Children’s Library & Teen Recommends – Fall 2021
Posted on September 7, 2021
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We hope that you continue to enjoy the reading recommendations feature in our blog posts. Of course, you do not have to stop here! Let us know if you’d like additional recommendations. Be sure to check out our kids programs and teen programs!
Manly Appetites: Minegishi Loves Otsu
This Boys’ Love manga series is about a successful and respected salaryman, Minegishi, with the insatiable desire of feeding his grumpy coworker, Otsu. The characters are really funny and sweet; Mito does a great job with the different dynamics between them! A fun, sweet comedy with small doses of deep, meaningful concepts.
Before the Ever After
By Jacqueline Woodson
ZJ has a charming existence; his father is a much-loved tight end for a professional football team. But lately, things are changing in ZJ’s home. Because of repeated head injuries, ZJ’s father is having trouble remembering, suffers from terrible headaches and is becoming increasingly angry. In the face of these struggles, ZJ struggles to hold on to the happier memories, maintain his friendships, and cope with his family’s new reality. As the 2021 Ohioana Book Award winner for Middle Grade/Young Adult Literature, this is not one to miss. Expertly crafted as a coming-of-age novel-in-verse, Before the Ever After, touches on issues of mental health, racial identity, heroism, and the disillusion of dreams. Even the most reluctant middle grade reader will be drawn in by this easy-to-read book with realistic and relatable characters.
Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
By Suzanne Park
When Sonny Song accidently livestreams a PG-13 cooking video, her parents send her to a digital-detox camp in Iowa. Three reasons why I like this book: spot on observations about online culture, lack of Midwest stereotypes, funny and witty strong teen character.
By LeUyen Pham
Explaining the pandemic to very young children is difficult, but this book delivers! Beautiful illustrations highlight people going about their lives pre-pandemic (outside), then everything stops and moves inside. Essential workers are applauded, a hopeful tone is conveyed, and many topics of conversation between little ones and their grown-ups can be shared.
Hope. Perseverance. A new normal.
By Edward Eager
Four siblings find a coin that grants half a wish. An imaginative classic with a grumpy cat and lots of chaos caused by half a wish or two times a wish. Recommended for lovers of magic wishes, adventures, and stories that take place in Toledo, Ohio.
Memory Superpowers! An Adventurous Guide to Remembering What You Don’t Want to Forget
By Nelson Dellis
Defeat the Memory Thief with four-time US Memory Champion, Nelson Dellis, in this practical but entertaining adventure. Helpful for kids and adults alike who want to dazzle their friends and teachers by memorizing long lists of people or places or dates or anything! Dellis’ easy to follow exercises for pumping up your memory muscle are amusing and extremely useful. This book will help you feel like a memory superhero, ready to defeat those tedious school studies and facts with ease. Set a reminder to check out this book today and read your way to recollecting anything and everything!