August 2018 Kids’ Picks

August Kids PicksIt’s another great month for children’s books. Check out Ms. Alessandra’s pick for August!


j1Good Dog
by Cori Doerrfeld – out 8/7
Happy dog. Smart dog. Loving dog. Stray dog. Any dog can be a good dog—if you just give them a chance. This heartwarming story follows a dog in search of a friend and a girl who shows him the way home.

j2Lucy and the String by Vanessa Roeder – out 8/7
Finding a string of yarn and unable to resist giving it a tug, a little girl runs into a friendly bear, Hank, and must help him fix his rapidly unraveling pants, in a silly tale of curiosity, innovation and friendship in unexpected places.

j3Rice from Heaven: The Secret Mission to Feed North Koreans by Tina M. Cho & Keum Jin Song – out 8/14
A true story about compassion and bravery as a young girl and her community in South Korea help deliver rice via balloons to the starving and oppressed people in North Korea.

j4The Rough Patch by Brian Lies – out 8/14
Evan and his dog do everything together. They play and read and eat. But mostly you will find them tending to Evan’s extraordinary garden, where flowers and other good things flourish and reach for the sky. But friends don’t always stay forever, and when Evan loses his, he destroys the place that meant the most to them, and creates something to match his mood. Until one day…

j5First Laugh: Welcome, Baby! by Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo Flood & Jonathan Nelson
A Navajo family welcomes a new baby into the family with love and ceremony, eagerly waiting for that first special laugh. Includes brief description of birth customs in different cultures.

j6How to Be a T. Rex by Ryan North & Mike Lowery – out 8/21
Tyrannosaurus Rex enthusiast Sal transforms herself into an uncontrollable T. Rex, partly because her brother said it would be impossible, but soon discovers the downsides of always being fierce.

j7A Dog in King Arthur’s Court by Audrey Mackaman – out 8/21
Determined to prove himself when he leaves the comfort of his puppyhood barn to join the lavish court of Camelot, Cavall loyally protects his person, King Arthur, from malevolent forces lurking in Camelot.

j8Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies by Christian Trimmer & Jessie Sima – out 8/21
In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony–beloved by children for her talent in braiding hair and dancing–follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.

polar bears jkt 3P.inddIf Polar Bears Disappeared by Lilly Williams – out 8/28
The endangered polar bear is threatened with extinction due to rapid climate change that is causing the ice where it hunts/lives to melt at an alarming rate. This book uses accessible, charming art to explore what would happen if the sea ice melts, causing the extinction of polar bears, and how it would affect environments around the globe.

j10Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson – out 8/28
When six students are chosen to participate in a weekly talk with no adults allowed, they discover that when they’re together, it’s safe to share the hopes and fears they have to hide from the rest of the world.