The last Tuesday of the month means LOTS of great books releasing this week. Take a look:
Books for Kids
Lego Big Book of Animals – Part of the Lego Nonfiction line of books. Can’t go wrong with animal books AND Lego!
Agatha Christie – Picture book biography of author Agatha Christie (releases March 2)
Becoming Bach – Picture book biography of my favorite composer!
Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression – Picture book biography of Depression-era photographer, Dorothea Lange
Little Fox in the Forest – Two kids have a forest adventure when a real life fox runs off with the girl’s stuffed one.
You Can Read – Picture Book celebrating the adventure of reading!
I’m Batgirl – New Early Reader from the Lego Batman Movie, focusing on my favorite DC character, Batgirl
Dragon Masters: Search for the Lightning Dragon – I am a huge fan of the Branches line of books from Scholastic. They are PERFECT first chapter books for new readers. This is book 7 in this series about dragons with magic powers and the kids who care for them.
Nancy Clancy, Late Breaking News – Fancy Nancy chapter books are terrific for kids who loved the picture books, but are ready for something meatier/longer. This is book 8 in the series.
Bad Guys: Mission Unpluckable – Bad Guys, Book 2
Elle the Thumbelina Fairy – I loved these fairy stories when I was teaching. They are short, making them a quick read for young readers. The language in them, though, is pretty strong, making this a perfect recommendation for young readers who are also strong readers but may not yet be old enough for middle grade stories.
Mariana the Goldilocks Fairy
Rosalie the Rapunzel Fairy
Ruth the Red Riding Hood Fairy
Books for Older Kids/Teens/Young Adults
Backstories: Darth Vadar – This is a fantastic series (started with Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman) that gives the foundational stories of major pop culture figures.
Family Game Night and other Catastrophes – Annabelle struggles to keep people at a distance so no one finds out how out of control her mother’s hoarding has gotten. Can’t wait to read this!
Frogkisser – A princess who can break curses with a kiss ventures out with some interesting friends to try to save her kingdom from her evil stepfather. Sounds like my kind of book!
Goldfish Boy – A boy with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) may be a witness in the case of a missing toddler in his neighborhood. I so want to read this one (oh, who am I kidding?! I want to read all of them)!
See You in the Cosmos – A boy keeps a running commentary on his iPod about his life and the people he meets, hoping to someday launch it into space to tell other life forms about Earth. Looking forward to reading this one!
Well That Was Awkward – Middle school story of what to do when your best friend likes your secret crush. Top of my wish list for this week!
Science Comics: Bats – This is a cool graphic novel non-fiction series. I’ve enjoyed the previous books in this series.
Tornado Terror – As a librarian I sometimes had trouble convincing kids to willingly read nonfiction. When Lauren Tarshis started publishing non-fiction books with the same accessible style as her I Survived fiction books, I didn’t have trouble any more!
What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs? – The latest book in this fantastic non-fiction series for kids. Can’t go wrong with dinosaurs!
Stranger than FanFiction – I’m looking forward to reading this Teen/YA book by actor/author Chris Colfer about a TV star and a few of his fans going on a road trip.
The Hate U Give – Sort of a “ripped from the headlines” story of a girl who witnesses her best friend get shot and killed by a police officer. The buzz for this book is tremendous! Everyone I know who got an early copy has said this is a must read.
Width of the World – Book 3 in the Vega Jane series by David Baldacchi
Books for Adults
Banana Cream Pie Murder – Book 21 in the Hannah Swendson Bakeshop series (Hallmark Movies and Mysteries have turned some of these into fun movies!)
Death by Chocolate Lab – Book one in the new Lucky Paws Petsitting mystery series!
Fatality by Firelight – Book two in the Cat Latimer mystery series. You can read my review of book one here.
Kneaded to Death – Book one in the new Bread Shop mystery series!
The Long Mirage – The latest book in the Star Trek Deep Space Nine saga
Brave Is the New Beautiful – “Finding the Courage to be the Real You.” Sounds like this would be a great small group or Sunday school resource to study.
Divided We Stand – Historic exploration of the facets of the Women’s Movement – from both sides of the aisle, liberal and conservative.
Grace is Greater – This looks like a great discussion of God’s grace that is available to each of us!
The Modern Enneagram – I have been studying the Enneagram personality system this year. I am curious to see how this book lines up with the other things I have been reading.
Portraits of Courage – A book of paintings and stories of American military veterans by former President George W. Bush