Children’s Book Roundup: April 2022

  • April 11, 2022

Big new titles perfect for the littles.

Children’s Book Roundup: April 2022

Luna Muna by Kellie Gerardi (author) and Allyson Wilson (illustrator) (Dragonfruit). “It was the perfect night, a million stars in the sky. Perfect for a future astronaut like me.” But what’s a budding cosmonaut to do when she wants to blast off to the heavens — and even wishes on a shooting star to make it happen — but Mom says it’s time for bed? Well, she’ll just have to dream about outer space for now — and learn all sorts of interesting factoids about planets, satellites, and galaxies in the process!

Love in the Library by Maggie Tokuda-Hall (author) and Yas Imamura (illustrator) (Candlewick Press). “Tama did not like the desert. She brushed the dust from her eyes as she walked to the library. The barbed wire fences and guard towers cast long shadows over her path. She always did her best not to look at the guards.” It’s World War II, and the young woman is being held at the Minidoka internment camp along with other innocent Japanese Americans. That she manages to find joy in books — and in the arms of fellow prisoner George — is a testament to human resilience amid shocking injustice.

How to Welcome a New Baby by Jean Reagan (author) and Lee Wildish (illustrator) (Knopf Books for Young Readers). Sure, Mom and Dad have their hands full prepping for the new addition, but as the soon-to-be big brother or sister, you’ve got responsibilities, too! Whether it’s helping choose a name (maybe “Pretzel,” “Rainbow,” or “T. rex”) or practicing with the car-seat straps on your favorite teddy bear, you’ll need to pitch in and prepare. Because when Baby finally arrives? That’s when things really get chaotic…

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