The Best Children’s and YA Books of May 2018

by the Brightly Editors

With bright flowers, blooming trees, and plenty of new reads, the month of May is certainly the bee’s knees! From a beloved llama learning to read to a fractured fairy tale about a very grumpy dwarf to a deeply haunting YA story, there are so many new stories to dive into this month. Here’s a look at a few of our favorite children’s and teen books of May.

  • Middle Grade

  • Bob

    by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead, illustrated by Nicholas Gannon

    Bestselling authors Mass and Stead team up with illustrator Gannon to depict this charming story of a tween girl, Livy, who visits her grandmother for the first time in five years and reunites with Bob, the loyal, magical creature who wears a chicken costume and lives in her grandmother’s closet. Livy once made a long-forgotten promise to help Bob find his way home and this time around she’s determined to fulfill his wish.
    (On Sale: 5/1/18)

  • The Length of a String

    by Elissa Brent Weissman

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    This heartwarming novel centers on Imani, a young black girl who was adopted into a Jewish American family. Imani longs to search for her birth parents and find out where she came from, but when she uncovers her great-grandmother’s diary from 1941, she begins to see her family and her place in their lives in a new light.
    (On Sale: 5/1/18)

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  • Out of Left Field

    by Ellen Klages

    It’s 1957 and all the boys on the sandlot know Katy is the best pitcher around, but that doesn’t mean Little League will let her play. Armed with a wealth of information about women in baseball, she sets out to convince Little League that baseball hasn’t always just been for boys. Both informative and inspirational, Katy’s fight is an empowering story about speaking out against injustice.
    (On Sale: 5/1/18)

  • Grump: The (Fairly) True Tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

    by Liesl Shurtliff

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    Once again, New York Times-bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff takes a familiar fairy tale and gives it an irresistible twist. Grump is different from other dwarves, longing to explore The Surface rather than dig deeper into the ground. When a trip above ground goes awry, adventure ensues in this hilarious and heartfelt take on “Snow White.”
    (On Sale: 5/29/18)

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