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Our latest acquisitions in Children's and Young Adult Literature, as well as Teacher Resources, are featured here. 

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New Children's and Young Adult (YA) Books in the IMC

Some Pets

By Angela DiTerlizzi
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "There are so many different types of pets! This book celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes." --From Publisher's Description


By Candace Fleming
Recommended: Ages 3 to 7
Pages: 32
Summary: "A group of forest animals vie for the same delicious red apple that is just about to drop." --From Publisher's Description

You Go First

By Ariel Bernstein
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Cat learns that being a good friend means trying new things as well as putting others first." --From Publisher's Description

In the Night Garden

By Carin Berger
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "In the night garden, nothing is as it seems and everything is made new." --From Publisher's Description


By Kevin Johnson
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: " After losing the person in his life he loves more than anything, a young child holds onto a cape as a source of comfort and strength." --From Publisher's Description

A Dress with Pockets

By Lily Murray
Recommended: Grades K-1
Pages: 32
Summary: "At the Fabulous Fashion Store, a young girl tries on an assortment of dresses, but none of them have what she really wants." --From Publisher's Description

Mermaid Kenzie

By Charlotte Watson Sherman
Recommended: Grades PK-3
Pages: 32
Summary: "One day as Kenzie snorkels around a shipwreck, she discovers more plastic bags than fish. Grabbing her spear and mermaid net, she begins to clean up the water and the shore--inspiring other kids to help." --From Publisher's Description

Where Is Bina Bear?

By Mike Curato (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Tiny is having a party, but Bina Bear is nowhere to be found. Something is wrong―and she sets out to make it right." --From Publisher's Description

The Legend of Gravity

By Charly Palmer (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 36
Summary: "Have you ever heard of Gravity, the greatest ball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers? Read on to discover how he got his name." --From Publisher's Description

Butt or Face?

By Kari Lavelle
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Weird animals are introduced with a close-up photo. Kids must guess: are they seeing seeing the bottom or the top?" --From Publisher's Description

How to Write a Poem

By Kwame Alexander
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "From this first stanza, readers are invited to pay attention--and to see that paying attention itself is poetry." --From Publisher's Description

Door by Door: How Sarah McBride Became America's First Openly Transgender Senator

By Meeg Pincus
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A picture book biography of the Delaware State Senator." --From Publisher's Description

Children's Quick and Easy Cookbook

By Angela Wilkes
Recommended: Ages 5 to 7
Pages: 96
Summary: "Super-fast, mouth-watering recipes that kids will find easy to make and the whole family will want to eat." --From Publisher's Description

Eric Loves Animals

By Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 2 to 5
Pages: 172
Summary: "Discover creatures of all shapes, colors, sizes, and textures in this comprehensive volume of Eric Carle's oeuvre of animals." --From Publisher's Description

Great Carrier Reef

By Jessica Stremer; Gordy Wright (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4 to 8
Pages: 39
Summary: "Once an unsinkable Navy ship, the Mighty O is now an underwater city teeming with marine life 200 miles off the coast of Florida." --From Publisher's Description

Indigenous Ingenuity

By Deidre Havrelock; Edward Kay
Recommended: Grades 3 to 7
Pages: 256
Summary: "Describes the countless scientifc discoveries and technological inventions from Indigenous North Americans without which our lives would be unrecognizable." --From Publisher's Description

Killer Underwear Invasion!

By Elise Gravel
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 88
Summary: "Misinformation and disinformation are everywhere.  This book teaches kids how to research and judge information in order to make their own decisions about what to believe." --From Publisher's Description

The Time Nature Keeps

By Helen Pilcher
Recommended: Grades 5 and Up
Pages: 208
Summary: "These infographics shed light on how plants and animals grow and age, sleep and migrate, and reproduce and die." --From Publisher's Description


By Pedro Martín
Recommended: Ages 10-14
Pages: 309
Summary: "Pedro Martin's grown up in the U.S. hearing stories about his legendary abuelito. Then, during a family road trip to Mexico, he learns more about his identity in this moving and hilarious graphic memoir." --From Publisher's Description

Fann Club: Batman Squad

By Jim Benton (Illustrator)
Recommended: Gradees 3-7
Pages: 126
Summary: 'Batman fan Ernest Fann takes on the secret persona Gerbilwing and sets up a crime fighting unit with his friends and dog, but things become a little too real when they visit a bank in the middle of a robbery." --From Publisher's Description

Clark and Lex

By Brendan Reichs
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 153
Summary: "Clark uses his powers to give himself an extra edge in a summer internship in Metropolis, but he will have to deal with newfound friend Lex Luthor who also has special abilities." --From Publisher's Description


By Matt Tavares
Recommended: Gradess 3-7
Pages: 215
Summary: "When, thanks to Title IX, the school announces a new girls' basketball team, Judi jumps at the chance. Will they change the patriarchal perspectives of their peers and administrators?" --From Publisher's Description

Tegan and Sara: Junior High

By Tegan Quin; Tillie Walden (Illustrator); Sara Quin
Recommended: Ages 10 to 14
Pages: 298
Summary: "Surviving junior high is something twin sisters Tegan and Sarah plan to face side by side, but growing up also means growing apart." --From Publisher's Description

The Mighty Bite

By Nathan Hale
Recommended: Ages 7 to 10
Pages: 276
Summary: "Determined to become Internet stars, two prehistoric creatures face off against a host of creatures vying for fame and fortune, taking the online world by storm." --From Publisher's Description

Parachute Kids

By Betty C. Tang (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 281
Summary: "After their two-week vacation in Los Angeles ends, 10-year-old Feng Li Lin and her older siblings learn they will remain in California while their parents return to Taiwan, forcing them to navigate a new school and a new language." --From Publisher's Description


By Mac Smith (Artist)
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 329
Summary: "Food is scarce and danger is everywhere as a group of house mice struggle to survive a long and strange winter." --From Publisher's Description

Squire and Knight

By Scott Chantler
Recommended: Ages 8 to 12
Pages: 161
Summary: "Staying behind while his inept boss, Sir Kelton, rides off to slay a demonic dragon, Squire soon notices something isn't quite right about his cursed village." --From Publisher's Description

Tiger Daughter

By Rebecca Lim
Recommended: Grades 5 to 8
Pages: 181
Summary: "Wen Zhou is a first-generation daughter of Chinese migrant parents. Her parents have high expectations for her to succeed, especially her father, whose strict rules leave her feeling trapped." --From Publisher's Description

Children of the Quicksands

By Efua Traoré
Recommended: Grades 4 to 8
Pages: 285
Summary: "Disobeying her grandmother when she becomes desperate to uncover a family secret, 13-year-old Simi goes exploring outside her remote Nigerian village where she discovers a strange parallel world." --From Publisher's Description

Barely Floating

By Lilliam Rivera
Recommended: Grades 4 to 7
Pages: 229
Summary: "Synchronized swimming has stolen Natalia's heart. The problem? Her parents think it's a sport with too much emphasis on looks--on being thin and white. Sometimes she feels more like a submarine than a mermaid, but she wonders if she might be both." --From Publisher's Description

The Last Girls Standing

By Jennifer Dugan
Recommended: Grades 9 and Up
Pages: 304
Summary: "As the only two survivors of a summer camp massacre, Sloan and Cherry form a seemingly unbreakable bond. But as Sloan discovers more about the attack, she begins to suspect Cherry may be more than just a survivor." --From Publisher's Description

Land of Broken Promises

By Jane Kuo
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 229
Summary: "Anna grapples with the complexities of being undocumented, the strain that it places on her family, and the loneliness of keeping it all to herself in this sequel to In the Beautiful Country." --From Publisher's Description

Pedro and Daniel

By Federico Erebia; Julie Kwon (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grade 10 and Up
Pages: 425
Summary: "Growing up in 1970's Ohio, Mexican-American brothers Pedro and Daniel manage an abusive home life, school, coming out, first loves, first jobs, and the AIDS epidemic, always leaning on each other." --From Publisher's Description

The Moonlit Vine

By Elizabeth Santiago
Recommended: Grades 8-12
Pages: 360
Summary: "14-year-old Taína Perez doesn't know anything about her Taíno heritage until her abuela tells Taína she is a direct descendant of Anacaona, a leader, warrior, and poet who was murdered by the Spanish in 1503." --From Publisher's Description

Claro de Luna

By Elizabeth Santiago
Recommended: Grades 8-12
Pages: 360
Summary: "Taína Pérez, de 14 años, no sabe nada sobre su herencia taína hasta que su abuela le dice a Taína que es descendiente directa de Anacaona, una líder, guerrera y poeta que fue asesinada por los españoles en 1503." --From Publisher's Description

Puppy Love

By Gary Soto
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 232
Summary: "After saving a drowning puppy, thirteen-year-old Jordan Mendoza wonders who threw her into the canal and if there are more puppies needing rescue." --From Publisher's Description

New Books for Educators and Future Educators

Recent Award Winning Books


Winner of the 2023 John Newbery Medal
Winner of the 2023 Coretta Scott King Author Award
By Amina Luqman-Dawson
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 403
Summary: "After fleeing the plantation where they were enslaved, siblings Ada and Homer discover the secret community of Freewater, and work with freeborn Sanzi to protect their new home from the encroaching dangers of the outside world." --From Publisher's Description

Hot Dog

Winner of the 2023 Caldecott Medal
By Doug Salati
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "This hot dog has had enough of summer in the city! When he plops down in the middle of a crosswalk, his owner endeavors to get him the breath of fresh air he needs." --From Publisher's Description

Standing in the Need of Prayer

Winner of the 2023 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award
By Carole Boston Weatherford; Frank Morrison (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 1-4
Pages: 32
Summary: "The popular spiritual has been reworked to chronicle the milestones, struggles, tragedies, and triumphs of African American people and their history. The text and illustrations of this inspirational book are informative reminders of yesterday, hopeful images for today, and aspirational dreams of tomorrow." --From Publisher's Description

All My Rage

Winner of the 2023 Printz Award
By Sabaa Tahir
Recommended: Ages 14 and Up
Pages: 374
Summary: "Sal scrambles to run the family business as his mother's health fails. Noor, meanwhile, walks a harrowing tightrope between working at her uncle's liquor store and the fact that she's applying to college so she can escape him. He and Noor must ask themselves what friendship is worth." --From Publisher's Description

Listen: How Evelyn Glennie, a Deaf Girl, Changed Percussion

Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Young Children
By Shannon Stocker; Devon Holzwarth (Illustrator), 2022
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 40
Summary: "A nonfiction picture book biography celebrating Evelyn Glennie, a deaf woman, who became the first full-time solo percussionist in the world." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Middle Grades
By C. C. Harrington, 2022
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 324
Summary: "Twelve-year-old Maggie's stutter causes her much heartache and only her menagerie of pets, with whom she can speak with fluidly, provide her comfort. But when she finds Rumpus, an abandoned snow leopard, in a forest in Cornwall, their chance encounter will change their lives forever." -Provided by Publisher

The Words We Keep

Winner of the 2023 Schneider Family Book Award for Young Adults
By Erin Stewart
Recommended: Ages 12 and Up
Pages: 387
Summary: "When sixteen-year-old Lily Larkin's older sister, Alice, begins to struggle with her mental health, Lily attempts to keep everything together and perfect, despite her own growing anxiety." 12 and Up
--From Publisher's Description

Just a Girl

Winner of the 2023 Mildred L. Batchelder Award
By Lia Levi
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 135
Summary: "Six-year-old Lia loves to build sandcastles at the beach, and her biggest problem is her shyness and quiet, birdlike voice. Then prime minister Mussolini joins forces with Hitler in World War II, and everything changes.  Will she ever be 'just a girl' again?" --From Publisher's Description

Where Wonder Grows

Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award
By Xelena González; Adriana M. Garcia (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 5-10
Pages: 32
Summary: "Three girls follow their grandmother into her garden, where they examine her collection of rocks, crystals, shells, and meteorites and learn about the marvels they reveal. Gathered together, Grandma and the girls let their surroundings spark their imaginations." --From Publisher's Description


Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpré Author Award
By Claribel A. Ortega; Rose Bousamra (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 4-8
Pages: 212
Summary: "Marlene doesn't understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of her best friend Camila and cool Tía Ruby, she slowly starts to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair." --From Publisher's Description

Burn down, Rise Up

Winner of the 2023 Pura Belpre Award for Young Adults
By Vincent Tirado
Recommended: Grades 10-12
Pages: 338
Summary: "When an urban legend rumored to trap people inside subway tunnels seems to be behind mysterious disappearances in the Bronx, sixteen-year-old Raquel and her friends team up to save their city--and confront a dark episode from history in the process." --From Publisher's Description

Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration

Winner of the 2023 Sibert Award
By Elizabeth Partridge; Lauren Tamaki (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 123
Summary: "Three legendary photographers document life at Manzanar, an incarceration camp in the California desert, through words and images." --From Publisher's Description

Love, Violet

Winner of the 2023 Stonewall Book Award for Children
By Charlotte Sullivan Wild; Charlene Chua (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Of all the kids in Violet's class, only one leaves her speechless: Mira. But every time Violet tries to tell Mira how she feels, Violet goes shy. As Valentine's Day approaches, Violet is determined to tell Mira just how special she is." --From Publisher's Description

When the Angels Left the Old Country

Winner of the 2023 Stonewall Book Award for Young Adults
Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adults
By Sacha Lamb
Recommended: Grades 7-12
Pages: 400
Summary: "Uriel the angel and Little Ash the demon are the only two supernatural creatures in their shtetl. When one of the young people from the village goes missing, Uriel and Little Ash set off to find her. But there are obstacles ahead of them as difficult as what they've left behind." --From Publisher's Description

I Did It!

Winner of the 2023 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
By Michael Emberley
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A little creature tries again and again to learn to ride a bicycle, and all their friends help with supportive words of encouragement." --From Publisher's Description

The Life and Crimes of Hoodie Rosen

Winner of the 2023 William C. Morris Award
By Isaac Blum, 2022
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 218
Summary: "Hoodie Rosen's entire Orthodox Jewish community has just picked up and moved to a quiet, mostly non-Jewish town, but life isn't that bad. That is, until he meets and falls for the daughter of the obstinate mayor trying to keep Hoodie's community out of the town. Hoodie finds himself caught between his first love and the only world he's ever known." --Provided by Publisher

Victory. Stand! Raising My Fist for Justice

Winner of the 2023 YALSA Nonfiction Award
By Tommie Smith and Derrick Barnes
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 200
Summary: "On the podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, gold medalist Tommie Smith raised a black-gloved fist to protest racial injustice inflicted upon African Americans. Smith looks back on his childhood growing up in rural Texas through to his stellar athletic career, culminating in his historic victory." --From Publisher's Description

From the Tops of the Trees

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Picture Book Award
By Kao Kalia Yang; Rachel Wada (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 5-9
Pages: 32
Summary: "The true story of a young girl who has never known life outside a Hmong refugee camp and a father determined to help her dream beyond the fences that confine them." --From Publisher's Description

Maizy Chen's Last Chance

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for Middle Grades
By Lisa Yee, 2022
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 276
Summary: "11-year-old Maizy Chen visits her estranged grandparents, who own and run a Chinese restaurant in Last Chance, Minnesota, for the first time. As her stay unexpectedly lengthens, she makes new discoveries about her family's history. And when a beloved family treasure goes missing, Maizy decides it's time to find the answers." --From Publisher's Description

Himawari House

Winner of the 2023 Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adults
By Harmony Becker
Recommended: Ages 14-18
Pages: 374
Summary: "Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage. At the Himawari sharehouse, she meets two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio become fast friends, but will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with the challenges of being fish out of water?" --From Publisher's Description

The Tower of Life: How Yaffa Eliach Rebuilt Her Town in Stories and Photographs

Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Picture Book Award
By Chana Stiefel; Susan Gal (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Yaffa is a spirited young girl who grows up in a once vibrant town in Poland. She survives World War II, becomes America's foremost Holocaust expert, and creates an exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum using her grandmother's photos." --From Publisher's Description

Aviva vs the Dybbuk

Winner of the 2023 Sydney Taylor Award for Middle Grades
By Mari Lowe
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 171
Summary: "A long ago 'accident.' An isolated girl named Aviva. A community that wants to help, but doesn't know how. And a ghostly dybbuk, that no one but Aviva can see. That is the setting for this suspenseful novel of a girl who seems to have lost everything." --From Publisher's Description

Man Made Monsters

Winner of the 2023 Walter Dean Meyers Award for Teens
By Andrea Rogers, 2022
Recommended: Grades 8 and Up
Pages: 315
Summary: "Follows one extended Cherokee family across the centuries, from the tribe’s homelands in Georgia in the 1830s to World War I, the Vietnam War, our own present, and well into the future, as they encounter predators of all kinds in each time period." --From Publisher's Description

Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement

Winner of the 2023 Walter Dean Meyers Award for Young Children
By Angela Joy; Janelle Washington (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 2-5
Pages: 32
Summary: "The story of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement." --From Publisher's Description

Previous Award Winning Books

The Last Cuentista

by Donna Barba Higuera

2022 Newbery Medal & 2022 Pura Belpré Award Winner

Red, White, and Whole

by Rajani LaRocca
2022 Newbery Honor & 2022 Walter Dean Meyers (Young Children) Award


by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
2022 Coretta Scott King Author & Illustrator Awards, 2022 Caldecott Honor, 2022 Sibert Honor

Fire Keeper's Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

2022 Morris Winner, 2022 Printz Winner, & 2022 Walter Dean Meyers Award (Teen) Winner


by Andrea Wang, illustrated by Jason Chin

2022 Caldecott Award Winner & 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award Winner

Mel Fell

by Corey R. Tabor

2022 Caldecott Honor 

¡Vamos! Let's Cross the Bridge

by Raúl the Third
2022 Pura Belpré Youth Illustrator Award Winner

The People's Painter

by by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Evan Turk

2022 Sibert Medal Winner

Last Night at the Telegraph Club

by Malinda Lo

2022 Printz Honor, 2022 Stonewall Award (Young Adult) Winner, & 2022 Asian/Pacific American Award (Young Adult) Winner

Too Bright to See

2022 Newbery Honor & 2022 Stonewall Book Award (Children's) Winner

Fox at Night

by Corey R. Tabor

2022 Geisel Award Winner 

Concrete Rose

by Angie Thomas

2022 Printz Honor

My City Speaks

by Darren Lebeuf ; illustrated by Ashley Barron

2022 Schneider Family Book Award (Young Children) Winner

A Bird Will Soar

by Alison Green Myers

2022 Schneider Family Book Award (Middle Grade) Winner

The Words in My Hands

by Asphyxia
2022 Schneider Family Book Award (Teen) Winner

Temple Alley Summer

by Sachiko Kashiwaba
2022 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Winner

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
2022 Pura Belpré Young Adult Award Winner


by Lisa Fipps

2022 Printz Honor

Ace of Spades

by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

2022 Morris Finalist

Vampires, Hearts, & Other Dead Things

by Margie Fuston

2022 Morris Finalist

Me (Moth)

by Amber McBride

2022 Morris Finalist

What Beauty There Is

by Cory Anderson

2022 Morris Finalist

Amina's Song

by Hena Khan

2022 Asian/Pacific American Award (Picture Book) Winner

Finding Junie Kim

by Ellen Oh

2022 Asian/Pacific American (Middle Grades) Award 

The Passover Guest

by Susan Kusel

2022 Sydney Taylor Award (Picture Book) Winner

How to Find What You're Not Looking For

by Veera Hiranandani

2022 Sydney Taylor Award (Middle Grade) Winner

The City Beautiful

by Aden Polydoros

2022 Sydney Taylor Award (Teen) Winner


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