Here’s what the Kids team is reading and loving lately. Every month we’ll feature a few titles, from picture books to chapter, graphic novels, YA fiction & more! Check out more Kids bookseller recommendations on our Instagram (@bookpeople)!
BookPeople Art Director Tomoko is lovin’ Elvis is King! by Jonah Winter, illus. by Red Nose Studio
Tomoko says: “I love the short verses describing the early life and times of Elvis, it’s such a dreamy way to introduce young readers to the King–those illustrations though!! I adore miniatures, and Chris Sickels’ method of crafting his sets out of whatever he’s got on hand is just brilliant. The illustrations are incredibly full of detail–I’m always amazed by Sickels’ work and more than a little in love with his unmistakable style. If you’re even a little obsessed with Elvis (or Red Nose Studio), this picture book is a must have!”
Kids Events Coordinator Eugenia is lovin’ Lola Dutch When I Grow Up (don’t miss the author & illustrator at storytime 1/19)
“Lola Dutch is back and she’s trying to figure out what she wants to do when she grows up– the problem is, she wants to do so much! Oh, Lola Dutch. My heart is full. This book is as charming and imaginative as its titular character, a little girl with great dreams and even better friends. I didn’t think it was possible, but I love this follow-up as much as the first Lola Dutch book. Keep ’em coming!”
School Events Coordinator Shannon is lovin’ Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older
Shannon says: “I’ve been using this book as one of my Book Talk books in schools all semester long, and I rarely see the students get as excited as they have for this book. With its fantastic blend of history and adventure, Dactyl Hill Squad is an absolute need-to-read for kids and adults alike. I have yet to come across a room of students who hasn’t walked away in love with the idea…then again who doesn’t want to talk to dinosaurs with their minds!”
Kids Bookseller Savannah is lovin’ The Wicked King by Holly Black (don’t miss meeting the author Sun 1/13)
Savannah says: “Holly Black spins the most enchanting web in her sequel to Cruel Prince. The book quickly enters a fast pace with a story line that is jam packed with deception, mental maneuvering to the highest degree, and warring desires. Black continues to masterfully build this world of faeries, lies, and wrestling power at all costs. I couldn’t set the book down until I had turned the final page and then I was cursing the fact that I had over a years wait until the next book.”
Savannah was in New York on pub day, and she stopped by the Strand to take a photo with The Wicked King and share her book love!