Book Bites Back to School

I am Peace by Susan Verde (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

A gentle expression of mindfulness for the youngest readers, encouraging children to breathe, taste, smell, and be present in the here and now.


Crayon’s Book of Feelings by Oliver Jeffers (Penguin Young Readers)

Did you know that crayons have feelings too? Sometimes they are happy and sometimes they feel downright blue.

A fun board book to help young readers understand and express their feelings.


We’re All in the Same Boat by Barney Saltzberg (Creston Books)

We’re all in the same boat, both literally and metaphorically, in this playful look at how we can work together for the common good. The animals in this boat discover that working together gets them much further and is more fun than trying to go their separate ways.


Lion is Nervous by Sue Graves (Franklin Watts)

The class field trip is coming up, and Lion worries about the weather, the rides, and everything else–and his anxiety makes him clumsy which causes his friends to worry about him.


Before The Ever After by Jacquline Woodson (Nancy Paulsen Books)

For as long as ZJ can remember, his dad has been everyone’s hero. As ZJ contemplates his new reality, he has to figure out how to hold on tight to family traditions and recollections of the glory days, all the while wondering what their past amounts to if his father can’t remember it. And most importantly, can those happy feelings ever be reclaimed when they are all so busy aching for the past?


Jennifer Chan is Not Alone Keller (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Sometimes middle school can make you feel like you’re totally alone in the universe…but what if we aren’t alone at all?

Thanks to her best friend, Reagan, Mallory Moss knows the rules of middle school. The most important one? You have to fit in to survive. But then Jennifer Chan moves in across the street, and that rule doesn’t seem to apply. Jennifer doesn’t care about the laws of middle school, or the laws of the universe. She believes in aliens–and she thinks she can find them.


Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu (Square Fish Books)

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

This multilayered novel explores the nature of secrets, lies, and fierce, destructive love.



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