Looking for something new to read? Our book selectors suggest these new titles coming in May to a local neighborhood library location near you. We've selected a classic children’s tale, stories of friendship and love, and a stunning tragic and true account of a dangerous workplace and the struggle for justice.
Young Children (Up to 2nd Grade)
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
From award-winning (and Philadelphian!) Jerry Pinkney, comes another captivating retelling of a famous folktale. A master storyteller and artist, Pinkney brings a new interpretation and ending to this tale about three goats and one big mean troll.
Older Children (3rd Grade to 6th Grade)
Ugly Cat & Pablo by Isabel Quintero, illustrated by Tom Knight
Good for newly independent readers, this fun chapter book introduces us to a pair of cat and mouse best friends. When Ugly Cat decides he just has to have a paleta, Pablo the mouse is ready to help him get one, and their adventures begin! Spanish words are sprinkled throughout; includes a glossary.
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding. But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school, going off to college, and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind. When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
Shtum by Jem Lester
In a small house in north London, three generations of men—one who can't talk; two who won't—are thrown together. From Publisher’s Weekly’s review, "Lester's debut, based on his experience of raising a child with autism, is an emotional and uplifting tale of love and sacrifice."
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore
Radium, the miracle cure, was eventually found to have horrific health effects. Told from the point of view of some of the women who worked in factories painting dials on watches in the early 20th century, this book chronicles the courage of the women that inspired workplace safety regulation and the creation of OSHA.
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