An Award-Winning Book Club for Kids
Shop Now

March 2021 New Releases

There are a lot of March titles we’re excited to add to our shelves. Here are a few highlights!

In board books, there’s This Little Environmentalist, a new board book in the acclaimed This Little series; an exciting new ABC book from BabyLit; and The Night is Deep and Wide, which features high contrast illustrations that are perfet for infants with developing eyesight.

In picture books, check out The Old Boat by the Pumphrey brothers, a promising follow up to their charming The Old Truck; Where Do They Go When It Rains?, a lovely, wistful tale of an ideal day spent exploring outside; and Oli and Basil: The Dashing Frogs of Travel, the first title in a new series, Friends of Claris, based on the charming picture book Claris: The Chicest Mouse in Paris.

And for chapter books, try The House That Wasn’t There, by Elana K. Arnold, whose book A Boy called BAT we featured previously in our Bookro Chapter Book Club; Beginners Welcome, a stirring story of loss, grief, healing, and friendship; All You Knead Is Love, a story about a young girl’s unexpected discovery of a passion for baking that might strike a chord if there has been a lot more baking around your home over the past year; and The Accidental Apprentice, the first installment in an exciting new series, Wilderlore.

Share this list
Add to list
This Little Environmentalist: A Love-The-Earth Primer
Written by Joan Holub & illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Learn all about big leaders who love and protect the Earth in this engaging and inspiring board book perfect for environmentalists-in-training!
Buy book
$7.99
Bookshop
$6.79
Amazon
$7.99
Used $7.99
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Diggersaurs Explore
Written by Michael Whaite
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Construction trucks and dinosaurs combine in this sequel to DIGGERSAURS! There are surprises in store in this rhyming, treasure-hunt adventure, where the emphasis is on demolition and exploration!
Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$13.49
Used $10.25
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
The Night Is Deep and Wide
Written by Gillian Sze & illustrated by Sue Todd
board book
Recommend Ages: -

Rich imagery, gentle rhythm and soothing repetition will lull your little one to sleep as the tulips close for the night, one by one. In this bedtime story written as an Italian villanelle, poet Gillian Sze makes use of the poetic forms of cyclic pattern and rhyme scheme to create a melodious lullaby. <p/>A young child comes in from picking flowers as the creatures around their home all settle down for the evening. Songbirds curl against their mothers’ sides, the house slumps and sighs low, a hush settles as times slows. And little readers are invited to rest their heads and be soothed to sleep as moonlight falls on eyes that close.

Buy book
$10.95
Bookshop
$9.31
Amazon
$10.95
Used $10.95
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
On the Other Side of the Forest
Written by Nadine Robert & illustrated by Gerard DuBois
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

What's on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.

Buy book
$18.95
Bookshop
$16.11
Amazon
$18.95
Used $18.95
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela's Hope for His Nation
Written by & illustrated by Charly Palmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

As Nelson Mandela lived and worked under the unjust system of apartheid, his desire for freedom grew. South Africa separated people by races, oppressing the country's non-white citizens with abusive laws and cruel restrictions. Every day filled Mandela with grief and anger. But he also had hope--hope for a nation that belonged to everyone who lived in it.

From his work with the African National Congress, to his imprisonment on Robben Island, to his extraordinary rise to the presidency, Nelson Mandela was a rallying force against injustice. This stirring biography explores Mandela's long fight for equality and the courage that propelled him through decades of struggle. Illustrated in the bold, bright colors of South Africa, A Plan for the People captures the spirit of a leader beloved around the world.

Buy book
$18.99
Bookshop
$16.14
Amazon
$17.61
Used $13.91
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  • The Accidental Apprentice - A boy who accidentally bonds with a magical Beast must set off on an adventure in the mysterious Woods in this whimsical and cheeky middle grade fantasy debut--perfect for fans of Nevermoor and How to Train Your Dragon.

  • Buck's Tooth - In this hilarious and relatable graphic novel chapter book, a big-toothed beaver learns to love his large front "toof" in an adorable tale of self-acceptance.

  • The Duck Who Didn't Like Water - See a duck take to the water of friendship in this gorgeously warm, funny book about the joy of making an unexpected connection.

  • The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation - This inspiring picture book tells the true story of a woman who brings desperately needed water to families on the Navajo reservation every day. Underneath the New Mexico sky, a Navajo boy named Cody finds that his family’s barrels of water are empty. He checks the chicken coop– nothing. He walks down the road to the horses’ watering hole. Dry. Meanwhile, a few miles away, Darlene Arviso drives a school bus and picks up students for school. After dropping them off, she heads to another job: she drives her big yellow tanker truck to the water tower, fills it with three thousand gallons of water, and returns to the reservation, bringing water to Cody’s family, and many, many others. Here is the incredible and inspiring true story of a Native American woman who continuously gives back to her community and celebrates her people.

Add to list
All You Knead Is Love
Written by Tanya Guerrero
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Tanya Guerrero's All You Knead Is Love is a contemporary middle grade coming-of-age novel about a twelve-year-old multiracial Filipino and Spanish girl who goes to live with her grandmother for the summer, gaining confidence through a newly discovered passion for baking, perfect for fans of Hello, Universe and Merci Suarez Changes Gears.

Sometimes you find home where you least expect it.

Twelve-year-old Alba doesn't want to live with her estranged grandmother in Barcelona. She wants to stay with her mom, even if that means enduring her dad's cutting comments to them both.

But in her new home, Alba forms a close relationship with her grandmother, gains a supportive father figure and new friends, and even discovers a passion and talent for baking. And through getting to know the city her mother used to call home, Alba starts to understand her mother better--and may just be able to make their family whole again.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$15.36
Used $11.41
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
The House That Wasn't There
Written by Elana K. Arnold
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

In this luminous story full of mystery and magic, Elana K. Arnold weaves a shimmering tapestry about the lovely and surprising ways we're connected to each other. Heart-healing, hopeful, and wonderfully inventive, this beautiful novel by a master storyteller is not to be missed. --Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$15.29
Used $9.94
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Wonder Walkers
Written & illustrated by Micha Archer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Micha Archer's gorgeous, detailed collages give readers a fresh outlook on the splendors of nature.
Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.99
Used $12.90
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Be a Tree!
Written by Maria Gianferrari & illustrated by Felicita Sala
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
A lyrical, gorgeously illustrated look at the majesty of trees--and what humans can learn from them
Buy book
$19.99
Bookshop
$16.99
Amazon
$18.59
Used $15.51
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Black Brother, Black Brother
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12
From award-winning and bestselling author, Jewell Parker Rhodes comes a powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition.
Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$13.88
Used $2.81
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
Add to list
  • Bear Can't Wait - Bear tries his best to be patient in this newest addition to the bestselling Bear Books series.

  • Watercress - Gathering watercress by the side of the road brings a girl closer to her family’s Chinese Heritage. Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl’s parents stop suddenly when they spot watercress growing wild in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy, snail covered watercress as they can. At first, she’s embarrassed. Why can’t her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family’s time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress. Andrea Wang tells a moving autobiographical story of a child of immigrants discovering and connecting with her heritage, illustrated by award winning author and artist Jason Chin, working in an entirely new style, inspired by Chinese painting techniques.

  • Zonia's Rain Forest - A heartfelt, visually stunning picture book from Caldecott Honor and Robert F. Sibert Medal winner Juana Martinez-Neal illuminates a young girl’s day of play and adventure in the lush rain forest of Peru. Zonia’s home is the Amazon rain forest, where it is always green and full of life. Every morning, the rain forest calls to Zonia, and every morning, she answers. She visits the sloth family, greets the giant anteater, and runs with the speedy jaguar. But one morning, the rain forest calls to her in a troubled voice. How will Zonia answer? Acclaimed author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal explores the wonders of the rain forest with Zonia, an Asháninka girl, in her joyful outdoor adventures. The engaging text emphasizes Zonia’s empowering bond with her home, while the illustrations–created on paper made from banana bark–burst with luxuriant greens and delicate details. Illuminating back matter includes a translation of the story in Asháninka, information on the Asháninka community, and resources on the Amazon rain forest and its wildlife.

  • Where Do They Go When It Rains? - Stef takes the twins out for a walk to the pond. On their way they pass through fields full of flowers, grasshoppers and bees. They stop at a farm, where they feed the hens, pigs and ponies. But when they reach the pond, the clouds turn grey and it starts to rain. The twins love splashing about in the rain. But where do all the animals go when it rains? A wonderfully detailed picture book, with a variety of animals to spot, which will be enjoyed time and time again.

Add to list
Beginners Welcome
Written & illustrated by Cindy Baldwin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

The acclaimed author of Where the Watermelons Grow is back with a story perfect for fans of Lynda Mullaly Hunt and Ali Benjamin, about finding friendship after a tragic loss.

It’s been eighty-three days since Annie Lee’s daddy died, but she still sees reminders of him everywhere. His record player mysteriously plays his favorite songs, there’s shaving cream in the sink every morning, and the TV keeps flipping to the Duke basketball games he loved.

She knows Mama notices it too, but Mama’s been working around the clock to make ends meet. To make matters worse, Annie Lee’s friends ditched her over the summer. She feels completely alone—until she meets Mitch.

Though Mitch is tough and confident on the outside, she may need a friend just as badly as Annie Lee. But after losing so much, Annie Lee is afraid to let anyone get too close.

And Mitch isn’t the only friend trying to break through Annie Lee’s defenses. Ray, an elderly pianist who plays at a local mall, has been giving her piano lessons. His music is pure magic, and Annie Lee hopes it might be the key to healing her broken heart. But when Ray goes missing, searching for him means breaking a promise to Mitch.

Faced with once again losing those who mean the most to her, Annie Lee must make a choice: retreat back into her shell, or risk admitting how much she needs Mitch and Ray—even if it means getting hurt all over again.

Just like in her debut, Where the Watermelons Grow, Cindy Baldwin brings her signature twist of magic to this authentically heartfelt story.

Buy book
$16.99
Bookshop
$14.44
Amazon
$13.89
Used $2.00
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
F Is for Fairy Tale
Written & illustrated by Greg Paprocki
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Introduce your toddler to classic fairy tales with this colorful alphabet primer, from the creators of BabyLit.

An engaging collection of 26 illustrations featuring many different fairy tales and fairy tale objects–such as Castle, for Cinderella; Lamp, for Aladdin; Tower, for Rapunzel; and Red Roses, for Alice in Wonderland. Teach your little ones to be just like a fairy tale hero with words such as Brave, for the brave little goat in Three Billy Goats Gruff; Fearless, for small Thumbelina who floats down a river; and Mighty, for the mighty little boy who pulls a sword from a stone. Illustrator Greg Paprocki’s popular BabyLit alphabet board books feature his classically retro midcentury art style that’s proven to be a hit with both toddlers and adults.

Buy book
$9.99
Bookshop
$8.49
Amazon
$9.99
Used $9.99
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Wilbur Wright Meets Lady Liberty
Written by Robert Burleigh & illustrated by Wendell Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

In Robert Burleigh's nonfiction picture book Wilbur Wright Meets Lady Liberty, illustrated by Wendell Minor, two American icons meet during Wilbur Wright's dramatic flight circling the Statue of Liberty.

On September 29th, 1909, Wilbur Wright performed his first public flight for a crowd of disbelievers in the New York Harbor, home to the Statue of Liberty. With courage and caution, he put his airplane to the test and flew around the iconic landmark while the crowd observed, breathless.

This minute-by-minute account of Wright's voyage over New York City captures the weight and the wonder of human achievement. When Wilbur Wright met Lady Liberty, he propelled his dream into the imaginations of many, securing the future of aviation.

Christy Ottaviano Books

Buy book
$19.99
Bookshop
$16.99
Amazon
$18.39
Used $13.85
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
Oli and Basil: The Dashing Frogs of Travel
Written by Megan Hess
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-10

Meet <b>Oli and Basil</b>, the dashing frogs of travel, in Megan Hess’s first Friends of Claris story! <p/>Oli is an artist who dreams up wild, fabulous machines, but he doesn’t know how to build them. And Basil is a master craftsman who can build anything from scratch - except he doesn’t know what to build. If only there was a way that these two dashing frogs could become friends . <p/>From the beloved creator of <b>Claris: The Chicest Mouse</b> in Paris comes a thrilling, heart-warming adventure about friendship, sharing and collaboration.

Buy book
$17.99
Bookshop
$15.29
Amazon
$16.06
Used $12.44
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
The Old Boat
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Off a small island, an old boat sets sail and a young boy finds home.

Together, boy and boat ride the shifting tides, catching wants and wishes until fate calls for a sea change. Brothers and collaborators Jarrett and Jerome Pumphrey’s newest picture book is a masterfully crafted celebration of the natural world and tribute to the families we make and the homes that we nurture.

Buy book
$17.95
Bookshop
$15.26
Amazon
$14.35
Used $12.64
Prices as of Apr 22
Add to list
  • Arno and His Horse - Arno and his Horse is a beautifully written rhyming text, matched with exquisite illustrations, that explores love, memory, loss and the power objects can hold.

Did you enjoy our children's book recommendations? Did you know you can help us improve this list? Check out our Community Handbook and learn how to add tags to books.