Data Loading...

Collection Development Recommends: May 2022 Flipbook PDF

Collection Development Recommends: May 2022






MAY 2022

Collection Development Monthly Picks BOARD


ITEM #2277733 Bye Bye, Binary Geron, Eric

ITEM #2278435 Dolls and Trucks Are for Everyone Pearlman, Robb

ITEM #2278008 My Wish for You Hahn, Kathryn

ITEM #2278649 Notorious A. B. C. Darling, Benjamin

ITEM #2279485 So Many Feelings Honsek, Larissa

A bright, fun board book that celebrates all expressions of gender while dismantling gender norms and critiquing the tradition of gender reveal parties. Perfect for Pride month promotions and baby showers! 

From the author and illustrator of Pink Is for Boys comes an empowering board book that teaches kids and adults alike that gender cannot define who you are or want to become.

A poignant, fierce reflection on the power and spirit of girls and girls at heart from celebrated actress Kathryn Hahn and New York Times bestselling illustrator Brigette Barrager.

The Notorious ABC celebrates the history, spirit, and nostalgia of 80s and 90s rap and hiphop with both common words and rap vocabulary.

From artist Larissa Honsek, the creator of Opposites and Let's Move!, comes a new cast of colorful clay characters to teach toddlers about emotions because we all have big feelings.

ITEM #2275502 Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome Zhang, Kat

ITEM #2279795 Be a Good Ancestor Prince, Leona

ITEM #2277407 Big Truck Little Island Chris Van Dusen

ITEM #2279245 Blur Le, Minh

ITEM #2279373 Daddies and Daughters Stick together Balde, Aissatou

Amy Wu does her best to make her new classmate feel welcome in this warm-hearted and playfully illustrated followup picture book to Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao and Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon.

Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.

That big truck is stuck! How will the island residents get where they’re going? A tale of community and ingenuity from the celebrated Chris Van Dusen, inspired by a true story.

Meet a child with superhero like abilities… and the parents who are racing to keep up with her in this funny picture book about the blur of childhood, from the award winning creators of Drawn Together.

Celebrate Black fatherhood with a daddy and his daughters during a routine yet still extra special day as they enjoy everything together from chocolate chip pancakes to language lessons, from playtime to bedtime.




1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •

Collection Development Monthly Picks BO PICTURE


ITEM #2279310 Don’t Eat Bees: Life Lessons From Chip the Dog Petty, Dev

ITEM #2277379 Elefantastic!: A Story of Magic in 5 Acts: Light Verse on a Heavy Subject Yolen, Jane

ITEM #2277777 Layla, the Last Black Unicorn Haddish, Tiffany

ITEM #2278804 Little House of Hope Jennings, Terry Catasus

ITEM #2278291 Lizzy and the Cloud The Fan Brothers

The comic duo that brought you I Don’t Want to Be a Frog is back, with Chip the dog, a hilarious new character who’s got some “wisdom” to share.

Experience a magical story of ele-friendship and one disappearing elephant's ele-fate.

From beloved comedian, actress, and New York Times bestselling author, Tiffany Haddish, comes Layla, The Last Black Unicorn, a hilarious, original picture book tale about a lovable but awkward unicorn who learns why her uniqueness is her biggest strength.

When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they rent a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there’s room enough to share with a whole community.

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning creators of Ocean Meets Sky and The Night Gardener comes a whimsical and sweet tale of a young girl who cares for her pet cloud as it grows.

ITEM #2279255 Answers in the Pages Levithan, David

ITEM #2271939 Caprice Booth, Coe

ITEM #2277927 Civil War of Amos Abernathy Leali, Michael

ITEM #2278500 Cookies and Milk Amos, Shawn

ITEM #2273551 Do-Over Torres, Jennifer

Three stories of speaking up and coming out converge in one epic confrontation as parents lobby to ban a book from the middle school curriculum in New York Times best-selling author David Levithan’s explosive new novel.

From the ground-breaking author of Tyrell, an astonishing middlegrade novel about a girl overcoming the secrets and abuse of her past.

A heartfelt part-epistolary middle grade debut about one boy’s attempt to find himself in the history he loves—perfect for fans of Alex Gino and Julie Murphy.

It's a summer of family, friendship, and fun fiascos in this semi autobiographical novel that's as irresistible as a freshbaked cookie.

From the author of Stef Soto, Taco Queen comes this story about sisterhood, friendship, and the intricacies of blended families.




1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •


Collection Development Monthly Picks E JUVENIL


ITEM #2278483 Duet Broach, Elise


ITEM #2277743 Freddie vs. the Family Curse Badue, Tracy

ITEM #2277952 Green Eyes and Ham Penney, Mary

ITEM #2279282 Let the Monster Out Lucas, Chad

ITEM #2278067 Marvellers Clayton, Dhonielle

A musically gifted bird, a piano playing In this thrilling and hilarious middle grade boy, and a real life mystery involving three adventure, a young Filipino American boy artistic geniuses. must team up with his ancestor to break the curse that’s haunted their family for generations. . . or be trapped in an amulet forever.

Ham must choose between fitting in and staying true to himself in Eleven and Holding author Mary Penney’s latest middle grade story, perfect for fans of Lindsey Stoddard and Lisa Graff.

An equal parts heart pounding and heartfelt middle grade mystery about facing––and accepting––your fears, perfect for fans of Stranger Things and  The Parker Inheritance.

Bestselling author Dhonielle Clayton's middle grade debut is a fantasy adventure set in a magic school that celebrates cultural traditions from around the world, for fans of Rick Riordan and Soman Chainani.

ITEM #2277785 Morning Sun in Wuhan Compestine, Ying

ITEM #2277406 Patron Thief of Bread Eagar, Lindsay

ITEM #2278799 Road to After Lowell, Rebekah

ITEM #2278080 Secret Battle of Evan Pao Shang, Wendy Wan-Long

ITEM #2278400 Summer of June Sumner, Jamie

What was the pandemic of the century like at the start? This swift, gripping novel captures not only the uncertainty and panic when COVID first emerged in Wuhan, but also how a community banded together.

A beautifully crafted middle grade novel spiced with magic—and gargoyles!—from the acclaimed author of Hour of the Bees and Race to the Bottom of the Sea.

This poignant debut novel in verse is a portrait of healing, as a young girl rediscovers life and the soothing power of nature after being freed from her abusive father.

Middle school can be a battlefield... From award winning author Wendy Wan-Long Shang comes a poignant and timely take on prejudice, bullying, and claiming our own histories, perfect for fans of Front Desk.

From the acclaimed author of Tune It Out and Roll with It comes an inspirational and engaging middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one life changing summer.

1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •

Collection Development Monthly Picks J






ITEM #2279006 Apple Crush Knisley, Lucy

ITEM #2277792 First Cat in Space Ate Pizza Barnett, Mac

ITEM #2277911 Swim Team Christmas, Johnnie

ITEM #2271801 Mae Makes a Way: The True Story of Mae Reeves, Hat and History Maker RhudayPerkovich, Olugbemisola

After finally adjusting to life on a family farm with two brand new stepsisters, a young girl faces an even bigger challenge figuring out where she fits in at her first year in middle school. This middle grade graphic novel explores family, friendship, and change!

New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and award winning illustrator Shawn Harris team up for a hilarious full color, middle grade, POB graphic novel adventure series following the adventures of First Cat, LOZ 4000, and the Moon Queen as they race to save the moon from the hungry Rat King.

Perfect for fans of Jerry Craft and Kwame Alexander, this splashy, contemporary middle grade graphic novel debut from cartoonist Johnnie Christmas follows young Bree as she faces her fear of swimming head on while at the same time confronting the long standing barriers of systemic racism set within the public pool system.

Tip your hat to fashion designer and civil A fresh, charming picture book rights icon Mae Reeves in this picture book that shows there are lots of ways to biography written in collaboration with the be STRONG. Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture!


ITEM #2278473 Stong Kearney, Rob


ITEM #2277748 2277748 Faruqi, Saadia

ITEM #2278755 Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country Yang, Kelly

ITEM #2279833 Better Connected: How Girls Are Using Social Media for Good Kyi, Tanya Lloyd

ITEM #2278112 Colorful Curly Haired Crafts for Kids: 60 Fun and Easy Activities That Celebrate the Beauty of Natural Hair Gavrielides, Cheryl

ITEM #2281798 Free at Last: A Juneteenth Poem Rolle, Sojourner Kincaid

This richly illustrated biographical collection highlights some of the talented Muslims who helped make the world we know today, for readers who loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls.

From NYT bestselling author Kelly Yang comes a gorgeously illustrated picture book about Asian American change makers doing everything they dreamed of and inspiring all of us to reach for new heights!

The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

With 60 fun and culturally focused crafts, Cheryl Gavrielides invites kids to engage with and understand people from all backgrounds.

This lyrical celebration of Juneteenth, deeply rooted in Black American history, spans centuries and reverberates loudly and proudly today.

1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •


Collection Development Monthly Picks E NO JUVENIL






ITEM #2278790 Hope Wins

ITEM #2278976 Juneteenth Story: Celebrating the End of Slavery in the United States Agostini, Alliah L.

ITEM #2278433 Kind Like Marsha: Learning from LGBTQ+ Leaders Prager, Sarah

ITEM #2278692 Shy and Mighty Finer, Nadia

ITEM #2278973 Agathas Glasgow, Kathleen

In a collection of personal stories and essays, awardwinning and bestselling artists from Matt de la Peña and Veera Hiranandani to Max Brallier and R.L. Stine write about how hope always wins, even in the darkest of times.

The Juneteenth Story is an illustrated history of Juneteenth for kids, detailing its evolution from the first celebration in 1865 until it became a national holiday in 2021.

For fans of Little Leaders and Pride comes a nonfiction picture book celebrating 14 incredible LGBTQ+ change makers and forward thinkers throughout history.

Our noisy world sometimes feels like it’s not made for shy people. This book will help children better understand their shyness and find their inner voice.

Who killed Brooke Donovan? It’s the biggest mystery of the summer, and everyone in Castle Cove thinks it’s the wrong guy. Fans of One of Us Is Lying and Riverdale can’t miss this page-turning who-done-it that’s sure to be the next must read Young Adult thriller!

ITEM #2277968 All Signs Point to Yes Montgomery, Cam

ITEM #2278383 Ballad and Dagger Older, Daniel Jose

ITEM #2278375 Bravely Stiefvater, Maggie

ITEM #2278462 Hollow Fires Ahmed, Samira

ITEM #2277919 Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School Reyes, Sonora

A literal star studded anthology that delivers a love story for every star sign straight from the hearts of 13 multicultural YA authors, including Mark Oshiro, Tehlor Kay Mejia, and Emery Lee! Perfect for fans of Black Enough and anyone who’s addicted to reading their daily horoscope.

Bestselling author Rick Riordan presents Daniel José Older's music and magic filled YA urban fantasy about two teens who discover each other and their powers during a political battle within a unique diaspora community.

Return to the beloved world of Brave. Set years after the orginal Pixar movie, Bravely follows Princess Merida in a year long journey to save everything she loves.

A powerful, gripping YA novel about the insidious nature of racism, the terrible costs of unearthing hidden truths, and the undeniable power of hope, by New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed. Perfect for fans of Sadie and Dear Martin.

A sharply funny and incredibly moving YA debut about a queer Mexican American girl navigating Catholic school and familial expectations while falling in love and learning to celebrate her full, true self.  

1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •

Collection Development Monthly Picks NF TEEN NO




ITEM #2277767 Inheritance: A Visual Poem Acevedo, Elizabeth

ITEM #2278507 Gamer Girls: 25 Women Who Built the Video Game Industry  Kenney, Mary

ITEM #2278806 Casita de Esperanza (The Little House of Hope) Jennings, Terry Catasus

ITEM #2283672 Grunon Recien Exprimido (Grumpy Monkey Freshly Squeezed: A Graphic Novel Chapter book) Lang, Suzanne

National Book Award–winning author and renowned poet Elizabeth Acevedo brings her most beloved spoken word poem to the page in a gorgeous package with colorful art by Andrea Pippins and a powerful message of self love that will draw in fans and new readers alike. 

Discover the women behind the video games we love—the iconic games they created, the genres they invented, the studios and companies they built—and how they changed the industry forever. 

When Esperanza and her family arrive in the United States from Cuba, they buy a little house, una casita. It may be small, but they soon prove that there’s room enough to share with a whole community.

This early graphic novel chapter book based on the #1 New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey is perfect for children who love the original picture books and are ready for the next step. Features hilarious dialogue, multiple panels per page, and a longer storyline to keep kidslaughing all the way to the end!

/hellocpi @hellocpi @hellocpi

1387 Dutch American Way Beecher, IL 60401 • 800-230-1279 • Fax 800-896-7213 •