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

Click on any cover to see more information about that book in the library catalog, or stop by the IMC to check them out!

New Books in the IMC

Nell Plants a Tree

By Anne Wynter; Daniel Miyares (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Three generations of a family grow up and come together around one pecan tree." --From Publisher's Description

Very Good Hats

By Emma Straub; Blanca Gomez (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 2-5
Pages: 32
Summary: "Demonstrates how any object can be a hat if you believe it is."--From Publisher's Description

Roto and Roy: Helicopter Heroes

By Sherri Duskey Rinker; Don Tate (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Roto the helicopter and her pilot, Roy, fight a forest fire and rescue a dog." --From Publisher's Description

Sometimes, All I Need Is Me

By Juliana Perdomo (Author-Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 2-5
Pages: 32
Summary: "A young girl finds comfort and confidence within as she makes the best of any situation." --From Publisher's Description

Tacos Today

By Raúl the Raúl the Third (Author-Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 6-10
Pages: 47
Summary: "It's lunchtime for young El Toro and his friends--and each one is looking forward to a different kind of taco, their favorite!" --From Publisher's Description

How to Say Hello to a Worm

By Kari Percival (Author-Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 2-4
Pages: 32
Summary: "Readers are empowered to view the garden and its creatures through their own eyes, driven by curiosity and wonder." --From Publisher's Description

Francis Discovers Possible

By Ashlee Latimer; Shahrzad Maydani (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Francis is sad when a classmate associates the word 'fat' with her, until she and her father explore the word 'possible' together."--From Publisher's Description

All from a Walnut

By Ammi-Joan Paquette; Felicita Sala (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "Grandpa gives Emilia a walnut and together they plant and care for it, until one sad day Emilia has to say goodbye." --From Publisher's Description

Ramen for Everyone

By Patricia Tanumihardja; Shiho Pate (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 4-8
Pages: 32
Summary: "A young boy aspires to make a bowl of ramen as delicious as his dad's, and runs into some surprises on his first attempt."
--From Publisher's Description

Meesh the Bad Demon #1

By Michelle Lam
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 294
Summary: "Bullied by the other demons, 12-year-old Meesh is more likely to be found reading magazines from Plumeria City--the fairy realm. But when disaster strikes and all of demon-kind is threatened, Meesh must journey to other worlds in search of help." --From Publisher's Description

Bomb (Graphic Novel)

By Steve Sheinkin; Nick Bertozzi (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 10-14
Pages: 253
Summary: "Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.: --From Publisher's Description

¡Ay, Mija! (a Graphic Novel)

By Christine Suggs
Recommended: Grades 7 and Up
Pages: 315
Summary: "In this memoir, Christine Suggs explores a trip her family took to Mexico to visit family. As Christine embraces and rebels against their heritage, she finds a sense of belonging." --From Publisher's Description

A First Time for Everything

By Dan Santat
Recommended: Ages 10-14
Pages: 308
Summary: "A middle grade graphic memoir based on bestselling author and Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life." --From Publisher's Description

Codex Black (Book One): A Fire Among Clouds

By Camilo Moncada Lozano; Angel De Santiago (Colorist)
Recommended: Grades 8-12
Pages: 319
Summary: "Navigate through monsters, mysteries, and the will of the gods with two young extraordinary adventurers in fifteenth-century Mesoamerica as they search for a missing father." --From Publisher's Description

School Trip

By Jerry Craft (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 249
Summary: "Drew recognizes that he isn't afforded the same opportunities that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted. He's finding it hard not to withdraw, even as a mutual friend tries to keep their group together." --From Publisher's Description

Graceling Graphic Novel

By Kristin Cashore; Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
Recommended: Grades 9 and Up
Pages: 257
Summary: "Katsa is a Graceling, one of the rare people born with an extreme skill. Now she acts as her uncle's enforcer, traveling the kingdom and threatening those who dare oppose him." --From Publisher's Description

Belle of the Ball

By Mari Costa
Recommended: Ages 14 and Up
Pages: 312
Summary: "High-school senior and notorious wallflower Hawkins finally works up the courage to remove her mascot mask and ask out her longtime crush." --From Publisher's Description

Serafina and the Black Cloak: the Graphic Novel

By Robert Beatty
Recommended: Grades 4-6
Pages: 128
Summary: " In 1899, a twelve-year-old rat catcher on North Carolina's Biltmore estate teams up with the estate owner's young nephew to battle a great evil and, in the process, unlocks the puzzle of her past." --From Publisher's Description

The Tuskegee Student Uprising

By Brian Jones, 2022
Recommended: Grades 10 and Up
Pages: 253
Summary: "Drawing upon years of archival research and interviews with former students, professors, and administrators, Brian Jones provides an in-depth account of one of the most dynamic student movements in United States history." --From Publisher's Description

The Sum of Us (Adapted for Young Readers)

By Heather McGhee
Recommended: Ages 10 and Up
Pages: 221
Summary: "McGhee examines how damaging racism is not only to people of color but also to white people. She offers hope and real solutions so that we can all prosper." --From Publisher's Description

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Life in Native America

By David Treuer
Recommended: Grades 10-12
Pages: 275
Summary: "Since the late 1800s, it has been believed that Native American civilization has been wiped from the United States. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee argues that Native American culture is thriving as much today as it was one hundred years ago." --From Publisher's Description

The Antiracist Kid

By Tiffany Jewell; Nicole Miles (Illustrator)
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 116
Summary: "What is racism? What is antiracism? Why are both important to learn about? The Antiracist Kid answers your questions about these words (and the big ideas behind them) and give you the tools to practice antiracism in your everyday life!" --From Publisher's Description

Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids

By Rann Miller
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 200
Summary: "By telling the stories that are often omitted from history, Resistance Stories from Black History for Kids sets out to show that the Black experience is not only defined by marching and boycotting, but also through rebellion and resistance." --From Publisher's Description

How to Be a (Young) Antiracist

By Ibram X. Kendi; Nic Stone
Recommended: Ages 12 and Up
Pages: 202
Summary: "Based on the adult bestseller by Ibram X. Kendi, How to be a (Young) Antiracist serves as a guide for teens seeking a way forward in acknowledging, identifying, and dismantling racism and injustice." --From Publisher's Description

Nature's Best Hope (Young Readers' Edition)

By Douglas W. Tallamy; Sarah L. Thomson
Recommended: Ages 8-12
Pages: 255
Summary: "Empowers kids to use their own yards to help combat the negative effects of climate change by breaking down complex concepts into simple terms and real-world examples that kids can easily grasp." --From Publisher's Description

Breaking the Mold

By Dana Alison Levy
Recommended: Grades 3-7
Pages: 220
Summary: "Profiles of 16 stereotype-defying scientists share what they were like as young people, how they got where they are now, and what they—and the rest of us—can do through their research to help the planet." --From Publisher's Description

Climate Champions

By Rachel Sarah
Recommended: Ages 12 and Up
Pages: 209
Summary: "Women around the world who are tirelessly working to repair our climate walk readers through the steps to change. They show us what we can-- and must-- do for our future." --From Publisher's Description

How to Win a Breakup

By Farah Heron
Recommended: Grades 9 and Up
Pages: 336
Summary: "An 'it' couple's breakup becomes a sporting event in a deliciously charming novel about the games people play in the name of love." --From Publisher's Description

New Books for Educators

Recent Award Winners


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 Siibert 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

2022 Morris Winner & 2022 Printz Winner

2022 Printz Honor

2022 Printz Honor

2022 Printz Honor

2022 Printz Honor

2022 Morris Finalist

2022 Morris Finalist

2022 Morris Finalist

2022 Morris Finalist


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