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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!
This week we are featuring several books that are available Today!Right now! On the bookshelf you will find The Katha Chest. This picture book follows Asiya, a young girl learning about her aunts’ and grandmother’s memories through playing with their handmade quilts made from their worn saris. A beautifully illustrated tale about loving the memories you make and the ones that make them with you. Check it out along with the other titles below!
The Book that Did Not Want to Be Read Written and Illustrated by David Sundin Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Today!
The Katha Chest Written by Radhiah Chowdrury and Illustrated by Lavanya Naidu Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Today!
Listen to the Language of the Trees: A Story of how Forests Communicate Underground Written by Tera Kelley and Illustrated by Marie Hermansson Published by Source Books Available Today!
My Own Way: Celebrating Gender Freedom for Kids Written by and Illustrated by Joana Estrela Published by Wide Eyed Available Today!
Once Upon a Tim Written by Stuart Gibbs and Illustrated by Stacy Curtis Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Today!
Turning Written by Joy L. Smith Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Today!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recent arrivals to the Butler Center, highlighting works by and about African-American creators such as The Faith of Elijah Cummings by Carole Boston Weatherford and Laura Freeman. This picture book biography follows congressman and civil rights advocate Elijah Cummings from his beginning as a struggling student through his success as a lawyer and politician advocating for equality. Check it out along with a variety of other selections below!
Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky Written by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond and Illustrated by Daniel Minter Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers Available now!
Required Reading for the Disenfranchised Freshman Written by Kristen R. Lee Published by Crown Books for Young Readers Available now!
Operation Sisterhood Written by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Published by Crown Books for Young Readers Available now!
I’m Growing Great Written and Illustrated by Mechal Renee Roe Published by Doubleday Books for Young Readers Available now!
Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott Written by Mara Rockliff and Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie Published by Random House Studio Available now!
The Faith of Elijah Cummings: The North Star of Equal Justice Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Laura Freeman Published by Random House Studio Available now!
Today is the start of Lunar New Year! This year we ring in the year of the tiger! Check out featured titles by authors of Chinese heritage below including Friends Are Friends, Forever which tells the story of a young child who moves from China to America. In China, she spent every Lunar New Year making ornaments with her best friend and is initially unsure if she will have anyone to continue this tradition with in America. Inspired by the author’s immigrant experience, this picture book highlights the importance of friendship. Check it out along with other great titles below!
I Am Golden Written by Eva Chen and Illustrated by Sophie Diao Published by Feiwel & Friends Available now!
Eyes That Speak to the Stars Written by Joanna Ho and Illustrated by Dung Ho Published by HarperCollins Available February 15, 2022
Friends Are Friends, Forever Written by Dane Liu and Illustrated by Lynn Scurfield Published by Henry Holt and Co. Books for Young Readers Available now!
The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly Mei Written by Christina Matula Published by Inkyard Press Available April 5, 2022
New from Here Written by Kelly Yang Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Available March 1, 2022
Maizy Chen’s Last Chance Written by Lisa Yee Published by Random House Books for Young Readers Available now!
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features recently released and coming soon titles! These include The View from the Very Best House in Town by Meera Trehan. This debut middle grade novel explores the troubled friendship of Sam and Asha, both autistic middle schoolers. As Sam is accepted into a prestigious school and Asha is not, their friendship is put at risk. In addition to being told from the perspectives of both Sam and Asha, the very best house in town also has its own perspective in this story.
Fossil Hunter: How Mary Anning Changed the Science of Prehistoric Life Written by Cheryl Blackford Published by Clarion Books Available now!
Ready for the Spotlight! Written and Illustrated by Jaime Kim Published by Candlewick Available now!
Wayward Creatures Written by Dayna Lorentz Published by Clarion Books Available now!
The Monarchs Written by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige Published by Clarion Books Available now!
On the Move: Home Is Where You Find It Written by Michael Rosen and Illustrated by Quentin Blake Published by Candlewick Available February 8, 2022
The View from the Very Best House in Town Written by Meera Trehan Published by Walker Books US Available February 8, 2022
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features some recent arrivals to the BCLC! These include Lawless Spaces, a novel in verse by Corey Ann Haydu that tells of Mimi’s coming of age through her own journaling and the discoveries she makes looking through the journals of the women in her family line. Check out more new and coming soon titles below!
The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess Written by Shannon and Dean Hale and Illustrated by LeUyen Pham Published by Candlewick Available February 1, 2022
Lawless Spaces Written by Corey Ann Haydu Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Available now!
Ear Worm! Written by Jo Knowles and Illustrated by Galia Bernstein Published by Candlewick Available January 25, 2022
Not That Pet! Written by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw Published by Candlewick Available February 1, 2022
Alice Waters Cooks Up a Food Revolution Written by Diane Stanley and Illustrated by Jessie Hartland Published by Paula Wiseman Books Available now!
Even Robots Aren’t Perfect! Written and Illustrated by Jan Thomas Published by Beach Lane Books Available now!
Wow in the World: Wow in the Wild: The Amazing World of Animals Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz Illustrated by Jack Teagle Harper Collins/Clarion Books April 12, 2022
All the fascinating, absurd, and disgusting facts of the award-winning podcast combined with vibrant illustration and photography make for a “wow-worthy” fourth installment of the series. Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz, hosts of the NPR podcast, pack this animal themed edition full of all the quizzes, interviews, listicles, job postings, and graphic novel spreads you could ask for with the goal of inspiring discovery. Broken into six sections, including birds, reptiles, mammals, sea creatures, bugs, and amphibians, the pair explores the extreme diversity and weirdness of the animal kingdom. But hilarity the series in known for doesn’t diminish the complex ideas they share, like the aerodynamics of bird flight and sophisticated animal communication methods. Easily digestible language and abundant illustrations, combined with plenty of poop facts, strike just the right note for the enjoyment and education of 8-12 year old audience. Jack Teagle’s full-color illustrations (including a cartoon Mindy and Guy) run the gamut from graphic novel-like spreads to illustrated diagrams and complement the hilarity of the text. The title includes extensive back matter like thorough source notes, photo credits, an exhaustive glossary and index, a suggested reading list, and QR code links to related podcast episodes. A final section on conservation, that could have been more robust, wraps things up with a brief list of action items for the inspired reader. An engaging and quick read, or fun-fact reference, for animal lovers and comedy fans alike.
Tiger Honor Yoon Ha Lee January 4, 2022 Rick Riordan Presents / Disney Publishing Worldwide Ages 8-12
In this sequel/companion to Dragon Pearl, Yoon further delves into a world that combines science fiction with Korean mythology. While events from the previous book influence the story, it can also be read as a stand-alone coming from a completely different point of view. This story focuses on Sebin, a nonbinary tiger spirit. They have always dreamed of joining the Thousand Worlds Space Forces to follow in the footsteps of their Uncle Hwan. Unfortunately, their acceptance letter comes at the same time as a message declaring that Hwan has been branded a traitor by the Space Forces. Sebin reports to the Space Forces, hoping to find out what really happened regarding their uncle and to bring honor to a family that has always prioritized discipline and loyalty to the family above all else. Sebin boards the spaceship Haetae, headed towards orientation. Almost immediately, things go wrong. As the situation becomes more dangerous, Sebin can no longer be held back by protocol. Ultimately, they are put into situations that force them to choose between loyalty to the Space Force and loyalty to their family.
The plot is fast-paced, opening with a prologue where Sebin describes their situation before backtracking a bit to characterize their family. After a few chapters of set up, the action begins. The first-person narration highlights the superhuman aspects of being a tiger spirit as Sebin mentions sensing the emotions of others based on scent. Sebin’s uncertainty in their decisions is a point of tension. While they seem to switch loyalties, this ultimately feels realistic for a 13-year-old thrust into a perilous situation. Diversity of gender identities is centered in both primary and secondary characters. Wearing pronoun pins is normalized, with Sebin noting them on others before settling on any pronouns. The Thousand Worlds is based in Korean culture, making most characters presumably ethnically Korean (as they have Korean names). Other nations are represented, with the Japan coded Sun Clan being highlighted most often. Back matter includes a pronunciation guide to assist with the names of characters and places. This book is sure to appeal to those looking for nonstop “unputdownable” action, with the blend of sci-fi and mythology adding a unique touch.
This week’s Butler Bookshelf features new arrivals to the Butler Center for all ages! Among them is the upcoming Wild by Sam Usher which depicts a boy and his grandad trying to figure out how to appease a cat they are taking care of who eventually leads them into the wild. Check out the following variety of recently arrived titles!
Graceling: The Graphic Novel Written by Kristin Cashore and Adapted & Illustrated by Gareth Hinds Published by Etch Available now!
The Last Chance for Logan County: A Legendary Alston Boys Adventure Written by Lamar Giles and Illustrated by Derick Brooks Published by Versify Available now!
Ace Takes Flight: B.E.S.T. World Written by Cory McCarthy Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Available now!
The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass Written by Anna Priemaza Published by Amulet Books Available now!
Princess Unlimited Written by Jacob Sager Weinstein and Illustrated by Raissa Figueroa Published by Clarion Books Available now!
Wild Written and Illustrated by Sam Usher Published by Templar Books Available December 14, 2021
Another Kind By Cait May and Trevor Bream HarperCollins/HarperAlley October 26, 2021 Ages 10+
This graphic novel centers on six not-quite-human kids who initially live in the safety of a secret government facility nicknamed the Playroom until a security breach disrupts their lives. They are forced to go on the run, fleeing from a mysterious being known as the Collector. While on the run, they meet other “irregularities” who live hidden from society. They realize, too late, that a sanctuary many irregularities have headed towards is a trap set by the Collector and come face to face with him. The group and their new allies must find a way to overcome the Collector’s leech-like powers. In the end, the group prevails, making a new home for themselves in a safe place they had been searching for all along.
Readers are sure to appreciate the diversity of the cast as characters come from different ethnic backgrounds and LGBTQ+ identities. Additionally, there is a great diversity in the types of cryptids depicted, with the main cast featuring a half-Yeti, a will o’ the wisp, a bear shifter (Nandi Bear), an alien (Reptilian), a selkie, and a sea monster. A varied cast of secondary characters includes other types of creatures which are sure to appeal to readers interested in the supernatural. The art highlights the diversity of the cast with the use of a broad range of colors. Various paneling and lighting styles efficiently show off action and shifting moods as certain parts of the story touch on darker themes. While the backstories of central characters include dark moments, yet they overcome past hardships by sticking together. The moments the young characters spend together feel authentic as they banter. The two older members of the group face the responsibility of caring for the rest, particularly the youngest, who is 6 years old. At times, she takes childish actions that jeopardize the group, yet those around her show her nothing but love and support as she struggles to fully understand why she must hide what makes her different from “normal” people. The primary messages of embracing one’s differences and the importance of found family are ones that every reader is sure to learn from.