What’s new in kids books: OLA jot notes

February 20, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

6th in a series by Natalie C., one of our fabulous reference libraries who attended this year’s OLA Super Conference


There was a ton of book chatter at Superconference 2017. One of the most popular Superconference sessions each year is offered by the Dewey Divas and Dudes — a group of Canadian publishing reps who love to read.

Here are some of the recently published and upcoming books that piqued my interest from their session:

A Horse Named Steve by Kelly Collier. (April 2017), Kids Can Press, Gr. K-3A Canadian picture book about a horse named Steve who decides that he wants to become exceptional but ends up learning that he already is.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. (Feb. 2017), Balzer + Bray, Gr. 9-12: 16-year-old Starr’s life is turned upside down when she witnesses the shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue. (Mar. 2017), HarperCollins Canada, Gr. 3-7: From the Canadian author of Room, a story of a big messy, blended family whose dynamic is thrown into flux when they are called to care for one of their grandfathers who suffers from dementia.

Out by Angela May George. (Jan 2017), Scholastic, Gr. JK-3: A moving story of a mother and daughter’s emigration.

The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet by Carmen Agra Deedy. (Feb 2017), Scholastic, Gr. JK-3: This story about a village that elects a new bossy mayor who outlaws singing may hit a little close to home, but its message about speaking out for what you believe in will become increasingly relevant.

Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts. (June 2017), Disney Hyperion, Gr. 9-12: Described as a young adult version of Game of Thrones, this is likely to be your students’ newest obsession

Water’s Children by Angèle Delaunois. (Apr. 2017), Pajama Press, Gr. JK-3 : A title about water that combines science with social justice.

We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty. (Jan 2017), Tiger Tales, Gr. JK-3: This book about different families will come in handy for both the Social Studies and Health & PE curriculum.

Where Will I Live? by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. (April 2017), Second Story Press, Gr. JK-8: A highly topical “photo-based picture book” that depicts the hardships faced by young refugees around the world.

Yawning Yoga by Laurie Jordan. (Mar 2017), Little Pickle Press, Gr. JK-3: Filled with elements of yoga practice, this looks like a great title for promoting physical activity and mindfulness.


Check out more recommendations and book talk from the Dewey Divas on Twitter (@DeweyDivas) or on their blog.


Rowan: The Professional Library creates monthly list of books with **starred reviews** that is books reviewed as exemplary reads. TDSB teachers can check them out at http://bit.ly/PLstarredreviews . Remember to use your TDSB login to open the Google folder.

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