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Loan Stars Jr.: Librarians pick their top kidlit for May and June

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 (May–June) for young readers.

  • Stories for Kids Who Dare to be Different: True Tales of Amazing People Who Stood Up and Stood Out, Ben Brooks and Quinton Wintor (Running Press/Hachette Book Group Canada)
  • Before They Were Authors: Famous Writers as Kids, Elizabeth Haidle (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Raincoast Books)
  • The Little Book of Big What-Ifs, Renata Liwska (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Raincoast Books)
  • How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warren Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge, Frieda Wishinsky and Natalie Nelson, illus. (Groundwood Books)
  • Bear Out There, Jacob Grant (Bloomsbury Children’s Books/Raincoast)
  • I Have an Idea!, Herve Tullet (Chronicle Books/Raincoast)
  • A Girl’s Guide to the Wild, Ruby McConnell Teresa Grasseschi (Sasquatch Books/PRHC)
  • The Candle and the Flame, Nafiza Azad (Scholastic)
  • House Without Walls, Ching Yeung Russell (Little Bee Books/Simon & Schuster Canada)
  • Dissenter on the Bench, Victoria Ortiz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Raincoast Books)

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