Children & Teens Books of the Week

New in Hardcover
If You Come to Earth Cover Image
By Sophie Blackall (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452137797
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 15th, 2020

If given the chance, how would you describe the complexity of life on Earth to a visitor from Outer Space? In the hands of Caldecott Award winning author/illustrator Sophie Blackall you get an answer that is honest, heart-warming and deeply beautiful. If You Come To Earth (Chronicle, $18.99) is a labor of love inspired by the children Blackall met during her years of travel with UNICEF. The pages are graced with diverse faces, abilities, emotions and ideas. All nature of wild beast from the land, air and sea make an appearance along with all the “colors you need to paint everything in the world” such as “waffle day” yellow and “dog tongue” pink. The whole book is truly a delight and serves as a beacon of hope at a time when we all need to be reminded of what connects us together. Ages 4-8. Heidi Ashton Yoon

Blast from the Past
Dragons in a Bag Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Geneva B (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781524770488
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Published: Yearling - August 13th, 2019

Nine-year-old Jax is skeptical when his mother leaves him to spend the day with Ma, an elderly family friend he’s never met. Things go from a little weird to incredibly strange when he finds out she’s a witch on a very specific mission—she has three baby Dragons in a Bag (Yearling, $6.99), and needs Jax’s help transporting them from Brooklyn to a place with enough magic for them to thrive. But interdimensional travel can get tricky, of course, and Jax will need as much courage as he can muster on an increasingly exciting and chaotic journey. With Zetta Elliott’s fast pacing and unforgettable characters, this chapter book—perfect for reading aloud or alone—is a roaring start to a fantastic series. Ages 7-10. Elli Bloomberg

YA Pick
Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646140008
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Published: Levine Querido - August 25th, 2020

“Poets don’t even know they’re lying. They’re just trying to remember their dreams. They’re trying to remember six thousand years of history and all the versions of all the stories ever told.” A refugee kid from Iran going to middle school in Oklahoma, Khosrou holds tight to his memories—the ones that belong just to him, and the ones that make up his family’s and his country’s histories. Standing in front of his classmates, he speaks in the tradition of Scheherazade from 1,001 Nights, who told the king story after story so he would spare her life. As he relays who he is to a group of people who act like they couldn’t care less, Khosrou speaks because he must; because a story sometimes feels like all he has. Based partially on his own experiences, Daniel Nayeri’s genre-defying novel-in-vignettes is a haunting rumination on home, history, and truth. Everything Sad is Untrue (Levine Querido, $17.99) cannot be missed. Ages 14 and up. Elli Bloomberg