New Children's Books July 2023

Updated July 5, 2023
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Baba's gift : a Persian father's love of family
Amini, Ariana Shaheen
Baba's Gift is a radiant celebration of a Persian father's love of family, from his boyhood in Iran to his new life in America. Baba enchants his six daughters with his stories, transporting them to his childhood in Iran as they play on the flowering vines of the Persian...
From Shore to Ocean Floor : The Human Journey to the Deep
Arbuthnott, Gill/ Nielsen, Christopher (ILT)
From sandy beaches to mysterious, inky depths, this beautiful book is the story of ocean exploration, from shore to ocean floor. Seen from space, Earth is a swirl of blue and white. The blue is Earth's oceans, which cover 70 percent of its surface. Yet the ocean is the most...
Desert jungle
Baker, Jeannie
Gossamer summer
Bouwman, H. M.
Four sisters find their summer vacation taking a magical turn when they stumble into the world of some rather unexpected fairies in this "heartwarming" (Kirkus Reviews) and "clever" (The Horn Book, starred review) middle grade story that's perfect for fans of The Penderwicks....
Worst broommate ever!
Coven, Wanda
A New York Times bestseller! In this hilarious first book in the Middle School and Other Disasters series, witch-in-training Heidi Heckelbeck juggles magical mishaps and everyday mayhem at her new boarding school. Featuring black-and-white illustrations and doodles...
Wombats are pretty weird : a [not so] serious guide
Cushman, Abi
Wombats might be pretty weird, but they're pretty awesome, too! Wombats Are Pretty Weird is funny, kid-friendly, and informative, and features sidebars, comic panels, extensive backmatter, and a map. Acclaimed author-illustrator Abi Cushman's nonfiction debut contains everything...
Bunny bonanza
Faruqi, Saadia
A young middle grade series that combines the heart and friendship of the Baby-sitters Club, with the irresistible appeal of adorable animals! Hop to it! Imaan and her friends London and Olivia really think they're getting the hang of this whole pet-sitting business...
Cicada symphony
Fliess, Sue
2023 Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers "Fliess informs while maintaining a light, adoring tone that reveals cicadas' remarkableness."--Publishers Weekly starred review Eeee-ooo! Eeee-ooo! Cicadas drone on,...
Wonderfully Wired Brains: An Introduction to the World of Neurodiversity
Gooding, Louise
An informative and inclusive children's guide to neurodiversity for those not in the know and to inspire children who are neurodivergent. Our brains are unique in the way they function, work, and think. Neurodiversity is still a relatively 'new' concept that can be tricky to...
Summer is for cousins
LaRocca, Rajani
Summer is for cousins. Mom and Dad, Two uncles, two aunties, Thatha and Pati, Seven cousins, All of us are together.
Gnome is where your heart is
Lyall, Casey
Lemon Peabody is certain that aliens visited Grandpa Walt thirty years ago, but she's running out of time to prove it before he forgets his best story. This humorous and tenderhearted story about family, friendship, and always believing in yourself is for fans of Greg van Eekhout, Stuart Gibbs,...
Back to the bright before
Nolte, Katherin
A magical adventure about two brave siblings determined to find a treasure that could save their family. When eleven-year-old Pet Martin's dad falls from a ladder on their family farm, it isn't just his body that crashes to the ground. So does every hope her family had for the...
Ember and the Island of Lost Creatures
Pamment, Jason/ Pamment, Jason (ILT)
From Treasure in the Lake's Jason Pamment comes a story of friendship and self-discovery, in a gorgeously illustrated world perfect for fans of Hilda and Over the Garden Wall. Fitting in can be hard, especially when you're as small as Ember, a tiny boy living alone in a city of giants. ...
Amelia Bedelia
Parish, Peggy.
Learn to read with the classic Amelia Bedelia! Ever since Amelia Bedelia made her debut in 1963, young readers have been laughing out loud at the antics of this literal-minded but charming housekeeper.  This special fiftieth anniversary edition of the very first book...
Ultimate Fanbook: Nintendo (Independent and Unofficial): The Best Nintendo Games, Characters and More!
Pettman, Kevin
Anyone who loves Nintendo will enjoy this fantastic 100% unofficial book on the world's greatest games company. Inside, you'll discover a complete guide to Nintendo's most iconic characters, including Mario, Luigi, Link, Zelda, Donkey Kong, Samus, Toad, Bowser, Kirby and many more.<...
Before colors : where colors come from
Pimentel, Annette Bay
Colors don't come out of nothing. They always start somewhere . . . With something . . . With someone.
LOL 101 : a kid's guide to writing jokes
Roth, David
As seen on THE TODAY SHOW!   A 2023 Good Housekeeping Kids Book Award Pick!  Want to write your own jokes? This book shows you how! Packed with fun-filled illustrations, easy-to-follow...
Spark, shine, glow! : what a light show
Schaefer, Lola M.
What is light, and how does it shape our world? Acclaimed author Lola M. Schaefer and award-winning artist James Yang illuminate the essential concept of light in this playful and informative picture book. An educational and inventive picture book for readers of David Macaulay and Jason Chin, and...
Puppy love
Soto, Gary
A sweetly humorous middle grade novel packed with action, basketball, and a dash of magical realism about friendship and family, first crushes, and belonging, from acclaimed author Gary Soto. Thirteen-year-old Jordan Mendoza has a huge crush on his classmate, Sierra, but he's...
The good hair day
Trimmer, Christian
Noah has a special day coming up, and he has a very long wish list. But there's one thing missing from it, the thing he wants more than anything else in the world: long, beautiful, wavy hair.

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