Recommendations for Kids

Discover your new favorite book by exploring our curated lists. 

Best New Youth Books

  • Cover image for Genesis Begins Again

    Genesis Begins Again

    Alicia D. Williams

    Genesis Begins Again

    Alicia D. Williams

    This deeply sensitive and powerful debut novel tells the story of a thirteen-year-old who must overcome internalized racism and a verbally abusive family to finally learn to love herself.

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  • Cover image for Orange for the Sunsets

    Orange for the Sunsets

    Tina Athaide

    Orange for the Sunsets

    Tina Athaide

    From debut author Tina Athaide comes a soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, as two best friends living under Ugandan President Amin’s divisive rule must examine where—and who—they call ho

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  • Cover image for Friendroid

    Friendroid

    M.M. Vaughan

    Friendroid

    M.M. Vaughan

    Stranger Things meets robots in this sweet story about an unlikely friendship between two boys—one human, one android. Eric Young is an android, but he doesn’t know.

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    Caterpillar Summer

    Gillian McDunn

    Caterpillar Summer

    Gillian McDunn

    This beautifully written, emotional debut perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt or Ali Benjamin tells the story a girl, her special needs brother, and the summer they will never forget.

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    The Rambling

    Jimmy Cajoleas

    The Rambling

    Jimmy Cajoleas

    From the author of Goldeline, a Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth pick, comes a mesmerizing middle grade fantasy about family and the power of storytelling.

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  • Cover image for Up for Air

    Up for Air

    Laurie Morrison

    Up for Air

    Laurie Morrison

    Learning disabilities make school painful for Annabelle, thirteen, but a summer of swimming with the high school team is fantastic until a prank goes wrong, spoiling everything.

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  • Cover image for Last of the Name

    Last of the Name

    Rosanne Parry

    Last of the Name

    Rosanne Parry

    In 1863, twelve-year-old Danny and his older sister Kathleen arrive in New York City to start a new life, but they soon find themselves navigating through the same prejudices and struggles they exp

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  • Cover image for August Isle

    August Isle

    Ali Standish

    August Isle

    Ali Standish

    From critically acclaimed author Ali Standish (The Ethan I Was Before), the story of one girl’s journey to a magical seaside town, where she uncovers her family’s long hidden secrets and ultimately

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  • Cover image for Biddy Mason Speaks Up

    Biddy Mason Speaks Up

    Arisa White, Laura Atkins

    Biddy Mason Speaks Up

    Arisa White, Laura Atkins

    Presents the life of a California ex-slave, nurse, and midwife, who started many philanthropic projects.

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Best New Picture Books & Easy Readers

  • Cover image for Charlie & Mouse Even Better

    Charlie & Mouse Even Better

    Laurel Snyder

    Charlie & Mouse Even Better

    Laurel Snyder

    In this heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder's awardwinning beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom's!

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  • Cover image for ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

    ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

    Raúl the Third

    ¡Vamos! Let's Go to the Market

    Raúl the Third

    Richard Scarry’s Busytown gets a Mexican-American makeover in the marketplace of a buzzing border town from Pura Belpré Medal-winning illustrator Raúl the Third.

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  • Cover image for The Titanosaur

    The Titanosaur

    Diego Pol, José Luis Carballido

    The Titanosaur

    Diego Pol, José Luis Carballido

    Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History join forces in a thrilling new picture book about the discovery of the Titanosaur -- the biggest, heaviest creature to ever walk Earth!

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    Garden Day!

    Candice Ransom

    Garden Day!

    Candice Ransom

    A welcome-to-spring Step 1 reader featuring the family from Pumpkin Day!, Apple Picking Day!, and Snow Day! It's springtime, and the perfect day to plant a garden!

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  • Cover image for Puddle

    Puddle

    Richard Jackson

    Puddle

    Richard Jackson

    A surprising, universal, and gorgeously illustrated story about self-acceptance, love, friendship, and the joy of embracing different perspectives, this beautiful picture book by acclaimed author R

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  • Cover image for Because

    Because

    Mo Willems

    Because

    Mo Willems

    Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey

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