Right before summer ends and school starts is the best time to pick up a fun and motivating book. This month’s book corner focuses on the importance of self-love and self-acceptance for young children.
By Matt de la Pena and illustrated by Corinna Luyken
Beloved creators Matt de la Peña and Corinna Luyken use uplifting verses and colorful artwork to explore the endless possibilities each child possesses. A young dancer may grow into a computer coder; a basketball player might become a poet; a class clown may one day serve as an inspiring teacher; and today’s quiet empath might be tomorrow’s great leader .”Patchwork” is a profound and uplifting new classic read with an empowering message for readers ages 4-8. Available Aug. 30.
Lunch From Home
By Joshua David Stein and art by Jing Li
Stein follows four students as they learn to cope with their first “lunch box moments” in this picture book that encourages empathy and inspires all readers to stand up for their food! Inspired by the “lunch box moments” of four acclaimed chefs, Ray Garcia, Preeti Mistry, Mina Park, and Niki Russ Federman, this heartwarming story reminds us all that one’s food is a reflection of self and an authentic celebration of culture. “Lunch From Home” is recommended for ages 3-6 and is available Aug. 30.
Sam’s Super Seats
By Keah Brown and illustrated by Sharee Miller
Sam loves herself, learning, and making her family and friends laugh. She also loves comfortable seats, including a graceful couch named after Misty Copeland and Laney, the sassy backseat of Mom’s car. After a busy morning of rest, Sam and her friends try on cute outfits at the mall and imagine what the new school year might bring. It’s not until Sam feels tired, and the new seat she meets isn’t so super, that she discovers what might be her best idea all day. “Sam’s Super Seats” is a joyful picture book recommended for ages 4-8 available on Aug. 23.
By Celia C. Pérez
From the acclaimed author of The First Rule of Punk comes a dazzling novel about a young girl who learns the missing pieces of her origin story from the family of legendary luchadores she’s never met. Twelve-year-old Adela “Addie” Ramirez has a big decision to make when her stepfather proposes adoption. Addie loves Alex, the only father figure she’s ever known, but with a new half-brother due in a few months and a big school theater performance on her mind, everything suddenly feels like it’s moving too fast. “Tumble” is about showing up, taking off your mask, and working through challenges together. This book is for ages 9-12 and is available on Aug. 16.
How to Sleep Tight through the Night
Whether it’s fear of the dark or worry about the day ahead that is interfering with a good night’s sleep, “How to Sleep Tight through the Night” offers creative solutions for soothing children’s bedtime anxieties and developing healthy sleep habits. This collection of 30 kid-friendly tricks and techniques by sleep and dreaming expert Tzivia Gover and award-winning children’s book author Lesléa Newman is complemented by the dreamy illustrations of Vivian Mineker. From playing an alphabet game to slipping a wish under a pillow, the book is filled with practical, engaging prompts that are accessible to all and easy to implement, using creative visualization, mindfulness techniques, and playful, fun strategies for easing bedtime struggles and welcoming sound, restful sleep. On sale now for readers of all ages.
The Adventures of Chloe and Chris: The Three Branches of Governmen
By Hope Goins
In the series opener, “The Adventures of Chloe and Chris: The Three Branches of Government,” readers embark on an adventure through Washington, DC as they learn about each of the three branches of government and their functions. Through the lens of Chloe and Chris, this one-of-a-kind children’s series helps children and adults alike understand the foundations of the United States government, without any fluff or confusion. These stories nurture the curiosity of young readers and their families and equip them with the knowledge to grow into more conscious citizens. “Government 101” is available now for ages 4-8.