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Hope Is an Arrow by Cory McCarthy and Illustrated by Ekua Holmes is a biography of poet Kahlil Gibran, the Lebanese refugee who escaped religious conflict, made it to Boston, and became the 3rd best-selling poet of all time.
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The Fog Catcher’s Daughter Written by Marianne McShane and Illustrated by Alan Marks Published by Candlewick Press Available June 28th!
Frog Vs. Toad Written and Illustrated by Ben Mantle Published by Candlewick Press Available Now!
Hope Is an Arrow: The Story of Lebanese American Poet Kahlil Gibran Written by Cory McCarthy and Illustrated by Ekua Holmes Published by Candlewick Press Available Now!
Impossible Moon Written by Breanna McDaniel and Illustrated by Tonya Engel Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers Available Today!
Lupe Lopez: Rock Star Rules! Written by e.E. Charlton-Truillo & PatZietlow Miller and Illustrated by Joe Cepeda Published by Candlewick Press Available June 28th!
Nervous Nigel Written and Illustrated by Bethany Christou Published by Templar Books Available Now!
Girls Who Green the World: Thirty-four Rebel Women Out to Save Our Planet Diana Kapp Illustrated by Ana Jarén Penguin Random House, Delacorte Press April 5, 2022 Ages 12 and up
In a news cycle (and world) seemingly full of climate disasters, we need stories of women stepping up to fight them more than ever. In Girls Who Green the World, journalist Diana Kapp profiles 34 problem-solvers engaged in this work. They are environmental superheroes and these are their origin stories. No two are the same, with women of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels—from students to Fortune 500 executives—and their personal moments of bravery and inspiration. Mary Anne Hitt spends her time and passion fighting against new coal plants and closing existing ones. Komal Ahmad is tackling “the world’s biggest problem”—food waste at restaurants and facilities while neighbors fight hunger. And Jannice Newson and Nana Britwum, who combined their STEM know-how and conservationist drive to create braids with fiber extracted from invasive plant material. Through interviews with these problem solvers, Kapp uncovers their motivations, successes, and failures with hope, humor, and compassion for their struggles. Each profile begins with a “get to know you” Q&A before exploring each woman’s journey from problem to action. Facts about the associated issues and action-items are included throughout and provide both shock value (“… humans produce 320 lbs. of waste per person, per year.” (36)) and a way to channel outrage to outcomes. Spanish fashion illustrator Ana Jarén brings each woman to life with vibrant and detailed hand-drawn portraits that glow with personality. Her interstitial illustrations help to lighten the tone with color and whimsy. A final “Now What?” chapter encourages introspection before action, to move individuals from reader to changemaker. Kapp uses the chapter to offer inspiration and guidance toward a unique path rather than to preach.
A collected portrait of hope and motivation for tomorrow’s changemakers.
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.
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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! We are looking at some non-fiction books on how plants and animals shape the world! Built by Animals written by Christiane Dorion and illustrated by Yeji Yun, teaches kids about how humans are inspired in design, industry, and engineering by animals!
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Billy Loves Birds: A Fact-Filled Nature Adventure Bursting with Birds! Written by Jess French and Illustrated by Duncan Beedie Published by Happy Yak Available Now!
Built by Animals: Meet the Creatures who Inspire Our Homes and Cities Written by Christiane Dorion and Illustrated by Yeji Yun Published by Wide Eyed Editions Available today!
Celia Planted a Garden: TheStory of Celia Thaxter and Her Island Garden Written by Phyllis Root & Gary D. Schmidt and Illustrated by Melissa Sweet Published by Candlewick Press Available May 17!
A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created a Flower of Hope for a World at War Written by Barbara Carroll Roberts and Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline Published by Candlewick Press Available May 17!
Super Gross: Going Buggy! Written by Patty Micheals and Illustrated by Alison Hawkins Published by Simon Spotlight Available today!
A World Full of Nature Stories: 50 Folk Tales and Legends Written by Angela McAllister and Illustrated by Hannah Bess Ross Published by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Available today!
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.
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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!
Goodnight to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain JoAnn Deak, PhD and Terrence Deak, PhD Illustrated by Neely Daggett Sourcebooks April 5th, 2022 Ages 4+
In Good Night to Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, we follow Brain, the pink walnut-looking organ in your head, starting with a brief and general explanation of what Brain does, and going through their nightly checklist, from development all the way through dreaming. With each task coming in the order they happen through a sleep cycle. As psychologists, the authors, Doctors JoAnn and Terrance Deak’s passion for the topic is evident. Using a tone of “isn’t the brain cool!” keeps the reader engaged and never talks down to them. Excelling when paired with a completely natural but potentially scary topic like REM paralysis that is part of dreaming. Illustrations by Neely Daggett are simple abstractions with implied details. For example, Brain has bumps along its edge letting the reader do the work of extrapolating the wrinkles in their mind without cluttering the illustrations. In diagrams, while not realistic, they show locations for different sections of the brain accurately, substituting the anthropomorphic brain for a clear cross-section in profile with colored highlights. The art and the writing use metaphors to explain brain processes to readers, using abstractions like stamping when creating memories and baths when Brain needs to clean themselves, to give children simple reasons to want to sleep. The journey through a sleep cycle wraps up with a reiteration that your brain is you, what happens if you don’t sleep well, and actionable advice on how to improve your sleep that is useful for everybody, not just children. One missing feature is a bibliography or a list of continued reading resources for those who want more.
An enthusiastic explainer made for kids who need a good reason to hit the hay.
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!