October Kids’ Picks

October Kids Picks

So far, October has been a pretty busy month for me. It’s a pretty busy month for children’s books as well. It took me a couple of tries, but I did manage to choose the 10 books I’m most excited about. There’s a bit of everything: picture books, nonfiction, chapter books, and some graphic novels.

So, without further ado:

lovelyLovely by Jess Hong & Simon Stahl
I get a lot requests from parents and caregivers for picture books that fall into the emotional health/self-esteem category. It’s a hard request to fill, mostly because it’s hard to search for in the catalog. This book, which fills that request, is about the many different physical traits people may have, and how those make us all lovely.

dino-dancingDino-Dancing by Lisa Wheeler & Barry Gott
This is the latest offering in Wheeler’s series of picture books about athlete dinosaurs. I love getting to recommend these books, which are beautifully illustrated, fast paced, and rhyming.

pashminaPashmina by Nidhi Chanani
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this fantastic graphic novel. It’s a sweet story about the relationship between Priyanka Das and her single mother, who will not discuss why she left India, or who Pri’s father is. Throw in some magic, a fill-in father figure, and a plane trip, and you’ve got a book everyone will love.

a night out with mamaA Night Out With Mama by Quvenzhane Wallis & Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Wallis is the youngest person ever to be nominated for Best Actress at the Academy Awards, and now she’s also an author, in this story clearly inspired by her own award season experiences.

i am kindI am Kind by Suzy Capozzi & Eren Unter (out October 10th)
This easy reader, part of the new Positive Power series, focuses on a little girl who sees kindness all around her and learns from her mother about the big impact of small acts of kindness.

cucumber questCucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom by Gigi D.G. (out October 10th)
First Second is a publishing company that puts out many of the best graphic novels for children. This new series focuses on Cucumber, a nerdy magician bunny who just wants to go school, but must instead team up with his sister to find the Dream Sword and defeat Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight.

a world of cookies for santaA World of Cookies for Santa: Follow Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World by M.E. Furman & Susan Gal (out October 17th)
In the library world, Christmas books start being released in September. This one shows the different kinds of treats left for Santa all around the world. It even includes recipes!

malalas magic pencilMalala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai & KERASOET (out October 17th)
This is activist Malala Yousafzai’s first picture book, and it has a powerful message. As a child, Malala wished for a magic pencil she could use to erase the bad from her world. As she grew older, she came to rely on herself to spark those changes through hard work.

slug daysSlug Days by Sara Leach & Rebecca Bender (out October 27th)
Award winning author Sara Leach’s newest book is about Lauren, a young girl who sees the world very differently due to her Asperger Syndrome. She learns to navigate school challenges, understand others feelings, and cope with her own frustrating emotions.

nevermoorNevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (out October 31st)
Born on the unluckiest day, Morrigan Crow has been cursed. She’s blamed for all the misfortunes in her village, and fated to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday. Instead, she is whisked away to a magical city called Nevermoor, where she embarks on new and exciting adventures.