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New books to engage young readers over summer!

Moorland Road Community Library has some new books to keep our younger readers entertained over the summer holidays. Why not pop in and pick one of them up!

There are some lovely new picture books:

Can Bears Ski, If all the world…, My Hair, I’m sticking with you, I’m Sticking with you too and many others!

“If all the world were…..”, described by Waterstones as a “moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl’s love for her Granddad and how she copes when he dies ….” is by the new Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho and is illustrated by Allison Colpoys.

“Can Bears Ski” is by Raymond Antrobus (Ted Hughes Award winning poet) and illustrated by Polly Dunbar. This is Antrobus’ debut picture book and it tracks a father and son’s journey into the “discovery and management of deafness”

“I’m sticking with you,” and “I’m Sticking with you too” by Simriti Halls (illustrated by Steve Small) are ‘gorgeously warm, funny’ books about friendship. The follow up “I’m Sticking with you too” deals with the disruption when new arrival Chicken wants to join in with Bear and Squirrel. A story which explores being accepted and belonging. “ I’m sticking with you” was shortlisted for the British Book Awards Children’s Illustrated and and Non-Fiction Book of the year in 2021.

“I Don’t Want To Be QUIET!” BY Laura Ellen Anderson is a very funny picture book, great for reading aloud. Celebrates the fun of being LOUD but asks what happens when we listen carefully to the world?

Finally, “My Hair” is the FAB Prize highly commended debut book by Hannah Lee and Allen Fatimaharan (illustrator). It is a lively and celebratory book filled with a ‘dazzling array of intricate hairstyles’!

At the other end of the age range, we have been expanding our own stock (Yellow Sticker books) for Young Adults (YA) and YA+ reads. Our recently purchased ‘Heartstopper’ books flew off the shelves. We have added the following fiction books on the strong recommendation of some YA and YA+ readers themselves. If you are an avid reader between the ages of about 13 and 19, we would love to have your recommendations for current ‘must-reads’!

Finally, joining our YA and YA+ Non-Fiction Well-Being and Mental Health books, is “Queer Up: An Uplifting Guide to LGBTQ+ Love, Life and Mental Health” by award-winning podcaster Alexis Caught. Described as “A positive and uplifting book for younger people who are queer or curious – and their allies looking to support them”.

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