10 New Books That Celebrate Women’s History Month

A pile of new books that celebrate women and what they have done in STEM, the arts and sports. The books are all new this year, some not released quite yet:

Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani

Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties by Sue Macy

Changing the Equation: 50+ US Black Women in STEM by Tonya Bolden

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera

For Spacious Skies: Katharine Lee Bates and the Inspiration for “America the Beautiful” by Nancy Churnin, illustrated by Olga Baumert

How Women Won the Vote: Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, and Their Big Idea by Susan Campbell Bartoletti

Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne

No Steps Behind: Beate Sirota Gordon’s Battle for Women’s Rights in Japan by Jeff Gottesfeld, illustrated by Shiella Witanto

The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrated by Oge Mora

To Fly Among the Stars: The Hidden History of the Fight for Women Astronauts by Rebecca Siegel




7 New Teen Books to Wake Your Brain Cells in March

Here are seven books for teens that will be released this month. They have plenty of buzz with a mix of starred reviews and large print runs.

Glass Town by Isabel Greenberg

A Phoenix Must First Burn by Patrice Caldwell

Seven Endless Forests by April Genevieve Tucholke

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds

Thorn by Intisar Khanani

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

9 New Middle-Grade Books to Wake Your Brain Cells in March

Here are nine middle-grade titles releasing in March that caught my eye. They have lots of buzz with a mix of starred reviews and large print runs.

Aster and the Accidental Magic by Thom Pico, illustrated by Karensac

Bloom by Keith Oppel

Enchanter’s Child: Twilight Hauntings by Angie Sage

Mananaland by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert

Stand Up, Yumi Chung! by Jessica Kim

Wink by Rob Harrell

Winterborne Home for Vengeance and Valor by Ally Carter

A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat

15 New Picture Books to Wake Your Brain Cells in March

Here are 15 new picture books releasing this month that have lots of buzz with starred reviews or large print runs!

Vamos! Let’s Go Eat! by Raul the Third

Amphibian Acrobats by Leslie Bulion, illustrated by Robert Meganck

Hello World! by Ethan Long

Hike by Pete Oswald

I Go Quiet by David Ouimet

Letters from Bear by Gauthier David, illustrated by Marie Caudry

Mama Baby by Chris Raschka

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

The Nest that Wren Built by Randi Sonenshine, illustrated by Anne Hunter

Nesting by Henry Cole

An Ordinary Day by Elana K. Arnold, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic

Southwest Sunrise by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Wendell Minor

Things That Go Away by Beatrice Alemagna

The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez

We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade

Indies Introduce Winter/Spring 2019

Ten children’s books have been selected by a panel of booksellers as the best debuts of the Winter/Spring season. Here are the titles:


Caterpillar Summer Mostly the Honest Truth

Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Mostly the Honest Truth by Jody J. Little

Nikki on the Line

Nikki on the Line by Barbara Roberts



The Devouring Gray Izzy + Tristan

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Izzy + Tristan by Shannon Dunlap

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens Nocturna

Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

Opposite of Always White Rose

Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

White Rose by Kip Wilson


XL by Scott Brown


Smoking Hot Controversy


The Scarecrow’s Wedding by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler has garnered some criticism from parents for having an evil scarecrow who smokes.  Evidently, it’s not enough that the bad guy is the one smoking, nor that the other characters actually say out loud that smoking is bad, but just the image of a cigar is enough to cause concern for children.

I have a copy of the book and wanted to see what the fuss was about.  I must admit I was surprised at how clearly smoking was dealt with as something bad and then that even the bad guy doesn’t really successfully smoke.  I’ve taken a picture of the page in question, and honestly it is just a single page in the entire book.  This way you can make up your mind if it’s appropriate for your school, library or children.

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I also appreciate the fact that the cigar is actually part of the plot.  When it falls from Reginald’s hand, it starts a fire that is important to the progress of the story. 

So what do you think?  Should children’s books have smoking in them?  Is it ever OK? 

Publisher’s Weekly Spring 2015 Sneak Preview

Publisher’s Weekly has released their Spring 2015 sneak preview for children’s books.  The list includes picture books, middle grade and teen.  Listed by publisher, this is a great way to see the books long before they arrive, build your future must-read list, and start a list of books to keep an eye on for your library purchases. 


Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List

The American Booksellers Association has a preview of their Spring Kids’ Indie Next List which features fifty titles picked by booksellers at independent bookstores from across the nation.  They also select a top ten:

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend The Boundless Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3)

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel

Cress by Marissa Meyer

Firefly July and Other Very Short Poems 18079812

Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Following Papa’s Song by Gianna Marino

Grasshopper Jungle The Secret Box A Snicker of Magic

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

The Secret Box by Whitaker Ringwald

A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd

Sparky! The Strange and Beautiful  Sorrows of Ava Lavender

Sparky! by Jenny Offill

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Autumn “13 Kids” Indie Next List Preview

Here are the top ten titles in the new Indie Next List just for children’s books.  Head to the American Booksellers Association website to see more than the top ten.  All of the books are selected from nominations from independent booksellers across the U.S. 


The Beginning of Everything The Coldest Girl in Coldtown Counting by 7s

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Fangirl Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures Fortunately, the Milk

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by K.G. Campbell

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Skottie Young

If You Could Be Mine 17262290

If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan

Journey by Aaron Becker

The Snatchabook The Song of the Quarkbeast (The Last Dragonslayer, #2)

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty, illustrated by Thomas Docherty

The Song of the Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde