With our election season, over (sorta, kinda?) and the holidays quickly approaching, what better time to add new books into our libraries. We’ve compiled a list of some November hot releases.
Doc, Stuffy, Lambie, and the rest of the backyard clinic are here to make washing your hands fun! Based on the popular “Wash Your Hands” music video, this book helps kids understand the importance of keeping hands clean in a charming, approachable way-perfect for preschoolers.
A Real Friend by Jennifer Wolfthal, Judi Abbot (Ages 4-8) Release Date: November 10
Benny and Max are best friends. They often play together, until Max annoys Benny and the two friends get into a fight. Then, Benny decides to build a new best friend…
A Girl Named Rosita: The Story of Rita Morena: Actor, Singer, Dancer, Trailblazerby Anika Aldamuy Denise, Leo Espinosa (Ages 4-8) Release Date: November 3rd
When young Rosita moved from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States, she didn’t know what to expect–but she knew she loved to sing and dance. Working to overcome the language barrier and bullying she experienced in a strange new country, Rita eventually made her way to Hollywood with a dream to be a star. There, she fought to be seen and heard and eventually reached the pinnacle of success, landing her iconic role in West Side Story and, finally, winning her groundbreaking Oscar.
The Little Mermaidby Jerry Pinkney (Ages 4-8) Release Date: November 3rd
Melody, the littlest sea princess, is not content just to sing in the choir of mermaids like her sisters. She is an explorer who wonders about what lies above the water’s surface . . . especially the young girl she has spied from a distance. To meet her requires a terrible sacrifice: she trades her beautiful voice for a potion that gives her legs so that she may live on land instead. It seems like a dream come true at first. But when trouble stirs beneath the ocean, Melody faces another impossible choice — stay with her friend or reclaim her true identity and save her family.
Swish! The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying, Harlem Globetrottersby Suzanne Slade, Don Tate (Ages 4-8) Release date: November 10th
1. A puppy!
2. To fit in at her new school
3. For her dad to be happy again
However, getting all three of the things on her list is a lot trickier than she thought it would be. Between classmates making fun of her seaweed snacks and celebrating the Lunar New Year without her mom, Mindy is faced with more challenges than she bargained for. With the help of her family and friends, can Mindy find the courage to make her goals a reality? Find out in the first four books of the series!
Super Sidekicks #1: No Adults Allowed by Gavin Aung Than (Ages 8-12) Release date: November 17th
Superheroes have it soooo easy. They don’t have to clean their secret headquarters, wash alien bloodstains out of their costumes, or walk Super Mutt. NO! They leave that for their sidekicks, while they get all the credit.
Well, Junior Justice, aka J.J., has had ENOUGH! He thinks it’s time the sidekicks made a team of their own. Dinomite and Flygirl are ready to join the team, but first, they have to prove to the adult superheroes that they’re more than just sidekicks. And once the evil Dr. Enok discovers his favorite pet Goo has left him, the world might need saving sooner rather than later. . . .
Voices from the March on Washington by George Ella Lyon, J. Patrick Lewis (Ages 10+) Release date: November 3rd/span>
From the woman singing through a terrifying bus ride to DC to the teenager who came partly because his father told him, Don’t you dare go to that march, to the young child riding above the crowd on her father’s shoulders, each voice brings a unique perspective to this tale. As the characters tell their personal stories of this historic day, their chorus plunges readers into the experience of being at the march–walking shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers, hearing Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, heading home inspired.
Written as a letter from civil rights activist and icon Ruby Bridges to the reader, This Is Your Time is both a recounting of Ruby’s experience as a child who had no choice but to be escorted to class by federal marshals when she was chosen as one of the first black students to integrate New Orleans’ all-white public school system and an appeal to generations to come to effect change.