Seven new children and young adults’ books to read this month (part 2)

Clean
Getaway

Writer:
Nic Stone

Ages:
8 – 12

After schooltime, William “Scoob” Lamar, 11 years old, is desperate to get away. When his grandmother asks him to take a road trip, Scoob is game. However, he gets more than he bargained for: his trip becomes a revelations series about his grandmother’s past, lessons about how to travel as a black person in the late 1960s, as well as visits to some historical sites that were famous during the Civil Rights Movement. Clean Getaway aims to make the realities of growing up black in America hit home and spark the curiosity of readers about the events and people of the Civil Rights Movement.

Brave.
Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World

Writer:
Cheryl Willis Hudson

Illustrator:
Erin K. Robinson

Ages:
8 – 12

Brave. Black. First: 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World will inspire small readers by more than 50 black women that are profiled in the book. Legends such as Ruby Bridges, Diana Ross, Ida B. Wells, Aretha Franklin, Ibtihaj Muhammad, and Michelle Obama grace all pages of the book. It details the struggles each of those women went through and the barriers they pushed in order to become the icon that the world knows today. Illustrations of the women are drawn beautifully, sometimes depicting the hero doing the things that made them famous. Each page of the book highlights black women rising to the top in almost any field imaginable, including politics, arts, science, sports, haircare, and more.

However, there is a dearth of black trans women in the book. Why not spotlight people like Sylvia Rivera – co-founding the Street Transvestite Activist Revolutionaries, Laverne Cox – the first woman of color with a leading role on a scripted show, or Marsha P. Johnson – an artist and leader during the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in order to provide support and resources to trans youth?

Best books for teens to find their hobby gene (part 1)

Teens looking for a new hobby (or trying to put to good use some of the skills they learned this summer at camp) can look no further. With a few easy patterns, kids can turn skills like cooking, sewing or their love of pets into hobbies – or even a good side hustle. Some of these projects are perfect to start now for crafters who want to surprise family with a handmade gift at the holidays.

Handmade Animal
Dolls,
written by Melissa Lowry

Skills needed: Sewing,
Cutting

If you aren’t already attracted by the adorable pictures of animal dolls on the cover of the book Handmade Animal Dolls, the ease of instructions will make these projects perfect for middle schoolers and older. Templates are provided and the instructions don’t assume a high degree of sewing talent. Kids will love picking the fabrics and giving the animals their own personalities.

Awesome Edible Kids
Crafts,
written by Arena Blake

Skills needed: Basic
Cooking (stirring, measuring, etc.)

Awesome Edible Kids Crafts provides 75 projects that encourages kids to play with their food. From gummy bear slime (making slime out of gummy bears) to glowing gelatin aliens, kids will learn about the science of food as much as the how to turn ordinary pancakes into something extraordinary. Recipes are rated by the necessity of adult supervision (from 1, which kids ages 6 and older can do on their own, to 5, which will require a lot more help).

The Big Book of
Tricks for the Best Dog Ever,
written by Larry Kay &
Chris Perondi

Skills needed:
Patience, A Dog

As hard as it was to potty train your child, kids will need that kind of patience to be able to train the family pet to perform awe-inspiring tricks, like sitting pretty and carrying objects. The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever is a great bonding tool for youngsters to get to know their dogs, and is best for kids in middle school and older. The instructions are perfect to teach both the dog and the human how to perform.