Growing up can be difficult, as lots of children face challenges such as bullying, sadness and even just the pressures of being the new kid. These books are filled with many different tips, tricks and helpful ways to beat these challenges and overcome obstacles.
Today I’m Strong
By Nadiya Hussain
A classic in the making from the winner of “The Great British Baking Show” and the star of “Nadiya Bakes,” this book is about a young girl finding her strength in spite of a schoolyard bully. The playground is a hard place to navigate; some of the time it can feel amazing, while other times it can feel sad and lonely. In “Today I’m Strong,” the little girl learns to hold her head high, always be kind and believe in herself, with a reminder from her magic tiger. On sale June 14. Recommended for ages 3-5.
That’s Not My Name!
By Anoosha Syed
When Mirah starts a new school she is so excited to make new friends. When one of her classmates mispronounces her name, she wonders if she should change it. Mirah and mama work together with the use of images and illustrations in, “That’s Not My Name!” to find love for your name, find your voice and learn how to stand up for yourself. Recommended for ages 3-5.
Violet and the Crumbs
By Abigail Rayner
The book is about celiac disease, an autoimmune condition triggered by eating foods with gluten, and it follows a little girl’s journey as she navigates her recent diagnosis. It’s based on Abigail Rayner’s experience with her own daughter, which gives it a unique personal perspective. “Violet and the Crumbs” is now available for ages 4-8.
By Zadie Smith and Nick Laird
A picture book that can be admired by adults and children, “The Surprise” is an endearing story about Maud, a guinea pig who wears a judo suit that not everyone understands. Maud gets thrown into a new situation and has to use bravery to find her place and embrace her individuality. Available June 28. Recommended for ages 3-7.
Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective
By Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie Arnett
The first day of school can be difficult and cause a lot of jitters. No need for fear because “Hattie Harmony: Worry Detective” is always there to help her friends when they need her. Hattie always finds the perfect way to help calm down her friends. This fun filled book is about facing one’s fears and the importance of self-care. Recommended for ages 4-8.
By Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex
Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex’s debut children’s book is about the special bond between father and son. “The Bench” is inspired by her own husband and son and it shows us how love can take shape in a modern family.
AMERICAN GIRL: Samantha Helps A Friend
By Rebecca Mallary, read by Saskia Maarleveld
The first release from American Girl’s partnership with Listening Library, “Samantha Helps a Friend” tells the stories of friendship, courage and compassion. American Girl’s award-winning books have been beloved for more than 35 years and they help girls navigate the changes and challenges of growing up. This audiobook is available on June 7. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Juneteenth: Our Day of Freedom
By Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Want to learn more about “Juneteenth”? This book tells the story and significance of what Juneteenth is and what it means. This book is about the history of Juneteenth and is certain to entertain and educate readers of all ages.
By Maya Tatsukawa
This warm, feel-good tale of friends working together to make delicious pancakes is the ultimate comfort food from Geisel Honor creator Maya Tatsukawa. “Sunday Pancakes” shows us that friends don’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. This fun book also shows us the power of teamwork and sharing, and even includes a yummy pancake recipe. Available June 28. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Peri and Her Fungi
By Michael Girgenti
Michael Girgenti’s book series, “Strawberry Pencil Magic,” promotes diversity and features two unique books. The first book in the series is called “Peri and Her Plant,” which is about making the world a greener place with the help of friends. The second book coming out in honor of Juneteenth is called “Peri and Her Fungi.” This book is about Peri finding new and natural remedies to cure his grandma’s sickness.
Kyle the Coyote
By Mark Terry
“Kyle the Coyote” is about a Coyote pup who gets lost in the desert. The moral centers around what happens when children get lost or separated from their parents. One of the characters called “Oliver the Owl” hoots out facts for parents or teachers to read to kids to give them additional context. Recommended for ages 3-8.