Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
Mixed: A Colorful Story Cover Image
By Arree Chung, Arree Chung (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250142733
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 3rd, 2018

Don't let Arree Chung's new book, Mixed: A Colorful Story (Holt, $17.99), fool you with its simple shapes, primary colors and smiling faces in the endpapers. This picture book tells an important story about seeing new possibilities when we meet people who are different from us instead of fearing them as "other". While the text is simple and straightforward the message is rich for conversation with children. Mixed is a story of tolerance, a celebration of differences, and a lesson in understanding that you don't have to be one thingthat the mixture of all your different parts is simply beautiful. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon.

Blast from the Past
Mouse Paint Cover Image
ISBN: 9780152001186
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - March 27th, 1995

The bewitchingly charming Mouse Paint (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $7.99), written and illustrated by Ellen Stoll Walsh, is a perfect bookish example of the guiding phrase "less is more." Using simplistic yet bold illustrations, three white mice zip and zag away from the menacing cat by blending in with their paper white surroundings—at least until they discover pots of red, yellow, and blue paint just waiting to be put to good use. Together, readers and the spunky mice begin to understand the nature of primary colors and uncover the secrets to making orange, green and purple—all the while, just barely dodging that creeping cat! In this sweet modern classic, buffeted by ironic humor and a jaunty plot, readers will discover the color wheel and delight in its everyday magic. Ages 2-6. Colette Whitney.


YA Pick
Shadowshaper (the Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781338032475
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

Sierra Santiago has no way of anticipating what is to come for her or for her changing Brooklyn community. Something is happening to the Shadowshapers, but Sierra is only now learning about these mystical individuals and their critical role in the balance of life, as well as the fact that they exist within her own family. In Shadowshaper (Arthur A. Levine, $17.99), Daniel José Older has created a spiritual world full of supernatural elements, raw artistic talent, and tales with ancestral roots. He deftly includes commentary on many of contemporary society’s ills while entrancing readers with ethereal battles between good and evil; old and new; and age and youth. Ages 13 and up. Kerri Poore.