Books We Love This Week

Square by Mac Barnett
Square by Mac Barnett, It's hard to make something perfect but Square is determined to try!
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed. Twelve year old Amal dreams of being a teacher, but when she accidentally insults a powerful man in her village, she's sent away as punishment. Riveting and ultimately inspiring story of a young girl finding her voice and fighting back against injustice.





Picture book (ages 3-7):

This book just ate my dog!
This Book just Ate My Dog! by Richard Byrne, Bella takes her dog for a walk and it disappears into the crease of the book! On each page, more characters disappear as they search for the missing dog, culminating in a literal shaking of the book to release them.

Early Chapter Books (ages 6-8):

Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen
Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen

by Debbi Michiko Florence. Eight-year-old Jasmine is tired of her older sister Sophie doing everything first. When it’s time to celebrate the New Year by rolling mochi balls, a tradition in their Japanese American family, Jasmine has the perfect plan to be help—and do something even Sophie has never been allowed to do.

(*Save the date: Author Debbi Michiko Florence is visiting Cover to Cover on May 4!)

Middle grade reader (ages 8-12):

El Deafo
El Deafo by Cece Bell. CeCe is starting a new school, trying to make new friends (and avoid a couple of not-so-good friends) and learning how to be a deaf girl in a mostly hearing world. This is a graphic novel with a perfect melding of text and pictures (the book was a runner up for the Newbery Medal). Funny and thought-provoking.

Young Adult (12 and up):

Long Way Down
Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds. Will’s older brother was shot and now Will has stepped into an elevator, prepared to shoot the boy he assumes is the shooter. Over the next 60 seconds as Will wrestles with his trauma and grief and need for revenge, the elevator stops, floor by floor, letting on the ghosts of Will’s community, others who have been destroyed by gun violence.

When the elevator doors open at the end of the book, readers are left to come to their own conclusion about what happens next. A gut-punch of a read.





Picture book (ages 3-7):

Seed man by Aiko Ikegami
Seed Man by Aiko Ikegami, a lovely blend of magic, music and mystery. Aiko will be reading the book at story-time on March 31 at 10:00, accompanied by local violinist Yvonne Wingard.

Middle grade reader (ages 8-12):

The Night Diary by Veera Hirandani
The Night Diary by Veera Hirandani. It’s 1947 and twelve-year-old Nisha records in her diary the journey her family takes as they leave Pakistan for India, a time of upheaval for Nisha’s family and for the two newly-formed countries.

Young Adult (12 and up):

The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely
The Last True Love Story by Brendan Kiely. A modern twist on Homer’s The Odyssey. Seventeen-year-old Hendrix promises his grandfather, who’s slowly losing his memory, one last adventure, a cross country trip to the place where he first kissed his wife.



What’s new at Cover to Cover?

Last week the American Library Association announced their children’s book awards, and we are happily reading our way through the winners.

One of our favorites: Caldecott Medal Winner Wolf in Snow. Written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, this entirely wordless story about a little girl who rescues a wolf, and is in turn, rescued by wolves, is  gorgeous,  heartbreaking and ultimately, uplifting.

—Cover to Cover staff