A few weeks ago, I was sitting at work doing what we child librarians love to do most - take a look at the NEW book cart. Even if you get to do the ordering, seeing the books all shiny and new out of the box or on the book truck inspires the happy dance. It then occurred to me that I was seeing some trends (completely unscientific of course) and that I should share with you my totally random observations and opinions.
It's no surprise that for the 50th anniversary of the moon landing we are seeing tons of great space books. And if your library is doing 'space' for summer reading like mine, you are in luck.
Breaking News: Alien Alert by David Biedrzycki
A Kite for Moon by Jane Yolen, Heidi E.Y. Stemple, illustrated by Matt Phelan
Marty's Mission: an Apollo 11 story (Tales of Young Americans) by Judy Young, illustrated by David Miles
What's In a Name?
Apparently, the letters R-U-B-Y.
Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Ruby's Birds by Mya Thompson, illustrated by Claudia Davila
Ruby's Sword by Jacqueline Veissid, illustrated by Paola Zakimi
We can add these to the other amazing characters sharing this perfect kidlit name:
Max & Ruby
Hello My Name Is Ruby
Even the Duchess of York has a Ruby character....
Amazing Illustrators (besides G. Brian Karas)
Every librarian I talk to agrees that the level of talent for illustrators of children's books just keeps getting better and better. Two new faves dealing with grandfathers:
The Tide by Clare Helen Welsh, illustrated by Ashling Lindsay
Grandpa's Stories: a Book of Remembering by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys
Now I'm going to pretend that I get to give out book awards for my own little world. Here are three:
This one is called, Duh! (as in, why didn't I write that?)
Chicks Rule by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, illustrated by Renee Kurilla
So Clever (or, this is what they mean by a 'hook')
Baby's First Bank Heist by Jim Whalley, illustrated by Stephen Collins
Cuteness Overload (Just, stop...)
Little Taco Truck by Tanya Valentine, illustrated by Jorge Martin