January 2018 Kids’ Picks

January is going to be an excellent start to 2018, reading-wise. As usual, I’ve compiled a list of 10 children’s books being released in January that I am looking forward to.

let the childrenLet the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson & Frank Morrison (out now)
Documents the inspirational peaceful protests in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama, combining poetic text and poignant illustrations that celebrate the powerful words of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the resolve of thousands of African-American children to march for their civil rights.

snow sistersSnow Sisters! by Kerri Kokias & Teagan White (out now)
When snowflakes fall, two sisters react very differently. One is excited and the other is wary. The first sister spends the morning outdoors, playing until she’s all tuckered out. Meanwhile, the second sister stays indoors, becoming ever more curious about the drifts outside. Soon, they switch places, and spend the second half of the day retracing each other’s footsteps. But each sister puts her own unique spin on activities like sledding, baking and building. (Teagan White is one of my favorite picture book illustrators!)

dash of troubleLove Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano (out now)
Wanting to be a part of her family’s Dia de los Muertos preparations, Leonora sneaks out of school to discover her mother, aunt, and older sisters have been keeping a secret.

bettyBetty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson (out now)
Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement. Written by Betty’s daughter, Ilyasah.

black pantherBlack Panther: The Young Prince by Ronald L. Smith (out now)
Life is comfortable for twelve-year-old T’Challa in his home of Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation. When he’s not learning how to rule a kingdom from his father-the reigning Black Panther-or testing out the latest tech, he’s off breaking rules with his best friend, M’Baku. But as conflict brews near Wakanda, T’Challa’s father makes a startling announcement: he’s sending T’Challa and M’Baku to school in America. This is no prestigious private academy-they’ve been enrolled at South Side Middle School in the heart of Chicago.

loveLove by Matt de la Peña & Loren Long (out now)
Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate the bonds of love that connect us all. By Newbery winner Matt de la Peña.

abraham lincolnTime Twisters: Abraham Lincoln, Pro Wrestler by Steve Sheinkin & Neil Swaab (out now)
Abby and her stepbrother, Doc, must persuade Abraham Lincoln to play his part in history after one too many comments about history being boring cause him to go on strike.

ellieEllie, Engineer by Jackson Pearce (out January 16th)
When Ellie, who loves to invent and build things, decides to build a doghouse as a gift, she needs to get past the boys-against-the-girls neighborhood feud and ask for help.

trailblazerTrailblazer: The Story of Ballerina Raven Wilkinson by Leda Schubert & Theodore Taylor III, foreword by Misty Copeland (out January 16th)
This beautiful picture book tells the little-known story of Raven Wilkinson, the first African American woman to dance for a major classical ballet company and an inspiration to Misty Copeland.

festivalFestival of Colors by Surishtha Sehgal, Kabir Sehgal & Vashti Harrison (out January 30th)
Spring is here, and it’s almost time for Holi, the Indian Festival of Colors. Siblings Mintoo and Chintoo are busy gathering flowers to make into colorful powders to toss during the festival. And when at last the big day comes, they gather with their friends, family, and neighbors for a vibrant celebration of fresh starts, friendship, forgiveness, and, of course, fun!