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Loan Stars Jr.: Librarians pick their top kidlit for July and August


Each month, Canadian library staff vote for their favourite upcoming books, via BookNet Canada’s Loan Stars readers-advisory program and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. This list features new releases (July–August) for young readers.

  • Pumpkinheads, Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks, ill. (First Second)
  • The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!, Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
  • Code Like a Girl, Miriam Peskowitz (Random House Children’s Books)
  • Spencer’s New Pet, Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls (Dog Man #7), Dav Pilkey (Scholastic Inc.)
  • Spin, Colleen Nelson (Dundurn)
  • No Hugs!, Deirdre Prischmann and Sarah Jennings, ill. (The Creative Company)
  • Forgotten Beasts, Matt Sewell (Rizzoli)
  • Does It Fart?, Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti with Alex G. Griffiths, ill. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Celebrations Around the World, Katy Halford (DK)

Visit LoanStars.ca for more great book recommendations and information about how publishers and library staff can get involved.