Read This Next! Awesome Kids Books Coming Soon

If there is a theme to the books on the May & June This Next! Kids List it might be "joy" or "hope" or even "love."

Here is why Southern indie booksellers love them:

With Love, Miss Americanah by Jane Igharo
I loved all the references to some of my favorite films! I enjoyed tagging along on Enore's journey, as she learns that the kids at her school are more than just their movie stereotypes, finds endearing first love, and learns to use her voice and stand up for the things she wants.
– Emma Tara E. Shaver, bookseller Savannah, Georgia

The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar
A punny, sapphic love story set at an Irish baking show with a Bangladeshi main character and a second chance romance? That should be too many things, but it really is not!
– Jennifer Jones Bookmiser, Inc. Marietta, Georgia

Finding the Way to Faraway Valley by Cecilia Heikkila
A lovely story of a grandfather and his grandson who go searching for Faraway Valley; a place that his grandfather visited when he was younger. This is a sensitive story of the connection they share in order to find this most amazing location.
– Judith Lafitte Octavia Books LLC New Orleans, Louisiana

The Secret Library by Kekla Magoon
When Dally steps inside the Secret Library, her life changes. Each book whisks her through time and connects her with her family’s past. From a seafaring pirate adventure to a connection closer to home, new stories open and reveal where she is meant to be. An adventure story with depth.
– Rae Ann Parker Parnassus Books Nashville, Tennessee

Summer Is Here by Renée Watson, Bea Jackson (Illus.)
Summer is Here is a beautiful story about a girl's perfect summer day. Watson's words are light and feel like sunshine.
– Jennifer Jones Bookmiser, Inc. Marietta, Georgia

Built to Last by Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illus.)
A delightful story about friendship and the power of imagination! I love that even after their grand plans fail again and again, the two protagonists rely on each other and trust in their friendship.
– Kate Storhoff Bookmarks Winston-Salem, North Carolina

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With Love, Miss Americanah By Jane Igharo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250873378
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 18th, 2024

With Love, Miss Americanah—the Young Adult contemporary romance debut from Jane Igharo—sees a teenager move from Nigeria to America and navigate her senior year with the help of classic teen movies and a new crush, all while working through grief and the rigid expectations of her mother.

The Dos and Donuts of Love By Adiba Jaigirdar Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250842114
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - June 6th, 2023

A pun-filled YA contemporary romance, The Dos and Donuts of Love by Adiba Jaigirdar finds a teenage girl competing in a televised baking competition, with contestants including her ex-girlfriend and a potential new crush - perfect for fans of The Great British Bake Off and She Drives Me Crazy!

Finding the Way to Faraway Valley By Cecilia Heikkila Cover Image
ISBN: 9781782508540
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Published: Floris Books - May 7th, 2024

Discover and protect wild places with a little polar bear and his grandpa in this heart-warming and fun adventure.

The Secret Library By Kekla Magoon Cover Image
ISBN: 9781536230888
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Published: Candlewick - May 7th, 2024

Travel through time with National Book Award Finalist Kekla Magoon in a page-turning fantasy adventure about family secrets and finding the courage to plot your own life story.

Summer Is Here By Renée Watson, Bea Jackson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Renée Watson, Bea Jackson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781547605866
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - May 7th, 2024

New York Times bestselling creators Renée Watson and Bea Jackson offer a picture book ode to a picture-perfect summer day, from sunrise to sunset.

Summer is here!
No dark clouds in the sky,
it's a perfect day for play.
What joy will summer bring me today?

Built to Last By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Minh Lê, Dan Santat (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780593569177
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - April 30th, 2024

Meet two friends who think they're building imaginative worlds with blocks but come to realize they've been building something far greater--a sturdy, solid friendship--in this picturebook by award-winning creators.