Welcome to the online presence of the Butler Children's Literature Center, housed in Dominican's SOIS and generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. Here, we celebrate the best in books for youth and those who delight in sharing them. For Fall 2020, BCLC will offer collection access to the Dominican community by appointment only. Contact Jen Clemons at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements or you can still reach us at email@example.com.
This week on the Butler Bookshelf we are featuring recent and coming soon titles! It’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month so we are featuring some books authored by members of the AAPI community. Winnie Zeng Unleashes a Legend by Kaite Zhao is an epic fantasy novel based on Chinese mythology, about family, school, and embracing the power within you.
Check it out along with the other titles below!
Bright Written by Jessica Jung Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Now!
Foul Lady Fortune Written by Chloe Gong Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Available September 27th!
Her Rebel Highness Written by Diana Ma Published by Amulet Books Available Now!
TheLast Mapmaker Written by Christina Soontornvat Published by Candlewick Press Available Now!
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance Written by Lisa Yee Published by Random House Children’s Books Available Now!
Winnie Zeng: Unleashes a Legend Written by Katie Zhoa Published by Random House Children’s Books Available Now!
This week on the Butler Bookshelf we are featuring recent and coming soon titles! Enter the magical world of the Salazars, firebreathing chipmunks, grumpy unicorns, and chupacabras need rescuing! This fun and funny family adventure by Zoraida Cordova pits the Salazar family versus terrible monster hunters who will stop at nothing to destroy magic.
Check it out along with the other titles below!
At the Pond Written by David Elliot and Illustrated by Amy Schimler-Safford Published by Candlewick Press Available May 24th!
City of Magic Written by Avi Published by Scholastic Press Available June 28th!
Girls Who Green the World: Thirty-Four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet Written by Diana Kapp and Illustrated by Ana Jaren Published by Delacorte Press Available Now!
Mako & Tiger: Two Not-So-Friendly Sharks Written by Scott Rothman and Illustrated by Mika Song Published by Random House Studio Available Now!
Meet Me in Mumbai Written by Sabina Khan Published by Push Available August 2nd!
Valentina Salazar is Not a Monster Hunter Written by Zoraida Cordova Published by Scholastic Press Available June 28th!
This week on the Butler Bookshelf we are featuring recent and coming soon titles! With spring well underway, and Earthday just behind us, we are featuring We Have A Dream written by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig and illustrated by Sabrena Khadija. Profiling 30 young Indigenous people and people of color on how they, as members of groups most affected by climate change, fight for the future of the planet.
Check it out along with the other titles below!
All From a Walnut Written by Ammi-Joan Paquette and Illustrated by Felicita Sala Published by Abrams Books For Young Readers Available Now!
The Flower Garden Written and Illustrated by Renée Kurilla Published by Amulet Books Available Now!
Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Woods Written by Catherynne M. Valente Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Available Today!
The Rainbow Hunters Written by Andrea Farotto and Illustrated by Martina Tonello Published by Milky Way Picture Books Available Now!
Spring Parade Written by Camelia Kay and Illustrated by Allyn Howard Published by Cameron Kids Available Now!
We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Color Protecting the Planet Written by Dr. Mya-Rose Craig and Illustrated by Sabrena Khadija Published by Magic Cat Publishing Available Now!
This week on the Butler Bookshelf we are featuring recent and coming soon titles! The Waiting Place by Dina Nayeri is a look at the lives of 10 refugee children from Afghanistan and Iran. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Chasing Rainbows Written and Illustrated by Gabby Grant Published by Tate Publishing Available today!
Karthik Delivers Written by Sheela Chari Published by Amulet Books Available now!
My Sister’s Big Fat Indian Wedding Written by Sajni Patel Published by Amulet Books Available now!
Twas the Night Before Pride Written by Joanna McClintick and Illustrated by Juana Medina Published by Candlewick Available May 3rd!
The Waiting Place: When Home is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found Written by Dina Nayeri and Photography by Anna Bosch Miralpeix Published by Candlewick Available May 3rd!
Wildseed Witch Written by Marti Dumas Published by Amulet Books Available May 10th!
The Pear Affair Judith Eagle Illustrated by Jo Rioux Walker Books US May 24, 2022 Ages 10-14
Penelope “Nell” Magnificent generally avoids her parents, as they are neglectful and care more about their material possessions and wealth than her. The only genuine love she has felt in her life comes from her au pair, Perrine, who left her five years ago to return to her home city of Paris. Perrine, or Pear as Nell calls her, wrote Nell letters monthly, though six months ago those letters stopped. Nell accompanies her parents on a trip to Paris, determined to find Pear. Nell memorized the layout of Paris, studying maps and guidebooks, as she trusted that someday Pear would free her from her parents. Nell first looks at Pear’s job and home but is unable to find her. Even worse, the adults she asks for information increasingly appear to have something to hide. Nell befriends Xavier, a young bellhop, who helps her and introduces her to a group of youngsters who are also quick to help as needed. As the group of children works to find clues about Pear’s whereabouts, they uncover a plot tied to the Thing, a mysterious outbreak of mold affecting traditional Parisian bakeries, forcing many family businesses to close.
Nell’s exploration of her world is fully engrossing, as she pores over the information she has about Paris before embarking on the family trip. Events escalate in a way that maintains suspense, with Nell initially looking for Pear alone but eventually working with a large group to unravel a greater mystery. The secondary characters are young children who roam underground tunnels beneath Paris, resulting in a unique aspect of the city being central to the story. While there are many villainous adults throughout the story, helpful ones are also present, which keeps the story from delving too far into extremes of good and evil in its realistic setting. Occasional black and white illustrations bring key moments to life. This story is sure to appeal to readers who enjoy the journey of watching a mystery become more complex as it marches towards its conclusion, which leads to Nell finding the sense of love and belonging from a found family that now extends beyond Pear.
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! Once Upon Another Time is the beginning of the storybook character mixing trilogy of middle-grade novels by James Riley. Follow Jin, a young genie, and Lena, the kid of giants, as they try to stop the machinations of the Golden King! Check it out along with the other titles below!
How to Build a Human In Seven Evolutionary Steps Written by Pamela S. Turner and Illustrated by John Gurche Published by Charlesbridge Available April 12th!
Once Upon Another Time Written by James Riley Published by Aladdin Available today!
Planting a Garden in Room 6 Written by Caroline Arnold Published by Charlesbridge Available now!
Powwow Day Written by Traci Sorell and Illustrated by Madelyn Goodnight Published by Charlesbridge Available now!
She Gets the Girl Written by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available today!
Smitten with Kittens Written by Florence Minor and Illustrated by Wendell Minor Published by Charlesbridge Available now!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! Abdul’s Story is a colorful story about how Abdul, with a little help from his teacher, learns that it’s okay to make mistakes when writing stories. Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, Illustrated by Tiffany Rose. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Abdul”s Story Written by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow and Illustrated by Tiffany Rose Published by Salaam Reads Available today!
Always Jane Written by Jenn Bennett Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available today!
A Spring Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom Written by Angela Ferraro-Fanning and Illustrated by Anneliesdraws Published by Ivy Kids Available now!
Professor Figgy’s Professor Figgy’s Weather & Climate Science Lab for Kids Written by Jim Noonan Published by Quarry Books Available April 12th
So This Is Ever After Written by F.T. Lukens Published by Margaret K. McElderry Books Available today!
Trigger Written by N. Griffin Published by Atheneum Available today!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! In Some Questions about Trees by Toni Yuly, an inquisitive child asks about the trees they see on their simply illustrated adventure. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Bristlecone: TheSecret Life of the World’s Oldest Tree Written by Alexander Siy and Illustrated by Marlo Garnsworthy Published by Web of Life Children’s Books Available June 19th, 2022!
The Fairy Garden Written by Georgia Buckthorn and Illustrated by Isabella Mazzanti Published by Ivy Kids Available April 5th, 2022!
Little People, Big Dreams: Florence Nightingale Written by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and Illustrated by Kelsey Garrity-Riley Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available now!
Make This Book Wild Written by Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks and Illustrated by Anna Ivanir Published by Wide Eye Available now!
My World in 100 Words: My Garden Illustrated by Marijke Buurlage Published by Happy Yak Available now!
Some Questions About Trees Written and Illustrated by Toni Yuly Published by Atheneum Books For Young Readers Available Today!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! In Stella Keeps the Sun Up written by Clothilde Ewing and illustrated by Lynn Gaines, Stella schemes to keep the sun up so she never has a bedtime! She learns the benefits of sleeping and why going to bed is great. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Catalina Incognito Written by Jennifer Torres and Illustrated by Gladys Jose Published by Aladdin Available now!
Darryl’s Dream Written by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Shawnee, Johnny Warfield, and Adam Padilla. Illustrated by Tristan Tait Published by King of Rock Publishing Available now!
Emile and the Field Written by Kevin Young and Illustrated by Choima Ebinama Published by Make Me a World Available April 15th!
Finn and the Subatomic Slip-and-Slide Written by Micheal Buckley Published by Delacorte Press Available now!
Lady Icarus: Balloonomania and the Brief, Bold Life of Sophie Blanchard Written by Deborah Noyes Published by Random House Studio Available now!
Stella Keeps the Sun Up Written by Clothhilde Ewing and Illustrated by Lynn Gaines Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Availible now!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! These include It Starts With a Bee by Aimee Gallagher. A poetic look into the world of bees. The colorful illustrations by Jennie Webber show the journey bees take to help the flowers you love, and the fruits and vegetables you eat, grow. Check it out along with the other titles below!
Blue Badger Written by Huw Lewis Jones and Illustrated by Ben Sanders Published by Happy Yak Available Now!
Don’t Call me a Hurricane Written by Ellen Hagan Published by Bloomsbury Available July 19th, 2022
It Starts With a Bee Written by Aimee Gallagher and Illustrated by Jennie Webber Published by QED Publishing Available April 5th, 2022
The Loophole Written by Naz Kutub Published by Bloomsbury Available June 21st, 2022
A Taste of Magic Written by J. Elle Published by Bloomsbury Children’s books Available August 30th, 2022
You Are Not Alone Written by The Alphabet Rockers and Illustrated by Ashley Evans Published by Sourcebook eXplore Available now!