Monthly Spotlight: New & Noteworthy Books for July

What will your child read next? Check out these titles, which include must-read picks for preschoolers, elementary-aged children, and middle schoolers.

By Jodie Rodriguez
Jul 20, 2017



Jul 20, 2017

Need a book recommendation for your little one, a new reader, or an independent reader? A stealing swan, an adventurous unicorn, and a talented tween are the characters we meet in three books that will capture your kids’ interests and help them fall in love with stories.



The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony

Ages: 3-6
Young children who love adventure stories will appreciate the great chase in The Queen’s Handbag. A swan thief swoops in and plucks the Queen’s handbag right from her arm. The Queen speeds off through England passing landmarks such as Windsor Castle, White Cliffs of Dover, and through the London Marathon where she crosses over the finish line with the thief in hand. Antony’s illustrations, in which he uses just a few colors, carry the anticipation and race throughout the story. Also, check out the companion book, The Queens’ Hat.

Unicorn in New York #1: Louie Lets Loose & Unicorn in New York #2: Louie Takes the Stage! by Rachel Hamilton

Ages: 7-9
Your new chapter book readers will be giggling through the silly adventures of Louie in Unicorn in New York #1: Louie Lets Loose! and Unicorn in New York #2: Louie Takes the Stage!Louie leaves the quiet meadow of Story Land and ventures to the bustling city of New York, where he feels a major opportunity awaits his big performance dreams. Every few pages, kids will encounter an illustration to help with story comprehension. The mixed media illustrations may even remind your kids of the beloved picture book, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems.

American Girl: Z Yang Book 1: The Real Z by Jen Calonita

Ages: 8 and up
Tweens who grew up with American Girl or love stories about creative girls, will enjoy The Real Z. Suzanne (Z for short) enjoys filmmaking. She’s made several stop-motion videos featuring American Girl dolls and she documents her creations on her vlog. Now she has the opportunity for a brand-new project. Your children will get caught up in the Suzanne’s quest to become a true filmmaker.

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