May 2018 Kids’ Picks

May Kids' PicksIt was tough to narrow things down this month, but here’s my list of 10 interesting books coming out in May!

princePrince & Knight by Daniel Haack (out now)
A prince and a knight in shining armor find true love in each other’s embrace after fighting a dragon together.

all summer longAll Summer Long by Hope Larson (out now)
Thirteen-year-old Bina faces her first summer without her best friend, Austin, who has left for soccer camp.

perfectlyPerfectly Norman by Tom Percival (out now)
Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else, causing him to question whether there is such thing as perfectly normal.

national geographicNational Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 (out May 8th)
Provides the latest information on a wide range of topics, including animals, culture, geography, the environment, history, and science

the memory of forgotten thingsThe Memory of Forgotten Things by Kat Zhang (out May 15th)
Twelve-year-old Sophia has never told anyone about her unusual memories–snapshots of a past that never happened. She becomes convinced that the upcoming solar eclipse will grant her the opportunity to make her alternate life come true, to enter a world where her mother never died. With the help of two misfit boys, she must figure out a way to bring her mother back to her–before the opportunity is lost forever.

stinkiestStinkiest! 20 Smelly Animals by Steve Jenkins (out May 22nd)
Through illustrations, infographics, facts, and figures, readers will see how big each animal is compared to humans, where it lives on the globe, and just how putrid it can be!

julian is a mermaiddJulian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love (out May 22nd)
While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

play this bookPlay This Book by Jessica Young (out May 22nd)
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text invite the reader to try various instruments and join a band.

annie's life in listsAnnie’s Life in Lists by Kristin Mahoney (out May 29th)
Fifth-grader Annie writes lists to keep track of changes in her life when her family moves from Brooklyn to the small town of Clover Gap.

frontFront Desk by Kelly Yang (out May 29th)
Recent immigrants from China and desperate for work and money, ten-year-old Mia Tang’s parents take a job managing a rundown motel in Southern California, even though the owner, Mr. Yao is a nasty skinflint who exploits them; while her mother (who was an engineer in China) does the cleaning, Mia works the front desk and tries to cope with demanding customers and other recent immigrants–not to mention being only one of two Chinese in her fifth grade class, the other being Mr. Yao’s son, Jason.