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The Best Children’s and YA Books of February 2020

by the Brightly Editors

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Children’s and YA literature continues to be a space for telling inclusive, diverse stories, as evidenced in this roundup of February’s best new reads. From picture books about democracy to novels starring gender-creative and LGBTQIA+ kids, these books are welcome additions to any home or school libraries.

  • Picture Books

  • Jack at Bat

    by Mac Barnett

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    The latest in the always hilarious world of Jack finds him minding his Ps and Qs as he serves as Bat Boy at the big baseball game. But when the teams tie, Jack is called up to bat. Will he score a home run — or get distracted by snacks?

    (On Sale: 2/4/20)

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  • No More Naps!

    by Chris Grabenstein

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    Annalise Devin McFleece refuses to nap, so her dad takes her on a stroller-walk through the park, hoping to lull her to sleep. Every person they come across is eager to take Devin’s nap, and by the time Devin changes her mind, there are no naps left! This amusing reversal will have readers rethinking their feelings about naptime.

    (On Sale: 2/4/20)

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  • Women Artists A to Z

    by Melanie Labarge illustrated by Caroline Corrigan

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    An alphabet book that celebrates artists who are both household names and new to the limelight, Women Artists A to Z is a must-read for young creatives. Its mix of simplicity (“D is for Dots”) and extended, biographical text makes it accessible for a range of ages and enjoyable for years to come.

    (On Sale: 2/11/20)

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  • Facts vs. Opinions vs. Robots

    by Michael Rex

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    The newest picture book from the author of Eat Pete! and Goodnight Goon is essential reading for our era of discourse. A cast of robots teach readers the differences between facts and opinions, as well as the importance of gathering more information, respecting opinions, and finding common ground.

    (On Sale: 2/11/20)

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  • The Box Turtle

    by Vanessa Roeder

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    Terrance gives a whole new (and quite literal) meaning to the name “box turtle.” Born without a shell, he uses a cardboard box instead. Terrance loves his box, but another turtle tells him it’s weird, so Terrance tries out a host of other shells before realizing that he’s pretty darn great just the way he is.

    (On Sale: 2/11/20)

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  • The Bug Girl

    by Sophia Spencer and Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Kerascoët

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    The Bug Girl is the true story of 7-year-old Sophia Spencer, who stifled her lifelong love of insects after she was bullied for her interests. When Sophia’s mother wrote to an entomological society, Sophia received an outpouring of support from women scientists, and the hashtag #BugsR4Girls was born. A heartwarming, inspiring story about staying true to your passions.

    (On Sale: 2/11/20)

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  • Vote for Our Future!

    by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by Micah Player

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    Every two years, Stanton Elementary School is transformed into a polling station so citizens can make their voices heard. Vote for Our Future! sends a hopeful message about the right to vote, and reminds those not yet of voting age that they too can help our country toward a brighter future.

    (On Sale: 2/18/20)

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