Being Clem (Finding Langston series), by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Holiday House, 2021.
After his dad’s death in the Port Chicago disaster, African-American Clem and his family are struggling. Fully realized characters and a detailed portrayal of 1940’s Chicago add to a resonant story of a boy navigating fraught friendships while finding a way to live up to his father’s legacy. (Grades 5-7)
Good Eating: The Short Life of Krill, by Matt Lilley, illustrated by Dan Tavis, Tilbury, 2022
Hey egg. What are you doing? asks a narrator who takes readers on an amazing journey following the lifecycle and adventures of an Antarctic krill. Striking, large-format illustrations imbue the krill with personality and panache. Perfect for introducing scientific concepts, or as a general readaloud. (Grades 1-3)