All Ages

The Best Children’s and YA Books of April 2019

by the Brightly Editors

Spring has officially sprung, graduates are preparing to graduate, and readers of all ages are in for a treat with this month’s new book releases. From silly and educational picture books to a middle grade memoir and YA reads both romantic and real, we’ve rounded up sixteen of our favorite children’s and YA books appearing on shelves this month.

  • YA

  • All for One

    by Melissa de la Cruz

    Readers fell in love with the story of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, and the trilogy’s finale is the perfect crescendo. The couple’s household is expanding — Eliza’s brother has come to stay, as well as an orphaned teenage girl — and while sparks fly between those two, Alex’s newest legal case threatens to upend everything they’ve worked so hard to build.
    (On sale: 4/9/19)

  • How to Make Friends with the Dark

    by Kathleen Glasgow

    There’s nothing out of the ordinary about the day Tiger Tolliver’s mother dies, but every day afterward feels wrong without this crucial presence in Tiger’s life. A raw and fearless meditation on grief, loss, and navigating through the darkness into the light, How to Make Friends with the Dark will stick with readers far past the final page.
    (On sale: 4/9/19)

  • The Sun Is Also a Star

    by Nicola Yoon

    Soon to be an unmissable film starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton, Nicola Yoon’s exhilarating novel captures the twists of fate, dashed hopes, and starry-eyed wistfulness between two young people who had more important things to do than fall in love. Teen readers will appreciate this movie tie-in edition, featuring photos from the film.
    (On sale: 4/16/19)

  • If I'm Being Honest

    by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

    In this whip-smart follow-up to the wildly popular Always Never Yours, Cameron Bright decides it’s time to tone down her mean-girl persona. The first stop on her amends tour is Brendan, whose social life she may have played a teeny, tiny part in wrecking beyond all hope. Forgiveness is a slow burn, as are the sparks that start flying between them.
    (On sale: 4/23/19)