Bethany Wicker, Listings Manager & Staff Reviewer

Chasing After Knight
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
From Beyond the Break author Heather Buchta comes a funny, romantic novel about a girl trying to make amends with a former best friend. The thing is: healing someone else's broken heart has its complications, especially when he's now an A-list movie star. High school senior Alexa...
Seoulmates
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Her ex-boyfriend wants her back. Her former best friend is in town. When did Hannah’s life become a K-drama? Hannah Cho had the next year all planned out—the perfect summer with her boyfriend, Nate, and then a fun senior year with their friends. But then...
Bunheads
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
nstant New York Times bestselling series opener inspired by prima ballerina and author Misty Copeland's own early experiences in ballet. From prima ballerina and New York Times bestselling author Misty Copeland comes the story of a young Misty, who discovers her love of dance through the ballet...
Accomplished: A Georgie Darcy Novel
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Georgiana Darcy gets the Pride & Prejudice retelling she deserves in Amanda Quain's Accomplished, a sparkling contemporary YA featuring a healthy dose of marching band romance, endless banter, and Charles Bingley as a ripped frat boy. It is a truth universally acknowledged that Georgiana Darcy should have...
Our Skin: A First Conversation About Race (First Conversations)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
Based on the research that race, gender, consent, and body positivity should be discussed with toddlers on up, this read-aloud board book series offers adults the opportunity to begin important conversations with young children in an informed, safe, and supported way. Developed by experts in the fields...
The Queen in the Cave
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
In her debut as author-illustrator, Júlia Sardà spins an enthralling and evocative tale, rich with layers of meaning to be discovered. One night, Franca has a dream about a marvelous queen who lives in a dark cave, deep in the forest. She cannot sit still until she...
Sir Ladybug
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
From Caldecott Honoree and two-time Geisel Award–winning author-illustrator Corey R. Tabor, this is a fresh and funny young graphic novel series sure to delight readers. Perfect for fans of Catwad, Bird & Squirrel, and Narwhal & Jelly. Ladies and gentlebugs, presenting the duke of the dandelion...
Geraldine Pu and Her Cat Hat, Too!: Ready-to-Read Graphics Level 3
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Spunky, funny, and friendly Geraldine Pu gets ready for picture day in this second book in this Level 3 Ready-to-Read Graphics series! Geraldine Pu loves her cat hat, Mao Maotz. If only she felt the same way about her own hair! Then she finds out that picture...
Meet Me in the Middle
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Fans of Jennifer Dugan and Laura Taylor Namey will fall in love with this latest YA romance by Wattpad superstar Alex Light, author of The Upside of Falling. Eden had her best friend Katie—she didn’t need anyone else. But then there was Truman. ...
Waiting for Mama
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
New York Times bestselling illustrator Gianna Marino reveals the enduring importance of family in a picture book perfect for Mother's Day and Father's Day! "When everyone is sleeping, all I can hear is Papa's heart. Boom-Boom-Boom. My papa loves me." It's deep winter in the...
Piglet Comes Home: How a Deaf Blind Pink Puppy Found His Family
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Real-life Instagram sensation Piglet the Pink Puppy inspired this sweet and compassionate picture book about the deaf and blind pup finding his forever home. When the pup pack’s owner leaves to bring them a new friend, the dogs wonder who will be coming back to join their...
Beneath the Trees: A Fine Summer
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
It's summer, and the laughter of children echoes under the trees. But for some of the older animals, the frivolous abandon of childhood is far behind them. Old Mr. Owl and Mr. Toad get the crazy idea to relive some of their youth if that's even possible anymore... ...
Cat Eyes and Dog Whistles: The Five Seven Senses of Humans and Other Animals
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Find out how our amazing bodies communicate to us in this fact-packed book about sensory perception. It's time to make sense of the senses.
Atlas of Endangered Animals
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
This book provides both a wake-up call and hope. If we behave responsibly toward nature, these species can still be saved. We are born, we live, we die, and we loot our planet. We pollute it, mine it, cut down...
Always Jane
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
A chauffer’s daughter finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with the sons of her boss’s wealthy next-door neighbors in this delightfully romantic story from the author of Alex, Approximately, Jenn Bennett. Love—and Fen Sarafian—do not care about your summer plans. Eighteen-year-old chauffeur’s...
How to Spot a Best Friend
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Do you know how to find a best friend? Find out in this wonderful celebration of kindness and friendship! "Today, I will find a best friend!" announces a little girl to her mother as they walk to school. Her mother reminds her that it's only the first...
My Blue-Ribbon Horse: The True Story of the Eighty-Dollar Champion
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win...
A Rose Named Peace: How Francis Meilland Created a Flower of Hope for a World at War
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
Beautifully illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, an inspirational biography of the Peace rose and its creator digs deep into world history, botany, and the rewards of perseverance. From a young man’s experiments in cross-pollination to the rose that became an international symbol of hope, this gentle picture book...
Flip the Script
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
In this simmering, joyous novel, I’ll Be the One author Lyla Lee delivers a tender romance set between two brave teens who decide that when the script isn’t working, it’s time to rewrite it themselves. The first rule of watching K-dramas: Never fall in love...
Atlas of Cats (Atlases of Animal Companions)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
How many cat breeds are there? Let's find out! This book belongs to all cat lovers! Did you know that some cats don’t have five fingers, but six? We’re not pulling your whiskers—it’s true! Whether you have your own pet at home or whether you just like...
Human Town
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
On a hot summer day, the elephant family decides to do something fun and visit the Human Town! Junior and Lulu, the elephants become dissapointed to see humans are not taking good care of their environment. "Does this mean humans will soon be extinct?" asks Junior. This story is...
The Song of the Nightingale
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A gorgeous and evocative story of how the animals got their colours, from Carnegie Medal winner Tanya Landman and V&A Illustration Award winner Laura Carlin. The earth was young and full of colour. But the animals were dull and drab. The painter decided: something must be done!...
Ballewiena
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to "sit" and "stay" Dotty the dachshund knows she was born to dance ballet. When told to sit, she does a plié. Asked to...
One Turtle's Last Straw: The Real-Life Rescue That Sparked a Sea Change
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
The inspiring true story of how one small turtle and kids all over the country sparked an environmental movement. Based on the viral video that created awareness of the harm caused by plastic straws, this heart-wrenching story is a perfect tool for teaching children about sustainability. Slurp!...
Superheroes Don't Get Scared
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A bright and fun superhero story that normalizes fear and celebrates the potential in all of us to be brave and bold. Maisie dreams of being a superhero because they never get scared--right? But when she learns that even the biggest superheroes feel afraid sometimes, she realizes...
Somewhere, Right Now
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Debut author Kerry Docherty reminds us that even when we are having a bad day, just imagining that somewhere, right now, something beautiful is happening can bring a feeling of calm. When Alma is experiencing the lows of unexpected disappointment, her mom offers her the wise advice...
Carrimebac, the Town That Walked
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A stunning feat of original storytelling from the recipient of the 2018 John Steptoe New Talent Author Award In a boldly transportive original tale, David Barclay Moore infuses history with wry folk wisdom, metaphorical power, and a splash of magic. The Civil War may be over, but...
I'm a Neutrino: Tiny Particles in a Big Universe (Meet the Universe)
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
An accessible and visually arresting picture book about one of the universe's most mysterious particles for the youngest scientific minds Before you finish reading this sentence, trillions upon trillions of neutrinos will have passed through your body. Not sure what a neutrino is? Get an up-close-and-personal introduction...
My Nap, Mi Siesta: A Coco Rocho Book
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
In this colorful bilingual Spanish and English board book highlighting the joys of napping from New York Times bestselling, Pura Belpré Award–winning author-illustrator Raúl the Third, Coco Rocho shows us everywhere to take a siesta in the World of ¡Vamos! In my bed. En mi cama....
I Want to Be a Vase
 
3.3
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Former SNL writer and comedic rising star Julio Torres takes readers on a journey through the lives and intimate dramas of some of the unsung shapes of our time in this picture book inspired by his HBO special My Favorite Shapes. Shapes. You’ve heard of them. You...
The Year Without a Summer
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Explosive volcanic eruptions are cool, really, cool. They inject ash into the stratosphere and deflect the sun’s rays. When eighth grader Jamie Fulton learns that snow fell in June in his hometown because of an eruption on the other side of the world, he’s psyched! He could have snowboarded...
Behold Our Magical Garden
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Witty and inspiring, Allan Wolf’s upbeat poems are poised to cultivate a new crop of gardeners, aided by Daniel Duncan’s bountiful illustrations. In our garden, can you see? A grand adventure? And it’s free! A green delicious fantasy? Behold our magical garden. There’s a lot...
Love, Decoded
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
A hilarious, heartfelt rom-com about the unexpected consequences of one teen's quest to help her friends find love, perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Jane Austen. High school junior Gigi Wong strives to be the best. After all, that’s what everyone expects of her—her parents, friends,...
Take Off Your Brave: The World through the Eyes of a Preschool Poet
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
See the world through a small child’s eyes in this enchanting collection of poems by a four-year-old, joyfully illustrated by an award-winning artist. For scared-sugar things, you put on your brave And you can take it off again, when you realize it’s OK. And that’s it. Scary...
Joy Ride
 
4.8
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
When a girl and her grandfather put their hearts into sprucing up an old bike by hand, neighborhood kids are less than kind in this tender story about bullying, peer pressure, and feeling the freedom to express yourself. Needing something to fill up her summer days, Joy...
Out of This World: Star-Studded Haiku
 
4.3
 
0.0 (0)
This companion to Earth Verse: Haiku from the Ground Up soars into space with a perfect fusion of poetry and science, accompanied by breathtaking illustrations. one minuscule speck grows into the universe a mind-boggling birth This stunning meeting of poetic form and luminous artwork transports...
Poopsie Gets Lost
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A fluffy, nap-loving cat goes on the (fur-raising!) outing of a lifetime in this funny and gorgeously illustrated adventure about finding your inner tough kitty. Poopsie the cat spends her days licking her paws and rubbing her ears and looking fluffy, until the pushy narrator of this...
Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared to Rule the High Seas
 
4.5 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
This wow-worthy book proves that women have been making their mark in all aspects of history―even the high seas! Meet Ching Shih, a Chinese pirate who presided over a fleet of 80,000 men (by contrast, Blackbeard had some 300). Get the scoop on Anne Bonny who famously...
Just Try One Bite
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
An instant New York Times bestseller! From the bestselling author of Go the **** to Sleep and healthy eating advocate Camila Alves McConaughey comes a whimsical role reversal in which picky eater parents are confronted by their three kids, with hilarious results These three kids are determined...
A Dinosaur Named Ruth: How Ruth Mason Discovered Fossils in Her Own Backyard
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
For fans of Shark Lady and from the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Dr. Fauci comes the incredible true story of a girl who discovered dinosaur bones in her own backyard and, after years of persistence, helped uncover one of the most exciting paleontological discoveries of our time....
Hello, Puddle!
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
A nonfiction picture book exploring a deceptively simple but unexpectedly crucial resource for wildlife: puddles! This lyrical, gorgeously illustrated nonfiction picture book is perfect for young science learners and nature lovers. Hello, puddle! Who's here? A normal everyday puddle may not seem very special. But...
Dear Teacher,: A Celebration of People Who Inspire Us
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
From the #1 New York Times bestselling team behind Dear Girl, and Dear Boy, comes a heartfelt thank-you letter written to educators, coaches, leaders, role models, mentors, and heroes everywhere! A perfect gift for back to school, National Teachers' Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and the last day...
Dragon Rising: A Mulan Inspired Fantasy
 
4.9 (5)
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Young Adult Indie
Sometimes a battle isn't waged on a bloody field. Sometimes it's won within the heart of one girl. Hua Minglan wants revenge for the death of her sister, and she'll do anything to get it. A war is brewing between Piao and the Kou warriors to the north, a...
Fall Into Me
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
An unexpected and searing romance unfolds between a young recording artist and her ex-Marine bodyguard trying to outrun his difficult past in this wrenching novel from the author of Come Back to Me and Run Away with Me. Luna is one of the most famous singer-songwriters in...
K-Pop Revolution
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
She thought that debuting in a K-Pop band was the finish line, but it was only the beginning. Because now it’s not only Candace's company judging her―it’s the entire world. How will she find the courage to stand by her beliefs, even when powerful forces are trying to shame...
I LOVE Strawberries
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Jolie LOVES strawberries - and she’s on an unstoppable (and hilarious) mission to grow her own food from seedling to table in this colorful introduction to the joy of growing the popular perennial. Through Jolie’s comical scrapbook-style journal entries, young readers will learn how she convinces...
Observing the Animals of the Forest with Little Red Riding Hood (FAIRYTALE ENCYCLOPEDIA)
 
5.0 (2)
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Nonfiction
Get to know the most famous animal inhabitants of the forest. Little Red Riding Hood will guide you through this mix of encyclopedia and fairy tale! Once upon a time, there was a very curious little girl with a red cap whom everybody called Little Red Riding Hood. You...
Firsts and Lasts: The Changing Seasons
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
With evocative words and glorious cut-paper collages, this celebration of the transitions between seasons summons the first—and last—signals of the seasonal cycle. What is the first sign of spring? And what is the last glimpse of winter? The joy of the changing seasons means saying hello to...
With Lots of Love
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
A beautiful, lyrical story about a girl who moves from her home in Central America to the United States, and everything she leaves behind and longs for—especially her Abuela—as she makes a new life. Rocio has grown up in Central America, but now she and her family...
Not Enough Lollipops
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Category: Kids Fiction
Alice thinks it's her lucky day when she wins a wagon full of lollipops, but sharing them with her classmates is more complicated than it seems. Can she find a fair way to divvy up the sweets? When Alice wins an enormous basket of lollipops in the...