by Grace Lin
A simple, beautiful story about Little Star trying to resist eating the Big Mooncake that Mama has hung in the sky to cool. Little Star wakes in the night and takes a tiny bite. She does this each night until you see the full moon waning to the new moon. Text and pictures tell this story lovingly. A great book to share with your little ones.
by Ryan T. Higgins
It’s the first day of school and Penelope Rex is ready with a new backpack. When she discovers her classmates are children this causes a few problems because “children are delicious.” After eating her classmates (and spitting them out thanks to the teacher), Penelope does learn how to be a friend.
This book has a good bit of slobber in the pages, which just add to its appeal!
by Naomi Danis
I actually didn’t read this book until I was in the process of writing this list and loved it so much it immediately bumped my previous #1 title. Danis perfectly describes the contradictions of children: “Don’t look at me. No! Look at me!” Several pages made me laugh aloud and the illustrations alone are so great once I finished I flipped back to the beginning and started again to pay better attention to them.
by Sayantani Dasgupta
I loved this audiobook! Just an average 12-year-old girl from New Jersey who happens to be a demon slayer – no big deal! Dasgupta creates such a fun, relatable hero in Kiranmala, and I loved the Indian folklore mixed with fantasy elements. The audiobook is read by the author and she is a fantastic narrator!
Great read for fans of Rick Riordan or fantasy… or anyone!
by Robert Beatty
This book is just so beautifully written. It brought me right back to the feeling I’d get as a kid when I’d fall in love with a book in that deep, profound, genuinely sad when it is over way. I listened to this audiobook and was sucked right into the world that Beatty created. The world of the Faeran is magical but dangerous. Willa, a night-spirit, is trying to find her way in her clan but the clan is changing. Through a tragic chain of events, Willa comes to realize her clan is no longer her family and that she doesn’t truly have a place there. On her own in the world she befriends a man named Nathaniel. Though Willa and Nathaniel have a tenuous relationship at first, they form a bond that goes well beyond what Willa expects. Nathaniel becomes family to her and she becomes family to him. When she discovers a secret about Nathaniel’s children, she realizes that she can help him and his children but very much at her own peril. Read my full review of this amazing book here. For fans of fantasy, this book is a must-read, but it also is a good read for animal lovers and adventure readers.