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Egg

by Kevin Henkes

Perfect pacing again (Mr. Henkes) as an unlikely friendship cracks into the open in this amusing-for-preschoolers (and amusing for the adults who read to them) picture book. A surprisingly moving journey in a seemingly simple story. And funny. Did we mention that? Ages 3–6.

 

A Different Pond

by Bao Phi

Long before dawn, a boy and his father wake and quietly, companionably, drive to a pond at the city limit to fish for supper. In melting blues, deep red, occasional gold, and crisp inked outlines, we see the small fire the boy starts with a single match, the shared sandwiches, and the father’s face as he speaks to his son of a different pond in Vietnam where he and his brother fished together. Returning home, the boy helps his mother clean the fish, and both parents leave for work. In the evening, with his older siblings laughing and delicious food on the table, the kitchen bulb tenderly illuminates our narrator and his family. Grades K–3.

 

Grand Canyon

by Jason Chin

A father and daughter break down their creekside campsite, stow gear, and climb out of the Inner Gorge and up through layer after layer of ancient rock formations and ecosystems to the top of the Grand Canyon. Jason Chin’s clear, scenic watercolors and detailed text give us a sense of geological time, which (though illustrated with scientific specificity) seems in fact magical. Grades 1–4.

 

The Explorer

by Katherine Rundell

A plane crashes in the Amazon rainforest, and four children pull together to survive in this lush world, utterly alien to them. The flora and fauna, along with the smells, tastes, and sounds of the jungle, are vivid and sometimes terrifying. A secondary theme, winding like the river the children raft, examines the nature of curiosity, exploration, and imperialism. An environmentally aware, Amazonian adrenaline story for fans of Hatchet. Grades 4–8.

 

Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Edited by Ellen Oh

Ten stories, edited by Ellen Oh, cofounder of We Need Diverse Books, begin with Matt de la Peña’s terrific, subtle basketball story How to Transform an Everyday Ordinary Hoop Court Into a Place of Higher Learning and You at the Podium. This unusually strong collection of short stories for 4th- to 7th-graders continues with authors you know, like Grace Lin and Jacqueline Woodson (her story broke our hearts, she keeps doing that), and others you may not know yet. Ages 9–13.

 

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers

by Deborah Heiligman

Everyone knows who Vincent Van Gogh is. But do they? Or do you have to know his brother Theo to know Vincent? With delicate strokes, National Book Award winner Heiligman paints the picture of the closeness of two brothers and the making of an artist. An evocative story for art lovers and readers of finely tuned biographies. Ages 13 and up.

 

The Hate U Give

by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter narrates, speaking in an authentic and moving way about the difficulty in reconciling what she knows to be true about herself, her loving family, and her friends with the way others view them. “Wake up wake up,” said the poet Rumi. That’s what this book does for its readers. Ages 14 and up.

 

These are just a sampling of this year’s many wonderful new books. Visit Bookshop Santa Cruz’s children’s and young adults’ sections and we will help you choose just the right book.

 

 

 

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