You Loves Ewe!
by Cece Bell

Submitted by Sara E.

A side-splittingly funny picture book about a silly donkey, a cranky yam, and an irresistible ewe, packed with hilarious homonyms.
(New Picture Book)
This Book is Gray
by Lindsay Ward

Submitted by Sara E.

A book within a book, this colorful tale explores the ideas of fitting in, appreciating others, and looking at things from another perspective and also uses personality and wit to introduce basic color concepts.
(New Picture Book)
Rescue & Jessica:
A Life-Changing Friendship
by Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes

Submitted by Terri S.

Jessica has lost the use of her legs and is wheel chair bound. A pup named Rescue learns that he’s to become a service dog, and not a seeing-eye dog like the rest of his line. When the two are paired, Rescue becomes the perfect service dog, partner, and best friend for Jessica. The story is based on the author’s own experiences when she, too, was paired with a service dog after being critically injured in the Boston Marathon bombing. Tender and relatable, the book provides depth to help young ones understand what it might feel like to be in a situation such as Jessica’s. At the end of the book, there are photos of the authors and the “real” Rescue, with links to follow for further learning.
(Children’s Monarch Award Book)
I See, I See
by Robert Henderson

Submitted by Sara E.

Turn the book upside down and your perspective alters: Left becomes right; high becomes low; empty becomes full! Great as a rhyming read-aloud, and even better with a friend, this book of two points of view begs to be shared and will immerse booklovers of all ages in a unique reading experience.
(New Picture Book)
Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue
by Paula Harrison

Submitted by Stefanie M.

Do you love cats and superheroes? If your answer is yes, then this is just the book for you! Kitty is a superhero-in-training who is following in the footsteps of her mother, who has special cat-like abilities and goes out to save the world with her nocturnal friends every night. One fateful evening, Kitty is summoned by one of her cat sidekicks to help out a very helpless kitten in need, but she doesn’t know if she’s brave enough to take the plunge! This is a fantastic early chapter book with gorgeous illustrations, and vocabulary-building prose. For fans of Princess in Black, Dr. Kitty Cat, Zoey and Sassafras, or Mia Mayhem.
Recommended for Grades 2-3
(New Children’s Series Book)
Diana, Princess of the Amazons
by Shannon Hale

Submitted by Emily D.

As the only child on an island of immortal women with responsibilities, Diana often feels neglected and without much to do. One day she makes a girl out of clay and wishes her to life. With a brand new secret playmate, Diana gets up to more trouble than she would have on her own. Find out how this friendship helps Diana figure out her place among the Amazons. A fun read not just for fans of superheroes.
(New Children’s Graphic Novel)
From the Desk of Zoe Washington
by Janae Marks

Submitted by Stefanie M.
It’s Zoe Washington’s twelfth birthday, and she just had her dream party at her favorite bakery, with delicious chocolate fudge cupcakes and all. Everything is going perfectly until she finds the letter. The letter from her father who has been incarcerated her entire life, who she’s never heard from before until now. Or so she thought. All her life, she’s had the idea that her father was a horrible man, a convicted murderer, and someone who would never be a part of her life. 
Follow Zoe and she begins a pen pal relationship with her father, starts a journey to investigate the truths she thought were absolute, and figures out that everything in the world might not be as black and white as she originally thought. 
This is a great and accessible primer on mass incarceration, and the many wrongful convictions that predominantly people of color are faced with in the United States, intertwined with the day to day happenings of a twelve-year-old girl completing a summer internship at said favorite bakery and trying to navigate all the different relationships in her life. For fans of A Good Kind of Trouble, Front Desk, and All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook.
Recommended for Grades 4+
(New Children’s Fiction)
Go With the Flow
by Lily Williams & Karen Schneeman

Submitted by Stefanie M.
This is a heartwarming and empowering tale of friendship and standing up for what’s right. Sasha is already stressed to be starting over at a new school, and is even more startled to be pulled into the bathroom by a group of girls only to be told that she bled through her (very white) pants and that she got her period for the first time. The girls look to the dispenser in the bathroom to help Sasha out, but to their astonishment--the dispenser is completely empty. This is the moment that changes their lives forever. Not only do they develop a sacred bond and become the best of friends, they also figure out ways to speak out to their school administrators to demand that those dispensers be filled and go on a quest to destigmatize menstruation. 
Recommended for grades 6+ or anyone who is ready to learn about the topic.
(New Young Adult Graphic Novel)
by Maria Lu

Submitted by Emily D.
An immersive game, Warcross, has led to most people living their lives on screen instead of in real life. Emika is trying to make ends meet as a bounty hunter but is in desperate need of cash. A risky move ends up paying off as Emika glitches her way into the International Warcross Championship games. Unluckily, not everything is as it appears in the game.
For fans of Ready Player One and Otherworld .
(Young Adult Fiction)
Kids Choice & Monarch Book Clubs
August 16th - February 28th

Monarch Book Club (Grades K-3)
Great books for emerging readers, the Monarch Award nominees offer a chance to read something different. Which one will be your favorite? Read all twenty to find out. Voting starts in November, prizes given at halfway and completion of list. Pick up your list at the Kid City Desk downstairs.

Kids Choice Book Club (Grades 3-5)
Choose from a diverse collection of the Illinois Bluestem and Rebecca Caudill nominees. Earn a prize when you read five and ten books. Pick up your list at the Kid City Desk downstairs.