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Best Books for Kids (2022)

A collection of some of the best picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels published for kids in 2022.

Aviva vs. the Dybbuk by Mari Lowe

"As tensions escalate in the Jewish community of Beacon with incidents of vandalism and a swastika carved into new concrete poured near the synagogue, so does the tension grow between Aviva and Kayla and the girls at their school, and so do the actions ofthe dybbuk grow worse. Could real harm be coming Aviva's way? And is it somehow related to the 'accident' that took her father years ago?"--

The last mapmaker by Christina Soontornvat

Joining an expedition to chart the southern seas, twelve-year-old mapmaker's assistant Sai, posing as a well-bred young lady with a glittering future, realizes she's not the only one on board harboring secrets when she discovers the ship's true destination.

The door of no return by Kwame Alexander

"A novel in verse about an Asante boy who is captured and taken from his village during the nineteenth century."--

The ogress and the orphans by Kelly Regan Barnhill

When a child goes missing from the Orphan House in the town of Stone-in-the-Glen, the mayor suggests the kindly Ogress is responsible, but the orphans do not believe that and try to make their deluded neighbors see the real villain among them.

Black bird, blue road by Sofiya Pasternack

"Pesah has lived with leprosy for years, and the twins have spent most of that time working on a cure. Then Pesah has a vision: The Angel of Death will come for him on Rosh Hashanah, just one month away. So Ziva takes her brother and runs away to find doctors who can cure him. But when they meet and accidentally free a half-demon boy, he suggests paying his debt by leading them to the fabled city of Luz, where no one ever dies—the one place Pesah will be safe. They just need to run faster than The Angel of Death can fly..." --publisher's website

Jennifer Chan is not alone by Tae Keller

"Mallory Moss knows the rules of middle school. The most important one? You have to fit in to survive. But then Jennifer Chan moves in across the street, and that rule doesn't seem to apply. Jennifer doesn't care about the laws of middle school...Then Jennifer goes missing. Using clues from Jennifer's journals, Mallory goes searching. But the closer she gets, the more Mallory has to confront why Jennifer might have run...and face the truth within herself"--

Swim team by Johnnie Christmas

"Bree can't wait for her first day at her new middle school, Enith Brigitha, home to the Mighty Manatees--until she's stuck with the only elective that fits her schedule, the dreaded Swim 101. The thought of swimming makes Bree more than a little queasy,yet she's forced to dive headfirst into one of her greatest fears. Lucky for her, Etta, an elderly occupant of her apartment building and former swim team captain, is willing to help"--

A duet for home by Karina Yan Glaser

"It's June's first day at Huey House, and...[she] can't bring her cherished viola inside. Before the accident last year, her dad saved tip money for a year to buy her viola, and she's not about to give it up now. Tyrell has been at Huey House for three years and gives June a glimpse of the good things about living there: friendship, hot meals, and a classical musician next door. Can he and June work together to oppose the government, or will families be forced out of Huey House before they are ready?"--

Star child : a biographical constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Aanu Zoboi

"From the New York Times bestselling author and National Book Award finalist, a biography in verse and prose of science fiction visionary Octavia Butler. Acclaimed novelist Ibi Zoboi illuminates the young life of the visionary storyteller Octavia E. Butler in poems and prose. Born into the Space Race, the Red Scare, and the dawning Civil Rights Movement, Butler experienced an American childhood that shaped her into the groundbreaking science-fiction storyteller whose novels continue to challenge and delight readers fifteen years after her death"--

Tumble by Celia C Pérez

Before she decides whether to accept her stepfather's proposal of adoption, twelve-year-old Adela Ramairez reaches out to her estranged biological father--who is in the midst of a career comeback as a luchador--and the eccentric extended family of wrestlers she has never met, bringing Adela closer to understanding the expansive definition of family.

Different kinds of fruit by Kyle Lukoff

"When Annabelle learns that her father shares something big--and surprising--in common with her new nonbinary friend, she begins to see herself, and her family, in a whole new light"--

Thirst by Varsha Bajaj

"A heroic girl in Mumbai fights for her belief that water should be for everyone"--

Agent most wanted : the never-before-told story of the most dangerous spy of World War II by Sonia Purnell

"This is a historical nonfiction book about Virginia Hall, an American spy in France who the Nazis dubbed "the most dangerous of allied spies." It tells the story of her youth and her work in Europe during the second world war."--

Omar rising by Aisha Saeed

Seventh-grader Omar must contend with being treated like a second-class citizen when he gets a scholarship to an elite boarding school in Pakistan.

The midnighters by Hana Tooke

Following the one clue her friend Sylvie left behind before she went missing, Ema seeks to infiltrate the mysterious Midnight Guild to rescue Sylvie, despite a peculiar fear of shadows and the ability to predict events before they happen.

New from here by Kelly Yang

Knox works to keep his family together as they move from Hong Kong back to northern California during the initial outbreak of the coronavirus.

Ravenfall by Kalyn Josephson

Thirteen-year-old Annabella Ballinkay has never been normal, even by her psychic family's standards. Every generation uses their abilities to help run the Ravenfall Inn, a sprawling, magical B&B at the crossroads of the human world and the Otherworld. So when fourteen-year-old Colin Pierce arrives at Ravenfall searching for his missing older brother and the supernatural creature who killed their parents, Anna jumps at the chance to help. But the mysteries tied to Colin go much deeper than either of them expects

Inaugural ballers : the true story of the first US women's Olympic basketball team by Andrew Maraniss

"From the New York Times bestselling author of Strong Inside comes the inspirational true story of the birth of women's Olympic basketball at the 1976 Summer Games and the ragtag team that put US women's basketball on the map"--

We were the fire : Birmingham 1963 by Shelia P Moses

Determined to stand up for their rights, eleven-year-old Rufus, a Black boy, and his friends participate in the 1963 civil rights protests in Birmingham, Alabama.

Singing with elephants by Margarita Engle

"Cuban-born eleven-year-old Oriol lives in Santa Barbara, California, where she struggles to belong. But most of the time that's okay, because she enjoys helping her parents care for the many injured animals at their veterinary clinic. Then Gabriela Mistral, the first Latin American winner of a Nobel Prize in Literature, moves to town, and aspiring writer Oriol finds herself opening up. As she begins to create a world of words for herself, Oriol learns it will take courage to stay true to herself and do what she thinks is right--attempting to rescue a baby elephant in need--even if it means keeping secrets from those she loves"--

The flamingo by 1983- author Guojing

In a nearly wordless graphic novel, a little girl, while on a beachy vacation with her Lao Lao, finds a beautiful flamingo feather in her grandmother's house that turns her visit into something wonderful and magical.

A rover's story by Jasmine Warga

Built to explore Mars, Resilience begins to develop human-like feelings as he learns from the NASA scientists who assembled him, and as he blasts off and explores Mars, Resilience must overcome different obstacles as he explores the red planet.

The sheep, the rooster, and the duck by Matt Phelan

In 1783 France, ten-year-old Emile works as Benjamin Franklin's caretaker, but after he finds himself in the middle of a sinister plot, he helps France's undercover guardians, a sheep, a rooster, and a duck, save the world.

Cress Watercress by Gregory Maguire

"When Papa doesn't return from a nocturnal honey-gathering expedition, Cress holds out hope, but her mother assumes the worst. It's a dangerous world for rabbits, after all. Mama moves what's left of the Watercress family to the basement unit of the Broken Arms, a run-down apartment oak with a suspect owl landlord, a nosy mouse super, a rowdy family of squirrels, and a pair of songbirds who broadcast everyone's business. Can a dead tree full of annoying neighbors, and no Papa, ever be home?"--

Isla to island by Alexis Castellanos

"A wordless graphic novel in which twelve-year-old Marisol must adapt to a new life 1960s Brooklyn after her parents send her to the United States from Cuba to keep her safe during Castro's regime"--

In the key of us by Mariama Lockington

While twelve-year-old Andi has suffered from anxiety attacks ever since her mother died ten months ago, Zora starting hurting herself whenever she feels out of control; they are both at Camp Harmony, an elite summer music camp, trying to deal with their problems and also the stress of competition--but as the summer passes they find themselves increasingly drawn to each other, and maybe not just as friends.

Northwind by Gary Paulsen

When sickness decimates his fishing village, an orphan named Leif flees north in a cedar canoe, journeying along a brutal but beautiful coastline.

Frizzy by Claribel A Ortega

Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus on is school and "growing up." That means straightening her hair every weekend so she could have "presentable", "good hair". But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn't understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of Camila and Tía Ruby―she slowly starts a journey to learn to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair

Dear student by Elly Swartz

"A girl with social anxiety becomes the secret voice of the advice column in her middle school newspaper"--

It's the end of the world and I'm in my bathing suit by Justin A Reynolds

When the electricity goes out, twelve-year-old Eddie and his friends set out to investigate what is going on when they make the startling discovery that they are the only ones left in their neighborhood--and perhaps the only people left anywhere.

The school for whatnots by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Follows fifth grader Max as he searches for his best friend who disappeared, leaving behind a strange note.

Enemies by Svetlana Chmakova

"Felicity’s sure she’s going to do something big. Exactly what is still a mystery, but she’ll figure it out. Her sister, Letty, teases Felicity that she never finishes stuff, but that’s just because Letty is so perfect. Still, life is good with plenty of friends—drawing with the art club and playing games with her buddies keep her busy. But when she decides to join a contest to show Letty that she CAN get things done, Felicity begins to wonder if friends becoming enemies is easier than she thought. Are they really enemies, though…? What does it even mean to be enemies? And…who is it that she needs the most on her side…?" --Back cover

Big Nate : Beware of low-flying corn muffins by Lincoln Peirce

"Sixth-grade dynamo Nate Wright has all kinds of big plans and tricks up his sleeve, including writing a new hit children's book, trying to convince his dad to get him a new dog for Christmas, and helping his friend Chad score a new nickname at P.S. 38. Along the way, he encounters resistance from all the usual suspects, including Mrs. Godfrey, classmate Gina, and anyone skeptical of his plans to become an award-winning author. And as usual, things never quite turn out exactly like he planned. Join Nate and friends for another laugh-packed installment of Big Nate comic fun."--Amazon.com

Cat Kid Comic Club. 4 : collaborations by Dav Pilkey

"Excitement and imagination run wild as Naomi, Melvin, Poppy, Gilbert, Curly, and their siblings get back to making comics with originality and laughter. But wait--have they cleaned their rooms yet?! After their chores, the rambunctious group presents even more amazing mini-comics. By working together, the baby frogs discover that small things can have a huge impact."--Provided by publisher

Baby-sitters Club. 13, Mary Anne's bad luck mystery : a graphic novel by Ann M Martin

Mary Anne should never have thrown away that chain letter she got in the mail. Ever since she did, bad things have been happening to everyone in the Baby-sitters Club. With Halloween coming up, Mary Anne's even more worried -- what kind of spooky thing will happen next? Then Mary Anne finds a new note in her mailbox: Wear this bad-luck charm, it says. OR ELSE. Mary Anne has to follow the note's instructions. But who sent the charm? And why did they send it to Mary Anne? The BSC might never see an end to their bad luck if they don't solve this mystery soon!

Diary of a wimpy kid : diper överlöde by Jeff Kinney

Tagging along with his brother Rodrick's band, Löded Diper, Greg gets more than he bargained for when he gets a backstage pass to the rock 'n' roll lifestyle and wonders if he can help them become the legends they think they are

Hot dog by Doug Salati

"A summery picture book about mindfulness, featuring an overheated--and overwhelmed--canine in need of sea, sand, and fresh air"--

Kick push by Frank Morrison

"When Epic's family moves to a new neighborhood, he has a hard time making friends and fitting in with his skateboard; but the trick to making new friends is to be yourself!"--

Gibberish by Young Vo

When Dat starts school in a country where he does not speak the language, everything around him sound like gibberish until a new friend helps him make sense of his new world.

Farmhouse by Sophie Blackall

"A farmhouse where twelve children grow up holds evidence of their stories long after they are gone"--

Endlessly ever after : pick your path to countless fairy tale endings! : a story of Little Red Riding Hood, Jack, Hansel, Gretel, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, a wolf, a witch, a goose, a grandmother, some pigs, and endless variations by Laurel Snyder

In this rhyming mash-up of many fairy tales, the reader is invited to follow Rosie down the many possible paths which may lead to a sleeping maiden, a hungry wolf, a girl locked in a tower, or a goose that lays golden eggs--but with some luck, and some smart choices, Rosie may save herself and her fellow fairy tale characters.

Blue : a history of the color as deep as the sea and as wide as the sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond

For centuries, blue powders and dyes were some of the most sought-after materials in the world. Ancient Afghan painters ground mass quantities of sapphire rocks to use for their paints, while snails were harvested in Eurasia for the tiny amounts of blue that their bodies would release. And then there was indigo, which was so valuable that American plantations grew it as a cash crop on the backs of African slaves. It wasn't until 1905, when Adolf von Baeyer created a chemical blue dye, that blue could be used for anything and everything--most notably that uniform of workers everywhere, blue jeans. With stunning illustrations by Caldecott Honor Artist Daniel Minter, this vibrant and fascinating picture book follows one color's journey through time and across the world, as it becomes the blue we know today

Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

After achieving his dream of becoming a knight, a small owl protects the castle from a hungry dragon.

The world belonged to us by Jacqueline Woodson

"A group of kids celebrate the joy and freedom of summer on their Brooklyn block"--

John's turn by Mac Barnett

"It's John's big day at school today-a performance for Sharing Gifts time. His bag is carefully packed and prepared, his classmates are ready, and the curtain is waiting to open. John is nervous, looking out at all the other children staring back at him. But he takes a big breath and begins. Mac Barnett's compassionate text and Kate Berube's understated and expressive art tell the story of a kid who finds the courage to show others his talent for dancing."--Provided by publisher

Over and under the waves by Kate Messner

"Discover the magical depths of the kelp forest, and all the fascinating creatures living just a paddle's length away-both over and under the waves"--

Tiny dino by Deborah (Deborah Jane) Freedman

"A small but mighty bird declares it is a dinosaur! But no one believes that dinosaurs still exist. How can it be a dinosaur when it is so little? Dinosaurs didn't have feathers...or did they? This tiny dino is here to explain to its animal friends that birds are, in fact, dinosaurs, and all creatures are connected to one big animal family"--

Action! : how movies began by Meghan McCarthy

"Meghan McCarthy tells the story of the history of movies and the creators who made them. In fascinating detail, she shows how early photography capturing motion became silent films, which led to the first color films"--

Powwow day by Traci Sorell

Because she has been very ill and weak, River cannot join in the dancing at this year's tribal powwow, she can only watch from the sidelines as her sisters and cousins dance the celebration--but as the drum beats she finds the faith to believe that she will recover and dance again

The sun is late and so is the farmer by Philip Christian Stead

"On a peculiarly long night, three farm animals set out on a daring quest to bring the sunrise"--

I don't care by Julie Fogliano

"Two friends share their delight in the little things that set them apart, and the big things that bring them together"--

How to say hello to a worm : a first guide to outside by Kari Percival

"The beautiful simplicity of a garden is depicted through digital woodcut illustrations and engaging nonfiction text presented as a series of sweet questions and gentle replies. Less of a traditional how-to and more of a how-to-appreciate, this soothinglysparse text paints an inviting and accessible picture of what a garden offers. And with an all-child cast, the absence of an adult presence empowers readers to view the garden and its creatures through their own eyes, driven by curiosity and wonder"--

Lou by Breanna Carzoo

"Meet Lou. Lou has an important job...as the neighborhood toilet for dogs on their walks. Useful as he may be, he gets the feeling that deep down inside, there might be more to him than that. He just doesn't seem to know exactly what yet. When disaster strikes, will Lou find out what he's made of and save the day?

Moonlight by Stephen Savage

In the quiet hours of the night, moonlight makes its journey through the sky, over land and water, and finally into a child's bedroom.

Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu

Four individuals of dual male and female spirit bring their healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii, where they are beloved for their gentle ways and miraculous cures and where they imbue four giant boulders with their powers.

The year we learned to fly by Jacqueline Woodson

"By heeding their wise grandmother's advice, a brother and sister discover the ability to lift themselves up and imagine a better world"--

Go, sled! Go! by James Yang

"What could be more exciting than a thrilling sled ride? Maybe when a few unexpected creatures join the adventure? Before long, there's a bunny, a moose, a snowman, and even a baker with cakes on the sled, and more surprises are headed their way. Repetitive words and large type make this a perfect book for beginning readers. And the laughs and surprises keep coming until the very satisfying end."--Provided by publisher

Today I'm strong by Nadiya Hussain

"Most days, this little girl loves to go to school and play with her friends. But sometimes the schoolyard can feel like a battleground where she has to dodge mean words from a bully. Luckily, she always has her steadfast tiger by her side--even if she'sthe only one who can see it. With the reminder that strength comes from within, she digs deep to believe in herself, no matter what anyone else says"--

Bearplane! by Deborah Underwood

From the departure gate to the baggage claim, Bear Cub experiences their first time on a plane.

Tía Fortuna's new home : a Jewish Cuban journey by Ruth Behar

Estrella learns about her Cuban and Jewish heritage as she helps her aunt move from her Miami apartment to an assisted living community

People are wild by Margaux Meganck

"Baby animals observe the strange habits of children"--

Patchwork by Matt de la Peña

"An ode to the richly varied tapestry of experiences and identities that make every child unique"--

Always with you, always with me by Kelly Rowland

"A lyrical celebration of working moms everywhere and a soothing story for their children. As a mother gets ready to go to work, first she works on building the world for her child. Because it can sometimes be hard to be separated during the day, Mom collects some simple words that she and her child can repeat whenever they are missing each other or feeling overwhelmed"--

Solitary animals : introverts of the wild by Joshua David Stein

"This lyrical, nonfiction text honors animals who live in solitude, in contrast to others who live in groups. Against a backdrop of the specific names of various animal tribes (a parade of elephants, a tower of giraffes, a dazzle of zebras), Stein shinesa spotlight on those animals who go through life on their own. With nature at his back, Stein invites readers to draw strength and comfort from the behaviors of fellow mammals. Perfect for children who tend to be alone and their parents...as well as all children, who will be encouraged to respect the "natural" choices of their peers"--

Gigi and Ojiji by Melissa Iwai

"Gigi can't wait for her Ojiji--Japanese grandpa--to move in. Gigi plans lots of things to do with him, like playing tag, reading books, and teaching Roscoe, the family dog, new tricks. But her plans don't work out quite the way she'd hoped. And her grandpa doesn't seem to like Roscoe. Will Gigi find a way to connect with her Ojiji?"--

A is for bee : an alphabet book in translation by Ellen Heck

"What letter does the word bee start with? If you said "B" you're right - in English! But in many, many languages, it actually starts with A...Come and explore the gorgeous variations in the ways we talk about familiar things, unified and illuminated through Ellen Heck's eye-catching, graphic scratchboard details and hidden letterforms"--

Daddy speaks love by Leah Henderson

"A tribute to the joy and grounding that fathers bring to their children's lives"--

Every dog in the neighborhood by Philip Christian Stead

Louis and his eccentric Grandmother set out to count every dog in the neighborhood when they find out about city hall's woefully inadequate record keeping.

One boy watching by Grant Snider

"This lyrical picture book follows one boy's early morning bus ride to school and the many things he observes"--

The three Billy Goats Gruff by Mac Barnett

"The first in a groundbreaking new collection of fractured fairy tales, this brilliantly crafted, hilarious twist on the beloved classic finds three goats putting their horns together to cleverly outsmart a hungry troll"--

Caves by Nell Cross Beckerman

"A masterful exploration of one of nature's most curious ecosystems, Caves is a magical journey into subterranean wonders perfect for fans of Jason Chin. Using evocative storytelling, Nell Cross Beckerman urges children to explore one of nature's most curious ecosystems. Dramatic, poetic language guides kids through different caves around the world while nonfiction text allows for deeper understanding"--

Nigel and the moon by Antwan Eady

When Nigel looks up at the moon, his future is bright. He imagines himself as...an astronaut, a dancer, a superhero, too! Among the stars, he twirls. With pride, his chest swells. And his eyes, they glow. Nigel is the most brilliant body in the sky. But it's Career Week at school, and Nigel can't find the courage to share his dreams. It's easy to whisper them to the moon, but not to his classmates--especially when he already feels out of place

The Wolf Suit by Sid Sharp

Chester van Chime who forgot how to rhyme by Avery Monsen

"Rhyming has always come easily to Chester van Chime. But one day he loses his gift and struggles to find the right words"--

Octopuses have zero bones : a counting book about our amazing world by Anne Richardson

"Do you wonder...how many times a black bear's heart beats each hour?. . . What happens when you keep placing zeros at the ends of numbers? The answers are all in this book--along with many more . . . facts that involve the numbers zero to nine and power of ten numbers ten to nine billion. Be prepared to count and get curious as you fall in love with numbers and with the world around us"--Back cover
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