April 2019 Kids’ Picks

April Kids' Picks

April showers bring May flowers, and lots of great new books for the month!

Available April 2

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Cooking with Bear by Deborah Hodge and Lisa Cinar

When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he’s happy to see the signs of spring. To celebrate, he makes a special meal of fresh watercress soup and crusty seed bread. Fox follows his nose to Bear’s den and joins him for lunch. The food is delicious, and Fox, who is tired of eating the same old thing, asks Bear to teach him how to cook.


Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Helping to care for her beloved special-needs brother in the years after their father’s passing, Cat suffers a personal setback that prompts her to visit the home of the grandparents she has never met, where she finds renewal in simply being able to be a kid.

Available April 9


Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid: Rowley Jefferson’s Journal by Jeff Kinney

Greg Heffley’s best friend and biographer shares first-person insights into their middle-school experiences while making a decided mess of Greg’s life story.

mermaidsMermaids Fast Asleep by Robin Riding

Mermaids Fast Asleep is a stunning and lyrical bedtime picture book that looks at how mermaids sleep in the sea by writer Robin Riding and illustrator Zoe Persico.

Available April 16


Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee

The older sister of a boy who is bullied for his rare gigantism harbors ambitions to study insects while her brother dreams of running away and living in a remote cabin, until the dangerous progression of his disease challenges their richly imagined escape worlds. By the author of A Most Magical Girl.

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High Five by Adam Rubin

Discover the lost art of the high five and improve your slapping skills just in time for the annual high five contest! From hand-limbering stretches to lessons on five-ing with finesse, readers are guided through a series of interactive challenges, each goofier than the next.

Available April 23


Animalicious by Claudia Boldt

A seriously silly ABC book packed with imaginary animals from the creator of the Llama Llama books, Anna Dewdney, and Reed Duncan.

From A is for Anonymouse and I is for Incredibull, to K is for Kangarude and R is for Rocktopus, this ABC book will have readers laughing out loud as they learn the alphabet with animals they may never have seen–or even heard of–before.


Flubby is not a good pet! by J.E. Morris

Meet Flubby–the lovably lazy feline who prefers a purr-fectly laid-back lifestyle!
Flubby is a large, sleepy cat who refuses to do the things that other pets do. He won’t sing, catch, or even jump! But when a scary situation brings Flubby and his owner together, they realize they really do need each other–and that makes Flubby a good pet after all.

Available April 30

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Aru Sha and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi

Accused of stealing the god of love’s bow and arrow, Aru has ten days to find the real thief or risk being kicked out of the Otherworld.


Sparkly New Friends by Heather Ayris Burnell

Differing on the subjects of magic and snowball fights, Unicorn and Yeti nevertheless bond over their shared love of sparkly things, hot chocolate with rainbow sprinkles and, most of all, being best friends, in a lighthearted series debut for new readers. Simultaneous.