Spring into a New Book: 14 Picks for the Young and Young at Heart

Spring is hatching, and you’re looking for an egg-ceptional read to welcome in the new month. From sweet stories of friendship to adventures set in fantastical lands, our booksellers have picked out some egg-cellent new books for your TBR! Read on…

Recommended by Rae Ann

Fish and Crab By Marianna Coppo Cover ImageFish and Crab

Fish and Crab live in the same aquarium. They are very different, but that doesn’t stop them from being friends. This is a cute picture book about sharing big feelings with trusted friends.

Recommended by Aly

The Fantastic Bureau of Imagination By Brad Montague, Brad Montague (Illustrator), Kristi Montague (Illustrator) Cover ImageThe Fantastic Bureau of Imagination

By Brad MontagueBrad Montague (Illustrator), Kristi Montague (Illustrator)

This is a wonderfully illustrated book about a figment named Sparky who loves to write poems. When the Cave of Untold Stories is suddenly on the brink of explosion, can Sparky and the other figments save the day?

Recommended by Rachel

My Little Thief By Augusten Burroughs, Bonnie Lui (Illustrator) Cover ImageMy Little Thief

By Augusten BurroughsBonnie Lui (Illustrator)

A girl and a crow become best friends! Chloe shares some of her lunch with hungry Crow and he thanks her with borrowed little trinkets. Reminds me that friendship comes in the most unexpected places and joy is found in the littlest of things.

Recommended by Rae Ann

My Baba's Garden By Jordan Scott, Sydney Smith (Illustrator) Cover ImageMy Baba’s Garden

By Jordan ScottSydney Smith (Illustrator)

A boy visits his grandmother each day. They eat food grown in her garden and search for worms on their walks. Their special days are vividly depicted in this stunning picture book.

Recommended by Aly

Elbert in the Air By Monica Wesolowska, Jerome Pumphrey (Illustrator) Cover ImageElbert in the Air

By Monica WesolowskaJerome Pumphrey (Illustrator)

An incredible story about a floating boy who learns, along with his mom, that it is okay to be different. Once he is brave enough to leave home, he discovers you can find your people if you are willing to try something new.

Recommended by Ashby

Can We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers? By Junauda Petrus, Kristen Uroda (Illustrator) Cover ImageCan We Please Give the Police Department to the Grandmothers?

By Junauda PetrusKristen Uroda (Illustrator)

The title made me smile. Imagine a world where police aren’t in charge of public safety, a world where love and community are in charge. The idea first came from a poem by Junauda Petrus following the Ferguson shooting. What better way to hope for change than to have our littlest citizens imagine a different world!

Recommended by Rae Ann

Time to Roll By Jamie Sumner Cover ImageTime to Roll

Ellie enters a pageant to help her BFF Coralee, with Bert acting as manager. One problem: Ellie forged the permission form to enter and must keep it a secret. Friendship fails and a few rounds of putt-putt golf lead them to the big finale in this big-hearted tale of the joy of being your true and best self.

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Recommended by RJ

Hamra and the Jungle of Memories By Hanna Alkaf Cover ImageHamra and the Jungle of Memories

Hamra and the Jungle of Memories is a beautiful story in which a girl must team up with a dangerous magical tiger to try and save her grandmother’s disappearing memories. This Red Riding Hood-inspired tale is emotionally rich and full of adventure.

Recommended by Chelsea

Iceberg By Jennifer A. Nielsen Cover ImageIceberg

When Hazel realizes she doesn’t have enough money to buy a ticket, she sneaks aboard the Titanic, setting out for a new life. While on the famous ship, she asks questions and befriends fellow passengers. Soon Hazel finds herself in the middle of a mystery. This, plus the looming disaster, makes Nielsen’s latest historical fiction a fast-paced page-turner.

Recommended by Jenny

The Sinister Booksellers of Bath By Garth Nix Cover ImageThe Sinister Booksellers of Bath

By Garth Nix

If you are interested in quirky fantastical tales, this is a great option for you! Taking place in England during the early 80s, this sequel to The Left-Handed Booksellers of London marries a retro feel to all the magic that goes bump in the night.

Recommended by Aly

Chaos & Flame By Tessa Gratton, Justina Ireland Cover ImageChaos & Flame

This start to a series pulls you in immediately. In a world divided by warring houses, where myth and magic might not be a thing of the past, Darling Seabreak comes across two brothers who will change her life and the world forever.

Recommended by Hannah K.

Forget Me Not By Alyson Derrick Cover ImageForget Me Not

What would you do if you forgot the love of your life ever existed? Stevie & Nora plan to escape their conservative small town to live where they no longer have to hide their love. Weeks before they’re set to leave, Stevie wakes with amnesia after a fall. Can the pair find their way back to each other against such odds? This heart-wrenching, beautiful novel proves that home is oftentimes not a place, but a person.

Recommended by Chelsea

Bark, George By Jules Feiffer, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator) Cover ImageBark, George

By Jules FeifferJules Feiffer (Illustrator)

I had this read to me recently and was reminded how great it is to listen to a picture book. Bark, George is a great read-aloud due to funny animal noises and repetitive text. So much fun!

Recommended by Patsy

Sam and the Firefly (Beginner Books(R)) By P.D. Eastman Cover ImageSam and the Firefly

One dark night, Sam the owl meets Gus, a mischievous firefly. Gus plays some naughty pranks with his lit tail, but finishes by realizing he can use his special powers to be helpful. This is a favorite childhood book which will bring a smile to everyone who reads it!

Sprout Book Club: April Selection

I Live in a Tree Trunk By Meg Fleming, Brandon James Scott (Illustrator) Cover ImageI Live in a Tree Trunk 

By Meg FlemingBrandon James Scott (Illustrator)

The April 2023 Sprout Book Club selection is I Live in a Tree Trunk by by Meg Fleming and Brandon James Scott. The animals in this picture book announce their home territory and do it in rhyme. The delightful illustrations will make this a fun book for bedtime or anytime.

Early praise for the book:

“Budding zoologists take note.” – Kirkus

Sprout Book Club is the book subscription box for picture book lovers. Every month members will receive a first edition picture book. Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite picture book lover for 3, 6, or 12 months. 

Spark Book Club: April Selection

Far Out! By Anne Bustard Cover ImageFar Out!

By Anne Bustard

The April 2023 Spark Book Club selection is Far Out! by Anne Bustard. In 1964, the town of Trotter, Texas prepares for its First Annual Come on Down Day. They hope to welcome any space aliens who want to visit Earth. As the town prepares for their stellar day, a meteorite on display at the library is stolen. When MJ’s grandmother is accused of the crime, she teams up with her best friend to find the real thief in this fun mystery.

Early Sparks for the novel:

“Bustard fills her cast with a realistic mix of friends, rivals, supportive parents, and neighborly townsfolk (many given animated faces by Rowland’s vignettes at each chapter’s head), capturing a vivid sense of the rhythms and atmosphere of small-town life in the early 1960s—inspired, she writes, by a real event staged in the 1970s. Readers fond of comfy tales set in small Southern towns (practically a genre all its own) will enjoy meeting Magnolia Jean.” – Booklist

Spark Book Club is the first editions club for middle grade readersEvery month members will receive a first edition middle grade novel — plus a letter written by the author especially for club members. Makes a great gift for the independent reader! Sign ups are available for 3, 6, or 12 months.

ParnassusNext: April Selection

Stars and Smoke (A Stars and Smoke Novel #1) By Marie Lu Cover ImageStars and Smoke

By Marie Lu

The April 2023 ParnassusNext selection is Stars and Smoke by Marie Lu. Sydney Cossette is the youngest spy in the covert ops organization, The Panacea Group. When A-list pop star Winter Young is tapped to be an undercover asset, Sydney must pretend to be his bodyguard. Will they catch the criminal mastermind in the act while staying alive and avoiding falling for each other?

Early praise for the novel:

“An engrossing thriller that centers the characters at its heart.” – Kirkus

“A lively action adventure full of espionage, mystery, and starry-eyed glamour.” – Publishers Weekly

ParnassusNext is the book subscription box for YA lovers. Every member of ParnassusNext receives a first edition hardcover of each month’s selected book, signed by the author. There is no membership fee to join — and no line to stand in for the autograph. Not only will you have one of the best YA books of the month when it comes out, you’ll have it straight from the author’s hands, with an original, authentic signature! Set up a subscription for yourself or buy a gift membership for your favorite YA reader for 3, 6, or 12 months.