our diverse communities who deserve to see themselves represented in children’s and teen books. We will do what we have done for decades, defend the right to read for all ages.

Because we all need to remember that librarians can be heroes too, and not just in story times when wearing a cape.